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Hopf Dunkle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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80 Ratings
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Ratings: 80
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 10.57%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Weissbierbrauerei Hopf visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Dunkelweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-13-2002

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a better smell than flavor in my opinion.

Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark brownish amber in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of banana, clove and wheat in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and also has some associated sweetness and caramel flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly; it is quite sessionable.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bruised dark cherry with bright orange peel edges. Even though I don't see a whole slew of bubbles, the head rushed up to the glass edge quickly and made me moderate my pour. The cap is lightly toasted almond in color and whipped creamy in consistency. A little more lace would be great, but Dunkle Weisse still looks good enough to drink.

The classic nose keeps things on the right track. Moderately dark wheaty with elements of banana and clove, it's all here. I'm amazed that the beer is as aromatic as it is since I'm still separated from it by two fingers of froth after a spirited second pour.

The flavor is more or less reflective of the nose. The beer tastes like lightly toasted barley and tangy wheat flecked with oven-toasted nuts. The mixture of sweet, sour and bitter (in roughly that order) is nice as well, especially since no one of those flavor sensations overpowers the others.

If I'm not mistaken, Hopf Helle Weisse had an especially estery yeast strain. I don't know that I'd go quite that far here, although I'm sure that both beers use the exact same yeast. Maybe it's just that banana isn't quite as prominent given the dunkelness of this beer. In any case, DW earns a respectable (hefe weizen) banan-o-meter score of 3.5/5.0. Just enough clove spice is in evidence to keep all flavor elements in balance.

The thing that keeps this beer from competing with the Weihenstephaners and the Ayingers of the world is its body. That and not quite enough flavor/complexity of flavor, a direct result of the too-light mouthfeel, I believe. While it isn't overly light, it lacks creaminess and the feel that the carbonation imparts is less than inspired.

Hopf Dunkle Weisse is a good effort and is one of the better, more drinkable versions of the style that I've had in quite a while. It's hefe weizen brother is no slouch either. Both are easy recommendations.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice medium brown pour with a slight reddish touch to the sides yielded a nice head of off white that stuck to the sides of the glass fairly well as it trickled down. aroma is nice and earthy with touches of roasted nuts and caramel coming through as it warms. nice deep flavor, nothing over the top but nice and consistent for the style, about what i would expect from them. deep sweet malts are driven home in the finish with a long taste of caramel that really just drives it home.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a cloudy, tawny brown body with a full head of creamy off-white foam that holds exceptionally well but leaves only minor lacing considering the style. Light brown sugar and soft red berries dominate the aroma with only subtle hints of banana and a gentle clove-like spice appear in the nose. The body is medium and it appears initially crisp and then creamy across the palate due to its very fine and effervescent natural carbonation. The flavor delivers a beautiful combination of soft maltiness and gentle fruitiness (berries, apples, bananas). It's very well-balanced by a soft bitterness, and it finishes dry with a short note of fruity yeast. Quite nice! It's weizen yeast character is somewhat restrained, offering a bit more drinkability. Certainly on-par with the better known brands and well worth trying.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated, an easy pour produces an initially three-finger thick, amber-tinged, tan colored head that rests on top of a murky, dark, brownish, concentrated amber colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows tons of carbonation bubbles as well as a hazy, ruby hue and the head even leaves some spotty lacing as it subsides, but never dissipates. Appetizing aromatic notes of bananas, pear, definite clove and a touch of juicy-fruit are noticed up front. After resting a bit a distinct, sweet, cooked apple notes becomes quite noticeable. Behind these notes is a crusty, toasted bread note, browned-crushed soda crackers and a touch of grassy wheat. I am quite surprised how distinctly fruity this is; it is nice, but a bit atypical.

Soft and creamy feeling up front, but the biting, zippy carbonation soon kicks in and keeps this fairly light as it flows across the palate. The beer is fairly dry, especially for a Dunkle, but does this without coming off as thin. Lightly tart as wheat beers often are, this accentuates an apple like fruit note as well as a touch of apricots. This fruitiness is not as distinct as the aroma was. The beer finishes with a characteristic phenolic character reminiscent of cloves; it is actually a bit spicy when coupled with the zesty carbonation. Also in the finish is a dusty, slightly grassy malt / grain character that is pretty nice, though hard to notice at times. There is also a touch of toasted malt character in the long finish.

As the beer warms a bit a touch of dusty cocoa flavors start to come out, but only just a hint. This is a tasty Dunkle Weizen; it is not a prototypical example, but I like that balance it strikes between fruit & phenolics. Definitely an enjoyable brew. The tartness makes this quite easy drinking.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL classic German bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a firm tan head, good retention and lace. A nice looking dunkelweisse.

S: Great bready German malt with bubblegum and clove.

T: Good malt flavour, not as complex as I thought'd be from the nose. Nice clove and herbal play mid-palate, but very much a malt driven beer.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad chalky with a nice little acidity. Easy but firm carbonation.

O: The early promise of the nose was a letdown in the taste, but this is still a solid beer. The price is a problem, it's pretty much the most expensive dunkelweisse on the shelf, and it's not the best so it's hard to make it a repeat buy even though I like the beer.

Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having it's lighter brother back in the summer, I now turn to the dark side of Hopf. On the label it says "Die Spezialität aus dunklem Malz", roughly translating to "the specialty of dark malts". On to the beer:

Pours out a deep caramel color, settling in the glass as murky brown. In the aroma, there are notes of apple cider and spice. Caramel and raisins appear as it warms. Unfortunately they don't really meld together. As for the taste, it's a smooth taste, one which tends to be more apple dominant. Bitterness is very low, with the spice providing the balance to the apple. Light feel of alcohol is felt when the beer lands in the stomach. Overall, it does the job.

Photo of Zorro
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown brew.

Smell is a big whiff of dunkel bananas and bubble gum. Other smells like spices are present too.

Taste is mostly spice. Not to sweet and the Banana taste practically punches you in the nose.

Mouthfeel is watery.

Very drinkable, just it isn't the top beer of its kind.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Served in an weizen glass)

A- This beer has a warm opaque hazel brown body with a thick creamy light tan head that turns rocky that last and last. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has a nice toasted dry malt aroma with a faint banana hint. As it warms there is a soft caramel sweetness that comes through.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt with a soft black roasted malt in the background. The finish is a slight dry carbonic acid note with a clean finish. As it warms there is a faint cherry tanginess and a club soda hint as it warms.

M- There is a light mouthfeel with a big fizz in the finish. There is a slight watery note that comes through as it warms.

D- This beer is very smooth with some good dark flavors with no notes of hops but the big fizz cleans up the finish.

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: medium brown hue with plenty of haze and an inconveniently huge four fingers of frothy tan foam atop. Not bad.

Smell: quite wheaty with what I fancy to be a hint of chocolate. There's a good banana character here as well, which I quite like. It works.

Taste: a light wheatiness with a good phenolic character and a generally refreshing flavor. I like it.

Mouthfeel: kind of disappointingly thin, especially for the style. The carbonation is pretty good which helps, but I feel like a wheat beer should have more to offer here.

Overall: not bad, but the lack of a really good texture hurts this beer for me.

Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours from the 500ml brown bottle a cloudless burnished copper color with a humongous creamy head the is light tan in color, as it ever so slowly fades away the residual lace forms a fine blanket to coat the glass. Nose has a sweet caramel aroma with a nice bit of wheat, fresh and pleasant to the senses, start is lightly sweet with a good grain presence, and the top is light to middling in feel. Finish is benignly hopped and the acidity purposeful, very dry aftertaste, a pleasant enough beer, and one that goes well with the rapidly approaching Arizona summer.

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of avalon07
3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular aroma of wheat, banana, and some malt.

T: Tasted of wheat, that bubblegum quality common to wheat beers, banana, caramel, and some mild spices. The main problem with the flavor isn't the ingredients, but rather the fact that it's too thin and weak. Could have been better.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely a wildly uneven beer. Had some good qualities, but somehow fell short.

Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of stcules
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost a stout color. Creamy head, cappuccino colored.
At the smell a decent weizen, with banana notes, malt, wheat, cloves. Besides the appearance, it can seem almost a regular weizen hell.
Weven in the start of the taste, typical weizen notes.
In the aftertaste the malt and caramel notes are stronger.
Anyway, good beer.

Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a very pretty radiant but cloudy brown in color with a big, quickly-rising head. The foam is a darkish white and goes perfectly with the beautiful liquid color.

Smell – This is the real deal. The dark, doughy yeast reminds me of the years I lived in Germany consuming large quantities of Dunkles Weizen. I just love the heavily-toasted malt aroma and the rich, German yeast.

Taste – The wonderful yeast from the nose finds itself to the taste. There’s a small hint of banana but otherwise the flavors mirror the aroma.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied but filling with a classic fluffy mouthfeel and a mild, lingering fruity sweetness.

Drinkability – I had no problem emptying my Weihenstephaner glass.

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 Pint, 0.9 fl.oz [500ml] brown glass bottle. Compared to the two other bottles I picked up (the Helle Weiße and Weißer Bock), the Dunkle Weiße has a generic appearance. The Dunkle Weiße has a cream colored label with a dark brown border with a color coordinated crown cap. The neck label has the words ‘Dunkle Weiße Wheat Beer’. The Main label has the word ‘Hopf’ in large black font with the words ‘Helle Weiße’ underneath in brown text. No strength or freshness listed, but I know this was fresh to the Store.

Appearance: Dark brown, but lucid with a light haze. Massive tan head when first poured into my 0,5l sahm Erdinger Glass, and appropriate vessel I thought. Lots of finely dissolved carbon dioxide in this one, nice supportive levels of conditioning in this one. Some light lacing after each swallow but it slides down back into the liquid mass after a short pause and bolsters the head which has good staying power throughout.

Nose: Smells a little like the whiff you get when you open those little packets of brown sugar before you pout the contents into your Coffee. Malty nose with some sweet caramel traits. Some banana-toffee and very light hint of cloves in the back end with a very delicate hint of malty-aniseed.

Taste: Malty start with some light toffee and caramel. Fruity middle with a delicate banana and clove balance. Chewy tastes that are not thick but they are wholesome. Delicate bitterness and a light spice feel in the short yeasty malt finish.

Mouthfeel: Rather average feel, nothing surprising given its Wheat Beer style and 5% alcohol by volume. It starts crisp and clean then builds into a creamy feel as the beer is swirled and swallowed.

Drinkability: Nothing heavy about this one, so it is rather easily drinkable, but even with its average body, the creamy malty feel means that it can also adequately accompany a sharp cheese sandwich late on a night.

Overall: Cost $2.59 for the bottle, as indeed did all three of the Hopfs I picked up recently. A tasty brew, better than most.

Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Weissbrau Hopf Stuberl in Miesbach, Germany, on the first day of my Sep, 2001 trip. Cloudy, dark brown to copper in color, with a large, creamy head. Plenty of pleasant banana and clove aromas. Drawbacks were the body, which was a bit thin; and the bier was somewhat rough on the tongue. Real nice flavor, though, with malty sweetness coupled with more banana/clove. It smooths out as it warms....

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rather decent Dunkleweisse, but nothing special. pours ark brown with offwhite head. Nose is fairly active with some traditional banana/clove of the regular Hefe, but also some fresh baked brownbread maltiness. Palate is somewhat thin bodied, but the fruity flavors come through as well. Nothing spectacular but not worth passing up either.

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

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Hopf Dunkle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
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