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Hopf Dunkle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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Ratings: 81
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 10.6%
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 Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
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 stcules
3.01/5  rDev -18.2%
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 chefscott79
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I really found myself wanting more flavor from this beer...needs more roasted malt flavor....or wheat flavor
I also did not find too much of the clove or bananna flavors that I have known and loved about german wheat beers...
The malt flavor went quickly...and finished with a semi minerally dry finish....
would match with foods well but....soooo many better beers out there...why drink this?

Photo of Ungespundet
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brewery was bought out by Hacher-Pschorr a year or so ago. No worries here though there Biers are still as good as they were before.

Pours up a billowy,creamy fine bubbled head that tops a hazy tea colored bier. Could be a bit darker... The aroma features an upfront fruitiness of bubblegum, bannana, pears and apple. The malt is sweet and toasted. The yeast give the whole thing a nice bready aroma. I like a little more dark malt character. The flavor is sweet up front fades quickly to a mellow bitterness. Fruity yeast by-products greet you upfront and are followed by a slightly toasted caremell flavor. Again for me I prefer a little more roast and robustness from the dark malts. With that said it is a wonderfull dunkles Weissbier!

Zum wohl!!!

Photo of dbalsock
3.14/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a maroon brown with abundant off white/vanilla head in a weizen glass. The head retention was very poor and the carbonation was weak.

Smell: Noble hop characteristics poke through a sweet malty backbone. It's a little smokey and a little caramelly.

Taste: Very sweet from the smokey caramel, and low profile chocolate malt. Slight banana, but less present than I'm used to. The hops are interesting and strange, but don't contradict the malt despite being kinda intense.

Mouthfeel: Thick bodied for a wheat beer, but still smooth, with very low bitterness. The carbonation feels active on the tongue.

Drinkability: Pretty easy to drink, but the aftertaste kinda weirds me out. I would be happy to have it on tap, but it's too average to get another bottle of when there are so many other brews to try.

Photo of theopholis
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Dark cherry with an off-white head. Practiaclly no lace, which would be nice.

Aroma- Sweet, malty, wheaty with elements of over-ripe banana. Smells great.

Taste- Doesn't taste anything like it smells. Like lightly toasted barley and a sour, tangy wheat. Slightly astringent, which seems oddly to fit well. A hint of pine nuts in there to.

Body- Average body for the style. A tad over-carboanted tho.

Drinkability- Like I said earlier, a tad astringent, but not bad overall.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.61/5  rDev -1.9%
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 gmcfarre
4.37/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Sampled on tap @ the Freakin' Frog in Las Vegas.

A - Almost porter-esque in its dark brown color and appearance. Minimal head.

S - The smell is a nice lemony sweet scent with clove aspects. The malt definitely stands out the most.

T - Tart & fruity with a tongue tingling feel. The lemony scent sticks around for an appearance on your taste buds. This is very refreshing.

M - Well carbonated yet smooth after the initial burst.

D - Quite drinkable, but the fruitiness could wear on me after more than one.

Photo of shivtim
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy deep brown/black, with a 1" off-white foamy head that fades gradually. Looks tasty. Nose is sweet bananas, cloves, and wheat. A bit of spiciness comes through on warming, but mostly it's sweet bananas. Taste is more bananas, some grains, and spicy sweetness. Fits the style, a bit above average but not exceptional. Mouthfeel is good, it's tangy and foamy. Maybe a bit thin. Drinkability is great, this is a good agreeable summer beer.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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 RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +17.4%
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 clickpush
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pour: 1pint 9oz bottle to tulip. Enters the glass with a huge head, about half the glass - everything above the crest of the bulb. This is a foggy, dark brown beer with a gorgeous off-white head that clings to the sides of the glass as the middle disappears.

Nose: Bananas and spicy yeastiness. The aromas of the wheat and malts make this beer smell sweet and bready, but not altogether delicious. Also smells a little acidic.

Mouth: My first reaction is to the sourness of the beer (ech!) but it also comes in with a banana-nut bread taste and a good, tingly smooth mouthfeel and a toffee flavored finish. This beer had a lot of potential, but is ruined by an unacceptable acidic trait that numbs the back of the tongue and cheeks to any other flavors that might be present.

Would not buy this beer again, even if it does look beautiful in its glass.

Photo of Tupperwolf
3.36/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out that dark cloudy root-beer brown Dunkelweizen color that I love - the head starts to build long before I start to right the beer. Don't forget the yeast! I wasn't able to get it all in there, unfortunately, as my swirlings fluffified the liquid left in the bottle.

Smells like slightly sour but honeyish malts; Wheat, slightly caramelly, but with a very small skunky twinge.

Body is kind of thin; Twangy weizen flavors, banana, caramel, and clove.

Again, kind of thin; This has the proper carbonation, but the body of the beer isn't as plump as I like my weizens to be.

A good choice for an easy to drink beer, but if you've got the chance to grab another Dunkel like Franziskaner or Erdinger, it's probably worth the extra few cents.

Photo of WetCoaster
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Golden brown, clear, with a pillowy off-white head. Balloons up and has decent retention.

Smell:Nice; a tasty combination of malt, yeast spice, banana and clove. Sweet and dense.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Meh. Thin, crisp mouthfeel. The smell really doesn't translate to the flavor; it's pretty thin, a bit bitter, mildly malty, just mild, period. Finishes sugary bitter dry wheaty... yeah.

Drinkability: Dud of a style, by and large and this is no exception.It looks a lot better than it tastes. More than adequate, less than spectacular.

Photo of Padron4KM
2.75/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16.9 oz bomber, no freshness date.
Pours out cloudy caramel color, with a 2" tan head.
Caramel aromas mixed with some banana and wheat, a little sourness in there too.
Flavors are mostly tart lemon, with a little chalkyness, and some spice.
eh, just okay.

Photo of Troyone
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a real hazy brown color with a straw hue. Has a biege three inch head with lots of finite carb action.

Has a bready, toasted, nutty, malt smell with banana and bubblegum in the background. With a grassy, resin, and orange hops aroma.

Has a toasted/roasted wheat grain and barley malt taste with caramel and some banana. Lime flavored esters and butter are in the mix.

Medium bodied, buttery and watery/resin feel, fizzy and lively carbonation, with a hint of a chalky finish.

A different taste from a different region in Germany, a good session dunkelwiezen.

Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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 BrewMaster
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel tulip glass. The beer blillows up with a big, thick, tan head that is slightly creamy and slightly rough at the same time. The head is stiff and long lasting atop the dark brownish-red beer. The beer is darker and cloudier than I would expect from a wheat beer. No light comes through even when backlit. This is a very pretty beer to look at.

Smell: Light banana aroma with a sweetness and spiciness covering over a wheaty malt aroma.

Taste: Wow, so many things to describe in this beer. It's tangy, sweet, and spicy all at the same time. There is a chewy maltiness that blends with a candy sweetness and some citrusy flavors reminiscent of tangerines. Other flavors include a light peppery flavor and some clean apple. This beer is sweet all around with a slightly watery middle that I really feel at the top of my palate. The malt flavor mellows towards the end. There are no truly potent flavors in this beer but they all come together well. There is a very light and barely detectable roasty flavor at the end of the of the beer that makes it finish well.

Mouthfeel: Very lively carbonation with a clean, dry, and sandy feel.

Drinkability: Good but not great. For such a dark colored beer the flavor is very light.

Photo of Skidz
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a bright amber brown and sits a murky, dark reddish-brown with a large light tan head. Leaves a solid, thick blanket of head all the way down to the bottom of the glass.

Nice, wheat filled aroma filled with toasty hints of caramel and toffee. Mild fruit balance of pears and raisins. Light grassy hints in the background.

Tastes lightly sweet up front with, nice toasty malt flavors. Nice apple-like sourness builds up and introduces a solid hop bitterness that boasts nice grassy flavors. Some fruity notes of sweet apples, mild bananas and a sprinkle of fresh squeezed orange juice. Finish is well bittered with a nice toasty aftertaste and lingering fruit flavors.

Crisp in the mouth with some nice smooth sides to it. Good carbonation in a medium body.

Another solid beer from Hopf. Flavors are quite similar to the Helle, just with an added touch of toastiness. Easy drinking on all corners, a solid session beer.

Photo of Redrover
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz Brown returnable (at least in Germany) bottle. No apparent freshness dating.

The beer pours a dark coco brown with a chiffon like tan head.

Nose is of wheat malt, subdued banana and spices (clove and pepper).

The taste is very similar to the smell. Earthy malt flavor that kind of reminds me of a nice porter, but lots of spice and banana to remind you it’s a weise. I like this one a lot and I’m sure even a lemon would not effect the taste of this one. Very well balanced through out the beer. Slight smoke flavor emerges about ½ way.

Great mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation and a slightly dry finish. Very easy to drink, this is a perfect session beer. Would be a great compliment to simple foods like fresh grilled fish or a nice salad.

This is a nice find and one I will be going back to. Purchased at Sam’s in Downers Grove for $1.79. What a bargain!

Photo of CRJMellor
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a thick, cloudy chestnut color. Big, foamy, bright white head recedes but leaves no lace on the glassware.
Aromas of caramel, clove and light bubblegum are detected.
Flavor has some spicy yeast with some cloves gives way to a mineral water and somewhat vacant body.
Mouthfeel has some spicy hints but overall very dull, vacant and watery. Mineral water notes are a little off-putting.
Drinkability is average. Nothing bad to note here but absolutely nothing that stands out.

Photo of keilerdunkel
3.66/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On the pour, this is exactly what I expect with a dunkel weiss. A large fluffy white head atop a cloudy dark brown beer. Don't forget to swirl the last 1/4 of the beer to get all the good hefe! It has a nice combination of malt and banana/clove esters on the aroma. The taste is somewhat disapointing. Its a little thinner than I would have expected with how it looks and smells, but it does have a malt/clove taste with the hops being very subtle in the the background. It did have a noticible metallic taste for the 1st half, but I do have to say it improved as I drank it.

Overall, very drinkable. Not the best example of the style but above average.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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 moulefrite
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown with orange hues, good creamy head with ample retention. Aromas of cooked caramel, sweet malt and banana as well as some barnyarn/gamey notes. Somewhat fat in the mouth while soft in texture with mild carbonation. Flavors are a bit gamey and very nutty with some husky and caramal malt flavors. The beer finishes mildly watery.

Hopf Dunkle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
83 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.