Hopf Weisser Bock - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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64 Ratings
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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 7.34%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Weizenbock |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-13-2002)
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Reviews by SamuraiJack:
Photo of SamuraiJack
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On first pour this is a gorgeous beer - with a caramel gold colour and a fabulous malty apple aroma. The head is rich, but uneven in bubble-size (nice and sticky however).
Initial taste is sweet malt, with well-balanced bitterness folowing and a long finish with strong but balanced fruit.
A nice example of the brew.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is orangish-brown and crystal clear with a head that came up like a monster but went down quickly.

Smell – The hardy wheat aroma isn’t yeasty at all. It’s very lightly toasted and dripping with liquid malt sugars. There’s a light sense of booze as well.

Taste – The wheat fades to black at the taste and the big sugars and boozy alcohol take over rather quickly.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied with a sharp alcohol presence.

Drinkability – This is not a fluffy full weizeny bock. It will go down schnell and leave you tipsy in a minute. My kind of beer – hehe.

Photo of monkeybeer
3.33/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a cloudy dark golden yellow with very little head and some good lacing on the glass.

S- Smell is of banana and clove with a subtle spiciness to it

T/M- Taste is very strong of banana and wheat, beer is well carbonated but leaves a slight spiciness on the tongue

D- This is a good wheat beer, I am not a big fan of wheat's with a very strong banana flavor but this one is very nice.

Photo of JohnW
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a little darker color than most Hefe Weiss beers, though cloudy as usual, though the bottle did need some gentle rotating to release the yeast sediment from the bottom of the bottle. Poured with a good dense head into a dedicated tall Weiss beer glass, though it was not retained right the way down the glass when drunk. Smell leans more to the sweeter and maltier side than the zesty crisp and banana aromas of some wheat beers, and a hint of richness fruitiness and spices. Flavour, very good, it is a little maltier and sweeter than some Here Weiss beers, and the texture slightly richer, I guess a sign of the higher alcohol content. A good depth of flavour, with good finish, no vices at all in my opinion. Very much enjoyed this, and definately on my list of those to try again when I can get it!


John W
B'ham UK March 2006

Photo of JamesStreet
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of cokes
3.6/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

That shade right between copper and brass. It's generally clear, and dons a short but sporty bleached ecru drift.
Wheat bran nose, with splinters of bananas, walnuts, and brown paper bags.
Again with the muslix as it crosses the mouth. A granola sense of grain, honey, and dried fruits. Banana chips, and dessicated apple slices. Traces of toffeed nuts, and a yeasty nod toward wheat muffins. But the yeast itself adds virtually nothing other than vapid, tastless dough. It concludes full of shipping boxes and brown flavors. No spice, no flair, no backbone, no balls.
The carbonation serves to makes this drinkable beyond anything that taste should or could merit, but it also belies itself as a weissenbock, with a lightly abrasive, full-steamed bead that disintregrates the entire foundation of this beer. It is certainly quickly drinkable for something of this magnitude, but that lies mostly in the faux-jumpity carbonation, paleness of body, and overarching lack of flavors.
Aventinus and John Jacob Jingleheimer Schmidt ain't sweating. In fact, they're not even paying the scantest attention.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing 500 ml., Radek. Fruity yeast aroma. Bannana yeast smooth texture, lots of wheat, bannana taste. Nicely carbonated. More sweet than bitter, enjoyable but a little too bannana fruity for me. Medium yellow body and lots of alce and foam.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle shared with expatsteve after a day of local brewery touring.

Pour: translucent amber/mahogany, no head to speak of.

Nose: ridiculously metallic malts, lightly smoked jerky and a touch of dusty sour wheat.

Taste: metallic copper wheat, smoky salty beef jerky, light honey-fruits and clove yeast in the finish.

Feel: super slick, viscous body, crisp carbonation.

Drinkability/Overall: certainly a tightly made weizenbock, but uninspiring overall, especially in comparison to some of the other we've recently tried in the style.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Lighter than expected in color - certainly OK, just noted. Cloudy deep amber with golden highlights beneath a creamy bright white head that holds quite well but leaves little lace.
S: The nose is mainly malty with a honeyish and caramelish side. Banana and mild clove esters become clearer with a swirl of the glass.
T: The flavor is honeyish with light brown sugar upfront, clove across the middle, and banana emerging and lingering in the semi-dry finish.
M: Medium body. Creamy. Very fine, slightly elevated carbonation that seems somewhat restrained in comparison to their othher beers.
D: Rich and satisfying! The alcohol is never noticeable, but then again, it's only 7% so it really shouldn't be.

Photo of HalfFull
3.55/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy and murky brown from a 500 ml. bottle into a weizen glass. A half inch of whitish foam shows moderate retention, holding a surface cap somewhat well yet not quite as robust as others.

Some sweetish malts on the nose accompany some rather muddled banana yeast notes. Touch of dried clove and allspice as nose opens up a bit. My first Hopf brew and the yeast character is just a bit underwhelmng when compared to preferred Bavarian's.

Wheaty tang and yeasty in flavor with a well balanced flavor. Yeast notes are pleasant but light. Straightforward and enjoyable though not too enticing. Nice feel and drink, pretty solid offering.

Photo of Troyone
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When I opened the bottle this was ready to be poured immediately as the carbonation surged the beer fizz to the top of the bottle.

Pours like an unfiltered apple juice color on the darker side and is cloudy. Carbonation life is evident. Head looks to be white and dissipates to about a sixteenth".

I can smell sweet caramel and bubblegum aromas with maybe some vanilla and banana hints.

Has a sweet spicy clove, banana, bready malt, and more vanilla flavor with a balanced grain (wheat) and alcohol taste.

Has a medium bodied, smooth creamy, and warming sensation mouthfeel with 7% ABV. Carbonation is light and lively with a crisp finish of the smooth, maybe sweet, wheat grain.

Drinkability is good there is a sourness factor with the finish that is somewhat tasty.

This will be added to my change up of beers in my stash. Never noticed this before. I don't think I'll be able to age this one it's to good all around. I've had better at a Brewpub on tap that folded because of location and I'm not sure where the brewer is now.

Photo of Gmann
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a murky dirty honey brown color with a nice fluffy off-white head, settles into a nice cap. Kind of an in-between weizenbock, not golden but not dark brown either, just dirty. The aroma is big on banana, some clove and green apple round out the smell. The taste is of banana bread or overripe bananas, nice bready wheat malt. The malt plays nicely with the yeasty flavors, has a nice spicy flavor without the drying wheat characteristic. Moderate to full body with fizzy carbonation, yet it has a smooth feel. Nice yeasty flavors, not very bock-ish, the yeast shines through in this one. A good amped up hefe.

Photo of GRG1313
3.45/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber with a lovely thick white head.

Sweet fresh big banana nose, candy sugar nose. Very assertive and nice.

Mouth feel is nice, a bit creamy but also a bit thin in body.

Pleasant flavors of malt, banana, candy sugar and cooked fruit. Light on the carbonation and a little short on finish.

Pleasant all around but also a little "short" all around. Overall impression nice but a bit "soda poppy."

Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of emerge077
4.18/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has always been a seasonal summer favorite...

Pour is a hazy amber, with streams of carbonation ascending from the base of the weizen glass. Once the yeast is poured in, the body nearly is opaque.

Fruity yeast esters of apple & pear, alongside wheat and mild clove in the nose.

Wheat, apple, and caramel all figure in the taste in a large way. Caramel lingers again in the aftertaste. Flavors are gentle, not heavy or cloying. There's a spritzy mineral water quality as well. It has a certain fine balance with the nuanced flavors and lively carbonation.

Mouthfeel is alternately smooth and prickly, due to the levels of yeast and carbonation. In the summer, it's the most sessionable weizenbock i've had. Recommended.

Photo of Boilermaker88
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presented in a 16.9oz brown bottle. Poured a hazy caramel color with a large foamy off-white head and a bunch of carbonation rising to the surface.
Smelled of bready malt, light of clove and spice plus some dark fruits.
Tasted quite sweet. Mild caramel and plum flavors with a hint of banana and noticeable spiciness over a nice bready malt backbone. Alcohol was very well hidden with only a mellow warming in the finish.
Feel medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing.
A very tasty brew, very easy to drink. Almost too easy as it disappeared so fast the sneaky-high ABV blindsided me. A good example of the style

Photo of theopholis
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance – This is orangish-brown and slightly cloudyr with a head that came up very nicely but had no staying power.

Smell – Good mixture of sweetness and wheat. No yeasty smell at all. No hop aroma. A hint of citris in the nose.

Taste – Good balance of wheat and non-converted sugars. Just a hint of alcohol in the taste. Has a very long sweet, malty after-taste.

Mouthfeel – This is medium-bodied, slightly over-carbonated.

Drinkability – Very drinkable. You won't find to many beer drinkers who won't like this one.

Photo of lou91
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This my first beer entry in this log but I am a seasoned beer drinker except for german beers which i why I wanted to start with this one. There are those beers that let you taste them before you take a sip. This one had a great nose of bananas and warm bread. The taste does not disappoint. It is refreshing and flavorful-great with Thanksgiving leftovers, It also has a nice warming effect on the upper chest-perfect for a rainy day. As it warms, the sweetness is a bit much but a nice beer. Not sure what appearance means so that is tough to rate.

Photo of PEBKAC
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

$5.49 from Whole Foods. Saw lots of quasi-fresh Germans brews stocked & figured I should buy some or risk buying the exact same bottle a few months from now, ala New Beer.

Weiss glass. Murky honey gold color. Off white head, frozen solid. A good shake, anything less then a 75 degree tip won't make it move.

Smells of bitter greens, dense/crusty loaf, pungent anise, rind, & bubblegum.

Big banana & thick, starchy wheat. Heavy clove & brown sugar. Touch tannic. Bit of bubblegum & Honey Nut Cheerios. Lingering anise/yeast on the finish. Orange rind in there somewhere. Boozy. Flavorful, but heavy-handed.

Decently carbed, but still a heavy, heavy beer. Alcohol hides behind all that residual sugar. I feel every percentage point of that ABV. Warming.

Drinking a 500ml & still wanting a touch more, I feel is deserving, if not respectful. My stamina took a hit though. Price is okay if I figure I can get this for $4.50 from New Beer.

Deserves more attention.

Photo of rallison
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden orange with a 3 finger white head that kind of sticks around but leaves no lacing.

S: Smells of toffee sweetness, apple juice and wheat.

T: Refreshing was the first thought that came to mind. Nice caramel/toffee sweetness up front. Earthy character, with some nice wheat. Some apple juice too, with banana. Interestingly, basically no spices can be found - not that that's a bad thing; I've just come to expect them. Nice smooth richness to the flavors. No hops that I can really discern. Overall, a very nice, tasty and refreshing wheat beer.

M: Good, relatively full mouthfeel with a wonderful creaminess.

D: Extremely drinkable - how I would love to spend a summer afternoon drinking this.

Recommended. Maybe not completely a weizenbock, but it's still quite good.

Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy yellowish brown in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high off white head that settled down but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles completely covering the surface. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are moderate aromas of banana, bubble gum, clove and wheat in the nose.
T: The flavors in the taste are quite similar to those in the smell. It also has a slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate with a high amount of carbonation.
D: This beer is rather easy to drink for the style because the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Photo of Gusler
3.93/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The emerges from the 500ml brown bottle translucent golden amber color with the head masterful in size, frothy in texture and the color a winsome light tan, after its erosion, the resultant lace forms a thin veil to cover the glass. Nose is lightly toasted wheat, sweet and fresh, hints of cloves and bananas, start is quite sweet with a nice malt presence and the top feel light to the palate. Finish is stern in its acidity, the hops light in their spiciness, very dry and a drinkable beer.

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Zorro
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly cloudy light copper colored brew.

Smell is sweetness and bananas, almost like a circus peanut. A bit of herb, particularly thyme appears in the aroma.

Taste is sweet with banana and spice being very strong flavors. Tartness comes out after a bit in the taste. No bitter hops in this brew.

Mouthfeel is good.

Nice drinkable brew, almost a dessert beer.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly murky and orangy body with a sizeable head, which I had wait about five minutes for it to go down before my first sip. Sweet wheaty flavor is present but generally overwhelmed by the presence of alcohol. It has a nice smooth finish, leaving a pleasant aftertaste. Very drinkable, but it's strong so if you're not a big guy you'll probably feel a buzz pretty quick.

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Hopf Weisser Bock from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
88 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.