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Hopf Helle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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very good

129 Ratings
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Ratings: 129
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Weissbierbrauerei Hopf visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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5/5  rDev +33.3%

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01-07-2013 18:35:46 | More by
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TexIndy

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Postrio restaurant in the Venetian casion in Vegas. The waiter poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. Had an opaque golden color with some head. The smell was the typical hefe smell with a great overtone of bananas and sweet malt. The banana was just the right mix and not overpowering. Really enjoyed the taste (most have since I ordered 3 of them during dinner) and wish I could get it here in Texas. Highly recommend and will be searching it out online or on trips to Midwest where I know it is available. (HR, 4.5, T, Y)

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 15:14:40 | More by TexIndy
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's another classic German weissbier that follows all of the standards but somehow manages to stand out a bit from the crowd. It's appearance is exactly as might be expected with a billowing, bright-white head above a translucent golden body that teems with effervescent life. It's medium-light bodied, and zesty across the palate. The nose welcomes you with subtle wafts of citrus over sweetish malt. A touch of banana is added into the flavor, but it's a bit more restrained than some; and it's clove-like character is even more tightly reigned in. Fresh, bright, and easy drinking, this is a weizen that's very well suited for quaffing during long summer days. Very well done!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2004 12:38:16 | More by NeroFiddled
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Heymikew2

Hawaii

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had out of a bottle at Monk's Kettle in the Mission district of San Francisco, CA. Our waitress used excellent bottle pour technique. Beer poured a rich cloudy amber. Smell was nice and wheaty like a loaf of fresh baked bread. The taste was surprisingly fruity. OMFG it tastes very akin to a banana smoothy. Not only would I have this again, but if you have never had an unfiltered wit-bier I would strongly recommend you try this. I'd buy the brewery if I could only afford it.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 00:09:08 | More by Heymikew2
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light hazy pale white-ish to light straw color with a big pillowy white head and active carbonation. Big banana and clove aroma and flavors with lots of fruity character and a nice wheat flavor in back; very nicely balanced. Light bodied and refreshing; not as creamy as some examples.

Per WH website: 5.3% ABV

(11.2 oz. fat brown base with a skinny long neck. "Reinheitsgebot Gebrauf Nach Dem" emb. around the neck)

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2006 16:56:04 | More by RBorsato
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weizendoc

California

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

16.9ozs. bought at Bev-Mo in Irvine. Poured into my frozen Franziskaner weissglas. Nose is all bananna. Big frothy head fills the top 1+ inch of the glass. Hefe is small brownish particles that break up as the bubbles rise to the head. It pours a very light yellow-orange, like Franziskaner.
If you like a bananna taste in your weizen, this one has it BIG TIME! I don't pick up much clove at all. The only other flavor I get is vanilla. I would call this a 'lighter' Hefe for just these reasons. This beer feels just a bit thin in the mouth as compared to Paulaner and HP. Very similar mouthfeel to regular Franziskaner.
Hopf is a very underrated weizen. I could drink several more.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2006 03:17:55 | More by weizendoc
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Skidz

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out foggy light straw and sits a hazy light gold in the glass with a large frothy white head. Good thick head maintained all the way down to the bottom of the glass with nice thick lacings up and down.

Smells rich and wheaty. Oranges and lemon zest pour out on all sides. Hints of honey and mild leafy aromas hide underneath.

Tastes mildly sweet up front with increasing sourness that peaks and levels off at a level of a fresh granny smith. Plenty of light fruity flavors including oranges, lemon and apples. Nice hop bitterness provides a crisp dose of grassy flavors and a slight hint of pepper. Finishes with plently of bitterness and many lingering fruit flavors.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with good carbonation. Very refreshing on all levels. An easy drinker all the way. I really enjoyed this beer and wouldn't mind having a few more lying around. An anytime beer all the way.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2004 22:29:33 | More by Skidz
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heymikew

California

4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Banana milkshake!

Had it at Monk's Kettle during a tasting frenzy after a Giant's win.
Definitely the style of Hefe I like: heavy Banana.
The clove influence could have been a bit stronger

Very smooth thick and refreshing
Thick smooth head, cloudy amber yellow orange

Es schmekt Wunderbar!
Reminds me of the Konig Ludwig Weissbier

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 04:49:32 | More by heymikew
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Ungespundet

Germany

4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hopf was recently bought out by Hacker-Pschorr. I haven’t noticed any change in quality and I think the move really only benefited Hopf especially in the distribution area. The brewer sent me an e-mail a while back ago and was very nice. He offered me a tour and I haven’t taken him up on it yet. But I should, especially after I reading my notes for this Weißbier. The bottle was very fresh and the yeast was still in suspension. It poured a beautiful creamy thick weiß head. The color is a pale gold. The aroma was very nice and began with a bouquet of melons, banana, and citrus. Very complex fruit and little phenolic characteristics. Hops are to be found in the background however they are subtle. Dig in a little deeper and you’ll find and incredible very strong malt backbone to this bier. Aroma hits the mark for those classified in the ester category of Weißbiers. The flavor profile begins spicy note that’s is followed by excellent blend of malt and hop bitterness that lingers nice on the tongue. The yeast flavor is slightly bread-like and clean. This bier is surprisingly dry instead of sweet. Nice change and well done. I do have say I picked up a hint of phenolic character that bordered medicinal. It was buried in there and of course my tests are done at room temperature. It can happen even to the best. Cooled properly this beer is fantastic!!! Hit the Biergartens and enjoy!!! Zum Wohl!!!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2007 20:55:46 | More by Ungespundet
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BBrewington

California

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

01-13-2013 18:17:53 | More by BBrewington
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jcarsonmason

South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

12-19-2013 21:21:26 | More by jcarsonmason
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Vigilante

Nevada

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

05-17-2013 07:27:47 | More by Vigilante
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brendaniel

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

02-13-2013 02:06:48 | More by brendaniel
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Blackwolf


4.23/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pored from bottle into pint glass.

A- Poured a foggy golden body, small thin head that held great retention and some decent semi-slippery lacing that stuck to the glass as long as it could. Not much carbonation at all which was surprising since its a heff.

S- Kinda reminds me of a crisp belgian... Bananas and yeasty bread, some light malt too. Very unique!

T- Again very unique to me for the style, sweet malt, some banana and light clove, a bit sour in the end, can't put my finger on that. The yeast is really a factor in the sour sweet flavor I am sure though. Delicious!

MF- Medium Bodied with a light-medium carb feel. Very crisp/dry finish.

O- Love this one. I am a big fan of wiehestephaner heffwiess bier, but this is a huge change of pace in flavore and texture. If you want a unique Heff, pick this one up.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2012 05:19:59 | More by Blackwolf
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cokes

Wisconsin

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It presents itself exactly as it should. A glowing, smogged goldenrod topped with a breathing and expanding plastic mound of creamed French Vanilla.
Fragrant of bananas drizzled with a lemon glaze, sprinkled with clove and eaten with a flaky wheat biscuit.
Begins as it smells. Forward with banana and lemon elements, tart leaning at times, and especially as it warms. The tartness is offset with a template of doughy wheat and coarser hull. The middle is well spiced, with esters of vanilla pod, ginger, and white pepper. It ends with a congruent lemony hop snap that migrates more herbal as the brew migrates past the tonsils.
Medium hewn with light but boisterous bubbles.
This has a bit more lemon and acid than most, though it never seems out of place, placed upon a very supple and traditional weizen frame.
I'd place this one in my upper tier per the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2005 04:22:35 | More by cokes
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Redrover

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz heavy duty brown glass bottle.

The beer pours a hazy dark yellow. Nice head (in fact be careful on the pour or you will get a glass of foam…). Just a bit of lacing.

This beer has a nose of clove banana and spice. The classic nose of a German Hefe. Yummy.

The taste is much like the nose. Lots of smooth grain taste with the clove and pepper adding a nice accent. No flaws or shortcomings very solid taste. Some subtle shadings of fruit emerge to add to the enjoyment

The mouthfeel is very creamy which is not a usual hefe characteristic. I like it!

Extreemly easy to drink. Would be a perfect session beer. Nice example of style and easy to pair with grilled food and salads.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2005 23:10:00 | More by Redrover
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Troyone

California

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy blond color with moderate carbonation and has a three inch froth.

Has a toasted straw malt aroma with grass, resin, grapefruit, and slightly lemon hops smell.

Lightly sweet, moderately acidic, and lightly bitter taste that has a short duration however the fruit lingers. The taste resembles the smell with a little ginger in the malt and spruce dominated by lemon in the hops.

Mouthfeel has a light body, dry texture, soft carbonation, with a lightly astringent and slightly chalky finish.

Drinkability is great, definitely a session beer, in fact I'll have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2005 10:17:19 | More by Troyone
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largadeer

California

4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

500ml bottle purchased at Gourmet Haus Staudt. The beer is a murky opaque blond, highly carbonated, though the head recedes to a thin cap within a few minutes. It smells strongly of bread and fruity esters, bringing to mind banana bread, spice and lemon peel. A touch sweet for the style, though zesty and characterful. The palate is surprisingly dry, with strong flavors of clove, lemon peel, pear and banana. The body is medium-light, dry and zesty. The finish has a mild peppery bite and faint bitterness, which quickly fades into a clean bready aftertaste. Very enjoyable stuff, I'll be grabbing more beers from this brewery in the near future.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2010 03:07:00 | More by largadeer
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emerge077

Illinois

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was one of the first craft beers I remember buying in quantity. It was off the market for awhile, now i'm glad to see it back.

Into a Schwelmer Weizen glass it pours a dull glowing orange. The retention is excellent, and it maintains for at least half an hour. Lightly sweet banana bread and wheat aromas. Creamy feel with some raw wheatiness and more banana in the back. Not really spicy at all, more of a creamy, easy-drinking hefe. Easy carbonation with a mildly fruity yeast ester. Very soft feel, with a lingering banana aftertaste. Quenching on a hot July day like today. My favorite from this brewery is still the Weißer Bock, hope that returns to the market soon also.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2009 02:12:45 | More by emerge077
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atigerlife

Hawaii

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a Hopf Helle Weisse glass.
Huge white, fluffy head that lasts forever. Beer is a hazy golden/amber color. Tons of carbonation seen rising. Wonderful lacing.

Aroma is of bubblegum, quite sweet.

Taste has the bubblegum continuing and also clove, banana, sweetness and wheat. Interesting. Not exactly a typical Hefe Weizen, but good for the style.

Mouthfeel is very cleansing, light bodied.

Overall, the beer was wonderful to drink. Very refreshing and easy to drink. Could definitely drink quite a few.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2006 21:02:09 | More by atigerlife
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theboozecruise

Louisiana

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle into a pint glass.

It's a hazy golden color with a good foamy white head. Good looking beer for the style!

It has a typical banana aroma, with just a hint of wheat and hops as well.

The taste is very much the same, a lot of bananas, creamy and very refreshing! I'm a fan, this is a very good Hefeweizen.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 19:44:11 | More by theboozecruise
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casadebia

Texas

4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty nice head retention and lacing with a very cloudy golden appearance. The smell does not have much metallic after smell leaving a dominate smell of clove and banana. Crisp and sweet banana with a tiny metallic carbonated taste that finish with a spicey clove bite. Smooth beer with just the right touches of carbonation. Easy beer to drink that has good quality.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2007 16:10:26 | More by casadebia
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moulefrite

Massachusetts

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy, hazy light golden with plenty of head and stick, though the head dissipates rather quickly. Aromas scream fruit esters redolent of under ripe banana. Some barnyard on the nose as well as a blast of sweet toasty malt and a pinch of clove. The beer is clean and crisp yet the ripeness of the beers flavor makes it a bit flabby on the palate. Flavors again favor sweet banana (tastes like banana nut bread) and toasty malt. Unique in style, this is worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2004 01:01:13 | More by moulefrite
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a cloudy light apricot color with moderate white puffy head. Smell is a pleasant mixture of bananas, cloves, and other spices. Taste follows through on the smell with nice banana and clove notes. Nice full mouthfeel. Perfect example of the style with excellent drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2006 01:51:35 | More by tgbljb
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belgiumbud

Hawaii

4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours nicely in a standard, room-temperature pint glass. Subtle cloudiness with a blonde hue. An aroma filled with estery banana and clove nodes.

Flavor consists of subtle strawberry and lemon with a nice, creamy finish. Carbonation rolls off the tongue which cleanses the palate of any esters. Light to medium body.

Very nice Hefe. Only wish I had some schnitzel to share it with. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 17:06:17 | More by belgiumbud
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Hopf Helle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
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