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Hopf Helle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

Hopf Helle WeisseHopf Helle Weisse

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BA SCORE
85
very good

127 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 127
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%


Brewed by:
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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Three months past due, but not really worse for the wear. Good foamy head, pure yellow colour. A bit of yeast and off smell. Great mouthfeel, with cotton candy texture of the what and yeast. Taste is a melange of wheat and yeast and assertive carbonation. A nice one. Thanks for the trade, Jan Biegeman.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2006 00:01:12 | More by Sammy
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Faintly foggy bright gold that is actually perfectly clear when backlit. I don't see much hefe in the bottom of the bottle and there certainly isn't any in the glass. The large, cotton white head is more creamysoft than expected and leaves very little lace as a result.

The nose is better than average. It has just enough power for me to appreciate a tangy wheatiness and a banana (especially) and clove (not so much) yeastiness. There's also a faint whiff of lemon that is a pleasant addition, yet doesn't smell out of place.

This is a good version that might be a great version if the flavor was more up front; in particular, the flavor of the yeast. How there's any yeastiness at all given the clarity of the beer is a mystery to me. The wheat malt-barley malt backbone is barely firm enough. The former provides a wee bit more sour tang than the latter provides sweetness.

Helle Weisse is one of the more bananarific hefes that I've had in a while and scores a 4.0/5.0 on my hefe weizen banan-o-meter. If you like that banana taffy flavor, as I do, then you'll probably have a good time with this one. Clove is just strong enough to confirm the authenticity of the yeast strain and no more.

The body is a tad too light for me. I like a little creaminess in my hefes and this one doesn't quite reach that threshold. Even with warming, it doesn't fill out much at all. At least it isn't both light and overcarbonated.

This is my first beer from Hopf Weissbierbrauerei. What better beer to start off with than the one that they consider to be "the prize product of the brewery"? Helle Weisse is an enjoyable little hefe weizen that has loads of banana esters, but is somewhat lacking in both overall depth of flavor and fullness of body. It's a fine hot weather beer though and is hitting the spot on this scorching July evening.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2006 23:20:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high white head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bananas, bubble gum and clove in the nose. The banana flavors stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some flavors of wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2011 23:43:24 | More by metter98
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oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A definent change of pace for me drinking a hefe weisse in February but wanted something a little different,pours a hazy light goleden with a big fluffy head that turns creamy-like as it settles.Soft clovey aroma most prominent with a little wheaty malt in there not much citrus maybe a light lemon note.Taste is pretty delicate compared to say Schneider weisse a little cloves and some citrus but soft.A good hefe but there are better German and American weisses out there this may be better with yes the dreaded lemon.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2005 00:16:35 | More by oberon
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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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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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Halcyondays

California

4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Classic 500 mL bottle,

A: Pours a hazy gold with a full white head, good retention, nice thick lace.

S: Notes of banana and pastry, sweet character, true to style.

T: Lots of wheat malt flavour with a lemony tang. Nice true yeast flavour on the back end with a good banana backbone. Just a hint of clove.

M: Light to medium-bodied, refreshing, frothy and creamy. A mouthfeel that invites me to take another drink.

O: This is clearly a well made and delicious hefeweizen. The only problem for me is the price. Ayinger's weissebiers are sitting there at a dollar less and they're just as good if not better. Based on the quality, I'll make an effort to try the dunkleweisse and the weizenbock in the near future, but it's hard to put this into the rotation when it's pushing $5 a bottle when not on sale.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2011 05:57:01 | More by Halcyondays
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Agitated before the pour, giving a cloudy lemon-yellow coloured body, with a decent head of large bubbled but meringue-like white foam. Actually looks very light for a weizen, but given they specifically call it a Helle Weisse, I guess this can be forgiven.

Good weizen characters on the nose. Bit of meatiness, fair bit of banana phenols and a light smattering of clove. Quite sweet; what I'm looking for in a weizen, with a nice vanilla character coming through too. Nice.

Taste is something of a let down, with a rather bland flavour profile. Thin, with a lightly sweet yeast character, but not a huge amount, and certainly not a huge amount of spiciness, or true hefe characteristics. Mouthfeel is clean at least. Not amazing, but suitable enough.

It's a drinkable hefe, but a pretty bland one. Nowhere near the peaks of the better examples.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 03:49:51 | More by lacqueredmouse
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Zorro

California

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unfiltered cloudy golden brew.

Smell is grain and mild spice scent from the yeast.

Taste is sweet with a little tartness and a banana and spice flavor.
Good grain backbone and a nice balanced hop finish. A bit sweet but not super sweet.

Good Mouthfeel, the wheat gives it a certain thickness.

Very drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2004 01:45:32 | More by Zorro
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DoubleJ

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

How else would you refresh yourself on a warm summer day than with a hefeweizen? On to the beer:

Beautiful appearance with a nice fully head in my hefeweizen glass. Geez, I've seen this many times before, but it never gets old. Nice aroma of malted wheat with some phenolic and spice fumes. The flavor has a bit of a spiced muffin taste to it, with a touch of pepper. A very mellow flavor, making it a nice wheat beer experience.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 00:17:54 | More by DoubleJ
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice enough appearence, completely hazy. Good enough head. For a German weisse I might expect it to hold a little better. Aroma seems a little offset, not overly enticing anyhow. Body has an interesting makeup. Crisp, seems off tap. Judging from bestbefore date this is either 2 or 6 months old. I wonder how much age has effected this. Drinks well enough, medium bodied. Carbonation is fine. No lacing. Bold on the wheat. Good bubbles. Interesting taste - offcentred from other wheats - wins points from me. Plenty of sediment. No real complaints here.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2006 16:26:44 | More by biegaman
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hopf Helle Weisse

Pours a cloudy, unfiltered yellow with soapy white head.
Aroma has a nice hoppy nose, with musty wheat elements. In the taste, Bavarian style yeast lending muted banana notes. Earthy hops dial in on the back end, with spicy and grassy elements. Crackery malt character with a nice bitterness. Spritzy feel with a light to medium bodied feel. A fine hefeweizen, and lives up to its namesake, a fair amount of hops come through.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 04:00:14 | More by Stinkypuss
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Gusler

Arizona

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer absents itself from the 500ml brown bottle a somewhat chill hazed golden amber with a monumental creamy light tan head that after its decomposition results in the lace forming a fine silk like curtain around the glass. Nose has a fair hint of wheat, somewhat sweet, clean and fresh, hints of banana and cloves; start is sweet with a fair grain profile and the top light in its feel. Finish is stern in its acidity with the hops light but present, a nice drinking beer that as with the Dunkle will go down nicely when the temperature hits 115 here soon.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 21:58:43 | More by Gusler
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avalon07

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: A very subdued aroma of wheat and that bubble gum aroma.

T: Tasted of wheat, a bit of malt, a hint of banana, and that bubble gum quality you get with hefeweizens. Not quite strong enough, but still an enjoyable flavor.

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

O: In spite of some bumpy spots, this is a pretty drinkable, likeable beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 12:14:27 | More by avalon07
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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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stcules

Italy

3/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow greenish, with a lot of carbonation. Quite hazy. Beautiful white foam, weizen-style.
The smell is quite fruity, with banana, and a generous amount of cloves, that mitigates the sweetness.
In spite of the apparent carbonation, in the mouth it is not excessive. Less sweet than you can expect, and quite balanced. Wheat.
In the spicy aftertaste, with cloves, fruity again.
Pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2006 12:07:28 | More by stcules
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RoyalT

Ohio

3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a pretty orangish-yellow in color and very murky. The head didn’t explode like in most weizens but it came up nicely.

Smell – The nose is balanced towards banana. I prefer my weizens with more of a wheaty character, but this is perfectly within acceptable guidelines. The spices, mostly clove, are light and mate well with the rest of the aroma.

Taste – The wheat picked up a tad at the taste but the banana still dominates. I’m finding a very mild grain flavor as well. Otherwise it tastes just like it smells.

Mouthfeel – This is big for a weizen but shy of medium-bodied. The wonderful German carbonation is here in force and there’s actually a mild bitter finish.

Drinkability – This was clean and refreshing and went down quite well, although as I said my preference is for a wheatier mix.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 03:03:40 | More by RoyalT
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TheLongBeachBum

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Milky hazed light golden-yellow body with a large virginal white expansive head that fills the glass at first which means that a slow pour is in order at first. Excellent conditioning.

Nose: Has a classic wheat beer nose. Lots of sweet mushy bananas, cloves and wheat with a light overall fruity odor.

Taste: No surprises here, but this is a solid example nevertheless. Mushed sweet bananas, cloves, slightly toasted wheat and fruity yeasts. Often there is twitch of sharpness at the beginning, but it is soon subsumed by the sweet banana. Finishes clean and with a refreshing and satisfying swallow. Fruity ending.

Mouthfeel: A complaint of mine is often that Wheat beers are sickly or tacky on the mouth. This is a clean, crisp offering which benefits from the chill but is nevertheless a damn good fresh Wheat beer that has a smooth feel with aerodynamic lines.

Drinkability: I had to work for a few hours today, the AC in our Office is turned down on weekends and the afternoon was hot, so this made for a very refreshing drink as the sun was going down when I got home. Very refreshing.

Overall: Cost $2.59 for the bottle. I always expect German beers to be steadfast and conservative, solid but never surprising. I suppose this is, it has all the classic Wheat Beer qualities that you would expect, and it doesn’t deviate from the norm, yet somehow it does that little bit more for me. A very good Weiße and one that I would purchase again, in fact I spied a 3L Magnum of the Hopf Helle Weiße in the Store as well, now this would make for a great Party Bottle that many would enjoy I think - now there’s an idea…..

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2004 03:00:44 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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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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nickfl

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with three fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, straw colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice rings of lace on the glass.

S - Spicy wheat with lemon and clove notes.

T - Smooth wheat up front with some vanilla notes. Clove and lemon peel in the middle and a finish of pepper, clove and more spicy wheat.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a nice enough weisse, the malt chracter is thick and pleasant, though the yeast is not as fruity as I would like it to be.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 05:42:13 | More by nickfl
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drpimento

Wisconsin

3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured with a nice white head that lasts and some lace. Nice pale gold color until the yeast sediment hits it. Nice. Typical bavarian hefe weizen aroma of estery bananas, cloves, pale malts, yeast, citrus; but this one also had a hint of smoke. Date code on the bottle. One other time had an slightly out of date edelweiss from austria that had some some in the flavor. This is very drinkable. smoke isnt in the flavor. More citrus there. Nice finish.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2007 03:30:22 | More by drpimento
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GClarkage

California

4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

03/29/09- Purchased at Bevmo in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- 500ml bottle with a small freshness code printed on the back label. Poured into my Ayinger weizen glass.

Appearance- Unfiltered clouded pour with a full once inch head...lasts about two minutes and settles at a half finger head. Yellow-orange hued in color with some quick fading lace markings.

Smell- Traditional banana and clove nose. A slight bit of bubble gum, some white pepper and good wheat scent.

Taste-Bubble gum comes out most in the flavor with clove following suit. Banana is present, but a bit hiiden by the other flavors. A bit peppery, but a touch watery in the finish.

Mouthfeel- Very clean in the aftertaste...not much with a quick finish. Carbonation is a touch too much, but that's being a bit picky. A touch watery as mentioned above.

Drinkability- Purchased three weizens I have not tried today. This was the most expensive at $4.29....pretty good brew. Not the best I have had, but a good job per style. Enjoyed and would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 03:34:05 | More by GClarkage
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Gmann

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yet cloudy golden color with a huge puffy pure white head that settles fairly quickly into a solid cap. The aroma is pretty one sided with banana, more of a banana creame pie. The taste is of over-rippened bananas, it also has some sort of other unique flavor. I want to say vanilla or perhaps mineral water but it is probably not but it does give way to the banana creame pie flavor. The feel is very smooth, no sharp wheat characteristic. The carbonation is prickly but leads into a silky feel in the end. Overall, a very smooth hefe, could use some more spice flavor. Worth a purchase.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2009 01:12:19 | More by Gmann
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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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Reidrover

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from "Lifesource" Salem.$4.49 Pours a gorgeous bright golden yellow,hazed, with a large thick and tight white head.I love the look of a good Hefe. Aroma ,slightly subdued/old?. banana,cherry,bubblegum,slight earthiness,slight clove. After the nice aroma, the taste is quite muted and more on the banana side,carbonation is almost non existent what is there seems natural,bottle conditioned and soft. After a while i got used to the softness and it became a nice smooth beer. A middling hefe..would love to taste fresh

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2012 02:19:48 | More by Reidrover
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Hopf Helle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
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