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Hopf Helle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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Reviews: 107
Hads: 158
Avg: 3.74
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 4
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Weissbierbrauerei Hopf visit their website

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2002

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Reviews: 107 | Hads: 158
Photo of gwood
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle looked a little suspect when I picked it up, no freshness date. Poured into a clean Hefe glass...

Pours a cloudy put still pale yellow. I noticed that I could see yeast in suspension after the bottle was moved from the fridge to the counter, like they'd been there all along...never deciding to settle down. This brew has a nice big bright creamy head that ended up at two plus fingers with some minimal lacing. Smells of mellow banana, stronger citrus, and a very slight hint of spice. Taste is malted wheat in the middle that fades to some very slight hop bitterness followed immediately by yeast esters that linger into spice and fade quicker than expected. The surprising aspect of this beer is what I can only describe as much more dry finish than what I would've expected based on the smell.

Mouthfeel is right in line with a nice mellow level of carbonation. Highly drinkable, right along the style lines. Overall, a good representation. I'm not a huge fan of the style but it's a nice change and I can certainly see the appeal, especially with things warming up here in the southland.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a large foamy white head

S- Smell is light with a mix of wheat, spice and fruit.

T/M- A very typical wheat taste with some hint of fruit and spice. Nicely carbonated. Nothing stands out about it.

D- Very easy to drink nice basic wheat beer. I would defiantly get it again because it would be a nice beer to have on hand. Good and balanced

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Photo of searsclone
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I agree with mithrascrour's review almost to the letter. The only thing that I don't agree with is the drinkablility. About halfway through my glass, I found it to be almost offensive. The flavor seemed to go towards a bad macro hefe as it warmed. It reminded me of Widmer. I don't think I'll have another, but as with all beer, I am glad that I tried it. If you are a fan of Widmer, I suggest that you try it, however, I personally prefer more banana, smoke, and bubblegum in my hefe...

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

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale peachy color; very hazy. Super thick, smooth, and dense white head which has excellent retention and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Really minimal aroma. Over-ripe banana and some vague spices.

Taste: Almost generic heat/banana flavor with some indistinct spices. Nothing stands out. I mostly like it, but it's really unremarkable and unmemorable.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, light-bodied but a bit viscous. Very light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Fine ABV and enjoyable to drink, but the flavor isn't so exciting.

Interestingly, I'm most captured by the mouthfeel of this beer. The flavor is pretty ho-hum. Still, I think it's surely worth a try.

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Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.37/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pale straw yellow with a very active solid white head.

S- beautiful clean citrus aroma of early in the season oranges.

T- clean and crisp wheat beer with a wonderful yeasty orange hint.

M- eventhough wheats aren't my style, I love the way this beer feels. Clean and crisp, leaving the mouth completely humble.

D- smooth and very refreshing, wish I had more than just this bottle. I will buy more for the terrible summers in Florida.

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Photo of chefscott79
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

apperance...poured with nice head....lots of brussels lace...a fairly light example of the style

smell....wheaty...and not a whole lot of the clove/bananna smell

taste...lots of wheat flavor and not a lot of fruity flavors and finishes with a minerally flavor

mouthfeel...lots of carbonation but....not overwhelmingly so...and creamy even

drinkablity...I would drink this if there where no other hefe weizens to drink and I was craving it..and I would not complain...but if there was something else to drink... I might have to

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Photo of casadebia
4.15/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hopf Helle Weisse pours a cloudy yellow with a thick white head from a half liter brown bottle. The aroma is mostly over ripe banana. The flavor is on the sweet side, favoring banana as well. There is a touch of clove, but it's not strong. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Overall this is a decent hefe, it's worth a try.

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Photo of DoubleJ
4/5  rDev +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.

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Photo of Ungespundet
4.34/5  rDev +16%
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!!!

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Photo of drpimento
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Photo of jettjon
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bottle with no freshness date, into a hefeweizen glass. Hazy yellow with numerous large bubbles rising up; two-finger white cap that fades at a moderate pace leaving a thin cap and little lacing. Note that there is a large amount of sediment in the bottle. Nose is of citrus hops, tea, and syrupy malt. Tastes tangy, peppery, and wheaty, with citrus notes. Semi-sweet malt, faint coriander, and even some fruity apple flavor in there. Good, fairly complex hefe flavor. Mouth evinces middle-of-the-road viscosity with very light carbonation bordering on flat; smooth and satisfying overall. Drinkability is very good overall.

Overall: A good wheat beer; I think it would benefit from a touch more carbonation. Definitely a great spring/summer quencher. Worth a try.

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Photo of theopholis
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Slightly transluscent, straw gold. Not nearly as cloudy as most wheats. Very white head, with little staying power. No lace.

Aroma- Fairly sour. Not much banana or clove considering it's a hefe. Citrusy.

Taste- Nice, clean wheat with a citrusy zing. Nice after-taste, tho I can't describe it.

Mouthfeel- Nice and light. A tad overcarbonated, but it seems to work. Good CO2 bite on the lips and toungue.

Drinkability: Very nice. A nice easy drinking wheat. Good for just drinking, or refreshing when working out in the yard

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Photo of TexIndy
4.42/5  rDev +18.2%
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)

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Photo of frapp
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 500ml bottle into a weizen glass.

A - opalescent, brigth (almost white)
S - quite good, a mild unripe banana's aroma
T - a nice taste, typical wheat malt note, sour, a green banana first and a bit spicy later
M - a good body, just a bit astringent and a bit too effervescent
D - well drinkable, thirst-quenching

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Photo of atigerlife
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of ultralarry2006
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 500 ml. bottle. Leaves a good two finger hefe-weizen style foamy head with decent retention, no lacing. Body is a cloudy pale straw yellow. Looks decent.

Smell - cloves and bananas, faint saltine cracker-like wheat, some faint spicy hops, and a little bit of barnyard must.

Taste - weaker than the already weak smell indicates, and weaker than one would want. Not impressive on the palate. Not bad, just not inspiring.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, slightly creamy, slight hop oil slickness, a little semi-dry.

Drinkability - this is not bad, but it's not great or inspiring either.

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Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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Photo of WetCoaster
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A somewhat murky pale, straw gold. Decent pure white head, but not nearly the creaminess or retention I'd expect from a wheat beer.

Smell: It's all there -- banana, clove, citrus, paper -- but it's quite a timid little thing, just glances at you before grabbing mommy's leg.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice citrusy zing with a wheat cracker dryness. There's a slight clove flavor, but again, very mild compared with some of the beefier (i.e. better) versions I've had. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Drinkability: Oh, quite good, nothing to offend you here. Great as a beverage, not so much as a beer. McWheat.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
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)

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Photo of Sammy
3.41/5  rDev -8.8%
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.

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Photo of tgbljb
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of scottoale
3.51/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500ml. brown bottle with some sort of code on the back label. This pours a slightly hazy (not cloudy) golden-amber with thin white bubble type head. Good carbonation is visable and helps sustain the head yet not much in the way of lace.

Faint, sweet smell mostly banana and some lemon with the wheat barely coming through.

Starts of wheaty and sweet of banana, then get a sour lemony tang with a hint of yeast. Finishes fairly clean, yet kind of dry.

Light to medium in body with the alcohol vaquely evident, a good easy drinker that suits it's style...hot weather beer even with it's dry type finish.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Hopf Helle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
84 out of 100 based on 107 ratings.