Hopf Helle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2002

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

Hopf Helle Weisse has a very thick, fluffy, slightly off-white head and a hazy yellow-golden appearance, which really clouds up when one swishes the bottom 25% of the contents, bringing in the sediment. Nice lacing is present. The aroma is of bananas, cloves, and water, and the taste is of banana, white bread, cloves, spice, water, and the most minimal amount of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is somewhat watery, and Hopf Helle Weisse finishes very refreshing, semi-dry, and easy drinking. Overall, this is a very good beer.

RJT

Photo of Stinkypuss
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.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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…..

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

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick billowy head. Nice lacing. Aroma is almost all bananna. Very little clove. Much like Wihenstaphner Weiss. Very slight spicy hop aroma as well.
Taste is typical wheat beer with lots of pineapple type fruit. Mouthfeel is medium.
Overall very drinkable.

Photo of GClarkage
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.

Photo of travolta
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Appearance: Slightly opaque pear juice in color with golden hues. Bright white head that looks alive as it moves about. Head retention and lacing are minimal.

Nose: Banana bread, wheat, hint of orange peel.

Taste: Dough, crispy mouthfeel, a little orange and yeast.

Notes: a very nice example of the style.

Photo of DoubleJ
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.

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

Poured into a weizen glass. Pours hazy golden with a thick, white head that dissipates at a moderate pace. There are plentiful visible tiny bubbles rising in the beer. Some lacing is left on the side of the glass as the head dissipates. Some lacing is also left on the side of the glass during consumption. The beer smells like a hefeweizen should with plenty of banana and clove. There are also some lemon notes with the wheat malt. Overall, the aromas are all very bright and appealing. The taste absolutely follows the nose. The banana, clove, and lemon notes blend well with the sweet and bready malt notes. There's some mild tartness there as well. The body is medium with lively carbonation, yielding a crisp, dry finish. This is a refreshingly easy to drink beer. This is a very good beer.

Photo of Dentist666
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours cloudy yellow, 2-finger white head with good retention. Classic weizen aroma. Taste is a bit lighter than it would be expected. In conclusion, good weissbier.

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

Pours a rather standard hazy straw color with above average white head. Nose is the typical banana-clove with some soft bready aromas. On the palate, high carbonation is noted with a pleasant wheat-cracker sweetness balanced by the yeasty estery stuff, and of course the banana (but not as much clove). Rather standard Hefe-Weizen - better than the vast majority of U.S. "craft" examples, but average for German imports.

Photo of jayjay1976
3.99/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Eyes:
Pale yellow/amber, with thin foam that stuck around for the duration, leaving almost no residue or lacing.

Nose:
Mostly copper and subtle banana. Maybe a trace of something sort of sulphur-like right at the end. I think its a nice smell not overly fruity. Not every Hefeweizen should smell like a bowl of bananas, this is a refreshing BEER smell.

Tongue:
Clean, simple. Missing the deep banana clove combo that seems to dominate the mass produced efforts. It also has very little bitterness, which is nice. Coats the tongue like buttermilk and slides off the back really nicely, this would be a soothing breakfast beer with some weißwurst, and toast points with aprikot jam.

Belch:
I know this isn't an 'official' category but it's becoming an important dimension for me. This is not a burp-inducing brew, RARE for a hefeweizen. I'm nearly finished with it and I can't seem to coax one. Oh wait a little one, hey there's the banana! How'd they do that?!

Overall, this is a refreshing and sporty example of the type, and if it weren't for the draconian German bicycle drinking/driving laws this would be a great companion on an afternoon ride through the vineyards.

Serving type: 0,5 liter bottle, €0.65 purchased at the Getränke Bee around the corner from my house.

20 mixed bottles of craft and specialty weizens for €13 plus crate and bottle deposits.

Photo of rtepiak
3.97/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

quite a standard beer. golden pour of a mild cloud with that cotton candy sweet and a mild banana nose. neutral sweet with a nice mild hop. floral and crisp but not assertive floral dry. a mild mint finish of sweet fruit. with a subtle wheat and yeast malt end. simple and unarguably solid.

Photo of PeprSprYoFace
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Interesting Hefe Weizen I had seen at Hi Times Liquors in costa mesa.

Pours a nice and cloudy yellowish color with a very nice looking head. Looks beautiful.

Smells of strong cloves and bananas. Smells like a great Hefe Weizen.

Taste is pretty good. Better than alot I have had but I have also had a few better. Good clove and banana flvours and a good spice character to it in the finish.

Mouthfeel is good but I wish it was slightly more wheaty feeling and a little more carbonation.

Drinkabiliy is high because it is a pretty good example of the style and who can't put back a few Hef's? Could drink several in a row.

Photo of SamuraiJack
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very light, crisp and clean wheat beer. A nice refresher.
Initial pour shows a very attractive golden colour with excellent carbonation an a pillowy, fluffy and foaming head. Aroma is light grains and citrus, very mild (perhaps too mild?).
Initial taste is of a highly citric crispness reminiscent of a lightly sweetened grapefruit, but with lower acid. Very little bitterness and a light touch of alcohol to bring out the grains and tasty yeasts that provide the foundation balance the equation. There is little to no aftertaste - again providing a sense of crispness and "clean" drinking. Much lighter than your average Hefeweissen, but with all the same traits - just diminished in strength.
A refreshing and light beer. Inoffensive. This is one of those beers that in no way knocks your socks off, but would be a great beer to have around for when you simply want a refreshing drink after a hot day in the sun.

Photo of drpimento
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.

Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of kevanb
3.92/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall wine glass. Served with a lemon.

A: Nice golden appearance, bubbly texture. Light carbonated head, not very much retention, with some slight lacing. Doesn't really stand out from other beers, especially some of the watery nasty macrobrews.

S: Smells really nice, just the way to start off a summer. Balanced aromas, bananas, lemons, cloves, vanilla, biscuits.

T: Bananas. Lots of bananas, but its got a well rounded flavor, not too sweet from the bananas, nice tartness from the citrus with the mild breads coming in too. Nice and easy to drink, but also complex enough to satisfy any beernut.

M: A little bubbly, kind of feels like a soda at times, but does go down easy. Really easy to drink.

O: Solid brew here. Got this at a local bar and grille and will surely be back for more as the summer goes on. Wonderful beer to have with friends, sitting outside in the sun.

Photo of drewmprs
3.87/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had the pleasure of sampling this brew at stuffed sandwich. Quite a tasty brew with a big head and lots of brussel lace. Unfortunately i had to drink it out of a paper cup, i thought i went to my last frat party. Reminded me a bit of the weihenstephaner, which is a solid hefe. I'd consider purchasing this beer again, it seems to be available at most fine wine stores.

Photo of silver0rlead
3.86/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful hazy, amber-yellow shade with a huge, frothy white head. Aroma begins with bready malt componenent followed by a big fruity banana yeasty aroma and a slight corriander kick. The flavor is very well balanced, begins with a a malty wheat bread taste followed by a nice banana flavor and a spicy finish of corriander, clove and pepper. Mouthfeel is smooth and drinkability is good.

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

Had this at Mesa Grill in LV. I faintly recognized the bottle from a book. Probably worth noting that the beer’s namesake doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re shooting for something like a hofpen-weiss.
Poured a cloudy desert sand color. Hazy and with a billowing head. Carbonation does fade quickly, though.
Bananas and vanilla cream are the standout flavors on both the nose and palate. Unlike some of the spicier or fruitier examples, this one seems sweeter and headed in the creamy direction. Hops are subdued, but keep the flavor from being too sweet and dessert-like. Texture was also great with no grit, although again, the carbonation died a little.
Tasty and easy drinking. I had it with some mildly spicy southwestern food and it made for a great contrast.
I’m not sure what the distribution is like for this beer, but I saw it a few times in the LV area. A pretty fine weissbier that leans in the flavor directions I enjoy most. Reminds me a bit of the one from Mahr’s.
Worth choosing over some of the more common examples in my eyes for sure.

Photo of frapp
3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Photo of biegaman
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Photo of finepaws
3.82/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with big 3 inch head that disapted to tiny head, but has lasted throughout the whole glass. Good lacing. Smells yeasty like a good doughy piece of warm bread, slight banana scents, with citrus. Tastes about the same. Good banana, lemon flavor, and spicey corriander after finish. If you can, smell and taste at the same time, great flavors mix together with smell. Creamy mouthfeel. I could drink a few of these for the afternoon. If you like hefe's it's a good one to try.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

Photo of oberon
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.

Hopf Helle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
85 out of 100 based on 156 ratings.