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Hopf Helle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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BA SCORE
85
very good

140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2002)
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Photo of belgiumbud
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.

belgiumbud, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not a usual fan of hefeweizens, but this one was great. I wouldn't want to say the beer was seriously complex, but it was more then pleasant to drink. It went down smooth, and dare I say, felt like thicker on the tongue then it let on by appearances. If there WAS hops in this brew, I had a hard time detecting it.

A very solid, drinkable/enjoyable hefe. Go for it.

IRONRakkasan, Dec 06, 2010
Photo of Halcyondays
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.

Halcyondays, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of cliff1066
4/5  rDev +6.7%

cliff1066, Dec 28, 2012
Photo of megu
4/5  rDev +6.7%

megu, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of benmiliron
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid about 1.50 euro. Not a bad brew for the cost and size of the bottle. Good, standard wheat beer. Hops are well blended and low key. Taste is weisse, heavy on the grainy texture. Not too thick. Hazy light orange brown with good foam and no lace. Nice brew.

benmiliron, Dec 31, 2005
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

RonaldTheriot, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of tzieser
4/5  rDev +6.7%

tzieser, May 27, 2013
Photo of JohneHoodlum
4/5  rDev +6.7%

JohneHoodlum, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of cdwil
4/5  rDev +6.7%

cdwil, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of beagle75
4/5  rDev +6.7%

beagle75, Nov 28, 2011
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.

Stinkypuss, Nov 13, 2011
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…..

TheLongBeachBum, Sep 27, 2004
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.

bigbelcher, Feb 25, 2009
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.

GClarkage, Mar 30, 2009
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.

travolta, Sep 01, 2014
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.

DoubleJ, Jul 09, 2007
Photo of jayjay1976
4/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

jayjay1976, Aug 29, 2009
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.

acevenom, Jan 06, 2013
Photo of TGS
4/5  rDev +6.7%

TGS, Sep 07, 2014
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.

yemenmocha, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of DSkilling
4/5  rDev +6.7%

DSkilling, Jul 18, 2013
Photo of rtepiak
3.98/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

rtepiak, May 29, 2009
Photo of SamuraiJack
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

SamuraiJack, Mar 03, 2003
Hopf Helle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
85 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.