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Hopf Helle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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very good

133 Ratings
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Ratings: 133
Reviews: 99
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weissbierbrauerei Hopf visit their website

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 kevanb


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

05-28-2011 19:46:53 | More by kevanb
Photo of drpimento


3.93/5  rDev +4.5%

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 One other time had an slightly out of date edelweiss from austria that had some some in the flavor.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.

04-03-2007 03:30:22 | More by drpimento
Photo of silver0rlead

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

07-23-2005 06:52:39 | More by silver0rlead
Photo of Domingo


3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

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.

01-19-2012 15:44:51 | More by Domingo
Photo of frapp


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

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

10-20-2006 22:01:12 | More by frapp
Photo of drewmprs


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

01-30-2006 04:19:07 | More by drewmprs
Photo of biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

09-30-2006 16:26:44 | More by biegaman
Photo of finepaws

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

07-31-2005 01:36:11 | More by finepaws
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

07-15-2006 23:20:10 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of Gmann

New York

3.8/5  rDev +1.1%

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.

05-10-2009 01:12:19 | More by Gmann
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

02-11-2005 00:16:35 | More by oberon
Photo of steverx8

United Kingdom (England)

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%

08-17-2014 21:22:18 | More by steverx8
Photo of RoyalT


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

08-02-2006 03:03:40 | More by RoyalT
Photo of JamesStreet


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-13-2014 16:04:22 | More by JamesStreet
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-16-2013 21:04:48 | More by Ciocanelu
Photo of ygtbsm94


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

12-26-2013 04:13:34 | More by ygtbsm94
Photo of NeMe


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-22-2014 22:35:05 | More by NeMe
Photo of pinkano

Czech Republic

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

A - very light yellow color with a little haze
S - really good smell.. smells after banana bread, dried banana, lemon and citruses. It is evident hefeweizen.
T - nice easy taste of banana and lemon also with some light wheat end
M - low to medium body with medium carbonation
D - easy and drinkable. Especially in summer time it is a very light and easy beer.

01-01-2011 17:20:34 | More by pinkano
Photo of NorCalWorkaholic


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

09-13-2012 02:52:35 | More by NorCalWorkaholic
Photo of RedneckBeerz


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-18-2013 20:53:06 | More by RedneckBeerz
Photo of thkrb99


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-15-2014 19:45:24 | More by thkrb99
Photo of rredshift


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-10-2014 17:40:37 | More by rredshift
Photo of Latarnik

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-26-2014 22:49:21 | More by Latarnik
Photo of jasewaaang


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

03-27-2013 20:06:05 | More by jasewaaang
Photo of ToriBug13


3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Weisbierbrauerei Hopf Helle Weisse

A- Pale yellow straw color, thick pillowy head, unfiltered and cloudy—looking delicious!

S- Yeast, bread, banana, light vanilla spice.

T- Nice and crisp! Great carbonation for a German beer. Light on the banana which makes it a very refreshing drink. Compared to the nose, this is not as banana-ish as I expected, but the hint of phenols is perfectly balanced. Very clean finish. Pleasant surprise, very much enjoyed!

07-17-2013 15:25:17 | More by ToriBug13
Hopf Helle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
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