Hopf Helle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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85
very good

156 Ratings
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Ratings: 156
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 11.2%
Wants: 3
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Weissbierbrauerei Hopf visit their website
Germany

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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

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

.5L, best before 11/8/11.

Pours a light and cloudy straw-orange. Three-finger, creamy head with fat lacing.

The aroma is very powdery-yeasty, with sweet floral notes. Banana taffy.

The flavor is fine. Grainy-wheaty sweetness countered by a more rubbery, phenolic and dry yeast character on the finish. Not too fruity and not terribly full or satisfying, but not terribly flawed either. The mouthfeel is well-carbonated, though watery and thin.

Drinkable wheat beer, but not a repeat purchase. Lacked some character in the flavor department.

Photo of DenisKolkin
3.74/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A half pint served on-tap at Bier Markt - Square One into a Hopf hefeweizen glass.

Appearance - Hazy and golden in color, a decent two finger head was poured with good retention that coalesces into a small thin foam cap.

Smell - Banana and clove with a middling banana aroma and a less obvious clove smell.

Taste - Pretty much same as the nose, straightforward and to the point. Banana and clove with a sweeter than average banana flavor and very subtle clove.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, well carbonated a bit stickier than other hefes I've had. Also a touch on the thin side.

Overall - Certainly a good hefe that went nicely with my Pastrami flammekueche but nothing I'd go out of my way to get again.

Photo of mithrascruor
3.61/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Photo of scottoale
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

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 jettjon
3.7/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

Photo of CJNAPS
2.38/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Wasn't a fan of this one, smelled off to me. Maybe I got a bad bottle.

Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.05/5  rDev +8%
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.

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

Cool little find here, found it in a dwontown grocery here in Munich, a small local brew.
Pours a murky golden straw color, light apricot-orange, rich amount of Hefe murkiness in a Helles. Head is beautiful, full, rocky, fluffy leaving lots of sticky lacing. It holds it retention for quite a long time, off to a great start.
Smells like a pretty solid Hefe. Light citrus fruitness, musty Hefe yeastiness, bit of bitter hoppiness keeping all in check. The mustyness is there, the fruitness as well, but all is a bit subdued, and a tad bit watery, but solid nonetheless.
Flavor is bright, spritzy, exibiting a high level of carbonation a first then ending in a nice citrusy creamy finish. Peppery on the finish, long lingering musty fruitiness. Not so much of the typical "banana cream-o-wheat" flavor here, more of an orange-citrus, with peppery wheat/hefe notes,but the banana is still in the background, used as an underlying flavor, rather than the dominant theme. really good flavor.
Drinkablity is high, as the bright carbonation, light fruity flavor keeps me reaching for my glass frequently.
Overall I have much higher preferences for my Hefe's, but this one was decent, a little too watered down for me, but dont know till you try...

Photo of atigerlife
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Skidz
4.33/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out foggy light straw and sits a hazy light gold in the glass with a large frothy white head. Good thick head maintained all the way down to the bottom of the glass with nice thick lacings up and down.

Smells rich and wheaty. Oranges and lemon zest pour out on all sides. Hints of honey and mild leafy aromas hide underneath.

Tastes mildly sweet up front with increasing sourness that peaks and levels off at a level of a fresh granny smith. Plenty of light fruity flavors including oranges, lemon and apples. Nice hop bitterness provides a crisp dose of grassy flavors and a slight hint of pepper. Finishes with plently of bitterness and many lingering fruit flavors.

Crisp and clean in the mouth with good carbonation. Very refreshing on all levels. An easy drinker all the way. I really enjoyed this beer and wouldn't mind having a few more lying around. An anytime beer all the way.

Photo of changeup45
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color topped with a huge fluffy white head. Aroma is citrus bananas and fresh with some yeast and a touch of spice. The flavor is a bit citrusy with some orange coriander and banana. There's also some yeast and maybe a hint of spices thrown in there but it's all a little thin. Still nice and refreshing so I may give this one another look on a hot day.

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 jcalabre
2.4/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on 26 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
This is a clear wheat beer w/ a very light body & even less flavor. I guess this should be categorized as a "lawnmower" beer. There are far better German beers out there

Photo of theboozecruise
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a half liter bottle into a pint glass.

It's a hazy golden color with a good foamy white head. Good looking beer for the style!

It has a typical banana aroma, with just a hint of wheat and hops as well.

The taste is very much the same, a lot of bananas, creamy and very refreshing! I'm a fan, this is a very good Hefeweizen.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.37/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Photo of BrewMaster
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a tall, slender Arrogant Bastard glass, this beer presents itself with a big foamy head. I'm not kidding, over half the glass was foamy for a few minutes. The head is creamy, white, sticky, fluffy and long lasting made up of very small bubbles. Exceptionally stiff head could be scooped like ice cream. It leaves very nice, lacy striations on the glass. The beer is a cloudy orange with a light red tint when back lit. Very pretty.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma with a bit of a phenolic note to it. Apple, light alcohol, and chewiness that is a compliment to the malt.

Taste: Sweet with a tight malt flavor. Some biscuity notes with a fruity and spicy undertones. The spiciness is cinnamon and lavender while the fruits suggest banana, orange, and a general citrusy flavor. This beer is slightly syrupy with a tart middle. The flavor weakens at the end and dies off. Watery and slightly disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Very light and fluffy but the tartness tends to bite and make it uncomfortable in my mouth. The watery ending leaves something to be desired.

Drinkability: It is certainly a drinkable beer and is probably better consumed when paired with equally lively foods. Good but not great by any stretch.

Photo of mickeymac
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours with the bit white head expected of a weissbeier. However, it's a bit lighter in color than expected. The smell is clove but little banana or other fruit. The taste is a bit on the light side but not unpleasant. Because of the drinkability, it might grow on you a bit. It's not bad, but better choices abound.

Photo of theopholis
3.4/5  rDev -9.3%
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

Photo of ultralarry2006
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
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.

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 Padron4KM
2.78/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bomber, no freshness date.
Pours out a hazy golden yellow with a thick, but rapidly disapating off white head. Little to no lacing.
aroma is light banana, some wheat, and a little clove.
Flavor is citric, with a nice spicyness on the finish.
Average hefe.

Photo of LuckySevens82
3.68/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
Pours a hazy golden color with a rocky, thick, off white head. Retention is great as is lacing.
Smell is almost pure wheat. Some banana and clove, but not nearly as much as I would have expected. Very slight spicy hop aroma as well.
Taste is slight wheat twang, followed by banana, and clove. Definte hop bitterness/spiciness to this one as well.
Mouthfeel is dead on for the style.
Overall, extremely drinkable, and enjoyable. A little more tart than I might like, but still a damn good wheat beer.

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