Hopf Helle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
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4.43/5 rDev +17.8%
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)
10-27-2006 15:14:40 | More by TexIndy
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
2.9/5 rDev -22.9%
When first poured, it was a hazy golden wheat color with some foam. The smell of spice and wheat fill the nose. I wouldn't say I could smell cloves, just some kind of a spicy nature. The taste was of a thick beer with some spice and wheat. The turn off for me was that the finish was a bitter/sour taste on the palate and for me, that was not very pleasant.
11-21-2003 22:59:39 | More by BeerManDan
2.78/5 rDev -26.1%
Appearance: Active carbonation, pure white head, yellow body.
Aroma: Sour lambic aroma.
Tasting: Sour, refreshing, light, wheaty lemony, cloves. Practically no sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Super light, far too much zest, crisp.
Drink: This is picnic beer. Might choose it over bud, but not sure.
02-09-2005 03:12:08 | More by Naerhu
3.65/5 rDev -2.9%
[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]
The pour was a medium golden amber with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated at a good steady pace down to a very light film and a small collar, which did allow for some light streaky lacing.
The aroma was of a grain malt and a light musty yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), banana, pineapple and a touch of coriander.
The taste was sweetly acidic throughout and had a sweet-tart pineapple flavor early on, then a yeasty tart fruity taste slowly but surely took over with notes of banana and citrus and a light hint of spice making their presence known towards the finish. The flavor hung around for an average time after consumption with a tart fruity yeast flavor left lying on the taste buds.
Mouthfeel was right in the middle of light and medium in body with a watery and slightly dry texture and a lively carbonation.
Overall an extremely flavorful brew, with great body and nice drinkable feel. I definitely see me drinking this one again...
08-13-2012 19:44:00 | More by KajII
3.23/5 rDev -14.1%
Presented in a 16.9oz brown bottle with green lettering. Poured a slightly cloudy straw yellow color with a fizzy, bubbly, quick-to-die white head and a ton of carbonation.
Smell is of bready malt and a hint of clove.
Taste was rather one-dimensional. Had a solid malt taste and a mellow clove spiciness but was missing the usual banana flavor anticipated in a beer of this style. Has a grassy taste.
Feel was very light, dry, crisp and refreshing.
Overall, I found this beer to be on a rung or two below what I consider the best hefeweizens out there. This beer was understrength in taste and missing the banana flavor usually associated with a German wheat beer. The Hopf Weissbock is much better.
09-14-2003 04:10:29 | More by Boilermaker88
3.28/5 rDev -12.8%
Sampled on 7-17-09
Produced on L26807012
Pours an unbelievably cloudy pale yellow color, with a thin but long-lasting head and slow-moving lacing.
Smell is very beery, subtle clove and lots of wheat. Enjoyable, if not particularly complex.
Taste is rather bland and like the smell, very beery. Very bready, with just a hint of banana in the flavor. The finish is pleasant, but smacks of adjunct.
Mouthfeel is decent, but the carbonation is a little strong, you mouth seems filled with foam.
Drinkability is also decent, the beer is just not memorable.
Overall, there are much better hefes to be had.
07-17-2009 21:33:58 | More by BMoney575
3.48/5 rDev -7.4%
.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.
05-29-2011 19:42:46 | More by dasenebler
3.63/5 rDev -3.5%
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.
02-13-2008 04:18:43 | More by mithrascruor
3.53/5 rDev -6.1%
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.
08-08-2006 23:13:05 | More by scottoale
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
03-29-2007 00:22:43 | More by jettjon
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
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
3.93/5 rDev +4.5%
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.
02-05-2009 23:58:02 | More by PeprSprYoFace
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
10-11-2006 21:02:09 | More by atigerlife
4.35/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
12-29-2004 22:29:33 | More by Skidz
3.73/5 rDev -0.8%
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...
10-22-2009 18:37:39 | More by czfreeman
3.38/5 rDev -10.1%
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.
08-27-2008 22:56:06 | More by changeup45
4/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
01-06-2013 22:47:32 | More by acevenom
2.35/5 rDev -37.5%
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
09-03-2003 02:04:19 | More by jcalabre
4.13/5 rDev +9.8%
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.
07-10-2011 19:44:11 | More by theboozecruise
Hopf Helle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
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