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Hopf Helle Weisse - Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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BA SCORE
85
very good

140 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 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 jcalabre
2.35/5  rDev -37.3%
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

jcalabre, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of theboozecruise
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

theboozecruise, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.38/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

paulthebeerguru, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev 0%

BabaBeer, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of BrewMaster
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

BrewMaster, Apr 07, 2005
Photo of mickeymac
3.75/5  rDev 0%
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.

mickeymac, Jul 07, 2002
Photo of theopholis
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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

theopholis, Feb 10, 2007
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 ultralarry2006
3.18/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

ultralarry2006, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of Luiz0930
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Luiz0930, May 31, 2013
Photo of jmtpi
3.75/5  rDev 0%

jmtpi, Sep 18, 2014
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.

Padron4KM, May 28, 2005
Photo of rredshift
3.75/5  rDev 0%

rredshift, Jun 10, 2014
Photo of brendaniel
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

brendaniel, Feb 13, 2013
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.

LuckySevens82, Jun 27, 2005
Photo of jdklks
2.6/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

extremely light light yellow, like lemonade, and disgustingly fizzy. has a bready scent, with banana and lemon. its a hefeweizen.

wheat. extremely dry and quite dull. a sweet light fruit flavor through the middle, with just a hint of hops. bready to the point of having to filter grain through my teeth (okay not quite, but you get the point). just a hefeweizen, probably a drainpour.

light and fizzy... drinkability gets a 2 instead of a one because it is so light. however, it makes my stomach twitch a little, so i doubt ill find a way to get to the end of this.

jdklks, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of moulefrite
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy, hazy light golden with plenty of head and stick, though the head dissipates rather quickly. Aromas scream fruit esters redolent of under ripe banana. Some barnyard on the nose as well as a blast of sweet toasty malt and a pinch of clove. The beer is clean and crisp yet the ripeness of the beers flavor makes it a bit flabby on the palate. Flavors again favor sweet banana (tastes like banana nut bread) and toasty malt. Unique in style, this is worth checking out.

moulefrite, Jul 27, 2004
Photo of WetCoaster
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: A somewhat murky pale, straw gold. Decent pure white head, but not nearly the creaminess or retention I'd expect from a wheat beer.

Smell: It's all there -- banana, clove, citrus, paper -- but it's quite a timid little thing, just glances at you before grabbing mommy's leg.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Nice citrusy zing with a wheat cracker dryness. There's a slight clove flavor, but again, very mild compared with some of the beefier (i.e. better) versions I've had. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Drinkability: Oh, quite good, nothing to offend you here. Great as a beverage, not so much as a beer. McWheat.

WetCoaster, Sep 23, 2006
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 TGS
4/5  rDev +6.7%

TGS, Sep 07, 2014
Photo of Cozzatoad
3.1/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500ml bottle

A- Very cloudy yellow. Generous head with good retention and nice lacing. Visible carbonation

S- Classic hefeweizen aroma, maybe a bit on the fresher side if that may be the right word. Yeast, and then some lemon and banana

T- Taste is again fresh and a peraphs a bit fruity. Not so much of the classic bready flavour but still enough wheat malts to look like a weizen. Then there are citrus, banana and maybe even orange, along with some spiciness. Very fresh but not that complex

M- Light bodied with a lot of carbonation. Carbonation doesn't get prickly though, and gives life and freshness to the foamy mouthfeel

O- So, this beer has a very refreshing character and very good drinkability. It may sure be a nice summer beer. Not a very interesting one though

Cozzatoad, Apr 07, 2011
Photo of Troyone
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy blond color with moderate carbonation and has a three inch froth.

Has a toasted straw malt aroma with grass, resin, grapefruit, and slightly lemon hops smell.

Lightly sweet, moderately acidic, and lightly bitter taste that has a short duration however the fruit lingers. The taste resembles the smell with a little ginger in the malt and spruce dominated by lemon in the hops.

Mouthfeel has a light body, dry texture, soft carbonation, with a lightly astringent and slightly chalky finish.

Drinkability is great, definitely a session beer, in fact I'll have another.

Troyone, May 15, 2005
Photo of searsclone
3.23/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

I agree with mithrascrour's review almost to the letter. The only thing that I don't agree with is the drinkablility. About halfway through my glass, I found it to be almost offensive. The flavor seemed to go towards a bad macro hefe as it warmed. It reminded me of Widmer. I don't think I'll have another, but as with all beer, I am glad that I tried it. If you are a fan of Widmer, I suggest that you try it, however, I personally prefer more banana, smoke, and bubblegum in my hefe...

searsclone, Mar 13, 2008
Photo of Vigilante
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Vigilante, May 17, 2013
Hopf Helle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
85 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.