Hoppin' Helles - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 78
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 15.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
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Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: StoutHunter on 08-17-2013

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Reviews by henrichsj:
Photo of henrichsj
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A - Golden in color, fizzy white foamy head that doesn't last long

S - Hop-forward smell, kind of grassy, yeasty

T - Not a lot of character, the attempt is a mix of malt and hops, kind of bitter but not necessarily in an enjoyable way, flowery and fruity in a way, dry

M - Bitter, tart, dry

O - I tend to favor a lot of Leinenkugels stuff but wasn't overly impressed with this one. Kind of a weak, flavorless version of a good style of beer.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
3.42/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: high carbonation, 1 inch head, clear, gold in color

Smell: wheat, grass, and light earthy hops

Taste: grain, grass, light caramel and citrus hops

Mouthfeel: slightly bitter, light body, high carbonation

Overall: A nice, sessionable, and clean helles lager. Nothing over the top, but still a beer I could put away several of.

Photo of Michael_Squires
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is nice as it is a very light, golden color, and that was probably my favorite thing about the beer.

Smell was nothing special, taste was bitter but not unbearably so.

Overall, I would recommend it to those who prefer hoppy beers. I do not mind hoppy beers, but I did not find this taste particularly enjoyable for me.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.64/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Excited to see a light helles with more hops, but I understand it's brewed by Miller ultimately price per six a bit high 9.49 but it was on sale for 7.99. Pours light fizzy yellow but the difference here is the head along with some actual head retention, fine speckled lacing left behind. Aroma has a light citric hop nose with some cereal grains that can't rule out vegetal components of corn/rice. Pretty light on the nose let's see how it's tasting. Generic hop bitterness the label says 5 varieties but I truly can't hone in on one. Grassy herbal are some words with a hint of citrus but it's dumbed down, they are going for a light noble pils style. I can definitely tell you there are some noble hops in this brew. I'm all over it, as far as drinkability and accessibility goes. Mouthfeel is light as in helles light, a bit of fizzy un natural carbonation reminds you that your drinking a macro. Nothing to fault here hoppier than the norm easy to drink I could enjoy this watching a ball game. Not offensive at all, but at the same time there's many better lagers this will be reliable during this season.

Photo of chinchill
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle, BB date stamped 16 Dec. 2013 on neck, into a snifter.

Appearance – The beer pours a medium amber color with some visible carbonation. The head has weak retention and elaves minimal lacing.

Aroma: citrusy hops with some light bread and grassy and floral aspects.

Taste: Starts bready and turns more hoppy without adding much bitterness. Very mildly bitter; mild even for style.

Mouthfeel – Medium body; medium+ carbonation level; Crisp.

Overall: an Americanized Helles that addes more citrus tones but seems less integrated and refined than a good German Helles.

Photo of Brenden
3.52/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Other than a faint dustiness, this beer is completely clear in its pale gold-brass body, and plenty bright. The head is a foamy white one with decent staying power, hold, and stick.
The aroma's a bit light but is herbal, somewhat mineral, bready, and reasonably hoppy with orange peel and pine.
The hops come out a little more strongly, floral and grassy with some almost spruce-like needle, against cracker and biscuit dry malts and some caramel. I'm not sure about achieving style, but it's pretty good.
It's moderately crisp in a light-medium body, appropriate and not thin. It's pretty smooth without losing the bite.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Golden with just a bit of carbonation and a slightly flat layer of lacing.

Smell: Apple cider vinegar. A bit astringent, but there is a nice fall muskiness and there is definitely winey alcohol in this.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Flavor is lacking. Tastes like malty wet hay, so in that sense it screams "autumn," but it leaves character to be desired. Mouthfeel is clean overall, but also leaves a sour aftertaste.

Overall: Easy drinking, but nothing special.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Leinenkugel's Hoppin' Helles
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "APR0714 D200i1455"

NOTES: Pleasant beer. Probably one of Leinenkugel's best. Clearly made to market to the "hop" niche - "Hoppin' Helles". Surprisingly hoppy in both the aroma and flavor though. Bright with resinous, citrusy, and grassy hops in the nose. Crystal clear deep gold body beneath a two-fingered head of rocky white froth that holds really well. Eventually over time, about a half a glass in, it completely settles but maintains an almost full surface coating. Good to very-good lacing. Medium-light body with a gently crisp carbonation. The flavor is balanced, displaying the hops foremost, but backing it with a solid amount of malt. Balancing, very firm bitterness. It finishes dry with some added herbal character. "Helles" is certainly not the style designation for this beer (resinous and citrusy hops and "helles" just don't go together), it's more of a pils, or even a pale ale - regardless of whether it's lagered or not. Regardless, it's well-done, and drinkable. If the malt were of a better quality this could be a great beer, but as it stands it seems to be simply lack-luster American 6-row. Shame.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.12/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

They ruined what might have been a pretty good Munich Helles.

Pours out to a nice golden color, brilliantly clear and a decent head with moderate lacing. Aroma is definitely hoppier than a true helles, with cat pee, pine, mint, dill and citrus and other American aromas. Flavor is a nice crisp lager that is overpowered by the trendy hop mania. Mouthfeel is good. Overall, this is offending me as I would like a good helles, not a jacked up trendy brew.

Photo of Treyliff
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours golden-yellow color with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just a bit to float on the top

S- sweet bread malt with some skunk, there's some flowery and grassy hops, but mostly covered up by skunk

T- light sweet malt up front, some grassy hop notes kick in mid-palate, some light fruity characteristics lead to a dry finish with some hop linger

M- light-medium body, high carbonation leads to fizzy mouthfeel and a crisp and biting finish

O- It is what it says it is, a hopped up helles, It's certainly not bad, and is an easy drinking beer, but nothing more

Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is crisp and light, some hops, malts, kind of mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and sessionable beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz bottle stamped on the neck with JAN 2014-D20010748. Sampled on November 1, 2013.

The pour is yellow to golden yellow with a quick burst of a white fizzy head that disappears entirely. Looks like a Helles to me.

They promised a hop-forward Helles and grassy hops are evident on the nose. There is also mildly roasted malts, grain, and a kind of tangy and tart nip.

The body is light to medium and basically pretty good for the style.

As it warms the roasted malts really introduce themselves on the first sip. But before and after I am getting grains, tangy citrus, lemon, grass, and a dry finish. Works for me.

Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -5.4%

Looks like this is now renamed "Helles Yeah". OK. Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.

Not terrible. But I agree it's a very macro feel. On the other hand, it's a very light, crisp lager, and I'm wondering if I'm not just biased to the style because it reminds me of so many American "light beers". Underwhelming, to be sure, but it's not a terrible tasting beer. If you're in the mood for something very light, this will fit the bill, but it's not going to turn heads.

Photo of scaliasux
3.05/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium light yellow. Clear. Medium tall, foamy, white head. Decently persistent.

Smell - Light pale malt. Sweet and grainy, bready. A little corn. A little citrusy hops.

Taste - Sweet pale malt. Bread and corn. Finishes with a little grapefruit. I'm no pro at spoitting Munich Helles, but this seems a little sweet for the style.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - More than I was expecting from Leine's. While not the best of style, appears to be a reasonable attempt.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like mild pine and grass.

The taste is similar. Much more hop forward than the typical Leinie's offering.The aformentioned pine and grass are there, plus some honey like malt sweetness, finishing with some adjunct lager like skunkiness and hard water. It starts well but ends poorly.

Light to medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, very drinkable.

One of the better Leinenkugel offerings for sure, but it still needs some cleaning up to be a good beer.

Photo of The-Sud-Truth
3.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of the bottle, it looks like any nondescript American brew - yellow gold. The mouth-feel and finish is the high point of this beverage; with its above average thickness and a crisp but lingering finish. There is nothing special about the aroma: A blend of malt that confronts their attempt at making this particular helles heavier than usual on the hops. The overall taste is a slightly (and properly) bitter beer. I'm not sure what the brewery is really attempting here - it comes off as an intriguing experiment with the style tweak, but results in a pretty average experience for the consumer ( similar to mixing Orange Crush soda with Sunkist - oh...it sounds so bold, but at the end of the day it's still orange soda). Let me be clear - I enjoy most of the beers that Leinenkugels offers (Red, Oktoberfest, the Shandy series, et al), but this one is sub-par by comparison. The Hoppin Helles is a good afternoon beer, but when you consider that you can get similar tasting run of the mill domestics (such as Michelob ) for less money, I don't know why you would opt for this more expensive one.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.71/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Leinenkugel’s Hoppin’ Helles has a medium, white head, and a clear, brilliant, deep gold appearance, with some bubble streams and lots of white flakes roiling around. Lacing is very thin. The aroma is of pungent, slightly lemony malt, with a bit of an oil smell. Taste is of medium-roasted malt, some sweetness, a pleasant hop bitterness, a touch of lemon, and an underlying olive oil note, which I sometimes pick up with Dortmunder-style lagers. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Leinenkugel’s Hoppin Helles finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, semi-dry, and easy drinking. Overall, this is quite enjoyable and obviously well crafted.

RJT

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.3/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with best by date of March 04, 2014 printed on the bottleneck. Another new beer to me from Leinenkugel's, acquired as part of a mixed six pack at the local Binny's. Expectations are average based on the style and the brewery.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a nice golden orange colored body with some nice clarity to it. A little over a finger of sudsy white foam for a head. A little bit of thick scattered lacing. Looks pretty nice.

S - Smell is actually quite pleasant, but there isn't a whole lot going on. Some yeast mustiness, green apples, some creaminess, soggy grain. Lightly grassy, fruity, and floral. Not bad.

T - Taste follows the nose - green apple skin, yeast must, and lots of earthy graininess. Lightly papery. What's here isn't bad, but it falls a bit short on the flavor profile.

M - Feel is mostly crisp and clean, with some light graininess and stick green apple on the finish. Pleasant enough. Finishes mildly dry.

Overall, it's a well-enough offering for what it is, especially from Leinenkugel's, I was pleasantly surprised. This would be a likely contender for summer drinking, but it definitely isn't something I would deliberately seek out.

Leinenkugel's Hoppin' Helles ---3.5/5

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle from the winter mix pack pours a clear, light gold color with a thin white head. Poor retention and no lace.

Nose is light graininess with some floral hop presence. Not that I expected a hop bomb here, but thought the hops would at least be on an even plane with the malt. Not too bad overall though, fresh and clean with a little lager yeast sulfur.

Malts and hops can generously be described as light. It is clean at least...just not a whole lot there. The hop blend seems like it would be pretty decent if you used more...a lot more. Meh, certainly wouldn't go looking for, but I won't have much problem finishing the 3 bottles in the pack.

Photo of plaid75
3.33/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light herbal hop and round malt.

The taste consisted of a pale sweetness with a touch of herbal hop. A bit muddled however.

The mouthfeel lacked the cleanliness typical of the style.

Overall a decent helles lager. Not all that authentic however.

Photo of StoutHunter
3.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I got a bottle of LeinenKugel's Hoppin' Helles that was in their summer variety pack that i got for $12.99 at Meijers. It's been a little warm lately and I've been drinking a couple different Helles Lagers and I though I would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I think it's fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks ok, it pretty much just their typical label with a couple hop cones on it. It pouted a very clear golden yellow color that took on some darker gold and orange colors when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and left a little bit of lacing behind. This is a nice looking Helles Lager, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by some malts that impart some sweet, bready, and grainy aromas with a slight skunky aroma in the background. Up next comes the hops that impart a nice spicy and earthy hop aroma that helps balance out some of the malts. The aroma was decent, it had nice balance, but I could have gone with out the skunky aroma.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a higher amount of sweetness followed by some grainy, bready, sweet, and biscuit like malts. Up next comes the hops which impart a nice 50/50 split of earthy and spicy hops flavors. On the finish there's a light amount of bitterness with even more sweetness with a sweet, bready, and earthy hop aftertaste. This beer tasted ok, the hop profile was nice, but the malts seemed way too sweet for the style.

M- Fairly smooth, a little cloying, not filling,, not that crisp, on the fuller side of being light bodied with a lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was just ok and it didn't really help out the beer that much.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I thought that it was very average example of the style, the hop profile was pretty much spot on for the style and it wasn't overpowering, but the super sweet malts really hurt this beer in the long run. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, it was fairly smooth and not filling, the flavors kind of held my attention, but the sweetness was just way too high and that would prevent me from having more than one. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, they were both pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the high amount of sweetness, this was the sweetest Helles Lager I have ever had and it just seemed out of place for the the style. I wouldn't buy this beer again on it's own and I don't think I'll be getting another one of Leinenkugels summer variety pack, the beer was a little off for the style and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. All in all this beer was a let down, I didn't have the highest hopes going into this beer, I thought it would be solid. but the high amount of sweetness really prevented from being as good as it could be. Better luck next time guys. So far this is one of my least favorite Helles Lager.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.52/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Mixed and matched this brew from the House of 1,000. Into a pint glass.

A - Rockin full inch of head that sticks around for a while. Beer is a great bright yellow lager color with some bubbly carbonation at the base. Looks good so far.
S - Not much hops just some mild earthy pine mixed with some corn and sweeter malts. I dive in.
T - Pretty good it has some hop bite but really muted especially after drinking that Serria Nevada Red IPA. Mostly some corn and sweeter malts but it is rather crisp. Kind of boring though...
M - Worst part it comes off like a sparkling water with the carbonation you can feel how watery it is. I get that its a summer beer but damn.

Overall nothing I would seek out again and has more taste and body than most of the beers they put out. Still its a one note beer that would get passed over.

Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, bright medium golden body, with a huge, dense and coarse white head, which retains well. The carbonation is fine, profuse, drifting lazily to the surface, with Belgian-style lacing.

Aroma: Abundant grassy and lesser pine hops dominate the aroma, with a measure of crisp pale malt as well.

Taste: The taste opens with a moderate wave of pine hops, with some grassy flavors as well. The taste has a tea-like quality, and the pale malt struggles to assert itself against the strong hop backdrop. The hops dominate the taste throughout, finishing with a pine and herbal flourish, and a moderately bitter note, which lingers well past the close of the taste..

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, could be an entree beer for a macro beer drinker trying craft beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass.

Photo of Ri0
3.04/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

poured 12oz bottle into shaker pint.

A - Light and clear apple juice color with a bit 3 finger white head. Decent retention and no lacing.

S - Not much of an aroma. Everything is light, light malt, light floral hops, light grain.

T - Grains, bread, sweetness, and very mild earthy and floral hops. Not much else.

M - Light, watery, smooth and good carbonation.

O - It's not that it is bad, but in true Leine's fashion it is boring and lacking any real aroma or flavor. Picked it up because I was intrigued by the style I have yet to have. I'll find a better example.

Photo of undeadozzy
3.57/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a gorgeous gold with lots of carbonation and great head retention. Looks almost like a more vibrantly colored ginger ale. Actually leaves a decent amount of lacing for what it is.

S - Very vibrant hop aroma, some hints of citrus and fresh lemon. Hints of lemon zest, some corniness, and a whole mesh of flowery aromas. Smells like spring.

T - Not bad at all for the style. Very refreshing, with just the right measure of hops and citrus notes. A few hop notes greet the first sip, they're washed away by a zesty lemon-orange burst, and finished off with some hints of pine, corn cereal, and sugar cookie.

M - Smooth and slippery, very smooth. Just a hint of stickiness that lets the hop and citrus aromas linger for just the right amount of time.

O - Very refreshing and invigorating! Leinenkugel's has definitely put forth a very refreshing and drinkable spring beer. I can literally taste spring. It's nothing that I would write home about, but it is definitely a beer I'll drink again whenever I have a chance to!

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Hoppin' Helles from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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