Hoppin' Helles - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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Reviews by herr_fish:
2.63/5 rDev -17.3%
Saw the billboard for this beer and decided to give it a try, not sure what I was expecting, but it was a let down. I started on German bier, but have switched to an IPA preference as of late, but still love my roots. So a Munich Helles with an accented hop presence sounded like a winner.
App- has the clear yellow look of a helles, thinner than standard head when poured into glass, readily visible carbonation.
Aroma- Not much going on here.
Mouthfeel- Thin but appropriate for the style.
Taste-A hint of the promised hops, but just enough to be noticed, overall impression is that the malt is the dominant profile, and on of the macro variety. Not pleased, not a bad macro lager, but not what I was sold by the hoppin helles label.
Overall- Not by any means a bad beer, but not by any means what the marketing claims. A decent American lager, but doesn't live up to the billing. I think Leinie's tried to cash in on the hops craze but wound up disappointing here.
09-06-2013 02:55:38 | More by herr_fish
More User Reviews:
3.43/5 rDev +7.9%
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.
01-13-2014 18:37:46 | More by tigg924
3.46/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
02-03-2014 01:30:31 | More by Michael_Squires
3.63/5 rDev +14.2%
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.
09-16-2013 16:17:03 | More by WVbeergeek
3.21/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
10-03-2013 23:07:35 | More by chinchill
3.51/5 rDev +10.4%
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.
07-07-2014 21:57:11 | More by Brenden
Hoppin' Helles from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 456 ratings.