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Hoppin' Helles - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 14.95%


Brewed by:
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: StoutHunter on 08-17-2013)
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.34/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It was during my first visit to Wisco, specifically, Mad City, to visit my Navy buddy, Hoos Warner, that I was exposed to Leinie. I love their beers and now thanks to their improved accessibility, I am drinking them at Chez Woody in Lancaster, PA.

From the bottle: "Hop-forward Helles-style beer brewed with five American hops."; "Brewed With Pride by the Leinenkugel family since 1867."; "The Pride of Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin since 1867."; "Carefully Brewed by the Leinenkugel Family for Five Generations".

I do not know how to precisely quantify this, but upon removing the cap, it smelled like beer! My excitedly aggro pour created two fingers of puffy, bone white head that resembled to top of a vanilla ice cream cone. The nose was both grassy from the hops and biscuity from the malt and it put me in mind of some of my earliest beer drinking. Color was a gorgeous golden-yellow (SRM = 4) with NE-quality clarity. The unholy trio of Mammon, King Midas and Croesus were suddenly in front of me, clamoring for a sip, but that privilege was mine, all mine! Mouthfeel was soft and it makes me wonder about their water in Wisco. Their beers all have that same softness, which I really like. It makes for great "drinkability" and I wish that they would put more of the Leinie line in CANs. The taste was grassy, minty, definitely hoppy, but not confrontationally hopped. This was more like maintenance drinking for this self-avowed hophead. Finish was semi-dry and very satisfying. What a great recent find in one of my local bottle shops!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2013 15:04:19 | More by woodychandler
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Uniobrew31

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bought a case of this on off the sale rack for 15 bucks. Had been wanting to try it but never got around to it until I saw an offer I could not refuse so I rolled the dice. Overall I give leiny credit on this one. It is a helles lager, biscuityalty malty sweet goodness with a overdose of hops for the style...FOR THE STYLE.. Do not expect an dipa, ipa, apa... Or any kind of...a. But it is a good departure for those who like malty beers but let curiosity get the best of them and buy a beer with hop in the name. Maybe this will be my gateway to hoppier beers?

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:37:35 | More by Uniobrew31
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a tall tapered pilsner glass.

A- Crystal clear golden color, bright and clean. Big billowy 2-plus finger head, pure white, does a slow fade to a lasting film. Plenty of sticky lacing on the glass.

S- Mild flowery and fruit hop aroma. Some dry bready malt behind the hops. Very clean and pleasant. Not a hint of anything AAL.

T-Light dry bready malt, biscuit, with some spicy hops.

M- at 27 ibu, there's no hop bitterness, but it has bite and spicy tang. The pale malt, dryness, and hops give it a biting finish.

O- I like the style and very much like this take on it. Winner.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2014 22:08:02 | More by NiceTaps
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a solid golden color with a beautiful rocky white head that holds well. Lovely thick foamy lacing.

The aroma is clean and piney, with citrus hops coming through.

The taste is floral with citrus and pine coming through. Malts and sweetness are faint if there at all.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied.

Overall, really a fresh tasting beer. Lots of pine notes. Probably one of Leinenkugel's better brews.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 17:17:52 | More by JuicesFlowing
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2014 21:16:22 | More by NeroFiddled
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2013 21:01:47 | More by puboflyons
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.71/5  rDev +15.6%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 14:02:47 | More by RonaldTheriot
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TheSSG

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thick, dense, white head that has great retention. Soft, grassy hop aroma. Radiant, clear gold color. A crisp, grassy-citrus hop bitterness hits in the front, then it moves into smooth malt. Builds into a full, biscuit flavor. The hops come back in the finish to add a slightly grassy and citric note to the biscuit. Typically smooth lager mouthfeel.

You know what? This is surprisingly good. I know it's easy to hate on Leinie's, but having this one and their Kölsch, it seems that when they want to, they CAN make quite a solid brew. If I were picking up a 6 or 12 pack, and the craft pickings were slim, I could get this and easily feel happy about that.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 05:28:50 | More by TheSSG
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.64/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Antique gold in color, with a big cloud deck of white foam.
Aroma-Faint cracker malt
Taste-Pilsner malt, cracker,crisp, subtle earthy, herbal hops. light-to-medium bodied, faint hop bitterness in the finish. Refreshing and quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 20:39:26 | More by hosehead83
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2013 16:17:03 | More by WVbeergeek
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.61/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours translucent golden with a small white head. Smells of sweet syrup with slight earthiness. Tastes of spice with a little bit of earthy hops. Beer is carbonated heavily with light body goes down great. Overall an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 01:18:03 | More by cyclonece09
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint amber highlights. The beer has a three finger tall pillowy foamy white head that reduces to a mottled thick film covering the entire surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of slightly sweet malts with a touch of honey as well as a light to moderate amount of yeast. Hints of spicy hops.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of grainy malts with a light hint of honey sweetness which also has a light to moderate flavor of yeast. There is a light amount of spicy and earthy hops in the finish which imparts a light amount of bitterness which lingers slightly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp upfront and smooth/clean through the finish.

O: Matched really well with some spicy sausages - easy to drink, crisp, and refreshing. Alcohol is very well hidden.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2014 01:49:43 | More by dbrauneis
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undeadozzy

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
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!

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 00:24:33 | More by undeadozzy
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jadejaws

Missouri

3.59/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -Golden, amber, traditional beer pour and color.

S - Nothing particularly overpowering. Slight spring like smell.

T - With a name like Hoppin' Helles, I was expecting quite a bit more of a hop taste. It isnt that hoppy. A very good refreshing beer. Slight lemon aftertaste.

M - Smooth. Slightly overcarbonated.

O - I cannot complain about what is considered a "premium beer" at my local supermarket marked down to $4 a six pack. I have had this before and am not disappointed. A good beer that doesnt stand out, but not anything I would turn down either.

Serving type: bottle

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2014 03:38:57 | More by jadejaws
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.54/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/20/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House, in Warwick, RI served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts, some honey and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mild honey and caramel sweetness follows. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not to filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer to pound down for a while.

Serving type: on-tap

11-21-2013 16:49:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 01:35:18 | More by DrDemento456
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Redrover

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz longneck poured into my SA perfect pint. The beer is a clear gold with a fairly thick bone white head.

Aroma of biscuits/crackers, a bit of grass and some floral hops.

The taste tracks the smell. It is Slightly sweet, clean with some floral hop notes. It is more hopped than standard Leines, would like to see them add in a bit more as this beer shows some promise.

The mouth is decent and it is an easy beer to pair with stuff like wings and chili. For what it is worth, I brought a case of this a football party on New Year’s Day and it was all drank. Some of the folks there were beer people, so I would say the hit the drinkability & approachability goals!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2014 19:23:27 | More by Redrover
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steveh

Illinois

3.49/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to try this beer because the label suggests a stab at a style I'm both familiar with and enjoy immensely. Given that I'm hot and cold with Leinie's beers anymore, I never know what to expect.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a dense, long-lasting white head.

S -- Pretty much light DMS with a vague touch of resiny hops.

T -- Light, crackery malts up front, with resiny hops dominating the palate. As the beer warms, the crackery malts become more bready in character and the hops more spicy than resiny, this beer is rather Jekyll & Hyde. The finish is clean, but the aftertaste is lingering, resiny hops.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light to medium-light body.

O -- This beer is very refreshing and drinkable... for an APA. As a Munich style Helles, the resiny American hops dominate too much to style. It's almost as if Leinie's is back-tracking on the IPL to a plain ol' PL/APA hybrid. I had no trouble drinking the sixpack I bought, but I was not expecting a Munich Helles after the first taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2013 21:21:38 | More by steveh
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Michael_Squires

Pennsylvania

3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 01:30:31 | More by Michael_Squires
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.44/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Servign Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light golden yellow with a 1/2 foamy head, some decent lacing.

Smell - Hops, caramel, yeasts, wheat, pale malts, grapes, a little grassy.

Taste - Starts off with some floral hops, a little lemon and banana mixed in with some citrus notes. Some caramel malts also along with some yeasts. Some lager flavors come out near the finish but are really light under the malts and hops.

Mouthfeel - The hops and yeasts coat the tongue. The palate gets more hops, along with some citric fruits, some lager malts. The aftertaste is a little weak and dry.

Overall - Not a bad beer at all. Really easy drink with a nice amount of hop bite. Its better then any bud or coors but still, its lacking the overall balance and flavor to become a great beer. Would be a nice summer beer or something to start a rookie out on.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2013 20:00:52 | More by wvsabbath
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2014 18:37:46 | More by tigg924
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silverking

Florida

3.43/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- golden, crystal clear. Surprisingly fluffy head with excellent retention and decent lacing.

S- herbal, grassy hops. watery, really light malt aromas.

T- herbal, like the aroma. The malt comes through a little more than in the aroma. No finish.

M- light bodied, light carbonation. It finishes bright and clean. Very refreshing.

O- it was alright.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2014 05:09:29 | More by silverking
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.39/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear, yellow straw color with a slight, white head. The aroma is very grass and grain like. The texture is thin but there is a decent punch in the taste. There is a lot of grain and straw that gives it a very earthy taste. Fairly well made for a Leinenkugel’s product.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 22:50:16 | More by Lemke10
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pweis909

Wisconsin

3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I find myself liking some aspects of this beer, and annoyed with others. There definitely are some elements that convey "maibock" to me:
- the color looks the part, gold with a fluffy white head. the head thins out pretty quickly.
-the malt is balanced somewhat towards sweetness, as might be expected in a bock, but with sufficient bitterness.

Unfortunately, the malty sweetness seems to float on the surface of a fairly basic American lager, possibly with 6-row graininess? I couldn't confirm that for a fact, as Leinie's website does not expound upon the malts used, other than they are pale, but the impressions of a merely sweetened (crystal malt?) American lager cannot be dismissed - there is something not quite right here. No strong malt aromas.

The alcohol level is below maibock strength, which I don't necessarily mind, but if you are going to lowball the gravity, the quality of the malt becomes more important, IMO. Also, the beer comes across as a little thin.

What about the hops? Obviously, this beer is trying to express more hop character than a traditional maibock, and American hop character to boot! I love me some Hallertau hops, but I also like citrusy American hops. In another hoppy maibock, I liked the American hops, and I don't hate them here. The beer is susrprisingly lacking on hop aroma, but they do come through in the taste. But check your expectations at the door, IPA fans.

I do seem to get a bit of a baking soda aftertaste in this beer - weird.

If I were given the choice of this or a regular Leinies, I'd go with this. If I were give a choice between this and several other maibocks, including the New Belgium Hoppy Bock and many other Wisconsin Maibocks, inlcuding Point's , Capitol, and New Glarus, I would not be choosing the Leinie's.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 21:26:29 | More by pweis909
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev +4.4%
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

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 05:27:14 | More by Treyliff
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Hoppin' Helles from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 314 ratings.