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Hoppin' Helles - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 408
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 1
Gots: 26 | FT: 0
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 +36.5%
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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NodakEric

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

01-25-2014 23:00:38 | More by NodakEric
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khargro2

Georgia

4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

12-20-2013 23:45:06 | More by khargro2
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BSharpy

West Virginia

4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

11-09-2013 23:57:56 | More by BSharpy
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trytoketchup

Arizona

4.25/5  rDev +33.6%

04-05-2014 21:44:20 | More by trytoketchup
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tyleeis

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +25.8%

09-18-2013 01:37:24 | More by tyleeis
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DOCRW

Washington

4/5  rDev +25.8%

01-24-2014 21:00:17 | More by DOCRW
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DKHNOVA

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +25.8%

02-02-2014 05:27:42 | More by DKHNOVA
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Bapplebaum

New York

4/5  rDev +25.8%

01-01-2014 00:08:36 | More by Bapplebaum
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Rostie

Michigan

4/5  rDev +25.8%

05-11-2014 23:54:02 | More by Rostie
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Pensfan0782

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +25.8%

10-23-2013 15:28:17 | More by Pensfan0782
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FFATS

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +25.8%

10-30-2013 04:02:54 | More by FFATS
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dradair

Missouri

4/5  rDev +25.8%

06-05-2014 16:42:57 | More by dradair
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dcall384

Indiana

4/5  rDev +25.8%

11-04-2013 14:20:04 | More by dcall384
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Jaybirdbrew

New York

4/5  rDev +25.8%

07-04-2014 20:53:35 | More by Jaybirdbrew
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RVigz

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +25.8%

01-22-2014 15:28:18 | More by RVigz
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Analog_kid

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +25.8%

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RichH55

Illinois

4/5  rDev +25.8%

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KC9LDB

Illinois

4/5  rDev +25.8%

09-07-2013 20:34:16 | More by KC9LDB
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JoLight

Georgia

3.99/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden-yellow in color, and a stark-white head.

It smells of grassy and herby hops, with nice barley notes.

Taste: grassy, herbal, and bitter hops, with a butteriness and some nice white breadiness.

Mouthfeel: smooth, medium-full with a buttery feel.

Overall, I'm very pleased.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2014 23:46:32 | More by JoLight
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Uniobrew31

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +21.1%
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 +20.4%
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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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
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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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.8/5  rDev +19.5%
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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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.79/5  rDev +19.2%
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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Hoppin' Helles from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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