Hoppin' Helles - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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2.86/5 rDev -10.1%
Served in a tumbler.
Just because I arrived late to an impromptu game night doesn't mean I can't enjoy a new beer or two, right? This one pours a clear sunrise brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light white bread, very light hard water, mild grass, and a touch of pine needle. The taste brings in more of the same, the now-flowery hops barely standing out against a bland, slightly-bready backdrop. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an okay "hoppy helles" at best, something that just kinda sits on my tongue without doing anything but wetting it. It's not bad, just not good...or anything, really. I nothing this beer...
05-01-2014 06:16:15 | More by TMoney2591
3.8/5 rDev +19.5%
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.
02-02-2014 21:16:22 | More by NeroFiddled
3.54/5 rDev +11.3%
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.
11-21-2013 16:49:41 | More by TheManiacalOne
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
3.03/5 rDev -4.7%
I picked this up at Wegman's poured chilled in a mug
The color is very pale golden with very gentle haziness and thick head of 3 fingersfrom a vigorous pour, the bead is average and retention is good. The smell has a noble hop scent, faint as it is but it provides a slight lemon zest odor with cereal type sweet malt accent. The feel is kind of bitter, but mostly sweet with moderately high carbonation and mildly metallic with a semi-dry finish.
The taste is sort of sweet but perhaps lightly buttery as if it has some diacetyl in there but not really corny it does have a slight tinge of hops in the flavor but a little overboard in the marketing considering I would expect hop flavor to dominate given the name. The taste fizzles when it increases in temp leaving more of a sweetish flavor lingering. Overall I would not buy this again...probably not buy any Leinenkugel beer for that matter since I did not like the last two I purchased and was kind of on the fence before that.
11-20-2013 00:10:11 | More by Slatetank
3.26/5 rDev +2.5%
Pours golden with a creamy white head that leaves lacing.
The smell is not much. Grain. That's about it. Not "offensive", just lackluster.
The taste is of sweet grain balanced by bittering hops in the finish. Clean.
It is light-bodied and crisp without being fizzy. Smooth enough.
Not much of a helles. Not that hoppin' either. Easy enough to drink though. Just bland.
01-22-2014 19:37:05 | More by jwc215
2.48/5 rDev -22%
Best before: Dec 09 13. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with a bright green label and a branded twist-off pressure cap acquired at Whole Foods HQ and served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are low given the brewery. No ABV is listed on the label.
Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.
Pours a three finger wide white colour head. Fairly thin. Lacks creaminess and frothiness. Kind of weak-looking. Poor consistency and complexion. Webby spotty inconsistenct lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes.
Body colour is a clear translucent yellow-copper of average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible.
Overall, it looks like a pretty standard unremarkable helles. Not unique or special. There are no egregious flaws. I'm not all that excited to try it, but I'm optimistic. Leinenkugel's has surprised me before.
Sm: Floral hopping comes on a bit strong considering it's a helles. It doesn't seem traditional. Honey. Pilsner malts. Plenty of malty sweetness for the style. Sticky and nectary. Buttery. Kind of grassy. Has a bit of caramalt. There's some graininess. On the sweeter end. As atypical as the fairly aggressive hopping is for the style, I like how it comes off here. I just hope it delivers in the flavour profile as well.
No yeast character, spices, or alcohol is detectable. A clean pleasant aroma of average strength. Not unique or special. No off-notes are detectable.
If you handed it to me blind I'd know it wasn't a traditional example of the style, but the aroma isn't a bad one per se. Has macrolager leanings.
T: Nectary. Honey. Plenty of malty sweetness here - too much. Pils malts. Munich malts. Some caramalt. Quite clean. Floral hop character is a but too abundant for the style, but it helps overcome the macro-like graininess present throughout. A bit grassy. Has some artificial lemon. Has just a touch of that German breadiness present in good traditional examples of the style. I do pick up hints of adjunct and malt extract.
No yeast character, spices, or alcohol come through.
A very simple take on the helles lager style. Shallow depth of flavour. Low duration of flavour; it's quite brief on the palate. One-dimensional. Lacks nuance, intricacy, subtlety, adn complexity. Average intensity of flavour. A pretty underwhelming build. Not gestalt, but generally cohesive. Okay balance. It's just artificial across the board, which really holds it back.
Mf: Sticky, smooth, wet, light, thin, unrefreshing, a biteen syrupy from the artificial malts/extract, and weak. Poor body. Suits the flavour profile okay. It isn't overcarbonated, which is surprising.
Not oily, astringent, harsh, gushed, boozy, hot, or rough.
Dr: Another mediocre brew from Leinenkugel's. Hopefully this will start more consumers down the path to craft/micro beer. I certainly wouldn't get it again or recommend it to friends. By no means a good beer in the style. Is it drinkable? Sure. But it'd get sickening after a few bottles. I can only handle so much artificial crap before I have to switch to something else. At least most macro adjunct lagers are watery and arguably refreshing.
11-21-2013 05:20:47 | More by kojevergas
4.34/5 rDev +36.5%
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!
11-30-2013 15:04:19 | More by woodychandler
3.6/5 rDev +13.2%
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.
01-21-2014 01:49:43 | More by dbrauneis
3.33/5 rDev +4.7%
On-tap at Maryvale Ballpark in Phoenix, AZ during a Diamondbacks-Brewers game. Poured into a souvenir Brewers pokal glass. On to the beer:
On-top is a creamy head, and below is a bright yellow beer which makes the beer style proud. Lots of carbonation bubbles run through the beer. Hoppin Helles is right in name, as the aroma is well hopped. However, the hops aren't as fragrant as other hoppy beers. In this case, the nose is a singular spicy note with a kiss of diacetyl.
Taste....well, you tell that there was an effort to make this beer hoppy. Like the aroma however, the hops don't provide the same stimulation to the senses as other breweries manage to pull off. Vague hoppy flavor throughout the taste, leafy, some graininess from the malt, a steeley and slick bitterness which at least distinguish it from a normal blah lager. It's a light/medium bodied beer, with a somewhat creamy and cool feeling.
Decent beer on its own with a few rough patches. With its level of hops, it could be confused as a pilsner. Nonetheless, Hofbrau and the rest of Munich have little to fear here.
03-17-2014 04:38:09 | More by DoubleJ
3.33/5 rDev +4.7%
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.
02-05-2014 02:44:31 | More by plaid75
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
Hoppin' Helles from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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