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Hoppin' Helles - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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313 Ratings
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Ratings: 313
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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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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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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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.26/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2014 19:37:05 | More by jwc215
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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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kojevergas

Texas

2.48/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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.

D+

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2013 05:20:47 | More by kojevergas
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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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DoubleJ

California

3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-17-2014 04:38:09 | More by DoubleJ
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plaid75

New York

3.33/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2014 02:44:31 | More by plaid75
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2013 00:10:11 | More by Slatetank
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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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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2013 22:59:45 | More by twiggamortis420
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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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ZAP

Minnesota

2.31/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I was somewhat optimistic to try this but once again am let down by a Leinie offering (not counting Big Eddy). I actually thought Canoe Paddler was alright but this one is not something I would recommend.

Lacks any real Helles like maltiness, breadiness, etc....maybe you could push it into a Euro Lager category....

Hops? Was hoping for a big impression...nothing of the sort....maybe a little of lemony hoppiness shines through at times but not a strong hop presence.

So what do we have here....a decent beer....drinkable when compared to Macro Lagers but nothing to get excited about. It sounded promising. It is just OK.

Scores are for the category not as a beer. It's not horrible or anything but when put in the Helles Lager category...sorry it does not measure close to average.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 04:55:05 | More by ZAP
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.21/5  rDev 0%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 23:07:35 | More by chinchill
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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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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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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a amber color with tons of small carbonation bubbles seen streaming up through the brew. Upon pouring there is a two finger foamy white head. The head has a decent level of retention, holding on for about 2 or 3 min before fading to leave some light foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a musty and stale grain smell mixed with some aromas of corn and a bit of a papery smell. Mixed with these, are some lighter notes of a grassy smell producing a rather adjunct like aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a smooth bready flavor with a light caramel sweetness. There is a little bit of a grassy taste upfront which grows stronger as the flavor advances on to the end. Along with the grass, some other flavors of an earthy and floral nature come to the tongue with the caramel fading ever so slightly, in the end, leaving a rather crisp taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to possibly slightly more creamy side with a carbonation level that on the slightly higher side. Overall it was a rather appropriate feel and was nice for the crisp taste and easy drinking flavors of the brew.

Overall – An easy drinker. Nothing exceptional, but nothing off putting either. Overall alright.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 00:59:58 | More by Darkmagus82
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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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TastyTaste

Minnesota

3.11/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

They're trying, I get it, and I love the concept. I don't pick up on the "hop forward" claim on the label, as this is an ok helles lager that has a slight waft of hops more than a standard beer in the style. I appreciate the 12'er gift I got from my neighbor, and there isn't much to complain about with this beer, it's just kind of...average. I had high hopes that Leinie's was going to try to get away from their usual modus operandi, but this beer isn't it.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 22:47:06 | More by TastyTaste
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.15/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

pours out a brilliant gold colour. very active carbonation producing a moderate ivory head. decent lace. looks the part. semi-sweet bready aroma with some too faint spicy and herbal hop aroma. the flavour department is a mish mash of some well attentuated, but faintly sweet sourdough like malts, strangely accented by a weird mix up of herbal, grassy and slightly spicy hop bill. not bad, but odd. there is a noticeable bitterness in the back end too, so the end result leaves me with the belief that leinies actually did throw a fair amount of hops into this brew, although they come off as strained and not well placed. medium bodied, with a slightly prickly mouthfeel due to the coarse hopping. drinkability is ok...

so this new concoction is an american interpretation of a german style using all american ingredients...or at least hops. it misses the mark on most counts, but still brings some attitude. a typical leinies brew....but yet a bit more....i really can't recommend it , but yet i can't say i wouldn't ever drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 22:09:15 | More by budgood1
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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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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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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.09/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2013 21:58:33 | More by StoutHunter
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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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Illinois

3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2014 20:47:26 | More by mfnmbvp
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Hoppin' Helles from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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