Hoppin' Helles - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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3/5 rDev -5.7%
This is a tough one. PLEASE READ FULL REVIEW! I thought this was going to be a "HOPPY" beer, but it is not. I always say take things into perspective and having said that, I'd say this is a very worthy beer of a session but miles and miles short of the hoppy Eutopia you might be inclined to believe from the name.
To the nose I only picked up some malt, but it certainly isn't unpleasant but rather unfulfilling. The mouth-feel is...oaky... but as I said, if you're looking for a "hoppy" PA or IPA it will be disappointing. The only thing that saves this beer from an F is in-fact that it is claimed to be a "lager". If you judge this beer as and American Adjunct Lager", then it is quite good. However, Leinenkugal claims this brew to be of hoppy origin, hence the name which is a mistake. The mouth feel is fine and I don't mean FINE. It is what it is. If I could rate this as an American Adjunct, well then this would get some really nice marks, however Leinenkugal is claiming a hoppy complex "specialty" and this beer is far from. If it's cheap enough and you need some relief, this is a good sessional brew...PLEASE DO NOT OVERPAY
11-28-2013 09:31:53 | More by Khad
3.61/5 rDev +13.5%
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.
11-25-2013 01:18:03 | More by cyclonece09
3.21/5 rDev +0.9%
A - Golden in color, fizzy white foamy head that doesn't last long
S - Hop-forward smell, kind of grassy, yeasty
T - Not a lot of character, the attempt is a mix of malt and hops, kind of bitter but not necessarily in an enjoyable way, flowery and fruity in a way, dry
M - Bitter, tart, dry
O - I tend to favor a lot of Leinenkugels stuff but wasn't overly impressed with this one. Kind of a weak, flavorless version of a good style of beer.
11-22-2013 06:19:51 | More by henrichsj
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
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
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
3.35/5 rDev +5.3%
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
11-15-2013 05:27:14 | More by Treyliff
3.25/5 rDev +2.2%
Poured out of the bottle, it looks like any nondescript American brew - yellow gold. The mouth-feel and finish is the high point of this beverage; with its above average thickness and a crisp but lingering finish. There is nothing special about the aroma: A blend of malt that confronts their attempt at making this particular helles heavier than usual on the hops. The overall taste is a slightly (and properly) bitter beer. I'm not sure what the brewery is really attempting here - it comes off as an intriguing experiment with the style tweak, but results in a pretty average experience for the consumer ( similar to mixing Orange Crush soda with Sunkist - oh...it sounds so bold, but at the end of the day it's still orange soda). Let me be clear - I enjoy most of the beers that Leinenkugels offers (Red, Oktoberfest, the Shandy series, et al), but this one is sub-par by comparison. The Hoppin Helles is a good afternoon beer, but when you consider that you can get similar tasting run of the mill domestics (such as Michelob ) for less money, I don't know why you would opt for this more expensive one.
11-14-2013 00:54:08 | More by The-Sud-Truth
Hoppin' Helles from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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