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Hoppin' Helles - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
74
okay

494 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 2
Gots: 49 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: StoutHunter on 08-17-2013)
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

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Photo of barnzy78
3.33/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, date stamped JAN 06 14
A - golden body topped with a persistent creamy eggshell colored head
S - grassy aroma with biscuity grain, faintly nutty and toasty
T - hop forward as the label indicates with grassy hops, toasty grain, honey, citric lemon, faint mint and white pepper
M - thinner body, sharp and semi-bitter finish
O - I don't know what to say. I know this was not intended to be a true to style helles lager. It wasn't IPA hoppy but definitely hoppier than your standard German brewed Helles lager. With that said, I did enjoy this one as it had some nice American hop characteristics. Style guidelines are definitely disappearing in the US. Not sure what to think of that. Read BA magazine issues 81 & 82. The Bros touch on this topic...

barnzy78, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
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!

woodychandler, Nov 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

jeiiVP, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev 0%
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.

twiggamortis420, Nov 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -21.4%

falconxman, Nov 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

beerbrains, Nov 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

tommy5, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of Khad
3/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Khad, Nov 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Braz, Nov 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Lewdd, Nov 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

DaveMiller, Nov 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Westuh, Nov 26, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Shluffy, Nov 25, 2013
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3.61/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

cyclonece09, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of henrichsj
3.21/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

henrichsj, Nov 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Burkbom23, Nov 22, 2013
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3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
2.48/5  rDev -22%
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+

kojevergas, Nov 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

bigbluebeerguy, Nov 21, 2013
Hoppin' Helles from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 494 ratings.