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Hoppin' Helles - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.18
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 1
Gots: 47 | 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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4/5  rDev +25.8%

tyleeis, Sep 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Dave_in_GR, Sep 17, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

ohyayitstrey, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

WVbeergeek, Sep 16, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

majorbase2, Sep 16, 2013
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2/5  rDev -37.1%

alexanf, Sep 15, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

jryanj927, Sep 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

bradcochran1234, Sep 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

sparx1100, Sep 13, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

Irishlover58, Sep 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

KS1297, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.13/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Darkmagus82, Sep 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

Chucker17, Sep 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +10.1%

richkrull, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of steveh
3.49/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wanted to try this beer because the label suggests a stab at a style I'm both familiar with and enjoy immensely. Given that I'm hot and cold with Leinie's beers anymore, I never know what to expect.

A -- Clear, deep gold with a dense, long-lasting white head.

S -- Pretty much light DMS with a vague touch of resiny hops.

T -- Light, crackery malts up front, with resiny hops dominating the palate. As the beer warms, the crackery malts become more bready in character and the hops more spicy than resiny, this beer is rather Jekyll & Hyde. The finish is clean, but the aftertaste is lingering, resiny hops.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light to medium-light body.

O -- This beer is very refreshing and drinkable... for an APA. As a Munich style Helles, the resiny American hops dominate too much to style. It's almost as if Leinie's is back-tracking on the IPL to a plain ol' PL/APA hybrid. I had no trouble drinking the sixpack I bought, but I was not expecting a Munich Helles after the first taste.

steveh, Sep 09, 2013
Photo of hosehead83
3.64/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

hosehead83, Sep 09, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

OregonGrown7, Sep 09, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

jhlosito75, Sep 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Zachtheporter, Sep 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +25.8%

KC9LDB, Sep 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +2.2%

ChopsMeister, Sep 07, 2013
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1/5  rDev -68.6%

Love465, Sep 07, 2013
Photo of herr_fish
2.63/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Saw the billboard for this beer and decided to give it a try, not sure what I was expecting, but it was a let down. I started on German bier, but have switched to an IPA preference as of late, but still love my roots. So a Munich Helles with an accented hop presence sounded like a winner.

App- has the clear yellow look of a helles, thinner than standard head when poured into glass, readily visible carbonation.
Aroma- Not much going on here.
Mouthfeel- Thin but appropriate for the style.
Taste-A hint of the promised hops, but just enough to be noticed, overall impression is that the malt is the dominant profile, and on of the macro variety. Not pleased, not a bad macro lager, but not what I was sold by the hoppin helles label.
Overall- Not by any means a bad beer, but not by any means what the marketing claims. A decent American lager, but doesn't live up to the billing. I think Leinie's tried to cash in on the hops craze but wound up disappointing here.

herr_fish, Sep 06, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -13.5%

lilnicky068, Sep 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -5.7%

Beer4Mike, Sep 03, 2013
Hoppin' Helles from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.