Hoppin' Helles - Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
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2.18/5 rDev -31.4%
Hoppin' Helles is probably the most disappointing Leinenkugel effort I've experienced thus far. It bears that same sort of grassiness that I didn't like about Guinness's Harp Lager and that same kind of bitterness I find prevalent in many domestic beers. Not to mention, I always categorized Leinenkugel for its flavors, be them lemon, orange, lemon berry, or simply just refreshing and rather intoxicating hops, but Hoppin' Helles overdoes it to the point where the flavor is more of a nuisance than a presence. Definitely the weakest of Leinenkugel's otherwise surprisingly good line of beers.
07-09-2014 19:17:01 | More by SteveJeremy
3.51/5 rDev +10.4%
Other than a faint dustiness, this beer is completely clear in its pale gold-brass body, and plenty bright. The head is a foamy white one with decent staying power, hold, and stick.
The aroma's a bit light but is herbal, somewhat mineral, bready, and reasonably hoppy with orange peel and pine.
The hops come out a little more strongly, floral and grassy with some almost spruce-like needle, against cracker and biscuit dry malts and some caramel. I'm not sure about achieving style, but it's pretty good.
It's moderately crisp in a light-medium body, appropriate and not thin. It's pretty smooth without losing the bite.
07-07-2014 21:57:11 | More by Brenden
3.55/5 rDev +11.6%
Appearance: Clear, bright medium golden body, with a huge, dense and coarse white head, which retains well. The carbonation is fine, profuse, drifting lazily to the surface, with Belgian-style lacing.
Aroma: Abundant grassy and lesser pine hops dominate the aroma, with a measure of crisp pale malt as well.
Taste: The taste opens with a moderate wave of pine hops, with some grassy flavors as well. The taste has a tea-like quality, and the pale malt struggles to assert itself against the strong hop backdrop. The hops dominate the taste throughout, finishing with a pine and herbal flourish, and a moderately bitter note, which lingers well past the close of the taste..
Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with soft carbonation.
Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, could be an entree beer for a macro beer drinker trying craft beer.
Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass.
06-24-2014 23:57:18 | More by Pegasus
Hoppin' Helles from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.