Hopf Dunkle Weisse | Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

Hopf Dunkle WeisseHopf Dunkle Weisse
BA SCORE
53.4%
Liked This Beer
3.72 w/ 88 ratings
Hopf Dunkle WeisseHopf Dunkle Weisse
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
Germany
hopfweisse.de

Style: Dunkelweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#25,269
Reviews:
60
Ratings:
88
Liked:
47
Avg:
3.72/5
pDev:
11.02%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.62/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at the BevMo Holiday Beerfest held at Golden Road Brewing in Los Angeles, CA.

Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, caramel, dark fruit, and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a better smell than flavor in my opinion.

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Photo of metter98
3.86/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark brownish amber in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high off white head that died down but never completely faded away. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are light aromas of banana, clove and wheat in the nose.
T: The overall taste is very similar to the smell and also has some associated sweetness and caramel flavors.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and goes down smoothly; it is quite sessionable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.47/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a cloudy, tawny brown body with a full head of creamy off-white foam that holds exceptionally well but leaves only minor lacing considering the style. Light brown sugar and soft red berries dominate the aroma with only subtle hints of banana and a gentle clove-like spice appear in the nose. The body is medium and it appears initially crisp and then creamy across the palate due to its very fine and effervescent natural carbonation. The flavor delivers a beautiful combination of soft maltiness and gentle fruitiness (berries, apples, bananas). It's very well-balanced by a soft bitterness, and it finishes dry with a short note of fruity yeast. Quite nice! It's weizen yeast character is somewhat restrained, offering a bit more drinkability. Certainly on-par with the better known brands and well worth trying.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.95/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bruised dark cherry with bright orange peel edges. Even though I don't see a whole slew of bubbles, the head rushed up to the glass edge quickly and made me moderate my pour. The cap is lightly toasted almond in color and whipped creamy in consistency. A little more lace would be great, but Dunkle Weisse still looks good enough to drink.

The classic nose keeps things on the right track. Moderately dark wheaty with elements of banana and clove, it's all here. I'm amazed that the beer is as aromatic as it is since I'm still separated from it by two fingers of froth after a spirited second pour.

The flavor is more or less reflective of the nose. The beer tastes like lightly toasted barley and tangy wheat flecked with oven-toasted nuts. The mixture of sweet, sour and bitter (in roughly that order) is nice as well, especially since no one of those flavor sensations overpowers the others.

If I'm not mistaken, Hopf Helle Weisse had an especially estery yeast strain. I don't know that I'd go quite that far here, although I'm sure that both beers use the exact same yeast. Maybe it's just that banana isn't quite as prominent given the dunkelness of this beer. In any case, DW earns a respectable (hefe weizen) banan-o-meter score of 3.5/5.0. Just enough clove spice is in evidence to keep all flavor elements in balance.

The thing that keeps this beer from competing with the Weihenstephaners and the Ayingers of the world is its body. That and not quite enough flavor/complexity of flavor, a direct result of the too-light mouthfeel, I believe. While it isn't overly light, it lacks creaminess and the feel that the carbonation imparts is less than inspired.

Hopf Dunkle Weisse is a good effort and is one of the better, more drinkable versions of the style that I've had in quite a while. It's hefe weizen brother is no slouch either. Both are easy recommendations.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice medium brown pour with a slight reddish touch to the sides yielded a nice head of off white that stuck to the sides of the glass fairly well as it trickled down. aroma is nice and earthy with touches of roasted nuts and caramel coming through as it warms. nice deep flavor, nothing over the top but nice and consistent for the style, about what i would expect from them. deep sweet malts are driven home in the finish with a long taste of caramel that really just drives it home.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of imbibehour
4.3/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Deep burgundy red to chestnut brown body color, a real magnificent looking appearance. Head creation manages to stay subtle, a small khaki topped head of about a finger, slightly creamy and flattened but always manages to stay put. The body glows like a gemstone nearly, with faint white snow like carbonation peaking out at the bottom. Great looking brew.

The aroma even off the pour and at rest is large. A big large estery quality but more so, an almost raspberry caramel coming off the brew. Creamy sensing mix of vanilla as well, nearly comes off like caramel dipped apples. This is real impressive for a dunkel, very excited to see how this turns out.

Palate is more toned down, but still impressive. A considerably lighter body, that forgoes classic chewy wheat density, but manages still excellent flavors. Raspberry and light caramel hit the mid palate real large, controlled sweetness, and more of a bitter tannic quality. Real large walnut tannic nutty flavor, with light hints of creamy hazelnut on the finish. Slightly playful and effervescent carbonation, but doesn't go flat or go into hot mineral gas. Dry with excellent nutty quality. A real mix of flavors going on here.

In a way, it doesn't remind me of a typical dunkelweizen, but the beer's character is so unique and flavorful that I just can't nit pick this.

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Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
4/5  rDev +7.5%

Photo of flagmantho
3.65/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: medium brown hue with plenty of haze and an inconveniently huge four fingers of frothy tan foam atop. Not bad.

Smell: quite wheaty with what I fancy to be a hint of chocolate. There's a good banana character here as well, which I quite like. It works.

Taste: a light wheatiness with a good phenolic character and a generally refreshing flavor. I like it.

Mouthfeel: kind of disappointingly thin, especially for the style. The carbonation is pretty good which helps, but I feel like a wheat beer should have more to offer here.

Overall: not bad, but the lack of a really good texture hurts this beer for me.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

After having it's lighter brother back in the summer, I now turn to the dark side of Hopf. On the label it says "Die Spezialität aus dunklem Malz", roughly translating to "the specialty of dark malts". On to the beer:

Pours out a deep caramel color, settling in the glass as murky brown. In the aroma, there are notes of apple cider and spice. Caramel and raisins appear as it warms. Unfortunately they don't really meld together. As for the taste, it's a smooth taste, one which tends to be more apple dominant. Bitterness is very low, with the spice providing the balance to the apple. Light feel of alcohol is felt when the beer lands in the stomach. Overall, it does the job.

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Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well carbonated, an easy pour produces an initially three-finger thick, amber-tinged, tan colored head that rests on top of a murky, dark, brownish, concentrated amber colored brew. When held up to the light the beer shows tons of carbonation bubbles as well as a hazy, ruby hue and the head even leaves some spotty lacing as it subsides, but never dissipates. Appetizing aromatic notes of bananas, pear, definite clove and a touch of juicy-fruit are noticed up front. After resting a bit a distinct, sweet, cooked apple notes becomes quite noticeable. Behind these notes is a crusty, toasted bread note, browned-crushed soda crackers and a touch of grassy wheat. I am quite surprised how distinctly fruity this is; it is nice, but a bit atypical.

Soft and creamy feeling up front, but the biting, zippy carbonation soon kicks in and keeps this fairly light as it flows across the palate. The beer is fairly dry, especially for a Dunkle, but does this without coming off as thin. Lightly tart as wheat beers often are, this accentuates an apple like fruit note as well as a touch of apricots. This fruitiness is not as distinct as the aroma was. The beer finishes with a characteristic phenolic character reminiscent of cloves; it is actually a bit spicy when coupled with the zesty carbonation. Also in the finish is a dusty, slightly grassy malt / grain character that is pretty nice, though hard to notice at times. There is also a touch of toasted malt character in the long finish.

As the beer warms a bit a touch of dusty cocoa flavors start to come out, but only just a hint. This is a tasty Dunkle Weizen; it is not a prototypical example, but I like that balance it strikes between fruit & phenolics. Definitely an enjoyable brew. The tartness makes this quite easy drinking.

Purchased: Plaza Liquors, Tucson AZ

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Photo of Zorro
3.84/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy dark brown brew.

Smell is a big whiff of dunkel bananas and bubble gum. Other smells like spices are present too.

Taste is mostly spice. Not to sweet and the Banana taste practically punches you in the nose.

Mouthfeel is watery.

Very drinkable, just it isn't the top beer of its kind.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.9/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

500 mL classic German bottle,

A: Pours a cloudy brown with a firm tan head, good retention and lace. A nice looking dunkelweisse.

S: Great bready German malt with bubblegum and clove.

T: Good malt flavour, not as complex as I thought'd be from the nose. Nice clove and herbal play mid-palate, but very much a malt driven beer.

M: Medium-bodied, a tad chalky with a nice little acidity. Easy but firm carbonation.

O: The early promise of the nose was a letdown in the taste, but this is still a solid beer. The price is a problem, it's pretty much the most expensive dunkelweisse on the shelf, and it's not the best so it's hard to make it a repeat buy even though I like the beer.

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Photo of avalon07
3.41/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a dark brown color and a murky texture. There was a huge, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A decent, but not spectacular aroma of wheat, banana, and some malt.

T: Tasted of wheat, that bubblegum quality common to wheat beers, banana, caramel, and some mild spices. The main problem with the flavor isn't the ingredients, but rather the fact that it's too thin and weak. Could have been better.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a smooth, crisp finish. Medium-bodied.

O: Definitely a wildly uneven beer. Had some good qualities, but somehow fell short.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.61/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Served in an weizen glass)

A- This beer has a warm opaque hazel brown body with a thick creamy light tan head that turns rocky that last and last. There is a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles gliding to the surface.

S- This beer has a nice toasted dry malt aroma with a faint banana hint. As it warms there is a soft caramel sweetness that comes through.

T- The taste of dark roasted malt with a soft black roasted malt in the background. The finish is a slight dry carbonic acid note with a clean finish. As it warms there is a faint cherry tanginess and a club soda hint as it warms.

M- There is a light mouthfeel with a big fizz in the finish. There is a slight watery note that comes through as it warms.

D- This beer is very smooth with some good dark flavors with no notes of hops but the big fizz cleans up the finish.

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Photo of stcules
3.01/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very dark, almost a stout color. Creamy head, cappuccino colored.
At the smell a decent weizen, with banana notes, malt, wheat, cloves. Besides the appearance, it can seem almost a regular weizen hell.
Weven in the start of the taste, typical weizen notes.
In the aftertaste the malt and caramel notes are stronger.
Anyway, good beer.

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Photo of GraduatedCashew
3.5/5  rDev -5.9%

Photo of samEBC
3.54/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cdwil
3.75/5  rDev +0.8%

Photo of Gusler
3.55/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer pours from the 500ml brown bottle a cloudless burnished copper color with a humongous creamy head the is light tan in color, as it ever so slowly fades away the residual lace forms a fine blanket to coat the glass. Nose has a sweet caramel aroma with a nice bit of wheat, fresh and pleasant to the senses, start is lightly sweet with a good grain presence, and the top is light to middling in feel. Finish is benignly hopped and the acidity purposeful, very dry aftertaste, a pleasant enough beer, and one that goes well with the rapidly approaching Arizona summer.

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Photo of RoyalT
4.32/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a very pretty radiant but cloudy brown in color with a big, quickly-rising head. The foam is a darkish white and goes perfectly with the beautiful liquid color.

Smell – This is the real deal. The dark, doughy yeast reminds me of the years I lived in Germany consuming large quantities of Dunkles Weizen. I just love the heavily-toasted malt aroma and the rich, German yeast.

Taste – The wonderful yeast from the nose finds itself to the taste. There’s a small hint of banana but otherwise the flavors mirror the aroma.

Mouthfeel – This is light-bodied but filling with a classic fluffy mouthfeel and a mild, lingering fruity sweetness.

Drinkability – I had no problem emptying my Weihenstephaner glass.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.15/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hopf Dunkle Weisse has an extremely thick, foamy, beige head, a hazy, lighter brown appearance, with bubble streams, and heavy lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of spicy, brown bread, and the flavor is of the same, with underlying tap water and low bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Hopf Dunkle Weisse finishes semi-dry and dull.

RJT

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Photo of Bierman9
3.98/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the Weissbrau Hopf Stuberl in Miesbach, Germany, on the first day of my Sep, 2001 trip. Cloudy, dark brown to copper in color, with a large, creamy head. Plenty of pleasant banana and clove aromas. Drawbacks were the body, which was a bit thin; and the bier was somewhat rough on the tongue. Real nice flavor, though, with malty sweetness coupled with more banana/clove. It smooths out as it warms....

overall: 4.05
appearance: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

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Hopf Dunkle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
Beer rating: 53.4% out of 100 with 88 ratings
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