Hopf Spezial Weisse | Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by PeprSprYoFace on 02-06-2009

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Ratings: 25 |  Reviews: 17
Reviews by crossovert:
Photo of crossovert
3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not sure if this bottle is new or old, one of the ones I missed getting fresh while I was living in Bavaria.

It pours a darker color than most hefeweizens with a big foamy but fizzy white head that leaves some decent lacing.

The smell has a lot of clove in it, and also a lot of caramel, not too much lemon or banana.

The flavor is probably not what it is fresh but it is good. It is caramally, clovey, with a nice bit of wheat and lemon. Banana is also in the flavor. The tartness in the finish is real nice. The mouthfeel is good.

I have to lean on the side that this one is older, but it is still somehow good and I suspect a fresh bottle would be pretty amazing.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - This is a murky orange in color with plenty of floaties and a bountiful weizen head.

Smell - The banana here is huge, much like their year-around version, but I'm getting more of a wheat aroma with this fella. It is nice and very fresh.

Taste - The banana picks up a bit of a light orange bent and the wheat actually turns a little malty, but this flavor profile is close enough to the style to enjoy.

Mouthfeel - This is a bit heavier than I am used to, again much as I remember their standard offering of the style. The carbonation has the right feel to it but could be more assertive on the tongue.

Drinkability - This is a smooth HW. It's not a classic but quite quaffable.

PS: Bought this in August though the site suggests it is a wintertime seasonal, so maybe it had been sitting around for a while which would explain why the carbonation was a bit lacking.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Ayinger weissbier glass. Produced on "11027011"

Thickly cloudy saffron to mikado yellow gradient with a thin off white creamy head. Little dark tadpoles of yeast dart up and down the middle column of liquid. Sandy lacing, superior retention.

Sweet aromatics suggestive of bubble gum, vanilla, red banana, and caramel.

Tart lemony palate entry with wheat and rye elements. Crackery notes arrive next arrive with an almost savory (not quite vegetal) flavor that is subtle yet difficult to describe. Vague lingonberry in the finish.

Effervescent, soft, soapy mouth-feel.

Flavorful full-bodied example of the style, though maybe lacking the purity of the best versions.

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 500ml bottle at Good Beer in NYC. The label was in German and said very little, but I'd hoped there would be something hoppy about this beer. I was mistaken.

It's not a bad beer, in fact it's quite a tasty hefeweizen. Overall, there's a smooth and subtle character with a touch more body than your average hefe (hence the "Spezial" name). The aroma is a touch muted by comparison the flavors, but there's a blend of clove, bready, doughy wheat malt, with a hint of fruit punch. So no hops, but a lovely, balanced mix of malt, spice and fruit.

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Photo of PeprSprYoFace
4.33/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a bottle of this at Hi Times Wine Cellar in Costa Mesa, CA. It looked intriguing so I had to try it. Never heard of the brewery before and my Dad loves Hefeweizens so I bought it for us...

Appearance: Comes in a typical Bavarian style bomber. Pours a nice yellow color with a little tint to it. It is a little clearer than majority of Hefeweizens but still a little fogginess. The head looked great and stayed there for a little while but died off after a little while.

Smell: Not a very strong smell. Little bit of clove and banana.

Taste: Man I was surprised. This stuff is pretty good. A little more malty than the traditional style which lends to a little more of a caramel taste to it. Some banana and cloves as well that all balance well in this beer. I'm impressed.

Mouth feel: Great. Just enough carbonation and viscosity for the style.

Drinkability: If I ever find this again I will buy it for sure. Great stuff. Hope I can get a fresh one when I head over to Germany this summer.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: a pale, murky gold with a thick white head. Minimal to no lacing.
S: wonderful combination of clove, banana and bubblegum aromas. Slight lemon notes are there as well.
T: the wheat really jumps out at the start and is melded nicely with notes of bananas and all kinds of clove. Not getting much lemon here. Good flavor, good balance, maybe a tad muted.
M: higher carbonation than i am used to with this style. A nice and slightly thick body. Pleasantly tart aftertaste.
O: a solid Hefe here. A steal for the price and one worth picking up.

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Photo of Gmann
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky/dirty golden color with a huge pure white meringue head that slowly settles. Heavy banana on the nose, banana creme pie, some clove and other spice. Typical bavarian hefe aroma. The taste starts off with a big banana flavor which transforms into grainy wheat flavor. Not very peppery or spicy, more banana creme pie like. Some flavor seems a little off, almost like a buttery note. Some mineral water notes as well. The feel is moderate to full, semi-soft carbonation; finishes sweet. A decent hefe, traditional bavarian flavors, looks nice. The flavor is a bit off but it is still enjoyable.

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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Newish import to the Midwest it looks like, haven't seen this particular Hopf label around before.

Into a weizen glass, this pours a murky orange, and it just glows. With the stubborn yeast poured in, it gives it a more muddy look, but still with golden orange traces at the edges. A finger of foam recedes to a skim fairly quickly, but it seems to stick around.

Minerally, spicy, clove and wheat, smoky apples.

Rich hefe flavor, definitely spicy, almost a lighter Weizenbock. Light and easy drinking, long banana & clove aftertaste. Getting some nutmeg, clove, spiced apple, and banana in the finish. Smooth, wheaty hefe feel, imminently drinkable.

Overall nice, maybe not at it's freshest, but it has plenty of potential. Get it if you see it.

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Photo of largadeer
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle from Gourmet Haus Staudt.

Yeasty opaque brownish-amber, a couple shades darker than the average hefe, rather Schneider-esque. It initially pours with a large frothy white head, but that quickly settles to a thin cap that shows good retention.

The nose is sharply spicy, signature weizen yeast clove character is plenty present, but it has a fairly unique sweet-tart apple fruitiness alongside it. I also pick up doughy bread and a bit of bubblegum, sans sweetness.

It's nuanced and balanced on the tongue, pear and apple esters appearing up front. It doesn't taste as spicy as it smells, the fruit character being much more prominent, though there is a touch of clove in the mid-palate. The finish has a lingering tart green apple character, something about it reminds me of oatmeal with apples and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium, it's just dry and light enough to be quaffable without feeling insubstantial.

A very good seasonal hefe overall, I'm glad I picked up a bottle.

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Photo of cudmud
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy bronze color with one-half finger of foam. Steady carbonation.

Smell: Nice presence of fresh lemon and cut grass. The addition, of wonderful esters makes this beer memorable.

Taste: Nice malty flavors up front, which are followed clove and citrus flavors. The hops balance the beer out as it slides past the tounge.

Mouth: Thin.

Drinkability: In all a good beer; find it if you can.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Actually according to the website where I ordered this brew from, they claim this is a seasonal. It is only available in the winter time.

Spezial Weisse looks about as good as any hefeweizen con look. There is a massive amount of bright white head, and the body is famously cloudy as to be expected. The body is a caramel color, and there is vividly active CO2 action.

This brew is full of aroma. It is of course very fruity with banana and clove characteristics, but there is a soft cherry like presence here too.

The taste isn't as refreshing as I was expecting, based of the aroma. It is a bit spicy and sharp. The taste is overall too peppery and not much in the way of much else.

This feels very prickly and dry. Not really the thirst quenching characteristics found in most wheat beers. In the end there is even a slight warming effect.

Maybe I am a little harsh on the taste and mouth feel, since I'm reviewing this in the spring time, when this is meant to be consumed more so in the winter. I could see how this would be a decent alternative to a thick syrupy doppelbock.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.91/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Finally getting down to trying this stuff after much vacillation. It pours a slightly hazy golden-orange topped by a finger of lightly cream-white foam. The nose is dominated by a strange, almost-but-not-really-but-still-sorta/kinda off-ish tangelo, with a pinch o what may or may not be black pepper in there as well. In the background hangs a pall of something akin to oxidation-derived cardboard, only milder, less obvious. Hm, is it old? No idea, as the printed code on the back label is faded and apparently in some kind of unintelligible code regardless. The taste comes back a bit, with notes of bland orange zest, vague black pepper-style spice, and light wheat. It's a pretty mediocre flavor combination, but one that shines compared to the limp smell. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a mildly sad hefe, but one that somehow keeps itself from completely descending into the abyss. All I know is that I won't likely be grabbing another bottle any time soon...

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Photo of womencantsail
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer pours a hazed orange color with a massive white head that settles down to a thin layer.

S: Very spicy with a heavy clove aroma. Sweet bready malts with a nice wheat character as well as some sweetness from the banana. Just a hint of bubblegum to it as it warms up.

T: Like with the nose, big time spice aroma. Banana sweetness and the bready nature of the malt and wheat, this is a bit like a spicy banana bread. A really pleasant flavor.

M: Medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: Just a solid hefeweizen. Perhaps I should have bought another.

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Photo of mychalg9
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of flagmantho
3.91/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 500mL bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance: rich golden hue with a moderate haze and effervescence. Head poured a couple fingers of frothy ivory foam but didn't have much staying power.

Smell: rich and wheaty, with just a hint of sweetness and banana. Simple, but quite nice.

Taste: wheaty and refreshing; a nice malty base that is not too sweet. The banana flavors are mild but play a good supporting role; I think this is a very good hefeweizen indeed.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body but with a great carbonation and really big creaminess. Very good.

Overall: this is by far the best of the beers I've tried from Hopf. The texture on this is great, and the flavor, while mild, is balanced and refreshing.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a murky dark orange-brown with a foamy tan head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat, caramel, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with caramel and banana bread flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp and medium bodied mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid banana and caramel qualities all around.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of FatsoSvuLLo
2.99/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of Latarnik
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of drgonzo2k2
4/5  rDev +5.8%

Photo of drpimento
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the forth of the Hopf beers that I've had and I've liked them all so far. This one poured with a nice foamy, frothy, light tan head that mostly subsided and a tiny bit of lace. Color is a hazy, medium to darkish brown amber. Aroma is a bit roasty malt, yeasty, classic Bavarian hefe weisse with bananas and fruit. Flavors the same with lemons really standing out. Good mouth filling body and carbonation. Slightly tart finish. Easy session especially in warm weather.

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Photo of sneaks2210
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of 2GOOFY
3.84/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MonkeyStain
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of BigTrubble
3.25/5  rDev -14%

Photo of nickfl
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a massive, three finger head of white foam on top of a hazy, golden-brown body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice, thick lace on the glass.

S - A strong, smoky yeast aroma of bubblegum and cloves. Some spicy yeast in the background with a little caramel.

T - Smoky clove notes up front with some spicy wheat and vanilla. A bit of banana comes out in the middle and fades to a yeasty finish with more clove and smoky character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Very nice, yeast weisse beer. The smoky character and clove that the yeast produces is very nicely done; strong enough to give the beer character but not overwhelming.

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Hopf Spezial Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
Beer rating: 3.78 out of 5 with 25 ratings