Hopf Helle Weisse | Weissbierbrauerei Hopf

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3.76/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
Germany
hopfweisse.de

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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pDev:
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Reviews: 111 | Ratings: 173
Reviews by beagle75:
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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Photo of safaricook
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

orange hazy body with lots of carbonation and a great pillowy white head
gentle aroma of clove, citric
Taste is classic Hefeweizen, clove, wheat tang, lacking a bit of malt backbone and hence little watery
spritzy, evervescent, not much of a body
Good but not great Hefeweizen in my opinion

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Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Medium brown color. Medium head. Aroma is banana, cloves and cherries. A light to medium bodied dunkel. Lightly roasted malts with a very pronounced banana and clove tones. Pronounced, but not overpowering. Kind of light bodied for a dunkel. Flavor does not live up to the expectations of the aroma. Light and refreshing. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours with the bit white head expected of a weissbeier. However, it's a bit lighter in color than expected. The smell is clove but little banana or other fruit. The taste is a bit on the light side but not unpleasant. Because of the drinkability, it might grow on you a bit. It's not bad, but better choices abound.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A definent change of pace for me drinking a hefe weisse in February but wanted something a little different,pours a hazy light goleden with a big fluffy head that turns creamy-like as it settles.Soft clovey aroma most prominent with a little wheaty malt in there not much citrus maybe a light lemon note.Taste is pretty delicate compared to say Schneider weisse a little cloves and some citrus but soft.A good hefe but there are better German and American weisses out there this may be better with yes the dreaded lemon.

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Photo of cokes
4.21/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It presents itself exactly as it should. A glowing, smogged goldenrod topped with a breathing and expanding plastic mound of creamed French Vanilla.
Fragrant of bananas drizzled with a lemon glaze, sprinkled with clove and eaten with a flaky wheat biscuit.
Begins as it smells. Forward with banana and lemon elements, tart leaning at times, and especially as it warms. The tartness is offset with a template of doughy wheat and coarser hull. The middle is well spiced, with esters of vanilla pod, ginger, and white pepper. It ends with a congruent lemony hop snap that migrates more herbal as the brew migrates past the tonsils.
Medium hewn with light but boisterous bubbles.
This has a bit more lemon and acid than most, though it never seems out of place, placed upon a very supple and traditional weizen frame.
I'd place this one in my upper tier per the style.

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Photo of BeerManDan
2.95/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When first poured, it was a hazy golden wheat color with some foam. The smell of spice and wheat fill the nose. I wouldn't say I could smell cloves, just some kind of a spicy nature. The taste was of a thick beer with some spice and wheat. The turn off for me was that the finish was a bitter/sour taste on the palate and for me, that was not very pleasant.

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Photo of stcules
3/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow greenish, with a lot of carbonation. Quite hazy. Beautiful white foam, weizen-style.
The smell is quite fruity, with banana, and a generous amount of cloves, that mitigates the sweetness.
In spite of the apparent carbonation, in the mouth it is not excessive. Less sweet than you can expect, and quite balanced. Wheat.
In the spicy aftertaste, with cloves, fruity again.
Pleasant.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a rather standard hazy straw color with above average white head. Nose is the typical banana-clove with some soft bready aromas. On the palate, high carbonation is noted with a pleasant wheat-cracker sweetness balanced by the yeasty estery stuff, and of course the banana (but not as much clove). Rather standard Hefe-Weizen - better than the vast majority of U.S. "craft" examples, but average for German imports.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Here's another classic German weissbier that follows all of the standards but somehow manages to stand out a bit from the crowd. It's appearance is exactly as might be expected with a billowing, bright-white head above a translucent golden body that teems with effervescent life. It's medium-light bodied, and zesty across the palate. The nose welcomes you with subtle wafts of citrus over sweetish malt. A touch of banana is added into the flavor, but it's a bit more restrained than some; and it's clove-like character is even more tightly reigned in. Fresh, bright, and easy drinking, this is a weizen that's very well suited for quaffing during long summer days. Very well done!

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 1 Pint, 0.9 fl.oz brown glass bottle. Compared to the two other bottles I picked up (the Dunkle Weiße and Weißer Bock), the Helle Weiße has a generic appearance. The Helle Weiße has a cream colored label with a dark green border with a color coordinated crown cap. The neck label has the words ‘Helle Weiße Wheat Beer’. The Main label has the word ‘Hopf’ in large black font with the words ‘Helle Weiße’ underneath in green text. No strength or freshness date listed, but I know this was fresh to the Store.

Appearance: Milky hazed light golden-yellow body with a large virginal white expansive head that fills the glass at first which means that a slow pour is in order at first. Excellent conditioning.

Nose: Has a classic wheat beer nose. Lots of sweet mushy bananas, cloves and wheat with a light overall fruity odor.

Taste: No surprises here, but this is a solid example nevertheless. Mushed sweet bananas, cloves, slightly toasted wheat and fruity yeasts. Often there is twitch of sharpness at the beginning, but it is soon subsumed by the sweet banana. Finishes clean and with a refreshing and satisfying swallow. Fruity ending.

Mouthfeel: A complaint of mine is often that Wheat beers are sickly or tacky on the mouth. This is a clean, crisp offering which benefits from the chill but is nevertheless a damn good fresh Wheat beer that has a smooth feel with aerodynamic lines.

Drinkability: I had to work for a few hours today, the AC in our Office is turned down on weekends and the afternoon was hot, so this made for a very refreshing drink as the sun was going down when I got home. Very refreshing.

Overall: Cost $2.59 for the bottle. I always expect German beers to be steadfast and conservative, solid but never surprising. I suppose this is, it has all the classic Wheat Beer qualities that you would expect, and it doesn’t deviate from the norm, yet somehow it does that little bit more for me. A very good Weiße and one that I would purchase again, in fact I spied a 3L Magnum of the Hopf Helle Weiße in the Store as well, now this would make for a great Party Bottle that many would enjoy I think - now there’s an idea…..

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Photo of Gusler
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer absents itself from the 500ml brown bottle a somewhat chill hazed golden amber with a monumental creamy light tan head that after its decomposition results in the lace forming a fine silk like curtain around the glass. Nose has a fair hint of wheat, somewhat sweet, clean and fresh, hints of banana and cloves; start is sweet with a fair grain profile and the top light in its feel. Finish is stern in its acidity with the hops light but present, a nice drinking beer that as with the Dunkle will go down nicely when the temperature hits 115 here soon.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Light hazy pale white-ish to light straw color with a big pillowy white head and active carbonation. Big banana and clove aroma and flavors with lots of fruity character and a nice wheat flavor in back; very nicely balanced. Light bodied and refreshing; not as creamy as some examples.

Per WH website: 5.3% ABV

(11.2 oz. fat brown base with a skinny long neck. "Reinheitsgebot Gebrauf Nach Dem" emb. around the neck)

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Photo of TexIndy
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had at the Postrio restaurant in the Venetian casion in Vegas. The waiter poured from the bottle into a weizen glass. Had an opaque golden color with some head. The smell was the typical hefe smell with a great overtone of bananas and sweet malt. The banana was just the right mix and not overpowering. Really enjoyed the taste (most have since I ordered 3 of them during dinner) and wish I could get it here in Texas. Highly recommend and will be searching it out online or on trips to Midwest where I know it is available. (HR, 4.5, T, Y)

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Photo of Naerhu
2.76/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Active carbonation, pure white head, yellow body.
Aroma: Sour lambic aroma.
Tasting: Sour, refreshing, light, wheaty lemony, cloves. Practically no sweetness.
Mouthfeel: Super light, far too much zest, crisp.
Drink: This is picnic beer. Might choose it over bud, but not sure.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500ml bottle from "Lifesource" Salem.$4.49 Pours a gorgeous bright golden yellow,hazed, with a large thick and tight white head.I love the look of a good Hefe. Aroma ,slightly subdued/old?. banana,cherry,bubblegum,slight earthiness,slight clove. After the nice aroma, the taste is quite muted and more on the banana side,carbonation is almost non existent what is there seems natural,bottle conditioned and soft. After a while i got used to the softness and it became a nice smooth beer. A middling hefe..would love to taste fresh

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Photo of Redrover
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

16.9 oz heavy duty brown glass bottle.

The beer pours a hazy dark yellow. Nice head (in fact be careful on the pour or you will get a glass of foam…). Just a bit of lacing.

This beer has a nose of clove banana and spice. The classic nose of a German Hefe. Yummy.

The taste is much like the nose. Lots of smooth grain taste with the clove and pepper adding a nice accent. No flaws or shortcomings very solid taste. Some subtle shadings of fruit emerge to add to the enjoyment

The mouthfeel is very creamy which is not a usual hefe characteristic. I like it!

Extreemly easy to drink. Would be a perfect session beer. Nice example of style and easy to pair with grilled food and salads.

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Photo of SamuraiJack
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A very light, crisp and clean wheat beer. A nice refresher.
Initial pour shows a very attractive golden colour with excellent carbonation an a pillowy, fluffy and foaming head. Aroma is light grains and citrus, very mild (perhaps too mild?).
Initial taste is of a highly citric crispness reminiscent of a lightly sweetened grapefruit, but with lower acid. Very little bitterness and a light touch of alcohol to bring out the grains and tasty yeasts that provide the foundation balance the equation. There is little to no aftertaste - again providing a sense of crispness and "clean" drinking. Much lighter than your average Hefeweissen, but with all the same traits - just diminished in strength.
A refreshing and light beer. Inoffensive. This is one of those beers that in no way knocks your socks off, but would be a great beer to have around for when you simply want a refreshing drink after a hot day in the sun.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I didn't get to actually drink much of my bottle of this due to a glassware mishap detailed here:

http://www.beeradvocate.com/forum/read.php?thread=435086

Pours a cloudy golden with orange highlights and a smallish head for a weissbier. Yeasty, hoppy aroma with some banana notes is unmistakably a hefeweizen. Nice, sweet palate lacks a nice hop presence, but there is a good lemony, citrusy zing mixed with the German yeast. Mouthfeel is slightly foamy. This is pretty good, I wish I'd had more than about four ounces left in the bottle after my spill.

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Photo of jcalabre
2.4/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I originally sampled this beer on 26 April 2003. I am writing this review from my notes.
This is a clear wheat beer w/ a very light body & even less flavor. I guess this should be categorized as a "lawnmower" beer. There are far better German beers out there

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Photo of Boilermaker88
3.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presented in a 16.9oz brown bottle with green lettering. Poured a slightly cloudy straw yellow color with a fizzy, bubbly, quick-to-die white head and a ton of carbonation.
Smell is of bready malt and a hint of clove.
Taste was rather one-dimensional. Had a solid malt taste and a mellow clove spiciness but was missing the usual banana flavor anticipated in a beer of this style. Has a grassy taste.
Feel was very light, dry, crisp and refreshing.
Overall, I found this beer to be on a rung or two below what I consider the best hefeweizens out there. This beer was understrength in taste and missing the banana flavor usually associated with a German wheat beer. The Hopf Weissbock is much better.

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Photo of moulefrite
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a creamy, hazy light golden with plenty of head and stick, though the head dissipates rather quickly. Aromas scream fruit esters redolent of under ripe banana. Some barnyard on the nose as well as a blast of sweet toasty malt and a pinch of clove. The beer is clean and crisp yet the ripeness of the beers flavor makes it a bit flabby on the palate. Flavors again favor sweet banana (tastes like banana nut bread) and toasty malt. Unique in style, this is worth checking out.

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Photo of bigbelcher
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden color with a thick billowy head. Nice lacing. Aroma is almost all bananna. Very little clove. Much like Wihenstaphner Weiss. Very slight spicy hop aroma as well.
Taste is typical wheat beer with lots of pineapple type fruit. Mouthfeel is medium.
Overall very drinkable.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance – This is a pretty orangish-yellow in color and very murky. The head didn’t explode like in most weizens but it came up nicely.

Smell – The nose is balanced towards banana. I prefer my weizens with more of a wheaty character, but this is perfectly within acceptable guidelines. The spices, mostly clove, are light and mate well with the rest of the aroma.

Taste – The wheat picked up a tad at the taste but the banana still dominates. I’m finding a very mild grain flavor as well. Otherwise it tastes just like it smells.

Mouthfeel – This is big for a weizen but shy of medium-bodied. The wonderful German carbonation is here in force and there’s actually a mild bitter finish.

Drinkability – This was clean and refreshing and went down quite well, although as I said my preference is for a wheatier mix.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.78/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz bomber, no freshness date.
Pours out a hazy golden yellow with a thick, but rapidly disapating off white head. Little to no lacing.
aroma is light banana, some wheat, and a little clove.
Flavor is citric, with a nice spicyness on the finish.
Average hefe.

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