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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
Germany
hopfweisse.de

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-07-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
166
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
13.64%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
8
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Gmann
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright yet cloudy golden color with a huge puffy pure white head that settles fairly quickly into a solid cap. The aroma is pretty one sided with banana, more of a banana creame pie. The taste is of over-rippened bananas, it also has some sort of other unique flavor. I want to say vanilla or perhaps mineral water but it is probably not but it does give way to the banana creame pie flavor. The feel is very smooth, no sharp wheat characteristic. The carbonation is prickly but leads into a silky feel in the end. Overall, a very smooth hefe, could use some more spice flavor. Worth a purchase.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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 GarthDanielson
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a hazy, opaque, golden coloring with a fluffy, bubbly, white head. Aromas of toasted grains, subtle banana, grassy hops, hints of honey, and floral notes. Flavors are crisp and clean, with a tangy honey and floral flavor forward, grassy and cracker backbone, and subtle spice blend. Smooth and clean bodied, with a subtle fruity sweet and floral aftertaste. Crisp, clean finish. Good beer.

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Photo of mickeymac
3.77/5  rDev +0.8%
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 czfreeman
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cool little find here, found it in a dwontown grocery here in Munich, a small local brew.
Pours a murky golden straw color, light apricot-orange, rich amount of Hefe murkiness in a Helles. Head is beautiful, full, rocky, fluffy leaving lots of sticky lacing. It holds it retention for quite a long time, off to a great start.
Smells like a pretty solid Hefe. Light citrus fruitness, musty Hefe yeastiness, bit of bitter hoppiness keeping all in check. The mustyness is there, the fruitness as well, but all is a bit subdued, and a tad bit watery, but solid nonetheless.
Flavor is bright, spritzy, exibiting a high level of carbonation a first then ending in a nice citrusy creamy finish. Peppery on the finish, long lingering musty fruitiness. Not so much of the typical "banana cream-o-wheat" flavor here, more of an orange-citrus, with peppery wheat/hefe notes,but the banana is still in the background, used as an underlying flavor, rather than the dominant theme. really good flavor.
Drinkablity is high, as the bright carbonation, light fruity flavor keeps me reaching for my glass frequently.
Overall I have much higher preferences for my Hefe's, but this one was decent, a little too watered down for me, but dont know till you try...

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Photo of Voss
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pretty yellow colour and pretty magnolia persisting foam. Banana dominates the smell and the taste. Very refreshing with just the right carbonation. Very balanced and drinkable, goes down in a while leaving you with the will of another one, especially in the summer days. A good example of this style, but nothing that makes it stand above others good hefeweizen.

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Photo of ToriBug13
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Weisbierbrauerei Hopf Helle Weisse

A- Pale yellow straw color, thick pillowy head, unfiltered and cloudy—looking delicious!

S- Yeast, bread, banana, light vanilla spice.

T- Nice and crisp! Great carbonation for a German beer. Light on the banana which makes it a very refreshing drink. Compared to the nose, this is not as banana-ish as I expected, but the hint of phenols is perfectly balanced. Very clean finish. Pleasant surprise, very much enjoyed!

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A half pint served on-tap at Bier Markt - Square One into a Hopf hefeweizen glass.

Appearance - Hazy and golden in color, a decent two finger head was poured with good retention that coalesces into a small thin foam cap.

Smell - Banana and clove with a middling banana aroma and a less obvious clove smell.

Taste - Pretty much same as the nose, straightforward and to the point. Banana and clove with a sweeter than average banana flavor and very subtle clove.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, well carbonated a bit stickier than other hefes I've had. Also a touch on the thin side.

Overall - Certainly a good hefe that went nicely with my Pastrami flammekueche but nothing I'd go out of my way to get again.

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Photo of pinkano
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - very light yellow color with a little haze
S - really good smell.. smells after banana bread, dried banana, lemon and citruses. It is evident hefeweizen.
T - nice easy taste of banana and lemon also with some light wheat end
M - low to medium body with medium carbonation
D - easy and drinkable. Especially in summer time it is a very light and easy beer.

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Photo of dcmchew
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours hazy golden, with a huge head.
Smells like a nicely spiced hefeweizen, nice clove, banana and nice green herbal notes.
Delivers. Wheaty malts, nice grains. Spice is mainly (heavily) clove, with some vanilla, covering the banana, which is mild, the lower acidic apple and the even lower lemon zest (which is great).
Hops provide the expected bitterness.
A decent, by the book, hefeweizen, nothing to say.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Into a weiss glass. Two fingers of head on a cloudy, pale straw colored body.
The aroma is banana, lemon and banana bread.
The taste is sweeter for a hefeweizen with all the normal fruit: banana, lemon and a little grapefruit.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
It's a solid hefe.

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Photo of metter98
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured into a weizen glass with a two finger high white head that slowly died down and left a thin layer of bubbles consistently covering the surface. A high amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of bananas, bubble gum and clove in the nose. The banana flavors stand out in particular.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and also has some flavors of wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is easy to drink and quite refreshing.

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Photo of Zorro
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an unfiltered cloudy golden brew.

Smell is grain and mild spice scent from the yeast.

Taste is sweet with a little tartness and a banana and spice flavor.
Good grain backbone and a nice balanced hop finish. A bit sweet but not super sweet.

Good Mouthfeel, the wheat gives it a certain thickness.

Very drinkable brew.

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Photo of jettjon
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 500ml bottle with no freshness date, into a hefeweizen glass. Hazy yellow with numerous large bubbles rising up; two-finger white cap that fades at a moderate pace leaving a thin cap and little lacing. Note that there is a large amount of sediment in the bottle. Nose is of citrus hops, tea, and syrupy malt. Tastes tangy, peppery, and wheaty, with citrus notes. Semi-sweet malt, faint coriander, and even some fruity apple flavor in there. Good, fairly complex hefe flavor. Mouth evinces middle-of-the-road viscosity with very light carbonation bordering on flat; smooth and satisfying overall. Drinkability is very good overall.

Overall: A good wheat beer; I think it would benefit from a touch more carbonation. Definitely a great spring/summer quencher. Worth a try.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with three fingers of white foam on top of a hazy, straw colored body. The head settles slowly and leaves nice rings of lace on the glass.

S - Spicy wheat with lemon and clove notes.

T - Smooth wheat up front with some vanilla notes. Clove and lemon peel in the middle and a finish of pepper, clove and more spicy wheat.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a fairly dry finish.

D - This is a nice enough weisse, the malt chracter is thick and pleasant, though the yeast is not as fruity as I would like it to be.

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Photo of avalon07
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a yellowish color and a cloudy texture. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Fair lacing.

S: A very subdued aroma of wheat and that bubble gum aroma.

T: Tasted of wheat, a bit of malt, a hint of banana, and that bubble gum quality you get with hefeweizens. Not quite strong enough, but still an enjoyable flavor.

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

O: In spite of some bumpy spots, this is a pretty drinkable, likeable beer.

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Photo of gwood
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle looked a little suspect when I picked it up, no freshness date. Poured into a clean Hefe glass...

Pours a cloudy put still pale yellow. I noticed that I could see yeast in suspension after the bottle was moved from the fridge to the counter, like they'd been there all along...never deciding to settle down. This brew has a nice big bright creamy head that ended up at two plus fingers with some minimal lacing. Smells of mellow banana, stronger citrus, and a very slight hint of spice. Taste is malted wheat in the middle that fades to some very slight hop bitterness followed immediately by yeast esters that linger into spice and fade quicker than expected. The surprising aspect of this beer is what I can only describe as much more dry finish than what I would've expected based on the smell.

Mouthfeel is right in line with a nice mellow level of carbonation. Highly drinkable, right along the style lines. Overall, a good representation. I'm not a huge fan of the style but it's a nice change and I can certainly see the appeal, especially with things warming up here in the southland.

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Photo of BrewMaster
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured into a tall, slender Arrogant Bastard glass, this beer presents itself with a big foamy head. I'm not kidding, over half the glass was foamy for a few minutes. The head is creamy, white, sticky, fluffy and long lasting made up of very small bubbles. Exceptionally stiff head could be scooped like ice cream. It leaves very nice, lacy striations on the glass. The beer is a cloudy orange with a light red tint when back lit. Very pretty.

Smell: Sweet malty aroma with a bit of a phenolic note to it. Apple, light alcohol, and chewiness that is a compliment to the malt.

Taste: Sweet with a tight malt flavor. Some biscuity notes with a fruity and spicy undertones. The spiciness is cinnamon and lavender while the fruits suggest banana, orange, and a general citrusy flavor. This beer is slightly syrupy with a tart middle. The flavor weakens at the end and dies off. Watery and slightly disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Very light and fluffy but the tartness tends to bite and make it uncomfortable in my mouth. The watery ending leaves something to be desired.

Drinkability: It is certainly a drinkable beer and is probably better consumed when paired with equally lively foods. Good but not great by any stretch.

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Photo of LuckySevens82
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

500ml Bottle
Pours a hazy golden color with a rocky, thick, off white head. Retention is great as is lacing.
Smell is almost pure wheat. Some banana and clove, but not nearly as much as I would have expected. Very slight spicy hop aroma as well.
Taste is slight wheat twang, followed by banana, and clove. Definte hop bitterness/spiciness to this one as well.
Mouthfeel is dead on for the style.
Overall, extremely drinkable, and enjoyable. A little more tart than I might like, but still a damn good wheat beer.

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Photo of peensteen
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Twisted Kilt

Pours a hazy pale blonde colour, nearly two fingers of white head, decent retention with little lace. Smell is full of fruity banana, bubble gum, clove and spice as well as a buttery note along with malt, some yeasty points as well. Taste is a little more spice and clove forward, dry upfront with a little bit of sweetness mid palate, banana and bubble gum are there as well, fruity finish. Nice mouthfell, medium carbonation, medium weight. A nice hefe that was really easy to drink, although not a favorite for the style it is something I could see myself ordering again.

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Photo of monkeybeer
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a large foamy white head

S- Smell is light with a mix of wheat, spice and fruit.

T/M- A very typical wheat taste with some hint of fruit and spice. Nicely carbonated. Nothing stands out about it.

D- Very easy to drink nice basic wheat beer. I would defiantly get it again because it would be a nice beer to have on hand. Good and balanced

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Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hopf Helle Weisse pours a cloudy yellow with a thick white head from a half liter brown bottle. The aroma is mostly over ripe banana. The flavor is on the sweet side, favoring banana as well. There is a touch of clove, but it's not strong. The mouthfeel is a little thin. Overall this is a decent hefe, it's worth a try.

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Photo of KajII
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a medium golden amber with an average (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated at a good steady pace down to a very light film and a small collar, which did allow for some light streaky lacing.

The aroma was of a grain malt and a light musty yeast with notes of citrus (lemon), banana, pineapple and a touch of coriander.

The taste was sweetly acidic throughout and had a sweet-tart pineapple flavor early on, then a yeasty tart fruity taste slowly but surely took over with notes of banana and citrus and a light hint of spice making their presence known towards the finish. The flavor hung around for an average time after consumption with a tart fruity yeast flavor left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was right in the middle of light and medium in body with a watery and slightly dry texture and a lively carbonation.

Overall an extremely flavorful brew, with great body and nice drinkable feel. I definitely see me drinking this one again...

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

16.9 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a very pale peachy color; very hazy. Super thick, smooth, and dense white head which has excellent retention and leaves a nice lacing.

Smell: Really minimal aroma. Over-ripe banana and some vague spices.

Taste: Almost generic heat/banana flavor with some indistinct spices. Nothing stands out. I mostly like it, but it's really unremarkable and unmemorable.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, light-bodied but a bit viscous. Very light tingly carbonation.

Drinkability: Fine ABV and enjoyable to drink, but the flavor isn't so exciting.

Interestingly, I'm most captured by the mouthfeel of this beer. The flavor is pretty ho-hum. Still, I think it's surely worth a try.

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Photo of beerguy101
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
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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Hopf Helle Weisse from Weissbierbrauerei Hopf
3.74 out of 5 based on 166 ratings.
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