Hopback Thunderstorm | Hop Back Brewery plc

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Hop Back Brewery plc
England, United Kingdom

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jason on 09-11-2002

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by Westsidethreat:
Photo of Westsidethreat
2.71/5  rDev -15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Crystal clean, almost looks like a german pilsner. Huge pillowy pure white head sits on top. Thousands of little bubbles make their way from the bottom of the glass all the way towards the top.

S: Sour and yeasty. Hints of wheat, lemon peel and apples.

T: Umm, what? That was wierd. Is that rubber I taste? Let me attempt to take this from the top...
Lemon bitterness hits the front of the tongue. As the taste moves across all the tastes buds, tastes of rubber then coins. Finishes with a subtle wheaty sourness. Is this going to grow on me?

M: Fairly smooth.

D: My mouth is adjusting, but those first few sips were rough. But I remember the first time I had a smoker or gueze too. This has grown on me so I won't slam it as much as I thought I would. I still wouldn't recommend it to anyone.

But I bet its MUCH better on tap.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden color (mine wasnt to hazy),witha nice pillowey head.Smelled of bananas and yeast,I think it was a very appetizing aroma.Taste was clovey and banana-like,I liked this more than the others who have reviewed this,good carbonation and refreshing summer wheat ale.

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Photo of merlin48
2.94/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

500 ml bottle poured into a half litre weizen glass, which proved fortunate given the enormous, billowy, white head that almost ran over the top of the glass. Slightly hazed, pale yellow body with enormous carbonation on display. Lots of clumpy patch lace is left on the glass.
Aroma is muted, with lemonzest, pepper, coriander, and some yeast twang.
Mouthfeel has crisp carbonation and a medium body.
Taste is bland, with spicy notes of coriander and pepper, grassy hops, and restrained lemony citrus. Doughy and bready malt character is lacking in flavor. Very little wheat grain can be picked up.
A shame that the taste and aroma fail to match the promising appearance. This is more like a mediocre American Pale Wheat Ale than a Hefe. Lackluster.

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Photo of ADR
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold and a little hazy, big puffy head of 1/2 inch. Smells of a flowery air freshener. Hoppy for a Wheat brew but at the same time, lacking in malt expression. A little bit of citrus rind bittering. This beer is a disappointment to me, its got OK body but not a lot of flavor expressions. Nice head, not much else.

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Photo of jeschaefer
2.03/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of rastaman
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK, kind of citrust tarness, a bit cloying and a tad bit sweet, even a bit too hoppy for a wheat beer, but still OK, everything about it is dead on average for me, nothing that exceptional.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Carefully poured to leave the yeast sediment behind (as recommended by the label), it's just slightly hazy in the glass. Its yellowish-gold body is capped by a short, bright-white head of foam that drops readily to a thin collar and whispy surface covering. The lacing is limited, although it does leave some at the start of the pint. There's a mildly-sweet and lightly-honeyish malt in the nose, but not much else (as might be expected). A medium/light body and very, median fine carbonation leave it gently crisp on the tongue. The flavor is distinctly wheat-like; sweet but with mild tangy edge. It's well-balanced with a firm bitterness; and finishes clean and dry. It has a good amount of drinkability deriving from its combination of light body and flavor; and somewhat interesting wheat-like character. Similar to many American wheats, it's interesting and enjoyable due to it's wheat charge; but it doesn't offer the bravado that Bavarian weizen yeast does.

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Photo of marc77
3.31/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear dark blonde hue. Thick, fluffy, persistent porcelain white head leaves lace. Aroma of grainy, tart wheat with a metallic twang. Mild grassy, chlorophyll tinged hop nose. Perhaps a touch of earthiness as well. Rustic, starchy, whole wheat bread like delayed sweetness in flavor. Lemon tart wheat and hop flavor combination. Clean, but very lemony... tastes like they presqueezed a lemon into it. Slight grain husk notes in the finish as well as trace, herbal phenol. Typically light in body and well attenuated; only a notch above thin. Decent drinkabilty. Would make a fine summer quaffer that would be bland any other time of the year. It's an innocuous wheat, with overall character slightly above the norm. But a thunderstorm? Please.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.76/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours with a thick, white five-fingered head (go slowly), fades very slowly and leaves chuncks of lace. Light - medium carbonation and light bodied. Color is a nearly clear light yellow. Nose is a faint hop/malt. Starts on the hoppy side but taste is not overpowering nothing like a German hefeweizen. After taste is bitter/hoppy. $3.30 for a 500ml bottle.

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Photo of moulefrite
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A bizzare drink! The beer pours a VERY pale almost see through light golden. Aromas of citrus are first up, especially lemon and orange. Same goes for the palate with citrus dominating, yet a very pronounced flavor of licorice/fennel/anise/pernod/snaps candy-you get the picture, takes over and orange plays supporting the supporting role as the beer finishes. A definate toasted wheat bread flavor comes to the surface if you concentrate. An interesting selection that does grow on you as you drink it. Try it if you find it. Again though, what is with the name? Maybe it is the flavor of the English rain in this town? Terroir?

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Photo of necoadam
2.83/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a honey/gold color with a huge, thick head that never settles down it seems. Left a thick lacing on the top of the glass. Smell consisted of some hops, malts and some wheat, but it was very faint and hardly there. Taste was...well interesting. Wheat hits the palate first with a big lemon/citrus rush that lasts into the aftertaste. It wasn't all that pleasing really. That lemon taste does linger quite a bit. I don't know if they freshly squeezed lemons into this thing or what but it doesn't taste all that great. Blah, pass on this one. And this is hardly a hefe.

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Photo of dwarbi
3.65/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

it looks very clear and light, like a pilsner. Pours a thick, creamy head, but it runs away very quickly. Smells a mite bit like vanilla. Very gently aroma to it. Foamy and inoffensive... maybe soothing is a better way to describe it. not much going on here, but very drinkable.

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Photo of mschofield
3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear orange-amber, topped with a two finger marshmallowy stark white head, leaves webs of lacing. I get no haziness here at all, rather odd for the style.
Nice lemon, grassy, and pepper aroma.
Wheat, grain, cracker, citrus zest, grass note in the taste, citrus bitterness.
Medium bodied, smooth and crisp, really nice and pleasant to drink, but it's not much of a hefeweizen.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.88/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From NERAX 2003. Note: Cask-conditioned ales should have some exemption in the "Appearance" ratings for their characteristic lack of a lasting head or lace. That said; Hazy copper in color with a fast fading head and thin lace. Very fluid malt body with a trace of clove-like wheat flavor. Woody flavor and aroma. Tea-like bitterness and a back of the throat edginess. Light caramel sweetness edges forward and the alcohol becomes a little more noticeable. Nice easy to drink beer.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.62/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When I originally Reviewed this before I thought it was a blonde ale. On here it says it's a hefeweizen. So with that in mind this makes a little more sense. The beer is a cloudy yellowish gold, with an English feel to it. Malts are there mixing with the wheat. This is an ok brew but not the greatest.

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Photo of TinusTime
2.81/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy gold with a decent but not great white head. The smell is odd, wheaty but also a bit of band-aid in there. Does not bode well. The taste is also bizarre, a bit sour dryness in the finish. This one almost tastes a bit off, but with no date and as it is bottle conditioned I wouldnt think it would be. All and all the taste is just a bit blah followed by bleck. Why would this ever win a CAMRA medal? Mouthfeel is OK with decent carbonation, but the mouthfeel isnt gonna save this. Drinkability is low due to the taste and smell. Very disappointing. I hope this was out of date, but I dont think it was. This is listed as a Hefe Weisen. I know Hefe weisen and Hop Back Thunder storm you are No Hefe Weisen. More of a light rain than a Thunderstorm

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Photo of ark57
3.63/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is definitley not a hefe-weisse, but just a plain Englsih Wheat beer. It pours a clear, pale gold with a big, rocky head. It looks quite impressive. The aroma is faint with a little bit of fresh lemony scent and a touch of hops. There is citrus in the taste with a slight tartness and some crisp wheat. It finishes slightly bitter and dry. It is a clean and refreshing beer that goes great on a warm day. It is a shame that it is going to be discontinued by the brewer.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.26/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First off, Thunderstorm is the wrong name. It brings to mind porters and stouts, like Storm King, or a dark wheat like Ramstein Winter.

Pours a hazy yellow-gold, topped by a very bubbly three-finger white head. Excellent lacing. Subdued aroma featuring violets. Slight lemony taste, but not a whole lot of anything. Very freshing, and would be fine on a hot summer day (do they have those in England?). However, not something I would look to curl up with during a late-in-the-day summer thunderstorm. Like tonight. Of course, it's all relative. It hardly feels like summer.

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Photo of maxpower
2.8/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy hazy golden-yellow color, lots of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle, has a small white head that doesn't seem to last very long. Mild sour banana-clove aroma, light wheaty and yeasty flavors, very light in body, somewhat thin with a crisp carbonated mouthfeel, some sourness in the finish, pretty boring and average.

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Photo of Offa
4.13/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is nice, light but tasty with subtle complexity. it is not, however, a hefeweizen in character and I don't think it should be categorized as one. It is not held out to be one, but instead is simply a "wheat ale."

Straw, faintly hazy, it has a big white head slowly shrinking to a thin, lasting foamy top and leaving some nice foamy lace.

The aroma is very fruity - apples, lemon, pears, a hint of banana - plus some grain, grass, herbs.

The taste is similar. it's light in flavour and body, but with plenty of subtle elements going on, fruity with apple, lemon, herbs, and some grain. It's very zesty, crisp, drysih buit not rough or drying on the toungue. It's very refreshing yet retains nice, lasting character, and it's very drinkable.

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Hopback Thunderstorm from Hop Back Brewery plc
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