Hoppin' Helles
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company

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German Helles
3.2 | pDev: 15%
Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Wisconsin, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 548
Photo of mothmanscott
3.31/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From notes taken in 2014: Pours a clear deep straw producing 3 fingers of finely bubbled, foamy, glowing white, head that leaves a nice ring and wash of lacing. Aroma is a hoppy Munich Helles lager: biscuity malt, a hint of toast, lager yeast, honey, grass, lemon, certainly more hoppy than is expected for this malt forward style. Taste is hop forward for the style which apparently was their goal with grassy & lemon hops, biscuit malt, toasty grain, lager yeast, honey & pepper. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, peppery but smooth. Hoppy for the style but don't expect a hop bomb.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.69/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rebranded as "Helles Yeah." Same beer, though.

Pours a bright, transparent amber. Lots of upward streaming bubbles in this pokal. Fine white head is lower retention but leaves a perfect film on liquid surface. Lacing is pretty decent. On the nose, pasta and grain, a strange funkiness that didn't take me long to get used to, and herbal, almost lemony hops. Tastes more like a Pilsner (the hops make the difference) than a Helles. Palate is crackery throughout. Very strong malt presence. There's a grassy-sweetness hiding here as well. Light lemon notes in the front, with hop bitterness kicking in about half-way through, rindy more than herbal, but not too powerful. Peppercorn retro-olfaction. Light bodied and crisp, but high level of long-lasting carbonation, both prickly and sudsy prevent this beer from feeling thin. I swear this beer is underrated. To the taste, as good as just about any pilsner. One of my favorite year-rounds from Leinenkugel.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.24/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice clear golden color with an off white head that laces a little around the glass. The smell and taste are dominated by very earthy hops with a lot more clean grass flavor coming through than any floral or piney notes. Refreshing with a decent aftertaste, but the flavor wasn't for me.

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Photo of tone77
3.37/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of malts. Taste is crisp and light, some hops, malts, kind of mild. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and sessionable beer.

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Photo of BrewThru_29
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasently surprised by this. I had low expectations. If you're looking for something light and refreshing, this will fit the bill. Slight hop bite against a malty base. No off flavors. Not bad

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.54/5  rDev +10.6%

A friend gave me two of these. Thanks Dane!

Appearance (4) : A hard pour gives way to a very dense, creamy three fingered head. In fact the foam is so stable it's like shaving cream. The body is a golden color with great transparency. Head leaves lacing on the glass in webs and rings as it recedes.

Aroma (3.25) : Citrus hops aroma, back line of corn and wheat. Very hoppy. Bouquet is medium strength.

Taste (3.5) : This isn't too terrible, it's got bitter hops out front, a touch of sour, with a thick yeasty and bready backbone. It doesn't end disgusting, which encourages more drinking. I honestly thought it would taste like paint left out in the sun, but hey - it's ok.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : ...is creamy, with stabbing carbonation and a dry, crisp finish. Body is light.

Overall (3.54) : The strongest suit of this beer is its appearance when poured. The head is still standing straight up on top and adds to the creaminess of the beer. Straight from the bottle it tastes metallic, from a glass it's a nice balance. I would drink this again if it were given to me (again).

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Photo of lakeviewmike
2/5  rDev -37.5%

This beer was nothing like a Helles. It was too bitter in a bad kind of way; almost sour. It seemed to be lacking any caramel malt character. It had a metallic taste. It was thin. It poured with no head.

This beer just completely missed the mark. I suppose if they called it a hoppy, American pale lager it would make some sense. But even then it would not be good.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3/5  rDev -6.3%

poured into standard pint glass, color is transparent gold, head is bright white; head presents thin about 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to a ring and some lacing.

Aroma is pretty fresh, somewhat hoppy, hops are grassy some citrus; malt and grains are noticeable in the aroma but not specific in smell.

Taste is less appealing than the aroma, more grainy and sharp bitterness, not pleasant and out of style; grains are a bit harsh and not flavorful, hops are bitter, a bit grassy and somewhat flavorful, bringing this beer back around some.

Mouthfeel is sharp, high carbonation and sharp bitterness hits the tongue and lingers.

Overall, a decent beer, slightly out of style and harsh on the finer edges of this style.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3/5  rDev -6.3%

Looks like this is now renamed "Helles Yeah". OK. Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.

Not terrible. But I agree it's a very macro feel. On the other hand, it's a very light, crisp lager, and I'm wondering if I'm not just biased to the style because it reminds me of so many American "light beers". Underwhelming, to be sure, but it's not a terrible tasting beer. If you're in the mood for something very light, this will fit the bill, but it's not going to turn heads.

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Photo of kkleu357
2.5/5  rDev -21.9%

From notes on 8/31/2013

Ok beer. A very macro beer feel. Not much hop flavor. Not that complex. Works well with pizza since it doesn’t take away from the flavor of the food. Probably won’t buy again unless I’m in some backwoods Wisconsin bar that only carrys Leinies as their craft beer (happens often).

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Photo of blackcompg
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%

Appearance - Pours 2 fingers of bright white foam, body is a translucent golden amber, leaves nice light whites laces after each sip.

Smell - Light grains, light grassy hops, light minerals, very light citrus zest.

Taste - Very refreshing, and exactly like the nose - slightly cooked grains, hint of white breadcrust, very light grassy hops, light malt sweetness to balance, hints of bitter citrus zest, and a good dose of minerals throughout.

Mouthfeel - Lighter side of medium, a very smooth mouthfeel, bitter enough to keep you sipping, finishes fairly clean with traces of cut grass, light bread crust, and prominent minerals.

Overall - I like this beer actually, a great lawn-mower beer, and one that I could enjoy all afternoon in a backyard bbq. Much better than the macros imho. Is there better, sure - but this is a decent dry lager with a touch of hops, cheap, and sessionable at 5.5%.

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Photo of burnerfinger
3.64/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

bought this just because it was cheap! lol

a poured from the 12 oz bottle into my new belgium goblet:

A really light yellow - full finger of thich clamshell white head settles to a thin film with just a bit of lacing. ultra clarity.

s a mix of that macro metallic with some decent hops

t not bad, really not bad, bit of a hoppy bite

m lite on the body, also kinda - oily? in a way

d not too good really, chug en down anyway!

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Photo of ordybill
4.25/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear yellow gold color with a small white head. The aroma is hops and wheat. The taste matches the aroma. Overall, this is a very nice brew.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Hoppin' Helles is probably the most disappointing Leinenkugel effort I've experienced thus far. It bears that same sort of grassiness that I didn't like about Guinness's Harp Lager and that same kind of bitterness I find prevalent in many domestic beers. Not to mention, I always categorized Leinenkugel for its flavors, be them lemon, orange, lemon berry, or simply just refreshing and rather intoxicating hops, but Hoppin' Helles overdoes it to the point where the flavor is more of a nuisance than a presence. Definitely the weakest of Leinenkugel's otherwise surprisingly good line of beers.

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Photo of Brenden
3.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Other than a faint dustiness, this beer is completely clear in its pale gold-brass body, and plenty bright. The head is a foamy white one with decent staying power, hold, and stick.
The aroma's a bit light but is herbal, somewhat mineral, bready, and reasonably hoppy with orange peel and pine.
The hops come out a little more strongly, floral and grassy with some almost spruce-like needle, against cracker and biscuit dry malts and some caramel. I'm not sure about achieving style, but it's pretty good.
It's moderately crisp in a light-medium body, appropriate and not thin. It's pretty smooth without losing the bite.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.55/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, bright medium golden body, with a huge, dense and coarse white head, which retains well. The carbonation is fine, profuse, drifting lazily to the surface, with Belgian-style lacing.

Aroma: Abundant grassy and lesser pine hops dominate the aroma, with a measure of crisp pale malt as well.

Taste: The taste opens with a moderate wave of pine hops, with some grassy flavors as well. The taste has a tea-like quality, and the pale malt struggles to assert itself against the strong hop backdrop. The hops dominate the taste throughout, finishing with a pine and herbal flourish, and a moderately bitter note, which lingers well past the close of the taste..

Mouth feel: Smooth and full, with soft carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Pleasant and drinkable, could be an entree beer for a macro beer drinker trying craft beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a Samuel Adams Boston Lager Sensory glass.

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Photo of scaliasux
3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Medium light yellow. Clear. Medium tall, foamy, white head. Decently persistent.

Smell - Light pale malt. Sweet and grainy, bready. A little corn. A little citrusy hops.

Taste - Sweet pale malt. Bread and corn. Finishes with a little grapefruit. I'm no pro at spoitting Munich Helles, but this seems a little sweet for the style.

Mouthfeel - Light and crisp.

Overall - More than I was expecting from Leine's. While not the best of style, appears to be a reasonable attempt.

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Photo of Beric
3.3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Serving: Bottle, from the bottle.
Served: 20 June 2014

Appearance: Had this one from he bottle too. Better artwork than the other beers, plus the bottle cap with the hop comes is a fun addition.

Smell: Smells crisp and hoppy with a faint earthiness.

Taste: This is clearly overhopped for a Helles, but not in a terrible way. This isn't an IPL. That said, the characters I'd expect from a Helles are more or less absent- bready malts with a semi-dry finish. The beer was the most bitter of the three Leinie's I tried.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated, made it almost feel sharp in the mouth like a soda or seltzer.

Overall: Objectively the best of three Leinie's I tried, but looses points for not being to style. This wouldn't be half bad with a pinch more improvement. Close but no cigar.

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Photo of Dad_Bod_Beer_God
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer was a golden orange color with a pretty lousy thin head. The head became nonexistent after a few minutes which made the appearance poor. You could definitely smell the hops in the beginning. My first sip was nice and hoppy, what i expected, but the more I drank the less impact the taste had on me. It has that nice citrus like bitterness that you expect from an IPA but it was over powering. This would a great IPA style to have with meals because it wouldn't over power the taste of your food. Overall, nice beer. I enjoyed drinking it, but honestly I don't see myself making a run to buy it specifically anytime soon. If i was a friends and this was an option I would highly consider it though.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.43/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold color, with a small half inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like mild pine and grass.

The taste is similar. Much more hop forward than the typical Leinie's offering.The aformentioned pine and grass are there, plus some honey like malt sweetness, finishing with some adjunct lager like skunkiness and hard water. It starts well but ends poorly.

Light to medium bodied, crisp mouthfeel, very drinkable.

One of the better Leinenkugel offerings for sure, but it still needs some cleaning up to be a good beer.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottle march 17.

A: Brassy golden color with excellent clarity. Frothy off white head doesn't budge an inch and leaves thick gobs of lacing all over the glass.

S: Hop acidity pulls through strongly. Lemony, grassy, and herbal with some underlying melon hints. Grainy/toasty malt base.

T: Tropical hop notes of melon and perhaps kiwi. Plenty of spicy and herbal bitterness. Grainy and toasty malt base. Mild brush of alcohol. Toasty finish with a lingering spicy bitterness.

M: Medium bodied. Creamy and slick malt textures. Effervescent. Drying hop astringencies.

O: I get the concept. Make a hoppy helles that might appeal more to the lupulin-addled American market. It works for Jack's Abby, right? It's not a terrible beer, just a little overblown in all respects. The hop acidity takes a slightly unpleasant turn particularly on the nose, and drinkability suffers a bit because of its size. A more subtle approach may actually have been better here. I actually have to respect Leinenkugel's (Miller) for trying something like this and not just laying down and becoming "that shandy brewery". However, what's really crazy is that I bought this from a 25 case close out stack . . . 3 weeks after the bottled on date. So I guess nobody really committed to it. Respect rescinded.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.87/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a tumbler.

Just because I arrived late to an impromptu game night doesn't mean I can't enjoy a new beer or two, right? This one pours a clear sunrise brass topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light white bread, very light hard water, mild grass, and a touch of pine needle. The taste brings in more of the same, the now-flowery hops barely standing out against a bland, slightly-bready backdrop. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, an okay "hoppy helles" at best, something that just kinda sits on my tongue without doing anything but wetting it. It's not bad, just not good...or anything, really. I nothing this beer...

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Photo of chefhatt
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I poured this into a glass, it has a gold color with a small fizzy head. The aroma has a slight hop aroma to it. The taste is of slight hint of pine from the hops and a deep lager flavor to it. The mouthfeel is ok and leaves after taste on the tomgie. Overall a ok beer.

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Photo of Gus34
1.22/5  rDev -61.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I think everyone is being too generous here. A 74? Not even close. This tastes like a macro-lager, not an IPA. Where are the hops?! I taste none... If it is 90 degrees out, this beer would work. Any other time though, not at all. Quite possible the worst IPA I have ever had. Another doozy from Jacob Leinenkugel.

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Photo of jadejaws
3.57/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A -Golden, amber, traditional beer pour and color.

S - Nothing particularly overpowering. Slight spring like smell.

T - With a name like Hoppin' Helles, I was expecting quite a bit more of a hop taste. It isnt that hoppy. A very good refreshing beer. Slight lemon aftertaste.

M - Smooth. Slightly overcarbonated.

O - I cannot complain about what is considered a "premium beer" at my local supermarket marked down to $4 a six pack. I have had this before and am not disappointed. A good beer that doesnt stand out, but not anything I would turn down either.

Serving type: bottle

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Hoppin' Helles from Jacob Leinenkugel Brewing Company
Beer rating: 74 out of 100 with 548 ratings