Leinenkugel's Hoppin' Helles

Discussion in 'Beer Releases' started by AnalogErik, Aug 16, 2013.

  1. AnalogErik

    AnalogErik Jul 23, 2013 Minnesota
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  2. shand

    shand Jul 13, 2010 Florida
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    I bet they did put five hops in there. No more, no less.
     
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  3. KS1297

    KS1297 Apr 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    It's supposed to come out some time this year. I'm planning on giving it a shot.

    Anybody see it in stores yet?
     
  4. AnalogErik

    AnalogErik Jul 23, 2013 Minnesota
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    They have it at my local here in minnesota, so i'd guess its available in wisconsin
     
  5. waitforit

    waitforit Jun 30, 2013 Wisconsin

    Just bought a six while in Minnesota for the weekend; I'll check when I get back to Wisconsin.

    Pleasantly surprised, as I usually am when Leinenkugel's manages to adequately represent a given style. Not sure about the "Hoppin'" part, but it's an eminently drinkable Munich lager, so... yeah. Worth a try.
     
  6. VictorWisc

    VictorWisc Jan 2, 2013 Massachusetts

  7. victory4me

    victory4me Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Proverbial: "It's made by Leinenkugel so it must suck!"

    I'm actually looking forward to trying it. I've been mildly impressed by beers under the Leinkugel brand.
     
  8. Theniz

    Theniz Nov 13, 2012 Indiana

    I know its out here in Indy, buddy at work said its pretty tasty, I know they have cases of just Hoppin Helles, its also in their fall variety pack, I'll probably check it out, leinenkugel has never impressed me, but none of their beers have been terrible, its decent for the really cheap price point.
     
  9. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    It's not supposed to be an IPA -- it's a style that isn't highly hopped... they're out here.
     
  10. Chaz

    Chaz Feb 3, 2002 Minnesota
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    Sacrilege! ;)

    Had heard about this one coming down the pike for a good while now, and I'm looking forward to giving it a try.
     
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  11. Ri0

    Ri0 Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    Can anyone confirm if Leinie's uses artificial flavoring in their beer?
     
  12. waitforit

    waitforit Jun 30, 2013 Wisconsin

    Got another sixer in Madison. This confirms it's one of the best I've had from Leinie's in a long, long time.
     
  13. felsenpils

    felsenpils Nov 4, 2012 Wisconsin

    Tried one last night. This is absolutely not a Munich Helles. It is a decent American lager. Strong west coast hop aroma and flavor, followed by a caramel malt taste and then dissolving into a Chinook hop aftertaste. If you like beers like Samuel Adam´s Noble Pils or Schell´s Pils (MN), then you will like this one. One of the better specialty products from SAB-Miller-Leinenkugel´s.
     
  14. Kurt_Rasner

    Kurt_Rasner Sep 1, 2013

    Wife picked up a 12 for me today at the local grocery store in Indiana, not bad.
     
  15. Ri0

    Ri0 Jul 1, 2012 Wisconsin
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    This was a boring beer. Not even sure it represented style.
     
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  16. KS1297

    KS1297 Apr 14, 2013 Wisconsin

    I'm drinking my first one right now. I was pretty thrown off by the name and expected it to be more hop forward. It's growing on me though.
     
  17. mjryan

    mjryan Dec 22, 2007 Minnesota

    Not to style? Of course not, it's a hopped up helles. Hence the name, Hoppin Helles.
     
  18. ZAP

    ZAP Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    I'd argue it's not hopped up either
     
  19. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Compared with... ?

    I'd say it has plenty of hops -- the wrong hops for a Helles lager, mind you. It would win points in a blind APA competition.

    Is it as hopped up as some of today's hop bombs? No, but it's not meant to be on that extreme. But for a Leinie's beer it has some hop character that is unusually good.
     
  20. hopfenunmaltz

    hopfenunmaltz Jun 8, 2005 Michigan

    As one of my brewing friends says, a Helles should shout MALT, and whisper hops.
     
  21. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    I don't know about "shout," but I understand the concept. Helles is mellow and should go down the gullet without thought -- just satisfaction.

    The Leinie's Hoppin' Helles is just another American Pale Ale to my palate. OTOH, it's one of the best beers from Leinie's I've had in a while.
     
  22. misterid

    misterid Apr 3, 2009 Wisconsin

    hi, i'm relatively new to "craft" beer.. 10-12 years or so.. from reading the last handful of comments i'm having trouble deciding if this beer is a Helles or not, if it's to style or not, if it's too hoppy or not hoppy enough, if it's more like a Pilsner, Lager, Helles or APA and if Leinie's made a good or bad beer.

    surely there must be a right answer
     
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  23. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Good or bad will always be differing opinions between beer drinker. If you tend to like an American Pale Ale such as Sierra Nevada's, you'll probably like the Hoppin' Helles. Is it true to a Helles in style? Not really.
     
  24. ZAP

    ZAP Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    Yeah I just didn't get much hops at all....I guess maybe some light bitterness on the finish but I didn't get much for hop flavor even putting it into an APA competition. I had a six pack of it too. I'd say I'd give it another shot but I'm not buying it again....
     
  25. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    To me, this is a pilsner, and an enjoyable one at that. I think that it's named Hoppin' Helles for marketing reasons.
     
  26. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    They're using Simcoe and Citra (even added the trademark in the description), pretty characteristic hops. I think your palate threshold for hops has been raised too far!
     
  27. ZAP

    ZAP Dec 1, 2001 Minnesota

    Yeah not sure why I didn't get more hops from it...wish I did I'd buy it if it tasted like a decent apa but I just didn't get much from it....and Simcoe and Citra are arguably my two favorite hops..
     
  28. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts

    Took the words right out of my mouth (err hands). I'll give it a shot, and I'm fairly excited. If it's halfway decent it will add to the extremely small list of American brewed Helles I can get my hands on.

    I just hope it isn't IPL-like.

    Edit: Crap, I should have read the rest of the thread. More like an APA? That's all well and good if it's a decent pale ale, but a decent pale ale I can get. Oh well.
     
  29. dungledauf

    dungledauf Nov 8, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I saw this in their variety pack.
     
  30. dungledauf

    dungledauf Nov 8, 2005 Pennsylvania

    In variety pack in Pittsburgh.
     
  31. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Exactly.

    On the other hand, Leinenkugel's price point is pretty good, at least in the Midwest.
     
  32. AlcahueteJ

    AlcahueteJ Dec 4, 2004 Massachusetts


    If I want a cheap pale ale with Citra, that's well-balanced and not insanely hopped I typically grab Victory Headwaters. Runs about $10 per six pack where I am, which is cheap for Boston.
     
  33. Herky21

    Herky21 Aug 7, 2011 Iowa
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    that's not a proverb. It's experience.
     
  34. mychalg9

    mychalg9 Apr 8, 2010 Illinois
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    I see they've adopted Miller's marketing strategy
     
  35. steveh

    steveh Oct 8, 2003 Illinois

    Yikes. The Leinie's was $7.
     
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