HogTownHarry (5653) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, - APR 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (500ml). No ClowGr’s tasting, shared with blankboy, jerc, mabel and tupalev. Very cloudy light gold, smallish frothy diminishing white head. Slightly sour aroma, plenty of sharp yeast and moderate spice - hint of lemon and dry grass. Taste - incredible surprise, heavy, thick fresh grassy bitterness, quite acidic, the malt’s way in the background here - man this is hoppy. Thick, still, acidic mouthfeel, long tart grassy-grapefruit pith bitter finish. Damn nice. Well done, Fred!!
jtclockwork (5113) - , New Jersey, USA - APR 14, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from State Line. Pours cloudy gold with big fluffy white head. Nose and taste of freshly baked bread, fresh sugared cereal, citrus, pear, pie crust, yeast and spicy grassy hops. Soft carbonation. Medium body. Really nice balance. The best beer I’ve ever had in this style.
VT (796) - Quebec City, Quebec, CANADA - APR 10, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear straw with some sediments, resilient white head sits on top. Flavor is pils malt, wheat. Finish is very herbal hops, some spices, too. Lingering herbal feel. Light to medium body, average carbonation. Felt very generic to me. I guess I don’t get the hype.
lesifflebiere (444) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rares sont les blondes qui réussissent à attirer l’attention (pour les bonnes raisons du moins) ; avec son bouquet houblonné, céréalier et fruité, ses notes de sucre et d’amertume bien dosées, l’Ostalgia devient l’une des seules blondes québécoises à nous rappeler qu’une bonne blonde, ça existe. Limpide, belle mousse blanche sur un liquide bien doré, elle n’est pas exempte de défauts (un tout petit côté médicamenteux, effervescence timide comme tous les autres produits Hopfenstark), mais vaut définitivement le détour.
Thorpe429 (4844) - , Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pizzeria Paradiso. Pale blonde. Dry and a bit bitter. Mild pear and peach in the background. Faint floral notes & dry spice. Nose a bit weak. Otherwise great.
Fred182 (305) - valleyfield, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 11, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bouteille de 341ml, robe blonde limpide, arôme de malt , goût de levure (banane) très florale.
dandeman (217) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vice-Versa in Montreal. Aroma: Citrus with orange zest and a touch of cereal. Nose could stick out more. Appearance: Traditional gold blond with small head sticking to glass with nice lacing. Taste: Attack with spicy notes with citrus and orange coming back. Texture is between light and average. This beer is OK but under my expectations for this reputed brewery.
mcberko (4072) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 14, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz. bottle, pours a cloudy blonde with a humungous frothy white head with good lacing. Aroma is very wheaty, with loads of freshly baked bread, some dough, cereal, and hay - very fresh nose. Flavour is fruity, something the nose didn’t give off, with notes of banana, lemon and green apples, which is then overtaken by the prominent notes of hay, freshly baked bread and loads of cereal malt. Rather flavourful for being a 5% blond, a style that is usually bland and generic. Dry and soft mouthfeel, with a wonderful amount of fruitiness that makes this very refreshing. Most excellent thirst quencher with lots of depth and complexity. Surprisingly awesome.
BeerGolem (501) - Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vices et versa (Montreal). Pours clear golden with thin white head. Not much on the aroma but taste is great: caramel, malt and fruits. Medium bodied. Interesting.
BMan1113VR (7382) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 13, 2012
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle (brand new bottle to our market, date code seems to indicated 01/12). Pours with a lightly hazed, very pale, straw yellow hued body with a large and lasting white head. Aromas are quite estery with some acetaldehyde and straw. Lots of apple, baked bread, pear, grassy hop. Bready and toasty malt. Cidery. Flavors are malty and bready, medium sulfur and cleaner than the nose. Medium assertive bitterness with a lightly grassy hop character. Toasted and bready malt flavors compete. Carbonation is high ( what seems like above 2.8 volumes of CO2). Medium estery, lightly cidery, some alcohol. I was looking forward to this, but I am pretty disappointed. Medium-thin body. Dry.
Theydon_Bois (2957) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - AUG 4, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
IP trade in Montreal for this bottle - thanks to Patrick, drank in Apr ’12.
Poured from a 341 ml bottle into a tulip glass to a slightly hazed golden colour with a medium white head.
A grassy nose with yeast notes, citrus, malt an spice coming across.
Taste wise bready malts, a lemony hop bitterness, honey and a yeast flavour similar to that found in a saison.
Medium body and carbonation with a clean finish.
Overall and enjoyable beer crisp and refreshing, almost ’helles meets saison’ !