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RATINGS: 105   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
JosephsBrau Hopfest is a German-style Pilsner featuring imported noble hops from Bavaria. Hallertau bittering hops provide a refined bouquet of spice tempered by mild floral Tettnang hops. The resulting brew offers a crisp counterbalance of robust bitter notes and a dry finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
robertjm (807) - Albany, California, USA - MAY 14, 2007
Crystal clear. Head pours, but fades almost immediately. Color is slightly darker than Budweiser gold. Scent is nothing special. It says its a hopfest, but there’s no real hop character that stands out particularly.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - MAY 13, 2007
Pours a deep effervescent golden with a lasting white soapy head. Aroma is of continental pils malt and a light grassy, spicy hoppiness. The body is med. -lt. w/ a lot of CO2. The flavors are bready malts, a touch of diacetyl and DMS, just a touch though, and a nice dollop of spicy hops. Finish is pleasingly dry with a satisfying bitterness. A wonderful example of a German Pils, if not a bit too full bodied.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
beerguy101 (5338) - Newark, California, USA - MAY 10, 2007
This Bohemian Pilsner pours a light orange gold color from a 12oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is grainy and cereal, with a touch of spice and pepper. A medium bodied Bohemian Pils. Malts are cereal, fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly spicy. Good balance. Nice carbonation. Definitely a beer both beer person and bud drinker could stand to drink. Perhaps a touch sweet at the finish, but this is a nice beer for a hot spring night. Mouthfeel is full. Finish si clean and crisp. Aftertaste is slightly bitter with a touch of lingering sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Terminus (3381) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2007
bottle-pours very pale yellow hue with a small sudsy white head. nose is musty with some of that german skunk nose. the old penny thing that sethdude uses is kind of appropriate here. it kind of does smell that way in a sense. i akin that nose to skunk though. flavors are skunky with a touch of diacytl and hallertau all over the finish-bitter and metallic. palate is soft with some prickly carbonation on the finish. long german drity yeast finish. really an ok pils, but nothing great for this style. I do like pils, but they have to be top-notch and this one is not.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sethdude (704) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - MAY 10, 2007
Pours a golden color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is cereal, floral notes, and a slight "old penny" aroma. Flavor is much better than it smells, bold caramel malts give way to floral hops, lots of bitterness. Balance is grand, and this is a very refreshing beer. Someone at one of the American macro breweries should try to steal this recipe.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Saarlander (1686) - Saarlouis, GERMANY - MAY 8, 2007
A decent brew, Bright gold color, alot like a german pils, minus the aftertaste, abit like the Rhineland pils I’ve had, Some sweet malt flavor, bitter on the start, sweeter finish. A very drinkable, enjoyable brew, at a great price!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (7644) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Bottle. Golden beer with a cream colored head. Slight spice and floral aroma. Slight bitterness with some spicy/floral flavor with a bit of malt backing. Finishes dry with some light mineral tones that linger. Medium body. Easy drinking.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Salsgebom (20) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2007
The best American example of German Pilsner that I’ve had. Very similar to some of the Schneider offerings. On the hoppy side for a pilsner, which is great. Good job JosephsBrau, just in time for summer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
joohefner (380) - Isla Vista, California, USA - MAY 6, 2007
golden pour with a medium head. nice floral and lemon citrus spice with some mild sweet bread notes. pretty well balanced

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 5, 2007
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joe’s Pacific Beach. Pours clear golden with a moderate white head and several noticible steady streams of bubbles feeding the foam from the bottom of the glass. Aroma is of sweet, slightly soapy malts, clover, floral hops and light citrus notes. Lightly grainy malt flavor with plentiful floral and herbal hops and a hint of lemon peel. Light body and crisp, rather assertive carbonation. Not bad at all for a TJ’s contract brew.

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