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RATINGS: 104   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.89   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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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.


2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
IrishBoy (3803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 8, 2009
12 oz bottle from Trader Joe’s Bakersfield. Nose of grassy hops and light corny graininess along with a tiny bit of skunkiness. Clear gold with a small white head.Flavor is slightly bitter and a touch of caramel. Another OK Biersch beer.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
fordest (1963) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - JAN 3, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pretty decent actually. Aromas were mild citrus hops with some malty yeasts. Flavors were more hoppy but still more on the malty side. Decent.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
chandler0201 (640) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 27, 2008
Yellow pour with thin head. Bready hop aromas and semi carbonated taste. Not bad for the price, but nothing to write home about.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 19, 2008
<i>From a 12oz Bottle.</i> Slightly hazy, straw gold colored pour with a thin layer of wispy white head. Fresh, herbal hop aromas with a bready pilsner malt base. Moderate level hop aroma, but exceptionally clean and fresh. Medium light bodied, moderately carbonated mouthfeel with a soft texture. Clean, bready malt flavors up front on the palate. A bit soft in terms of mouthfeel; it lacks some of the crispness and mineral characters more trademark of a good German pils. Floral hop flavors come out mid-palate before finishing with a mild hop bitterness. Again, the hop flavors are clean and tasty, but lack much assertiveness in terms of bitterness.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
can8ianben (1315) - Souderton, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2008
Sharp fresh bite - like what I expect from a pilsner, except way over the top! Almost too bitter in my mind for the style. Very refreshing and would be amazing with spicy food. Golden in color, thin white head, lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet, grainy, and earthy.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 12, 2008
12 oz. bottle from Trader Joes in Glen Allen, VA. Pours orange with a very slight haze. One finger head gives way quickly. Aroma is very grassy with a bit of skunk. Taste is grass, grain, skunk and a bitter finish that does not live up to the name. As esjaygee says, yes, this this is very astringent.... almost hot. What were they thinking here?

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 11, 2008
Golden yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of skunk, sweet perfumed malts and grassy hops. Taste of light caramel, sweet malt and grassy hops. Mega astringent body with a chewy talcy finish – sucks the life right off my tongue. A fest is fun. Hops are fun. One would thing when you put them together fun would ensue. Yuck.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Darkover (1512) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2008
Clear golden color with a big beige head. Aroma of grass and grainy malts. Flavor of sweet grainy malts with a bitter finish. Crisp.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
rayOfBeer (656) - El Cerrito, California, USA - SEP 28, 2008
Poured from the bottle an orange tinted golden with medium sized white head that faded slowly with some nice lace. Aroma was soft with a touch of spice, caramel, and some wet cardboard. Flavor is mostly malt with just a light touch of citrus, caramel, and a mild tart-bitter ending. Palate starts with a small amount of sweetness that goes with a light body and ends tart. Overall, cheap but lacks flavor and a good pilsner zing. The Hopfest name misled me. I thought there would be a stronger hop profile where I found virtually none. I would not get this one again.

2.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
killjoy966 (677) - Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2008
Looks a bit darker than your typical pilsener. Unfortunately that is not a good thing as it makes it look like some seriously unhealthy urine. Finishes kind of watery and citrus-y. I do like the extra hop flavor, but not enough to make me love this pilsener.


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