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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.


2.1
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
jeremyd365 (124) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - JUL 9, 2008
"HOP"fest? I didn’t think it was too serious anyway, since I’ve had few to no hoppy pilsners, but I thought I’d give it a try anywho. Poured a light/medium-bodied golden-copper with a thin white head. Smells very plain and barely any character except perhaps malt. It tastes just that--nothing defining or interesting about this, and DEFINITELY no hops. I mean, this brew was only $1, but the buck would have been better spent on a hundred mechanical pony rides at the grocery store. Bleh.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
EithCubes (4757) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 1, 2008
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Sweet floral aroma with a touch of spice. Body is a sickly golden and head is a firm, brilliant white. Taste is light and bready, with light bitterness and a dry end. Crisp, clean attack, floral hops have disappeared somewhat but still left a bit of feel behind. Medium body. Not bad in a pinch, and no one here’s complaining about the price..

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
gueuzeisgod (113) - Graham, North Carolina, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Bottle- fully chilled, so I’m not getting much hop aroma, a little dms (corn cob). Taste is sweet and malty, corn again (but minimal) low underlying hop bitterness (just enough), finishes out slightly watery with some mid tongue hops. For 5.49/sixer, this is a fair deal (considering the price of beer these days) a decent drinking, unoffensive brew that will please non-beer geek friends, but nothing that will impress anyone who knows anything about beer. Halfway between bud and a real pils. Still doesn’t get a 3 though.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
auerbrau (3157) - Peace Dale, Rhode Island, USA - JUN 25, 2008
12oz Bottle. A light cusp of hop leaf sugars and settled grain malt build a pilsener nose, a touch hoppy. Pours a middle gold-yellow, faintly translucent with a well-held rim in white. Flavor develops quietly. A medium-bodied grain sugar, with very distant and not distracting metallic and corn notes. Some deeper, toothier sugars show for a bit of complexity. Towards the end the hop finish comes on strong and rich. A good glowing Noble finish for a real crisp, bright smack. Not dusty. This isn’t bad! I think it’s a very respectable German Pils. Not much off-flavor, decent body, great balance and good hop finish. Suprisingly nice work.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JDUB (178) - Venice Beach, California, USA - JUN 20, 2008
What can be said; it’s a grassy lager. Crisp, yellow fizzy appearance. a hop-moderated barnyard smell. The taste was like enchiladas, maybe more the tortilla smell than anything else, but oddly consistent with the barnyard attribute. I actually like this more than most mediocre lagers though thanks to the added floral hop aroma.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 4, 2008
This pils pours a light golden- orange colour with a decent sized white head. It has plenty of hoppy aroma and taste but ends with a watery hop finish.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JUN 3, 2008
Clear gold body, dense stark white head. Very floral aroma. The flavor is full of noble hops and bread. The palate is quite fizzy and rather full bodied for the style. Overall quite enjoyable.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAY 26, 2008
12oz bottle from trader joe’s. Clear gold color with a fluffy, lacy head. Aroma of grassy, spicy hops, light bread and bread crust. Bready malts under and herbal, spicy hop kick. I like how the hops make themselves known, but they don’t gel quite right with me. Noble hops tend to do that with me though, when they are more forward in the flavor profile. A little fuller than I expected for the style, but refreshing and crisp. A tasty pils; not bad for the price, and way fresher than most German imports.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
Gobot (20) - commerce twp, Michigan, USA - NOV 30, 2007
This is a good beer at a good price. I don’t know, some of these reviewers are a little harsh, if you ask me. It looks good, has a nice aroma and tastes really good. The body is on the heavy side for a pilsner, but I like that. I hate light beers. There is a nice bitter finish and no off flavors. I could drink a bunch of these. I am really impressed with Gordon Biersch products, especially from a quality-to-price standpoint. I know this is not some super-duper imperial pilsner with 9% ABV and 65 IBUs, but hey, it’s a good pilsner that’s way better than the macros and about the same price.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomhenderson (166) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 18, 2007
12 oz bottle from Trader Joes. Light golden in color; crystal clear with some head and lacing. Aroma is typical of a pilsener, as is the taste. Some bitterness backs the floral sweetness. The name leads me to believe this might be hoppier, so it left me disappointed.


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