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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.


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3759) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Pours into my "designer" Sam Adams glass with a chill hazed (this dissipates as the beer warms up), straw gold color and is topped by a frothy, large bubbled, initially finger and a half thick, Pale, off-white colored head, that breaks apart and dissipates with large islands of broken froth. Nicely malty nose with notes of sweet grain, grassy malt, honey and floral aromatics . Those last are also part of hop character, which also includes a light herbal note, a touch of mint character and some light lemon notes.

Crisp, with a solid bitterness up front, the hop bite continues to play a role through to a sharp finish. Lightly sweet malt character contributes a honey character that tries to temper the dominant hop character. Tries because this is a Pilsner after all, but the malt does play a significant role here; it is in fact a bit more malty than one expects in a Pilsner & in fact contributes a touch too much sweetness for the German variety, but it is in line with the Bohemian one. A hint of buttery yeast character mixes up in & melds into the honey notes. A nice herbal hop flavor runs throughout; sort of menthol like, perhaps some lemon thyme like thing and some sharp grassy notes.

Certainly one of the better Trader Joe’s branded brews. I definitely like the flavors in this one, but I think that a bit more hop character would make this very good. There is enough malt character her to support it, especially since it seems to get to be a little too much at times and I like a Pilsner with a solid hop character.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Skyview (5150) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2007
Shared by JK, sampled from 12-oz bottle at Cellar’s Wine & Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a clear golden brew with a thick white head that slowly dissolves with good retention and lacing. Aroma of some caramel malt, and a mix of floral and citrusy hops. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with a slight gritty texture. Finish is a short lived bitterness and then a clean cut and crisp flavor.

2.1
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
craftbeerdesign (2163) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - AUG 18, 2007
bottle. pretty generic. crisp, cold and refreshing... not much else to say.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
JMerritt (1767) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - AUG 10, 2007
Clear golden with large, bright white head with decent retention. Aroma of field grasses, mild caramel and a slight spice. Mild hop bitteress in the flavor, mainly dominated by wet grasses, wheat, and crusty bread. Sourdough finish. Moderately full mouthfeel, nice carbonation balance.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
troyc (2422) - Illinois, USA - AUG 1, 2007
(Bottle) Pours a golden color with little head. Light aroma of hops and mild malts. Taste is well balanced and has a nice hoppy bite. Decent lacing, and average mouthfeel. I was pleasantly surprised by this brew.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5437) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 28, 2007
Picked this up at a Trader Joe’s while shopping for faux iceream... It has a bright yellow/gold body with a modest head that laces the glass nicely before disappearing. Quiet malts are covered by light floral scents, maybe a hit of grasses. A bit oily in the mouth. The flavor belies the 27 IBUs listed on the bottle. This has a good floral/herbal hop bitterness that complements the malts nicely. The finish is bitter and crisp. (I had to borrow the latter word.) Pretty decent.

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
frankenkitty (1959) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - JUL 26, 2007
Now that I’m done with my string of vacation reviews (116 in all), I can once again sit in front of my keyboard with a new beer and simply type away. Aaaahhh...

Pours a rather bright, buttery/golden with a light dusting of particulate under a mediocre white head which holds for only a short while. I find an odd note of sweet cardboard beneath a nose of mild herbals and florals. Surprisingly full bodied, a little creamy on the tongue finishing dry. Sharp continental bittering saves the day for a beer whose name I first thought was a bit of a joke. A big dose of Hallertau peppers the tongue and lasts well into the finish with only a mild distraction of sourness. I don’t think anyone has used the word "crisp" to describe this beer, so allow me.

<font size=-4>Single 12 oz. bottle from <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/><a href=http://www.traderjoes.com/index.html>Tr Joe’s, Orland Park, IL 60462</font>

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 19/20
flowerysong (25) - USA - JUL 24, 2007
Appearance: Pours a clear light gold. Two fingers of fluffy white head which quickly dissipated. Smell: Mild floral hops on a grainy malt background. Taste: Sweet malt with a lightly bready background. Lots of floral hop flavour, medium bitterness. Mouthfeel: Light body, high carbonation. Drinkability: Clean and crisp flavour, very easy drinking.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6462) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 5, 2007
Clear yellow gold with a mediocre white bubbly head. No lace. Equal parts brewer’s cereal and reedy, stemmy aroma. Grainy palate with a grassy, stemmy vegetal hop quality. Crisp dry finish. Not a bad representation of the style I guess, but not outstanding either.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bhensonb (10702) - Woodland, California, USA - JUL 5, 2007
Grassy hop aroma typical of pilseners. Amber gold color with a white head that stays for awhile. Thin to medium bodied. Moderate carbonation. Light malt, not quite caramel. Some bitter. The finish is at least bitter. Dry, almost astringement. Drinkable.


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