DarkElf (3014) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 1, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
26-Jun-07 (12 oz bottle: Gift from SDbruboy, thanks Cliff) Hopfest? Hmm, kind of a strange name for a German-style pilsener -- seems more fitting for a hops-dominated style like an IPA. Anyway, the grainy, slightly bready nose gives an impression of sweetness and is balanced by a mild, but unmistakable noble hop aroma. The flavor, however, lives up to the beer’s name. Balanced attack of lightly sweet, bready malts and moderately bitter hops, but the bitterness of the hops quickly asserts itself in the evolution, leading to a somewhat astringent and unpleasant finish, and so as such, the balance is out of whack for a German pils. Medium body and medium-strong carbonation work nicely, but the astringency doesn’t make this beer as refreshing as it could have been. Perfectly clear, golden body shows off the attractive streams of bubbles, but the quarter-inch white head is quick to fade away to a thin ring. Overall, this is drinkable, but it’s not going to challenge the better examples on the market.
NeonLX (261) - Wisconsin, USA - JUN 29, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12-oz. bottle, this poured a crystal clear light golden with a white head. Decent retention. Grainy aroma with a significant whiff of hops. First taste is saltine crackers with a graininess in the followup. Surprising hop presence that comes through both taste and aroma simultaneously. Short bitter aftertaste. Decent beer in its own right--and a bargain when price is thrown into the mix.
doubelknv3 (935) - Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Grainy hops aroma. Gold with lasting head. Grainy malt and hop flavour. Fairly hoppy with sour finish.
brianprentiss (670) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2007
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
For a Pilsner, this is decent. But the bitterness is overwhelming and yucky.
Panzuriel (1242) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
golden yellow with no real head. nose is faint hops. Taste is a little acrid and salty. some mild hop flavor. body is liquid and fizzy. Finish is rather clean.
argo0 (11167) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle) Crystal clear apple juice body topped by small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, apple, honey, some grain. Taste is medium sweet, spicy/grassy, some apple, light dusky. Light-medium body, some crispness. If the aroma were better, I’d really enjoy this one.
JK (4230) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JUN 14, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hopfest is a strange name for a pilsner. It is an OK beer, fairly light. Some grain in the aroma, kind of a smells like a Blatz. Flavor is lightly hopped, with dry malt and a dry finish. Easy to drink. It does look good, pale, light gold color and a substantial white head.
Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2007
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle - Poured with a deep golden color and a firm, merangue-like white foamy head. The aroma is odd, cheesy, every snack-food-like. The drink is kinda bready, with a chunky, biscuity essence. The finish is moderately flowery, but I keep getting back to the biscuit ... like ritz crackers. (#2967, 6/9/2007)
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 7, 2007
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Light golden color with a taller off-white head. Dry grains along with a hint of floral hops and I do catch a whiff of DMS (tomato juice). Nice lace, but the head is nearly gone. Very watery flavors with pale grains, light bubblegum, and a dry citric acidity. Pepper and light acid in the finish and linger. A pils equal to $2 chuck. Linger does have a bit of malt and floral noble hops, but still a bit too thin in the middle.
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma was mostly comprised of a strong light caramel and a bit of spicy hops. The aroma was malty as if the beer had been decocted. In the glass the golden lager was clear with a white, yet low and persistent head which laced the glass. The flavor was malty with a light spice but a somewhat odd grassy presence was notable. Could it be the hopfest? The balance was decidedly toward bittering with a nice malt backbone, but the hops were not what I would look for in a Pils. The body was medium and the carbonation was moderate. A nice crisp beer, easy to drink, but with that odd hop middle flavor, not one to seek out. 12 ounce bottle.