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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.


3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4032) - Georgia, USA - JUN 5, 2007
12oz bottle. Crisp looking, golden color. Aroma of lager malt and a bit of crisp pils hops. Flavor is very balanced between the malt and hops. Great bitter hop finish is a little on the dry side. A very good CD-Pils!

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
USCMustangman (41) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 5, 2007
Bottle. Pours a nice golden color with a small white head. Aroma of hops. Nicely crisp and mild hops and malt. Overall, itís a nice beer, and at $4.99 for a sixer at TJís itís a nice value.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (3081) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 2, 2007
Pour is a golden with almost no head. Aroma is a nice mix of malt, hops and a bit of grassy hay. Flavor is ok but weaker. Deffinatly pils malts with a dash of hops. You could prob name 5 better German pils than this but the price of $1 a bottle is a selling point. Not really bad but you canít really go wrong with this style.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gws57 (1274) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - MAY 31, 2007
Found this one bottled in Batavia, Illinois. Bright yellow pour with little head. Hops overpowered by a dryness, almost citrusy nose. Well balanced but quite dry. Clean finish. For a pilsener, Iíve had much worse.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2277) - California, USA - MAY 24, 2007
Clear golden, large white head, decent lacing and retention. Aroma is grassy, spicy hops with some bread. Lighter body with a somewhat bitter finish, as expected. Doesnít have the hop notes I really look for in a Pils though. Still enjoyable but Iíve had far better.

5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 20/20
Biersommelier (1) - USA - MAY 21, 2007 does not count
Bottom line: This beer comes very close to a German style pilsner. I gave it a 20/20 since I have not had a better pilsner in the US (All imported beers are pasteurized which makes them loose all their good taste characteristics). Most other reviews disagree but that might be because most people in the US like characteristics of an ale beer. This explains why nearly all "pilsners" brewed in the US taste rather like ales. (Note: This pilsner is rather on the bitter side. Maybe its because the brewery used some male hops)

0.9
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 3/20
blinesam (235) - USA - MAY 18, 2007
o my god this beer sucked, tasted like cat piss mixed with hops. really aweful. However, its cheap

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
HopsOrDie (687) - New Lenox, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2007
Light yellow pour without a head. Lots of earthy hops in the smell. Flavor has a malty flavor but mostly dominated by hop flavor and bite. A very clean and refreshing german pils.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
vyvvy (3603) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - MAY 16, 2007
Pours golden with a fluffy off-white head. The aroma has pils malt, spicy hops and fresh cut grass. Medium body with lots of prickly carbonation. The flavor starts with smooth pale malt, some dirty hop taste and hints of of diacetyl. The finish is grassy, grainy and spicy - crisp, dry and lightly biting. Very nice pils for the price ($5.49 / six pack @ Trader Joes). A nice hot weather beer.

2.4
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
robertjm (736) - 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 thereís no real hop character that stands out particularly.


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