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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 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
argo0 (11452) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 14, 2007
(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.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
bhensonb (10935) - 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.

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Tmoney99 (10576) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 24, 2007
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Poured clear amber with a moderate frothy white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate grassy hop aroma. Medium body with a dry texture and soft carbonation. Medium grassy hoppy flavor with a medium bitter finish of moderate duration. Average drinkable beer.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
Drake (8339) - 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?

2.7
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
3fourths (7978) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 20, 2008
12oz bottle. Glear gold, white head. Sticky honey malt nose with some light corn and fuesal notes. Light sweetness of front of corn and sugared grains, somewhat sticky and oily. Lacks definite crispness, sits flabby on the tongue, and develops a flavor of olive oil and corn.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Ughsmash (7124) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 23, 2009
Bottled. Poured clear, bright golden with a short cap of white head and some rising carbonation. The aroma picked up sweet bready notes accented by lemon zest and greener, floral hoppage.. hints of smoke if you really stick your nose in there. The flavor had the same bready notes supporting the aforementioned lemon zesty bitterness.. some caramel and some tangy light fruity bitterness in there too.. finished a bit sharp with more bitterness than sweets. Lighter-bodied and fairly aggressive on the palate (bit too much so for the style).. dried out at the end and left a lengthy impression. Decent.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
bb (6851) - Alamo, California, USA - MAY 7, 2007
Bottle. Golden beer with a cream colored head. Slight spice and floral aroma. Slight bitterness with some spicy/floral flavor with a bit of malt backing. Finishes dry with some light mineral tones that linger. Medium body. Easy drinking.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
DuffMan (6669) - 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.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
Braudog (5647) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JUN 9, 2007
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)

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Cornfield (5473) - 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.


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