RATINGS: 102   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.92/5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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.

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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.

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.

congener (9) - Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2007 does not count
12 oz bottle from Trader Joes. Pours a light amber with a white head, average taste with bitter dry finish.

naivepegasus (389) - USA - OCT 31, 2007
Pours a light amber with a few fingers of white head. A little bit of light hop odor. Starts off clean without much real taste, and ends with a bit of a hop aftertaste, but there’s nothing particularly stand-out about this beer, flavor wise. A drinkable beer, but I’d probably reach for something else if I had the choice.

jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2007
12 oz. bottle, blurb and batch number on the back label, sampled in a pilsener glass. Purchased at the Trader Joe’s in Chesterfield, Missouri.

Clear in appearance, poured a bright orangey golden with a frothy white head, decent retention, settled into a sudsy lacing, a light amount of sticking.

Light hop aroma, floral and touches of Hallertau spiciness, pretty much like it states on the back label. Mild grassy, honey grains and pale malt sweetness, overall, better aromatics than I was expecting.

Crisp light body, smooth drinkability with a dry clean finish. Honey grains and buttery biscuits, not most substantial of malt backbones, but passable. Soft hop presence, lemony herbs and enough spicy bitterness at the finish to cleanse the palate.

Nothing great, but for what it is, a low priced pilsener, this will do quite nicely in a pinch.

Headbanger (4023) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2007
12oz bottle-A clear golden body witha nice medium size head that dissipated into a covering for the body. It has an aroma of grains and sweetness. The taste being the same with with a nice dry finish. Not the best but a nice tasting beer.

MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - OCT 15, 2007
Bottle from Trader Joe’s. Pours a clear yellow golden. Aroma is of grassy hops, hay. Body is light and thin. Flavor is pale malt, with moderate bitterness, grassy. Finish is clean, dry, lightly bitter. Quite light on the hops for a beer called hopfest, I didn’t pick up any floral type at all and just got a hint of spice. I guess you could say it was done lightly to make an easy drinking lighter pilsener type beer, which they did, but I can’t help but find myself disappointed a bit. Maybe I was hoping for saaz subconsciously but I don’t know. Not a bad beer but not what I wanted I guess. The number one problem with this beer is a lack of decent aroma.

pkbites (1001) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 22, 2007
From Trader Joes in Milwaukee on 09/21/07.
97 cents per bottle. Pours an average looking yellow, slightly (just slightly) deeper amber than most macrobrews. Aroma is potpourri and hops. Head is bright white and weak. Initially it has funny, chemical taste. Kind of taste like a Band-Aid smells, if you get my drift. leaves a nice bitter after-taste, but that’s the only thing I liked about it. I can see how some people would like this, so I’m recommending you try it. I didn’t like it though.

Reid (2649) - Salem, Oregon, USA - SEP 5, 2007
12 oz from Trader Joes.
Average lager/pilsner look, clear golden beer with a frothy white head.
Aroma is slightly spicy hop, a little doughy malts and a hint of grassiness in the background.
Sweet malty to begin the taste, then the hops assert and dry it out somewaht for a quick finish.Lemony hopping, but subdued.
LIked the mouthfeel on this, quite smooth and low carbonation.
Overall not a bad summer type lager, not 100% sure is this fits a Classic German Pilsner, but its OK.

BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - AUG 29, 2007
12 ounce bottle. Shaker glass. Golden with a medium head. Aroma - very faint grain. Flavor was some hop bitterness up front that eventually gives way to fruity sweetness. Touch of malt. The balance wasn’t quite right on this oen for me.

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