RATINGS: 106   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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   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JPDIPSO (6042) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUN 7, 2007
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 10/20
NicerInPerson (337) - North of Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 7, 2007
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
unclemattie (4358) - 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!

   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, its a nice beer, and at $4.99 for a sixer at TJs its a nice value.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
thegreenrooster (4238) - 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 cant really go wrong with this style.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
gws57 (1275) - 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, Ive had much worse.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2683) - 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. Doesnt have the hop notes I really look for in a Pils though. Still enjoyable but Ive had far better.

   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)

   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

   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.

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