tysongillmore (362) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015 elnadeau (786) - Laguna Niguel, California, USA - JUL 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear yellow-gold pour, aroma of bready pilsner malt and floral hops. Flavor follows aroma, hops are up-front and fresh, a nice kick that takes this brew up a notch to something interesting. Refreshing and drinkable, well made and different.
I didn't take any extra notes when I tried this beer for the first time but I'm gonna try it again and update my comments.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone slowrunner77 (12044) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 3, 2014
still a little lighter and more one dimensional than i’d prefer, but the Hallertaus are evident, and i like that at least a little. i may even return to this one."
seymour (2045) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - OCT 6, 2011
UPDATED: JUL 31, 2015 Poured bottle from Trader Joe’s into nucleated pint glass. A beautiful golden color with creamy white foam. Very aromatic: bread, cracked grain, faint caramel. Well-rounded taste. More body and complexity than familiar light lagers. The hops bitterness is sufficient to balance the malt sweetness, and you can smell some noble aroma hops, but I would hardly refer to this as a "hop fest." JosephsBrau Hopfest marketing misleads hops-addicted American ale drinkers, but it is nonetheless a decent German-style Pilsener. Nephilium (1818) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - SEP 7, 2010
Slight lager aroma, with a touch of floral hops. Pours a clear amber, with a nice white head. Slightly sweet start, with a bit of a bitter finish. Very light on the palate, and very drinkable. A good value for a summer drinking beer at $6 a six pack. Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - JUL 28, 2010
Bottle: The aroma consists of light-moderate honey, light corn, and a touch of grass. It pours a transparent gold with an inch tall white head with okay retention. The flavor starts light-moderate sweet with honey. The finish has light grass and floral hops along with a touch of lemongrass. Light-medium bodied with carbonation that is somewhat fizzy.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 11, 2010
Pours a clear gold body with a thin but lasting white head. Very light flavors - mildly sweet and some earthy hops. Not much to this one but okay. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - JUN 13, 2010
Clear golden pour with barely any head. Aroma of european hops and light buttery malts. Flavor is vapid, boring, very little hop flavor , corn, slight bitterness in the back of the throat. Not crisp enough for a solid pilsner. And the name Hopfest is a misnomer. Very meh. RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - JUN 3, 2009
Gold with a thick, fizzy white head. Aroma of slightly sour lagery malt and hops. Flavor is hoppy with an undercurrent of sweetness. Mild bitter hop finish. Meh. Ok. jrob21 (3690) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 29, 2009
A grainy corn aroma and a toasted grain flavor. Appearance is a clear yellow color. Would love a little more body but this is a drinkable beer nonetheless. kuphish (381) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Bottle. Poured a large, rocky white head that didn’t want to fall away. Nice lacing. Clear, golden body. Light malt aroma with some hay and a fair amount of floral and herbal hops. Taste was about the same with some mild pear and honey flavors. The hops definitely play a prominent role in the flavor profile (without being too dominant/overpowering), which I appreciate. Light body with average/pleasant carbonation. Nice hop finish. Overall a nice German pils for the price, but the malt flavor could have been a bit cleaner for me...something about the pear and honey notes seemed off.