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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   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.

tysongillmore (363) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 21, 2015
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 (13915) - 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 (2127) - 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 (1821) - 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 (6540) - 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 (4005) - 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.

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