Ostalgia Blonde - Hopfenstark
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3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Rather a Belgian styled blond, cloudy yellow/peach and unfiltered. Good yeast and hop and fresh. Grapefruit and orange and some yeast in aroma. Medium plus creamy mouthfeel.Nice hopping. Had 3.5 years later on tap at Volo, funky and hoppy, great blond. Good colour.
06-01-2007 00:24:17 | More by Sammy
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
64 oz growler into several glasses. Thanks go to FooFaa for bringing this one to the party.
Pours a hazy pale gold, with a thin covering of bright-white froth, which stays creamy and leaves a solid smattering of lacing behind. The aroma is overall very peppery and tangy in the nose, with a mix of bread, bitter fruit, floral hops, and spice. Just a smidge of light funk from the Brett but more of that will be coming up later.
The taste is sweet with light toasted bready notes and fruit, with a LOT of peppery notes giving this a zesty tanginess. Herbal hops and citrus rind lend this some earthy bitterness. The Brett is much more prominent here in the flavor profile, giving this a freshly crisp and tart bite, which lingers with a drying feel. The mouthfeel is lighter-medium bodied, with a smooth and mellow carbonation that flows very easily in the mouth and down the throat.
This turned out really nice. Lots of American hop attitude in this Blonde Ale and the addition of the Bret gave this a tart drying sharpness that definitely set it apart from others in the style. I really liked this one and will continue to seek out others from this newish brewery.
02-11-2010 16:54:09 | More by Kegatron
United Kingdom (England)
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Thanks to Papat444 for this one!
Poured from a 341 ml bottle into a snifter glass to a slightly hazed golden colour with a medium white head.
A grassy nose with yeast notes, citrus, malt an spice coming across.
Taste wise bready malts, a lemony hop bitterness, honey and a yeast flavour similar to that found in a saison.
Medium body and carbonation with a clean finish.
Overall and enjoyable beer crisp and refreshing, almost 'helles meets saison' !
04-15-2012 10:39:08 | More by Ruds
3.83/5 rDev -1%
I'm pretty confused reading through the previous page of reviews; there seem to be three or four completely different beers reviewed here. My experience might count as a fourth or fifth I guess.
12 ouncer, bottled this month (January, 2012). The colour is a very light shade of yellow, surprisingly pale. Hazy body with a thin cover of bright white head and bits of lacing.
Lots of yeast and wheat on the nose. Lemon candy, earthy noble hops (almost like a pilsner), minerals and a little diacetyl.
Wheat dominates the palate, followed by quite a bit of earthy German hops. The moderate bitterness is balanced by a light touch of malt sweetness. No real complexity, just clean and simple with big wheat and nice noble hops.
Body is a little thin, carbonation low. Dry finish.
I much prefer this Ostalgia to the Rousse but don't think I'll be coming back to it, though it would be a decent session option if it was priced well as a six-pack. This one seems fairly similar in flavour to Hopfenstark's Helles, though I remember the Helles as a better beer all-around.
01-19-2012 03:20:11 | More by eat
3.93/5 rDev +1.6%
On-tap at Vices & Versa, one of the first batches of this brand new brewery.
Appearance: Peachy golden ale that was slightly opaque with a decent head.
Smell: Excellent crisp noble hop aroma, freshly crushed grain, some hay, kind of reminded me of the bottled Kellerbiers a buddy of mine brought back from Germany. Nothing super fancy here, just well made.
Taste: Perfectly balanced bubbly carbonation, chewy, honest base malt and green, grassy hops. For a first try, they really nailed it! This Beer is going to be amazing during the summer months. Apparently the brewery will sell growlers to go, and I'll be first in line to get some!
01-27-2007 13:48:01 | More by Goldorak
4.72/5 rDev +22%
Bottle: Poured a hazy bright yellow color ale with a huge pure white foamy head with good retention and some nice lacing. Aroma of clean cereal with bready yeast and some floral notes with slight citrus notes. Taste is refreshing while being quite complex with nice mix of clean cereal with nice floral undertones and some light tart and citrus notes with a yeast strain that is bready and funky at the same time. Body is full with limited filtration and good carbonation. Probably one of the best blonde ale I had a chance to taste.
08-21-2011 02:38:16 | More by Phyl21ca
3.9/5 rDev +0.8%
Poured into a Ommegang flute. Pours a cloudy pale straw amber. Absolutely ridiculous foaming head. First glass was all foam, then I started spooning the foam into another glass, TWO glasses of foam later, I have the original glass with half ale and half foam. Half empty, the bottle kept foaming over. So, massive white head with massive lacing. Kind of interesting, except for losing half the bottle. Bready, yeasty, light fruit aroma with a somewhat mineral overtone. Well, the struggle was worth it. A very nice nice Belgian; biscuity malt, light fruit, Belgian spicing. Bitter, peppery, spicy finish. Slight Brett notes and astringent bitterness in the finish, but still tasty. Interesting take on a blonde. Light to mediaum body supported by active carbonation. If the price point drops, worth another try.
02-08-2012 04:31:21 | More by LiquidAmber
4/5 rDev +3.4%
amber with a huge white sticky head. Deep lacing was evident from the start. Nice carbonation bubbling up from the bottom. Smell was intresting, somewhat hoppy, but more of a spiced belgian twist. Hints of Bananas were very noticeable as well as some orange peel. The feel was unusually smooth and a bit flat at first. I actually was not impressed with the first sip, but rather the later ones were much better. Felt very creamy and had a nice lingering finish to it. Muted american hops were mixed in with a nice plae belgian taste. Again bananas and pears, mixed with some earthy bready grains were the commonplace.
11-24-2011 02:05:13 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +3.4%
A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has lots of small particles visible floating in suspension along with a light amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head.
S: There are aromas of spicy hops and lemon in the nose along with notes of grainy malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of peppery spices and lemon citrus along with notes of grainy malts and subtle hints of sourness. A light amount of bitterness is present.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is somewhat dry.
O: This beer is very unique and shares some qualities with that of a saison. I really enjoyed this and would try it again.
05-24-2012 23:12:39 | More by metter98
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
Thanks to unibroue4ever for this one.
Poured from a 341ml. bottle, bottled Jan. 2012.
Appearance: A very pale gold body, ever so slightly hazy, with 2 fingers worth of head that retains at a creamy ring. Clings a little and rings form as the glass empties.
Smell: Strong lemon (think lemon rinds) with cereal as well. Crisp.
Taste: Hop bite is felt immediately as a kiss the flavor of grapefruit (tastes raw, like the liner separating the fruit). What really stands out though is the rich mineral flavor mixed with a quite strong sea salt profile.
Mouthfeel: Aggressive in a mineral way and full-bodied. It's got guts.
Overall: Not your typical blonde ale. That salty mineral flavor latches on. Went from liking it to tolerating it and back to liking it. Would go well with a sharp cheese.
02-21-2012 12:14:12 | More by papat444
3.35/5 rDev -13.4%
My experience was pretty similar to the previous taster's....
Poured in a riedel magnum red wine glass
A: Really pale straw color, with rapidly fading white head
S: reminiscent of a wheat beer, with yeasts aromas
T: Pretty interesting. Light, but still pretty nice, with loads of peaches aromas as the beer gets at higher temperature, and a decent, bitter finish. Suprising.
O: It was suprisingly interesting.
01-24-2012 05:06:56 | More by Caudalie
4.15/5 rDev +7.2%
Bottle from Fred82. Pours a cloudy, straw yellow. Aroma is tart with lemon and malt. Taste is tart with citrus fruit. Dry mouthfeel with popping flavours of yeast, grain and little subtle flavours that really come out as you savor this beer. My first Hopfenstark and definitely not my last.
11-06-2009 04:24:09 | More by cfrancis
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Viggo shared this one. thanks eric!
750ml bottle. sampled dec 14/08.
pours hazy yellow with a huge, chunky white head. the head drops slowly and leaves tons of thick clumpy lace behind.
aroma is wild. my first thought was pickle juice. bit of vinegar and spice. bready. bit of barnyard funk.
taste is a little less wild. medium-high bitterness level. hint of cider vinegar. orange peel and other light citrus. clingy barnyard funk. light spice. leather. horse blanket.
mouthfeel is good. medium-high carbonation level. light body with a nice dry finish.
drinkability is good. nice balance. interesting funk. i wouldn't call it an american blonde, but it's good stuff.
12-14-2008 20:14:13 | More by grub
4.1/5 rDev +5.9%
On tap at Max's tonight.
The beer pours a fairly light gold color with pretty good head retenton and lacing. The nose is attractive and a bit exotic. I get honey, orange blossoms, and a hint of clove. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely, and I'm frankly astonished by the amount of flavor I get in this moderately sweet, 5% abv. blond ale. There's also some attractive underlying bitterness, which helps to balance and dry out the sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied to full, with a fairly long finish. Drinkability is quite good, considering the abv. in this beer. Just so much flavor in this beer. Wow.
This is very nice.
12-08-2010 23:33:21 | More by John_M
3.7/5 rDev -4.4%
A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was an absolutely massive, creamy, long-lasting head. Very good lacing.
S: A sweet aroma of hops, citrus, and a little malt.
T: Tasted of citrus (lemon), malt, and a surprising amount of hops (for a blonde). Not a bad flavor, but a little on the thin side in the finish. I'm not not sure why this beer is categorized as a Belgian Pale Ale. It certainly doesn't taste like one.
M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.
O: Despite being uneven in spots, this is a drinkable, easy to like beer.
04-23-2012 12:07:26 | More by avalon07
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
Thanks to FooFaa for picking up a growler of this to share.
A-Hazy golden orange with a medium bright white head that reduced to a thin veil and left spotty lace.
S-Peppery spice and citrus hops mix with sweet biscuit and a light twang of Brett sourness.
T-Peppery zing up front with mild citrus hops and lightly sweet biscuit malt. Brett influence is present yet subtle with light musty notes and a touch of sour zing.
M - Medium-light body fairly sharp with nice lingering spiciness and mild sour zip.
D-Light and refreshing with plenty of flavour with well combined yeast, hop and Brett notes. Quite tasty and easy to drink. This brewery once again brings out an impressive product.
01-27-2010 15:11:08 | More by Deuane
3.79/5 rDev -2.1%
Poured from 11.5oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: like several other reviewers here, I got a pretty massive head despite a relatively ginger pour. Forget fingers -- I have a whole hand of rocky white foam that just does not want to dissipate. Body is a murky light-golden hue with a huge effervescence. Pretty, but damn inconvenient.
Smell: sweet malt with a hint of caramel and buttery diacetyl. There's also a lightly spicy and floral character to it, and even perhaps a bit of a cidery aroma. Interestingly complex. I wouldn't compare it to any other Kölsch I've had, but it looks like this brew has gone through some style recategorizations over the years, so I won't hold that against it. Whatever style you want to call it, it's pretty good but for the diacetyl (of which I'm just not a fan).
Taste: very much like the aroma in many ways. It's got a definitely pear, or even perry, like quality, along with its buttery sweet character. Smooth and sweet, this could be a dessert beer. Not too bad.
Mouthfeel: medium body with, naturally, a huge carbonation and a very good creaminess. I like it.
Overall: this beer is a bit of an odd duck, but I like it. Sweet, spicy, floral, and weird. I would like to try this again sometime on draft.
01-23-2013 04:02:42 | More by flagmantho
Ostalgia Blonde from Hopfenstark
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.