Ostalgia Blonde - Hopfenstark
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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
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
4.1/5 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
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
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
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
11.5 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. The label describes it as a "German-style blond," though it's listed here as a Belgian blonde. My choice of glassware is based on the assumption that it's more like a helles or pilsner, as the label would suggest.
A: Very pale straw yellow. Mildly cloudy with a few tiny particles in suspension. Highly effervescent, a pour of normal strength produced a huge, foamy, rocky white head. Excellent retention, lacing is very clumpy and sticky.
S: There is a definite Belgian yeast presence on the nose, though it's lighter and cleaner than the norm. Cold fermentation? Light fruity scents and a touch of peppery spice. Hops are floral and mellow. Subtle scent of potpourri. Malts are biscuity and bready.
T: Floral hops up front with a slight oily character. Yeast kicks in mid-palate with some chalky and peppery tastes. Spike of clovey phenol. Pear and other vague fruity tastes play lightly in the background. Malt tastes shift from honey to biscuit and cracker as the beer dries toward the end. Yeasty finish of pepper and chalk with a kick of spicy herbal hop bitterness.
M: Light in body, but very full and creamy in the mouth. There's some substance to the body; it's slightly chewy and silky. Very smooth. Carbonation is a touch scrubbing and lifting, but not aggressive at all. Great.
O: Definitely not the Helles or Pilsner I was expecting. Kind of a mash-up of German and Belgian brewing, but it works. The end product is a very tasty and drinkable little beer. Sessionable to boot. It has enough character to keep it interesting. Wouldn't say no to a few more.
08-22-2012 18:24:27 | More by ryan1788a5
4.08/5 rDev +5.4%
On tap at the Mondial de la Biere.
Hazy gold pour with a small white cap of a head. Nice lace left behind. Spicy nose has a whack of pepper in it, but a good citrus kick. Kind of like lemon pepper. Crisp flavour, lots of good biscuit backing up the hops, which overlay a great citrus hit. Nice peppery finish. Really interesting for the style, and definitely superior to most. Zingy carbonation and crisp mouthfeel suited it well.
A pleasing and crisp blonde ale, which made a nice change of pace from some of the more hardcore brews. This is the sort of beer that may be a little underappreciated, but it worked really well for me, and I'm sure it could pair very well with most foods too.
06-08-2010 13:45:15 | More by bobsy
4.05/5 rDev +4.7%
341ml bottle poured into pint glass 21/4/12
A pale straw yellow looks pretty light, this ones lively as I ended up with half a glass of foam that would have grown over the top if I hadn't drank a few sips, my second pour leaves me with a nice peak of foam that just sits there looking like meringue whipped up, there's carbonation all-right more then one would think possible, lots of lace and still foam at the bottom of the glass
S yeasty lemon with some peppery spice and dry cereal its fairly simple but decent,
T slight grassy notes with more lemon and yeast, similar to the smell, straightforward but solid
M light and fluffy with a long finish of cereal, yeast and lemon
O would make a great summer beer being light with decent flavors, this one was done in no time
I could drink another few of these guys without any problems, thanks unibroue4ever for sending me this bad boy
04-21-2012 21:16:51 | More by wordemupg
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
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Big thanks to Fred from Hopfenstark for hooking me up with this one.
Pours a cloudy dark straw yellow, huge and crazy thick bone white head forms, insanely rocky, like whip cream on my glass and leaves a ton of chunky lacing, fine bubbles rise up from the bottom of the glass. Smell is nice, sweet and sour, honey, wheat, tropical fruit, citrus, hay, some spices, refreshing aroma, pretty neat. Taste is very sweet and fruity, pineapple, mangoes, honey sweetness in the middle, some herbal and spice bitterness in the finish, ends up quite dry, some breadiness. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation, pretty neat and refreshing, fruit juice, solid bitterness. Thanks Fred!
12-14-2008 19:53:55 | More by Viggo
4.03/5 rDev +4.1%
Thanks to papat444 for this extra. Shared for Canadian Thanksgiving. Served in a Cantillon tumbler.
A - Ridiculous gusher!!! Just violently explosive once the cap comes off. Obviously pours with giant foam that eventually settles to a thin cap and leaves tons of splotchy lace. The body is a hazy blonde color that is almost milky due to the riled up sediment.
S - Peppery spices, grain, lemon sourness, obvious brettanomyces, maybe a touch of band-aid.
T - The taste is sweeter with some toasted grains and honey, and then morphs into a sour lemon finish.
M - Low carbonation, medium body, refreshing dry finish. No discernible alcohol.
D - This ain't no American Blonde - it's a Belgian Singel or lower ABV Saison with brett. It was a good beer to start the evening with, and after the drama of the explosive bottle people were disappointed that we lost so much beer to the floor. It's a shame Hopfenstark has stopped bottling.
10-12-2010 16:24:20 | More by MasterSki
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
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Thanks to Mike for the bottle. Snifter.
A: Hard poured into the glass. The body is a pale yellow in color, like some watered down lemon-lime soda. The head forms three fingers of thick sea foam that linger forever. Lacing is thick and soapy on the glass.
S: Toasted grains blend with orchard fruit esters that bring to mind ripe apple and pear. The yeast gives off a bit of gum-like character. There's a touch of sulfur character with evident floral notes.
T: Dry up front with lightly sweet toasted and grainy malt characteristics stepping in alongside floral notes and an upper low bitterness. There's a light spiciness with a touch of mineral. Yeast imparts pear, apple, and gum. The finish is dry with yeast-driven fruitiness, a light pepper-like spiciness, and soft malt notes.
M: Upper light to lower medium body. The mouthfeel is dry and spritzy with high carbonation.
Overall: A refreshing and balanced Belgian Pale Ale. Well crafted and drinkable.
06-30-2012 07:33:43 | More by HopHead84
4/5 rDev +3.4%
Had this on tap at Volo. Pours a cloudy pale yellow/orange colour with a thin strip of white head that doesn't dissipate at all. First smell it seems quite spicy, almost as if it were a saison I think. I would think this may be a Belgian style ale, but what do I know. Nice citrus and bready notes. Very big carbonation on this. A very well done blonde ale.
03-22-2011 18:46:43 | More by kwjd
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
3.98/5 rDev +2.8%
A: First thing I notice is the head doesn't "explode" so much as other Belgian Pale Ale's and BSPA's. It's creamy and frothy and about 1.5 fingers. Not all around bad, but not as grand as I usually like my Belgian heads to be. Fairly decent retention on the little head though. Not seeing too much lacing. The appearance is a golden straw color and foggy which is to be expected because I put the whole bottle in. Nice action from the carbonation. 3.5
S: Interesting, while there is definitely hops and your standard belgian fruitiness there's also a lot of that malted grain aroma. Almost raw. After swirling the glass just a little bit, that fruitiness really steps up in a big way. Love that belgian peachy... apple aroma. The hops are here too, but they show up in the more earthy, leafy spiciness. Smells great! 4.0
T: It mirrors the nose in the most refreshing way possible. It starts out with some of that Belgian fruitiness and then actually moves to the grainy malts. I also get the hops in an earthy and delicious way. The finish has just enough bitterness to somewhat clear your palate. A great mix of sweet flavors and lightly bitter finish. 4.0
M: Medium, frothy body with big carbonation. It's this carbonation that makes this beer so easy to drink. The big flavors could very well overwhelm somebody (especially when you're having it as warm as I am!) but the carbonation scrubs your tongue clean and begs you to take another sip. 4.0
O: This beer was better than I thought! I was scouring my local beer shoppe for Belgian Pale Ale's and Belgian Strong Pale Ale's that I've never had before and I found this one. I'm a big fan and I'm going to keep my eye out for more of their stuff. 4.0
05-09-2012 04:55:19 | More by tony223366
3.95/5 rDev +2.1%
Thanks to FooFaa for sharing this growler on 1/23/10.
A - Poured a hazy light orange/golden body with a creamy white sliver on top that deposited quite a bit of patchy lace around the rim of the glass.
S - Aroma is spicy and citrusy with a hint of pepper and slight waft of alcohol. Hops impart a citrus rind character, while a hint of earthy mustiness is apparent, due to the addition of Brettanomyces.
T - Initial flavor incorporates peppery notes, citrus hops and a slight bready malt character. Earthy, funky notes emerge in the middle, imparting a mild sourness. Finishes with moderate bitterness suggesting citrus rind and oils.
M - Medium bodied with fairly mild carbonation, perhaps a little thin overall. Finishes with mild bitterness, a touch of musty sourness and subtle alcohol warmth on the palate.
D - Pretty hoppy and spicy blonde ale with quite a bit of flavor and a pleasantly subtle Brett presence.
01-25-2010 01:03:38 | More by ffejherb
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
Ostalgia Blonde from Hopfenstark
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.