Ostalgia Blonde - Hopfenstark
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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
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
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
3.9/5 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
3.88/5 rDev +0.3%
This started out looking like a pretty typical blonde ale. The color was yellow and clear. Lots of bubbles rising to the top with a fizzy white head. Not much lacing here at all but pretty nice looking in general. The smell of the beer caught me way off guard. It's smokey! Wouldn't have ever guessed by the color and look of this brew. The taste of the beer is pretty good, the smoked malts shine through heavily upfront and then subside into the more sweet grainy flavors of the blonde. The mouthfeel was packed with tingly bubbles and had a light body to it. Overall I thought this beer was very interesting. I was very surprised by it's characteristics. I'd say its worth a try for sure.
10-13-2011 01:44:05 | More by Knapp85
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
3.79/5 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
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
3.65/5 rDev -5.7%
Bottle pour at the bottle share hosted by Adam Fine Wine & Liquor held at Sophie’s Place in Redondo Beach, CA.
Pours a clear light yellow with a foamy bone colored head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is very fruity with a mainly pear juice and pear fruit aroma. Taste is of malt, grain, and some slightly fruity aromas. There is a very mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer but it smells better than it tastes in my opinion.
07-31-2012 03:22:11 | More by UCLABrewN84
Ostalgia Blonde from Hopfenstark
86 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.