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Ostalgia Blonde - Hopfenstark

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BA SCORE
87
very good

44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 9.56%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Quebec, Canada

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Goldorak on 01-27-2007)
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Photo of kwjd
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of Molson2000
4/5  rDev +3.4%

Photo of papat444
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of tony223366
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ffejherb
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Goldorak
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Sammy
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Ruds
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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' !

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.9/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of eat
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of flagmantho
3.79/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of smlmeyer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of rale
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of CliffBrake
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of avalon07
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of seanswee
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

Photo of Caudalie
3.35/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of nathanjohnson
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

Photo of DoubleJ
2.43/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It's Canadian? Based on the brand name, I thought it was another beer to come from Scandinavia. Comes in a 341 ml twist-off bottle. On to the beer:

Even a half pour from the bottle yields visible tiny particle of sediment in the body that suspends throughout. The color is highlighter yellow, topped with a semi-creamy thick head, which leaves good lacing around. The nose starts off alright; grassy and grapey aromas come around, though there is a stench of rubber. Is there an infection going on?

One little booboo possibly wrecked this beer; the burnt rubber taste. Sure, the grapey and traces of pale malt sweetness weren't going to make this a mindblowing beer, but Ostalgia Blonde is dominant of burnt rubber. Well, it isn't as awfully infected as other beers that I've had, but for a style that leaves little room for error, it was an error it can't afford. Not even a light, somewhat creamy, and smooth mouthfeel can save this beer. Bitter lingering aftertaste.

Ok peeps, let's clean up this mess. It looks as though my bottle was an unlucky one, but it is what it is.

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Ostalgia Blonde from Hopfenstark
87 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.