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Ostalgia Blonde - Hopfenstark

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BA SCORE
86
very good

44 Ratings
THE BROS
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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 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.

DoubleJ, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

ryan1788a5, Aug 22, 2012
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.

UCLABrewN84, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

polishkaz, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of CliffBrake
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

CliffBrake, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of HopHead84
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

6/30/2012

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.

HopHead84, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of metter98
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

metter98, May 25, 2012
Photo of nathanjohnson
2.75/5  rDev -28.9%

nathanjohnson, May 24, 2012
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

tony223366, May 09, 2012
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ygtbsm94, Apr 27, 2012
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.

avalon07, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

wordemupg, Apr 21, 2012
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' !

Ruds, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of rondufresne
4/5  rDev +3.4%

rondufresne, Apr 06, 2012
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.

papat444, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +3.4%

oldp0rt, Feb 10, 2012
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.

LiquidAmber, Feb 08, 2012
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.

Caudalie, Jan 24, 2012
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.

eat, Jan 19, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

mikesgroove, Nov 24, 2011
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.

Knapp85, Oct 13, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Phyl21ca, Aug 21, 2011
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.

kwjd, Mar 22, 2011
Photo of John_M
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

John_M, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of MasterSki
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

MasterSki, Oct 12, 2010
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Ostalgia Blonde from Hopfenstark
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.