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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 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.

Sammy, Jun 01, 2007
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 Thorpe429
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%

Thorpe429, Mar 29, 2013
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 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 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 ygtbsm94
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

ygtbsm94, Apr 27, 2012
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 Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Kegatron, Feb 11, 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
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 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 Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Viggo, Dec 14, 2008
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 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 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 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.

flagmantho, Jan 23, 2013
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 tom10101
3.5/5  rDev -9.6%

tom10101, Aug 31, 2014
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.

ffejherb, Jan 25, 2010
Photo of Deuane
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Deuane, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of SadMachine
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%

SadMachine, Sep 20, 2014
Photo of bobsy
4.08/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

bobsy, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +3.4%

oldp0rt, Feb 10, 2012
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
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Ostalgia Blonde from Hopfenstark
86 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.