Ostalgia Blonde - Hopfenstark
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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
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
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
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
4/5 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
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
4.03/5 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
4.08/5 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
4.1/5 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
4.08/5 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
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
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
4.03/5 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
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
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.