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Florence Wheat Saison - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 670
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 4.19
pDev: 7.88%
Wants: 86
Gots: 104 | FT: 14
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: skivtjerry on 08-18-2010

Florence (1915-1967) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Belgian inspired Wheat ale is crafted from American malted barley, Organic Vermont wheat, European and American hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Soft, cloudy, and fresh, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Florence.

Pale Malt; Vermont Organic Wheat; American and European Hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.
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Ratings: 670 | Reviews: 90
Photo of Zh78888
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

2013. sudsy and pillowy mouthfeel. smells like lemons and brett. taste follows. developed nicely over a year and a half.

Photo of cvm4
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date November 2014

L - Pours a golden/straw body with a one finger eggshell head that really lingers around. Really a beautiful body.

S - Lemon and earthy at first that evolves into a mild brett character along with some wheat grain. Outstanding smell on the nose.

T - So much lemon, wheat, bread and funk in here. A bit of spices (clove & white pepper?). The tartness is on the mild side.

F - Body is light and the carbonation is high. So crisp on the mouth.

O - Definitely worth the price of admission or trade. Glad I got to try it as this beer is hitting on all cylinders for me.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.56/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Joe.

A clear straw yellow with a dense white head with excellent retention that leaves sheets of lacing, this looks spectacular. The nose is sublime. Doughy, earthy, lemony and tart with a blend of lactic acid and a mild but deep Brett funk, this beer is outstanding. Hops are noticeable with a mellow lemony aroma, the base saison is subtle but resplendent, the funk is exquisitely expressed, with the mushroom character pairing exceptionally well with the grainy wheat.

The palate opens bright, tart and bread like with lemon, a little yogurt, a clean and crisp cracker like wheat flavor and texture. The mid palate has flavors of grain, mild hop bitterness, moderate hop flavor before a long, drying and bright finish. Mild spice, especially a blend of juniper, white pepper and orange peel. A little sulfur is present too, though it complements the palate perfectly. Clean, crisp, this beer is refined beyond anything I can remember having recently. Outstanding.

Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 12/29/14 notes. 750ml bottle poured into stemware. Bottled in 11/2014.

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with one finger of bright white head and high carbonation evident. Lots of brett, citrus, wheat, grains. Taste has more spices, cloves, wheat, and bread. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very nice.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer. The nose is great and while the taste is a bit mellower and not as complex, it is very good. Well worth checking out.

Photo of BcOneSeven
3.19/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Crisp. Light. Surprisingly refreshing. May I have another?!

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy lemon gold. Brett b. trois funk, light fruity ethyl acetate on nose. Pils sweetness leads, some pineapple, lactic sour finish, no bitterness. Dry, soft in the mouth. Excellent beer, I'd love to try it in summer

Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazed, pale straw yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: A basement like musty aroma up front. Earthy and peppery yeast. A light mineral character, lemon rind and citrus fruits. I really love the yeast character here.
T: Like the nose, musty, earthy, and peppery yeast. A more up front tartness than I was expecting, which is just fine. Lemon rind and citrus flavors, even a bit of white grapes. The yeast, and simple tart fruit flavors intermingle perfectly.
M/D: A light body that is effervescent. Beautiful crisp carbonation that is smooth at the same time, dry and refreshing. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. Wish I could get some more.

Reminds me a bit of Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam. Like that beer, fairly simple, but everything is really well integrated, and the rustic yeast just shines. Really well done.

Photo of orangesol
3.99/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Pours hazy golden yellow with a one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the edge, leaving very little if any lace on the glass.

Smells of bready wheat, earthen minerals, light musty funk, some yogurt and some lemon zest. Taste is pretty straight forward. Wheat and lemon zest up front with some yogurt, musty funk and the typical HF mineral rounds it all out. Tart, slightly chewy feel from start to finish.

Overall a solid saison. Don't get me wrong, I would never turn it down, but I definitely think some of the others are just better.

Photo of jjdc
4.6/5  rDev +9.8%

Soft sunshine in the glass. Citrus and a bit of funk on the nose. Lemon rind, minerals, tart citrus and some dusty hay. This beer is definitely underrated. Light, refreshing and tasty. Seek this out.

Photo of BarrytheBear
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Awesome balance of lemon/lime, funk, yeast, and wheat. Great beer! As far as their standard saisons are concerned, this just may be my favorite...just hit me in all the right ways.

Photo of Rollzroyce21
4.2/5  rDev +0.2%

- 2014 vintage
- Off tap @ Beachwood (LBC) on 7-Nov-14
- 10 oz. pour into a wheat beer glass

Tasted against Arthur, Anna, and Brother Soigne. Of the four, I ranked this one 4th.

Quite tart and more funky than the rest. Get a strong lemon presence. Just not as complex and interesting as the others. Still a fantastic saison.

Photo of Jonada
4.27/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750 ml bottled July 2014. Served in a Tired Hands 2nd anniversary glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale yellow color with 3 fingers of a white fluffy head with good retention. Body is lightly hazy but transparent with moderate visible carbonation.

Smell: Wheat, lemon, light peppery yeast, white grape, apple and a faint clean lactic character.

Taste: Tart mild sourness throughout. Wheat base is clearly noticeable along with lemon, white grape, light bready malt, and just a touch of funk with a hint of bitterness. Almost a a bit of a pilsner like quality in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied and crisp with a soft mouthfeel. Carbonation is on the higher side of medium. Finishes dry.

Overall: Another excellent beer from Hill Farmstead. Tasty, balanced, refreshing, drinkable, awesome.

Photo of BMMillsy
3.87/5  rDev -7.6%

750 ml bottle received as an extra from a killer trader. Thanks buddy! Pours very light yellow, almost perfectly clear, with a huge fluffy white head on top. Aroma of lemons, grass, barnyard funk, yeast esters, strong hop presence, spice, some definite tartness. Flavor is tart fruits, lemons, grapefruit, grass, some hop bitterness, somewhat acidic, major funk, dry, with a crisp finish. Light bodied, prickly carbonation, and tart dry finish. Interesting brew--only my 2nd from HF--and not what I expected. The tartness note here is pretty unique and very nice. Worth a try, though I was hoping for a little more sweetness and spice from this one. But that’s just my personal taste, and there’s nothing I can find that’s wrong with this. Crisp and super clean brew. Nicely done.

Photo of Davepoolesque
4/5  rDev -4.5%

Light, crisp, lemony and dry. Good mineral quality. A little bit of that classic saison yeast taste on the finish.

Photo of MNishCT77
4.54/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750 mL bottle obtained on trade(thanks as always, GMRFx!), bottled "07 2014;" poured into my 8 oz. Tired Hands glass and drank over 30 minutes

A: 3/3 - pale yellow-to-golden coloration; murky/hazy (cannot read or see through); received with an initial frothy white head that settled into a subtle glass lacing; small visible bubbles pouring off the bottom of the glass

S: 10/12 - predominately lemon and lime zest; some peppery/spicy Belgian yeast, pils and wheat with some alcohol

T: 18/20 - bright, refreshing lemon flavors immediately hit on first sip and continue to develop on the palate; as the flavor profile expands; there is a tartness without funkiness that becomes the predominate flavor; some mild alcohol on the back of the palate, but finishes dry and inviting

M: 4/5 - medium-to-high carbonation; light body

O: 9/10 - excellent Grisette-style wheat saison; just love the tart/sour qualities of their saisons that are perfectly in balance - present, flavorful but don't overpower the base beer; I've had Arthur before and this is right up there with it - world class and highly recommended

TOTAL - 44/50

Photo of Davelucas88
5/5  rDev +19.3%

Such a special beer. Very crisp, light and showcases the wheat perfectly. Big punch of tartness in the finish making you want another sip.

Photo of Dreadnaught33
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%

Big thanks to DHack22 for hooking me up with this beauty. It has a great clean orange to yellow hue with great lacing and a great crisp aroma with a touch of funk from the Brett. The taste was more tart than I even expected, with a nice amount of lemon, pepper, wheat, honey, and maybe a touch of some other spice like oregano. Feel is very bubbly, almost champagne like which makes a lot of sense with the flavors present. Dry feel in the aftertaste. Yet another well made beer from HF!

Photo of BakaGaijin
4.15/5  rDev -1%

A - pours out a nice slightly hazy straw yellow. Foamy white head that dissapates rather quickly.

S - A little bit funky, wheat, a little saline, and lemon water.

T - A touch of lemon and slightly tart. Clean and smooth. A little more bitter on the finish then I would like. Very easy drinking beer.

M - Great mouth feel. Light, with lively carbonation.

O - Great saison. One of the best that I have had.

Photo of brewskifan55
4.15/5  rDev -1%

Poured into a Hill Farmstead tulip glass. Thanks, Darren!

A: lemon yellow, opaque with a white 1.5 finger head that lingers. Lacing for days.

S: lemon zest, wheat. Fresh, clean.

T: Brett funkiness, lemons, tart, tingly. A bit of pepper. Crisp, smooth. Wheat rounds up the finish.

M: light to medium with tons of carbonation.

O: One of the better saisons I've tried. Just terrific. Wish I could drink more HF on a regular basis.

Photo of MarcWP
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%

Bottle into HF stem .

Pours super light straw yellow in color. Hazy like it should be. Smaller, less aggressive head than most other Hill Farmstead Saisons. 4.25

Aroma is light wheat malts, lemon zest, mandarin, subtle white grape, and sweet key lime pie. Luscious for low abv ringer. 4.5

Taste is also less aggressive than most other Hill Farmstead Saisons. Has light malt and wheat flavors, lemon , some flower notes, and towards the end of the palate a lime pulp like astringency. Certainly a more sessionable saison. 4.5

Mouthfeel, also a bit lighter. But still has that world class carbonation level of the rest of the HF line up. Tart but not as much as say Arthur or Brother Soigné. So damn drinkable. 4.75

Overall this is damn near perfect for what it's supposed to be, a lower abv saison. Not the most complex but it's not supposed to be. Could drink this all day long .

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.4/5  rDev -18.9%

Appearance: Light straw yellow color. Small white head that leaves a slight lacing. Slightly hazy but some brightness and clarity. 3.75/5

Smell: fairly light and delicate whiffs of lemon and other citrus, a wheat malt base along with some belgian yeast character. a fairly strong vinegar along with some green apple skin. 3.5/5

Taste: Opens up with a slight wheaty tartness. rustic belgian yeast that plays in with the wheat to make notes of hay and some spices. lots of lemon and hints of lemon bread sweetness. backend is full of acid and vinegar. 3.25/5

Mouthfeel: extremely light and whispy. Tart and acid. 3.5/5

Overall: I really like the use of some tartness in saisons, but the lightness of the body and the overly vinegary notes take away a bit too much for me on this one.

Photo of notchucknorris
4.72/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

First Hill Farmstead, courtesy of Jared. Thanks!

A: Pours a clear and pale golden color with a fluffy two finger white head. Good retention and just a trace of lacing with each sip.

S: Smells absolutely incredible. Rustic, a touch of wheat, barnyard, hay, a bit of spice, freshly cut wood and a refreshing tartness. Hints of lemon and citrus peel.

T: More tart than I was expecting and incredibly crisp. Lemon, hay, crisp grain and wheat, a little bit of citrus peel, lime and some lactic tartness on a long, lingering finish. Leaves you with a tart and crisp green apple and lemon bite. A really, really great beer. So glad I finally got to try this.

Photo of MasterSki
4.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from a trade a while back with chippo33. December 2013 bottling, served in an Alchemist pint glass.

A - Creeping gusher. Big voluminous white foam eventually settles to a soapy cap and class-coating lace. Lightly hazed golden straw body.

S - Lots of wheat, lightly toasted grains, with a light lemony twang and tame phenols. Really excellent, but perhaps hard to distinguish form other Hill Farmstead offerings without virtue of a side-by-side comparison.

T - Surprisingly tart, refreshing almost. A lot more lemon and lactic acidity than I've ever gotten from growler or draft iterations of this beer; seems to be souring up in the bottle. A pleasant surprise, as it's evocative of the best Fantôme offerings. Clean grain and mildly peppery yeast.

M - Soft, creamy, medium body, with pleasant natural carbonation. Spot on, like virtually ever other Hill Farmstead beer I've had.

D - A pleasure to drink. I remember being indifferent to this beer in the past, but this bottle was excellent. Would happily drink again. Had no problem with the 750ml bottle.

Photo of 4DAloveofSTOUT
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Huge thanks to Outcast for this bottle!

750ml bottle sealed with pressure cap.

bottle dated 12/2013.

poured into black logo Hill Farmstead Wine Stem.

Appearance: glowing pale yellow bodied beer with is slightly opaque not quite see through. Towering 3 fingers of bone white head resulting from a gentile pour. The head leaves lots of lacing on the side of the glass. Great staying power seen by the head of this beer that eventually drops down to a uneven, thick and chunky cap.

Smell: mild lemon tartness. Wheat malts. Slightly fruity yeast and a hint of earthy funk. Smells like spring time. Bright and fresh aroma.

Taste: almost reaching moderate level of tartness; mostly lemons with a hint of granny smith green apple. Citrusy orange zest/peel that adds just a touch of bitterness. White grapes that are subtle. A hint of sweetness from wheat malts. Dry saltine cracker character from the malts as well. Fruity yeast. Slightly spicy. Slightly grassy with a hint of earthy / musty / dusty funkiness. Completely suprised by how tart this beer is, its way more tart than the nose leads on. It is actually way more complex than I could have ever expected this beer to be.

Mouthfeel: light bodied beer with moderate carbonation. Starts out bright, then finishes crisp and clean. Out of this world drinkability; I could honestly drink this beer in quantity and never get bored with it.

Overall: I have tried the likes of Anna and Aurthur on several occasions and like all HF saisons... I want to try them all and always look forward to a HF saison that I havent tried yet! As far as Florence goes, it reminds me of an authentic table beer and I got nothing but great things to say about it. I really think that it is a seriously under rated Hill Farmstead saison; its almost as good as Anna which I also hold in very high reguards. Now that I have had Anna, Aurthur, and Florence I think that I can say with confidence that Hill Farmstead makes some of the finest Saisons in the USA. Anna is my favorite, Florence is second, and Aurther is a respectable third. That is where I would put these 3 HF saisons in terms of my personal favorites.

Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a straw yellow color.

The beer hits of lemony tart qualities up front, a good amount of wheat in the middle, as the beer lingers on with some spicy yeast, and the tart slowly tames down with a dry finish.

A good amount of flavor for its ABV, but less complex compared do its siblings like Arthur and Anna.

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Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 670 ratings.