Florence Wheat Saison - Hill Farmstead Brewery
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Reviews by Maxwell:
4.16/5 rDev +0.2%
The beer pours a pale yellow with a slightly cloudy haze and a cloudy torrent of bubbles racing to replenish the head. The beer pours with a nice white, fat two fingers’ width head made of small tightly knit bubbles. The beer’s body is slightly hazy, like any saison should be, with no floaties or particles in it. On the nose, the beer smells of metallic and banana-like with herbal notes of clove. There is also a slight salty tint to the smell, and even a slight funky tartness. As the beer warms the yeast smell becomes creamier and mellows out the metallic scent. On the tongue, the beer tastes funky sweet with some middling bitterness. The flavors begin as sharp bitter grass, moving into buttery banana yeast with touches of clove. It then delves back into herbal bitter with clove notes with lovely funky notes and a touch of chalky wheat malt. The finish is slightly metallic with some citrus lemon and tart banana and bubblegum funk notes. The after taste is softly herbal bitter with a touch of wheat funk. In the mouth the beer feels medium light in body with a creamy, welcoming carbonation level that is a little fierce to begin with, but mellows into a welcoming embrace on the tongue. The mouth is left clean with slight saliva pockets on the very edges of the mouth. Overall, this is a tasty and interesting saison that has a lot of wheat beer character. The saison elements are definitely underplayed in the flavors, but this beer is still delicious, and I guess I’m not quite sure what I should have expected in a wheat saison. As it warms the saison flavors do come out more and meld nicely with the wheat flavors. This is a delicious beer with some funky complexities. Another success from Hill Farmstead, try it.
04-07-2013 19:11:17 | More by Maxwell
More User Reviews:
2.8/5 rDev -32.5%
ok mrs florence here we go its time to meet
this one pours out pure white head and a little bit of lace behind a nice straw color definitely a nice haze there gotta love saison
smell has crazy sweet fruit thing going on like apples and pears is that supposed to be there seems weird
taste is off too its very sweet my impression is that a good saison should have rich dry spice flavor and character with a lot of yeast and herbal quality and some hops instead this one had a ton of fruit or fruit esters in it not going well with me
little bit lacking in brightness and mouthfeel though too
overall average beer at best but not nearly as great as the pales and double ipas i had
07-10-2011 18:59:35 | More by renegadeburger
3.9/5 rDev -6%
On tap in Burlington , Vt.
Pours clouded/hazed lemony banana, with a gauzy eggshell head and relaxed bands of lacing.
Light wheaty malts and lemon infused nose.
Notes of more lemon, light pepper, yeast and wheat malts on the palate. Refreshing, flavorful and yummy....quality summery brew, would love to try some on a warm day with with a nice lunch of salads, cheeses, breads.
Well worth a try if you are fortunate enough to see this available
08-20-2011 17:31:38 | More by Billolick
4.26/5 rDev +2.7%
A: Very pale yellow color. I would have thought this was a berliner or something like that. Surprisingly clear, very little haziness. A huge, white, frothy head.
S: Very smooth aroma. Fruity, banana (almost like a witbier) along with wheat, and a tiny bit of brett earthy/funkiness. Smells sweet, almost like honey.
T: Wheat, lemons, honey. A bit floral/peppery and a tiny bit of tartness. Not very much going on but this doesn't need it. It's great as it is.
M: Light/medium bodied with lots of carbonation. Dry finish.
O: This is probably my least favorite HF so far and even then it's an excellent beer. I would gladly drink this again.
04-17-2013 08:00:33 | More by standardcherry
4.63/5 rDev +11.6%
On tap poured into an Allagash tulip.
Pours a hazy golden wheaty color with a thin light yellow/white head with no lacing. Nose is sweet, funky farmhouse hoppy and crisp. Very nice.
Taste is spot on for a saison, it's really crisp, flavorful and funky. It's got a really nice creamy and full mouthfeel with lots of very nice light flavors. It's super drinkable and tasty.
09-09-2010 23:01:59 | More by kingcrowing
4.47/5 rDev +7.7%
Growler fill from the brewery.
A: Cloudy, yellow, with decent head.
S: Spices, fruit and earthy hops.
T: Nice hop flavor up front (Styrian Goldings? Maybe some Saaz?) fades into melon and citrus notes, finishes with clovey spiciness. Spice becomes more dominant as the beer warms.
M: Smooth and refreshing with medium carbonation.
D: Very drinkable; the wheat adds character without making the body too heavy. A lot going on, and flavors change as you sip. Really nice with a big hunk of brie and a couple of crackers.
08-18-2010 10:16:23 | More by skivtjerry
Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 387 ratings.