Florence Wheat Saison - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Florence Wheat SaisonFlorence Wheat Saison

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Ratings: 721
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 4.2
pDev: 7.86%
Wants: 92
Gots: 117 | FT: 20
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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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Reviews by angrybabboon:
Photo of angrybabboon
4.24/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 2/19/14

Appearance: Hazy pale yellow, with gold and straw - pours with an above average-sized head - leaves some quite nice

Smell: Straight-up saison - nice funk, perhaps cleaner than average - some nice spice, with some earth - light fruits, including apples, pears, and some citrus, including oranges and lemon - nice level of wheat and some lightly bready malts

Taste: Remarkably clean with some nice saison flavors - some great saison yeast, with some nice farmhouse flavor, earth, and light spice - wheat component is very nice, with some typical wheat twang, and some nice, bready, pale malts - some nice fruit esters, with apples, pears, and some citrus - nicely balanced overall, finishes dry and clean

Mouthfeel: Medium body, nicely carbonated, smooth, great finish

Overall: Dear Hill Farmstead, please stop making good beer

This is a remarkably straightforward saison. No additional flavors, no fruits, nothing other than some big saison yeast and some exceptionally clean water. As annoying as it is to actually acquire Hill Farmstead beers, this is worth the effort.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Caudalie
4.94/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

In my opinion, this is simply one of the best beers brewed by Hill Farmstead. Many seek big, bold offerings, while this is subtle, elegant, refreshing, delicate and simply outstandingly good. The overall balance of this beer keeps blowing me away, and I just seem to enjoy it more and more, every bottle being a real treat. The nose is quite subtle with bananas, citrus, apples, and what feels like jasmine flowers. Mouthfeel reminds me of great riesling, and the acidity brings a lovely freshness. I would trade all boozy, sweet stouts for an ounce of this beer.

Photo of tmbgnicu
4.15/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably my least favorite of the HF saisons, but that's least the least hot gal in the miss america pageant.

Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -5%
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 renegadeburger
2.83/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of standardcherry
4.27/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of kingcrowing
4.6/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of skivtjerry
4.45/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

A- thin wispy pale white head. Glowing golden body with a bit of cloudiness. 4.5

S- Tart and lemony aroma, very light floral aspect. A bit of that cat piss deal. Smells great though. 4.5

T- Lemony as all hell, tart like lacto, light sweetness like molasses briefly appears and then is gone. Curiously there's a plastic like flavor and funk to this. Interesting. 4.25

M- Tart, light-drinking, well-carbonated with a clean, minerally finish. 4.25

Great brew. I get some off-flavors here and they affect the feel a bit, but this is still quite enjoyable.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a hazy bright straw yellow, big puffy white head. eventually fades to light retention.

sharp floral hops and lively wheat, very forward

flavors are fairly light through out. a dominating wheat and malt body carry through out. a faint and light floral hop presence ads a crispness that pops the flavors in your mouth.

lots of sharp carbonation, adds to flavor, keeps it interesting. light as can be.

good, very good. if i lived near HF, i would drink many. not something i would trade for again most likely but overall very good.

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750 mL bottle poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Hazy pale yellow. Huge white head. Great surface foam. Laces nicely.

Smell - Pale malt. Lots of wheat. Very yeasty. Hint of acidity. Lemony.

Taste - Sharp lemony yeastiness. Grainy. Very dry. Lingering tang.

Mouthfeel - Light and highly attenuated. Well carbonated.

Overall - This is pretty tasty. Dramatically different from Flora.

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

64 oz flip-top growler into a couple of Hill Farmstead stemmed Belgian-style glass.

Pours a hazed golden honey color in the glass, topped with a couple fingers of bright-white foamy head. This retains with some frothy edges that whip up into a robust ½ finger when swirled, leaving back a nice looking cascade of spotty foam. The aroma smells grassy overall, with extra notes of light earthy funk, soft ripe fruit, tart lemon, and zesty spice. The underlying wheat notes combine with the citric character here to give this an overall crisp, tart, and slightly funky sweetness in the nose.

The taste has a fresh and grassy feeling citric bitterness to it, complimented by a splash of lemon tartness, and balanced by a mix of crisp honeyed grains and a touch of softer fruit. Light peppery spice notes are dispersed throughout the profile, adding to the already crisp bite here. The finish features some lingering tartness to it but it’s mostly dry with some light funky earth notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a gentle prickliness that then smoothes out into more of a creamy feel along the back. Alcohol is well hid, helping add to the overall crispness of this.

This was good. A well flavored and moderately complex take on a Saison, which had a good drinkiblity to it. There was just enough of a thickness to the flavors to keep this from what I would consider being thirst quenching, as I was good after my 2 + glasses of it. This was still a well crafted Saison though. I’m glad I picked it up.

Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It's says its unfiltered and most reviews find it hazy but ill be damned if this isn't crystal clear to me. Pale straw with effervescent white foamy head.

Smell is wheat, lemon, grass, and Brett.

The Brett is toned down. Lemon and grassy flavors dominate. It has district but mellow flavor.

The mouthfeel is light and very clean. Highly carbonated.

It's a solid saison and its best quality is the clean and light body. It makes it extremely drinkable.

Photo of Kinsman
3.9/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a foamy bright white head on top. Lots of yeast character on the nose. Strong fruity notes mixed in with some peppery spice notes. A little bit of earthy aromas can be found but plays a rather minor role.

A very delicate array of flavors takes over on that palate without having any one dominating character. Bready malt backbone sets a nice foundation for the fruitiness of the yeast to build upon. Finishes with a bit of a lingering musty and spicy note that reminds you this is a farmhouse ale.

Wonderfully light and refreshing on the mouthfeel but doesn't quite have the bubbly crispness I like in a saison. Overall, a very tasty saison but it doesn't quite stand out above the rest like some other HF beers.

Photo of akorsak
3.75/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to sierrags for sharing the growler.

A: The saison is lighter and clearer, a golden straw color that can barely be described as pale. A white head comes along for the ride, lacing following on its tail.

S: The nose is fruity sweet, the yeast lending a pear aroma to the saison. Peppery spices follow but the pears stand out to me.

T: Grassy hops and pears are strong, the yeast fighting the hops for center stage. I'm gonna call it for the yeast. The sweet sugary flavors have pears in the forefront. Behind them, hops are present but never make the impassioned stand that I expected. The result is a yeast-centric saison that shuts out most other aspects, including the wheat base.

M: A sweet but uninspired saison. I kept waiting for the twist that never arrived. The pears are nice though.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
4.05/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap @ The Farmhouse. Served in snifter.

A - Pale yellow. Half a finger of white head. Good lacing. 4

S - Cloves. Belgian yeast, bready malts, light banana, citrus and spice. Crisp and clean.

T - Cloves, Belgian yeast, wheat, light citrus and banana. Some spice.

M - Light to medium body. Light carbonation. The typical HF dryness, which is love, is present here as well.

3.07/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a 13oz tulip for $6.25
Sampled 07JUL12

[A] A finger plus of creamy foamy head, bright white and very dense. Excellent retention laying lace down in full sheets as it slowly recedes. The body is a hazy golden straw color with light brown tints. By the end of the glass,
the sheets dry out to create a fine pattern of craquelure.

[S] Intense wheat with very strong herbal qualities. Mild wintergreen. Semi Skoal-like. Interfering and hard to enjoy after the comparison was made.

[T] Well, the taste is a little better than the nose led on. The herbal qualities are dialed back but the wintergreen is still clearly recognizable.

[M] Mouthfeel is crisp throughout with a particularly snappy finish. Light body, with lots of flavor.

[O] Florence is an interesting take on the style but ultimately, the aroma and flavor profiles aren't for me.

Photo of yamar68
4.19/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Big thanks to franklinn for tossing this one in my Easter basket!

As pale as they come; almost looks like a Berliner or something... hazy straw gold body stuffed with slow, steady beading. A finger of paper white froth retains well, producing great consistent lacing.

Very clean on the old schnoz. Smooth, mellow wheat, wildflower, tame brett profile. What a delicious smelling brunch beer.

Wonderfully dry - tart brett qualities accent the semisweet wheat and honey flavors. Very drinkable with a soft, airy mouthfeel with a nice floral finish.

What a treat - thanks Frank!

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle purchased at Hill Farmstead in Greensboro Bend, VT. Poured into my Hill Farmstead stemware.

Pours a murky, very hazy golden yellow. Huge, 4 inch head erupts, and won't subside. Nice lacing throughout the session.

Aromas of lemon, wheat, cloves, grass, and orange.

All of the aromas play forward into the flavors, with some apples and pears joining the orange, grass, wheat, cloves and lemons. An incredible yeast bitterness lingers on the palate with each sip- makes your tongue feel wonderfully prickly and alive. Some hop bitterness as well.

Full, cloudy body. Very crisp, especially from the bitterness. Medium bodied.

Simply an amazing saison. Probably my favorite of the style.

Photo of rlee1390
4.1/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy bright yellow, nice carbonation, two finger fluffy white head.

S-Wheat, lots of it. Grass and lemon. Citrus as well, very slight tart notes.

T-Starts with wheat and lemon. Slight grass, not much in the way of spices, very mild tartness.

M-Lighter, well carbonated and crisp.

O-Some more tart notes would greatly improve the beer, one of the "worst" HF I've had but still a rather yummy one.

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a tasting snifter.

This is a very light beer with a very mild golden hue. There is a layer of off white head. The smell is light and yeasty with hints of citrus fruit. I thought the flavor was very light and crisp. The yeasty notes show up along with some citrus and a mild bready malt. The finish is bone dry and very crisp. This is a nice, light easy to drink beer.

Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.48/5  rDev +6.7%
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 ChrisPro
4.03/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Three Penny Taproom

A - hazy golden orange with monstrous head that wants to hang out for a while. Beautiful lacing.

S - tons of fruit hitting the nose. Lemon and apple seem to dominate. Also a hint of bubble gum (wife found that one) as week as some nice funky yeast notes.

T - mild sweetness, with a very clean crisp dry finish, giving a little tart impression.

M - Finely carbonated enhancing its drinkability. Very light overall.

O - a fantastic beer. Happened to drink it on a 90 deg day and it really hit the spot. Super drinkable, and the clean finish makes me go back for more and more.

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Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
93 out of 100 based on 721 ratings.