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Florence Wheat Saison - Hill Farmstead Brewery

Florence Wheat SaisonFlorence Wheat Saison

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BA SCORE
92
outstanding

327 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 327
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 4.12
pDev: 8.25%


Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Saison / Farmhouse Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: skivtjerry on 08-18-2010)
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brianmandell

New York

4.55/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle dated 12/2013

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a thick head reducing to nice, fine lacing.

Smells bright and fruity, mostly apple and grape with some faint orange citrus. It is both bready and grassy with an earthy undertone. Slightest touch of pungent see like cat pee.

The taste is clean and crisp yet complex. Just a touch spicy. The acidity is unexpected and delightful. The fruit flavors are bright and with a hint of sweetness. Orange peel, apple and grape. There is a light bready malt accompanied by a slight touch of diacetyl. There is some wonderful earthy funk. The finish is dry and vinous.

The carbonation is active and creamy. It perfectly carries the bright acidity and fruit flavors.

This beer blurs the lines between a number of different styles I love. Saison, wheat beer, even lambic. It has similarities to some other tart farmhouse beers like Crooked Stave Surette (although it is better) and SARA Saison Bernice. This is really well crafted and bottom line is the kind of beer that keeps me excited about beer. Love it.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 23:43:23 | More by brianmandell
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Kendo

New York

4.56/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from the 750 ml into a Duvel tulip. The body is straw-yellow on the pour, but more golden in the glass, with a 1.5-inch foamy white head. Leaves a good amount of foam on the sides of the glass.

S: Nice nose. Cereal grains and wheat along with white grapes and white wine (think Pinot Grigio or maybe Sauvignon Blanc). Touch of lemony citrus and a wee bit of yeasty funkiness off in the distance.

T: First impression: Surprised by the tartness, as I didn't get that in the nose at all. Not overwhelmingly tart; it's noted mainly because I wasn't expecting it. . . . Apples come to mind immediately, along with white grape skins and a nice, vibrant lemony bitterness. Modestly spicy yeast is noted over a foundation of wheat and crackery grain. Herbal and grassy and somewhat earthy as well. Slight lingering fruity sweetness on the lips. This is a complex beer that in many ways drinks more like a good white wine.

M: Light in heft; carbonation appears benign in the glass but is pretty active on the palate, creating a nice clean feel at the finish of each sip.

O: Outstanding beer; truly world class. Not sure how this should be characterized, style-wise (I guess Saison works), but it's probably the best wheat beer I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 22:57:47 | More by Kendo
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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.61/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Always a pleasure to try another brew from Hill Farmstead. The craftsmanship that goes into each beer has provided me with the best overall portfolio of any brewery I can think of.

A- Poured into two tulip glasses from the 750ml bottle dated December 2013. Immediately upon hitting the glass, the beer opens up with a huge creamy white cap. The foaminess reminds me of Duvel in a way and the head retention is very nice. The cap eventually falls down to a creamy, foamy ring leaving spots, patches and some huge blankets of lace.

S- Wheat certainly comes to mind right off the bat, like the crust on a nice dark wheat loaf. This is followed by a strong, tart citrus and wine grape fruity presence. A farmhouse yeast provides a spicy base but not enough to take over the other aspects of the aroma.

T- White wine grapes, apples and a lemony, lactic tartness really open up on the palate for me; significantly more than in the nose at least. Biting into that perfect "sour" apple comes to mind. These strong fruit flavors meld into a base of spicy Saison yeast and heavy cracked wheat grains. Earthy, herbal and grassy hints beyond this.

MF- LIght and pretty much dried out. This teamed up with the tartness really makes your cheeks pucker in a bit. Carbonation at a fizzy high level but a silky, crisp texture falls up on the taste buds.

One of the most fascinating things about Hill Farmstead to me is how much almost every one of their beers makes me think. "Vermont Wheat Ale" sounds straightforward and could even be viewed as such but deep down there are just layers of deep, great flavors here. The emphasis on unique, well crafted Farmhouse brews by HF is perhaps my favorite thing about the brewery. I know what beer I will be looking forward to next winter.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 01:00:12 | More by cbutova
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.46/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

In the memory of the Hill Farmstead roots, Florence is remembered in the form of a classy farmhouse ale. One that is true to tradition with premiere dryness, a spice-forward balance and with peps of wine and cork. With just enough of a wheatness to prevent total dryness, the ale remains soft from beginning 'til end.

The ale erupts in the glass, looking as much like champagne as it does ale. Only its glowing haze and its perpetual head retention speaks otherwise. Its creamy foam-stance is of honeycomb as intricate lace trickles down the glass. All this transpires on a canvas of goldenrod hues that's straw-like at its edge.

Bright and tangy aromas leap right out with the scent of fermented fruit. This sheds light on its wine-like undertow with peps of apple, spiced pear, white grape, under-ripened orange and a certain lemony twang. With its short wafer-thin malt support, balance is achieved instead with a pang of fresh cracked peppercorn with earthy cumin, cork, hay and fennel lurking behind.

Its malt taste is delicately bready, and perhaps more cracker-like. But that's all short-lived as the tart and tangy fruit flavors are slightly citrusy but more of the orchard varieties and nearly evoking teeth churning behavior. Playfully acidic and earthen, its chardonnay-like taste stems from the fruit and trends corkish with spicy hop bitterness and an herbal flavor of damp hay and lemongrass.

Its light and bubbly body keeps the ale floating above the tongue and ushers in a fast fleeting finish. The bulk of the beer's finesse flavors are almost more appreciated in aftertaste than on the early or middle palates. Its finish of spice, warmth and acidity is followed only by an echo of whole wheat.

Hill Farmstead does it again- the creation of traditional Saison in all its classic glory, with the perfect balance, the perfect body and just enough dry fruit and pepper- its a taste straight out of the Belgian Low Countries.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2014 17:48:11 | More by BEERchitect
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angrybabboon

Rhode Island

4.24/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 08:23:42 | More by angrybabboon
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Thanks to Ataraxia for the bottle.

Appearance: Hazed bright yellow with a big fluffy bright-white head. Spotty lacing. Moderate head retention leaves a small collar and cap.

Smell: Light wheat. Pale malts add a nice bready/biscuity sweetness. Lemon flesh and some bright lemon zest. Typical Hill Farmstead saison yeast aromas. Very soft spice and a bunch of fruity esters. Banana, pear, and apple. Vague sort of tartness buried in the back. Incredibly clean and light. Slightly floral hop presence.

Taste: A bit of tart lemon flesh and zest. Soft slightly powdery yeast presence. Some fruity esters. Apple, pear, and just a touch of banana. Nice balance of wheat and sweet pale malts. Lightly undercooked dough. Incredibly light and clean. Mildy lactic. Bright pop of citrus. A touch damp and earthy.

Mouthfeel: Light body and a touch crisp on the finish. Juicy up front. Just delightful.

Overall: Outkast approved.

So fresh and so clean clean.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2014 08:20:15 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale yellow with a medium white head. Nose is full wheat, mild citrus notes, crackers and very subtle coriander. Flavor is full on wheat dominated, with signature Hill Farmstead Belgian yeast, very subtle tart citrusy quality, and more wheat. Finishes on notes of wheat and lightly tart citrus notes. Very light-bodied, medium carbonation, and very wheaty.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2014 12:36:09 | More by jbaker67
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rlee1390

Indiana

4.1/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 01:11:49 | More by rlee1390
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

4.95/5  rDev +20.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2014 22:19:38 | More by Caudalie
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kevanb

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

750ml bottle, winter 2013 batch, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass.

The beer pours a soft, hazy lemon color, hues of gold and straw. Atop the beer sits a foamy, soapy white head, 2 to 3 fingers high, quite lively that has good retention and leaves a beautiful network of lace behind. The aroma is a delicate expression of funk, fruity yeast, soft malt, tart citrus and cracked, dry wheat. A touch of wildflower, slightly herbaceous is also present. The flavors are mild, easy and not too boisterous, matching the aromas well. Tangy citrus and tart lemon blend well with the floral qualities that bring out the funk and fruity yeast esters. Soft cereal grains and dry wheat dominate the finish. The body is lovely, lively, coats the mouth perfectly and softly with a lightly creamy finish that has a touch of tanginess and creaminess.

Verdict: A really delightful saison from Hill Farmstead that leaves me baffled at many of the previous reviews. The delicate and bright nature of the flavors is right up my alley. I would love to try Flora to see how this develops in a barrel, but this is solid on its own.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2014 02:38:20 | More by kevanb
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vonnegut21

New York

4.44/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

750ml poured into a HF wine glass.

A: Beautiful pale, hazy gold. Three fingers of billowing white head.

S: Wheat malt, light lemon and orange peel. Gentle funk.

T: Bright saison spice, funk and a lovely level of tartness. Almost gueuze-like. Really nice.

M: High carbonation. Cleansing. Bright. Effervescent.

O: A delicious beer. Not sure why this one isn't rated that well. Better than many other HF offerings IMO. Really love this beer. Can't wait to open a Flora.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 01:48:48 | More by vonnegut21
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.56/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pour at Woodshop 8 held at The Hermosillo in Los Angeles, CA.

Thanks to cbanker for sharing this one.

Pours a murky light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, spice, and yeast aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of yeast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but is probably one of my least favorite Hill Farmstead beers to date.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 16:45:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
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WanderingFool

Massachusetts

4.28/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Florence pours a hazy golden yellow with a small creamy head. Minimal amounts of lace on the glass as the foam fades away.

The aroma has strong tart notes of lemon citrus, plus some wheat, and Belgian spices (coriander).

Each sip of this medium bodied beer has a soft body and light carbonation. The flavor has nice lemon citrus, wheat, light spice (coriander) and bubblegum. It finishes dry and tart with mild bitterness. Once gone the lemon tartness and spice lingers on the palate.

A very tasty beer with a light body and nice balance between sweet malt and tartness.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2013 02:50:06 | More by WanderingFool
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.96/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml capped bottled procured in March 2013. Pours a bright golden-yellow with a fluffy, one-inch, bright white head. Tiny bubbles are present effervescing in solution to the underside of the cap. Head eventually settles into a solid quarter inch cap; thick swaths of textured lacing are revealed during the tasting. Nose is fairly clean - lemon and a hint of spice. Taste consistent with nose - tart and lemony (very berlinner-weisse like) with a slight bready quality towards the back. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively/prickly carbonation and some astringency that stimulates the salivary glands along the side of the cheeks. Overall, very pleasant and refreshing, but not what I expected from a Saison. As mentioned previously, I definitely get a berlinner-weisse vibe from this beer and I'm pretty surprised that this doesn't have some lactic acid in it due to the tart/sour character.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 00:40:00 | More by Jwale73
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Alieniloquium

Florida

4/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 21:00:03 | More by Alieniloquium
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mjohnson17

Illinois

4.69/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Bottled Jan 2013
Poured Jun 2013

A: Pours a hazy straw yellow with a billowing cloud of head; 3 fingers worth that dissipates to a dense half finger. The beer is the most beautiful hazy yellow of any beer I've seen. Clear enough to see carbonation rising but opaque enough to not be able to see through to the other side.

S: Lemon zest, straw, funk, cracked wheat.

T: Clean, crisp tartness that is absolutely amazing. Lemongrass is a great way to describe; lemon zest and a smooth bready ligh wheat malt. A subtle Brett flavor that funks up this beer beautifully with a nice combination of horse blanket and citrus twist.

M: Mouth-puckering tartness with a month sweet wheat malt, like a sweet pastry.

O: This beer is perfect; if I could I would drink this every day. Such a funky tartness that's so clean, crisp, and refreshing. Perfection. Florence is the lemon bar of the beer world; sweet, bready, but dominated by a lemon tartness. Yet it all melds beautifully into a symphony of fermented goodness that's near impossible to express.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 02:33:38 | More by mjohnson17
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Vonerichs

Illinois

4.03/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 00:57:11 | More by Vonerichs
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.94/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 18:44:52 | More by hooliganlife
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GreesyFizeek

New York

4.59/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 00:42:57 | More by GreesyFizeek
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ZRBE

Oregon

4.49/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Super neat bottle art.

A - Very light yellow. Looks like piss, in a great way.

S - Smells like saison. Lemon, zesty. Lots of floral notes, in a lemony way.

T - Goood. Super gooood actually. I dig it! So much.

M - Dry. Like a desert.

O - Lovely little saison. Super lovely. Lemons.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 19:39:33 | More by ZRBE
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popery

California

4.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale gold. It's fairly cloudy. Some of that is yeast sediment but not all. Big white head with lots of fine bubbles. Very good retention with some pretty lacing. Solid appearance. The aroma is mild but quite pleasant. I'm getting some earthy saison yeast, light lemons, some wheat spice and a little peppery spice. The taste is a bright splash of lemons, wheat and saison depth. It's fairly tart without any real sour pucker. Some earthy flavors in the background. Quite dry. Very clean. The lemony tartness seems to have picked up a bit since I first tried it fresh, though the difference isn't dramatic. Mouthfeel is light and zesty with some wheat body. It's an extremely refreshing beer. Pretty much perfect for a hot day. This seems to be a fairly humble offering from HF, but it's absolutely up to their high standards. I would love to drink this beer regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2013 17:06:38 | More by popery
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standardcherry

Massachusetts

4.26/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 08:00:33 | More by standardcherry
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HuskyinPDX

Washington

4.14/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle opened on 4.6.13
Thanks Buckeye!

A - Pours a hazy very pale orange-yellow with a small white head with good retention.

S - Stronge wheat, spices-peppery.

T - Wheat heavy, spice and pepper and some lemon.

D - Good carbonation with a light body.

O - Light yellow with spices. Pepper and wheat forward.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2013 03:36:00 | More by HuskyinPDX
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.11/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle served in a snifter.

L - hazed yellow color with a white head that thinned to a light layer.

S - strong wheat beer spice aromas.

T - full of wheat and tart cirus/lemon zest.

F - light/medium bodied with brilliant carbonation.

O - very enjoyable and easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 22:27:24 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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Maxwell

Massachusetts

4.16/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2013 19:11:17 | More by Maxwell
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Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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