Florence Wheat Saison - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Florence Wheat SaisonFlorence Wheat Saison

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Reviews: 100
Hads: 749
rAvg: 4.16
pDev: 8.41%
Wants: 91
Gots: 131 | FT: 22
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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Photo of GarthDanielson
4.01/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 750 mL growler into a shaker pint, the beer is a cloudy, bright yellow coloring that is opaque, with a filmy, sparse, white surface coating of head. Very herbal on the nose, with clove, all-spice, and coriander on a banana bread backbone. Flavors of banana bread and lemon square, with a solid spice blend of clove and all-spice. Smooth and light, with a spiced lemon aftertaste. Clean, light finish. Very drinkable. (430 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.96/5  rDev -4.8%
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. (897 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
4/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (388 characters)

Photo of mjohnson17
4.68/5  rDev +12.5%
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. (1,047 characters)

Photo of Vonerichs
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.95/5  rDev -5%
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. (539 characters)

Photo of PHBoiler
4.7/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

2/2013 bottle. This beer ages beautifully. Much more complex than fresh. Super dry finish with dandelion, stone fruit, and wet hay. Quenching and bright. Fresh Florence has a bit more bounce from the yeast and a tad more tartness. This aged bottle had a balanced acidity with sweetness. (291 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.57/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (694 characters)

Photo of ZRBE
4.48/5  rDev +7.7%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of popery
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
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. (874 characters)

Photo of standardcherry
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (643 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of Maxwell
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (1,741 characters)

Photo of yamar68
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
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! (579 characters)

Photo of Pinknuggets
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle to HFS sniffer

A: It is a light golden yellow color that is actually pretty bright and vibrant. The beer is deceptively cloudy, but clean looking and is semi transparent. It has a white head that dissipates quickly and leaves a very thin lacing around edge that is basically gone 10 minutes post pour.

S: definitely has a yeasty smell upfront with a bit of barnyard funk but all some lemony to grassy smells that could be coming from the wheat but that is not abundantly clear. Overall not really a pleasant smell but not horrible for a saison.

T: The taste follows the nose in terms of the lemony grassy wheat taste but not as much in terms of the yeast which is there and gives it a good barnyard flavor without being overwhelming whats so ever. The flavors are all really light, but the wheat is the dominant flavor.

M: The feel is very light it is somewhat crisp but still maintains notes of the barnyard funk though it is almost watery it is so light. Goes down very easily but that is as to be expected given the low abv but it is definitely but to par in terms of that.

O: Overall this is a good but not great beer, compared to the other HFS saisons (especially flora which was a vast improvement on this) though it is not my favorite. That being said it is a nice light farmhouse ale that does not have any super strong overpowering flavors and is really drinkable so I would recommend it worth a try especially if you like lighter drinkable saisons. (1,472 characters)

Photo of flexabull
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle courtesy of DonFrap, thanks again!

Pours a very light and cloudy gold color with big white head.

Aromas are very pleasant. Pepper, lemon peel, floral and some mixed spices that I can't quite pin down.

Taste is light up front. Soft, creamy, with some sugary sweetness. Finish is peppery, with notes of bitter lemon, spices, and floral. This is a complex little beer. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very soft and smooth. Nice crisp carbonation.

Overall, another winner from Hill Farmstead. Would be a real treat to drink on a warm summer day. (551 characters)

Photo of stephenjmoore
4.15/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A- Very pale golden body with great transparency. Bubbly white head that hangs around and leaves a mess of lacing.

S- Slight funkiness to the aroma, with lots of pear and citrus along with a hint of banana. Definitely a grassy/grainy aroma as well.

T- Slight tartness at first, followed by a huge wheat presence. Wheat and some banana dominate the middle, finished by citrus coming through with a fruity finish. Very subtle, but complex flavors. Leaves me wanting just a little more flavor towards the end.

M- High carbonation with some tingling on the tongue. Light bodied and refreshing.

O- Interesting and complex flavors. Big flavor changes from the beginning towards the end of each sip. Subtle flavors, but definitely worth a try. (741 characters)

Photo of davey101
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle into a tulip glass. This was purchased from the source In February, so its still awfully fresh. Opened with a slight gush over.

A - Crystal clear straw yellow body. The second pour was a bit cloudier. Massive soapy foam with decent lacing and retention.

S - Lemons, hay, a touch of funk, and some honey sweetness.

T - Lemon juice, grass and hay, sweet honey finish. Very clean and simple. This is a very pleasant beer.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of lively carbonation.

O - Although this beer doesn't particularly stand out against the other HF saisons, its just about the perfect summer beer. Very crisp and lively with a fantastically Belgian saison flavor profile. I could drink gallons of this beer! (726 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (396 characters)

Photo of cfrances33
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into a Hill Farmstead stem. Review #300

Pour: Mostly clear pale yellow, with touches of orange. A nice three fingers of frothy white forms, and subsides rather more quickly than you would expect. Some lacing.

Smell: Big wheat up front, with a nice earthy yeast. A touch of funk and a bit of oak. Some lemon. Finishes doughy and earthy.

Taste: Follows the nose with a big earthy funk, and lots of smooth wheat. A definite lemon bite, and some floral aspects. Finishes rather dry, but with a lingering doughyness.

Mouthfeel: Insanely refreshing, mostly because it is so light. Still, lots of flavor. Earthy funk definitely hangs around on the palate.

Overall: Another delicious HF saison. I'm really looking forward to enjoying this in warm weather. (766 characters)

Photo of Gosox8787
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL bottle from the brewery a couple weeks back. Chilled and poured into a Russian River tulip.

Appearance: Very pale yellow in color with an agressive, fluffy three finger white head. Really great head retention as well.

Aroma: Lightly fruity with a touch of citrus zest and a peppery note. A nice light farmhouse, barnyard quality is there as well. Definitely some really nice layers here.

Taste: Bright, citrusy and some really nice barnyard tones. The wheat does provide a nice backdrop for the yeast notes. Really clean flavor profile. Some light pepper is present as well. The balance is pretty remarkable.

Mouthfeel: Bright, effervescent carbonation keeps this really light and drinkable. Spot on for the style with a great bite at the end.

Overall, another really nice saison from Hill Farmstead. Not quite in the top level of their best saisons, but really solid and balanced. The flavors are incredibly subtle but mesh really well. Light, complex and easy to drink. (997 characters)

Photo of ThePorterSorter
4.18/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with an inch of bleach white head. The nose is sweet, slightly tart, gainy, notes of pear and granny smith apple. The beer drinks like a light grain forward saison with a slightly tart, bretty (?) finish. It's very light drinking with light fruit flavors, a lingering graininess, and is definitely well carbonated. I prefer the beer after its warmed up a bit. Nothing fancy, easy drinking, complex, and a well done saison. (450 characters)

Photo of Skrip
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle poured into a Mother Earth stange.

A~ light glowing neon yellow/green with minimal white head.

S~ wheat and a lot of herbs/spices. thyme, sage, etc...

T~ peppery wheaty spices with a tad bit of funk. exactly what i look for in a saison, just a little lighter than i would like it to be. definitely a little bitterness as well

M~ great mouthfeel almost like champaign, with a carbonation that sizzles all the way down.

O~ as i continue to review HF it just seems to get better, definitely an all around great saison with amazing flavor. not a must from them but if you're into their saisons/wilds definitely give it a try.

EDIT:
wow the newest batch is incredible! its been a while since i've had this brew, it has definitely improved. more barrel aging for sure, some serious funk going on. (809 characters)

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
3.07/5  rDev -26.2%
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. (853 characters)

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