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Mary - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 304
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 4.96%
Wants: 22
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: yourefragile on 01-13-2013

Mary was Edward's mother and our great-grandmother. A German-style pilsner brewed with our well water, American 2-row malt, our favorite German hops, classic German lager yeast.
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Photo of mynie
4.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into an Alchemist glass even though I own an HF glass because I will god-damned if I'm gonna drink a pilsner out of a chalice. Also, side note, why does Alchemist make glasses if you're supposed to drink all their beers right out of the can? I am the only one of you people who’s paying any attention? What about ETHICS IN BEER JOURNALISM?!? We need a #drunkardgate.

Okay, so I had this at Hill Farmstead's newly opened taproom, where you can get full pours. I was already drunk and palette-wrecked off of Heady, so I'm glad I had sense enough to discard my notes and take home a 750 of this.

It pours like a nice Euro pils—dark gold, filtered, with a steady white head that laces mightily.

Smells fantabulous. Mild herbal profile against aggressive, dry German hops that could easily be mistaken for Saaz. The German grain aromas become more pronounced as I gain familiarity with the beer and it ends up tasting like an absolutely perfect blend between a Municher and a Czech pils (although the hops are German, they're aggressive and spicy enough to resemble Czech beers).

Tastes like it smells: a wonderfully balanced-yet-aggressive pils. Medium grain, big hops, kiss of yeast, and then zero esters. Finishes dry as can be.

It's been a long time since I've had a good, fresh Prima Pils, and even longer since I had FFF's criminally underrated Czech Booty Camp, so I can't say for sure that Mary unseats either of them as the best American-brewed pils. I can say, however, that it easily sit alongside them in the upper tier. (1,561 characters)

Photo of CNoj012
4.08/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very light shade of gold with a small white head and good carbonation. The smell is grains, malts and light earthy floral hops. Taste is much the same, but honestly it is not doing it for me. Feel is light with good carbonation. Overall a good beer, and worth noting pilsners are not ky favorite style, but I've certainly had better. (351 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.79/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Monk’s cafe, Philly. Pours deep golden with fluffy, white head. Aroma is of biscuit malt, grain and some hops. Body is medium and crisp. Grassy hops, grain and pale malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long, bready. Very good Summer brew. (264 characters)

Photo of rodmanfor3
4.05/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A beer that is true to style and executed quite well.

The only unpleasant part about this beer experience was associated with a slightly skunky nose. (151 characters)

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.06/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Tap and Mallet in Rochester, NY.

This one pours a clear light golden amber, with a half inch head, and a smaller level of lacing.

This one smells very clean, with light pilsner malt and some grassy hops.

It's not surprising that Hill Farmstead would nail a pilsner here. It's got some nice subtle flavors, a crisp grassy floral hoppiness, and some nice supporting malt, lil doughy, mostly crackery. It goes down quite easy- very suffig, as the Germans would say.

This is crisp and refreshing tasting, with a light, slightly thin body, and a moderate level of carbonation. (585 characters)

Photo of ShanePB
4.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft. Clear straw yellow colored body, fluffy white head. Nice lacing and retention. Aromas of biscuit, pale malt and subtle floral notes. Taste is doughy malts, slight floral hop character. Clean, crisp and very drinkable. (234 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap at the brewery, the beer is a hazy, bright, corn yellow coloring with a fluffy, clingy, white head. Nose of lemon, cilantro, grass, evergreen, and subtle, bitter hops. Flavors are very bitter green grass and hops forward, with a cracker and toasted grain backbone. Extremely crisp and refreshing, the aftertaste is roasted and green. Crisp, clean finish. Very crisp, refreshing beer. (397 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured on tap at Prohibition Pig into a Becker nonic glass.

Straw lemon body color, and slightly cloudy, even a little lime green. Wonderful creamy bright and bleach white head, with one finger presented. Really strong retention and staying power, good lacing as it finishes.

Bouquet is kind of closed. Slight clean mild herbality, but quite closed, not much malt aroma either.

First sip changes everything. Giant dough ball of bread in this mid palate classic chewy pils malt feel. Mild noble hop on aftertaste but lingers with oils. Slight herbs as well.

This stands up with many of the other great German pilsners I've had. If anything ironically it is a little too hop toned down on aroma and somewhat on taste how iroinic is that? Honestly don't change a thing. (774 characters)

Photo of GuitarIPA
4.39/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 750 ml growler - first thought us I wish I had gotten at least 2 liters but u didn't know pilsners could taste like this. Great beer.

L - attractive pale yellow with thin white lacing that lasts throughout
S/T - German hops, yeast and lemon citrus
F - light, clean crisp (283 characters)

Photo of Mineo
4.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really digging this. Extremely drinkable. Crisp bite with lemony mixture of hops and German yeast. Great summer beer -- not usually HF's style but they did well with this. Such a clean aftertaste. (196 characters)

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh, on tap.

Served in a shaker pint, the beer is a nice bright yellow color with a 1/4" layer of white head.

The aroma is light and herbal with malt in the background.

The flavor has some nice malt but the hops pop in to dominate the show early on. So there's a bit of grassy lemony character starting early and going on for most of the light, dry finish.

The mouth feel is light side of medium and crisp with the persistent carbonation.

Overall I liked this beer but really thought it isn't any better than some of the locally produced Pils beers. (564 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
4.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/6/15, growler filled about 9 hours ago

A: Mostly clear, which is quite unusual for a fresh Hill Farmstead beer - pours with a medium sized, white head, fades to a wispy cap, leaves streaks and blobs of frothy lacing

S: It's a Pilsner, for sure - German Pils hops, grassy, leafy, lightly spicy - lager yeast - soft, pale malts - some light sweetness and hints of honey - clean overall

T: True to the style, with some obvious Hill Farmstead influence - lightly sweet, pale malts, with some light bread and hints of crackers - honey-like sweetness - German lager yeast, and German Pilsner hops - grassy, leafy hops - lightly earthy - lightly spicy with some pepper - finishes very clean

M: On the light side of medium, very smooth, clean, dry, spicy finish

O: From the German part of Vermont

This is very true to the style, with the magnificent cleanliness found in all Hill Farmstead beers. Even if you claim to not like Pilsners, drink this anyway. (964 characters)

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.43/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Almost clear pale yellow. Head starts fluffy and bright-white. Drops to some creamy clumps in short order. Sheets of sticky lacing. Loose bubbly collar. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Seriously bready with some German hops. Dirt and earthy. Some grassy elements as well. Pale light malt base. Slight backing sweetness. Some cereal grains and obvious pilsner malt. Lager yeast. Mild bitterness. Some grainy sweetness with some husk. Slight push of something fruity in the back.

Taste: Bitter earth and dirt. The hops are distinctly German. Lager yeast adds some grassy notes. Straw and grass. Pilsner malt really shines. Clean. A soft hint of fruity esters in the back. Slight bitterness that lingers long after the sip, but it's not aggressive. Slight toasted malt as well. Hops run with a soft spiciness and even a soft floral edge. Some malt sweetness to balance it all out.

Mouthfeel: Light to high-light body with a moderate carbonation. A bit bubbly with a slightly crisp finish and moderate astringency.

Overall: They did it again.

It's not expected from Hill Farmstead but in typical fashion they crushed it. A nice take on the style and something worth drinking through the warm months of the year. On point and well done. (1,258 characters)

Photo of DCLAguy11
4.81/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

One of the best HF beers I've had. I had it fresh at the brewery and I'm rating a growler pour that is a week old. Phenomenal. Tons of nice clean honey on the nose and taste. Enjoy. This beer is highly underrated. Glad I brought a growler home. (244 characters)

Photo of cbutova
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served at The Reservoir and full notes taken on May 23, 2015. Mary has flown under my radar in the past and intrigued me more than many other HF brews.

A- Uber pale golden body, seems just like base Pils grain, with a fluffy one finger cap. Fair head retention and a large ring drops big rings and sheets of lace.

S- Simple yet effective nose of spicy, herbal hops with Pils pale grains giving a cereal, bready and light sweetness underneath.

T- Opens up for me here as the nose was just a bit faint. Hops are strong, Id say medium-high for the style with spiciness, herbs, grass and a berry hint. Yeast bread and grainy, cereal pale Pils malts.

MF- Light bodied with a silky and fairly frothy consistency. Crisp and high end carbonation that is buffers by that texture. Just a tad bitter.

Germany outta Greensboro. Feels very authentic for an American made Pilsenser and definitely a good representation of a style that seems to trouble many. (948 characters)

Photo of jhavs
4.64/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pint at Parker Pie in West Glover VT.
A= Clear with thick white head that lasts. Head creamy and gave me a bubble mustache.
S= Some toasty malt and yeast.
T= I am not necessarily a pilsner fan, but this is a great all around beer that meets all expectations for this styles flavor characteristics. Little bit of citrus in there with grassy overtones, malt comes through as a bit toasty.
M= Lite, crisp, smooth with good carbonation level.
O= I cannot complain about anything for this beer from Hill Farmstead. I always go for their IPA's but figured I would try something different with my lunch. Great Pilsner from a great brewery. (636 characters)

Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer comes in a pale golden color.

The beers a fresh smack of German hops. Bright green grass, lemongrass, floral, an almost honey sweet crackery malt, an medium bitterness throughout.

It reminds me of the spot on hop qualities of Prima Pils, without the intense lemon character. A vibrant and fresh taking lager. Easily one of the best in the style. (356 characters)

Photo of Mesa512
4.16/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

L: Nice and clear as is expected with any Pilsner. Pours a head that lingers for a good minute. Head is about 1 finger and is a nice creamy and fluffy white appearance
A: Pilsner malt bomb, little citrus, and little sweet aroma
T: Typical pilsner. Light and refreshing. Perfect for a summer day. Get a little cereal, bread notes
M: Very light. I wish there was a little more body to the beer. But still very drinkable

Overal: Great beer, very refreshing for hot summer day. Grab a growler while you still can. (510 characters)

Photo of youth-and-art
4.25/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A remarkably well rounded take on a pilsner overall.

Poured a straw color, light white head.

Scent is sweet, with plenty of malts contributing to the aroma; also present are light grain notes.

Taste is similar - a touch of citrus is also present that is not as easily detectable by scent.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing; it's very drinkable, having only mild bitterness and plenty of crisp cleanliness to the feel.

Overall an excellent beer and a true standout pilsner.

Personal note - first had this beer at the Farmhouse Tap and Grill in Burlington with mother at their 2015 Hill Farmstead/Grassroots event. (618 characters)

Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.35/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Admittedly not a huge fan of pilsners as I look for more flavor, I loved this beer.
Poured from the 750 growler into a tulip.
Pours a light straw color with two fingers of microscopic bubbles.
Smells nice, good malt aromas, touch of pepper.
Taste is inline with aromas, a touch peppery, a hint of lemon. Also picked up a touch of rye in the malt, even though there is no rye in the mash.
Mouthfeel was refreshing.
This might be the best straight up pilsner Ive ever had. Refreshing, sophisticated, delicious. (508 characters)

Photo of thebigredone
4.13/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

An interesting take on a German Pilsener by Hill Farmstead.

Pours pale gold and a touch cloudy with a nice white head.

The smell is interesting, pale malts and sweetness dominate the nose.

Taste is unique - light citrus fruity hops, barely-there breadiness, with a touch of yeast. Delicious, but not the classic flavor profile for a Pilsener, until I looked up the other review I though maybe the growler was mislabeled.

Mouthfeel is good, light and very drinkable.

As always, Hill Farmstead does a masterful job of making light, delicate flavors work well in harmony together. However, my initial (and overall) impression is this is a very light APA rather than a German Pilsener, and I rated it as such. (710 characters)

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a growler. Pour is a clear pale yellow with a tight white head and foamy lacing left behind. Nose is light grain note, a bit of peppery yeast and notes of lemon and grassy herbal hops. Taste has more grain bill, less peppery but still a hint of it. Hop presence is stronger, grassy and herbal with a moderate amount of sweetness and lemon but well attenuated. Medium to light body, slightly syrupy with a decent bit of carbonation and a very dry finish. (458 characters)

Photo of SABERG
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a fresh growler into a Hill Farmstead glass.
A - Light golden summer straw, finest clarity, slow dance of wandering aimless bubbles.
Beautiful crisp head with delicate wedding night lacing all the way.
S - Fresh malt, kiss of lemon, morning air after a nights rain. Freshness
T - A tight flavor of light malt, gorgeous flower, lemon, and a fine crisp finish. Slightly dry to complete the experience.
M - Dances across the palate, Fred and Ginger stlye. All you have to do is embrace the beauty. Carbonation is pitch perfect, this is a treasure to enjoy.
O - With all the portfolio of beer, setting such a beautiful example of a German Pilsener is a sign of true craftsmenship.
This is simply (and quite complex) a stunning beer by Hill Farmstead.

Cheers all (770 characters)

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Blackback.

Poured into a black logo HF stem glass, a pale, golden-yellow color with a huge puff of white head, which retained nicely and coated the glass with thick lacing. In the nose, grains, sugar, earth, farmland, light citrus. The taste largely reflected the aroma, toasted cereal grains, with a sugary pale malt sweetness, mid-palate bringing in lots of grass, earthiness, and light citrus and stone fruit. Pretty complex for a pils. Light-medium body, crisp and lightly bitter. I'm not a big pilsner fan, but this one was definitely one of the best I've had. (576 characters)

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

on tap at Hill Farmstead poured into a tasting glass.

A~ looks exactly like a white gummy bear haha with a nice tight head and some lacing.

S~ tons of pils malt along with honey and molasses.

T~ nose is right on! amazingly clean with more sweetness here, this could really be brewed with a bit of honey.

M~ great carbonation of course, incredibly clean and just all around refreshing!

O~ i missed out on this last time, i'm glad i finally got to try it. i think this is definitely my favorite pils. thats definitely not saying much cause i generally don't go for the style but i could drink this every day! 100th HF and the like review! (641 characters)

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Mary from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.