Mary - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Ratings: 262
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 4.09
pDev: 8.31%
Wants: 20
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
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 weonfire
4.22/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 5 day old HF growler and still perfect. amazing.

A - Straw yellow, full finger thick fluffy head, patchy lacing, carbonation rising continuously

S - barley, grain, biscuit, earthy, grass

T - Grain, barley, wheat, lemon, grass, earthy

M - Wow. full, thick, frothy as can be, viscosity is med/high.

O - Best 'German Pilsner' i've ever head. very refreshing. mouth is outstanding. malt and yeast flavor is fantastic. at 4.7 ABV I could easily drink this all day. love it.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

750 mL growler poured into a snifter.

Appearance - Slight haze to it. Mostly clear yellow. Not much head on a vigorous pour. Thin collar after a bit.

Smell - Smells like a pilsner. Slightly hoppy. Earthy hop. Grainy pale malt.

Taste - Quite a bit hoppier. Earthy and a little grassy. Grainy malts. Follows the nose with much more intense hop flavor. Bitter throughout the back end.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation. Grainy finish. Intensely bitter, at least it seems to me. Pleasantly dry.

Overall - It's good for a pilsner. Something I could drink a lot of, but not earth shattering like other HF beers.

Photo of Tbone2131
3.6/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I know it's hill farmstead but when all is said and done its a pilsner. A good one, but still just a Pilsner.

Photo of angrybabboon
4.19/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Still a pilsner, wheat, some citrus flavor, decent balance. Even Shaun Hill can not make a pilsner I thoroughly enjoy.

Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a growler into a tasting snifter.

The beer pours a golden color with a mild layer of off white head. The smell is very light and herbal with a nice, light malt note. The herbal quality carries over to the taste, which is very light. There is a strong bitter note that almost overshadows the pils malt taste. This is a very light and clean beer. The body is light and the finish is super dry. I really enjoyed this beer and can't say I've had another Pilsener like it.

Photo of drtth
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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.

Photo of jhavs
4.64/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.51/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Shrink-wrapped 750mL swing-top growler generously shared by yourefragile. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stemmed tulip.

Pours a nice light straw-yellow color with a fluffy white head and good retention. Really nice lacing on the sides of the glass as it goes down.

The nose carries a good dose of grain and barley with some light floral and perfume notes. Really well-integrated. Light but fairly complex. Really impressive and on par with the best American pilsners I've had, which mainly consist of those coming very fresh from Victory on tap.

Flavor starts with a nice grain character. Very smooth and soft. Comes in underneath floral-driven hops. Light earthiness and just a touch of spice. Light body and incredibly crisp. Ridiculously easy to drink. I could have easily taken down the growler and more by myself.

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fresh out of the keg and into my growler only a few hours ago.

Pours a nice fluffy bubbly 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, nice lacing, a hazy but semi clear straw lemonade yellow color.

Nose has that nice cereal grain, straw malt, little hay, cracked wheat, quite toasty pilsner malt aroma, with light hints of a lemony aroma, grassy lemony slightly earthy hops in there as well.

Taste again brings those cereal grains, toasty pilsner malts, cracked wheat and straw as well, quite toasty and grainy, light fresh dough. Then hops cut in quickly, slight spicy and earthy, bit bitterness esp for a soft pilsner, lemony slightly citrus hops, and a little grassy and floral. Lager yeast brings a soft slight crispness, and juiciness in the middle. Finish is quite bitter as it gets fairly dry and crisp, long lingering hops that get quite spicy, perhaps a hint astringent as they destroy what was a soft crisp pilsner finish, lemony flavors linger, little grainy malt too.

Mouth is med lighter bodied, nice carb.

Overall not bad, I like the pilsner profile itself, nice straw grainy malts, little soft crisp lager profile. However, the hops seem to get a little overboard, more like American hops, maybe even Chinook like spicy level, or it seems that way as they seem to run away with the beer and leave the soft pilsner in the dust.

Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of meb3476
2.76/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

just not a fan of the style...

Photo of cfrances33
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Growler poured into a Hill Farmstead stem.

Pour: Nearly clear pale yellow, with two and half fingers of white puffy head. Lots of sticky lacing, and the head hangs around for a lot of the glass.

Smell: A lemony bite of up front, and then lots of breadyness. Maybe a hint of pine, and a slight yeast.

Taste: Big lemon and sweet bread up front. The sweetness is rather crispy. Finishes with some light pine, lemon, and a breadyness.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp and refreshing. Breadyness lingers briefly, and quickly cuts out clean and dry.

Overall. A very delicate pilsner. Definitely the best I've had yet. Well done. I would love to enjoy this on a hot summer day.

Photo of thebigredone
4.13/5  rDev +1%
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.

Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Shaun's first lager, eh? Sign me up! Thank you, Eric. Served in my Trumer Pils glass

Pouring a mildly hazy golden yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and gorgeous lacing, this is a rather spectacular beer to look at. The nose isn't all that shabby either. Mint, a little bit of stone fruit (rather unripe white peaches?), a little grape and a rather glorious lemon/kaffir lime leaf note are most noticeable. There is a touch of rustic/grainy pils malt present. Ultimately, though, the fruity hop flavor lends a mild sweetness that does seem a little out of place in a pils... just a little.

The palate opens with a mild grainy/honey sweetness coupled with a nice hop bitterness. The bitterness is more like you'd find in a Czech pilsner than a German one - soft in character but with a noticeable lemony bite. This similarity is also noticed in the water profile, which is rather soft, compared to the more mineral-y German pilsners. The mid-palate is crisper, though, and with a little bit of sweetness to go with the fruit and mint flavors that come through. The finish is flat out excellent. Drying, softly bitter and with a palate coating lemon hop flavor, this beer is very clean. Carbonation is moderate, working well with the delicate flavors here. Excellent stuff.

Shaun, please make a kellerbier version of this. On cask. It would be spectacular.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.36/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: 2L fliptop growler filled at the brewery on Saturday. Kept chilled since filling. Poured into a pint glass and enjoyed with a side of steak tips.

Appearance: Very pale yellow in color and clear. Still pours a pretty aggressive head on each pour despite being filled 4 days ago. Creamy, three finger white head on my first pour. Really great lacing sticks to the glass throughout.

Aroma: Nice sweet lemon zest and a touch of grass character stands out. Some light pepper character and a touch of bitterness. Really light and balanced.

Taste: First impression is that there is a really nice lemon character. Also, some mango and passionfruit notes that are barely detectable. Refreshing and incredibly drinkable. Some hop character that gives off the lemon and a bit of an herbal quality. Some light bitterness on the end.

Mouthfeel: Really light body and incredibly easy to drink. When chilled, I almost have to slow myself down.

Overall, a really good, drinkable pilsner that delivers on some simple, tasty hop flavors with a light malt backing. The sweet, fruity character of the hops works well against the bitter, herbal ending. Well balanced and tasty. Definitely a winner from Hill Farmstead and a solid pilsner but falls short of greatness.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.55/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

decent pils not like other hill farmstead. I prefer more sweet in my pils. smells good

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.43/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of cpetrone84
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
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.

Photo of Skrip
4.25/5  rDev +3.9%
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!

Photo of rudzud
4.1/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyed from a growler after a beerventure with JLindros.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a nice barely hazy very light straw/lemon hue with a good two finger head that fades to leave nice spotty lacing and good clouding.

S - Mmmm...pilsner. Faint hay and cereal aromas with some nice toasty notes as well. Some faint grassy/earthy hop notes as well towards the finish.

T - Torn with this one. The cereal grains are there, along with toasty malts, some faint straw. There is some floral, grassy hops in the middle. The finish though is a bit on the spicy side and, as JLindros said, really kills that soft pilsner finish.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated with good crisp finish. Super drinkable.

O - Overall this was a good beer. That being said, I think the hops were too aggressive with this beer. A shame, hopefully he perfects this.

Photo of SABERG
4.33/5  rDev +5.9%
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

Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

From 03/05/13 notes. Big thanks to Wherethewildbeergoes for sharing this one; thanks Joey! 32 oz. growler filled up

a - Pours a pale clear straw yellow color with one inch of white head and low carbonation evident. Looks as expected.

s - Smells of lemon, citrus, yeast, earthy notes, floral notes, grains. Nice and earthy, and the lemon is nice.

t - Tastes of lemon, earthy notes, yeast, floral hops, spice, citrus, bready malts. Little more lemon here; again, crisp and very nice.

m - Light body and low to moderate carbonation. Super easy to drink and crisp; great mouthfeel.

o - Overall a very nice pilsener. Not my favorite style but this is a very good one. It's got some of that HF-ness to it with some nice light citrus, lemon, and floral notes to it, and it is super easy to drink. Felt like I could have drank the whole growler. Worth getting, would have it again for sure.

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Mary from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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