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Mary - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 47
Hads: 356
Avg: 4.19
pDev: 22.43%
Wants: 22
Gots: 11 | 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 DCLAguy11
4.81/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.66/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of jhavs
4.64/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.51/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Growler. Have wanted to try this for ages and it did not disappoint. Poured just slightly hazy. Fluffy, white head and a glowing, yellow body. Aroma was reminiscent of a pinnacle Pilsner with more of a hoppy kick than usual. Flavor was also instantaneously awesome. A Pilsner with a more hoppy edge. Still somehow manages balance with the pale malt and dry Lager yeast. Lots of Euro hop deliciousness. Medium bodied; fuller than many I have had. Would be very happy to crush growler upon grower of this. The best Pilsner I had had? Maybe.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
4.43/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of Tucquan
4.42/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on 2015-09-29 in Lanccaster, PA at Hunger and Thirst on tap

A - somewhat hazy yellow with a 1-finger head and great lace.

S - pils malt, grass, lemon, fruity floral.

T - So fresh and German-authentic! Just the right blend of light malt and noble hops. A little spicy and a little bitter. Wow.

M - Light-medium body and medium carbonation. Crisp and very refreshing.

O - Simply a great Pils.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.41/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of Mineo
4.4/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of GuitarIPA
4.39/5  rDev +4.8%
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

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Photo of Gosox8787
4.36/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

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Photo of BoldRulerVT
4.35/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My four thousandth beer rating for this site -I enjoyed this at Hill Farmstead from a goblet on tap.

The color is a beautiful golden with thick pillowy white head and small bead with lots of lace stickage and great retention. The smell has the familiar German yeast with mineral and slight herbal hop with some lemon accents and perhaps a grassy element. The feel is balanced well with nice bitterness and semi-dry malt with moderate carbonation and dry finish.

The taste is great -lots of hop flavor up front with some Noble type flavors which are herbal with subtle citrus and the yeast comes through with slight mineral element and cracker like malt with slight earthy edge and good dry flavor with a hint of spice in the finish. Overall this is a great Pilsner -not only does hill farmstead have a mastery on hoppy ales this shows the versatility in that it is a traditional lager that rivals some of the best I have had.

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Photo of SABERG
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of jaasen64
4.33/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml swing-top growler poured into HF stemmed glass. Filled at the brewery the day before. Copied from notes since my computer wasn't working at time.

A- Opens with a nice "pop" and pours a light clear golden straw color with nice consistent carbonation and about two fingers of foamy, slightly bubbly head that leaves nice layered lacing.

S- Aromas of lemons, grains, fresh grass, hops, pilsener malts. Very aromatic with nice distinct fresh smells. I don't know what it is about this beer, but in my opinion it's one of the most refreshing aromas I've had the pleasure of experiencing in a beer- I could smell it all day.

T- Lemony with a nice crisp refreshing grassy graininess to it. Finishes with pilsener malts and crisp lemons.

M- Medium bodied, crisp, refreshing, nice carbonation, very easy drinking.

O- This would be the perfect beer to enjoy on a nice sunny spring day right after mowing the lawn. It is crisp, refreshing, and very easy drinking with a nice mixture of lemons and grassy graininess to it. I haven't had a ton of pilsener's and I haven't ever been a huge fan of the style (maybe I just haven't experienced enough), but this beer is easily one of the best of the style that I've had and I hope HF makes it a regular offering.

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Photo of MDDMD
4.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A-hazy golden color with a nice frothy white head and good lacing

S-malt, herbal and grassy notes, hints of citrus

T-nice light malt with grass and herbal flavors nicely balanced by light citrus hops and bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-really nice pilsener with great flavor and balance, would make a great high quality session beer

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Photo of dar482
4.31/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +1.7%
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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Photo of Stevedore
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler served in a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Pours a beautiful, clear light yellow body with a nice fluffy one finger white head, very good retention, some lacing. Smells of rich biscuit, crackers, mild earthiness, slight floral notes, very mild perfume, no diacetyl. It's extremely clean, yet reasonably potent. Flavour is similar, but even more clean; crackers, bread, noble hops, earth, floral notes, zero diacetyl. It's very well done, and well above average for German pilsners. Mouthfeel is absolutely perfect- creamy, medium bodied, crisp yet substantial; refreshing. The carbonation is truly perfectly dialed in. Very drinkable, refreshing. I can't say this is the best German pilsner I've had, simply because I haven't drank many of them, but this is up there in terms of how well-executed this is, especially based on mouthfeel.

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Photo of Skrip
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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!

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Photo of youth-and-art
4.25/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev +1%
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.

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Photo of weonfire
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

HF's first lagered beer. Very exciting.

Pours a hazier than expected straw golden color with a large white frothy head. Grassy and hoppy aroma and flavor follows with a pleasantly hoppy interpretation of the style. A little fuller bodied than expected with a crisp, clean dry finish. Nice change of pace from Edward for a HF "session" beer.

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Mary from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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