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Mary - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Reviews: 39
Hads: 305
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 4.96%
Wants: 22
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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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 Thorpe429
4.51/5  rDev +6.6%
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. (822 characters)

Photo of oline73
4.2/5  rDev -0.7%
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. (480 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.03/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (1,342 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 mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (887 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 Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The beer is golden yellow and transparent with two inches of fluffy, white head that forms a whipped merengue dome atop the beer. Aromas of pils malt, lager yeast, floral hops, biscuits. True to style. Effortless to drink and enjoy. I'd love to have a keg of this for the warmer months.

---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone (322 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 yourefragile
4.22/5  rDev -0.2%
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. (341 characters)

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.7/5  rDev -12.5%
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. (607 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 rudzud
4.1/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (842 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.23/5  rDev 0%
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. (1,379 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 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 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 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 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 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 MDDMD
4.32/5  rDev +2.1%
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 (386 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 jaasen64
4.33/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (1,258 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 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 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)

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