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Mary - Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BA SCORE
92
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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 4.1
pDev: 8.54%
Wants: 15
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.60% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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.

(Beer added by: yourefragile on 01-13-2013)
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

spycow, Jan 21, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

djrn2, Mar 04, 2013
Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -2.4%

acurtis, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
4.51/5  rDev +10%
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.

Thorpe429, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of ygtbsm94
4/5  rDev -2.4%

ygtbsm94, May 24, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Knapp85, Jun 23, 2014
Photo of jlindros
4.01/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

jlindros, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of oline73
4.21/5  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.

oline73, Mar 06, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

mendvicdog, Mar 01, 2013
Photo of Rifugium
4/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Rifugium, Jun 06, 2014
Photo of mdfb79
4.26/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

mdfb79, Mar 06, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 09, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

Rochefort10nh, Jun 08, 2014
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

oriolesfan4, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of yourefragile
4.2/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

yourefragile, Jan 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

duceswild, Feb 27, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.21/5  rDev +2.7%
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

Huhzubendah, Aug 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

mdaschaf, Jul 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -8.5%

Kelp, Apr 16, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +9.8%

PEIhop, Jul 08, 2014
Photo of Alieniloquium
3.71/5  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.

Alieniloquium, Feb 12, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

chippo33, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of DefenCorps
4.24/5  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.

DefenCorps, Feb 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev -2.4%

AgentZero, Jan 22, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +3.7%

ZEB89, Jun 27, 2014
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Mary from Hill Farmstead Brewery
92 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.