Saison - Hilliard's Beer
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Reviews by DerAtomsmasher:
4.08/5 rDev +9.4%
Really happy & surprised with this one. Been eyeing up the 4-packs in Trader Joe's for a while, but finally convinced myself to pick it up since it's a local brew.
Thick, thick head dissolving into a hazy lemon-yellow. Smells somewhere between pear & pineapple.
Taste completely took me by surprise; tastes almost like what you'd think an ale version of PIlsner Urquell would taste like; starfruit with a hay overtone, falling away to a clean, bitter finish.
Very happy with this; very eager to try the rest of the line-up.
04-30-2013 03:59:20 | More by DerAtomsmasher
More User Reviews:
3.43/5 rDev -8%
Thanks to 5000 for sending this can my way.
The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of wheat and biscuit malt, with some Belgian yeast and white pepper notes thrown in. The flavor is a little more complex. I get some nice orange citrus notes, as well as some wheat, Belgian yeast, white pepper and biscuit malt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
08-05-2012 20:25:41 | More by Mora2000
3.93/5 rDev +5.4%
A: Pours a hazy yellow/orange with a massive foamy white head on top, very thick with nice retention and pretty lacing down the sides.
S: Rather bready up front with a bit of citrus coming through lemon, some grass, and a bit of spicy pepper.
T: A bit fruitier than the aroma with some lemon, melon, and a bit of banana. There is a hint of bubblegum and a slight sweetness. Light spices round out the flavor profile.
M: Medium bodied with active carbonation, rather smooth.
O: A solid saison, not earth shattering, but no problems with it either. Easy drinking, would have it again.
11-30-2012 16:01:57 | More by mdaschaf
3.88/5 rDev +4%
16oz can poured into a pint.... no proper glassware available.
Shiny brassy yellow color, somewhat absent a head. I do know this is at least a 4 month old can though so that is playing some part I am sure,
Has a wonderful clove and grain smell. Nothing outstanding here but very nicely done and down the middle of the road.
Taste is textbook light saison. Has all the sweet grain, clove and a little sweet fruit elements you would like. Very sessionable taste, its not very powerful but everything is there in the right proportion.
Mouthfeel is nice and light, good carbonation but Could maybe use a tick more
Overall its a great go to saison, nothing crazy but if you need that style, its a solid performer. Thumbs up for cans, makes it a better tailgating and camping beer.
03-31-2014 01:59:07 | More by HugePlume
4.1/5 rDev +9.9%
I've probably had 25-30 of these things...at the brewery (sweet room, Ballard), on the Puget Sound paired with the freshest oysters in the world, used as a broth for mussels, and most recently, on the couch watching the eurocup
appearance: classic can design. served in an odell imperial pint (for some reason, didnt use the hilliards can-pint for this one)...hazy peach body, creamy white froth with moderate retention
smell: fresh, grassy, lemon zest, light spice
taste: The concept of having a local (~0.5 miles from my house) canned saison is extremely useful. Not only is it portable, the saison is in my opinion the most functional and versatile beer on the planet. The hilliards version is quite light on the funk compared to belgian counterparts but has a pulpy delicious freshness to it - tangerine, lemon zest, peach, pear, crisp yeast, light spice.
mouthfeel: medium-light, creamy
overall: a very pleasant local saison
06-08-2012 23:55:40 | More by dirtylou
3.15/5 rDev -15.5%
16oz tallboy poured to a pint glass.
A: Pours a cloudy, creamsicle yellow with a very bright white, three finger foamy head that dissipated fairly quickly. Minimal lace on the glass. Hazy and loads of bubbles. Tallboy can designs are as classy as a tallboy can get!
S: Spicy yeasts, coriander, and some wheat hit the nose first, followed by a fresh lemony zest, and a little funkiness- similar to some funky cheese. Notes of apple, sourdough breads, and buttermilk top off the aromas.
T: Taste leads off with tart apples, sour lemons, dry spices, yeast, and mild wheat. Some sour fruits that finish with loads of activity on the tongue. More tartness as it goes down, slight earthiness, hay and a little bit of a warming effect.
MF: Very lively carbonation with a boatload of mouth activity. Semi-dry, crisp character and a little waxy of an aftertaste.
O: Very straightforward and solid. Not overly complex…. drank a bit like a belgian witbier to me.
12-25-2011 01:12:17 | More by suncrust
4.05/5 rDev +8.6%
Pours a hazy, sunny color. Opaque, with a bright white finger or so of head. Poured into a Stone Nonic.
The aroma is very musky, with a dank bready note, yeast, wheat and spicy, earthy tones.
The taste is musky too, with a hint of nuttiness, wheat, funk, yeast and bread, with some citrus notes.
Light-medium bodied, lightly crisp, slightly dry.
A rather dank and musky Saison, and I'm digging it.
07-21-2012 02:44:46 | More by EgadBananas
3.98/5 rDev +6.7%
Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a slightly hazey light golden amber with a two finger white head that dissipates to a fine thick layer with lacing. Aroma of apple juice, saison yeast, a hint of wild yeast, bready malt. Flavor follows, with mild wild yeast, apple juice, light coriander; semi dry finish with residual lightly funky yeast and spice. Medium bodied with pleasant carbonation. A pleasant, low key saison that hits all the right notes for the style. Nothing mind blowing, but a very nicely made domestic saison.
05-06-2013 02:33:25 | More by LiquidAmber
3.18/5 rDev -14.7%
pounder can from brewery
a: into my reubens snifter, this hilliard’s pour produces a thin white head atop a golden, very slightly hazed ale, yeasty haze really comes out with second pour including bottom sediment
s: wheat and clean barley malts combine with some simple, moderate yeast aromas to give a doughy impression, coriander, hops very slight with only a hint of grass, delicate spice and some mustiness (others have said cheesefunk or mushroom, I get, strangely enough gunpowder sulfur as well, and definite fungus mold - NOT referring to any infection)
m: carbonation around moderate, prickly, light bodied
t: somewhat sweet wheat malt and clean barley, lots of bready yeast, coriander, stale lemon, some grassiness, a slight coating lingers, very mild bitter
o: a simple saison with some quirks that aren’t exactly endearing to me, my least fave of the line thus far but not a bad beer all told
09-03-2013 02:59:55 | More by blackie
3/5 rDev -19.6%
Can, to various glasses over time.
A: Decent enough straw color, not cloudy. Pretty thin white head when poured.
S: Strong banana ester and grassy. Not the greatest intro.
T: A sourness that doesn't really successfully mimic how Belgian beers are sour. Not a lot of malt to finish the taste. Not the kind of complexity and spice I'd expect from a Saison.
M: Carbonation OK, but the false sour figures into the mouthfeel too.
D: I am willing to cut some slack for a Saison in a can because the idea is cool. But after repeated tries have to say this is at best average beer, not a repeater. For canned beers there are lots of fine examples of other styles, and for Saison there are so many better ones to be had in bottles.
02-01-2013 01:35:49 | More by bizweasel
Saison from Hilliard's Beer
84 out of 100 based on 87 ratings.