Farmer Wave
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Farmhouse Ale - Saison
Ranked #59
Ranked #1,257
4.31 | pDev: 5.8%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
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Notes: Saison brewed with oats, lime zest, lime juice and salt. Brewed and bottled at Hill Farmstead for Good Life Provisions LLC.

Hugs feel great. But when you find yourself behind the wheel of a 4,000lb truck rumbling over the gravel, hugging each person you pass just isn't in the cards. So you raise your finger off the wheel just enough to acknowledge your neighbor. The Farm Wave is a completely legitmate and wholly appreciated acknowledgement. It really is the least you can do to recognize that fleeting moment you share with another person. It is simple, but meaningful.

Farmer Wave exists as its own sort of acknowledgement. The brewing brought together friends separated by the evolution of life. The process was a reason to reunite and the product is a gesture from one friend to another. There are simple ways we can share our worlds with each other.
Farmer Wave is one of those ways.
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.93/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

25.4 oz bottle, complete with oxygen absorber, poured into Ellipsis trophy glass.

Has a golden hue with a chalk white head of 1 finger, receding gradually to 1/2 finger leaving some spotty and webby lacing here and there.

Aroma brings barnyard funk, a tartness in the form of limes, lemons, and some noticeable Brett. Slight hay as well.

Flavor brings lime zest, a lot of it - followed by some citric tartness, brett funk, barnyard, pine sol, vinegar, salted margarita, lemon yogurt/lemon ice, metal/tin, herbal and earthy hops, and some wood splinters. Lemon vinegar and funky mushroom/herbal hop wins out overall and on the finish.

Feel is acidic and slightly juicy, with lots of activity via the tartness and carbonation. Dries out on the finish.

Overall, this was okay, but nothing I'd go back for. This was a Saison that came across more like a salted lime sour. Hill Farmstead usually rocks the house but this was ordinary.

Price paid : $16.99 / bottle
Would buy again : no

Sep 26, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

beautiful glowing hazed golden yellow color with bright white head atop, some nice lacing. there is an abundance of lime flavor on display here, lime pith, key lime pie yoghurt, perfectly quenching and tart, mineral water some nice bready sweetness in there to balance it out. very fluffy texture overall but a zippy flavor and pleasant carbonation. this is a perfect beer!!

Apr 25, 2020
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Light fizzy head, hazy pale colour

Nose light sour, little lime, mild tart funk,

Taste more lime, light tart funk sour, little acidic flemmy, light salt background, hint gristy malt wheat little bitter floral hop

Mouth is med to lighter bod, light carb

Jun 15, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.23/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A - slightly hazy golden hue with a thin head.

S - softer aromas of lime juice, loads of tart yeast.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with decent amount of yeast. Not as bright as Brother Soigne.

M - Mouthfeel is lightly carbonated, body is a bit thin.

Jun 15, 2019
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yasky from Canada (ON)

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden pour, smaller head, moderate carbonation. Aroma is lime, citrus peels, light yeast, sour candy. Lime zest up front in the taste, fairly tart, light oak, citrus zests, light yeast. Lighter body. Perfect match for spicy pho noodles or unseasonally hot days. WIshing they'd do this one yerly ala Vera Mae

Jul 11, 2018
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HoppyBastard from Nebraska

3.17/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a 1 pint 9.4 ounce bottle into a Shaker pint glass, "bottled on" date "2017 03 29".

APPEARANCE: pours a beautiful, hazy straw color with two-fingers white head, excellent retention, the head slowly dissipated until a thin, unbroken layer of small bubbles remained, there is a significant amount of lacing on the glass, highly carbonated.

SMELL: farmhouse funk, bread and lime.

TASTE: the taste follows the nose, initially sweet lime and then farmhouse funk and bread.

PALATE: medium body and highly carbonated.

OVERALL: I love the Saison style but the farmhouse funk and lime was too dominant so this beer just did not work for me, I would not seek this one out again as there are other options I prefer.

May 28, 2018
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Gus_13 from Mississippi

4.49/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lightly tart like a margarita. Slight salinity and a wonderful lime zest note even at a year and a half old. I can't imagine what it was like fresh. So dry and so refreshing. Carbonation is perfect as well.

It still retains Saison-like qualities but also has the highlights of the lime and a light minerality from the salts (and that typical mineral character of HF beers.) I could crush this over and over again.

May 22, 2018
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kevanb from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750ml bottle, dated 3.29.17, poured into a Hill Farmstead oversized wine glass. Enjoyed on 12.7.17, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a hazy golden color, straw hues with a fizzy white head that has good retention and yields lots of soapy lace. The aroma is quite nice, tart wheat, lime zest, mineral water, light funkiness with plenty of floral character and a lingering doughy grain. The flavors are great, bright citrus juice with a nice tangy lime character that really pops with some light spice and salt, mineral water, modest funk and lingering pale grain and wildflower. The mouthfeel is good, coating medium body that is super smooth and creamy with a lightly tart and dry finish.

Verdict: A very good farmhouse ale from Hill Farmstead. Nice lime character and a beautiful floral bouquet keep this beer super bright and refreshing while being nicely balanced and not overly tart or sour. Super drinkable beer.

Mar 01, 2018
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Phyl21ca from Canada (QC)

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle: Poured a cloudy yellow color ale with a large foamy head. Aroma of Brett notes with some lime and light salty notes is original and enticing. Taste of Brett notes with some lime and salty undertone sis well balanced and refreshing. Body is about average with good carbonation. Super refreshing with perfect balance of salty notes.

Oct 09, 2017
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cbutova from Massachusetts

4.29/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden medium body pours from the 750ml into my snifter. Frothy one finger white cap. Decent head retention and a wide belt at the edges leaves small webs of lacing.

S- Fresh and bright limes like, intense off the top. Lime juice, zest and tartness all come to mind with full representation of that citrus. The Hill Farmstead bugs and base sours bring on some lactic acid and whole grains also come to mind beneath that.

T- Again massive limes atop the HF bug base and crusty wheat bread. The lactic acid bacteria is certainly noticeable and it helps marry the limes with the base beer.

MF- Light to medium body with high end fluffy carbonation. The texture is smooth with creamy and foamy feelings on the palate as those whole grains play their role. Tartness abound and in the finish for many moments after sipping.

The limes are showcased as well, if not better, than almost any beer I can think of brewed with that green citrus. Add to this the excellent Hill Farmstead quality in the base ferment and the grain bill and you have a winner.

Oct 04, 2017
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frasergrove from California

3.71/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale orange with a frothy white head that fades away...Aroma is light and bright...some interesting funk...maybe off flavor? Semi metallic flavor up front and to finish, nice in between though. Can't really get behind this beer.

Sep 09, 2017
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cmurphy7 from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

for a sour ale, which I traditionally don't like, I could tell this was good. it was evident that lime was part of the brewing. the finish was good in that the sourness ends quickly:)

Aug 26, 2017
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grover37 from District of Columbia

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After almost 2.5 years this became much more acidic and the funk died down. I like it better but those are my general preference as well. Just a hint of like and that's the perfect amount.

4.22 in Aug 2017 reasonably fresh (bottled March 2017)

Aug 16, 2017
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Crisp, tart, refreshing. Great summer beer from the masters of farmhouse ale. Straw gold hue with minimal clarity, lively bubbles and soapy two-finger head that lingers. Aroma kick starts the taste buds with notes of green apple, must, grape skins and light lime. Lively bubbles speak to the effervescent quality of the brew. The lime combines with the salinity and tartness of the beer to add a welcomed note of refreshment that, in a way, makes this beer more approachable.

Along this line, to me, it's made to be enjoyed from a hearty pour as opposed to fussed over in a taster. Sure - it could certainly stand up to a thorough beer geek-assessment but that's not the point. The drinkability steps to the front of the line ahead of the usual desire to marvel in the beer's terroir-driven complexity.

Not sure what the ABV is but I'm thinking it's in the 6-7% range. Enough to lighten the mood and set up the cooler evening ahead. Wonderful beer.

Jul 31, 2017
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WaffleNugget from Vermont

4.95/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Another fantastic Saison from HF. This has some of the lime components that can be found in brother soigne, but without some of the sweet orange. Instead, farmer wave has a tangy bite to it at first and then towards the end is a little more bitter, like citrus rind.

Jul 29, 2017
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BEER88 from Washington

4.17/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle dated 03/29/2017 poured in 4 glasses. Looks like a hazy ipa with minimal white head (it might be chill haze)! Smells like sprite with some cracker malt and very subtle pepper! Tastes a classic saison with an abundance of lime and definitely light salt with bitterness im the back end! The feel is medium, refreshing, slightly dry in the back! Overall its a pretty solid beer for the summer months.

Jul 22, 2017
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Frudel from Canada (QC)

4.02/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle splitted 3 ways. Yellow/orange liquid coming from the bottle, bright at first slightly hazed with the yeast cake, foamy white head. Nose is a lot of lemon, zesty citrus, slight funk, acid citric. Taste is lemony tartness, some cereal as well, dusty finish, saison yeast, very good!

Jul 19, 2017
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PHBoiler from Illinois

4.7/5  rDev +9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

All of the notes from the bones of a HF saison. Dry, good amount of funk, and perfect carb. The lime comes forward more as the beer warms. Very bright. Excellent beer especially with food.

Jul 13, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle dated 3/29:
Pours with a slightly obfuscating haze to its yellow-orange body. A nice saison head builds and falls, leaving a medium white ring. Almost no lacing as the sheets of bubbles on each sip rush to return to the fold.

Nose has a pseudo-Wild Ale sourness that is obviously caused by the inclusion of lime. A little pepper and grass saison base is veiled by the tartness, but not hidden too well.

The taste behaves similar to the nose, with the crisp, clean saison base yielding to the lime addition. Lightly grassy bitter, the dry opening has lime squeezings in it. The tartness grows a tad, then the pepper/grass fights back. The lime clears almost fully allowing a better view of the base beer.

A nice, clean, buoyed by carbonation lighter feel. The lime actually seems to add a little weight. Carbonated but still soft, mostly clean ending with a lingering lime note.

I'd love to have the lime dialed back a little. The underlying saison seems in the realm of those I quite enjoy. The lime steals the show from this seemingly enjoyable base, to the overall minor but decided detriment of my enjoyment.

Jul 10, 2017
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.25/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

had a lot of fun with this one, available only in select midwestern markets apparently, i picked it up in lincoln a few months back, and felt like it was time finally. the lime aspect of this is really forward, zesty and bright and fresh, but also bitter and pithy and lingering. the salt is far less relevant here, adding a neat minerality to the beer and helping make it feel drier in the finish, but its nowhere near even the level of a moderate gose. the grain base is great, and the yeast is wild and funky and dry before its tart, its sort of classic hill farmstead well constructed saison, starchy and round feeling from the oats, dry and cerealy from the wheat, and a uniquely wild element from the yeast, mature and patient like all of their beers. the whole thing is a little less delicate than i thought it would be, and carbonation dissipates a little too fast (that or i drank it a little too slowly), but i really enjoyed the beer, found it summery and refreshing, and while it might not be their most unbelieveable saison type, its especially well done in terms of overall quality, and it just makes me wish i had access to their beers more regularly. definitely a cool beer, lots of lime, drinkable for miles and miles and miles...

Jul 03, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4.24/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

The appearance was a burnt yellow/orange color with a hazy sort of yellow/orange color about it. Finger’s worth of white foamy head that slid off at a good pace. Slight sliding lace. The aroma had some sweet to zesty lemon, subtle funk, sweet wood, some grassy bitter ends and a good blend of sour to tart citric acidity. The flavor blended extremely well between the zest, the funk, the sweet, the tart and the sour. Acidity seemed controlled well while guiding the aftertaste fully from tart to sweet and sour on into the finish. The palate was between light and medium bodied with a good sipping sort of quality about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt appropriate. Acidity seemed quite controlled without any dulling sort of the sense of my tongue. Overall, damn good saison, perfect for this time of year!

Jun 08, 2017
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Newbeergeek1 from Maine

4.38/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pucker pucker. I really enjoy tarte tastes and this is wonderful. I can taste the lime but it doesn't overpower it at all. Well done and I am really glad I have three more bottles.

Jun 02, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.18/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a finger of fluffy white head. The head settles into a halo, leaving some splotches of lace along the way.

The aroma is tart and lemony with a good amount of funk. There's also some sweeter orange notes on the back end.

The taste brings tons of notes of lemon/lime, orange peel, and bready yeast. Tart and funky, with a subtle touch of salt throughout.

The feel is medium-bodied with moderate carbonation. Very fluffy and creamy, with a crisp, refreshing finish.

Overall, another great Farmstead ale from Greensboro Bend. The lime and salt additions are definitely on display here, but the typical HF yeast is still very much present and the oats give the beer a nice fluffy and creamy body.

May 19, 2017
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ZaxGhost from Nebraska

4.39/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

L: Cloudy yellow body, good head retention.
S: Traditional hay and funk on the nose, citrus notes coming through as well.
T: Lots of Lime and salt mixed in w/ that traditional HF farmhouse funk. Really nice.
F: Has good body, I'm assuming the oats assisted in this.
O: This beer is worth seeking out for HF aficionados. As other reviewers have noted the salt and lime hint at margarita, but the funk pulls it back. Will be interested to see how this evolves after a year or two.

Nov 23, 2016
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.13/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On draft at Zwanze Day. Served in a stemmed glass. Light mildly cloudy yellow body, one finger white head, good retention and lacing. Smells of lime, spice, wheat, light acidity, minerality, touch of citrus. Reminds me a lot of Brother Soigne, maybe a bit less citrusy. Flavour is similar; hefty on the lime, minerals, grainy wheat and malt, mild lactic acidity. It seems more of a margarita-type gose than anything else, but in a good way. Still, part of it is probably branding per Hill Farmstead. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, crisp and dry, refreshing and very easy to drink.

Oct 02, 2016
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