Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Lager - Helles
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,825
4.22 | pDev: 6.87%
Saturday at 12:02 AM
Apr 11, 2017
Notes: Unfiltered Helles Lager

Marie-Ange (1907 - 1996) is our maternal great-grandmother, fondly remembered as Mémé. Born in Quebec, she emigrated to the Northeast Kingdom with her husband Edward J. Fournier. In her honor, we brew a beautifully soft, unfiltered Helles lager. Lightly hazy, naturally carbonated and truly enjoyable, this is the beer we dream to have shared with Marie.
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4.55 by Peaches13 from Pennsylvania on Saturday at 12:02 AM
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by brentk56 from North Carolina

Appearance: Pours clear and golden with a two finger head; excellent retention with some clumpy lacing

Smell: Fresh baked bread, with some crackery elements and a hint of grass

Taste: Fresh baked bread with hint of cracker; grainy elements with some malty sweetness; a bit grassy through the middle with a touch of lemon; lingering sweetness in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: Been a long time since I had a Helles; this is a nice change of pace

Mar 26, 2022
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4.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by gyorgymarlowe from Colorado

Clear pale yellow, fluffy head mostly dissipating
Pale malt, grains, light sweetness, fresh white bread
Taste follows but more sweet and add floral notes
Light, creamy, bubbly

Other than an acidic note that's not my favorite, this is very good!

Mar 11, 2022
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4.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Tucquan from Pennsylvania

Had this on 2022-02-18 near Pittsburgh, PA from a 16oz canned 2022-02-08

A - Almost-clear straw-yellow with a 1.5-finger white head and moderate lace.

S - Rising bread, white grape skin, touch of lemon and floral.

T - Excellent, rich Pilsner malt flavor. The background supporting fruit flavor and sweetness is a cross between white grape and pear and all of this is supported by a grassy/floral/slightly-bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Soft and smooth and ever-so-drinkable.

O - A top shelf Helles. I could drink this every day of the week.

Feb 18, 2022
4.36 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania on Jan 11, 2022
3.82 by westcoastbeerlvr from California on Dec 03, 2021
3.83 by Sammy from Canada (ON) on Nov 22, 2021
4.05 by kuhndog from New York on Nov 04, 2021
3.77 by Cpmitchno1 from Virginia on Nov 01, 2021
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4.5/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Looks Light golden. Smells of grains and malt. Taste like a bread and cracker vibe. I love the feel of this beer. I can say this is a very good lager of its style.

Oct 26, 2021
4.04 by Rainintheface from Massachusetts on Oct 23, 2021
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5/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
by gcasher from Pennsylvania

I figured since Sean Hill learned his trade in Europe, that a Helles Lager would be in his wheel house. Sure enough, Marie, knocked it out of the park. It is clear, golden, bubbly, smells lie a summer wildflower field, and is easy drinking. The malt backbone is light and sweet and bready.
It was a month old in the can, but tasted very fresh. I wish I lived in VT.

Aug 15, 2021
4.44 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts on Jul 31, 2021
4.25 by EatonHops from Massachusetts on Jul 30, 2021
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4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by hops_for_thought from New York

Poured from a can (06Apr2021 - extended lagering) into a 50cl rastal mug

L: pours a very, very slightly turbid yellow gold (srm 3-4?) with a moderate white head that fades after a couple minutes (I should have poured more aggressively I think). High visible carbonation, spots of foam left with each sip but no real lacing

S: great balance of sweet malt with noble hop spice. I get fresh bread, wheat, dough - slight floral, grassy spice as a contrast. Nice malty sweetness to it, slight honey character - inviting aroma for sure

T: everything the nose promised. Great waves of balanced malt-forward flavor to open - bread dough, under-baked bread, some cracker. Slightly sweet (that honey again) with a very nice earthy/floral spice and bitterness as a contrast. Slight bit of bite in the medium+ finish, flavor lingers very well and definitely welcomes another sip

F: medium-/light+ body, medium/+ carbonation. Crisp yet rounded (if that makes sense), incredibly easy drinking

O: a really wonderful helles, no surprise there. The notes from the malt are fantastic, with a nice bit of noble hop spice as contrast. Very smooth, rounded - excellent

Jul 01, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Thank you PhineasMcClintock for this can. Canned on 04-27-21.

A - Light gold color with just an ever so slight haze, low carbonation, and a brilliant white creamy color that's sticky on the sides of the glass.

S - Light crackery malt with some soft floral and citrus on the nose.

T - Light honey, crisp crackery malt with delicate earthy citrus and a little bit of floral.

M - Medium body with soft carbonation.

O - This really hits the spot and is full of flavor. Recommended.

Jun 28, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

L: Pours a pale straw color with excellent clarity. A gentle pour results in a finger of fine white head with a bit of retention. As the beer recedes in the glass it leaves a light spotty lacing.

S: Grainy malt character, bready malt character, light floral notes, and light notes of fresh cut grass.

T: This follows the nose pretty closely. I get bread crust mixing with grainy sweetness, light floral notes, light notes of fresh cut hay, and light notes of white pepper on the backend and finish.

F: This is light bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is soft and clean with a nice crisp finish.

O: One of the best American attempts at a Helles that I have had the pleasure of trying. Perfect balance between the hops and malt with an excellent mouthfeel. Highly recommended!

May 31, 2021
4.75 by smartassboiler from Illinois on May 19, 2021
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4.7/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by bret27 from California

Can courtesy of M-Fox24.

May 13, 2021
4.08 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on May 11, 2021
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4.49/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75
by papposilenus from New Hampshire

From a 16oz can, dated 04/27/21. Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a crystalline, brilliant honey colour with only sparse visible carbonation and a two finger puff of white foam. Retention is good, leaving a heavy, sudsy cap and a thick curtain of foamy lacing.

Rich and robust nose of bread dough. There’s a savory, tangy aroma detected but it’s nearly buried under a blanket of dough.

Taste is in line with the nose if less heavy than expected. White bread, chamomile tea, clover, a light touch of spice and must, caramel cremes. Vanishingly low bitterness and smooth as glass.

Feel is doughy-smooth, with a fairly hefty, full, chewy body and gentle barely-adequate carbonation. I guess it might have benefited from maybe just a few more bubbles, what with how full bodied it is otherwise.

Yum. It took two cans to finish the review because I kept taking involuntary gulps.

May 07, 2021
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3.36/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Can to snifter. DC lunch.

Very clean and fresh. A little boring, but a very good lager.


Apr 22, 2021
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4.43/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by jrc1093 from Connecticut

Canned on 4/6/21; consumed on 4/21/21

Pours a crystal-clear, pale honey-gold body, sporting a torrent of steadily rising effervescence streaming upward towards a multi-finger, fluffy, eggshell-white head; great retention leaves a thin layer of frothy cap coating the surface along with a soapy, almost creamy collar along the edges and dense, persistent rings of webby lacing a stalwart presence across the walls of the glass.

Aroma opens to some of the most vivid impressions of wildflower honey one is likely to encounter in a brew of this form, soon trailed by fresh bread dough and distant touches of increasingly crusty toast; wet rocks evolve into a deft, rounded minerality informing from the backdrop, while rice cracker and vague hints of lemon zest are dispersed sparingly into the close.

Taste brings pillowy honeysuckle to face crusty white bread upfront, in turn setting up flaked malt eased with a wispy grass past mid-palate; brightly floral accents develop, with soft lemon and orange oils backing up touches of wildflower honey and toast on the finish.

Mouthfeel shows a light body accompanied by a rounded, full carbonation expressing calmly to an almost crackling dryness into the mid-palate; a zesty brightness is met with a quasi-bitterness, ringling the palate atop denser malt textures for a surprisingly surging harmony culminating in an extensively clean finish.

Proceeding from an initial, expansive display of detailed pale malt depth to a tempered culmination of the most sessionable elements of the style, this is a direct and forward, linear expression of lagered amplitude; the sum of its parts entirely, almost ethereally understated as a beer ascending towards the peak of its style.

Apr 22, 2021
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4.42/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by ovaltine from Indiana

A nicely hazed (hello unfiltered) straw color with a creamy white head, this gorgeous beer sports ample grassy aromas up front, with some bread and crackers following.

Resisting the urge to gulp this down is truly a challenge, because the grassy flavors, which are dominant, are complemented so well by the doughy bread flavor and that little speck of cracker. Truly the definition of crushable.

The mouthfeel is strikingly crisp, lending itself to the crushable factor. What a pleasure it is to drink this world-class lager from a world-class brewery.

Oct 10, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by FBarber from Illinois

Pours a crystal clear, straw color. Two to three finger head collapses pretty steadily leaving just a thin film of foam on top of the beer. Aroma has notes of sweet bread, doughy yeast, with a very light grassy hop note.
Taste follows the nose with notes of white bread, dough, doughy yeast, with some light grassy herbals hops on the back end. Feel is light to medium bodied. Crisp with bright carbonation. Semi-dry finish.

I am thoroughly impressed with this one. This is a really well done, traditional helles.

Sep 11, 2020
4.43 by Travitten from Iowa on Sep 05, 2020
4.29 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Sep 03, 2020
4.24 by aasher from Indiana on Sep 02, 2020
4.06 by Chico1985 from Massachusetts on Aug 31, 2020
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4.39/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by Roy_Hobbs from Connecticut

Canned 8/4/20. Pours a clear, light straw color appropriate for the style with an inch of frothy head that lasted maybe a minute before fading away. Aroma is grass, grain & bread. Taste is fresh bread, grain & maybe a little biscuit. Finished crisp and clean with some nice, light hops. While lagers almost never seem to pull huge ratings on BA, this is an absolutely fantastic Helles Lager. Super clean, and the kind of beer you could throw down several of without blinking an eye.

Aug 23, 2020
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4.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

L: Clear golden with a pillowy white head and nice lacing.

S: Spicy noble hops, bready crackery malt. Not a touch of sulfur.

T: Very similar to the aroma, very clean taste with a beautiful interplay between the spicy, herbal hop character and the bready malt backbone.

F: Light body and crisp mouthfeel.

Overall: A simple and delicous beer, the perfect light lager. Hill Farmstead continues to amaze me.

Aug 12, 2020
4.35 by hockeypuck from Maine on Aug 06, 2020
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4.28/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by Holderness from Massachusetts

Probably the best Helles lager I've had to date. Hill Farmstead once again proves that you don't have to chase the hype to be good; you just need an obsessive eye towards quality


Jul 06, 2020
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4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by npolachek from New York

Golden yellow pour. Some spice, but a decent Helles Lager. Goof for its style - but not the most amazing offering from Hill Farmstead. Drinakable and good.

Jun 28, 2020
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4.19/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by BEERMILER12 from Maine

A: Pours a golden yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a nice cap that leaves good lacing

S: Grassy and spicy noble hops up front along with some bready malt and grainy notes

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the grassy and spicy hops and then picks up the bready maltiness and grain. Finishes with lingering grass and bread

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A very good helles that is super easy to drink. Definitely worth checking out

May 03, 2020
4.58 by ragnar3 from Iowa on Feb 26, 2020
4 by Beerbom from California on Feb 25, 2020
4.04 by BubbleBobble from New York on Feb 10, 2020
4.5 by crobinso from Colorado on Nov 02, 2019
4.09 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Oct 13, 2019
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