Marie | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: German Helles

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by ThatsThatDude on 04-11-2017

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Reviews by Skrip:
Photo of Skrip
4.44/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

750ml growler poured into a Other Half pint glass.

A~ golden with a slight haze, huge head, a ton of bubbles and a lot of lacing. oh this is gonna be good!

S~ pils malt, sweet honey, bready yeast and some fruit on the back end. cantaloupe and a little lemon.

T~ extremely clean! more malt backbone here that stays with you. same fruit on the back end, finishing with some white and black pepper.

M~ super smooth and crazy refreshing. perfect carb for the style as well.

O~ its not easy to find an amazing Helles in the states but this one is spot on! if this is available next time i'm up in VT i might have to fill up a case!

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More User Reviews:
Photo of StonedTrippin
4.03/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

a definite change of pace from the ipas and the wild ales these guys are known for, but a really well done and massively drinkable lager here, lender further credence to the idea that these guys really are one of the most competent and versatile breweries out there. a keller type lager here, unfiltered and clean still, pale like straw, uniformly hazy but its minimal, i can still see through this well enough, and it holds a nice white head from the tap with spider web lacing as it fades back. aroma and flavor are pretty classically german, minerals and dry rustic lager yeast on top of a very simple, earthy, biscuity pale malt base, not a whole lot to this one, but there is beauty in simplicity, and this is a fine example of that. dry in the feel, but with some body, upbeat carbonation too. notes of dried grass and hay, summer in the country, delicious grain driven pale beer, patiently lagered, and of the high quality we have all come to know and love these guys for. certainly not their most dynamic brew, but a nice addition to the lineup!

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Photo of DanGeo
3.93/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of SkiBum22
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of doremite
4.28/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of acurtis
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

My wife, who really doesn't like beer, liked this a few days ago at HFarmstead. I found it to be smooth and not overly hoppy or sweet(ish) either. Just a very easy going style beer and very drinkable.

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Photo of SomethingClever
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz can poured into shaker pint.

A: very little head just a whispy white film. Body is a crystal clear light yellow watery color.

S:light doughy greasy crackery Malts with just a light hint of floral hops.

T: soft hoppy flowery flavors give way to a nice doughy light malt base before finishing with a soft dough characteristic.

M: Light clean good carbonation.

O: This is a well done Helles Lager. You really don't expect anything less from this brewery and it doesn't. The beer is very light and clean with just the right subtle malts finishes by just a light hoppiness.

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Photo of whatname
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AndrewCataldo23
4.34/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of grahuba
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.88/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.98/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

750 mL growler. Pale yellow. Smells of a little bit of earthy and spicy hops. Strong bready and doughy malt presence. Tastes bready, spicy, and a touch sweet as the hop flavor dies down. Spicy and earthy hop finish. Light body. Not sure why, but I expected a little more heft and hop from this. Soft carbonation. It’s subtle and subdued, which I should have expected from HF. At first, I thought, yeah ok it's just a lager, but a return to it after drinking some HF IPAs made me really appreciate it. Maybe as a US craft beer drinker I don't get to try many good pilsners and helles lagers, but I still thought this was more enjoyable without being more flavorful.

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Photo of brutalfarce
3.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

pours great semi hazy golden color. smells like a beer but tastes so much better. smooth and crisp great for a summer day

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Prohibition Pig, June 30, 2017.
This was poured into a becher pint glass, close enough, I realize brewpubs don't keep lager glasses on them, so I figure this is closest respected glassware for the style.
The appearance was a nice clean sturdy hazy burnt orange color with no transparency about it, which I didn't mind for me, but have often seen the German ones with a bit more transparency, no harm no foul, I just figure it's Shaun Hill's creative take on a sturdier looking color.
The aroma takes the clean malt bill of smooth semi-sweet biscuits to play with a sly earthy to grassy hop component.
The flavor leaned into the biscuits initially and then developed a finer blend of those qualities of the earthiness and grassiness. Mild biscuit sweet smooth aftertaste that was super nice and clean.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied, seemed to sit just a touch under but I'm getting fabulous vibes on it's smoothness running along my tongue. Carbonation felt light and appropriate along with the ABV feeling just as good.
Overall, a very well done Munich Helles Lager well worthy of many more pours and am now wishing I had some Bratwursts to go along with this beer!

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Photo of LPresant
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Uconnelmo
4.04/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Samact
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Run4theRoses
4.36/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rjp217
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jaydoc
4.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of edthehead
4.24/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Growler procured from the source.

This one pours a clear golden straw yellow, with slight orange tints, with a small head, and a little bit of lacing.

Smells like grass, pear, honey slathered bread, and floral notes.

Shaun Hill, as expected, did a bang-up job with this one. It's super clean, and super crisp, with a lovely light hop note of flowers, pear, citrus zest, and grassiness. There's a light malt character of slightly sweet breadiness.

This is light bodied, with a clean crisp mouthfeel that just begs to be drunk quickly. There's a good level of soft carbonation.

This is exemplary, and certainly one of the best lagers I've ever had.

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Photo of PEBKAC
3.68/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Half pour at Upright Brew House.

Chill hazed, straw-colored, leggy brew.

Smell is dry malt with a tiny bit of astringency/Asprin.

Taste is toasty, light, and determined to be dry. Grain, veg, sediment. Mild sweetness. Dusty & salivating. Perfect carbonation.

Pretty quafable.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Consumed 6/3/18

A: Light to medium gold - nicely clear - pours with a medium-large head, fades to a wispy cap, retains a small-medium collar and leaves some streaks and webs of lacing

S: Soft, light bread and some light noble hops - light bread, freshly baked bread, bread dough, and a touch of crackers - pilsner and Munich malts - light notes of hops, some spice and some grass - some light, biscuit-like sweetness, very clean overall

T: Light bread, like a slice of fresh bread, with some notes of bread dough, crackers and biscuits - touches of grain, cereal - pils and Munich malts - light hops, with some spice and grass - light malty sweetness - very clean lager yeast - just a touch of lemon, light fruit, hint of honey - mostly clean but some lingering sweetness

M: Light body,medium carbonation, crisp with some smoothness, clean

O: Straight out of Munich, mostly

I've been eager to try Marie for quite some time. Through some great fortune, I was able to buy cans when I recently went to Hill Farmstead. It's pretty much what I had hoped; it's great. Ultimately, compared to some of my other favorites in this style, it's a touch too sweet, and Hill Farmstead's house lager yeast is almost too clean (yeah, that sounds stupid), but I look forward to drinking as much of this as possible.

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Marie from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.16 out of 5 with 121 ratings