Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Ranked #2
Ranked #2,778
4.22 | pDev: 6.87%
Feb 19, 2024
Apr 11, 2017
Unfiltered Helles Lager. Brewed with organic malted barley.

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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Ratings by gardner254:
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Rated by gardner254 from Ohio

4.41/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Nov 06, 2023
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Rated: 4 by Gobzilla from California

Feb 19, 2024
Rated: 3.87 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Feb 17, 2024
Rated: 4.07 by StoutSnob40 from California

Feb 06, 2024
Rated: 4 by BigIronH from Michigan

Feb 04, 2024
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Reviewed by russpowell from Arkansas

4.31/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Pours an effervescent & bright gold with one finger of eggshell-colored head. Average-ish head retention & lacing

S: Perfumy hops, breadyness, grassyness once warm

T: Follows the nose, soapy & lemony hops as well up front, plenty of grassyness, plus some dryness too. Dryness, lemon & lime hops, & grassyness once warm. Finishes dry, grassy, with limes

MF: Medium body, soft carbonation, nice balance, skews a touch hoppy for the style

So easy to drink
Dec 17, 2023
Rated: 4.5 by cryptichead from Illinois

Sep 04, 2023
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Rated by kw_pip from Vermont

4.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Draught. Bready Helles. Flavorful, slightly fruity even. Great full flavor.
Jul 02, 2023
Rated: 4 by BeerWasp from Germany

Jun 20, 2023
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Reviewed by vurt from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
On draft at The Beermongers, Portland, OR. Enjoyed in a Becher glass.

This unfiltered lager is a luminous pale straw gold and slightly cloudy, capped with a finger of loose white foam that shrinks to a tenacious ring. Leaves a few strands of lacing behind.

Bready malt and spicy/floral hops with a hint of yeast. Slight grassy character comes through as the beer warms.

Ahhhh. Nice toasty malt up front, light but satisfying. A bit of a yeasty twang rides on top of the malt through the middle and gives the beer an appealing rustic edge. Finishes with firm bitterness and just a touch of sweetness.

Light-bodied and soft, with moderate carbonation. Probably my favorite aspect of this beer.

I'm glad I finally had the chance to try a Hill Farmstead lager. Marie is a fine example of a helles lager, malty and quenching and moreish. The delicate yeasty character is a nice bonus.
Jun 01, 2023
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Reviewed by John_M from Washington

4.26/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
On tap at various locations around town in PDX, but most recently enjoyed at Belmont Station.

The beer pours a bright yellow color with good head retention and lacing. On the nose, there's a very nice and appealing aroma of light honey, light vanilla, sweet malt and fresh bread. Maybe a hint of fresh grass as well. The flavor profile replicates the nose, with a long, clean, lightly crisp finish. Mouthfeel is where this beer really shines I feel, as the sweet malt flavor turns into a fairly dry, lightly bitter finish. Yet there's really no drop off in flavor on the finish. Alcohol is well integrated into the flavor profile, as one would expect in a well made, 5% abv. beer. This is a very crushable, drinkable helles from HF.

Impressive, well made beer. One I would likely order on a regular basis were it available more often out where I live.
May 30, 2023
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

4.51/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
On tap at Belmont Station.
Where Mary immediately announces her intentions, Marie is far more subtle

A clear light yellow with a dense white head with good retention and lacing. The nose is soft, subtle, creamy, doughy with a raw bread character. Really doughy, closer to a kellerpils with its fermentation character well expressed, rather than the Uber clean and snappy kind. A light lemony note, with a touch of something thats almost butter but really complements the nose. The palate opens clean, mildly sweet, doughy and bready with light honey and straw sweetness. The malt character is vibrant. Soft, lightly sweet, considered and pairing beautifully with the soft lemon notes. Again, this calls to mind a kellerhelles. Pretty brilliant. Soft, creamy palate.
May 30, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by Fettpopps from Massachusetts

May 20, 2023
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.17/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter pa late this afternoon.

Slightly hazy pale golden yellow body with a small white head which still leaves attractive lacing. Clean grassy aroma. Clean taste as well, but slightly sweet and drying with a pleasing bite. Quality brew.
May 13, 2023
Rated: 4.28 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Mar 20, 2023
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Reviewed by DaveMaciolek21 from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The strength of Marie is her subtleties. German purity law dictates simplicity. A beer style in its purest, unadulterated state. Marie is brewed by that same code. An almost delicate helles, this beer, with gentle flavors of biscuit, mild grassy hops and a wee bit of sweetness, is delightfully au natural. An understated "wow!" Enjoy.
Mar 06, 2023
Rated: 3.81 by curlybird from Pennsylvania

Mar 04, 2023
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Reviewed by ANIMOUL from Vermont

4/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Poured from tap at Positive Pies in Plainfield, VT into a 10oz tulip glass. Pours translucent yellow with one finger's worth of head that rapidly recedes. Light grass like taste with a touch of sweet honey. Not a bad lager but not what I expected and bit different for a helles. Good.
Feb 25, 2023
Rated: 4.93 by Dicers from California

Jan 11, 2023
Rated: 4.25 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Dec 25, 2022
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