Poetica 1
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
German Pilsner
4.45 | pDev: 6.07%
Jan 21, 2021
May 15, 2018
Notes: After a trip to Pilsen (Czech Republic) last November with Bob, I returned with a creative drive to elevate Mary, our German-style Pilsner, to a higher state of elegance and refinement. In what will likely become an exhausting pursuit of reformation and refinement, we began lagering a portion of Mary in a single French oak puncheon in our cooler. After nearly two months, the beer was moved to tank and krausened (as is all of our lager) with fresh fermenting beer in order to provide natural carbonation. After nearly 3 months of further conditioning and slow carbonation, I am confident that we can present you with what should become a singular experience—Mary has been softened, refined, and elevated.

We will continue this pursuit through further lager experimentation. This is an immersion into origins, into simplicity, and a gift granted by obsessive singular possession.

This lyrical revision of Mary—and this ongoing pursuit—will now be known as "Poetica" and will only be available on draft.
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Rated: 4.75 by tblack4d from Georgia

Jan 21, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by ragnar3 from Iowa

Feb 26, 2020
Rated: 4.26 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Jan 13, 2020
Rated: 4.25 by JLK7299 from North Carolina

Dec 27, 2019
Rated: 4 by grahuba from Connecticut

Dec 15, 2019
Rated: 4.43 by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

Nov 27, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by von_kaiser from Connecticut

Jun 03, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by jbarletto from Massachusetts

May 30, 2019
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Reviewed by Sheppard from Massachusetts

3.95/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
I was glad to finally have this. It poured a pale golden with a thick frothy head. It’s fine. Some grape skins. Notable hop presence, spicy peppercorn character. I am glad lagers are getting attention because of beers like this. Hill does a great job presenting the moment, the story, the craftsmanship of his beers, but this doesn’t do it for me. At the end of the day, this is just good, not great for me.
May 28, 2019
Rated: 4.49 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

May 25, 2019
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

4.76/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
On draft at Hill Farmstead (and Armsby Abbey). Served in a Bamberg mug.

Lighter golden yellow body, one and half finger frothy, thick yet effervescent white head. One of the more beautiful heads I've seen on a beer, period. Good retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell is massive pilsner malt, cracker, noble up and big grain overload. Wow. This is Pilsner Urquell on steroids. It really pops on the nose and the hops are more or less done so incredibly well. Crisp bread and biscuit, perfect floral and herbal notes.

Flavour follows- fantastic blend of biscuit, grains and hops. It's so perfectly balanced, deliciously grainy with a nice noble hop bite to it.

Mouthfeel is incredible. I think this is what elevates the beer above every other lager I've had. Medium full bodied, smooth with a huge creaminess. Tons of flavour and complexity on the backend, incredible. Just perfect as far as mouthfeel goes.

Love this series. I wish I could drink beers out of this series more regularly. Damn. Almost the perfect pilsner.
May 24, 2019
Rated: 4.28 by justme from Massachusetts

May 23, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by PhineasMcClintock from Massachusetts

May 03, 2019
Rated: 3.75 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts

Apr 16, 2019
Rated: 4.44 by IBUBrew from Vermont

Apr 14, 2019
Rated: 4.59 by Lucoli from New York

Apr 13, 2019
Rated: 4.41 by SkiBum22 from New York

Mar 22, 2019
Rated: 3.96 by zotzot from Vermont

Mar 14, 2019
Rated: 4.52 by pisano from Massachusetts

Mar 11, 2019
Rated: 4.58 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Mar 08, 2019
Rated: 4.5 by Dizzy242 from Massachusetts

Mar 07, 2019
Rated: 5 by chippo33 from Vermont

Mar 05, 2019
Rated: 4.75 by Trio2shine from California

Feb 27, 2019
Rated: 4.48 by Argento from Rhode Island

Feb 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.65/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
how anyone rates this less than a 4.75 on appearance I cannot understand - just a beautiful looking lager with this insanely dense and fluffy bright white head, leaving tons of lace. just when you thought you knew the 'limits' of what pils could be. immensely soft, rounded grain character and hint of grassy hops - beauty in appearance and flavor.
Feb 21, 2019
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Rated by Phineasco from Massachusetts

4.51/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Fluffy carbonation, tastes of herbs, biscuit, with a clean finish. Imagine having a keg of this beer.
Feb 10, 2019
Rated: 4.56 by facesnorth from Pennsylvania

Feb 10, 2019
Rated: 4.25 by rodmanfor3 from Vermont

Feb 05, 2019
Rated: 4.27 by Uconnelmo from Connecticut

Jan 15, 2019
Rated: 5 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jan 12, 2019
Rated: 4.46 by edthehead from New York

Jan 10, 2019
Rated: 4.36 by doremite from Vermont

Dec 16, 2018
Rated: 4.46 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Dec 14, 2018
Rated: 4.57 by BeerBucks from New York

Aug 25, 2018
Rated: 5 by CTJman from Connecticut

Aug 21, 2018
Rated: 4.38 by CheapBeerBuzz from California

Aug 21, 2018
Rated: 4.29 by acurtis from New Jersey

Aug 06, 2018
Rated: 4.75 by peterpunk15 from Massachusetts

Jul 24, 2018
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Reviewed by WoostaBia from Massachusetts

5/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Enjoyed at Armsby Abbey. Quite an exquisite beer served in a lager mug. All the work described in the production of this beer payoff and makes it a singular experience.
Jun 03, 2018
Rated: 4.35 by stevec32 from New York

May 29, 2018
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Beer rating: 97 out of 100 with 48 ratings