Poetica 2
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Pilsner - German
Ranked #1
Ranked #831
4.54 | pDev: 7.05%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: For this iteration, we brewed Mary with a single decoction mash process, our sourced German Hersbrucker and Spalter hops, and then lagered in a single French oak puncheon in our cooler. After three months of conditioning, the beer was moved to a tank and krausened (as is all of our lager) with fresh fermenting beer to provide natural carbonation. After another two months of further conditioning and slow carbonation, we present you with a beautifully softened, refined, and elevated representation of Mary.
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oldmankoch from Tennessee

4.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Crazy stupid good. A top Pilsner in my beer journey. Reminds me greatly of Modern Times Foeder Ice but more subtle and refined. The well water and hop profile truly deliver elegance others can’t deliver.

Mar 04, 2020
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matts2896 from Connecticut

4.62/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at the brewery.

Clear straw yellow, dense white head, and an active effervescence. Checks all the boxes.

Smell ranges entire noble hop profile: lemongrass, damp earth, mushrooms, fresh vegetable. Oak comes through a bit to shroud the palette in a gently woody quality without detracting from hop vibrance.

Taste mirrors the scent with a wonderfully lemony/grassy bitterness. Such a clean pilsner, the water profile is perfect, no metalic or saline presence taking away from the beer's bones.

Oak has done Mary, an already world-class pilsner, very well. Always a pleasure

Mar 01, 2020
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.81/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Armsby. Finally! A glass of one of the Poetica beers. Does not disappoint, wow! Hard to find words. Just imagery and happiness. This is the kind of beer I’d expect to enjoy in a small Bavarian town from a brewery which has been brewing beer for hundreds of years and passing down experience, wisdom, and talent. Gotta be one of the most incredible lagers in the entire U.S.

Feb 22, 2020
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.69/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured on draft at the brewery.

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a fat finger of creamy eggshell white head. The head leaves a ton of lacing as it settles into a thin film.

The aroma brings tons of grass and earthy hops, followed by waves of sweet doughy malt and cereal grains. There's some honey and oak on the back. Very floral.

The flavor is just absurd. Extremely doughy and bready with a hint of spice. Then comes a massive wave of floral hops with some very faint citrus. There's some grass and honey with some spicy earthiness on the finish.

The feel is sooo close to perfect for the style. Medium-light bodied with good carbonation. Very crisp up front, yet creamy in the middle. Finishes dry with just a touch of lingering bitterness.

Overall, this is one of the best pilsners I've ever had. It's clean and crisp and refreshing as hell, yet brings so much flavor and complexity to the table. I kind of hope this gets packaged at some point because it's ridiculous.

Nov 27, 2019
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VelvetExtract from Massachusetts

4.84/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Draft. Enjoyed on site. I can easily say that this is the best Pilsner I have ever had. More accurately, one of the best beers I have ever had - especially since I’ve been gravitating more towards lagers as time has passed. Perfectly clean but with more than enough exceptional flavor and aroma to stand out. The puncheon lagering adds depth and a unique flavor that’s both proper and uniquely rustic. The balance between razor sharp cleanliness and clarity and nuanced flavor is stunning. All this packed into an almost nitro-esque look and feel. Unmatched drinkability. Not much of a competition here. Must be that well water!

Nov 13, 2019
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Tsar_Riga from Indiana

4.56/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have never had a Pilsner like this one. Look is quite traditional, and the nose only hints at the difference. The taste is an explosion of floral honey, with just a slightly spicy bitter finish. Feel is jaunty and light, punchy carbonation and a clean finish. Count on Hill Farmstead to deliver this exceptional tale on the Pilsner,

Jun 10, 2019
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.91/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On draft at Hill Farmstead brewery. Multiple pints served in a Bamberg mug.

I can't get into all the details here, otherwise I'll sound like a raving madman. This beer is pretty much a perfect lager. The body is golden yellow bodied, nice one finger effervescent and thick white head, like a latte. Creamy, good retention, plenty of lacing on the glass. Smell is crisp mineral and grain, mild lemon and hay, big herbal and floral hop aromatics, which all follow through on the palate. Perfect harmony of malt and hops. The hops give a beautiful mildly perfumey floral and herbal note to it, grassy. The mouthfeel, as with Poetica 1, is completely nailed and presumably this is related to exact specifications for carbonation on draft. Medium bodied, creamy, so soft and incredibly drinkable yet packed with an incredible amount of flavour. This is one of the best beers to come out of Hill Farmstead, and people won't care because this is a pilsner. I say it's too bad for these people. Incredible pilsner and I dream of the day that I get to drink this beer again. It's got the edge over Poetica 1, certainly.

May 24, 2019
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Mikee440 from Connecticut

4.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed onsite. Pilsners are not my usual go to beer but if most were as good as this , they might get more attention from me. Perfectly poured in crystal clear glass with a soft and substantial pillowy head. A complex, delicate smell of that reminded my of a pristine field: notes of grass, grains, delicate flowers and something of the earth. Amazing mouthfeel. The best pilsner I ever had.

Apr 26, 2019
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Draft at Armsby

Served in a mug interestingly, with a huge dense creamy head, great retention, little lacing, mostly clear slight cool haze light golden pilsner color

Nose brings the usual pilsner notes at first, grainy doughy pilsner malt, the hops come with floral notes and a touch herbal grassy but there is another interesting flowery aroma I can't nail down, and a bit of a tartness, like raw sourdough bread, kind of like a classic raw keller

Taste more raw gristy malt, again raw bread dough with a hint of tartness but it's not really tart just my brain processing it that way, grainy sweet malt, straw with touch of corn pilsner malts, hops bring medium to lighter bitterness with light floral herbal and little grassy note. Nice soft clean lager, and a little layer rich malt complexity, and a touch of vanilla and toasted buttery oak almost like you would get in a light white wine. Medium dry finish, bit more bitterness. Doesn't have the typical bitterness of pilsner but it works well. I think the oak puncheon adds a little tart like feel on the finish... Ok bumping my review a little, as it warms a little sulfate like accentuated crisp bitterness comes through like a nice German pilsner.

Mouth is med to lighter bodied, medium to high carbonation but a creamy soft bubble, soft lagering, but finish is a little tart sticky like

Overall it's hard to say. It's very enjoyable and a very unique take on pilsner, but takes away from what a pilsner is, however this is what Shaun was going for, and he nailed it, and somehow it works well, so great job as usual

Apr 22, 2019
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rudzud from Massachusetts

4.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Enjoyed at the Armsby Abbey.

A - Poured into a proper mug a nice crystal clear golden straw hue with a fat creamy white head that fades to leave thick lacing and a dense blanket.

S - Aromas of nice grassy hops, super floral and crisp. Good light malt sweetness, nice almost cereal grains. Aroma just pops.

T - Taste is similar to the nose with loads of slightly sweet malts, excellent grain build. Hops are nicely grassy and floral. Little bit of puncheon as all. Super crisp.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, little soft but still finishes crisp.

O - Overall this was a very good very true to style pilsner from Shaun. The epitome of properly done.

Serving Type: on tap

Apr 08, 2019
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ArkyVaughan from New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

On tap at FoFA, followed by Poetica 1 and Mary. I first had Poetica 1 in the tasting room in May and absolutely loved it. One of the best pilsner style beers brewed in the US that I have ever had. I also enjoyed Poetica 2, but I don't think it was as good as the first version.

Aug 07, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.61/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

On tap at Hill Farmstead Brewery in Greensboro Bend, VT.

There's an large and fluffy head that lasts a while here- it's pretty extraordinary. This is as good as it looks for the style- with a light bubbly body and tons of lacing.

This smells like fresh and spicy hops, grass, honey, flowers, and oak. It's such an inviting aroma- it tells you to immediately drink as much of this beer as you can.

This is an elevated and loving take on the pilsner style. It's clearly carefully and expertly constructed, with a light minerality, spicy and grassy hops, a bit of bready malt, honey sweetness, an almost floral overtone, and just the teensiest hint of oak. I could drink so much of this.

This is light bodied, but super creamy and rich anyway, with a killer mouthfeel and super high level of drinkability.

I absolutely love this one. It's basically crack for the crispy boi.

Aug 06, 2018
Poetica 2 from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 59 ratings