Autumna
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Festbier / Wiesnbier
Ranked #1
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
93
Ranked #3,073
Avg:
4.43 | pDev: 2.93%
Reviews:
4
Ratings:
9
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 30, 2022
Added:
Sep 18, 2019
Wants:
  2
Gots:
  0
SCORE
93
Outstanding
Notes: Next in our exploration of wood-conditioned lagers is a special release to celebrate the changing of seasons: Autumna. This step-mashed, Old World German-Style Helles Fest Lager was constructed with a base of German Weyermann malt, German Perle and Mittelfr├╝h hops, and conditioned in wooden barrels at 3┬║ C for two months. This lightly hopped, pale lager is gently carbonated with krausen and best enjoyed fresh.
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.46/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Mostly clear and quite pale gold with a dense and creamy white head retaining wildly thick while leaving defined layers of lace after each sip.

Through the head of cloudy fluff lies an uncannily delicate lager that's perhaps a little more florally bitter and dry than I expected, possibly from the oak and a touch of fine minerality, though I now realize it's a festbier. An even more delicate and subtle presence of malt, like white corn or wheat, imparts a very pale quality in the background.

The medium body has a fine carbonation and finishes bone dry.
Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.29 by Chuckdiesel24 from Illinois

Oct 13, 2022
 
Rated: 4.36 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Oct 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.39/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Growler from the source. Basically the same as Poetica for me -- which means I was a big fan. Gotta love HF's dedication to the craft. The closest you can get to the real deal this side of the Atlantic

88/100
Oct 11, 2022
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

4.32/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
Growler filled at brewery on 9/30/22; consumed on 10/6/22

Pours a crystal-clear, vibrant straw-gold body capped with two fingers of delicate yet firm white foam; great head retention yields a finger and a half of near-creamy cap, moderate, frothy ring of collar, and myriad chunks of webby lacing spread across the walls of the glass.

Aroma highlights a pillowy lager yeast base steadily espousing notes of grain silo alongside an undercurrent of delicately floral lemon; prickly minerality develops over time, and focused tones of white toast and distant honey are borne from a solidified malt structure.

Taste offers an introductory touch of honeysuckle sporting deepening grassy, floral accents, with a contrast of freshly baked white bread harmonized over the mid-palate; the back end of the profile presents a distant minerality and residual straw finishing.

Mouthfeel brings a light body, delicate and flaky in texture, along with an effortless fluff of full carbonation easing to a taut, wispy grit preceding a steady crispness and level dryness throughout.

Astounding lightness borne from an almost ethereal grain structure; a delicate hand fuses the focus of a well-maintained Helles with a festbier spirit steeped in toasty bittersweetness; an achievement in touch and balance.
Oct 07, 2022
 
Rated: 4.46 by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Sep 29, 2022
 
Rated: 4.25 by Gkruszewski from New York

Sep 28, 2022
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Reviewed by brewandbbq from New Hampshire

4.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Side-pour draft into a mug at the source.

An inch-plus foam cap of white with a golden body with a slight haze. Lightly bready and malty in the nose. Medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Light malt on the palate with a firm bitterness. Finished dry with lingering bready malt.
Sep 19, 2022
 
Rated: 4.75 by Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

Dec 14, 2019
 
Rated: 4.56 by SadMachine from New Jersey

Oct 11, 2019
 
Rated: 4.5 by acurtis from New Jersey

Oct 05, 2019
 
Rated: 4.43 by Prost76 from New Hampshire

Sep 27, 2019
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Rated by jheimbigner from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Malty, slightly bitter, wood. Great!
Sep 22, 2019
Autumna from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 93 out of 100 with 13 ratings