Wheat Blanc
Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #14
ABV:
5%
Score:
90
Ranked #3,907
Avg:
4.5 | pDev: 4.44%
Reviews:
8
Ratings:
21
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Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Notes: In our continued exploration of Farmstead® ales within various contexts and processes, we present a new beer: a lively, delicately tart, oak-aged ale with a malt bill comprised of 90% wheat and 10% barley, and hopped exclusively with hand-selected Hallertauer Blanc hops from Seitz Farm—our agricultural partner in Wolnzach, Germany. Bottle conditioning since early 2018, we have closely monitored its progress, anticipating its optimistic arc of development.
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BrandonAllaire from Vermont

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden, hazy color. The nose provides good funky and sedimenty elements.. Citrus, lemon, and sedimenty hill funk dominate the palate. Good mouthfeel and the flavors linger. Perfect pour for either yourself or to share with one other. I had one solo, then at a share after drinking some stouts and it certainly threw off the taste.

Jan 02, 2021
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furiousss from Netherlands

4.53/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Bottle, 375ml

Look: golden, unfiltered, light. Good layer of foam.

Smell: grapes, lemon, pear

Taste: lemon and lime with some sweetness and grapes lingering in the back. Has some funk too.

Mouthfeel: nice round body, good carbonation

Overall: very soft, good body and easy drinkable. Perfect beer for a hot summer day.

Dec 30, 2020
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Alieniloquium from Florida

3.9/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

375 mL bottle. Cloudy orange. Smells of strong white wine, lemon acidity, and wheat grain. Tastes of wheat grain up front, lemon tang, white wine takes over. A little oak in the finish. Light body. Simple, pleasant, a touch aggressive on the wine.

Dec 16, 2020
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bret27 from California

4.67/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle courtesy of chesco.
L: Golden deep coloring. Thick meringue head with lacing.
S: Brett, oak, lemon, yogurt, wine.
T: Very Tart, lemon, peppercorns, brett, funk, yogurt, stonefruit, white wine, grapes. As expected, more flavors keep showing up as it warms.
F: full bodied wheat qualities, mouth-coating, dry finish.
Overall: another winner from HF. Didn’t intend to rate so highly but the taste is so damn complex.

Nov 29, 2020
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

4.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is absolutely incredible stuff, huge thanks to my friend back east for sending this out totally unsolicited, along with a mess of other baller brews. we cracked this last night for my wifes birthday, what a treat! a couple of years in the bottle seems wild for something thats hop forward, but as we have seen in others and now definitively see in this one, brett and wild yeasts somehow preserve hop quality, even enhance it over time it seems, there is no fade or anything to this, i am assuming it was dry hopped after it was aged on oak, but that doesnt account for the freshness after all this time in the bottle. its a stunning specimen, as light yellow as can be and immaculately clear through the first half of the bottle. sparkling and holding an inch of white head, wow. it smells and tastes the same, insanely bright hop character immediately identifiable as hallertau blanc, and honestly, perhaps the finest expression of it my senses have ever known. its so juicy and fresh to me, herbal and bright, meyer lemon, legitimate sauvignon blanc notes to the extent that this almost seems like it had to be aged in white wine barrels, melon and kiwi fruit too, just amazing. there is enough tartness in the nose to make my mouth water, but its not sour really when i drink it, less sharp than wine, i think all the wheat in the mash softens it some, although this still seems really light in texture for being 90% wheat malt. some oakiness here but the beer is so light and delicate and effervescent that its more taste less feel on the wood. some nice farmy funkiness to this too, not just the tang but some real rustic saison character in the ferment. the hops still do show noble characteristics here, grassy and a little bitter on top of all the fruitiness and vinous character. there is a lot going on for such a little beer, and again hill coming through with the proof that time, knowledge, and attention to detail makes all the difference. i love everything about this, its dynamic and bright and incredibly drinkable, cannot believe its been in the bottle so long, unique and special use of these hops. truly stunning.

Nov 23, 2020
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Stevedore from Oregon

4.51/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

That’s exceptionally good. Unfiltered light golden body. White grape must, light lemon, bit of oak, light grain, soft lighter medium body and good carbonation. Grape skin, oak on the finish. Way too easy to drink, one wants to savor it

Oct 21, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

4.64/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This one pours a very light golden straw yellow color, with a small foamy head, and lots of lacing.

This smells like wheaty funk, lemon, pear, white wine, straw, nectarine, and white grape.

This is awesome stuff - that long bottle conditioning seems to have led a really complex flavor profile. There's lemon/lime, pear, and some sweet nectarine, along with acidic wine and white grape type flavors, with some wheaty and straw-like bitter funk. It's a little bit more acidic than the typical HF saison, but that works to its advantage in this case - it helps make the other flavors pop a bit more.

This is soft, nicely tart, and very drinkable, with a clean and smooth level of carbonation on the finish.

I absolutely wish I had more of this one. I hope they have plans to make it again.

Sep 28, 2020
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Hyptochrons from Massachusetts

4.62/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

beautiful looking beer, glowing straw color with a densely carbonated bright white head that fizzles away quickly. aromas bring bright fruity and floral qualities, some mellow earthy funk, hint of hay and some grainyness. the taste is pungent funky fruits, big fuzzy nectarine skin, bright lemon and funky pineapple, sour peach candies and a strong hit of acidity. this one is a bit more aggressive than many of the other BA saisons from hill in that it is a lot more tart and acidic, less delicate as a result.

Aug 29, 2020
Wheat Blanc from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 90 out of 100 with 21 ratings