Wheat Blanc
Hill Farmstead Brewery

Wheat BlancWheat Blanc
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From:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
 
Vermont, United States
Style:
Saison
Ranked #53
ABV:
5%
Score:
96
Ranked #1,108
Avg:
4.4 | pDev: 5.91%
Reviews:
18
Ratings:
47
Status:
Active
Rated:
Feb 24, 2024
Added:
May 04, 2020
Wants:
  0
Gots:
  3
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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Rated: 4.46 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Feb 24, 2024
 
Rated: 4.42 by AlpacaAlpaca from New York

Feb 14, 2024
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Reviewed by SpeedwayJim from New York

3.96/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25
750ml capped bottle into a Tree House wine glass.

Pours a crystal clear goldenrod. Minimal lace, coarse white head that collapses quickly. Nose is lemon peel, clove, pine, and a waxy, hop presence. Beer opens lemon lime, citrus peel tartness, and bitterness. Clove, pine, light hop bitterness in the middle. Waxy, peppery in the end and aftertaste. Body is light with ample carbonation. Prickly and lively on the palate and goes down clean and dry with a lingering, mineral forward aftertaste.

Subtle complexity. Amazing body.
Dec 10, 2023
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Bottled March 16, 2022.

White head. Slightly cloudy straw gold.

Lightly tart, citrusy, wheat, light spice. White wine notes, green grapes, green apple skins. Smooth, refreshing. A bit dry, in a good way. Excellent summer beer.
Aug 19, 2023
 
Rated: 4.5 by bigred89 from Maryland

Aug 10, 2023
 
Rated: 4.43 by ScottP from New Hampshire

Jul 14, 2023
 
Rated: 4.43 by Ben1313 from New Hampshire

Jul 14, 2023
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Reviewed by stevoj from Idaho

4.13/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pour at de Garde 10th Anniversary event. Pale golden pour with an ample white head. Aroma is very bready, fruit scone, light sweetness. Taste is brings a mild tart edge to the graint, malty brew, sweet, fruity and floral.
May 15, 2023
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Reviewed by Holderness from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Fun little blind side by side tasting with Florence to really get a sense of the impact of oak barrel aging and dry hopping with fruitier New Zealand hops. Very evident which one was which: compared to Florence, this was much more vibrant, musky, and fruity with a bit of that rubbery hop character I sometimes get with HF dry hopped farmhouse ales. There is also this aroma that is almost like the inside of an antiques shop. Flavors were also more vibrant and lively, with a distinct pickle juice character that melded well with the base wheat beer tartness and astringency from the oak. Overall really nice, a noticeable improvement over Florence (although at a noticeably higher price point as well)

89/100
Dec 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by paulish from New York

Nov 05, 2022
 
Rated: 3.8 by vfgccp from New York

Nov 04, 2022
 
Rated: 4.5 by SkiBum22 from New York

Nov 04, 2022
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Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

4.21/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
375 ml bottle.

Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a finger of white head. Minimal retention. Leaves some random splotches of lacing.

The aroma is very white wine forward, with lighter notes of lemon, apricot, pear, oak and funk.

The flavor is grainy up front, followed by plenty of citrus, namely lemon and grapefruit. There's some white wine, pear and apricot with some grass, damp hay, funk, and oak chips.

The feel is light bodied with lively, crisp carbonation. Lightly dry on the finish.

Overall, this is a great oak aged saison. It hits all the notes you expect from a HF "Farmstead Ale", but doesn't really stand out amongst their cheaper "shelfie" saisons.
Oct 21, 2022
 
Rated: 4.68 by johnlatona from New Jersey

May 26, 2022
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Reviewed by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

4.34/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
#82 unique Hill Farmstead beer.

750ml bottle poured into Durobar Charente (wine stem bulb style) glass. According to my research this would be batch 2 of Wheat Blanc.

Beer label says "bottle conditioning since August 27, 2019 "

Appearance: straw pale yellow bodied beer with bone white head. Thick two fingers tall head are the results from a hard pour out of the bottle. Thin cap remains the entire drink.

Smell: citrusy. bright. lemonhead candies. tart. oaky. lemonade. white grape / white wine.

Taste: Lemon zest, lemon grass, and melon rind. This beer also tastes "juicy". Minimal tartness though the aroma made you think this would have some decent tartness to be had. Light earthy funk. Dry oak barrel and musty / dusty cob webs. Well water with heavy mineral content. Floral and herbal hop notes that impart light bitterness from the hops. Light tartness finally appears in the finish as a Meyer lemon and a Key lime. An interesting aftertaste of a Margarita mixed with Chardonnay.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied saison. soft carbonation. delicate body. Light dryness. High drinkability levels here.

Overall: Wheat Blanc is reminiscent of a bottle of Florence that was intentionally aged for a full year with some additional complexities / layers. Wheat Blanc still has a different flavor profile about it, but "Florence on steroids" is what immediately comes to my mind when I drink this Hill Farmstead saison. It has a bit more of a hop kick and also some neutral oak barrel presence compared to Florence. Wheat Blanc is overall a really complex saison with a delicate texture that is very very nice.
Apr 12, 2022
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Reviewed by Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.24/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Wheat Blanc (2018) from Hill Farm. Received from @Roy_Hobbs in BIF #14. 12.7 oz capped bottle. Stored at home at 38 degrees. Reviewed 16/12/21. Note that I use DD/MM/YY protocol.
Stamped on end of label “BOTTLE CONDITIONING SINCE APRIL 25, 2018”. Served at 47.1 degrees (Label suggests 46 degrees) in a hand washed and dried Jester King snifter. Final temperature 51.6 degrees.
Appearance – 3.5.
First pour – Lighter than straw, nearly colorless (SRM
Dec 16, 2021
 
Rated: 4.5 by Montanabeerz from Montana

Nov 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.68 by fthegiants from California

Nov 22, 2021
 
Rated: 4.21 by AD17 from New Jersey

Oct 29, 2021
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Reviewed by Sabtos from Ohio

4.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Mostly clear yet lightly foggy straw yellow after a full pour, the tall and dense white foam head dies to a fine film with a curled ring that leaves some arms of lacing on the glass.

The medium body's firmly delicate carbonation delivers a very unique lemon sorbet doused white wheat flavor to the front palate. In the middle is a mild funk of hay brushed oak pairing with a hint of grapefruit spritzed bleu cheese hops.

Wheat Blanc becomes more lively yet nuanced with a swirl and expansion of its carbonation, finishing just semi-dry. Over time the aroma gives off hints of fresh tortilla.
Oct 20, 2021
Wheat Blanc from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 96 out of 100 with 47 ratings