Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Pilsner - German
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4.45 | pDev: 2.7%
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Notes: A blend of single decocted and step mashed, Old World German-style pilsner, lagered in wood for 3 months, and gently carbonated naturally via krausen.

Per Hill Farmstead, this version replaces the one off variations Poetica 1, 2 & 3 which are all now retired.
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jlindros from Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewery
Big frothy dense head with great retention and layers of lacing very clear light golden pale color

Nose grainy sweet pilsner malt, light cereal and straw, light herbal spicy noble hops, soft layered decoction

Taste cereal grainy sweet pilsner malt, light straw and bread dough, soft layered complex decoction, med bitterness with herbal floral noble hops that get a little spicy on the dry finish, crisp bitter bite, hint if wood

Mouth is med to lighter bod, very soft lager, lighter carb but just right for natural beer

Overall very nice German pilsner, the real ale kind of beer with great decoction complexity and softness

Nov 03, 2021
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Sabtos from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lightly hazy sunshine yellow with a tall and dense bright white foam head that retains well, leaving wide sheets of layered lacing after each sip.

A fairly assertive bitterness of grassy herbality runs along the finer and lightly sharper carbonation than I expected to feel, lifting the medium-light body into a bone dry finish. The exhale is clean, with the faintest hint of bright oak, but then an additional bitterness that's almost metallic crops up. It also seems to have skunked fairly quickly, even under the mild Greensboro sun, which is a characteristic that is primarily picked up on the nose.

For the first half of the mug, I detected no malt whatsoever. However, as the temperature increased, a little cornbread may have bloomed ever so delicately.

This was enjoyed on draft at the source on 10/15/2021, but I'm honestly not sure which entry to review, considering Hill's menu no longer distinguishes Poetica as a numbered variant, and its description doesn't completely match any of the 3 entries here on BA or on Untappd. We've decided to create a new, base entry, as it seems the public experimentation phase is over.

Oct 20, 2021
Poetica from Hill Farmstead Brewery
Beer rating: 4.45 out of 5 with 3 ratings