Florence Wheat Saison | Hill Farmstead Brewery

133 Reviews
Florence Wheat SaisonFlorence Wheat Saison

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Florence (1915-1967) was our grandfather’s sister, and Hill Farmstead Brewery rests upon the land that was once home to her and her 13 siblings. In her honor, this Belgian inspired Wheat ale is crafted from American malted barley, Organic Vermont wheat, European and American hops, our distinctive farmhouse yeast and water from our well. It is unfiltered and naturally carbonated. Soft, cloudy, and fresh, this is the ale that I dream to have shared with Florence.

Pale Malt; Vermont Organic Wheat; American and European Hops; Ale Yeast, and our Well Water.

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Reviews: 133 | Ratings: 944
Photo of barczar
4.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big lactic aroma, touch of pepto funk, becoming horse blanket.

Flavor is lactic sour, with wheat, pear, and peach rounding out the profile. A bit overrated.

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Photo of rjp217
4.59/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Light, airy and refreshing. The lemon zest is fantastic. It plays off the wheat and yeast really well. The year of age on this bottle gives it a nice sour presence. Think Arthur Light. Fantastic offering.

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Photo of jrenihan
4.16/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Florence is certainly on the weaker end of Hill Farmstead's saisons, but it is still a very good beer. The characteristic HF yeast results in the tartness common among their saisons, while the body and taste are quite light and crisp. A bit fruity. Not as complex as Arthur, but certainly something I would be happy to drink almost any time.

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Photo of ChrisP802
4.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Trying to get around to all of the HFS beers and Florence was next on deck.
Opening the bottle there was immediately a nose of sweet and sour
Poured out cloudy with a chance of deliciousness
Taste exactly as it smells
A very drinkable beer

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.47/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was hoping for a Saison and got something that tasted more like a Berliner Weisse. Major tart lemon bomb. I wouldn't buy this one again personally, but I'm sure many would like it. The two people I shared it with loved it.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.1/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks very nice. Extremely pale, straw yellow with a fizzy and soapy white head that settles into an outside ring.

Smells like funky farmhouse yeast and sour, like white grapes.

Taste is very tart. Actually tart doesnt really cut it. It is like chewing on fermented grape rinds and a sour green apple jolly rancher with a slice of lemon. A slight spice, corriander, and a sour aftertaste. Tons of carbonation. Very dry. I do not taste any wheat, which is disappointing.

Not a fan of this one at all. I should state here that I do not like many champagnes or wines, and this one drinks like both. I would call it a brut style (beer or champagne version, take your pick). Way too sour and sparkly for a farmhouse ale for me.

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Photo of TheCuriograph
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750 ml purchased on the July 4th weekend (hell of a bachelor party), poured into a Hill Farmstead stemmed glass.

Florence is a luminous goldenrod hazy-glass liquid with a sudsy half-finger head and fine lacing. It’s as good-looking a farmhouse ale as you can get. The nose is dewy and earthy, with lots of green apple, grass, lemon zest, grainy bread and only a hint of spice. The taste is wonderfully tart at the beginning, with a brace of apple and lemon. That subsides quickly, though, leaving a mealy, musky breadiness and more pronounced pepper and sage notes. There’s a nectary, floral, almost dandelion quality to the taste as well. As with the other Hill Farmstead saisons I’ve had (their IPAs as well), the mouthfeel is exquisite: refreshing but full-bodied, light but substantial. A perfect summer beer. Not my favorite HF ale, but still damned fine.

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Photo of Hab11
4.45/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed with Three Lions from 750 ML bottled Nov. 2014.
Look:bright white head, minimal lacing. Straw to golden yellow in appearance.
Smell: citrus, lemon coriander, slight light pepper notes. Lemon candy. Fresh flowers.
Taste: citrus, lemon all of the pieces of the nose are evident in the taste plus lemon zest and wheatgrass. Candied sour apple.
Feel: really effervescent tart at the start and finishes sweet at the back of the mouth. Finishes crisp really nice beer for a warm breezy summer night on Hatteras island.
Overall: this beer is not fake or pretentious. It hits it's mark and is solid throughout. It's parts are impressive but the some of said parts make it exceptional.

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Photo of Roguer
4.3/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Superb balance; I don't get much in the way of wheat, but it's a lovely, tart saison. It really checks each box I'd expect from a HF offering: complex, beautiful, tart, delicate, with a creamy, smooth feel.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
4.38/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at DeCiccos Armonk - into tulip. (very generous pour!)

Amazing...dry, tart, citrus, a bit of funk...smooth. Really an amazing Saison. Wish I could drink regularly (of course).

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Photo of gcamparone
4.49/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle into a teal Hill Farmstead stemmed glass. Purchased at the brewery a few weeks ago. April batch.

Pours a hazy golden orange body with a nice frothy 2 finger white head that reduces to little retention and leaves no lacing.

Characteristic saison aromas emanate from this beer - farmhouse funk, citrus, wheat, light fruitiness and banana, green apple.

On the tongue is a delicate balance of tartness and flavor - very tart upfront, sour apple and fresh citrus, on the follow through is wheat and a light fruitiness, light banana, some mineral character, finish is dry and clean. Medium-high carbonation, medium-light body with a nice refreshing, crisp mouthfeel.

This is probably my favorite HF "shelf" saison. Really balanced and drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
4.09/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a cloudy goldenstraw capped by a full three fingers; excellent stickage and copious amounts of lacing

Smell: Tangy wheat, tart lemon, coriander spice, lactic tones and barnyard funk

Taste: Wheat bread flavors in the background, but the tart lemon and lactic tones take over from the outset; coriander and funk elements intrude, in the middle; the spices and lactic aspect grow bolder in the finish, leaving a chalky aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A flavorful Brett beer with a nice lactic, spicy character

Thanks, bittermestupid, for the opportunity

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Photo of tmbgnicu
4.15/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Probably my least favorite of the HF saisons, but that's like the least hot gal in the miss america pageant. Cheweier than most, good lemon and funk up front. It's a good beer, but when compared to the other HF offerings, it loses some points because you know what the ceiling is for the style.

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Photo of stakem
4.13/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

July '14 bottling coming up on almost a year old so time to review. Poured into a matching large HF wine glass the brew appears a clear pale golden yellow color with a white froth and patchy lace.

The smell is tart almost like lemon grass and earthy wheat. Some sulfur towards the backend. Overall the smell is pleasant.

The taste is lemony with a slight undernote of unidentifiable fruity character that blends to tartness contrasted by mild bitterness and earth. A wheat-like grain sweetness is the last thing noted.

This is medium to light bodied, moderately carbonated and overall just a nice balance and very enjoyable brew. No frills or fluff about it, I could drink this by the gallon.

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Photo of ONovoMexicano
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

750mL bottle poured into a snifter.

A- thin wispy pale white head. Glowing golden body with a bit of cloudiness. 4.5

S- Tart and lemony aroma, very light floral aspect. A bit of that cat piss deal. Smells great though. 4.5

T- Lemony as all hell, tart like lacto, light sweetness like molasses briefly appears and then is gone. Curiously there's a plastic like flavor and funk to this. Interesting. 4.25

M- Tart, light-drinking, well-carbonated with a clean, minerally finish. 4.25

Great brew. I get some off-flavors here and they affect the feel a bit, but this is still quite enjoyable.

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Photo of scottfrie
4/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly cloudy, chalky, light golden color with a fluffy bright white head faded to a fuzzy collar and soft film. Very active carbonation.
S/T: Light and crisp smelling. Bright and light wheat notes, soft yeast, and lightly tart with notes of slight tart green apple.
M: Super soft fluffy and airy carbonation, very smooth and clean. Crisp mouthfeel.
O: Very light, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of invertedcrix
4.46/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

batch 7/2014
A: Staw colored with a thick white head. Lots of carbonation, leaves a bunch of lacing on the side of the glass.
S: The smell is amazing right now, cloves and lemons, some faint banana-y esters on the end. Really great.
T: Light and lemony, has a little funk going on and a nice bit of wheat in the finish. The HF house strain is really shining in this one.
M: Fluffy. I think could lay my head down and take a nap.

This one really got a bit more tart since I last opened one. Drinking perfect right now, wasn't crazy about this batch at first but some time has done it well!

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Photo of breadwinner
4.41/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

IMO, the best of the HF saison bunch, due to its restraint. Great lightness of feel and eased off sourness lets the brew sing and shine. I understand everyone is gaga for sour saisons these days, but HF's can sometimes go overboard in that area. This one strikes the perfect balance.

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Photo of cvm4
4.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle Date November 2014

L - Pours a golden/straw body with a one finger eggshell head that really lingers around. Really a beautiful body.

S - Lemon and earthy at first that evolves into a mild brett character along with some wheat grain. Outstanding smell on the nose.

T - So much lemon, wheat, bread and funk in here. A bit of spices (clove & white pepper?). The tartness is on the mild side.

F - Body is light and the carbonation is high. So crisp on the mouth.

O - Definitely worth the price of admission or trade. Glad I got to try it as this beer is hitting on all cylinders for me.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.56/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thank you, Joe.

A clear straw yellow with a dense white head with excellent retention that leaves sheets of lacing, this looks spectacular. The nose is sublime. Doughy, earthy, lemony and tart with a blend of lactic acid and a mild but deep Brett funk, this beer is outstanding. Hops are noticeable with a mellow lemony aroma, the base saison is subtle but resplendent, the funk is exquisitely expressed, with the mushroom character pairing exceptionally well with the grainy wheat.

The palate opens bright, tart and bread like with lemon, a little yogurt, a clean and crisp cracker like wheat flavor and texture. The mid palate has flavors of grain, mild hop bitterness, moderate hop flavor before a long, drying and bright finish. Mild spice, especially a blend of juniper, white pepper and orange peel. A little sulfur is present too, though it complements the palate perfectly. Clean, crisp, this beer is refined beyond anything I can remember having recently. Outstanding.

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Photo of mdfb79
4.21/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

From 12/29/14 notes. 750ml bottle poured into stemware. Bottled in 11/2014.

Pours a hazy bright yellow color with one finger of bright white head and high carbonation evident. Lots of brett, citrus, wheat, grains. Taste has more spices, cloves, wheat, and bread. Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very nice.

Overall I thought this was a very good beer. The nose is great and while the taste is a bit mellower and not as complex, it is very good. Well worth checking out.

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Photo of Word2BigBIrd
4.48/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy lemon gold. Brett b. trois funk, light fruity ethyl acetate on nose. Pils sweetness leads, some pineapple, lactic sour finish, no bitterness. Dry, soft in the mouth. Excellent beer, I'd love to try it in summer

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Photo of champ103
4.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a slightly hazed, pale straw yellow color. A two finger white head forms with good retention and lace.
S: A basement like musty aroma up front. Earthy and peppery yeast. A light mineral character, lemon rind and citrus fruits. I really love the yeast character here.
T: Like the nose, musty, earthy, and peppery yeast. A more up front tartness than I was expecting, which is just fine. Lemon rind and citrus flavors, even a bit of white grapes. The yeast, and simple tart fruit flavors intermingle perfectly.
M/D: A light body that is effervescent. Beautiful crisp carbonation that is smooth at the same time, dry and refreshing. Really easy and enjoyable to drink. Wish I could get some more.

Reminds me a bit of Jolly Pumpkin Weizen Bam. Like that beer, fairly simple, but everything is really well integrated, and the rustic yeast just shines. Really well done.

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Photo of orangesol
3.99/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Al's of Hampden. Pours hazy golden yellow with a one finger tall white head, quickly dissipating down to a light ring around the edge, leaving very little if any lace on the glass.

Smells of bready wheat, earthen minerals, light musty funk, some yogurt and some lemon zest. Taste is pretty straight forward. Wheat and lemon zest up front with some yogurt, musty funk and the typical HF mineral rounds it all out. Tart, slightly chewy feel from start to finish.

Overall a solid saison. Don't get me wrong, I would never turn it down, but I definitely think some of the others are just better.

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Photo of jjdc
4.6/5  rDev +10%

Soft sunshine in the glass. Citrus and a bit of funk on the nose. Lemon rind, minerals, tart citrus and some dusty hay. This beer is definitely underrated. Light, refreshing and tasty. Seek this out.

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Florence Wheat Saison from Hill Farmstead Brewery
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