Mary | Hill Farmstead Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
hillfarmstead.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.60%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Mary was Edward's mother and our great-grandmother. A German-style pilsner brewed with our well water, American 2-row malt, our favorite German hops, classic German lager yeast.

Added by yourefragile on 01-13-2013

BEER STATS
Ratings:
485
Reviews:
63
Avg:
4.16
pDev:
8.17%
 
 
Wants:
26
Gots:
32
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 485 |  Reviews: 63
Photo of jeff1973
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a semi-hazy medium burnt orange color with a thin white head that quickly dissipated. The smell started with some sweet grassy hops, light sweet bready malt, subtle lemon. The taste copied the smell and added in a nice light spice to blend nicely. Aftertaste copies the same flavor. Quick sweet finish. On the palate, this one was light bodied with a spectacular sessionability about it. Carbonation rides fairly light. Overall, I’d say this was a really nice German pilsener, I’d have this again.

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Photo of Ben1313
4.35/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of IBUBrew
4.09/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Newbeergeek1
4.07/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Do I get swept up with the HF reputation when I go there during I can't help but wonder if that colors my reviews or not? And in saying that I generally am not a huge fan of pilsners but when I had Mary yesterday it was wonderfully smooth and drinkable. It surprised me how much I liked it and would buy it again. THIS pilsner will likely get me to try a few more. Thanks HF.

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Photo of NHhomebrewguy
4.27/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Roy_Hobbs
4.13/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Purchased a growler earlier today and am now getting a chance to enjoy it. Very authentic representation of the German pilsner style. Clean and refreshing, with just the right amount of hoppy flavor. Is this likely to blow anybody away and become their new favorite beer? Maybe not, but those who appreciate a wide variety of styles of beer will recognize this for what it is, which is a very well done pilsner that reminds us that stouts, sours & IPAs aren't the only quality beers out there.

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Photo of MakeBeerGreatAgain
3.97/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Philcassella
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Trio2shine
4.52/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of ipc2000
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.9/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of kevanb
4.37/5  rDev +5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

750ml growler, freshly filled, poured into a Hill Farmstead willibecher glass. Enjoyed on 9.6.16, reviewed from Tasting Journal.

The beer pours a bright golden color, copper hues with nice clarity, lively activity in the glass with a nice foamy white head, great retention and lace. The aroma is very nice, plenty of earthy noble hops, pine, grass, lightly floral and herbaceous with crisp, pale, pilsner malt that is lightly bready. The flavors follow very nicely, assertive malt bill, bready and light, cereal grains and pilsner malts, green noble hops, floral, light spice, pine and grassy with some herbal and floral qualities. The mouthfeel is excellent, coating, lighter body, very lively, smooth yet crisp and dry at the finish.

Verdict: An exemplary American Pilsner from Hill Farmstead. Crisp, bright, refreshing, really hits the spot on a summer day and continues to prove the level of mastery Hill Farmstead has on nearly any style.

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Photo of Hayley_86
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of plaid75
4.1/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of chefduff2
4/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of JamieDuncan
4.38/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of CHickman
3.99/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Lark, pours crystal clear gold color with a 1 finger bright white head that faded average time and left basically zero lacing.

We've got ourselves a hoppy pilsner here with the nice mix of toasted grains, graham cracker, light caramel, zesty citrus hops, peppery spices, sweet fruit like rotting pear or green apple, grapes, champagne and a mix of fruit. Enough malt backbone to balance the hops and make it easy drinking. Nose was basic but had more fruit and hoppy aspects than usual, but still smelled as I expected it to. Nice session beer, but perhaps a bit over-hyped since it's from Hill Farmstead.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Quite the exceptional Pilsner. Wish I could get regularly.

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Photo of redbarnbikes
4.19/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of mattmarka1
4.23/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Nubza
4.12/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of socon67
4.26/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of wasatchback
4.4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Exactly to style yet with the trademark HF silky mouthfeel. I've not had a ton of pilsner's but this stands out. Wonderful beer and seemingly perfect in execution. Germany would be proud.

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Photo of mattycasey
4.25/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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Mary from Hill Farmstead Brewery
4.16 out of 5 based on 485 ratings.
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