Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
Pilsner - German
Ranked #5
Ranked #5,770
4.11 | pDev: 8.27%
May 05, 2022
Jan 13, 2013
Notes: 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.
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4.09 by Budlum from Maryland on May 05, 2022
3.8 by benjaminsa from Vermont on Apr 05, 2022
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4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by gyorgymarlowe from Colorado

Clear and tight clear pale gold. Loose head like cobwebs disintegrating.
Sticky malt sweet , Melon, lime,
Same as nose with added spearmint
Light, soft water, bittersweet

Nose is the only thing that underwhelms. So nice!

Mar 11, 2022
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3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

Look - nice light yellow gold color with a white head
Smell - light earthy citrus grain
Taste - about the same as the smell
Feel - medium light body with a medium carb
Overall - nice pilsner

Feb 14, 2022
4.38 by JamesLeung from Florida on Jan 28, 2022
4.08 by TWStandley from Massachusetts on Dec 07, 2021
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4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by cjgiant from District of Columbia

Chill haze with a near-typical HF head, moderately high lacing. Nose of bread and grain, grassy hops and a tinge of citrus. Taste has a little more generic fruit acidity cutting through the Pilsner malt. Hints of minerality join a light grass and slightly herbal bitterness. Well constructed, as I find with most off this brewer’s beers.

Oct 02, 2021
4.23 by nelsonracite from New Jersey on Sep 25, 2021
4.22 by Dmbphoenix from New York on Sep 23, 2021
3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania on Sep 06, 2021
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4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by hops_for_thought from New York

Poured from a can (06Apr2021, a few days past drink by I know! Had the other cans from day 2 to 2 months past canning) into a HF rastal mug

L: pours a very slightly turbid straw gold, slight white head that fades after a couple minutes leaving an even coating of foam as it does. Very sparse, slow visible carbonation. Minimal lacing

S: clean, malt-forward aroma with a nice hint of earthy/bitter noble hops. Biscuit, under baked bread, cracker. Slight floral and peppery spice from those hops, plays well with the malt character

T: follows the nose very well, excellent mix of those noble hop notes along with full malt flavor. Grassy and slightly peppery, floral - find those hops characters. Cracker and dough malt notes come through nicely. Long, moderately drying finish

F: medium carbonation, medium- body. Great feel, almost rounded and pillowy for a pilsner if that makes sense. Extra lagering in action? Very drinkable

O: despite being a few days past the drink by date, what a great pils! Great crisp flavor, excellent noble hop character, malt notes

Jul 09, 2021
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4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by npolachek from New York

Very solid unfiltered and carbonated German style Pilsner. Color of straw good head on the top about 4.8 Abv and very drinkable. Would be great on a hot summer day unfortunately it’s raining right now

Jul 02, 2021
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4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Canned on 04-20-21.

A - Light gold color with vibrant carbonation and a frothy white layer of foam hanging out on top.

S - Nice dry hay / straw aroma with delicate citrus and crackery crisp malt.

T - Light honey malt base, light earthy citrus, delicate lemon, and finishes balanced. Leaves a light residual honey malt on the palate.

M - Medium body with gentle carbonation.

O - Has a little more malt presence than I anticipated but it's also over two months old. Still pretty darn solid.

Jul 01, 2021
4.48 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois on Jun 27, 2021
4 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin on Jun 05, 2021
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4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

Canned: 04/20/21

L: Pours a pale straw color with good clarity. A plethora of carbonation streamers rise from the bottom of the glass. A gentle pour results in two fingers of fluffy, white head with excellent retention. As the beer goes down....

S: Fresh cut grass mixing with bready malt and a hint of earthy spice.

T: The palate presents bready malt character exhibiting a restrained sweetness, fresh cut grass, floral notes, and light notes of earthy spice on the backend and finish. Decent amount of bitterness on this one.

F: Light bodied with medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is smooth with a light dryness on the finish.

O: Amazing American take on a classic German style. Highly recommended.

May 30, 2021
4.05 by Hallertau from Wisconsin on May 29, 2021
4.5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska on May 25, 2021
4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois on May 19, 2021
4.06 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire on May 16, 2021
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4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by bret27 from California

Can courtesy of M-Fox24.

May 13, 2021
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4.61/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

Canned 4/20/21, drank 05/10/21. This one has been “extended lagering” according the HF website

L- Golden, and slightly hazy. Nice head

S - Bready, spicy, and a slight sweetness

T - Much like the aromas, bready and sweet, extremely flavorful for a pilsner

F - smooth, and clean

O - Pilsners don’t get much love but this one deserves it. People talk about Suarez pils, and while they’re good...if your looking for the best...get yourself a Mary. The best pils I’ve ever had

May 11, 2021
4.06 by crobinso from Colorado on Apr 30, 2021
4.71 by Vicirus from Massachusetts on Apr 24, 2021
4.5 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts on Apr 17, 2021
4.25 by tblack4d from Georgia on Jan 21, 2021
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4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

L: Crystal clear golden with a thick foamy head and good lacing.

S: Clean, sweet bready malt, spicy hops, and lager yeast.

T: Moderate bitterness, very good hop flavor, spicy and floral. Malt flavor is subtle but bready with a touch of sweetness. Nice clean fermentation, very classic lager notes.

F: Light bodied, very crisp.

Overall: A very tasty pilsner, very tasty indeed. Everything about it is perfectly balanced, full flavored, and clean. I highly recommend this beer to anyone looking for a rare lager treat.

Sep 03, 2020
4.21 by AlltheBacon from Massachusetts on Sep 01, 2020
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4.23/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by 5toutman75 from Illinois

Canned 7/14/20
Consumed 8/17/20

Pilsners are getting trendy again and I was super happy to have the chance to get a 4 pack of this while in Chicago. Trumper Pils just won a big Pilsner taste competition put on by Beer Temple, and I wish this one could have been entered to see how it would fair. Drinking it, I’m liking it, but it’s not at the top for me. It has a nice light flavor and feel with the right amount of sweetness for a pils. Some can be too sweet I think. The smell is subdued compared to others I’ve had. I wish I could pick out more in it. The taste lingers very nicely which I like. Worth picking up again, and I’d love a blind taste test comparison for myself sometime.

Aug 18, 2020
4.55 by rab53 from Washington on May 31, 2020
4 by BEER88 from Washington on May 06, 2020
4 by ragnar3 from Iowa on Feb 26, 2020
4.24 by rpjterp from Virginia on Feb 21, 2020
4.36 by Holderness from Massachusetts on Feb 17, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
by metter98 from New York

On-tap at Gold Star Beer Counter, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is relatively clear yellow in color and has a faint amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Moderate aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has strong flavors of grassy hops along with bits of floral hops and a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit chewy on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This pilsener is all about the hops. I really liked all of the grassiness in the smell and taste.

Serving type: on-tap

Feb 11, 2020
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4.68/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
by njcraftguy from New Jersey

Quite simply the best Pilsner I've had. It won't Wow you initially but its just so well done. Super crisp n clean. Superbly balanced and drink able. I get cans whenever possible and enjoy every one.

Jan 04, 2020
4.2 by DVMin98 from North Carolina on Dec 15, 2019
4.28 by Montanabeerz from Montana on Dec 13, 2019
4.61 by maxarvo from England on Nov 29, 2019
4.35 by Wheels2532 from Pennsylvania on Nov 08, 2019
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