Hill Farmstead Brewery

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Hill Farmstead Brewery
Vermont, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #5
Ranked #5,876
4.11 | pDev: 8.27%
Today at 07:49 PM
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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Reviewed by vurt from Oregon

3.94/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
On draft at Uptown Beer Co., Portland, OR. Served in a pint tumbler.

This is a slightly hazy straw gold beer capped with a finger of dense white foam. The head shrinks pretty quickly to a persistent skin and leaves majestic lacing as intricate as a black metal band logo.

Classic doughy Pilsner malt with piquant floral/herbal hops and a slight yeasty note.

Starts off with semi-sweet bready malt, which dries out through the middle and ushers in a fine cast of hop flavors: grass, bitter herbs, a breath of licorice, a touch of wintergreen. The delicate yeasty note that was promised by the nose adds an appealing rustic touch to the clean profile. Finishes crisp and snappy with firm bitterness and satisfying malt flavor.

Light-bodied with moderate carbonation. Soft, quenching, and super easy to drink.

Hill Farmstead Mary is a tasty and well-made German-style Pilsner. I particularly like the hop flavors and the soft mouthfeel. The subtle yeasty note adds character. I'm glad I got to try this.
Today at 07:49 PM
Rated: 4.25 by westcoastbeerlvr from California

Dec 06, 2022
Rated: 4.11 by M4CDO from Massachusetts

Nov 24, 2022
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

4.19/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
On tap at Sabatinis in Exeter pa earlier this evening.

Looks splendid in the glass. Clear pale golden yellow body. Decent bright white head persists in good form throughout leaving thick rings of lacing.

Delicate aroma, sweet malt, a touch grassy.

On tasting, very drinkable, 3 or 4 chugs before I calmed down. Slightly sweet, and the back end is a slightly dry hoppy note.

Mouth above medium, finish that lingering dry hop bitterness following a sweeter wash.

Overall, enjoyed this one a lot. Very sessionable, could drink this all night long. Clean drink.
Nov 05, 2022
Rated: 4.47 by Eman17 from Illinois

Nov 03, 2022
Rated: 4 by not2quick from Missouri

Oct 13, 2022
Rated: 4.2 by Zaphog from Michigan

Sep 30, 2022
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
(10 oz pour in a trumpet Pilsner glass as the 'Intermezzo' during Zwanze Day '22 at Monk's... no notes taken, reviewed from memory)

A rather elegant Pils with expressive, earthy-herbal hop flavors... punchy, but not bitey or bitter... does it sound off that this came across more like a Belgian take (hopping, mellow/delicate malt flavors) on a German Pils?... I kept eyeing up the other glasses they were pouring from a pitcher, hoping to score another... just another of the few beers of theirs I've tried that's urging me more to take my first trip up there for a visit (2041)
Sep 26, 2022
Rated: 4.17 by GreenMind from Pennsylvania

Sep 20, 2022
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Reviewed by jngls from Germany

4.27/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
4 months old. Can to wine glass.

L: Pours a slightly opaque golden yellow with a fluffy white head that dissipates quickly leaving just a tiny bit of lacing. No floaters.

S: Grassy and herbal. Notes of lime zest, green apple and licorice. Malty and slightly sweet.

T: Malty and sweet with a pleasantly bitter finish. Ripe yellow apples paired with grassy notes and hints of almonds.

F: Crisp and clean, but also somehow full-bodied. Medium carbonation.

O: Great Pilsner that is crisp and crushable as well as full-bodied and balanced at the same time. You can easily drink a few of them, but just as well indulge over a single one.
Aug 01, 2022
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Reviewed by mothman from Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Can. White head with lace. Clear golden color. Simply put, this stuff is fantastic. HF on their lager game.

Earthy, grassy, spicy hops. Bread and biscuit malts. Crisp, clean, smooth, and the right amount of bitterness. It’s difficult putting the glass down.
Jul 11, 2022
Rated: 4.1 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jun 27, 2022
Rated: 4.09 by Budlum from Maryland

May 05, 2022
Rated: 3.8 by benjaminsa from Vermont

Apr 05, 2022
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Reviewed by gyorgymarlowe from Colorado

4.26/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.56/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
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
Rated: 4.38 by JamesLeung from Florida

Jan 28, 2022
Rated: 4.08 by TWStandley from Massachusetts

Dec 07, 2021
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

4.17/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.23 by nelsonracite from New Jersey

Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 4.22 by Dmbphoenix from New York

Sep 23, 2021
Rated: 3.5 by ejimhof from Pennsylvania

Sep 06, 2021
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Reviewed by hops_for_thought from New York

4.47/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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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Reviewed by npolachek from New York

4.25/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
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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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
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
Rated: 4.48 by 4DAloveofSTOUT from Illinois

Jun 27, 2021
Rated: 4 by Dharmelink from Wisconsin

Jun 05, 2021
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Reviewed by AElfwine_Nerevar from Connecticut

4.28/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.05 by Hallertau from Wisconsin

May 29, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Ristaccia from Nebraska

May 25, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by smartassboiler from Illinois

May 19, 2021
Rated: 4.06 by Mickt465 from New Hampshire

May 16, 2021
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Rated by bret27 from California

4.57/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
Can courtesy of M-Fox24.
May 13, 2021
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Reviewed by Bhubbard34 from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
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
Rated: 4.06 by crobinso from Colorado

Apr 30, 2021
Rated: 4.71 by Vicirus from Massachusetts

Apr 24, 2021
Rated: 4.5 by Cwarwick812 from Massachusetts

Apr 17, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by tblack4d from Georgia

Jan 21, 2021
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Reviewed by Siriusfisherman from Vermont

4.12/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
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
Rated: 4.21 by AlltheBacon from Massachusetts

Sep 01, 2020
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