Saison | Hilliard's Beer

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Hilliard's Beer
Washington, United States
hilliardsbeer.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by suncrust on 12-25-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
104
Reviews:
43
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
11.86%
 
 
Wants:
6
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of aufie
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DucksFan16
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of unclekeith
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of RickS95
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm torn between the macro looking liquid and the amazing head. The beer itself looks like something you get from a case of 30 for $13.99. It's straw yellow and mostly clear. The only thing that prevents it from being Bud's brother is a bit of chill haze. The head, however, is many fingers thick. Bright white bubbles create a multi-layered head of different sizes and textures. Thick sticky lace.

Hard to tell it's a saison from the smell, but it distinguishes itself from also ranks with a crisp cereal grain nose with a bit if citrusy lemon. Smells like a cracker with a slice of lemon on top.

This seems to have some pale malts and a bit of Pilsner malt as well. Fortunately, the lemony citrus bits counter the crappy malt bill generating something that's drinkable.

There isn't as much funkiness as I would have guessed from a saison and there isn't much tartness either. The acidy lemony citrus makes this beer what it is. There is some bitterness but the acid cuts right through it. Fairly effervescent and crisp finish to scrape the palate clean.

As much as I dislike Pilsner malts, this beer mostly works. The yeast is the star here.

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Photo of EdwardAbbey
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of headlessparrot
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ldhughes3
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gouettn
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Hammerhead18
4.68/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.75

Amazing beer. Great taste. Good feel.

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of marcellaproust
2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I first tried Hilliard's out on a Road Dawgs tour of Seattle breweries, even though I am a resident and not tourist. I recall liking the pils but nothing else. I've not had any since (two years) because Hilliard's tends to be expensive and there's just too much good PNW! But, deciding to treat myself to one of my favorite styles, I bought a four pint pack. Why, why? The nose was AWOL. The appearance: poured into a glass it's nearly as pale as a run of the mill lager. As for taste: I get it when the brewers state that this beer is made in the old way, without addition of spices but as far as I'm concerned, all the more pity for it. This beer's body and mouthfeel thin; great carbonation, and little body and nearly imperceptible aftertaste. If anything, it has the beginnings of what wants to be a saison but ends up metallic and tinny. There's no bitterness, but no smoothness, nothing substantial enough that I can bring an adjective to. A wastes of $ and caloiries.

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Photo of BabaBeer
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of macpapi
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a transparent straw-like yellow color with a decent foamy head. Smells of light wheat with hints of lemon citrus and a small hint of pepper or clove. Taste is biting yet fruity. There is a dry peppery taste accompanied by citrus--mainly lemon--flavor and the sweet taste of Belgian sugar and yeast. The beer is light bodied and pretty bubbly in the mouth. There is a bit of hop presence as well. Overall this is a pretty drinkable beer that represents the style pretty well. There is quite a bit going on here but nothing too overwhelming. A nice beer.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Treyliff
3.89/5  rDev +4.9%

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A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a two-finger foamy white head that retains long after the pour, with bubbles continuously shooting to the top 3.75

S- spicy & yeasty aroma overall, also picking up some crisp wheat and lemon grass, sourdough aroma malt & earth 3.75

T- slightly tangy lemon peel flavor up front, quickly followed by crisp wheat with some spicy & slightly phenolic yeast, earthy and must on the finish with lingers of more spicy notes 4

M- medium body with moderate-but-spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel that fills the mouth, eventually finishing crisp and dry 4

O- a nice saison that packs enough flavor to avoid the blandness of many saisons out there, worth a try! 3.75

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Photo of Erik-P
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ThirstyDutchman
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of Donkster46
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I got this from a local beer store along with many other cans from this same brewery. They're a local brewery so that's how I was able to procure many of their brews. This one was pretty good, no earth shattering but I would definitely buy it again. It wasn't very pricey either. Sadly though this one was the best one out of the lot I got from Hilliard's.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of shelby415
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of BrewtalHonesty
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of Didier
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Oidmoe
3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

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Saison from Hilliard's Beer
3.71 out of 5 based on 104 ratings.
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