Saison | Hinterland Brewery Restaurant

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Hinterland Brewery Restaurant
Wisconsin, United States

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of Beginner2
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good that a restaurant in Packerland ventured outside of stereotypical fare.... and succeeds!
I wouldn't imagine that this Saison goes with a lot on Hinterland's menu... interesting as it reads.
Yet they made a nice ale that I Had on tap at Graze, a farm-to-table restaurant on Madison's Capitol Mall.

This looks typical, but the lace lightly coats the entire glass, a bit like typical APAs.
Aroma is mostly coriander and spicy, floral. Malts comes through in the taste; seemingly sweet mostly.
The mouthfeel is right for food, barely enough carbonation to clear the palate for the next bite. (I had a beet burger and fries... so how does a balanced ale go wrong with that?)

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Photo of Ri0
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

It's a darker shade of yellow and hazy with a 3 finger bright white head. Long lasting retention that coats the glass with thick lacing. I can pick on the spice right away. Nice amounts of straw, bread, yeast, and some citrus notes, lemon zest. Starts out with yeast, bread, and some grassiness. Moves into a light lemony citrus flavor that is quickly cast aside by the peppers, spice, and clove. A creamy body with soft carbonation. Spicy and dry on the finish.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. First time seeing this in my area, so I decided to give it a try on a whim.

Orange/amber color with a one finger fluffy white head. Very hazy and a good amount of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle, which I was not expecting. Aroma was potent and probably the best part of the beer. Big whiffs of pepper, coriander, and lemongrass. So strong that it overshadowed any malt or hops. The spice carries over into the taste and it is very prominent. It gets tiresome by the end of the beer as its a bit rough on the palate. Finishes very dry.

This is a one and done beer for me. The spice additions dominate the beer and could be scaled back to improve it a bit. Best drank with food, possibly a Thai dish with lots of herbs or chiles.

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at the Milwaukee Hinterland on tap. Pours clear gold under a thick off-white head. Has a lemony aroma. Initial citrus flavor segues into more peppery taste in the finish.

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Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy/hazy golden color with white head. Raw wheat, spice, slight citrus notes on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a little spice and bready note.

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Photo of gollem
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one of the best US saisons I've had, certainly since I found a pint of it on sale for 2.99. That's hard to beat anyways, and to my surprise I had chanced into a really real tasting saison that's all yeasty and hairy, with that great smell and feel of grassland and summer. I'll get this again if I can, and I'll pay more if I have to.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a pint bottle into a pint glass
A: Wheat-yellow color (if that makes sense) with a one-finger head
S: Lemongrass, wheat and spice, though there's also a distinct note of something that reminds me of laundry detergent- not necessarily bad just out of place
T: Coriander, basil, lemongrass, white pepper. Tastes okay but could use some wheat/hops on top of the herbs/spice
M: Medium-bodied, fairly smooth, good carbonation
O: Interesting to try, fits the style well but probably not a repeat purchase

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.53/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

16 oz bottle poured into a Hinterland tulip
6.3% ABV

A - Lazy carbonation travels through the pretty clear golden-hued brew to it's frothy and lingering eggshell head. Heavy lace clings to the glass for a beautiful and style-perfect appearance.

S - Spicy overtones from Hinterland's Saison bring white pepper and lemongrass to the forefront, focusing in on the yeast esters very nicely. Complimentary floral hop notes continue the rustic aroma through to it's pale malt backbone for an exemplary nose.

T - The bouquet of yeast esters develops further in flavor, incorporating chalky clay and subtle apricot fruit into the white pepper and lemongrass taste but floral, citrusy hops become the focus (though not by much) tasting like a full-on Lemonhead. Malt support is spot-on as it's sweetness gently cuts through spice and bitterness for a balanced finish.

M - This medium-bodied saison has a perfect carbonation level; prickly but not sharp, which helps the malt in cutting through some of the spiciness and hop bitterness for a well-balanced but lingering finish.

O - Hinterland's Saison might be all over the map with complex fragrant yeast esters and distinctive hop flavor (and higher than usual bitterness) but the end result is a harmonious brew; one of the better American-brewed Saison-style beers out there, especially if you like Lemonheads, which is certainly what it tends to remind me of.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a Nonic)
A- There is just a touch of hazy to the golden orange body with a strong carbonation supporting a wispy snow white sticky head.

S- A mineral water aroma with some malt note and a soft saison yeast ester finish.

T- There is a nice fresh lightly toasted malt flavor leads to a mellow saison ester flavor then some green pineapple weed hops in the finish. A gentle bitter note lingers. There is also a mineral note to the Saaz hops that come through.

M- The medium mouthfeel as a gentle fizz in the finish.

O- This beer has a mellow ester profile with a nice balance to the malt flavor and hops are also in balance. Nice session beer and a unique take on the saison style.

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Photo of MadScientist
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A: a medium golden beer with great clarity and a rocky, white head with good retention.

S: There are medium black pepper and spicy hops aromas dominating the nose with a slight clove spice. Some fruity esters. The hops smell so fresh that they have that brightness like having just been dumped into the boil kettle while brewing; they bring a moderate amount of grassiness and some lemon citrus notes.

T: Medium-strong citrus and spice flavors with a medium hops bitterness. The spice is a blend of slightly more pepper than clove. The hops are mostly a spice Saaz-like with some lemon character. There is a good amount of Pils malt with a light sweetness but balance is fairly bitter and the finish is dry. An orange fermentation character comes through the more it warms.

M: A moderately light bodied beer with a strong level of carbonation.

O: A dry, spicy somewhat fruity beer with a good amount of hops character; everything that I enjoy about the Saison style. Worth looking for when your in WI. and would be nice great to find locally.

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Photo of fmccormi
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Straight pour from a 16.9oz/500ml pry-off bottle to an oversized wineglass (HF stemware). No bottling date visible, but from what I recall from asking about this in the store this is pretty fresh, like within a couple months of bottling. Certainly not too old.

Appearance (4.5): Beautiful pour: A thick, luscious head of custard-colored foam composed of dense fluff and fat, crackling bubbles. It has good retention, fading slowly and leaving some thick, patchy webs and scattered globs of lace. The body is a rich, perfectly hazy, glowing orange-golden color, like honey. Beautiful beer.

Smell (2.5): Kind of a musty, sweet malt aroma comes out first, kind of like the inside of silo filled with grain and corn—smells a bit like unfermented wort, quite frankly. Sweetened apple juice, boiled grains, some warm, musty character. It’s got an interesting fruitiness, but it’s lacking the lean, crackery malt body, spiciness, and crisp hop character I’d expect from the style.

Taste (3.5): Well, there’s some more spiciness here, anyway—though that sweet fruitiness from the nose is still hanging out here. There’s a nice mix of white and black pepper, a healthy dash of clove, and something herbal but not astringent, like fresh basil, hanging out subtly underneath. The malt retains the kind of sweet, malted grain / wort character that I picked up in the nose, but not as thick or syrupy. It’s not the biscuits / common crackers / rustic white bread that I expect from the style, but more like rich, sweet, buttermilk pancakes. A bit of leafy, herbal bitterness comes through from start to finish, too. But that peppery character actually gets a bit more prominent as the beer goes on—it’s not that it washes anything out, because everything else is still quite evident, but the spicy kick of ground black pepper just becomes a stronger, independently noticeable factor.

Mouthfeel (4.25): This has a really excellent mouthfeel, if a bit full and heavy: good, prickly carbonation is distributed by a lusciously thick, soft carbonation that nicely accompanies the full, slightly heavy-side-of-medium-weight body that has a moderate viscosity but still finishes moderately dry, thanks to a bit of booze and that peppery kick.

Overall (3.5): It’s an interesting saison. It’s actually got all of the classic elements, in my mind, except that it’s kind of a big, thick example of the style with decent spiciness and a richer malt character than I’m used to. It’s not bad. It’s just too malty and thick for what I really enjoy from the style. At least, if it’s going to be this rich, I’d expect a dryer, crisper malt character and some of that sweetness borne by brighter fruits and honey, with lemony crispness to help balance it all out. But y’know, maybe I’m too specific about my expectations—this is still a pretty decent saison, and I’m glad to have tried it, not to mention to see more examples of not-piss-poor saisons available in smaller formats for a decent price. So kudos to Hinterland, if for nothing else than that.

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Photo of RickS95
3.3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had this on draft at Bar Louie because they were out of Hennepin.

Pours a fairly clear but dark golden straw color. Doesn't look like much body from the pour. Head had good retention and a nice lace.

Smell was good for the style with the typical farmhouse funkiness you expect. Dank citrus fruits and some white pepper spice dominate.

Taste was a step down because the pepper overwhelms. Really, nothing else is noticed.

Mouthfeel also suffers because my palate is ruined from he spice. A bitterness in the the finish is the only thing else to pick up.

Overall it's a fair beer, just nothing to write home about.

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Photo of nickfl
3.71/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, dark golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace.

S - Musty, slightly spicy malt with herbal hops and a hint of floral character.

T - Sweet, thick malt up front with herbal continental hops in the middle. Finishes with lightly peppery yeast character and lingering spicy hops.

M - Medium thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Well made, it hits al the right points, but it just doesn't do much for me. The hop character is nice, but the yeast never jumps out at you the way it does in the best examples of the style.

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Photo of 312HopBomb
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour produces a two finger head of white froth. Color is a hazy orange in my Duvel tulip glass.

Spicy nose with pungent coriander, floral, and Belgian yeast.

Flavor opens up after 30 minutes with a pepper bite then coriander, lemon zest and light orange. A bit more dry than the sample I tried last summer at the Oswego Brewer's fest.. That beer had stronger coriander and more sweetness which I loved but this one is still pleasant. A bit sour in the finish on the back of the tongue.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Crisp and effervescent and a good representation of the style.

Ovarall I like this one though not as well as the last sample. Next I will try/review the IPA!

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.14/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Three finger head with excellent retention on a golden with burnt orange hues body. Excellent lacing. Aroma of tropical fruits, floral notes, corriander and candy sugar with a little Belgian yeast. A little light but likely under the cover of the large head. Flavors is much different than expected, not very sweet, more lightly sour or tart with fruits taking a back seat to herbal hops, Belgian yeast, roasted malts and peppercorn. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation with a fairly dry finish. Nice representation of the style. My first from the brewery and I was very pleased.

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Photo of Greggy
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint Bottle poured into beer clean glass.

A- Pours a two finger bright white head which settles into a nice cap after a minute. Very good sticky white lacing. Body is golden yellow with ample fine sediment.

S- A definite lemon and pepper on the nose as well as some coriander and clove. I get a little bit of the characteristic yeasty saison yeast and some definite sweetness.

T- Starts out with ample lemon, some coriander, orange peel and just a little bit of yeast on the finish which eventually dries out. I wish I got a lot more yeasty character here.

M- Low carbonation. Smooth Finish.

O- I had this on another occasion and remembered much more yeasty saison characteristic. Either way, this is a good beer I would enjoy again in the future.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
2.38/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Whew. This tastes like I am biting into a pile of herbs or something. It's way overboard, and the saison tones are quite soapy. No balance at all here. I think that after recently trying Liopard Oir, my standards for a saison have been refreshed in my mind. Unfortunately, this comes nowhere close. A miss, in my book.

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Photo of wingman14
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden yellow with a foamy white head. Smell is lemon, clove, pepper, some yeast. Taste is clove, lemon zest, pepper, and some yeast. Mouthfeel is light , good carbonation, lots of flavor. The lemon lingers in the aftertaste. Overall a powerful beer, interesting flavors but a bit overpowering for my tastes.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hrd to keep the chunky sediment out of the glass. Pretty good bubbling and a strong film of foam that leaves some sticky lace and for almost all sixteen ounces.

Earthy, Spring fruit nose. Smells yeasty and dry with a just hint of melon.

Pretty sweet, yeasty flavor to this saison. One of the sweetest of memory. Dry banana and melon mixed in a light earthy melange of sweet toasted malt and soft hopping.

Palate is carbonated, but not as bubbly as I like in my saisons. Palate is dry yet oily on teh back of the tongue.

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Photo of bskrtz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served cold in glass pint at Fat Pour, Chicago

A) Hazy golden straw with soapy white head. Shines bright when held to the light

S) Sour dough, banana, clove, apple pie. Lots of yummy stuff.

T) Smooth and refreshing. Sweet caramel malt, mild hops. lemon zest

M) Mediium body with ample carbonation, mild esthers

O) Excellent interpretation of the classic farmhouse ale.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving type: 16-ounce bottle. No freshness date.

Appearance: Poured into a tulip. The color is very hazy gold. Around two fingers of off-white head dissipated to leave a thin lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Tame Belgian farmhouse funk lets fruity notes of orange, lemon, and grapefruit shine. It also has sweet apple and clove/pepper spice; it is very reminiscent of hefeweizen. Funky hefeweizen, that is.

Taste: It offers a surprising kick of spice to the back of the throat. The effect reminds me of curry but the flavor is more like white pepper. The other flavors create a well-balanced mélange and nothing really stands out like it does in the smell: light funk, orange, lemon, grapefruit, and spicy clove.

Drinkability: I am impressed. This may have turned me into a fan of saison.

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Photo of ChimRichels
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy golden color with a finger of bone white head that lingers for the majority of the drink.

S - The nose is absolutely bursting with deliciousness, and I cannot stress that enough. It is really incredible. Cloves, fresh baked banana bread, and a muted floral note.

T - Much like the aroma, but with the hops coming more into play than in the nose. Lovely flavors of rich breads and that tangy bite from the yeast that really ties it all together. Quite peppery/spicy on the finish.

M - Smooth and creamy with a bit of a bite on the finish.

O - We did a blind taste test with this against the New Glarus Saision, and out of 5 tasters, the Hinterland won unanimously. Pretty impressive brew, and only the second I have tried from this brewery... I will have to try some of their other offerings.

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Photo of aasher
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a slightly cloudy, tarnished gold in color with a one finger bright white, soapy head. The nose is impressive right off the bat. It features a lot of lemon rhind, a cardamom esque spice, light citrusy yeast, and light hay. The flavors are very well rounded. There is a lot of spicing, a lot of cardamom, and the citrusy peel aspect isn’t over the top. The yeast character is near perfect. It has really nice flavor. It drinks light in body and leaves behind plenty of spice. It’s pretty interesting. For an American made saison, this is pretty solid. While I may get flack for this, I would say that it is a poor man’s version of Fantome Hiver, with a much lighter mouthfeel.

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Photo of danedelman
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Maximum12 for this one in a trade.

A-very viscous during the pour. pale yellow with little head.

S-citrus notes crowd the nostrils and then a backing of pepper gets in there. smell is very true to style and delicious.

T-Lime with a green pepper dances on the tongue. Pretty thick mouthfeel for a saison. A grapefruitiness hops lies in the background.

M-I think the mouthfeel really hurt this beer for me. Great smell/taste but the thickness and chewiness was a bit much for this style.

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Photo of mrelizabeth
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stopped into Hinterland Milwaukee on Eerie St., and was given this bottle to sample. Very friendly folks, and a great, slightly up-scale gastropub.

A- great body color, slightly more amber than most saisons. About one-two fingers of foam, good lacing throughout tasting.

S- malty, hops rising just a touch. Bread with a lingering fruity yeast.

T- starts smooth, then you get the yeast (banana/clove), then you get a great peppery blast. Slightly malty finish.

M- refreshing. enough carbonation to spread the flavors over your tongue. Pepper lingers, but not uncomfortably. Wonderful balance of ingredients.

O- a very, very good Saison. A simple bottle, easy to overlook, but you'll be sorry if you do. Pick up a pack and enjoy them!

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