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 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 LeftyGorilla
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pleasantly stinky. Slow carbonation with straw yellow complexion. Good head with moderate lacing. True to style. Strong enough. After drinking one on the way home from the store I felt like I shouldn't be driving any more. Finished the remaining 3 over lunch of apples, kraut, and brats and I feel like going out again. Would pair well with complex breads, good cheese, and sausages.

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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 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 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 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 Jnaustin114
3.52/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy golden straw color with white head.

Floral, Citrus

A little to heavy on the spice for me at first but as I got futher into it was refreshing, The finish has nice ginger notes.

Not one of my top choice from Hinterland, but not a bad beer by any means.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 ConorThomas
3.92/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle bought at Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati and poured into a full-pint tumbler glass.

A- Fairly clear golden color with a good amount of floating sediment.

S- Lemon is definitely big on the nose, along with some other attributes typical of this style.

T- Again, strong on the lemon. Many other spices come through, but are outdone by the lemon flavor.

M- Very smooth with a medium body that is quite drinkable.

O- Much more unique than I was expecting. This beer is definitely worth a try, and I will pick one up again if I see it. A refreshing take on the style.

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a murky golden orange, hazed with suspended sediment. Lasting head or foam, spotty soapy lacing inside the glass.

Coriander dominates the aroma, soft orange and sage in the background, slightly sweet, floral, and spice driven.

Sweet grain, spices, again mainly coriander and sage. Floral bitterness in the aftertaste. Dusty wheat, orange pith, and dried lemon peel. Medium bodied, supple feel, a touch soapy from the spices. Drinkable and quenching, though a bit wet and sweet for a saison.

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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 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 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 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 bound4er
4.01/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Light amber to dark straw appearance with a white head of 2 fingers. Laces quite well.

S. Grainy, somewhat shy nose.

T. Nice and spicy as it should be with orange zest and pepper. Bready malt adds balance.

M. Light bodied with good carbonation. Makes for easy drinking.

O. This may be Hinterland's best beer to date and the best non-Belgian Saison I've had in a long time. It is very easy to drink and is quite satisfying. Should make for a nice warm weather beer that is refreshing and thirst quenching. More please.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clean deep yellow color, with a white head. In the aroma, small earth notes and a little spice too. In the taste, spicy, earthy, and a nice yeast presence. A spice like bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry earth and yeast aftertaste. The color scared me a bit, but nice earth and spice all the way through.

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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 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 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 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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