Stone Hammer Pilsner | F&M Brewery

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Stone Hammer PilsnerStone Hammer Pilsner

Brewed by:
F&M Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer was built to cleanse and refresh. A straw coloured golden beer with light white head on top. The light aroma brings grainy pilsner malts, fresh aromatic hops and nuances of dried fruit. On the palate it is crisp, lightly hopped beer with an unassuming ability to quench your thirst.

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

473 mL can picked up at the LCBO; best before July 2 2016 and served well-chilled.

Pours a bog-standard clear, pale golden-yellow hue, generating one centimetre of soapy white froth at the surface. It dissipates over the next couple of minutes, bequeathing a small amount of lace as it is reduced to a thin, foamy cap and collar. Yep, that's a pilsener alright, and the aroma only reinforces this notion - though the presence of some buttery diacetyl notes cause this pils to give off more of a Czech vibe than a German one. Hints of spicy, floral Saaz hops overlie a backbone of clean, grainy, bready pale barley malt sweetness.

This is a passable pilsener with a few forgiveable flaws. Clean pale barley malts provide a grainy, bready sweetness that comprises the bulk of the flavour profile, especially on the front end. The Saaz hops really shine through towards the finish, with a grassy, floral hop bitterness rounding it off appropriately. Hints of diacetyl are noticeable throughout the sip; again, this pils reminds me more of Czech fare (e.g. PU or Czechvar), as opposed to German brands (e.g. Bitburger or Jever). Light in body, with moderate carbonation levels that offer up the sort of firm, crisp bite that I'd expect from a pale lager. Drinks like a dream, but fails to excel in any other category.

Final Grade: 3.55, a B. For a brewery that has been around for at least 20 years, Stone Hammer/F&M really seems to fly under the radar. I can't even recall the last time I saw a new brand from them being sold in stores - and the brands that they do produce are mostly based on safe, relatively pedestrian beer styles. Their Pilsner is no exception. It's acceptable for what it is, but when compared to the imported "gold standards" of this style, it doesn't quite cut the mustard. I wouldn't discourage anyone from trying it, but I also wouldn't recommend it with much enthusiasm.

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Photo of EricVonStein
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

very pale crystal clear like light straw or dim morning light. Couple generous fingers of froths crisp white head that retains well.

Beautifully malty grains pour over the nose. The smell of light grains is so strong it feels as if you're in a grain mill with all that flour in the air. Wonderful bready notes, very malt forward but dry and almost musty. Hard to pick up any hop aroma, though a mild spicy aroma is faintly present in back.

Again, the Stone Hammer pours on the malts up front with multi grain and light rye bread grains. While I couldnt pull them out in the nose the Saaz hops move in and provide that nice slightly grassy and peppery bitterness. The finish is mildly bitter and a bit more wet than Id like, with some of the sweet maltiness lingering. Well carbonated and kind of mealy in the mouth, nice feel.

Overall this is a really nice pils with great malt character well balanced by the hops. There is a nice background peppery spiciness from the hops but Id love to see a little more crisp bitterness and dryness on the finish. In this heat you'd do well to drink these all afternoon to quench your thirst. Quite nice.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

355 ml bottle purchased from LCBO for $2CDN out of the singles bin. Served cold into glassware.

Appearance - Crystal clear pale golden color. About a finger of frothy white head head with decent retention tie, leaving a soapy cap on top. Quite a few visible bubbles, but the deluge slows after an initial burst.

Smell - More of a fruity aroma than expected from a pilsner, but the usual mild grainy aromas, with a floral aspect as well. Nose is subdued but inviting.

Taste - Clean crisp biscuity flavor, mild bitterness and then a big grain bill in the aftertaste. Slight moments where the floral and fruity aspects shine through but they are blended in well with the grain flavor. A pretty good tasting pilsener. Some roasted characteristics are present as well.

Mouthfeel - Smooth and moderate carbonation with a medium-light body.

Overall - A pretty good and well above average pilsener with great grainy flavors. I could see myself picking up a six pack next time if the price is right.

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Photo of ThomasWhytock
3.46/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picture perfect in a glass. A classic goldenrod color. Has a crisp smooth taste. Very refreshing. Not terribly interesting, but there are days when all you need is a cold beer.

Stone Hammer Dark is highly recommended. Beer drinkers should start there, more casual drinkers can start here.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A sample from the spring OCB mixer pack.

A - pours a clear golden color, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - light grassy hop notes, hints of wheat and a bready biscuit finish.

T - the grassy hops dominate, bready malts complement nicely, nice bitterness lingers alongside a hint of lemon citrus.

M - medium bodied ale that goes down smooth and finishes with a touch of dryness.

O - a solid sample of the style, nice flavours with a solid bitterness that lingers. I quite enjoyed this one and would certainly recommend this to a fan of full flavored pilseners.

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Photo of SebD
3.57/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice semi cloudy golden/yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down quite fast and leaves minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of grains with spicy noble hops and some fruitiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a grainy character to it with a fruitiness (mostly citrus) and a spicy lemon zest.

Mouthfeel: It has a high carbonation with a nice but thin overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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Photo of liamt07
3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle shared by Steve, 341ml into a tulip.

Clear gold in colour, some white head but lacing or retention is non-existent. A bit of hops in the nose with a subtle spicy/herbal quality to them. A bit of toastiness and general malt sweetness. Taste has a very mild pilsner character, sweet malt, light hoppiness. Some sulphur, herbal hops and a touch of spiciness - these descriptors might be stretching it a bit. Medium body, and under-carbonated for the style. Drinkable, but not exciting by any stretch. Lacks the 'crispiness' I desire from the style.

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Photo of Groulxsome
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A (4) - Really bright and clear golden color. The head was big at first but came down (with nice lacing) pretty quickly.

S (4.5) - This a a particularly aromatic pilsner. It's got no shortage of that nice biscuit/graham cracker smell with a little hint of hoppy spice.

T (3.5) - This is a little low on my taste scale not due to lack of flavour! Quite the opposite! It's got a lot of big biscuit flavour with a balance of sweet - almost floral - hops at the end. It finishes somewhat bitter, but not quite bitter enough to fit the style. It's just a little too pale ale in the malt flavour and not quite bitter enough to fit the style perfectly. The malt is fine in the aroma, but it's a little too overpowering to really fit the style (though it's a good taste if we say style be damned).

M (4) - A crisp and refreshing carbonation and nice medium body. It finishes dry, which is right on the money.

O (4) - For something that markets itself as a premium pilsner it's a little too pale-ale-ish to really fit the style. Style aside, it's a wonderfully crafted beer that, while a little sweet, will probably be making its way back to my fridge sometime soon (though not to fill my pilsner niche).

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Photo of scott451
3.47/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. A two finger white head on a clear dark straw. The head soon diminishes to a ring.

Fruity grainy grass smells. The taste is mild and undistinguishable up front but the malt flavours grow. A somewhat toasty finish with a mild hop bite. Rather unusual for a pilsner but very nice.

Medium body and carbonation. Well rounded. Not a typical pilsner but well worth a try.

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Photo of canucklehead
4.05/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the OCB mixed Spring 2011 pack. This is an interesting pils that really doesn't taste like any other. Even looks different with a slightly muddy brown colour( not a good thing). The nose is very floral hoppy with some fruity notes. The beer is quite complex with a kellerbier style in the mouthfeel. Not your carbon copy craft lager

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Photo of Roke87
3.87/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle from the OCB spring discovery pack, chilled and poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance- Pours a light clear straw colour with a finger of bubbly white head that quickly dissipates to an average ring with a nice bubbly top as well, leaving below average lacing till finish.

Smell- The aromas are interesting for a pilsner, it smells very sweet right off the bat and has a nice fruity smell that reminds me a lot of Railway City offerings. You do get some smells of a typical pilsner in there from a mild grassy hop presence, and some bready malt aromas as well although this one does smell a lot more like an ale than it does a pilsner.

Taste- Just like the smells the tastes come through very sweet at first with a big fruity presence, again this one has more of an ale taste as well as opposed to a pilsner, although you do get some of the typical pilsner flavours with the bready malts and the very mild hops coming back again in the tastes as well.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied, this “pilsner” is very smooth crisp and easy drinking, with average carbonation.

Overall- Like I said before this one actually does remind me more of an ale than it does a pilsner although some of the typical pilsner tastes are present. It also does remind me of the signature fruity flavour that is there in a lot of the Railway City offerings. All in all it’s a very good beer and I actually enjoyed it, although I didn’t really have overly high expectations. Would go to this one again and again probably wouldn’t have picked it up if not for the OCB 6-pack seasonal sampler.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle

Appearance - Clear gold/yellow colour with an above average size fizzy and frothy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is a good amount of lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, malts, hay/straw, floral, yeast

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains and some hay/straw mixed with malts and a bit of lemon. It also had some vegetable flavour but I couldn’t quite put my finger on exactly what it was. It finishes with a grainy and bready aftertaste.

Overall – Not your average pilsner taste.. it reminded me a little bit of the Lug Tread Lager by Beau’s. I’m not sure I’d buy it again, but it’s definitely worth trying once.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
2.83/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very pale straw colour with abundant head.

The aroma is ale-ish, with the noble hops confusing things.

Doesn't taste like a pilsner. It's slightly fruity, with no real malt complexity and nowhere near enough hop bitterness with only some light floral hops to tip me off that this is a pilsner. A little bready.

Mouthfeel is weak and watery.

Overall this is about as inspired as a Molson Canadian.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Kickoff, Waterloo.

Poured into a nonic. A pale golden brew, with about an inch of head that receded to a thin layer. Circles of lacing about the glass. Looks about right.

Nose is bittering hops, fruit (apple and pear, possibly plum), nice grainy aroma as well.

A stand-up pils, certainly under-rated amongst Ontario brews. Great on tap, crisp and refreshing. A bready, grainy pilsner, with notes of fruit and grasses. Solid carbonation, medium bodied for a pils.

A great brew, certainly worthy of seeking out on tap.

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Photo of walkfargetbeer
4.04/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Pours a clean golden color, slightly cloudy. Nice thin and durable head, with a fairly large amount of lacing.

S: Upon cracking open my first bottle of the night, I was hit almost immediately with a fantastic cornucopia of rather strong smells. A large assortment of fruits are clearly evident, plums and lemons playing a very strong role. A slight hint of pear, and perhaps some sort of spice - which slowly makes more of an appearance, the further into the bottle you go.

T: First taste is fruity, tropical with a dab of citrus. The fruit flavors continue to be present as the malt flavor takes over. Hops are somewhat present, however overpowered. Incredibly curious finish, reminds me of the candy "swedish berries", very "Liquorice-ishy" tasting.

M: very smooth and light. Good carbonation.

My current go to session beer. Incredibly drinkable, and tasty. Unfortunately it is on occasion hard to come by.

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Photo of cratez
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yet another solid beer from a recent trip to Toronto. For a long time I didn't like pilsners, but it's now becoming one of my favourite styles. Seems like several Ontario brewers - Creemore, Mill Street, King, and this one - make a damn good pils.

Pours a light golden yellow with a generous, bright white head and big globs of lacing on the glass. Smell is strong lemon grass and beautiful, floral hops, with fresh cut hay and a deep funkiness. Taste is mildly sweet pils malt, bread and grain flavours, and spicy bitter hops. Huge amount of cereal and wheat in the aftertaste, followed by a dry and slightly parched finish. Clean, medium mouthfeel, good carbonation with a crisp bite. Quaffable.

I could use more hops, but this is still a great beer. One of the best in the genre, up there with Victory Prima, MS Pilsner, and Noble Pils. Stonehammer should get this into Beer Stores throughout the province so that people outside the GTA can enjoy it!

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Photo of SkinnyElvis
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to biegaman for another frew from the Great North. Pours a clear yellow with a thin head. Some grassy hops in smell. Tastes of grassy hops and light malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and this is very drinkable. This would be a great session beer for a pils fan.


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Photo of bobsy
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright straw coloured body with a fine bone-white head that starts of big, but fades to a cap and leaves some good lace. Smell of lemonbalm, grass and light bready malts. Herbal hop flavour hits at first sip and dominates a light malt body. This makes for a thirst quenching beer, and hoppier than I expected, if a little unbalanced. The malt produces clean bready flavours that linger nicely. Medium to light body with a refreshing tingly carbonation.

I could see this being an excellent beer to kick back on the deck with. Drinkability is high.

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Photo of Antilochus
4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a twist-off bottle purchased at a London, ON LCBO. No freshness date. 5.00% abv, 341mL. Fridge temp. Into a Stella Artois gold-rimmed glass.

Hazy orange body, quickly goes to cloud and collar. Poor retention, quickly not a single bubble.

Aromas of mango, tropical fruit, apple, spice, syrup. Very fruity for a pils. Weird, but good.

Sweetish, malty palate and finish. Fruit comes back (tropical). Tons of noble hop spiciness. Apple. Moderate carbonation, great feel.

Probably the best pils I've had yet. Bravo. A bit extreme but that's how I like it!

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Photo of deanhead
2.89/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer was a brilliantly straw colored beverage that poured a very thin head which dissipated to just a few bubbles rather quickly.

Virtually no aroma to this beer at all.

The beer had a nice malty taste, and was well balanced with a very slight hop bitterness.

Light bodied, but not thin by any stretch of the imagination.

Overall average drinker, nothing to special. It was very easy to drink, and could make a decent session beer.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From F & M brewery in Guelph, Ontario.

Served from a 341 ml twist off bottle into a pint glass.

A- Clear straw yellow in color. Nice two finger head settles down to a layer of thin foam with very good lacing. Lots of bubbles.

S- Fairly sweet and malty with nice floral hop notes as well as some citrus and light fruit.

T- Citrus off the top followed by some nice malty flavor, floral hops add really good balance with a lasting somewhat grassy dry finish. Truly unique and enjoyable.

M- Is light and slightly thin in body, but not watery. Good carbonation.

D- Very quaffable.

Overall Stone Hammer Pilsner is a unique and deliciously flavor-full pilsner. Excellent session brew! Those of you who enjoy heavily flavored
malt beers will enjoy this one. I know I do.

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Photo of Viggo
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Victory Cafe.

Pours a clear golden, thin white head forms, brilliantly clear, settles to a ring, some lace spots. Smell is sweet, caramel, lots of citrus in the nose, some floral, quite nice. Taste is sweet, grainy malt, honey sweet through the middle, citrus and floral, nice balance, light bitterness in the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, very refreshing, if some more hops were added, especially in the bittering, this could be a nice pils.

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Photo of Derek
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gold with a white head, not much retention, touch of lace.

S: Bready malt, grassy/floral hops.

T: Bready malt, metallic/grassy hops, moderately spicy. A little sweet up front, with a crisp, bitter finish.

M: Moderate body (plenty of malty body for its strength); moderate carbonation.

D: Good drinkability.

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Photo of Chadbrew
2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty pale beer, I mean really pale actually. There is a slight haze but I don't detect any off flavors in the nose so I'm going to assume that it's not infection. Speaking of aroma there isn't much of one. What scents I can pull out are a slight sweetness and a light grassy smell. The taste is a sweet very bland almost macro-like flavor. This is a Canadian Pilsner, nuff said.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a dark yellow color pils with a nice bug bubbly white head with pretty good retention. Aroma of crisp hops and nice floral malt are very enjoyable. Taste is quite refreshing with some lightly sweet floral malt and a nice crisp hops finish. Body is a bit too thin and I would have appreciated more carbonation but this is still a very enjoyable pils.

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