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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-19-2003

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Ratings: 53 |  Reviews: 33
Reviews by deanhead:
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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More User Reviews:
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 coffee84
3/5  rDev -17.6%

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 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 MJ63
3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Sammy
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pleasant pilsner. Pleasant light gold color Drying. a meal.
The review is based on the new formulation had at Pre-C'est What Festival in May 2006. This was yellow golden with lace. It was fruity and had some body, a bit of barley, giving it a boldness. Maybe the best beer at the Festival.

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Photo of JahTurbo
2.81/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MichaelGennings
4.42/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Stone Hammer Pilsner. 5% alc. 20 IBUs. Brewed in Guelph, Ontario, Canada by Stonehammer Brewing. Nice white head. Golden colour. Smell: Sweet bread. Grains. Body is light to medium. Finish is crisp. Really nice sweetness to this beer.

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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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Photo of Gusler
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer is a light limpid gold color as it sets in the pilsner glass, the head tall and bright white, frothy in texture and the residual lace a velum like sheet. Nose is lemon like in crispness, some hints of malt sweetness also noticed, front is lightly sweet, neat in its malt presence, the top somewhat thin. Finish is spinney in its acidity, the hops as a pilsner should be, dry and a decent drinking beer.

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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 Foley67
3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of baiser
4.02/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, yellow colour, with a nice creamy head, good lacing. Ok looking beer. Fresh hop aroma, sweet, malty flavour. Quite a tasty, local pilsner. Pleasant surprise from F&M. More flavour than I was expecting from a pilsner. Good malt backbone, followed by a nice hop flavour, fruity, refreshing. Smooth, medium bodied, easy drinking. Ends dry and bitter. Recommended.

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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 RedAleMan
3.54/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 FRANKIE65
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 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 Wintermute
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale golden yellow colour, very clear. Thick white head with a good mixture of small to large bubbles. The head lasted about 10 min and left behind a light skim on top that lasted until the end. While the head lasted, it left behind a nice lace on the side of the glass.
Crisp, clean, sweet malty smell with noticeable noble hops character (floral/grassy/spicy). No DMS smell. Which is great for me because I hate that DMS smell and taste. Its one of the reasons I'm not big on light lagers and pilsners.
Good body (I'd say medium body) and mouthfeel.
The taste was crisp and clean, more sweet than malty, maybe a slight bit grainy. Definite noble hop taste. Well balanced. Finishes dry with a pleasant lingering bitterness. Again, no DMS in the taste, a bonus for me.

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Photo of Rukeli76
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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 taxandbeerguy
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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Stone Hammer Pilsner from F&M Brewery
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 53 ratings
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