Thorpe429 (5006) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shrink-wrapped 750mL swing-top growler generously shared by yourefragile. Served in a Hill Farmstead long-stemmed tulip.
Pours a nice light straw-yellow color with a fluffy white head and good retention. Really nice lacing on the sides of the glass as it goes down.
The nose carries a good dose of grain and barley with some light floral and perfume notes. Really well-integrated. Light but fairly complex. Really impressive and on par with the best American pilsners I’ve had, which mainly consist of those coming very fresh from Victory on tap.
Flavor starts with a nice grain character. Very smooth and soft. Comes in underneath floral-driven hops. Light earthiness and just a touch of spice. Light body and incredibly crisp. Ridiculously easy to drink. I could have easily taken down the growler and more by myself.
hopscotch (8534) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JUN 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Growler... Lightly hazed yellow lager with a small, wispy, white head. Good retention. The bouquet presents both bready notes and multi-colored peppercorns. Light-bodied with airy carbonation. The flavor is heavily bitter, especially for the style. Finishes crisp, bitter, raspy and dry. Leaves me with a lemon rind aftertaste. Muchos kudos to ctipping for sharing this one with the south Florida crew!
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JUN 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light yellow pour with white head and lace. Flat paper, light malt, and earthy hops. Light malt with a resiny bitter. Thin and watery but very good.
Glouglouburp (5929) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 6, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
In short: An exemplary hoppy blond lager, german pilsner for the American palate.
How: Tap at Blackback Pub, Waterbury VT. (later a few growlers home).
The look: Cloudy yellow-blond body topped by a medium white head that quickly recedes to a persistent small layer of foam leaving lots of lacings on the glass.
In long: Nose is fresh cereals, noble-ish hops that emanates dry yellowed grass, lemons and even some grapefruits. Not the usual aromatic bomb that are Hill Farmstead draught beers, this is nonetheless an very inviting aroma with an overall great freshness sensation. Taste has the signature Hill Farmstead malt/water/mouthfeel signature similar to most of their single hop IPAs, fresh cereals (bakery bread and crackers), chewy but not doughy, low sweetness, plenty of very soft bubbles creating a voluptuous super-comfortable monthfeel. Also a light boiled egg-white sensation which is something I somehow often get from lager yeast. A generous hopping that is very soft on the palate, some lemongrass, sundried yellowed grass, bitter grapefruits, lemon juice. Since Mary is a pils by the hops-obsessed Hill Farmstead I expected a denaturized hop-bomb of a pilsner, not the case here, although certainly americanized over-hopped by german pils standards I find that a fresh Prima Pils has a more assertive hop bitterness than Mary. A superb session beer that I would like to see become a regular next to Edward in HF lineup. I ordered my beer by telling the waitress at Blackback “please MARY me!” and I laughed and laughed and it truly scares me how often I’d punch myself in the face if I wasn’t me.
rodenbach99 (2968) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Une autre dégustation dans la ligne d’attente. Je dois dire que les gens qui y travaillent sont fort courtois et sympathiques ce qui rend l’attente moins pénible et que dire de la bière. Cette Mary se présente sous un liquide dorée jaune avec une mousse blanche. Le nez est classique avec des grains continentaux, des houblons nobles et ce qui semble être des notes de levure weizen, de la banane. La bouche est trop facile à boire, des grains, céréales, houblons de tout acabit.
NobleSquirrel (3437) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 19, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Growler shared by Drew. Awesome. Pours a slightly hazed gold with a stiff white head. Nose is spicy and herbal, distinctly noble character. Some sweet pils malt in the nose as well. Super clean. At first, seems a touch too much hop flavor but the bitterness grows to support it. Drying finish, not astringent. Super clean and balanced. Great malt flavor for just 2-row. Fuckin’ a this is superb.
craftycarl21 (2135) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - MAR 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to briandot!! Just a fantastic pilsener. Slightly cloudy beautiful golden pour with the classic, full HF fluffy white head. Nose and flavor bring crisp, clean noble hop bite, bready dough and luscious yeasty balance. Balanced, effervescent, Outstanding.
AirForceHops (2712) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml growler from the HFS. Tall pils glass shows a lightly hazy straw color with ample carbonation. Sticky spider web lacing down the side. Nose is light malt and grain. A mild hoppiness is upfront with a grassy, hay flavor and a moderate level of sweetness. Lemon and honey notes. Mild lingering bitterness. Very light body and very refreshing. I got to say this is the best American pilsner I have ever sampled. The only other American pilsner I remember being this good was Cigar City Patio Pils. Well done Mr. Hill.
NielsenRatings (8273) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler @ Rachel’s place, shared by Steve_0. Thanks so much- I’ve been wanting to try this one for a while! Pours a hazy, light yellow orange appearance with an off white head. Sweet fruity yeasty, lemon, light tropical fruity, sweet toasted malty, cracker, lightly herbal aroma. A bit more on the sweeter/fruity side than some Pilseners, but still very enticing. Very refreshing flavor that again is a bit more on the sweet side, but I think that makes it a great session beer during a hot summer day. Lemon, light fruit cocktail, a bit grassy, somewhat herbal, light mango, quite yeasty flavor with a bit of acidity on the finish. Soft carbonation. Not what I was expecting, but fuck it (butt fuck it?), it’s a damn nice beer and probably would be fun as fuck to beer bong (or use for beer pong). Can you imagine filling your solo cups with this during beer pong? Holy hell, that would be an experience. Thanks again, Stephen!
drewbeerme (3869) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler, pours hazed yellow with foamy white head. Aroma hay, florals, grainy. Flavors florals, sweet corn and grain, bit peppery, clean and crisp, firm. Great pils.
Steve_0 (2232) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 mL, swing-top at home, courtesy of Frank. Thanks again man! Pour is slightly hazy straw-colored with a big fluffy white head and great lacing. Snappy, crackery, somewhat spicy aroma - with lighter notes of grass, lemon zest, straw and biscuit. Taste is much the same - biscuity, bready, grainy, almost chewy - grass, earthy/spicy hops, lemon peel, a touch of flowers, and honey with a lightly bitter finish. Full, yet airy mouthfeel with high carbonation. I am not a huge fan of Pilseners, but this one was super-easy drinking and tasted extremely fresh. It makes me want to go to Germany and experience what a real lager is like.