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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.82   EST. CALORIES: 168   ABV: 5.6%
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Mary was Edward’s mother and our great-grandmother. A German-style pilsner brewed with our well water, American 2-row malt, our favorite German hops, classic German lager yeast. 5.6% abv.


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4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Thorpe429 (5012) - , Illinois, USA - JAN 27, 2013
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.


4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
WillemsUrenkel (509) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
On tap at the brewery on 21. June 2014. Standing two hours in line. Big thank you to Russel for his patience and driving. Light unclear golden in the glass. Starts definitely as a smooth grainy Pilsener, but in the second row, the typical Hill Farmstead floral hop taste reaches the stage. Highly recommended. Wish a I had taken a box of it in my case back home ...

4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Luk_ (120) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
750 growler consumed 2 days after its purchase. Clear yellow-gold with impressive white head. Very perfumy and aromatic: huge passionfruit, white fruit and cereal. Taste nicely showcases honey malt, some cereal and substantial hop bitterness. Palate is rather rich for the style. Not so close from the german pils I’ve tried during my trip, still better than most. A very good american interpretation of the style.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jredmond (5320) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
Draft at black pack with vin and Keith. Pours a bright hazy yellow with thin white lacing. Aroma is super crisp clean pale malt, light skunk and light grassy tones. Mouthfeel is thin and crisp - super dry and sessionable. I wish this pilsner could replace all the commonplace bullshit pilsners in nyc.

4.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ametras (398) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2014
750ml growler. Blonde with a thin foamy white head. Slight haze. Flavors are crisp malts, bread, honey, lemon, pear and grass with spicy and floral notes. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, creamy texture.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
rdixon77 (677) - Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2014
This beer made me rethink pilsners...so wonderful. Clear pale pour. Aroma was outstanding floral, herbal, and lemon. The taste had the pils base, but danced with pepper, lemon, and floral notes. Light and airy. Intensely wonderful.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Godofthecellar (668) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
Light yellow, whisp of head. Smell and taste of pepper, herbs with a white grape finish

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
MartinT (7811) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
My Bottom Line:
This airy lager sprays peppery and herbal hops onto crisp cereals, leading to a balancing bitterness and much smiling.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A dollop of foam sits atop the misty blond.
-The ingredients may well be German, but the mouthfeel is definitely Hill Farmstead.
-The aroma is very enticing.
-Malts also share a bite of doughy bread.
-Hops also have citrusy angles.

Growler.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
cpetrone84 (1379) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2014
From a growler. Pour is a clear pale yellow with a tight white head and foamy lacing left behind. Nose is light grain note, a bit of peppery yeast and notes of lemon and grassy herbal hops. Taste has more grain bill, less peppery but still a hint of it. Hop presence is stronger, grassy and herbal with a moderate amount of sweetness and lemon but well attenuated. Medium to light body, slightly syrupy with a decent bit of carbonation and a very dry finish.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
MJGG (950) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 13, 2014
Growler de 2L. Merci beaucoup à David! Arômes assez intenses de houblons floraux et poivrés. Touche citronnée. Robe blonde et légèrement voilée, effervescence très voluptueuse et belle mousse blanche. En bouche, les céréales sont bien exprimées et contribuent à une texture en bouche phénoménale, souple et aérienne. L’houblonnage est également à l’avant-plan, avec des notes florales et légèrement citronnées. Finale sèche et délicatement amère. Pas totalement authentique, mais incroyablement savoureuse et facile à boire.

4.6
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Rastacouere (6128) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 11, 2014
Growler bought 4 days ago. Very pale veiled yellow pour covered with a vigorous, stable white head. It’s all there in the nose, the inviting sulphury, stoney, minty, egg shell notes which remain subtle and clean, the surprisingly aromatic hops showcasing citrus fruits and tree fruits alike (lemon, lime, grapefruit, but also pear and maybe even passion fruit) - yet these are not myrcene laden American varietals and in mouth, this starts making more sense as a green grassiness, a general herbaceous and spicy side kick in and takes a lot of room, culminating into a clean, yet firm bitterness, perhaps accentuating (or accentuated by?) the general dryness. This dryness is interesting though, as the beer, while feeling quaffable thanks in large part to the elegant crispiness, is pretty malty indeed. In spite of feeling dry on the tongue, it feels round, not filling, but certainly cerealic, bready and gently chewy rather than chubby - all this in spite of the fairly active carbonation, especially for a growler. Cool stuff, I had high expectations and this did not disappoint. While a bit stronger than your average pils, it manages to compensate its extra maltiness by well-integrated fragrant hops, and a refined texture.


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