Thorpe429 (5011) - , 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.
Marheb (2256) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 13, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fraichement coulée de la source, c’est une des plus formidable bière de soif. Hyper florale et herbacée pour accompagner une présence zestée asséchante. Utiliser les houblons allemands de cette façon fonctionne avec moi et c’est une des rares bières que je voudrais en permanence au frigo.
djd07 (3820) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 11, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler thanks to Leighton. Pours a hazy yellow with a small frothy white head that lasts. The aroma is strong wheat, citrus, grain, hay. Thick mouthfeel with nice citrus, wheat, grain, with nice crispness, easy to drink, very good.
Ionlyrate5s (100) - New York, USA - SEP 17, 2014
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Crystal clear golden. Lemon and floral aroma just so so nce. Almost Kolsche like. Great carbonation, flavor is so crisp and well balanced. A++++
WillemsUrenkel (600) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - AUG 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 ...
Luk_ (203) - Quebec, CANADA - JUL 21, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
jredmond (5550) - Manhattan, New York, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
ametras (481) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
rdixon77 (817) - Georgia, USA - JUN 19, 2014
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
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.
Godofthecellar (677) - NYC, New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Light yellow, whisp of head. Smell and taste of pepper, herbs with a white grape finish
MartinT (8024) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUN 16, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.