Brewer: Hill Farmstead Brewery (United States)
Style: Munich Helles
Review Year: 2022
Marie is an unfiltered German-style Helles Lager brewed by Hill Farmstead Brewery (Vermont). It is a delicate beer brewed to honor Marie-Ange, the brewer’s late maternal great-grandmother.
This beer is being evaluated as a Munich Helles (4A) in the context of the 2021 Beer Style Guidelines of the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP). The most current version can be found on the BJCP website.
Slightly hazy pale gold; white head with good retention. A pleasant bouquet of moderately malty aromas with grainy and honey impressions was noted, supported by subtle floral, spicy, and fruity accents. Light-medium-bodied; moderate carbonation. Like the aroma, the flavor profile yielded similar qualities. Think of moderate malty, bready, grainy, and honey-like with low spicy and herbal hops. Bitterness was noted at a medium-low level; dry (no sweetness). Finish was likely dry with grainy and barley-like malt and hop bitterness that briefly lingered.
Marie is an excellent interpretation of a Munich Helles. It is essentially a dry and easy-drinking lager that showcased pleasant malty aromas and flavors backed by subtle spicy and floral hop accents; it is a delicate drink for any occasion.