Starr Hill Jomo Lager - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 268
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.57% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: GCBrewingCo on 01-14-2004

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Ratings: 268 | Reviews: 121
Reviews by ackleydg:
Photo of ackleydg
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Strong golden color. Nice head.

Smells like a lager/pilsner - hard to describe.

Relatively bitter. A good balance between hops and malt.

Smooth, yet pretty well carbonated.

It's decent - I don't dislike it. But I'm more of an ale guy.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured lighter than your normal vienna lager,more of medium golden with a slight tinger of burnt orange,a nice almost creamy-like head atop that never completely settled.Wow the aromas a very metallic and iron-like, honestly I dont think I have had a beer come close to that before.To go along with the iron quality there is a pleasant floral hop not and a bit of caramel.Flavors are as crisp as a cracker and quite dry with just a hint of sweet dough,a honest to goodness peppery hop snap in the finish.This could be drank all day,the aromas are one sided but the beer is quite good,I love a good vienna lager.

Photo of weatherdog
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip glass. Bottle dated best before December.

It pours a hazy golden amber with a minimal head that died quickly leaving no lacing around the sides. The beer looks dead in the glass with no bubbles rising, unusual for a lager.

The smell is pretty clean with a little bit of caramel and nuttiness. It also finishes a touch sweet.

The taste is rather bland for a supposed fuller bodied amber lager. I'm getting touch of caramel in the taste but it finishes with that distinct light bodied insane dryness and crispness remmoisant of a BMC type beer. I'm wanting some more flavor in the lager.

Carbonation is spot on despite the deadness in the glass. Mouthfeel seems full bodied but so disapointing in that finish. Although I'm not a huge fan of this amber lager it still drinks really well and refreshing the way it should be.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle pours a clear, golden amber body with a medium sized, offwhite head that has a creamy appearance and good longevity. Lots of patchy lace sticks to the glass.

Aroma is bready malt and floral and spicy noble hops.

Light medium body with solid carbonation.

Taste has a floral hop bitterness that balances well with the sweet breadiness of the malt. Hops have a spicy undertone. Malt also adds a soft biscuity graininess. Finishes clean and even.

Very drinkable. Nicely constructed, with no glaring flaws. A fine lager!

Photo of MisterMoore
2.49/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured in a tulip glass, slight amberish color. Minor lacing on the glass

S: Not impressed with this one at all! Kinda has a malt liquor smell to tell you the truth.

T: Caramel upfront, then a honey like substance on the finish. I think it's more honey to me than anything, and that's not a bad thing. It's sorta like drinking malt liquor but with a honey taste

MF: Nothing to speak of here, sorta thick and doesn't coat your tongue with anything to enjoy.

O: I would buy this over any macro lager any day, that being said.. I'm disappointed with this beer a lot. I paid like 15 dollars for a 12 pack and didn't get an enjoyable experience from it. This is one of the local brewery's in Va near me and I was hoping for better.

Photo of sarahspat
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a decent cream-colored head. Some lacing.

Smells like bready malt and not much else, but the aroma is pleasant. The malt is the nose carries through to the taste as well, plus some subtle grassy qualities. This brew is very refreshing and has a crisp finish.

It is light-bodied with a slippery mouthfeel; very effervescent.

This beer is solid, but definitely not the best Vienna lager I've had.

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz dated purchase before Dec. 2011 and served in a pint glass. Tad of sediment on bottom of bottle added mid-tasting.

Pours a nice orange-amber, dark for style, but with only a little off-white head that rather quickly reduces to a ring.

Not much in the way of aroma, although both light/medium malt and spicy hops are evident. The flavor too seems at first unremarkable, but there is an extra bit of bitter hops in here, as well as some 'extra' malt. The body is a bit fuller than average.

O - This is not a particularly bold or interesting style, and this beer stays too close to the low expectations for a macro-brewery lager excepting the extra spicy and bitter hops. The semi-dry and relatively full mouthfeel also elevate this beer. Still, I found it not flawed, perhaps, but not good or interesting enough to recommend to anyone except fans of this style.

Photo of ByTor2112
3.96/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a darker shade of, well, not quite copper but darker than usual lagers. Darker, roasted grains inside? Decent head that dissipated and it leaves some good lacing.

Aroma-bready, some nutty notes, not that familiar lager spiciness.

Mouthfeel-great tasting, good body almost ale-ish. Medium hops and this reminds me of Blue Point's rosated lager. A great tasting lager from the south, alright! Very drinkable.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Despite a very lacking "zisss" upon popping the cap, there's plenty of head and bubble action here. A creamy quarter-inch head lasts and lasts, while the color is a rusty gold shade, even has some burnt orange highlights.

Prominent bready tone to the nose, and something distinctly flowery, perhaps dandelion. Slightly buttery, even fainter caramel, with the kind of polite hops kiss that often comes with various Euro lagers. Only problem is that the aroma fades rather quickly--it's up-front right after the pour, but quelled in the following minutes.

Caramel malt provides a nice backup to the fruity tone of this lager. Odd (for the style), but there are some pear and apple characteristics on the tongue. Flowery nudge from the hops, very subtle but detectable. Light grassy pinch and more fruit tones in the finish, even slightly tart.

A little bite from the carbonation, appropriate to style and not overbearing. Even has a little stickiness to it, which keeps it from being totally dry.

Not as bready as expected, and not too sweet despite its fruity character. Something here left me wanting--maybe a breadier/maltier foundation would've improved it, but overall a pleasant enough lager.

Photo of dancinwillie
3.62/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to orange, very clear beer. With a billowy white head that drops to 1 finger rapidly, leaving a scant lacing.

Aroma is spicy and sweet. Almost cinnamon, and some zesty hop in there as well.

A little lighter in flavor than I'm used to, as I tend to stick more to ales, but this has a good taste. Sweet and crisp, maybe some citric tartness. A little wheat in here as well I think. Interesting grain flavor, I'm guessing a malt I'm not used to, but I'm not quite sure. Tasty lager here, I'd like to try and pair it with some food.

More flavor here than I gave it credit for at first, and the body seemed to grow a little as I got into it. A very tasty beer, and I'd like to try more from Starr Hill.

Photo of Rootdog316
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber to copper clear pour, with a quickly dissipating head. Not an overly aromatic lager surprisingly. Palate gives a slight caramel and citrus taste, although a bit on the bitter side. The hop content seems to be right on with this lager, just enough, and not too much. First Starr Hill beer I've ever had. Not too bad.

Photo of cjgator3
3.01/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with an off-white head. It is much darker in color than the pale golden yellow I was expecting.

S- The aroma is pale grainy malts, a bit of a metallic twang and a touch of hops.

T- The aroma like the taste is some very slightly toasted grains and a hint of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is oigh bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not a bad lager but nothing I would purchase again. 

Photo of tempest
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know about the vienna lager label, I though this was a great all-malt American lager, or an American amber lager. It's a simple and delicious pairing of mild citrusy hops with clean lightly toasted barley. It seems like it could have mass appeal while still satisfying beer geeks like myself (yes, I was satisfied). Overall this is a solid lager worth checking out.

Photo of KMcG
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a golden slight copper color that is a little hazy.  The head is about 1/2 a finger thick and the carbonation is visually present. The aroma is odd at first. There an earthy bread-like smell that reminds me of a basement. There is also a faint hops scent and a malty tone. The flavor is sweet with hints of honey, caramel, and wheat bread. A very mild sense of hops while in the mouth. It's slightly tart, has a light body and a clean dry finish. 

Photo of morimech
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a large head that had good retention. The head eventually settles to a thick cap. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. Has a different aroma than the typical Vienna Lager and that comes from the hops used. They give some citrus notes to go along with the pale malt. The flavor is a bit unusual as well. The hops give citrus and fruity flavors instead of the grassy and spicy flavors from the typical Noble hops used in this style. I personally do not care much for the flavor in this beer. Nice body and carbonation makes this easy enough to consume and session.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is a semi coudy ogange with ok carbonation. The head is small close to 2 fingers, fades fast leaving little lace.

The smell is light bread and a bit of fruity hops.

The taste is ok some bready malt and more hops but a soso, corn taste as well. Corn like after taste is not so great either.

The mouthfeel is good nice carbonation and the body is very good.

The drinkability is ok, Not a beer I would seek out. MK

Photo of tjd112
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this while at a party at a hippie commune in Louisa, VA. A copper colour dominates, while the taste and smell screams of bready malts, with a little bit of candy apple and even honey thrown in. Mouthfeel is very smooth, yet crisp, and this is a beer I would have again.

Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, some malts. Taste is the same, mild, some grains and malts, a touch of sweetness, a hint of bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Strong quick paced effervesce within a pristine bright orange body. The head is pale beige, skim milky, and thin, quick to dissipate without much sight of lacing.

A: Spicy oragnes, fresh grains, small sweetness from the specialty grains.

T: Grainy flavor, stalky barley, with a bit of spicy orange character, semi-dry, which finishes with some dry flowery hops. A bit scratchy, dry, grainy not so much sweetness that ones expects from vienna with quick sips but shows some signs with more longer, savory sips along with some toasted barley and dry flowery hop nature.

M: Moderate crispness, creamy, milky, toasted warmth. Dry flowery hop finish off the tongue.

O: Overall some hops, little sweetness, drinks more like a hoppy lager then an vienna. Drinkable, but hardly impressionable or near style demands. A 3.25 seems to nail every catagory here, not quite good, but a hair above average in most regards.

Photo of goldbot
2.81/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper color, a bit of off-white head. A slight fruit aroma, maybe citrus and berry, but otherwise no aroma at all. Light malt flavor, mild, with a touch of floral and fruity hops. Very light but smooth. Light bodied, thin mouthfeel. Good drinkability but this beer is pretty un-noteworthy in every sense.

Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Slightly hazy dark amber hue with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Very light toasty grain, with just a bit of hop aroma. Just about right on the mark for the aroma of a VL. Maybe on the lighter side though.

The toastiness up front is quickly met by a sweetness, then slowly shifts to a slight spicy bitterness. A touch of caramel. Full bodied.

A quite drinkable VL, a beer that rivals Sam Adams Boston Lager. If you like to support locals, you should probably grab a 6'er of this over a 6'er of Boston Lager. I took a sip out of the bottle and it's pretty good from there as well. A good beer to bring to a party. Just barely sessionable. Recommended.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came highly recommended by the new clerk at the counter at Carrolltown Liquors. Not disappointing. Poured crystal gold to amber in the glass with a nice, cream-colored head that laced the glass nicely. Caramel malt with a hint of citrus hops in the nose, taste was a touch sweet but rich malt with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Nothing too complex, nothing too simple... Just a very nicely balanced lager with somewhat more carbonation than expected (a nice surprise). This one is a keeper. Can't wait to try the other Starr Hill varieties (new to our area).

Photo of Dodo2step
3.41/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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A- cloudy orange color with poor head and poor lacing. Looks like a orange cream ale, if that make sense.

S- bready malts and lemon grass. nothing major but not a bad nose.

F- the lemon grass comes through strong in the flavor. the bready malts are on the back end. It is like eating the mash almost. not all the great for a lager

M- acidic and sour in the mouth but gets smoother as it goes down. I almost get a metallic flavor as well like chrome.

O- average lager. I think yuengling is a better bang for your buck here but this is better than BMC brews.

Photo of bluedognever
3.94/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a cheap glass stein. Nice medium amber color with a good head. Very little lacing. Not overly hoppy - nice balance between hop and malt. Hints if citrus. Nice, refreshing beer. Need to make a trip to the mountains to try this on tap.

Photo of vandemonian
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starr Hill Jomo Lager has a strange name. It pours with a cloudy light amber colour and had very little head when it was poured into a pint glass by the waitress. It had a pleasant, slightly hoppy smell to it. The taste is slightly malty and fades into... nothing much else. This beer has a little carbonation, but it has large lemonade-like bubbles rather than small, foamy ones.

A decent, drinkable beer but not worth actively seeking out.

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