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Starr Hill Jomo Lager - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 251
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BlackJeremiah on 10-11-2006)
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Photo of bcchimp
5/5  rDev +46.6%

bcchimp, Dec 26, 2011
Photo of blameo
4.5/5  rDev +32%

blameo, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of rtratzlaff
4.47/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jomo Lager comes served in a pint glass with a bone white head that dissipates to barely a glaze of white on the top of a slightly cloudy light amber body. The aromas are malt up front with a floral nose from the hallartau and tettnang hops. The flavors start out with toast mlat character then the hops add a nice earthy floral quality which balance pretty well. The body is closer to medium than most vienna lagers and helped out by just enough carbonation and no more. It almost has a creaminess to it. The website claims 4.6% and I could imagine they certainly pack alot of flavor into that 4.6.

rtratzlaff, Feb 12, 2009
Photo of engagechad
4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm usually not much for lagers but I had to give this a great review. It was done so very well.

A - It's a light looking beer but has a bit of amber tint to it

S - Smell is subtle definitely lagery and very good

T - The taste was just as the smell was, quite subtle but so smooth and easy to drink

M - It was great, I didn't get that funky corn thing going on as I do with most lagers

D - I could probably drink a whole 6 pack within a few hours, and that's saying a lot for me because beer fills me up a lot.

One must remember that the drinkability is very affected by it's low ABV (4.7). It's not a heavy hitter, but who says it has to be?

Mighty fine beer folks - Give it a shot if you can get your hands on it in VA or elsewhere.

engagechad, Dec 26, 2010
Photo of Charliehogarth86
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Charliehogarth86, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear light orange color with a fluffy one finger head that lasts.

Smell: fruity with some grass overtones.

Taste: nice maltiness here for the style. Ripe fruit sweetness of pears and green grapes are evident. Light grass and a mellow bitterness round this out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start and less so at the finish. Refreshing and almost clean.

Drinkability: this one can be consumed all day long as the flavor profile is enjoyable.

Gavage, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
4.18/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from a 'make your own' sixer from the Fresh Market.

Pours a deep gold with a pretty small head. This dissipates to a thin sheet, but leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Smells of nice floral hops and fresh biscuits. This has a great scent to it. It's very inviting.

I dig the taste of this. I usually prefer ales over lagers, but this is one well-crafted lager. It has a nice amount of hop bitterness coming through that lagers usually lack. This comes across more like an APA, which is probably why I dig it. There's a nice balance to it as some of the creamy sweetness also pulls through.

I've really come to like the brews from this "local" brewery. This one is no exception. Great beer that I recommend you give a go.

Onenote81, Nov 15, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-red. The head has a similar orange tint, and is tall, frothy, and somewhat rocky. Retention is quite nice, with some very attractive lacing.

S: Toasty, caramel malt. Some lemony and herbal hop aromas. Some fruity esters are present. Basic and simple, but pretty appealing.

T: A healthy dose of toasted malt, with plenty of caramel flavors. Lemony and herbal hops again, providing a nice flavor with some moderate bite. Again, some fruity notes along with a subdued yeast profile.

M: Medium bodied, with creamy carbonation and an inviting, soft mouthfeel.

D: A very nice Vienna Lager from Starr Hill. Finely balanced and extremely quaffable. Sessionable for sure. This is an underrated style, in my opinion, and beers like this one only make me more sure of that.

Clydesdale, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

BeerSox, Feb 06, 2009
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4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
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).

tugdriver7, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of karst
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starr Hill MoJo Lager is a multiple award-winning Light Amber Lager beer. A '04 Gold Medal GABF winner ( beating out Henry Weinhard Amber Light, Miller Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI and Coastal Light Pale, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, CA)

A smooth and very drinkable lager beer.

Made from 2-row Pale, Munich, and Caramel

Hopped with Perle (Bittering), Hallertau & Tettnang (aroma)

German Lager yeast drinks similar to Yiengling Lager

OG. 1.048

karst, Apr 18, 2006
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4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliantly clear orange-amber with a big, dense off-white head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. Aroma is bready, malty with some toast character and noble hops. Flavor is a nice toasty-malty character with a counterpoint of sharp noble hops to balance it out. Finish is toasty malt and bread crusts, with some pleasant hop background. Body is on the low side of medium. A little hoppy for a Vienna, but a real nice beer with lots of Vienna toastiness.

beerking1, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of greengorilla
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap poured into a large wine glass at a tasting event.

It looked good in the wine glass. It was orangish with a nice white head.

The scent was of toasted malt. And the taste was similar with a little more hops than I expected.

The mouthfeel was quite good and it was very drinkable.

I definitely enjoyed this beer.

greengorilla, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of whtguitarguy
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was originally scared to pick this up off the shelf. But I was impressed in the end. Pours a clear copper color Aroma is of malts and has a slight fruity character, a little citrusy. There is some fruitiness in the flavor. Also there is a slight barley, or malt sweetness that shines through.

whtguitarguy, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Risser09
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - fridge - best before Aug. 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper/orange color with active carbonation flowing to the surface. A towering 3" head is ivory, shows great retention and deep craters are created and thick, foamy head is left behind.

Smell: Sweet fruitiness of grape, apple, juicy fruit, and strawberry. I did not expect an aroma like this. Caramel malt and some slight hop aroma. Sweet.

Taste: Malt base is full of caramel and cereal grain but is easily overthrown by bop bitterness that is earthy and lemony. Creamy butter also has a role in the flavor profile. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sweet, bitter, creamy and lots of active carbonation. Some alcohol in the finish.

Drinkability: A great lager that could be enjoyed in sessions. The creaminess comes out as the beer warms. A very pleasant surprise of a beer. I would certainly revisit.

Risser09, Jul 01, 2009
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4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was formerly Mojo Lager, but after a legal battle, they changed the name to Jomo but did not change the beer (Vienna-style lager, brewed with German yeast, 4.4% abw). 12 oz. bottle, best by Feb. '07, served in a pilsner glass. It pours an unfiltered orange/gold with medium carbonation and an inch of tan head that leaves pits as it recedes and deposits lots of lace on the glass. It smells of diacetyl, caramel/toasted/nutty? malts, and some green/herbal hops. The flavor is similar, with a big malt backbone and leafy/green, piney/spicy, floral/perfumy hops that are almost raw, leaving a medium bitterness. I also detect a Simcoe-esque fruitiness, but the website tells me they used all noble hops: Perle, Hallertau, and Tettnang. The body is medium, with matching carbonation and a medium to long finish. Overall a pretty tasty lager but this bottle seems much more American than the first five. No matter, it's a well-crafted Vienna either way you look at it.

mmmbeer, Dec 21, 2006
Photo of oberon
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

oberon, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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!

merlin48, Nov 15, 2008
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

norinco, Oct 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

nightwing002, Nov 21, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Oasis, Dec 07, 2011
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

GinDC, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of TheManiacalOne
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from dsigmon courtesy of the Ugly Duckling BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready and malty with flavors of spices and caramel. Then a decently strong hops bitterness comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, honestly I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this beer but I was pleasantly surprised to find this to be a very solid and enjoyable beer.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 17, 2008
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

Capitals82, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

nh2032, Nov 25, 2011
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Starr Hill Jomo Lager from Starr Hill Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.