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Starr Hill Jomo Lager - Starr Hill Brewery

Starr Hill Jomo LagerStarr Hill Jomo Lager

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.25%

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 BuckeyeNation


4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished tangerine that is both bright and rich when backlit with sunshine. The quality crown is pastel orange-tinted ivory in color and is sticky enough to deposit shredded sheets of lace that cover most of the available surface. No matter what else Jomo delivers, it looks good in the glass.

The nose is pretty much what one would expect from an amber lager that contains pale, Munich and caramel malts, in addition to German hops. It's lightly toasted, earthy and subtly noble hoppy. For the record, the hop bill consists of Perle for bittering and a combination of Hallertau and Tettnang for aroma.

Jomo Lager is a very nice version of a style that one doesn't run across every day. The key to such a surprising amount of flavor in a such a relatively low-ABV beer is a healthy amount of the malts listed above (especially Munich and caramel) and much more hop flavor and hop bitterness that I can remember in an amber lager.

Like the nose, the flavor profile is dominated by well-toasted grain and grassy, herbal hops. There's enough estery fruitiness present that I would have guessed amber ale before amber lager if blinded. That said, the back end is relatively clean, while at the same time is lingeringly bitter (if that's even possible). Jomo is beginning to work its Mojo on me as the ounces disappear. I can see why this stuff won a few medals along the way.

The mouthfeel is a wee bit bigger and firmer than expected. That almost always finds favor with me. As well, it's carbonated enough to keep things hopping without making a nuisance of itself.

I can't recall a beer of this style that impressed me more than Jomo (Capital's Wisconsin Amber and Winter Skal are good as well). It delivers an impressive amount of flavor, a surprising hoppy kick and a wonderful mouthfeel in a low-ABV package that is ideal for sessioning. I can't wait to see what the rest of the Starr Hill lineup has in store.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2007 12:55:44 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at the festival tonight, mainly because I had never had anything from them before. Poured into a glass and drank rather quickly on 10/10/2009.

The pour was decent, better then I thought it would be with a nice medium amber color and a smooth even head of white across the top. Aroma is of light grains, hints of mild hops and a touch of a bready note, pretty standard here. Nice even flavor, again mostly a bready, grain malt flavor with only a touch of hops to serve to try and even and balance it out. nice carbonation though and it went down smooth and easy with a crisp, clean finish and a nice bite at the end.

Overall better then I thought it would be. This was actually fairly decent and i would not turn it down if offered.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2009 00:40:53 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear body that is just a tad darker than golden; very nice head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Slight grainy aroma, but nothing much

Taste: Some sweet malt up front along with a grainy flavor; lemony and earthy hops tones emerge after the swallow, but the finish is slightly astringent

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: The combination of the sweet and bitter flavors makes for an interesting lager

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2006 00:21:30 | More by brentk56
Photo of Thorpe429


2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of DosBeerigos--thanks, Phil! Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a moderately hazy red-copper color with a half-finger white head that sticks around for a bit and exhibits some small white bubbles. A bit of lacing afterward. The nose brings forward a bit of bready malt plus a touch of toast. Some mild earthy hops there as well. The taste has a very pour showing--slight infection has set in and there is a bit of an acetic presence. Very unfortunate. Other than that, there's a mild cherry-skin presence along with some breadiness in the background. Slight bitterness in the finish, but the coming vinegar takes over. Another infected bottle; quite a shame.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2011 02:57:51 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 18:50:29 | More by oberon
Photo of TMoney2591


3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a pale golden amber with a bit more than a finger of white foamy head that lingers for a good while and leaves a good amount of lacing behind as well. The smell has a general farmhouse-style funk behind it, with some wheat, coriander, and lemongrass up front. The taste also has a lemony wheatiness to it, the coriander weaving its way through, and a somewhat blunt funky tartness cutting across it all. The body is fairly light, finishes mostly dry, and has a healthy dose of carbonation, but the drinkability is hampered by the somewhat off funkiness that just doesn't fit.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2010 22:40:51 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2008 03:29:36 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 17:23:35 | More by Gavage
Photo of tempest


3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2010 22:54:44 | More by tempest
Photo of johnmichaelsen


3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap the other day at the fly infested Red Horse Tavern in Middleburg.

The beer pours a light tawny amber color with good head retention and decent lacing. I don't get a lot on the nose, just some light brown sugar and biscuit aromas. The flavors on the palate generally replicate the nose, but with some noticeable drying bitterness on the finish. There is just enough hoppiness to balance the moderately malty sweetness in this beer. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with good persistence of flavor. Alcohol is no more then an after thought in this beer, and drinkabilty is good.

This beer sort of reminds of a somewhat hoppier, more flavorful version of Samuel Adams Boston Lager. Not bad at all.

Serving type: on-tap

06-21-2009 15:02:10 | More by johnmichaelsen
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2013 00:07:35 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of smakawhat


2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Gives off a cloudy yellow orange with carbonation. Head is an off white with three fingers but falls steadily with some stickyness. Some minimal lacing.

Sweet small smell on the nose with a distinct smell of tang breakfast drink. This smells... like Tang... what the heck? When does a Lager smell like a powdered breakfast drink for astronauts?

Ok so how does this taste? Like a tang beverage and sharp hops. Just flat out bizarre. A wet mouthfeel as well but with some hop bitter finish but sharp and jarring. Luckily it doesn't last but then leaves you empty with nothing. A real aftertaste of some ferrous iron metal as well.

This beer is just flat out weird, bizarre and off putting. How can anyone drink this is beyond me.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 04:08:45 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Tone


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper/gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, slight citrus, metal, and some grain. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, grain, slight citrus, some cider-like flavor, and slight hops. Overall, fairly acidic with a tang when cold but mellows when warmed. This beer is much much better at 45-50 degrees than fresh out of the refrigerator.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 02:42:12 | More by Tone
Photo of kylehay2004


3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head with decent lacing on a hazy crimson body.

S: sour caramel malts, breads, biscuit

T: toasted but sour malts, breads, yeast. the hops are bitter, tart and earthy.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I didnt like this one very much. It isnt very balanced and is too sour for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 03:36:17 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of Bitterbill


4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Traquairlover, Thanks Will!

This pours a hazy orange gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Pretty impressive lacing to be had here.

The smell is quite malty with notes of sweet malt and some nice fruitiness. I can smell some citrus in the background.

The taste is malty sweet up front with some notes of bread, some grain, and about near the finish, I get a nice tingle of some citrus hops giving the actual finish a light but pleasant bitterness. Good stuff and an easy drinker.

The mouthfeel is on the low end of medium and the carbonation is on the upper end of medium.

Drinkability? Every sip I take demands another so I'd say very good. What a nice and solid all around Vienna Lager!

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 22:35:48 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of tone77


3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 00:56:03 | More by tone77
Photo of blackie


3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: into a pilsner glass, big light khaki head over a golden amber beer, good retention, good lace...what else is there?

s: nice dose of spicy noble hops over a body of pilsner, pale, and lightly toasted German malts, well balanced and plenty aromatic

m: light-medium carbonation and body, a comes across a little weighty on the palate but not bad at all

t: surprisingly nice flavor, good moderately sweet malt structure with a pale base and nice toasty Vienna flavor, crisp and spicy hop presence, well bittered

d: no problem

I haven't taken the time to really explore this line given their AB/InBev association and lack of singles, but I've been pleased with the two sampled so far...single bottle from Whole Foods Reston, notched as best by January

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 04:18:05 | More by blackie
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2011 00:53:42 | More by chinchill
Photo of clayrock81


3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass and received a cider-orange body with a thick, two-finger head that died slowly and left some nice lacings. While I would say some malts come through in the smell, I was impressed with the spring-like, herbal hops aroma and some minor spices like pepper or clove. Not a complex beer, but a medium-bodied beer that goes down smooth and has some minor sweetness on the sides from caramel malt and really packs a hoppy punch. A dry backbite, more akin to a coffee stout or an IPA finish than a regular lager complemented this beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 10:27:21 | More by clayrock81
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 16:05:52 | More by merlin48
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer arrived at the table a crystal clear pale gold color. The head was small, but persistent and laced the glass.

The aroma is very light and crisp. Has a very light noble hop aroma and a subtle malt aroma.

The flavor is subtle sweetness and crisp. The hop bitterness is well done and noticeable. No hop flavor.

The finish eventually becomes dry. The body is light. The beer is quite refreshing and drinkable.

On tap at the brewpub. It could be slightly maltier. It has little in common with other Vienna Lagers, but that was the style stated at the brewpub.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2004 03:42:56 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2009 21:39:29 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of morimech


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2009 21:58:55 | More by morimech
Photo of argock


3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into clear pint glass

A: Orange/copper hue with thick, pretty sticky, clumpy white head with ample retention

S: A bit grainy with some caramel malt smells and clear hops presence

T: Deliciously malty with rounding out by the wide variety of hops. The strong malt presence, and it is the dominating flavor, is balanced really nicely with a sharp but appropriate hops bite.

M: A bit overcarbonated but otherwise is light-medium bodied with a nice, malty aftertaste.

D: Low ABV and clean, full, balanced flavor makes this a local favorite. My favorite Starr Hill offering.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 05:34:13 | More by argock
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light amber/golden color with a thin white head. The head fades fast to leave very little lacing.

Smell – Mainly of bread and some yeast aromas as well. Mixed with this is a somewhat sweet caramel aroma with lighter hop aromas of floral nature.

Taste – A lightly toasted flavor meets the tongue initially. There are light sweet notes of fruit; citrus and some peach and apricot. As the taste advances a light hoppy flavor comes to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to the end and leave a rather pleasant semi sweet/ slightly hoppy flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body is on the average side as well as the carbonation level. Both are quite fitting and appropriate for the flavors of the beer.

Overall – Easy to drink, but again nothing to special. Good flavors, but nothing to go out of the way for.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 23:17:48 | More by Darkmagus82
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Starr Hill Jomo Lager from Starr Hill Brewery
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