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Starr Hill Jomo Lager - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 266
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
Wants: 7
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BlackJeremiah on 10-11-2006

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a medium amber color, with a very mild off-white head that quickly becomes only a memory. The nose shows a character that makes the beer seem more like an east coast Amber Ale than a Vienna lager; although I suppose there isn't a world of difference between the two styles. Fairly subtle notes of medium to medium-high crystal malt. The palate does indeed carry the malt-forward character of a Vienna lager. German malt notes greet the palate, followed by a mild bitterness, and a clean slightly malty finish. Overall, the beer is not poorly made, but lacks any really differentiating character. Average.

Photo of smakawhat
2.38/5  rDev -30%
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.

Photo of engagechad
4.38/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

Photo of jsdunlop
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking lager to start, lighter amber color with 1 1/2 inch head that recedes fairly quickly. Lot's of honey in the first sniff of this one, slightly piney scent in the nose as well as some overcooked veggie smell that I can't quite put my finger on...Tastes pretty good, still noticing that strong honey-like resemblence in each sip, nice balance of malts and piney/earthy hops in this one. Slight buttery and nutty aftertaste, with a medium body and matching carbonation, a solid lager for sure.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber color with about a finger and a half of white head. The retention is pretty good, but the lacing is minimal.

S: Malty and slightly yeasty. The hops add a little bit of a floral aroma, but not a whole lot. The nose on this one is not very complex, but it smells good.

T: Tastes quite a bit like it smells. Malts up front, a slight yeasty flavor and fading into hops. Actually more hops than I was expecting from the nose, which was a nice surprise. It's actually a very well balanced beer, if not too exciting.

M: It's not what I would call light bodied, but not so heavy as to be called medium. It's somewhere in between. Slightly sticky with medium carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer. As I mentioned it's not overly complex, and the fairly low ABV makes it appealing as a session beer. Assertive compared to many lagers, but pretty tame overall.

Photo of vandemonian
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.15/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for hooking me up with this brew

The Jomo pours a cloudy golden orange color with a white cloud-like foam head. The nose is mostly of oranges and a mixture of malt and corn syrup. There is some other aroma that I would say is almost akin to oregano, it was off putting. The palate is a bit of wheat flavor mixed with some sour citrus notes. The sour flavors somewhat ruin the malty goodness that should be there. The feel is a bit flat on the tongue, nothing too bad, but still not great. The beer is fairly drinkable. Overall, it just wasn't that great of a beer.

Photo of weatherdog
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
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 WeezyBoPeep
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Fenway APA pint glass.

A: Darkish orange/bronze with a lightly amberish hue. Hardly any head on mine but a little lacing down the glass. Murky and hazy.

S: Malt. Pure and simple. Light oranges and lemons detected.

T: Malty goodness, fresh and clean. Very light a crisp mouthfeel with a refreshing, cleansing character.

D: I could down a few, why not. Nothing offensive here.

Value: Not terribly exciting for the $9.99 a sixer price tag. I'd pass on that.

Photo of russwaddell
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't necessarily look like much. Better than a macro lager, but a lot worse than some of my personal benchmark lagers. A bit light. Head fades a bit quicker than I'd like. Decent lacing though.

Not much to the nose. Bland and relatively weak. Would like a bit more.

Taste is very balanced, just the right bitterness. Not heavy, but plenty complex. Seems like taste was really the first objective with this brew, and I can get behind that. A tad sour. Not too salty. Yum!

Crisp and refreshing, as is expected I suppose. The bitterness lingers, which I like. Plenty bubbly without coming across as fizzy.

Maybe not a session beer, but certainly goes down easy. Smooth and refreshing, but with a nice beery aftertaste. I am a fan.

Photo of MickeySmarte
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

According to the guy in the brewery tasting room, this is Starr Hill's best selling beer.

Reasonable easy drinking, but nothing worth shouting about. Some grainy flavors, understated hop presence and a general overall blandness.

Probably refreshing on a hot day.

Photo of mntlover
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow/orange color with two finger off white head that falls with speck of lace here or there maybe.

Aroma is bready malts lightly toasted maybe with some light orange citrus hops, or is it floral.

Taste is bready malts lightly sweet with floral hop flavors that add just a touch of bitterness to the sweetness. Simple clean crisp tasting brew smooth and drinkable none of that harsher corn/rice taste as would be in a BMC brew.

Mouthfeel is good light side of medium, actually has a little body to it with nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good, not much of a light lager drinker but would be much better choice then those mass produced lagers out there. Want to thank merlin48 for this sample.

Photo of mikereaser
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear light orange rust with just a little bit of foam

S - not much aroma, a bit of light sweet malts

T - sweet malts up front, nothing too amazing, finishing with just a bit of floral and citrus hops

M/D - medium bodied with good carbonation, not really my first choice in what to drink, nothing horrible tasting just nothing noteworthy

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.

3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Hazy copper, little to no head, but a fair amount of lacing.

S - Not much...? Sweetness and grain I suppose.

T - All sweet malts at first, very bland (though not unpleasant) until the finish, which had a little bit of nice floral bitterness, maybe a tiny bit of citrus.

M - Not bad. The mouthfeel is what saves this beer from the Unbearable Lightness of Being a lager.

D - Where this beer shines. Picked it up at a gas station where it was the only non-BMC 6-pack and I daresay it's far more drinkable than its shelfmates whose sole virtue is drinkability.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint.

A- Poured a golden amber color with a very nice 1 inch off-white head the left some nice lace at first, but then fell pretty quickly.

S- Smells of bready and sweet malt. A little grainy aroma as well. Most of the aromas are faint and you need to strain to pick them up.

T- More of the smell. Bready and sweet flavors stand out.

M/F- Nice and moderately bodied with the right amount of carbonation.

D- All in all, not my favorite style, but this is a very drinkable beer that was pretty refreshing. Not bad at all.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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

C. Cloudy definitely, with many small things foating around.
H. Burnt orange, just like the Texas Longhorns.
N. Malty, pretty much it.

Yummy after opening this beer I decided I needed a turkey sandwich...why? Well this one has sorta a dill pickle attack to it. Once you get past this, Starr Hill did a good job, it is just an odd first attack. Not the first beer I have had with that as an attack. The Jomo has a clean refreshing taste to it, that is quite complex, but east to drink. This is defiantly a good beer to have with a picnic. In fact, grab your picnic basket, some of this beer, a sandwich or two, and a SEXY woman...Good beer

Photo of therica
3.73/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= orange-copper, little head which quickly makes small pools and slight rim.

S= a bit light, refreshing, some citrus, musty malts.

T= slightly fruity and tart with some modest bready malts, light hops florals, strong lavendar.

M= light tartness, some citrus and florals.

D= slightly specialized craft-beer that might catch on with someone in-session but not one that I would plan a session around.

Photo of runningjoke
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pilsner glass.
Orange honey color with tight bubbles making a quickly disappearing head.
Smells of malt and yeast with a slightly spicy citrus note.
Crisp bitter hops with a lasting almost soapy aftertaste is the base of the flavor. The rest is a thin mixture of the nose. Watered-down taste leaves you wanting more.
Medium bodied with carbonation to move it along.
Beer is pretty filling and only angers me because it seems incomplete. I would switch beers after drinking this.

Photo of tjd112
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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 Seanibus
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good, though not highly memorable.

Pours coppery/amber with a decent but very short-lived head. The aroma is slightly grainy with a hint of honey, which strengthens as the beer warms. The flavor is solidly grainy, witha nice, crisp honeyish bite. The mouthfeel is quite smooth with little carbonation, and there is a slight hop bitterness on the finish, but it transitions to a slight stale sourness, unfortunately.

Photo of jonziefle
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy orange/honey amber. one finger white bubbly head that stayed only with a thin layer on top. Pretty good visible carbonation. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet bready malts and apple. Caramel and nutty flavors, as well. Mild sweetness, and a slight acidic nose. Very grainy. No hops at all.

Taste: Bitter malt and carbonation bite at first, followed by the slightly sour toasted malts. Similar caramel and nutty flavors, but not as strong as the bready/biscuity malts. No hops at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. A little filling

Drinkability: A slightly above average lager. Better than the stand America macro lager, but still not a lager I would drink. Too bitter and bready, with no hops to balance the malts.

Buy Again? No.

Photo of whtguitarguy
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into one of the few clear glasses that my parents have. premier. a golden peach in the glass! lovely, little white head, constant slow motion circus of bubbles rising from the depths. smells of clean yeast and german malt, faint earthy hops. delicious dry and sweet malt presence (a bit loafy), a slight bitterness and a smooth delivery make this an easy quaffer. the malts clutch the tongue for seconds afterwards, eventually relinquishing their hold. a fridge full of this would be hardly disappointing.

Starr Hill Jomo Lager from Starr Hill Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 266 ratings.