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Starr Hill Jomo Lager - Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill Jomo LagerStarr Hill Jomo Lager

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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BlackJeremiah on 10-11-2006)
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Photo of LtCracker20
3.65/5  rDev +7%

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.

LtCracker20, May 22, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

TMoney2591, Feb 27, 2010
Photo of DosBeerigos
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

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

DosBeerigos, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of therica
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

therica, Feb 22, 2010
Photo of runningjoke
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

runningjoke, Feb 11, 2010
Photo of tjd112
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

tjd112, Feb 01, 2010
Photo of Seanibus
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

Seanibus, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of jonziefle
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

jonziefle, Jan 18, 2010
Photo of whtguitarguy
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

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 olympuszymurgus
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

olympuszymurgus, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

Tone, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of witster18
2.25/5  rDev -34%


this lager pours copper/gold with a little slushy foam head...

smell is pretty off-putting.

I'm going to try and be easy here. I have no idea what the other reviewers here are thinkin. This tastes so metallic and dull. No FLoral. Hardly any hops to detect. This is NOT good.

it's as if I'm licking the inside of a not-so-recently emptied brewing tank. A touch of malt that comes off like burnt caramel in a watererd down beer. Very grainy. Practically zero spice... this is like a bad Vienna Light Lager. This will be my last visit.

Set this next to an Elliot Ness from Great Lakes and you probably have the bookends of the good and the bad in this style.

A Flavorless cop-out of a lager.

their IPA is acceptable.... the stout is fine.... this, however, awful.

witster18, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
3/5  rDev -12%

appearance: pale golden

smell: slight hop, not much

taste: a solid american lager, not much flavor but more than a macro

mouthfeel: light bodied, but fuller than a macro

drinkability: overall decent lager, not my style. But if I had to have lager this a decent selection

CampusCrew, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%

Poured into Unibroue tulip. Head quickly fades away. Some sudsy lacing slides down the glass. Aroma is bready, biscuity, and lager yeasty. Taste is crisp and refreshing. Mild hops and moderate malt bill. Nothing too terribly exciting but certainly a solid offering.

KickbacksSteve, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of redneckchugger
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

Poured a dark brown, not much head, kinda fizzy.
Clean nose, some bread, malt with a bit of caramel.
Nice clean taste, in the best way possible. This is clean but with flavor. Lots of beers taste clean in that they have little flavor, but this is flavorful, with a nice crisp finish, very refreshing.

redneckchugger, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

mikesgroove, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%

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. 

cjgator3, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of greengorilla
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

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 morimech
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

morimech, Sep 17, 2009
Photo of wahhmaster
3.58/5  rDev +5%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5L Pilsner Urquell branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a golden translucent color with considerable head. The head is thick and foamy and dissipates slowly leaving nice lacing.

Smell: Has kind of a grainy or grassy smell to it. Has some floral hop notes in the background.

Taste: Kind of flat. Has some hoppy characteristics to it and some grainy tastes as well. Leaves a nice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Pretty smooth. Almost no noticeable carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent Vienna lager. Not the best, not the worst, but still pretty good. A decent session beer.

wahhmaster, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%

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 yourefragile
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%

12 oz bottle

Pour is a translucent light amber/orange color with a large fluffy white head that leaves some broken rings of lacing. Very little aroma, grain and some caramel malt, nothing complex or strong. Lighter side of medium body with some weak carbonation. Finish is fairly dry and brief. Flavor has nice, slightly sweet caramel, biscuit malt body. Slight grain flavor lingers in finish. A nice lager, but not the best vienna lager, finish is a little to watery and body is lacking any strong character.

yourefragile, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%

Had this on a warm summer evening outside at a bar on a deck. Had nice color to it, a deep amber color. Poured a lite colored head with some lacing. to it. It was tough to tell the clarity of the beer, since it was outside they gave it too me in a plastic cup, but from what I could tell I think the clarity would have been good. Smelled fairly balanced not too hoppy. It tasted pretty good. I again not overly hoppy, could tast some roasted malts to it. Went down pretty smooth, was very drinkable, I'd get it again, or try more from this brewery if I had the opportunity.

AndyAvalanche, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of kels
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%

Picked this up with a bunch of other Virginia beers during my latest stop at the Vintage Cellar. Review is on a pour into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light toasty orange-brown, with good carbonation running throughout - in fact, there's so much that it clings in bubbly clusters to the sides of the glass in suspension in the liquid. The 1 finger white head fizzles quickly to a skim floating atop the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is barely detectable. Very light floral hops and only the slightest toasty grain come through.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is only very subtle, with flavors of crisp grains and very lightly floral hops coming through. The malts are slightly caramelly, just enough to lend a slight sweetness to the beer. The feel is slightly sticky, with light, weak fizziness.

Drinkability: Fairly high, but not very flavorful nor memorable unfortunately. It's hard to rate this much higher comparing it to others I've had in this style.

kels, Jul 13, 2009
Photo of BarrelO
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Medium amber. Not much of a head, and what little there is quickly dissipates.

S: Caramel and hops.

T: Bready malt and noble hops.

M: Medium-bodied with a bit of carbonation.

D: Not bad, just boring and lifeless. I don't see myself seeking this out again.

BarrelO, Jul 08, 2009
Starr Hill Jomo Lager from Starr Hill Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.