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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 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
Photo of Nickls
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a fairly generous finger of creamy white head; pretty solid retention and some lacing; lightly hazy light orange-rust color

S - Lightly malty; nutty; bit of yeastiness

T - Maltiness shows up first; a little earthy; pretty clean and basic

M - Mediumish MF; a little carbonation sneaks in but would have expected some more interesting feel to it; just kinda slid by without much notice

D - Pretty good as it tasted solid and was refreshing enough

Overall, not a bad brew at all and I could see this as a macro-drinking friend converter.

Nickls, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of John_M
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.

John_M, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of tugdriver7
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 jbhuxley
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Burnt orange color. Pours with very little head. Leaves behind no lacing.

Smell: Smells slightly of grain and malt. A bit earthy.

Taste: Starts sweet, nutty, and a bit bready. Slight bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation hits the tongue at the start. Feels a bit thick and bitter on the finish.

Drinkibility: Well balanced. Nothing outstanding.

jbhuxley, Jun 11, 2009
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 ClockworkOrange
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker glass. The lager appears a clear medium copper color with about an inch of bone white foam. Nose and flavor are of lightly toasted grains and bread, grassy, somewhat bitter hops, sweet malt. Inviting mouthfeel, easy to drink, good amount of carbonation for the style. Not bad.

ClockworkOrange, May 26, 2009
Photo of sarahspat
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

sarahspat, May 22, 2009
Photo of RobH
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. brown bottle

A: Dark golden, copper color. White dissipating head leaves some lacing.

S: Malt sweetness. Inviting

T: Caramel malts on the front. Nice. Slides back and hops bitterness kicks in to balance on the center. Finishes nicely balanced. Relatively clean.

M: Smooth. Nice level of carbonation. Goes down wet. Satisfying.

D: Nice, drinkable session beer. Not overly flavorful, but pleasant and holds its own in this style category.

RobH, May 17, 2009
Photo of yybeerjh1ie
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've got this beer on tap right now in a 1/6 keg in my kegerator. It is a surprising departure from the bottled version. While i do enjoy this VA brew in the bottles, it was much fuller and drinkable from the tap. The carbonation, or lack there of, is an issue that i have noticed for a number of Starhill beers. But overall this beer has proven to be a good choice to enjoy after work, or whenever.

yybeerjh1ie, May 14, 2009
Photo of dmamiano
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

beautiful copper pour from a twist off bottle. one of the cleanest looking beers I have seen in a while.
Metallic, malts and a earthy hopiness, ever so slight, dominate the nose.
Pretty nice on the feel.
Comingled malts ahd hops with neither dominating.
Bitter finish that leave that twingy feeling on the back of the tongue.
Pretty good.
I want to thank Starr Hill for coming in to the Mountain State!

dmamiano, May 13, 2009
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!

Bitterbill, May 07, 2009
Photo of ByTor2112
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

ByTor2112, May 06, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
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.

Metalmonk, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of dancinwillie
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

dancinwillie, Apr 16, 2009
Photo of BringusKilkenney
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this with dinner on tap. It looked like a nice light golden brown lager nothing really special going on but did look nice.

The smell was slightly hoppy with subtle carmel notes overall decent.

The taste was nice and quite drinkable it had a bitter apricot finish with carmel and sweetness up front definitely a good lager but nothing really spectacular to stick out.

The mouthfeel was decent also nice carbonation and light on the tounge.

could drink this all night definitely enjoyed this while it was nothing spectacular it was a nice lager offering from a good small brewery.

BringusKilkenney, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of iceball585
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Light amber color, semi-clear, thin fluffy head that lowered to a thin ring

S- Grains, pale malt, floral, citrus, light hops auroma

T- Toasted malts, caramel, spicy, grainy, biscuits, slightly sweet

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, chewy, bitter finish

D- Not too bad

I wasn't too impressed by this brew. Has good appearance and auroma but not really a fan of the flavor.

iceball585, Apr 01, 2009
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 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
Photo of hellomcfly
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy 2 finger head from an aggressive pour. Looks inviting, but the head is quickly dissipating.

Smells of bready malts and spicy hops. Caramel notes become more apparent as it warms.The bread smell is pretty strong with this one.

I can simply describe this as what I think a Budweiser might taste like if it was well crafted with a nice malty backbone, good body, and some nice spicy hops. This packs a nice toasty, caramel malt punch for such an easy drinking lager.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation leaves it crisp and refreshing.

Highly drinkable. This would make a good session beer.

Solid beer that I would recommend to anyone just looking for a good, simple brew.

hellomcfly, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of dkachur, I think - thanks! Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy yellow amber with some widely dispersed, tiny, slow-moving bubbles. The slightly off-white head has surprisingly good retention, but eventually fades to a milky white slick. Pretty good, for the style.

Aroma: Very faint, slightly steely grainyness and not much of a hop presence to speak of, though I do detect hints of spicy grass, noble Hop-like, particularly as things warm.

Taste: Sweet, simple, grainy malts - with a slight roasted, caramelly edge emerging as it warms - preside over a crisp, grassy, and faintly citrusy, fruity hop profile. There may perhaps be a slight hint of skunk in the background, though it's not really too bad. It's not an incredibly complex beer, but it's solid and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, thin-to-medium bodied, with a nice, fluffy, marginally even mouth.

Drinkability: A good, drinkable brew, not too complex, not too high in alcohol - just a good lawnmower beer. I've had a few skunky or skunky-esque bottles, so be careful of freshness on this one - fresh though, I'd recommend it.

CrellMoset, Dec 20, 2008
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 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
Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark goldent amber color. Poured a two finger white head that dissipated to an even skim on the top. Minimal lacing.

S: Sweet malt and wet grains. Lightly bittering noble hops.

T: Abundant malt flavors and baked bread. No off-tastes I'vehad in beers of the style. Light (too light?) pleasnatly bitter finish.

M: Medium/light body. Abundant carbonation equals smooth, light and refreshing.

D: Very drinlable in any quantity, any occassion.

Haybeerman, Oct 15, 2008
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
Starr Hill Jomo Lager from Starr Hill Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.