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Starr Hill Jomo Lager - Starr Hill Brewery

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265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 15%
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 witster18
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

weird...

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.

Photo of CampusCrew
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of KickbacksSteve
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of redneckchugger
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.03/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. 

Photo of greengorilla
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of morimech
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of wahhmaster
3.58/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

Photo of yourefragile
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of kels
3.18/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BarrelO
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Risser09
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

Photo of Nickls
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
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).

Photo of jbhuxley
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.15/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of sarahspat
3.88/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Photo of RobH
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Photo of yybeerjh1ie
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of dmamiano
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
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!

Starr Hill Jomo Lager from Starr Hill Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.