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Starr Hill Jomo Lager - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 7
Gots: 8 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BlackJeremiah on 10-11-2006)
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Photo of Clydesdale

District of Columbia

4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 00:39:24 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 03:12:55 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of sarahspat


3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2009 18:20:30 | More by sarahspat
Photo of RobH


3.83/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 00:27:12 | More by RobH
Photo of yybeerjh1ie


3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2009 04:23:22 | More by yybeerjh1ie
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West Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +12%
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!

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2009 00:27:37 | More by dmamiano
Photo of Bitterbill


4/5  rDev +17%
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
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North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 01:14:16 | More by ByTor2112
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North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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 dancinwillie


3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2009 04:39:37 | More by dancinwillie
Photo of BringusKilkenney


3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2009 00:56:27 | More by BringusKilkenney
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2009 01:04:09 | More by iceball585
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North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +30.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-12-2009 21:22:37 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of BeerSox


4.1/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2009 22:29:09 | More by BeerSox
Photo of hellomcfly

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2009 03:31:45 | More by hellomcfly
Photo of CrellMoset


3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-20-2008 05:07:16 | More by CrellMoset
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North Carolina

4.18/5  rDev +22.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2008 20:38:05 | More by Onenote81
Photo of merlin48


4/5  rDev +17%
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 Haybeerman


3.9/5  rDev +14%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 15:14:37 | More by Haybeerman
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +17%
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
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3.93/5  rDev +14.9%
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
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4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Ice tea with lemoneade colored beer with a white head. A little creaminess in the head with a good bit of lacing. The head lasts for quite a while and becomes a thick film on top of the beer.

Aroma was mostly subdued and nonexistent. What I do get is a spicy hoppiness and some grassy notes.

Nice flavors here. A distinct grassy hops taste hits me first. Its almost as if I am sucking on a piece of hay and for some reason I like that. A touch of bitterness as well due to the hops. Low maltiness.

Perfect carbonation and a reall easy drinker. I am not too familiar with the style but I really dig this beer. I had never heard of Starr Hill until a week ago but so far, all four of the beers I have had are solid beers. This was no exception. Crisp and dry in the finish with more grass in the aftertaste. I could honestly drink this all day and not get tired of it. Another winner!

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 18:55:28 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of Traquairlover


3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Very lightly hazy orange-amber with small off white head, quick dissipation, not much lacing at all.

S = Good malt scents of fresh baked muffins with light spicy, earthy hops undertones, well balanced and mouthwatering smell.

T = Well balanced beer, with strong malt flavors up front pretty well balanced by bitterness, at mid palate get a little more of spicy floral hops flavors but by the finish those have become slightly cloying.

M = Medium bodied, good teasing level of carbonation, very good mouthcoating.

D = This is an enjoyable beer that I can easily imagine serving at a party. Not really special enough to go out of my way for a special event though.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2008 15:53:02 | More by Traquairlover
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3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
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
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3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The first starr hill beer I've had.

Nice light amber color with a average head in a pint glass. A subtle malty aroma was present and malt was the primary flavor with a balance of hop bitterness. Very drikable-we had several over a couple of hours with dinner. Hope they expand their range to my hometown.

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2008 15:04:06 | More by chaunur
Starr Hill Jomo Lager from Starr Hill Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.