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The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.43%


Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
The Love is an unfiltered wheat beer, also known as a hefeweizen. It is distinguished by its extremely light body and flavored with hints of banana and clove. A slice of lemon can complement this refreshing brew.

9 IBU

(Beer added by: mentor on 01-12-2008)
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.54/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wheat beer glass. Pours cloudy orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of wheat, nothing too surprising. Tastes of wheat and very slight orange, nice combination. Beer is heavily carbonated, light bodied, good finish. Overall a slightly above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2014 22:47:55 | More by cyclonece09
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kcrosson492

Virginia

2.69/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In the beer's defense the distributor I purchased it from sold beer that was bottled in September so it is not super fresh.

A-Interesting bottle design and not one that I have seen before. Pink frontal lay with the brewery name a cross the top with the name of the beer on the bottom. Good choice of cap with a gold star and red outlay (will go great with my collection). Too "feminine" for me to truly enjoy. Bonus points for putting the master brewer on the label.

S-The smell is very crisp and clean; very much what you would expect from a wheat beer.

T-The taste is surprisingly refreshing and certainly emulates the crisp and clean smell that gets your senses started.

M-There is something missing as you feel the beer hit your tongue but it very refreshing.

O-It is a good wheat beer but lacks in flavor in my book. It would be a good drink for a hot day while mowing your lawn or laying on the beach.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2014 02:03:23 | More by kcrosson492
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.09/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A loud, audible crackling and popping from a foamy, dirty white head leaves much to be desired with a washy, quick, descent. A hazy, brass coloring has a rapid rate of macro-bubble effervesce while the lacing is lean and disappointing.

S: Aroma of pale wheat, light rose hibiscus, small tart funk that was near moot. There really isn't alot going on here, a fade of semi-dry orange peels with a strength and complexity that was flat lining.

T: Flavor of tart orange and wheat, funk, hefeweizen yeast, bubblegum and tangerine. Hint of apple cider.

M: Mouthful was crisp, sparkling, lots of activity, feels a bit foamy when things die down.

O: Overall, moderate drinkability at best, may be a overcarbonated and hardly worthy seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 01:36:09 | More by beerthulhu
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up in a mixed six pack and was pleasantly surprised. While I do enjoy wheat beers in general, I tend to shy away from some of the wheat beers that have a spicier taste. This beer, however, had more subtle spice flavors and was lighter in character than comparable beers such as hoeggarten. I gave this beer a high rating because of its amazing drinkability, the fact that it would make a great summer beer, and could appeal to even the most stubborn of domestic light beer drinkers. Bust out a case of this at your next barbecue, I'm sure it will go over well!

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2013 01:57:24 | More by aqualung23
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NiceTaps

New Jersey

3.51/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a standard pint glass.

A-Hazy yellow-gold color with a 1-finger white head. Lots of rings of lacing.

S-Wheat and yeast, slight notes of citrus, banana, spice.

T-Taste of yeast and lemon, wheat. The Munich malts are evident.

M- Tart, slightly sour. Lots of carbonation. Light.

O- Enjoyable hefe but I lost interest by the last sip or two. I'll try it again.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2013 00:27:29 | More by NiceTaps
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obywan59

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

9/3/13
A: 3.25 S: 2.75 T: 2.00 M: 3.5 O: 2.75

2.51/5

Part of a mixed 12 pack.

Pours straw yellow to pale orange depending on the background Pure white 4 finger head that recedes quickly leaving small patches of lacing. Carbonation is evident. Rather clear when the sediment is left in the glass. Lightly hazy otherwise.

Smell initially is the typical banana and cloves, but then comes the aroma of grapefruit in decline.

The taste makes me crinkle up my nose. Tart. Bordering on sour. The bitterness is off too. Perhaps something is amiss.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium bodied, with a light prickle of carbonation. Very drying. Slight burn on the way down.

Overall, the taste is the worst aspect of this sampling. As a few others have experienced, this beer appears to be in sad decline. I will edit my review on sampling a fresher offering.

9/24/13:

born on date: 8/15/13.

Pretty much the same as before, except it's more murky. I can't see through it at all. Another 4 finger head that recedes quickly leaving a few fleeting patches of light lacing before disappearing completely except for a very thin ring around the glass. 2nd bottle was borderline transparent, not as murky.

Clean aroma of wheat, banana, clove, and spice with light citrus.

Clean again. Banana and cloves. Starts out somewhat sweet, but a light tartness then rises to match, accompanied by an almost imperceptible bitterness. Typical hefeweizen. Nothing exceptional, but very pleasing nonetheless.

Again, it seems thicker than average. Approaching medium bodied. Peppery upfront with a light creaminess. Decent burn in the throat for a 4.6. Slightly drying with light syrup in the end.

Very quaffable. It would make a good session beer. Easy drinking and pleasant in aroma, taste, and feel. A huge improvement over my original sampling.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 01:43:34 | More by obywan59
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jfmorey

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Whole foods in Vienna, VA.

Pours cloudy yellow with an average head.

Aroma is not pronounced, average.

Taste has plenty of clove and banana, very good.

For a local brew, a very fine example of the style, appreciated on this warm August day (87 degrees).

Serving type: on-tap

08-26-2013 21:46:04 | More by jfmorey
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mpyle

Maryland

2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pale gold color, slightly hazy. Pours a big mousy white head, creamy and long lasting.

Crisp, slightly hoppy aroma, but fairly clean. Honestly smells more like a German lager than a hefeweizen.

Somewhat sweet with a little bit of clove initially, develops a tartness midmouth and carries a sweet-tart flavor into the finish. Didn't see any date on the bottle, but really tastes like it might be past its peak. I've had it on draft in the Crozet, VA area before and remember liking it more. Some oxidation character, with an unpleasant bitterness on the tongue in the finish.

MF - quite thin body, and moderate carbonation. Carbonation on the low side for the style.

Overall - The example in front of me is not a good hefeweizen. I think it is somewhat old and possibly oxidized, so take my review with a grain of salt.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 23:47:38 | More by mpyle
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horshamguy

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A--A hazy, translucent yellow. Minimal head, no lacing or retention.
S--Yeasty, sweet, no wheat noticable.
T--Very sweet. Banana, wheat with a mild trace of spice. A bit dry/tart on the finish. Excellent taste that is a nice take on the style.
M--Crisp, with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking & very representative of a wheat beer.
O--Fairly flavorful for the style. An excellent drink for a hot day (it was 98 in Philly today).

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2013 01:28:44 | More by horshamguy
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starr Hill The Love, poured into a Penn Weizen glass.

A hazy tangerine hue with as much yeast swirled in that I could muster. The head has an inch to boast about. Nice fluffy look to the surface foam. Seems immovable, so far.

There's a nice wheaty aroma to this one. Shows off amounts of funky banana, light grassiness, and thick slabs of white bread. Some citrusy notes that include navel orange and papaya. Faint bubblegum. A pretty nice nose, overall.

Big time German wheat malts. More grassiness is exposed early and finishes out a little stronger. Has herbal hop presence with more white bread notes. The orange-y citrus in the nose is tamer and the banana is even further behind. Lightly tropical in the fruitiness that is here. Slower to pick up yeast esters. Doesn't have any real faults, just that, in this case, less is not more.

Has a thinner feel than the appropriate creaminess that I always expect. I can describe the body and weight as sluggish, and that's about it. At least, it's that. Feels clean with that perfectly held-back level of carbonation that adds just enough intrigue to an, otherwise, pretty smooth drink.

A favorable American hefeweizen. The label might be a little tacky, but this wheat ale is legit. Easy to enjoy and simple enough to understand. The nose has some extra delights to appreciate. Wish I had another bottle to fill this big weizen glass with.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:08:29 | More by thecheapies
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ElderBeagle

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the sampler pack - bottle date 5-8-13

Pours a hazy straw yellow with small white head which receded quickly

Smells like a wheat beer. Earthy, sweet, and spice notes like clove

Tastes great. Clean, refreshing, and perfect for a hot summer day. Nice and sweet upfront, then melds into an earthy spicy flavor on the way down.

Mouthfeel is light, with crisp finish

Overall this beer is fine. I know what I want from a summer wheat and this hits all the right notes. Its not life changing but if I wanted that I would not have picked up a wheat beer. Not sure why some of the reviews are so negative, its a fine beer for what it is.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2013 17:59:32 | More by ElderBeagle
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GuinnessAtRogerWilco

New Jersey

4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The Starr Hill rep for NJ, Jack, came to my store to sample me on 6 of their beers. Unfortunately, I only got to try 4oz of this one poured into a sample cup, like you'd get at any type of Beerfest.

AP: Nice dark yellow and light gold colour. Can't get much a head from a sample cup, but there was some lacing.
AR: Banana and clove the most evident. Some wheat notes as well.
T: You have to like banana to really appreciate this brew. I'm a big fan of banana, coconut and coffee flavours, so this hit my sweet spot. I've had loads of Hefeweizens, including Weinhenstephaner and other Germans, but I've never tasted such a ripe banana flavour on any of them like this one. Think of going to a supermarket and buying a bunch of bananas that still have green on the skin and when you peel them the flesh inside is still firm. That's what this tastes like...a ripe banana. The clove and wheat flavours are also there as well, but the ripe banana flavour makes this beer, IMO. I was so disappointed to find Starr Hill is only sending 1/2 kegs of this to NJ and not bottles yet. I was ready to name this my Summer drinking beer. I could easily kill a 6pk of this before knowing it.
M: Crisp and moderately carbonated, light on the palate with a smoothness that makes this very sessionable.
OV: As I said, I was ready to name this my Summer drinking beer for 2013. Love the ripe banana flavour on this. Easy drinking and ideal for tailgating, BBQs, parties, etc. Starr Hill, please send bottles to NJ soon.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2013 03:07:40 | More by GuinnessAtRogerWilco
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thlayli87

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a hazy amber color with two fingers of white head that looks so soft and inviting that I'd like to lay down and take a nap on it. Nose reveals fruity esters, yeast, and spice. Banana flavor dominates, along with some coriander, and a pleasing yeasty finish. Mouthfeel is nothing remarkable, a bit thin. Overall this is a pretty good hefeweizen. I'm pleasantly surprised by this because it's by a relatively new brewery, and it's a somewhat difficult style to nail. But this is solid.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 00:02:44 | More by thlayli87
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Guden

Maryland

2.25/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a light gold with just a tiny head. No lacing. Didn't realize it was a hefe until I poured (only says wheat beer on the bottle and was part of mixed sixer). Guess its a krystalweizen.

S- strange, banana but also some sour apple, sour cherry and mustiness. Just a touch of spice.

T- the banana and spice come through better in the taste but the finish is still puckering apple. Acetaldehyde?

M- fairly thin with moderate carbonation. I'd like more body for a hefe but in this mess of a beer it's probably better this way.

O- drinks like a banana-wheat Budweiser. Looks like one too. Starr Hill seems to have some serious production flaws in their beers outside of the pale ale. Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 01:20:48 | More by Guden
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of banana, clove, spice. Taste is good, refreshing, banana's, spices, wheat, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2012 10:05:05 | More by tone77
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tlazaroff

Virginia

1.83/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sour apples and tart hard candy on the nose. I don't think it's supposed to smell like this.

Straw-yellow in color with a crisp BIG head at first but the head completely disappears very quickly and leaves no lacing.

Again with sour apples, very tart, almost puckering. Tastes nothing like it should. It's super carbonated, and a light body. I'm guessing I got a bad bottle. I will review this again when it's fresh.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 16:07:50 | More by tlazaroff
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - bright, cloudy yellow with a large, bubbly, fizzy, white head that fades quickly

S - white grapes, apples, straw

T - straw, grapes, banana, some faint spice, mildly tart finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a pretty basic beer. It has notes of straw and complex fruit from the yeast. Some more spice would help add to the simplistic flavor profile. It's not a bad beer, but there are definitely better Hefeweizens out there. I'll pass on this beer in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2012 12:02:42 | More by tdm168
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Minkybut

Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I poured This nast beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer was cloudy yellow ugly pouring with no head at all. No lacing no nothing. The smell was sour as was the taste. Like a Bad Belgium beer that had sat opened for a month. Very disappointing and I guess it could just have been a outdated variety pk I got hold of. Regardless, I'm not trying another ever.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2012 01:25:57 | More by Minkybut
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a medium white head. The head faded very fast to give only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aromas are heaviest of wheat and yeast. There are notes of pepper and banana as well as a very light citrus flavor.

Taste – The taste starts out wheaty and a little on the sweeter side; the sweetness is of a citrus orange nature. The sweetness fades slightly over time as flavors of yeast start to work their way into the taste. A light peppery and banana flavor accompany the yeast and take the flavor to the end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average thickness with a carbonation level on the higher side of things. Both fitting,but rather average for the style.

Overall – Not a bad brew and quite easy to drink. Well worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 23:23:49 | More by Darkmagus82
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SiriusBock

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured hazy (as it should), with two fingers of head and good lacing.
S: Not much of a smell in the head, other than some hops, but surprisingly not wheaty
T: Classic wheat taste, heading toward the clove side, not much banana. I got a lot of a grape nuts flavor and some fruit
M: Relatively thin, not watery, but I figured the haze would provide a bit more mouthfeel and thickness than it did. Still ok

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 11:11:47 | More by SiriusBock
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dirty brown (much darker than most Hefe's) with a 1/2 inch of rocking head that has some kick ass lacing.
A not so impressive twist off but would bring in the BMC drinkers...

S - Smells of mild wheat and hops. Mostly spice of coriander and clove with mild fruity yeasts.

T - Well it's quite a good representation of the style with balanced yet strong spice and a fruity yet dry yeast character. Little hops and mild wheat yet they do give me a pleasant drinking experience with a fresh water taste.

M - Light to medium its fairly easy to finish.

Overall it was a great beer and I just found out it was bottled 12/22/11 so it even drinks great after 6 months of age. Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 03:17:29 | More by DrDemento456
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BryanCarey

Texas

3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle, this beer is yellow/golden in color and a semi- aggressive pour produces a solid head of foam, but it eventually settles into a thin layer as you drink. The nose on this beer is one of clove, wheat, some grassy notes, banana bread, and a touch of citrus.

This beer has a flavor that matches the nose. Cloves are obvious, but there is also some banana, wheat malt, and yeast. There isn’t much hop character, or at least you don’t notice it because the flavor keeps coming back to the clove and spice. There is still enough bitterness to keep the flavor balanced.

Starr Hill The Love Wheat is a good summer brew that offers some nice refreshment. The spice/clove character is more pronounced than the other qualities, so it could be a little beyond the expectations of some wheat beer lovers. But it is still a good brew that most will find to their liking.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 16:55:46 | More by BryanCarey
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a mixed sampler pack:

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color, very reminiscent of a BMC lager actually. Not much head to it. Slight clove-y aroma. Taste is light bodied, kind of water, smooth, and very drinkable. Some decent banana/clove notes, decent wheat beer in general. Pretty comparable to a Shock Top or Blue Moon... this one might even be a notch below, just not enough body and flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 00:48:36 | More by marlinsfan4
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JoeAmerican77

Colorado

3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blond, sunny, liquid pours out and presents a white head of 1.5 fingers...
A nice phenolic aroma of clove and bananas hits the nose, a little alcoholic spice as well. The flavor matches the nose, with a fruity isoamyl acetate punch, banana bunch, sourdough bread and a hint of that clove. A little sweet and a strange backend that reminds me of the iron smell you get when a bloody nose runs down the back of your throat. Thats new. A bit watery with a light body and light carbonation.

Overall a good beer to give someone used to BMC, a transition from the shocktops and blue mooners out there.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2012 21:12:02 | More by JoeAmerican77
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fwiz

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat glass from a 12oz.

Look: Very hazy orangey yellow, like straw. Nice one head that falls pretty quick and leaves a small amount of lace.

Smell: Just how wheat should smell, clean cut grass, with citrus fruit and maybe a hint of cherry.

Taste: Spot on with the smell. But the cherry is in the front of the taste with sweet wheat malt and almost no bitterness.

Mouth: Very light on carb and body. Could use just a bit more bubbles. Has a fast finish with no after taste.

Overall: A good example of an American wheat beer. Would be very drinkable on a hot summer day. This beer would pair great with Mexican food. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 23:02:41 | More by fwiz
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The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
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