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The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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Reviews: 129
Hads: 409
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.02%
Wants: 14
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: mentor on 01-12-2008

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
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Reviews: 129 | Hads: 409
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a hazy, golden coloring with a fluffy, low profile, white head. Aromas of toasted grains, coriander, orange peel, clove, and hints of banana. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a spice blend forward, heavy on the clove. Banana bread and berry sweetness, with floral highlights. The body is light, and slightly effervesced, with a berry and banana blend in the aftertaste. The spice calms down a bit, making this finish very light and refreshing. Very good warm weather beer. (526 characters)

Photo of dd43
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's a hefe, nothing fancy. I can see why so many casual beer drinkers flock to this style. A light clove note and the banana aroma you expect are here. Crisply refreshing from the carbonation level and hop dryness. Feel free to add a lemon wedge if you're into ruining perfectly adequate beer with fruit. Wouldn't bother with a six pack but a cold Love on a hot day isn't a bad thing. (385 characters)

Photo of KChristie87
3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Light golden brown color. S - Lots of banana smells that are associated with Hefes. T - Tastes like a hefe should and def has a banana taste. F - Very smooth with lots of carbonation. O - Almost a 4/5. (209 characters)

Photo of tigg924
2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

Average to slightly below average hefe. Hits all the style marks for what you would expect to find in a hefe, but the flavor does not come together as well here as in other examples in the style. For me, this is a pass. (221 characters)

Photo of dacrza1
2.67/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE REVIEWED: July 18, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstaphaner weizen... OCCASION: beautiful camp day to a close...APPEARANCE: cloudy golden yellow body with generally large bubbles at the bottom of the glass; quickly flattening head--zero left behind, creating a bald brew... AROMA: banana and bubblegum--a yeast strain that is a bit clean for a hefe... some clove late... PALATE: crisp, reasonably medium-bodied; swift aftertaste; not really unfiltered... TASTE: yeasty banana, and yet not too flavorful; slightly acidic, but rather smooth overall, missing the rougher, more natural flavor profile of a hefe... OVERALL: refreshing on the deck at Friday 5 pm, yes--flavorful enough to distinguish itself or hold interest, no...enough to be a hefe, definitely not; the sampler hit on two of four (the IPA and pils) and struggles elsewhere... (837 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer is cloudy and bright golden with a small white and ample effervescence. The aroma offers banana, sugary candies, fruit esters. Bubble gum and banana flavor. A bit too sweet for my liking. Prickly carbonation with a slight bite in the finish. Overall, a noticeable step behind the leading German examples of the style. (326 characters)

Photo of MECove
3.61/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is refreshing. I explored it in a variety pack in April and wondered if it was the left-over of the Valentine special. It seems insignificant at first, but the aftertaste is a perfect blend of sweet and bitter. It reminds me of Cherry Dr. Pepper but not like a thick syrup. It's light and easy to drink all night. It has a flavor that stimulates the pallet and wakes you up with a pleasant vibrancy. (409 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
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. (296 characters)

Photo of kcrosson492
2.66/5  rDev -26.3%
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. (914 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.06/5  rDev -15.2%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of aqualung23
4.26/5  rDev +18%
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! (579 characters)

Photo of NiceTaps
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (371 characters)

Photo of obywan59
3.64/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (1,820 characters)

Photo of jfmorey
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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). (267 characters)

Photo of mpyle
2.8/5  rDev -22.4%
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. (824 characters)

Photo of horshamguy
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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). (470 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (1,394 characters)

Photo of ElderBeagle
3.5/5  rDev -3%
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. (637 characters)

Photo of GuinnessAtRogerWilco
4/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,501 characters)

Photo of thlayli87
4.05/5  rDev +12.2%
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. (494 characters)

Photo of Guden
2.23/5  rDev -38.2%
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. (704 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.95/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of tlazaroff
1.85/5  rDev -48.8%
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. (417 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of Minkybut
2.4/5  rDev -33.5%
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. (364 characters)

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The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
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