The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 404
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.58%
Wants: 14
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Photo of HeatherSnowman
4.75/5  rDev +34.6%

This may be my new favorite! I've always been a fan of a good Hefeweizen, and this is everything a Hefeweizen should be!

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy yellow in the pint glass with
characteristically low carbonation and thus
scant head and lace.

S: The scent of banana is apparent with little
else distinguishing

T: Wack. The taste of Banana is too much for my
taste in beers. I've found that this banana
flavor is what tends to seperate a good Hefe
and the not so good Hefes. The banana is
there in many Hefes but this one is just too
much. This beer also leaves a little acid at
the back of the toungue that I don't much
care for in a Hefe. I really look for the
clean finish in these "dirty" beers.

M: Thin with a little body and a weird fizzy
feel.

D: As I move into Hefeweizen season this one
will bring up the rear on my list of what to
keep handy.

Photo of Tiderion
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is one beer that Icould drink quite a bit of on a hot day.

A: Light gold appearance which is a bit unusual for hefeweizens but mouthwatering nonetheless. I received a light head but I got it on tap too so I am willing to overlook that.

S: Flowery aroma with a light citrus. Orange perhaps.

T: Very flowery taste. Less citrus than hinted at before. Similar to a Harpoon UFO in it's median hefe flavor. Not too sweet, not too acidic.

M: Nothing unusual here. Light, glides over your tongue. Bubbles just right. No more carbonation than needed.

D: Hot day type of beer.

Photo of Guden
2.23/5  rDev -36.8%
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.

Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a hazed golden yellow body with a medium sized vanilla head. Good retention with some island chain lacing.

Aroma hits the style well, with banana, clove, and lemony citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium, but thins as it goes along and an early creaminess fades. Moderate carbonation.

Taste is dominated by lemony citrus. Just a hint of banana, but plenty of clove. Subtle wheat malt.

A worthy effort that fills the bill nicely as a decent American hefe.

Photo of tigg924
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from mixed "Summer Tour" 12-pack dated best by 17 Dec. 2011. Served in a pint glass. Newer label than shown on BA.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a small and short-lived off-white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Additional sediment in the bottom of the bottle added mid-tasting.

S - rather typical weisbier aroma with yeast, citrus, ripe banana, a clove-like spiciness and, perhaps, a trace of hops. Not particularly inviting, but I find that true of many beers of this style.

T - moderate strength for style. Yeast, grain, ripe banana and lemony citrus. Sour and sweet components with a clear tart balance. Good but quite citrusy aftertaste.

M - medium-light body; nice carbonation level; a tad crisp; semi-dry finish.

O - In sum, an above average weisbier, particularly in regards to mouthfeel. Good thirst quencher.

Photo of mocktm
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Starr Hill pint glass...

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow with about a finger's worth of head. Not a lot of retention or lacing as it dies down. Looks pretty traditional for a hefe style, just not as much carbonation as I like to normally see.

Nose is full of typical aromas: banana, clove, bubblegum and lemon. A lot more acidic tartness then usual for the style though.

Tastes just as predicted. A lot of lemon sourness that seems to overwhelm the other flavors, especially the wheat. Wish it was a bit breadier, and less mouth puckering bubblegum. Not bad, but not great either.

Mouth feel is little thin, light to medium bodied. Again, not as much carbonation and creaminess as I had hoped.

Overall, this beer is pretty good. Since its local, my gf and I seem to drink a decent amount of it on hot summer days. However, there are much better American Hefes out there.

Photo of dacrza1
2.67/5  rDev -24.4%
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...

Photo of KingEdward
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It had a two finger white head that lasted a couple of minutes. It has a yellow/orange color and is cloudy(unfiltered). The beer smells of clove, banana, yeast, and wheat. It tasted of clove, lemon, wheat, and was a little sour. This beer has minimal lacing and a light body. This would be a good session beer. I would have to say this beer is average for the stlye.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a snow-white head over an inch thick, and it sticks around a long while. The color is a muddy yellow, like pulpy pear/pineapple juice, cloudy from the swirled yeast. Looks just as it should, and when a hefeweizen looks good, it looks really good. Maybe it's not a true German hefe, but this looks really good, indeed.

Aroma is mostly tropical fruit, lots of banana especially, with some pear as well. Sweetness is like cream-and-sugar, and I'm thinking this is something I'd want mixed into my oatmeal. A very welcoming, comforting sort of aroma.

At first it's a wonderful flavor: banana, pear, lemon, tangerine, cream, fresh-baked white bread, herbal tea, pineapple soda. Certainly puts it's own stamp on the American Wheat Beer category. The only thing stopping this from getting a "4" grade is the mineral/metallic character that, while not terribly intense, seems to cut off these sweet, bready, delicate flavors that impress at the very front of the sip. There's almost no real finish to this beer, except for a green apple tartness that pushes through.

A softness of texture is held back by a too-carbonated tingle. Too bad, as there's a wonderfully velvety thing happening here, but it's dominated by something more aggressive, and it brought the enjoyment factor down just a little bit for me.

Wow, just the fact that this qualifies as "pretty darn good" is a lot more than I've been able to say for most Starr Hill stuff (who have only struck me as "ho-hum" so far, and that's not being a snob, just being honest to my own impressions). Glad I bought this, and it worked really, really well in a pizza dough recipe I have that calls for wheat beer. The Love? Maybe not totally, but I'd be happy to call it The Like.

Photo of tdm168
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.

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazed golden orange color with an off-white head that turns into a thin ring around the glass.

S- The aroma features some wheat malt along with citrus, a hint of spices and yeast. Not bad, judging by the aroma this should be a refreshing beer.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some wheat flavors, along with hints of citrus and spices. Maybe even a little orange peel thrown in there as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied and heavily carbonated.

D- Overall, this isn't a bad beer. Not the most complex brew, but an easy drinker to possibly be enjoyed outdoors. Worth a try.

Photo of nickd717
3.89/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to billab914.

Pours hazy golden-straw in color with a one-finger white head. Some sediment.

The aroma is very lemony with wheat and just a little banana, but much less than I expect in the style.

Very interesting flavor. Really lemony and tart, as if this were half of the way between a hefeweizen and a berliner weisse. Good stuff. Just a little banana and spice.

Sharp and crisp palate for the style, with medium body and an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall this is pretty good for the style, and different from most American wheat beers I've had.

Photo of KMcG
2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, yellowish orange with a slight head that disappears quickly.  The aroma is what you might expect from a wheat beer.  It has citrus, banana, and wheat yeast smells.  There is a wheat taste for sure, but it is overwhelmed by a fruity sweet/sour flavor. There is slight sour cherry or cranberry grape fruit tone to the taste. The mouthfeel is mild, light body and refreshing.  The sourness is a bit much for this wheat beer style. 

Photo of spagel1919
2.39/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Just a hint of a spice gives this a bit of a different taste.

Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to drabmuh for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Two Brothers Ebel's Weiss weizen glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, subtle clove, and a floral note on the followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew. It had a pretty good flavor and aroma going on here which made it quite drinkable. My gripe with the aroma is the lack of complexity and almost coming across as one-dimensional. Other than that, it was pretty nice.

Photo of morimech
3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a large white head that has good retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is a little weak but does have the customary hefe aromas of banana and cloves. Nothing terribly wrong with the flavor but, my god is it weak. It finishes watery. Something is wrong with the carbonation. Almost flat and this does not help the flavor at all. Maybe I have been spoiled by truely amazing local, fresh hefeweizens that this one seems subpar. It is drinkable but there are many superior examples out there.

Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Pours a pale cloudy yellow, some sediment, with 1 finger or so of white foam.

Smells wheaty and slight citrus. Not as much of a classic hefe smell - more of a witbeer.

Taste is mild - some wheat in there. Minimal carbonation. Otherwise flat taste.

Drinkable hefe - not the best I have had, but an easy drinking hefe.

Photo of alleykatking
3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle

A- Pours a light hazy golden yellow color. I thought it might pour a little darker but I'm fine with this. 1 finger cloudy white head that dies almost as soon as it rises leaving no real lace on the sides of the glass. Kind of a boring looking beer.

S- The aroma on this beer is kind of lacking well...power to it. I picked up cloves and banana (light) with some yeasty qualities to the aroma as well. Picked up some orange or maybe it's lemon. So hard to tell with this beer. The nose is very underwhelming and could use a little pick me up.

T- For what was lacking in the smell the taste sure made up for it. Big banana upfront in taste along with the citrus undertones to the front. The middle of the beer is a little subdue from any really big flavors and is a little bland. Nice yeasty taste on the back end though and I really enjoyed that one a lot.

M- This was a light mouthfeel. the carbonation levels were a little off I thought and could have been toned down a little bit. Leaves everything coated in a banana bready taste. Alcohol is not noticed at all which makes drinking this even more inviting.

D- This is a good summertime sipper that I would have no problem buying again. Now if it were to only come to Indiana instead of me having to drive to Maryland to get it!

Photo of SiriusBock
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
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

Photo of tone77
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.

Photo of ElderBeagle
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.

Photo of Eden222
1.57/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.25

Entirely too much clove for me.

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