The Love - Starr Hill Brewery
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Reviews by obywan59:
3.63/5 rDev +3.1%
A: 3.25 S: 2.75 T: 2.00 M: 3.5 O: 2.75
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.
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.
09-03-2013 01:43:34 | More by obywan59
More User Reviews:
3/5 rDev -14.8%
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
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
D: As I move into Hefeweizen season this one
will bring up the rear on my list of what to
05-23-2009 22:20:29 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
3.9/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
09-07-2009 03:30:20 | More by Tiderion
2.25/5 rDev -36.1%
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.
03-28-2013 01:20:48 | More by Guden
3.63/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
01-24-2010 00:33:41 | More by merlin48
3.35/5 rDev -4.8%
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.
08-30-2011 22:12:28 | More by chinchill
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
06-12-2011 22:20:48 | More by mocktm
2.69/5 rDev -23.6%
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...
07-19-2014 02:18:04 | More by dacrza1
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
01-24-2010 22:13:24 | More by KingEdward
3.8/5 rDev +8%
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.
10-25-2010 21:25:12 | More by Metalmonk
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
10-20-2012 12:02:42 | More by tdm168
3.55/5 rDev +0.9%
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.
04-01-2012 21:12:02 | More by JoeAmerican77
3.7/5 rDev +5.1%
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.
10-02-2009 02:25:15 | More by cjgator3
The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
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