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The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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344 Ratings
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Ratings: 344
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | 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:
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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1/5  rDev -71.6%

mulliwater, May 25, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

bbclegend, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
1.83/5  rDev -48%
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.

tlazaroff, Oct 31, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

NormLobstah, May 25, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

cheapswiller, May 16, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

blbarnett3, Oct 07, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.2%

tmars13, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of Guden
2.25/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Guden, Mar 28, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

djw21, Feb 06, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

mendvicdog, Oct 31, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

Supra97, Feb 14, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -36.1%

TheBigBoy, Nov 18, 2012
Photo of Minkybut
2.4/5  rDev -31.8%
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.

Minkybut, Sep 25, 2012
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2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a wheat glass from the bottle.

So this is my first so called "US Hefe" huh? Got big shoes to fill here since I've only had ones from Europe so here goes.

Cloudy dark lemon yellow body kind of dull, with a soapy one finger white head. Big carbonation bubbles from the bottom. No sticking for lacing either. The head bubbles are a good pin sized for the most. Out of the bottle it doesn't gush or foam very much. There is some yeast on the bottom of the bottle.

Smell is ok, nothing fancy slightly better than average. Faint lemon which is good but it smells like fake processed lemon juice or there is some other chemical or off that makes the lemon come out tasting like the typical fake lemon dish/soap detergent lemon juice. No grain to speak of either. An off putting sour too borderline not good.

Taste is real weak. This beer is incredibly watery. Lemon or grain taste does not come through either on the palate. Fizzy finish but one that luckily doesn't stay for too long. That fizz tastes like watered down high carbonated Sprite. In fact there is no grain on this beer either in taste or smell anywhere.

I am going to have to give this a pass on drinkability scale, there's much better out there for this style.

smakawhat, Feb 02, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

NathanEmpsall, Sep 27, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

hopsandstouts, Jan 22, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

IPAchris, Aug 26, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

RyanAU, Apr 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

jkt5f, Jul 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

AndrewMichael, Feb 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

athomasPSU, Jan 23, 2014
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2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
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. 

KMcG, Sep 10, 2011
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2.65/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

The requisite wheat beer from the taster pack. I have come to never expect great things from these, but...

A: Hazy golden with absolutely no head at all, not even a coating on the surface of the beer. There is no lacing at all, which is not surprising given the lack of head.

S: Banana and wheat, not getting much beyond that.

T: Taste falls totally flat for me. A little bit of wheat, some light citrus-y flavors which adds tartness, followed by sweetness, but I could be drinking a watered-down, carbonated juice. The tart and sweet balance nicely, but I have to fight to even taste those. I know it's a light summer beer, but I don't think that means it shouldn't have any flavor.

M: Light, with more carbonation than I would expect from the look of it. Refreshing.

O: Mediocre at best. Hardly any flavor, and what flavor there is isn't that great. Totally unexceptional, which is, as I said, about what I have come to expect from these taster-pack wheats.

DaveBlack, Jul 21, 2011
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2.69/5  rDev -23.6%
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...

dacrza1, Jul 19, 2014
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2.69/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

kcrosson492, Feb 07, 2014
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The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.