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The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 123
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.


(Beer added by: mentor on 01-12-2008)
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Photo of 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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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
Photo of BeerMarshall


3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery on tap.

A: Properly clouded, pleasant golden color

S: Clove/Banana overload boardering on bubblegum.

T: Same as aroma. High on flavor, but probably a bit too high on esters and phenols.

M: no real strong feelings

O: Decent wheat, but a overboard on the phenolics and banana esters. Would probably improve with some time for mellowing.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2011 23:15:22 | More by BeerMarshall
Photo of CuriousMonk


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

Pours a lightly hazy yellow golden color with one finger white head that settles quickly. Aroma is sweet and floral with notes of banana, clove, spice, honey, light caramel, floral esters. Flavor is sweet and floral with similar notes of honey, spice, clove, banana, light caramel, floral esters. Light to medium body with a pleasing malty finish. Easy drinker and not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

02-07-2011 20:10:56 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of lespaulrocker


3.88/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Brixx.

A: Typical hefe appearance, pale and cloudy with a white hair and medium lacing.

S: Wheat, banana, citrus, hints of wheat. Inviting.

T: Great taste. A lot of yeast, some banana and citrus, a sweeter beer but not too sweet. A great hefe.

M: Not too much carbonation, just right. A little heavy but good nonetheless.

D: Very drinkable.

This was a great offering, one I'd seek out again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-30-2010 19:20:39 | More by lespaulrocker
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3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, almost vomit colored. Don't mean that in a bad way, really. Foamy white head falls slow. Decent lace.

Aroma is pretty nice, has a wheat smell that is very sour.

Wheat taste as well but also has that sour quality you pick up in the aroma.

Medium bodied and smooth but plenty bubbly.

Average buy easy drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

08-17-2010 13:13:01 | More by dstc
Photo of MickeySmarte


3.23/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Starr Hill's southern German style hefeweizen pours cloudy and with a tight white head, it certainly looks like the real thing.

The nose is all the bananas and cloves you expect from the style.

The body is light and crisp, so far so weizen. A decent enough example of the style, but the pink labels suggest that weizens are a girls beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2010 20:01:59 | More by MickeySmarte
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3.05/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with beets, really? At least that is how my server described the beer. ...beets?

The beer comes to the table in an elegant Brauweiss glass. The typical hazy straw color is met with deep golden pockets as the light shies away. A very froathy (moussey) head gives a very inviting appearance. Stark white in foam, the beer laces fairly well through the first half of the session.

Fruity and sugary aromas set the stage. Bold clove scents come closely behind. Bananna esters and bubblegum prevail over citrus notes. Quite one-dimensional, tilted far to the sweeter, fruitier side.

Flavors do the same. Sweet confections, cookie dough, ripe banannas and appricots give a very fruity start. The clove flavors help to round out the sweeter mix but never balances the beer. No development of acidic or citurs notes, nor a hop counterpart ever intervene. This leaves the beer very sweet and fruity throughout.

As expected, the beer's sweetness leaves a weighted and sugary feel on the entire mouth. Malty and bready, the creaminess never turns dry, forcing a everso sweet finish with an aftertaste of unresolved starches and sugars.

Early on, I liked the beer much in the same way as I do Ayinger Brauweiss, but the sweetness keeps intensifying and the complex layers never develop. The weighted start is ok, but the lack of dryness or lightening in the finish is a real determent.

Serving type: on-tap

06-24-2010 04:30:00 | More by BEERchitect
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4.7/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is a nice, under rated, under reviewed, local (ish) brewery from Virginia. Last night I had their hefeweizen on draft at a local beer bar. Beer served in a shaker pint. Beer is dark yellow and completely hazy. Carbonation is moderate and there is a small thin head of tiny white bubbles. The head leaves some but not a lot of lacing on the glass. Looks good.

Seriously nice clove and banana aromas coming from this beer. I could smell it all night long. Its not overpower but its strong enough to really affect the pleasure of this beer positively. I wouldn't change a thing about the aroma.

Medium to light in body, some sweetness up front with some of the fruity characters in the midpalate. Nice finish, wet not dry, and no aftertaste. Drinkability is a 5 as I had 4 pints of this stuff and didn't feel a thing. Its a wonderful session beer and I would drink it again, recommend it, and go out of my way to sample it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 15:32:04 | More by drabmuh
Photo of CampusCrew


3.68/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 1/6 for my sisters wedding at Total Wine Jax. Great choice. It was the hit of the party and we floated a 1/6 of it before a keg of coors light. not bad.

Appearance: cloudy orange pale, with good head retention.

Smell: nice grainy, earthtone smell and some fruitness

Taste: a light and easy drinking, mild spice and mild earthiness. suble banana

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Drinkability: a solid hefe, and a great choice for an american version hefe

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2010 19:09:20 | More by CampusCrew
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3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-07-2009 03:30:20 | More by Tiderion
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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

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2009 22:20:29 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Love is poured a cloudy peach body with a bone white head that fades quickly. The aromas are banana esters, some clove spice. The smell isn't amazing but enough to make this a solid heffe. The taste matches the smell with a slight tart thing going on. Plenty of carb leads to a good mouthfeel that is to style. An odd beer for a cold day like today, but I would kill this in thw summer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2009 22:09:12 | More by rtratzlaff
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3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bar @ Bada Wings, Raleigh.

Pours a cloudy peach hue with hints of mandarin orange, while the bone-white head recedes quickly to a ring of tight bubbles. Aroma is spot-on for the style, full of ripe banana, yeasty sweetbread, clove, and a touch of vanilla.

The taste I had in the sample glass (before I ordered a pint) was better than the pint itself; it was served too cold, but I was thirsty and this was easy drinkin'. A bit of clove-y spice balanced with yeasty fruit notes (banana, obviously), and some grainy breads. Pretty good mouthfeel on this one too, although it felt a bit watery at times. But, it had a good carbonation level and the medium-thin body went down smooth. All in all, a fairly solid Hefe that I'd like to try again on a hot summer day--not the best winter brew, but still.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2008 03:15:29 | More by wagenvolks
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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rapture in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy orange amber beer with a fast-fading and bubbly white head. Lacing is sort of funny and nothing to write home about. The best part of this brew.

Aroma: Some light wheaty dough notes, bananas, cloves, and the faintest hint of tart citrus. Sort of textbook, and a little too weak in places.

Taste: Very similar to the nose, just, in my mouth. Banana, wheat, light citrus, yeasty spices, some grassy hop notes. A little sweeter than a traditional hefe (to appeal to the UVA college crowd, perhaps).

Mouthfeel: A little fluffy, thin, medium-bodied though, but way uneven. Not as crisp as I'd like - carbonation's a little low, but that could be a keg issue.

Drinkability: Not my favorite hefe, nor my favorite beer from Starr Hill. It's good that they bottle this one though - they definitely need to start getting their product out there, increase their name recognition, and start brewing a few more experimental styles, because as certain of their products demonstrate (their Pale Ale, their Dark Starr Stout), they have what it takes to be a great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 23:46:30 | More by CrellMoset
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4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy golden-white in color, comes with a well-retained head that gives nice lacing

s: dominant aromas of sweet yeast dough, lemon peel, underripe banana, clove, floral herbal hops, wheat malt

m: medium-high carbonation and medium body, on the full side for a hefe (good thing)

t: big doughy yeasts, lemon peel, wheat malt body gives a light-moderate sweetness and wheaty spice, finishes with a mild bitterness, seems to be on the strong and complex side for the style

d: a breeze, nice hefe and my favorite of the Starr Hill line thus far

standard pint at the Taphouse on Queensway, Hampton, VA

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 04:54:16 | More by blackie
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3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a plastic Pilsner glass at the rooftop Sky Lounge in the Hilton, Virginia Beach.
I was surprised to see this Hefe while we were poolside - So I just had to try it.
Colour wise it was a cloudy pale yellow with about a 1/4" of white head.
I was a little disappointed in the flavour - all of the usual elements of a good Hefe were there: banana, citrus and wheat but very muted.
Not too gassy - a few tiny bubbles coming out of suspension.
A very refreshing beer on a hot sunny day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2008 16:00:23 | More by ElGeordie
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3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the County Grill in Hampton. I actually got to meet Mark the brewmaster for Starr Hill at this tasting, and it was a wonderful experience. He was overjoyed to see his brew on draught and to see so many people enjoying it. On to the beer, served (oddly) in a standard pint glass.

A - Pleasant hazy golden color, nice and yeasty in appearance, with a big frothy head. Retention and lacing were both rather nice.

S - Extremely potent aroma of banana and a touch of clove. Sweet and fresh smelling.

T - Sweet and crisp yeast body, with big banana flavors. Has a slight candy like backing that, while tasty, seems slightly artificial and prevents the score here from being higher.

M - Sharp carbonation, light body, soothing aftertaste of banana once again.

D - Very good, this is a nice American hefeweizen and a refreshing brew. I'd say so far this is my favorite Starr Hill offering, and certainly worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2008 16:37:17 | More by PhageLab
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New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed as Brewmaster's Special Hefeweizen, July 2002, at the (now closed) Starr Hill Restaurant & Brewery at its original downtown Charlottesville location.

A refreshing, summer seasonal produced at Starr.... shows up with a pale, golden straw-like color. A bit cloudy, it has a very thin, white head, but nice lace! The major component of the nose is a yeasty spiciness. Medium bodied, it has the typical, slightly prickly smoothness on the tongue. Flavor seems like a combo of the American and German styles. A spicy start, with a touch of clove leads to a finish replete with lemony notes. Nice on a 95F day in toasty Charlottesville!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


(beer review id: 18464 / 07-04-2002 18:37:17)

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2008 13:49:12 | More by Bierman9
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North Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 00:28:16 | More by MECove
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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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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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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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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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3.63/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2013 01:43:34 | More by obywan59
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The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.