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The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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352 Ratings
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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.95%
Wants: 10
Gots: 27 | 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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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

djrn2, Oct 14, 2013
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy light golden straw with a white head and a tad bit of lacing. The nose brings some light lemon flavors as well as some clove spice and a bit of banana. Tart lemon along with some banana and clove are there in the flavor. A little bit of light wheat adds some flavor and makes for a nice body. Drinks well and is a nice semi-local beer.

Thorpe429, Oct 28, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark yellow in color. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly died down and eventually faded away completely.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bananas and cloves in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and the banana and clove flavors stand out in front of those from the wheat.
M: It feels light bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

metter98, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach nectar color with a decent enough head that leaves a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Overwhelms with wheat but is rather understated with banana; some spicing does come through

Taste: Wheat bread, up front, with just a hint of banana developing before a strong lemony character takes over at mid-palate; a bit of clove and banana after the swallow, but the lemon dominates the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation, not as creamy as it should be

Overall: I have read that this is based on an obscure hefe, so I am not sure whether it is the recipe that produces the lemony character or the fact that I am a couple of months beyond the best by date; either way, not something I particularly cared for

brentk56, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
3.05/5  rDev -13.1%
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.

BEERchitect, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -14.5%

GRG1313, Aug 22, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky, golden with a single finger width head which dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: Definitly fruity. Not catching the cloves I read about.

T: Again, fruity, bananas, question something sharper like citrus (pineapple?)

M: Moderate carbonation, typical hefeweizen feel.

O: Easy to drink. I like the banana notes with the typical hefeweizen taste.

kylehay2004, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -14.5%

Knapp85, Dec 07, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed as part of the Starr Hill box set, which includes the Amber Ale, Jomo Lager, Pale Ale, and The Love (a Hefeweizen) and for the all-too reasonable cost of $15.40. Purchased at the House of Brews during a very recent trip to Clarksville, Tennessee.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, darkened, dulled yellow body with a large, frothy, white head. This clears out within several minutes, leaving me wondering if a tampered-with temperature setting on my refrigerator is setting in a chill haze.

Smell: Simple notes of aromatic spice and malted wheat hit first with supporting scents of tart lemons and, well, that's about it.

Taste: A taste of crisped, lightly tangy wheat malt greets the tongue with an accompanying sweetness and some generous squirts of fresh, tart lemon juice and a sprinkling of table sugar. Touches of spicy clove and coriander follow behind shortly. Very mild, minute hop presence and bitterness. Finishes citrusy, lightly spicy, and with that roundabout tangy wheat taste lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation that's a little snappy on the tongue.

Drinkability: A likable, decent hefe from Starr Hill. While it won't exactly rival the great hefes of Germany, it'll certainly do in a pinch.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my new Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Do you feel the love? I don't know if I do, but I'm definitely drinking it. It pours a lightly hazed pale straw topped by a very short-lived half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange peel (kinda past ripe), lime, coriander, clove, wheat, and a pinch of cardamom. The taste follows pretty closely, though with added emphasis on the lime and newcomer lemon zest. A touch o' banana finds its way into the background as well. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish (especially for the style). Overall, this is just slightly above average for a hefe at best...something's a bit askew with the citrus and the feel. Worth a shot, though.

TMoney2591, Jul 18, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam that settles quickly and leaves little lace. The body is a clear, golden color.

S - Sweet malt aroma with a bit of wheat tang. Some vanilla and light banana notes but little else.

T - Sweet and malty with some light fruity flavors. Some acidic wheat character in the middle with a little vanilla character. Finishes malty with some peppery spice character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, but certainly not a real hefeweizen. Some malt character and a little bit of fruit to the yeast but lacking in depth. The finish is kind of sweet and syrupy. Not something I would drink again.

nickfl, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.7/5  rDev +33.9%
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.

drabmuh, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of mendvicdog
2.25/5  rDev -35.9%

mendvicdog, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of mdfb79
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/31/11 notes. Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this a week or two ago. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Best by date of 12/11 on the bottle.

a - Pours a murky orange yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing on the glass, looks pretty good.

s - Smells of yeast, wheat, spices, light bananas. and cloves. Nice, but not overly strong.

t - Tastes of bananas, Belgian style yeast, cloves, bready malts, wheat, and light spice. Bananas are much more prominent which I love; a definite step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice, easy drinking hefeweizen. A good summer beer with lots of bananas. Would have it again.

mdfb79, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a mixed sampler pack:

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color, very reminiscent of a BMC lager actually. Not much head to it. Slight clove-y aroma. Taste is light bodied, kind of water, smooth, and very drinkable. Some decent banana/clove notes, decent wheat beer in general. Pretty comparable to a Shock Top or Blue Moon... this one might even be a notch below, just not enough body and flavor.

oriolesfan4, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of duceswild
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

duceswild, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of Huhzubendah
3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Huhzubendah, May 31, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
2.42/5  rDev -31.1%
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
Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

tdm168, Oct 20, 2012
Photo of chinchill
3.35/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

chinchill, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of beerthulhu
3.09/5  rDev -12%
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.

beerthulhu, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Tone
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden color with lots of suspended sediment. 1/5 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of yeast, slight clove, slight citrus (banana), and slight wheat. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is smooth and sharp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, clove, slight citrus (banana), and slight wheat. Overall, pretty decent aroma and better flavor and body.

Tone, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
Photo of atrocity
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

atrocity, Apr 29, 2014
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The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.