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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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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Rod_J, Oct 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

dvmin98, Sep 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29%

NathanEmpsall, Sep 27, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Nitty703, Sep 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

twenty5, Sep 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

mcaulifww, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of obywan59
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

9/3/13
A: 3.25 S: 2.75 T: 2.00 M: 3.5 O: 2.75

2.51/5

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.

9/24/13:

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.

obywan59, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

duceswild, Sep 03, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

camartin27, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of jfmorey
4.05/5  rDev +15.1%
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).

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

IPAchris, Aug 26, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

IsabelleM, Aug 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

Shall6815, Aug 23, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

JohnK17, Aug 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Cody101, Aug 17, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

chasmandocharles, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of mpyle
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pale gold color, slightly hazy. Pours a big mousy white head, creamy and long lasting.

Crisp, slightly hoppy aroma, but fairly clean. Honestly smells more like a German lager than a hefeweizen.

Somewhat sweet with a little bit of clove initially, develops a tartness midmouth and carries a sweet-tart flavor into the finish. Didn't see any date on the bottle, but really tastes like it might be past its peak. I've had it on draft in the Crozet, VA area before and remember liking it more. Some oxidation character, with an unpleasant bitterness on the tongue in the finish.

MF - quite thin body, and moderate carbonation. Carbonation on the low side for the style.

Overall - The example in front of me is not a good hefeweizen. I think it is somewhat old and possibly oxidized, so take my review with a grain of salt.

mpyle, Aug 11, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

icehawk, Aug 10, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

naphi23, Jul 30, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

brendaniel, Jul 28, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

swfeidt, Jul 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

OldhouseRecs, Jul 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

Spoppy, Jul 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -14.8%

timjim1327, Jul 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Rhettroactive, Jul 23, 2013
The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 344 ratings.