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The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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129 Reviews
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Reviews: 129
Hads: 422
Avg: 3.59
pDev: 27.58%
Wants: 16
Gots: 57 | 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:
Beer added by: mentor on 01-12-2008

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.

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Reviews: 129 | Hads: 422
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.82/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a medium white head. The head faded very fast to give only a light amount of lacing.

Smell – The aromas are heaviest of wheat and yeast. There are notes of pepper and banana as well as a very light citrus flavor.

Taste – The taste starts out wheaty and a little on the sweeter side; the sweetness is of a citrus orange nature. The sweetness fades slightly over time as flavors of yeast start to work their way into the taste. A light peppery and banana flavor accompany the yeast and take the flavor to the end.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average thickness with a carbonation level on the higher side of things. Both fitting,but rather average for the style.

Overall – Not a bad brew and quite easy to drink. Well worth a try.

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Photo of SiriusBock
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured hazy (as it should), with two fingers of head and good lacing.
S: Not much of a smell in the head, other than some hops, but surprisingly not wheaty
T: Classic wheat taste, heading toward the clove side, not much banana. I got a lot of a grape nuts flavor and some fruit
M: Relatively thin, not watery, but I figured the haze would provide a bit more mouthfeel and thickness than it did. Still ok

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a dirty brown (much darker than most Hefe's) with a 1/2 inch of rocking head that has some kick ass lacing.
A not so impressive twist off but would bring in the BMC drinkers...

S - Smells of mild wheat and hops. Mostly spice of coriander and clove with mild fruity yeasts.

T - Well it's quite a good representation of the style with balanced yet strong spice and a fruity yet dry yeast character. Little hops and mild wheat yet they do give me a pleasant drinking experience with a fresh water taste.

M - Light to medium its fairly easy to finish.

Overall it was a great beer and I just found out it was bottled 12/22/11 so it even drinks great after 6 months of age. Recommended!

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle, this beer is yellow/golden in color and a semi- aggressive pour produces a solid head of foam, but it eventually settles into a thin layer as you drink. The nose on this beer is one of clove, wheat, some grassy notes, banana bread, and a touch of citrus.

This beer has a flavor that matches the nose. Cloves are obvious, but there is also some banana, wheat malt, and yeast. There isn’t much hop character, or at least you don’t notice it because the flavor keeps coming back to the clove and spice. There is still enough bitterness to keep the flavor balanced.

Starr Hill The Love Wheat is a good summer brew that offers some nice refreshment. The spice/clove character is more pronounced than the other qualities, so it could be a little beyond the expectations of some wheat beer lovers. But it is still a good brew that most will find to their liking.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
2.72/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of fwiz
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a wheat glass from a 12oz.

Look: Very hazy orangey yellow, like straw. Nice one head that falls pretty quick and leaves a small amount of lace.

Smell: Just how wheat should smell, clean cut grass, with citrus fruit and maybe a hint of cherry.

Taste: Spot on with the smell. But the cherry is in the front of the taste with sweet wheat malt and almost no bitterness.

Mouth: Very light on carb and body. Could use just a bit more bubbles. Has a fast finish with no after taste.

Overall: A good example of an American wheat beer. Would be very drinkable on a hot summer day. This beer would pair great with Mexican food. Cheers.

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Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -10%
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

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Photo of legalpete19340
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very light yellow cloudy color with a big fluffy head. The head stuck around for a while but lacing was minimal.

S: Blast of grass and wheat before a very sweet note pushes its way out. Lemon and some spice pervade the aroma.

T: Immediately the palate is swamped with wheat and yeast flavors. A strong spice note, think cloves, jump in and out. Sweetness then overwhelms with the taste of those bright red maraschino cherries in the jar and then gives up very pronounced lemon flavors. Grassy note ends the drink.

M: Very light and fizzy.

O: This isnt a bad beer. It just tastes artificial to me. The wheat comes on strong as expected but then is swamped by the taste of cherry extract and artificial lemon juice. One and done for me.

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Photo of 00trayn
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale golden color, slightly cloudy and a 1/2" thick head. No lacing to speak of.

S - A mild citrus-y wheat scent comes through, with a hint of spicy.

T - A refreshing wheat with tastes of banana that's fruit-forward. It has a sweet finish.

M - Smooth and decently carbonated.

O - Seems more of a heff than a belgian wheat, but overall it's a refreshing beer that's is a go-to staple for me.

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Photo of thain709
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a semi-cloudy, golden yellow body...a one finger, white head formed and was gone in a flash...this beer looked pretty flat...no head nor lacing

S - Creamy banana, bright citrus (mainly lemon), light spices (mostly coriander)

T - The citrus aspect really stood out to me...I picked it up right off the bat with lemon peel leading the way...ripe banana adds some body to the middle and cuts the sweetness of the citrus...the yeast and spices are mellow...you only find a trace of both throughout the beer...there is even a slight bitterness at the end

M - Light bodied...almost too light...watery...I really wanted some more body

O - The smell and flavors really worked for me...but I was left wanting more (not in a good way) after each sip...the finish and look is where this beer needs some help

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Photo of avalon07
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a Weizen glass. Had an orange-brown color and a cloudy consistency. Surprisingly, there was little head or lacing.

S: A good amount of wheat and that bubble gum quality in the aroma. Also has a slight grassy tinge to it.

T: Tasted of wheat, malt, the bubble gum quality, and th grassiness, though this is a minor component. The flavor here is very well-rounded and balanced.

M: Needs a bit of carbonation, but does have a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: This is one of the better American examples of a Hefeweizen, in spite of a few minor flaws.

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Photo of jsanford
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass.

Pours like cloudy grapefruit juice, with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving just the slightest swirl of haze. Nice aromas of banana, clove and wheat, fairly typical of the style but leaning more on the banana side of the equation. Taste is of a fairly standard Hefeweizen, mostly banana with some clove, wheat, yeast, and coriander. Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy, with a too-high level of carbonation that I'm not liking. Overall I could probably drink one or two of these, but with all the easy-to-find World Class Hefeweizen offering around, why bother?

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Photo of KMcG
2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
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. 

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Photo of Chaney
4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by December 2011.

A: Very cloudy, wheaty, vanilla-orange color with a slight head that stayed at least a mild froth on top of the brew throughout the session. A bit dark than a lot of Hefeweizens, but this still looks really nice.

S: Faint coriander, with German wheat in the mix. Not a spice bomb for sure, yet still effective.

T: The wheat totally soften the blow of the potential over-the-top spices. Slight coriander, but not too much at all. Fruity, wheaty, and yummy!

M: Moderate prickle fromt he carbonation, not much sweetness or spiciness, and the linger didn't have that "rotten banana" issue that I commonly associate with this style.

O: Really nice, excellent even. What's with all the low reviews? I'm going to have the balls to rate this one higher...

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Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks goes out to drabmuh for sending me this one as an extra in a past trade! Served from bottle into a Two Brothers Ebel's Weiss weizen glass. Poured a hazy yellow-orange with a one finger pure white head that subsided to a minimal amount slowly. Maintained decent lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt and banana. The flavor was of sweet malt, banana, subtle clove, and a floral note on the followthrough. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was not a bad brew. It had a pretty good flavor and aroma going on here which made it quite drinkable. My gripe with the aroma is the lack of complexity and almost coming across as one-dimensional. Other than that, it was pretty nice.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear gold color with a thick head that disappears rapidly. The aroma is fruity with some hints of dough and vanilla. It's flavor is citrus, mainly lemon with honey notes and a hint of peach. Strangely missing for a hefeweizen was the cloudiness and banana in the aroma. It has a medium, bubbly mouthfeel. Starr Hill The Love is a good beer, a bit different than most hefeweizens. Very refreshing and drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of fsvan
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Nice bright, murky orange. Minimal white head. Very nice looking hefe.

S- Prototypical hefe nose. Big banana notes, and clove. Not much else. No real spice aside from the clove. No alcohol.

T- The front follows the nose, with nice banana and clove notes. On the back there is a strange, slightly solventy sourness that is pretty off putting.

M- Light, and easy drinking. Not bad, but a little more texture and a little less watery feel would be nice.

O- This is a pretty good hefe, and if it weren't for that sourness on the back end, it would be damn good.

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Photo of AgentMunky
4.28/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 2L growler into a pilsner glass. Filled today at the Starr Hill brewery. Freshly tapped. This is the third time I've typed this review (the site crashed, then logged me out), so expect a brief review.

A: Two and a half fingers of wispy head. Gorgeously unfiltered; cloudy, translucent, and completely opaque. Yellow edges, honey-brown core. Good lacing. Great looking beer.

S: Banana, tart yeast, lemon zest, and maybe a hint of spice. The distinctive yeast is the best part about it.

T: Yum. Lemon peel to start, smooth sweet spice on the maintaste, and slightly dry on the aftertaste. True to the traditional style, but expertly made.

M: Less carbonated than from the bottle, but still with enough pizazz and spice to keep it interesting. A bit puckery.

O: Fabulous beer. Criminally underrated. Highly drinkable and immensely pleasant. One of the best hefewiezens I've come across and one of my favourite beers from Virginia. Will drink whenever I see it. Definitely recommended.

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Photo of DaveBlack
2.7/5  rDev -24.8%
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.

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Photo of EgadBananas
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy orange/yellow pour, white head. No lace.

Plenty of banana and clove and spice aromas, but there's an acidity there that is slightly unusual from my experience with the style.

Citrus, clove, light banana, and tart citrus. I'm not saying it's bad, but I just prefer light fruity sweetness as apposed to this more tart and citrus approach.

Light bodied, crisp, and slick.

Not my style of hefeweizen, but I can see this as something that a sour fan could find some joy in.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of mocktm
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 129 ratings.