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The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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347 Ratings
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Ratings: 347
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 15.95%
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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3/5  rDev -14.5%

Barrchon, Nov 25, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

nmann08, Nov 24, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.5%

DoctorB2B, Nov 19, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

derricksmalls, Nov 15, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -0.3%

WMEugene, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jsanford
3.18/5  rDev -9.4%
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?

jsanford, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of KMcG
2.58/5  rDev -26.5%
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
Photo of Chaney
4.22/5  rDev +20.2%
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...

Chaney, Sep 05, 2011
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 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 thagr81us
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

thagr81us, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

B967ierhunter177, Aug 16, 2011
Photo of fsvan
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

fsvan, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of AgentMunky
4.3/5  rDev +22.5%
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.

AgentMunky, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
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
Photo of EgadBananas
3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

EgadBananas, Jul 12, 2011
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 mocktm
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

mocktm, Jun 12, 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 BeerMarshall
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

BeerMarshall, May 30, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug instead of a Weizenglass, because I had this beer in a restaurant.
The color is a medium golden blond. A white head builds, but dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.
The smell hints fruity notes like peach, banana and citrus.
Tasting the beer the bouquet is fruity up front, peach and banana dominating. In the middle some of the yeast is kicking in in combination with some wheat flavors. At the end the citrus notes finish the beer. Very drinkable balanced summer beer.

Hopfenpeter, May 22, 2011
Photo of BlackBearForge
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Love pours a hazy pale yellow with some peach highlights and a foamy white head that falls quickly leaving arcs of oily lacing.

The aroma has hints of coriander, clove and a light fruity banana scent.

The flavor has tart lemon, mild banana, a touch of clove and coriander and a grainy wheat bitterness. The flavors aren't overpowering and aren't as well integrated as I might like.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I prefer (but not watery) and a touch over carbonated.

Overall not a bad beer, not something to write home about and not something to turn your nose up at either. As the weather turns to our usual Summer "incinerate" temperatures I can see putting a few of these back.

BlackBearForge, May 18, 2011
Photo of jsprain1
4.08/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Hazy golden yellow. Head is minimal and leaves virtually no lacing.
S- Grainy, lemon, banana, a bit of clove to it.
T- Starts with a lemon and wheat taste. The strong banana and clove flavors don't kick in until near the finish, but when it does it is strong. Good flavors and multi-dimensional.
M- Relatively full bodied for an American-made hefe. Problem here is the carbonation is way way too sharp.
D- A sound hefe. Tone down the carbonation and it could be one of the best American made hefeweizens out there. A definite improvement over their marzen.

jsprain1, Mar 19, 2011
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.35/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Nice hazy tan, looks alive, cloudy as hell, can't see through it easily. Excellent head retention and nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Ultra-fruit. Lemon, orange, bananas, apples...light floral hop notes and a big blast of fresh baked bread.

T: A lightly refeshing hefe. Lemony and pleasant. A nice wave of ripe bananas shines through, with a peanut buttery finish. Very nice. Creamy mouthfeel.

D: Session beer.

Value: Very good for a beer of this quality. I got it for around 8 bucks a sixer. Excited to see more from this brewery.

WeezyBoPeep, Mar 13, 2011
Photo of sholland119
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blind BIF Round 4. Beer #1 from Thorpe429.

A-Pours a cloudy, pale gold with a frothy white head. Nice retention and a bit of stickiness.

S-A blast of bubble gum hit me when I opened the bottle. Some underlying spiciness as well. Very nice.

T-Very flavorful. Bready on the front with a bit of a lemony tang, followed by bubble gum and a hint of clove.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied, nice silkiness from the suspended yeast, medium carbonation.

D-This will be gone in a heartbeat. An easy drinker, long on taste.

HV

sholland119, Feb 20, 2011
The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 347 ratings.