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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 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
Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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.

CuriousMonk, Feb 07, 2011
Photo of bubseymour
3.78/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - one of the clearer-to-see-through wheat beers out there. No head at all. Carbonation is quite fizzy.

Smell - Pleasant and European straw scented with hint of strawberry fruitiness.

Taste - Very mild, refreshing with hints of strawberry. No hop bitterness of note.

Mouthfeel - watery

Drinkability - this is a quite easy drinker.

Overall - Another decent brew from Starr Hill. Light and refreshing with fruity hints.

bubseymour, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of BatDaddy
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy yellow orange that's typical of the style. Off white head that settles to a nice fluffy layer on top. Good retention.

S - Lots of fragrance here, and strong too, I can smell it before I even bring my nose to it. Citrus, banana, clove, bit of yeast. Smells quite enticing.

T & M - Hmmm... seems a bit of a letdown after getting such good aromas. All the flavors are there, but the taste is very subdued. Lots more lemon than expected from the nose. Some banana, clove, and yeast, but mostly citrusy lemon. Not terrible, but a bit weak. Mouthfeel is not bad. Smooth and bubbly but not harsh with carbonation. Pretty standard for the style.

D - Not bad. Certainly an easy drinker, but there's better beers and better hefeweizens out there.

Had this on tap several months ago and really enjoyed it. Maybe it was a fresher sample or it paired well with the beer I had drank previously. Whatever it was, I was a little disappointed in this from the bottle.

BatDaddy, Feb 06, 2011
Photo of shand
3.98/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I don't know why I though this was a raspberry wheat beer. Oh well, carrying on! Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a weizen glass.

A hazy straw colour with three fingers of head that retains and laces poorly. Very carbonated. Below average for what's usually a great looking style. The smell is just about normal, bananas, lemons, clove, and wheat. The clove isn't overpowering, thankfully. The taste is actually quite good! It goes down about normal for a hefeweizen, with the bananas, esters, and wheat. Then, instead of the clove strike I'm expecting, in comes mister Lemon to keep things interesting. This is a strong lemon/lime bite here for sure in the middle of the taste! Just a touch of fruits and berries shines through at the end, leaving the aftertaste a wholly fruity affair. Very interesting.

The mouthfeel is very light and carbonated, which is good for the flavors. And the drinkability is very high, this is a smooth drinker without that wretched clove that tends to haunt this style. A beer that took me by surprise, for sure. Recommended.

shand, Feb 05, 2011
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 msubulldog25
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle with a twist-cap, no notch found on the 'purchase before month' strip up the side of the label ~ but received pretty recently from Metalmonk, so I trust its freshness. Poured to a Hoegaarden tumbler, thinking this was a witbier; consumed half by itself, half with a bowl of sausage/chicken gumbo soup.

A: Milky butterscotch-orange pour; I twirled the last couple ounces in the bottle, but it was already plenty cloudy after the first 10... Good head, creamy and near-white, holds well before dwindling to a patchy/clumpy skim. Lace clings in loose, sagging drapes.

S: Fairly strong grass/wheat and careful spice (clove), then notable lemon peel and lemon candy/bubblegum. What a proper hefeweizen should smell like...

T: Fairly simple flavor profile: big chewy wheat, kinda doughy and sweet, followed by mildly tangy lemon-orange. Once its warmed a while, each sip starts with a squeeze of citrus, then devolves to a yeasty/bready mouthful with mild berry notes before ending with a sprinkling of spice. It works rather well, even it's not spot-on.

M: Carbonation is more modest than the look led on, rather than bright and crisp, there a smoother creaminess here. Aptly light-medium body, but a fade to thinness and a lack of much lingering, other than lip-grabbing stickiness, makes this a little blasé.

D: A pretty good version of the style, though lacking a little of the oomph in flavor/aroma/feel that the best exhibit. None of that deters from drinkability; modest strength and good balance, plus refreshing-ness, make this a fine choice. Only my second from Starr Hill (much better than Festie!), but I'd like more. Thanks again, Jeff...

On a side note, it's good to see Starr Hill gain a little publicity on one of my favorite TV shows, 'Top Chef'...

msubulldog25, Jan 25, 2011
Photo of htomsirveaux
3.13/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle tried 17 Aug 2010. Served in the Sierra Nevada shaker pint.

Large off white head quickly dissipates. Medium carbonation. Cloudy golden yellow/peachy color. Aroma is wheaty and clovey with a melony citrus fruitiness. Flavor is mostly lightly wheat and citrus. Becomes a little bit tart towards the finish. Thirst quenching. Medium body. Minimal ethanol.

Seems somewhat watered down or muted.

htomsirveaux, Jan 23, 2011
Photo of lespaulrocker
3.88/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

lespaulrocker, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Listed here as a hefeweizen - if so, it is the clearest hefe I've come across. Poured a bright golden with a nominal head, despite a vigorous pour. A bit spicy in the nose. Bright, clean flavor - not a lot of wheat malt, but a distinctive lemony, slightly citric acidity predominates. Some muted yeast flavors, with a touch of banana at first that is soon overtaken by the lemon. Overall, very refreshing, but the citric nature did get a little tart by the end.

Brent, Dec 15, 2010
Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful orange copper color with a thick yellowish head and tons of lacing. Smells of dirty dish water with lemons in it. Taste is much different. Tastes of wheat, citrus (lemon and orange), coriander, and buscuity yeast. Mouthfeel is a little thin but is backed up with heavy carbonation. Drinkability is high.

TheKingofWichita, Dec 07, 2010
Photo of Meerkey
3.73/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale yellow gold. Straw. Some persistent white head.

S: Wheat, a little bitterness, some citrus and banana.

T: Yeast, some sourness pervades -citrus, banana, a bit sweet.

M: Nice carbonation, stickiness is a little heavy on the tongue, but only at first.

D: Quite. Not much to say. You can enjoy the taste without noticing the alcohol.

Meerkey, Nov 10, 2010
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 Metalmonk
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a snow-white head over an inch thick, and it sticks around a long while. The color is a muddy yellow, like pulpy pear/pineapple juice, cloudy from the swirled yeast. Looks just as it should, and when a hefeweizen looks good, it looks really good. Maybe it's not a true German hefe, but this looks really good, indeed.

Aroma is mostly tropical fruit, lots of banana especially, with some pear as well. Sweetness is like cream-and-sugar, and I'm thinking this is something I'd want mixed into my oatmeal. A very welcoming, comforting sort of aroma.

At first it's a wonderful flavor: banana, pear, lemon, tangerine, cream, fresh-baked white bread, herbal tea, pineapple soda. Certainly puts it's own stamp on the American Wheat Beer category. The only thing stopping this from getting a "4" grade is the mineral/metallic character that, while not terribly intense, seems to cut off these sweet, bready, delicate flavors that impress at the very front of the sip. There's almost no real finish to this beer, except for a green apple tartness that pushes through.

A softness of texture is held back by a too-carbonated tingle. Too bad, as there's a wonderfully velvety thing happening here, but it's dominated by something more aggressive, and it brought the enjoyment factor down just a little bit for me.

Wow, just the fact that this qualifies as "pretty darn good" is a lot more than I've been able to say for most Starr Hill stuff (who have only struck me as "ho-hum" so far, and that's not being a snob, just being honest to my own impressions). Glad I bought this, and it worked really, really well in a pizza dough recipe I have that calls for wheat beer. The Love? Maybe not totally, but I'd be happy to call it The Like.

Metalmonk, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of OldeGolde
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had a few of these this week, so I must have enjoyed em, must review em. This is a well-balanced hefeweizen- it's not the best, but at least it holds together. Little hints of clove and banana, but mostly it's cool and wheaty; The Love is definitely more of a summer brew. Points for being unique- I could pick this one out of a blind line-up, but I won't be buying it that often.

OldeGolde, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of nickd717
3.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle via trade thanks to billab914.

Pours hazy golden-straw in color with a one-finger white head. Some sediment.

The aroma is very lemony with wheat and just a little banana, but much less than I expect in the style.

Very interesting flavor. Really lemony and tart, as if this were half of the way between a hefeweizen and a berliner weisse. Good stuff. Just a little banana and spice.

Sharp and crisp palate for the style, with medium body and an appropriate level of carbonation.

Overall this is pretty good for the style, and different from most American wheat beers I've had.

nickd717, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of dstc
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

dstc, Aug 17, 2010
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 MickeySmarte
3.23/5  rDev -8%
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.

MickeySmarte, Jul 12, 2010
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 vtfan77
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear gold with just a wisp of a head. Nice color, but it seems like it should be a little cloudier.

S- Sweet bubblegum and clove with a husky grain. I'm also getting a hint of licorice. Pretty nice hefe smell.

T- A touch of clove and banana with a lemony zest to even it out. Quite sweet, but the wheat adds a dry snap that evens it out. The finish is clean with just a touch of residual sweetness and nary a hint of bitterness.

M- Actually pretty heavy for a hefeweizen; that is, it's on the light side of medium. The carbonation isn't particularly crisp, but it's there.

D- It doesn't have the crispness of your typical hefe, but it's not bad. The sweetness and the heaviness (relatively speaking) of the mouthfeel get in the way a little, but I could probably still drink a couple on a hot day.

Not too bad for an American-made hefe. I'd still take some of the better German examples over this any day, but it stacks up well against its American counterparts. That said, I probably won't be getting it too much in the future, considering that hefeweizen isn't exactly my favorite style. Still worth buying if you're a fan of the style.

vtfan77, Jun 24, 2010
The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.