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The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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326 Ratings
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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 125
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 9
Gots: 21 | 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.


(Beer added by: mentor on 01-12-2008)
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Photo of rootbeerman


3.45/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into both my pint glass and another bottle into a weizen glass.

A: into the weizen glass it had a two almost three finger white head. into the pint it was only a two finger head. pour color was orangish yellow and cloudy.
S: spicy with a piny clove, not much banana, yeasty
T: yeasty clove and again light banana. taste to me seems better on tap.
M: smooth seems to linger around, carbonation feels low
D: this beer is more drinkable on tap, bottle not so much, it is really good with a slice of lemon

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2010 04:34:21 | More by rootbeerman
Photo of BrewsCrewSA


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one's now available at the Total Wine in Orlando, FL.

A - Poured a pale (almost straw) gold with very little carbonation and no real head to speak of. Kind of disappointing in terms of appearance, but that's okay, I don't admire this beer for its appearance.

S - Faint quaffs of malts, oats and cereal. Does not have a strong scent or bouquet, so I won't elaborate.

T - Ripe bananas through and through. Kind of like the tartness of banana pudding, and not just for comparison's sake but that's what I taste from beginning to end. Aftertaste of toasted whole wheat bread. Delicious - I'd make this my standard hefe just because of my present location.

M - Thoroughly refreshing, very good! It's not overly carbonated so it's extremely smooth. It's very good when it's cold, and this does not take away any of the flavor. It's a taste I'd personally go back to, and I'm not a huge fan of the style. Interesting that they didn't label this as a hefe but rather, a wheat beer (same thing) while I'm on the subject.

D - I especially enjoyed how drinkable this beer is. It'd be pretty easy for me to put a few of these down.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 23:22:50 | More by BrewsCrewSA
Photo of drabmuh


4.7/5  rDev +33.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2010 15:32:04 | More by drabmuh
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pale gold, with a short-lived head, no lace.

S - The aroma is simply mild and clean. Perhaps a slight mineral-spring water nuance is there, too, and maybe a little citrus.

T - Interesting taste, especially in view of the typically American expressions of appearance and aroma. There is a big banana flavor, notes of lemon and citrus with a slight pungent sour funkiness; its not wild, lactic, or acetic, its just funky like sour wheat.

M - Very clean, crisp and refreshing, finishing dry and pristine.

D - Easily palatable, flavorful, unobtrusive, pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2010 03:38:29 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer is sweeping the nation. At least the southeast anyway. I first tried this at a beer fest last fall and loved it. Everyone who has tried it has loved it also. It seems to have that same quality as Blue Moon and Magic Hat that has not only men, but women who will ask for it. The name and label may keep some guys away, but c'mon, go for it. It's just a real good beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2010 23:31:59 | More by kneeland
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Pours a pale cloudy yellow, some sediment, with 1 finger or so of white foam.

Smells wheaty and slight citrus. Not as much of a classic hefe smell - more of a witbeer.

Taste is mild - some wheat in there. Minimal carbonation. Otherwise flat taste.

Drinkable hefe - not the best I have had, but an easy drinking hefe.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 02:18:21 | More by KTCamm
Photo of DosBeerigos


2.9/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

C. Cloudy
H. Orangey yellow
N. A lot of yeast with notes of coriander and subtle citrus

This is my least favorite from Starr Hill, it really isn't anything special. A good beer if you like this type of beer. A straight forward white, very similar to many on the market. Easy to drink and good for the summer. IMO it is ok.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 19:23:40 | More by DosBeerigos
Photo of ThaBobfather


3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light sun/wheat harvest color with a perfect circle of bleached, fizzy head.
Smell is yeasted with a wheat bread quality.
Taste is zesty-wheat and lemon spices throughout.
Finish is dry and I've got zesty yeast coming as an after-taste.
Drinks well here-definably an American session beer (for those who read that post) but a solid choice.
Fiance loves it!

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 05:17:08 | More by ThaBobfather
Photo of nickfl


3.45/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2010 08:37:05 | More by nickfl
Photo of KingEdward

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It had a two finger white head that lasted a couple of minutes. It has a yellow/orange color and is cloudy(unfiltered). The beer smells of clove, banana, yeast, and wheat. It tasted of clove, lemon, wheat, and was a little sour. This beer has minimal lacing and a light body. This would be a good session beer. I would have to say this beer is average for the stlye.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 22:13:24 | More by KingEdward
Photo of merlin48


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a hazed golden yellow body with a medium sized vanilla head. Good retention with some island chain lacing.

Aroma hits the style well, with banana, clove, and lemony citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium, but thins as it goes along and an early creaminess fades. Moderate carbonation.

Taste is dominated by lemony citrus. Just a hint of banana, but plenty of clove. Subtle wheat malt.

A worthy effort that fills the bill nicely as a decent American hefe.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2010 00:33:41 | More by merlin48
Photo of jonziefle

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy light amber/straw color. Almost no head at all that immediately disappears. No visible carbonation. No lacing at all.

Smell: Sweet wheat malts with orange citrus and banana flavors. An odd rubberish off smell as well.

Taste: Sweet yeast malts with a dominating taste of orange citrus, with banana flavors in the background. Very juice-like in flavor. Moderate sweetness and mild overall.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, but with a good carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Easy drinking wheat beer, but too mild on flavor and the body is a bit thin.

Buy Again? Probably not in the bottle, but on tap, yes. I’ve found it much better on draft.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2010 23:08:56 | More by jonziefle
Photo of CampusCrew


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 1/6 for my sisters wedding at Total Wine Jax. Great choice. It was the hit of the party and we floated a 1/6 of it before a keg of coors light. not bad.

Appearance: cloudy orange pale, with good head retention.

Smell: nice grainy, earthtone smell and some fruitness

Taste: a light and easy drinking, mild spice and mild earthiness. suble banana

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Drinkability: a solid hefe, and a great choice for an american version hefe

Serving type: on-tap

01-05-2010 19:09:20 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of whtguitarguy


4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a hazy golden color with a slight head that doesn't stay around long. Aroma is very yeasty, my favorite, with some very sweet fruit notes. Palette is very nice, with what tastes like banana notes, maybe some raisins. It has a smooth finish, and is rather bubbly.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2009 21:08:51 | More by whtguitarguy
Photo of Tone


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2009 02:57:03 | More by Tone
Photo of mralphabet


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: A mix of gold and orange.... cloudy and very unfiltered looking.... Just the way it should be. About a fingers worth of head that fades to a ring and sticks around.... just a little lacing.

S: OK, I'm getting a few things here.. Banana, citrus, grapes, wheat, yeast, clove and sweet malt. A lot going on here.... very interesting.

T: OK lots more banana than I was expecting.... Tastes alot like banana bread. I'm only getting a touch of the other smells I was getting. Overall fruity and sweet.

M: Pretty creamy for a Hef.... The carbonation is crisp... so the combination is very smooth and crisp as well. Pretty nice.

D: Low ABV, a great feel and taste.... a very nice summer evening beer that can even be enjoyed in the winter. Good session beer.

A little different than other Hefs I've had.... Another good beer from Starr Hill.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2009 04:35:36 | More by mralphabet
Photo of unclejimbay


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Love Hefeweizen
Starr Hill Brewery
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 4.60 %

reviewed ~11/13/09 c/o of SR from AB Craft

This beer was a mediocre example of a Hefe. It has the appropriatte clove-like esters and wheat malt tastes I would expect. However, it seems to be a bit thinner in body and taste than most traditional Hefes IMHO.

I plan to create a more detaied review in the future pending my next opportunity.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2009 16:01:27 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 21:20:16 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of hwwty4


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard mug. This beer pours a hazy golden with a big 3 inch, fluffy, white capped head and leaves some serious lacing all the way down the mug. The aroma is reminiscent of all American style wheat's. Lemon, yeasty biscuits and an underlying banana. Slight hints of nuttiness come through also. The flavor is dead on for the style. Banana comes through, followed with yeasty biscuits and earthy hops. Just a crisp grassy hop touch lingers on the end of the palate. The mouthfeel is light with a crisp carbonation. This is a average American wheat. Very drinkable but nothing really exciting. Definitely a beer I would use to get friends into craft beer if it was available around here.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2009 03:27:24 | More by hwwty4
Photo of redneckchugger


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy yellow.
Phenolic nose, lots of clove and Lemon.
Lots more clove in teh taste, some lemon and banana as well. This beer is very clove forward and am liking it. I am tir5ed of hefes that taste like a banana split.
I am really impressed with this beer, it may be the best hefe i have ever had.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 01:58:12 | More by redneckchugger
Photo of Onenote81

North Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my weizen glass. Poured a cloudy light gold with a 2-inch off-white head on top. Decent retention; left some spotty lace. Smelled of tart citrus zest, big yeast, and bread. The mouth was a bit spritzy, but was still fairly smooth. Flavors of orange zest, slight spice, and finished bready and fulfilling. This was a decent beer. I'd have it again for sure; quite refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 18:14:51 | More by Onenote81
Photo of cjgator3


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazed golden orange color with an off-white head that turns into a thin ring around the glass.

S- The aroma features some wheat malt along with citrus, a hint of spices and yeast. Not bad, judging by the aroma this should be a refreshing beer.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some wheat flavors, along with hints of citrus and spices. Maybe even a little orange peel thrown in there as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied and heavily carbonated.

D- Overall, this isn't a bad beer. Not the most complex brew, but an easy drinker to possibly be enjoyed outdoors. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2009 02:25:15 | More by cjgator3
Photo of alleykatking


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle

A- Pours a light hazy golden yellow color. I thought it might pour a little darker but I'm fine with this. 1 finger cloudy white head that dies almost as soon as it rises leaving no real lace on the sides of the glass. Kind of a boring looking beer.

S- The aroma on this beer is kind of lacking well...power to it. I picked up cloves and banana (light) with some yeasty qualities to the aroma as well. Picked up some orange or maybe it's lemon. So hard to tell with this beer. The nose is very underwhelming and could use a little pick me up.

T- For what was lacking in the smell the taste sure made up for it. Big banana upfront in taste along with the citrus undertones to the front. The middle of the beer is a little subdue from any really big flavors and is a little bland. Nice yeasty taste on the back end though and I really enjoyed that one a lot.

M- This was a light mouthfeel. the carbonation levels were a little off I thought and could have been toned down a little bit. Leaves everything coated in a banana bready taste. Alcohol is not noticed at all which makes drinking this even more inviting.

D- This is a good summertime sipper that I would have no problem buying again. Now if it were to only come to Indiana instead of me having to drive to Maryland to get it!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 21:29:40 | More by alleykatking
Photo of LeoLemac


4.5/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a unibroue tulip, with what I would call a "pinner" of a head, small and lacy legs. At first the nose was the familiar lemon and banana hints I have come to expect from decent Hefes. I was pleasantly surprised with the first sip, crisp and refreshing with a very nice wheaty finish. It just so happened to be that I was in a wheat beer mood tonight, I will admit that I have been called a "Hop-maggot" by some, so this was a nice change of pace for me. All in all I Must say no "Love" lost for this particular beer or brewery.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 07:04:09 | More by LeoLemac
Photo of KickbacksSteve


4.1/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Unibroue tulip. Cloudy light golden in color with a fresh, summery almost Bavarian witbier smell. As advertised, bananas and cloves standout. If I didn't know any better, I could be convinced that this beer has been made in Germany, and has been produced with the same recipe for hundreds of years. Maybe its the lighting in the room but I think this looks and tastes more like a witbier. Either way, I'm very pleasantly surprised at how good this beer is. Side note: I enjoyed the back story about why the beer is called "the Love".

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2009 06:50:51 | More by KickbacksSteve
The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.