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The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 340
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.91%
Wants: 10
Gots: 24 | 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 lespaulrocker


3.88/5  rDev +10.2%

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.

12-30-2010 19:20:39 | More by lespaulrocker
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

12-15-2010 14:40:39 | More by Brent
Photo of TheKingofWichita

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%

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.

12-07-2010 04:46:07 | More by TheKingofWichita
Photo of Meerkey


3.73/5  rDev +6%

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.

11-10-2010 04:27:15 | More by Meerkey
Photo of Thorpe429


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

10-28-2010 11:02:12 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +8%

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.

10-25-2010 21:25:12 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of OldeGolde


2.95/5  rDev -16.2%

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.

09-11-2010 17:22:35 | More by OldeGolde
Photo of nickd717


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

08-24-2010 03:30:18 | More by nickd717
Photo of dstc


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

08-17-2010 13:13:01 | More by dstc
Photo of TMoney2591


3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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.

07-18-2010 05:31:24 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of MickeySmarte


3.23/5  rDev -8.2%

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.

07-12-2010 20:01:59 | More by MickeySmarte
Photo of BEERchitect


3.05/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

06-24-2010 04:30:00 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of vtfan77


3.55/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

06-24-2010 00:22:39 | More by vtfan77
Photo of LtCracker20


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%

Poured into a UFO hefe glass.

A- Pours a cloudy yellow color with about a nice inch or so of off white head that stayed as a cap for the entire beer.

S- A very strong banana, clove, and bubblegum aroma. Not faint scents, but smack you in the face strong. But,the smells are very, very sweet. A little too sweet.

T- Mostly of the banana bread and bubblegum flavors. Again, though it's pretty good, it is very sweet.

M/F- One of the better parts of this beer. A nice creamy body helps this one go down really nice.

D- All in all, an all right beer. As an American hefe, it's not a bad start as there's not too many good ones out there. Again though, the sweetness hurts the drinkability

05-24-2010 00:58:47 | More by LtCracker20
Photo of rootbeerman


3.45/5  rDev -2%

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

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


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%

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.

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


4.7/5  rDev +33.5%

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.

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


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

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


2.9/5  rDev -17.6%

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.

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


3.95/5  rDev +12.2%

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!

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


3.45/5  rDev -2%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%

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.

01-24-2010 00:33:41 | More by merlin48
The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
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