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The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 389
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 12
Gots: 39 | 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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3.57/5  rDev +1.1%
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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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
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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3.74/5  rDev +5.9%
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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3/5  rDev -15%

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4.09/5  rDev +15.9%
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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3.22/5  rDev -8.8%
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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2.58/5  rDev -26.9%
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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4.2/5  rDev +19%
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...

The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 389 ratings.