The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 33 | 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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Rapture in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy orange amber beer with a fast-fading and bubbly white head. Lacing is sort of funny and nothing to write home about. The best part of this brew.

Aroma: Some light wheaty dough notes, bananas, cloves, and the faintest hint of tart citrus. Sort of textbook, and a little too weak in places.

Taste: Very similar to the nose, just, in my mouth. Banana, wheat, light citrus, yeasty spices, some grassy hop notes. A little sweeter than a traditional hefe (to appeal to the UVA college crowd, perhaps).

Mouthfeel: A little fluffy, thin, medium-bodied though, but way uneven. Not as crisp as I'd like - carbonation's a little low, but that could be a keg issue.

Drinkability: Not my favorite hefe, nor my favorite beer from Starr Hill. It's good that they bottle this one though - they definitely need to start getting their product out there, increase their name recognition, and start brewing a few more experimental styles, because as certain of their products demonstrate (their Pale Ale, their Dark Starr Stout), they have what it takes to be a great brewery.

Photo of jonziefle
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer is cloudy and bright golden with a small white and ample effervescence. The aroma offers banana, sugary candies, fruit esters. Bubble gum and banana flavor. A bit too sweet for my liking. Prickly carbonation with a slight bite in the finish. Overall, a noticeable step behind the leading German examples of the style.

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3.33/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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3.37/5  rDev -4.5%

The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.