1. The BeerAdvocate Store is back! Pre-order your stuff now. Items begin shipping Dec 15. Christmas deadline = Dec 18 @ 5pm EST.
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

Not Rated.
The LoveThe Love

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
81
good

376 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 376
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 15.86%
Wants: 11
Gots: 32 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 376 | Reviews: 127 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of oriolesfan4
2.7/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a mixed sampler pack:

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color, very reminiscent of a BMC lager actually. Not much head to it. Slight clove-y aroma. Taste is light bodied, kind of water, smooth, and very drinkable. Some decent banana/clove notes, decent wheat beer in general. Pretty comparable to a Shock Top or Blue Moon... this one might even be a notch below, just not enough body and flavor.

Photo of tigg924
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Average to slightly below average hefe. Hits all the style marks for what you would expect to find in a hefe, but the flavor does not come together as well here as in other examples in the style. For me, this is a pass.

Photo of hophugger
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of robebo44
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of swfeidt
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of jaswilson2
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of papajohn56
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of Antonius08
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of petermethot
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of colinclovt
2.75/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of mpyle
2.76/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pale gold color, slightly hazy. Pours a big mousy white head, creamy and long lasting.

Crisp, slightly hoppy aroma, but fairly clean. Honestly smells more like a German lager than a hefeweizen.

Somewhat sweet with a little bit of clove initially, develops a tartness midmouth and carries a sweet-tart flavor into the finish. Didn't see any date on the bottle, but really tastes like it might be past its peak. I've had it on draft in the Crozet, VA area before and remember liking it more. Some oxidation character, with an unpleasant bitterness on the tongue in the finish.

MF - quite thin body, and moderate carbonation. Carbonation on the low side for the style.

Overall - The example in front of me is not a good hefeweizen. I think it is somewhat old and possibly oxidized, so take my review with a grain of salt.

Photo of DosBeerigos
2.9/5  rDev -17.8%
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.
Score:2.001

Photo of OldeGolde
2.95/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Photo of ArrogantDeadGuy
3/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy yellow in the pint glass with
characteristically low carbonation and thus
scant head and lace.

S: The scent of banana is apparent with little
else distinguishing

T: Wack. The taste of Banana is too much for my
taste in beers. I've found that this banana
flavor is what tends to seperate a good Hefe
and the not so good Hefes. The banana is
there in many Hefes but this one is just too
much. This beer also leaves a little acid at
the back of the toungue that I don't much
care for in a Hefe. I really look for the
clean finish in these "dirty" beers.

M: Thin with a little body and a weird fizzy
feel.

D: As I move into Hefeweizen season this one
will bring up the rear on my list of what to
keep handy.

Photo of Golden32
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of javlin624
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Mpenders
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of avisong
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of HuntDaddy540
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Jeremy_Zim
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Laulau
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of Lanstrum
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of timjim1327
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -15%

The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 376 ratings.