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The Love - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 16.43%

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 morimech


3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy golden color with a large white head that has good retention. Moderate amount of lacing is left on the glass. The aroma is a little weak but does have the customary hefe aromas of banana and cloves. Nothing terribly wrong with the flavor but, my god is it weak. It finishes watery. Something is wrong with the carbonation. Almost flat and this does not help the flavor at all. Maybe I have been spoiled by truely amazing local, fresh hefeweizens that this one seems subpar. It is drinkable but there are many superior examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2009 21:11:34 | More by morimech
Photo of Traquairlover


4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12-oz bottle poured into a weizen.

A = Beautiful translucent, hazy gold with large white billowy head.

S = Light smells of the cloves a hefe is supposed to have but less banana than expecting, fair amount of citrus, mostly lemon. Smells okay but is a little underwhelming next to the top of the style.

T = The banana that seemed absent in the nose is there in force in the taste, as is a fair amount of lemon flavor, the cloves and other spices are perhaps just a little too subdued however.

M = Medium body, decent mouthcoating.

D = This is a very enjoyable, easy drinking beer. Far from the best hefeweizen I have ever had, but one of the best American hefe's I've had. It is definitely a good choice for an enjoyable summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 22:03:44 | More by Traquairlover
Photo of Beejay


4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw, hazy, nice white head.. that so far is lasting...

S: A little citrus, yeasty, with some banana.

T: Nice, mellow, ripe fruit mostly bananas. Very nice.

M: Nice body, appropriate carbonation.

D: Very nice. Crisp, clean, nice banana taste. Perfect brew for the summer. I can see drinking this with some bratwurst and sauerkraut.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2009 02:05:31 | More by Beejay
Photo of disastermouse


4.72/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First 'Roanoke' semi-local brewery beer!

A - First rate. Opaque light straw color, no head to speak of that fades immediately leaving just a ring at the edge. Amazingly, it leaves some lacing.

S - Zesty, clean, spicy smell.

T - Nice! Belgian 'bubble-gummy' taste, with lemony zesty overtones. This is not a bland beer. The lemon comes to the top, then mingles with the 'musty' wheat taste. The lemon comes back in the finish. Finishes very sour.

MF - Smooth! Mouthfeel finishes with no 'feeling' after the swallow, inducing you to take another drink!

D - A wheat beer with character! My new local hefe choice.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2009 22:42:51 | More by disastermouse
Photo of dmamiano

West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice, cloudy golden color. Small soapy head that faded fast. Perfect for style.
Husky, yeasty and seemingly sour in the nose.
Taste is rather pleasant and typical. Good mouthfeel for such a small beer.
Wheat malts dominate, once again the perception of sourness. Slight bitterness left on the palate.
Not my favorite style, but solid at that.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2009 22:59:58 | More by dmamiano
Photo of Risser09


4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a snifter - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a slightly orange haze. The white head rises about 1/4" and fades rather quickly. No lace remains on the glass.

Smell: Sweet banana, clove and bread. The yeast aroma reminds me of a Belgian strain, which it probably is. Very sweet. Some fresh bubblegum as well.

Taste: Mimicking the aroma, there's a lot of wheat, banana and Belgian yeast. Reminds me of fresh banana bread with the nice amount of chewiness.

Mouthfeel: Sweet, juicy, bready, spicy and very Hefe-esque. No alcohol feeling anywhere. Smooth, easy to drink, medium body, awesome.

Drinkability: A delicious and refreshing beer. I could easily do a six pack of these. An all around winner.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2009 11:45:39 | More by Risser09
Photo of philbe311


3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Thin fizzy white head quickly fades leaving a thin veil of delicate lacing... Hazy medium golden straw color with a faint glowing orange hue... Completely still once settled...

S - Textbook Hefeweizen aroma, but a very assertive and powerful one... Lots of wheat... Lots of clove... Yeast... Lemon... Banana... A faint earthiness...

T - The taste is identical to the nose... The banana flavor is more assertive on the palette... An additional hint of corriander... Wonderful compelxity...

M - Lots of prickly carbonation... Light to medium bodied... Slightly creamy... Clean and crisp... Refreshing...

D - A terrific rendition of the style... Spot on aroma and taste, the assertiveness of each is much appreciated...

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 01:41:12 | More by philbe311
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

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

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2009 22:20:29 | More by ArrogantDeadGuy
Photo of rtratzlaff

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The Love is poured a cloudy peach body with a bone white head that fades quickly. The aromas are banana esters, some clove spice. The smell isn't amazing but enough to make this a solid heffe. The taste matches the smell with a slight tart thing going on. Plenty of carb leads to a good mouthfeel that is to style. An odd beer for a cold day like today, but I would kill this in thw summer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-05-2009 22:09:12 | More by rtratzlaff
Photo of hellomcfly

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a cloudy golden yellow with a finger or so of fluffy white head.

S - Smells pretty nice with the typical banana and clove scent along with a orange note. There is a slight bubblegum aroma as well.

T - Very much similar to the nose. A lemon characteristic comes out in the flavor. There is a nice tartness present.

M - Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. I could see this being nice and refreshing on a hot summer day.

D - Definitely sessionable if hefeweizens are your thing. I'm not typically a big wheat fan but I thought this was very approachable and I enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2008 20:37:50 | More by hellomcfly
Photo of wagenvolks


3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at The Bar @ Bada Wings, Raleigh.

Pours a cloudy peach hue with hints of mandarin orange, while the bone-white head recedes quickly to a ring of tight bubbles. Aroma is spot-on for the style, full of ripe banana, yeasty sweetbread, clove, and a touch of vanilla.

The taste I had in the sample glass (before I ordered a pint) was better than the pint itself; it was served too cold, but I was thirsty and this was easy drinkin'. A bit of clove-y spice balanced with yeasty fruit notes (banana, obviously), and some grainy breads. Pretty good mouthfeel on this one too, although it felt a bit watery at times. But, it had a good carbonation level and the medium-thin body went down smooth. All in all, a fairly solid Hefe that I'd like to try again on a hot summer day--not the best winter brew, but still.

Serving type: on-tap

12-06-2008 03:15:29 | More by wagenvolks
Photo of slvrmon82


3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brought some home from my trip last weekend to charlottesville, nc.

A - A gorgeous creamy golden yellow. Nice head that stays around for a while.

S - Again nice banana and more spice with a nice sweet malt at the end. Very enticing compared to others.

T - Really nice. Very creamy upfront with lots of banana and sweetness not a lot of bitter or clove at all.

M - Nice and creamy hangs there for a while. Very smooth and crisp as well. Very nice.

D - It is great even in the winter it is a great session beer. Wish I had more access to it.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2008 00:52:14 | More by slvrmon82
Photo of TheMistler

District of Columbia

4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured hazy and opaque, a solid chunk o' gold. The creamy white head did not display much retention, and the lacing was only spotty.

Underlying banana to nose also features some clove and a citrusy tang. I though the aroma was a tad subdued, but nice.

A sharper, threshed wheat taste with a building bite to start. Halfway through my first sip I was ready to declare this beer a thirst quencher. Banana follows, alongside orange that became more noticeable as the beer warmed slightly. A full wheat aftertaste with a yeasty tang.

Creamy sensation, as other have noted, that is oddly and nicely complimented a strong carbonation bite keeping things from becoming too thick. Afterwords, it did finish slightly thick on the palate for me. Nonetheless, a very pleasant and tasty hefe that is very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2008 04:14:44 | More by TheMistler
Photo of garcia2a


4.1/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had all of the beers this brewey produces and this has got to be my favorite. The beer poured a pale beige color, cloudy with a 2+ finger head that held well. The beer has a nice level of carbonation for the style. Plenty of nice sediemt for a mid-pour swirl.

The bouquet had on first nosing, nices yeast witha grains backend. The second sniff has a nice bready quality, complimenting the yeast. Finally, I get just a hint of lemon zest.

The taste is a nice yeasty wheat beer, with just a sweet hint. A good ht for the style.

The body is bang on for the style, nice and enveloping. This is a nice drinkable beer, especially for those humid Virginia summers. My favorite part, the sediment. Oh the gas, oh the tortured ladies near me and of course, thank God for car window locks!!

This is a beer that I wish we could get in Pennsyltucky, because I would enjoy it quite a bit!!

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 19:41:48 | More by garcia2a
Photo of CrellMoset


3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-01-2008 23:46:30 | More by CrellMoset
Photo of blackie


4.03/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: hazy golden-white in color, comes with a well-retained head that gives nice lacing

s: dominant aromas of sweet yeast dough, lemon peel, underripe banana, clove, floral herbal hops, wheat malt

m: medium-high carbonation and medium body, on the full side for a hefe (good thing)

t: big doughy yeasts, lemon peel, wheat malt body gives a light-moderate sweetness and wheaty spice, finishes with a mild bitterness, seems to be on the strong and complex side for the style

d: a breeze, nice hefe and my favorite of the Starr Hill line thus far

standard pint at the Taphouse on Queensway, Hampton, VA

Serving type: on-tap

08-20-2008 04:54:16 | More by blackie
Photo of clayrock81


3.9/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a dark gold body with a frothy one-finger head that receeded quickly but left a nice lace ring as it went. A sharp, almost pungent spicy smell with citric notes such as lemon, orange and something sour/tart in there as well. Smooth and medium-bodied, this beer not only has decent spicing but is a little sweet from the wheat and also contains a fluffy body. A little crisp as it slides down because the citric notes make themselves evident (lemon for crispness, banana and pear for sweetness), this is a very enjoyable and simple beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2008 12:25:31 | More by clayrock81
Photo of ElGeordie


3.2/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a plastic Pilsner glass at the rooftop Sky Lounge in the Hilton, Virginia Beach.
I was surprised to see this Hefe while we were poolside - So I just had to try it.
Colour wise it was a cloudy pale yellow with about a 1/4" of white head.
I was a little disappointed in the flavour - all of the usual elements of a good Hefe were there: banana, citrus and wheat but very muted.
Not too gassy - a few tiny bubbles coming out of suspension.
A very refreshing beer on a hot sunny day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2008 16:00:23 | More by ElGeordie
Photo of argock


4.05/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Within indicated freshness limits.

A: Soft, hazy, mellow yellow with pillowy 1-finger, off-white head with plenty of lines of lace.

S: Ripe bananas, coriander, clove, tangy wheat, and a little bit of tart apple.

T: The nose reflects the flavors very well with lots of tangy wheat blended with a large amount of malt. Lemon and banana flavors are most prominent. The spice component is understated which leaves it to enhance the fresh fruity flavors. Hops note in the finish is a nice tart, dry feel with a little peppery dash at the end.

M: Light carbonation than most hefes leaves this brew with a very silky feel through the front and middle with tartness and dryness in the finish. Body is a bit heavier than most hefes which I also like.

D: One of my favorite hefes (not just because it's local). It has some unique features with more body and lower carbonation that I really enjoy. I'm glad Starr Hill decided to put this into a bottle -- it is a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 01:23:48 | More by argock
Photo of PhageLab


3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the County Grill in Hampton. I actually got to meet Mark the brewmaster for Starr Hill at this tasting, and it was a wonderful experience. He was overjoyed to see his brew on draught and to see so many people enjoying it. On to the beer, served (oddly) in a standard pint glass.

A - Pleasant hazy golden color, nice and yeasty in appearance, with a big frothy head. Retention and lacing were both rather nice.

S - Extremely potent aroma of banana and a touch of clove. Sweet and fresh smelling.

T - Sweet and crisp yeast body, with big banana flavors. Has a slight candy like backing that, while tasty, seems slightly artificial and prevents the score here from being higher.

M - Sharp carbonation, light body, soothing aftertaste of banana once again.

D - Very good, this is a nice American hefeweizen and a refreshing brew. I'd say so far this is my favorite Starr Hill offering, and certainly worth trying.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2008 16:37:17 | More by PhageLab
Photo of Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.8/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Originally reviewed as Brewmaster's Special Hefeweizen, July 2002, at the (now closed) Starr Hill Restaurant & Brewery at its original downtown Charlottesville location.

A refreshing, summer seasonal produced at Starr.... shows up with a pale, golden straw-like color. A bit cloudy, it has a very thin, white head, but nice lace! The major component of the nose is a yeasty spiciness. Medium bodied, it has the typical, slightly prickly smoothness on the tongue. Flavor seems like a combo of the American and German styles. A spicy start, with a touch of clove leads to a finish replete with lemony notes. Nice on a 95F day in toasty Charlottesville!

overall: 3.85
appearance: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 3.5


(beer review id: 18464 / 07-04-2002 18:37:17)

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2008 13:49:12 | More by Bierman9
Photo of mentor


3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger off-white head over a cloudy peach-colored liquid. I swirled and dumped in the sediment. The head doesn't last long. Smells yeasty, mild clove, and oranges. Earthy hops and a bit of ripe fruity sweet.

Tastes much more clovey than the smell suggested. The clove is accompanied by a perfumey character that may be hop aromatics rising. Malt sweet is way underneath and quickly fall aside to a woody drying fiinish. Has a bit of a nutty character about it. A bit of spicey zing and orange peel. Md-ligh body and moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2008 08:11:08 | More by mentor
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The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 291 ratings.