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Festie - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 134
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 17.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Proteus93 on 09-10-2008)
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5/5  rDev +58.7%

11-28-2011 21:01:33 | More by Windigo
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +34.9%

06-24-2014 01:50:27 | More by Sbjeff
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4.1/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz bottle into chilled pint glass.

A: Clear Orange Amber lager in appearance about 1 finger head that disapates quickly with nice lacing.

S: Smells of Grain and malt with a sweetness...

T: Mix of grain & sweet malt.... Very bread like... Taste is very well balanced, crisp with a little sweetness not over powering. Nice aftertaste.

M: : Medium bodied, very nice carbonation with a very clean finish. The alcohol is well hidden.

D: To me this is another very nice beer from Starr Hill.... a good Fall follow up to their Summer of LOVE... Will be buying more very soon...

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 04:01:14 | More by mralphabet
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West Virginia

4.03/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle snagged at the Bramwell Oktoberfest.

Pours light red-tinted brown/amber into a pint glass, light tan two finger head with some lacing and decent but not spectacular retention. Some big carbonation bubbles percolate throughout.

Crisp aroma, mild hoppiness and lightly toasted malt. Can't I.D. the hop variety. Pretty good for a Marzen, though.

Aroma is duplicated in the flavor. Well balanced between sweet/toasty malt and solid bitterness. Not hoppy per se but they're there.

Smooth drinking with a well balanced mouthfeel: enough crispness to refresh and enough roundness to soothe.

Good all around beer and just what I'm looking for in this style. I could drink it all day.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2009 16:43:43 | More by rabsten
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4/5  rDev +27%

07-22-2014 03:21:20 | More by Thomas0790
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4/5  rDev +27%

12-24-2013 01:07:28 | More by Capitals82
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4/5  rDev +27%

08-20-2012 17:54:48 | More by ghirsh
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4/5  rDev +27%

05-06-2012 19:05:55 | More by Mvacco
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +27%

01-03-2012 01:59:27 | More by jennaski01
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District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +27%

08-23-2013 23:05:01 | More by IsabelleM
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4/5  rDev +27%

03-09-2014 23:06:02 | More by RyanByorick
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3.98/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Hard Times Cafe, Hagerstown MD, 20-ounce serving.

A= cloudy amber-brown, modest head and lacing when served.

S= plenty of hops florals and bitters evident, nice roasted malts, some apricot notes.

T= a rather hefty dose of hops bitters a la Starr's reputation, great! Decent hops florals, biscuity bready malts, complex, solid-bodied and enjoyable.

M= very nice, no astringency, lingering hops florals and bitters and bready malts.

D= we were saddened only that we couldn't stay longer to have a few more, went great with Hard Times Cafe's chili dishes and burgers & fries, even the large salad.

Serving type: on-tap

09-30-2010 18:55:04 | More by therica
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North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my conical pint glass. Pours a light orange with a very thin whispy white head on top. No retention, and no lace. Smells of breads, roasted malts, and a sweet candy finish.

The feel is crisp and moderately carbonated. Decent body. It has some weak points, but the flavor is right where it needs to be. Nice filling bready taste, some mild hop bitterness in the middle, but it finishes with a touch of caramel and sweet malty goodness. There's a slight sour note on the back end, but it's not offensive in any way. I didn't have the highest expectations for this, but this was better than I thought. A nice go-to for the fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 13:43:23 | More by Onenote81
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

04-14-2012 00:03:21 | More by GiannaG
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev +19%

02-26-2014 20:39:16 | More by zp6167a
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

12-26-2012 17:14:55 | More by TaylorK
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

03-03-2012 22:58:41 | More by Hanzo
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3.75/5  rDev +19%

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3.75/5  rDev +19%

02-20-2013 01:17:37 | More by Mrbseward
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3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours slightly cloudy golden tan. A thin off white head fades to a clumpy lace quickly.

The smell is grain, without hops. It isn't bad grain.

The taste is at first sweet grain, with a light hops showing up at the end of the sip as the beer heads down the throat.

The mouthfeel is just a little sour after the ending hop taste. I like the sweet grain, so your mileage may vary.

This would be a great step-up for a bud drinker who wanted to head towards a mild pale ale. I would call this halfway between the two.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 23:49:47 | More by TheFunGuy
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3.73/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once again a thanks to woodychandler for another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is also malty, refreshing, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: can

09-03-2011 14:00:54 | More by tone77
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3.6/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A nice session beer, not necessarily a great Marzen. Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a small off white head that fades fast. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Mild malty aroma, pleasant enough.

Taste is crisp and malty. Marzen bitterness in the finish is lacking. The only bitterness is in the balance - the beer is not overall too sweet.

Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style. Drinkability is pretty good if you are looking for a nice crisp, malty beer. I wouldn't turn down a pitcher of this stuff, but wouldn't go looking for it as an Oktoberfest beer either.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2008 23:31:47 | More by JayQue
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3.58/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was so happy to find this beer in CANs during my recent visit to DC that it makes me want to break out in song! With apologies to Madonna, "You're a superStarr, yes, that's what you are, you know it"; to John Kander and Liza Minelli, "Life is a [CAN of] Carnival, old chum, Come to the CANival!" and to Arthur Miller's Willy Loman to his son, Biff, in I.vi, "You got all kinds of great beer!" Sure, the last is a play and not a musical, but when was the last time that a CANned beer was so inspiring?

From the CAN: "Starr Hill founded in Charlottesville, VA (but I founded it at Whole Foods in DC)"; "Life is a Carnival"; "The Gift of Great Beer"; and undersigned by "Mark A. Thompson Master Brewer".

The Crack & Glug was music to mine ears and produced two tawny fingers of dense, bubbling head with good retention. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet, much more so than Yuengling Lager, to which a previous reviewer compared it. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy and with a pleasant melange of flavors on the tongue, ranging from an initial sugary sweetness to an herbal mintiness and back again. Finish was more sweet than anything else and I think that the constant onslaught of malt would be too much for me to CANsider inclusion in my cooler.

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 19:03:38 | More by woodychandler
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3.55/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle well within its' prime poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy copper tries to hide the carbonation that forms the finger thick white head that lingers.

S - Floral with a banana bread sweetness. Very clean, nothing overpowering here.

T - Faint banana and caramel with a honey sweetness that gives way to what tastes like pilsner malt backbone. The light sour lager bitterness shows in the finish.

M - Light body with good carbonation and crisp finish.

D - Moderate to high. I prefer a more flavorful Octoberfest, but this one could be had over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2009 22:35:44 | More by ectomorph
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear amber with a soft, thin cap of white, fizzy heaed that fades quickly

S - grains, caramel, apple, faint toast

T - bread, caramel, apple, sweet, sticky, clean bitter finish

M - crisp, medium bodied, a bit overcarbonated

This is a nice, easy to drink beer. the flavor is a bit unbalanced between malty and hoppy, bitter and sweet. It's also a bit overcarbonated. It's not bad, but at this time of year I'm looking for a more balanced Marzen.

Serving type: can

09-29-2012 16:33:08 | More by tdm168
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Festie from Starr Hill Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.