Festie - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 54
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 17.57%
Wants: 0
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
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Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

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

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: Proteus93 on 09-10-2008

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Ratings: 144 | Reviews: 54
Photo of mralphabet
4.1/5  rDev +31%
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...

Photo of rabsten
4.02/5  rDev +28.4%
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.

Photo of therica
3.97/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Photo of Onenote81
3.89/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Photo of TheFunGuy
3.7/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

Photo of JayQue
3.6/5  rDev +15%
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.

Photo of woodychandler
3.58/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of droomyster
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Festie pours a beautiful clear amber with a medium sized white head with decent retention. Lot of bubble action visible. Smells of sweet malts, toffee. Tastes good but nothing in particular stands out except biscuity malts. To be honest it's a bit bland for Oktoberfest but it's medium body is perfectly carbonated; definitely drinkable.

Photo of ectomorph
3.53/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Judge's Bench the other day.

The beer pours a honey amber color with fairly good head retention and minimal lacing. The nose is lightly malty with a hint of ginger and pumpkin bread. Flavors on the palate replicate the nose pretty closely in this one dimensional, albeit inoffensive, lightly sweet beer. The flavors drop off pretty quickly in the finish, and the beer is almost watery at the end. Drinkability is OK, though a bit more flavor would be appreciated. Mehhh....

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours an orange-amber color with a two finger white head. The head has huge carbonation bubbles entrapped within, which pop over a short amount of time to leave some rather nice lacing.

Smell – The aroma is strongest of a roasted malt and caramel sweet smell. Mixed with this are lighter notes of a bready and light fruit aroma.

Taste – The taste begins of lightly roasted malt and some light fruit sweetness. The fruit flavors are a mix of citrus and some pear and peach. As it advances further some hop flavors of a citrus and earthy nature come to the tongue. The fruits other then the citrus fade more toward the end. While the other fruit flavors fade, the citrus flavors intensify and, when mixed with the hop flavors that came more toward the middle of the taste, a lightly hoped citrus and earthy malt flavor finish out the taste.

Mouthfeel – Quite light bodied with a average level of carbonation. Very easy drinking and god for the style and flavor profile.

Overall – A very easy to drink beer. While not super flavorful and rather light, it is a great choice for a nice session brew.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - orangish/yellowish in color, very clean with a wispy head on top which fades rather quickly leaving a ring around the inside of the glass at the top level of the beer. Not a bad looking pour whatsoever.

Aroma - brown sugar, baking bread, steeped grains, honey, corn syrup and sweet tea. Some doughy/biscuity notes as well.

Taste - first sip is sweet on the tongue. Lots of honey and caramel flavors combine with some raisin and lemon tea with a sharp, crisp finish. Its a bit dry surprisingly in the finish with no real after taste which certainly makes for an easily sessionable beer. Nice malty flavors and easily approachable for any beer drinker from the uber-snob to the casual imbiber.

Overall - Not a ton of complexity, just a straightforward amber lager. However, when it comes to finding a decent canned version of just that it's not so easy. Certainly worth picking up and taking along with you wherever you're outdoors (or indoors) festivities may be happening.

Would I buy more of it? - not much of an option where I am. This is a pretty easy drinking lager and if it was more available I could definitely see myself putting some on ice once in awhile.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.38/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a light amber with a large white head that dissipates quickly. Smells of light grain, not much else. Tastes of roasted grain that has a great body for this beer and is sweet, but not overly so. Beer seems a tad overcarbonated, but this light bodied beer still goes down really smooth. Overall, a pretty good beer.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to my buddy trask in NC for this one.

A- orange yellow color with a 2 finger frothy head that sticks to the pint but nothing fantastic about it. In the middle between clear and opaque.

S- sour citrus tart smell. like a sweetened tea with malt vinegar.

T- honey and tart white grape flavor. grainy and biscuity as well.

M- a medium bodied lager that is sweeter than usual but i dont think it works with a lager.

O- fairly smooth and a drinkable beer. I might have another but i doubt i will purchase a sixer or more.

Photo of kshankar
3.33/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a copper color with plenty of carbonation and a foam cap. Head is thick with decent retention

Aroma is malty, toasted and sweet

Some grains, malts. There is a bit of a sourness that is in there somewhere..I"m unsure about this one.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied. Drinkability is okay. It tastes fine..but not excellent. Try it out. Not the best marzen, but I could have another one.

Photo of thekanna
3.31/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Hard Times Cafe in College Park, MD.

A: Clear, darker amber with a decent amount of effervescence and almost no head.

S: Mostly sweet malts, a bit of biscuitiness

T: Some sweet malts, hints of toffee and caramel to start off with, then devolves into an almost lager-like aftertaste. A toasted malt / cream biscuit taste which is present at the beginning is practically nonexistent at the end.

M: Somewhat thin but has good carbonation.

D: Can't quite call this an Oktoberfest, but it's refreshing nonetheless.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.29/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into 400mL Radeberger seidel.

Appearance: Pours a somewhat hazy golden-orange color with a large white head that dissipates slowly and leaves behind heavy spots of lace. There are many visible bubbles rising through the beer, and overall this one looks very appetizing.

Smell: Weak smell- buttery sweetness is predominant with a bit of an apple hint.

Taste: Begins with a candy-apple sweetness, finishing with a biscuity flavor and a touch of bitterness. This tastes a bit too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light body with sharp carbonation and a refreshing finish.

Drinkability: An okay O-fest beer overall. Definitely not the first one I would pick out, but it's still drinkable enough.

Photo of goldbot
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchase before Aug. 2011 notched in the label. Pours a nice golden to amber in color with good carbonation. Thinnish white head that shrinks quickly but leaves some lacing on the surface. A pleasant caramel aroma with some warm, bready malt and a pretty good balance of citrus and floral hops. Grainy malt flavor with a bit of caramel sweetness. Some floral hops but this beer is more oriented towards the malt. Crisp mouthfeel and light body.

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pours a reddish amber hue; the head is off-white and scant. No lace.

S - Not too much aroma here. Vaguely vegetal hops and sweet cracker-y malt is about all I can manage to dig out.

T - The brew is unusually flavored, evoking a certain flavor that is common to baked confections such as piroulina, wafer cookies, or almond bark. There is also a discernible hint of vanilla and hazelnut. A very slight bitterness is contributed by a subdued citric-piney hop.

M - Pretty average here. Decent, mediocre, common.

D - It is drinkable based on a certain very nice aspect of the flavor. It is not a complete or tremendously inspiring offering, but it has a serviceable quality (or two).

Photo of argock
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on label.

A: Amber lager appearance with reasonable but quickly dissapating off white head with a few spittles of lace.

S: Sour leather smell with lots of grain.

T: Grain is the dominant flavor with a slightly sour, tart flavor that is not wholly unpleasant but is a bit strange for this style. It seems like an overly sharp marzen hops flavor with more grain than usual.

M: Medium and solid for a lager -- there is clearly a lot of malt in this brew. Carbonation is spicy. The aftertaste is very pleasant with sweet and tart aspects.

D: Not Starr Hill's best offering, but not a terrible take on a marzen-style lager.

Photo of beer2day
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with peach tints. 1-finger head fading quickly leaving very little trace behind. Laces well enough, though.

Nose is slightly fruity, with lemon and peach. Also picking up straw and roasted malt. I've not picked up fruit in an Octoberfest before. Not bad, but definitely different.

Hits light and sweet. Not nearly enough malt body here. I'm guessing from the label they were trying to make a lighter version of a fest beer and they succeded.

It's not too bad to drink and you could probably drink many of these, but I'm not sure you'd want to.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Chicago Bears shaker pint glass.

This is the last sixer I bought before leaving the NoVa area. It pours a mostly clear pale apricot topped by about a half-finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises caramel, peanuts, buttercream, and a touch of orange. The taste seems to initially lean in the direction of an increased amount of orange, but this then dovetails into a heavy dose of buttery biscuit with a generous amount of sweetness tossed on top. What hurts this thing is that the orange doesn't really leave once the maltiness enters; what results is, in effect, a cupcake whose stump is an orange slice. Honestly, it would be fine if this were done in phases, but together it just doesn't seem right. The body is a heavy-ish light, with a moderate carbonation and a somewhat watery feel. Oddly enough, despite the slightly awkward flavors, this thing spitefully retains a decent amount of drinkability. It may not be the best O-Fest I've had, but it's certainly not the worst, either.

Photo of csrbv
3.24/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a reddish amber hue; the head is off-white and scant. Just enough lace.

S - Not too much aroma here. Vaguely vegetable hops and sweet malt

T - The brew is unusually flavored, evoking a certain flavor that is common Nilla Wafers cookies. There is also a discernible hint of vanilla and hazelnut.

M - Pretty average here. Decent, mediocre, common.

D - It is drinkable based on a certain very nice aspect of the flavor. It is not a complete or tremendously inspiring offering, but it has a serviceable quality (or two).

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Festie from Starr Hill Brewery
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