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Festie - Starr Hill Brewery

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134 Ratings
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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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VeganUndead

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

03-01-2014 19:02:37 | More by VeganUndead
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goldbot

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 17:06:13 | More by goldbot
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AMarkle6524

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

01-29-2014 19:04:58 | More by AMarkle6524
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AWB3

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-09-2013 22:41:43 | More by AWB3
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Camjmorton

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

06-04-2013 17:10:19 | More by Camjmorton
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GaryMarkle84

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-19-2012 22:15:01 | More by GaryMarkle84
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 01:35:00 | More by beer2day
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aqualung23

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

12-28-2013 16:46:03 | More by aqualung23
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ChaelCox

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

10-09-2012 13:18:31 | More by ChaelCox
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LandRoverErik

New York

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

04-22-2014 19:37:31 | More by LandRoverErik
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Liz8646

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

07-26-2012 15:45:18 | More by Liz8646
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.23/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 15:33:24 | More by TMoney2591
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12oz bottle brought to me from C'Ville by ol' Bro Artied2.

Poured into a nonic, this Märzen is, surprisingly, slightly cloudy though still a bright golden color. Carbonation is slow and scattered. The head is creamy and fine, slightly off-white and clings well in the glass. There's some bready malt here, but it's pretty mild overall. The body is almost in the medium range, and the feel is fairly smooth, with only light prickle on the tongue.

Has some mild sweetness and hint of bready, crackery malt. There's actually some light fruitness here, almost bordering on an off, sourish character. Floral hoppiness does make an appearance in the finish, and the aftertaste does suggest that this is, indeed, a Märzen. In the big scheme, though, this falls short of being even a decent Fest-type bier. It's still drinkable, but not what I was expecting. Thnx, Bro!

3.2 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1408

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2011 20:45:36 | More by Bierman9
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AgentMunky

California

3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Some head, about a finger and a half, with prefigures the great lacing to come. The colour is an off-putting orange. Clearish.

S: Buttery. Malts; hints of caramel.

T: Lots of malt, and butter appears here too. Decent. The endtaste is forgettable and generic. Nothing stands out in the taste except a biscuity breadiness.

M: Pretty okay. Full-bodied and compelling, even if it's not great.

O: Goodish beer, mediocre compared to some of Starr Hill's other offerings. *Very* drinkable. Not recommended, but I'd have another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 20:07:17 | More by AgentMunky
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.15/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed at the brewery, reviewed from notes. The tap room bartender was great. Stayed open an extra 35 minutes to talk beer. I had a great time.

A: thin head on a clear dull golden with amber hues body.

S: very nice caramel malt sweetness, light fruitiness.

T: the flavor lets you down after that aroma with standard caramel malts however not quite hoppy or spicey for the style. almost no hops can be perceived

M: moderate to high carbonation and medium body.

Overall: drinkable but not memorable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-24-2012 22:25:30 | More by kylehay2004
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paulginva

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pint glass, produced a 1-1/2" fizzy off-white head that dissipated quickly with virtually no head lacing. Body was a slightly hazy deep amber color with little carbonation.

AROMA: A light spicy caramel and wheat scent and just a little floral hops -- not the sweetness that I've come to expect from an Oktoberfest.

TASTE: A moderate toasted bread and malt taste mixed with a light hops mellowness and some spices.

MOUTHFEEL: Light body, slick texture, nearly no carbonation or head lacing and what there is dissipates quickly. A rounded light semi-sweet flavor to begin with followed shortly by a very light hop bitterness.

DRINKABILITY: Well, an Oktoberfest should be repeatable for a good part of the day, right. I could do that but other than that, there's not all that much to recommend it. The price is okay but there are equally worthy beers of the same style that are less expensive. I doubt that I'd buy this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 20:18:43 | More by paulginva
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oberon

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its getting to the end of the O-fest beer season so I figured I'd grab this one today.Poured a clear lighter shade of bronze with a nice one finger tight white head that was gone pretty quickly.Aromas of caramel/vanilla,and toasted grain mainly.A light sharp mouthfeel was kind of annoying,flaovrs were really mild with some residual caramel sweetness and that toasted grain again,the flavors were very light.A pretty average beer,not one to seek out.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 19:41:30 | More by oberon
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DaveBlack

Virginia

3.05/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: An Amber Brew with a finger's width of head that lasts for a while and leaves a light swirl on the surface. It clings slightly to the edges of the glass from when the head first recedes until the bottom of the glass.

S: Bready, slightly spicy with some sweet malts, but it is particularly grainy smelling.

T: The taste is light, once again with a rather grainy taste, slightly biscuity. There's something in the taste that's a little bit like white grape as well, but that is hidden behind the overwhelming taste of cereal grains.

M: Light bodied with medium carbonation and a little bit sticky, both in the mouth and especially at the back of the throat.

O: The more beers that I have from Starr Hill the less I think of them as a brewery. There is nothing especially exceptional about this beer, the sticky mouthfeel makes it not particularly drinkable and the taste of cereal grains is reminiscent of a mass produced lager. It's not necessarily a bad beer, but neither the taste or smell stand out as anything special.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2011 22:55:25 | More by DaveBlack
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ebby82

Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden color into a pint glass. There is a two finger head which quickly dissipates. The smell is nothing special.

There is a slight hint of malt, but otherwise just the standard lager smell.

The taste is light, perhaps a note of caramel, but overall it tastes like a more malty version of Starr Hill's Jomo lager. Although the taste is nothing special, it is enjoyable, and very easy to drink. It bill's itself as an Oktoberfest, but I'm not sure how accurate that may be.

I'd drink it again, although I wouldn't go out of my way to do so.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2010 22:15:17 | More by ebby82
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jonphilipp


3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-08-2012 18:25:33 | More by jonphilipp
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Bike2work


3/5  rDev -4.8%

04-19-2012 19:47:07 | More by Bike2work
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rvajohn

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.8%

02-02-2013 03:07:25 | More by rvajohn
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mikeburd1128

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-12-2013 17:31:16 | More by mikeburd1128
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BeastLU

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.8%

01-21-2013 23:34:29 | More by BeastLU
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Oasis

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -4.8%

12-07-2011 03:03:57 | More by Oasis
Festie from Starr Hill Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.