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Festie - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.15
pDev: 16.83%


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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obywan59

Virginia

2.96/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Born on date 7/31/13

Pours a crystal clear amber with a 2 1/2 finger off white head that recedes leaving thick sticky lacing.

A nice fresh aroma of grassy, fruity hops and sweet grain.

Not much taste at all. Faintly sweet malt with light tart citrus and some faint, slightly harsh bitter hops.

Light bodied, with a light carbonation and a bit sticky with a little warmth on the way down.

An okay beer, I guess. The taste is the main downfall. I think it's past it's prime. The aroma is holding up pretty well, but the tasty is pretty nondescript. An easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 01:19:51 | More by obywan59
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PumaSaysRawrr

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Let me get this out of the way....I have a Starr Hill Tattoo. I also have 1/2 a case of Festie aging in a closet from 2011 but that didn't stop me from picking up this bottle a few weeks ago on clearance for $1. My therapist may call it compulsive buying and hoarding but I call it bargain shopping and aging! AND don't bother trying to tell me you can't age a 4.5% beer because there ain't enough time in her hour to discuss how you all are unsupportive of me....

I am drinking it out of A Samuel Smith pint glass. It has nice amber color. Very little carbonation and no lacing....Which I don't mind cause I hate scrubbing my glass. It has a bit of a skunked smell with just a hint of that fermented smell a Belgian would have. It tastes like almost nothing...I don't know how to describe this but it tastes almost like any old amber then nothing...not after taste at all. You know how if you drink diet coke the taste goes away so you drink more then no taste so more and then more until you know it the bottle is gone? I need another beer...

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 03:46:54 | More by PumaSaysRawrr
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csrbv

Pennsylvania

3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2012 18:42:11 | More by csrbv
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Guden

Maryland

1.65/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Very clear light copper with a one inch white head of small bubbles than fades slowly leaving nice lacing. Little light in color but good other than that.

S- Weird smell of sweet corn, caramel and Italian herb mix. Definitely something funky and off about this.

T- Whoa, that off smell is in the flavor too. Tannic and puckering with a flavor of bark and tomatoes.

M- Dry and astringent. Not very pleasant.

O- There is something wrong with this beer. I can't put my finger on it, maybe an infection, maybe just a combination of an old poorly made beer with some DMS, either way this is down there with some of the least enjoyable ones I've had. This was a dumper.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 04:06:44 | More by Guden
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mckenziac


2.18/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Starr Hill "Road Show" variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a light brown, slightly reddish color. Has a small, fizzy head that dissipates down to next to nothing.

Smell: Has a light, slightly sweet, grainy aroma.

Taste: Has a slightly bitter, spicy hoppiness. Finishes sweet and grainy with a slight caramel flavor. A lot lighter on flavor then I was expecting.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and well-carbonated with a light body.

Overall: I'm really disappointed with this one. Starr Hill is a sentimental favorite since it's fairly local but this one just isn't that good. I think they would have been better off brewing a more traditional Marzen/Oktoberfest style rather than a kind of generic amber lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 01:54:47 | More by mckenziac
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:49:06 | More by Darkmagus82
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TheFunGuy

Virginia

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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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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tlazaroff

Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy, because unbeknownst to me this beer is bottle conditioned, which is strange for a lager. Bright white head which only lasts seconds and falls back into the amber beer.

S: Has a slight kind of lemon aroma sitting on top of a very bright sort of cereal grain note.

T: A bit biscuity with a kind of orange marmalade aftertaste. Not much else going on here.

M: A bit thin on the palate, almost watery. Moderate carbonation.

D: Its very drinkable, unfortunately it's just not very good.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2011 04:54:41 | More by tlazaroff
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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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rebel1771

Florida

2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a honey color with a bright white head that leaves no lacing.

S: Subtle sweet malt aroma with a bit of fruitiness. Metallic note in the end.

T: Not much flavor. Subtle sweet malt with a bit of cooked corn thrown in. Kind of a sour pucker in the end.

O: Not my favorite marzen. Just kind of misses the mark on this one. A little less sweetness and a stronger malt presence is what this brew needs.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2011 23:12:31 | More by rebel1771
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KomodoDragon

Virginia

2.4/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Stopped pouring after a 3" white head appeared. Cloudy orange coloring, smells of corn and musty grass is not welcomed.

Some caramel malt flavors with hints of grapefruit and light fruits in the yeast.

Little hop finish.

Not sure what this beer is trying to be. Average Lager? Odd Amber?

For Starr Hills sake, I'm hoping I just had a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 02:28:00 | More by KomodoDragon
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BlackBearForge

Florida

3/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Purchase by Sept. 2011

Festie looks like a straightfoward amber lager with a golden amber body and a foamy white head that subsides quickly. Lacing is oily and slips down the side of the glass.

The aroma is fresh baked malts with an earthy grassy hop aroma.

The flavor is a bit tart/sour noticeably up front with a lightly sweet biscuity malt behind it, with an astringent graininessl, and a mild tingle of hop bitterness in the finish.

Mouthfeel is light and a touch harshly carbonated.

Well I have to say I was expecting better from this Starr Hill offering but then lagers are harder to dial in than the average ale. They have a way to go with this Fest beer and I hope they are in the process of tweaking it.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 22:41:36 | More by BlackBearForge
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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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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a somewhat hazy burnt orange color. The medium-sized head has a light orange hue and a somewhat thick, foamy texture. Retention is average, and a few foamy rings of lace deposit onto the glass as the head fades.

S: A sweet toasted aroma - light caramel notes, with some nuttiness. Lightly fruity, perhaps with a vague tartness. Some herbal hops are also detectable but primarily take a back seat.

T: Toasty malts up front. Sweetness is medium, with some light caramel character. An astringent, lightly tart presence also makes itself known. Light fruity notes. Hop bitterness is low, with some vague herbal flavor. A nutty aftertaste.

M: Medium-thin body. Carbonation is fine and crisp. As above, mouthfeel is surprisingly astringent.

D: A lackluster fall seasonal from a normally above average brewery. This is lightly flavored and too thin/astringent to be very enjoyable. You won't miss much by avoiding this one, although it's far from bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 00:38:31 | More by Clydesdale
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ktrillionaire

Florida

3.33/5  rDev +5.7%
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).

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 05:16:41 | More by ktrillionaire
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wahhmaster

Virginia

2.68/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, nutty brown color. Disappointingly, this beer has almost no head or lacing to speak of. Something seems wrong here; an Oktoberfest with no head?

Smell: Has a sweet malty smell and a bit of butteriness to it.

Taste: Starts pretty sweet and finishes with a bit of bitterness and a slight tartness. This beer seems a bit too sweet for an Oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean.

Drinkability: A below-average Oktoberfest. With Starr Hill being a fairly local brewery for me, I was hoping for more from this beer. This really isn't that good. I'll have to hold off on getting more of these until next year to see if it gets any better. Pity...

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 01:00:06 | More by wahhmaster
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Vdubb86

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for this one from VA

This one pours a hazy light orange color with a fast fading half finger of ecru foam. The smell is a bit sour as if any hops that were in this beer had already gone wrong. I think it may be the burnt biscuit flavor in there. There are hints of orange zest fronting the slight malt aroma. The flavor is of orange zest and not a fresh one at that. The maltiness that I expect to see in an Oktoberfest is totally not here until the aftertaste. This isn't the worst Oktoberfest, but it sure as hell isn't the best. The mouthfeel and drinkability do it some justice but overall I'd go elsewhere for my Fest beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 05:40:15 | More by Vdubb86
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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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billab914

Virginia

2.17/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. It poured a cloudy, dull, amber/copper color with a frothy white head filling about an inch of the glass.

The aroma shows some caramel, malty flavors to it but they are almost overshadowed by a tart, slightly fruity flavor to it.It had a bit of an apple cidery tartness to it that didn't fit at all.

The taste unfortunately picks up even more of what the aroma hinted at. A tart, fruity, apple cidery flavor dominates the flavors. It also has a very slight hint of sourness to it as well. There is a moderate caramel, maltyness to it but it's nearly hidden. The flavors just don't fit the style at all.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is moderate. Drinkability isn't good, it was close to a drain pour. I thought it might be old but the bottle has a best by date 5 months from now so it must be pretty fresh. Something wasn't right at all with it though. The flavors were not what I expect for the style at all.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 19:37:41 | More by billab914
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klikger

Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Sam Adams perfect pint

A - Beautiful shade of amber with visible carbonation, thick white foam (which shrinks quickly), and below-average lacing.

S - Sugary sweet malt

T - A watery start gives way to a bit of marzen-style maltiness, but without the yeast. The end is somewhat-lemony sugar water and not much else. This isn't the worst beer ever made, but it's not a good representation of the style by a long shot.

M - Light bodied; good carbonation

D - I could drink more, I just have other stuff I'd rather drink right now.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 22:41:21 | More by klikger
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sweethome

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pour is hazy golden - looks a little light for a fest - also has fizzy head that continues to ring the glass.

Vegetable/solvent nose. Off putting.

Flavors follow the nose - vegetable, sweet, rubber.

Not up to the competition I tasted this with. (Victory Fest; Dogtoberfest; Dominion Fest)

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2010 00:38:44 | More by sweethome
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Mosstrooper

California

3.28/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 17:39:05 | More by Mosstrooper
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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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GbVDave

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to Metalmonk for this extra in our most recent trade!

FEB notched on the label.

A: Pours a hazy/cloudy gold with about 1 1/2 fingers of off white foam on top. Head retention is poor as it melts away in less than a minute. No lace is left behind.

S: Boiled vegetables, tangy fruit, and maybe (just maybe) a slight hint of sourdough bread. The smell is pretty off-puting.

T: More of the same as above. I too was hoping for bread and biscuits and instead got sweet tarts and fruit.

M: Decent enough. Restrained bitterness with a slightly dusty finish.

D: Hmmm. Seems like this beer wasn't totally thought through. Thanks Jeff :)

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2009 23:29:00 | More by GbVDave
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Festie from Starr Hill Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.