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Festie - Starr Hill Brewery

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140 Ratings
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Ratings: 140
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.13
pDev: 17.89%
Wants: 0
Gots: 10 | 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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Photo of dexterk1
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

dexterk1, Dec 01, 2012
Photo of tdmccarthy
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

tdmccarthy, Nov 30, 2012
Photo of cackalacky
3/5  rDev -4.2%

cackalacky, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of SFC21
3/5  rDev -4.2%

SFC21, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of docmoran16
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

docmoran16, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of csrbv
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
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).

csrbv, Nov 09, 2012
Photo of williahd
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

williahd, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of Guden
1.65/5  rDev -47.3%
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.

Guden, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of tripelz
1.25/5  rDev -60.1%

tripelz, Nov 03, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

bigfnjoe, Oct 28, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
3/5  rDev -4.2%

JeffTheJuice, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of ChaelCox
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

ChaelCox, Oct 09, 2012
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.

tdm168, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of cyclonece09
3.4/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

cyclonece09, Sep 26, 2012
Photo of mckenziac
2.18/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

mckenziac, Sep 17, 2012
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.

Darkmagus82, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of SlaughteredWolf
2.25/5  rDev -28.1%

SlaughteredWolf, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of ghirsh
4/5  rDev +27.8%

ghirsh, Aug 20, 2012
Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of johnpdennis
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

johnpdennis, Aug 04, 2012
Photo of GTB
3/5  rDev -4.2%

GTB, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Liz8646
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

Liz8646, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of kylehay2004
3.15/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

kylehay2004, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of jonphilipp
3/5  rDev -4.2%

jonphilipp, Jul 08, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

CarolinaKev, Jun 18, 2012
Festie from Starr Hill Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 140 ratings.