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Festie - Starr Hill Brewery

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73
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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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williahd

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

11-03-2012 16:15:17 | More by williahd
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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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tripelz

Pennsylvania

1.25/5  rDev -60.3%

11-03-2012 02:38:05 | More by tripelz
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

10-28-2012 01:54:43 | More by bigfnjoe
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JeffTheJuice

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -4.8%

10-13-2012 03:59:40 | More by JeffTheJuice
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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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tdm168

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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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: can

09-26-2012 02:23:29 | More by cyclonece09
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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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SlaughteredWolf

Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -28.6%

08-27-2012 18:00:40 | More by SlaughteredWolf
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ghirsh


4/5  rDev +27%

08-20-2012 17:54:48 | More by ghirsh
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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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johnpdennis


3.25/5  rDev +3.2%

08-04-2012 20:55:06 | More by johnpdennis
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GTB

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.8%

07-28-2012 01:32:50 | More by GTB
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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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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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jonphilipp


3/5  rDev -4.8%

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

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

06-18-2012 05:10:49 | More by CarolinaKev
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hogrider

Florida

3/5  rDev -4.8%

06-02-2012 18:14:16 | More by hogrider
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Mvacco


4/5  rDev +27%

05-06-2012 19:05:55 | More by Mvacco
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Beerfoot20


3/5  rDev -4.8%

05-06-2012 17:15:52 | More by Beerfoot20
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leweascoba

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +11.1%

04-28-2012 01:22:10 | More by leweascoba
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gregu2

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.8%

04-21-2012 21:23:44 | More by gregu2
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Bike2work


3/5  rDev -4.8%

04-19-2012 19:47:07 | More by Bike2work
Festie from Starr Hill Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 134 ratings.