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Festie - Starr Hill Brewery

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139 Ratings
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Ratings: 139
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 Vdubb86
2.98/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Vdubb86, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of Mosstrooper
3.28/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Mosstrooper, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
2.95/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Clydesdale, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of CarolinaKev
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

CarolinaKev, Jun 18, 2012
Photo of Dodo2step
3.35/5  rDev +7%
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.

Dodo2step, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of droomyster
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

droomyster, Jan 12, 2009
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...

mralphabet, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of vwbus7
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

vwbus7, Jul 14, 2014
Photo of TaylorK
3.75/5  rDev +19.8%

TaylorK, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of athomasPSU
3/5  rDev -4.2%

athomasPSU, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

GaryMarkle84, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of tlazaroff
2.6/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

tlazaroff, Dec 09, 2011
Photo of jryanj927
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

jryanj927, May 31, 2014
Photo of thekanna
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

thekanna, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of HuntDaddy540
2.5/5  rDev -20.1%

HuntDaddy540, Apr 28, 2014
Photo of blbarnett3
3/5  rDev -4.2%

blbarnett3, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of wahhmaster
2.68/5  rDev -14.4%
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...

wahhmaster, Nov 01, 2010
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 kshankar
3.3/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

kshankar, Sep 30, 2009
Photo of dugly2ugly
3.5/5  rDev +11.8%

dugly2ugly, Feb 12, 2012
Photo of aqualung23
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

aqualung23, Dec 28, 2013
Photo of sweethome
2.38/5  rDev -24%
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)

sweethome, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of AWB3
3.25/5  rDev +3.8%

AWB3, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of obywan59
2.96/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

obywan59, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of DaveBlack
3.05/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

DaveBlack, Dec 15, 2011
Festie from Starr Hill Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 139 ratings.