Festie - Starr Hill Brewery
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3.6/5 rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
A nice session beer, not necessarily a great Marzen. Pours a slightly cloudy orange/amber with a small off white head that fades fast. Leaves some lacing on the glass. Mild malty aroma, pleasant enough.
Taste is crisp and malty. Marzen bitterness in the finish is lacking. The only bitterness is in the balance - the beer is not overall too sweet.
Mouthfeel is rich enough for the style. Drinkability is pretty good if you are looking for a nice crisp, malty beer. I wouldn't turn down a pitcher of this stuff, but wouldn't go looking for it as an Oktoberfest beer either.
Serving type: bottle
10-22-2008 23:31:47 | More by JayQue
2.73/5 rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
On tap at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Served in a 10 oz. glass.
Appearance: A clear orange amber beer, very appropriate to the style. A nice fine, quarter-finger tan bubbly head with average retention. Carbonation is sparse, and lacing is actually very full and attractive. Not a terrible start at all.
Aroma: See taste below.
Taste: Bleh. Very grainy and husky, with some light touches of roasted grainy bread and a mellow hop spiciness. It's all very artificial tasting, though.
Mouthfeel: Uneven, fairly thin, spritzy and bubbly.
Drinkability: A bit of a disappointment from Starr Hill. It's not that this is an undrinkable beer, it's just really, really average beer, and definitely won't be a go-to Marzen for me, despite my overwhelming obsession w/ local drinking. Shame.
Serving type: on-tap
09-28-2008 19:30:43 | More by CrellMoset
3.28/5 rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched on label.
A: Amber lager appearance with reasonable but quickly dissapating off white head with a few spittles of lace.
S: Sour leather smell with lots of grain.
T: Grain is the dominant flavor with a slightly sour, tart flavor that is not wholly unpleasant but is a bit strange for this style. It seems like an overly sharp marzen hops flavor with more grain than usual.
M: Medium and solid for a lager -- there is clearly a lot of malt in this brew. Carbonation is spicy. The aftertaste is very pleasant with sweet and tart aspects.
D: Not Starr Hill's best offering, but not a terrible take on a marzen-style lager.
Serving type: bottle
09-15-2008 02:33:45 | More by argock
Festie from Starr Hill Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.