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Festie - Starr Hill Brewery

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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.14
pDev: 17.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | 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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dugly2ugly

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

02-12-2012 01:20:27 | More by dugly2ugly
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matt062286

Maryland

3/5  rDev -4.5%

02-10-2012 14:41:13 | More by matt062286
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hopsandstouts

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.5%

01-22-2012 12:05:19 | More by hopsandstouts
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jennaski01

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +27.4%

01-03-2012 01:59:27 | More by jennaski01
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TheFunGuy

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
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 -2.9%
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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jak

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-15-2011 18:42:05 | More by jak
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paulginva

Virginia

3.08/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pint glass, produced a 1-1/2" fizzy off-white head that dissipated quickly with virtually no head lacing. Body was a slightly hazy deep amber color with little carbonation.

AROMA: A light spicy caramel and wheat scent and just a little floral hops -- not the sweetness that I've come to expect from an Oktoberfest.

TASTE: A moderate toasted bread and malt taste mixed with a light hops mellowness and some spices.

MOUTHFEEL: Light body, slick texture, nearly no carbonation or head lacing and what there is dissipates quickly. A rounded light semi-sweet flavor to begin with followed shortly by a very light hop bitterness.

DRINKABILITY: Well, an Oktoberfest should be repeatable for a good part of the day, right. I could do that but other than that, there's not all that much to recommend it. The price is okay but there are equally worthy beers of the same style that are less expensive. I doubt that I'd buy this again.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 20:18:43 | More by paulginva
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tlazaroff

Virginia

2.6/5  rDev -17.2%
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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Oasis

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -4.5%

12-07-2011 03:03:57 | More by Oasis
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hyoung41

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%

11-29-2011 01:23:13 | More by hyoung41
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Windigo

Virginia

5/5  rDev +59.2%

11-28-2011 21:01:33 | More by Windigo
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EastCoastHawkeye

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.5%

11-26-2011 11:37:28 | More by EastCoastHawkeye
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3/5  rDev -4.5%

11-24-2011 19:50:42 | More by nmann08
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cfinch2

Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -12.4%

11-21-2011 00:11:59 | More by cfinch2
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WMEugene

Virginia

3/5  rDev -4.5%

11-14-2011 12:52:29 | More by WMEugene
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -14.6%
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 -23.6%
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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AgentMunky

California

3.15/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a rocks glass at Mellow Mushroom. From notes. Reviewed 2 July 2011.

A: Some head, about a finger and a half, with prefigures the great lacing to come. The colour is an off-putting orange. Clearish.

S: Buttery. Malts; hints of caramel.

T: Lots of malt, and butter appears here too. Decent. The endtaste is forgettable and generic. Nothing stands out in the taste except a biscuity breadiness.

M: Pretty okay. Full-bodied and compelling, even if it's not great.

O: Goodish beer, mediocre compared to some of Starr Hill's other offerings. *Very* drinkable. Not recommended, but I'd have another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-08-2011 20:07:17 | More by AgentMunky
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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once again a thanks to woodychandler for another canned beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a copper color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of caramel malts. Taste is also malty, refreshing, a touch of caramel. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: can

09-03-2011 14:00:54 | More by tone77
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Serving type: can

08-20-2011 21:37:14 | More by Dodo2step
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was so happy to find this beer in CANs during my recent visit to DC that it makes me want to break out in song! With apologies to Madonna, "You're a superStarr, yes, that's what you are, you know it"; to John Kander and Liza Minelli, "Life is a [CAN of] Carnival, old chum, Come to the CANival!" and to Arthur Miller's Willy Loman to his son, Biff, in I.vi, "You got all kinds of great beer!" Sure, the last is a play and not a musical, but when was the last time that a CANned beer was so inspiring?

From the CAN: "Starr Hill founded in Charlottesville, VA (but I founded it at Whole Foods in DC)"; "Life is a Carnival"; "The Gift of Great Beer"; and undersigned by "Mark A. Thompson Master Brewer".

The Crack & Glug was music to mine ears and produced two tawny fingers of dense, bubbling head with good retention. Color was a deep orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose was very malty sweet, much more so than Yuengling Lager, to which a previous reviewer compared it. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy and with a pleasant melange of flavors on the tongue, ranging from an initial sugary sweetness to an herbal mintiness and back again. Finish was more sweet than anything else and I think that the constant onslaught of malt would be too much for me to CANsider inclusion in my cooler.

Serving type: can

08-12-2011 19:03:38 | More by woodychandler
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BlackBearForge

Florida

3/5  rDev -4.5%
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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indiapaleale

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - orangish/yellowish in color, very clean with a wispy head on top which fades rather quickly leaving a ring around the inside of the glass at the top level of the beer. Not a bad looking pour whatsoever.

Aroma - brown sugar, baking bread, steeped grains, honey, corn syrup and sweet tea. Some doughy/biscuity notes as well.

Taste - first sip is sweet on the tongue. Lots of honey and caramel flavors combine with some raisin and lemon tea with a sharp, crisp finish. Its a bit dry surprisingly in the finish with no real after taste which certainly makes for an easily sessionable beer. Nice malty flavors and easily approachable for any beer drinker from the uber-snob to the casual imbiber.

Overall - Not a ton of complexity, just a straightforward amber lager. However, when it comes to finding a decent canned version of just that it's not so easy. Certainly worth picking up and taking along with you wherever you're outdoors (or indoors) festivities may be happening.

Would I buy more of it? - not much of an option where I am. This is a pretty easy drinking lager and if it was more available I could definitely see myself putting some on ice once in awhile.

Serving type: can

05-18-2011 02:00:17 | More by indiapaleale
Festie from Starr Hill Brewery
73 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.