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Monticello Reserve Ale - Starr Hill Brewery

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Monticello Reserve AleMonticello Reserve Ale

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 14.71%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: PreacherBrewer on 02-23-2011)
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Photo of zaphodchak


3.4/5  rDev 0%

This was months after trying the first batch that saw bottling, which to be fair, was pretty bad. I heard rumors that it had improved.

Half a finger of white head. The body is a hazy light straw with decent lace.

Nose ks kinda lame. A bit corn-y, kinda macro-brewery-ish, and semi acrid. It's an adjunct beer by nature though, so maybe to be expected.

Some German-ish hops present in the taste, lightly sweetish wheat character. Much better than the first batch. Slightly herbal, almost rosemary. Well balanced sweetness and slightly vegetal/savory.

The feel was average if a bit too bright.

A definite improvement, less macro-y, more balance and interest.

04-30-2012 04:47:30 | More by zaphodchak
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

11-29-2011 01:31:04 | More by hyoung41
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

01-01-2014 04:45:03 | More by avisong
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

04-12-2014 20:46:32 | More by Laulau
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

05-28-2013 20:38:02 | More by cwd
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3.75/5  rDev +10.3%

12-19-2012 14:35:06 | More by rvajohn
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +25%

02-26-2014 20:38:03 | More by zp6167a
Photo of VeganUndead


3/5  rDev -11.8%

03-01-2014 19:03:12 | More by VeganUndead
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

12-14-2012 18:12:58 | More by JWing
Photo of yessirov


4.18/5  rDev +22.9%

A - Deep gold. Thick head and lots of lacing

S - Nothing remarkable.

T - The only beer I've had in the US that transported (unexpectedly!) me back to my days of drinking in Germany and Czech Republic. Very pleasant.

M - Smooth

O - I could drink this beer all day. A pleasant surprise to find this in Charlottesville.

04-29-2011 01:19:22 | More by yessirov
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

3.73/5  rDev +9.7%

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/22/11
*From notes

This bottle was purchased at the Monticello gift shop where from what I understand, is the only place you can get it.

A: It looks like a pale Martzen. Slightly hazy, though it does appear to be at least somewhat filtered. A good pour yields a big, 2.5 finger pale white head and quality lacing.

S: Molasses and honey, with heavy yeasty wheat and lemony acid.

T: Extreme amounts of clarified butter. A heavy dose of liquid smoke and lemon scone. Hardly a trace of hops. This is a different brew to be sure, as I can't even begin to think of another beer to compare it to.

M: Oily as hell, though it really does suit the beer well.

O: Such a unique, "old timey" brew. Starr Hill's Monticello Reserve is incomparable and unclassifiable. It's also one of the best beers that Starr Hill has ever produced. If you're visiting Charlottesville, be sure to stop by Monticello and pick up a bottle, as it's absolutely worth quaffing this piece of brewing history.

06-17-2011 22:45:22 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of maxwellboh


3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

Living in Charlottesville I am partial to TJ's home brew. Since its first availability I have shared a bottle (750ml) almost every month with someone. Yes the appearance is exactly the appearance of an adjunct pale ale, straw color, minimal lacing and lots of carbonation. The smell is of rising wheat bread with a touch of coriander. And you can envision TJ brewing this in the kitchen below the house at Monticello. The taste is summertime but drinkable year round. Lemon, floral, orange all come to mind. With a mouthfeel of smooth crisp carbonation this is a beer that is only disappointing when the bottle is empty.

02-18-2012 02:46:34 | More by maxwellboh
Photo of PreacherBrewer


3.93/5  rDev +15.6%

Capped 750ml purchased from the brewery. This beer is only available at Star Hill Brewery in Cozet, VA or at Monticello. No ABV% labeled on bottle. No freshness dating of any kind.

A - Pours a hazy golden color with a generous white head. Looks intriguing.

S - Earthy and grassy, as well as citrusy. More nose than expected on this one. Makes you want to dive right in and taste.

T - Notes of wheat, grain, lemon & citrus, a mild earthiness, followed by a slight corn sweetness.

M - Light and smooth. Nice ticklish carbonation fits in nicely.

D - This brew impressed me. I wasn't expecting much from Star Hill since i've been very underwhelmed in the past. They've managed to produce a very tasty session beer. It has flavor, and character. I really hope this beer means that they are making changes and are starting to move in a better direction. Assuming they can stay consistent in the production, It should rightfully take its place as a truly unique and truly "Charlottesville" beer. Good job Star Hill. Bravo.

02-23-2011 02:49:11 | More by PreacherBrewer
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3/5  rDev -11.8%

01-27-2012 04:14:48 | More by jskennedy
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

12-10-2013 21:29:05 | More by 67cuda
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

11-26-2011 23:01:35 | More by dbrauneis
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4/5  rDev +17.6%

11-28-2011 21:01:57 | More by Windigo
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

06-23-2014 03:36:28 | More by Rhinehart
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1.73/5  rDev -49.1%

If this is the beer they were drinking in Jefferson's day then it really is no surprise that Budweiser became so popular. As for the beer itself, it is a straw yellow with a big fluffy head, that leaves a nice amount of lacing down the glass. The aroma is practically non-existent, though as it warms up it does take on a rather unpalatable odor, something like vomit. The flavor is mostly a light graininess, but beyond that it is fairly insipid stuff. Thin bodied and rather boring over all.

02-28-2011 19:53:44 | More by MickeySmarte
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.05/5  rDev -10.3%

Pours a five+ finger off-white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Hazy amber color. Good carbonation and light-medium bodied. Light lemon wheat nose and flavor is tart lemon and wheat with a dry tart finish. Not worth $12.95 for a 750ml bottle from Monticello Gift Shop Charlottesville, VA.

09-23-2011 22:24:19 | More by jdhilt
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3.5/5  rDev +2.9%

07-06-2013 17:40:07 | More by nakedninjaturtle
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

10-12-2013 05:13:57 | More by Xandrose
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3.25/5  rDev -4.4%

08-03-2012 02:48:11 | More by Hanzo
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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

06-23-2012 00:37:45 | More by hockenbeer
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3.85/5  rDev +13.2%

750ml poured into pint glass

A: Poured golden orange in color and cloudy. About 1 1/2 fingers worth of white foamy head.. nice lacing all the way down the glass.

S: Strange mix of wheat with a little citrus, yeast, malt and a hint of hops. Little Wit little Pale Ale... Smells pretty good.

T: Just like the smell.... Everything I love about wheat beer and pale ales is here in the taste.. Notes of wheat, citrus, a mild earthiness, followed by slight hoppyness. Finish is clean and smooth.

M: The beer is light but smooth. Good carbonation it fits this style very nicely.

D: Very drinkable beer here.... Starr Hill has produced a great beer based on a Thomas Jefferson recipe.... So you get an idea of beer from another time... Could be a great session beer, but I think this maybe a limited run.. Next time I'm in Charlottesville I will grabbing another one of these. Another good beer from the fine folks at Starr Hill.

07-03-2011 03:43:47 | More by mralphabet
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Monticello Reserve Ale from Starr Hill Brewery
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