Starr Pils - Starr Hill Brewery

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Ratings: 125
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.65%
Wants: 2
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery visit their website
Virginia, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jimmys on 03-16-2012

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Ratings: 125 | Reviews: 26
Reviews by tone77:
Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a plae golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is that familiar pilsener smell, malts, hops, some grains. Taste is malts, some hops, a bit of sweetness, kind of dry at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but just lacking a little oomph.

More User Reviews:
Photo of dacrza1
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE REVIEWED: July 6, 2014... GLASSWARE: Paulaner pokal... OCCASION: 4th of July yardwork and party unwinding... APPEARANCE: pale, tawny, watered-down yellow body; white head sits with an appropriate pillowy arc, then settles out as a reasonable, albeit soapy ring; sporadic, tentacle lacing... AROMA: spritzy, light pale malts suggest pilsner; some bubblegum as well, but not much more in complexity... PALATE: medium-bodied, yet light in carbonation; a pleasant, lingering aftertaste; a good partner for post-mowing deck relaxation...in essence, a slightly uncomfortable mouthfeel... TASTE: a predictably clean, taut malt assertion; biscuity at the finish; hops are clean and balancing... OVERALLL: little distinguishes this beer from the myriads of pilsners within the genre, but that is a positive in some respects; as a fourth of a sampler, hopefully not the one to be rushed towards, but that will depend on the rest of the mix...for now, serviceable and palate-cleansing...

Photo of tdm168
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale golden yellow with a thick, fizzy, bubbly, white head that has little retention

S - grainy and sweet

T - grainy, bready, sweet, fainly grassy

M - light bodied, lightly carbonated

This is a very sessionable beer though a bit boring. This is better than an American lager, but it just doesn't have enough character to really represent the German Pilsener style. I won't buy this again.

Photo of metter98
3.31/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that died down but consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of bready malts and lemon citrus along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very light and easy to drink, although the taste is not overly interesting. I couldn't see myself buying this beer again.

Photo of obywan59
3.29/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear yellow to light yellow-gold with a thick, pure white head and high carbonation.

Aroma of lukewarm milk or light over ripe citrus and grassy hops.

Taste of sweet malt with coarsely bitter hops, and a bit of spice in the back. Better as it warms.

Light to moderate in feel with peppery carbonation. Light astringency.

Starr Hill seems to have matched the style pretty much spot on. A bit coarse for my taste, but I could session it.

Photo of DrDemento456
2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Hazy bright yellow for me. Solid 1/2 inch of foam that sticks around forever.
S - Mild yeasts, skunky twang, some hops and mostly corn.
T Hops are ok mildly acidic with a twang of chemicals that hit the mouth and leave a WTF taste in your mouth. Not... that... good...
M - Well it's light to medium but it felt like I was chugging medicine,

Overall I got this for $1.75 so I am not even mad. I hate the style but damn even when its done bad it taste like battery acid...

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/8/12
*From notes

A: It looks a bit like a lemon soda. Very pale, very clean. A standard pour yields a bone white one finger bubbly, loose head. No lacing and a minor white collar follow.

S: Some banana mash and untoasted pale malts. Quite a traditional presentation.

T: Very similar to the nose. It's rustic, almost Kolsch-like. Bready, dry grains and a touch of bitter hops round out the profile.

M: Light and fun. Properly carbonated and easy to put back.

O: It may not be the best German style Pils I'ver ever had, but it's certainly one of the better beers that I've had from Starr Hill. Quaffable, crisp and something I'd eagerly seek out on a hot day in the yard. For those looking to go old school with their Pils, it's easily recommended.

Photo of bubseymour
4.28/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark yellow w small head. Nothing out of ordinary for a pilsner.

S- slight hint of the noble hops and slight malt.

T - a very nice pilsner. Pronounced flavor from the hops and crisp finish. Mild bitterness but not as strong as some others. A little more refreshing on a hot day.

M - fine for a pilsner

O- I definitely recommend this one. It's well crafted, and easy to drink as well.

Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

You CANnot imagine my elation upon walking into Pizza Boy/Al's of Hampden two Saturdays ago and spotting this gem in the cooler! I was ecstatic at the proposition of adding yet another of their beers to The CANQuest (TM) and I had to be physically restrained from just opening one and CANsuming it right then and there.

From the CAN: "Founded in Charlottesville, VA"; "The Gift of Great Beer [undersigned] Mark A. Thompson [,] Master Brewer".

The Crack spewed like the one that the dominatrix opened in Devo's "Whip It!" video which kind of irritated me as I was still in a suit and i dislike smelling like beer at work. Once it (and I) calmed down, I ended up with a finger-and-a-half of puffy, bone-white head with reasonable retention. Color was a light, pale yellow with NE-quality clarity and I was wishing for an SRM guide to better describe it. One sniff and I thought, "German!" Sho nuff. It had a beautiful grassiness, but underlain with enough malt to take on a slight lemony quality, as well as a mild sweetness. Mouthfeel was light, not watery, but soft, with a definite lemongrass taste that really speaks of the style, to me. Finish was semi-dry with the same lemongrass flavor that I caught on the tongue. Given that it is now available in CANs and summer is quickly approaching, I am recommending it for your cooler if you CAN find it in your area.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.56/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent straw with lots of bubbles and a small white head. Smells of sweet grain and possibly some corn, grain dominates. Tastes of barley, not much else, but with a bit of an aftertaste. Beer goes down great, really light bodied, heavy carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

Photo of jadpsu
2.89/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

At daughter's house in MS.
Pours a clear straw yellow with a decent white head of less than average retention leaving d some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops and some faint skunkyness are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the nose and frankly does not have much in interest or character going for it.
Finishes dry. Very average probably something I wouldn't be purchasing.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 24th Feb 2012. I'm surprised this is this new a beer.

A mildly hazy, this looks like an unfiltered pils (always a plus in my book), light straw yellow with a dense, white head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose is pretty good! With a bright and pungent hop character, very Hallertau-like with a mild mint and moderate lemon aroma, this smells pretty refreshing. There's a faint whiff of sulfur, but otherwise, this is pretty clean. A nice, doughy, bready malt character with a touch of yeast is also present. Very nice.

The palate opens with a rather big hop bitterness, with oily, resiny Saaz hops ( a little too much for the style IMO, without being unabashed in its aggression a la Prima Pils). Lemon, a touch of mint, a little bit of grass and earth are present. Mildly doughy with some bread, this tastes rustic. Unfortunately, the palate is rather disjointed in that the hop character and the malt character are just not integrated. The lack of a mineral character in the water profile that would tie it all together is just unfortunate. Instead, this feels a little watery. Drying, bitter on the finish with a lingering Hallertau hop character. Solid, could be better with a couple of tweaks.

Photo of horshamguy
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A--Pale golden color. Absolutely crystal clear. Minimal head, no real retention or lacing.
S--Malty, crisp, exactly like you'd want/expect a Pils to smell.
T--Clean & crisp. Just like you'd want/expect a Pils to taste. Bready with grains.
M--Fairly highly carbonated. A light feel with a slightly dry finish. Really kind of nice feel to it.
O--100% fully functional Pils. Exactly what you'd expect from the style. Nothing exceptional, but not a flaw to be found either. All around, a quality beer.

Photo of TechTriumph
3.46/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 04/17/12:
Bottled: 02/24/12; Poured in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A - One inch white fluffy head with pretty good retention; Pale yellow/golden color with a slightly hazy appearance; Some lacing left behind - not too much really

S - Lightly herbal and spicy; A bit yeasty and a touch of lemon; Lots of grains and cereals

T - Lots of grains and cereals present in the taste as well that make up the majority of the flavor profile; Touch of lemon; Decent, but not a strong presence of herbal and spicy hops

M - Moderate carbonation; Light bodied; Pretty crisp and smooth mouthfeel that finishes a bit on the dry side

O - The strong point of this brew is definitely it's drinkability and light, crisp, and smooth mouthfeel. The aroma and flavor, however, didn't really show me any qualities to distinguish them from the average pilsener offering. I could easily consume a few of these in a single session, though it's not a brew I would actively seek out.

Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a mix-a-six from Wegman's, enjoyed chilled in a cervoise from the 12oz brown bottle.

The color is golden with great clarity and thick white cream with very good retention and average bead with carbonation visible and lace sticks on the glass. The smell is very hop dominant which is nice with some herbal odors and light hint of spice with some mineral esters from the yeast. The feel is very good moderate bitterness with medium high carbonation and light sweetness with herbal quality in the hops with semi-dry finish and medium light body.

The taste is very good with some spice from the hops up front which becomes more herbal and melds well with the pilsner malt which is toasted and dry with some mild sweetness accenting. The yeast flavor carries a mineral essence which augments the the lightly bitter hop flavor in the finish. Overall I was very pleased with this and would certainly drink it again, a good representation of the style from an American brewer.

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a straw color with a two finger white head. The head fades rather fast to give a good amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is mainly of malt with a hop base largely of citrus lemon and a light grapefruit. Mixed with this is some light aroma as pine as well.

Taste – The flavor starts out on the bready side. It is soon meet with a lighter citrus hop flavor. These hop flavors mix with a light earthy hop flavor which seems to mix with the citrus and leave a lightly bitter-crisper flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Very average in terms of carbonation (medium level) with a very average level of carbonation. Good for the style.

Overall - Easy drinking with a good crisp flavor and a nice clean taste.

Photo of Minkybut
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this pretty average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a nice white head but that went away fast. The beer had fair lacing. It also was a golden color and smelled like slightly sour bread. The taste was bright and slightly sweet. Kind of British tasting. Not really impressed and I will not buy again.

Photo of argock
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear Donegal mug. Huge 6/28/12 stamped in black on the bottle neck. Purchased as part of a summer variety 12-pack at Kroger for $16.

A: Very clear pale yellow with frothy 1-2 finger white head with good retention but only a few spots of lace.

S: Bready malts with sharp mineral character of Saaz hops and a hint of lemon.

T: The flavor is solid and not quite as good as the aroma but is very clean with a good balance of grainy and bready character followed by a reasonably sharp and bitter noble hops bite. There is a touch of lemon citrus but not a lot. Mineral creeps in on the finish -- it borders on metallic and bloody in the finish but not quite there.

M: Crisp and clean with high carbonation which provides a scrubbing, dry quality. Very light, almost a little too much so.

O: Certainly not a bad pils and beats BMC. Glad I got a chance to try but there are others better. Still, at 4.2%, this is an easy drinking session pils for hanging out on the patio on a hot summer night with friends. Would go nicely with a crisp romaine salad with a citrus vinaigrette.

Photo of Godot
3.99/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of Starr Hill Northern Lights and someone must have swapped one for the Pils. Nice surprise really, as I wasn't really blown away by the IPA (not bad, just nothing to write home about). Now I get to try another one from this brewery. Pours a pale yellow. Its hard to get excited by the appearance of a pilsener, but this does have a frothy, bright white head that drops to a solid film and leaves nice lacing down the glass. Nice grassy hop aromas. Malt is not very apparent in the nose, but it shows up a bit more in the taste. Light biscuit underlies the predominate hop flavors. This is, overall, a bit too hoppy for a traditional German pilsener, but I like where its going. Good, refreshing pilsener that hits the spot on a warm day. I could knock back a couple of these on a Saturday afternoon.

Photo of Dave1999
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellow orange with a thin white head.

Smells grassy,malts and orange peels. Typical pilsner smell.

The taste is much the same as the smell malty and grassy.

The mouth feel is light with medium carbonation.

Overall an average pilsner probably won't buy again pretty boring.

Photo of Gatordaddy
2.59/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this the day after a National Bohemian. Very similar products: below-average lagers. Craft brewers can do better.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.84/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. The head is about a finger high, with a white shade and a very bubbly texture. Quick to fade, it leaves behind a spotty web of lacing.

S: Fairly simplistic. The hops seem to take on a sulfury, vegetal tone instead of a grassy one, unfortunately. Luckily, the malt is clean, and the diacetyl is restrained. Not the best aroma for the style.

T: The flavor takes what I didn't like from the aroma...and amplifies it. The primary notes are mint, sulfur, bell pepper, and a faint hint of apricot. If I focus, I can pick up some nice Saaz hop flavors - in fact, the more I drink it, the more the vegetal flavors go away (being replaced with a more defined grassiness). Malts are nearly imperceptible.

M: Crisp and light, with a great finishing dryness. It also seems to be fairly soft for a pilsner. It's not intensely carbonated, either, which helps give it some beef for 4.2%.

O: Not a great pilsner. But, it goes down easily at least. At first, the vegetal notes ruined it; after a few sips, they only become a mild annoyance. Even though I wasn't a huge fan, I could legitimately drink a couple of these without complaint (usually with a mediocre beer, I'll have one and be done with it). Still, I wouldn't buy this again.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color, some bubbling, smallish head. Aroma is of sharp hops. Taste is light to medium bodied, decent mouthfeel. Get the Euro-hop bite, pretty well balanced. Has a bit of an off taste to it on the back end, hard to put my finger on it but something just doesn't mesh well. Not a bad beer by any means, but seems to be a pretty average Pils and nothing too spectacular here, pretty meh.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: two finger head on a clear bright golden body. Nice lacing.

S: grains and pale malts, just right without offputting notes.

T: sharp grain flavoring, pale malts and light bready notes.

M: light body and high carbonation. Fairly refreshing.

Overall: very drinkable. No funk or sourness, a solid drinkable pils.

Photo of malvrich
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

12 oz. brown bottle to a small pilsner glass
pkg on 05/28/14
A: Clear straw yellow. minimal head and retention. Nice amount of carbonation. Minimal lace.
S: Grains. Corn? Malts. A veg. note maybe.
T: Crisp, malty with still a vegetal (sort of cabbage-like) taste. A bit of cracker underneath.
Unusual and maybe not in such a good way.
M: Good average carbonation. Light watery but still crisp body. Easy drinking. Not enough to save this beer from being below average.
O: Disappointing. Not bad but this sort of wtf taste catches you off guard. Unfortunately there's not much else I can discern in the flavor. The unusual and not altogether pleasant veggie sharpness dominates. Will not purchase again.

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Starr Pils from Starr Hill Brewery
76 out of 100 based on 125 ratings.