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Starr Hill Jomo LagerStarr Hill Jomo Lager

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Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.57%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.47/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Jomo Lager comes served in a pint glass with a bone white head that dissipates to barely a glaze of white on the top of a slightly cloudy light amber body. The aromas are malt up front with a floral nose from the hallartau and tettnang hops. The flavors start out with toast mlat character then the hops add a nice earthy floral quality which balance pretty well. The body is closer to medium than most vienna lagers and helped out by just enough carbonation and no more. It almost has a creaminess to it. The website claims 4.6% and I could imagine they certainly pack alot of flavor into that 4.6.

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Photo of engagechad
4.34/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I'm usually not much for lagers but I had to give this a great review. It was done so very well.

A - It's a light looking beer but has a bit of amber tint to it

S - Smell is subtle definitely lagery and very good

T - The taste was just as the smell was, quite subtle but so smooth and easy to drink

M - It was great, I didn't get that funky corn thing going on as I do with most lagers

D - I could probably drink a whole 6 pack within a few hours, and that's saying a lot for me because beer fills me up a lot.

One must remember that the drinkability is very affected by it's low ABV (4.7). It's not a heavy hitter, but who says it has to be?

Mighty fine beer folks - Give it a shot if you can get your hands on it in VA or elsewhere.

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Photo of Gavage
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: pours a clear light orange color with a fluffy one finger head that lasts.

Smell: fruity with some grass overtones.

Taste: nice maltiness here for the style. Ripe fruit sweetness of pears and green grapes are evident. Light grass and a mellow bitterness round this out.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start and less so at the finish. Refreshing and almost clean.

Drinkability: this one can be consumed all day long as the flavor profile is enjoyable.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy orange-red. The head has a similar orange tint, and is tall, frothy, and somewhat rocky. Retention is quite nice, with some very attractive lacing.

S: Toasty, caramel malt. Some lemony and herbal hop aromas. Some fruity esters are present. Basic and simple, but pretty appealing.

T: A healthy dose of toasted malt, with plenty of caramel flavors. Lemony and herbal hops again, providing a nice flavor with some moderate bite. Again, some fruity notes along with a subdued yeast profile.

M: Medium bodied, with creamy carbonation and an inviting, soft mouthfeel.

D: A very nice Vienna Lager from Starr Hill. Finely balanced and extremely quaffable. Sessionable for sure. This is an underrated style, in my opinion, and beers like this one only make me more sure of that.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up from a 'make your own' sixer from the Fresh Market.

Pours a deep gold with a pretty small head. This dissipates to a thin sheet, but leaves a moderate amount of lacing.

Smells of nice floral hops and fresh biscuits. This has a great scent to it. It's very inviting.

I dig the taste of this. I usually prefer ales over lagers, but this is one well-crafted lager. It has a nice amount of hop bitterness coming through that lagers usually lack. This comes across more like an APA, which is probably why I dig it. There's a nice balance to it as some of the creamy sweetness also pulls through.

I've really come to like the brews from this "local" brewery. This one is no exception. Great beer that I recommend you give a go.

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Photo of beerking1
4.12/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours brilliantly clear orange-amber with a big, dense off-white head that leaves lace all the way down the glass. Aroma is bready, malty with some toast character and noble hops. Flavor is a nice toasty-malty character with a counterpoint of sharp noble hops to balance it out. Finish is toasty malt and bread crusts, with some pleasant hop background. Body is on the low side of medium. A little hoppy for a Vienna, but a real nice beer with lots of Vienna toastiness.

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Photo of BeerSox
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Slightly hazy dark amber hue with a one finger tan head that slowly settles to a thick cap.

Very light toasty grain, with just a bit of hop aroma. Just about right on the mark for the aroma of a VL. Maybe on the lighter side though.

The toastiness up front is quickly met by a sweetness, then slowly shifts to a slight spicy bitterness. A touch of caramel. Full bodied.

A quite drinkable VL, a beer that rivals Sam Adams Boston Lager. If you like to support locals, you should probably grab a 6'er of this over a 6'er of Boston Lager. I took a sip out of the bottle and it's pretty good from there as well. A good beer to bring to a party. Just barely sessionable. Recommended.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one came highly recommended by the new clerk at the counter at Carrolltown Liquors. Not disappointing. Poured crystal gold to amber in the glass with a nice, cream-colored head that laced the glass nicely. Caramel malt with a hint of citrus hops in the nose, taste was a touch sweet but rich malt with a pleasant bitter aftertaste. Nothing too complex, nothing too simple... Just a very nicely balanced lager with somewhat more carbonation than expected (a nice surprise). This one is a keeper. Can't wait to try the other Starr Hill varieties (new to our area).

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Photo of karst
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Starr Hill MoJo Lager is a multiple award-winning Light Amber Lager beer. A '04 Gold Medal GABF winner ( beating out Henry Weinhard Amber Light, Miller Brewing Company, Milwaukee, WI and Coastal Light Pale, Firestone Walker Brewing Company, Paso Robles, CA)

A smooth and very drinkable lager beer.

Made from 2-row Pale, Munich, and Caramel

Hopped with Perle (Bittering), Hallertau & Tettnang (aroma)

German Lager yeast drinks similar to Yiengling Lager

OG. 1.048

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Photo of greengorilla
4.1/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this on tap poured into a large wine glass at a tasting event.

It looked good in the wine glass. It was orangish with a nice white head.

The scent was of toasted malt. And the taste was similar with a little more hops than I expected.

The mouthfeel was quite good and it was very drinkable.

I definitely enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of whtguitarguy
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I was originally scared to pick this up off the shelf. But I was impressed in the end. Pours a clear copper color Aroma is of malts and has a slight fruity character, a little citrusy. There is some fruitiness in the flavor. Also there is a slight barley, or malt sweetness that shines through.

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Photo of Risser09
4.05/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a mexican tulip - fridge - best before Aug. 2009

Appearance: Pours a transparent copper/orange color with active carbonation flowing to the surface. A towering 3" head is ivory, shows great retention and deep craters are created and thick, foamy head is left behind.

Smell: Sweet fruitiness of grape, apple, juicy fruit, and strawberry. I did not expect an aroma like this. Caramel malt and some slight hop aroma. Sweet.

Taste: Malt base is full of caramel and cereal grain but is easily overthrown by bop bitterness that is earthy and lemony. Creamy butter also has a role in the flavor profile. Bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, sweet, bitter, creamy and lots of active carbonation. Some alcohol in the finish.

Drinkability: A great lager that could be enjoyed in sessions. The creaminess comes out as the beer warms. A very pleasant surprise of a beer. I would certainly revisit.

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Photo of mmmbeer
4.03/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was formerly Mojo Lager, but after a legal battle, they changed the name to Jomo but did not change the beer (Vienna-style lager, brewed with German yeast, 4.4% abw). 12 oz. bottle, best by Feb. '07, served in a pilsner glass. It pours an unfiltered orange/gold with medium carbonation and an inch of tan head that leaves pits as it recedes and deposits lots of lace on the glass. It smells of diacetyl, caramel/toasted/nutty? malts, and some green/herbal hops. The flavor is similar, with a big malt backbone and leafy/green, piney/spicy, floral/perfumy hops that are almost raw, leaving a medium bitterness. I also detect a Simcoe-esque fruitiness, but the website tells me they used all noble hops: Perle, Hallertau, and Tettnang. The body is medium, with matching carbonation and a medium to long finish. Overall a pretty tasty lager but this bottle seems much more American than the first five. No matter, it's a well-crafted Vienna either way you look at it.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle pours a clear, golden amber body with a medium sized, offwhite head that has a creamy appearance and good longevity. Lots of patchy lace sticks to the glass.

Aroma is bready malt and floral and spicy noble hops.

Light medium body with solid carbonation.

Taste has a floral hop bitterness that balances well with the sweet breadiness of the malt. Hops have a spicy undertone. Malt also adds a soft biscuity graininess. Finishes clean and even.

Very drinkable. Nicely constructed, with no glaring flaws. A fine lager!

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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this bottle in a trade with Traquairlover, Thanks Will!

This pours a hazy orange gold colour with a 1 finger head of foam. Pretty impressive lacing to be had here.

The smell is quite malty with notes of sweet malt and some nice fruitiness. I can smell some citrus in the background.

The taste is malty sweet up front with some notes of bread, some grain, and about near the finish, I get a nice tingle of some citrus hops giving the actual finish a light but pleasant bitterness. Good stuff and an easy drinker.

The mouthfeel is on the low end of medium and the carbonation is on the upper end of medium.

Drinkability? Every sip I take demands another so I'd say very good. What a nice and solid all around Vienna Lager!

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished tangerine that is both bright and rich when backlit with sunshine. The quality crown is pastel orange-tinted ivory in color and is sticky enough to deposit shredded sheets of lace that cover most of the available surface. No matter what else Jomo delivers, it looks good in the glass.

The nose is pretty much what one would expect from an amber lager that contains pale, Munich and caramel malts, in addition to German hops. It's lightly toasted, earthy and subtly noble hoppy. For the record, the hop bill consists of Perle for bittering and a combination of Hallertau and Tettnang for aroma.

Jomo Lager is a very nice version of a style that one doesn't run across every day. The key to such a surprising amount of flavor in a such a relatively low-ABV beer is a healthy amount of the malts listed above (especially Munich and caramel) and much more hop flavor and hop bitterness that I can remember in an amber lager.

Like the nose, the flavor profile is dominated by well-toasted grain and grassy, herbal hops. There's enough estery fruitiness present that I would have guessed amber ale before amber lager if blinded. That said, the back end is relatively clean, while at the same time is lingeringly bitter (if that's even possible). Jomo is beginning to work its Mojo on me as the ounces disappear. I can see why this stuff won a few medals along the way.

The mouthfeel is a wee bit bigger and firmer than expected. That almost always finds favor with me. As well, it's carbonated enough to keep things hopping without making a nuisance of itself.

I can't recall a beer of this style that impressed me more than Jomo (Capital's Wisconsin Amber and Winter Skal are good as well). It delivers an impressive amount of flavor, a surprising hoppy kick and a wonderful mouthfeel in a low-ABV package that is ideal for sessioning. I can't wait to see what the rest of the Starr Hill lineup has in store.

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Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured lighter than your normal vienna lager,more of medium golden with a slight tinger of burnt orange,a nice almost creamy-like head atop that never completely settled.Wow the aromas a very metallic and iron-like, honestly I dont think I have had a beer come close to that before.To go along with the iron quality there is a pleasant floral hop not and a bit of caramel.Flavors are as crisp as a cracker and quite dry with just a hint of sweet dough,a honest to goodness peppery hop snap in the finish.This could be drank all day,the aromas are one sided but the beer is quite good,I love a good vienna lager.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Acquired from dsigmon courtesy of the Ugly Duckling BIF, so a big "Thank you" goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of caramelized malts, spice and some hops.

T: The taste starts out bready and malty with flavors of spices and caramel. Then a decently strong hops bitterness comes in and provides a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, honestly I wasn't expecting a whole lot from this beer but I was pleasantly surprised to find this to be a very solid and enjoyable beer.

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Photo of hellomcfly
3.98/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy amber color with a fluffy 2 finger head from an aggressive pour. Looks inviting, but the head is quickly dissipating.

Smells of bready malts and spicy hops. Caramel notes become more apparent as it warms.The bread smell is pretty strong with this one.

I can simply describe this as what I think a Budweiser might taste like if it was well crafted with a nice malty backbone, good body, and some nice spicy hops. This packs a nice toasty, caramel malt punch for such an easy drinking lager.

Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. Just the right amount of carbonation leaves it crisp and refreshing.

Highly drinkable. This would make a good session beer.

Solid beer that I would recommend to anyone just looking for a good, simple brew.

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Photo of ByTor2112
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a darker shade of, well, not quite copper but darker than usual lagers. Darker, roasted grains inside? Decent head that dissipated and it leaves some good lacing.

Aroma-bready, some nutty notes, not that familiar lager spiciness.

Mouthfeel-great tasting, good body almost ale-ish. Medium hops and this reminds me of Blue Point's rosated lager. A great tasting lager from the south, alright! Very drinkable.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.96/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Ice tea with lemoneade colored beer with a white head. A little creaminess in the head with a good bit of lacing. The head lasts for quite a while and becomes a thick film on top of the beer.

Aroma was mostly subdued and nonexistent. What I do get is a spicy hoppiness and some grassy notes.

Nice flavors here. A distinct grassy hops taste hits me first. Its almost as if I am sucking on a piece of hay and for some reason I like that. A touch of bitterness as well due to the hops. Low maltiness.

Perfect carbonation and a reall easy drinker. I am not too familiar with the style but I really dig this beer. I had never heard of Starr Hill until a week ago but so far, all four of the beers I have had are solid beers. This was no exception. Crisp and dry in the finish with more grass in the aftertaste. I could honestly drink this all day and not get tired of it. Another winner!

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Photo of bluedognever
3.94/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a cheap glass stein. Nice medium amber color with a good head. Very little lacing. Not overly hoppy - nice balance between hop and malt. Hints if citrus. Nice, refreshing beer. Need to make a trip to the mountains to try this on tap.

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Photo of JayQue
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Pours a light, clear copper color, with a big white head. The head shrinks to half size and hold on very well. Leaves thick lacing on the glass.

Mild malty aroma. Taste is malt with a nice mild bitter finish. Mouthfeel is average, not too watery.

Drinkability is very good. This works as a session beer, lawnmower beer or with food. I would like to see this as a choice in Virginia resturants. It's up there with SA, SNPA and Yeungling as an everyday beer.

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into clear pint glass

A: Orange/copper hue with thick, pretty sticky, clumpy white head with ample retention

S: A bit grainy with some caramel malt smells and clear hops presence

T: Deliciously malty with rounding out by the wide variety of hops. The strong malt presence, and it is the dominating flavor, is balanced really nicely with a sharp but appropriate hops bite.

M: A bit overcarbonated but otherwise is light-medium bodied with a nice, malty aftertaste.

D: Low ABV and clean, full, balanced flavor makes this a local favorite. My favorite Starr Hill offering.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured into one of the few clear glasses that my parents have. premier. a golden peach in the glass! lovely, little white head, constant slow motion circus of bubbles rising from the depths. smells of clean yeast and german malt, faint earthy hops. delicious dry and sweet malt presence (a bit loafy), a slight bitterness and a smooth delivery make this an easy quaffer. the malts clutch the tongue for seconds afterwards, eventually relinquishing their hold. a fridge full of this would be hardly disappointing.

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