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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 Immortale25
2.01/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottleneck says PKG on 11/07/13.

A- Pours a very clean dark amber color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a half sheet of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass leaving a jagged ring behind.

S- Very glassy aroma with some cracker-like malt underneath similar to a light macro lager.

T- Alcohol, bland semi-sweet malt and water. That's it. After a few sips it becomes somewhat drinkable but there are no redeeming qualities overall.

M- Sticky and thin. Medium-low carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Wow, this will likely be going down the drain. I don't normally like Vienna lagers but this is a real disaster. Easily the worst offering I've had from Starr Hill.

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Photo of witster18
2.28/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


this lager pours copper/gold with a little slushy foam head...

smell is pretty off-putting.

I'm going to try and be easy here. I have no idea what the other reviewers here are thinkin. This tastes so metallic and dull. No FLoral. Hardly any hops to detect. This is NOT good.

it's as if I'm licking the inside of a not-so-recently emptied brewing tank. A touch of malt that comes off like burnt caramel in a watererd down beer. Very grainy. Practically zero spice... this is like a bad Vienna Light Lager. This will be my last visit.

Set this next to an Elliot Ness from Great Lakes and you probably have the bookends of the good and the bad in this style.

A Flavorless cop-out of a lager.

their IPA is acceptable.... the stout is fine.... this, however, awful.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.3/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked this up in Charlottesville with two buddies while in town for a football weekend. Dull, lifeless light brown color with a thin off-white head that caps quickly. Nose is sweet malt mixed with yeast and a touch of floral hops.

Flavor is refreshing and relatively balanced but simply not that tasty. A bit of skunk or sour or something colors the taste throughout and into the finish and aftertaste. The texture is a bit heavy, which limits its use as a lawnmower beer. Something just not right here. Not doing it for me.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.43/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Gives off a cloudy yellow orange with carbonation. Head is an off white with three fingers but falls steadily with some stickyness. Some minimal lacing.

Sweet small smell on the nose with a distinct smell of tang breakfast drink. This smells... like Tang... what the heck? When does a Lager smell like a powdered breakfast drink for astronauts?

Ok so how does this taste? Like a tang beverage and sharp hops. Just flat out bizarre. A wet mouthfeel as well but with some hop bitter finish but sharp and jarring. Luckily it doesn't last but then leaves you empty with nothing. A real aftertaste of some ferrous iron metal as well.

This beer is just flat out weird, bizarre and off putting. How can anyone drink this is beyond me.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.48/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle courtesy of DosBeerigos--thanks, Phil! Served in a pilsner glass.

Pours a moderately hazy red-copper color with a half-finger white head that sticks around for a bit and exhibits some small white bubbles. A bit of lacing afterward. The nose brings forward a bit of bready malt plus a touch of toast. Some mild earthy hops there as well. The taste has a very pour showing--slight infection has set in and there is a bit of an acetic presence. Very unfortunate. Other than that, there's a mild cherry-skin presence along with some breadiness in the background. Slight bitterness in the finish, but the coming vinegar takes over. Another infected bottle; quite a shame.

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Photo of MisterMoore
2.49/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured in a tulip glass, slight amberish color. Minor lacing on the glass

S: Not impressed with this one at all! Kinda has a malt liquor smell to tell you the truth.

T: Caramel upfront, then a honey like substance on the finish. I think it's more honey to me than anything, and that's not a bad thing. It's sorta like drinking malt liquor but with a honey taste

MF: Nothing to speak of here, sorta thick and doesn't coat your tongue with anything to enjoy.

O: I would buy this over any macro lager any day, that being said.. I'm disappointed with this beer a lot. I paid like 15 dollars for a 12 pack and didn't get an enjoyable experience from it. This is one of the local brewery's in Va near me and I was hoping for better.

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Photo of bubseymour
2.64/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 1 finger head. Murky Belgian wheat appearance with stuff floating around in the glass (assuming yeast).

Smell - Like other Starr Hill's it has a Belgian ale smell to it

Taste - Bitter and crisp, nothing really flavorful. Strange bitter aftertaste that lingers but doesn't compare to other hoppier American Ales or IPAs

Mouthfeel - ok

Drinkability - kinda watery for a 5.57% beer. Seems lighter than it is.

Overall - I don't understand how this is classified as a lager. Not very impressed with this one from Starr Hill

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Photo of goldbot
2.81/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, copper color, a bit of off-white head. A slight fruit aroma, maybe citrus and berry, but otherwise no aroma at all. Light malt flavor, mild, with a touch of floral and fruity hops. Very light but smooth. Light bodied, thin mouthfeel. Good drinkability but this beer is pretty un-noteworthy in every sense.

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Photo of PhageLab
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pilsner glass.

A - Transparent golden orange coloration with a soapy head. Retention was odd in that the head seperated into a few different clumps and the lacing was spotted.

S - Corn and bready yeasts, not bad but not much in the nose.

T - Very odd...really hoppy, some malt backing, and a bit of skunk. Can't get used to this one...astringency and acidity are high as well.

M - Light bodied, harsh carbonation, mild finish, lingering aftertaste which isn't entirely pleasant.

D - Mediocre at best. This one wasn't very impressive, and I probably won't revisit. Stick to their Amber.

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Photo of MickeySmarte
2.9/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

According to the guy in the brewery tasting room, this is Starr Hill's best selling beer.

Reasonable easy drinking, but nothing worth shouting about. Some grainy flavors, understated hop presence and a general overall blandness.

Probably refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pale golden

smell: slight hop, not much

taste: a solid american lager, not much flavor but more than a macro

mouthfeel: light bodied, but fuller than a macro

drinkability: overall decent lager, not my style. But if I had to have lager this a decent selection

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Photo of cjgator3
3.01/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Poured into a pint glass. Pours an orangish amber color with an off-white head. It is much darker in color than the pale golden yellow I was expecting.

S- The aroma is pale grainy malts, a bit of a metallic twang and a touch of hops.

T- The aroma like the taste is some very slightly toasted grains and a hint of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is oigh bodied with a high amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not a bad lager but nothing I would purchase again. 

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a medium amber color, with a very mild off-white head that quickly becomes only a memory. The nose shows a character that makes the beer seem more like an east coast Amber Ale than a Vienna lager; although I suppose there isn't a world of difference between the two styles. Fairly subtle notes of medium to medium-high crystal malt. The palate does indeed carry the malt-forward character of a Vienna lager. German malt notes greet the palate, followed by a mild bitterness, and a clean slightly malty finish. Overall, the beer is not poorly made, but lacks any really differentiating character. Average.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.04/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, golden pilsner with a fluffy white head, leaves some nice lacing around the glass.

Not a strong aroma, a little pit of pale malts.

Taste follows the smell, bland, nothing special, a little bit of pale malt. Mouthfeel is a little full for a pilsner and not especially crisp.

Drinkability is decidedly average.

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Photo of Mikecap
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

A: Poured a medium amber with a large white head that fades to decent lacing.

S: Very bready with a lot of grainy notes and just a hint of citrus. Not a ton going on with the aroma.

T: Up front with bread, mild grass and bitterness but a lot of malt...bready like you'd expect in the style with some caramel sweetness.

M: Medium bodied and fairly crisp. An easy drinking lager for sure.

O: Not great, not awful. A decent easy drinking beer but you could definitely do better.

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Photo of jonziefle
3.06/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured a slightly cloudy orange/honey amber. one finger white bubbly head that stayed only with a thin layer on top. Pretty good visible carbonation. Little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells of sweet bready malts and apple. Caramel and nutty flavors, as well. Mild sweetness, and a slight acidic nose. Very grainy. No hops at all.

Taste: Bitter malt and carbonation bite at first, followed by the slightly sour toasted malts. Similar caramel and nutty flavors, but not as strong as the bready/biscuity malts. No hops at all.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, with a good amount of carbonation. A little filling

Drinkability: A slightly above average lager. Better than the stand America macro lager, but still not a lager I would drink. Too bitter and bready, with no hops to balance the malts.

Buy Again? No.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: single finger head with decent lacing on a hazy crimson body.

S: sour caramel malts, breads, biscuit

T: toasted but sour malts, breads, yeast. the hops are bitter, tart and earthy.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: I didnt like this one very much. It isnt very balanced and is too sour for my liking.

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.12/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The ying and the yang, the jomo and lager, the peanut butter and jelly. The pour is a very hazy amber color with limited carbonation that quickly disappeared throughout.

The nose has some limited caramel notes with some nice Munich notes. Buttery notes are noticeable on the back end that become more apparent as it warms. Not much on hop notes, but some soft earth notes with a hint of citrus.

For the taste, the caramel flavors come out stronger then what the nose would originally indicate. Munich notes really come out and mix well and gives the Jomo a nice toasted flavor. The hops are also basically non existent with some subtle German feels (Hallertaur).

The body is light with limited flavor. This is where the beers falls with good flavor but limited body. Overall the beer could use more hops and body but a good foundation.

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Photo of kels
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked this up with a bunch of other Virginia beers during my latest stop at the Vintage Cellar. Review is on a pour into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light toasty orange-brown, with good carbonation running throughout - in fact, there's so much that it clings in bubbly clusters to the sides of the glass in suspension in the liquid. The 1 finger white head fizzles quickly to a skim floating atop the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is barely detectable. Very light floral hops and only the slightest toasty grain come through.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is only very subtle, with flavors of crisp grains and very lightly floral hops coming through. The malts are slightly caramelly, just enough to lend a slight sweetness to the beer. The feel is slightly sticky, with light, weak fizziness.

Drinkability: Fairly high, but not very flavorful nor memorable unfortunately. It's hard to rate this much higher comparing it to others I've had in this style.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for hooking me up with this brew

The Jomo pours a cloudy golden orange color with a white cloud-like foam head. The nose is mostly of oranges and a mixture of malt and corn syrup. There is some other aroma that I would say is almost akin to oregano, it was off putting. The palate is a bit of wheat flavor mixed with some sour citrus notes. The sour flavors somewhat ruin the malty goodness that should be there. The feel is a bit flat on the tongue, nothing too bad, but still not great. The beer is fairly drinkable. Overall, it just wasn't that great of a beer.

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Photo of runningjoke
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pilsner glass.
Orange honey color with tight bubbles making a quickly disappearing head.
Smells of malt and yeast with a slightly spicy citrus note.
Crisp bitter hops with a lasting almost soapy aftertaste is the base of the flavor. The rest is a thin mixture of the nose. Watered-down taste leaves you wanting more.
Medium bodied with carbonation to move it along.
Beer is pretty filling and only angers me because it seems incomplete. I would switch beers after drinking this.

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Photo of Ccath66
3.17/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in pint glass, this beer has a darker gold color and hoppier aftertaste than the average lager. I am a fan of a slightly maltier brew than this, but did order a second glass. Jomo Lager would be a good complement to a basic pub-food menu, but it is not a beer I would go searching after.

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Photo of tone77
3.18/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, some malts. Taste is the same, mild, some grains and malts, a touch of sweetness, a hint of bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of DosBeerigos
3.2/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

C. Cloudy definitely, with many small things foating around.
H. Burnt orange, just like the Texas Longhorns.
N. Malty, pretty much it.

Yummy after opening this beer I decided I needed a turkey sandwich...why? Well this one has sorta a dill pickle attack to it. Once you get past this, Starr Hill did a good job, it is just an odd first attack. Not the first beer I have had with that as an attack. The Jomo has a clean refreshing taste to it, that is quite complex, but east to drink. This is defiantly a good beer to have with a picnic. In fact, grab your picnic basket, some of this beer, a sandwich or two, and a SEXY woman...Good beer

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Photo of weatherdog
3.22/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a Bells tulip glass. Bottle dated best before December.

It pours a hazy golden amber with a minimal head that died quickly leaving no lacing around the sides. The beer looks dead in the glass with no bubbles rising, unusual for a lager.

The smell is pretty clean with a little bit of caramel and nuttiness. It also finishes a touch sweet.

The taste is rather bland for a supposed fuller bodied amber lager. I'm getting touch of caramel in the taste but it finishes with that distinct light bodied insane dryness and crispness remmoisant of a BMC type beer. I'm wanting some more flavor in the lager.

Carbonation is spot on despite the deadness in the glass. Mouthfeel seems full bodied but so disapointing in that finish. Although I'm not a huge fan of this amber lager it still drinks really well and refreshing the way it should be.

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