Starr Hill Jomo Lager | Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr Hill Jomo LagerStarr Hill Jomo Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
starrhill.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.57%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by GCBrewingCo on 01-14-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
278
Reviews:
123
Avg:
3.49
pDev:
14.61%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
21
For Trade:
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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 123
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -14%

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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3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part of a mixed 12 pack, last one left to review. Pours a semi see-thru golden color, smallish head to it. Not much at all in the nose. Taste is light to medium bodied, pretty good mouthfeel. Nice lager taste; good balance with the hops/malts not outweighing each other. Finishes clean and smooth. A nice, solid beer.. no outstanding flavors but goes down easy and is very drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.46/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Arrives at the table with a clear body that is just a tad darker than golden; very nice head that leaves plenty of lacing

Smell: Slight grainy aroma, but nothing much

Taste: Some sweet malt up front along with a grainy flavor; lemony and earthy hops tones emerge after the swallow, but the finish is slightly astringent

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with crisp carbonation

Drinkability: The combination of the sweet and bitter flavors makes for an interesting lager

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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 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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2.9/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz dated purchase before Dec. 2011 and served in a pint glass. Tad of sediment on bottom of bottle added mid-tasting.

Pours a nice orange-amber, dark for style, but with only a little off-white head that rather quickly reduces to a ring.

Not much in the way of aroma, although both light/medium malt and spicy hops are evident. The flavor too seems at first unremarkable, but there is an extra bit of bitter hops in here, as well as some 'extra' malt. The body is a bit fuller than average.

O - This is not a particularly bold or interesting style, and this beer stays too close to the low expectations for a macro-brewery lager excepting the extra spicy and bitter hops. The semi-dry and relatively full mouthfeel also elevate this beer. Still, I found it not flawed, perhaps, but not good or interesting enough to recommend to anyone except fans of this style.

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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 dbrauneis
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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 mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a bottle of this at the festival tonight, mainly because I had never had anything from them before. Poured into a glass and drank rather quickly on 10/10/2009.

The pour was decent, better then I thought it would be with a nice medium amber color and a smooth even head of white across the top. Aroma is of light grains, hints of mild hops and a touch of a bready note, pretty standard here. Nice even flavor, again mostly a bready, grain malt flavor with only a touch of hops to serve to try and even and balance it out. nice carbonation though and it went down smooth and easy with a crisp, clean finish and a nice bite at the end.

Overall better then I thought it would be. This was actually fairly decent and i would not turn it down if offered.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a Budweiser pokal.

Pours a pale golden amber with a bit more than a finger of white foamy head that lingers for a good while and leaves a good amount of lacing behind as well. The smell has a general farmhouse-style funk behind it, with some wheat, coriander, and lemongrass up front. The taste also has a lemony wheatiness to it, the coriander weaving its way through, and a somewhat blunt funky tartness cutting across it all. The body is fairly light, finishes mostly dry, and has a healthy dose of carbonation, but the drinkability is hampered by the somewhat off funkiness that just doesn't fit.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -14%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

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 IPAchris
2.75/5  rDev -21.2%

Photo of Tone
3.36/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper/gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of yeast, pale malt, slight citrus, metal, and some grain. Fits the style of a Vienna Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast, pale malt, grain, slight citrus, some cider-like flavor, and slight hops. Overall, fairly acidic with a tang when cold but mellows when warmed. This beer is much much better at 45-50 degrees than fresh out of the refrigerator.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of ShanePB
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

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Starr Hill Jomo Lager from Starr Hill Brewery
3.49 out of 5 based on 278 ratings.
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