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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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Added by GCBrewingCo on 01-14-2004

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Ratings: 278 |  Reviews: 123
Photo of WMEugene
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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 KMcG
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer is a golden slight copper color that is a little hazy.  The head is about 1/2 a finger thick and the carbonation is visually present. The aroma is odd at first. There an earthy bread-like smell that reminds me of a basement. There is also a faint hops scent and a malty tone. The flavor is sweet with hints of honey, caramel, and wheat bread. A very mild sense of hops while in the mouth. It's slightly tart, has a light body and a clean dry finish. 

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Photo of ackleydg
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Strong golden color. Nice head.

Smells like a lager/pilsner - hard to describe.

Relatively bitter. A good balance between hops and malt.

Smooth, yet pretty well carbonated.

It's decent - I don't dislike it. But I'm more of an ale guy.

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Photo of MisterMoore
2.49/5  rDev -27%
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 TheWhiskerReview
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant orange with a quickly disappearing white head. Minimal retention and lacing.

The nose has touch of yeast and faint citrussy-floral hop notes atop aromas of caramel, apricot and an overall mild breadiness. Nice balance and mildly interesting.

The palate has toasty and slightly grainy malt, a touch austere with mild hoppiness and bitterness. There are more estery apricot notes and caramelly hints. The overall presentation is nice.

A very middle-of-the-road lager. Nothing outstanding to note but solid and delicious all around.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

amber in color with white head and average lacing

good aroma of hops to this lager has slightly above average aromas for the typical lager

taste is smooth and refreshing, sweet upfront with a little bit of bitterness to balance the beer

pretty average feel with decent body make this a good refreshing beer

overall this is a pretty good beer, worth a try and glad I could try it on vacation

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Photo of sommersb
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce brown bottle with a purchase before date of June. Served in a globe glass.

Appearance is a somewhat hazy, orange colored beer with an off white head of 2 fingers. Good lacing on the glass.

Aroma consists of bready malts and earthy hops. The hop smells are the most dominant. Taste also has the citrus, bitter hops overshadowing the malt base.

Finish is crisp and bitter with a medium body. Carbonation is between moderate and high. Overall an OK beer, but not one I would readily seek out again.

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Photo of KajII
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Lager glass]

Poured a murky orange in color with a small white fizzy head that was fully diminishing and had poor lacing. The aroma was of sweet malts with a light citrus hop scent. It tasted bitter and rather malty at first and finished with a nice biter-sweet hoppy flavor that stuck around on the taste buds for and average amount of time. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body with and creamy yet dry texture with a soft carbonation. Overall a great lager with a nice mix of maltiness and bitterness.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
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 goldbot
2.81/5  rDev -17.6%
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 bubseymour
2.64/5  rDev -22.6%
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 CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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 imbibehour
2.43/5  rDev -28.7%
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 engagechad
4.34/5  rDev +27.3%
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 jsdunlop
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking lager to start, lighter amber color with 1 1/2 inch head that recedes fairly quickly. Lot's of honey in the first sniff of this one, slightly piney scent in the nose as well as some overcooked veggie smell that I can't quite put my finger on...Tastes pretty good, still noticing that strong honey-like resemblence in each sip, nice balance of malts and piney/earthy hops in this one. Slight buttery and nutty aftertaste, with a medium body and matching carbonation, a solid lager for sure.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Deep amber color with about a finger and a half of white head. The retention is pretty good, but the lacing is minimal.

S: Malty and slightly yeasty. The hops add a little bit of a floral aroma, but not a whole lot. The nose on this one is not very complex, but it smells good.

T: Tastes quite a bit like it smells. Malts up front, a slight yeasty flavor and fading into hops. Actually more hops than I was expecting from the nose, which was a nice surprise. It's actually a very well balanced beer, if not too exciting.

M: It's not what I would call light bodied, but not so heavy as to be called medium. It's somewhere in between. Slightly sticky with medium carbonation.

D: A very drinkable beer. As I mentioned it's not overly complex, and the fairly low ABV makes it appealing as a session beer. Assertive compared to many lagers, but pretty tame overall.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Starr Hill Jomo Lager has a strange name. It pours with a cloudy light amber colour and had very little head when it was poured into a pint glass by the waitress. It had a pleasant, slightly hoppy smell to it. The taste is slightly malty and fades into... nothing much else. This beer has a little carbonation, but it has large lemonade-like bubbles rather than small, foamy ones.

A decent, drinkable beer but not worth actively seeking out.

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Photo of Vdubb86
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
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 weatherdog
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
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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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Fenway APA pint glass.

A: Darkish orange/bronze with a lightly amberish hue. Hardly any head on mine but a little lacing down the glass. Murky and hazy.

S: Malt. Pure and simple. Light oranges and lemons detected.

T: Malty goodness, fresh and clean. Very light a crisp mouthfeel with a refreshing, cleansing character.

D: I could down a few, why not. Nothing offensive here.

Value: Not terribly exciting for the $9.99 a sixer price tag. I'd pass on that.

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Photo of russwaddell
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Doesn't necessarily look like much. Better than a macro lager, but a lot worse than some of my personal benchmark lagers. A bit light. Head fades a bit quicker than I'd like. Decent lacing though.

Not much to the nose. Bland and relatively weak. Would like a bit more.

Taste is very balanced, just the right bitterness. Not heavy, but plenty complex. Seems like taste was really the first objective with this brew, and I can get behind that. A tad sour. Not too salty. Yum!

Crisp and refreshing, as is expected I suppose. The bitterness lingers, which I like. Plenty bubbly without coming across as fizzy.

Maybe not a session beer, but certainly goes down easy. Smooth and refreshing, but with a nice beery aftertaste. I am a fan.

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Photo of MickeySmarte
2.9/5  rDev -15%
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 mntlover
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow/orange color with two finger off white head that falls with speck of lace here or there maybe.

Aroma is bready malts lightly toasted maybe with some light orange citrus hops, or is it floral.

Taste is bready malts lightly sweet with floral hop flavors that add just a touch of bitterness to the sweetness. Simple clean crisp tasting brew smooth and drinkable none of that harsher corn/rice taste as would be in a BMC brew.

Mouthfeel is good light side of medium, actually has a little body to it with nice level of carbonation.

Drinkability is good, not much of a light lager drinker but would be much better choice then those mass produced lagers out there. Want to thank merlin48 for this sample.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a clear light orange rust with just a little bit of foam

S - not much aroma, a bit of light sweet malts

T - sweet malts up front, nothing too amazing, finishing with just a bit of floral and citrus hops

M/D - medium bodied with good carbonation, not really my first choice in what to drink, nothing horrible tasting just nothing noteworthy

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Starr Hill Jomo Lager from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 278 ratings
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