The Love Wheat Beer
Starr Hill Brewery

The Love Wheat BeerThe Love Wheat Beer
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Style:
Wheat Beer - Hefeweizen
Ranked #563
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
81
Ranked #45,165
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 15.17%
Reviews:
141
Ratings:
475
From:
Starr Hill Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  16
Gots
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SCORE
81
Good
The Love Wheat BeerThe Love Wheat Beer
Notes: A German-style hefeweizen with a fruity aroma and spicy finish.
Reviews: 141 | Ratings: 475 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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Jayster1970 from Virginia

1.75/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Didn’t feel
Like driving to total wine for my weistephaner Heffeweissbier so I stopped at Publix saw this claiming to be similar and Heck No !! Not the worst I’ve had but Extremely Carbonated and a soapy Taste to it I got the cloves ok but no hint of the banana unfortunately..never buy this again

Sep 19, 2020
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VABA from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy amber color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma had wheat hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a wheat flavor
M-A light bodied moderatly carbonated beer
O-A decent wheat beer

Sep 19, 2018
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Brew_42 from Massachusetts

4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow not much of a head for a hefe

Smells and tastes like a traditional hefe. Clove and banana. Nothing fancy, but a well-done hefe, which is rare for US breweries.

MF-Crisp and light.

Overall one of the better American hefes I've had.

Mar 25, 2018
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Dewsby from Kentucky

3.76/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L) Pours a slightly hazy straw/honey color with a short-lived head.

S) Fairly traditional nose, with notes of bread, banana, and clove. Quite pleasant.

T) The taste is rich with banana esters and lovely grainy notes.

F) The mouthfeel is almost a wee-bit creamy, and it has a medium-high carbonation. A pleasant to sip and swish.

O) A good representation of a German style hefe brewed in the states. An easy recommendation.

Mar 19, 2018
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours a slightly dingy yellow, lightly cloudy and with an enticing foamy to near creamy white head. The cap fades slowly, and drapes of lacing form.

Nose has banana up front with a smidge of bubblegum. A bit of wheat comes through upon closer inspection. There may be more nuance here, but atmosphere prevents noticing. Could go higher.

Taste too has a banana lean, but just slightly. I imagine a banana wheat sandwich bread (which sounds worse than I intend). There’s a little high note of very subdued lemon, and a hint of earthy that could be coriander (or more of the wheat in disguise).

Feel is just wonderfully soft, but light. Not challenging to the palate at all, this pour is near perfect feel (having had this before, it’s not an aspect I recall standing out).

Pleasantly surprised to grab this solely for review of a beer I neglected and completely enjoy it. I recall liking it in the past but expected a 3.7ish range. Definitely better than that.

Feb 09, 2018
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.01/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a small chalice: color is murky gold/copper, head presents 1/2 inch thick with off white color, dissipating quickly to a ring.

Smell is very light with hint of clove and wheat.

Taste is similar with light flavors and more crisp presence than anticipate for the style; light clove, light biscuit but nothing emphatic.

Mouthfeel is very crisp, sharp, and bitter.

Overall an ok beer but more neutral wheat than hefe in style.

Feb 03, 2018
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Feel The Love, Bro. Woody! I love when I open a package from Starr Hill Brewery as I just know that a good time is CANtained therein. This box was designed with The CANQuest (tm) in mind with four (4) different CANs for my drinking pleasure.

From the CAN: "A German-style hefeweizen with a fruity aroma and spicy finish."

A Hefeweizen in/from a CAN CAN only mean one thing - an inverted Glug following the Crack! I have had Krystalweizens before, but they (un)clearly want me to exbeerience the esters. I Love the onrush of the head as it steadily climbs up the glass, stopping at the lip to pause, exhale and slowly fall away. I got two fingers of foamy, soapy, tawny head with modest retention for my efforts. Color was a cloudy Yellow-Gold (SRM = 4 -5). Nose was my kind of Hefe! Lots of clove & only a mild banana/bubblegum presence. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, big for the style. The taste was very spicy, very much of clove & this is the sort of thing that I CANnot find often enough. I am told that the clove esters develop when the beer is lager-temperature fermented, which many (most) brewers to not have the time, patience, capacity (some CANbination thereof) to perform. More's the pity. Even so, hefeweizens remain not my thing, so catering to me will not keep yinz in business. Finish was dry & spicy, which is what I prefer, but even then, one was satiating. Clove Life Savers are long gone, but do they still make Clove chewing gum?

Aug 29, 2017
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q33jeff from New Jersey

2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

**
06/14/2015
Bottle to pint. Yellow color. A little hazy. Small white head. Aroma is egg, wheat, some fruitiness. Taste is Bready, but thin. Very Mild hops. Paste. Medium carbonation. Not great, but ok for a plain wheat beer.

**

Aug 12, 2017
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Cavanaghty from Maine

3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Yellow with a thin white head.

Smell: Cloves, wheat, and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of cloves and wheat with a slight bitter and citrus after taste.

Overall: Good Hefenweizen. I would have this one again.

Jul 10, 2017
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XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whoa whoa whoa, nothing about this beer says "hefeweizen", yo. Looks and tastes like a fruity pale ale (you know, 'cause there's nothing cloudy, bananay or clovey about it). That said, it isn't a bad beer, just an awful example of the style.

Apr 13, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starr Hill Brewery "The Love"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "PKG ON 01/11/17" and sampled on 02/21/17
$2 @ Wegmans, Collegeville, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Wow, a Bavarian-style hefe, I was expecting an American wheat. Nice appearance. Very hazy yellow-gold body beneath a fluffy head of white. Head retention and lacing seem good. Aroma of banana, clove, and plastic-like phenols. The flavor offers more fruit... perhaps red berries, as well as wheat and a hint of acidity. There's a bit of a floral character to it, as well as some mild grassy and spicy hops. Medium-light in body. Median carbonation that softens. Moderate bitterness that along with the slight tartness brings it to a dry finish. Overall pretty nice. It's better than some of the Bavarian hefeweizens that I've had in Germany, although I could do with less plastic-like phenols. Looking now, the lacing could certainly be better as well, and I guess the carbonation for that matter, although they've clearly opted to the take the easy road on that one, which is OK by me in the end. I always have a hefeweizen on hand in my house, and I'd buy this if the price was right. It's not the best but it'd do.

Feb 21, 2017
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88caprice from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

Overall: A good brew. An enjoyable and refreshing wheat beer, but it lacks a few characteristics of most true German hefeweizens I've had. Probably not the most representative of the style's quirks.

Look: Golden yellow, white sudsy head, dissipated completely.
Smell: a light aroma, some classic hefeweizen funk with a touch of ground coriander root. Not much of the banana or clove that I expected.
Taste: At first, almost nothing wafting up through the palate. Then a hit of bubblegum, banana bread, and light spiciness, followed by a malty roasted finish. Maybe the first finish like that I've had for a hefe.
Feel: Light to medium in body, fairly carbonated.

Sep 03, 2016
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GarthDanielson from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse vase, the beer is a hazy, golden coloring with a fluffy, low profile, white head. Aromas of toasted grains, coriander, orange peel, clove, and hints of banana. Flavors are heavily roasted, with a spice blend forward, heavy on the clove. Banana bread and berry sweetness, with floral highlights. The body is light, and slightly effervesced, with a berry and banana blend in the aftertaste. The spice calms down a bit, making this finish very light and refreshing. Very good warm weather beer.

Jul 25, 2015
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dd43 from Connecticut

3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's a hefe, nothing fancy. I can see why so many casual beer drinkers flock to this style. A light clove note and the banana aroma you expect are here. Crisply refreshing from the carbonation level and hop dryness. Feel free to add a lemon wedge if you're into ruining perfectly adequate beer with fruit. Wouldn't bother with a six pack but a cold Love on a hot day isn't a bad thing.

Apr 17, 2015
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KChristie87 from Pennsylvania

3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Light golden brown color. S - Lots of banana smells that are associated with Hefes. T - Tastes like a hefe should and def has a banana taste. F - Very smooth with lots of carbonation. O - Almost a 4/5.

Mar 11, 2015
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Average to slightly below average hefe. Hits all the style marks for what you would expect to find in a hefe, but the flavor does not come together as well here as in other examples in the style. For me, this is a pass.

Aug 24, 2014
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.67/5  rDev -25%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

DATE REVIEWED: July 18, 2014... GLASSWARE: Weihenstaphaner weizen... OCCASION: beautiful camp day to a close...APPEARANCE: cloudy golden yellow body with generally large bubbles at the bottom of the glass; quickly flattening head--zero left behind, creating a bald brew... AROMA: banana and bubblegum--a yeast strain that is a bit clean for a hefe... some clove late... PALATE: crisp, reasonably medium-bodied; swift aftertaste; not really unfiltered... TASTE: yeasty banana, and yet not too flavorful; slightly acidic, but rather smooth overall, missing the rougher, more natural flavor profile of a hefe... OVERALL: refreshing on the deck at Friday 5 pm, yes--flavorful enough to distinguish itself or hold interest, no...enough to be a hefe, definitely not; the sampler hit on two of four (the IPA and pils) and struggles elsewhere...

Jul 19, 2014
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Huhzubendah from District of Columbia

3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

The beer is cloudy and bright golden with a small white and ample effervescence. The aroma offers banana, sugary candies, fruit esters. Bubble gum and banana flavor. A bit too sweet for my liking. Prickly carbonation with a slight bite in the finish. Overall, a noticeable step behind the leading German examples of the style.

May 31, 2014
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MECove from North Carolina

3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer is refreshing. I explored it in a variety pack in April and wondered if it was the left-over of the Valentine special. It seems insignificant at first, but the aftertaste is a perfect blend of sweet and bitter. It reminds me of Cherry Dr. Pepper but not like a thick syrup. It's light and easy to drink all night. It has a flavor that stimulates the pallet and wakes you up with a pleasant vibrancy.

Apr 21, 2014
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a wheat beer glass. Pours cloudy orange yellow with a small white head. Smells of wheat, nothing too surprising. Tastes of wheat and very slight orange, nice combination. Beer is heavily carbonated, light bodied, good finish. Overall a slightly above average beer.

Mar 22, 2014
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kcrosson492 from Virginia

2.66/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

In the beer's defense the distributor I purchased it from sold beer that was bottled in September so it is not super fresh.

A-Interesting bottle design and not one that I have seen before. Pink frontal lay with the brewery name a cross the top with the name of the beer on the bottom. Good choice of cap with a gold star and red outlay (will go great with my collection). Too "feminine" for me to truly enjoy. Bonus points for putting the master brewer on the label.

S-The smell is very crisp and clean; very much what you would expect from a wheat beer.

T-The taste is surprisingly refreshing and certainly emulates the crisp and clean smell that gets your senses started.

M-There is something missing as you feel the beer hit your tongue but it very refreshing.

O-It is a good wheat beer but lacks in flavor in my book. It would be a good drink for a hot day while mowing your lawn or laying on the beach.

Feb 07, 2014
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beerthulhu from New Jersey

3.06/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: A loud, audible crackling and popping from a foamy, dirty white head leaves much to be desired with a washy, quick, descent. A hazy, brass coloring has a rapid rate of macro-bubble effervesce while the lacing is lean and disappointing.

S: Aroma of pale wheat, light rose hibiscus, small tart funk that was near moot. There really isn't alot going on here, a fade of semi-dry orange peels with a strength and complexity that was flat lining.

T: Flavor of tart orange and wheat, funk, hefeweizen yeast, bubblegum and tangerine. Hint of apple cider.

M: Mouthful was crisp, sparkling, lots of activity, feels a bit foamy when things die down.

O: Overall, moderate drinkability at best, may be a overcarbonated and hardly worthy seeking out.

Jan 29, 2014
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aqualung23 from Pennsylvania

4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked this beer up in a mixed six pack and was pleasantly surprised. While I do enjoy wheat beers in general, I tend to shy away from some of the wheat beers that have a spicier taste. This beer, however, had more subtle spice flavors and was lighter in character than comparable beers such as hoeggarten. I gave this beer a high rating because of its amazing drinkability, the fact that it would make a great summer beer, and could appeal to even the most stubborn of domestic light beer drinkers. Bust out a case of this at your next barbecue, I'm sure it will go over well!

Dec 29, 2013
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NiceTaps from New Jersey

3.52/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap in a standard pint glass.

A-Hazy yellow-gold color with a 1-finger white head. Lots of rings of lacing.

S-Wheat and yeast, slight notes of citrus, banana, spice.

T-Taste of yeast and lemon, wheat. The Munich malts are evident.

M- Tart, slightly sour. Lots of carbonation. Light.

O- Enjoyable hefe but I lost interest by the last sip or two. I'll try it again.

Oct 08, 2013
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obywan59 from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

9/3/13
A: 3.25 S: 2.75 T: 2.00 M: 3.5 O: 2.75

2.51/5

Part of a mixed 12 pack.

Pours straw yellow to pale orange depending on the background Pure white 4 finger head that recedes quickly leaving small patches of lacing. Carbonation is evident. Rather clear when the sediment is left in the glass. Lightly hazy otherwise.

Smell initially is the typical banana and cloves, but then comes the aroma of grapefruit in decline.

The taste makes me crinkle up my nose. Tart. Bordering on sour. The bitterness is off too. Perhaps something is amiss.

Mouthfeel is fine. Medium bodied, with a light prickle of carbonation. Very drying. Slight burn on the way down.

Overall, the taste is the worst aspect of this sampling. As a few others have experienced, this beer appears to be in sad decline. I will edit my review on sampling a fresher offering.

9/24/13:

born on date: 8/15/13.

Pretty much the same as before, except it's more murky. I can't see through it at all. Another 4 finger head that recedes quickly leaving a few fleeting patches of light lacing before disappearing completely except for a very thin ring around the glass. 2nd bottle was borderline transparent, not as murky.

Clean aroma of wheat, banana, clove, and spice with light citrus.

Clean again. Banana and cloves. Starts out somewhat sweet, but a light tartness then rises to match, accompanied by an almost imperceptible bitterness. Typical hefeweizen. Nothing exceptional, but very pleasing nonetheless.

Again, it seems thicker than average. Approaching medium bodied. Peppery upfront with a light creaminess. Decent burn in the throat for a 4.6. Slightly drying with light syrup in the end.

Very quaffable. It would make a good session beer. Easy drinking and pleasant in aroma, taste, and feel. A huge improvement over my original sampling.

Sep 03, 2013
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