The Love | Starr Hill Brewery

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A German-style hefeweizen with a fruity aroma and spicy finish.

Added by mentor on 01-12-2008

BEER STATS
Ratings:
450
Reviews:
132
Avg:
3.59
pDev:
15.04%
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
76
For Trade:
0
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Photo of foghornleghorn22
4.09/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of BeerSexLove
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LJWalker
3.71/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjmiller718
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of XsoldoutX
2.99/5  rDev -16.7%
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.

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Photo of LukeB
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of TominGermany
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of duvel1979
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brew_ski
3.86/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of 88caprice
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass.

Overall: A great brew. An enjoyable and refreshing wheat beer in the hefe style. But it lacks a few characteristics of most true German hefeweizens I've had, so it's probably not the most representative of the style's quirks.

Look: Golden yellow, white creamy/sudsy head, some lacing, and active bubbles
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 bublegum, 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.

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Photo of Speedihd
2.54/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Scott_McCool
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Wer34truh
3.26/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of RyanByorick
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of John_Beeryman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Barleycorn
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Merticois
4.05/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of jnorris404
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of squack
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Trbtodd
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Cookies
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of bluehende
3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of RobAM
3.12/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm not a fan of wheat beers so maybe I'm not doing this justice. I think all wheats have the same boring undertone

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The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
3.59 out of 5 based on 450 ratings.
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