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The Love Wheat Beer | Starr Hill Brewery

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The Love Wheat BeerThe Love Wheat Beer
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The Love Wheat BeerThe Love Wheat Beer
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
Ranking:
#39,749
Reviews:
135
Ratings:
454
pDev:
15.25%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
16
Gots:
77
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Ratings: 454 |  Reviews: 135
Photo of kylehay2004
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Murky, golden with a single finger width head which dissipates somewhat quickly.

S: Definitly fruity. Not catching the cloves I read about.

T: Again, fruity, bananas, question something sharper like citrus (pineapple?)

M: Moderate carbonation, typical hefeweizen feel.

O: Easy to drink. I like the banana notes with the typical hefeweizen taste.

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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.72/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Part of a mixed sampler pack:

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color, very reminiscent of a BMC lager actually. Not much head to it. Slight clove-y aroma. Taste is light bodied, kind of water, smooth, and very drinkable. Some decent banana/clove notes, decent wheat beer in general. Pretty comparable to a Shock Top or Blue Moon... this one might even be a notch below, just not enough body and flavor.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: The beer is cloudy dark yellow in color. It poured with a thin off white head that slowly died down and eventually faded away completely.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of bananas and cloves in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and the banana and clove flavors stand out in front of those from the wheat.
M: It feels light bodied on the palate and has a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.06/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Brewed with beets, really? At least that is how my server described the beer. ...beets?

The beer comes to the table in an elegant Brauweiss glass. The typical hazy straw color is met with deep golden pockets as the light shies away. A very froathy (moussey) head gives a very inviting appearance. Stark white in foam, the beer laces fairly well through the first half of the session.

Fruity and sugary aromas set the stage. Bold clove scents come closely behind. Bananna esters and bubblegum prevail over citrus notes. Quite one-dimensional, tilted far to the sweeter, fruitier side.

Flavors do the same. Sweet confections, cookie dough, ripe banannas and appricots give a very fruity start. The clove flavors help to round out the sweeter mix but never balances the beer. No development of acidic or citurs notes, nor a hop counterpart ever intervene. This leaves the beer very sweet and fruity throughout.

As expected, the beer's sweetness leaves a weighted and sugary feel on the entire mouth. Malty and bready, the creaminess never turns dry, forcing a everso sweet finish with an aftertaste of unresolved starches and sugars.

Early on, I liked the beer much in the same way as I do Ayinger Brauweiss, but the sweetness keeps intensifying and the complex layers never develop. The weighted start is ok, but the lack of dryness or lightening in the finish is a real determent.

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Photo of brentk56
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy peach nectar color with a decent enough head that leaves a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Overwhelms with wheat but is rather understated with banana; some spicing does come through

Taste: Wheat bread, up front, with just a hint of banana developing before a strong lemony character takes over at mid-palate; a bit of clove and banana after the swallow, but the lemon dominates the finish, as well

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation, not as creamy as it should be

Overall: I have read that this is based on an obscure hefe, so I am not sure whether it is the recipe that produces the lemony character or the fact that I am a couple of months beyond the best by date; either way, not something I particularly cared for

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Photo of Boone757
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +8.8%
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 chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from mixed "Summer Tour" 12-pack dated best by 17 Dec. 2011. Served in a pint glass. Newer label than shown on BA.

Pours a hazy golden straw color with a small and short-lived off-white head. Lots of visible carbonation. Additional sediment in the bottom of the bottle added mid-tasting.

S - rather typical weisbier aroma with yeast, citrus, ripe banana, a clove-like spiciness and, perhaps, a trace of hops. Not particularly inviting, but I find that true of many beers of this style.

T - moderate strength for style. Yeast, grain, ripe banana and lemony citrus. Sour and sweet components with a clear tart balance. Good but quite citrusy aftertaste.

M - medium-light body; nice carbonation level; a tad crisp; semi-dry finish.

O - In sum, an above average weisbier, particularly in regards to mouthfeel. Good thirst quencher.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy light golden straw with a white head and a tad bit of lacing. The nose brings some light lemon flavors as well as some clove spice and a bit of banana. Tart lemon along with some banana and clove are there in the flavor. A little bit of light wheat adds some flavor and makes for a nice body. Drinks well and is a nice semi-local beer.

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Photo of nickfl
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam that settles quickly and leaves little lace. The body is a clear, golden color.

S - Sweet malt aroma with a bit of wheat tang. Some vanilla and light banana notes but little else.

T - Sweet and malty with some light fruity flavors. Some acidic wheat character in the middle with a little vanilla character. Finishes malty with some peppery spice character.

M - Medium-thick body, moderately high carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Not bad, but certainly not a real hefeweizen. Some malt character and a little bit of fruit to the yeast but lacking in depth. The finish is kind of sweet and syrupy. Not something I would drink again.

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mendvicdog
2.25/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of ZEB89
3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed as part of the Starr Hill box set, which includes the Amber Ale, Jomo Lager, Pale Ale, and The Love (a Hefeweizen) and for the all-too reasonable cost of $15.40. Purchased at the House of Brews during a very recent trip to Clarksville, Tennessee.

Appearance: Pours out a cloudy, darkened, dulled yellow body with a large, frothy, white head. This clears out within several minutes, leaving me wondering if a tampered-with temperature setting on my refrigerator is setting in a chill haze.

Smell: Simple notes of aromatic spice and malted wheat hit first with supporting scents of tart lemons and, well, that's about it.

Taste: A taste of crisped, lightly tangy wheat malt greets the tongue with an accompanying sweetness and some generous squirts of fresh, tart lemon juice and a sprinkling of table sugar. Touches of spicy clove and coriander follow behind shortly. Very mild, minute hop presence and bitterness. Finishes citrusy, lightly spicy, and with that roundabout tangy wheat taste lingering on the tongue.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation that's a little snappy on the tongue.

Drinkability: A likable, decent hefe from Starr Hill. While it won't exactly rival the great hefes of Germany, it'll certainly do in a pinch.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.86/5  rDev +9%
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?

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of mdfb79
3.78/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 08/31/11 notes. Picked up a 12 oz. bottle of this a week or two ago. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass. Best by date of 12/11 on the bottle.

a - Pours a murky orange yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident. Lots of lacing on the glass, looks pretty good.

s - Smells of yeast, wheat, spices, light bananas. and cloves. Nice, but not overly strong.

t - Tastes of bananas, Belgian style yeast, cloves, bready malts, wheat, and light spice. Bananas are much more prominent which I love; a definite step up from the nose.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Super smooth and easy to drink.

o - Overall a really nice, easy drinking hefeweizen. A good summer beer with lots of bananas. Would have it again.

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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The Love Wheat Beer from Starr Hill Brewery
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