The Love | Starr Hill Brewery

131 Reviews
no score
Send samples
The LoveThe Love

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Reviews: 131 | Ratings: 445
Photo of jonziefle
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Poured a cloudy light amber/straw color. Almost no head at all that immediately disappears. No visible carbonation. No lacing at all.

Smell: Sweet wheat malts with orange citrus and banana flavors. An odd rubberish off smell as well.

Taste: Sweet yeast malts with a dominating taste of orange citrus, with banana flavors in the background. Very juice-like in flavor. Moderate sweetness and mild overall.

Mouthfeel: Thin to medium bodied, but with a good carbonation bite.

Drinkability: Easy drinking wheat beer, but too mild on flavor and the body is a bit thin.

Buy Again? Probably not in the bottle, but on tap, yes. I’ve found it much better on draft.

 677 characters

Photo of EgadBananas
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hazy orange/yellow pour, white head. No lace.

Plenty of banana and clove and spice aromas, but there's an acidity there that is slightly unusual from my experience with the style.

Citrus, clove, light banana, and tart citrus. I'm not saying it's bad, but I just prefer light fruity sweetness as apposed to this more tart and citrus approach.

Light bodied, crisp, and slick.

Not my style of hefeweizen, but I can see this as something that a sour fan could find some joy in.

 481 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.31/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

 848 characters

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

 326 characters

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.37/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful orange copper color with a thick yellowish head and tons of lacing. Smells of dirty dish water with lemons in it. Taste is much different. Tastes of wheat, citrus (lemon and orange), coriander, and buscuity yeast. Mouthfeel is a little thin but is backed up with heavy carbonation. Drinkability is high.

 321 characters

Photo of Onenote81
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my weizen glass. Poured a cloudy light gold with a 2-inch off-white head on top. Decent retention; left some spotty lace. Smelled of tart citrus zest, big yeast, and bread. The mouth was a bit spritzy, but was still fairly smooth. Flavors of orange zest, slight spice, and finished bready and fulfilling. This was a decent beer. I'd have it again for sure; quite refreshing.

 386 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

 1,261 characters

Photo of unclejimbay
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The Love Hefeweizen
Starr Hill Brewery
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 4.60 %

reviewed ~11/13/09 c/o of SR from AB Craft

This beer was a mediocre example of a Hefe. It has the appropriatte clove-like esters and wheat malt tastes I would expect. However, it seems to be a bit thinner in body and taste than most traditional Hefes IMHO.

I plan to create a more detaied review in the future pending my next opportunity.

 412 characters

Photo of rootbeerman
3.44/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into both my pint glass and another bottle into a weizen glass.

A: into the weizen glass it had a two almost three finger white head. into the pint it was only a two finger head. pour color was orangish yellow and cloudy.
S: spicy with a piny clove, not much banana, yeasty
T: yeasty clove and again light banana. taste to me seems better on tap.
M: smooth seems to linger around, carbonation feels low
D: this beer is more drinkable on tap, bottle not so much, it is really good with a slice of lemon

 511 characters

Photo of BatDaddy
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy yellow orange that's typical of the style. Off white head that settles to a nice fluffy layer on top. Good retention.

S - Lots of fragrance here, and strong too, I can smell it before I even bring my nose to it. Citrus, banana, clove, bit of yeast. Smells quite enticing.

T & M - Hmmm... seems a bit of a letdown after getting such good aromas. All the flavors are there, but the taste is very subdued. Lots more lemon than expected from the nose. Some banana, clove, and yeast, but mostly citrusy lemon. Not terrible, but a bit weak. Mouthfeel is not bad. Smooth and bubbly but not harsh with carbonation. Pretty standard for the style.

D - Not bad. Certainly an easy drinker, but there's better beers and better hefeweizens out there.

Had this on tap several months ago and really enjoyed it. Maybe it was a fresher sample or it paired well with the beer I had drank previously. Whatever it was, I was a little disappointed in this from the bottle.

 973 characters

Photo of nickfl
3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

 680 characters

Photo of KTCamm
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Pours a pale cloudy yellow, some sediment, with 1 finger or so of white foam.

Smells wheaty and slight citrus. Not as much of a classic hefe smell - more of a witbeer.

Taste is mild - some wheat in there. Minimal carbonation. Otherwise flat taste.

Drinkable hefe - not the best I have had, but an easy drinking hefe.

 354 characters

Photo of fsvan
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pint glass.

A- Nice bright, murky orange. Minimal white head. Very nice looking hefe.

S- Prototypical hefe nose. Big banana notes, and clove. Not much else. No real spice aside from the clove. No alcohol.

T- The front follows the nose, with nice banana and clove notes. On the back there is a strange, slightly solventy sourness that is pretty off putting.

M- Light, and easy drinking. Not bad, but a little more texture and a little less watery feel would be nice.

O- This is a pretty good hefe, and if it weren't for that sourness on the back end, it would be damn good.

 596 characters

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

From the sampler pack - bottle date 5-8-13

Pours a hazy straw yellow with small white head which receded quickly

Smells like a wheat beer. Earthy, sweet, and spice notes like clove

Tastes great. Clean, refreshing, and perfect for a hot summer day. Nice and sweet upfront, then melds into an earthy spicy flavor on the way down.

Mouthfeel is light, with crisp finish

Overall this beer is fine. I know what I want from a summer wheat and this hits all the right notes. Its not life changing but if I wanted that I would not have picked up a wheat beer. Not sure why some of the reviews are so negative, its a fine beer for what it is.

 637 characters

Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in my new Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

Do you feel the love? I don't know if I do, but I'm definitely drinking it. It pours a lightly hazed pale straw topped by a very short-lived half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises orange peel (kinda past ripe), lime, coriander, clove, wheat, and a pinch of cardamom. The taste follows pretty closely, though with added emphasis on the lime and newcomer lemon zest. A touch o' banana finds its way into the background as well. The body is light, with a moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish (especially for the style). Overall, this is just slightly above average for a hefe at best...something's a bit askew with the citrus and the feel. Worth a shot, though.

 724 characters

Photo of horshamguy
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.
A--A hazy, translucent yellow. Minimal head, no lacing or retention.
S--Yeasty, sweet, no wheat noticable.
T--Very sweet. Banana, wheat with a mild trace of spice. A bit dry/tart on the finish. Excellent taste that is a nice take on the style.
M--Crisp, with moderate carbonation. Easy drinking & very representative of a wheat beer.
O--Fairly flavorful for the style. An excellent drink for a hot day (it was 98 in Philly today).

 470 characters

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

The Love pours a hazy pale yellow with some peach highlights and a foamy white head that falls quickly leaving arcs of oily lacing.

The aroma has hints of coriander, clove and a light fruity banana scent.

The flavor has tart lemon, mild banana, a touch of clove and coriander and a grainy wheat bitterness. The flavors aren't overpowering and aren't as well integrated as I might like.

Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I prefer (but not watery) and a touch over carbonated.

Overall not a bad beer, not something to write home about and not something to turn your nose up at either. As the weather turns to our usual Summer "incinerate" temperatures I can see putting a few of these back.

 691 characters

Photo of NiceTaps
3.52/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

 371 characters

Photo of dd43
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

 385 characters

Photo of BeerMarshall
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the brewery on tap.

A: Properly clouded, pleasant golden color

S: Clove/Banana overload boardering on bubblegum.

T: Same as aroma. High on flavor, but probably a bit too high on esters and phenols.

M: no real strong feelings

O: Decent wheat, but a overboard on the phenolics and banana esters. Would probably improve with some time for mellowing.

 363 characters

Photo of cyclonece09
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

 296 characters

Photo of tdm168
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - bright, cloudy yellow with a large, bubbly, fizzy, white head that fades quickly

S - white grapes, apples, straw

T - straw, grapes, banana, some faint spice, mildly tart finish

M - medium bodied, crisp, well carbonated

This is a pretty basic beer. It has notes of straw and complex fruit from the yeast. Some more spice would help add to the simplistic flavor profile. It's not a bad beer, but there are definitely better Hefeweizens out there. I'll pass on this beer in the future.

 490 characters

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.56/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

 526 characters

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Blond, sunny, liquid pours out and presents a white head of 1.5 fingers...
A nice phenolic aroma of clove and bananas hits the nose, a little alcoholic spice as well. The flavor matches the nose, with a fruity isoamyl acetate punch, banana bunch, sourdough bread and a hint of that clove. A little sweet and a strange backend that reminds me of the iron smell you get when a bloody nose runs down the back of your throat. Thats new. A bit watery with a light body and light carbonation.

Overall a good beer to give someone used to BMC, a transition from the shocktops and blue mooners out there.

 597 characters

Photo of legalpete19340
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very light yellow cloudy color with a big fluffy head. The head stuck around for a while but lacing was minimal.

S: Blast of grass and wheat before a very sweet note pushes its way out. Lemon and some spice pervade the aroma.

T: Immediately the palate is swamped with wheat and yeast flavors. A strong spice note, think cloves, jump in and out. Sweetness then overwhelms with the taste of those bright red maraschino cherries in the jar and then gives up very pronounced lemon flavors. Grassy note ends the drink.

M: Very light and fizzy.

O: This isnt a bad beer. It just tastes artificial to me. The wheat comes on strong as expected but then is swamped by the taste of cherry extract and artificial lemon juice. One and done for me.

 749 characters

The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
3.59 out of 5 based on 445 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.