The Love | Starr Hill Brewery

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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.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.57/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear gold with just a wisp of a head. Nice color, but it seems like it should be a little cloudier.

S- Sweet bubblegum and clove with a husky grain. I'm also getting a hint of licorice. Pretty nice hefe smell.

T- A touch of clove and banana with a lemony zest to even it out. Quite sweet, but the wheat adds a dry snap that evens it out. The finish is clean with just a touch of residual sweetness and nary a hint of bitterness.

M- Actually pretty heavy for a hefeweizen; that is, it's on the light side of medium. The carbonation isn't particularly crisp, but it's there.

D- It doesn't have the crispness of your typical hefe, but it's not bad. The sweetness and the heaviness (relatively speaking) of the mouthfeel get in the way a little, but I could probably still drink a couple on a hot day.

Not too bad for an American-made hefe. I'd still take some of the better German examples over this any day, but it stacks up well against its American counterparts. That said, I probably won't be getting it too much in the future, considering that hefeweizen isn't exactly my favorite style. Still worth buying if you're a fan of the style.

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Photo of LtCracker20
3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a UFO hefe glass.

A- Pours a cloudy yellow color with about a nice inch or so of off white head that stayed as a cap for the entire beer.

S- A very strong banana, clove, and bubblegum aroma. Not faint scents, but smack you in the face strong. But,the smells are very, very sweet. A little too sweet.

T- Mostly of the banana bread and bubblegum flavors. Again, though it's pretty good, it is very sweet.

M/F- One of the better parts of this beer. A nice creamy body helps this one go down really nice.

D- All in all, an all right beer. As an American hefe, it's not a bad start as there's not too many good ones out there. Again though, the sweetness hurts the drinkability

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Photo of SiriusBock
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured hazy (as it should), with two fingers of head and good lacing.
S: Not much of a smell in the head, other than some hops, but surprisingly not wheaty
T: Classic wheat taste, heading toward the clove side, not much banana. I got a lot of a grape nuts flavor and some fruit
M: Relatively thin, not watery, but I figured the haze would provide a bit more mouthfeel and thickness than it did. Still ok

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Photo of MECove
3.61/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of the bottle, this beer is yellow/golden in color and a semi- aggressive pour produces a solid head of foam, but it eventually settles into a thin layer as you drink. The nose on this beer is one of clove, wheat, some grassy notes, banana bread, and a touch of citrus.

This beer has a flavor that matches the nose. Cloves are obvious, but there is also some banana, wheat malt, and yeast. There isn’t much hop character, or at least you don’t notice it because the flavor keeps coming back to the clove and spice. There is still enough bitterness to keep the flavor balanced.

Starr Hill The Love Wheat is a good summer brew that offers some nice refreshment. The spice/clove character is more pronounced than the other qualities, so it could be a little beyond the expectations of some wheat beer lovers. But it is still a good brew that most will find to their liking.

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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 mralphabet
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: A mix of gold and orange.... cloudy and very unfiltered looking.... Just the way it should be. About a fingers worth of head that fades to a ring and sticks around.... just a little lacing.

S: OK, I'm getting a few things here.. Banana, citrus, grapes, wheat, yeast, clove and sweet malt. A lot going on here.... very interesting.

T: OK lots more banana than I was expecting.... Tastes alot like banana bread. I'm only getting a touch of the other smells I was getting. Overall fruity and sweet.

M: Pretty creamy for a Hef.... The carbonation is crisp... so the combination is very smooth and crisp as well. Pretty nice.

D: Low ABV, a great feel and taste.... a very nice summer evening beer that can even be enjoyed in the winter. Good session beer.

A little different than other Hefs I've had.... Another good beer from Starr Hill.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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 obywan59
3.64/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: 3.25 S: 2.75 T: 2.00 M: 3.5 O: 2.75


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.


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.

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Photo of merlin48
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle pours a hazed golden yellow body with a medium sized vanilla head. Good retention with some island chain lacing.

Aroma hits the style well, with banana, clove, and lemony citrus.

Mouthfeel is medium, but thins as it goes along and an early creaminess fades. Moderate carbonation.

Taste is dominated by lemony citrus. Just a hint of banana, but plenty of clove. Subtle wheat malt.

A worthy effort that fills the bill nicely as a decent American hefe.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my Boulevard mug. This beer pours a hazy golden with a big 3 inch, fluffy, white capped head and leaves some serious lacing all the way down the mug. The aroma is reminiscent of all American style wheat's. Lemon, yeasty biscuits and an underlying banana. Slight hints of nuttiness come through also. The flavor is dead on for the style. Banana comes through, followed with yeasty biscuits and earthy hops. Just a crisp grassy hop touch lingers on the end of the palate. The mouthfeel is light with a crisp carbonation. This is a average American wheat. Very drinkable but nothing really exciting. Definitely a beer I would use to get friends into craft beer if it was available around here.

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Photo of TPSReports
3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a day old growler into a tulip glass. Nice white head, but it didn't stick around long. I didn't notice that strong banana that everyone else mentions in the nose. Citrus and spice for me.

Taste was pretty clean with citrus and sparking carbonation. Minimal hops, which suits me just fine. Pretty drinkable, this could be a session beer.

As I'm one to do with wheat beers, I added a bit of lemon and the result was pretty good. I think I prefer it with the hit of a small lemon wedge.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.67/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Starr Hill The Love, poured into a Penn Weizen glass.

A hazy tangerine hue with as much yeast swirled in that I could muster. The head has an inch to boast about. Nice fluffy look to the surface foam. Seems immovable, so far.

There's a nice wheaty aroma to this one. Shows off amounts of funky banana, light grassiness, and thick slabs of white bread. Some citrusy notes that include navel orange and papaya. Faint bubblegum. A pretty nice nose, overall.

Big time German wheat malts. More grassiness is exposed early and finishes out a little stronger. Has herbal hop presence with more white bread notes. The orange-y citrus in the nose is tamer and the banana is even further behind. Lightly tropical in the fruitiness that is here. Slower to pick up yeast esters. Doesn't have any real faults, just that, in this case, less is not more.

Has a thinner feel than the appropriate creaminess that I always expect. I can describe the body and weight as sluggish, and that's about it. At least, it's that. Feels clean with that perfectly held-back level of carbonation that adds just enough intrigue to an, otherwise, pretty smooth drink.

A favorable American hefeweizen. The label might be a little tacky, but this wheat ale is legit. Easy to enjoy and simple enough to understand. The nose has some extra delights to appreciate. Wish I had another bottle to fill this big weizen glass with.

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Photo of dstc
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange, almost vomit colored. Don't mean that in a bad way, really. Foamy white head falls slow. Decent lace.

Aroma is pretty nice, has a wheat smell that is very sour.

Wheat taste as well but also has that sour quality you pick up in the aroma.

Medium bodied and smooth but plenty bubbly.

Average buy easy drinking.

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Photo of CampusCrew
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a 1/6 for my sisters wedding at Total Wine Jax. Great choice. It was the hit of the party and we floated a 1/6 of it before a keg of coors light. not bad.

Appearance: cloudy orange pale, with good head retention.

Smell: nice grainy, earthtone smell and some fruitness

Taste: a light and easy drinking, mild spice and mild earthiness. suble banana

Mouthfeel: Medium body

Drinkability: a solid hefe, and a great choice for an american version hefe

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Photo of Meerkey
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy pale yellow gold. Straw. Some persistent white head.

S: Wheat, a little bitterness, some citrus and banana.

T: Yeast, some sourness pervades -citrus, banana, a bit sweet.

M: Nice carbonation, stickiness is a little heavy on the tongue, but only at first.

D: Quite. Not much to say. You can enjoy the taste without noticing the alcohol.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear gold color with a thick head that disappears rapidly. The aroma is fruity with some hints of dough and vanilla. It's flavor is citrus, mainly lemon with honey notes and a hint of peach. Strangely missing for a hefeweizen was the cloudiness and banana in the aroma. It has a medium, bubbly mouthfeel. Starr Hill The Love is a good beer, a bit different than most hefeweizens. Very refreshing and drinkable. Highly recommended.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle with a twist-cap, no notch found on the 'purchase before month' strip up the side of the label ~ but received pretty recently from Metalmonk, so I trust its freshness. Poured to a Hoegaarden tumbler, thinking this was a witbier; consumed half by itself, half with a bowl of sausage/chicken gumbo soup.

A: Milky butterscotch-orange pour; I twirled the last couple ounces in the bottle, but it was already plenty cloudy after the first 10... Good head, creamy and near-white, holds well before dwindling to a patchy/clumpy skim. Lace clings in loose, sagging drapes.

S: Fairly strong grass/wheat and careful spice (clove), then notable lemon peel and lemon candy/bubblegum. What a proper hefeweizen should smell like...

T: Fairly simple flavor profile: big chewy wheat, kinda doughy and sweet, followed by mildly tangy lemon-orange. Once its warmed a while, each sip starts with a squeeze of citrus, then devolves to a yeasty/bready mouthful with mild berry notes before ending with a sprinkling of spice. It works rather well, even it's not spot-on.

M: Carbonation is more modest than the look led on, rather than bright and crisp, there a smoother creaminess here. Aptly light-medium body, but a fade to thinness and a lack of much lingering, other than lip-grabbing stickiness, makes this a little blasé.

D: A pretty good version of the style, though lacking a little of the oomph in flavor/aroma/feel that the best exhibit. None of that deters from drinkability; modest strength and good balance, plus refreshing-ness, make this a fine choice. Only my second from Starr Hill (much better than Festie!), but I'd like more. Thanks again, Jeff...

On a side note, it's good to see Starr Hill gain a little publicity on one of my favorite TV shows, 'Top Chef'...

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Photo of mocktm
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle into Starr Hill pint glass...

Pours a hazy dark golden yellow with about a finger's worth of head. Not a lot of retention or lacing as it dies down. Looks pretty traditional for a hefe style, just not as much carbonation as I like to normally see.

Nose is full of typical aromas: banana, clove, bubblegum and lemon. A lot more acidic tartness then usual for the style though.

Tastes just as predicted. A lot of lemon sourness that seems to overwhelm the other flavors, especially the wheat. Wish it was a bit breadier, and less mouth puckering bubblegum. Not bad, but not great either.

Mouth feel is little thin, light to medium bodied. Again, not as much carbonation and creaminess as I had hoped.

Overall, this beer is pretty good. Since its local, my gf and I seem to drink a decent amount of it on hot summer days. However, there are much better American Hefes out there.

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Photo of KingEdward
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was poured from a bottle into a pint glass. It had a two finger white head that lasted a couple of minutes. It has a yellow/orange color and is cloudy(unfiltered). The beer smells of clove, banana, yeast, and wheat. It tasted of clove, lemon, wheat, and was a little sour. This beer has minimal lacing and a light body. This would be a good session beer. I would have to say this beer is average for the stlye.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.72/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazed golden orange color with an off-white head that turns into a thin ring around the glass.

S- The aroma features some wheat malt along with citrus, a hint of spices and yeast. Not bad, judging by the aroma this should be a refreshing beer.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some wheat flavors, along with hints of citrus and spices. Maybe even a little orange peel thrown in there as well.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied and heavily carbonated.

D- Overall, this isn't a bad beer. Not the most complex brew, but an easy drinker to possibly be enjoyed outdoors. Worth a try.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - one of the clearer-to-see-through wheat beers out there. No head at all. Carbonation is quite fizzy.

Smell - Pleasant and European straw scented with hint of strawberry fruitiness.

Taste - Very mild, refreshing with hints of strawberry. No hop bitterness of note.

Mouthfeel - watery

Drinkability - this is a quite easy drinker.

Overall - Another decent brew from Starr Hill. Light and refreshing with fruity hints.

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Photo of thain709
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a semi-cloudy, golden yellow body...a one finger, white head formed and was gone in a flash...this beer looked pretty head nor lacing

S - Creamy banana, bright citrus (mainly lemon), light spices (mostly coriander)

T - The citrus aspect really stood out to me...I picked it up right off the bat with lemon peel leading the way...ripe banana adds some body to the middle and cuts the sweetness of the citrus...the yeast and spices are only find a trace of both throughout the beer...there is even a slight bitterness at the end

M - Light bodied...almost too light...watery...I really wanted some more body

O - The smell and flavors really worked for me...but I was left wanting more (not in a good way) after each sip...the finish and look is where this beer needs some help

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Hopfenpeter
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a mug instead of a Weizenglass, because I had this beer in a restaurant.
The color is a medium golden blond. A white head builds, but dissipates fast and leaves little lacing.
The smell hints fruity notes like peach, banana and citrus.
Tasting the beer the bouquet is fruity up front, peach and banana dominating. In the middle some of the yeast is kicking in in combination with some wheat flavors. At the end the citrus notes finish the beer. Very drinkable balanced summer beer.

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The Love from Starr Hill Brewery
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