Starr Pils
Starr Hill Brewery

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #721
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
77
Ranked #48,574
Avg:
3.32 | pDev: 18.37%
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
126
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Starr Hill Brewery
 
Virginia, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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  2
Gots
  15
SCORE
77
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow with a half-finger of white head. Typical floral hops and biscuity malts in the nose. Decent hop bitterness for the style, fairly crisp, could benefit from a touch more malt profile. A fine, middle-of-the-road pils.

Jul 23, 2015
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

3.54/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

You CANnot imagine my elation upon walking into Pizza Boy/Al's of Hampden two Saturdays ago and spotting this gem in the cooler! I was ecstatic at the proposition of adding yet another of their beers to The CANQuest (TM) and I had to be physically restrained from just opening one and CANsuming it right then and there.

From the CAN: "Founded in Charlottesville, VA"; "The Gift of Great Beer [undersigned] Mark A. Thompson [,] Master Brewer".

The Crack spewed like the one that the dominatrix opened in Devo's "Whip It!" video which kind of irritated me as I was still in a suit and i dislike smelling like beer at work. Once it (and I) calmed down, I ended up with a finger-and-a-half of puffy, bone-white head with reasonable retention. Color was a light, pale yellow with NE-quality clarity and I was wishing for an SRM guide to better describe it. One sniff and I thought, "German!" Sho nuff. It had a beautiful grassiness, but underlain with enough malt to take on a slight lemony quality, as well as a mild sweetness. Mouthfeel was light, not watery, but soft, with a definite lemongrass taste that really speaks of the style, to me. Finish was semi-dry with the same lemongrass flavor that I caught on the tongue. Given that it is now available in CANs and summer is quickly approaching, I am recommending it for your cooler if you CAN find it in your area.

May 22, 2013
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Godot from Virginia

3.99/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of Starr Hill Northern Lights and someone must have swapped one for the Pils. Nice surprise really, as I wasn't really blown away by the IPA (not bad, just nothing to write home about). Now I get to try another one from this brewery. Pours a pale yellow. Its hard to get excited by the appearance of a pilsener, but this does have a frothy, bright white head that drops to a solid film and leaves nice lacing down the glass. Nice grassy hop aromas. Malt is not very apparent in the nose, but it shows up a bit more in the taste. Light biscuit underlies the predominate hop flavors. This is, overall, a bit too hoppy for a traditional German pilsener, but I like where its going. Good, refreshing pilsener that hits the spot on a warm day. I could knock back a couple of these on a Saturday afternoon.

Apr 21, 2012
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jsh5771 from Virginia

4/5  rDev +20.5%

Mar 16, 2012
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mikehillman from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -9.6%

Apr 22, 2013
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ygtbsm94 from Utah

3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

Sep 15, 2013
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crwrunner from Virginia

4/5  rDev +20.5%

Jun 30, 2013
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metter98 from New York

3.31/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger and a half high white head that died down but consistently left a quarter finger high head covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some hints of bready malts and lemon citrus along with a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very light and easy to drink, although the taste is not overly interesting. I couldn't see myself buying this beer again.

Jul 22, 2013
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Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.84/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up in a mix-a-six from Wegman's, enjoyed chilled in a cervoise from the 12oz brown bottle.

The color is golden with great clarity and thick white cream with very good retention and average bead with carbonation visible and lace sticks on the glass. The smell is very hop dominant which is nice with some herbal odors and light hint of spice with some mineral esters from the yeast. The feel is very good moderate bitterness with medium high carbonation and light sweetness with herbal quality in the hops with semi-dry finish and medium light body.

The taste is very good with some spice from the hops up front which becomes more herbal and melds well with the pilsner malt which is toasted and dry with some mild sweetness accenting. The yeast flavor carries a mineral essence which augments the the lightly bitter hop flavor in the finish. Overall I was very pleased with this and would certainly drink it again, a good representation of the style from an American brewer.

Sep 18, 2013
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Minkybut from Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this pretty average beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a nice white head but that went away fast. The beer had fair lacing. It also was a golden color and smelled like slightly sour bread. The taste was bright and slightly sweet. Kind of British tasting. Not really impressed and I will not buy again.

Sep 25, 2012
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argock from Virginia

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear Donegal mug. Huge 6/28/12 stamped in black on the bottle neck. Purchased as part of a summer variety 12-pack at Kroger for $16.

A: Very clear pale yellow with frothy 1-2 finger white head with good retention but only a few spots of lace.

S: Bready malts with sharp mineral character of Saaz hops and a hint of lemon.

T: The flavor is solid and not quite as good as the aroma but is very clean with a good balance of grainy and bready character followed by a reasonably sharp and bitter noble hops bite. There is a touch of lemon citrus but not a lot. Mineral creeps in on the finish -- it borders on metallic and bloody in the finish but not quite there.

M: Crisp and clean with high carbonation which provides a scrubbing, dry quality. Very light, almost a little too much so.

O: Certainly not a bad pils and beats BMC. Glad I got a chance to try but there are others better. Still, at 4.2%, this is an easy drinking session pils for hanging out on the patio on a hot summer night with friends. Would go nicely with a crisp romaine salad with a citrus vinaigrette.

Jul 22, 2012
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 24th Feb 2012. I'm surprised this is this new a beer.

A mildly hazy, this looks like an unfiltered pils (always a plus in my book), light straw yellow with a dense, white head with good retention and nice lacing. The nose is pretty good! With a bright and pungent hop character, very Hallertau-like with a mild mint and moderate lemon aroma, this smells pretty refreshing. There's a faint whiff of sulfur, but otherwise, this is pretty clean. A nice, doughy, bready malt character with a touch of yeast is also present. Very nice.

The palate opens with a rather big hop bitterness, with oily, resiny Saaz hops ( a little too much for the style IMO, without being unabashed in its aggression a la Prima Pils). Lemon, a touch of mint, a little bit of grass and earth are present. Mildly doughy with some bread, this tastes rustic. Unfortunately, the palate is rather disjointed in that the hop character and the malt character are just not integrated. The lack of a mineral character in the water profile that would tie it all together is just unfortunate. Instead, this feels a little watery. Drying, bitter on the finish with a lingering Hallertau hop character. Solid, could be better with a couple of tweaks.

Jun 10, 2012
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AndrewMichael from Virginia

3/5  rDev -9.6%

Aug 16, 2014
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bacher468 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jul 06, 2013
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE REVIEWED: July 6, 2014... GLASSWARE: Paulaner pokal... OCCASION: 4th of July yardwork and party unwinding... APPEARANCE: pale, tawny, watered-down yellow body; white head sits with an appropriate pillowy arc, then settles out as a reasonable, albeit soapy ring; sporadic, tentacle lacing... AROMA: spritzy, light pale malts suggest pilsner; some bubblegum as well, but not much more in complexity... PALATE: medium-bodied, yet light in carbonation; a pleasant, lingering aftertaste; a good partner for post-mowing deck relaxation...in essence, a slightly uncomfortable mouthfeel... TASTE: a predictably clean, taut malt assertion; biscuity at the finish; hops are clean and balancing... OVERALLL: little distinguishes this beer from the myriads of pilsners within the genre, but that is a positive in some respects; as a fourth of a sampler, hopefully not the one to be rushed towards, but that will depend on the rest of the mix...for now, serviceable and palate-cleansing...

Jul 13, 2014
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vwbus7 from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Jun 24, 2014
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obywan59 from Virginia

3.29/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a crystal clear yellow to light yellow-gold with a thick, pure white head and high carbonation.

Aroma of lukewarm milk or light over ripe citrus and grassy hops.

Taste of sweet malt with coarsely bitter hops, and a bit of spice in the back. Better as it warms.

Light to moderate in feel with peppery carbonation. Light astringency.

Starr Hill seems to have matched the style pretty much spot on. A bit coarse for my taste, but I could session it.

Aug 27, 2013
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nmann08 from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Aug 16, 2013
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jadpsu from Georgia

2.89/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

At daughter's house in MS.
Pours a clear straw yellow with a decent white head of less than average retention leaving d some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grainy malts and grassy hops and some faint skunkyness are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the nose and frankly does not have much in interest or character going for it.
Finishes dry. Very average probably something I wouldn't be purchasing.

Jun 05, 2014
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oriolesfan4 from Maryland

3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color, some bubbling, smallish head. Aroma is of sharp hops. Taste is light to medium bodied, decent mouthfeel. Get the Euro-hop bite, pretty well balanced. Has a bit of an off taste to it on the back end, hard to put my finger on it but something just doesn't mesh well. Not a bad beer by any means, but seems to be a pretty average Pils and nothing too spectacular here, pretty meh.

Jul 02, 2012
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papajohn56 from Florida

3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

Aug 03, 2014
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

3.56/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a translucent straw with lots of bubbles and a small white head. Smells of sweet grain and possibly some corn, grain dominates. Tastes of barley, not much else, but with a bit of an aftertaste. Beer goes down great, really light bodied, heavy carbonation. Overall, an above average beer.

May 10, 2013
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Gatordaddy from Maryland

2.59/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this the day after a National Bohemian. Very similar products: below-average lagers. Craft brewers can do better.

Apr 26, 2015
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

3.78/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

new seasonal from Starr Hill. 12oz bottle into tulip. bottled on 2/23/12. on a complete side-note, i am loving this label. definitely a old-school-macro look from a VA craft. awesome.

A: very clear golden yellow body. head is frothy with good retention and lacing.

S: earthy and herbal german hop aromas. not exactly a slap across the face, but definitely present. a little bit of bland, corny grain.

T: a little bit of dry, chewy grain mingles with spicy, black pepper notes from the hops. finish is dry and clean with a minor lingering bitterness.

M: moderate, zesty fizz on a light body.

D: not as hop centric as a lot of American made German Pils, but definitely truer to your traditional German made, German Pils. meh, not bad, but certainly not a standout in my opinion.

Mar 16, 2012
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 5/8/12
*From notes

A: It looks a bit like a lemon soda. Very pale, very clean. A standard pour yields a bone white one finger bubbly, loose head. No lacing and a minor white collar follow.

S: Some banana mash and untoasted pale malts. Quite a traditional presentation.

T: Very similar to the nose. It's rustic, almost Kolsch-like. Bready, dry grains and a touch of bitter hops round out the profile.

M: Light and fun. Properly carbonated and easy to put back.

O: It may not be the best German style Pils I'ver ever had, but it's certainly one of the better beers that I've had from Starr Hill. Quaffable, crisp and something I'd eagerly seek out on a hot day in the yard. For those looking to go old school with their Pils, it's easily recommended.

May 09, 2012
Starr Pils from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 126 ratings