Starr Pils | Starr Hill Brewery

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Starr PilsStarr Pils

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Jimmys on 03-16-2012

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12 oz. brown bottle to a small pilsner glass
pkg on 05/28/14
A: Clear straw yellow. minimal head and retention. Nice amount of carbonation. Minimal lace.
S: Grains. Corn? Malts. A veg. note maybe.
T: Crisp, malty with still a vegetal (sort of cabbage-like) taste. A bit of cracker underneath.
Unusual and maybe not in such a good way.
M: Good average carbonation. Light watery but still crisp body. Easy drinking. Not enough to save this beer from being below average.
O: Disappointing. Not bad but this sort of wtf taste catches you off guard. Unfortunately there's not much else I can discern in the flavor. The unusual and not altogether pleasant veggie sharpness dominates. Will not purchase again.

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

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2.59/5  rDev -22.5%
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.

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2.63/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A - Hazy bright yellow for me. Solid 1/2 inch of foam that sticks around forever.
S - Mild yeasts, skunky twang, some hops and mostly corn.
T Hops are ok mildly acidic with a twang of chemicals that hit the mouth and leave a WTF taste in your mouth. Not... that... good...
M - Well it's light to medium but it felt like I was chugging medicine,

Overall I got this for $1.75 so I am not even mad. I hate the style but damn even when its done bad it taste like battery acid...

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2.75/5  rDev -17.7%

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2.84/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. The head is about a finger high, with a white shade and a very bubbly texture. Quick to fade, it leaves behind a spotty web of lacing.

S: Fairly simplistic. The hops seem to take on a sulfury, vegetal tone instead of a grassy one, unfortunately. Luckily, the malt is clean, and the diacetyl is restrained. Not the best aroma for the style.

T: The flavor takes what I didn't like from the aroma...and amplifies it. The primary notes are mint, sulfur, bell pepper, and a faint hint of apricot. If I focus, I can pick up some nice Saaz hop flavors - in fact, the more I drink it, the more the vegetal flavors go away (being replaced with a more defined grassiness). Malts are nearly imperceptible.

M: Crisp and light, with a great finishing dryness. It also seems to be fairly soft for a pilsner. It's not intensely carbonated, either, which helps give it some beef for 4.2%.

O: Not a great pilsner. But, it goes down easily at least. At first, the vegetal notes ruined it; after a few sips, they only become a mild annoyance. Even though I wasn't a huge fan, I could legitimately drink a couple of these without complaint (usually with a mediocre beer, I'll have one and be done with it). Still, I wouldn't buy this again.

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2.89/5  rDev -13.5%
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.

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2.96/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pale golden yellow with a thick, fizzy, bubbly, white head that has little retention

S - grainy and sweet

T - grainy, bready, sweet, fainly grassy

M - light bodied, lightly carbonated

This is a very sessionable beer though a bit boring. This is better than an American lager, but it just doesn't have enough character to really represent the German Pilsener style. I won't buy this again.

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Starr Pils from Starr Hill Brewery
3.34 out of 5 based on 126 ratings.
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