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Starr Pils | Starr Hill Brewery

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Starr Hill Brewery
Virginia, United States
starrhill.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Jimmys on 03-16-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,225
Reviews:
26
Ratings:
126
pDev:
18.65%
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.58/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewery.

A: two finger head on a clear bright golden body. Nice lacing.

S: grains and pale malts, just right without offputting notes.

T: sharp grain flavoring, pale malts and light bready notes.

M: light body and high carbonation. Fairly refreshing.

Overall: very drinkable. No funk or sourness, a solid drinkable pils.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.31/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of atrocity
2.25/5  rDev -31.2%

Photo of woodychandler
3.54/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
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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3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a plae golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is that familiar pilsener smell, malts, hops, some grains. Taste is malts, some hops, a bit of sweetness, kind of dry at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, but just lacking a little oomph.

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Photo of IPAchris
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of LoveStout
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.53/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of WDJersey
3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of hozersr
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of DrDemento456
2.63/5  rDev -19.6%
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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Photo of DefenCorps
3.5/5  rDev +7%
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.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of JNForsyth
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a straw color with a two finger white head. The head fades rather fast to give a good amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is mainly of malt with a hop base largely of citrus lemon and a light grapefruit. Mixed with this is some light aroma as pine as well.

Taste – The flavor starts out on the bready side. It is soon meet with a lighter citrus hop flavor. These hop flavors mix with a light earthy hop flavor which seems to mix with the citrus and leave a lightly bitter-crisper flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Very average in terms of carbonation (medium level) with a very average level of carbonation. Good for the style.

Overall - Easy drinking with a good crisp flavor and a nice clean taste.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.84/5  rDev -13.1%
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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Starr Pils from Starr Hill Brewery
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 126 ratings
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