Posted 10 months ago | Beer, Reviews, Virginia Beer

Starr Hill The Love

Rating:

This can of Starr Hill’s The Love isn’t my first encounter with the wheat ale, but it does offer me the opportunity (or rather reminder) to officially review a beer that I’ve cracked open many times through the years. I’m not what one would call a hefeweizen fan, but I have downed a few bottles of this 5.1% ABV brew at friends’ Summer gatherings in the past. It just always seems to be a viable option as a beat-the-heat quencher — it also sure as hell beats stuffing a dry lime wedge into the neck of a Corona and trying to choke that mess down.

At any rate, The Love, while not my favorite beer from this Charlottesville brewery, is a refreshing little brew that you can enjoy a few of while hanging out with friends or as a rejuvenator after working out in the yard. It provides the basic hefeweizen flavors of wheat, yeast and a hint of banana, but also brings in a peppery hop character and soft lemony citrus notes that simply add to the satisfying finish. A crisp mouthfeel carries everything to its final destination.

I’m a big fan of many of Starr Hill’s products — their King of Hop Imperial IPA (and variants) is outstanding, as is their Dark Starr Stout. The Love is a capable hefeweizen that has legions of fans and does quench the thirst nicely on a hot July afternoon. Me personally, I’ll stick with my favorites, but you all keep buying this wheat ale, especially now that it’s available in cans.

This is a review of a promotional sample.

Appearance

The Love pours a straw yellow in color with a decent bit of haze and a small cap of white foam. The head falls smoothly to patchy surface cover.

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