This week’s Tasting Notes brings it in for the real thing as we experience The Love Wheat Beer from Starr Hill Brewery (Charlottesville, Virginia).
The Love comes to us by way of Starr Hill’s new Summer Jam Can Variety Pack, the brewery’s first ever mixed 16-pack of 12 oz. cans (click here for more details). This established, Year-Round offering is a German Hefeweizen that “is distinguished by its extremely light body and fruity aroma, finished with spicy notes.” At just 5.1% ABV and 9 IBUs, The Love is an easy-drinking, approachable beer that is a fantastic go-to for any occasion or season. You can find The Love in 6-packs of 12 oz. bottles, in the Summer Jam Can Variety Pack and on draft at craft beer establishments located in Alabama, Virginia and throughout the rest of Starr Hill Brewery’s distribution area.
Alright, let’s get into some Tasting Notes and see what The Love is all about!
Tasting Notes for The Love Wheat Beer from Starr Hill Brewery
Appearance: The Love hits the glass as a hazy, golden rod-colored brew topped with nearly two fingers of pure white, pillowy foam. Held to the light, a myriad of yellows, from light straw to deep gold, burst forth. The body holds its haze, but a lively carbonation presence can be seen working hard within. The head has fantastic retention, and that foam leaves behind some impressive, chunky lace patterns whenever the beer is jostled.
Aroma: Just as they should, banana and clove are the first notes to waft from the glass. Hearty wheat provides a solid, grain-based backbone. A grace of bubblegum develops before the profile closes with a refreshing breeze of lemon zest.
Taste: The yeast is hard at work here as well with clove and other light phenols leading the way. An earthy and floral character develops to work beautifully alongside the wheat malts and a light spice note. Citrus tones brighten things up a bit before the beer settles in for a very satisfying finish filled with ripe banana.
Mouthfeel: This brew is medium in body with a bright carbonation level. This provides an experience that is wonderfully light and crisp on the palate. The ABV can be located if you go looking, but it has very little intention to make itself known. Aftertaste is minimal, but a little bit of banana and bubblegum does hang around from time to time.
Final Thoughts: Full disclosure – this is not my first experience with this beer and it certainly will not be my last. The Love impressed me a long time ago when a first sip emphatically read as a German Hefeweizen. I know what the label description says, but I have had a good amount of encounters with American takes on the style that left me disappointed or wanting more. Not the case with The Love. This beer proudly possesses that needed and showcased balance between the wheat foundation and the playful yeast character. Then we have the citrus qualities that bring it all together to result in an approachable, refreshing offering that we all long for after a hot and humid summer day. The folks at Starr Hill did a fantastic job with this beer, and it is clear that they did their homework before placing the word “German” anywhere on the label. That’s respect, and it shows in each and every pour of The Love. Well done. Prost!