Formerly brewed at Starr Hill
Style: Heller Bock
Crozet, Virginia USA
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


on tap


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RATINGS: 81   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A German-style Hellerbock with a few twists, The Gift is Starr Hills holiday offering. The beautiful golden color only hints at the fire inside. Made with two-row and Munich malts and balanced with German noble hops, The Gift is the perfect accompaniment to any holiday event or festivity.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 26, 2009
2009 bottle, shared by peregrinari: Pours a transparent bright golden bronze with a small froth of off-white head. Has a sweet caramel and butterscotch nose with some light fruity esters. Starts with good fullness and sweet doughy caramel with some warming alcohol and light fruity complexity before a drier slightly more bittersweet finish. A decent heller bock.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
nimbleprop (8217) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2009
12oz bottle at the DC Local tasting. Crystal clear orange, yellow with a frothy, white head. Aroma is a little fusel, some caramel. Flavor is sweet, bready, grass, with a slight sour pucker. Finish is water.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (14121) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2009
12oz bottle, 2009, thanks peregrinari. Crystal clear amber body with small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, herbal, caramel, some apple. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel/bread, some herbal/spicy, apple. Light-medium body, light acidity, low carbonation.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
hershiser2 (2889) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JUN 24, 2009
Bottle. Pours golden-copper with a small head. Copper, grainy nose. Flavor is a jolt of metal, wet grass, wheat, and sewage water... well my guess what that would all taste like. Finishes slightly sweet. Not a fan.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
GodOfThunder (1249) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2009
Thanks, Redlight. Pours a golden copper color with a grainy and spicy aroma. Flavors are also grain with a little spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SpringsLicker (3606) - Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2009
Thanks to Butters for this one! A tall, off-white head forms over the deep yellow/light orange body. Fruity malt aroma. Sweet, malty little hop aroma or bitterness. Not bad, while not outstanding either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JMFG (1587) - Florida, USA - APR 10, 2009
Clear gold-orange color with a sparse off-white head. Very mild spiced grain aroma, yeast, gave an almost doughy impression. Basic grainy taste plus some cinnamon with a clean finish.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
gsmitty80 (2130) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 12, 2009
This is my first beer from Star Hill and i am not very impressed. This winter selection is however on par with others ive had. Must be that i just dont enjoy winter seasonals/heller bocks...i cant think of one that ive had that has made me say wow this is good. Anyway ill reserve my comments for the brewer once ive tasted more of their offerings. Below average beer for me though except they mask the 6.5% alcohol volume well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - MAR 12, 2009
Courtesy Redlight. Pours a dark copper color, with a small off white head. Smells of some dark fruits, a little candy sugar, some honey, and dark sweet malts. The flavor was quite sweet as well, but maybe a little overly so. Very sticky on the palate with lots of the honey and sweet mals taking charge. Not a great balanced brew, but wasnt terrible. Just not a whole lot going on other than the sweetness.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
juiceisloose (1459) - Windermere, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2009
Bottle #169 of 300, courtesy Redlight. Pours a clear amberish orange color with a small, off white head with minimal spots of lacing. The aroma shows notes of citrus fruits, cereal grains, and honey. The flavor follows suit with the honey and pale fruits mixed with some grains and pale malt. Medium bodied, subtle carbonation and very sweet on the palate. A long finish with some caramel on the backend. Decent, but nothing really stands out about it.

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