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Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer - North Coast Brewing Co.

Blue Star Great American Wheat BeerBlue Star Great American Wheat Beer

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480 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 480
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.53%

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co. visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-16-2002)
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Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.79/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled a 12 oz. tulip glass at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Odd serving choice for an American wheat but they do that with the more pricy US imports. This one is a semi-cloudy bright yellow brew, maybe just a hint of orange, with a light spray of white bubbles riding on top. Aroma is bright and citric, with lemon and orange hops front and center, wheat spice and doughy sweet rolls in the background. Tastes like dilute orange juice or vitamin C chews, lemon rind, gummy worms, perhaps a little noble hop peppered flower water ... Sweet and hoppy for an American wheat and fucking tasty on a certain level (e.g., if you are sitting outside and its blazing hot). Like some a-hole squeezed a citrus wedge into the beer except no one actually did thank God, this is all hops doing the talking. Rather fizzy and has an interesting slick (almost oily) mouthfeel but finishes crisp, dry, and clean as expected. Gotta say, this stands out from the pedestrian mass of dull safe American wheat beers and does so quite handily. If I were to compare it to an aggressively hopped wheat like Lagunitas Little Sumpin, this is like a little brother session alternative, with hop flavor trumping the bitterness.

Serving type: on-tap

04-16-2014 01:04:47 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Alberta (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, part of a pricey sixer up here in the Great White (still) North.

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden yellow colour, with three obese fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and shiny ecru head, which leaves a bit of coral reef formation lace around the glass as it duly and evenly subsides.

It smells of softly sweet and grainy wheat malt, muddled warm citrus, black and white pepper spice, a bit of over-steeped tea, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is quite lemony up front, in a sort of lemon meringue pie sense, once that white bready, wheaty malt follows quickly on its heels, with hints of biscuity graininess, and understated grassy, floral, and sort of perfumed hops.

The bubbles are pretty innocuous in their bearing, the body medium-light in weight, and actually fairly smooth, a slight creaminess turtling here and there. It finishes off-dry, the now neutered lemony essence struggling to balance the lingering wheat and pale grain sweetness.

A decent American-oriented wheat ale, the fruitiness (i.e. lemon character) going a long way in differentiating this from the dregs of the masses of the style. Hardly mind-blowing, but agreeable enough, especially as a potential harbinger of the days where I can kick back on my new house's deck with a few rounds of this kind of thing.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 05:02:35 | More by biboergosum
Photo of youknowmyname


3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Odor: Smells of Wheat Lemon zest and clove

Pour: Pours a deep orange with copper/amber hues, Light head, Nice lacing. unfiltered. Served in a hefeweizen glass

Taste: Instantly bombarded with the Lemon zest. You can pick up the wheat in the background but full lemon flavor full through the drink. Highly carbonated and dries out your mouth. Very light refreshing beer that would be great in the summer months.

My wife put it wonderfully. This would be a great beer at the end of the night where you don't want to drink any more of your regular beer but don't want to stop drinking. Great third or fourth beer to cleanse the palate. To me this beer definitely screams Northern California.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 03:29:53 | More by youknowmyname
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New York

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin film covering the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and lemon citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell with flavors of wheat and lemony citrus and also has some hints of soap.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The wheat also feels a little grainy and rough around the edges.
O: This beer is easy to drink and the lemony flavors make the taste a little more palatable.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2014 18:07:01 | More by metter98
Photo of FLima


3.49/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma of lemon citrus and herbal hops, white bread and tea leaves.
Predominant flavor of fresh oranges, a bit of effervescent vitamin C, wheat and lemon. Lightly dry and acid aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
It does not stand up to other North Coast offerings. Quite plain and assertive, but still a very refreshing American Wheat. A Session summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 02:50:18 | More by FLima
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3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off cap acquired earlier tonight at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California and served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in the same aforementioned city. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Label art is quite simple, yet still appealing. I quite like the style when well executed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a zealous 6 finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good frothiness. Retention is good - about 7 minutes. No lacing.

Body colour is a dull pale yellow copper; appears overcarbonated as carbonation bubbles are abundant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's pretty average for the style and ABV.

Sm: Pale malts, wheat, clean barley, floral hops, crystal malt, and light lemon esters. A simple pleasant aroma of mild strength. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Very approachable. Floral hops, wheat, pale malts, clean barley, pilsner malts, a bit of biscuit malt, and crystal malt. Redolent of corn, but not in an adjunct sense. A balanced flavour profile, but it does lack complexity and subtlety.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. Depth of flavour is above average.

I don't get any yeast (contrary to the label), nor do I get any alcohol.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation, if a bit overdone. Good thickness and body. Complements the flavour profile well. Good presence on the palate. Nicely executed.

Dr: A drinkable beer in the style, but not quite up to par with North Coast's best offerings. I'll happily kill this 6 pack tonight, and I bet I'd get a second 6er in the future - but it's not a fantastic beer by any means. A passable wheat beer with some nice characteristics. Worth trying, certainly.


Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 03:50:28 | More by kojevergas
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3.66/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> World Market Wheat Beer Glass

A - pale hazy straw color with an initial foamy head, some retention, and bits of lacing which do not last long.

S - bananas, cloves, honey, lemon

T - kind of dry and yeasty in a mild sort of way with a hint of rye and nutmeg

M - decently carbonated with a bit of an aftertaste

O - okay beer without a whole lot of character.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 02:08:32 | More by Mojo
Photo of Fatehunter


3.45/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a two finger head on a clear, light straw colored body.
The aroma was faint... a little dry grain.
The taste was mild overall. Mild bitterness with soft wheat tones.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
A nice beer for a hot day outside.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2013 20:10:59 | More by Fatehunter
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured hazy (no effort made to keep sediment in the bottle) yellow-golden with a small temporary head. Like most wheat beers, the aroma was not compelling, but the flavor was quite appealing nonetheless. The yeast imparts a fruity aroma and flavor than is rather tropical-with-apricots in the nose and mainly lemony/citrus on the tongue. Lightly tart.

O: an exceptionally refreshing barley/wheat ale, with fine citrus overtones.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 22:53:45 | More by chinchill
Photo of AngrrryMan


3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A light golden color, fair amount of bubbles, and a white thick head.

Smell: A clean hoppy smell.

Taste: Finishes like a typical pilsner, and has some very faint citrus notes.

Mouthfeel: Dry, with a nice finish.

Drinkability: A good refreshing beer. Would be great for a outside bar-b-que with friends. And I know you're not supposed to drink iced cold beer, but this one may be good a little extra cold.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2013 04:31:57 | More by AngrrryMan
Photo of Oakenator


3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a finger of head that disappates to a rim around the glass. Aroma is crisp and clean with a some pilsner hops present. Flavor is dry to start and finishes with the pilsner. Slight presence of citrus - maybe some grapefruit and lemon. Clean and refreshing brew and would be good for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 01:17:38 | More by Oakenator
Photo of MrCee

3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light color almost like apple cider. Very light in the taste, a weiss bier taste without the fullness. Not much to say for taste. Nice and frothy. A little hoppy for a wheat beer.. A simple wheat beer probably for people who want to try wheat beers but are not into them. Crisp!

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 02:52:19 | More by MrCee
Photo of Mic-Lee

3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Murky yellow-orange color. Completely opaque. Sediment on the bottom. Smells a little funky. Well carbonated. Refreshing and pleasing flavor is bready and full with some citrus elements as well. No bitterness or booziness. Mouthfeel is bubbly and a little chewy.

Overall: I like it. It is very refreshing and has a nice flavor that I guess is that of yeast. It hits the spot and is totally sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 00:05:33 | More by Mic-Lee
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3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow orange, note much carbonation or head.

S-Malt, lemon, grass, caramel. Could use some more wheat in the nose.

T-Lemon, grass, wheat. No hop presence or bitterness.

M-Light, crisp, refreshing with some carbonation.

O-There is a reason Gumballhead's label has a line about a wheat beer that doesn't suck. This beer isn't awful but brings little to the table.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2012 18:01:23 | More by rlee1390
Photo of woodychandler


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once again, my thanks to my local, in-person trader, tone77, who keeps me plied with bottles. It is good to have some beer in reserve for when a hurricane hits!

From the bottle: "Choice American barley and wheat malts are combined with a blend of noble hops to create this lighthearted, refreshing beer. Blue Star is unfiltered, the yeast adding a complex note to the flavor profile."; "Water, Malt, Hops, Yeast & that's all."

This was a beer that cried out to be agitated before the pour. Well, actually, it was hard to hear what it was saying over the howling of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy, but I extrapolated based on previous knowledge. As such, I got a finger of thin, bone-white head with low retention off of my pour. Chalk the dying head up to barometric conditions, which are less than optimal right now. Color was a deeply cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose was very wheat-like with that sweetish scent that wheat imparts in beer. I always think of my Pops and his Wheaties when I was a kid when I smell it in beer. No question in my mind that wheat malts were in play here. Mouthfeel was medium it had a slight lemony tartness on the tongue which another feature of wheat beers. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. This would be an excellent summertime beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2012 23:54:17 | More by woodychandler
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3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own-six-pack for $9.99. No freshness date.

The beer poured a hazy straw gold color with a gigantic 4-finger fluffy white head. Retention was good, lacing was spotty.

Weak nose with mostly wheat malt and lemon. Just a touch of noble hop aroma.

Mild wheat flavor with a noticeable amount of lemon citrusiness. Also get an additional orange zest bitterness to compliment the lemon. Hop bitterness is mild, with the noble hops used more for aroma than bitterness (just 17 IBUs).

The beer has a soft feel on the palate with a medium amount of carbonation.

No "wow" factor here, but it's still a decent wheat ale. I liked it.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2012 21:10:57 | More by matjack85
Photo of sonata2008


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light yellow in color. A bit cloudy. Lots of bubbles rising up. About a finger's width of white foam. A fair amount of lacing.
Smell: An interesting fruity aroma that probably results from the yeast interacting with the wheat. A stone fruit aroma, like peaches.
Taste: A very light and refreshing taste. Definitely a wheat taste. There was a little bit of bitterness. Also some biscuit and perhaps a subtle hint of butterscotch.
Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation. Very effervescent. A tingly mouthfeel.
Overall: I like it. It has a very refreshing taste and is certainly very drinkable. Would go well with heavy foods like pizza and goulash.

Serving type: on-tap

09-29-2012 02:06:46 | More by sonata2008
Photo of tone77


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, wheat, some lemon. Taste is refreshing, malts, a bit of hops, some lemon is present, very easy drinking. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent beer, best enjoyed during the summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 14:33:31 | More by tone77
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New Mexico

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a Weizen glass

A - Pours a hazy gold with yeast swirling around in the glass. A steady jet of bubbles rises to the creamy, two-finger, eggshell white head. Head is gone about 2/3rds down the glass. Leaves behind a few splotches of lacing.

S - Light fruit notes from the yeast and wheat malt.

T - Sweet wheat malt upfront. The body has a nice balance of sweet wheat malt and enough roaming noble hop and light fruit notes to keep the beer interesting. More hops and fruit as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to a lingering and slightly musty yeast and light fruit finish.

M - one the far light side of medium bodied with ample carbonation. Suits the style and beer quite well.

Blue star is a simple, easy drinking pale wheat ale. The low abv and relatively straight forward, yet interesting old-school flavor profile would make this an ideal session beer. Although not good enough for me to seek out in ABQ, I would give this strong consideration if I stumbled across it in a grocery store while looking for a solid wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 04:15:55 | More by Bockrules
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3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap into a pint glass

This beer pours a hazy golden orange with a small one finger white head. The taste and smell is not quite as hoppy as I was expecting from North Coast. It has a smooth and light wheat body. There is a good deal of light malts and I get a tiny bit of rye. For the low ABV, this beer has a nice feel. Drinkable and not watery. A decent enough wheat ale, definitely not up to par with Oberon in my opinion but a decent enough beer to enjoy your evening with.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2012 00:25:27 | More by TwelveOunces
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3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy yellow with a big white head. No retention, little lace.

Minerals and some grain, and some sweet wheat comes thru. THis is not join to be a sweet bread beer.

Bitter hops dominate, with sweet grain pushed to the background. Hop bitterness is pure and nondescript. Grain and husk are there, and are a bit out of balance with the bitterness. Finishes a little harsh, but still drinkable.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

Turns the style on its ear. Nothing soft or bread or sweet here. Aggressive and bitter and a little harsh. This could work well with food. I have some trouble going beyond one of these at a time though.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 03:43:23 | More by OtherShoe2
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3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat and malt mainly with maybe some light citrus aromas. Taste is of malt and wheat with a herbal and citrus zest hop flavor on the finish. There is a very mild hint of bitterness on the palate with each sip. There is also a weird, slightly funky aftertaste that comes out more as the beer warms. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average wheat beer but nothing I would go after again.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 06:25:00 | More by UCLABrewN84
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4.13/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden yellow into my pint glass with a slight haze, a nod to its unfiltered character. Nice white head about a finger and a half wide. No lacing.
S: there is a sweet malt/wheat aroma, but I am picking up more citrus notes than I expected, lemony, I'd say. Perhaps this is the Nobel hops. A decent balance.
T: balanced perfectly between the sweet bready notes and the twangy lemon flavors. Very refreshing and as stated, they play well together.
M: a pleasing thickness i didnt expect. Medium carbonation with a similar body. A nice aftertaste that is both slighty sweet and citrusy. Very fresh.
O: I hold Oberon has the gold standard for wheat pale ales. This brew can stand up against it. Balance is key here, you get just enough of both the barley malt and the Nobel hops. Its highly quaffable and highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2012 23:21:10 | More by Infamous7100
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2.33/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle into a pint. No bottle/brewed date.

a Golden yellow tan. Thick 1-inch big-bubbled bone white head. Lacing clings to the glass and lazily slides down during tasting leaving islands of tiny cloying bubbles. Medium carbonation. Steady stream of bubbles.

s Citrus apple and grapefruit beginnings. Raw pine/floral fills the middle of the nose. Sour citrus tinge finishes.

t Slightest iota of light toasted grain on the beginning of the taste. Lemony tart yeast overpowers and takes over all the way to the back of the tongue and the aftertaste.

m Medium body. Rests easily on the middle of the tongue.

o Would not suggest. Would choose another/new wheat over this. All it does well is the citrus/tart/yeast overload.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2012 02:36:46 | More by Mattamue
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New Hampshire

3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on April 14, 2012. The color is golden yellow with busy carbonation and a long lasting foamy off-white head. There is a little wheat on the nose but the aroma tends to be more hopped and citrus-based. The body is actually kind of nice with a medium texture and smooth. The taste is grainy and hoppy. This beer has a bigger bitter punch than most wheats I have had so in that regard it is unique.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 23:35:09 | More by puboflyons
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Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.