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

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Blue Star Great American Wheat BeerBlue Star Great American Wheat Beer

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515 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by chicagoabbot:
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4.55/5  rDev +27.1%

12 oz into a snifter...despite the cloudy appearance, this is one of the cleanest and most drinkable beers of all time. It is definitely the best American style wheat beer and I especially enjoy it in the summer. Gumballhead is also an incredible American wheat, but quite different and much hoppier.

Plenty of head on top of the cloudy bright body. Super clean aroma with wheat sharpness and a delightful yeast dance in your nose. It's crisp and refreshing and sharp. Low ABV makes it extremely sessionable. It's hard not to just chug it. Great straight out of the bottle too. Highly recommended.

07-28-2011 04:43:50 | More by chicagoabbot
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

Traditional cloudy straw-like appearance,aroma was floral and wheat beer-like.Kind of a weak body,a little thin does have some apple tinge in flavor to it.I pretty drinkable but not to comples,have had much better,not something I would probably recommend.

02-08-2003 19:37:56 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


3.08/5  rDev -14%

Appearance – Typical cloudy yellow body with a big head that pitted beautifully and laced the glass.

Smell – The yeasty aroma is coupled with spicy coriander and some serious pepper.

Taste – This is more like a Belgian Pale Ale. The yeast is there, but it’s the spiciness that carries the day. There’s also a peculiar tartness to this one that seems out of place.

Mouthfeel – This one is tangy and off-style.

Drinkability – The Blue Star was a struggle to get down.

10-05-2003 12:29:57 | More by RoyalT
Photo of Zakk


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-14-2012 01:42:34 | More by Zakk
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster


3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-18-2013 09:13:19 | More by BubalooBrewMaster
Photo of Dmann


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

Another good offering from North Coast. This beer poured a hazy golden color with a huge frothy white head that left great ammounts of lace down my glass. The smell was quite lemon-y with slight grain in there too. The taste was good but did not grab my attention too much. It had a good lemon flavor with a decent ammount of malt and just a touch of bitterness from the hops but nothing that was really interesting. Although is is not the most interesting beer in the world, it is still highly drinkable and would be a great choice for a session beer.

10-01-2004 11:37:13 | More by Dmann
Photo of danthehopslamman


3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

08-15-2012 03:57:14 | More by danthehopslamman
Photo of Jason


3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw in colour with a frothy dense white head.

Smell: Mellow fruit and yeast with a mild floral noble hop aroma.

Taste: Quite flavourful ... crisp sweet barley and wheat malt, light fruit, hints of yeast, mild tartness and a light refreshing hop bitterness. This finish is well done also, fine floral notes and some drying grain.

Notes: A very refreshingly crisp brew, flavours are delicate and extremely enjoyable. A great American Wheat to be had here.

05-16-2002 19:10:28 | More by Jason
Photo of locckdown

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -16.2%

03-24-2012 22:24:09 | More by locckdown
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-27-2014 06:32:04 | More by andrewdanks
Photo of Janeinma


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

05-19-2014 02:28:37 | More by Janeinma
Photo of virinow

New York

4/5  rDev +11.7%

11-17-2011 01:54:46 | More by virinow
Photo of Osiris9588


3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Pours a cloudy pale straw color out of 12oz bottle, no date. The white head gushes at first, but doesn't stick around for long.

The aroma is domainated by grain. It tastes like a wheat beer, heavy on the wheat, barley, and malt, but has a nice crisp, well-hopped finish.

It's light bodied, but displays good complexity for the style. Very drinkable. A very good choice for a summer beer.

06-09-2007 18:36:29 | More by Osiris9588
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

04-02-2014 15:47:00 | More by GOBLIN
Photo of Dizzy


4.1/5  rDev +14.5%

Pours hazy golden color with white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is wonderful, cascade hops. Taste is hop bitterness, not much more. Doesn't linger in finish very long. Mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium with a little bite from carbonation. This is a great summer beer, too bad it cost $10 for a six pack or I would drink this more. If you like American wheat beers and hops, you'll like this.

07-31-2006 01:27:56 | More by Dizzy
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-20-2013 16:05:19 | More by briandaube
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


3.29/5  rDev -8.1%

Lots of carbonation and haze, a little dark yellow thing going on, good head. Aroma was husky wheat.

Dry finish, gritty taste, seems like the malt percentage that is wheat is really high on this one. A very agreeable beer when that's what you are looking for. I wonder why this isn't more popular given some of the ones that are. Good hydration beer.

11-06-2010 01:12:02 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

On tap served in a pint glass

A - Slighty hazy light gold with one finger white head minimal lacing and minimal head retention

S - Wheat and hint of lemon

T - nice wheat backbone with lemon and pleasant yeast flavors

M - light body moderate carbonation

O - as the temp goes up, down a few of these. Very enjoyable wheat beer with a few nice surprises.

02-11-2012 15:04:52 | More by williamjbauer
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3.78/5  rDev +5.6%

Apricot color, hazy with nice dark yeasties floating around as well. Solid 1/4 inch head after a minute. Good thick lacing. Lightly lemony aroma, some sense of zest, not overly yeasty. Flavor is well done, cottony and rich mouthfeel and a nice thick but not pronounced elements of restrained nutmeg and the barest banana ester. A little sweet grape jelly. Some wheat beers strike it extremly well with me, others fall out in emphasizing one element too much, some have few defining characteristics at all. This is a good middle-of-the-road entry that has the potential to strike it positive with a variety of beer drinkers.

08-22-2003 14:15:03 | More by ADR
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West Virginia

3.85/5  rDev +7.5%

Appears a pale hazy orange golden hue with a vibrantly white foaming head leaving trickled lace as it dwindles down slowly. Aroma: Doesn't have the characteristic yeast notes of the banana clove combo but it is filled with a bouquet of spices and different tones and an underlying citrus tone that blends well with the sharp sweetness of the wheat malt just ties it all together. Taste is a wonderful mix of yeasty mustiness, sharp sweet malted wheat, a mild huskiness to it and definite hops seems a bit medicinal but in a good way if that makes sense. Mouthfeel: Although no chewy there's still a great deal of texture spurred by the healthy amount of carbonation this one goes down as one of the better American wheat beers I have come across. Drinkability: Refreshing perfect for the style for the summertime, I must say. Good overall shot at making a wheat beer every North Coast brew I've tried has been remarkable in their own way, while this one may not compare to Red Seal, Old No. 38, Scrimshaw, or Old Rasputin it really hits the spot. Very solid mild flavors refreshing quality but in the end it hits a tender spot in my heart.

09-03-2003 14:39:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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South Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

05-12-2013 22:53:45 | More by chinchill
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3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

05-29-2014 13:55:09 | More by Ice_cyclops86
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3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

12-17-2012 15:34:12 | More by stereosforgeeks
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3.83/5  rDev +7%

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of intense citrus - partly orange and partly grapefruit with hints of lemon. Also present are lighter amounts of wheat twang and clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more like a wheat beer than it smells. Soft wheat flavors kick things off and delve into bright citrus flavors shortly thereafter. Midway through the sip very mild amounts of spices enter into things before fading out before a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation was a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a very Americanized wheat with loads of hops. Not a bad thing but know what to expect.

03-17-2010 22:02:01 | More by glid02
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.48/5  rDev -30.7%

Tap@North Coast. Lemony and tangy, wheaty, grainy malts, a bit short, American wheats never seem to work, and this is no exception. Just not a whole lot happening in here, not yeasty banana esters, just zingy hops and sweet, lightly wheaty, drinkable.

02-19-2005 11:19:52 | More by rastaman
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Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
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