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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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544 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 544
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 24 | 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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Photo of stephendr
1.68/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle- color of pale hazy yellow , with a thick white head - nose of cereal , dried bananas , slight cloves , sweet lemon , and barnyard – taste of citrus , wheat , yeast, and that sweet lemon - body sparkely , and with sight acidity – aftertaste of sour acidic, and cereal

stephendr, Feb 18, 2007
Photo of nineworldseries
1.75/5  rDev -51.1%

nineworldseries, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of PittBeerGirl
1.98/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A-its cloudy like a wheat ale should be thats good. but its bubbles,bubbles everywhere. nice white head though.

S- in line for a wheat. citrus, clove, wheat and yeast.

T-light (and I do mean light because they were very watered down) tastes of wheat, citrus, and yeast, followed by adicity, then a nice yeast finish.

M- thin, watery, and very overcarbonated, it makes it like drinking wheat beer club soda. The carbonation masks anything good that might be in this beer.

D- I love wheat beers and this is just not the example I was looking for. Its too thin, too watery, too overcarbonated, and too acidic.

PittBeerGirl, Apr 16, 2007
Photo of Herky21
2/5  rDev -44.1%

Herky21, Mar 11, 2013
Photo of Noelito76
2.25/5  rDev -37.2%

Noelito76, Sep 03, 2014
Photo of hotstuff
2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wheat beers are one of my favorite styles of beer and unfortunately this one was a big disappointment in my opinion.It was flat, thin and nothing special stood out with this beer.It had a small white head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated and slightly cloudy.The hue was pale yellow and there was very little lacing.The nose was that of bananas, some clove and some hops.The flavor was flat and somewhat sweet tasting.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin, watery and light bodied.

hotstuff, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of chaswisler
2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high expections for this beer but alas, it left me wanting more.

The beer looked good. Poured well. Had a nice clean white head.

But the taste is lacking. Even the smell is not up to par. It just doesn't have much taste, it's a crisp taste, kinda like pears, but there is not much umph.

chaswisler, May 05, 2009
Photo of Mattamue
2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Mattamue, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of praufs01
2.45/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Light floral hop.

Palate - Watery thin bodied brew with light carbonation.

Flavor - Watered down flavor with a light tang in the finish.

Final thoughts - Very light. Not much in the way of flavor.

praufs01, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of rastaman
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

rastaman, Feb 19, 2005
Photo of Blakaeris
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours opaque, hazy golden-tan with a slight head that quickly dissipates to a thin soapy sheen.

Aroma is of wet straw. Floral and herbal. A strong bit of sour rotten fruit. Hints of lemon grass and grainy malt. Quite unusual.

Taste is wheaty, and sour. Is this a bad bottle? Musty, herbal and medicinal notes. Light citrus appears for a moment. Some earthy hop bitterness in the finish, however it is short lived and almost completely eclipsed by the odd medicinal sourness.

Nouthfeel is medium-full.

A very odd beer. But I must admit, the more I drink the better it seems to taste. I guess you just need to get acclimated to it. Strangely medicinal with virtually no hop crispness. Unfortunately, the flavor is very muddled.

Blakaeris, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of surfmeister
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, how utterly boring...
Imagine your favorite hefeweizen, murky, golden/yellow, voluminous head, enticing to the eyes, now take away all the banana/clove scent that usually tickles the fancy of your nose, take away the fruity esters that make your palate so happy and you have this beer, all the promise of a hefe, missing all the reasons that you reach for it in the first place, I do not buy into this as being a separate style as in "american wheat", it's just an inferior knock off

surfmeister, Dec 21, 2004
Photo of KillaB
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

KillaB, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of chrisroarshack
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

chrisroarshack, Dec 19, 2013
Photo of Kyrojack
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Kyrojack, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap in Lodi, served in a shaker pint.

A: Served a lightly cloudy golden honey/iced-tea color with a quarter-inch of eggshell white head that left a few streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Minerally smelling with a note or two of wheat and light citrus.
T: Mineral chalkiness again. Flavors of wheat are sparse and thin. I get a touch of lemon, but overall the flavors are pretty watery.
M: Really fizzy carbonation made up of tiny bubbles. Watery mouthfeel is light but fairly refreshing.
O: Not my favorite of the style. I know it’s supposed to be light and refreshing in flavor, but I still felt this could use more. And what flavors were there were not the best. I would drink the Anchor, FFF, Lagunitas or SN versions over this any day.

scottfrie, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of dustin555
2.6/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average color for unfiltered wheat beer. Nothing remarkable in the flavor department. Not complex, but not terrible. Beyond the wheaty and pleasant finish, not much flavor at all. Perhaps on tap and very VERY cold would have been a better experience.

dustin555, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sweet medium malt, creamy spicy hops.

Light orange straw, hazy. Medium head poor retention.

Medium bitterness. Quite light. Light floral hops with medium tartness. Medium grainy wheat. Finishes tart and a little bitter.

Thin to medium body with medium-light carbonation.

Just okay. Thirst-quenching, but not tasty.

MrHungryMonkey, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Onslow
2.63/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this was kind of a boob of a beer, not a nice young firm one, more like a granny teet .... a bit thin in the mouth ... geez, such a simple dumbed down beer .. some lacing ... needs more- everything .."make me a bike, clown!!" ... lacks character, integrity, and morals.... and fuck the people who ask for this..

Onslow, Jul 21, 2008
Photo of scruffwhor
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a smallish head with no retention. Color was a pale yet golden sunshine color. The lacing was defiently subpar with any average wheat beer. Smell was tart and a little metallic. The flavor was a tart banana and wheat melange with some plae malts in the mix. But all these flavors were pretty muted. Mouthfeel was dry and run of the mill as far as wheat beers go.

scruffwhor, May 07, 2006
Photo of malcontent
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tapered color, pale hay to deep gold from bottom to top. Thin layer of head caps the unfiltered body.

Unexpected hop presence leads into understated wheat/lemon scent. Simple but pleasant.

When I recover from the aggressive fizzy nature of the beer I'm struck by the relatively watery taste left behind. Finish is bitter in an off-putting fashion, almost like the wheat had turned.

As noted, too fizzy and slightly watery. This is on the list with Goose Island 312 as uninspired wheat beers produced by top-notch breweries. Not offensive, just not really worth the time.

malcontent, Jul 01, 2007
Photo of cjgator3
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a creamy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. There is not much going on in the aroma with some malted wheat, yeast and just a hint of hops. Much like the aroma, the taste is pretty bland. Overall, this is a pretty bland offering that really does not have any qualities that stand out in any way to make me want to drink another.

cjgator3, May 27, 2007
Photo of Drewcifer
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours with almost no head, a murky golden-orange color

Aroma is very slight wheat, but mostly floral hops.

Taste is wheat, slight malt, a touch of lemon, but overall weak and a little watered down. No real hops to it, either.

Mouthfeel was light, watery, not very crisp, and fairly flat.

Easy drinker, although overall, I was thoroughly unimpressed. On the chance the bottle was bad, I may edit later on, but I have a feeling the bottle wasn't bad, it's just a fairly unimpressive example of the style.

Drewcifer, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of Wsherry1
2.75/5  rDev -23.2%

Wsherry1, Oct 02, 2013
Photo of changeup45
2.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden color topped with a moderate off-white head that does settle down a bit. It certainly has a dirty water look to it. Very wheaty aroma with hints of lemon and an overall fresh type of smell to it but it's subtle and could be mistaken for the smell you get after cleaning your house. The flavor is mild lemon spice with a mix of citrus malts. It's not a bad wheat but something is missing to make it a good beer. I'd have no problem having it again on a hot day but it's definitely limited. And for the record, if I'm going to drink a North Coast brew on a warm day I'll take a Scrimshaw Pils.

changeup45, Aug 27, 2008
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Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
82 out of 100 based on 544 ratings.