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

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BA SCORE
81
good

560 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 560
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 17
Gots: 30 | 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:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-16-2002

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Ratings: 560 | Reviews: 309
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Satisfying smooth drinking wheat beer. Just nice at end of a long hot day. Good yeast. Grain. Nice sweet malt and hops. Some citrus, vanilla, coriander. Perfect carbonation and mid mouthfeel. Not a big beer, done very well. Its white and also has an Orange hue. Recommended.

Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of metter98
3.59/5  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.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with an adequate head for the style, though the retention is not great and the lacing is spotty, at best

Smell: Bready, with some grain and a faint hint of lemon

Taste: Bready, up front, with a surprisingly lemon character developing by mid-palate; a bit of sweetness arrives, after the swallow, and lingers on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pleasant enough and a cut above average for the style

Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Built for summer time refreshment, this grain-sweet ale carries a soft wheaty taste into a grassy bitter finish. Simple but refreshing.

Blue Star starts with a deep golded, hazy appearance and a dainty head that's retention is short lived, reducing to a thin intermitten lace along the edge shortly after the pour. Low lying carbonation leaves the beer looking still. A less than lively appearance.

Wet grains and wheat malt provide a bready nose of raw barley and husk. Tea-like herbal notes give only the faintest of hop aroma. Mild on fruity esters, the beer's aroma is less complex than German wheat beers but carries a more acidic scent.

Medium wheat and part-grain flavors continue in taste, along with the herbal hop flavors. Mild sweetness is tempered by light acidic and grain taste. A mid palate of bready, doughy taste carries the beer past its sweet start and into the hop contributions. Herbal notes turn mildly grassy late for a bitter and crisper finish. Soft esters of over-rippened apricot and peach begin to round the taste.

Lightly creamy to start, the beer quickly waivers and begins to fall into a watery tone where mild grain astringency begins to surface. Acidic notes help to crispen the beer and to disguise some of the thin and grain character.

Where American wheat ales are generally less favorable to more authentic German counterparts, this one falls a hair better than average in this lesser catagory. But on a 90 degree day at the ball park, this one is welcome in my cup!

Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wheat beer pours out as a cloudy yellowish orange color. The head was fluffy and white before is settled and turned into just a thin little coating of the beer. The smell of this brew was of grains and wheat. The taste was soft with lots of wheat, grains and malts. There wasn't much of a hop flavor at all. The mouthfeel was smooth and is worth having in the warmer months of the year. Overall it's an ok brew, North Coast has much better beers out there.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seriously cloudy, bright banana yellow with several dozen citrus pulp-like floaters. The head is slightly larger than average, is bleached bone white and is moderately stiff and softly pitting. The head doesn't last long at all and leaves almost no lace. The beer smells pale wheaty with an appetizing lemony aroma. Not bad, not bad at all.

I'm not a big fan of wheat beers, but this one is actually pretty good. It's softly wheat malty with a mild spiciness and a lemoniness that gives it some degree of depth and personality. The body is substantial for a wheat--although it isn't what I'd call full--and the mouthfeel is appropriately lively. This is an exceedingly easy beer to drink.

Blue Star is better than expected. It would be a splendid session wheat, good to quaff in quantity when the mercury starts to rise.

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served straight out of the fridge andpouredinto a pint glass

A - Poured a very hazy and cloudy amber color, somewhat tinted yellow but actually a decent orange color surounding it. A small white head formed on the top maybe one finger high and quickly dropped down to the surface leaving behind only a trace.

S - Lots of light wheat aromas coming off of this one. thee is a definite hint of hops in there as well with a light lemon sort of smell sitting around in the back. Light grass and some yeast aromas as well.

T - Wow, I was really not expecting that one. Very musky with a much darker flavor then I wold have expected. Lots of grain in this one with a good deal of wheat coming through. Almost has that weird macro corn flavor as well, very strange. Finish is very dry with a nice bitter hoppy finish and a long drawn out flavor of bitter tangerine like.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a somewhat heavier feel then I thought it would have had. It has some nice carbonaton hanging around and lasting, but it did suffer from a bit of the slickness problems you tend to see.

D - A great session beer with almost no alcohol in it you could easily throw down multiples of this with no problem at all. I could see myself having two or three while I mow the lawn with no problem at all.

Overall not bad. I was really not the biggest fan of this one, but to be honest I have had much worse. This was definitly a quality beer and something that I would probably not buy again, but would not snub my nose at it either.

Photo of womencantsail
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: This one pours a pale golden orange in color with a small white head.

S: Sort of a weird aroma. A bit soapy with some light malt notes. A touch of sweet fruits, maybe some yeast, and a bit watery. Strong aroma of rubber as it warms.

T: Very plain, but fairly sweet. Sweet bread and pale malt with a light yeastiness. Not much in the way of the off, rubbery notes that were there on the nose. A touch of sweet golden apples.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation.

O: Could have used more wheat flavor and less blandness.

Photo of largadeer
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an unsurprising wheat-like color, hazy and unfiltered with a small amount of sediment.

Smell: Malty and wheaty with some subtle fruit; not a lot going on here.

Taste & mouthfeel: Bready and semi-sweet; undertones of orange and apricot. Light-bodied, bordering on slightly watery, but it works well enough for the style. Nice crisp dryness in the finish with a clean aftertaste.

Notes: Solid stuff. Excellent for long sessions, BBQs or any other time when you'd want a simple refreshing beer.

Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.79 single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale golden body with a fizzy, foamy white head.

Smell: Gentle, understated aroma of toasted wheat, wildflowers, honey, and lemon wedges.

Taste: Honey sweet and grainy with fruit flavors of peach and lemon. Leaves a sour yeasty aftertaste. Spiced bananas and some hints of dough before the light, citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A likeable, even welcome wheat beer for the summer. Shine on, lil' Blue Star, shine on!

Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a cloudy, gold color with a one-finger head that doesn't last long. No lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and grains.

T - A slight grassy bitterness mixed with a citrus kick. Also, wheat and malt flavors are evident.

M- It is crisp and light-bodied.

D - Overall, I'd say this is a good Am. Pale Wheat Ale.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, golden with an orange tint. The bright white head falls fairly quickly for the style however, leaving just a whispy covering across the surface and a limited collar. The aroma is nicely fruity with some background malt. The body is light with a spritzy carbonation, giving a tingle in the mouth and a thin, somewhat watery mouthfeel. The flavor is well balanced between light, sweet wheat flavor & a lightly tart yeasty note, and limited bitterness. Finishes quickly with just a reminder of the light tart quality and some drying grain. Quite enjoyable and refreshing. A perfect summer quencher with a delicate but enjoyable character.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, grain, light malts, some lemon and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of wheat, citrus and a mild hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side for the style, but is enough to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, good representation of style, not quite the best wheat beer but it's still a decent beer to pound for a while when you want something light.

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Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 560 ratings.