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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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308 Reviews
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Reviews: 308
Hads: 583
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 21
Gots: 45 | 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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Photo of rlee1390
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  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.

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Photo of matjack85
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of sonata2008
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of TwelveOunces
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.58/5  rDev 0%
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.

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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.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.08/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Mattamue
2.37/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of ToasterChef
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cellar temperature that was shipped to me from CA is poured into a pint glass. The beer is cloudy and has a golden wheat color. A small white foam head sits on top. A decent amount of rising carbonation can be seen within. Aromas of wheat and some pale malt sweetness can be smelled coming off of the beer. The beer has a very pleasing pale wheat flavor. There is a healthy amount of grain here, but it isn't too sweet. The noble hops and some balance, but they do not posess a very strong flavor. They may add to the kiss of spiciness in the finish, but that could be only the yeast. Like many beers of this style, this ones tastes refreshing and would probably be best consumed on a warm day. It's medium body isn't sticky, and the carbonation levels are just right. It is a good example of the style, though not impressive enough for me to have it shipped across country again, as there are many fine examples produced closer to home. For anyone on the west coast, this is a good one to try.

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Photo of rarbring
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A hazy amber brew with an off-white small and quickly settling head, little lacing and no curtains.

The smell is honey sweet oranges, very un-wheatish.

Tasting sweet orange-drawn honey on loaf of bread, some lemon curd bitterness.

Medium high carbonation, small foamy bubbles, soft with a mild dry finish.

I would never have guessed that this was a wheat beer, but that does not make it a bad beer.

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Photo of TuffNut87
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With Spring on the horizon, I am looking for brews suitable to warmer weather, food from the grill/smoker, and a refresher after mowing. The beer had little lacing poured into a pint glass. A very mild but fresh smell. It constantly streamed bubbles and tingled my tongue. It cleansed my palate pleasingly after finishing a bowl of lobster bisque. it would pair well with BBQ sauces and burgers. The aftertaste was mild and refreshing. It would be a nice session drink while sitting on the deck.

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Photo of tdm168
3.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy orangish yellow with a big mountain of soft, fizzy, white head that has little retention. The nose has a big citrusy, sweet, lemony aroma. The flavor is also very lemony and sweet with some underlying straw notes. There are some strong orange zest notes in the finish. The mouthfeel is very light and the carbonation is light as well.

This is a light and refreshing beer which is nice, but the flavor profile throws me. The lemony, orangey taste is not really what I'm looking for. This would probably be a great summer beer, but overall I'm unimpressed.

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

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Photo of celticfutblclub
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into duvel 'vijf duvel sil vous plait' tulip

A - golden opaque body with wispy white head three fingers thick. down to a thin layer quickly but holds. no real lacing.

S - citrus notes wheat and some hints of something similar to chardonnay back there as well.

T - toasted malts, citrus again and wheat. the toasted notes work well here.

M - medium bodied with medium carbonation. some carbonic numbing on the front of the tongue but its not overwhelming. very faint astringency in there as well.

O - i wasn't expecting much out of this and am not a big big fan of wheat beers but this was definitely a job well done for north coast.

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Photo of mactrail
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow amber in the tall tulip. Well carbonated and prickly in the mouth. Some sweetness followed by a tart aftertaste. PErfumey nose. A touch of the German Hefeweizen spice, but that odd sourish hint is bothersome. However, it makes for a big mouthful that comes together in a malty mash-up. Dry finish with bitterness finally making a bolder appearance.

On tap at Local Habit in San Diego. I liked it better as it warmed and I got used to the flavor.

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Photo of marshrat63
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excellent example of the type. Cloudy golden appearance with a nice white head that disappeared quickly. Nice wheat aroma with very smooth taste resulting in very refreshing experience. Very drinkable and would rate this as one of the better wheat beers I've had.

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Photo of Shumj
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Very light

Appearance: Hazy, honey gold color. Pours with a large head. Little lacing

Flavor: Sweet light, Mild and crisp overall. Did not care for the after taste. Initially good quickly turns sour.

Mouthfeel: Average, Little carbonation.

Overall: Poured nicely with a large head with minimal aroma. Head disappears with little lacing. Average taste for a wheat. The after taste is what ruined it for me, left an unpleasing finish.

Overall: Average, but wouldn't have again.

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

Cloudy yellow-orangeish beer with a decent head. Little lacing.

Aroma of honey, lemon, pie crust. Perhaps a little fruitiness in the form of apple, pear etc.

Flavor starts out with a full, yeasty bread presence. A bit of light malty sweetness follows with a nice balancing hop edge to finish.

Mouthfeel is full and moderately sweet, but not heavy. Finish is semi-dry and refreshing.

Overall, a solid American Wheat that I would not hesitate to consume in quantity during warmer weather (or any other time for that matter). Clean and drinkable, a good session ale.

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Photo of jayhawk73
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light, cloudy yellow color with a one finger white head. Good lacing on my snifter glass. The nose is wheat, hops, lemon, and maybe a little grass thrown in there. Very light, and not offensive. Taste follows suit- same profile as the nose. Feel is very light, with average carbonation. Fairly average for this style. Overall, this is a decent beer- but not a great one. I probably won't look for this again. Cheers.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightful wheat beer.

Pours a pretty hazy glowing gold with big white head. Some big clumps of yeast apparent in the bottom of the glass.

Slight aroma.

Flavor is crisp and clean. Nicely balanced. A little bit sweet, a little bit tart and just a twinge of hops. Reminds me a little of a Belgian white beer but with less citrus. A tiny bit of sourdough bread maybe.

Nice medium mouthfeel with a fair bit of carbonation.

Overall a great wheat beer. The balance is what sets this beer apart from so many others.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy light gold color with a two finger head that reduces to a fluffly 1/8 inch thick head with noticeable lacing.

S- Light wheat flavor is sweet and sharp along with some fleeting lemon. A dash of alcohol fume is the only other detectable scent.

F- Some orange and soft wheat flavor. Trace amounts of hops and yeast that still blend with the wheat and make for a pretty striking flavor considering the usual neutered quality of most wheat beers. Still, it's pure and simple as the label implies.

M- The best part of this one. Full and spritzy with medium-high carbonation tricks the tongue into thinking there's a lot more going an than there really is.

O- A great and kind of different wheat beer. Its simplicity is what makes this star shine.

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Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.