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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 ToasterChef


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2012 23:51:29 | More by ToasterChef
Photo of rarbring


3.23/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2012 20:12:24 | More by rarbring
Photo of TuffNut87


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2012 00:12:56 | More by TuffNut87
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 00:37:22 | More by tdm168
Photo of williamjbauer

West Virginia

3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-11-2012 15:04:52 | More by williamjbauer
Photo of celticfutblclub


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 00:47:01 | More by celticfutblclub
Photo of mactrail


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-04-2012 05:50:49 | More by mactrail
Photo of marshrat63


4/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2012 05:36:09 | More by marshrat63
Photo of Shumj


2.78/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2011 00:51:19 | More by Shumj
Photo of afdempse


3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 04:50:51 | More by afdempse
Photo of jayhawk73


3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2011 01:27:29 | More by jayhawk73
Photo of jmbranum


4.63/5  rDev +29%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2011 02:51:40 | More by jmbranum
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2011 00:40:42 | More by Immortale25
Photo of Rifugium


3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Strange of me to order this, as I wasn't really in the wheat beer mood, but then I rarely am, so I figured I'd sample it. Poured a very hazy golden yellow, nearly opaque, with a small cap of white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma of pale malts, wheat, and bready yeast. Similar taste, with notes of pale malts, wheat, yeast, lemon pith and apple skins. Pretty nice actually, even if not overly flavorful or distinctive. Light-medium body, and decently drinkable for the style.

Serving type: on-tap

11-19-2011 05:07:58 | More by Rifugium
Photo of tony223366


3.7/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on May 30, 2011.

A: This was more golden than yellow and moderately hazy. Bif fluffy white head with nice retention.

S: Fruity aroma... apples and lemon I think.

T: Sweet malty flavor. I'm definitely still getting some apples and lemon zest.

M: Light body with a crisp, refreshing carbonation.

O: Needs to be a tad more bitter for my liking but great on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2011 07:03:36 | More by tony223366
Photo of kagent777


3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Utah system poured into my goblet.

Appearance: A slightly hazy yellow beer, upon which sits an almost white head. It rose to about one finger width before settling down to a film across the surface. No lacing to speak of with a 4.5 ABV beer.

Smell: A mildly bready aroma with a slight mineral note. The grains are noticeable but not prominent. There is a very mild alcohol but only because everything is hiding away. There is also a mild yeast component.

Taste: A solid bready beer. The taste really follows the nose. The finish is pretty dry. Nice and crisp.

Mouthfeel: A medium to light bodied beer, but not delicate. The carbonation is crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Again, another beer that BMC drinkers will not be shocked by. On the other hand, a solid beer that more jaded beer drinkers, me included, might pass up in favor of something a little more substantial. Has great flavor and character but is not beefy.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 04:44:22 | More by kagent777
Photo of Doshkin


3.63/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


a - pale orange, almost tan. cloudy opacity

s - very mildly floral, slightly citrusy. not very strong smelling beer, but not in a bad way

t - again a little floral, but much more citrusy in flavor

m - just the right amount of carbonation. little bite that pleasantly lingers on the back of the tongue for a while

o - just as the bottle states, only the bare ingredients were used. impressively simple and quite drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 01:04:46 | More by Doshkin
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -0.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 20:43:39 | More by brentk56
Photo of WoodBrew


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

Batting second is the Blue Star Wheat Ale...and it is very good! The color is a cloudy yellow with thin white head. The aroma included spice and citrus. The taste is very good; starts spicy then comes hints of citrus with a final spice on the pallet. The mouthfeel is very good and easy to drink. definitely a good wheat.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 19:23:16 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of womencantsail


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-14-2011 04:28:38 | More by womencantsail
Photo of ferrari29


3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Hefeweizen style glass

A - Beer pours with a cloudy orange colored body; very well carbonated; forms a good one and a half finger white colored head; frothy and bubbly in appearance; held well; some lacing formed on the glass

S - Orange spice; wheat and grains; touch of corn; biscuit malt back-end; spices; smooth scents of Noble hops

T - Light touch of orange; wheat grainy flavor washes over the middle of the tongue; peach; barely any hop taste to this, but there is a slight touch of bitterness; heavy fruit and yeast taste

M - Creamy and effervescent; flavor washes over pretty quickly and leaves behind a semi-dry bitter taste; smooth; refreshing

D - Overall, good drink; I found it to be very enjoyable and easy to handle; not a bad summer drink; I like the orange/peach blend in this drink, this wheat is not that overpowering and the fruits stand out very well

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2011 03:32:07 | More by ferrari29
Photo of olimpia84


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

Poured the short 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: this beer poured an unfamiliar dark golden/brownish color for a wheat beer. Two finger head that dissolved rather quickly. Very small lacing was present as well, although it didn't last long.

S: very strong yeast and citrus notes, especially lemon.

T: follows the nose with a strong yeasty feel in the palette, accompanied with strong lemon taste and wheat presence. A bit lacking on the fruit and sweet end unfortunately.

M: light to medium body. Medium to high carbonation which got in the way of enjoying it a bit.

O: I have mixed feelings about this beer. Its lightness makes a great choice for summer days because the beer goes down easy and can be enjoyed in BBQ, parties, etc. but at the same time the taste wasn't as complete as I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2011 00:55:53 | More by olimpia84
Photo of scottfrie


2.58/5  rDev -28.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2011 19:21:31 | More by scottfrie
Photo of DarthKostrizer


3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Straw yellow with a 1/8 inch head maybe. No retention

Smell: wheat grapefruit and traces of lemon

Taste: very strong wheat taste mixed in with bubble gum lemon straw and a hint of lime

Mouthfeel: light body with high carbonation

Overall: good run of the mill wheat. Its cheap and tasty just the way I like my hookers

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2011 01:25:31 | More by DarthKostrizer
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale honey golden with a decent white head. Aroma is wheaty and fruity, the latter component almost entirely apple, and has a hint of honey. Wheaty flavor has a subtle apple undertone. Smooth, slightly fizzy texture is just a teensy watery but still acceptable.

Serving type: growler

08-01-2011 01:22:02 | More by Cyberkedi
Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 480 ratings.