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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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503 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 503
Reviews: 302
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 14
Gots: 13 | 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 1fastz28


4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a pretty dark orange color without alot of head, has a TON of sediment in it, lots of big chunks floating around in there. smell is kinda weak, but not bad, just doesn't jump out at me like other beers, but to its defense i'm not using the proper vessel. the taste is good though, has your normal citrus flavor, but has a little more body to it than other wheat beers. from what i can remember alot of wheat beers are kinda weak when it comes to alcohol volume and such, this beer keeps up a more normal 4-5 range. good beer all around.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 05:25:37 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of czfreeman


4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured out a light hazy color. Small head retention. Good clove and banana aromas, finished witha slight lemony bite. Thank God the bartender knows better than to put a lemon in any of my beers. Nice light, crisp mouthfeel. I would compare this more to the Kristall-Weizens I had in Deutchland rather than a Hefe, makes drinkability high, and a very enjoyable Amer. wheat for the summer to look foward to

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2008 04:42:03 | More by czfreeman
Photo of clayrock81


3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale, golden body that is moderately cloudy and leaves a one-finger head that leaves minor lacings. The smell leaves noticeable aromas of fruit and yeast but not so much malt. The taste and mouthfeel are very smooth, with the citrus and yeast a little overpowering the hops for a sweeter drink, but I am not complaining. You could say the lack of malt in the beer hurts it if you like a dry finish, but I think for an American Pale Wheat it was nice having a smooth flow. Nothing too complex here to write about, but I bought a 6-pack the other day and it is gone

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2008 19:13:22 | More by clayrock81
Photo of daledeee


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a single bottle of this to try. Poured this with a nice medium head. Cloudy dark yellow or gold. The initial nose was hoppier than I expected. Citrus and the usual yeast is also apparent. Head dissipated to a lacy look.

Taste is mild. Citrus is up front. Orange rind. Good carbonation. The finish is also strong such as yeast and a little sour. Good drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2008 05:01:02 | More by daledeee
Photo of birchstick


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer smelled hoppy, with a faint bit of citrus, and wheat breadish. The taste was kind of bland, moved from the malts to a strong wheat aftertaste that lets you know it’s a wheat. It was easy to drink due to it being a watery wheat. I wasn't very impressed with this offering, but that's not to say I would never have it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2008 04:15:10 | More by birchstick
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 02:52:04 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of gmfessen


4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is unfiltered and cloudy (as expected) and appears a yellow-orange color in the glass with a thin head comprised of many fine bubbles. The smell is what you might expect from an American wheat beer; wheat (duh), a hint of citrus fruitiness and maybe just a touch of yeast. The taste is much the same, starts slightly sweet with the wheat and citrus notes shining through but it finishes with a mild bitterness that is transparent in the smell, making for a well balanced beer. The mouthfeel is a light-medium body with a fairly agressive carbonation that suits the beer well. Overall a very enjoyable and sessionable beer. Quaffable even. Good example of an APWA.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2008 20:33:20 | More by gmfessen
Photo of Drew966


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

Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a touch of lemon in the aroma. There is a light flavor, you can taste the wheat and then there's some lemon. A simple, sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2008 00:03:05 | More by Drew966
Photo of RblWthACoz


4.2/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I poured it, I thought that it looked like lemon juice. It ended up being a telltale sign. The lemon flavor is very heavy, but not so overpowering that it ruins the beer in it’s entirety, I felt. I will admit that I like strong flavors in a beer, so anything that is very full will most likely get more points from me. It might be so strong that it makes it that you have to dig that lemon flavor in your wheat beer (or full flavors in general), otherwise you might not appreciate it that much.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2007 02:12:02 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of jwc215


3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clouded golden with a fluffy white head that soon becomes a small patch.

The smell is of wheat dough, tangy with citric peel and soft floral notes.

The taste is of wheat dough with somewhat restrained citric fruitiness and floral notes. Semi-dry finish.

Appropriately light-bodied. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

There's a fair amount of hops, though they do weave in and out a bit - enough to make it stand out a bit in its style. All-together a fine refresher and better than the run-of-the mill APWA.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2007 15:39:32 | More by jwc215
Photo of genog


3.15/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My friend picked up a 6 pack this week and brought it over. Pours a golden yellow color with sparkling carbonation. Creamy 3" bright white head sits on top. Smell is of grains, corn, malt, cheap smelling with a little spice. Taste is grains and a little sweet honey. Mouthfeel is crisp and smooth. Not really a typical Wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 03:54:00 | More by genog
Photo of williamherbert

New York

3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Flavor is a thick and cloudy goldenrod orange color. No head to speak of, but a top layer of film. Thick and opaque like light cider. Looks like a thick fruit/apricot beer.

Has a thick, sweet wheat aroma wtih a hint of some mild orange. Fruity sweetness. Not that powerful.

Nice dry wheaty flavor with a sweet orange/fruit accent. A really refreshing witbier. Gets sweeter as it warms; fruit overpowers dry wheat.

Feels dry in the wheat feel, but wet in the fruity feel. Really thirst-quenching. A little tingly, but smooth. Thick, surprisingly. A good sweet wheat beer. Light, fruity, refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2007 05:34:12 | More by williamherbert
Photo of beeragent


3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle. The beer pours a hazy light gold, forming a 1 inch head that quickly fades, leaving light spots of lace. The aroma is a very light mix of wheat malt and hops. The taste starts out with a light taste of malt, and slight fruitiness, and ends with a noticeable hop presence. Light smooth mouthfeel. Very drinkable brew. Overall, I didnt know what to expect from this beer, but I wasnt dissappointed. Not too much flavor is present, but I can see this being an afternoon summer beer. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2007 22:19:05 | More by beeragent
Photo of MrHungryMonkey


2.63/5  rDev -26.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2007 01:45:52 | More by MrHungryMonkey
Photo of breadnerd


2.88/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, light orange with a creamy white head (though head retention is a bit lacking)

Aromas include sweet smells of citrus and straw, with wheat malts in the backround.

Lemon and grapefruit flavors balance well with the hops and malt. Yeast pressence is noticed, but not over-powering.

This is a very light and refreshing beer. Perfect for the summer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 17:03:58 | More by breadnerd
Photo of goochpunch


3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a murky nectarine with a thick 3 finger head that maintains its fluffy and dimpled presence for a while. Smells like malted wheat, pale malt, citrus, and grass. Hops come out most in the flavor with the wheat and malt more in the background. Some apricot too. Mouthfeel is light, but some weight from the yeast sediment, but the carbonation is weak. Solid drinkability. Tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2007 03:16:56 | More by goochpunch
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.35/5  rDev -6.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 22:52:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of malcontent


2.73/5  rDev -24%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2007 14:23:57 | More by malcontent
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

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

This is definitely the season for this bad boy so picking one up at Whole Foods yesterday makes good sense. Pours a completely opaque dark tan color with a brief glimpe of head that instantly evaporates. Carbonation bubbles are somewhat visible through the haze of wheat. A whiff is at first grainy but then wheat dominated with a hint of honey but overall faint and uninspiring.

Taste is a refreshing splash of wheat. Texture is a bit watery and thin with a slightly oily aftertaste that sticks to the insides of my mouth until it breaks down or I sip again. A bit of a one trick pony with the wheat, no complexity or other layers but still adept for picking one up on a hot summer's day.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 23:06:56 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Osiris9588


3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 18:36:29 | More by Osiris9588
Photo of Maerzen


3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Little Star Pizza in San Francisco. Poured a cloudy off yellow with a fizzy head. Smell reminded me of honey and beeswax (or a floral candle). The taste had a nice hoppy tang but didn't have much complexity. Mouthfeel had a light carbonation. An average wheat all around.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2007 02:41:56 | More by Maerzen
Photo of cjgator3


2.75/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2007 05:47:34 | More by cjgator3
Photo of budgood1


3/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the stubby 12 oz. bottle a cloudy, hazy, light copper colour. thin head and thin rings of lace present themselves as i sip. unusually pleasant caramel malt aroma is quite evident, and the star of the nose. the taste is a mix of barley malt and wheat, but it seems the barley flavours are definitely in the forefront of this wheat beer, which is odd. slightly citrusy, another hint of spice and a ghostly hop aftertaste. after a few more sips, i believe this might be a bit old and not even near the peak of freshness. no dating on the bottle either, and i had to work like mad to work up the sediment on the bottom. not a good sign. the taste does change a bit with the dregs worked in...a bit of banana yeastiness is a welcome flavour. i even get a bit of spiciness in the nose, as well as on the tastebuds. either way, it's not one of the better wheat offerings i've tasted and most stuff i've had from north coast has been very satisfying. the mouthfeel is smooth and the body is medium...drinkability is toss up because i'm sure a fresh sample would be much more worthy of reviewing accurately.

this is one beer that i will be re-reviewing in the future, and i will be discussing this with my beer "hook up" to obtain a better sample.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2007 00:43:50 | More by budgood1
Photo of jeffjfindley


3.98/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dirty yellow, with not so great head, and lackluster retention. Smell is a wheat field, malty and cool. After this the taste is surprising... American micro toffee, with plenty of fluffy wheat, and a late sting of hops on the back of the tongue. This feels nice going down, and is damn drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2007 06:06:11 | More by jeffjfindley
Photo of daburtman

New York

3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought this beer at the premiere store as a single bottle, very very carbonated, almost like a soda-fizz to it. very refreshing beer that was very easy to drink, light bitterness and a good citrus smell to it. if your not too crazy into bitter pale beers, this one is a good american pale wheat to have. very easy on the taste buds, but not with a lack of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2007 00:31:34 | More by daburtman
Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 503 ratings.