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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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523 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 16
Gots: 20 | 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 TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy light golden wheat with a fizzy lid of off-white. Light nose of softly sweet wheaty grain, lightly lemony and yeasty estery. Soft light-medium body with modestly creamy carb and flavors of mellowly sweet/tangy wheat with some lemony citrus and estery yeastiness. A bit of spice in the end. Pleasant and sessionable.

Slynger, Jul 30, 2008
Photo of daythree16
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color bordering on light brown. 1.5 finger head that leaves very little lace down the side of the glass as it fades.

The smell is a bit floral with the wheat coming through in light grain notes. However, the taste is really not what I was expecting. There are some light fruit notes, but it's mostly a little bland and has a plastic, medicinal quality to the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly light and a little drying. Wouldn't be that bad if it wasn't for the plastic taste.

daythree16, Jul 27, 2008
Photo of theopholis
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a slightly transluscent apricot color. The head is quite white, fairly tight, and settles slowly into a nice cap.

Smell- Lots of wheat malt. Quite sour smelling. No much else. No banana, no clove. (None expected).

Taste- Somewhat wheaty. A nice, citrus bitterness to it. Reminds me of grape-fruit. A slightly grapefruity, woody after-taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light body. Good carbonation level. Has a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability- Quite nice.

theopholis, Jul 26, 2008
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 Med
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice semi-clear yellow in color with a nice white head that disappears very quickly and leaves no lace to speak of. Subdued aroma of bread crust and some citrus with a nice hop profile sitting underneath. Taste is clean and refreshing with a bready start giving way to just enough hops to make it interesting and finishing sweetly with some banana peel and apple. medium to light feel but with more carbonation than expected helping to fill it out. On this 96 degree day I find this to be very drinkable, but all in all I don't think it's quite enough to be in regular rotation.

Med, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Spikes in SLO
Poured like a traditional wheat. No head on the clear straw colored pour,had some good carbonation as it bubbled for a while. The nose was wheat and floral. Subtle lemon flavors, with wheat and some smoothness to it but not ebough wheat for me. Not a fan of wheats/hefes but this one did not have enough wheat for me. The body was a little weak, not much backbone and nothing really spectacular. It was average but nothing I would drink again.

barleywinefiend, Jul 06, 2008
Photo of largadeer
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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.

largadeer, Jun 18, 2008
Photo of Getinthevan
4.28/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found a six-pack of this at the local liquor store and decided to go for it.

From the get-go, appearance is incredibly cloudy and unfiltered, just like a great wheat beer should be. No arguments on my end; I was thoroughly pleased.

Smell is high in yeast and wheat. Definitely prepare for a treat.

Taste is great. It's got a nice sweetness that balances with the wheat that isn't overpowering, but just right to where you can just sit and relax with it. A perfect blend.

Mouthfeel was very full and satisfying. The wheat was very filling and quenched thirst efficiently.

I could drink a whole case of this stuff if I can find it. Otherwise, I'll just buy a good amount of six-packs in the meantime; great stuff!

Getinthevan, Jun 13, 2008
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is gold with ok carbonation. The head is small, white and leaves little lace.

The smell is good a fruity, non citrus and bread.

The taste os ok very plain American wheat.

The mouthfeel is ok, smooth creamy and a bigger body, light on the carbonation.

The drinkability is ok is this is a style you like, otherwise it is pretty average and not worth seeking out. MK

MuenchenerKindl, Jun 06, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a tulip produces a murky yellow-orange body topped by four fingers of soft rocky white head that retains at a finger and leaves healthy rings of sticky lacing.

Smell is very faint; lightly nutty with and a little fruit; not much going on here.

Taste is nutty and buttery with a hint of white peppercorns and some orange-peel bitter acidity.

Sudsy, slick,clean and refreshing. High levels of carbonation, but easily drinkable.

cvstrickland, May 14, 2008
Photo of Seanibus
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer. It pours a very pale, almost shocking, golden color with a sizable head that lingers longer than one would expect. It lacks much in the way of an aroma, but the flavor was pleasantly wheaty, with overtones of tropical fruit. It has a satisfying mouthfeel. The flavor and texture sustain through to the finish. This is a solid American Wheat and would be refreshing on a hot day. I don't know that it lives up to the excellence of some other North Coast offerings, but neither is it anything to be ashamed of.

Seanibus, Apr 21, 2008
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 DoubleJ
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was a hot day yesterday, so I grabbed a cold one out of the fridge, poured it into a weizen glass, and sat in a lawncahir in my backyard while enjoying it. On to the beer:

Semi-hazy blonde in appearance with a low dense head on top. The aroma brings out some fruit notes and some hops as well. The begining of each drink crisp wheat malt, a twang of fruit, and a moderate representation of hops for the style. As a beer, this is solid. Keep it cold for a warm day and enjoy.

DoubleJ, Apr 14, 2008
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 avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: When poured from a bottle to a weizen glass, had a brownish-yellow color and a thick consistency. Not much head, which is surprising considering it's a wheat beer.

S: Soft wheaty smell along with some citrus. A solid aroma.

T: I got a big dose of wheat, lemon and that bubble gum taste common to this style of beer. However, there was a certain bitterness that I didn't care for.

M: Nicely carbonated, a fairly dry finish despite the bitterness.

D: This is a pretty drinkable beer despite its debits. It's certainly not my favorite among this style, but it's still good.

avalon07, Apr 08, 2008
Photo of ybnorml
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy yellow beer. Had a small white head that evaporated before I even got the glass to my lips. There is a light wheat aroma with hints of herbs and spices in the background. Light and lemony with a nice herbal character and a hint of clove in the background. While I don't generally like American wheat beers. This had more flavor and character than most of the rest.

ybnorml, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cracked a bottle open after a long bike ride and this really hit the spot. Light and refreshing, yet full of flavor. The wheat malt isn't as clean as I'd expect for an American wheat, it's a pleasant sweet bread flavor. Balanced by the malt are very fruity hops, lots of citrus and no harsh bitterness. There's also a little kick of yeasty earthyness. All in all, this is relatively complex session beer. At times I got a slight cilantro aroma, which makes me think they used Summit hops. I also could have used a little bitterness, but maybe that's just me.

tempest, Mar 22, 2008
Photo of BigRedN
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz stubby bottle into a weizen glass. The beer is a pale gold, a touch hazy. My pour produces a white head, about 1 inch in height, that slowly fades to a solid cover on the beer. Leaves patchy lacing.

Smell: Citrou fruit (lemony) with a lighter wheaty/bready malt aroma.

Taste: There is a light malty backbone (wheaty/bready like the scent) as expected. This goes with a citrous fruit flavoer, that when combined no bitterness makes this a lightly sweet beer.

Mouthfeel: Light in body with good carbonation, steers short of overcarbonated fizzy.

Drinkability: An easy drinker, sessionable, I guess. For me this is just another "American Wheat Beer". I put two of these in a mixed 6 pack. It will be a long while before I buy this again.

BigRedN, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of JDV
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Perfect hazy golden pour with a big lasting white head in a weizen glass. Smell is lemony, lightly wheaty, and refreshingly simple. Taste is fairly light, lemony, very mildly wheat, and a bit of tartness. Perfectly crisp bite and finish, yet smooth at the same time. A nice wheat which although lacking some flavor, is a good easy drinking summer beer nonetheless.

JDV, Feb 22, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

1fastz28, Feb 14, 2008
Photo of czfreeman
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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

czfreeman, Feb 06, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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

clayrock81, Jan 20, 2008
Photo of daledeee
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

daledeee, Jan 19, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

birchstick, Jan 09, 2008
Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.