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

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559 Ratings
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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 309
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.29%
Wants: 16
Gots: 29 | 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

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Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-16-2002

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Photo of praufs01
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Photo of avalon07
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of ybnorml
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Photo of BigRedN
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of JDV
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of 1fastz28
4.01/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of czfreeman
3.98/5  rDev +11.2%
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

Photo of clayrock81
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Photo of daledeee
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of birchstick
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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 gmfessen
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
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.

Photo of Drew966
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of RblWthACoz
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.77/5  rDev +5.3%
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.

Photo of genog
3.18/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of williamherbert
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of beeragent
3.4/5  rDev -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.

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.67/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Photo of breadnerd
2.9/5  rDev -19%
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.

Photo of goochpunch
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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 malcontent
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.