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

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532 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 532
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 23 | 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 boblog
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Lovely hazy golden color with a small white head.
Smell- Pretty good light lemon wheat scent.
Taste- light wheat taste with a hint of lemon.
Mouthfeel- light and pretty good level of carbonation.
Drinkablility- It goes down smooth. Very drinkable.
Overall a pretty decent Pale Wheat Ale not the best but not the worst.

boblog, Jul 07, 2006
Photo of JBStith
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blue Start Wheat is really my first delve into wheat beers. And thus I don't have areal basis for comparison for this style, but I truely enjoyed it.

A: Pours a very hazy, pale yellow with a bubbly white head. Low retention and lacing.

S: Light aroma. Most smells were non-distinguishabe.

T: Crisp, slightly bitter, but overall very mild.

M&D: Light to medium mouthfeel and very drinkable. A perfect mid-summers day beer.

Again, my first real experience with a wheat beer and it was quite enjoyable. I will definitely have this again and wil further explore this style.

JBStith, Jun 26, 2006
Photo of harpo111
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

guy at the store recommended this one...had never tried it, so i was game. Flavors on this one are subdued..not much hops..but mild wheat/grain flavor. appearance was a nice cloudy unfiltered yellow. Head was about an inch with some lacing. Smell was a definate yeast...but you taste less than you smell. Had a fairly thick mouthfeel..but was rather bland..was hopeing for more of a kick at the end...no kick...just a subdued wheat taste. Overall average...could have used a little more citris whang to it...or more hopps...not a bad beer, but not terribley outstanding...would be pretty good with some foods..since it wouldnt cover up the flavor of the dish.

harpo111, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a hazy golden colour with no head and no lacing. It looks alright but is fairly average overall.

The aroma includes shot of lemony fruit along with some wheat notes. There is a hint of spice in here as well. Basic, but decent.

The flavour is basically more of the same with a zesty lemon taste up front followed quickly by a wheat/grain mix. Spices are a bit more subdued here, with yeast moreso coming out in flavour. Mouthfeel is fairly crisp overall.

This one was okay but fairly ho-hum for the most part. Nothing bad about it but nothing overwhelming by any stretch. Drinkable but not memorable.

SixpointJMH, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of Liquids
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Extremely cloudy wheat, with a white-yellow hue. A thin bubbly, quickly dissapating head. Smells mild, mostly of yeast, and surprising clean, with a faint but focused hop aroma. Taste - oh, this is definitely not a witbier, which is what I was anticipating when I excitedly and hurriedly saw a North Coast wheat beer and picked it up as part of a mix-a-six. That definitely comes into play here as I don't enjoy most other wheat beer styles... Taste is tangy, bitey, and citrusy, not sweet. Mouthfeel is surprisingly light though, with too much carbonation especially for a wheat beer. On the tounge it is not as heavy as I would expect it to be. This is light years better than Magic Hat's circus boy, for certain. And it is drinkable. If you like this style, I think it would be an fine beer to stock for casual drinking. Keep in mind that nothing legitimately 'bad' comes out of North Coast. But all around this one seems mostly to sing "average." Your mileage may vary.

Liquids, May 15, 2006
Photo of silver0rlead
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a nice off white head. The aroma has notes of citrusy hops, sour wheat, toasted bread and yeast; appealing and light. The flavor starts off with hoppy citrus notes, followed by toasted bread, mild cane sugar sweetness, yeast and a wheaty twang. The mouthfeel is light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is very good. A very nice pale wheat ale from north coast, refreshing and crisp with a lot of flavor.

silver0rlead, May 15, 2006
Photo of scruffwhor
2.73/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a smallish head with no retention. Color was a pale yet golden sunshine color. The lacing was defiently subpar with any average wheat beer. Smell was tart and a little metallic. The flavor was a tart banana and wheat melange with some plae malts in the mix. But all these flavors were pretty muted. Mouthfeel was dry and run of the mill as far as wheat beers go.

scruffwhor, May 07, 2006
Photo of bigdeuce
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have to tell you, I like this one. It's got a FULL body, for a wheat, nice thick mouthfeel. Goes down smoothly and you can drink quite a few of these. A great session beer, moderately priced, low hops, strong malt and wheat. An unusually terrific smell for a wheat. If you want to drink a lot of sessions, give this one a whirl.

bigdeuce, May 03, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
4.13/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold color with a lot of fine streaming bubbles, modest head, some lacing. Light wheat nose, pleasant but faint. Flavor is, however, very nice, with a taste of light fruity honey, delicate floral hop flavor, and sweet wheat malt. Bitterness is restrained. Light bodied with lots of carbonation.

A very drinkable American wheat, a style I generally don't care for if brewers go overboard on hops or if the yeast character is non-existent. This is a flavorful beer, delicate and light, but with good character.

allengarvin, May 02, 2006
Photo of pjwilson
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: very light color, almost yellow. hazy and cloudy appearance with a very nice head. looks like a great american wheat for sure

smell: lite wheaty protein smell. very different from a hefe as here you actually just smell the pure wheat. as wheat goes it's alright

taste: smooth with an edge. very soft velvet like wheat flavors, with a slight wheat edge. no yeast, no hops, just wheat. then again, i'm sure there a slight spicy bitterness from the hops and there is natural yeast in the bottle, adding flavor. a very slight banana like flavor, but not like a hefe. no nonsense all around, not complex, but very tasty.

mouthfeel: absolutly smooth and fanstasticly wonderful the drink during warmer weather. drinkability is sky high.

The king of American Wheat Beers in this reviewer's view. If you drank this after a true German Hefe, it would seem bland by comparison, but as a good first beer of the day, it's fantastic.

May be too subtle for some, again, i recommend you try this as the first beer of the day, not after anything else. this is the only american wheat(not hefe) that I buy with any regularlity.

pjwilson, Apr 22, 2006
Photo of timtheenchanta
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale straw color that's quite hazy. Large bleach white head with pretty good retention.

Grainy smell with faint hops. Not much there though.

Slight wheat malt with a kiss of hops. Surprising lack of lemony citrus taste. Finishes dry and a tad bit metallic.

I'll pass on this one next time I come across it.

timtheenchanta, Apr 12, 2006
Photo of nlmartin
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer was served in a pub glass.

Appearance: The beer has a hazy coppery yellow coloration. The head was off white about a finger thick.

Smell: The beer has an appealing sweet wheaty malty type smell. There is bits of cloves and floral fruityness.

Taste: The beer has a very nice wheat malty taste. There is a good spicy clove combination going on.

Mouthfeel: The beer is light bodied. The beer has a definate clean mouthfeel.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinking wheat beer.

nlmartin, Mar 06, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Coast- Blue Star

Appearance- light hazy orange/ yellow with a decent non lacing head.
Smell- crisp hay with lemon rind.
Taste- light grapefruit, lemon, melon with a touch of wheat and sunflour.
Mouthfeel- very crisp and smooth.

Overall- a damn fine Wheat beer. Maybe to light to drink on a cold winter evening but perfect for a bbq or baseball game!

NJpadreFan, Feb 23, 2006
Photo of Smittysguinness
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a nice, crisp wheat beer. It's got that orangey-colored hue with a short-lasting head that on a hot summer day begs to be chugged cold. That there's little head means that nothing's in the way of the beer hitting my lips. Nice and cloudy, but just that...cloudy. There are wheats out there that have something special about their cloudiness (like Oberon from Bells).

Smelled like pretty much any other wheat beer; cloves, spice, floral hops. Nothing outstanding, but I really really like wheat beers, so "just like any other" means "really quite good" to me.

Taste was slightly above average. Really nicely balanced beer, not too ,alty, not overpowered by hops. Great fruity aftertaste; not banana like so many other wheats. More floral, with maybe some melon, but that could be just me.

Good mouthfeel; not heavy, not watery. Just good beer. I usually buy a few of these to keep in my beer fridge.

Smittysguinness, Oct 25, 2005
Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Starts with a nice color that’s a bit on the dark side for a wheat beer. The head fell right away to a thin film of bubbles that stuck around for a while.

I can really smell the wheat. There’s also a spicy sweetness. Perhaps strawberries or cantaloupe.

The taste is very refreshing, but it’s a little more sour than the nose would have you anticipate. Also, the yeast finishes with a little bit of dry bitterness that rather ruins the effect of the fruity wheat taste. It makes me want to take another sip to get rid of the finish. I shouldn’t bad mouth Blue Star too much. It is tasty.

The mouth feel is pretty good. Very thick and creamy with a well paired carbonation.

Nice beer.

DarkerTheBetter, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Satisfying smooth drinking wheat beer. Just nice at end of a long hot day. Good yeast. Grain. Nice sweet malt and hops. Some citrus, vanilla, coriander. Perfect carbonation and mid mouthfeel. Not a big beer, done very well. Its white and also has an Orange hue. Recommended.

Sammy, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of DogFood11
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw to off orange in color. Nice two finger head that fades to a fundamentally sound lacing and appearance.

Barley / wheat flavor, an unfiltered type body adds to the pleasure in drinking this, lots of light fruity type smells and taste, maybe pineapple? mango? has alot of similarities to a heffe. Finishes clean and crisp Mmmm quality session type brew although for me the lack of a hop presence it would be tough to consume more than a sixer.

North Coast is impressive with their offerings. This is a highly reccomended beer to at least test out.

DogFood11, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of finepaws
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy golden orange, frothy head dissappated almost immediately to side glass lacing. Smell wasn't very strong, fruity and somewhat yeasty. Though I wasn't impressed by the appearance or smell. The taste was great. Very sweet and biscuity tasting at the front. Then fruity and slightly floral hops, with a crisp dry slightly tart finish. Mouthfeel was creamy and malty. I could drink this one over and over. Loved it. Not much like most wheats I've had, but very good!!!

finepaws, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of Naes
3.15/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one is a bit cloudy and gold in color. The head is a foamy white.

The smell is maltier than I would expect from a wheat beer. It is also a little citrusy and contains traces of hops.

Its flavor is also much maltier than expected, with a citrus splash and is also a bit grassy. Only in the finish do I detect that it is a wheat beer.

Mouth feel is light, but is a bit oily in the finish. Easy drinking, but nothing spectacular.

Naes, Aug 30, 2005
Photo of Padron4KM
2.88/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. pours out cloudy golden yellow with a smallish head. spotty lacing.
Malty, wheaty aromas with some lemony scents in the background.
Light lemony tartness, with a touch of wheat.
Finish is a tad dry, otherwise a decent american wheat. Goes down quick, not too bad considering its 1am and it’s still about 100 degrees outside.

Padron4KM, Aug 28, 2005
Photo of beerhandy
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold with a white foamy head that faded way to fast.
Aroma is of grains almost "macro" full of corn and rice faint citrus and some cardaman
Taste is a bit on the bitter side hops are prevalent on the tongue
Wheat character is lacking as the hops dominate the flavor
medium to light body make this a summer thirst quencher

beerhandy, Aug 22, 2005
Photo of SupaCelt
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy honey in colour. Head plummets quickly. No lace. Some carbonation. The nose carries a bready and lemony scent almost like lemon squares if you've ever eaten one. Good citrus layers. The taste dances across the palate with a bitter and sour sting. This beer has some flavor. There is an aftertaste that is less than pleasant. Yeasty wheat or something. The body is medium and the drinkability is good despite the funky aftertaste.

SupaCelt, Aug 20, 2005
Photo of ElGordo
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a smallish white head that dissipates rather quickly. Slightly sweet nose of wheat, grassy hops, and a hint of citrus. Palate is nice, light, and crisp, with notes of grassy hops, tangy wheat, citrus, and orange peel, with a muted herby character in the background. Body is light, but slightly foamy. Overall, nice and refreshing, but not exactly a groundbreaking beer.

ElGordo, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a soft, golden yellow color. Not quite copper, but close. The head retention is minimal. The scents are faint. A little bready, a little malty. The taste is citrusy at first, followed by a good wheat flavor with a hop kick. This also has an excellent finishing flavor. No bad aftertaste whatsoever. The drink finishes smooth and clean. Refreshing. Mouthfeel is average on this one and I find it quite easy to drink. Although this one is not great, I do find it hard to complain about this beer. Good enough to be good, but not quite spectacular.

jasonpeckins32, Jun 29, 2005
Photo of AlexJ
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep autumn gold with a fluffy, but brief white head, no lace.

Nose is very wheaty and bready with an unexpected hop nip and a slightly lemony brightness showing through.

Flavor is toasty wheat malt, lemony citrus, and a lingering hop finish. Hoppier than anticipated.

Body is medium and smooth, with rolling carbonation and a wheaty mouthfeel.

AlexJ, Jun 03, 2005
Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 532 ratings.