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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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516 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 18 | 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 DogFood11


3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

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.

09-18-2005 02:29:48 | More by DogFood11
Photo of finepaws

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%

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!!!

09-17-2005 00:58:39 | More by finepaws
Photo of Naes

New York

3.15/5  rDev -12%

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.

08-30-2005 01:08:30 | More by Naes
Photo of Padron4KM


2.88/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

08-28-2005 08:30:11 | More by Padron4KM
Photo of beerhandy


3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

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

08-22-2005 14:29:46 | More by beerhandy
Photo of SupaCelt


3.68/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

08-19-2005 23:16:35 | More by SupaCelt
Photo of ElGordo


3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

08-01-2005 01:01:59 | More by ElGordo
Photo of jasonpeckins32


3.35/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

06-29-2005 13:46:59 | More by jasonpeckins32
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.1/5  rDev -13.4%

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.

06-03-2005 19:42:43 | More by AlexJ
Photo of 1whiskey


3.43/5  rDev -4.2%

Pours a cloudy light honey color with a two inch head that retains well. Aroma is very mild, faintly sour. Hops are mild as well, but a little sweet, like lemongrass. Malts are very light with a saltine cracker taste. Light body, even for a wheat, mouth feel ok but with a very high carbonation level. Overall nothing really stands out, but it's very drinkable and would be great on a hot summer day.

05-23-2005 05:44:51 | More by 1whiskey
Photo of deejaydan


3.2/5  rDev -10.6%

Overall, a bland wheat beer with a slight sour note.

Pours light copper with good head retention. Poor lacing. No noticiable aroma that I could pick up. Flavor is lacking, just not much going on here, other than a sour note at the end of it. Almost lemony sour. Mouthfeel is okay. Not a great example of this style, but not awful.

05-10-2005 01:38:31 | More by deejaydan
Photo of blackie


3.05/5  rDev -14.8%

Thin white head, opaque golden color with yeast clouds abundant. Smell clean with nice hop aroma. Taste is clean as well, and finishes very cleanly. A well balanced wheat with a nice hop touch. For an American Wheat, I like this beer. Good for warm weather.

04-25-2005 08:42:09 | More by blackie
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Coudy orange with yeast chunks at the bottom of the glass. Nice bubbley head that laces around the glass. Smells fruity with bread like malts. the body is light and crisp. Taste is an up front fruitiness from the yeast and hops. Cracker like malts and wheat balance out the tartness. Very refreshing! A great brew for warm weather!

04-19-2005 05:31:13 | More by Luigi
Photo of rastaman

United Kingdom (England)

2.48/5  rDev -30.7%

Tap@North Coast. Lemony and tangy, wheaty, grainy malts, a bit short, American wheats never seem to work, and this is no exception. Just not a whole lot happening in here, not yeasty banana esters, just zingy hops and sweet, lightly wheaty, drinkable.

02-19-2005 11:19:52 | More by rastaman
Photo of unit555


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

I dont usually enjoy wheat beer. I typically equate them to "drinking a breadstick" but this one was a nice surprise. It had all the elements of a wheat beer but they were all relatively tame and no one element overpowered the others. Specifically, you could taste, the wheatiness, lemon, and hops but they were very manageable. There was a mild fruitiness in the aroma. I would tell hard core wheat beer drinkers to stay away. Everyone else should give it a try.

02-01-2005 23:12:14 | More by unit555
Photo of surfmeister


2.5/5  rDev -30.2%

Wow, how utterly boring...
Imagine your favorite hefeweizen, murky, golden/yellow, voluminous head, enticing to the eyes, now take away all the banana/clove scent that usually tickles the fancy of your nose, take away the fruity esters that make your palate so happy and you have this beer, all the promise of a hefe, missing all the reasons that you reach for it in the first place, I do not buy into this as being a separate style as in "american wheat", it's just an inferior knock off

12-21-2004 17:00:28 | More by surfmeister
Photo of apintofknowledge

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +11.7%

While a wheat beer is always so refreshing in the summer heat, I first sampled Blue Star on a chilly late autumn evening. I wouldn’t normally choose pale wheat this time of year, but it was a pleasant surprise in a tasting of a series of North Coast beers that night.

The appearance was relatively clear, a little haze in the golden color. It has the smell of wheat, with a slight influence of lemon and spice or yeast. The taste is what won me over. It was crisp and clean, a wheat that wasn’t as yeasty or spicy as a hefeweizen, but not as bland as other American wheat ales. It had a nice balance of a fruit (more orange than the lemon that’s typical of wheat), yeast, malted wheat and hops. Just the right amount of carbonation… a nice fizz bubbles on the tongue, but dissipates in your mouth. Very refreshing, and I can imagine it being even more perfect on a hot summer day.

Like several other North Coast beers I’ve now tried, it sets a good standard for the style. Nothing out of the ordinary (or better said, nothing strange or out of whack), but in this case that’s good, because everything good is in perfect balance here.

12-21-2004 03:13:48 | More by apintofknowledge
Photo of Troyone


3.9/5  rDev +8.9%

Purchased in a bottle, pours a slightly hazy blond color with minimal head that quickly dissipates. The smell is not significant with a slight undetermined sweet background. The mouthfeel is comfortable with a slightly sweet wheat and carbonation throughout. The taste is the same slightly sweet wheat but overshadowed by the carbonation that dominates through to the aftertaste. The aftertaste has a sweetness overpowered by the carbonation that quickly disappears. Drinkability would be better if the carbonation was better balanced however I may be biased to cask ales, so I will consider that when I rate this.

11-29-2004 07:24:39 | More by Troyone
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.95/5  rDev +10.3%

The beer pours a hazy/cloudy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice wheat malt scent with some subtle lemon zest. The taste is good good also. It has a dry wheat flavor with lemon zest It is light and refreshing with a bit of fruitiness. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low/medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good drinking wheat beer. It has good flavor and aroma. It just is a little too carbonated.

10-17-2004 01:02:40 | More by WesWes
Photo of Dmann


3.88/5  rDev +8.4%

Another good offering from North Coast. This beer poured a hazy golden color with a huge frothy white head that left great ammounts of lace down my glass. The smell was quite lemon-y with slight grain in there too. The taste was good but did not grab my attention too much. It had a good lemon flavor with a decent ammount of malt and just a touch of bitterness from the hops but nothing that was really interesting. Although is is not the most interesting beer in the world, it is still highly drinkable and would be a great choice for a session beer.

10-01-2004 11:37:13 | More by Dmann
Photo of arizcards


3.83/5  rDev +7%

Picked up a sample at Cost Plus for $1.89.

Interesting unfiltered look, this golden brew did not pour much of a head. Smell is wheaty with a slight hint of fruits. Taste is well...wheaty... with a dry hopped finish. Mouthfeel is a bit lively and cleansing of the palate. A very nice brew...recommended.

09-13-2004 00:23:13 | More by arizcards
Photo of TPoling


4.18/5  rDev +16.8%

Pale yellow doesn't always mean poor quality. Blue Star pours without much head, unlike its German cousins, but the nose promises a nice malt backbone. This American wheat beer has a mild, but pleasant and peppery hop profile with citrus hints and a playful yeastiness.

08-06-2004 06:45:03 | More by TPoling
Photo of kbub6f

New York

4.08/5  rDev +14%

1.5" dancing, fizzy head. Then pocks and crust. A slightly hazy, dirty, dark yellow beer. Cloudy on last pour. Faint aroma of grains and sharp citrus. Front is spicy, fruity, peppery, dry. Middle is foamy, full, creamy, almost cheesy. Finish is a nice, fresh bitter; dry and somewhat toasty. This is pretty good for an American wheat.

07-21-2004 19:56:14 | More by kbub6f
Photo of maxpower


3/5  rDev -16.2%

Cloudy, hazy yellow color, with a huge white frothy and foamy head that doesn't last long. This has citrus and wheat aromas, light wheaty, and very mild yeasty flavors with some lemon, light to medium in body, crisp and cabonated mouthfeel, has a nice clean and refreshing finish.

07-05-2004 17:50:12 | More by maxpower
Photo of HardTarget


4.33/5  rDev +20.9%

Aroma: A floral hop nose spiked with a hint of lemon peel
Appearance: Very clear bright peach yellow with a head of snow colors tiny bubbles. Head after pour settled down to a thin spotty coat actively fed with carbonation. No lace and the head died off.
Flavor: A milder flavor than I’m used to, I’ve been drinking heavy beers lately, so this is a radical change of pace. It’s a very clean beer, no off tastes to be found. Magnificent balance, it has a touch of sweet and a touch of bitter. The wheat is left to take center stage.
Mouthfeel: Extremely soft. Wonderful carbonation level, doesn’t come across as fizzy, but as a bit of sparkle to it. Medium body but a viscous feel, somewhat like honey.
Overall Impression: Immensely drinkable, a fine session beer. I’m afraid this style just doesn’t make people kick their heels up and say “whoopee”! It’s a shame, this is a great beer. It takes more skill to brew a fine light ale than an over-hopped monster IMHO.
Having been said, I love my monsters. Highly Recommended

06-12-2004 01:13:09 | More by HardTarget
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