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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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310 Reviews
very good

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Reviews: 310
Hads: 589
Avg: 3.58
pDev: 17.04%
Wants: 22
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale | 4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 05-16-2002

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Photo of jmbranum
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightful wheat beer.

Pours a pretty hazy glowing gold with big white head. Some big clumps of yeast apparent in the bottom of the glass.

Slight aroma.

Flavor is crisp and clean. Nicely balanced. A little bit sweet, a little bit tart and just a twinge of hops. Reminds me a little of a Belgian white beer but with less citrus. A tiny bit of sourdough bread maybe.

Nice medium mouthfeel with a fair bit of carbonation.

Overall a great wheat beer. The balance is what sets this beer apart from so many others.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Shiner Bock pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy light gold color with a two finger head that reduces to a fluffly 1/8 inch thick head with noticeable lacing.

S- Light wheat flavor is sweet and sharp along with some fleeting lemon. A dash of alcohol fume is the only other detectable scent.

F- Some orange and soft wheat flavor. Trace amounts of hops and yeast that still blend with the wheat and make for a pretty striking flavor considering the usual neutered quality of most wheat beers. Still, it's pure and simple as the label implies.

M- The best part of this one. Full and spritzy with medium-high carbonation tricks the tongue into thinking there's a lot more going an than there really is.

O- A great and kind of different wheat beer. Its simplicity is what makes this star shine.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Strange of me to order this, as I wasn't really in the wheat beer mood, but then I rarely am, so I figured I'd sample it. Poured a very hazy golden yellow, nearly opaque, with a small cap of white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma of pale malts, wheat, and bready yeast. Similar taste, with notes of pale malts, wheat, yeast, lemon pith and apple skins. Pretty nice actually, even if not overly flavorful or distinctive. Light-medium body, and decently drinkable for the style.

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Photo of tony223366
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From my beer journal. Reviewed on May 30, 2011.

A: This was more golden than yellow and moderately hazy. Bif fluffy white head with nice retention.

S: Fruity aroma... apples and lemon I think.

T: Sweet malty flavor. I'm definitely still getting some apples and lemon zest.

M: Light body with a crisp, refreshing carbonation.

O: Needs to be a tad more bitter for my liking but great on a hot summer day.

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Photo of kagent777
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the Utah system poured into my goblet.

Appearance: A slightly hazy yellow beer, upon which sits an almost white head. It rose to about one finger width before settling down to a film across the surface. No lacing to speak of with a 4.5 ABV beer.

Smell: A mildly bready aroma with a slight mineral note. The grains are noticeable but not prominent. There is a very mild alcohol but only because everything is hiding away. There is also a mild yeast component.

Taste: A solid bready beer. The taste really follows the nose. The finish is pretty dry. Nice and crisp.

Mouthfeel: A medium to light bodied beer, but not delicate. The carbonation is crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Again, another beer that BMC drinkers will not be shocked by. On the other hand, a solid beer that more jaded beer drinkers, me included, might pass up in favor of something a little more substantial. Has great flavor and character but is not beefy.

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Photo of Doshkin
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


a - pale orange, almost tan. cloudy opacity

s - very mildly floral, slightly citrusy. not very strong smelling beer, but not in a bad way

t - again a little floral, but much more citrusy in flavor

m - just the right amount of carbonation. little bite that pleasantly lingers on the back of the tongue for a while

o - just as the bottle states, only the bare ingredients were used. impressively simple and quite drinkable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with an adequate head for the style, though the retention is not great and the lacing is spotty, at best

Smell: Bready, with some grain and a faint hint of lemon

Taste: Bready, up front, with a surprisingly lemon character developing by mid-palate; a bit of sweetness arrives, after the swallow, and lingers on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pleasant enough and a cut above average for the style

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Photo of WoodBrew
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Batting second is the Blue Star Wheat Ale...and it is very good! The color is a cloudy yellow with thin white head. The aroma included spice and citrus. The taste is very good; starts spicy then comes hints of citrus with a final spice on the pallet. The mouthfeel is very good and easy to drink. definitely a good wheat.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: This one pours a pale golden orange in color with a small white head.

S: Sort of a weird aroma. A bit soapy with some light malt notes. A touch of sweet fruits, maybe some yeast, and a bit watery. Strong aroma of rubber as it warms.

T: Very plain, but fairly sweet. Sweet bread and pale malt with a light yeastiness. Not much in the way of the off, rubbery notes that were there on the nose. A touch of sweet golden apples.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation.

O: Could have used more wheat flavor and less blandness.

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Photo of ferrari29
3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from bottle into a Hefeweizen style glass

A - Beer pours with a cloudy orange colored body; very well carbonated; forms a good one and a half finger white colored head; frothy and bubbly in appearance; held well; some lacing formed on the glass

S - Orange spice; wheat and grains; touch of corn; biscuit malt back-end; spices; smooth scents of Noble hops

T - Light touch of orange; wheat grainy flavor washes over the middle of the tongue; peach; barely any hop taste to this, but there is a slight touch of bitterness; heavy fruit and yeast taste

M - Creamy and effervescent; flavor washes over pretty quickly and leaves behind a semi-dry bitter taste; smooth; refreshing

D - Overall, good drink; I found it to be very enjoyable and easy to handle; not a bad summer drink; I like the orange/peach blend in this drink, this wheat is not that overpowering and the fruits stand out very well

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Photo of olimpia84
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured the short 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A: this beer poured an unfamiliar dark golden/brownish color for a wheat beer. Two finger head that dissolved rather quickly. Very small lacing was present as well, although it didn't last long.

S: very strong yeast and citrus notes, especially lemon.

T: follows the nose with a strong yeasty feel in the palette, accompanied with strong lemon taste and wheat presence. A bit lacking on the fruit and sweet end unfortunately.

M: light to medium body. Medium to high carbonation which got in the way of enjoying it a bit.

O: I have mixed feelings about this beer. Its lightness makes a great choice for summer days because the beer goes down easy and can be enjoyed in BBQ, parties, etc. but at the same time the taste wasn't as complete as I was hoping for.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap in Lodi, served in a shaker pint.

A: Served a lightly cloudy golden honey/iced-tea color with a quarter-inch of eggshell white head that left a few streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Minerally smelling with a note or two of wheat and light citrus.
T: Mineral chalkiness again. Flavors of wheat are sparse and thin. I get a touch of lemon, but overall the flavors are pretty watery.
M: Really fizzy carbonation made up of tiny bubbles. Watery mouthfeel is light but fairly refreshing.
O: Not my favorite of the style. I know it’s supposed to be light and refreshing in flavor, but I still felt this could use more. And what flavors were there were not the best. I would drink the Anchor, FFF, Lagunitas or SN versions over this any day.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
3.29/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Look: Straw yellow with a 1/8 inch head maybe. No retention

Smell: wheat grapefruit and traces of lemon

Taste: very strong wheat taste mixed in with bubble gum lemon straw and a hint of lime

Mouthfeel: light body with high carbonation

Overall: good run of the mill wheat. Its cheap and tasty just the way I like my hookers

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale honey golden with a decent white head. Aroma is wheaty and fruity, the latter component almost entirely apple, and has a hint of honey. Wheaty flavor has a subtle apple undertone. Smooth, slightly fizzy texture is just a teensy watery but still acceptable.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a snifter...despite the cloudy appearance, this is one of the cleanest and most drinkable beers of all time. It is definitely the best American style wheat beer and I especially enjoy it in the summer. Gumballhead is also an incredible American wheat, but quite different and much hoppier.

Plenty of head on top of the cloudy bright body. Super clean aroma with wheat sharpness and a delightful yeast dance in your nose. It's crisp and refreshing and sharp. Low ABV makes it extremely sessionable. It's hard not to just chug it. Great straight out of the bottle too. Highly recommended.

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Photo of MrKennedy
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased from Warners at the Bay and poured into a Mikkeller tulip.

Pours a murky golden orange colour with two and a half fingers of white foam that hangs around for most of the time.

Mainly picking up wheat in the nose of this. Actually gives no hint of the (relative) hoppiness that follows.

Wheaty flavour for the first half backed with a solid hoppiness for the style. Some spice involved too. Quite good.

Some tartness, but the hops add some balance to this. Nice feel to it and the size of the body matches the style and the other facets well.

Overall a nice hoppy wheat beer, by no means a hopfenweisse, but it doesn't proclaim to be. Great summer drinking and as i'm drinking this in the middle of winter, it is good enough to be had all year round.

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Photo of gatornation
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

from 12oz bottle

A-pours a cloudy golden color with a fresh white head a good amount of lacing

S- was slight wheat/bread with light citrus and fruit

T- followed the nose but better some citrus hops are mixed with lemon and banana with some malt

M- was crisp with medium carbonation

O- a decent wheat but not a choice for the style

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Photo of Onenote81
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Continuing with the "Blue" theme...

Nice cloudy gold color creates a rocky white head on top. Great retention; lots of sticky lace. The nose is sharp with hops, a nice clean fruity balance, and mild grainy finish. Good nose. The body is firm with oily moments. Carbonation must have put all its strength into the foam at the top as this lacks a needed bite. A little slick at times. The Noble hops make their presence known with a nice bitter start; mild yeasty tartness in the middle, and a smooth bready finish with oat-like characteristics. Good hoppy Wheat here. I like it. Not one of my go-to styles, but this beer was a treat. Great summer brew.

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Photo of dgilks
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy like a hefeweizen with a nice amber-gold colour. Moderate white head with only fair head retention.

Wheat malt dominates the aroma. Very light citrus. Not a lot going on but it's fine for the style.

Mild malty flavour with some light, tart wheat notes. A touch of really mild bitterness. A touch of earthy hop character. Decent.

Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Medium-high carbonation.

A simple, refreshing wheat ale with enough flavour to be worth drinking but maybe just a little too much body to truly be quaffable.

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Photo of bagpiper2005
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Deep, hazy golden color with yellow-orange hues on the edges. Big fluffy white head that had average retention and small bits of lacing.

Smell: Not much going on here. A little bit of wheat and banana. Slightly spicy.

Taste: Sweet pale and wheat malt front. Unfortunately, that's about all there is. Middle is pretty bland and the back end finishes up with orange peel and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with active carbonation. Crisp and clean.

Drinkability/Overall: It's an OK beer. Drinks pretty easy and is pretty refreshing, but it's nothing to get super excited about.

Final Notes: The wheat beer lover would probably enjoy this beer, but it doesn't even compare to the true German Weizenbiers. Definitely tolerable, though.

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Photo of aval89
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: pours a cloudy golden orange.. got a nice 3 finger head in my weizen glass.. spotty lacing..

S: wheat, slight lemon zest, mild pepper, small hint of bananas with a little overall fruity aroma.

T: wheat with a yeasty fruity ester upfront.. has a slight phenolic quality as well.. mid palate has a mild peppery taste with a small citrus note & very mild lemon rind..

Mf: light bodied with a good easy going carbonation.

O: a decent pale wheat.. has nice flavors, just a tad bit muted.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy orange/gold in color, with a big billowy head of white foam.
Aroma-Fresh wheat, lemon zest
Taste-Fresh wheat, cracker malt, biscuit, lemon zest, nice spicy hop prescence makes itself known and provides a wonderfull balance and flavor. Very refreshing and tasty. Great flavor and character in a wheat ale. Another winner from North Coast. Salute the Summer with a case of these! Yummy!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wheat beer pours out as a cloudy yellowish orange color. The head was fluffy and white before is settled and turned into just a thin little coating of the beer. The smell of this brew was of grains and wheat. The taste was soft with lots of wheat, grains and malts. There wasn't much of a hop flavor at all. The mouthfeel was smooth and is worth having in the warmer months of the year. Overall it's an ok brew, North Coast has much better beers out there.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this over the North Coast Pilsner at my local place. around 2 bucks with a 10.99 mix and match price.

A - Pours a clear bright orange with an inch of the white stuff. Lacing is pretty nice.

S - Smells mostly malt forward with grains and freshly harvested wheat. You get a slight citrus hop in the background.

T - As expected it is more sweet malt forward but wheat and grain make itself know by providing a slight bitterness in the middle. Finishes rather sweet with hops and bread malt.

M - Light to medium. I guessed it was around 5 but seeing it 4.5 it's definitely more succession able than I thought.

Overall I like how sweet this beer was and close to style. I would pick up the pilsner just to tick it since it may also be well done. A definite summer ale on a hot day.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Built for summer time refreshment, this grain-sweet ale carries a soft wheaty taste into a grassy bitter finish. Simple but refreshing.

Blue Star starts with a deep golded, hazy appearance and a dainty head that's retention is short lived, reducing to a thin intermitten lace along the edge shortly after the pour. Low lying carbonation leaves the beer looking still. A less than lively appearance.

Wet grains and wheat malt provide a bready nose of raw barley and husk. Tea-like herbal notes give only the faintest of hop aroma. Mild on fruity esters, the beer's aroma is less complex than German wheat beers but carries a more acidic scent.

Medium wheat and part-grain flavors continue in taste, along with the herbal hop flavors. Mild sweetness is tempered by light acidic and grain taste. A mid palate of bready, doughy taste carries the beer past its sweet start and into the hop contributions. Herbal notes turn mildly grassy late for a bitter and crisper finish. Soft esters of over-rippened apricot and peach begin to round the taste.

Lightly creamy to start, the beer quickly waivers and begins to fall into a watery tone where mild grain astringency begins to surface. Acidic notes help to crispen the beer and to disguise some of the thin and grain character.

Where American wheat ales are generally less favorable to more authentic German counterparts, this one falls a hair better than average in this lesser catagory. But on a 90 degree day at the ball park, this one is welcome in my cup!

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Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 310 ratings.