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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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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 crookedhalo
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy, yellowy gold color with a vigorous beige head that dissipated rather quickly. Aromas of yeast, wheat and malt, and a slight fruitiness. Kind of lackluster; with an aroma in there I can't quite place, but it seems like it doesn't belong. Tastes rather thin, in body and taste. Has wheat ale qualities, but does not stand up to other US counterparts. Not really impressed.

crookedhalo, Dec 28, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: a hazy, toasted, golden hue, with a full, fluffy ivory cap atop.
Aroma: a delectable, outstanding blend of hops & fruit, with citrus & spice aplenty, orange and lemon, and more.
Taste: soft, smooth, mellow, easily consumed. Happily greets the tongue, and floods it with delcious citric flavor, washed it with tasty yeast and spice. Medium bodied, rather uncomplicated, but tasty, tasty, tasty. This did the trick as the beer for when you just need a beer right now, not one to settle back and savor.

feloniousmonk, Nov 12, 2003
Photo of RoyalT
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance – Typical cloudy yellow body with a big head that pitted beautifully and laced the glass.

Smell – The yeasty aroma is coupled with spicy coriander and some serious pepper.

Taste – This is more like a Belgian Pale Ale. The yeast is there, but it’s the spiciness that carries the day. There’s also a peculiar tartness to this one that seems out of place.

Mouthfeel – This one is tangy and off-style.

Drinkability – The Blue Star was a struggle to get down.

RoyalT, Oct 05, 2003
Photo of ZAP
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

An above average American Wheat....their web site makes it sound like a Hefe in which case this is poor (no hefe characteristics)...but I'll consider it an American Wheat and it is considerably better than say Pyramids...still this is not a truly special beer...pours a cloudy apricot color...creamy white head...nose is a bit lemony but very, very light...surprisingly the wheat malt exerts its influence right away..a nice creamy texture...sweet wheat maltiness....almost a round mouthfeel...playing second fiddle is the lemon notes I mentioned on the aroma...that fits nicely in the flavor profile and adds a slight tart finish...medium bodied..firm but not overcarbonated...

Decent enogh but nothing calls out to me and says "Zap...come have me"...I don't think I would buy this again, although like I said it is a solid enough American Wheat..

ZAP, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of beerguy101
3.1/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Light gold color, slightly cloudy, medium head. A medium bodied wheat beer. Mild malts and hops. Nice flavor, citrus (lemony) and dry malts. Wheat beer yet nice malts and slightly bitter hops. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet and lemony, yet there is some hop bitterness.

beerguy101, Sep 06, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a pale hazy orange golden hue with a vibrantly white foaming head leaving trickled lace as it dwindles down slowly. Aroma: Doesn't have the characteristic yeast notes of the banana clove combo but it is filled with a bouquet of spices and different tones and an underlying citrus tone that blends well with the sharp sweetness of the wheat malt just ties it all together. Taste is a wonderful mix of yeasty mustiness, sharp sweet malted wheat, a mild huskiness to it and definite hops seems a bit medicinal but in a good way if that makes sense. Mouthfeel: Although no chewy there's still a great deal of texture spurred by the healthy amount of carbonation this one goes down as one of the better American wheat beers I have come across. Drinkability: Refreshing perfect for the style for the summertime, I must say. Good overall shot at making a wheat beer every North Coast brew I've tried has been remarkable in their own way, while this one may not compare to Red Seal, Old No. 38, Scrimshaw, or Old Rasputin it really hits the spot. Very solid mild flavors refreshing quality but in the end it hits a tender spot in my heart.

WVbeergeek, Sep 03, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy orange tinted golden. Nice size fluffy white head with good retention. Light nose of wheat, lemmon pepper and freshly cut grass. Highly carbonated almost "stinging" mouthfeel. There's a tangy lemon-like taste in this beer. Some peppery spiciness. And a little bitterness. Not overly tasty, but decent enough to quaff a few if the situation presented itself.

Bighuge, Aug 30, 2003
Photo of francisweizen
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wheat beer, poured a nice cloudy yellow colour with a small, white head. The aromas were of yeast, yeast and yeast. This is a very tasty, yeasty brew, that is very refreshing on a hot summers day. The mouthfeel is thin and the drinkability is good.


francisweizen, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of ADR
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Apricot color, hazy with nice dark yeasties floating around as well. Solid 1/4 inch head after a minute. Good thick lacing. Lightly lemony aroma, some sense of zest, not overly yeasty. Flavor is well done, cottony and rich mouthfeel and a nice thick but not pronounced elements of restrained nutmeg and the barest banana ester. A little sweet grape jelly. Some wheat beers strike it extremly well with me, others fall out in emphasizing one element too much, some have few defining characteristics at all. This is a good middle-of-the-road entry that has the potential to strike it positive with a variety of beer drinkers.

ADR, Aug 22, 2003
Photo of hotstuff
2.33/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wheat beers are one of my favorite styles of beer and unfortunately this one was a big disappointment in my opinion.It was flat, thin and nothing special stood out with this beer.It had a small white head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated and slightly cloudy.The hue was pale yellow and there was very little lacing.The nose was that of bananas, some clove and some hops.The flavor was flat and somewhat sweet tasting.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin, watery and light bodied.

hotstuff, Aug 11, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yeasty cloudy pale orange with an off-white low head and fairly low carbonation. Light grainy malt aroma with light fruitiness. Light soft malty flavor -- more like a Golden Ale than a Wheat Beer. Light-medium bodied and refreshing.

A nice (but pricey) session beer for Summer.

Per N.C.B.Co. website: 17 IBU

($6.99 / 6-pack)

RBorsato, Jul 28, 2003
Photo of usualpulp
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was expecting alot from this beer, since I have enjoyed many other brews from North Coast, however I was somewhat let down by Blue Star. It poured a pale golden color with a nice thick head, and the bottle had a large amount of yeast in it, however the smells of the beer while pouring were very bland. The flavor of the beer is very dry, not any overwhelming flavors. Not bad as far as American wheat beers go, but not great. Not something i would go out of my way to buy again.

usualpulp, Jun 10, 2003
Photo of pezoids
4.03/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured a hazy pale yellow. It looks perfect and looks like a nice cloudy Hefe. Fruity aroma, with some banana and spices coming through. The taste is delicious, not overly sweet, although there is a nice malty body there. Very drinkable and a great American Hefe-weizen, just not as flavorful as some German versions I’ve had. This is a great warm weather/summer beer.

pezoids, May 25, 2003
Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This wheat beer poured a straw or light brown color, with a decent head and retention. Some half-expected, but still slightly peculiar floating cloudiness was apparent when held to the light. The smell hinted of cloves and was very full and pleasant. The taste was exceptionally mild, fairly sweet but nicely balanced by some hop bitterness. The lighter body and reduced carbonation also contributed to this beer's good mouthfeel and overall drinkability. The Blue Star Wheat was simple, pleasantly mild and a real thirst quencher. Recommended for the beginning wheat-style explorer, and for all lawn warriors who need refueling on those hot summer days.

SchmichaelJ, May 24, 2003
Photo of Samdaddy
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This wheat syle ale had a different feel than most wheats. Hints of apricot slide down the throat that leave a nice taste leftover on the tongue. It pours a light yellow color with minimal head. Not my favorite of the wheats, but surely a solid beer.

Samdaddy, May 07, 2003
Photo of dwarbi
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Average head, but it goes away too quickly. The beer is not completely transparent. A golden yellow color. As far smell: not much going on here. Some spices, but I can't even put my finger on which ones. Tastes only slightly above average. Very light... creamy for a wheat. not very crisp or refreshing. feels pretty good on the palate, though. Very drinkable.

dwarbi, Apr 28, 2003
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Slightly hazy, medium golden color, as is typical for a wheat beer. The head is snow-white and moderately sized; the lacing is good; there is moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Slight hints of cloves, prominent yeast, and fruit and bread notes comprise the simple but pleasing aroma.

Taste: Tasting begins with smooth tasting malt, fruit notes, mild spices, and mildly bitter hops; taste finishes dry with lingering hops and bread notes.

Mouth feel: The mouth feel is quite pleasant, full and quite soft.

Drinkability/notes: A simple, but pleasing beer.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom, short twelve-ounce brown glass bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

Pegasus, Apr 03, 2003
Photo of beerinator
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly Cloudy, straw colored beer, with a whitish head. The nose is accentuated with a slight hint of clove. The beer tastes clean, with very little fruit or clove showing up on the tongue. Pretty good beer for style.
This isn't a beer or a style that I get really excited about. But it would be a good beer to introduce beer newbies into the world of wheat.

beerinator, Mar 16, 2003
Photo of Morris729
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a creamy white head that fades into a nice amount of lace. Nose is fresh wheat and yeast with a touch of floral hops. Taste is dominated by sweet grains and wheat with additional notes of yeast and a touch of fruit. Mildly bitter hops and an acidic citrus bite come through in the end leaving a very dry finish. A nice crisp and refreshing American wheat beer. The highlight of this beer is the big blue star on the front of the label as the blue star is an emblem that is holy to me. Now, if only they’d change the yellow background to silver and white…

Morris729, Mar 14, 2003
Photo of Brent
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very much the American variety of wheat beer - clean fermentation with little flavors produced by the yeast. In the case of this beer, the virtue was taken a little far - the flavor profile was a little too barren - clean to a fault. Pleasant and refreshing, but not much to add character.

Brent, Mar 08, 2003
Photo of Dogbrick
3.08/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up at Hollingshead Deli in Orange, CA. Dark yellow with a thin white head. Aroma is mildly hoppy. Very light and crisp flavor of hops and fruit. Finish is a little hoppy, a little yeasty. Not bad for the style but give me an Old Rasputin over this any day.

Dogbrick, Mar 01, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Traditional cloudy straw-like appearance,aroma was floral and wheat beer-like.Kind of a weak body,a little thin does have some apple tinge in flavor to it.I pretty drinkable but not to comples,have had much better,not something I would probably recommend.

oberon, Feb 08, 2003
Photo of Gusler
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pleasant if somewhat light “Chill Hazed” golden yellow color with the head bright white, modest in size and frothy in its texture, as it decays, it leaves behind a fine sheet of lace to coat the glass. Light hints of the wheat, citrus crisp, clean and a pleasant enough nose, the start being sweet, nicely malted, the top middling in feel. Finish has a biting acidity, the hops apropos to the style, and the aftertaste quite dry and long lasting. Average comes to mind when I describe this beer, drinkable and pleasant enough overall.

Gusler, Jan 26, 2003
Photo of mickeymac
4/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

True to the style, it's hazy gold with a big white head. It's quite effervescent, and little bubbles make their way to the top until the bottom of the glass. The smell is slightly lacking, with some citrus smell and just a hint of spice. I didn't detect any of the banana smell or taste usually found in wheat beer. The taste is by no means overwhelming, but it is very pleasant, with notes of lemon or grapefruit and just a bit of spice. It's very refreshing and makes a good outdoor drink on a warm day. Another winner from North Coast.

mickeymac, Jan 19, 2003
Photo of goindownsouth
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Generally, I am not the biggest fan of wheat beers. However, this is one that I would gladly drink again. It is not as wheaty as many that I have tried in the past, which is probably its appeal to me. It is smooth and pretty clean. It drinks well and does not leave any heavy taste on the palate. Prost!

goindownsouth, Oct 19, 2002
Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
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