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

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550 Ratings
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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 17
Gots: 25 | 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 apintofknowledge
3.97/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Troyone
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Dmann
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of arizcards
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of TPoling
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kbub6f
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of maxpower
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of HardTarget
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

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

Seriously cloudy, bright banana yellow with several dozen citrus pulp-like floaters. The head is slightly larger than average, is bleached bone white and is moderately stiff and softly pitting. The head doesn't last long at all and leaves almost no lace. The beer smells pale wheaty with an appetizing lemony aroma. Not bad, not bad at all.

I'm not a big fan of wheat beers, but this one is actually pretty good. It's softly wheat malty with a mild spiciness and a lemoniness that gives it some degree of depth and personality. The body is substantial for a wheat--although it isn't what I'd call full--and the mouthfeel is appropriately lively. This is an exceedingly easy beer to drink.

Blue Star is better than expected. It would be a splendid session wheat, good to quaff in quantity when the mercury starts to rise.

Photo of hobbes2112
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this one poured in the basement of the West End Wine Bar in Chapel Hill, NC.

This was a pretty standard unfiltered wheat beer to me. Nice cloudy copper pour with a medium white head. Not real big on carbonation, a positive in my view. In a really surpising twist the aroma is of wheat!! Well sorry that I couldn't make that exciting, but I am at a loss for anything more fun.

The taste was wheat, with a little citrus, yeast and spice. Not a vibrant beer, but a pleasant warm weather refresher.

Photo of granger10
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a straw-like color with orange highlights. Nice fluffy white head. Smell is really bready and slightly citric. Taste brings me a wheat base flavor combined with other grain malts that creates a little more complexity than other American wheats. There a slight fruitiness in the background and a hoppy aspect that seems to meld perfectly with this beer. Yeast is noticeable in flavor and provides a spicy bready aspect along with an acidic dry finish. The body is light but light in a good way. I gotta say that this was an excellent American wheat. Great session beer for the summer time. Or one to have at a cookout for sure.

Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a lightly cloudy, very pale golden with peach accents, forming a small white head despite a vigorous pour. The head is of very fine bubbles with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is very delicate with a crisp, brisk wheat character, a finely floral "sweet" hop nose with a very nice peach character...a clean ferment with no off-aroma. Very nice. Mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth at the same time with no aftertaste and a delicate, watery light body. Taste...Delicate floral and citric hop flavor with a crisp and distinct wheat spiciness...hints of peaches, muscat grapes and pineapple, a very slight bitterness towards the very quickly fading finish..again, a very clean ferment...brief sweetness in the finish with a hint of toast in my belches.

This is definitely the best example of an "American Wheat" (Not to be confused with a Bavarian weizen, much to the chagrin of several previous reviewers) that I have drank up to this point. An exceptionally well-balanced and piquant brew, refreshing, well-crafted, easy to drink, very clean...everything a well-made American Wheat should be. I would urge people to seek this out. Definitely a summer session brew

Photo of Gasp100
3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a North Coast sampler case which I know was on the shelf for at least a couple of months... shouldn't be an issue overall. I haven't had a wheat beer (hefe, weiss or wit) in years and definitely not since I joined BA. Man, I'm looking forward to the coming months to see what the world has to offer in these styles, but this was pretty lackluster. I found the color pale and a little cloudy, the smell was of lemon zest and a little bananna. No real spicey kick to speak of and overall the taste was watery.... I mean, at times it was like drinking lemonade. There was just enough scent and taste of the style of a wheat beer to make me want to hunt down the great versions, but this was lacking. I could probably drink a case of this and still be wanting more... of something else. I do love North Coast but this was just too bland.

Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy light orange brew, almost orange white in color!

Smell is tart and lemony with a citrus hop smell.

Taste is tart and fruity. Mostly it is tart and refreshing. Has a crisp finish with mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Nice tart beer, but not too tart.

Photo of jackndan
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer: in a stubby brown bottle. Yellow/gold brew that is extremely hazy. Virtually no head, and what there was left no Belgian lace. The aroma is clean and lemon orange. Taste, not much to write home about, very fruity, but not much of that yeasty/banana/clove/wheat beer taste that I had been hoping for. Tart, a little sour and lemon bitter, not hop bitter. Long lasting citrus aftertaste. Fairly well made, but unless you like a lemon-y brew, I would not bother with this one.

Photo of ALESwhatCURESya
3.07/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was a little disappointed with the looks of this beer. There was virtually no head to this whatsoever. The smell and taste were nothing better than average. There was a taste of bananas and honey and it had a soft buttery texture. Normally I dont care too much for wheat beers, but I love when one blows me away...this one however did not. I have had just about everything from North Coast and this one was not up there with there other brews.

Photo of gnaussea
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy, golden amber with a nice white head that settles slowly. Great so far.... Smell is sweet and fruity, with a wheat base and a citric yeast. Woah, the taste is very citric. Some lemon, tangerine, and orange. Not too bad, but not very complex. Unique, and good in its own way, but not great. Also, it seems to bne weakly carbonated.

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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Photo of RoyalT
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of ZAP
3.36/5  rDev -6.1%
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..

Photo of beerguy101
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +7%
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.

Photo of Bighuge
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 550 ratings.