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

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523 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 523
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 12.85%
Wants: 16
Gots: 20 | 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 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
Photo of BeerManDan
3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Star is the best American Wheat beer that I've tasted from California in a bottle, up until now. It is unfiltered with a citrus flavor. Nice wheat haze in color, light golden, aromatic and very delicious in the after taste. But there is a bitterness that does not help this beer. Not as good as first thought!

BeerManDan, Sep 24, 2002
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, golden with an orange tint. The bright white head falls fairly quickly for the style however, leaving just a whispy covering across the surface and a limited collar. The aroma is nicely fruity with some background malt. The body is light with a spritzy carbonation, giving a tingle in the mouth and a thin, somewhat watery mouthfeel. The flavor is well balanced between light, sweet wheat flavor & a lightly tart yeasty note, and limited bitterness. Finishes quickly with just a reminder of the light tart quality and some drying grain. Quite enjoyable and refreshing. A perfect summer quencher with a delicate but enjoyable character.

NeroFiddled, Aug 31, 2002
Photo of inebrius
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew is on the mediocre side once it's past your eyes. Faint citrus hop aroma with bits of grain and fruit. Thin body holds a minimal malt spine and finishes like a green apple and hop tea. Certainly not one of the best American wheats I've tried, and considering the price, I won't be trying again.

inebrius, Jul 26, 2002
Photo of Wildman
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured a cloudy straw color and formed a nice white head that left some lace. The aroma was of hops and wheat. The flavor was of hops and lightly of citrus with elements of yeast. The yeast gave it a slightly breadlike finish. Not a bad wheat beer.

Wildman, Jul 21, 2002
Photo of Mark
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Was a very cloudy straw color after I poured in the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Nice white head that left little lace. Good wheat taste, smooth and very drinkable. Went down well with dinner on this miserably hot evening. Wheat beer is not my favorite style but this is a good one, it dosen't buzz you right away. North Coast puts out good brew.

Mark, Jul 10, 2002
Photo of Murph
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ahazy light straw, almost the color of grapefruit juice, with no head to speak of. The smell is very fruity.yeasty with nice banana and juicy fruit qualities. Crisp taste that starts off very yeasty and fruity and is then complimented by the wheat flavors. Crisp and creamy and very drinkable. A very nice american wheat. Yet another good offering from North Coast.

Murph, May 21, 2002
Photo of Jason
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz short brown twist, no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw in colour with a frothy dense white head.

Smell: Mellow fruit and yeast with a mild floral noble hop aroma.

Taste: Quite flavourful ... crisp sweet barley and wheat malt, light fruit, hints of yeast, mild tartness and a light refreshing hop bitterness. This finish is well done also, fine floral notes and some drying grain.

Notes: A very refreshingly crisp brew, flavours are delicate and extremely enjoyable. A great American Wheat to be had here.

Jason, May 16, 2002
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Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 523 ratings.