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Wheatfish - Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House

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Ratings: 32
Reviews: 13
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 2
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 03-17-2004

Combining the best aspects of three major types of beer, Wheatfish is brewed like a German wheat beer, cold-fermented, aged like a lager, and hopped (three separate additions of Cascade hops) like an American Ale. The wheat contributes a full body and light spiciness, the hops give citrus hints and the finish is crisp and smooth. Wheatfish is low in bitterness and extremely drinkable.

13 IBU
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Ratings: 32 | Reviews: 13 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Bunman3
3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Moose's in Kalispell, MT. Overall, this is a very serviceable wheat. A wedge of lemon was included, which may have affected the overall flavour. Nothing amazing, but the price and atmosphere made this a very enjoyable beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.8/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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2.5/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of HappyPappy2X
4.15/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden amber. High medium carbonation.

Smell: Lager yeast dominates. Sweetness comes through well.

Taste: Very clean, bread yeasty taste. Clean finish, less citrus than a typical hefe.

Overall: A fine example of a new style. Great Northern is breaking new ground with wheat lagers. I foresee this style gaining popularity fast.

Photo of augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing as an American Pale Wheat Ale not an American Pale Lager (change requested). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass.

Gorgeous, glowing, cloudy jonquil body with two fingers of lasting off white merengue up top. Thick lovely lacing and perpetual retention. A stunner in the looks department...

Light banana in the nose with hints of bubblegum and clove, suggesting a bavarian yeast strain. Hints of vanilla as the beer warms. Hops are absent, and wheat and malt are well balanced yet restrained.

Light yet distinctive malt flavors, Vienna malt and malted wheat work very well off each other. This tastes more like a pale ale than a lager in some ways, though it is still crisp and finishes with just a touch of wheat-y twang. Simple "American" hefeweizen profile, but well balanced and with no elements overpowering the others.

Pillowy, soft, effervescent, creamy yet still light-bodied mouthfeel.

A surprisingly good beer - I'm not usually a fan of the "Americanized" hefeweizen styles, but this one is quietly superior.

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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

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2.87/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had with a meal at the Mackenzie River Pizza Co. in Whitefish, Montana
A - showed up with a thin covering of head, hazy straw yellow
S - mild with grainy malt, sour citrus smell, and a grassy hop note
T - sour apple and lemon dominates, grainy malt, some grassy and metallic notes, pretty average
M - medium carbonation, thin and mild
D - generally disappointed with this, very mild all around, no real character to it

Photo of andrenaline
2.9/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Poured a hazy pale golden colour, thin film of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Grassy pilsener hop scent with a wheat finish, some sour lemon and light biscuit malts.

T - Much like the scent with the sour lemon coming through alongside the pilsener style hops. The wheaty flavours linger with some bready malts.

M - Too thin for my liking, and rather disappointing.

D - Overall, it was well paired with the pizza I ordered, but was a little disappointing. The flavours were mild and unadventurous. Easily drinkable, but a little too thin. If given the chopice I would've ordered something else.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An Oregon Brewers Fest 2010 entry; honestly knew nothing of this brewery before last Thursday. Tried the Wheatfish then (a 4 oz. pour), then again today (another 4 oz. pour). My first beer of the day both times, so a 'clean palate'...

A: Golden and mildly hazy, topped with a sturdy head of white foam. Good retention and plenty of speckles of lace left behind.

S: Light aroma of wheat/bread, judiciously sweet and malty. Hints of citrus (tangerine?)

T: Mildly spiced, a wheat grain/apple pulp medley. Bready, yeasty, low on the hops/bitterness scale (only 13 IBU). It's nothing too complicated, but it's rather well-balanced and leans toward the 'Witbier' side rather than the 'American Wheat'...and that's a good thing.

M: Crisp feel, smooth with an airy carbonation (borderline gassy). Light/medium body, slight malt stickiness, just a little on the thin side.

D: High drinkability; very refreshing and summer-worthy. Doesn't break any molds but was a favorite at this fest for me.

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Wheatfish from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
80 out of 100 based on 32 ratings.