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

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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 12
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: Todd on 03-17-2004)
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Reviews by augustgarage:
Photo of augustgarage
3.9/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

augustgarage, Jun 28, 2013
More User Reviews:
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

stallion_air21, Oct 15, 2014
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2.15/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a sour smell with a lot of oxidation. Diacetyl ruled the tiny 14 oz kingdom of this beer. Maybe the lines were bad, maybe the stars didn't align. Mouthfeel was weak, thin, unbalanced beer, too sweet, but there is little room for appreciation of most wheats and ambers for my tastebuds.

xmahns, Oct 12, 2006
Photo of joemcgrath27
2.88/5  rDev -16.3%
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

joemcgrath27, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after disassociating itself from the 12 ounce brown bottle sits in the glass a somewhat hazy gold color, the head is smallish and bright white with the lace a thin sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is crisp and clean, sweet malt and nice id somewhat sweet start with a fair to middling grain presence. Top is light to moderate in its feel to the palate, finish is stern in its acidity, the hops are modest but present with a very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a drinkable beer, good on a hot summer day as it won’t overload your palate or your stomach.

Gusler, May 11, 2004
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4.25/5  rDev +23.5%

leprechaunandfatman, May 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Mikexw, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at the brewhouse, then brought back a six pack.
Color is a slightly hazy yellow, thin white head. Foam does shrink, but leaves a little bit of lace. Not alot of aroma, light malt and kind of grassy, but not a strong hefe smell. Taste is good, not much complexity, mix of malt grain and hop bitterness. Well carbonated gives a nice body. A touch of bitter finish. Nothing spectacular, but easy to drink and thirst quenching.

BigBry, Jul 14, 2006
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Flathead_Monster, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of berley31
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying this beer on a sampler tray at Great Northern Brewing Co., I picked up a sixer to take back to our cabin in Glacier National Park. Poured with a large, frothy white head with good lacing. Body was cloudy and yellow. Great aroma of light yeast, wheat, and some fruitiness. Medium-bodied on the palate, thin with some oiliness, and average carbonation. Great flavor with average duration that was lightly sweet... you can taste the wheat, but not in amounts as high as some other wheat ales. Overall I thought it was very enjoyable, and a great summer ale. I could have several of these out on the deck.

berley31, Jul 21, 2009
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

thebigredone, May 21, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

JVan, Jul 29, 2014
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3/5  rDev -12.8%

Huffaroma, Jan 02, 2012
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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.

andrenaline, Feb 21, 2011
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3.8/5  rDev +10.5%

Dwreck, Sep 28, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +9%

SCZ, Sep 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

heliocopter, Jul 21, 2014
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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.

msubulldog25, Jul 26, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

hilgart1, Jul 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.48/5  rDev +1.2%

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Wheatfish from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
80 out of 100 based on 31 ratings.