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Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager - Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House

Wild Huckleberry Wheat LagerWild Huckleberry Wheat Lager

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BA SCORE
82
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31 Ratings
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Ratings: 31
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 15.56%


Brewed by:
Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House visit their website
Montana, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A light lager blended with real Montana huckleberry juice. Not bitter or overly sweet; extremely refreshing.

11 IBU

(Beer added by: Todd on 08-08-2003)
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Ratings: 31 | Reviews: 20 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by dwarbi:
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dwarbi

New York

4.15/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a very interesting beer. Doesn't look like much. No head to speak of. No lacing. But the beer is a slightly clouded orange-straw color. Smell those huckles! Tastes very refreshing. There's a slight wheat flavor. I'm teetering on the mouthfeel. It's nice and crisp at first, but the aftertaste is a little too tangy. I guess it gets you to taste more to get rid of the aftertaste and have some more of the good taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 00:14:55 | More by dwarbi
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.1%

12-30-2013 04:34:59 | More by DerekMorgan
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troobie

California

4.5/5  rDev +25%

12-24-2013 17:45:35 | More by troobie
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Flathead_Monster

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

11-15-2013 00:16:43 | More by Flathead_Monster
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Sark

Montana

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- huge 2 1/2 finger white head, golden and slightly hazy

Smell- a little sour and sweet from the hucks, the tart has a bit of yeast behind it

Taste- light breadiness up front almost immediately yields to the sweet berry middle, paler malts round it out with a slight hop touch. The yeast comes back for the finish

Mouthfeel- light body with a smooth feel

Overall- even with an adjunct as strong as hucks it keeps the style rather well. Definitely something nice and summery to sip on.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2013 03:04:56 | More by Sark
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HappyPappy2X

Oregon

3.36/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting take on Huckleberry beer. They are in the right location for it, that's for sure. Huckleberry Central up there in Whitefish area!

Subtle berry flavor. Nice balance with malt. Refreshing, a tad too sweet, but overall a good example of the new style of Fruit Wheat Lager.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2013 20:22:25 | More by HappyPappy2X
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drewfromboulder

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

09-05-2013 16:52:26 | More by drewfromboulder
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elektronen

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-26-2013 01:34:00 | More by elektronen
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-05-2013 01:55:09 | More by jkball01
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elglueckert

Montana

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-04-2013 06:35:13 | More by elglueckert
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mtboozeaddict41

Montana

3.28/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice straw golden color with a nice white head a finger thick and decent to low retention.

S: Pronounced blueberry and huckleberry aromas. A slight skunky maltiness but mostly overtones of berry with undertones of grass and yeast.

T: Berry notes are alittle bit more subtle. I sense more blue than huck with a slight sweet maltiness on the finish. Slight finish of grass-fruit. Hops are nowhere to be found

M: Decent carbonation to complement the light berry beer. light body and leaves a slight oily texture.

O: This beer is designed to be a crowd pleaser for those women or men who have underdeveloped palates at best. Berry fruit makes up for the lack of hops and malt. Not my fav from this brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 05:26:26 | More by mtboozeaddict41
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SCZ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25%

09-07-2012 20:23:54 | More by SCZ
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Victor

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

08-01-2012 20:33:48 | More by Victor
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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

07-27-2012 02:55:51 | More by hilgart1
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innersanctum

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sounds gross doesn't it?

While at a Glacier National Park lodge, ordered a Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager on tap and was delightfully pleased. First of all, lets clear up any misimpression about huckleberries; they are a very mild fruit and in most applications (juice, ice cream, or jam) it is very mild and not overpowering. Thus, the huckleberry merely adds a mild flavor to the beer.

I'm not sure what a "wheat" lager is, as that sounds like an oxymoron, but lets not overhtink this, its beer after all.

WHWL is a very pleasing and refreshing brew, and the huckleberry is lighter than the bannana/clove flavor found in many German wheat ales. Try it, and you'll be pleasently surprised!

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 22:05:08 | More by innersanctum
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sAws


3.1/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle from the brewery so it was nice and "fresh".

Pours a translucent yellow with decent head. Smells like sweet fresh huckleberry's. Taste of beer is slightly sweet with a hint of bitter and finishes like a lager. It is a good afternoon or desert beer but not something I could drink alot of.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 15:16:27 | More by sAws
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.08/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a very pale yellow with minimal amount of head. aroma is strictly of blueberry / huckleberry with some hints of banana. tastes a lot like long trail's blackbeary wheat - not that flavorful aside from the berry taste. slightly bready. a very light and refreshing ale, slightly fizzy on the roof of the mouth. this was a gift from a trade i did with someone in montana and he was disappointed that it was the only huckleberry beer he could find since it's not the berry season right now. it's honestly not that bad, but not great either. for a wheat beer it's good / for a fruit beer it's bland. the thought is appreciated and it's nice to get a taste of a berry that we don't get in the east coast.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 23:55:39 | More by facundoCNB
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a decent looking white head on top. The smell of the beer was soft with the fruit coming through nicely. The taste of the beer was slightly sweet with a lager-like finish. The mouthfeel was light and very refreshing with a crisp bite in the end. Overall I found this beer to be pretty good, I wouldn't mind drinking this one in the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2012 04:37:22 | More by Knapp85
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joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear straw golden, solid white head retained very nicely with lots of bubbles rising from the bottom
S - strong aromas of grainy wheat, some adjunct like notes, leafy hops, and pleasant berries
T - robust sweet and slightly tart berry flavour, bready wheat backbone with some leafy hop notes, a very refreshing taste
M - effervescent carbonation with a light body, light tartness to finish
O - a very tasty beer with a nice balance of malt-hops-fruit, this would make a great summer sessioner

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 02:45:00 | More by joemcgrath27
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Huffaroma

Montana

2.5/5  rDev -30.6%

01-02-2012 05:13:49 | More by Huffaroma
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that the huckleberry is quite similar to the blueberry, but I still find huckleberries a bit on the exotic side, especially since I'd only ever had them in beer before my recent trip to Montana. Now I have Huckleberry Vodka, Huckleberry Tea, and of course, this Huckleberry beer, one of a few that I procured stateside.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale straw colour, with one finger of fizzy white head, which disappears in an instant, leaving some random specks of lace around the glass. The aroma is pretty much evident from a foot away - sweet and tangy huckleberries, and upon closer inspection, a wheaty maltiness. The taste is a balanced huckleberry fruitiness - sweet and acidic, with a nice, light wheat graininess sitting right behind. The carbonation is average, and unobtrusive, the body light and zingy, and it finishes dry and fruity.

A very nice, refreshing wheat beer, which just the right amount of the eponymous fruit character. Perfect for a hot summer day's quaffing.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2010 22:29:39 | More by biboergosum
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BPenni

New Mexico

4.05/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received a sixer of this beer as a gift from a blog-buddy in Montana.

Very nice. I was a little apprehensive at first, as I don't particularly like fruity beers. But my apprehension disappeared once I tasted this beer. The aroma of huckleberries is strong and sweet, belying the actual taste... which is smooth, slightly hoppy, and NOT as overly sweet as the aroma might indicate. Mouthfeel is pleasant, with a slight aftertaste. Very, very drinkable... I could do a lot of this beer if I lived in Montana!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 02:07:12 | More by BPenni
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biggmike

Mississippi

3.4/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a yellow/orange color that was murky with a nice white head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma and flavor are both dominated by the fruitiness of the huckleberry juice. Very smooth and thirst quenching. Nothing spectacular, nor offensive.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 11:35:07 | More by biggmike
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malcolm723

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I always get this on tap at the brewery on my trips to Montana.
Light gold appearence. Thin white lace. Has a mix of wheat and berry taste. Kinda on the sweet side, I could deffinentaly taste the huckleberry. A tad bit watery for me. This beer would be great on a nice hot day after working on the lawn.

Serving type: on-tap

10-07-2006 23:07:38 | More by malcolm723
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown 12oz bottle, no alc listed, brought back from Montana Trip. Also got to sample on tap at the brewery tasting room. Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, one inch of white bubbly foam that left some thin lacing. Smells of fruity berries and lots of yeasty aroma from this unfiltered beer. Tastes like a yeasty wheat beer with just enough tang from the berries to give a fruity flavor. Kind of a thin mouthfeel (on purpose I assume) makes it light tasting, refreshing and easy to drink summer beer. Unique beer featuring wild Montana huckleberries.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2006 18:14:15 | More by BigBry
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Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
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