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

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Wild Huckleberry Wheat LagerWild Huckleberry Wheat Lager

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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malcolm723

Washington

4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
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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SCZ

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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

California

4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%

05-21-2014 22:53:20 | More by thebigredone
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jcalabre

California

4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I originally sampled this beer a few year ago while I was on vacation in Montana. I went to the brewery and had this beer in bottles. This is a unique, crisp wheat beer. I tried it as a novelty, because of the huckleberries. I really enjoyed it. The huckleberries really work well because of their tart/sweet flavor.
I hadn't seen or taste huckleberries until I had gone to Montana. They are about the size of a pea; slightly darker in color than a blueberry and bright red on the inside. They have a very tangy flavor.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2003 03:32:05 | More by jcalabre
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dwarbi

New York

4.15/5  rDev +15.9%
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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BPenni

New Mexico

4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
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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cbutova

Massachusetts

4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed at Rising Sun CG, Glacier National Park, MT. Full notes taken on my phone while out of service area.

A- Pours from the 12oz bottle to a goblet with a slightly hazy pale yellow body that has the tiniest hue towards huckleberry. A white crown rests atop the beer at one finger and is foamt thick in texture. Thick ring leaves sheets and spots of lace.

S- Fairly straightforward but brings good strength. Huckleberries reside atop a bready lager yeast reminding me of something sweet I would have at breakfast.

T- Huckleberry is once again the main player as it was in the aroma but the base beer is strong and balances it out. Semi sweet berries slathered on crusty wheat toast with some bready tones from the yeast. Kind of reminds me of a pancake.

MF- The body overall is medium thickness with a foamy and silky texture. Carbonation at a high level causes the beer to puff up like a pillow.

Reminds me of the blueberry beers that are done correctly. Authentic berry flavor with a foamy body and slight sweetness. The underlying yeast makes it all come together like a breakfast bread. Drinks very well in Glacier National Park, Montana.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2014 04:51:25 | More by cbutova
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%
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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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +11.7%

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

Montana

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
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 +8.9%
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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hilgart1

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Montana

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-04-2013 06:35:13 | More by elglueckert
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jkball01

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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

Illinois

3.65/5  rDev +2%
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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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
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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Flathead_Monster

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Montana

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-27-2014 14:10:53 | More by wrightst
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Victor

California

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

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

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-05-2013 16:52:26 | More by drewfromboulder
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a cloudy sun yellow colour with a tight white head. i don't think i know what a huckleberry tastes like but the nose is very full of the berries. taste is very good...there is enough of the berry flavour to make it unique, but it doesn't overwhelm the whole aspect of the beer. there is enough grain and a hint of spice in the overall flavour pofile to balance things out. now, if fruit wheats aren't what you fancy, this might not agree with you...but it's a fairly tasty and refreshing. the mouthfeel is crisp and clean like a lager should be, with an quick bitter hop snap in the finish. lingering tingle of fruit in the aftertaste.

overall, a uniquely flavoured thirst quencher after a hards day work or just for summertime quaffing. i'm pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2004 22:45:49 | More by budgood1
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad at alll....I'm a little surprised at this....pours a cloudy yellow/gold...nose is a sweet huckelbery/vanilla mix...the vanilla notes must be from the yeast strain they use as it has been evident in all the beers of theirs I have tried.

The huckleberry flavor is really subtle and works nicely in this wheat beer....combines with that vanilla flavor nicely...a bit watery in the mouth...i wouldn't want more than a couple of these but a nice flavored wheat beer...better than average and worth a try...thanks again to Budgood1 for this new and unique brew...

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2004 04:26:40 | More by ZAP
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Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
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