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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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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 22
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.12%
Wants: 4
Gots: 4 | 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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Ratings: 48 | Reviews: 22 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of ElGordo
2.15/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Had to drink this one out of the bottle due to lack of a glass on a camping trip. Sweet, fruity aroma. More of the same on the palate - sweet, almost like a cherry soda. A bit too candy-ish for my taste. If you like sweet stuff, though, maybe you'll enjoy it more than I did.

ElGordo, May 25, 2004
Photo of PJP
2.25/5  rDev -38.5%

PJP, Aug 03, 2014
Photo of AaronRed
2.42/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I do feel somewhat unqualified to review this beer. I normally do not like fruit beers, nor do I think I have ever experienced the flavor of huckleberry (or so I think). That being said, I found this beer not pleasant for me. Had this been a style that I like, my review may have been lower. It poured with almost no head at all, and looked like cider. Huge aroma- sweet and sugary yet also flowery. It says this beer has honey in it and you can taste it. It really tasted more like a mead- except it is not. For people who do not like beer, this may be acceptable. I could not finish it.

AaronRed, Sep 19, 2004
Photo of Huffaroma
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Huffaroma, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of drinkin-beeers
3/5  rDev -18%

drinkin-beeers, Jun 18, 2014
Photo of neckbeered
3/5  rDev -18%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
Photo of facundoCNB
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

facundoCNB, Mar 29, 2012
Photo of sAws
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

sAws, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of zimm421
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

zimm421, Jul 09, 2014
Photo of Iamjeff6
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Iamjeff6, Jul 16, 2014
Photo of mtboozeaddict41
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

mtboozeaddict41, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of Bighuge
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazed light golden appearance. Thin, tight white head leaves sporadic lace. Nice berry nose mixed with wheat and NW hops. Another easy drinking brew from Great Northern. My second of the night. Nice prickly carbonation and a light-medium body give this a pretty nice drinkablility on a hot day. Some wheat tanginess mixes with the huckleberry tones without friction. Another Great Northern brew I'd drink if it was around and there weren't a lot of other options. Give me this over most macros any day though.

Thanks budgood1.

Bighuge, Jun 01, 2004
Photo of HappyPappy2X
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

HappyPappy2X, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of biggmike
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

biggmike, Jun 08, 2008
Photo of ZAP
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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...

ZAP, Apr 23, 2004
Photo of budgood1
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

budgood1, Apr 30, 2004
Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Gonzoillini, Oct 08, 2014
Photo of Mikexw
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Mikexw, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

BigBry, Apr 08, 2006
Photo of Flathead_Monster
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Flathead_Monster, Nov 15, 2013
Photo of elektronen
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

elektronen, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of wrightst
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

wrightst, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of drewfromboulder
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

drewfromboulder, Sep 05, 2013
Photo of innersanctum
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

innersanctum, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of hilgart1
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

hilgart1, Jul 27, 2012
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Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
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