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Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager - Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House

Black Star Double Hopped Golden LagerBlack Star Double Hopped Golden Lager

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BA SCORE
74
okay

89 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 89
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.19
pDev: 20.69%


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

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
A "double hopped" (dry hopped) unique American lager based on traditional European Pilsners with a crisp refreshing body and lots of taste. We add hops in the kettle and then again before finishing for aromatic quality.

15 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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GentlemanQuan27

California

4.76/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer took my platelet for beers to another level. I have had independent IPA's and other type of beer. But when I tried this beer one day, I never looked back. Even as I am writing this post, I am thinking about how great this beer tastes. I enjoy it and love it. Its very smooth and one of those beers you will remember

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 20:34:34 | More by GentlemanQuan27
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busternuggz

California

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz tallboy into an etched pint glass.

Clear gold color with a thin off-white head. Just a touch of lacing stretching up the side of the glass.

A little bit of floral hops on the nose, Saaz maybe, with some grain and sweet corn.

Mild but noticeable hop presence on the taste; faint pine, some earth and floral notes. Quickly gives way to fresh corn and moderate malt sweetness.

Medium bodied, a little heavy for a lager. Ends fairly clean. Could stand a bit more carbonation.

Overall it's pleasant. Cheap, better than BMC lager alternatives, but I'd rather have a NB Shift or a SA Noble Pils if I'm in the mood for a lager.

Serving type: can

08-25-2013 02:59:00 | More by busternuggz
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bbluemzbeer

California

4.25/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I bought this beer because it look interesting. It was surprise to me it taste so good and refreshing.

Appearance - It has a Gold look with a finger with some lacing.

Smells: Malt and bread.

Taste- It is nice and smooth with a creamy body. It was a dry spice at the end. It taste way better then your macro lagers.

Mouthful- It was a light bodied which is not bad.

Overall: A great summer beer which is way better then macro lagers. I would buy this again.

Serving type: can

06-19-2013 14:11:32 | More by bbluemzbeer
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.39/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a golden color with a two finger white head that fades relatively rapidly with tons of carbonation bubbles are seen streaming through the brew. As the head fades over time only a lighter level of lace is left on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is of a light graininess mixed with some biscuit and lighter fruit smells. Along with these aromas is a lighter corn smell giving the beer an overall light but sweet odor.

Taste – The taste begins with a light malt taste mixed with some caramel and a bit of corn. As the flavor advances some fruity tastes as well as a light hop of a grassy taste comes to the tongue. These flavors take the taste to its end, leaving a crisp sweet and bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer was on the slightly thinner to average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the slightly higher side. Both made it a rather more refreshing beer and were quite appropriate for the style.

Overall- Refreshing and rather easy drinking but nothing out of this world. A good brew for a hot day while just sitting around with friends chatting.

Serving type: can

06-11-2013 18:54:43 | More by Darkmagus82
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Preiliboy

Washington

3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the ultimate lager of 2013. This is a regular brew that you want to drink when hanging with your buds. This beer is what you wish budweiser and coors was.
This is just a regular beer enjoy it for what its worth just a really good lager.
Enjoy Responsibly

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2013 08:59:25 | More by Preiliboy
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archyquaffer

Montana

3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce twisty into an 8 ounce sampling glass. The label lists the ingredients as "water, malted barley, hops". A bubbly 1/16 inch heads dissipates quickly, but the carbonation leaves the top lively with a light mist. The color is a pale, reddish-straw amber.

I definitely smell what I perceive as corn mash (not necessarily a bad thing, but not claimed as an ingredient by the brewers) and pale malt, along with some light floral hops. The taste is surprisingly complex, with a pleasant burpiness. The taste is somewhat sweet, with undertones of grain, corn, and sourness (green apple?). The hops are definitely understated in the taste, in contrast to the aroma. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing.

This reminds me of a good retro lager such as those produced in the upper midwest. At 5.99 for a six pack, its well worth the price, as it is an excellent warm weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 01:47:53 | More by archyquaffer
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Florida9

Illinois

3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a can from the brewery. Just happened to be in whitefish.
Fizzy dark yellow in color. Forms a fizzy white head that fizzes away quickly. Leaves no lacing. Aroma is very mild, but what is there is mostly light grassy hops with a touch of grains. Taste is mildly sweet, with notes of creamed corn, grains, cereal, and a light grassy hoppiness. Light bodied. Fizzy carbonation. Mild bitterness. Mild dryness on the finish.
Overall a very average beer. Easy to drink, but can't see why you'd want to.

Serving type: can

09-03-2012 01:54:12 | More by Florida9
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timmos1

California

3.38/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

this website is known for it's true beer humor, so here goes. The local savemart grocery store here in Sacramento had a special--buy $7 worth of any kind of meat and you get 3 24 oz cans of this stuff free. It works out to 40 cents for a 24 oz can. There was a mountain of cans of this beer. I have to say, this savemart gets some rather unusual beers from around the USA, and I don't mean that in a good way. Anyhow, 3 weeks later I visited the store again and the mountain of cans isn't really any smaller.
That being said, I know BA people are used to drinking good stuff and the average Bud, Miller lager gets dissed--as it should. Having said that, this lager is better than Bud. I wouldn't take a trip to whitefish to visit their brewery, however. I would say this lager is worth every bit of the 40 cents I paid for it.
If I were at a BBQ and a cooler had Bud Miller and Corona and this stuff, I would choose this. Im trying to be positive here, and that's as good as I can state it.

Serving type: can

08-30-2012 04:29:13 | More by timmos1
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1234Jack


3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nice golden label.

This beer definitely is more satisfying than other lagers (especially adjuncts).

I may be new to this, but I never knew hops were a large part of lagers. I usually connect them to India pale ales and other ales. The fact that hops were used in this no doubt increase its flavor.

However, despite the "double-hopped" on the label, I may not have noticed the hint of hops - it's subtle. Malt is definitely there.

Color is definitely more of a golden, almost red, then the yellow of cheaper lagers or of typical pilsners.

Smell is fine, nothing unusual there.

Fizzy and crisp.

Not skunky like cheaper lagers.

Despite that, this beer was exceptionally priced at my local grocery store. $1.44/pint. And in a six-pack.

Check out this little tidbit: "The brewery opened in 1995 under the stewardship of Minott Wessinger, the great-great grandson of Henry Weinhard." - Wikipedia

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 06:13:49 | More by 1234Jack
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vkv822

Oregon

3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz can into pint glass.

A clear golden with a foamy, slightly off white head.

Sweet grainy malts, with some fruity, grassy hops.

Medium body with fairly average bubbly carbonation.

For the style, a fairly tasty, easy drinking beer. Good summer brew.

Serving type: can

08-12-2012 03:35:19 | More by vkv822
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travolta

California

2.65/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Clean and golden. Quickly dissipating head. No lacing.

Nose: Nothing much, some very light barley, biscuits. A bit of hop fruitiness.

Taste: Honestly nothing but a little malt sweetness.

Notes: It says Colorado on the label, but it is brewed in Wisconsin, which makes me wonder who owns the brewery. Its better than a macro, but only slightly. I guess I am suspicious of "old, family owned" breweries that have million dollar websites overnight. Just a thought.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2012 22:49:01 | More by travolta
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LiquidAmber

Washington

3.13/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. 24 oz. can. Pours a medium goldan amber, two finger white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass with a little slippery lacing. Pleasant aroma of bready malt and light hops and a hint of citrus. Flavor is light bisquit malt with a hint of hops, finishes abruptly with a slight lingering sweet malt. Light bodied. Everything about this lager is low key, almost watered down. The appearance and aroma promised more than it could deliver. Perhaps the the low ABV does not present the flavors adequately, but I'm likely not to return to this.

Serving type: can

05-27-2012 03:50:37 | More by LiquidAmber
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DrewSnyc667

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can poured into a plastic cup while on Board Virgin Atlantic flight from NYC to SF

A - Amber to copper coloring, pillowy thick head, nice activity
S - Honey suckle spicy pils hops
T - Grainy corn husks, hop character is much more subdued than I was expecting from the nose
M - Refreshing albeit a bit watery, easily drinkable but leaves me wanting a lot more in flavor
O - Not bad for an airplane beer and something I can't get at home. Wouldn't really want or need it at home. Comes close to a good beer but just falls short.

Serving type: can

05-22-2012 01:56:10 | More by DrewSnyc667
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Scotchboy

Idaho

3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can dated February 27th 2012 poured into a pint nonic.

A: Pours a clear light gold color, very effervescent, with fluffy head that (surprisingly) sticks around a bit.

S: Crackery pilsner malt, light caramel sweetness, very light citrus notes, hops are lighter than I was expecting.

T: Light pale malt character, touch of lager yeast skunk, light caramel and bready sweet notes, touch of grain, cereal...again, very light hopping.

MF: Light body, medium carbonation, dryish finish, crisp mouthfeel.

O: Not impressed, I thought its would be better with an expectation of 'double dry-hopped' goodness. No need to seek this one out.

Serving type: can

03-14-2012 15:23:39 | More by Scotchboy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.03/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 6/11/12.

Pours a clear golden color with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that fades to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt/grain and some grassy aromas. Taste is very sweet with mainly malt/grain flavors and maybe a hint of grassy hops on the finish. There is also a slight metallic flavor I am picking up. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around. It's not bad but nothing worth getting again.

Serving type: can

03-11-2012 05:52:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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DarthKostrizer

California

1.98/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Look: Crystal clear yellow with a 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Water and muted hops

Taste: Much of hte same as the nose but has a bit more hop presence

Mouthfeel: Thin and ample carbonation

Overall: A very average pale lager boring and uninteresting

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2011 21:28:39 | More by DarthKostrizer
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elNopalero

Texas

2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This has a golden color with a foam that sticks around. Not a lot of discernible aroma. It does have a light sweet finish. Scant praise, I know. I feel like I’m reaching. They advertise it as being “double hopped,” but maybe a 3rd addition would give it some actual flavor. This is pretty lousy beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 22:23:05 | More by elNopalero
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BucannonXC5

California

3.18/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was pale golden, very similar to urine when you are dehydrated. Maybe ¾ inches of head that dissipated very quickly. Minimal lacing. Minimal film.

Smelled pleasantly good. Reminded me of a pilsner I had recently, light grass/grain. Also some caramel in there and maybe even some citrus notes.

Lightly roasted malts up front on the taste. Very smooth aftertaste. Kind of bland overall.

Light body. Kind of a sticky texture. Soft-to-flat carbonation. Abrupt finish.

An OK beer overall. It was actually better than I thought. I’d probably try it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2011 03:44:19 | More by BucannonXC5
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MEsoJD

California

3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[Poured into an sam adams beer glass]

I: ۞50Th Beer Review!!!۞ I wanted my 50th to be a special beer of my choosing, but money's tight and I got a bottle of this for free. Doesn't help that I've been reviewing a lot of lagers lately.

B: [12 FL OZ]A generic bottle shape with golden labels. Labels contain a good amount of information such as Origin, ingredients, and etc..., but lacks abv. The hop head in me latched onto the "Double Hopped" part under the title. Dear god, it's a twist off(not a good sign).

A: Transparent golden body with a nice head(fast dissipation), and light lacing.

S: Smells clean for a lager. Little skunk, pale malts, grassy, and some grain.

T: Grassy malt is dominate with a hint of sweetness, ending with a faint hop bite.

M: Crisp/smooth finish, light/med bodied, med carbonation (good level), and low alcohol presence (eventually lingers to the back of the mouth).

O: Wow quite a shocker. This is pretty good for a lager, though the hops were underwhelming. If lagers are your thing, than pick some of this up. Defiantly worth a try. CHEERS!!!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 08:01:02 | More by MEsoJD
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Seanibus

California

3.48/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A perfectly adequate if unsplashy lager.

Pours pale golden with with fluffy head that falls away without lacing. The aroma is grainy and pleasant, with a slight noble hop edge and a little bready sweetness. The flavor is light and bready, with a little sting of hops and a slight funk on th eback end that suggests maybe there's a little adjunct action (a slight edge of corn, perhaps). The finish has a faint sourness that betrays its relationship to the mass-produced adjunct lager cousins, but still I'd rather have this than, say, a Coors or Miller Lite.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 00:17:31 | More by Seanibus
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BerkeleyBeerMan

California

3.45/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Easily available in CA within the last year. I have decide to review Montana's black star lager. The lager that comes in the vintage looking bottles and cans.

The beer pours a clear glowing golden orange. The head is mellow beige and creamy with good lacing and big bubbles interspersed throughout. The retention is decent.

The lager is pale with a light bitter american hop profile. About as hopped as Full Sail's session lager. I smell grain and caramel malts. The beer is slighty nutty with a sight honey aroma. I also sense slight spice, like nutmeg or cinnamon. I think there is some off-putting diacetyl smell. But is is acceptable.

The beer has a roasted malt taste with some decent west coast hop backing. The hop profile reminds me of the Full Sail lagers. I taste some light sugars in the mix. The blend isn't seamless but it is better than all the macro-lagers which go for the same price as this one. The aftertaste tends towards apple peel with a bit of a toasted almond flavor. The beer has some reminiscences of an English bitter. I am pleased with the amount of basic bittering hops. The beer packs a good crisp punch.

The mouthfeel is fine. The balance of malts and hops is acceptable for a beer this simple. The beer has a medium amount of carbonation. It is full bodied enough to be satisfying. The beer finishes with a slight bitterness. Very good palate cleansing beer.

I find this to be a pleasing beer. Nothing special but definitely drinkable. The price isn't bad and it is a refreshing alternative to the low quality macro-lagers which predominate the market. Sometimes I am craving something simple and this beer does the job.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 07:11:55 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
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Bookseeb

Washington

2.93/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is golden color with a thin crisp head dissapating quickly. Smell has a clean smell of a lager, but more aroma than just your regular American lager. Taste again has that clean taste of malt and a bit more bitter in the hop leaving that dry lager bitter. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a good spike of carbonation. Nothing complex, but a fair drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 01:29:17 | More by Bookseeb
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engagechad

Virginia

2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as a sixer from South Point hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV - poured into insulated coffee mug.. and other vessels

Pours yellow with average head. Smells.. like.. well not hops! I say if you put "double hopped" on the label it damn well better smell like hops or at least be bitter.. but yeah.. neither. Smelled corny just like any old am lager. Taste followed unfortunately not much going on at all and it was a bit too bubbly.

Not a terrible beer, but not really worth picking up.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 22:56:25 | More by engagechad
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litheum94

California

2.58/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Apr 25/11 date stamp. Reviewed 5/31/11.

Bright golden body. Half an inch of a dirty white head, with lots of fizzy little bubbles. Settles out to a patchy cover.

Aromas of corn husk and an unidentifiable fruit sweetness. Earthy and spicy hops dance in the background with buttery malts.

Lots of grain flavors (barley, corn and other cereal grains). Dry malts mid-palate, followed by a vague fruitiness. Quick hit of spicy hops. Finish is dry with high carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel.

This is double hopped!! This, unfortunately, does not translate into anything more than a completely average beer. This isn't horrible, but I can't imagine myself picking this up again.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2011 05:01:44 | More by litheum94
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another surprise package from indiapaleale in support of my end of The CANQuest (TM)! He has his own version and we keep going back and forth with beer (although I am currently in arrears). I CAN't wait to try some unencumbered lager.

From the CAN: "A family tradition since 1856 of unique brewing - Great Northern Brewing Co., Whitefish, Montana, USA - Original home of Black Star Beer"; "Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager is hopped the first in the kettle then again before finishing. Result? A refreshing beer with lots of taste. We hope you enjoy drinking it as much as we enjoy making it. ... Most questions answered."

The Crack revealed a beer that was as eager to greet me as a puppy hearing its master come through the door. I had foam coming up and out at me as soon as the CAN was opened, leading to a quick Glug. I ended up with about a finger of rocky, bone-white foam with limited retention. Color was a lightly hazy golden-yellow. Nose had the characteristic honey-like lager sweetness, a slight Noble hoppiness and that was it. No adjuncts to ruin a good thing. Yay! Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was welcomingly clean, very crisp, lightly sweet, very refreshing. This could definitely go in my cooler for an afternoon outside, mowing the lawn, laying in my hammock ...

Serving type: can

05-22-2011 11:40:40 | More by woodychandler
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Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
74 out of 100 based on 89 ratings.