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

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BA SCORE
75
okay

95 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 95
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.21
pDev: 20.56%
Wants: 2
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
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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Ratings: 95 | Reviews: 57 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by vkv822:
Photo of vkv822
3.5/5  rDev +9%
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.

vkv822, Aug 12, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

This beer is golden with a decent formation of head and perfect clarity. Its clean lager aroma has some vague graininess and floral hops. It's crisp with a nearly light body. With its grainy maltiness, animal feed grain and dried grass come to mind. The hops leave a sharp bitterness that simply balances, but the flavor is too faint to really pick up on. Its clean, dry finish has a quick note of alcohol. Amping up the hops would have made this lager better; it resembles a retro-lager.

BeerAdvocate, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After visiting the brewery in the afternoon, I came across this on tap, and cheap, in Kalispell. When in Rome...

This beer appears a clear, pale golden hue, with two fingers of foamy white head, which melts away quickly, leaving some sparse wisps of lace around the glass. It smells of cheaper (I knew there was a catch) white grain, and soapy, weedy hops. The taste is under ripe fruity malt, and earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation is pretty decently low for an entry-level lager, the body light, softly spritzy, yet smooth enough, and it finishes on the sweet side, the grain offset only slightly by the increasingly gamy hops.

Not something to seek out, but something to bridge the BMC gap, fo sho.

biboergosum, Aug 02, 2010
Photo of HugePlume
3.58/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz twistie bottle poured into a pint. Freshness date was 4/22. Drank on 5/5. Doh! Not enough to matter in my book.

A- Deep golden color, nice 1.5 finger head on a conservative pour. OK retention, but gone within 10 minutes. No lacing. Watery looking.

S- Best attribute is the smell. Nice grainy malt with a tinge of hop aroma. As it warms, more of a cereal note. For the style very good.

T- I'm torn on the grading of the taste. Its perfectly decent a nice grainy slightly sweet brew, and some nice bitterness on the finish. But no hop to be detected outside the bitterness.

M- Falls short of expectation here, watery, and a very dry finish that leaves an unpleasant chalkyness in the mouth. Would more carbonation would be nice, but that would only make the finish dryer, and more negative. In a perfect world, carbonation would get it to where it is now.. if you can follow that thought process.

O- I remarked to my wife that if someone offered me one of these, or one of my go-to lawnmower beers; Molson, Rainier or a Miller Lite it would be a shot in the dark.... whatever mood struck me. Now throw a Full Sail session in the mix, and its a gonner. Overall though well executed and unique. A successful attempt at a different lager.

HugePlume, May 06, 2011
Photo of DoktorEd
4/5  rDev +24.6%

DoktorEd, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of HalfFull
3.2/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown twist off bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a lightly hazed golden with an inch or so of creamy white foam. Offers good retention and light lacing, fading after some time.

Bready pale malts on the nose with a bit of lemony hops. Rather light across the board and offering some Pils notes with warming. Similar factors on the taste with a bit of sweet lemon initially, drier on the swallow and with a sweet and creamy follow through. Hop bitterness is absent. Offers a typical feel bolstered up by a firm level of carbonation, otherwise the beer is rather full bodied and somewhat sweet with a short finish. This becomes more apparent as the carbonation decreases.

Double hopped all the way up to 15 IBU's baby.

HalfFull, Feb 26, 2011
Photo of trygger87
2.33/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12 pack at whole foods. The price seemed right and it sounded promising. Poured in to a typical pint glass and produced almost no head. The beer its self is like a dark golden yellow with a fair amount of carbonation.
There is almost no smell to speak of which was a let down, because this beer claims to be double hoped and im not getting that in the nose at all. All im getting in the nose is a grassy smell not to far off from PBR.
Taste isnt to far off from PBR as well. This beer falls flat of its face in the hop department. There is no way its double hopped. An easy drinking beer thats a step up from Miller or PBR but thats about it.

trygger87, May 30, 2010
Photo of TruePerception
3/5  rDev -6.5%

TruePerception, Aug 30, 2013
Photo of MTHopHeaven
2.17/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Over hyped.

This is clearly a marketing push to make a beer name, as opposed to a good beer finding the market. Sadly, they have renamed the side of the brewery after this mediocre brew. This is NOT the beer you should be drinking at the Great Northern....

Anyhow, Typical lager notes. The double dry hopping must be extremely light - there is no more detectable hops than that of PBR. Again, marketing ploy (Hmm, similar to Miller's Triple Hopped beer perhaps?)
Perhaps a touch grassy... likely due to the dry hopping?

However, I tasted a heavy butterscotch (prolly diacetyl ) notes in the beer. I just found it overpowering enough not to finish. Not sure if it was a tap issue, batch issue or what. But left me seriously unimpressed.

This could be a great brewery, but seems like it's marketing dept is driving it's image - not it's beers.

MTHopHeaven, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of leprakhan
3.5/5  rDev +9%

leprakhan, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of Spikester
3.48/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with a one finger white head. No lacing. Aroma is spicy malts. Taste is rich malts with just a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is fine for a lager. Has a lot in common with some of the better Canadian macro lagers. Could use another dose of hops to make it stand out from the crowd a bit more. A baby step up from most U.S. macro lagers. It has a slightly dry bitter finish. Freshness date on bottle is 12/2010. About three months from now.

Spikester, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of JohnGalt1
3.85/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can received as a nice gift tonight from Rick at Brewforia.. Thanks Buddy!! Poured into my Stone Old Guardian goblet.

Pours very clear polished gold... even a tad darker than gold... Thin white head dies really quickly.

Nose is more malty than I was expecting... plenty of pale malts... some background spicy hoppiness, but it is pretty faint.

Again the flavor is all about the malts.. very clean and tastes very fresh. grainy and hints of sweet malt but never "sweet"... hops are there, but only if you think about it. Nice body for the style.. you can tell that this is an all malt beer for sure... pretty crisp and refreshing... I would buy this anytime I wanted something sessionable... actually seriously reminds me of Full Sail's Session lager.

Thanks again Rick.

Edit: I reviewed this per style ... This is a good beer... Just don't think IPA just because it says "double hopped" on the side of the can.

3.5/4/3.5/4/4.5

JohnGalt1, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.25/5  rDev +32.4%
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.

bbluemzbeer, Jun 19, 2013
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

LiquidAmber, May 27, 2012
Photo of jeffjeff1
3.05/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife got some of these from her work.

Appearance- yellowish color, thick foamy head

Smell- malt

Taste- light malt flavor

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- pretty good but just average I would say, I would probably drink it again but I wouldn't buy it

jeffjeff1, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a 12 oz bottle of this from Whole Foods. It says double hopped right on the label, so you know it's going to be some seriously hoppy stuff.

It pours clear, golden, pale, somewhat lagery. The head recedes to a thin collar pretty quickly.

The nose is decently hoppy, herbal and lightly spicy in character. There's a bit of cooked corn and pale malt right up there with the hops, and a mild metallic twang. Fairly bland overall.

It tastes like...not much. Corn, mineral water, light malty sweetness. I guess double hopping wasn't enough, because there's only a trace of hop flavor. The finish is slick and utterly void of any sort of flavor - it's more of a texture. Pretty bland and watery.

largadeer, May 05, 2010
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

warpedrevolution, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of DarthKostrizer
1.98/5  rDev -38.3%
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

DarthKostrizer, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown gold with a thick and creamy white head that lasts, lots of sticky lace, and a thick haze of fine bubbles that drift towards the surface. The label states "double hopped" and indeed, it is. The aroma is rich and hoppy with floral and sweet citrus notes as well. Taste begins with a slight sweetness, alcohol notes midway, and finishes with a crisp hop bitterness and bitter citrus flavors. An interesting change of pace.

Package reviewed was a 12 oz brown longneck with a twist-off cap, no freshness information.

Pegasus, May 28, 2002
Photo of Zorro
3.53/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A gold colored beer with a decent white head. They named it correctly.

Fairly strongly hopped for an American lager. Scents of grass and sandalwood. Little bit of lemon and a good yeast aroma with a slight spiciness.

Starts out a little sweet with a mild caramel aftertaste. Decent hop level, no pilsner but the hops are here. Decently herbal the hops add some grass and a slight bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is good.

Not that bad a beer for what it claims to be, an American Lager with improvements. Doesn't hurt that this is only $6.99 for the six-pack, not much more than a six of Budweiser.

Zorro, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of Massbmx
2.5/5  rDev -22.1%

Massbmx, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of ScreamForMe
2.7/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

So I was at a local bottle shop last Friday and they were doing a free - yes free - tasting of this beer. I'm used to paying a buck or two so I thought, shit, it's free what the hell ya know? I had zero expectations for this beer.

It's a lager - something I haven't been drinking much of lately. I was on a German kick for awhile but that was a few years back. But I digress.

The beer had a nice white head on it - a good inch or so. No real smell or rather no appealing smell. Typical lager smell if I can say that.

Ya know - this beer is okay... for what it is. Can it stand up next to a Black Raven Trickster? Hell no - but that wouldn't be fair.

It's smooth with minimal taste. On a hot day - yeah, I could drink a few of these - that is if I was out of craft beer.

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ScreamForMe, Feb 02, 2011
Photo of DaveHS
2.93/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours golden yellow with a thin fizzy head. Leaves moderate stringy lacing.

S-Pale malts, dry, earthy hops. Very nondescript.

T/M-Crisp, grainy, dry. Fizzy. Standard macro-style lager. "Double hopped" doesn't necessarily mean anything, as most beers are at least double hopped. I get no distinct hop character from this aside from light, barely perceptible structural hops, which add almost nothing to the overall flavor.

D-Boring. Not bad, just fails to make any kind of impression.

DaveHS, Feb 11, 2011
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3.25/5  rDev +1.2%

BabaBeer, Oct 18, 2014
Photo of Flathead_Monster
3/5  rDev -6.5%

Flathead_Monster, Nov 15, 2013
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Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
75 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.