Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager - Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
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3.03/5 rDev -5.6%
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.
03-11-2012 05:52:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
2/5 rDev -37.7%
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.
05-04-2010 23:41:05 | More by largadeer
3.08/5 rDev -4%
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.
08-02-2010 22:52:13 | More by biboergosum
3.93/5 rDev +22.4%
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 ...
05-22-2011 11:40:40 | More by woodychandler
3.53/5 rDev +10%
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.
03-16-2011 03:25:06 | More by Zorro
3.85/5 rDev +19.9%
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.
08-28-2010 07:38:00 | More by JohnGalt1
3.38/5 rDev +5.3%
Thanks to Tyler for grabbing this for me on a recent trip to PDX. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice medium golden yellow with a thin cap of white head that had OK retention and lacing. The was nicely grainy, with a solid, but mellow, dose of hops. The flavor was also grain forward with a bit of a hop tang on the finish.
The body was surprisingly full, not heavy and a bit too sweet to be called crisp, and very enjoyable. Drinkability was pretty good, I could easily have these as my chore beer, or at a cookout if it were local to me. Overall, a solid and enjoyable brew that's worth a shot if you see it.
07-04-2010 22:23:08 | More by beertunes
3.13/5 rDev -2.5%
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.
05-27-2012 03:50:37 | More by LiquidAmber
3.6/5 rDev +12.1%
I had a couple of 12oz cans of this beer on a flight to Los Angeles. It was probably the best of their beer offerings.
Appearance: crisp, clear golden hue with a thin layer of fizzy white head. It actually has a depth of color which I very much like, although the weak head was a bit unfortunate.
Smell: light, sweet malt aroma. Not as hoppy as the name of the brew might suggest. There's a sticky sweetness here which might be a bit over the top for some people, but I didn't think it was too bad.
Taste: sweet malt with a good bitterness. Hops are earthy and well-balanced. Again, the sweetness here may not be for everybody, but I think it played well with the other flavors.
Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation. Creaminess is surprisingly good, which I like.
Drinkability: tasty, if sweet, middle-of-the-road kind of beer. When I was drinking this, I thought it was a golden ale or maybe a cream ale, rather than a pale lager. I'd have it again.
10-25-2010 15:33:13 | More by flagmantho
3.8/5 rDev +18.4%
Notes from a trip to S. Dakota and Wyoming May 2001 Purchased at Devils Tower, Wy
Color is clear golden yellow, small foaming head. Smell is dull and light, musty grass and some citrusy bitterness from hop. Taste is good though, smooth and hoppy, citrus and floral hops. Light and smooth, crisp and clean and citrusy sweet and bitter. Pretty good drinker.
04-07-2003 11:07:19 | More by tavernjef
1.95/5 rDev -39.3%
Pours a light golden color with a decent enough white head that dissipates almost entirely in a couple minutes. Darker than your average macro lager but still quite boring. Boring is a pretty good descriptor for this beer all the way round. The aroma has a touch of the hops that are proudly advertised as having been added not once... not twice... no, wait, it was twice. I guess they just mean that it was dry hopped. Sorry to mock, but, besides a hint of grassiness, this claim has about as much meaning as Miller Lite's "triple hopping." The aroma is mostly simple, sweet malt with some metallic undertones. The flavor is too sweet, and it's really just another boring lager that could have come from a macro brewery. This isn't the bottom of the barrel or anything, but it's boring and extremely skippable.
05-20-2010 03:09:57 | More by popery
3.39/5 rDev +5.6%
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.
06-11-2013 18:54:43 | More by Darkmagus82
3.33/5 rDev +3.7%
6 pack from North Salem,Fred Meyer. $6.49 This brings back memorys from the late 1990s when this was considered a craft beer. Typical lager looks golden with a nice thick off white head. Again typical "macro" lager aromas..wet carboard, cereal and a touch of floral hops Taste is somewhat similar to the aromas..a sweeter lager than the usual swill though and no real bad after tastes. Nice enough on the palate. Overall a clean drinkable yet simple lager. Not that bad really.
01-25-2011 18:16:25 | More by Reidrover
3.05/5 rDev -5%
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.
09-03-2012 01:54:12 | More by Florida9
1.98/5 rDev -38.3%
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
12-29-2011 21:28:39 | More by DarthKostrizer
1.95/5 rDev -39.3%
Medium gold color, medium to large head. Malty lager aroma. A medium bodied lager. Mild malts and somewhat hoppy, if it is DOUBLE hopped after all. Way to sweet, corn adjunct? Not much else to say, but Yes it is a lager. It's not skunky, which is a plus, but it is a metallic and alcohol tasting. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is a little weird tasting, slightly bitter with some corn sweetness.
07-31-2003 02:57:38 | More by beerguy101
3.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
01-11-2011 03:29:28 | More by BeerAdvocate
3.5/5 rDev +9%
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.
05-28-2002 19:55:46 | More by Pegasus
3.58/5 rDev +11.5%
This is to me actually a really good, standard American pale lager.
Somewhat dark gold, it has a medium off-white head quickly shrinking to a ring.
Aroma is appley grain, grass, hint of herb, pleasant and a bit sweet, a good, fairly full AMerican pale lager aroma.
Taste is a light but good, full grain, faintly bready, faint hint of ripe apples, under a lightly dominant grassy-spicey hop character. It has a good feel and character seems to hold up well. Feel is a bit frothy. It has a firm grain-grass aftertaste and is highly drinkable, with enough character to keep it going, and definitely leans to a firm, gently bitter and almost numbing grassy hop quality. However, the character is light and simple, with relatviely little flavour for the amount of hop presence.
11-02-2010 18:50:38 | More by Offa
2.58/5 rDev -19.6%
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.
12-12-2011 22:23:05 | More by elNopalero
3.2/5 rDev -0.3%
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.
02-26-2011 01:03:59 | More by HalfFull
Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
75 out of 100 based on 92 ratings.