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

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Black Star Double Hopped Golden LagerBlack Star Double Hopped Golden Lager

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96 Ratings

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Ratings: 96
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 20.31%
Wants: 2
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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
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Ratings: 96 | Reviews: 57
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3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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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.

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3.6/5  rDev +12.5%
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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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 96 ratings.