Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer
North Coast Brewing Co.

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Style:
Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #321
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
82
Ranked #42,959
Avg:
3.61 | pDev: 12.47%
Reviews:
320
Ratings:
630
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North Coast Brewing Co.
 
California, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  23
Gots
  68
SCORE
82
Good
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superspak from Michigan

3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 11/6/2017. Pours fairly hazy/cloudy medium golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange, citrus zest, peach, pear, red apple, wheat, cracker, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. A bit too fruity/yeasty aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice aromas with good complexity and solid balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and pale/wheat malt notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, orange, citrus zest, peach, pear, red apple, wheat, cracker, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Mild herbal, floral, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemon, orange, citrus zest, peach, pear, red apple, wheat, cracker, bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance, and no astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from lingering bitterness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a delicious American pale wheat ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/earthy hops, fruity yeast, and pale/wheat malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the mildly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Perfectly balanced noble hops, fruity American wheat yeast, and pale/wheat malts. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive style example.

Oct 13, 2018
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look: Pale yellow with some haze. Large, foamy head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Citrus and wheat malt.

Taste: Wheaty malt, a bit of hop bitterness, orange zest.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thicker than average. Highly carbonated.

Overall: A solid wheat beer, albeit not outstanding.

Aug 31, 2018
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Libeertarian from Montana

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From notes taken 07/21/17:

Very murky golden amber, what would otherwise be bright is dull. Light yellow fine and heavy foam head of lower moderate retention, but forming a partial film whenever surface is disturbed. Aromas of dry grass, lemon peel and fruit, dough, honey. Palate somewhat inverts this, honey or caramel, then fruit and grass, finishing fairly dry with the mildest and loveliest faint citrus rind, morphing into a peppery afterbreath. Yeastiness is subtle throughout, almost more of a mouthfeel than a flavor, its doughiness and spiciness balancing sweets and bitters. Full-bodied, viscous, with abundant extra tingly suds giving it a cream density and velvet texture overall.

Jun 18, 2018
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TheSixthRing from California

3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottled date of 03/28/17

Appearance - Pours straw yellow with some streaky yeast trails found spiraling around the glass. A white, near finger width head that dissipates rather quickly, leaving behind a thin, broken layer of suds on the surface and a razor thin ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell - Wheat and cereal aroma with a hint of honey and floral hops.

Taste - Follows the nose. Wheat and light cereal sweetness backed by a hint of floral hops and a faint fruitiness.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with fair, slightly bitey carbonation. Slick, smooth drinker with an easy finish.

Overall - Decent wheat. Nothing off-putting, but nothing special all the same.

Aug 12, 2017
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Ob512316 from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into glass.
Look: dark gold, thin white head.
Smell: a little bit of grapefruit, some malt.
Taste: malt, and little bit of hops, no sign of wheat anywhere
Feel: Average, easy to drink.
Overall: This beer would be great if it wasn't marketed as a Wheat Beer. The Wheat is nonexistent. This beer is refreshing though.

Jun 14, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale gold. Foamy, medium, short-lived head, white head.

Smells Doughy light malt, light fruit, Light Citrus and light yeast.

Taste Light Citrus, malt, light fruit, grassy. Finish is light dry with a light short Citrus linger. Lighter body and smooth lower medium carbonation.

Feb 28, 2017
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Bombelsky from Poland

4.16/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

355 ml bottle poured into a snifter. Light gold, hazy. Two fingers frothy head, diminishing with spare lacing. Moderate malty, dough aroma upfront. Some hay. Low citrusy and floral hop aroma. Light sweet malt flavor. Light medium lasting dry finish, medium light body, high carbonation and bit of creaminess.
Thirst quenching, good wheat beer. I would like it bit more sweet and bit more bitter in flavor. Head diminishes too fast and leaves almost no lacing.

Feb 24, 2017
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Dakin from Utah

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Very nice pale/orange straw. Unfiltered. Good amount of carbonation head dissipates rather quickly. Looks great.

Smell: Piney, citrus, hops. Smells clean and refreshing. Bit of spice.

Taste: Citrus, hops, a bit floral, with a tiny bit of spice on the end. Great and refreshing. Not necessarily the greatest American Wheat I've had but it would certainly be great at a summer BBQ. Anyone who enjoys the macro stuff would would love this.

Feel: Nice and light in the mouth, a bit of a tangy feel.

Overall: Not necessarily the greatest American Wheat I've had but it would certainly be great at a summer BBQ. Anyone who enjoys the macro stuff would would love this. North Coast is one of the best breweries in the country in my opinion, but I can tell this beer isn't one of their main focuses. Regardless, I would buy again for a beach day. 6/10.

Jan 11, 2017
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Yellow beer, its a wheat beer so clarity isn't gonna be something that I would think as qualifying as ideal. Anyways, it is one of the duller yellow colors, the aroma was all about those grains. Wheat.

Clean taste, dry finish. Has a lot of wheat to it. No other frills, not hopped up, not a fancy yeast, no adjuncts unless you count the wheat itself.

Apr 17, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

4.09/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This beer should win an award for its appearance. While not particularly attractive, it has so much raw wheat sediment floating around that it's a spectacle. It's just a deep, deep pool of honey-tea-amber with the perfect subtle highlights on the sides lighting up the sediment. The head starts off 3 fingers tall and recedes to about 1, leaving a nice creamy ring on the sides with specs of lace. Best appearance for an American Pale Wheat Ale.

From the bottle it smells different than the glass. Out of the bottle I get lots of skunkiness, stale dehydrated hops, and musky grains. Thank goodness it doesn't stop there. When it's dumped into a pint glass, more pleasing aromas of citrus and baked wheat come out, and there's no skunk or musk at all.

Flavor profile is very complex. Sharp stabs of hop float in and out as beautiful citrus and field wheat dance on the palate. The finish is bready and piney.

The feel is refreshing, crisp, bright, and creamy. Perfect companion to the flavor and style.

This is one hell of a wheat pale ale. I'm sure this would KILL at backyard grillouts. Will consider buying more in the future.

Apr 12, 2016
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

3.66/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

It's the smoothness and mild flavor that are the highlights here. So mild, in fact, that it kind of reminds me of the rice-based beers from Japan, like Sapporo. Laid back and pleasing.

Jan 29, 2016
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LennyOvies from Mexico

3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Hazy yellow orange with a frothy white head that fades fast.
S- Weak. Grainy malts, spices.
T- Grainy, lemon, yeast, wheat, hops.
F- Rich, heavy.
O- This could be a lot better. Seems to me all the aroma and taste notes dont mix up very well for a great overall result. Just good.

Jan 17, 2016
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VZ103 from California

3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden yellow. Ok head and retention. Some lacing.
S: Sweet, citrus, some wheat.
T: Citrus, some yeast, a bit spicy.
F: Medium body, crisp.
O: Not a bad wheat beer, but there are beter out there.

Sep 02, 2015
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Lahoi from Kentucky

4.26/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Golden straw color. Cloudy. Small head that dissipated. No lacing.

Fruity, yeasty smell.

Taste is a little floral, but nothing overpowering. It's crisp. Sweet, even. Maybe tart is a better descriptor than sweet. The finish is an A+. That's the best part of the beer.

Feel is typical for the style. Not a lot of body, but certainly nothing like an AAL.

Overall, this is a great beer. I thoroughly enjoyed. A LOT actually. Maybe not quite a Lagunitas Little Sumpin Sumpin good, but close. I would definitely drink this beer again. And again, and again, and again...

Jul 16, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Pours gold with a slight haze that clears as it warms. Supports a 2” clingy white foam collar that slowly dissipates.
S: Spice and malt with traces of clove and citrus.
T: The yeast driven spice and fruit flavors are restrained. The Palate is mostly crisp, bready wheat malt with traces of lemon.
F: Medium body and medium high carbonation.
O: A hearty, drinkable summer beer.

Jul 13, 2015
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RyanK252 from California

3.71/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours hazy golden yellow with a frothy off white head that settles and laces lightly.

S: Grainy, floral, light citrus, lemon grass, and a hint of malt sweetness.

T: Wheat, floral, citrus, lemon and hints of orange, a little yeasty spice on the back end.

M: Light to medium body, notable carbonation.

O: Pretty crisp and refreshing. This one grew on me the more I drank. Solid summer beer.

Apr 09, 2015
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WAbeerfiend from Washington

4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Poured into a Mac & Jack's pint glass on 05.14.14.

A: 1/2 finger head, which recedes quickly. Yellow with a yeast cloud at the top. See through on the very bottom.

S: Strong orange, some lemon. Maybe berry. It's very sweet with an almost candy or juice like smell.

T: Orange, berry, cherry are dominant. Sweet yeast is subtle.

M: Crisp. Lots of carbonation.

O: There is no hop presence. With 17 IBU, that's not surprising. It did have a lot of carbonation, but it worked. It was a very refreshing beer.

Rating: A-

Oct 01, 2014
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thecheapies from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Really bad luck with draft overpours, lately. This beer was served to me, short on head room. Has a faded apricot color with swirly haze. No lacing occurs.

Very mild in aroma with wheat grain tang, pale sweetness, peach hard candy, and elements of citrus and floral notes. A high 3.5.

More sweetness and the same. Wheat is the primary flavor, but it's short of bready. That artificial peach candy note is evident, along with hints of tangerine and floral hop bitterness. Remains juicy without ample hoppiness. Even the body seems like a glaze in the mouth. Wet enough to wash down, but this would be better if it was drier. More bubbles would help, also.

Jul 31, 2014
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barczar from Kentucky

3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden with modest ivory head.

Notes of wheat and soft fruity esters are subtle in aroma. Hop aroma is lacking.

Flavor is wheat dominant, with earthy hops at the dry finish and a touch of grainy character. Becomes bready in the aftertaste.

Body is light, with moderate carbonation.

The finish becomes minerally. Strange for the style. Just not much there.

Jun 25, 2014
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a hazy yellow-orange color with a tiny fizzy white head. The head has a very light level of retention, fading quite fast to leave some decent foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer heaviest of a wheaty bread smell mixed with some hints of citrus of lemon and a bit of orange.

Taste – The taste begins with a crisp wheat flavor mixed with a light citrus lemon flavor. As the taste advances the wheatiness takes on a grainier like nature with the lemon growing stronger as the flavor advances as well. Some yeast and a bit of hay and grass work their way onto the tongue more toward the end of the taste, mixing with the rest of the flavors to leave a crisp, wheaty and lightly citrus flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side to slightly thicker side for a brew of only 4.5 % abv. with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the style the feel is very nice as the high carbonation really makes for a refreshing and crisp drinker, while the average to slightly thicker body really nicely accentuates the wheat flavors.

Overall – A rather crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking wheat beer with a good blend of citrus and wheat. A nice summer style brew.

Jun 18, 2014
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cbutova from Massachusetts

3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- 12oz stubby bottle poured to a pint glass that receives a hazy, pale golden bodied ale. A white head only forms to a thin veil atop the beer and falls to a small ring fairly quickly. Lacing is spotty but rare.

S- Freshly baked wheat bread with some light yeasty fruit notes and a lemony citrus. A light bit of spiciness and malt sweets as well.

T- Yeasty and wheaty. The former brings some esters that remind me of apples as well as a bread. Notes of wheat crust, yeast spice and it all comes together with some zesty lemon citrus.

MF- Lighter-end body but the wheat provides it with a lot of fluff. Silky and creamy. The carbonation is on the high side but this texture negates any bite and it is smooth.

Crusty wheat with a nice citrus aspect complimenting that. I applaud brewers who still make beers like this today when hops, barrels and adjuncts are starting to rule the world. Simple on the surface but solid.

Jun 12, 2014
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stefanberg from Washington

3.42/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's a good wheat beer. They aren't aiming to make a unique and original beer and thats what i like about it the most. It is very simple and just easy to enjoy. Not a must have but not bad. Would definitely buy again but i wouldn't go out of my way to look for it.

May 25, 2014
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ryan1788a5 from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Yeast agitated and poured.

A: Cloudy golden color. Creamy white head settles after a short while. Lacing is thin and wispy.

S: Freshly baked bread, wheaty, doughy yeast. Oily hops with a citrusy zest and a bit of a peppery spice.

T: Wheaty and doughy. Hops set in soon after with a predominantly floral flavor. Hints of tangerine and pithy lemon too. Doughy yeast. Bready and wheaty finish with trailing floral and tangerine hop flavors.

M: Light in body. Very frothy and creamy. Carbonation is brisk and crisp, lending a refreshing bite. Mild hop oils.

O: Simple but gratifying, as a good American wheat ale should be. Many view the style as being rather boring and uninspired, but when you come across a well-crafted brew like this you can appreciate the simple pleasures it has to offer. It makes for a great summer quaff or beach beer. Pick up a sixer of this as a nice change of pace from the ubiquitous Sam Summer. You may find that it scratches that summer wheat beer itch even better.

May 10, 2014
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JuicesFlowing from Kansas

3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy dull straw color. A foamy white head slowly recedes to a thick white film. Very little lacing sticks to the glass.

The aroma is a combination of wet cardboard and wheat, grains, and faint orange citrus.

The beer tastes refreshingly clean and citric with a good grain and malt body.
There's a notable citrus finish.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

Overall, this is exactly how I want my wheat beers. Very refreshing with a clean, citric quality.

Apr 24, 2014
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CalgaryFMC from Canada

3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampled a 12 oz. tulip glass at Beer Revolution in Calgary. Odd serving choice for an American wheat but they do that with the more pricy US imports. This one is a semi-cloudy bright yellow brew, maybe just a hint of orange, with a light spray of white bubbles riding on top. Aroma is bright and citric, with lemon and orange hops front and center, wheat spice and doughy sweet rolls in the background. Tastes like dilute orange juice or vitamin C chews, lemon rind, gummy worms, perhaps a little noble hop peppered flower water ... Sweet and hoppy for an American wheat and fucking tasty on a certain level (e.g., if you are sitting outside and its blazing hot). Like some a-hole squeezed a citrus wedge into the beer except no one actually did thank God, this is all hops doing the talking. Rather fizzy and has an interesting slick (almost oily) mouthfeel but finishes crisp, dry, and clean as expected. Gotta say, this stands out from the pedestrian mass of dull safe American wheat beers and does so quite handily. If I were to compare it to an aggressively hopped wheat like Lagunitas Little Sumpin, this is like a little brother session alternative, with hop flavor trumping the bitterness.

Apr 16, 2014
Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 82 out of 100 with 630 ratings