Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer | North Coast Brewing Co.

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Blue Star Great American Wheat BeerBlue Star Great American Wheat Beer
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3.59/5
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Blue Star Great American Wheat BeerBlue Star Great American Wheat Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
North Coast Brewing Co.
California, United States
northcoastbrewing.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by kbub6f on 05-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#35,762
Reviews:
320
Ratings:
624
pDev:
12.53%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
64
Trade:
0
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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of chitoryu12
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

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Photo of BigMatt408
4.74/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of fishguyac
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Libeertarian
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

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Photo of jakecattleco
3.89/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beernoobie
3.92/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of csmrx7
3.84/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Beerbuddha
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of dandy14
3.74/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of frogman1513
4.98/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of rarigney
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Ob512316
3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.09/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of blissfulNemo
3.41/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Blackop555
3.65/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.16/5  rDev +15.9%
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.

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Photo of Dakin
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of life_of_agony
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Edie
1/5  rDev -72.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of dertyd
3.54/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of a77cj7
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MooseBoose
3.4/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 624 ratings