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

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

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

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.77/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- light cloudy canary yellow with apricot lows. nearly pure white head is very attractive and creamy with a nice bubbly skin on top but shrinks before my eyes to a thick disk as if the proteins just 'let go' and then decided to hang on at the last minute and never let go again. fine with me. on the bright side there's plenty of lace in the form of thick tiers and columns and little smoke trails of yeast floating around in the brew amid the tiny rising bubbles.

S- very nice citrus and tropical fruit. canned mandarin orange, peach, pear, apricot, plum, strawberry, honeydew melon, banana, mango, papaya, and some lemon candy. since this beer isn't spiced i'm gonna assume that all or most of these aromas are coming from the yeast which i find to be very impressive. a solid pale wheat aroma stands tough behind the fruitiness with just a touch of very floral noble hops.

T- a bit grainier in flavor than the aroma, the fruit doesn't translate over to the taste but there's still a definite tropical hint constantly laying semi-exposed in the background. most of what comes out is in the citrus category, namely lemon & orange peel, with flowering herbs, rose petals, dry triple sec, and a definite foundation of pale wheat and barley with fleeting apricot, plum and orange blossom in the finish. very clean and unoffensive taste overall, and i feel gladdened after nearly burning myself out on wheat beers this summer.

MF- sturdily bodied while being an absolute refresher, its apparent that this brew is generously malted. very juicy feeling, like fermenting OJ, but prickly medium high carbonation breaks things up and is the perfect fit for a beer of this consistency. finishes slightly dry and cleansing.

D- a knockout of an APWA, a single that i almost didn't buy, and another example of my foolish underestimation. suited to my tastes, this is without a doubt the best APWA i've ever had ever.

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Photo of jmbranum
4.58/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A delightful wheat beer.

Pours a pretty hazy glowing gold with big white head. Some big clumps of yeast apparent in the bottom of the glass.

Slight aroma.

Flavor is crisp and clean. Nicely balanced. A little bit sweet, a little bit tart and just a twinge of hops. Reminds me a little of a Belgian white beer but with less citrus. A tiny bit of sourdough bread maybe.

Nice medium mouthfeel with a fair bit of carbonation.

Overall a great wheat beer. The balance is what sets this beer apart from so many others.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
4.55/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a snifter...despite the cloudy appearance, this is one of the cleanest and most drinkable beers of all time. It is definitely the best American style wheat beer and I especially enjoy it in the summer. Gumballhead is also an incredible American wheat, but quite different and much hoppier.

Plenty of head on top of the cloudy bright body. Super clean aroma with wheat sharpness and a delightful yeast dance in your nose. It's crisp and refreshing and sharp. Low ABV makes it extremely sessionable. It's hard not to just chug it. Great straight out of the bottle too. Highly recommended.

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Photo of pjwilson
4.53/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

appearance: very light color, almost yellow. hazy and cloudy appearance with a very nice head. looks like a great american wheat for sure

smell: lite wheaty protein smell. very different from a hefe as here you actually just smell the pure wheat. as wheat goes it's alright

taste: smooth with an edge. very soft velvet like wheat flavors, with a slight wheat edge. no yeast, no hops, just wheat. then again, i'm sure there a slight spicy bitterness from the hops and there is natural yeast in the bottle, adding flavor. a very slight banana like flavor, but not like a hefe. no nonsense all around, not complex, but very tasty.

mouthfeel: absolutly smooth and fanstasticly wonderful the drink during warmer weather. drinkability is sky high.

The king of American Wheat Beers in this reviewer's view. If you drank this after a true German Hefe, it would seem bland by comparison, but as a good first beer of the day, it's fantastic.

May be too subtle for some, again, i recommend you try this as the first beer of the day, not after anything else. this is the only american wheat(not hefe) that I buy with any regularlity.

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Photo of WAbeerfiend
4.5/5  rDev +25.7%

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-

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Photo of Mitchster
4.47/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a lightly cloudy, very pale golden with peach accents, forming a small white head despite a vigorous pour. The head is of very fine bubbles with poor retention and no lacing. Carbonation is mild to moderate. Aroma is very delicate with a crisp, brisk wheat character, a finely floral "sweet" hop nose with a very nice peach character...a clean ferment with no off-aroma. Very nice. Mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth at the same time with no aftertaste and a delicate, watery light body. Taste...Delicate floral and citric hop flavor with a crisp and distinct wheat spiciness...hints of peaches, muscat grapes and pineapple, a very slight bitterness towards the very quickly fading finish..again, a very clean ferment...brief sweetness in the finish with a hint of toast in my belches.

This is definitely the best example of an "American Wheat" (Not to be confused with a Bavarian weizen, much to the chagrin of several previous reviewers) that I have drank up to this point. An exceptionally well-balanced and piquant brew, refreshing, well-crafted, easy to drink, very clean...everything a well-made American Wheat should be. I would urge people to seek this out. Definitely a summer session brew

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Photo of granger10
4.4/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a straw-like color with orange highlights. Nice fluffy white head. Smell is really bready and slightly citric. Taste brings me a wheat base flavor combined with other grain malts that creates a little more complexity than other American wheats. There a slight fruitiness in the background and a hoppy aspect that seems to meld perfectly with this beer. Yeast is noticeable in flavor and provides a spicy bready aspect along with an acidic dry finish. The body is light but light in a good way. I gotta say that this was an excellent American wheat. Great session beer for the summer time. Or one to have at a cookout for sure.

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Photo of bigdeuce
4.37/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have to tell you, I like this one. It's got a FULL body, for a wheat, nice thick mouthfeel. Goes down smoothly and you can drink quite a few of these. A great session beer, moderately priced, low hops, strong malt and wheat. An unusually terrific smell for a wheat. If you want to drink a lot of sessions, give this one a whirl.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz short brown capped, no freshness date.

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw in color with a frothy dense white head that dies down quickly. A swirling cloudiness remains while drinking it.

Smell: Mellow fruit and yeast with a floral aroma.

Taste: Very good... crisp with sweet taste, light fruit, tartness and a light hop bitterness.

Notes: Definitely one of the best wheats I have ever tasted.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.35/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from "stubby" 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy orange/gold in color, with a big billowy head of white foam.
Aroma-Fresh wheat, lemon zest
Taste-Fresh wheat, cracker malt, biscuit, lemon zest, nice spicy hop prescence makes itself known and provides a wonderfull balance and flavor. Very refreshing and tasty. Great flavor and character in a wheat ale. Another winner from North Coast. Salute the Summer with a case of these! Yummy!

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Photo of Murph
4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours ahazy light straw, almost the color of grapefruit juice, with no head to speak of. The smell is very fruity.yeasty with nice banana and juicy fruit qualities. Crisp taste that starts off very yeasty and fruity and is then complimented by the wheat flavors. Crisp and creamy and very drinkable. A very nice american wheat. Yet another good offering from North Coast.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.34/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this one into a standard pint glass.

A: Cloudy all the way down, pale tan with a yellowish hue. Tiny head that all but disappeared within a few minutes.

S: A floral character accented by sour yeast and a fresh clean "rain" scent, followed by notes of alcohol and a touch of vanilla.

T: Light, creamy mouthfeel with plenty of fresh sourbread dough, light citrus and a hint of florals. Extreme refreshment, excellent finish with perfect carbonation.

D: Awesome. It went down almost too easy.

Value: I've seen it for $9.99 a sixer. Awesome deal!

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Photo of dbennett04
4.3/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A buddy of mine brought this to a barbeque. I am very glad that he did!

A - Drank this one out of the bottle.

S - Noticeable citrus notes with some (unsurprisingly) wheat.

T - Very nice. Citrus dominated for a crisp taste, but it didn't overwhelm the wheat. Perfect kind of wheat beer for me.

M - Pretty full for a wheat beer. Retains that crispness. Very satisfying.

D - I plan on making this a go-to summer beer, assuming I can find it in Illinois.

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Photo of elniko
4.29/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass.

A: Hazy golden amber with half finger of head that remained and ringed the bottle with lacing. Mild carbonation. Solid looking brew.

S: Citrus, lemony nose with mild wheat tones. Definitely whets the appetite.

T & M: The is exactly what I would expect an American Wheat to taste like. Wonderful crispness and tartness, mouthfeel is perfect. Slight lemon tones with just a the wheat backing it up, very nicely balanced. Well done North Coast.

D: Absolutely drinkable, I'm sad I didn't discover this beer until the end of the summer but there are still some more warm Texas months to enjoy this beer this year.

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Photo of HardTarget
4.27/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Aroma: A floral hop nose spiked with a hint of lemon peel
Appearance: Very clear bright peach yellow with a head of snow colors tiny bubbles. Head after pour settled down to a thin spotty coat actively fed with carbonation. No lace and the head died off.
Flavor: A milder flavor than I’m used to, I’ve been drinking heavy beers lately, so this is a radical change of pace. It’s a very clean beer, no off tastes to be found. Magnificent balance, it has a touch of sweet and a touch of bitter. The wheat is left to take center stage.
Mouthfeel: Extremely soft. Wonderful carbonation level, doesn’t come across as fizzy, but as a bit of sparkle to it. Medium body but a viscous feel, somewhat like honey.
Overall Impression: Immensely drinkable, a fine session beer. I’m afraid this style just doesn’t make people kick their heels up and say “whoopee”! It’s a shame, this is a great beer. It takes more skill to brew a fine light ale than an over-hopped monster IMHO.
Having been said, I love my monsters. Highly Recommended

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Photo of Lahoi
4.26/5  rDev +19%
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...

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Photo of Getinthevan
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I found a six-pack of this at the local liquor store and decided to go for it.

From the get-go, appearance is incredibly cloudy and unfiltered, just like a great wheat beer should be. No arguments on my end; I was thoroughly pleased.

Smell is high in yeast and wheat. Definitely prepare for a treat.

Taste is great. It's got a nice sweetness that balances with the wheat that isn't overpowering, but just right to where you can just sit and relax with it. A perfect blend.

Mouthfeel was very full and satisfying. The wheat was very filling and quenched thirst efficiently.

I could drink a whole case of this stuff if I can find it. Otherwise, I'll just buy a good amount of six-packs in the meantime; great stuff!

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Photo of Lemke10
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a single bottle of this from Woodman's in Menomonee Falls, WI for about $1.50 in early fall 2010.

This beer smells very heavily of wheat and pours a golden yellow color. It has a smooth mellow taste that goes down on the lighter side. And oh yeah the head of foam stick around, even with a little left at the last sip. Can tell this a beer is made with quality materials. Definetly worth a try.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into the Sam Adams glass.

A - Hazy straw colored some orange hints and a off-white head about one finger tall, that is very dense. Small bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass quickly.

S - Yeast is present and some mild fruits as well. Some nuts and some earthy, floral hops are mildly present as well.

T - Very nice flavor balance. Starts with some malts and some wheat that extends towards the middle. Some bready and nutty mild nutty tones appear in the middle as well. It finishes crisp with some mild hop bitterness and dryness. Leaves a nice yeasty aftertaste.

M - Good CO2, light bodied but good array of flavors.

D - Very refreshing, low ABV equals something extremely drinkable.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.23/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a hazy golden straw yellow color. Two finger white head shows nice retention. Spotty lacing left on the sides of the glass from drinking it down.

S- The aroma is a bit muted. Wheat does come through this along with a light bready note as well. Lemon grass or light orange citrus notes as well toward the backend but get covered a little from the wheat tone to this beer while muted.

T- Wheat upfront in the beer with a hint of lemon I would say. Middle of the beer has pale malts and wheat to cover it up nicely. Ending of this beer is yet more wheat notes with a light bitter hop to balance the sweetness one might say this wheat has. The alcohol is light and blends in well with the beer.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is perfect for the style. Light wheat and citrus left on the palate. Aftertaste is fadeing alcohol, light wheat notes, and light earhty bitter hops that fade long before the wheat notes do. Flavors were dead on balanced in this beer. No off flavors nad light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer is fantastic and shows what the style should be without taking a brewer's approach to it. The low flavor and ABV makes this a perfect gateway beer. I am always impressed with North Coast and their basic yet great drinking beers.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
4.22/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into weizen

cloudy golden straw. big fluffy fizzed out head. drops to a thin top.

smells like a big orange pineapple and cereal

mmmm. sweet. the flavor is delicate like the aroma but not without taste. awesome yeast. floral hops. nice

looked real carbonated but calmed down after a minute. medium body.

nice beer. I would gladly suck on a few of these on a hot day.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
4.2/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

North Coast- Blue Star

Appearance- light hazy orange/ yellow with a decent non lacing head.
Smell- crisp hay with lemon rind.
Taste- light grapefruit, lemon, melon with a touch of wheat and sunflour.
Mouthfeel- very crisp and smooth.

Overall- a damn fine Wheat beer. Maybe to light to drink on a cold winter evening but perfect for a bbq or baseball game!

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.17/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When I poured it, I thought that it looked like lemon juice. It ended up being a telltale sign. The lemon flavor is very heavy, but not so overpowering that it ruins the beer in it’s entirety, I felt. I will admit that I like strong flavors in a beer, so anything that is very full will most likely get more points from me. It might be so strong that it makes it that you have to dig that lemon flavor in your wheat beer (or full flavors in general), otherwise you might not appreciate it that much.

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Photo of Bombelsky
4.16/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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Photo of TPoling
4.14/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow doesn't always mean poor quality. Blue Star pours without much head, unlike its German cousins, but the nose promises a nice malt backbone. This American wheat beer has a mild, but pleasant and peppery hop profile with citrus hints and a playful yeastiness.

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