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

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Reviews: 315 | Ratings: 609
Photo of stephendr
1.68/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle- color of pale hazy yellow , with a thick white head - nose of cereal , dried bananas , slight cloves , sweet lemon , and barnyard – taste of citrus , wheat , yeast, and that sweet lemon - body sparkely , and with sight acidity – aftertaste of sour acidic, and cereal

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A-its cloudy like a wheat ale should be thats good. but its bubbles,bubbles everywhere. nice white head though.

S- in line for a wheat. citrus, clove, wheat and yeast.

T-light (and I do mean light because they were very watered down) tastes of wheat, citrus, and yeast, followed by adicity, then a nice yeast finish.

M- thin, watery, and very overcarbonated, it makes it like drinking wheat beer club soda. The carbonation masks anything good that might be in this beer.

D- I love wheat beers and this is just not the example I was looking for. Its too thin, too watery, too overcarbonated, and too acidic.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.3/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wheat beers are one of my favorite styles of beer and unfortunately this one was a big disappointment in my opinion.It was flat, thin and nothing special stood out with this beer.It had a small white head with fine-small sized bubbles that quickly diminished.The body was carbonated and slightly cloudy.The hue was pale yellow and there was very little lacing.The nose was that of bananas, some clove and some hops.The flavor was flat and somewhat sweet tasting.The mouthfeel was smooth, thin, watery and light bodied.

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Photo of chaswisler
2.36/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I had high expections for this beer but alas, it left me wanting more.

The beer looked good. Poured well. Had a nice clean white head.

But the taste is lacking. Even the smell is not up to par. It just doesn't have much taste, it's a crisp taste, kinda like pears, but there is not much umph.

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Photo of Mattamue
2.37/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle into a pint. No bottle/brewed date.

a Golden yellow tan. Thick 1-inch big-bubbled bone white head. Lacing clings to the glass and lazily slides down during tasting leaving islands of tiny cloying bubbles. Medium carbonation. Steady stream of bubbles.

s Citrus apple and grapefruit beginnings. Raw pine/floral fills the middle of the nose. Sour citrus tinge finishes.

t Slightest iota of light toasted grain on the beginning of the taste. Lemony tart yeast overpowers and takes over all the way to the back of the tongue and the aftertaste.

m Medium body. Rests easily on the middle of the tongue.

o Would not suggest. Would choose another/new wheat over this. All it does well is the citrus/tart/yeast overload.

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Photo of rastaman
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[email protected] Coast. Lemony and tangy, wheaty, grainy malts, a bit short, American wheats never seem to work, and this is no exception. Just not a whole lot happening in here, not yeasty banana esters, just zingy hops and sweet, lightly wheaty, drinkable.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.48/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours opaque, hazy golden-tan with a slight head that quickly dissipates to a thin soapy sheen.

Aroma is of wet straw. Floral and herbal. A strong bit of sour rotten fruit. Hints of lemon grass and grainy malt. Quite unusual.

Taste is wheaty, and sour. Is this a bad bottle? Musty, herbal and medicinal notes. Light citrus appears for a moment. Some earthy hop bitterness in the finish, however it is short lived and almost completely eclipsed by the odd medicinal sourness.

Nouthfeel is medium-full.

A very odd beer. But I must admit, the more I drink the better it seems to taste. I guess you just need to get acclimated to it. Strangely medicinal with virtually no hop crispness. Unfortunately, the flavor is very muddled.

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Photo of surfmeister
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Wow, how utterly boring...
Imagine your favorite hefeweizen, murky, golden/yellow, voluminous head, enticing to the eyes, now take away all the banana/clove scent that usually tickles the fancy of your nose, take away the fruity esters that make your palate so happy and you have this beer, all the promise of a hefe, missing all the reasons that you reach for it in the first place, I do not buy into this as being a separate style as in "american wheat", it's just an inferior knock off

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Photo of praufs01
2.5/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy yellow with a frothy white head.

Aroma - Light floral hop.

Palate - Watery thin bodied brew with light carbonation.

Flavor - Watered down flavor with a light tang in the finish.

Final thoughts - Very light. Not much in the way of flavor.

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Photo of scottfrie
2.58/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

On-tap in Lodi, served in a shaker pint.

A: Served a lightly cloudy golden honey/iced-tea color with a quarter-inch of eggshell white head that left a few streaks of lacing down the glass.
S: Minerally smelling with a note or two of wheat and light citrus.
T: Mineral chalkiness again. Flavors of wheat are sparse and thin. I get a touch of lemon, but overall the flavors are pretty watery.
M: Really fizzy carbonation made up of tiny bubbles. Watery mouthfeel is light but fairly refreshing.
O: Not my favorite of the style. I know it’s supposed to be light and refreshing in flavor, but I still felt this could use more. And what flavors were there were not the best. I would drink the Anchor, FFF, Lagunitas or SN versions over this any day.

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Photo of Onslow
2.64/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this was kind of a boob of a beer, not a nice young firm one, more like a granny teet .... a bit thin in the mouth ... geez, such a simple dumbed down beer .. some lacing ... needs more- everything .."make me a bike, clown!!" ... lacks character, integrity, and morals.... and fuck the people who ask for this..

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Photo of dustin555
2.66/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average color for unfiltered wheat beer. Nothing remarkable in the flavor department. Not complex, but not terrible. Beyond the wheaty and pleasant finish, not much flavor at all. Perhaps on tap and very VERY cold would have been a better experience.

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Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.67/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sweet medium malt, creamy spicy hops.

Light orange straw, hazy. Medium head poor retention.

Medium bitterness. Quite light. Light floral hops with medium tartness. Medium grainy wheat. Finishes tart and a little bitter.

Thin to medium body with medium-light carbonation.

Just okay. Thirst-quenching, but not tasty.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.72/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a smallish head with no retention. Color was a pale yet golden sunshine color. The lacing was defiently subpar with any average wheat beer. Smell was tart and a little metallic. The flavor was a tart banana and wheat melange with some plae malts in the mix. But all these flavors were pretty muted. Mouthfeel was dry and run of the mill as far as wheat beers go.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a creamy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. There is not much going on in the aroma with some malted wheat, yeast and just a hint of hops. Much like the aroma, the taste is pretty bland. Overall, this is a pretty bland offering that really does not have any qualities that stand out in any way to make me want to drink another.

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Photo of changeup45
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden color topped with a moderate off-white head that does settle down a bit. It certainly has a dirty water look to it. Very wheaty aroma with hints of lemon and an overall fresh type of smell to it but it's subtle and could be mistaken for the smell you get after cleaning your house. The flavor is mild lemon spice with a mix of citrus malts. It's not a bad wheat but something is missing to make it a good beer. I'd have no problem having it again on a hot day but it's definitely limited. And for the record, if I'm going to drink a North Coast brew on a warm day I'll take a Scrimshaw Pils.

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Photo of Drewcifer
2.79/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours with almost no head, a murky golden-orange color

Aroma is very slight wheat, but mostly floral hops.

Taste is wheat, slight malt, a touch of lemon, but overall weak and a little watered down. No real hops to it, either.

Mouthfeel was light, watery, not very crisp, and fairly flat.

Easy drinker, although overall, I was thoroughly unimpressed. On the chance the bottle was bad, I may edit later on, but I have a feeling the bottle wasn't bad, it's just a fairly unimpressive example of the style.

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Photo of malcontent
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tapered color, pale hay to deep gold from bottom to top. Thin layer of head caps the unfiltered body.

Unexpected hop presence leads into understated wheat/lemon scent. Simple but pleasant.

When I recover from the aggressive fizzy nature of the beer I'm struck by the relatively watery taste left behind. Finish is bitter in an off-putting fashion, almost like the wheat had turned.

As noted, too fizzy and slightly watery. This is on the list with Goose Island 312 as uninspired wheat beers produced by top-notch breweries. Not offensive, just not really worth the time.

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Photo of Shumj
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Aroma: Very light

Appearance: Hazy, honey gold color. Pours with a large head. Little lacing

Flavor: Sweet light, Mild and crisp overall. Did not care for the after taste. Initially good quickly turns sour.

Mouthfeel: Average, Little carbonation.

Overall: Poured nicely with a large head with minimal aroma. Head disappears with little lacing. Average taste for a wheat. The after taste is what ruined it for me, left an unpleasing finish.

Overall: Average, but wouldn't have again.

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Photo of Padron4KM
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. pours out cloudy golden yellow with a smallish head. spotty lacing.
Malty, wheaty aromas with some lemony scents in the background.
Light lemony tartness, with a touch of wheat.
Finish is a tad dry, otherwise a decent american wheat. Goes down quick, not too bad considering its 1am and it’s still about 100 degrees outside.

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Photo of portia99
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

A - Pours a cloudy, yeasty amber golden color with absolutely zero head even with a rather vigorous pour down the center of the glass.

S - Intense grainy wheat aroma. A bit of fruitiness, sugar, candi sugar, malt extract. Not much for hops.

T - Rather low on flavor...sweet malt, wheat...very cereal grainy flavors...liquid bread. Hops are strictly there to offset the maltiness of this brew. No real hop flavor character or bitterness.

D - Goes down very easily, kinda the same way that water does...flavors are subdued all around. Low alcohol level too. Seems like a slightly better than macro lawnmower beer...although there are many others I'd prefer over this.

M - Mouthfeel is medium bodied, lots of residual sugars left in here. Carbonation is medium too, adequate, but less than I'd expect for a wheat ale.

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Photo of breadnerd
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, light orange with a creamy white head (though head retention is a bit lacking)

Aromas include sweet smells of citrus and straw, with wheat malts in the backround.

Lemon and grapefruit flavors balance well with the hops and malt. Yeast pressence is noticed, but not over-powering.

This is a very light and refreshing beer. Perfect for the summer.

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Photo of xzqrut
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This wheat beer poured out a nice deep golden color, with typical wheat haziness. Gave a decent light head, but it did not stick around long, some mild lacing produced as the beer went down. Nothing really stuck out in the smell, mild citrus and wheat. The mouthfeel was light, and noticed a good deal of carbonation at that point. Beer went down smooth with a light crisp taste, again with just mild hints of citrus and wheat. If you gave me this for a summer night I wouldn't complain, but I wouldn't remember you in the morning either.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.91/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is about as average as a beer gets. Beer poured into a Bell's glass. Beer is yellow and hazy with a thin white head of medium bubbles, moderate to low carbonation and no lacing.

Aroma is weak and grainy, I'm not impressed.

Beer is medium to light in body, a little grainy but not bad, it has a decent finish but there isn't much in the flavor department...not much at all. It's a throw away boring average beer, nothing much to say about it. I won't have it again.

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Photo of beerinator
2.93/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Slightly Cloudy, straw colored beer, with a whitish head. The nose is accentuated with a slight hint of clove. The beer tastes clean, with very little fruit or clove showing up on the tongue. Pretty good beer for style.
This isn't a beer or a style that I get really excited about. But it would be a good beer to introduce beer newbies into the world of wheat.

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