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 Blackop555
3.65/5  rDev +2%
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 +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 Dakin
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
4.09/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of LennyOvies
3.57/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of VZ103
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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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 pat61
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.71/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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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 thecheapies
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of stefanberg
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.9/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, part of a pricey sixer up here in the Great White (still) North.

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden yellow colour, with three obese fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and shiny ecru head, which leaves a bit of coral reef formation lace around the glass as it duly and evenly subsides.

It smells of softly sweet and grainy wheat malt, muddled warm citrus, black and white pepper spice, a bit of over-steeped tea, and herbal, leafy hops. The taste is quite lemony up front, in a sort of lemon meringue pie sense, once that white bready, wheaty malt follows quickly on its heels, with hints of biscuity graininess, and understated grassy, floral, and sort of perfumed hops.

The bubbles are pretty innocuous in their bearing, the body medium-light in weight, and actually fairly smooth, a slight creaminess turtling here and there. It finishes off-dry, the now neutered lemony essence struggling to balance the lingering wheat and pale grain sweetness.

A decent American-oriented wheat ale, the fruitiness (i.e. lemon character) going a long way in differentiating this from the dregs of the masses of the style. Hardly mind-blowing, but agreeable enough, especially as a potential harbinger of the days where I can kick back on my new house's deck with a few rounds of this kind of thing.

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Photo of youknowmyname
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Odor: Smells of Wheat Lemon zest and clove

Pour: Pours a deep orange with copper/amber hues, Light head, Nice lacing. unfiltered. Served in a hefeweizen glass

Taste: Instantly bombarded with the Lemon zest. You can pick up the wheat in the background but full lemon flavor full through the drink. Highly carbonated and dries out your mouth. Very light refreshing beer that would be great in the summer months.

My wife put it wonderfully. This would be a great beer at the end of the night where you don't want to drink any more of your regular beer but don't want to stop drinking. Great third or fourth beer to cleanse the palate. To me this beer definitely screams Northern California.

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Photo of metter98
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy golden yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a thin film covering the surface and a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat and lemon citrus are present in the nose.
T: The taste very much follows the smell with flavors of wheat and lemony citrus and also has some hints of soap.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The wheat also feels a little grainy and rough around the edges.
O: This beer is easy to drink and the lemony flavors make the taste a little more palatable.

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Photo of FLima
3.49/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden color with a thin head with low retention.
Aroma of lemon citrus and herbal hops, white bread and tea leaves.
Predominant flavor of fresh oranges, a bit of effervescent vitamin C, wheat and lemon. Lightly dry and acid aftertaste.
Light body with good carbonation.
It does not stand up to other North Coast offerings. Quite plain and assertive, but still a very refreshing American Wheat. A Session summer beer.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded pry-off cap acquired earlier tonight at the Cap N Cork in Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California and served into an Oskar Blues pilsner glass in me gaff in the same aforementioned city. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. Label art is quite simple, yet still appealing. I quite like the style when well executed.

Served cold - straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a zealous 6 finger wide head of white colour. Nice creaminess and thickness. Good frothiness. Retention is good - about 7 minutes. No lacing.

Body colour is a dull pale yellow copper; appears overcarbonated as carbonation bubbles are abundant. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Overall, it's pretty average for the style and ABV.

Sm: Pale malts, wheat, clean barley, floral hops, crystal malt, and light lemon esters. A simple pleasant aroma of mild strength. No yeast or alcohol is detectable.

T: Very approachable. Floral hops, wheat, pale malts, clean barley, pilsner malts, a bit of biscuit malt, and crystal malt. Redolent of corn, but not in an adjunct sense. A balanced flavour profile, but it does lack complexity and subtlety.

Flavour duration and intensity are average. Depth of flavour is above average.

I don't get any yeast (contrary to the label), nor do I get any alcohol.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Good carbonation, if a bit overdone. Good thickness and body. Complements the flavour profile well. Good presence on the palate. Nicely executed.

Dr: A drinkable beer in the style, but not quite up to par with North Coast's best offerings. I'll happily kill this 6 pack tonight, and I bet I'd get a second 6er in the future - but it's not a fantastic beer by any means. A passable wheat beer with some nice characteristics. Worth trying, certainly.


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