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

315 Reviews
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 05-16-2002

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 315 | Ratings: 608
Photo of Sammy
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Satisfying smooth drinking wheat beer. Just nice at end of a long hot day. Good yeast. Grain. Nice sweet malt and hops. Some citrus, vanilla, coriander. Perfect carbonation and mid mouthfeel. Not a big beer, done very well. Its white and also has an Orange hue. Recommended.

 274 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.13/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a murky honey orange with a 2 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Foamy patches of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of wheat and malt mainly with maybe some light citrus aromas. Taste is of malt and wheat with a herbal and citrus zest hop flavor on the finish. There is a very mild hint of bitterness on the palate with each sip. There is also a weird, slightly funky aftertaste that comes out more as the beer warms. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average wheat beer but nothing I would go after again.

 632 characters

Photo of Knapp85
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This wheat beer pours out as a cloudy yellowish orange color. The head was fluffy and white before is settled and turned into just a thin little coating of the beer. The smell of this brew was of grains and wheat. The taste was soft with lots of wheat, grains and malts. There wasn't much of a hop flavor at all. The mouthfeel was smooth and is worth having in the warmer months of the year. Overall it's an ok brew, North Coast has much better beers out there.

 461 characters

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.

 719 characters

Photo of BEERchitect
3.32/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Built for summer time refreshment, this grain-sweet ale carries a soft wheaty taste into a grassy bitter finish. Simple but refreshing.

Blue Star starts with a deep golded, hazy appearance and a dainty head that's retention is short lived, reducing to a thin intermitten lace along the edge shortly after the pour. Low lying carbonation leaves the beer looking still. A less than lively appearance.

Wet grains and wheat malt provide a bready nose of raw barley and husk. Tea-like herbal notes give only the faintest of hop aroma. Mild on fruity esters, the beer's aroma is less complex than German wheat beers but carries a more acidic scent.

Medium wheat and part-grain flavors continue in taste, along with the herbal hop flavors. Mild sweetness is tempered by light acidic and grain taste. A mid palate of bready, doughy taste carries the beer past its sweet start and into the hop contributions. Herbal notes turn mildly grassy late for a bitter and crisper finish. Soft esters of over-rippened apricot and peach begin to round the taste.

Lightly creamy to start, the beer quickly waivers and begins to fall into a watery tone where mild grain astringency begins to surface. Acidic notes help to crispen the beer and to disguise some of the thin and grain character.

Where American wheat ales are generally less favorable to more authentic German counterparts, this one falls a hair better than average in this lesser catagory. But on a 90 degree day at the ball park, this one is welcome in my cup!

 1,508 characters

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.

 1,302 characters

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy amber color with an adequate head for the style, though the retention is not great and the lacing is spotty, at best

Smell: Bready, with some grain and a faint hint of lemon

Taste: Bready, up front, with a surprisingly lemon character developing by mid-palate; a bit of sweetness arrives, after the swallow, and lingers on the tip of the tongue

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Pleasant enough and a cut above average for the style

 494 characters

Photo of largadeer
3.64/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours an unsurprising wheat-like color, hazy and unfiltered with a small amount of sediment.

Smell: Malty and wheaty with some subtle fruit; not a lot going on here.

Taste & mouthfeel: Bready and semi-sweet; undertones of orange and apricot. Light-bodied, bordering on slightly watery, but it works well enough for the style. Nice crisp dryness in the finish with a clean aftertaste.

Notes: Solid stuff. Excellent for long sessions, BBQs or any other time when you'd want a simple refreshing beer.

 512 characters

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.


 1,893 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a cloudy, gold color with a one-finger head that doesn't last long. No lacing to speak of.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast and grains.

T - A slight grassy bitterness mixed with a citrus kick. Also, wheat and malt flavors are evident.

M- It is crisp and light-bodied.

D - Overall, I'd say this is a good Am. Pale Wheat Ale.

 347 characters

Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into Rare Vos Glass

Pours hardly any white head. No lace. Color is a very hazed burnt golden copper.

Aroma: Wheat, cloves, spices, some ginger. Not a lot going on here.

Taste: A lot of wheat and spices here. A ton of clove and nutmeg which I find very interesting for this beer. Very simple, but I dig it.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp, kind of tangy. Light to medium body with a decent amount of carbonation. Good feel to it. Ends with a dry spiced aftertaste.

Overall, not a bad beer. Nothing I would drink on a regular basis, but it is decent. Has some things I like and don't like to it. Drinkable, however.

 618 characters

Photo of oberon
3.42/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Traditional cloudy straw-like appearance,aroma was floral and wheat beer-like.Kind of a weak body,a little thin does have some apple tinge in flavor to it.I pretty drinkable but not to comples,have had much better,not something I would probably recommend.

 255 characters

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.1/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy, golden with an orange tint. The bright white head falls fairly quickly for the style however, leaving just a whispy covering across the surface and a limited collar. The aroma is nicely fruity with some background malt. The body is light with a spritzy carbonation, giving a tingle in the mouth and a thin, somewhat watery mouthfeel. The flavor is well balanced between light, sweet wheat flavor & a lightly tart yeasty note, and limited bitterness. Finishes quickly with just a reminder of the light tart quality and some drying grain. Quite enjoyable and refreshing. A perfect summer quencher with a delicate but enjoyable character.

 643 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured hazy (no effort made to keep sediment in the bottle) yellow-golden with a small temporary head. Like most wheat beers, the aroma was not compelling, but the flavor was quite appealing nonetheless. The yeast imparts a fruity aroma and flavor than is rather tropical-with-apricots in the nose and mainly lemony/citrus on the tongue. Lightly tart.

O: an exceptionally refreshing barley/wheat ale, with fine citrus overtones.

 443 characters

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, grain, light malts, some lemon and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is decently balanced with flavors of wheat, citrus and a mild hops bitterness. The malt character is on the thin side for the style, but is enough to provide some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filling at all, very mild kick, good representation of style, not quite the best wheat beer but it's still a decent beer to pound for a while when you want something light.

 805 characters

Photo of Rifugium
3.53/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

Strange of me to order this, as I wasn't really in the wheat beer mood, but then I rarely am, so I figured I'd sample it. Poured a very hazy golden yellow, nearly opaque, with a small cap of white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma of pale malts, wheat, and bready yeast. Similar taste, with notes of pale malts, wheat, yeast, lemon pith and apple skins. Pretty nice actually, even if not overly flavorful or distinctive. Light-medium body, and decently drinkable for the style.

 524 characters

Photo of mactrail
3.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow amber in the tall tulip. Well carbonated and prickly in the mouth. Some sweetness followed by a tart aftertaste. PErfumey nose. A touch of the German Hefeweizen spice, but that odd sourish hint is bothersome. However, it makes for a big mouthful that comes together in a malty mash-up. Dry finish with bitterness finally making a bolder appearance.

On tap at Local Habit in San Diego. I liked it better as it warmed and I got used to the flavor.

 459 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

$1.79 single at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, pale golden body with a fizzy, foamy white head.

Smell: Gentle, understated aroma of toasted wheat, wildflowers, honey, and lemon wedges.

Taste: Honey sweet and grainy with fruit flavors of peach and lemon. Leaves a sour yeasty aftertaste. Spiced bananas and some hints of dough before the light, citrusy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A likeable, even welcome wheat beer for the summer. Shine on, lil' Blue Star, shine on!

 562 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Seriously cloudy, bright banana yellow with several dozen citrus pulp-like floaters. The head is slightly larger than average, is bleached bone white and is moderately stiff and softly pitting. The head doesn't last long at all and leaves almost no lace. The beer smells pale wheaty with an appetizing lemony aroma. Not bad, not bad at all.

I'm not a big fan of wheat beers, but this one is actually pretty good. It's softly wheat malty with a mild spiciness and a lemoniness that gives it some degree of depth and personality. The body is substantial for a wheat--although it isn't what I'd call full--and the mouthfeel is appropriately lively. This is an exceedingly easy beer to drink.

Blue Star is better than expected. It would be a splendid session wheat, good to quaff in quantity when the mercury starts to rise.

 826 characters

Photo of russpowell
2.94/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-hazed & effervescent bronze with a thin beige head. No head retention or lacing

S: Grassy with slight apple skin notes

T: Grassy with apricot & lemons up front, plus slight phenol dirtyness as well. Crackery notes, some herbal hops & dingy yeast taste as this warms. finishes slightly fruitty with some crispness

MF: Light/medium bodied with slight carbonation

Drinks slow & not that interesting, just another wheat beer out there. Had this on draft a decade ago in San Francisco, thought it was slightly better, maybe my least favorite north Coast brew, I guess the 5 remaining will get choked down with football season looming...

 648 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.46/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served straight out of the fridge andpouredinto a pint glass

A - Poured a very hazy and cloudy amber color, somewhat tinted yellow but actually a decent orange color surounding it. A small white head formed on the top maybe one finger high and quickly dropped down to the surface leaving behind only a trace.

S - Lots of light wheat aromas coming off of this one. thee is a definite hint of hops in there as well with a light lemon sort of smell sitting around in the back. Light grass and some yeast aromas as well.

T - Wow, I was really not expecting that one. Very musky with a much darker flavor then I wold have expected. Lots of grain in this one with a good deal of wheat coming through. Almost has that weird macro corn flavor as well, very strange. Finish is very dry with a nice bitter hoppy finish and a long drawn out flavor of bitter tangerine like.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a somewhat heavier feel then I thought it would have had. It has some nice carbonaton hanging around and lasting, but it did suffer from a bit of the slickness problems you tend to see.

D - A great session beer with almost no alcohol in it you could easily throw down multiples of this with no problem at all. I could see myself having two or three while I mow the lawn with no problem at all.

Overall not bad. I was really not the biggest fan of this one, but to be honest I have had much worse. This was definitly a quality beer and something that I would probably not buy again, but would not snub my nose at it either.

 1,535 characters

Photo of Jason
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw in colour with a frothy dense white head.

Smell: Mellow fruit and yeast with a mild floral noble hop aroma.

Taste: Quite flavourful ... crisp sweet barley and wheat malt, light fruit, hints of yeast, mild tartness and a light refreshing hop bitterness. This finish is well done also, fine floral notes and some drying grain.

Notes: A very refreshingly crisp brew, flavours are delicate and extremely enjoyable. A great American Wheat to be had here.

 548 characters

Photo of womencantsail
3.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Bruery Provisions

A: This one pours a pale golden orange in color with a small white head.

S: Sort of a weird aroma. A bit soapy with some light malt notes. A touch of sweet fruits, maybe some yeast, and a bit watery. Strong aroma of rubber as it warms.

T: Very plain, but fairly sweet. Sweet bread and pale malt with a light yeastiness. Not much in the way of the off, rubbery notes that were there on the nose. A touch of sweet golden apples.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation.

O: Could have used more wheat flavor and less blandness.

 560 characters

Photo of woodychandler
3.92/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Once again, my thanks to my local, in-person trader, tone77, who keeps me plied with bottles. It is good to have some beer in reserve for when a hurricane hits!

From the bottle: "Choice American barley and wheat malts are combined with a blend of noble hops to create this lighthearted, refreshing beer. Blue Star is unfiltered, the yeast adding a complex note to the flavor profile."; "Water, Malt, Hops, Yeast & that's all."

This was a beer that cried out to be agitated before the pour. Well, actually, it was hard to hear what it was saying over the howling of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Sandy, but I extrapolated based on previous knowledge. As such, I got a finger of thin, bone-white head with low retention off of my pour. Chalk the dying head up to barometric conditions, which are less than optimal right now. Color was a deeply cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose was very wheat-like with that sweetish scent that wheat imparts in beer. I always think of my Pops and his Wheaties when I was a kid when I smell it in beer. No question in my mind that wheat malts were in play here. Mouthfeel was medium it had a slight lemony tartness on the tongue which another feature of wheat beers. Finish was semi-dry and very refreshing. This would be an excellent summertime beer.

 1,275 characters

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.83/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a pale hazy orange golden hue with a vibrantly white foaming head leaving trickled lace as it dwindles down slowly. Aroma: Doesn't have the characteristic yeast notes of the banana clove combo but it is filled with a bouquet of spices and different tones and an underlying citrus tone that blends well with the sharp sweetness of the wheat malt just ties it all together. Taste is a wonderful mix of yeasty mustiness, sharp sweet malted wheat, a mild huskiness to it and definite hops seems a bit medicinal but in a good way if that makes sense. Mouthfeel: Although no chewy there's still a great deal of texture spurred by the healthy amount of carbonation this one goes down as one of the better American wheat beers I have come across. Drinkability: Refreshing perfect for the style for the summertime, I must say. Good overall shot at making a wheat beer every North Coast brew I've tried has been remarkable in their own way, while this one may not compare to Red Seal, Old No. 38, Scrimshaw, or Old Rasputin it really hits the spot. Very solid mild flavors refreshing quality but in the end it hits a tender spot in my heart.

 1,139 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.58 out of 5 based on 608 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.