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

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613 Ratings
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:
No notes at this time.

Added by kbub6f on 05-16-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
613
Reviews:
316
Avg:
3.58
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
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Ratings: 613 |  Reviews: 316
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.

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Photo of GRG1313
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of spycow
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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 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!

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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 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.

C+

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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

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Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of dmorgan310
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of LXIXME
3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -9.2%

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.58 out of 5 based on 613 ratings.
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