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

610 Ratings
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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Photo of secondtooth
3.87/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Cloudy gold, with a thick head of dense white foam. Minor, but curious "big loop" lace.

Pleasing citrus wheat on the nose. I get some fresh lemony-orange.

Flavor is light, easygoing, with a little citrus spice. Blue Star is refreshing and easy to drink, and likely a superlative gateway to craft beers. Solid and worthy.

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Photo of dbaker61
3.45/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured with just over a finger of head which died off in less than a minute. Left no lacing. Sort of a tan-yellow color, a little cloudy.

Smell: Some wheat and some spice. Hard to pin down as there wasn't a lot there.

Taste: Wheat and malt in abundance. Not much yeast. A little hops flavor and very little hops bitterness. Decent balance between grains and hops for the style, just on the sweet side.

Mouthfeel: Good full body but it doesn't last. Adequate carbonation.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable, but not an outstanding beer. I could have another, but I probably would not go out of my way for this beer.

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Photo of dmfrench
3.02/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 1 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Immediately fruity flavorful but ultimately empty Wheat

A: The most disgusting beer I've ever set eyes upon... immediately off the pour, the body was a light, sunny yellow, but as the head stabilized, a thick column of sediment that reminded me of whale sperm in an ocean began to very slowly lurch down toward the bottom of the glass... and, I was using a weizen glass, so it was truly horrifying to behold. Many large chunks settled to the bottom, and some lighter chunks stayed suspended in the body, which eventually settled on a rich Tequila Sunrise orange. Head was of the persistent, off white, three finger variety.

S: After recovering from that foul display, I found the beer to be rather pleasant on the nose. Sweet fruity notes of lemon, apricot, and banana, a slight spicy hops edge, and creamy malt were the main attributes.

T: Very impressive at the moment it hits the palate, but the best part of the flavor fades within a second of swallowing. That immediate impression is one of huge, creamy malt, sweet lemon/tangerine, and a great sharp, spicy, earthy hopping. Upon swallowing, this instantly fades to a watery afterimage. Pity.

M: Similar to the taste... full in the mouth, but upon swallowing, you're left with an impression of thinness.

D: Not very satisfying... leaves you hollow. I'l be sticking to Oberon and Gumbalhead

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

Poured into a New Belgium snifter

A - A cloudy orange gold and cloudy with a 1 finger head and zero lacing

S - Minerals, Yeast, fruity, light hop presence and a citrus sweet malt

T - Big sweet citrus all the way threw, fruity, grassy, slight hop and a yeasty malty backbone

M - Fluffy yet sticky and tiny bubbled carbonation. Coats the mouth for a bit

Final thought - Wheat beer isn't my style, but I could hang with this one every so often, when it's nice and warm outside

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.6/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazed yellowish orange color with a thick yellowish white head and a little lacing. Smells of coriander, orange, and wheat. Tastes of wheat, coriander, spice, and citrus. Mouthfeel is medium with a good carbonation. Drinkability is high. I like this one.

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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 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 leedorham
3.72/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy orange with a thick white head that lingers.

S - Bit of a hop bouquet with some acidity.

T - I expected a little more yeast bite out of this one but it really drinks more like a hoppy pilsner. Lots of hop character & citrus with some spicy undertones.

M - High carbonation level with a bit of a lingering tartness.

D - A refreshing and very drinkable offering although I would like a bit more depth.

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Photo of jettjon
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12 oz bottle with no date, into a pint glass using pour-swirl-pour, this one's a pale hazed peach color with a foamy white head sporting good retention. Nice looking beer. On the nose there are notes of wheat along with some fruit and spice. In the mouth, pale grapefruit hops up front, some floral notes and spice; bready. In the mouth it's nicely crisp and clean. Drinkability is very good; it's very smooth, tasty and crisp. Definitely would have another.

Overall: A nice, lightly spiced and lightly hoppy wheat. Still clean and crisp yet with a bit more bite to keep things interesting.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.43/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: poured a translucent yellow that had a very thin head and left almost no lacing sticking to the glass.

S: very little going on in the aroma department but was able to sniff out faint citrusy notes but was moslty malts.

T: the taste was mostly sweet malts with very little wheat character and a touch of citrus. It had a super mild hop profile.

M: the brew was light to medium in body with a moderate amount of carbonation which had a very malty, mild citrusy,and thin finish.

D: went down like water and was a very sessionable that you can drink on a hot summer day.

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Photo of JizackFH
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours a clear hazy amber color. It has a 1 1/2-finger off-white head, that left no lacing on the glass. There is a lot of sediment floating around, as well as some sitting at the bottom of the glass.

S - The smell is pretty faint here. I am getting notes of wheat and lemony citrus. There is also a bit of a grassy earthy smell to it.

T - The taste is of pale malts, wheat, and some citrus. It is also sort of dry and has a touch of bitterness to it.

M - It has a medium body and crisp carbonation. It goes down smooth and easy. There is a slight bitterness to it as well.

D - The drinkability is very good here. This is a solid wheat beer. I could easily drink a lot of these in a sitting. It is definitely one of the better wheat beers that I've had. I recommend giving it a shot.

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Photo of fsimcox
3.06/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy straw yellow, with some orange hints. Two-finger white foamy head dissipates rather quickly. A thin layer of foam remains for the duration. No lacing.

Smells of citrus, some wheat and grass. Not very strong. Just a hint of grapefruit with some light bread notes.

Tastes of hops and citrus. Some bread and carbonation in the finish. A dry, somewhat sweet finish.

Some citrus zest up front. Some carbonation in the finish. Light and refreshing, would be good on a hot summer day.

First time I have had this beer. It does not remind me of a German Hefe, but is not bad. More citrus notes, and a little thin. Reminds me of Widmer.

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Photo of stimulus
3.16/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear light yellow with a one finger white head.
S: Wheat and pilsner malts are prominent.
T: High on the wheat, some light citrus, and strange rum-like sweetness on the finish. (Perhaps this is old, but can't seem to find a bottling date)
M: Very light bodied, smooth and creamy, and well carbonated.
D: Sessionable, but nothing extraordinary. Good for the style.

EDIT: after trying another bottle of this, I've found that the unusual sweetness on the finish tastes just like Gold Rum. I'm not sure if I like this or not, so I will continue through the six pack and edit again with a verdict.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Lots of carbonation and haze, a little dark yellow thing going on, good head. Aroma was husky wheat.

Dry finish, gritty taste, seems like the malt percentage that is wheat is really high on this one. A very agreeable beer when that's what you are looking for. I wonder why this isn't more popular given some of the ones that are. Good hydration beer.

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Photo of NODAK
4.05/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma on this beer is rather faint, although what does come through is lemony in nature.

Taste is then, not surprisingly, also pretty heavy on citrus. However, while the body of the beer is indeed predominately of citrus, the finish of the beer has more of a sweet taste to it....pretty much like a sweet lemon character mixed with a little bit of wheat. Overall though, quite a sweet finish. A very tiny hop crispness in the finish....very small.

To be honest, the beer is a bit one-dimensional...but it is very, very drinkable. I could put down quite a few of these without a second thought.

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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 Sudsy89
3.51/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a hazy golden color because of the unfiltered yeast, has a nice white head that fades to about a one-finger size. Has a high level of carbonation, medium mouthfeel.
Aroma is modest, maybe a bit of wheat and citrus.
Taste is sweet citrus, bit of malts, not very bitter at all. Would be highly drinkable, seems light like a lager. There isn't really anything that stands out as great to me, but I did enjoy the taste and I think it's a pretty-looking beer.
I find it pretty comparable to a "Summer Ale" or one of Sam Adams' Coastal Wheats, the taste is similarly mild and refreshing. I would like to try one again, although wheat beers aren't my favorite style.

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Photo of JayQue
3.38/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull hazy gold..darker than hefeweizen straw gold. Delicate bubbly head with good retention, spotty lacing.

Aroma is minimal - maltiness and wheat. Taste is mild as well, a good summer lawnmower or session beer. A touch of wheat bitterness but mostly light somewhat lemony beer with maltiness more than hoppiness as the foundation. The style is usually nothing to get excited over.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rich enough for the style. Drinkability is pretty good for a very mild and subtle beer. The low abv lends itself to the classic "session beer" requirements.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.81/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Damn late running board meetings!!! Almost missed today...Pours a tasty gold with the slightest haze to it, lots of carbonation and almost no head to speak of, but there is a bit of lace. Kind of like the straight A high school girl who is also captain of the cheerleaders. Lots of lemon and citrus in the nose, and some maltiness. Flavor is wonderful, again like the cheer captain. Bright, crisp, clean, but also very full of wheat and long on the finish, which carries a great bitter balance. This is really excellent beer, and as drinkable as keg beer on a Friday night after the big game. Really well priced, too, so find and drink up kids, practice tomrrow morning and homework!!

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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 Magpie14
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: banana yellows and soft gold hues make up the bulk of this beer. The body is full of life and densely clouded. I find the ice white whipped head as the most impressive characteristic. Lacing is right up there with the best (my pour was violent)

S: smells are few and far between but are definitely wheat-like. I gather grains and a hint of breads. Maybe a squeeze of fragrant lemons and oranges

T: here we have a very straightforward brew. Wheat, pale malts, light spices, and some citrus. Very clean with a slight dryness, nice character overall. Its simplicity is its strong point, makes for a nice drinker

M: very quaffable, mild body, and delicate flavors are hard to beat

D: session brew. Accommodating and rewarding, flat out...just a great drinker

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Photo of association330
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, no freshness date

A - Pours cloudy light amber with a finger of off-white head that soon reduces to a thin cap and a ring of bubbles. Shows some lace.

S - Average malt sweetness, wheat, orange, crackers. Simple, but pleasant enough.

T - Just like the nose. Nice little drying hop note on the swallow, but not too bitter for the style. Simple, easy to drink.

M - Medium-bodied and refreshingly carbonated.

D - Good summertime quaffer. As far as APWAs, this and Bell's Oberon are the only ones I'd buy again (just read about the Three Floyds' take, haven't tried it yet).

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.73/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy ochre with a light white head, good retention, mild lace.

S: Wheat and lemon.

T: As with the nose, wheat and lemon, stone fruit. In the style, not bad. Sweet citrus in the finish.

M: Crisp carbonic acid upfront, light-bodied.

D: The APWA style is not going to make anyone go crazy. Blue Star and Gumballhead are about as good as it gets, go with them.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Cloudy dark golden hue. Pretty heavy carbonation. Pours a 1 finger, foamy, white head. Settles pretty quickly leaving a bubbly blanket on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. Nice thick but spotty lacing, mostly retreats back into the brew.

S: A little malt, but yeast is more prominent. Wheat (of course) a little lemon and orange citrus, and a touch of oregano.

T: Very wheaty, and just grainy in general. A subtle hint of Italian spice.

M: A bit of a steely palette. Just a little dry in the finish.

D: This one goes down really easy. I could enjoy sitting at the bar and powering through these in rapid succession.

Atmosphere is pretty solid. Really deep, rich hue, and a pretty nice head. Nose is not profound, but does have a nice mix of components. Flavor, again, is pretty basic, but has a nice easy balance. Overall, this is pretty good quaff.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy straw/orange color. Poured a 1 finger white head with good retention to an even skim. Moderate lacing.

S: Lemony ctirus with mild wheat malt and wet hay. Mild yeast ester.

T: Lemon rind and crackers. Nice balance of tart and sweet. Mild peppery bitter in the finish.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation. Very light, crisp and refreshing.

D: Fair flavor, moderate abv and refrewhing finish make it easily drinkable.

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