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

Blue Star Great American Wheat BeerBlue Star Great American Wheat Beer
614 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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Added by kbub6f on 05-16-2002

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Photo of association330
3.68/5  rDev +2.5%
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 +3.9%
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 -3.1%
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 +2.5%
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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Photo of Zekezilla
3.53/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Going through Naked Pint book (HIGHLY recommended) and trying their various recommendations for good examples of particular styles. This one was recommended as a good example of an American Wheat beer. It's everything I expected, smooth, not hoppy at all. Light-medium carbonation. Yellow to goldish color. Just nothing a/b it blew me away. I guess I now know what to expect from a wheat beer.

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Photo of mralphabet
4/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Hazy amber to orange in color... about a finger and a half of white head, fades down to a ring with pretty nice lacing.

S: First thing I'm getting is a citrus, lemony nose with a mild wheat tone and some yeast.

T: Just like the smell, I'm getting a little lemon, wheaty malt and yeast.... Nice balance of sweet and tart.

M: Mid bodied, with a wonderful crispness and tartness. Carbonation is perfect for the style... Not a light as some I've had, I like it feeling a little thicker.

D: Good ABV, a great balance and flavor... I could drink a few of these.... Maybe one of my new favorites... I'll look out for this one over the summer.

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Photo of backfat
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours an apple cider brown with a half inch off white head. sediment dances around my glass. smells of lemon and citrus, strong yeast, orange, spice, clove, and coriander. the taste is sharp, but short. grain, orange rind, and slightly bitter finish. crisp and refreshing. a good summer brew.

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Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter Beer Bar in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy lemon-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of intense citrus - partly orange and partly grapefruit with hints of lemon. Also present are lighter amounts of wheat twang and clove.

Tastes similar to how it smells, though more like a wheat beer than it smells. Soft wheat flavors kick things off and delve into bright citrus flavors shortly thereafter. Midway through the sip very mild amounts of spices enter into things before fading out before a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a nice thickness however the carbonation was a bit on the heavy side.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I thought this was a very Americanized wheat with loads of hops. Not a bad thing but know what to expect.

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Photo of Kitt
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light ivory-colored head that persists nicely. Lacing thick. Color a nice banana-mango mix.

Aroma of malt and stale wheat with a citrus background.

Slightly bitter hop taste, with watered down citrus, and malt backbone.

Mouthfeel moderate body but light and refreshing. Carbonation a bit weak.

Drinkability good - not heavy and with moderate ABV. No problem tossing a few back.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.3/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Glass - Pint

A - Cloudy orange with a sudsy 2finger head, the retention was okay but didn't stick around long. Bit of Co2 can be seen through this cloudy beer, and I didn't get much lace.

S - Dominant wheat & yeast aromas with soft orange zests and a touch of honey. Not much here at all, a bit of a spicy hop character as I poured it but was harder to detect later.

T - Dominant wheat with a touch of yeast in there, orange zests with citrus flavors towards the finish, on the mild side though. Subtle honey sweetness with a bit of hop bitterness on the finish but often times finishes pretty watery with with only a subtle yeast flavor.

M - Moderate to high crispness and very smooth, around full bodied and perfect for the style and flavor profile.

D - This is a very refreshing & thirst quenching brew, great for the summer and extremely drinkable. I would of liked a bit more citrus in there along with more flavor on the finish, but still worth a try, I wouldn't seek this one out though, in fact I'll still be looking for better before trying this one again.

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Photo of portia99
2.9/5  rDev -19.2%
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 irishking1977
3.73/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy golden/copper with a decent two finger head that leaves some lacing along the glass. Typically, what a wheat ale should look like.

S: Not much to go on here, faint hints of wheat and really not much else. I'm expecting this one to be very light and perhaps even a bit watered down.

T: Light, crisp and tasty. Combination of wheat, citrus, sugar, vanilla and tea (chai?) qualities that make this one an interesting version of a wheat ale. There's so many of these out there, yet many brewers have their own interpretations of it. North Coast did a pretty good job with this one.

M: Moderate to high in carbonation. Good balance yet an abrupt finish with a slightly unusual aftertaste. Seems like the tea qualities are in the finish, though I'm sure they didn't use tea in the brewing process.

D: Solid, APWA. Good in the spring and summer months. I'm drinking it during the butthole of winter because I didn't know what this was until I took a closer look at a single. I haven't seen it in six packs in the store I normally go to, though.

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Photo of WeezyBoPeep
4.34/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured this one into a standard pint glass.

A: Cloudy all the way down, pale tan with a yellowish hue. Tiny head that all but disappeared within a few minutes.

S: A floral character accented by sour yeast and a fresh clean "rain" scent, followed by notes of alcohol and a touch of vanilla.

T: Light, creamy mouthfeel with plenty of fresh sourbread dough, light citrus and a hint of florals. Extreme refreshment, excellent finish with perfect carbonation.

D: Awesome. It went down almost too easy.

Value: I've seen it for $9.99 a sixer. Awesome deal!

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Photo of bskrtz
3.85/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 ounce bottle to open beer challice. Served very cold

A) Hazy, thin straw-yellow with ample white head that disapates quickly. Clearer than most unfiltered wheats in this category

S) Citrus fruit - orange & lemon, mild coriander spice, sour mash

T) Zesty, refreshing, mildly hoppy and sweet. Alcohol is light.

M) Clean, smooth, light. Well balanced carbonation

D) A good summer wheat. Have more than one.

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Photo of Blakaeris
2.48/5  rDev -30.9%
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 BigDank
3.93/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours into a New Belgium balloon as a nice light hazy yellow with a super fast white head that leaves no lacing. The wheat smell is strong but appealing. I'm not usually a big fan of wheat beers but this one in my opinion is very smooth and tasteful. Mouthfeel is nice with the brew rolling easily across the palate. Not too malty or grainy making this one pretty easy to drink. Much better than average for the style. I think this one would be pretty good for an easy drinking warm summer day.

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Photo of mothman
3.8/5  rDev +5.8%
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 nerow
3.46/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Lovley golden color, minimal lacing, minimal head. Smells and tastes wheaty (of course) with some mild hoppiness and a slight honey aftertaste. It felt a bit thin on my pallate. Good drinkability, a nice beer for a summer afternoon, nothing special though.

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Photo of Shumista
3.43/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into my New Holland pint glass. Paired with a dinner of roasted chicken and au gratin potatoes.

A- Blue Star pours a hazy pale yellow with a small fizzy head that quickly dissipates. Looks like a wheat ale for sure.
S- Very light aroma. Light wheat malt smell is really all I get.
T- Light sweetness up front then wheat malt taste that turns a little bit bready at the end. A very little bit of spiciness (maybe peppery) in there somewhere too.
M- Light-medium bodied, nothing here that is noticeable or special considering the style.
D- Very high especially on a hot day. There won't be too many of those anytime soon in SE Michigan though so I probably won't be buying this one again until after winter. Haha, I feel like a barleywine would have been appropriate given the chill this evening.

The dinner pairing would have worked fine but I slathered Sriracha all over my chicken to add some flavor and the spiciness ended up overpowering the beer.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer
North Coast Brewing Co.
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV: 4.50 %
bottle>pint glass @ E Street week of 9/23/09


Appearance is is golden straw/honey in color with a small head w/ short retention.
Smell/Aroma is faint sweet wheat/malts.
Taste is good wheat rep on palate, not overly sweet as it easily could be.
Mouthfeel is medium thin for a wheat with high carbonation.
Drinkability is respectable, not one of the best NCBC offerings, but a semi respectable attempt of the style.

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Photo of kaseydad
3.22/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint glass pour with a cloudy straw pale yellow color. There was a small foamy head but it disappeared when I turned around to throw the bottle in the recycle bin.

Wheaty, banana aroma. Not much else to note.

Wheat taste and a slight hop presence. Clean crisp taste and almost no aftertaste. I must say it is pretty refreshing and I could definitely see me drinking more of this on a hot day. A lemon would top this ale.

High drinkability as the low alcohol content and the easy drinking make this a great summer brew.

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Photo of donniecuffs
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a 4oz sampling glass at a North Coast promo.

A: Hazy yellow/gold, no head, no lace.

S: Very very subtle nose for a wheat beer; only a slight hint of yellow grapefruit and lemon.

T: The flavor was a little more prominent than the aroma, but still left me wanting for more. Not a big flavor bouquet for a wheat beer.

M: Thicker than expected texture for a wheat beer, but not overpowering. No carbo, but that was somewhat expected.

D: It would be a decently drinkable beer, if it only had more flavor.

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Photo of russpowell
2.94/5  rDev -18.1%
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...

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Photo of katan
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz into a pint

A - Pours a hazy light golden color. Head forms quickly to about 1mm - bright white in color. Well retained. Certainly unfiltered, hazy as heck. Carbonation doesn't appear strong.

S - Very subdued - only the lightest sweet malt with a bready character.

T - Starts off with a light malt sweetness. Some yeast and wheat bread notes - some astringency. Forms a bit of bitterness in the mid-stream, stays pretty dry. A strong american hop, cascade I'm guessing, shows up and takes us home. Bitter, floral. Earthy hop aftertaste.

M - Moderate to strong body - carbonation is certainly noticeable. Some oily and clinging textures.

D - Very drinkable beer - not filling - abv is manageable by far. Very refreshing summer beer. Flavors are a bit potent, but not overwhelming.

So this is what a west coast American wheat tastes like. First time I've had a APWA that pulled that much hop flavor.

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Photo of Evocatus
3.38/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden yellow making it almost look like juice. This bubbly white head that dissipates rather quickly. Light aroma of sweet malts and some citrus. Taste mimiced the aroma but wasn't too strong. Carbonation is there, but the beer felt a little bit too thin. Overall a good beer for anyday drinking.

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Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.59 out of 5 with 614 ratings
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