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
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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

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Added by kbub6f on 05-16-2002

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Photo of KTCamm
4.1/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Poured cloudy yellow/gold with a light form and small bubbles.

Smells of lemon/citrus, wheat and yeast. The lemon comes through in the taste, and there are tangy wheaty notes throughout. Clean, crisp taste with minimal hop bitterness on the finish.

A highly drinkable beer - sure I had mine in the completely wrong season, but I could easily see having a bunch of these in a bucket of ice on a summer day - very refreshing.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.35/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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

Appearance: Cloudy pale straw in color with a frothy dense white head that dies down quickly. A swirling cloudiness remains while drinking it.

Smell: Mellow fruit and yeast with a floral aroma.

Taste: Very good... crisp with sweet taste, light fruit, tartness and a light hop bitterness.

Notes: Definitely one of the best wheats I have ever tasted.

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Photo of HeyItsChili
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a weizen glass. Pours a hazy goldenrod with blond highlights and a white head.

S - Sweet and sugary wheat. White bread.

T - Akin to the aroma. Sweet, wheaty, really subdued spice and citrus, but not enough to offset the sweetness.

M - Mouthfeel is good, thin/medium bodied with a fair amount of carbonation.

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Photo of biggmike
3.02/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy, dirty golden color with decent white head that dissipated to a thin white film along the top. Aroma was of wheat, grain. Taste was also wheaty, but of little else. Mouthfeel was okay. I was not impressed with this beer at all, which coming from North Coast surprises me. Maybe I got an old one.

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Photo of farrago
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

The yellow-orange hue is light enough for the cloudiness to show fully, looks warm even if it's icy cold. Very pretty white head comprised of tiny bubbles, disappears swiftly leaving residue around the rims. Clean, if heavy, nose of grain, wheat, wild yeasts with an interesting saline edge, allusion to apricot and peach pits, not especially citrusy, sheer weight sticks around in your nostrils longer than the scents. Medium-bodied, as in the nose attains freshness in spite of its weight and relative lack of movement. Hint of orange rind, otherwise it's the grain, hops, wheat to keep things more tart than not. Above average carbonation really works to lift things off the tongue. Admirably, doesn't leave much behind after you swallow, not out to over-impress. Could drink a lot. Just probably not remember it a week later.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazed yellow with a small white head that leaves small lacing as it slowly departs. The nose is sweet and yeasty. Full of lemon flavors and touch of clove or some spice(maybe the yeast shining through), slightly tart middle finishing pretty crisp and clean,with a sweet aftertaste. The body is light which lends to good drinkability while not being at all watery or too thin. Good summer brew and not a bad winter one either.

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Photo of corby112
3.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, dark golden orange color with a thin foamy off-white head. Aroma is hoppy with hints of citrus fruit peel and banana. Tastes like a bitter, hoppy wheat beer with hints of citus fruit, lemon zest, cloves, and bananas. Slightly sour finish.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.13/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much to this beer at all. Poured from the bottle to a hazy straw color with thin white head that dissipated fairly quickly and left okay lacing. Nose was almost non-existent, except for some mild grain. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, and the taste was again mostly grain with mild hops.

Not a bad beer, but not much of a wheat, and nothing I would go to any trouble to have again.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.97/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a "great american wheat beer" poured from my glass into my great american pint glass

A - poured a murky straw color with a fine layer of bubbles

S - wheat grainy aroma with a hint of citrus hops

T - i get a peachy flavor alongside the graininess of a wheat beer

M/D - good mouthfeel and a nice brew overall. its a nice hot day kind of a beer.

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Photo of popery
3.95/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

An enjoyable and highly drinkable American wheat beer. Blue Star has a good, light wheaty flavor that goes down smoothly.

I had this one at North Coast's taproom. They served it with a slice of lemon, which I'm not a fan of, more's the pity. Even so, I found this to have relatively good flavor for a wheat beer. There are good grain notes and some citrus. The malt comes through when it's needed. The beer is bright yellow with some haziness, although it was hard to tell how much that lemon was altering things. It was cold and foggy when I had this beer and that was probably not the optimal setting for such a light, smooth beer.

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Photo of HopEnthusiast
3.78/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale, golden body that is moderately cloudy and leaves a one-finger head that leaves minor lacings. The smell leaves noticeable aromas of fruit and yeast but not so much malt. The taste and mouthfeel are very smooth. You could say the lack of malt in the beer hurts it if you like a dry finish. Nothing too good to brag about though. Had at Moe's in Lee, MA.

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

A - Nice golden straw clear body with not quiet a full finger of white head that goes down pretty quicky.

S - Lots of wheat, very bready some citrus mostly lemon

T - Crisp and clean, good malt flavor with solid wheat taste.

M - Medium body with medium carbonation

D - Pretty refreshing, easy to session, great hot weather beer

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Photo of elniko
4.29/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from bottle into weizen glass.

A: Hazy golden amber with half finger of head that remained and ringed the bottle with lacing. Mild carbonation. Solid looking brew.

S: Citrus, lemony nose with mild wheat tones. Definitely whets the appetite.

T & M: The is exactly what I would expect an American Wheat to taste like. Wonderful crispness and tartness, mouthfeel is perfect. Slight lemon tones with just a the wheat backing it up, very nicely balanced. Well done North Coast.

D: Absolutely drinkable, I'm sad I didn't discover this beer until the end of the summer but there are still some more warm Texas months to enjoy this beer this year.

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Photo of changeup45
2.76/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden color topped with a moderate off-white head that does settle down a bit. It certainly has a dirty water look to it. Very wheaty aroma with hints of lemon and an overall fresh type of smell to it but it's subtle and could be mistaken for the smell you get after cleaning your house. The flavor is mild lemon spice with a mix of citrus malts. It's not a bad wheat but something is missing to make it a good beer. I'd have no problem having it again on a hot day but it's definitely limited. And for the record, if I'm going to drink a North Coast brew on a warm day I'll take a Scrimshaw Pils.

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Photo of Herrbrokt
4.22/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into weizen

cloudy golden straw. big fluffy fizzed out head. drops to a thin top.

smells like a big orange pineapple and cereal

mmmm. sweet. the flavor is delicate like the aroma but not without taste. awesome yeast. floral hops. nice

looked real carbonated but calmed down after a minute. medium body.

nice beer. I would gladly suck on a few of these on a hot day.

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Photo of ibashmuck
4.03/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased as part of "build-your-own-six-pack" at local grocer. Poured a medium foamy head on a cloudy light orange body. Smelled of hoppiness, sweetness, with hints of banana and cloves, as well as caramel. There was no hoppiness in the taste, though, which I was happy about. The orange and banana came through in the taste, but the caramel was surprisingly strong, but in a good way. Also surprising was the smoothness...very, very smooth, despite a more than average carbonation. Went down very easily. A good wheat, not among the greats, but the caramel and smoothness really made it a good brew.

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Photo of hustlesworth
4.77/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A- light cloudy canary yellow with apricot lows. nearly pure white head is very attractive and creamy with a nice bubbly skin on top but shrinks before my eyes to a thick disk as if the proteins just 'let go' and then decided to hang on at the last minute and never let go again. fine with me. on the bright side there's plenty of lace in the form of thick tiers and columns and little smoke trails of yeast floating around in the brew amid the tiny rising bubbles.

S- very nice citrus and tropical fruit. canned mandarin orange, peach, pear, apricot, plum, strawberry, honeydew melon, banana, mango, papaya, and some lemon candy. since this beer isn't spiced i'm gonna assume that all or most of these aromas are coming from the yeast which i find to be very impressive. a solid pale wheat aroma stands tough behind the fruitiness with just a touch of very floral noble hops.

T- a bit grainier in flavor than the aroma, the fruit doesn't translate over to the taste but there's still a definite tropical hint constantly laying semi-exposed in the background. most of what comes out is in the citrus category, namely lemon & orange peel, with flowering herbs, rose petals, dry triple sec, and a definite foundation of pale wheat and barley with fleeting apricot, plum and orange blossom in the finish. very clean and unoffensive taste overall, and i feel gladdened after nearly burning myself out on wheat beers this summer.

MF- sturdily bodied while being an absolute refresher, its apparent that this brew is generously malted. very juicy feeling, like fermenting OJ, but prickly medium high carbonation breaks things up and is the perfect fit for a beer of this consistency. finishes slightly dry and cleansing.

D- a knockout of an APWA, a single that i almost didn't buy, and another example of my foolish underestimation. suited to my tastes, this is without a doubt the best APWA i've ever had ever.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.12/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Single, twelve-ounce bottle purchased from Gary's in Madison...
Pours a hazy, murky, dark-golden hue with a minimal head that quickly dissipated and left a minor amount of lacing around the edge of serving glass...
Wheat-dominated aroma with hints of citrus, ripe fruits, lemon, and lime...
Taste strongly complemented the smell, with a noticeable fruity and wheat essence...
Crisp, clean, and refreshing, a classic example of a great American Pale Wheat Ale from a stellar Californian brewery...
Good stuff...

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.62/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Slynger
3.6/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lightly hazy light golden wheat with a fizzy lid of off-white. Light nose of softly sweet wheaty grain, lightly lemony and yeasty estery. Soft light-medium body with modestly creamy carb and flavors of mellowly sweet/tangy wheat with some lemony citrus and estery yeastiness. A bit of spice in the end. Pleasant and sessionable.

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Photo of daythree16
3.17/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden color bordering on light brown. 1.5 finger head that leaves very little lace down the side of the glass as it fades.

The smell is a bit floral with the wheat coming through in light grain notes. However, the taste is really not what I was expecting. There are some light fruit notes, but it's mostly a little bland and has a plastic, medicinal quality to the finish.

The mouthfeel is fairly light and a little drying. Wouldn't be that bad if it wasn't for the plastic taste.

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

Appearance- Pours a slightly transluscent apricot color. The head is quite white, fairly tight, and settles slowly into a nice cap.

Smell- Lots of wheat malt. Quite sour smelling. No much else. No banana, no clove. (None expected).

Taste- Somewhat wheaty. A nice, citrus bitterness to it. Reminds me of grape-fruit. A slightly grapefruity, woody after-taste.

Mouthfeel- Medium to light body. Good carbonation level. Has a slightly dry finish.

Drinkability- Quite nice.

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Photo of Onslow
2.64/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

this was kind of a boob of a beer, not a nice young firm one, more like a granny teet .... a bit thin in the mouth ... geez, such a simple dumbed down beer .. some lacing ... needs more- everything .."make me a bike, clown!!" ... lacks character, integrity, and morals.... and fuck the people who ask for this..

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

Nice semi-clear yellow in color with a nice white head that disappears very quickly and leaves no lace to speak of. Subdued aroma of bread crust and some citrus with a nice hop profile sitting underneath. Taste is clean and refreshing with a bready start giving way to just enough hops to make it interesting and finishing sweetly with some banana peel and apple. medium to light feel but with more carbonation than expected helping to fill it out. On this 96 degree day I find this to be very drinkable, but all in all I don't think it's quite enough to be in regular rotation.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
3.03/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Spikes in SLO
Poured like a traditional wheat. No head on the clear straw colored pour,had some good carbonation as it bubbled for a while. The nose was wheat and floral. Subtle lemon flavors, with wheat and some smoothness to it but not ebough wheat for me. Not a fan of wheats/hefes but this one did not have enough wheat for me. The body was a little weak, not much backbone and nothing really spectacular. It was average but nothing I would drink again.

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