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

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 breadnerd
2.9/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, light orange with a creamy white head (though head retention is a bit lacking)

Aromas include sweet smells of citrus and straw, with wheat malts in the backround.

Lemon and grapefruit flavors balance well with the hops and malt. Yeast pressence is noticed, but not over-powering.

This is a very light and refreshing beer. Perfect for the summer.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out a murky nectarine with a thick 3 finger head that maintains its fluffy and dimpled presence for a while. Smells like malted wheat, pale malt, citrus, and grass. Hops come out most in the flavor with the wheat and malt more in the background. Some apricot too. Mouthfeel is light, but some weight from the yeast sediment, but the carbonation is weak. Solid drinkability. Tasty and refreshing.

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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!

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Photo of malcontent
2.82/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tapered color, pale hay to deep gold from bottom to top. Thin layer of head caps the unfiltered body.

Unexpected hop presence leads into understated wheat/lemon scent. Simple but pleasant.

When I recover from the aggressive fizzy nature of the beer I'm struck by the relatively watery taste left behind. Finish is bitter in an off-putting fashion, almost like the wheat had turned.

As noted, too fizzy and slightly watery. This is on the list with Goose Island 312 as uninspired wheat beers produced by top-notch breweries. Not offensive, just not really worth the time.

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

This is definitely the season for this bad boy so picking one up at Whole Foods yesterday makes good sense. Pours a completely opaque dark tan color with a brief glimpe of head that instantly evaporates. Carbonation bubbles are somewhat visible through the haze of wheat. A whiff is at first grainy but then wheat dominated with a hint of honey but overall faint and uninspiring.

Taste is a refreshing splash of wheat. Texture is a bit watery and thin with a slightly oily aftertaste that sticks to the insides of my mouth until it breaks down or I sip again. A bit of a one trick pony with the wheat, no complexity or other layers but still adept for picking one up on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of Osiris9588
3.82/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy pale straw color out of 12oz bottle, no date. The white head gushes at first, but doesn't stick around for long.

The aroma is domainated by grain. It tastes like a wheat beer, heavy on the wheat, barley, and malt, but has a nice crisp, well-hopped finish.

It's light bodied, but displays good complexity for the style. Very drinkable. A very good choice for a summer beer.

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Photo of Maerzen
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at Little Star Pizza in San Francisco. Poured a cloudy off yellow with a fizzy head. Smell reminded me of honey and beeswax (or a floral candle). The taste had a nice hoppy tang but didn't have much complexity. Mouthfeel had a light carbonation. An average wheat all around.

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Photo of cjgator3
2.76/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden orange color with a creamy white head that leaves a decent amount of lacing around the sides of the glass. There is not much going on in the aroma with some malted wheat, yeast and just a hint of hops. Much like the aroma, the taste is pretty bland. Overall, this is a pretty bland offering that really does not have any qualities that stand out in any way to make me want to drink another.

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Photo of budgood1
3/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

pours out of the stubby 12 oz. bottle a cloudy, hazy, light copper colour. thin head and thin rings of lace present themselves as i sip. unusually pleasant caramel malt aroma is quite evident, and the star of the nose. the taste is a mix of barley malt and wheat, but it seems the barley flavours are definitely in the forefront of this wheat beer, which is odd. slightly citrusy, another hint of spice and a ghostly hop aftertaste. after a few more sips, i believe this might be a bit old and not even near the peak of freshness. no dating on the bottle either, and i had to work like mad to work up the sediment on the bottom. not a good sign. the taste does change a bit with the dregs worked in...a bit of banana yeastiness is a welcome flavour. i even get a bit of spiciness in the nose, as well as on the tastebuds. either way, it's not one of the better wheat offerings i've tasted and most stuff i've had from north coast has been very satisfying. the mouthfeel is smooth and the body is medium...drinkability is toss up because i'm sure a fresh sample would be much more worthy of reviewing accurately.

this is one beer that i will be re-reviewing in the future, and i will be discussing this with my beer "hook up" to obtain a better sample.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dirty yellow, with not so great head, and lackluster retention. Smell is a wheat field, malty and cool. After this the taste is surprising... American micro toffee, with plenty of fluffy wheat, and a late sting of hops on the back of the tongue. This feels nice going down, and is damn drinkable.

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Photo of daburtman
3.69/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bought this beer at the premiere store as a single bottle, very very carbonated, almost like a soda-fizz to it. very refreshing beer that was very easy to drink, light bitterness and a good citrus smell to it. if your not too crazy into bitter pale beers, this one is a good american pale wheat to have. very easy on the taste buds, but not with a lack of flavor.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.68/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - pours a hazed, somewhat dulled yellow. A finger and a half of white suds manages to throw a ring of lace before settling to a bubbly cover. Good bead from below looks inviting.

Aroma - a fruity nose with a grainy, almost crackery bend. Some light yeast in the background.

Taste - light wheat, clean on the palate, and a taste of lemon. The bubbles impart a quinine kind of saltiness. A clean finish, nothing real complex but a tasty brew.

Mouthfeel - high carbonation level, which is okay, but it interferes with the blend of wheat and yeast flavors.

Drinkability - a good session pick, probably would be ideal with anything off the grill.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.05/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A-its cloudy like a wheat ale should be thats good. but its bubbles,bubbles everywhere. nice white head though.

S- in line for a wheat. citrus, clove, wheat and yeast.

T-light (and I do mean light because they were very watered down) tastes of wheat, citrus, and yeast, followed by adicity, then a nice yeast finish.

M- thin, watery, and very overcarbonated, it makes it like drinking wheat beer club soda. The carbonation masks anything good that might be in this beer.

D- I love wheat beers and this is just not the example I was looking for. Its too thin, too watery, too overcarbonated, and too acidic.

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Photo of stephendr
1.68/5  rDev -53.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle- color of pale hazy yellow , with a thick white head - nose of cereal , dried bananas , slight cloves , sweet lemon , and barnyard – taste of citrus , wheat , yeast, and that sweet lemon - body sparkely , and with sight acidity – aftertaste of sour acidic, and cereal

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Photo of beveritt
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a standard pint glass. Label is a simple yellow background with a big blue star. No discernible brewing date.

Appearance: Pours with a 3/8 inch creamy, white head. This settles quickly into just a ring around the glass. The beer itself is a light yellow in color with a slight haze. Some sediment in the bottle, but it was fairly compacted.

Smell: Smells tart and citrusy, with a lot of the "twang" associated with wheat beers. Hints of lemon and grapefruit.

Taste: Decent level of carbonation bite. Tart and lemony with a little bit of fusel alcohol taste. A very, very slight bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: As mentioned before, above average level of carbonation, as expected for this style. Good body.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, like most wheat beers. A good, tart taste.

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Photo of IntriqKen
3.65/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A clear golden yellow in the glass with a half finger of white on top that melts rather quickly.
Aromas are clean fresh citrus, sweet pale malts, and bready wheat spiciness.
Taste is an extension of the aroma. Nicely subtle pale malt, bready or biscuity wheat, a touch of pepper spiciness, a brief hint of citrus hops.
Drying and cleansing in the mouth.
Good stuff.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.95/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, sediment laced yellow color with medium carbonation. Smaller head of white foam disappears quickly.

S: Reminds me of play-doh. Some yeasty notes and wheat aromas, but rather bland and one sided. Kind of smells like a macro. Some sweet aromas of orange peel.

T: Mild notes of wheat and grain are quickly washed away with a cloying citrusy like sweet note. Slighly drying hops are noted, but remain weak and out of the way.

M: Somewhat smooth, mostly watery. Not a whole lot going on, making this one rather forgettable.

D: Aw, it's ok I guess. I'd take it again over macro swill, but I hope to never be in that position. Otherwise, I don't see it in the fridge again.

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Photo of Abita45
3.24/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A decent wheat beer, but certainly not one that really stands out. It pours to a very nice cloudy golden color, with very little head, and slight lacing. There's not much aroma to it, but for a slight wheat aroma, but otherwise, nothing remarkable. Likewise, it has a relatively unpronounced taste of mild wheat and very, very subtle citrus tones. This is not to say it is bad, in fact, I would describe this beer as being evenly balanced with a crisp body and an appropriate amount of carbonation to make it refreshing and easy to drink.

Pretty decent, but really not all that remarkable.

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Photo of Vancer
4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice lil wheat from North Coast. Tasty and refreshing with the proper critrusy lemon touches. Proper amount of wheat body made this one a nice drinker. I’d have more next summer, but it’s not readily available in the mid-west.

Very nice pour there – lemon yellow with a pillowy white head, and nice laces, which can be hard to come by with a wheat.

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

Pours an opaque white-gold with next to no head, which is disappointing. Aromas hint at sweetness beneath -- a bit of caramel in there, along with a few more fruity esters of the citrus variety. Pretty typical for an American wheat beer -- mildly citric, very little spice. On the tongue, the citrus flavors are the biggest story here. At first the beer is sharply carbonated and a little sweet, but at the mid-palate it starts to dry out, with the citrusy acid components taking over. The finish is quite dry and slightly bitter, with lingering tingles on the tongue. Overall, this is a very good wheat beer for an American producer; it's slick and refreshing enough to suit many palates, but has enough citrus notes to interest those looking for style points. Rather good.

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

I am not a huge fan of hefe's or wheat beers in general, and that is probably why I enjoyed this very mild wheat beer. A: Cloudy as one would expect in a wheat beer S: Grainy and yeasty aromas with a fair amount of lemony zest T: Very smooth and no yeast induced bite that I find unappealing in most wheat beers M: medium to light bodied with a feel that is smoother than usual for a weizen D: All in all a drinkable mild wheat beer that is best suited for warm weather consumption.

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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 acrawf6
4.07/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a dark hazy orangish gold with a small white head.

Smell. Initially surprisingly sweet with caramel and tart with strawberries. Different and quite nice.

Taste. Tartness comes out, a bit fruity, some strawberry and a touch of lemon citrus. Wheat flavors do come out to complement the tartness. light dry malts in the background.

Mouthfeel is ok. good amount of carbonation. body is light and crisp and average for the style. balanced well.

Overall an apwa i can enjoy. Usually this style falls short compared to many others with wheat, imho, but this is quite enjoyable. crisp and light, but enough complexity to keep it interesting.

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

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with noticable carbonationn bubbles. White head is thick and fluffy. Nice, but it seems to be lacking something.

Smell: An amalgam of wheat and yeast, with some lemony citrus as well. Ok, but seems a bit weak.

Taste: Eh... The flavor that hits first is nothing. Then maybe a bit of wheat and yeast, but so faint that you're not sure if it's for real. But then at least some orange flavor comes in, then some hops, and then more orange with the aftertaste. It gets better as time goes on; there is nothing objectionable about it, but it is still fairly bland and hardly the flavor of wheat ale.

Mouthfeel: The beer is medium-bodied and is quite smooth. Has that nice "sediment" feel of many unfiltered wheat beers.

Drinkability: ABV is low so that's no problem. It is quite drinkable, unless you're really needing it to be a wheat ale.

A mediocre beer that has the look and feel of a wheat beer, but with a taste that is really lacking. Not bad; just uninspiring. Really overpriced, so I won't be getting it again.

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Photo of scottoale
3.33/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours from the 12oz. brown bottle a light hazy yellow-gold with a 1/2inch of white foamy head that settles to a film quickly. Short lived lacing and some particles that settle to the bottom of the glass.

The smell is somewhat sweet and fruity with a musty yeast penetrating through the sweetness. Almost a sweaty sock kind of smell, interesting.

A sweet barley, wheaty intro, with an earthy malt coming through till the the hops kick in, giving a bitter and crisp finish too this brew. The alcohol goes unnoticed and there is a bit of a tangy as well as grainy flavor/ texture to this unique wheat beer. A bit of a lemony aftertaste, quite refreshing and ultra easy to drink. A good Summer sessioner that's worth tasting.

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Blue Star Great American Wheat Beer from North Coast Brewing Co.
3.58 out of 5 based on 614 ratings.
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