Wheatfish | Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House

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Brewed by:
Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
Montana, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Combining the best aspects of three major types of beer, Wheatfish is brewed like a German wheat beer, cold-fermented, aged like a lager, and hopped (three separate additions of Cascade hops) like an American Ale. The wheat contributes a full body and light spiciness, the hops give citrus hints and the finish is crisp and smooth. Wheatfish is low in bitterness and extremely drinkable.

13 IBU

Added by Todd on 03-17-2004

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Reviews: 17 | Ratings: 44
Photo of Kubishark
4.41/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at some lounge in a lodge just outside of Glacier National Park. Really had no idea what I was ordering here, as I chose it on a whim even though I usually don't care for wheat beers. Turned out to be blown away.

This is a beautiful beer, golden-orange and hazy with a foamy head, just all around great appetizing appearance.

It smells citrusy and bready, a unique smell compared to the banana/clove smells of many other wheat beers. Strangely enough, a woman at the table next to me commented that she thought it smelled wonderful so she decided to order one too. I have no idea how she could smell it from so far away; she must have superhuman olfactory abilities.

Tastes malty and bready and sweet, but not too sweet. I had one pint without the orange slice that came with it and one pint with the orange, tasted fantastic both ways. The fruit is not necessary as it is with some lesser beers that need their flavors hidden with added citrus...

Others have mentioned the creamy mouthfeel, and I agree. It's creamy but light, and is certainly refreshing after a long hike through Glacier.

Overall this is one of the best beers I had on my recent trip west, and I wasn't exactly expecting to find that in Montana.

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Photo of jrsqc7
3.05/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nutty butty bar melted on your dash and then froze overnight and found the next morning on your way to work some fruity richness some spices and some hmmmmk hmmmm dunno what it is but sure is tasty. Not great but Montana doesn't have much of a selection for wheat beer soooooooo

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Photo of Irrationalist
4/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I rather enjoyed the body and flavor of this wheat. I love wheat beers but anymore they all tend to blend into the same thing for me. This was one of the wheat beers that actually made me notice it in recent history.

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Photo of RenzoD
2.6/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Kind of dull. Potential tastes are present which tells me that it would probably be enjoyable on a hot day after mowing the lawn or something. Looks like a light hefeweizen, smells like an unskunked corona. Decent mouth feel. Has a really bland finish. Certainly not the best offering from Great Northern.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.48/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at Moose's in Kalispell, MT. Overall, this is a very serviceable wheat. A wedge of lemon was included, which may have affected the overall flavour. Nothing amazing, but the price and atmosphere made this a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of HappyPappy2X
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden amber. High medium carbonation.

Smell: Lager yeast dominates. Sweetness comes through well.

Taste: Very clean, bread yeasty taste. Clean finish, less citrus than a typical hefe.

Overall: A fine example of a new style. Great Northern is breaking new ground with wheat lagers. I foresee this style gaining popularity fast.

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Photo of augustgarage
3.91/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Reviewing as an American Pale Wheat Ale not an American Pale Lager (change requested). Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Harriet pils glass.

Gorgeous, glowing, cloudy jonquil body with two fingers of lasting off white merengue up top. Thick lovely lacing and perpetual retention. A stunner in the looks department...

Light banana in the nose with hints of bubblegum and clove, suggesting a bavarian yeast strain. Hints of vanilla as the beer warms. Hops are absent, and wheat and malt are well balanced yet restrained.

Light yet distinctive malt flavors, Vienna malt and malted wheat work very well off each other. This tastes more like a pale ale than a lager in some ways, though it is still crisp and finishes with just a touch of wheat-y twang. Simple "American" hefeweizen profile, but well balanced and with no elements overpowering the others.

Pillowy, soft, effervescent, creamy yet still light-bodied mouthfeel.

A surprisingly good beer - I'm not usually a fan of the "Americanized" hefeweizen styles, but this one is quietly superior.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
2.87/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

had with a meal at the Mackenzie River Pizza Co. in Whitefish, Montana
A - showed up with a thin covering of head, hazy straw yellow
S - mild with grainy malt, sour citrus smell, and a grassy hop note
T - sour apple and lemon dominates, grainy malt, some grassy and metallic notes, pretty average
M - medium carbonation, thin and mild
D - generally disappointed with this, very mild all around, no real character to it

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Photo of andrenaline
2.9/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Poured a hazy pale golden colour, thin film of head with little retention and no lacing.

S - Grassy pilsener hop scent with a wheat finish, some sour lemon and light biscuit malts.

T - Much like the scent with the sour lemon coming through alongside the pilsener style hops. The wheaty flavours linger with some bready malts.

M - Too thin for my liking, and rather disappointing.

D - Overall, it was well paired with the pizza I ordered, but was a little disappointing. The flavours were mild and unadventurous. Easily drinkable, but a little too thin. If given the chopice I would've ordered something else.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

An Oregon Brewers Fest 2010 entry; honestly knew nothing of this brewery before last Thursday. Tried the Wheatfish then (a 4 oz. pour), then again today (another 4 oz. pour). My first beer of the day both times, so a 'clean palate'...

A: Golden and mildly hazy, topped with a sturdy head of white foam. Good retention and plenty of speckles of lace left behind.

S: Light aroma of wheat/bread, judiciously sweet and malty. Hints of citrus (tangerine?)

T: Mildly spiced, a wheat grain/apple pulp medley. Bready, yeasty, low on the hops/bitterness scale (only 13 IBU). It's nothing too complicated, but it's rather well-balanced and leans toward the 'Witbier' side rather than the 'American Wheat'...and that's a good thing.

M: Crisp feel, smooth with an airy carbonation (borderline gassy). Light/medium body, slight malt stickiness, just a little on the thin side.

D: High drinkability; very refreshing and summer-worthy. Doesn't break any molds but was a favorite at this fest for me.

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Photo of berley31
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

After trying this beer on a sampler tray at Great Northern Brewing Co., I picked up a sixer to take back to our cabin in Glacier National Park. Poured with a large, frothy white head with good lacing. Body was cloudy and yellow. Great aroma of light yeast, wheat, and some fruitiness. Medium-bodied on the palate, thin with some oiliness, and average carbonation. Great flavor with average duration that was lightly sweet... you can taste the wheat, but not in amounts as high as some other wheat ales. Overall I thought it was very enjoyable, and a great summer ale. I could have several of these out on the deck.

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Photo of xmahns
2.18/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had a sour smell with a lot of oxidation. Diacetyl ruled the tiny 14 oz kingdom of this beer. Maybe the lines were bad, maybe the stars didn't align. Mouthfeel was weak, thin, unbalanced beer, too sweet, but there is little room for appreciation of most wheats and ambers for my tastebuds.

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Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on tap at the brewhouse, then brought back a six pack.
Color is a slightly hazy yellow, thin white head. Foam does shrink, but leaves a little bit of lace. Not alot of aroma, light malt and kind of grassy, but not a strong hefe smell. Taste is good, not much complexity, mix of malt grain and hop bitterness. Well carbonated gives a nice body. A touch of bitter finish. Nothing spectacular, but easy to drink and thirst quenching.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.27/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazed golden appearance with orange streaking noted. Carbonation looks to be quite lively. A thin and well retained white head leaves some sparse lace. Very pleasing aroma. Quite tangy and lemony, but full of malt and wheat as well. There's nothing real flattering about the taste, but it's not off or anything. Basic malt properties and a little tanginess. Seems to be a little acidic. Some slightly grapefruity hop tones accent as well. Doesn't really taste like a hefe-weizen, but I guess this beer is a "wheat lager." I guess they were shooting for something a little different. Average brew that I'd drink if my choices were limited on a nice summer day.

Thanks Jim!!

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Photo of Gusler
3/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer after disassociating itself from the 12 ounce brown bottle sits in the glass a somewhat hazy gold color, the head is smallish and bright white with the lace a thin sheet to obscure the glass. Nose is crisp and clean, sweet malt and nice id somewhat sweet start with a fair to middling grain presence. Top is light to moderate in its feel to the palate, finish is stern in its acidity, the hops are modest but present with a very dry aftertaste that lingers long on the palate, a drinkable beer, good on a hot summer day as it wonÂ’t overload your palate or your stomach.

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Photo of budgood1
2.81/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is an american style wheat beer...not a hefewiezen.

it says wheat lager on the label.

it pours out a slightly hazed darker yellow colour with a thin white head leaving a little bit of lace. aroma is barely there...very light maltiness is backed up with a bit of earthy grassiness. tastes alright...not much to the flavour except some graininess and a perceptible hop bitterness. the body is surprisingly full, with a mouthfeel that is slightly creamy. finishes with some residual bitterness and a lingering aftertaste that is grassy and earthy. really not to much to this wheat beer...it's ok, but forgetable. i'd describe it as substance without character.

since this is a lager beer, i'll try not to be too harsh....it's a quaffable beer that will quench the thirst without having to think too much about what one is tasting. otherwise it's not worth the premium price paid for the sixer.

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Photo of ZAP
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dubbed a hefe this is really an American Wheat....relatively tasty American Wheat at that, but not a hefe...no hefe characteristics....no banana, cloves,lemon....nada...not real cloudy either..I'm rating as an American Wheat..do not expect a Hefe if you buy this..

It does have a yeasty nose of vanilla more than anything....the taste also exhbits that vanilla like flavor....apparently made with cascade hops which is interesting..

Not bad at all for a straight American Wheat....I like the nose and taste actually...I could down a few pitchers of this while watching some snow bunnies ski down the slopes in Bikinis or something...

Thanks to Budgood1 for this interesting beer.

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Wheatfish from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
3.43 out of 5 based on 44 ratings.
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