Wheatfish Wheat Lager
Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House

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Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
Montana, United States
American Lager
3.5 | pDev: 13.14%
Jul 30, 2020
Mar 17, 2004
Wheatfish Wheat LagerWheatfish Wheat Lager
Notes: 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
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Rated: 3.63 by Manta200 from Kentucky

Jul 30, 2020
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Rated by LukeGude from Iowa

3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
On tap at Snowgoose Grille (at St. Mary Lodge). Decent wheat flavor with drinkability.
Jul 27, 2019
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
this is way better than its ratings, and really one of the better ones i have had from these guys, it is a neat style hybrid, covers a lot of ground and flavor notes, and is still light in alcohol, dry, and drinkable, i think this is a nice recipe, something a little different in a wheat beer. there is a lot of haze to this, looks wheaty and frothy headed like a good hefe, but doesnt have that strong estery yeast profile, instead its crisp and clean, lager-esque, a cool way to make the wheat pop out, and even with the higher hopping, the wheat is still the main flavor agent for me. i get some cool earthy character from it too, almost spice like some rye in here, but the hops contribute some of that bite as well, along with an orange peel note and a grassy noble herbal character before the moderate bitterness kicks up. a little old school on the hops, a light pine element there too, but overall the beer is real clean, fluffy and expansive feeling, nicely carbonated, fresh as can be, and very flavorful. a summer slammer, but more going on with it than in most of them, and probably substantial enough for the colder months too. great brew, smart conceptual merger, i dig.
Jun 26, 2019
Rated: 3.59 by GloryConway from Wyoming

Oct 16, 2018
Rated: 3.53 by aasher from Indiana

May 21, 2018
Rated: 3.75 by elglueckert from Montana

May 15, 2018
Rated: 3.58 by MJ64 from Mississippi

Jan 28, 2018
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Reviewed by Gavage from Nevada

3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
Appearance: hazy yellow in color with a 1" head that slowly fell.

Smell: mild grass and wheat tones come through to the nose.

Taste: mild wheat flavor with some soft lemon zest, some grass, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Lightly crisp to start, smoother towards the finish.

Overall: a mild flavored beer that is very easy to drink.
Dec 31, 2017
Rated: 4.16 by The_Geologist from Montana

Nov 30, 2017
Rated: 3.21 by csmrx7 from Canada (AB)

Jul 28, 2017
Rated: 3.9 by Cruzgator from Massachusetts

Jul 07, 2017
Rated: 4.05 by sbeaver_44 from Pennsylvania

Jul 31, 2016
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Reviewed by Kubishark from Maryland

4.41/5  rDev +26%
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.
Jul 01, 2016
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Reviewed by Impetuous from Montana

3.05/5  rDev -12.9%
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
May 31, 2016
Rated: 4.1 by chossboss from Oregon

Oct 24, 2015
Rated: 3.43 by GlendonTT from Canada (AB)

Sep 05, 2015
Rated: 3.23 by bigleague from Michigan

Aug 07, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by jpuetz from South Dakota

Aug 05, 2015
Rated: 2.79 by Burgz from Canada (AB)

Jul 27, 2015
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Reviewed by Irrationalist from California

4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.
May 18, 2015
Rated: 3.76 by AndyMueller from Montana

Apr 24, 2015
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Reviewed by RenzoD from Washington

2.6/5  rDev -25.7%
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.
Apr 06, 2015
Rated: 3.25 by harpus from Alabama

Mar 08, 2015
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Reviewed by Bunman3 from Canada (AB)

3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.
Dec 30, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by a77cj7 from South Dakota

Nov 18, 2014
Rated: 3.48 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Oct 28, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by stallion_air21 from Montana

Oct 15, 2014
Rated: 4 by beer_nibbler from Montana

Oct 06, 2014
Rated: 3.8 by Dwreck from Texas

Sep 28, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by Mikexw from New York

Aug 17, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by PJP from Canada (ON)

Aug 03, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by Chucker17 from South Dakota

Jul 30, 2014
Rated: 3.5 by JVan from Illinois

Jul 29, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by heliocopter from Illinois

Jul 21, 2014
Rated: 3.75 by thebigredone from Wisconsin

May 21, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by Flathead_Monster from Montana

Nov 15, 2013
Rated: 4 by BillRoth from Maryland

Oct 20, 2013
Rated: 2.5 by blbarnett3 from Virginia

Oct 13, 2013
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Reviewed by HappyPappy2X from Oregon

4.15/5  rDev +18.6%
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.
Sep 06, 2013
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Reviewed by augustgarage from California

3.91/5  rDev +11.7%
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.
Jun 28, 2013
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