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

Wild Huckleberry Wheat LagerWild Huckleberry Wheat Lager
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #224
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
83
Ranked #34,140
Avg:
3.7 | pDev: 14.32%
Reviews:
34
Ratings:
90
From:
Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
 
Montana, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  5
Gots
  12
SCORE
83
Good
Wild Huckleberry Wheat LagerWild Huckleberry Wheat Lager
Notes: A light lager blended with real Montana huckleberry juice. Not bitter or overly sweet; extremely refreshing.

11 IBU
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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 90
Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into glass.
Mostly clear/partly cloudy pale gold colored body. One finger white head upon pouring dissipates to wispy cap and thin ring. All left behind lacing slides back down into the beer.
Smell of huckleberry is evident as soon as the cap is removed. Behind the berry is the wheat malt.
Taste continues with the huckleberry on top of a wheat lager. Good balance of the tangy wheat lager with the slightly sweet berry. The berry continues longer into the after taste, which leads to another sip.
Thinner mouth feel. Good carbonation.
The huckleberry is there all the way in the aroma and taste but it is in good balance with the wheat lager. Very refreshing, and a good candidate for several in a session.

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Photo of PNW253beer
4.67/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly one of the best wheat lager's I have ever tasted. I highly recommend this beer to anyone passing through Montana. The hint of huckleberry makes it an instant classic.

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Photo of Holderness
3.19/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer is exactly as advertised: a wheat lager with a hint of huckleberry essence added. The huckleberry is not overpowering or sweet, but its there in the background. Otherwise, pretty standard American lager........ watery body

64/100

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Photo of chinchill
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle in Yellowstone NP: home of everything huckleberry.
Clear bluish amber body with a good off-white head. decent retention.
Aroma: Blueberries and faint hops.
Flavour: berries, baked wheat bread and light hops. Nearly as sweet as it is bitter.
Medium-light body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.1/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Backlog. 12 oz bottle. Berries and wheat aroma. Cloudy, pale yellow in appearance. Medium head which disspiates, leaving a thin collar of foam. Berries and wheat flavor. Not bad.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

i dont care what the ratings say, this is better beer than its getting credit for being, i absolutely love it. thanks to my girlfriends parents for hooking this one up for me! super cool of them. the beer is fantastic, the best and truest use of huckleberry i have encountered in a beer. it is a little sweet, juicy though, ripe fruit generally is pretty sweet, so that makes sense. the brilliant and probably less appreciated elements are the wheat malt base, which gives this a lively fluffy texture, and the lager yeast, which does its best to dry it out with a congruent crackery balancing element. the fruit is awesome though, jammy and dark, healthy tasting, no hops at all, but they arent missed, at least for me. i like the crispness from the yeast even though it has some residual sugar, its different that way, and all the body is just awesome. i would crush six packs of this if it was available here. this is a little more old school in terms of fruit beer, but i think its perfect for what it is. amazing how refreshing this is when its ice cold, takes me some place i like to be. really excellent stuff, ignore the reviews, try it, you will love it.

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Photo of stevoj
3.13/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Bottle from Albertsons. Dull pour, aroma is berries, but seems candy-ish, flavor smooths out a bit, and body has a nice silky feel to it. Wheat is probably a nice base for this, and presents a decent summer quencher.

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Photo of Meerhund
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed from pint glass. Huckleberry scent is very prominent. Hazy honey coloration, head is foamy, thick but short lasting.

Not as sweet as expected, the wheat works well with the huckleberry juices. Taste is wheat and yeast forward as the huckleberry makes a more gradual and subtle appearance. Flavors do not linger long on the tongue.

Fairly thin with semi-high carbonation, makes it very easy to drink, especially on a day with hotter temperatures. I liked this beer overall. As a Northwest native, it brings forth good memories of huckleberry picking during a camping venture.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades very rapidly, leaving just a lighter level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer massive of a huckleberry and almost blueberry like smell. Along with these aromas comes some yeasty and wheaty smells as well as a little bit of a grainy and grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a decent sum of a wheaty taste which is matched by some yeast and a little bit of grain. While the huckleberry is lighter upfront, it quickly gets stronger and with it brings more and more sweetness. The huckleberry and sweetness maximize in the middle with the berry then remaining strong throughout the taste while the sweeter more sugary flavor fades ever so slightly. With a little bit of grass and a slight increase in the fruit due to some blueberry flavors coming to the tongue, one is left with a moderately sweet berry-wheat flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is rather high. For the low abv, fruit flavors, and wheat style of the brew the feel is great with it making for a very easy drinking and more refreshing brew.

Overall – A somewhat sweeter and berried flavor brew that is still rather drinkable due to its lighter body and low abv. Not a bad summer style refresher, but nothing I would want all that often. One to at least give a go to for yourself to see if you like it or not.

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Photo of RenzoD
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Really not a bad beer at all for the style. I am pretty cautious of fruit/berry beers but I am in Montana for a week and really wanted to get a good feel for a lot of the local beers here. And Huckleberries seem to be huge in these parts, so I figured, "Why not?"

First off, I really missed the part about this being a "wheat lager." Pay attention to that as I think it is an important factor in why this beer actually works. I have had huckleberry ales and it just doesnt work. But the the smooth, crispy flavor of the wheat combined with the huckleberry really works. It looks like a lager but a lot more cloudy. The aroma is basically just fresh, handpicked huckleberries. Has a smooth, refreshing mouthfeel. All in all, relative to what this beer is trying to do, and in comparison to others that have attempted the same thing, I say this is a very worthy beer! I will do my best to find it somewhere back home.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I'm very skeptical about beers like this, but here goes...I'm seriously running out of beers in my town to review- I've almost tried them all! Good thing we have some new micro breweries opening up...

A moderate pour produces about a 3/4 inch head that proves fairly sticky. The beer is a hazy pale ruddy golden with high carbonation.

Really just a hint of berry on the nose, with no adjuncty aromas. The flavor is subtle, and it actually tastes like real huckleberries, but is not overly sweet. A touch of yeast adds some spice, but the flavor, finish, and aftertaste are quite clean. In particular, it avoids that God-awful fake saccarine taste that I've experienced in other fruity wheat beers (Leinies Sunset- yuck). It has the creamy, frothy mouth feel typical of a wheat beer.

This is undoubtedly the best berry beer I've ever tasted, with the possible exception of one of those Belgian types (whatchmacallthose?), but they tend to be over-sweet and barely have any alcohol. Hmm....

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Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a very nicely executed fruit beer. I'm not a huge fan of the style, but huckleberries tend to grow in places where I fish, bike, ski and camp. Consequently, I've had to assume the "when in Rome" mantra and dive in from time to time. This version is subtle - it pours a nice golden colour with a typical lager head and a faint whiff of fruit. The actual fruit flavour is quite subtle and pleasant. I won't go out of my way to find this beer, but I won't get of the way if it's in my path.

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Photo of cbutova
4.01/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reviewed at Rising Sun CG, Glacier National Park, MT. Full notes taken on my phone while out of service area.

A- Pours from the 12oz bottle to a goblet with a slightly hazy pale yellow body that has the tiniest hue towards huckleberry. A white crown rests atop the beer at one finger and is foamt thick in texture. Thick ring leaves sheets and spots of lace.

S- Fairly straightforward but brings good strength. Huckleberries reside atop a bready lager yeast reminding me of something sweet I would have at breakfast.

T- Huckleberry is once again the main player as it was in the aroma but the base beer is strong and balances it out. Semi sweet berries slathered on crusty wheat toast with some bready tones from the yeast. Kind of reminds me of a pancake.

MF- The body overall is medium thickness with a foamy and silky texture. Carbonation at a high level causes the beer to puff up like a pillow.

Reminds me of the blueberry beers that are done correctly. Authentic berry flavor with a foamy body and slight sweetness. The underlying yeast makes it all come together like a breakfast bread. Drinks very well in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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Photo of Sark
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance- huge 2 1/2 finger white head, golden and slightly hazy

Smell- a little sour and sweet from the hucks, the tart has a bit of yeast behind it

Taste- light breadiness up front almost immediately yields to the sweet berry middle, paler malts round it out with a slight hop touch. The yeast comes back for the finish

Mouthfeel- light body with a smooth feel

Overall- even with an adjunct as strong as hucks it keeps the style rather well. Definitely something nice and summery to sip on.

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Photo of HappyPappy2X
3.34/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An interesting take on Huckleberry beer. They are in the right location for it, that's for sure. Huckleberry Central up there in Whitefish area!

Subtle berry flavor. Nice balance with malt. Refreshing, a tad too sweet, but overall a good example of the new style of Fruit Wheat Lager.

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Photo of mtboozeaddict41
3.29/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice straw golden color with a nice white head a finger thick and decent to low retention.

S: Pronounced blueberry and huckleberry aromas. A slight skunky maltiness but mostly overtones of berry with undertones of grass and yeast.

T: Berry notes are alittle bit more subtle. I sense more blue than huck with a slight sweet maltiness on the finish. Slight finish of grass-fruit. Hops are nowhere to be found

M: Decent carbonation to complement the light berry beer. light body and leaves a slight oily texture.

O: This beer is designed to be a crowd pleaser for those women or men who have underdeveloped palates at best. Berry fruit makes up for the lack of hops and malt. Not my fav from this brewery.

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Photo of Victor
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Had this awesome wheat lager off the tap at Whitefish ski resort after a long day.
The beer filled that glass nice with a golden color.
I took a nice sniff and was a solid lager with hints of fruity sweetness.
A gulp revealed a cold, clean crisp front end with a tart and slight hop to it. I could taste the huckleberry but it was not overpowering like other fruit beers I’ve had. This wheat lager was satisfying and not overwhelmingly fruity. I can easily drink a few pints of this.

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Photo of innersanctum
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sounds gross doesn't it?

While at a Glacier National Park lodge, ordered a Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager on tap and was delightfully pleased. First of all, lets clear up any misimpression about huckleberries; they are a very mild fruit and in most applications (juice, ice cream, or jam) it is very mild and not overpowering. Thus, the huckleberry merely adds a mild flavor to the beer.

I'm not sure what a "wheat" lager is, as that sounds like an oxymoron, but lets not overhtink this, its beer after all.

WHWL is a very pleasing and refreshing brew, and the huckleberry is lighter than the bannana/clove flavor found in many German wheat ales. Try it, and you'll be pleasently surprised!

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Photo of sAws
3.12/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a bottle from the brewery so it was nice and "fresh".

Pours a translucent yellow with decent head. Smells like sweet fresh huckleberry's. Taste of beer is slightly sweet with a hint of bitter and finishes like a lager. It is a good afternoon or desert beer but not something I could drink alot of.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.09/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured a very pale yellow with minimal amount of head. aroma is strictly of blueberry / huckleberry with some hints of banana. tastes a lot like long trail's blackbeary wheat - not that flavorful aside from the berry taste. slightly bready. a very light and refreshing ale, slightly fizzy on the roof of the mouth. this was a gift from a trade i did with someone in montana and he was disappointed that it was the only huckleberry beer he could find since it's not the berry season right now. it's honestly not that bad, but not great either. for a wheat beer it's good / for a fruit beer it's bland. the thought is appreciated and it's nice to get a taste of a berry that we don't get in the east coast.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a decent looking white head on top. The smell of the beer was soft with the fruit coming through nicely. The taste of the beer was slightly sweet with a lager-like finish. The mouthfeel was light and very refreshing with a crisp bite in the end. Overall I found this beer to be pretty good, I wouldn't mind drinking this one in the summer months.

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Photo of joemcgrath27
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear straw golden, solid white head retained very nicely with lots of bubbles rising from the bottom
S - strong aromas of grainy wheat, some adjunct like notes, leafy hops, and pleasant berries
T - robust sweet and slightly tart berry flavour, bready wheat backbone with some leafy hop notes, a very refreshing taste
M - effervescent carbonation with a light body, light tartness to finish
O - a very tasty beer with a nice balance of malt-hops-fruit, this would make a great summer sessioner

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Photo of biboergosum
3.99/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I know that the huckleberry is quite similar to the blueberry, but I still find huckleberries a bit on the exotic side, especially since I'd only ever had them in beer before my recent trip to Montana. Now I have Huckleberry Vodka, Huckleberry Tea, and of course, this Huckleberry beer, one of a few that I procured stateside.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale straw colour, with one finger of fizzy white head, which disappears in an instant, leaving some random specks of lace around the glass. The aroma is pretty much evident from a foot away - sweet and tangy huckleberries, and upon closer inspection, a wheaty maltiness. The taste is a balanced huckleberry fruitiness - sweet and acidic, with a nice, light wheat graininess sitting right behind. The carbonation is average, and unobtrusive, the body light and zingy, and it finishes dry and fruity.

A very nice, refreshing wheat beer, which just the right amount of the eponymous fruit character. Perfect for a hot summer day's quaffing.

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Photo of BPenni
4.07/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I received a sixer of this beer as a gift from a blog-buddy in Montana.

Very nice. I was a little apprehensive at first, as I don't particularly like fruity beers. But my apprehension disappeared once I tasted this beer. The aroma of huckleberries is strong and sweet, belying the actual taste... which is smooth, slightly hoppy, and NOT as overly sweet as the aroma might indicate. Mouthfeel is pleasant, with a slight aftertaste. Very, very drinkable... I could do a lot of this beer if I lived in Montana!

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Photo of biggmike
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a yellow/orange color that was murky with a nice white head that dissipated rather quickly. The aroma and flavor are both dominated by the fruitiness of the huckleberry juice. Very smooth and thirst quenching. Nothing spectacular, nor offensive.

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Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 90 ratings