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

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Wild Huckleberry Wheat LagerWild Huckleberry Wheat Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light lager blended with real Montana huckleberry juice. Not bitter or overly sweet; extremely refreshing.

11 IBU

Added by Todd on 08-08-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
84
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.55
pDev:
14.65%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
11
For Trade:
0
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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Excellent overall! Berry-forward without being sweet, leading to a crisp, wheat finish.

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Photo of Meerhund
4/5  rDev +12.7%
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 nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Volsdawg10
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
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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3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
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 +11.3%
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 a77cj7
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bunman3
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
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 LoganMc
3.32/5  rDev -6.5%

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4/5  rDev +12.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of em207
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of Mikexw
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -36.6%

Photo of Mobius
4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Photo of cbutova
4.01/5  rDev +13%
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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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Wild Huckleberry Wheat Lager from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
3.55 out of 5 based on 84 ratings.
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