Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager | Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House

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Black Star Double Hopped Golden LagerBlack Star Double Hopped Golden Lager

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

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A "double hopped" (dry hopped) unique American lager based on traditional European Pilsners with a crisp refreshing body and lots of taste. We add hops in the kettle and then again before finishing for aromatic quality.

15 IBU

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Reviews: 57 | Ratings: 97
Photo of beerguy101
1.94/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Medium gold color, medium to large head. Malty lager aroma. A medium bodied lager. Mild malts and somewhat hoppy, if it is DOUBLE hopped after all. Way to sweet, corn adjunct? Not much else to say, but Yes it is a lager. It's not skunky, which is a plus, but it is a metallic and alcohol tasting. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is a little weird tasting, slightly bitter with some corn sweetness.

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Photo of popery
1.94/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden color with a decent enough white head that dissipates almost entirely in a couple minutes. Darker than your average macro lager but still quite boring. Boring is a pretty good descriptor for this beer all the way round. The aroma has a touch of the hops that are proudly advertised as having been added not once... not twice... no, wait, it was twice. I guess they just mean that it was dry hopped. Sorry to mock, but, besides a hint of grassiness, this claim has about as much meaning as Miller Lite's "triple hopping." The aroma is mostly simple, sweet malt with some metallic undertones. The flavor is too sweet, and it's really just another boring lager that could have come from a macro brewery. This isn't the bottom of the barrel or anything, but it's boring and extremely skippable.

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Photo of DarthKostrizer
1.96/5  rDev -38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Look: Crystal clear yellow with a 1/4 inch head and no retention

Smell: Water and muted hops

Taste: Much of hte same as the nose but has a bit more hop presence

Mouthfeel: Thin and ample carbonation

Overall: A very average pale lager boring and uninteresting

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Photo of largadeer
2/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a 12 oz bottle of this from Whole Foods. It says double hopped right on the label, so you know it's going to be some seriously hoppy stuff.

It pours clear, golden, pale, somewhat lagery. The head recedes to a thin collar pretty quickly.

The nose is decently hoppy, herbal and lightly spicy in character. There's a bit of cooked corn and pale malt right up there with the hops, and a mild metallic twang. Fairly bland overall.

It tastes like...not much. Corn, mineral water, light malty sweetness. I guess double hopping wasn't enough, because there's only a trace of hop flavor. The finish is slick and utterly void of any sort of flavor - it's more of a texture. Pretty bland and watery.

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Photo of JBogan
2.18/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale gold color with a small white head. A moderate amount of lacing remains in the glass.

Smells of sweet malt and corn, that's it.

Tastes of very sweet malt and corn. Again, that's it. Nothing complex or satisfying going on here.

Surprisingly the mouthfeel was not bad. The body was thicker than the appearance would suggest, and while the carbonation was there it was rather subdued but still enough of a presence to give the beer a slight crispness.

Overall this is barely a step up from your typical macro. It's far too sweet for my liking, and there are much better examples of this style available.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.19/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The Black Star pours a classic golden pilsner in the glass with a thick white froth, decent retention, & pretty good lacing. (I poured the beer pretty aggressively thinking that the beer wouldn't hold up, but it's doing pretty good!) There really isn't much on the nose, subtle orange peel, biscuit, cereal grains...yep...that's pretty much it. The beer is smooth & crisp on the palate with a smooth dryness, light body, & average finish. In terms of flavor, there really isn't much here. The beer doesn't taste bad, but it doesn't really taste like much of anything. Overall, I'm left unimpressed with this beer. The beer looks great in a glass, but doesn't deliver. When reaching for this on the shelf....stop what you're doing & reach for something else.

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Photo of MTHopHeaven
2.26/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Over hyped.

This is clearly a marketing push to make a beer name, as opposed to a good beer finding the market. Sadly, they have renamed the side of the brewery after this mediocre brew. This is NOT the beer you should be drinking at the Great Northern....

Anyhow, Typical lager notes. The double dry hopping must be extremely light - there is no more detectable hops than that of PBR. Again, marketing ploy (Hmm, similar to Miller's Triple Hopped beer perhaps?)
Perhaps a touch grassy... likely due to the dry hopping?

However, I tasted a heavy butterscotch (prolly diacetyl ) notes in the beer. I just found it overpowering enough not to finish. Not sure if it was a tap issue, batch issue or what. But left me seriously unimpressed.

This could be a great brewery, but seems like it's marketing dept is driving it's image - not it's beers.

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Photo of trygger87
2.33/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a 12 pack at whole foods. The price seemed right and it sounded promising. Poured in to a typical pint glass and produced almost no head. The beer its self is like a dark golden yellow with a fair amount of carbonation.
There is almost no smell to speak of which was a let down, because this beer claims to be double hoped and im not getting that in the nose at all. All im getting in the nose is a grassy smell not to far off from PBR.
Taste isnt to far off from PBR as well. This beer falls flat of its face in the hop department. There is no way its double hopped. An easy drinking beer thats a step up from Miller or PBR but thats about it.

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Photo of engagechad
2.56/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased as a sixer from South Point hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, NV - poured into insulated coffee mug.. and other vessels

Pours yellow with average head. Smells.. like.. well not hops! I say if you put "double hopped" on the label it damn well better smell like hops or at least be bitter.. but yeah.. neither. Smelled corny just like any old am lager. Taste followed unfortunately not much going on at all and it was a bit too bubbly.

Not a terrible beer, but not really worth picking up.

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Photo of litheum94
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle. Apr 25/11 date stamp. Reviewed 5/31/11.

Bright golden body. Half an inch of a dirty white head, with lots of fizzy little bubbles. Settles out to a patchy cover.

Aromas of corn husk and an unidentifiable fruit sweetness. Earthy and spicy hops dance in the background with buttery malts.

Lots of grain flavors (barley, corn and other cereal grains). Dry malts mid-palate, followed by a vague fruitiness. Quick hit of spicy hops. Finish is dry with high carbonation. Crisp mouthfeel.

This is double hopped!! This, unfortunately, does not translate into anything more than a completely average beer. This isn't horrible, but I can't imagine myself picking this up again.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This has a golden color with a foam that sticks around. Not a lot of discernible aroma. It does have a light sweet finish. Scant praise, I know. I feel like I’m reaching. They advertise it as being “double hopped,” but maybe a 3rd addition would give it some actual flavor. This is pretty lousy beer.

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Photo of ScreamForMe
2.66/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

So I was at a local bottle shop last Friday and they were doing a free - yes free - tasting of this beer. I'm used to paying a buck or two so I thought, shit, it's free what the hell ya know? I had zero expectations for this beer.

It's a lager - something I haven't been drinking much of lately. I was on a German kick for awhile but that was a few years back. But I digress.

The beer had a nice white head on it - a good inch or so. No real smell or rather no appealing smell. Typical lager smell if I can say that.

Ya know - this beer is okay... for what it is. Can it stand up next to a Black Raven Trickster? Hell no - but that wouldn't be fair.

It's smooth with minimal taste. On a hot day - yeah, I could drink a few of these - that is if I was out of craft beer.

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Photo of travolta
2.67/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

App: Clean and golden. Quickly dissipating head. No lacing.

Nose: Nothing much, some very light barley, biscuits. A bit of hop fruitiness.

Taste: Honestly nothing but a little malt sweetness.

Notes: It says Colorado on the label, but it is brewed in Wisconsin, which makes me wonder who owns the brewery. Its better than a macro, but only slightly. I guess I am suspicious of "old, family owned" breweries that have million dollar websites overnight. Just a thought.

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Photo of Bookseeb
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance is golden color with a thin crisp head dissapating quickly. Smell has a clean smell of a lager, but more aroma than just your regular American lager. Taste again has that clean taste of malt and a bit more bitter in the hop leaving that dry lager bitter. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a good spike of carbonation. Nothing complex, but a fair drinker.

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Photo of DaveHS
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A-Pours golden yellow with a thin fizzy head. Leaves moderate stringy lacing.

S-Pale malts, dry, earthy hops. Very nondescript.

T/M-Crisp, grainy, dry. Fizzy. Standard macro-style lager. "Double hopped" doesn't necessarily mean anything, as most beers are at least double hopped. I get no distinct hop character from this aside from light, barely perceptible structural hops, which add almost nothing to the overall flavor.

D-Boring. Not bad, just fails to make any kind of impression.

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Photo of pnwclimber
2.96/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Nice, Clear, Gold

S - Smelled a bit skunky to me.

T - Basic lager taste. A bit more hoppy, but not much. A hint of vanilla in the after taste - that is why I have it an average taste review. If it wasn't for that vanilla aftertaste it would have been lower.

M - a bit more full bodied than I expected.

D - Good drinker. Refreshing.

If this was a lower price I would probably buy it in the summer as a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Preiliboy
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the ultimate lager of 2013. This is a regular brew that you want to drink when hanging with your buds. This beer is what you wish budweiser and coors was.
This is just a regular beer enjoy it for what its worth just a really good lager.
Enjoy Responsibly

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Best by 6/11/12.

Pours a clear golden color with a 2 inch foamy off-white head that fades to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of sweet malt/grain and some grassy aromas. Taste is very sweet with mainly malt/grain flavors and maybe a hint of grassy hops on the finish. There is also a slight metallic flavor I am picking up. This beer has a low level of carbonation with a somewhat flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer all around. It's not bad but nothing worth getting again.

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Photo of Natural510
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, no visible dating.

Pours a pale golden straw color with respectable amount of head, which dissipates to a scant lacing in the glass.
Not much scent other than a bit of grain and husk.
A clean grain flavor, lightly sweet, with a clean finish.
Body crisp and refreshing.
No discernible hoppiness, despite the advertising. A clean pale lager, inoffensive, ultimately unmemorable.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife got some of these from her work.

Appearance- yellowish color, thick foamy head

Smell- malt

Taste- light malt flavor

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- pretty good but just average I would say, I would probably drink it again but I wouldn't buy it

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Photo of Florida9
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a can from the brewery. Just happened to be in whitefish.
Fizzy dark yellow in color. Forms a fizzy white head that fizzes away quickly. Leaves no lacing. Aroma is very mild, but what is there is mostly light grassy hops with a touch of grains. Taste is mildly sweet, with notes of creamed corn, grains, cereal, and a light grassy hoppiness. Light bodied. Fizzy carbonation. Mild bitterness. Mild dryness on the finish.
Overall a very average beer. Easy to drink, but can't see why you'd want to.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After visiting the brewery in the afternoon, I came across this on tap, and cheap, in Kalispell. When in Rome...

This beer appears a clear, pale golden hue, with two fingers of foamy white head, which melts away quickly, leaving some sparse wisps of lace around the glass. It smells of cheaper (I knew there was a catch) white grain, and soapy, weedy hops. The taste is under ripe fruity malt, and earthy, weedy hops. The carbonation is pretty decently low for an entry-level lager, the body light, softly spritzy, yet smooth enough, and it finishes on the sweet side, the grain offset only slightly by the increasingly gamy hops.

Not something to seek out, but something to bridge the BMC gap, fo sho.

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Photo of chickencoop
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can just see the guys in marketing, "we gotta go big with the double hopped message, that's the what the kids are drinking now", but what they ended up doing was just confuse everyone. For what it is, a golden lager, this is average, nothing special, but with the packaging, it just seems like some major trying to get in the micro action. The good part, this is cheap and very drinkable.

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Photo of Scotchboy
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can dated February 27th 2012 poured into a pint nonic.

A: Pours a clear light gold color, very effervescent, with fluffy head that (surprisingly) sticks around a bit.

S: Crackery pilsner malt, light caramel sweetness, very light citrus notes, hops are lighter than I was expecting.

T: Light pale malt character, touch of lager yeast skunk, light caramel and bready sweet notes, touch of grain, cereal...again, very light hopping.

MF: Light body, medium carbonation, dryish finish, crisp mouthfeel.

O: Not impressed, I thought its would be better with an expectation of 'double dry-hopped' goodness. No need to seek this one out.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Black Raven pint glass. 24 oz. can. Pours a medium goldan amber, two finger white head that dissipates quickly to a thin film and ring around the glass with a little slippery lacing. Pleasant aroma of bready malt and light hops and a hint of citrus. Flavor is light bisquit malt with a hint of hops, finishes abruptly with a slight lingering sweet malt. Light bodied. Everything about this lager is low key, almost watered down. The appearance and aroma promised more than it could deliver. Perhaps the the low ABV does not present the flavors adequately, but I'm likely not to return to this.

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Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
3.16 out of 5 based on 97 ratings.
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