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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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Ratings: 97 |  Reviews: 57
Photo of olmatty
3.16/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-A great looking lager. Clean and clear golden straw color with a foamy high white head.

Smell-Absolutely no aroma. Curious for a double hopped beer.

Taste-Light and clean malt flavors, very little bittering hops. A very light but lingering hop aftertaste. Nothing off, just not much happening.

Mouthfeel-Thin and watery. Cracklingly dry and crisp.

Drinkability-This beer is refreshing and light without much flavor to get in the way. What this beer has over macro adjunct lager is there is no corn or rice flavor. If this is the double hopped maybe it's time to tripple hop it.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.05/5  rDev -4.4%
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 Natural510
3.03/5  rDev -5%
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 pnwclimber
2.96/5  rDev -7.2%
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 slayer3604
3.66/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, I had this on a Virgin America Airlines flight back from Florida. I thought it said "Double Hopped IPA" because you see what you want to see!!! After realizing what the can actually says, I wrote down the following:

A-Gold body, with a finger and a half of white head, minimal lacing and nice little plumes of co2 coming up the sides.

S-Not much at all there. Just a little whisp of malt/breadiness and I caught some co2 coming up through it at about 5 inches away.

T-Nice and smooth, creamy body with a little bit of a dry spice at the end. Nothing complex, just refreshing.

M-light bodied, but enough to let you know you're drinking beer.

D-This is a very drinkable beer. If it wasn't EIGHT DOLLARS A CAN (shame on you Virgin!), I'd have gotten another one simply because of how refreshing it was.

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Photo of Offa
3.57/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is to me actually a really good, standard American pale lager.

Somewhat dark gold, it has a medium off-white head quickly shrinking to a ring.

Aroma is appley grain, grass, hint of herb, pleasant and a bit sweet, a good, fairly full AMerican pale lager aroma.

Taste is a light but good, full grain, faintly bready, faint hint of ripe apples, under a lightly dominant grassy-spicey hop character. It has a good feel and character seems to hold up well. Feel is a bit frothy. It has a firm grain-grass aftertaste and is highly drinkable, with enough character to keep it going, and definitely leans to a firm, gently bitter and almost numbing grassy hop quality. However, the character is light and simple, with relatviely little flavour for the amount of hop presence.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.6/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a couple of 12oz cans of this beer on a flight to Los Angeles. It was probably the best of their beer offerings.

Appearance: crisp, clear golden hue with a thin layer of fizzy white head. It actually has a depth of color which I very much like, although the weak head was a bit unfortunate.

Smell: light, sweet malt aroma. Not as hoppy as the name of the brew might suggest. There's a sticky sweetness here which might be a bit over the top for some people, but I didn't think it was too bad.

Taste: sweet malt with a good bitterness. Hops are earthy and well-balanced. Again, the sweetness here may not be for everybody, but I think it played well with the other flavors.

Mouthfeel: medium body with an OK level of carbonation. Creaminess is surprisingly good, which I like.

Drinkability: tasty, if sweet, middle-of-the-road kind of beer. When I was drinking this, I thought it was a golden ale or maybe a cream ale, rather than a pale lager. I'd have it again.

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Photo of Beerbuddha
3.42/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received from promotion company for review on my blog.

Appearance: Black Star poured a clear, golden straw color with a huge, fluffy white head. Lacing was present throughout.

Smell: Instantly hit with malty sweetness with slight hints of spiciness from the hops.

Taste: This is definitely an all malt brew. Very crisp and clean flavors with hints of malty sweetness and a typical lager graininess.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean with a medium light body.

Overall: A solid lager. I was fortunate enough to receive both a sample in the bottle and a sample in the can and I would say the can tastes much better. Perfect for grilling out on those hot summer days. And at 4.6% abv a somewhat sessionable brew.

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Photo of MTHopHeaven
2.26/5  rDev -29.2%
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 chickencoop
3.1/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Spikester
3.46/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours pale amber with a one finger white head. No lacing. Aroma is spicy malts. Taste is rich malts with just a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is fine for a lager. Has a lot in common with some of the better Canadian macro lagers. Could use another dose of hops to make it stand out from the crowd a bit more. A baby step up from most U.S. macro lagers. It has a slightly dry bitter finish. Freshness date on bottle is 12/2010. About three months from now.

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Photo of BevMoAndrew
2.19/5  rDev -31.3%
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 JohnGalt1
3.87/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz can received as a nice gift tonight from Rick at Brewforia.. Thanks Buddy!! Poured into my Stone Old Guardian goblet.

Pours very clear polished gold... even a tad darker than gold... Thin white head dies really quickly.

Nose is more malty than I was expecting... plenty of pale malts... some background spicy hoppiness, but it is pretty faint.

Again the flavor is all about the malts.. very clean and tastes very fresh. grainy and hints of sweet malt but never "sweet"... hops are there, but only if you think about it. Nice body for the style.. you can tell that this is an all malt beer for sure... pretty crisp and refreshing... I would buy this anytime I wanted something sessionable... actually seriously reminds me of Full Sail's Session lager.

Thanks again Rick.

Edit: I reviewed this per style ... This is a good beer... Just don't think IPA just because it says "double hopped" on the side of the can.


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Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev -3.4%
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 beertunes
3.35/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Tyler for grabbing this for me on a recent trip to PDX. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a nice medium golden yellow with a thin cap of white head that had OK retention and lacing. The was nicely grainy, with a solid, but mellow, dose of hops. The flavor was also grain forward with a bit of a hop tang on the finish.

The body was surprisingly full, not heavy and a bit too sweet to be called crisp, and very enjoyable. Drinkability was pretty good, I could easily have these as my chore beer, or at a cookout if it were local to me. Overall, a solid and enjoyable brew that's worth a shot if you see it.

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Photo of JBogan
2.18/5  rDev -31.7%
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 trygger87
2.33/5  rDev -27%
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 popery
1.94/5  rDev -39.2%
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 largadeer
2/5  rDev -37.3%
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 beerguy101
1.94/5  rDev -39.2%
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 tavernjef
3.77/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Notes from a trip to S. Dakota and Wyoming May 2001 Purchased at Devils Tower, Wy

Color is clear golden yellow, small foaming head. Smell is dull and light, musty grass and some citrusy bitterness from hop. Taste is good though, smooth and hoppy, citrus and floral hops. Light and smooth, crisp and clean and citrusy sweet and bitter. Pretty good drinker.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown gold with a thick and creamy white head that lasts, lots of sticky lace, and a thick haze of fine bubbles that drift towards the surface. The label states "double hopped" and indeed, it is. The aroma is rich and hoppy with floral and sweet citrus notes as well. Taste begins with a slight sweetness, alcohol notes midway, and finishes with a crisp hop bitterness and bitter citrus flavors. An interesting change of pace.

Package reviewed was a 12 oz brown longneck with a twist-off cap, no freshness information.

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Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager from Great Northern Brewing Co. / Black Star Draught House
Beer rating: 3.19 out of 5 with 97 ratings
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