North coast brewing co. ‘blue star’ wheat beer


image“Brewed in the style of the American Craft Beer renaissance, Blue Star is unfiltered, the yeast adding a complex note to the flavor profile.”

Served in a weizen glass. Pours a hazy straw gold with a light orange hue. Topping it off is a finger’s worth of dense white foam that holds together quite well but eventually settles to a fine layer on top. Standard lacing being omitted. Subtle wheat aromas with wafts of yeasty banana, lemon, orange blossom and some spicy peppery/clove notes. Silky smooth in the mouth with a creamy texture. Carbonation levels are medium and the body is light on and super sessional. Very little in terms of wheat flavours (we just had to double check we’re drinking a wheat beer) we’re getting slight hints of sour/tart lemon, spice and some bready/doughy malts on entry. Through the mid the spicy notes become more prevalent as a hint of grain develops late, leading to a light, citrus finish with reasonable length. It’s unfiltered so there’s a bit of suspended sediment so either give the bottle a bit of a roll before opening or watch your pour. In summary it’s a pretty uninspiring beer. It wouldn’t go too badly on a scorching day with a seafood lunch, but other than that it’s a little mundane.