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Monday, April 4th 2011

Black Star Golden Lager
(Great Northern Brewing Company)



The nice folks from Great Northern Brewing Company were kind enough to send me some cans of their Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager, their one and only canned offering. They've now released this brew in both 12 and 24 oz. cans and I have to say I like the weight of a 24 oz. can! I owe them a big thank you and an apology for it taking me so long to get this post up! Cheers and thank you Charlotte!

From the Great Northern Brewing site:


"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."

Here we go...


Pour - very clean, very clear light golden or straw color. Almost an inch or stark white foam on top. The head on this looks quite nice and leaves some lacing as it fades away. Nice little bubbles streaming upwards.

Aroma - the aroma is subtle, a bit of mashed grain, some grassy notes, some straw/hay as well as slight citrus. 


Taste - very crisp, clean flavors. This lager has a nice malty, almost toasty, taste upfront and a nice bite in the finish. The carbonation levels are spot on and make this beer quite refreshing. No real hop presence, more honey and caramel sweetness and almost no aftertaste. 


Overall - No, the double hopping doesn't provide this beer much in the way of hoppiness but this is a nice example of a lager that is well brewed with a nice malt profile and a clean, crisp finish. Well done. I'd like to go to Whitefish, Montana and try some of their other brews some time.


Would I buy more of it? - perhaps I would. I'd imagine this has a nice price point and in the summer a few cold cans of these would be a nice way to start the evening next to a campfire. 


Note - Started by Minott Wessinger, the great-great grandson of famous brewer Henry Weinhard, the Great Northern brewery was built in 1994 to brew Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager as its flagship beer. Black Star beer quickly became a local and regional favorite. Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager is available in both 12- and 24-oz. cans as well as on draught. You can also try a number of their other beers on draught at their brewery in Whitefish, Montana.       


Can Scale:
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Black Star Double Hopped Golden Lager
~ 12 oz.
Style: American Pilsner
Brewery: Great Northern Brewing Company
Whitefish, Montana  
United States  
Container: 12 and 24 oz. cans
Malts: 2 row malted barley
Hops: 80% Mittelfruh and 20% Czech Saaz
ABV: 4.6%
IBUs: 15
Date: April 4th, 2011

Posted by Russ

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Labels: Lagers, Pilsners