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RATINGS: 80   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.56   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 15   EST. CALORIES: 138   ABV: 4.6%
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A delightful alternative to mainstream American lagers; our flagship beer, Black Star Golden Lager is a full bodied traditional American beer. Our unique double hopping process gives this beer a pronounced hop aroma and a crisp refreshing finish.


3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
jake65 (2601) - Williston, North Dakota, USA - NOV 12, 2011
I find it amusing how reading through some of the ratings people had high expectations for this pale lager solely for the reason its being brewed by a micro brewer, only to be let down by the fact its still a pale lager. If anything, I was biased the other way. In fact I distinctly remember when my coworker brought this back from Whitefish thinking ‘Oh, cool a friggin pale lager. Of all the other things he could have picked, why oh why did he pick the pale lager?’ Nevertheless I had six chances to come up with something to type up. With a deep golden color that is bright and clear, a fluffy white head sits atop for only a minute or two. Aroma is more or less light floral hops and some lager malt, no real surprises here. Taste is clean and crisp, hops and lager malt. No grain or grassiness, no metallic twang. Not what I’d order on a regular basis, but if you’re comparing to style the 90th percentile is just.

2.1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
celogan (201) - Oroville, California, USA - OCT 30, 2011
Got this at Grocery Outlet, a six pack of bottles for 5.99. Dissappointing. This poured a dark amber with a head that dissappeared pretty rapidly and balrely stuck around. Lacing was noticible, but not much presence. Aroma was slight malt, not much to it. Flavor was light toasted malt and the so-called double hopped recipe was barely noticable. Mouthfeel was pretty much on the watery side. Carbonation was okay. It is drinkable, but given the price I’d rather drink PBR or Schlitz Original.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - AUG 31, 2011
12oz can into a Black Star mason jar. Deep golden color with brilliant clarity and a fizzy white head that dissipates relatively quickly. The aroma is mostly wet straw and a touch of grass with slight sweet bread and green apple. The flavor has a touch of spicy hops in the finish, proceeded by a light malty sweetness and mild carbonic acidity. Not a lot of definition or malt flavor overall. The aftertaste is mostly soda water and is relatively short and clean. Light in body, but not as light as the macro American lagers. Pretty lacking in distinction and flavor for a product from a smaller brewery, and not overwhelmingly better than the big boys at an American pale lager. I don’t really see the utility of this.

2.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
nickd717 (3480) - San Francisco, California, USA - AUG 12, 2011
12oz can. Clear golden in color with a small white head, a little on the fizzy side. The aroma has sweet malt, honey, corn, and mild unexciting hop notes. Pretty standard and rather bland flavor. Pale malt, corn, honey, and hop bitterness. Lighter on the mouthfeel with average carbonation, maybe a bit more. Not impressed. Thought this would be better.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - AUG 5, 2011
Sampled in a 12oz bottle. This beer is big on grains and big on malts. Not much in the way of hops. A nice smooth brew.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
poisoneddwarf (1705) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - JUL 29, 2011
12 oz can into Sam Adams lager glass. Now this beer brings back some memories. Haven’t seen this around since the early 2000s. Pours clear gold with a large white head with great retention. Aromas include creamed corn, cereal grain, SweeTarts, sour cherry jam. Taste is sweet and grainy and a bit salty. Carbonation is high, body is light. Has a bit of a tart finish. Bland, but not as bland as most of these types of beers.

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
cavbeerscout (25) - Washington, USA - JUL 22, 2011
pretty good beer, I can get drunk with this while playing call of duty or gears of war 2 soooooo I like it, taste pretty good

2.3
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zymurgeist2 (984) - Redwood City, California, USA - JUN 20, 2011
Massive cereal grain and corn on the nose. Some metal as well. Clear gold is nice, but white head is almost nonexistent for a lager. Not much of the hops at all on nose or palate. Taste or cereal with carbonic bite halfway through. Some slight floral hop at the very finish.

1.7
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 6/20
SDalkoholic (2145) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JUN 12, 2011
Aluminum can from 7-11: Poured with a thin layer of foam head that was very fizzy and eventually broke down leaving behind a pale golden liquid. In the nose, there is a mild aroma of cheap hop pellets if even that along with some weak caramel scented malts. The flavor is intensely sweet with sugar and reminds me a lot of an ice tea, but at the same time, this also tastes a lot like an apple cider. Carbonation is not even existent and the drink falls flat and bland. Poor excuse for beer, I should have just bought a Tecate.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BeerLimey (2154) - California, USA - MAY 31, 2011
[Bottle] Clear copper color, decent head formation. Clean grainy, bubblegum aroma. Straightforward lightly grainy palate, a little hop bite in the finish. Slightly better than average macro alternative.


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