Sunshine Wheat Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 835
Reviews: 363
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 15
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-28-2002

IBU - 14
Hops - Target
Malts - Pale, Carapils, Wheat
OG - 13.4
Fruits/Spice - Orange Peel, Coriander
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Photo of oberon
3.27/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color with not much head to speak of no sediment no nice fluffy head not very impressive.Aromas of toasted malt and coriander but not much of the fruitiness I was hoping for.Taste like the aroma alot of toasted malt and some light spiciness with the toasted flavor coming thru again in the finish with a very light wheatiness to it.Not much to this beer thought it might be a little better but decent for the porch on a warm day like today.

Photo of RoyalT
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow with a small head that quickly dissipates.

Smell – Almost no nose, but a faint fruit aroma if anything.

Taste – Light body with a fruity wheat flavor. Little to no hops and not a lot of depth to the malts. It finishes with a sweet, almost sour finish.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation gives this beer a nice feel on the tongue.

Drinkability – Definitely a summer beer, and the bottle will have to be very cold to enjoy it.

Comments – This is a light, fruity type of beer. The “wheat” in the name is misleading as it conjures weitzen and hearty malts.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Sunshine Wheat beer pours from the bottle a quite light hazy yellow with a sparse fizzy head of bubbles that quickly dies down to a small ring around the glass. Not exactly exciting. Aromas of light wheat husk and pale malts meld with a hefty blast of orange peel and lemon zesty coriander notes. A nice zippy spiciness here that's enjoyable.

First sip brings an upfront pale, wheaty maltiness that is a bit astringent. Forward citrusy orange peel is quite evident mid palate along with spicy notes of coriander and a hint of pepper on the way down. No real detectable hops here. Lingering coriander after each sip. Seems a bit muddled to me spice wise and the boring wheat background just doesn't do it for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fast moving carbonation that attacks the mouth. Goes down fairly easily but overall it doesn't grab me. The spiciness does kick it up a notch against most of the other bland pale wheat ales. Worth a shot but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. Thanks mentor for the opportunity.

Photo of Beaver13
2.17/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The Sunshine pours a clear light golden. It has a fizzy white head that quickly disappears.

Its aroma is yeasty and floral with slight hints of bready grain and citrus.

The flavor is very mild and somewhat bland...sweet malts, some yeast, a little orange and coriander with a slightly acidic crisp finish. It seems a little thin and watery.

Overall, this is not a very good wit. I have had better samples in the past, but even those are pretty mediocre.

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with some coriander and some orange peel notes. Smells like a witbier that is heavy on the coriander. The flavor is more of the same. Coriander is the predominant flavor although there is a little bit of orange and other fruit as well. There is some light pepper notes in the flavor also. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of bsp77
2.55/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint.

Appearance: Light straw with very thin head and no lacing. Almost has a grayish cast.

Smell: Mostly wheat, some light orange and coriander.

Taste: Strong wheat taste, with almost artificial orange. Light coriander on the finish as well as a wheaty "beer" aftertaste.

Feel: Not as crisp or effervescent as the light body should deliver. Poor off-dry finish.

Overall: New Belgium got rid of Mothership Wit and kept this shit? Seriously?

Photo of magictrokini
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, bright yellow pour with a light white head. Wheaty, grassy aroma with crystal malt and some metal. The taste is very light, lemony with the slight flavor of grass and wheat. Light mouthfeel compliments the taste very well. Good beer for a hot day.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little light. Good aroma, wheat and lemon for sure. Minimal hop aroma.

Taste, light, yet refreshing, kinda like what macro light beers are advertised as, but this one actually substantively backs it up. It's a girlfriend beer, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its place. Minimal ingredients I would guess, but in the right ratios. All the usual suspects, the lemon, the light hopping, the small amount of haziness.

I think it fits the bill just right if you want a pale wheat ale.

Photo of MOShepp
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw yellow with small frothy off-white head.

Aromas of citrus, bread and strawberries.

The coriander is very evident in the taste along with lemon, a little orange, clover and a spicey aftertste.

Tingles a little in the mouth which I found enjoyable, very crisp.

Very easy to drink, not the best wheat but worth having another.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden hue with a rather thin white head but it does leave behind thin strips of lacing between each sip. Aroma: Coriander blended with wheat bread sweetness some definite orange peel evident as well, a bit tame but nice and balanced. Taste: Incredibly refreshing with the smack your lips together sharp sweetness blended with the spices makes me happy a very refreshing tasty version of this style. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied strong carbonation blends well in the mouth has a nice texture going down adding to the drinkability. Drinkability: Summer wheat that can be enjoyed year round in my opinion this is excellent so drinkable and tasty, I am a fan.

Photo of OStrungT
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very light golden yellow. The head is white, but is nearly non existant. I see absolutely no laces. The beer looks like apple juice in a glass. Not cloudy like you would expect from a wheat beer. It smells fruity. I detect bananas, and lemon. Maybe a little honey also. It tastes like honey. It has a slight citrus taste to it also. The flavor is so mild that it is almost non existant. It is crisp, and refreshing. It leaves a slight honey taste on the palate. It goes down smooth. It is carbonated well. This beer would make a good session beer if you dont like beer. It has so little flavor, that it is boring. You could drink a case by your self with no problem. This one is not worth your time or money. I will probably never drink this beer again.

Photo of aschwab
2.81/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was not impressed whatsoever with this beer. Did not pour like a wheat beer should have, too filtered as well. Not really any cloudiness to the beer. Tastes weak compared to other wheat beers. Smell resembles a wheat beer, but nothing too special.

I am more of a fan of cloudier beers, ones with more flavor than this. Overall, I was disappointed by New Belgiums showing on this beer.

Photo of rastaman
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear pale yellow, little lasting head, but with some lace. Citrus and coriander in the aroma. Palate is sweetish, but a balanced sweetness, slightly spicy, and softly citric, tasty, but i had higher hopes for this beer, still, well balanced, refreshing, i liked it.

Photo of rugbyfan13
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into my Aventinus glass.

Appearance: Very pale straw golden color. Quarter of an inch white head that disappears with the first sip to a thin cover. Very obvious carbonation.

Smell: Light wheat, unimpressive, slight amounts of citrus, apple, and pear.

Taste: Light, watery, some wheat and citrus.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation was palpable yet still kind of smooth.

Drinkability: I could have a few of these, definitely thirst quenching.

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

A clear straw pale gold brew with a wispy white head that settles early. The aroma had some citrus but I could not pick up the coriander promised on the label.

The flavor had a hint of sweetness and was quite refreshing.
After tasting some Belgian witbiers this American Wheat was not a standout- while it may have been in sync with style.

I have enjoyed all of the other New Belgium offerings but won't go out of my way for this one.

Photo of BittRnessabounds
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was hoping for some haziness in his beer, but I found none. Sunshine pours clear as well…..sunshine. A very clear straw color, and really looks like a decent lager, which is too bad considering it is a wheat. The smell was light and crisp with a bit of graininess. There wasn't a whole lot to the taste in this beer. It tasted like a watered down wheat. There was a very subtle hint of spices that were so weak I couldn't place them. I was hoping to find some complex yeast flavors, but found none. The bottle says it was brewed in Belgian wheat tradition, but how can that be if they don't bother with the secondary fermentation. All in all this seems sort of like the diet coke of wheat beers. If you want something light and refreshing, that isn't a lager, this is for you, but if you want an interesting and tasty wheat beer look elsewhere.

Photo of watermelonman
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This poured to a decent pale gold and yellow color with a modest head. It's not leaving much lace behind.

Banana-like esters do come through, in the smell as well as the taste. Typical citrus flavors come out in the flavor as well. The mouthfeel could use some more body, but is easy to get along with.

It's light and refreshing, with a little Belgian snap to it.

Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, at the New Belgium bar in Denver International Airport.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of puffy and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some minor island group lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of gritty wheat malt, hard water minerals, musty coriander, weak generic citrus rind, faintly funky yeast, and mild earthy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy wheat, earthy coriander, understated fleshy orange, ethereal white pepper, a touch of isolated caramel, and somewhat phenolic yeast.

The carbonation is moderate, if quite frothy at times, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, though perhaps a tad watery. It finishes off-dry, with the wheaty malt and muddled spices persisting.

A kind of plain wheat beer, the attempts to Wit(icize) it, while not overly successful, working well for me now, as the week has been rather summery in Denver, and this hits the spot as my last brew here for another year.

Photo of GilGarp
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I noticed that the two lowest ranked regularly available NB beers (this and Skinny Dip) both had identical scores and only 25 reviews difference between them. After just trying the skinny dip, lets see how Sunshine compares.

Best before 9/9/09

This one served from a can into a pint glass. Pours a pale straw yellow with good clarity and thin head. No retention or lacing on this one.

Aroma is mild and lacks any outstanding characteristics. There might be a little sweet citrus in there, maybe some lemon.

Flavor is pretty good. It has more of that sweet lemon, corriander, and wit beer spice.

Mouthfeel is clean, well balanced, nicely carbonated, lacking in body.

Overall a very drinkable summer beer but not something I would go to regularly. I think this one would just get the nod over SD.

Photo of Magpie14
2.56/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: interestingly enough, I recently took part in the consumption of the Hoptober beer and virtually no difference in hue is noticeable. Maybe this Sunshine Wheat is a touch lighter in saturation. I would swear I am drinking an American Macro/Adjunct lager by the look of things. The body is fizzy and a transparent white yellow. The head consists of bone-white fizz and lacing has some presence and is by far the best feature

S: the smell is virtually non-existent. I maybe gather sugary lemons and oranges and water logged toasted wheat accents. Let us hope that the flavor delivers a little more

T: gleam of hope deciphered by the nose was cut short. The flavors quickly drench the taste buds and are quickly washed away. I am left with a highly carbonated zip of watery lemons, coriander, and meagerly spiced hops. It seems that what flavors exist could be good. But where did they go? Toasted notes are in the mix as well

M: snappy, bright, and carbonated. Very crisp and has ample summery feel on a hot day. Body is light and weak with no lasting presence. Big gulps induces watery eyes...

D: you probably could drink these all night long...light ABV% and light flavor, but why? I pass on this brew and deem it my worst New Belgium experience yet. I have not had this bad of an experience since I watched that Ronald Reagan film

Photo of cokes
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden with tiny grains of suspended sediment. Like sand in the tide. Plump white sea foam atop.
Tart and lemony aroma, with pricks of coriander.
Crisp and spicy up front, but seemingly dilute. Watery citrus peel and coriander notes mix with a wafer-like malt. Turns increasingly tart as lemon-rind flavors take control. Hopping (whatever there is) seems to accentuate the lemon impression.
Active, lively carbonation make this a good one to wash out the throat with on a steamy day. But all told, it is a middle of the road Wit.

Photo of RockyTopHeel
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted 12/28 at the Minturn Country Club.

This beer epitomizes the characteristics of some wits that I can't think of any word better to describe than "vegetabley," though I suppose, technically, that's not really a word.

My Sunshine was a strong straw colored beer with a pure white head and a strong aroma of wheat and the aforementioned vegetables (carrots comes to mind, though that's not exactly right). A nice dry finish follows, with hints of sweetness feathered around the edges.

Reminds me a lot of Blue Moon, but probably better--though I haven't had a Blue Moon recently enough to really compare.

Solid, but I don't know if I like my beers vegetabley...

Photo of ChopperSmith
2.62/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into standard pint glass

Appearance: Very clear golden yellow color. Nice foamy head that didn't last long, but left nice lacing.

Smell: Citrus and spices with sweet whiffs of wheat.

Taste: The orange and spices are right up front, but subtle. Wheaty and sweet, but very subtle and light tasting. Not bad, but not breaking any new ground here either. Not crazy about the spice aftertaste.

Mouth feel: Nicely carbonated and light.

Drinkability: Not bad, but I wouldn't seek it out again. It's a pretty run of the mill light wheat beer.

Photo of Golden2wenty1
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Single brought back from Lake Havasu City, AZ over spring break.

Pours an almost neon straw yellow with a cm of snow white head that fades instantly. Nose is a weak mix of cracker, lemon juice, ground pepper and a hint of coriander. Taste is slightly acidic, a bit spicy, a little citrus sweet, yet overall uninspiring, even for an APWA. Mouthfeel is very thin and watery, very little body to speak of. A rather uninspiring stab at a lawnmower beer. Not bad, but not impressive in any way either. Yawn.

Photo of secondtooth
4.19/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale and cloudy, with a huge fizzy head of white foam.
Scent is lush and delicious, with ripe banana, lemon, and yeasty bread coming to mind.
Taste is sweet, but nicely subtle, with accents of spice. A superb wheat beer, with an easy, low-key character.
Delicious and quite drinkable!

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Sunshine Wheat Beer from New Belgium Brewing
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