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Sunshine Wheat Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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765 Ratings
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Ratings: 765
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.03%
Wants: 11
Gots: 21 | 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:
IBU - 14
Hops - Target
Malts - Pale, Carapils, Wheat
OG - 13.4
Fruits/Spice - Orange Peel, Coriander

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-28-2002)
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dieriding

Wyoming

5/5  rDev +44.5%

11-23-2011 17:56:03 | More by dieriding
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mdvatab

Indiana

5/5  rDev +44.5%

11-18-2011 07:00:28 | More by mdvatab
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niceonebro

Florida

5/5  rDev +44.5%

01-04-2012 00:23:32 | More by niceonebro
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mdmoore

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +44.5%

01-04-2012 01:50:03 | More by mdmoore
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SavvyStudent

Texas

5/5  rDev +44.5%

10-30-2012 13:48:07 | More by SavvyStudent
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RBorsato

Virginia

4.83/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bright yellow, fairly clear (not a lot of sediment) with a good white head and good carbonation. Spicy aroma ! Very nice balanced spice and citrus flavor. Medium bodied and smooth for the style.

An excellent American example of a Belgian Witbier !

Label states: "Equal portions of wheat and barley malts" & "Spiced with Coriander and Orange Peel"

Best Before: 04/02/02
Tasted: 04/15/03

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2003 10:17:23 | More by RBorsato
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pinkysup

New York

4.75/5  rDev +37.3%

02-13-2014 23:19:43 | More by pinkysup
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NODAK

Tennessee

4.65/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Aroma here is mostly of lemon, and a bit of spiciness. Somewhat weak.

Taste is very crisp upfront, with a rush of lemon. The body is a mix of citrus, orange, and a healthy dose of coriander. It reminds me of a wit as far as the strength of the coriander, with a weaker orange character. I suppose it's as if they took a wit and mixed it with a summer citric beer. It wraps up with a bit of tartness. There is very little left over after the swallow; only some coriander.

It's actually very good, I'm impressed with it. This would probably go very well for a person who likes the flavors of a wit without all the sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 00:40:53 | More by NODAK
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MobBarley

Oregon

4.58/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Now, I'm not a Witbier guy by any stretch but I have noticed a bias against them among the American quaffing community, esp. as represented on the 'net. Enough editorializing: this is kind, kind beer, all talk of "style" aside. Pours a sparkling golden, sunny color that has a slight green cast. Feeble head, nil lacing. Certainly, appearane is the weak link of this brew's attributes.

The smell reaches out of the glass and throttles your olfactory system with a nice range of fruit (pears), mulled cider, and a hint of tangy oak. The added herbs make their presence know as well, adding a green, springtime aspect.

The taste is mild but multifaceted and oh so refreshing. There is the semi-substantial wheat, hanging there like warm bread over the other, more intruiging, flavors. The frutiness of the nose come through, but this time it is clear that the frutiness is the result of the orange peel. A citric, crisp hoppiness tickles my velum before a sweet, herbal finish chock-full of coriander. Truly, absolutely appetizing beer.

The mouthfeel is thin, but refreshing. The carbonation makes this behave more like a malty cider or something. Drinkability is nice, but beware the increasing mustiness as the room temp approaches.

This is exemplary beer, and towers above most of New Belgium's brews, even Fat Tire.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2004 01:31:06 | More by MobBarley
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CU570M

Washington

4.55/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think New Belgium did it right with this beer. I caught hints of fresh vegetables and citrus. Overall kind of earthy tasting but very fresh. Definately something i could drink on a hot day.

I drove about 30 minutes to get this beer and would gladly do it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 18:41:20 | More by CU570M
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markallmon

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

02-23-2013 22:18:31 | More by markallmon
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mtparty37

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

01-25-2012 21:00:25 | More by mtparty37
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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

12-13-2012 02:28:41 | More by mp54790
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jonathaniler

Florida

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

08-02-2013 07:30:46 | More by jonathaniler
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Michaeldmanley

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

09-21-2013 03:53:55 | More by Michaeldmanley
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schnay90

Missouri

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

01-18-2012 16:15:46 | More by schnay90
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Escsolo

Arizona

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

08-26-2012 05:48:23 | More by Escsolo
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robdip9

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

06-11-2013 16:47:11 | More by robdip9
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lovethewheat


4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

07-14-2012 12:46:33 | More by lovethewheat
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ssjkyle

Nebraska

4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

07-14-2012 04:02:28 | More by ssjkyle
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sproston33


4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

08-30-2012 05:35:15 | More by sproston33
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Vancer

Illinois

4.47/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Nice, nice, nice! Very lite golden yellow, with a lacey white head. Best before 6/9/06. Citrusy aroma with hints of orange, this one is looking good in my pilsner glass (oops, didn’t have any wheat glasses).

Fine, study taste – nice and wheaty with a solid malt backbone. That coriander and orange make this one into a fine summer brew. I’ll be getting more of these as the weather warms up. A proper bite in the mouth, and well carbonated.

Wifey really liked hers too; I can see us enjoying these on the deck as we watch the purple martins. New Belgium is available over here where I work in Missouri, but it doesn’t cross the Illinois border yet.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2006 14:21:11 | More by Vancer
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jyeast101

Colorado

4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Refreshing is the name of the game for one of the standards of excellence from New Belgium. Golden in color with a bright white head. Smells of citrus and spice evoke an image of taste. A great beer for a hot sunny day or picnic out on the Poudre River. One of the most drinkable beers I know. I goes down so easy. Almost too easy. If that's really possible.

Serving type: growler

11-18-2007 01:30:53 | More by jyeast101
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Bighuge

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Looks like apple juice. Clear, light golden with an almost lifeless amount of carbonation. Almost the perfect aroma for a wit. Not too perfumey. Just the right amount of orange and corriander spice. A little wheat. And a little lemon. Nice refreshing brew. Good spicing on the palate. Some wheat tang. Just the slightest bit of bitterness. More carbonated than it looks, but could use a little more. Medium body. Leaves the palate clean. Not bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2004 03:32:00 | More by Bighuge
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Boneheadmx

California

4.4/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours out to a nice straw yellow with a decent head. The smell is great, as hints of chocolate waft through the air. Other raters apparently smell citrus and rate the smell moderately so maybe I happened to get a special batch or something. Either way, this bottle of Sunshine smells very good.

The taste is decent, with hints of malts and citrus. It's not very hoppy. The mouthfeel is also pretty good, being medium bodied and smooth. All in all, a very drinkable beer. I will definitely get this beer again.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 02:45:24 | More by Boneheadmx
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Sunshine Wheat Beer from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 765 ratings.