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Sunshine Wheat Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 15
Gots: 49 | 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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Ratings: 826 | Reviews: 359
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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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5/5  rDev +44.9%

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4.8/5  rDev +39.1%
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

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4.75/5  rDev +37.7%

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4.72/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Used to drink on these wheat beers all the time. Haven't been able to find them as of recently.

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4.6/5  rDev +33.3%
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.

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4.54/5  rDev +31.6%
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.

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4.52/5  rDev +31%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +30.4%

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Photo of Vancer
4.45/5  rDev +29%
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.

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4.44/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

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Sunshine Wheat Beer from New Belgium Brewing
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