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Sunshine Wheat Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 822
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 15
Gots: 46 | 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 spycow
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best before 10/27/13.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and subdued spice and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with slight citrus and spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the aromas and flavors are pretty subdued all around.

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light yellow color. White head and not much lacing. The nose is really quite plain. There are a few light notes of orange and lemon; maybe a tad bit of spice. The taste is slight malt with a bit of sugar. Light orange character. Feel is light and somewhat refreshing. Another very plain offering out of them; quite disappointing.

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A: Clear and straw yellow. Thin head. Not much lace

S: biscuit and bread with a little bitter note

T: very light but with a nice lemon zest finish. Otherwise has more of a macro light lager taste.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: Too much of a macro light for me. Drinkable none the less and not as watery as a macro lager.

Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear pale golden color with a foamy head that sticks well and shards the glass with lace

Smell: Bready malt with a bit of coriander and some orange citrus

Taste: Starts out with a honey wheat bread flavor that is joined, mid-palate by the spices - coriander and orange peel; not as powerful as a wit, however, even though the same spices are used; after the swallow, the spices fade and the honey bread elements re-emerge through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another of New Belgium's highly drinkable lighter styles

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.39/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden colored beer with a medium head with average retention. Aroma is quite strong on the coriander and orange peel side and a bit weak on the wheat side. I think just a bit more balance would have been appreciated. The Coriander and the orange peel, which lent a funky feeling, also overpower taste. Carbonation is a bit too thin and body is just above average. This is not a bad beer just not what was expected.

Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bright yellow, or at least more yellow than amber. The head is eggshell white in color and leaves nothing more than a short collar of lace that follows the beer down the glass.

The aroma is very nice for a witbier; it's more candied lemony and orangy than most. There's also an appealing soft wheatiness that is, thankfully, superceded by citrus. The more I smell Sunshine Wheat, the more I like it.

Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't deliver on what the nose promised; primarily because the body/mouthfeel doesn't measure up. What mild wheatiness and orange/lemon flavor reaches the tastebuds is quickly washed away. And I don't appreciate any coriander at all. The flavor is enjoyable, there just isn't enough of it.

I get the feeling that there's a pretty decent witbier lurking in here somewhere if New Belgium would only let it out. Sunshine Wheat Beer is drinkable in a thirst quenching sort of way, but if you drink primarily for flavor, you're sure to be disappointed.

[note: the style has since been changed to American Pale Wheat Ale, which explains a lot]

Photo of mikesgroove
3.36/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice three inch high head of white foam, fizzled out after just a few moments and then finally left behind nothing, no side glass lace to speak of either. Good carbonation bubbling up throughout the session. The aroma was extremely light. Some floral hops, hints of lemon, and grass, and a touch of wheat were about all you were picking up. Had nice bright profile though.

The flavor was much more of the same, with a very bright, and appropriate for summer taste. There was a decent hint of orange rind and lemon in the back, with a nice rounded wheat flavor, nothing shocking or extraordinary here though.The feel was very light and highly carbonated. Crisp, and clean with little in the way of aftertaste. Nice beverage for a hot day, This ties in here as well, as it was just very light, with low abv and just that slightest bit of citrus to make it pop. It could have easily been something that you have multiples of for sure.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not real impressed with this one. super light cloudy whiteish yellow pale color with a short white head that doesnt last long. smells lemony and yeasty and the flavor matches. extraordinarily light on the tongue in the mouth, similar in feel to their mothership wit. lots of carbonation. low abv makes it sessionable, but its got a funky rindy sort of aftertaste that makes it funny in the stomach after a few. not new belgium's best product, but i suppose it satisfies those looking for a shocktop style beer from a craft operation

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 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 zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pour into a pint glass, it was highly carbonated with a straw yellow color and a small, bubbly, white head. There were small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and orange. Also, a nice wheat and yeast aroma.

T - It tasted of wheat with some bitter hop spice. There was also a citrus kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a really easy drinking wheat beer. A nice session brew.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

There seems to be no real dearth of "Summer style" beers in Winter. Hmm... This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a bit more than a finger of white froth. The nose comprises lemon zest, cardamom, a lot of cracked black pepper, and white bread. The taste does not deviate from this prescribed path, though a slight mild sour crick wanders through along the base of the mountain. (Imagery, yeah!) The body is pretty light, with a very light carbonation and a smooth, nearly watery feel. Overall, a nice bit o' APWA, though I could see some not appreciating the pepper as I do.

Photo of nickfl
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

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

Acquired via trade from RickSawyer, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, coriander spice and citrus (orange & lemon) with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is fruity and spicy with flavors of orange, lemon & coriander, but there’s also a little bit of a sour quality to it, with a decent background of wheat. The malt character is very light and there’s not much of a hops presence. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style but leans toward being a Witbier. This one is definitely worth drinking for a long time if you want something light, but it might not necessarily be my first choice.

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 MarkyMOD
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured from a bottle into a New Belgium beer glass because you would too if you were as awesome as I am, this was an extra in a recent trade with mizzouguy. Thanks!

Beer is super light yellow and clear with a nice white head of small bubbles, some lacing, moderate carbonation.

Aroma is spicy, like heather and flowers. Nice.

Beer is light in body and sweet on the front with a mild grainy finish. Overall it is an interesting beer but not a favorite of mine. I like it but I don't know how much of it I would buy. Midpalate is a little flowery, fruity, mild yeast, overall just a decent beer, nothing special.

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.85/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Color is a clear, pale yellow, with a small white head. Aroma spills over with lemon, straw, a hint of spice and sea-air. Palate is soft, lush, and smooth. But hops are tiny, malt is minimal. Very little in texture and body, and the taste, though good, fades swiftly.
The foam tastes good, though!
All the pleasure in this beer lie in the aroma, the smooth drinkability, and,um, that's it. It's easily downable, but largely forgettably, I'm afraid. It tastes, for a while, like a witbier, but lacks the complexity and texture I enjoy in better versions of that style, Why did they take the yeast out, I wonder? Would make a fine "lawnmower" beer, better in that regard than a Bud, but to really enjoy a beer, I'll turn to an unfiltered weizen or wit.
(Thanks to jeffboo for procuring the bottle)

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Sunshine Wheat Beer from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 822 ratings.