Sunshine Wheat Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 359
Hads: 840
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 9.22%
Wants: 13
Gots: 59 | 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 JamesMN
2.99/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Neon yellow and crystal clear. Poured a three finger white head that quickly fizzled away.

Aroma: Bready and sweet wheat surrounded by a light blend of spices and something akin to orange peel.

Taste: Pretty much as expected from the nose. Starts with a sort of bland malty flavor that slowly develops a bready character. There is a very light hoppyness to the palate throughout that keeps the experience light and refreshing. The spices are a bit masked in the flavor but that might be for the best as some spices tend to be cloying, especially clove. The overall balance leans towards more sweet than anything else and comes off as very pedestrian. However, it is impressive that at 4.8% ABV there is never a watery moment.

Mouthfeel: Between thin and medium in body with average carbonation. Above average drinkability and sessionable if you're not particularly interested in drinking the most flavorful brew.

Final Thoughts: New Belgium Sunshine Wheat was one of the first beers I ever had that I truly enjoyed drinking. Now, a few years later and having tried hundreds of different beers, it comes off as rather bland and unremarkable. I'd recommend it for those just getting into craft beer. Would I drink it again? No. (1,241 characters)

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Karl Strauss pint glass
From: VONS in Normal Heights (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $12.97 (w/ VONS card) for a Folly 2002 revival 12-pack
Purchased: May 14, 20113
Consumed: May 20, 2013
Misc.: Best by Aug. 25, 2013

Poured straw pale clear color, almost green, with one finger of khaki white head. Some spots of lacing on the sides, albeit light. Average retention on the top.

Pleasant smell to kick things off with orange, orange rind, coriander, lemon, lime zest and wheat grass, all with noted Belgian spices.

Tasted not quite as good as the smell. Still got coriander, orange peel, orange, lime, lemon, wheat grass and sugary cereal. Still some Belgian spices. Not as clean and crisp it.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt finish.

This beer didn’t grow on me. In fact, it was the opposite. I suppose it would be a good summer brew though. (903 characters)

Photo of kshizzle101
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber poured into pint glass

A - pale yellow in color, 2 inch head, doesnt last long, can see a lot of carb

S - straw, orange, coriander/floral notes, spicy

T - some spicyness, dry malts, grassy. hint of orange and and a bite of hops on the after taste.

M - light bodied, good carb. easy and refreshing to drink. as it should be

Overall - above average, but not spectacular. goes down easy (400 characters)

Photo of CardiacNP
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sunshine Wheat by New Belgium

Aroma citrus and maybe a hit of coriander. But something in the smells seems a bit strange. Not bad yet different

Appearance pale clear gold color with a nice think white 2 finger head. Light lacing on the glass

Taste a mild american wheat beer with orange/leomon flavors along with the coriander. Also an little apple flavor on the back end

Mouthfeel moderate carbonation mildly viscus that clings a little to the tongue

Overall a "ok" wheat style beer Mild flavor, drinkable But Nothing "WOW" (534 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

New Belgium Sunshine Wheat has a very thick, fluffy, off-white head, a clear, quite bubbly, straw appearance, and a good amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma and flavor are faint and dull, but one picks up a hint of spice and citrus (more lemon than orange, really) and bread. The taste is of white bread and tap water (a commonality for many wheat beers, I find). Mouthfeel is light and watery, and New Belgium Sunshine Wheat finishes crisp, refreshing, easy-drinking, and humdrum. Overall, this is at the lowest rung of what can be called "good", so check it out if you like bland beverages.

RJT (607 characters)

Photo of DavidST
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, best before Dec 23, 2012. This pours a clear light yellow color with a mid sized white head which leaves a light lacing. The smell is light and of lemon, spice, wheat. The feel is medium light mid carbonination. The taste is okay, a little light, mild bitterness, lemon, lemon peels, spices. (337 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Two fingers of head. A clear, light straw colored body.
Smell is faint, lemon and orange if anything.
Light taste overall. Mild bitterness. The spices are just in the background, which accents the flavor well.
Texture is light and moderate carbonation.
A good "gateway" craft beer, but I probably won't find myself drinking it again. (334 characters)

Photo of chugalug06
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Two-finger, soft white, foamy head. Brew is perfectly clear yellow.

Lots of lemon and spice. Wheat stands out too along with orange and coriander.

Super smooth and refreshing. Light carbonation. Lacking depth and interesting flavor beyond the initial orange peel that smacks your tongue. A bit on the thin and weak side of things.. Spice could stand to be a lot heavier and more wheated.

Refreshing for a hot summer day! Highly recommended! (445 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
4.23/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a New Belgium globe. The beer is a crystal clear golden, with bubbles constantly rising from the bottom. A white head recedes to film and a concentrate circle of foam in the center. Light lacing makes rings on the glass. The beer smells fresh, and mainly of light lemony notes. A touch of orange peel. The beer tastes very refreshing, light and zesty. It has a nice mellow grassy, wheat body with a crisp finish, and coriander can be detected. Just enough of a citrus pinch to remind you of the zesty orange peel. Mouthfeel is light bodied and clean.

Overall, simply a clean, easy-to-session summer wheat beer. I have no problems giving this one high marks. Hardly any faults. (689 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a creamy but thin white head and hazy pale yellow color. Aroma is strong coriander and citrus with some grainy wheat blended in. Flavor corresponds to aroma with orange, pepper, lemon and dry wheat and biscuity "New Belgium" malt flavors. No discernible hop character. Mouthfeel is light and refreshing. Overall this is a delicious beer that I hope to have more of this summer. (390 characters)

Photo of bsp77
2.55/5  rDev -26.5%
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? (484 characters)

Photo of ByMySword
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a very citrusy look, retaining a slightly golden-orange color, albeit cloudy as are most wheat beers. It retained about a 1 inch head.

Smell: The smell was contained a very light wheat smell that was very pleasant to the senses.

Taste: The taste was dominated by wheat and citrus.

Mouthfeel: This beer had a very light feel and is a perfect summer beer to drink on hot summer days. It wasn't too thick, but wasn't watered down either.

Overall: I enjoyed drinking this beer. It is perfect for drinking all day, and if it was a little lower in alcohol content, would make a perfect session beer if based on the tasting experience alone. (665 characters)

Photo of onewetpaw
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Muted spice. Overall not much of a nose on this one.

A- Light blond with a very slight haze. Thin white head that dissipates quickly.

F- The coriander is definitely there, but subtle. I taste the slightly tart character of the wheat, but none of the clove flavors you see in at Wit.

M- Nice full body and almost thick mouthfeel. The carbonation is average. A little more might help this one come alive.

O- A pleasant beer. The subdued nature of the spice is just right. I like the added complexity without getting the impression of chewing on a mouthful of coriander. A nice wheat beer. I'd drink another bottle for sure. (631 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very pale yellow for a wheat. Looks a lot like a Belgian wit. Kind of flat overall, but the color makes up for this.

Smell: Nice floral notes to accompany a yeasty background. More than enough lemon in the initial head.

Taste/Mouthfeel: This has flavor elements of a European pilsener, but definitely the heavy feel of a wheat. I wish the flavors were a bit stronger, but the mouthfeel is clean.

Overall Drinkability: A nice combination that I wish were a bit more forceful. (489 characters)

Photo of TheFlern
3.06/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale straw color. White head. Good amount of head forms and laces well.

Smell: Faint wheat and spice.

Taste: Nice and light.

Mouthfeel: Thin with a good amount of carbonation.

Overall: An easy drinking beer served best cold on a warm day. (255 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -2%
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 (532 characters)

Photo of Merkur
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice clear straw color. There is a good bit of carbonation and a bit of foam in the head.

Beer smells very faintly of orange peel and whear.

As far as the taste, the beer tastes almost exactly like lemon fruit loops. Sweet and very lemony.

Moutfeel is extremely thin and carbonated. A bit too watery. (316 characters)

Photo of Dmart1223
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very refreshing. This is my go-to beer to eat with pizza - don't ask me why.

The beer pours a bright, crisp yellow with plenty of carbonation. Without the light, fluffy head, it would look like a glass of Chardonnay. It smells like sweet fresh citrus.

The taste is very light, with a hint of bubbly, maltiness all the way through. A slight citrus sweetness comes in the middle and leaves a pleasant aftertaste when you're done.

Overall, it's easy drinking with enough complexity to make it memorable, but not world-class. (526 characters)

Photo of mjurney
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance:
Straw color, slight hazy. Lots of bubbles rising. Small head that disappear.

Aroma:
Light, crisp, wheaty.

Taste:
Very light in flavor. Wheaty, slight fruity, bubblegum, crisp spicy finish.

Body:
Thin, watery, fizzy.

Nothing really special, slightly decent brew. (277 characters)

Photo of WastingFreetime
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Light pale straw in color, semi hazy, light fluffy two finger head that sticks around for a while but only leaves behind minimal lacing. Smells mostly of fresh orange/lemon peel and coriander, maybe a slight hint of nutmeg once allowed to warm up for a while. Flavor is also dominantly made up of lemon peel and wheat malts with a coriander finish, texture is crisp, clean, and buoyantly carbonated. Memorable for being one of the most "lemony fresh" pale wheat ales I've ever had, and for a great mouthfeel. (538 characters)

Photo of gtermi
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: This pours a pretty pale gold, with a thick white head that leaves a little bit of lace on the glass as it fades.

S: LOTS of coriander and orange peel. There is a bit of wheat in the nose too, but the orange is very dominant.

T: This is a very easy light beer (not lite). It has a decent amount of wheat, but the beer has a very strong orange flavor.

M: This is the part of the beer that doesn't impress. There is a bit of crispness on the back of the mouth and on the tongue. It leaves a very weird dry feeling in your mouth.

O: This is just an okay beer. I could see me drinking it on a hot summer day, but other than that it is not anything special. (660 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4.3/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle to pint glass.

A - The beer pours a clear golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head with decent retention and lacing throughout.

S - A pleasant aroma of lemon zest, coriander spice, slightly toasted malts, a mild citrus hop character, and sweetness.

T - The beer starts off with a toasted malt character immediately followed by a blend of lemon, orange, coriander, and malty sweetness. The beer finishes clean and crisp with a nice mellow citrus hop flavor and bitterness. Very good.

M - The beer is nice and crisp and extremely refreshing. Light bodied and nice carbonation.

D - Absolutely.

Overall, this is a perfect beer for refreshment on a nice summer day. Very good. I will buy it again and would recommend.

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-23-2011 14:16:27 (941 characters)

Photo of phenomenologian
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Upon opening some smoke lingers. Upon pouring in a nice beer glass it looks like you are pouring water. It pours a 1/2 finger white head that laces a bit and does not retain well. The body is pretty pale and transparent. Bubbles rise to the top. It looks like Ginger Bee... not real appetizing in appearance. Maybe the taste will say differently just like with the Ginger Bee...after tasting it opinions changed.

It smells of wheat. It has nice wheat smells to it which makes it seem a little more appetizing than previously thought. It also smells of pepper and citrus. The citrus is really subtle but the pepper is subtle in a different way but intertwines with the wheat making it smell pretty pleasing even though its faint and I would have liked the aroma to be more strong or robust.

It has a pretty good taste to it. It tastes of course of wheat but tastes that follow include pepper (the bottle says its coriander but I cannot tell the difference it just tastes like Im drinking pepper but in a nice way), citrus (this comes in as an aftertaste that comes in and is less subtle than in the aroma but still real subtle, and finally barley (it was a surprising thing to encounter as I wasn't expecting this one but then I read the bottle and it said its brewed with barley malts). Together it taste peppery but it comes together nicely. Its not my favorite but its still pleasurable.

For drinkability its pepperiness and carbonation makes it have a bite and not soo soo smooth. The mouthfeel is still good enough that it works with the beer and can still be enjoyed.

Overall, it has some nice flavors and aromas but its not my favorite and I may or may not come back to this one. The pepperiness is something Im not familiar with...but thats just me. Give this one a try though as its definitely worth trying. (1,820 characters)

Photo of Jra1985
3.92/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A-Vibrant yellow straw color with a one finger head with an average retention and lacing.

S-Smell of wheat and some citrus aromas. Very pleasing to the nose.

T-Tastes of wheat and some citrus flavors. Some spices are present as well. Tastes pretty good.

M-Good carbonation a light bodied. Goes down smooth.

O-This is a decent wheat beer. Very reasonably priced and I would drink this over a Boulevard Wheat any day. (460 characters)

Photo of blakelive784
1.95/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz can served in a pint glass, reviewed live -

A - presents a pale, transparent, straw golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Mediocre at best.

S - crisp wheat, spice. Honey and subtle citrus. Really mild in strength, put pleasant.

T - lemon grass over a pale barley and wheat foundation. The lemon is the most prevailing flavor in an otherwise watery beer. Weak.

M - entirely too smooth and wet for a wheat.

D - an easy drinker, but not one is have again. (494 characters)

Sunshine Wheat Beer from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.