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Sunshine Wheat Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 823
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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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.

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3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13%

Photo of ColSanders
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of dcscientist
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%

I'm not a wheat beer fan, but this one is probably the most popular one from a craft brewery here in Colorado. I tried one just to see what all the fuss was about, and it's fine, but nothing spectacular. Good when it's hot outside, like most wheats.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

Photo of MJHolsey
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%

Appearance (3.5) : pours a hazy banana yellow body with three fingers of stable lacing at the top.

Smell (3.5) : banana peel, some old pineapple, a sugary sour aroma overall. A little wheat in the background.

Taste (3) : Fresh wheat, honey, a little green apple skin, coriander, with a generous spicy bite. A little banana on the finish. What can I say, it tastes like a wheat beer. A bit fruity, but nothing exceptional. It ends a bit stale.

Mouthfeel (3) - carbonated, creamy. Ends crisp, and then stale.

Overall (3.11) : A big disappointment. I was surprised at how overwhemingly mediocre this beer is. It's a wheat beer, sure. But that's all it is. Definition of meh. Snapshot is better!

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Sunshine Wheat Beer from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 823 ratings.