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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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Photo of phenomenologian
3.42/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of Jra1985
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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1.95/5  rDev -43.5%
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.

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4/5  rDev +15.9%

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Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.54/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Sunshine is a good name, this beer has a powerful golden yellow color that is only interrupted by a slight haziness, otherwise it is very clear. When poured into a five ounce glass it produced a very minuscule amount of fine bubbled foam that vanished immediately.

Smell: A wonderful blend of the spices and a hint of orange peel hit the nose, a very pleasant aroma that hits the nose quite abruptly.

Taste: Unlike most wheat ales, this one is much more focused on the spice than the citrus, which brings up good and bad points. This beer does taste significantly different that some other ales I have had of the style. However, this beer also is much more one-sided than other beers of this style. It is very drinkable, but does not amaze you, it just pleases you. There is very little hop character and no sweetness to help round anything out, it lacks depth.

Mouthfeel: Very well carbonated, does not help add balance to the beer though, sort of adds to its already one-sided approach.

Overall: A very drinkable beer, and it has some flavor to make it appealing. However, with so many other more complex beers out there, it does come off as quite one-sided. All in all, the good points cancel out the bad points and you get a decent wheat ale.

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