Sunshine Wheat Beer - New Belgium Brewing
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3.46/5 rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
"Sunshine Wheat Beer is brewed for year-round enjoyment, using equal portions of wheat and barley malts. It is spiced with coriander and orange peel in the Belgian wheat beer tradition. Sunshine Wheat is silky gold in color with a spicy aroma and a subtle citrus character." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale with spices added. Available as a year-round beer, this is a difficult beer to find in the Georgia market, although I managed to get my first taste in the Summer folly pack, where it can be found on occasion.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Pint Glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a pearl white crisp frothy head over a pale medium yellow body with a mild haze. Carbonation is spritely and plentiful. Retention is average at best, lacing is very light and speckled. 3.25
(Smell) Cereal wheat malt up front, biscuity pale malt with a moderate sweetness and body. A hint of light herbal and citrus hops provide a subtle hop aroma and a lesser bitterness. Mellow orange peel, muted lemon and faint grain round out the balance. Potency is mild to medium. 3.25
(Taste) The flavor benefits over the aroma from a simpler, less confused malt bill and a far reserved sweetness. A light, bare-bones wheat malt body joins with a clean pale malt for a slightly thinner, less full mouthfeel and finishes with a touch of coriander and lightly tart orange peel. Hops are difficult to locate in the flavor, and do not provide much bitterness to the beer either. Altogether more enjoyable than predicted with a less assertive coriander and orange contribution than Belgian white styles. While nothing particularly stands out in this beer, it turns out to be more enjoyable than not. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Light, smooth, mildly chewy and generally clean. Carbonation adds some froth and creaminess to the texture. Body is light/medium for the style, light+ overall. Alcohol presence is low to none. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter. 3.75
(Overall) New Belgium dodges many of the pitfalls of harsh, gruff and cloying wheat beers to craft an example of the style that keeps itself well under control. While it experiments a bit with coriander and orange peel, it mainly focuses on a simple, smooth wheat body and a subtle honey sweetness. I could see this as a viable summer beer option if it was given a fighting chance to expand into the Atlanta/Georgia market. 3.5
New Belgium Brewing's
Sunshine Wheat Beer.
Serving type: bottle
12-20-2013 01:39:32 | More by Jadjunk
Sunshine Wheat Beer from New Belgium Brewing
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