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Sunshine Wheat Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 15
Gots: 44 | 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 MrDonQuixote
2.38/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into an oversized wine glass:

A- Pale straw yellow color with a slight white head

S- Smell is spicy. Light hops smell, wheat and citrus

T- Tastes of coriander and obviously of wheat. The citrus flavor is light, but it is present. Light bitterness on the finish. A bit too much of a peppery taste for my taste. Tastes like I am drinking a bottle of pepper with some beer mixed in

M- The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. Smooth with a nice finish.

O- overall this beer is bland.

Photo of YourMomDrinksBud
3.7/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best buy date of 10/18/11.

A- Pours a clear golden yellow with one finger of white head. Crazy bubbles rising. Wish it was unfiltered. Lacing is lacking.

S- Really floral. Extremely light citrus aroma with a subdued spice note.

T- Wheat, light citrus, and a gentle spicyness.

M- Light. Carbonation is crisp and there is a subtle dry finish.

O- Easy drinking, good lawnmower beer. It's very light but it is refreshing and somewhat complex.

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 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 KickInTheChalice
3.2/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Out of the bottle, Sunshine Wheat pours a pale straw color, transparent enough to see the bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass. These bubbles reaffirm a small white head composed of tiny, tightly-wound bubbles.

Smell: The aroma is fairly basic and flat. A nice blend of orange peel and lemon zest, with some spicy coriander as well, all in front of a soft wheat aroma.

Taste: Some of what I enjoy about wheat beers seems to have been filtered out. The wheat is soft and shallow. A good amount of coriander seems to be the dominant (if I can call it that) flavor. A bit of the citrus from the aroma makes it into the end of the sip, creating a lightly tart edge, but it quickly fades away. I would say the end finishes clean, but it is more like the flavor just runs out of gas.

Mouthfeel: As per the style, this is light bodied with full carbonation. The wheat almost seems to add a graininess, but that was probably filtered out. A light citrus edge creates a bit of an edge toward the end.

Overall: I agree with the consensus that this is largely forgettable. There is nothing to really complain about, but there is just not a lot of flavor to maintain my interest.

Photo of airforbes1
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is a typical pale yellow, but has less haze than most wheat beers I've tried. It must be filtered. The nose is decent; I get citrus notes, with orange and maybe even some lemon. I'm not detecting much spice.

The taste reminds me of a more lemony version of Blue Moon, with a touch of coriander on the back end. At first, I was very unimpressed, but I find myself liking this beer more with each sip. The flavor profile was weak at first, but more starts to come through with time. I also thought the beer was watery thin in the beginning, but as I take additional sips I'm getting more of a velvety coating on my tongue.

This is a pleasant sipping beer but I do wish the flavor was stronger.

Photo of Phelps
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a tall pilsner-style glass.

Pale straw yellow, perfect clarity. Little to no head, but there is a wispy white ring.

Soft, mildly fruity wheat nose. Very light bananas, pears. Hard to pick up anything at all.

Same experience in the flavor. Wheat, some lightly tangy grain, the lightest hint of spice. Coriander? Lingering cracker malt. Super light and refreshing.

Carbonation stabs the tongue repeatedly with tiny swords. Smooth body is a bit under medium. Soft fizz. Super crisp, snappy, a bit drying.

Sunshine Wheat would be good to enjoy in 100-degree heat, but that’s about the only time I’d reach for one. Very refreshing and very average.

Photo of Gatch
3.4/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a beer where taste outshines every other aspect. When you pour it and smell it, your expectations may not be high. But when you taste it, you realize it's a good beer.

A - Not much a head builds. Thin white bubbles. Gold straw in color, looks like a macro lager.

S - I'm not getting much.

T - Honey, sweet malt, some dried fruit. Bread. Good when it's cold and while more flavors come out as the beer warms, it's most satisfying straight from the fridge.

M - Slight carbonation but it's clean and smooth. Great flavors fill the mouth.

Good beer.

Photo of iSip
3.9/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New Belgium Sunshine Wheat. If you have read some of my reviews, you know I dedicate the summer to celebration of wheat beers. The New Belgium Sunshine Wheat is a filtered wheat beer. Light in color and fragrance, it has a very clean taste without the yeast common to unfiltered wheat beers. Given the added spices, it has a flavor that puts is somewhere between my standard Odell Easy Street and the true Belgian whitbeer, such as a Hoegaarden. Nice for a change of pace, but I in general prefer unfiltered brews during the all to short wheat beer season.

Photo of leagr
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale-straw in color, very little head - dissipates quickly, minimal lacing, translucent

Smell: citrus, somewhat grassy

Taste: light citrus, maybe some berry falvor

Mouthfeel: crisp, dry

Overall/drinkability: Easy to drink - not my favorite beer for the summer but a welcomed change of pace

Photo of SWMeyer4141
2.53/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance-Clear pale yellow. 1 1/2 fingers of head thats gone in a blink of an eye. Pretty transluscent. No lacing.

Smell-Lots of lemon. Very one dimensional. Smells like a citrusy BMC. Light yeast aroma.

Taste-Lemon, but not a fresh lemon, like a watered down lemon. Some spice and maybe even black pepper. Just very boring.

Mouthfeel-Definitely drinkable. Crisp, but nothing about it makes me want to finish it. Moderate carbonation, watery.

Overall-New Belgium seems to be hit or miss with me, I love them or hate them. This one is closer to the Hate List.

Photo of fltmedic
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a bright golden yellow with a very thin covering of light foam in the New Belgium beer glass.

A big bouquet of citrus fruits and some light flowery notes follow in the aromas.

The citrus hits the tongue first rapidly followed with the classic wheat beer barley and malt blends, notes of coriander and green tea leaf.

Carbonation is strong and continuous. The mouthfeel is light and prickly.

When the summer heat calls for setting aside the sipping beers and picking up a drinking beer, this one will prove worthy.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.13/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a perfect length two finger head that makes it right to the top of my wheat glass. The head is completely white with about half small bubbles and half big bubbles. Kinda creamy looking, but it's not hanging around very long. Pretty good lacing though. The body is see through in some areas and cloudy in other, but overall it's a lot lighter in color than it should be, and it's not as cloudy as it should be. The body is yellow, pretty much looks like a lager other than some of the cloudiness, way too much carbonation here as well. The only reason this beer is getting a 3.5 is because of the good lacing, and that's really a generous rating, it looks like a lager. The smell on this beer is good though, it sort of smell like a Hoegaarden, the spices are the most prominent thing, not too much fruit, but that's sometimes a good thing. I am picking up some small scents of fruit and a tiny bit of light malt, but for the most part it's all spice. The smell isn't very potent, and there isn't really much too it, but it's for sure better than the appearance. This beer really isn't impressing me at all, in any areas. The taste is no different, I get a little spice, and maybe some lemon or possibly orange on the taste, but that's about it. Some maltyness is present and a touch of wheat, but it's way too small for this to be considered a quality beer. Frankly it's just a little watery. Maybe this beer deserves better than a 3 on taste, but I think it's closer to a 3 than it is to a 3.5, what it comes down to is that the appearance was close to a 3 but the lacing bailed it out, and the smell was slightly better than the look, so that bailed it out, I can't keep cutting this beer more breaks, this maybe could get a 3.5, but it really doesn't deserve it, nothing about this is above average. Mouthfeel is the same story, it's close to being a 3.5, but not quite there, there is only a tiny tiny bit of wheat, and thats not going to fly in a wheat beer, especially for the mouthfeel. Other than the wheat it's just way too light, without any wheat it's obviously going to be light - and it is. I know wheat beers are a lighter style, but there really isn't much to this at all. Carbonation is better than I thought it would be, but overall, not a great mouthfeel. Drinkability is good, but only because it's so damn light, it's doesn't taste amazing or anything. Overall the best way to describe this beer is being one tiny step above a Blue Moon seasonal. The Blue Moon spring ale, and summer ale were pretty crappy, and this is just a little bit better than those two. The Blue Moon standard, the belgian white, was better than this beer. So overall, I can drink it, I won't mind drinking it, it's a spiced beer, so even though it's bad it's not terrible. But it's just not doing it for me in really any areas. Average beer.

Sunshine Wheat Beer from New Belgium Brewing
79 out of 100 based on 820 ratings.