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Sunshine Wheat Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 359
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 15
Gots: 47 | 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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Ratings: 826 | Reviews: 359
Photo of angelmonster
3.76/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle , weak 1/4 inch head which quickly dissipated and left very little lacing. Color was pale yellow.

Smelled of citrus, light grassy malts and slight lemon. Taste was very light with some coriander , citrus and lemon peel

Mouth feel was somewhat over carbonated. This beer has an overall great drink ability , nice sweet, light flavors. This beer is one of my personal favorites.

Photo of cracgor
3.62/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is a pale yellow brown beer with a fizzy white head. Has a very bland smell to it, that is nothing like it tastes. A very fruity, high in esters that remind me of a breakfast fruit bar with no real bitterness to speak of. It is crisp, clean, and something you could drink for it's refreshing character.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.04/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A very "spicy" tea-like beer with alot of coriander and orange peel soaked into it

A- Just about void of any color and almost transparent (like water). The color that did show was that of straw (yellow). Boring head but high carbonation.

S- Smells great with the fragrant hops and spices balanced by wheat in the background

T- Taste is good, but when I had my 1st I felt the spices were too strong. After drinking a few more, I aquired a taste for this beer and enjoyed it thoroughly. Wheat taste is pleasant with the yeast filtered out.

M- Feels clean and bubbly with alot of carbonation dancing on your tongue. Moderate body

D- Spices are too overpowering for me to drink more than one of these in a night

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.51/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz from the Coop a couple days ago for about $1.50.. poured into my trusty shaped Sam Adams glass.

nice looking 2 finger head dies back fairly quick... brew is polished straw.. pale gold.. very clear.. does not look like a traditional wheat beer unless it is very very filtered... nice collar and lasting lacing.

Aroma is bready pale malts with definite wheat thrown in for good measure... not getting any real citrus.

Flavor is cereal without the sweetness.. fairly dry finish.. no real hops to speak of.. a little bit of very background citrus makes this slightly more appealing...

body is light and the carbonation is smooth but everpresent... I am not sure if New Belgium is looking for the witbier comparisons, but I am thinking the Sunshine is more of a hybrid that would cater well to the Blue Moon crowd.. nothing wrong with it.. just an ok/pretty good brew.


Photo of diabecktic
3.12/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Unlike most wheat beers that I've tasted, this one doesn't seem to be as dark or cloudy as others. It's color is a vibrant yellow that's a bit murky. Moderate head formation with decent retention and minimal visible carbonation.

The defining aromas seem to be wheat and citrus (specifically orange). There also appears to be a touch of honey. Not as strongly scented as some other wheat beers I've had, but still pleasant.

The orange and wheat aromas mentioned earlier are the dominant flavors that are present on the palate. Again, not quite as strong as others I've had, but still not bad. No real aftertaste, and only slightly bitter.

Seems a bit watery relative to other wheat beers that I've tasted. There is not too much in the way of carbonation, so there really isn't too much of a sensation on the tongue.

It goes down smooth because it's a bit watery. Unfortunately, I like my wheat beers to be a bit heavier/thicker. It's not to hard to throw down a few, but I don't know if I would want to do so.

This one was a little disappointing as far as New Belgium brews go. While it's not bad, there are at least a handful of other wheat beers that I'd rather have than this one - there's nothing about this beer that really sets it apart from others in the same family. Perhaps it's better on tap, but I'll stick to some of the other New Belgium brews in the future.

Photo of orcasteve
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

nice wheat flavor, this one was real clear, i wish that this one was unfiltered and a tuch sweeter. this is refreshing. it has a bit of a citrus twist, a beer purfict for summer. this one is avrage for a wheat, but i could drink it agan if it ever crossed my path.

Photo of daledeee
3.25/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is part of a now mass marketed New Belgium beer family.

This one pours a nice white frothy head that looked like meringue
and has been filtered which is disappointing.

The nose is spicy with oranges.

Taste is the weak point. Watery and too strong on orange oil.

Mouthfeel is OK with some bite.

Drinkable but not a favorite

Photo of RickSawyer
4.07/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy, golden hue with an average, puffy white head that falls to a simple disk of foam floating atop the beer. Smell is very nice, lemon zest, apricot, orange juice, grass, green apple, some white grape and some tropical hints of pineapple. Taste begins nice and smooth, sweet oranges and a touch of sour apple then a transition into whole wheaty goodness. Finishes like you just ate whole wheat. Exhale and you taste what it tastes like to chew on a straw of wheat. The mouthfeel is vibrant and carbonated. This isn't a complex beer. There is not much thinking. With that said, its a solid beer more than worthy of a summer afternoon on the back porch.

Photo of supercolter
3.74/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is great with a lot of head and lacing. A nice yellow color.
Smell is average, not a lot comes through other than coriander and other spices.
Taste is a bit stronger. The coriander and spice really comes through. The malt is sweet and light.
Mouthfeel is a bit light but on par for the style.
Drinkability was very good.

Photo of gfreed
3.73/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Dundee Dell in Omaha, NE. Has a nice straw appearance, hazy and dense. The aroma is full of fruit, especially orange and lemon, with little of the expected banana-- this was a nice surprise-- and it tasted quite citrusy but not as overpoweringly so as other wheat beers I tried during the same session. Had a decent hoppy bitterness and fizz that added a nice touch at the end, with a rather thick texture that made the beer last a while. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of Rayek
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at Watercourse in Denver.

A: Brilliant straw color has great clarity. Small white head has OK retention and leaves a little lace. Small bubbles from carbonation.

S: A little citrus and a biscuit essence. Not much else going on.

T: Very clean and dry. Well balanced combination of grains and hops. Malt and wheat has a husky biscuit quality. Hops are mild, with a spicy coriander bitterness. Finishes dry.

M: Light body with the right amount of fizz.

D: Good session beer. Not particularly exciting, but a good summer quencher.

Photo of Slynger
3.84/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sunshine Wheat pours a light, bright, crystal clear yellow color, with a fizzy lid of white foam.

Smells of sweet oranges and lemon drops mix with tangy wheat and light yeast with hints of coriander.

The flavor brings the same light, sweet, citrus fruits with lightly toasted, tangy wheat backbone and a pinch of coriander spice. Quite light in body with a lot of fizzy feeling carbonation.

It's pretty light but I enjoyed it. It's definitely good to go as a summer afternoon sessioner.

Photo of rye726
2.97/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good average wheat beer from the people at New Belgium. A clear orange color with a tan head. The nose is of wheat malt sand soem swet fruits. The flavor structure consists of mostly wheat as well. A crisp refreshing body add to the drinkability. Goes well with an orange.

Photo of MOShepp
3.88/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw yellow with small frothy off-white head.

Aromas of citrus, bread and strawberries.

The coriander is very evident in the taste along with lemon, a little orange, clover and a spicey aftertste.

Tingles a little in the mouth which I found enjoyable, very crisp.

Very easy to drink, not the best wheat but worth having another.

Photo of Durge
3.37/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very pale yellow with lots of carbonation going on. A big, large bubbled white head and fair lace. The aroma is a decent, typical wheat and light citrus. The flavor is bready, light and effervescent. Not bad but nothing memorable. Easy drinking but I wouldn't recommend going out of your way for this one. Not one of my favorite styles to begin with but this doesn't seem to be a very bold attempt at it anyway.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
4.18/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to Tayner for this one.

Looks like a pale gold with a touch of haze. The head is a flat white film that fades away after a while.

Smells of canned peaches that blended into a spot of rye.

Tastes similar, but deeper. There's the same combo of peaches and pears in heavy syrup, but they're balanced exquisitely by a smooth white flour and a hint of birch bark. This leaves my mouth a bit dry.

Feels quite light, clean and remarkably satisfying. Almost seems to have a mysterious cooling sensation to it. Someone should call Coors...

This is quite a quenching drink. A must for the summer.

Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pour into a pint glass, it was highly carbonated with a straw yellow color and a small, bubbly, white head. There were small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and orange. Also, a nice wheat and yeast aroma.

T - It tasted of wheat with some bitter hop spice. There was also a citrus kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a really easy drinking wheat beer. A nice session brew.

Photo of JDV
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A very interesting American wheat I thought. Pours a very pale, light beer like yellow, in a weizen glass with a nice head however. Smell is unique, and like a lemony cereal-ish smell. Some sweetness, but not sickly sweet however, and I didn't get any notes of coriander or orange peel. Somehow this feels very viscous in the mouth. Amazingly full body and mouthfeel for an american wheat, yet is crisp and refreshing at the same time. Nice light wheaty finish. Although the taste is a bit on the light and muted side, this is still very nice refreshing bright wheat beer that I can see enjoying again for sure.

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

Poured a 12 ounce bottle with a clearly marked freshness date of March 21, 2008.

A: Pours with a nice head and a good pale golden color that hints towards a good amount of body. Good lacing on the glass as it's being consumed. The body and color kind of remind me of a good German Helles.

S: The nose of this brew is mostly wheat malt, a little honey and big hints of citrusy floral notes.

T & M: A very crisp, what malt starts off and are then accommodated by complex orange citrus floral like flavors and a good hint of honey. Nice hop bitterness hits the tongue at the end along with a litte orange and honey flavor as well along with a little bit of vanilla that lingers in the aftertaste. Very crisp, refreshing, but certainly not too light.

D & Notes: Overall, I am actually fairly impressed with this brew, as I am normally not a "pale wheat" beer lover. This isn't something I would seek out regularly, but rating it for style, I would say it is very solid. It's well balanced, nothing is overdone, plenty of flavor, and it's very refreshing for the style. A definite winner for a session wheat beer. This would be a good choice to give a BMC drinker and introduce him/her to the world of craft beer.

Photo of mphopkins99
3.41/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my first review, so I hope this turns out ok.

Serving was a 16 oz draft, poured into a growler.

Appearance was golden, a little clearer than I expected from a wheat beer.

Smell was almost non-existent, overwhelmed by the lemon slice served with the beer.

Taste was pleasant, if a little on the bland side. The citrus flavorings dominated, and in my opinion detracted from the wheat flavor I expected.

Despite my slight disappointment in the flavoring, I found this to be an extremely pleasant and drinkable (if unremarkable) beer. I could have had a second quite easily.

Photo of katan
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle dated 2-8-08.

A - Pours a light golden color, a little bit hazy. Shows a bit of carbonation that sticks a few around as a light head.

S - I smell wheat out of this one - spice is probably identified as a secondary note.

T - Starts with a sweet wheat malt flavor. Finishes with an interesting aroma hops of some kind. I think I can detect the coriander.

M - A smooth mouthfeel. Goes down easy. Can feel a light bit of carbonation. There is at least some body to this one - it not watery.

D - Very easy drinking. Doesn't fill me up too much - would be perfect to addon to my summer witbier habit.

All and all is a good choice. Probably not one I'd go out of my way for.

Photo of warmstorage
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From six pack, $7.49 at Trader Joe's in Tucson, AZ.

Appearance: deep hazy yellow, almost orange. Moderate white head and lacing.

Aroma: spice and fruit, and a tiny hint of sulphur. Kind of sweet and tangy.

Mouth: thick and full and sweet.

Overall: drinkable, and okay as a gateway beer, but underwhelming.

Photo of johnyeast
4.4/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Refreshing is the name of the game for one of the standards of excellence from New Belgium. Golden in color with a bright white head. Smells of citrus and spice evoke an image of taste. A great beer for a hot sunny day or picnic out on the Poudre River. One of the most drinkable beers I know. I goes down so easy. Almost too easy. If that's really possible.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.47/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from RickSawyer, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, coriander spice and citrus (orange & lemon) with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is fruity and spicy with flavors of orange, lemon & coriander, but there’s also a little bit of a sour quality to it, with a decent background of wheat. The malt character is very light and there’s not much of a hops presence. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style but leans toward being a Witbier. This one is definitely worth drinking for a long time if you want something light, but it might not necessarily be my first choice.

Photo of tayner
3.92/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Im new at reviewing beer, but not new at drinking them. I typically enjoy darker, maltier beers but thought for the summer i would give this one a try. im glad i did.

As for appearance it poured very light golden with a decent head that stayed around for awhile, sorta laced the glass the whole time i was drinking it... my first thought before i tasted is that it was looking and smelling like a bud or coors, a very light beer.. i was wrong though.

when i cracked the bottle i got an initial whiff of orange and then a bready smell from the yeast... i was surprised on first taste on how flavorful it really was.. it starts out with a wheat taste, then moves very quickly to a light, not too bitter hop flavor with a touch of citrus (orange) and coriander. it finishes dry and clean... so dry for me in fact that it wasnt "thirst quenching" so to speak, but made me want to drink it even faster!

as for drinkability, i will definitely keep a few of these on hand for those times when dark beer will seem too heavy, when the weather is hot... definitely worth a try on this one!

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