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Sunshine Wheat Beer - New Belgium Brewing

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Sunshine Wheat BeerSunshine Wheat Beer

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Ratings: 820
Reviews: 358
rAvg: 3.45
pDev: 14.78%
Wants: 13
Gots: 39 | 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:
IBU - 14
Hops - Target
Malts - Pale, Carapils, Wheat
OG - 13.4
Fruits/Spice - Orange Peel, Coriander

(Beer added by: kbub6f on 04-28-2002)
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Photo of BeerSox
3.08/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into weizen glass.

Pours crystal clear light-straw yellow. Paper white head which doesn't last long then settles to a cap. Minimal lacing.

Faint fruity aromas mixed with light malt scents.

Very low wheat-malt flavors with a touch of sweetness at the end.

Watery with high carbonation lends a slight bite with a relatively smooth finish.

I was expecting something a little more flavorful, similar to a hefe weizen, but its decent for what it is. The filtering of the yeast seemed to remove some complexity. This beer is still refreshing, a good pick of the sunshine of summer.

Photo of thefenst
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy blonde very similar to a witbier or Hefe, with notable carbonation. Very small head, but with some lace making it all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Wheat and malt are in the forefront, with honey, lemon, and coriander also making an appearance. Overall, sweet and clean with a crisp carbonated mouthfeel. Very drinkable, especially during the summer.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A light pale, hazy blonde with strong bubbling emerges after the pour. A mild head and par foam is also noted. Plenty of light fruit and spices hit the nose. A nice wheat character is developed nicely in the front of teh palate. Thats where the spices make the best presence. PLenty of lighter malts also felt in the tongue. A pretty ginger ale dry, sweet beer nice and refreshing. Perfect for stefleling hot Summer afternoons and nights.

Photo of Lancer211
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-oz into a weizen glass. After reviewing this brew I plan on pairing it with some tasty fresh mozzarella cheese.

A - Not particularly impressed, although, not really surprised, either. Macro colored. Somewhat flimsy head, disappears relatively quickly. Small ring of head remains around edge of the glass. Less than average lacing. Filtered, thus crystal clear.

S - Sweet, coriander with some lemony notes. Wheat is present but not as strong as I had anticipated.

T - Quite sweet, and very predictable based on the smell. Lemon is very present, with a bit of an undertaste of orange peel. Finish teases you with a shadow of hops.

M - Very clean finish, the citrus flavors linger longer than anything though. Can definitely feel the carbonation but it's not overwhelming. Goes down smooth.

D - Give me a thousand of these on a hot, muggy summer day like today, and you'll have a thousand empties by tomorrow. It's quite a thirst quencher. During the winter, though, I might only finish 500.

Photo of HoustonTX
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sunshine Wheat Beer

A - Straw yellow, creamy white good sized head. Excellent retention.

S - Picking up wheat, with nice citrusy notes following close behind. Coriander is definitely there as well. Quite pleasent smelling.

T - Taste flushes the palate with a barrage of wheat, hay, coriander, and earth tones. All while being evened out by nice citrus waves. Lemons and orange peel stand out. Mouthfeel is crisp and inviting. Finishes clean, and aftertaste fades rather quick. Leaves lemon on the tongue.
Not overly exciting but, still an easy drinker.

Photo of RJLarse
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a couple of bottles of New Belgium Sunshine Wheat Beer at a specialty shop to taste, review and enjoy. I poured this beer in to a weizen glass.

Pours a pale gold color and is crystal clear. A three-finger bubbly white head forms, and is moderately resilient. The head produces modest lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is sweet, spicy and fruity in the Belgian style. There is a sweet citrus (orange) and coriander aroma.

The taste is also sweet, with a malt presence, the citrus and spice flavors, and a mild hop finish.

The mouth feel is crisp, clean and effervescent. The beer is well carbonated.

This is a drinkable beer. It could be a bit more full flavored in terms of taste, but a very drinkable, light and refreshing brew just the same.

Photo of dfried
3.38/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw colored, a little haze, but definitely see through. Average white head, lasted throughout (as usual for New Belgium). Aroma is very wheaty and bready, of lemon grass and orange peel, and a fair amount of coriander. Pretty complex aroma for a simple pale wheat beer. The taste was alright, at first I thought I was a bit strong in coriander for my liking, but that kind of mellowed as the beer went on. As in the aroma it tasted very wheaty with lemon grass and orange peel. Sparkling, tangy mouthfeel, aftertaste doesn't last long. Kind of a plain beer all in all, but great for drinking on hot days.

Photo of thaichile
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow with a nice puffy white head. Coriander and orange on the nose. Flavors are citrus, sour but pleasent. Haven't been overly thrilled with NBB. However, this one was very nice, light, albeit somewhat watery, refreshing summer time brew. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

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

Pours a five finger pillowy white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Chrystal clear pale yellow/amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Citrusy/yeasty nose. Starts balanced, coriander really stands out, clean finish. Excellent summer beer. Previous reviewer ended up with a bad bottle. Best before Aug 2006. $1.30 for a 12oz bottle from Liquid Solutions Tigard, Or.

Photo of Backer2004
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not so much as disappointed with New Belgium as I am with the wine shop where I picked this up last week in St. Louis. I just noticed that the bottle says best before: February 10, 2006. Are you kidding me? At least I bought only a single. As my wife even said, it's sour. The time may have just killed this one. No head rentention or barely a drop of carbonation.

I'll review this again next time I find it but for now, that's all I have.

Photo of deadsquirt
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear yellow with a very light, thin head. The smell contains notes of citrus and malt. Mouthfeel and taste was very light, with hints of orange. There is a very light hint hops in the aftertaste. This would be a great beer to quench your thirst on a hot summer day, but is otherwise relatively unremarkable. I'd drink it again, if I didn't have to pay for it.

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

A - Pours a clear yellow color, nice carbonation, small head, some lacing afterwards.

S - Scents of hops, malts, and spices.

T - The taste is slightly hoppy/malty, and a bit watery.

M - Light body.

D - Drinkable. Not a bad brew, but not something I would buy again.

Photo of Mdog
4.03/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Crystal clear yellow with a fair amount of bubbles.

Smell: Slight spices, some wheat.

Taste: Some breadiness at first, then spices and a little citrus.

Mouthfeel: Very clean finish.

Drinkability: Definitely sessionable.

I wasn't expecting much from this beer but was pleasantly surprised. It's very light and refreshing, too bad it's not available in Minnesota. A good beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of beertastegood
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a brilliantly clear yellow with a fluffly small head. Aromas of citrus, slight coriander and sweet/grainy wheat malt. Taste: hint of orange, with a coriander punch and very slight hop flavor, which is earthy and musty. Aftertaste is nonexistent.

Mouthfeel: Thin, medium carbonation, off-putting.

Drinkability: That is one of the few things this beer has going for it.

Overall, a shadow of a witbier. The orange and coriander do stand out, but only for a moment, and the rest of the beer fails to back it up with characteristic witbier complexity. The finish is just....bland. I like NB's lineup for the most part, but this is definitely the least of their beers I have tried.

Photo of fisherman34
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Denver airport. Pale gold and clear with lots of carbonation. Aromas of grainy wheat, lemon, along with some mild floral and spice notes. The flavors are tart lemon, and perhaps some light Centennial hops? Light bodied and refreshing without feeling overly watery. Simple and refreshing, and still full of flavor. A good warm weather session beer.

Photo of DuqTroops
3.45/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - clear pale yellow in complexion. not much head.

Smell - little hops are smelt through the aroma. more wheat and carbonation bubbles!

Taste - great tasting. smooth and easy to drink (mouthfeel).

Drinkability - easy to have a lot of these in a day and not worry about being too intoxicated!

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

Pours a clear light yellow, lots of fizzing action and a good whitish permi-head. Aroma is subdued, but a nice amount of coriander and orange peel. Taste is likewise, with a nice orange peel front with a leveling malt/wheat base that evens out and finishes with a nice coriander. Body is light and springy and very refreshing, particularly after this hot day. Whenever I see New Belgium, I don't see this, which is kind of sad, because I'd most likely pick it up again.

Photo of JayQue
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had one with dinner at the Bellagio in Vegas. Not impressed. Pours a slightly hazy dull gold with a minimum head. Small white head. Some citrusy smell but not pronounced. Taste did not stand up. Some wheat smoothness,but the overall taste had too much lemon and was pretty bland. Mouthfeel was a bit weak and watery. I had no problem finishing one, but would not have ordered another.

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

Presentation: 12 oz longneck - typical new belgium bottle, with all the relevant information as usual.

Appearance: Pours clear and bright yellow with a thin head, leaves a bit of lace on top of the beer as it fades. Small constant bubbles.

Smell: Floral hops, a bit of citrus, and just the faintest whiff of wheat.

Taste: The aromas carry over to the taste - starts off with some floral notes and a bit of coriander, finish has a bit of lemon flavor to it. The wheat is very subdued.

Overall impression: Not bad - but not very interesting either. Definitely pass this one over for New Belgium's more interesting offerings .. maybe they will replace this with their new Wit.

Photo of bennetj17
3.15/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours leaving only a faint wisp of foam that dissolves into a clear, pale yellow/straw colored body. The smell does not present strongly, with only hints of coriander and orange spice. The taste is mild and bready, carrying a light sweetness with notes of orange and other citrus. Finish is not particularly remarkable. Overall flavor is quite mild and simple. The body is light with a decent burst of carbonation. Drinkablilty fares well as you can finish it easily, although the lack of complexity makes it hard to come back to for another.

Photo of JayTheFinn
3.85/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a six-pack to bring with me fishing yesterday. Had one of them from the bottle and thought it was ass-awful, just terrible. It tasted like an American lager of the worst sort. But then I gave it a second shot at home. Poured one into a glass. It's got a very light look to it, almost like diet lemonade or something. And what a bright white head! Very uniform tiny bubbles, like champagne. The taste improved tenfold! Cool, crisp, wheaty. Beautiful light flavor and super freshing. I poured myself another right after the first.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.6/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice head, firm and a finger thick...smaller than what I expected, however.
Bright yellow, hazy body. Looks like...the sun. Go figure.
Big citrus aroma, hops, floral and biscuit tones.
Taste was thicker than it looked, but still a bit thin. Floral and hops overrun by citrus. Of course the bartender put a lemon in it before I could smack him.
Crisp/clean feeling. Leaves me thirsty.

Photo of bort11
2.98/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle with a best by 9 Jun 06 date. I only looked at the date after finishing the beer.

A- Poured into an Imperial Pint glass. White foamy head that quickly receeds, weak lace. Color is a very pale straw color.

S- A little sour, not skunk, but sour. There's some yeastiness to it and some light malt.

T- Still a little sour, with some additional oragne and coriander barely hinted at.

M- Light bodied, quite carbonated. Sour aftertaste.

D- The sourness isn't bad, but I'm wondering if this one's past it's prime. I may try and find a fresher batch next time, if there is a next time

3.93/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - 1" white head fell quick to a cap. Clear, clean, pale gold beer. Nice unexpected lace.

S - Spicy. Coriander. Citrus (lemon, orange). Clean aroma.

T - Slight sourness. Tangy lemon. Orange peel. Coriander is faint, not as pronounced as it is in the nose. Light, bready malt backbone.

M - Thin to just under medium bodied. Medium carbonation.

D - Super easy drinking. Refreshing and thirst-quenching.

Photo of shererjt
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale-ish yellow clear. Decent head with lots of fine white bubbles; not the huge wheat head you often see, but more than the typical beer. Nice, crisp citrusy nose. The hops and malt were a bit in the background, but a truly pleasant aroma. Light-to-medium body and tasted about like it smelled. Flowery, perfumy. Not much traditional wheat character and the body was a bit on the thin side, but not inappropriate for the style. Does have a tiny bit of creaminess. Drinkability was above average.

Pretty good beer. Nicely flavored. The underlying brew could be a little better, but worth a try.

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