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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: 49 | 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 charlatan
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw coloured without much head. This smells and tastes very much of apricot. If you like apricot you'll surely appreciate this, but if not you should probably steer well clear of it. Strong carbonation but with pin prick type bubbles help to make this feel very refreshing, and definitely a summer beer. There is a slight lingering cereal aftertaste.

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.26/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Sunshine Wheat beer pours from the bottle a quite light hazy yellow with a sparse fizzy head of bubbles that quickly dies down to a small ring around the glass. Not exactly exciting. Aromas of light wheat husk and pale malts meld with a hefty blast of orange peel and lemon zesty coriander notes. A nice zippy spiciness here that's enjoyable.

First sip brings an upfront pale, wheaty maltiness that is a bit astringent. Forward citrusy orange peel is quite evident mid palate along with spicy notes of coriander and a hint of pepper on the way down. No real detectable hops here. Lingering coriander after each sip. Seems a bit muddled to me spice wise and the boring wheat background just doesn't do it for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fast moving carbonation that attacks the mouth. Goes down fairly easily but overall it doesn't grab me. The spiciness does kick it up a notch against most of the other bland pale wheat ales. Worth a shot but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. Thanks mentor for the opportunity.

Photo of Zorro
2.75/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very clear lemon yellow beer with a skimpy white head.

Smell is spiced bread dough. Scent of coriander and lemon in the nose. I can’t smell any orange peel in this.

Taste is very tart and lemony in flavor. Lots of wheat flavor in this it is very bready in tasty. That is all a light lemony beer.

Mouthfeel is thin and I do believe that is what they wanted.

Boring light thirst quencher here. I can see the use of this as a lawnmower beer, but it isn't that great.

Photo of ryantupy
3.23/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was an all around boring beer for me. It poured a clear golden color with a little sticky lace. The was very mild and smelt of wheat and light hops. It tasted very light-bodied and a little floral hint here and there. Very easy to drink and not that tasty.

Photo of Nytemare
2.93/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I'm not sure that I can describe this beer any better than average. It had decent color. Amber. Decent carbonation. Light mouthfeel. The smell was mild. Light floral sweetness. The taste was about the same. A nice floral sweetness and a good sweet bready malt. Nothing steller, but decent. Easy to drink at least.

Photo of Fugazme
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer for a hot day. A big touch of citrus and some coriander.

The beer poured a pretty clear, bright golden glass. I would also say the smell was bright and the taste was bright. Not extremely complex as it seemed everything was right up front for you to taste.

I would drink this again. It was one of the better examples from the U.S.

Photo of palliko
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance transparent straw color with a pale white head and minimal lacing. Aroma contains hay, citrus and grains. Initially it hits the tongue with cloves and some pretty slim amounts of malt and hops. Watery, thin and lacking in much flavor. One is left wanting more, and quite unsatisfied. Try Widmer Bros. Hefe.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliantly clear, bright gold color and is topped by a frothy pale white head. The aroma has a sweet, grassy grain note to it as well as a hint of candied orange aromatics to it. The taste is light and refreshing up front with a definite citrus note and a hint of acidity to it. This beer is quite refreshing in its simplicity. There are some spicy hints of ginger and pepper in the finish as well. This really is a summer time refresher; light, quaffable and fairly straight forward. Despite the simplicity it is quite enjoyable.

Photo of misterscooter
3.82/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first, this one throws you a curveball. It pours a clear, light yellow with not much of a head and a fair amount of bubbles. The smell is a mildly sweet perfume, almost like a dessert wine. This had me worried that the beer would be too sweet.

But the taste is smooth and subtley sweet. It isn't sugary or syrupy sweet. It is a good tasting wheat with a pleasant rice candy or summer fruit taste. Very refreshing.

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

This is probably realistically about as good as you can expect from this style. Bright, clear and covered with a nice head. A fresh nose and a clean first sip make this a good summer drink that make not mistakes but also creates little real excitement. A decent beer in a style that hits the quality ceiling pretty quickly.

Photo of ericsdawson
3.59/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got this one for free from work. about 1 finger of bright white head on top of a crystal clear pale yellow colored brew. the head quickly deminishes to a thin layer of bubbles. smell is rather spicy. taste is clean with some fruitty spicyness. i am partial to the texture and body of wheat beers. something about them just seems to go down quite nice.

Photo of OStrungT
2.76/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very light golden yellow. The head is white, but is nearly non existant. I see absolutely no laces. The beer looks like apple juice in a glass. Not cloudy like you would expect from a wheat beer. It smells fruity. I detect bananas, and lemon. Maybe a little honey also. It tastes like honey. It has a slight citrus taste to it also. The flavor is so mild that it is almost non existant. It is crisp, and refreshing. It leaves a slight honey taste on the palate. It goes down smooth. It is carbonated well. This beer would make a good session beer if you dont like beer. It has so little flavor, that it is boring. You could drink a case by your self with no problem. This one is not worth your time or money. I will probably never drink this beer again.

Photo of ElGordo
3.77/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden/straw color with a small, creamy white head. Nice nose of wheat, ale yeast, and notes of lemon and honey. Palate is well-balanced, with light floral hops complementing the subtle malt character. A touch of spiciness on the finish, with additional notes of citrus. Medium-bodied, slightly creamy mouthfeel. Great on a cool spring evening.

Photo of bashiba
3.07/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured a light pale yellow color, very clear with a very small thin white head and no lacing.

Smells slightly lemony and grassy.

Taste is very mild with some citrus notes and a touch of pepper. Finishes with a mild wheatyness.

Mouthfeel starts out slick and wet and finishes dry, probably the most appealing aspect of the beer.

The beer is drinkable and has no real faults, just sort of lacking in the flavor department.

Photo of notoriousdav
3.68/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A decent wheat beer. It's not exactly like a Euro Heffe, but it's pretty close. Reminds me of summer in the mountains. New Belgium recommends serving it with an orange instead of a lemon and I think they're probably right, because it already has quite a bit of lemon in it. Has a nice straw color, but could use a little more carbonation.

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

Hints of corriander and orange peel in the smell, but very clear and crisp in appearance. I think a previous reviewer's opinion of apple juice in appearance was very accurate. I would be very interested to try this offerring in its un-filtered state (hint, hint) Refreshing, crisp and clean, very suited to a hot weather beer. I am big fan of Hoegaarden, and I would rate this as a close second to that. A worthy offerring from NB.

Photo of henrysunset
4/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

clear beige/yellow with frothy white head.

smell is nice, citrussy and biscutty.

taste is tangy and has a refreshing taste. Very pleasent, although i'm not a huge fan of the citrussy notes in wheat beers. thicher and more apparent taste then i expected makes this quite good.

i would love to have a handful of these on a sunny day. This would be a great replacement for the stereotypical beach beer: corona... because this is actually tasty.

Photo of ghurux86
3.14/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a PALE clear yellow. not too far off from natural light in paleness and probably the worst appearance of any wheat i've had. little head the dissapates quickly and doesn't lace at all.
smell is absolutely average, citrus notes are noticeable along with a grainy somewhat offensive scent, but overall not a bad scent.
taste is citrus, hops, and wheat, at least i think that grainy taste is wheat.
mouthfeel is only average as well, thin to medium bodied (more thin) with a rather high level of carbonation. not bad just not special.
drinkability is rather good though due to the low abv and decent taste and mouthfeel. i could easily drink quite a few of these.
this beer is worth a try but not a very good example of the style. there are a lot better beers out there in this style.

Photo of neonbrown82
4.37/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is probably my favorite wheat beer of any kind. The appearance is quite unimpressive, though it is kind of hard to say the opposite for any wheat beer. Nonetheless, by the looks alone you can tell how quaffable of a beverage this will be. The smell is kind of hay-ish from the wheat malt, but also quite sweet and candy-ish.

The taste reminds me quite a bit of Blue Moon, but I like it better, and not just because of the macro factor. It has a coriander and orange peel taste on top of the malty wheat base. The mouthfeel is very light, only the slightest bit dry. Very highly drinkable. If you are a wheat beer fan, check it out.

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

Pours a clear medium gold, topped with a one finger puffy white head, leaves thin rings of lacing.
Light lemon aroma, and a wheat base than comes out with warming.
Lemony taste, grain, very light and a little tart. There is a little wheat, but mostly lemon and fruit until it warms and the wheat comes out.
Light bodied and crisp.

Photo of kosmoraios
2.5/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First of all, let me say that I am rarely impressed by New Belgium.

This ale pours a clear light yellow with almost no head to speak of, even on an extremely agressive pour. Looks and smells like a macro pilsner with a bit of orange.

Taste is very bland. Again, coors with a hint of orange and coriander. A preponderance of wheat and some fruitiness. Almost nothing else. Water?

Mouthfeel is flat and watery with not much carbonation and almost no body. Drinkability is great if you don't want to taste your ale. If you're in to this kind of thing, save your money: buy Natural Light and squeeze a bit of orange into it. Maybe a dash of coriander if you're feeling rich.

Photo of BrewMaster
2.83/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an interesting beer review for me. I had this beer on tap at the Pier Market on San Francisco's Pier 39. I knew the name sounded familiar but I didn't realize that I had already tasted this beer in a bottle. On tap and blind I was not much of a fan of this beer.

Appearance: Clear yellow color with a pilsner look and a thin white head.

Smell: Thin malty smell with a minimal fruit smell. This smells very much like a poorly done pilsner.

Taste: Some citrus, maybe lemon, and a wheaty malt backbone with a light pilsner malt type flavor. Sadly, it doesn't taste like a good wheat beer to me. There is some wateriness and astringency to the beer too. Perhaps that is the fault of the restaurant that served it and not the brewery. There is more flavor than the color lets on, but it is still a bit plain.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin and unimpressive on the palate.

Drinkability: Drinkable but I really wouldn't order another one on tap.

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

I never thought I would ever say anything negative about New Belgium, but this is my least favorite of their offerings. It reminds me of <gasp> a BUD LIGHT!! No head, no aroma, no character to speak of. It was even kind of flat, with no lacing and very little carbonation. Pale, straw yellow, with little taste (despite the label's proclamations of coriander and orange, I taste nothing of the ilk). A comparison to other wheat beers is a mismatch. Boulevard Wheat blows it away. This is just a plain beer. Not bad, but not something I would seek out regularly. Now Abbey Ale, on the other hand, that is simply heavenly . . . .

Photo of CVC
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Came in a 12 oz. bottle; served in a pint glass.

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a minimal pure white head that dissipates quickly. Leaves very little lace. Smells of wheat, orange, and coriander. Tastes just like it smells, and is pretty carbonated. Has a thin mouthfeel, and goes down easy.

This beer almost reminds of the Hoegaarden White. Except not as good. It certainly smells nice, but the taste is too watery. Doesn't really have an appealing appearance either. It's not a terrible beer by any means, but I'd rather have Hoegaarden.

Photo of aquatonex
3.43/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

APA is definitely what this is...

Pours very light pale wheat colored. A little head, medium carbonation. Smell is almost nonexistent. Taste is quite light, nice wheat notes but very light. Mouthfeel is pretty good. I'd drink this if I didn't really want a beer, it's a bit too light for me.

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