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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 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.

Photo of BeerBob
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

New Belgium Sunshine Wheat Beer pours a light clear amber from a dark brown 12oz glass bottle with a freshness date of “Best Before: 18 jan05”. Head went to over two fingers and when settling, laces the sides of the glass quite well with a rather large ring of foam. The top of the beer is covered with a broken blanket of fine foam bubbles.

Nose is a refreshing coriander and the palate is a delicious up front coriander with a nice toasted wheat coupled with a drying citrus note. The carbonation level is right on the money, delivering its bite just at the right time. New Belgium Sunshine Wheat Beer reminders me of a Belgian White, with out the “White” color.

All in all, this New Belgium Sunshine Wheat beer is a good offering from the people at New Belgium and I will be back for more.

Photo of allengarvin
3.97/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very pale gold color, no wheat haze, with a large head and many streaming bubbles.

Aroma: Cheerios (tm) cereal! Nice slightly sweet, very wheety aroma, with a touch of coriander twang.

Flavor: Lot of wheat flavor, with small vanilla notes, and slight coriander coming through. Fruity, honey-like character also, though still fairly light. Finish is fairly clean, with a little tartness.

Body: Medium-light, with very creamy mouthfeel.

Very refreshing beer. Considered as a Belgian wit, it has the some of the requisite flavors but in small amounts. As an American wheat (as it's listed here), however, it makes an excellent, much more interesting beer than many US wheat beers. I'd like some more yeast character, but that's a quibble.

Photo of brewQ
3.57/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A clear straw pale gold brew with a wispy white head that settles early. The aroma had some citrus but I could not pick up the coriander promised on the label.

The flavor had a hint of sweetness and was quite refreshing.
After tasting some Belgian witbiers this American Wheat was not a standout- while it may have been in sync with style.

I have enjoyed all of the other New Belgium offerings but won't go out of my way for this one.

Photo of Southernbrew
2.87/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow with no head, not exactly impressive.

Medium aroma filled with mostly lemon and spice, a bit lacking.

Taste is sub-par, I was looking for something along the lines of a hefeweizen or witbier and neither truly emerged. No real hop presence, ditto for the malt. It started with a bit of orange and coriander but never really went anywhere.

Somewhat disappointing, with limited New Belgium experience, I was hoping for a bit more. This would be a good beer if you just finished mowing the yard, but not for much else.

Photo of rajendra82
2.68/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This 12 oz. bottle was provide in person by Southernbrew. The beer poured pale macro yellow with a small ring of fizzy bubbles (I’d not even call it a head), that disappeared rapidly. The aroma was totally unlike the attributes the label suggested. All I could detect was graininess and faint sweetish malts. There was no hint of banana, orange peel, or coriander on the nose. The taste was clean, and dull. There was no wheat beer fruity edge. Instead this was basically a purified and cleaned up macro. There was a lemony twang in the finish with a hint of spiciness, and the mouthfeel was a few notches above most macros. There was nothing really wrong with the beer except for the allusion of getting a Belgian style wheat beer on the label. I am sorry, but this is not even close to that.

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

Poured a gold/yellow color with a nice white head. The aroma was of the wheat and malt with a very nice citrus smell mixed in.

The taste greatly resembled the smell, with a good base of wheat and malt, with a nice citrus tartness off setting it. This is a very refreshing and pleasent beer, that is great to drink anytime, and especially during the summer.

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