Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer - Terrapin Beer Company
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Reviews by beermanbrian:
3.33/5 rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Light golden/yellow beer. No head no lace. Also no yeast in the bottle so this isn't a hefe. No cloudyness, not what you expect at all. Smell of wheat and just the faintest bannana. No clove to speak of. Taste of wheat. Overall this is really more like a light pilsner than a hefe. I normally don't knock a beer for not being spot on style and look at it more of how much I enjoy it. They intended for this one to be a wheat beer and missed the mark as far as I'm concerned. Nothing off on this beer and it would probably be a nice session beer on a hot summer day. Overall mixed feeling about this one.
Serving type: bottle
03-14-2010 02:37:11 | More by beermanbrian
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3.73/5 rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Terrapin Beer Company's Sunray Wheat Beer is a Hefeweizen style ale brewed with Tupelo Honey from the Savannah Bee Company. As of 2012, the beer is retired with no plans of a return in the future. I found a single six pack of this at a seedy gas station right down the road from the brewery for $7.99, which is an attractive price for Terrapin's beer nowadays. Despite this bottle being 2011 vintage and having a freshness date of Week 2, August 2011, my previous review of this beer warrants a follow up.
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Terrapin Pint Glass. Served at º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a crisp but thin fizzy head that dissolves almost immediately, indicative of age, leaving a largely clear surface save for some carbonation activity in the center of the glass. Body color is a golden yellow, very mildly hazy. Relaxed carbonation is sparse. Aside from the poor head quality, the rest of the beer looks decent. 2.5
(Smell) In comparison with other Hefeweizens I have had recently, the clove is nearly nonexistent in this beer and the banana yeast notes play the dominant role, bringing this a bit closer to the german style than others of its class. Banana bread muffins are paired with a bit of faded honey on a slightly musty wheat background, but not a bit of it is unpleasant smelling. It's a mild but enjoyable aroma overall. 3.5
(Taste) The front has a subtle hint of honey in the mouth with a slight banana pairing. The finish is where the clove, bitter orange and honey peeks in, the clove only in small doses and the honey with a much larger emphasis. In the end it's a mishmash of all flavors altogether, culminating a very tasty balanced session beer. The taste has remained surprisingly well-preserved for the past year, but I can imagine that this would be even better if consumed fresh. Overall, the beer is very approachable and drinkable with a decent balance of flavors and a limited spice finish, making this a easy-drinking Hefeweizen. 4
(Mouthfeel) Texture segues from a very slick front to a tongue-tickling crisp texture on the finish. It would probably be better to boost the front carbonation a bit but the finish carbonation is at its limit for me, really accentuating the spices in the flavor. Body is light. Alcohol presence is low. Overall a good pairing. 4
(Overall) I'm finding it even more important to go back to beers previously dismissed and give them a second shot down the road. It's been nearly 2 years since I last had this beer and the first time I didn't enjoy it so much. Now I've found a penchant for enjoying Hefeweizens locally and from abroad, and this one certainly is a delicious and highly drinkable beer. The honey does little to interfere with the flavors and taste, instead accentuating an already enjoyable flavor while adding complexity. Good luck finding this beer around the south, but I'll have you know that it's still damn tasty. 3.5
Terrapin Beer Company's
Sunray Wheat Beer
Serving type: bottle
07-06-2012 18:04:04 | More by Jadjunk
Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer from Terrapin Beer Company
80 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.