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Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer - Terrapin Beer Company

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Terrapin SunRay Wheat BeerTerrapin SunRay Wheat Beer

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BA SCORE
81
good

237 Ratings
THE BROS
76
okay

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Ratings: 237
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.64%
Wants: 1
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company visit their website
Georgia, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ncvbc on 09-27-2008)
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Ratings: 237 | Reviews: 180 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of donmonkey1
1.4/5  rDev -60.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Wimpy fizzy yellow with outstanding carbonation. Thin white head that recedes quickly leaving some lacing.

Smell: Too spicy. Clove? Corriander? Pepper? Whatever, it sucks.

Taste: Like a homeade brew with a bad infection. Really bad.

Mouthfeel: Mostly water but I can feel a tiny hop bite. Very very tiny. And I want to spit it out because swallowing may not be an option.

Drinkability: Possibly if I'm absolutely desperate.

donmonkey1, Jun 27, 2009
Photo of whitekiboko
1.5/5  rDev -57.4%

whitekiboko, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Zachb4au
2/5  rDev -43.2%

Zachb4au, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of jophish17
2/5  rDev -43.2%

jophish17, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of jmdrpi
2.45/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

bottle marked best by 3rd week of december. so it should be pretty fresh.
bright straw colored, and fairly clear for a wheat beer. little head. smells of wheat bread, honey, and some citrus. taste includes the typical bannana flavor and herbal spices, but overall the flavor is off putting. mouthfeel is thin, with higher carbonation.

wheat beers are not my favorite style, but even so, this seems below average for the style.

jmdrpi, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of tugg407
2.5/5  rDev -29%

tugg407, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of freduardo
2.5/5  rDev -29%

freduardo, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Ljoreilly
2.5/5  rDev -29%

Ljoreilly, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of hippityhophead24
2.5/5  rDev -29%

hippityhophead24, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The color was pretty hazy like most Hefeweizen brews. This could have been a little bit better aon most levels I thought. Strong flavors of banana in the brew. it's ok if thats what you like. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad had the smoothness of a beer this style should have.

Knapp85, Mar 28, 2011
Photo of GoldenVIKE
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra from AdamBear, thanks!! Drank 2 months prior to the "enjoy by" date on the bottle.

A: hazy opaque, and very full orange/yellow honey color. wild head that fizzes like crazy, then immediately dissipates leaving the beer looking flat and lifeless in the glass. (retains a slight ring around the edge and leaves a limp lace that quickly slides back down into the beer)

S: A lot of citrus, wheat, and sweet honey. Smells pretty rich and summery. Honestly I probably wouldn't have mentioned honey if the bottle didn't mention it. (It's very subtle)

T: Someone else mentioned bubblegum and bananas. That's perfect. Plus of course the same smells mentioned above. The problem is that the taste is not as rich or strong as the smell would suggest. Tastes almost watered down to me. It does leave a pleasant "banana bread" aftertaste that lingers for quite a while.

M: As it looks, it feels flat in the mouth.

O: Not a bad beer, but not a standout either. I probably wouldn't recommend this or drink it again as there are many better summer wheat beers out there. And what's supposed to be unique about this ("brewed with honey") doesn't really add much complexity or even stand out as being very noticeable in this beer. I would drink this ice cold on a hot summer day before I'd touch a BMC hands down though!!

GoldenVIKE, Jun 08, 2011
Photo of charlesw
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I can’t really tell what the color is. Strange. Not yellow. It’s yellowish. And cloudy. Alas, zero head. I’m not happy with the color and I’m really unhappy that there’s no head.
Smells of bananas, cloves and bubblegum.
Somewhat light, somewhat refreshing. A lot like a macro-lager, really. A sweet corn syrupy thing going on. Some cloves. A little citrus spice.
Kind of weird and I can’t say that I really like it. Too much like a macro lager. A little cloying in the mouth.

charlesw, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of unclejimbay
2.7/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer
Terrapin Beer Company
Style: Hefeweizen
ABV: 4.50 %
bottle>pint glass

Looked more like a macro lager than a hefe. Semi clear golden honey/light caramel in color.
1 finger head that does not last long, with a nominal lace ring if any.

Smells of sweet malts, minor citrus and spice notes. Possibly some banana.

Tastes as it smells. Wheat/honey/spice/a dash of hop... in that order. Overall I would describe the taste as a "watered down sweet hefe with a generous dose of honey".

Mouthfeel is thin and high carbonation.

This is not a good rep of the Hefe style in my opinion. It's more of a spicy American Wheat (forgive the irony). Calling it a hefe is a stretch, and it's definelty not the best offering from Terrapin. If you like a sweet wheta beer this is for you, if not try something else if you have the option. I will not buy this one again.

I did not like Gamma Ray. I dont like Sunray. I do like wheat beers... but Terrapin has not impressed me yet. I will keep trying as they are semi local with a good rep, but I dont think they have the wheat stlye down from what I have experienced to date....

unclejimbay, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of semibaked
2.73/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought this on my recent trip to Atlanta, poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours a goldenish yellow, cloudy, active carbonation, and a half a finger of white foam.

S - Get a slight wheat smell, some orange and surprisingly some banana.

T - I mostly get banana and cloves flavors like in a wit pretty weird, anyway I also get some orange and wheat.

M - Pretty oily and slick, light to medium bodied.

D - I don't think this beer knows what it is, it is wheat but tastes and smells like a wit, it is ok, but glad I only bought a single.

semibaked, May 26, 2010
Photo of sendbeer
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

sendbeer, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Budinetz
2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

Budinetz, Feb 04, 2013
Photo of chinchill
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a freshly tapped keg about 1 hour from brewery.

For the most part, I don't care for the hefeweizen style, and this beer is no exception. To a good extent, I've tried to allow for that in this review, largely comparing this beer against other hefeweizens.

A: Typical for style: clear golden with a short-lived white head that leaves a dash of lace.

S: Rather floral and fruity (banana), but primarily wheat.

T: Again, typical for style, but with a bit more sweetness and fruitiness.

M: light body, as expected

O: not enjoyable, although I am sure I'd be happy to have another if I was very thirsty on a hot summer day.

chinchill, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of HomebrewPgh
2.78/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A so so wheat ale. Everything about this beer was average. The aroma was stale malt with some grass, a hint of skunk and beer. Pour was a medium gold with a thin off white ring for a head with no bubbles. Taste was too malty for a wheat ale. Stale light malt with a wheaty bite and just slight carbonation

HomebrewPgh, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of BeerSox
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into stange-like water glass (not at my house).

Cloudy golden orange hue with a two finger white head with a little bit of tan color where the yeast went through.

Tart wheat aromas set a base for the string citrusyness with a little bit of clove.

A little bit of banana is in there, but the flavor seems to have a lot of spice and clove. A little bit of mild orange (the fruit, not the color) flavors are in there. Medium bodied with high carbonation.

Certainly not close to a true hefe weizen, but closer to an American Pale Wheat Ale. Either way it's not the best I've had. The creamy banana was on the low end and there was a little too much spiciness.

BeerSox, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of BSLemoine
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thin white head, quickly disapated
cloudy straw gold hue.

Light candied banana aromas, similar to circus peanuts

Fairly thin watery body. Off dry with low hop bittering, but a fair bite on the back palate. Mild flavors of banana.

Fairly boring, but maybe a nice summer quaffer.

BSLemoine, Nov 10, 2009
Photo of bigfnjoe
2.83/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

A- pours a pale, slightly cloudy yellow with a paper thin white head...fades quickly. Lots of bubbles. Looks almost like ginger ale. THAT is not appetizing when I'm looking to have some tasty alcohol

S- hardly anything. Hints of...maybe lemon. Thats all. VERY disappointing

T- hey look, we've got something. Mild banana flavor. Some hints of lemon in there. Tastes like a hefeweizen...just a watered down one.

M- thin. Carbonated as hell.

D- its drinkable...just because its so light. It tastes like...I dunno, soda that has alcohol in it? Just because its drinkable doesn't mean I'd buy it again...this COULD be decent on a hot summer day chilling by the pool, but thats all really.

bigfnjoe, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of nem2006
2.85/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got in a variety pack with 4 different Terrapin brews. Drank from a 12 oz bottle in a pint glass. Swirled the sediment into beer. Head was not very thick and did not last. Very pale yellow, cloudy.

The smell was typical wheat. Citrus, maybe specifically lemon.

The taste was quite muted. A little watered down in comparison to other wheats. It wasn't anything new. Citrusy. Very light on the hops. Medium bodied. Wouldn't choose this over very many wheats.

nem2006, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Blah, not a good wheat.

appearance: Golden pale

smell: mass honey sweetness

taste: weak tasting and I did not like the honey.

mouthfeel: medium bodied. very easy to put down. great summer feeling

drinkability: not a huge wheat fans and this was no different

CampusCrew, Oct 01, 2009
Photo of Ryan011235
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass on 10/2/10

Best if enjoyed by the 2nd week of November

Straw & golden pineapple in color with a modest haziness. Though initially slow to rise, over one finger of foam was manifest. Head retention is pretty thin. Basically no lace.

Aromas of wheat, honey, floral hops, earthy grassiness & a very faint yeasty undertone.

SunRay tastes very similar to how it smells. Honey is only slightly more apparent than the wheat, though the two are reasonably balanced. Not particularly sweet. Grassy flavors & earthy hops. Mild toastiness.

Though still fairly light in general, the feel is maybe a bit heavier than I'd expect (maybe the honey is the reason). There's a coating feeling after each drink. Carbonation seems on point for the style.

Drinkability is ok. It certainly seems like an average take on the style, though the honey adds something akin to intrigue, I suppose. Tastes decent enough, but that coating feel is weird.

Ryan011235, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vigorous pour into a weizen glass yields a pure-white three-finger fading head over a cloudy pale-amber body. Pretty, with a lot of lacing. Surprising.

Smell is mild on all points. In fact, hardly any smell at all. Hints of grass, hay, and a tiny bit of citrus. Hmm. Disappointing. It looks so nice.

Taste follows the smell. Not much here. Certainly nothing unpleasant, just nothing. Like Alka-Seltzer or plain carbonated water. I don't know how to rate it, 'cuz it's pretty taste-less: inoffensive.

Mouthfeel is, in a word, thin. Indeed, pretty watery. Very surprising in view of the ample lacing.

Drinkability is like seltzer-water: very easy. But the question is, why?

I can't rate this TOO low, because it's not BAD. The problem is that it's just not much of anything.

ColoradoBobs, Apr 11, 2009
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Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer from Terrapin Beer Company
81 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.