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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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237 Ratings

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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:
Beer added by: ncvbc on 09-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a hazy, cloudy yellow-gold with a white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down. The nose brings forward some faint yeast characteristics with a bit of spice and banana. Good citrus and lemon notes as well. The taste brings some light wheat and yeast as well as a bit of orange and citrus. Mouthfeel is light and a bit creamy. Drinks quite well and a solid part of their lineup.

Photo of kylehay2004
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

single finger frothy white head with some lacing on top of a cloudy golden body. Aroma is very fruity with lemon, banana and orange. A wheat mustiness of course as well. Flavor is more citrus with an earthy note but sadly is a bit watered down. Light bodied and highly carbonated. Not a bad wheat beer overall. Just a little too watery in the flavor otherwise it would be one of the better ones out there.

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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I grabbed this one as part of the mixed case weekend to clear up a bunch I hadnt tried before. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 01/30/2010.

The pour was decent, very bright golden in color and very cloud. Small head of white fades quickly and is replaced by a broken crown of white lace that barely hangs on the sides of the glass. Aroma is very light at first but as it warms builds with hints of light grass, loads of wheat and light spicy notes. As I take the first sip there is a pronounced spice, clove maybe that really takes over on the palate. Peppery almost with light grain and a hint of lemon zest that punctuates the clove perfectly. Light body and great carbonation leaves you looking for another sup right away and leads this one to go down like water.

Overall very solid and something I would look forward to as the weather warms up for sure.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $4.75 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia. Best Before the 1st week in the 8th month.

Appearance: Pours a well hazed, hay-hued body with a small, white head despite an enthusiastic, eager pour.

Smell: Pleasantly scented union of fresh honey, citrus zest, banana pulp, and spices ground up via a mortar and pestle all wrapped up with a lightly-tangy aroma of malted wheat.

Taste: Wheat malt seasoned with spices and accompanied by a fair amount of good, wholesome honey sweetness. Tiny pinch of citrus. Squished ripe bananas. The earthy spices and mild hop bitterness to a decent job at tempering the sweetness. Drying, lengthy finish with hints from all of the various flavors riding out into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight, silky creaminess to the mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Easy on the alcohol but plenty flavorful. Loads of summertime appeal here. I enjoyed this one and I'm fairly fussy regarding wheat-based beers.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin's SunRay Wheat Beer is made with Tupelo honey, and you can smell it in the aroma and taste it in the flavor.

Upon pouring it appears like most any other golden beer, with a clear yellow gold body and streams of steadily rising bubbles beneath a short cap of bright white foam. It's a good looking glass of beer, but unfortunately the head retention is limited, and it leaves very little lacing behind.

The aroma, however, displays something unusual. It's fragrant... sweet and floral, with just the tiniest edge of earthiness. There's sweet malt there, for sure, and it has a wheaty note as well, but the honey is also noticeable. As it warms, soft clove and a mild hint of banana emerge, adding to its bouquet. Very nice.

In the mouth it's pretty standard again, with a light body (although it does have a dextrinous edge) and a crisp carbonation. Not that that's a bad thing - I think it fits perfectly!

The flavor is lightly tart and gently lemony at the outset, but it quickly warms to reveal wheat and honey across the middle, and then some sweetish grainy malt, floral hops and clove in the long-lingering finish.

Quite nice! It's a refreshing summer-quencher that balances between subtly tart and roundly sweet, and the honey adds just a tiny dollop of unique character that makes it interesting and memorable. Worth trying!

Photo of nickfl
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, deep golden body. The head settles down quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Yeasty aromas of clove and bubblegum with some tangy wheat.

T - Tart wheat up front with lots of banana and clove yeast character. Mineral notes come out in the middle with some herbal hops and more clove. The beer finishes with lots of wheat and clove that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, this is one of the very few American brewed wheat beers that has a proper flavor profile. The yeast character is right on and there is plenty of wheat with a touch of tartness to keep it from becoming heavy. The only thing that is lacking is the mouthfeel which is a bit thin and lacks the creamy character that shows up in the best examples of the style. Well worth trying, you aren't going to do much better without going to Germany.

Photo of Jason
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date on the side of the label.

Not much of a psst! when the cap was cracked off, pours a thin white lace and the last 1/4 of the beer was swirled in the bottle and the yeast was poured into the glass to show a cloudy beige golden color. A little spicy and nutty in the aroma from the yeast, fruitiness ranges from apple skin to a faint ripe banana. Smooth and semi-slick medium body, bread wheat runs a little dry. Quick kiss of fermented honey with a mild hopping in back. Fruity spicy mix from start to finish show a light clove flavor and mild tropical fruit. Finishes dry.

Not half bad, it sits in the middle of the pack when you look at all that is available both domestic and imported. Worth a try if you are into wheat beers.

Photo of Kegatron
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a brilliant clear gold (this definitely doesn't look like a Hefe) with a good finger of bright-white foamy head. This retains with mostly a thin look, leaving some fizzy lacing around the edges that leaves very light spotty lacing behind. I'm definitely getting some honeyed sweetness here in the nose, which works nicely here against the light bready toastiness of the wheat character, lemon zest, light spice, and some floral hops. Just a touch of bubblegum and banana from the yeast is coming out. Just a touch.

The taste is once again very noticeable with the honey notes, giving this a bit of a heavier sweetness to it that nicely compliments that crisp snap of the wheat and a welcome tingle of hops. Much like the aroma, I'm only getting a little bit of that yeast presence but clove does make itself known, as does a splash of fruity lemon in the back. Good bit of lingering dryness here that lasts well past the finish. The mouthfeel is light bodied with a pleasant mellow sharpness to it that keeps this crisp and satisfying.

This was decent. The addition of the honey to this was a welcome surprise but I wish that some of the more traditional Hefe flavors had exerted themselves a bit more. This was still a light, flavorful, and easy drinking offering from Terrapin. Worth a look.

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a bright golden milky cloudy what brew iwth a bright white head forming thick with large bubbled carbonation even lacing sticks to the glass with each sip.

Aroma has citrus peels with chalky yeast notes and a touch of honey in the nose, very creamy with a sharp wheat character slighly spiced with an air of lavender wild herbs.

Flavor has some fruit from the esters provided by the yeast notes, a touch of chalky creamy accents and sharp citrus with a mellow banana character barely touching ground. Evidently a hybrid of the German/American wheat beer traditions.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with a touch of some mild syrupy effects from the honey addition sitting in the background. Carbonation is lively on par with most of the other wheat beers out there.

Drinkability is solid a decent warm weather beer perfect for people open to different beer, I would guess this does rather well in the Georgia climate, definitely a nice experience.

Photo of Slatetank
3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I purchased this as part of the 'All the Hits' Variety pack- 12oz poured chilled into wheat glass

A - A mildly hazed golden straw w/ pillowy white cap which is comprised of large bubbles. The lace is spotty, but retrention is very good as expected with a wheat ale

S -Bubblegum(first time I have noted this w/ a wheat)slight banana and muted clove w/ moderate alcohol aroma. Light wheaty grainy odor

M - The feel has modest carbonation w/ slighly smooth malt texture and light spice accents the gentle sweetness

T - A slightly creamy flavor w/ mellow wheaty grain and mild vegetal taste w/ light herbal tinge. The hint of honey adds slightly sweet tinges and mild fruit flavors come forward slowly in the finish

D - An average tasting wheat - I like it enough to order it, but wouldn't go out of my way to get it

Photo of wethorseblanket
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extra from Grant - Thanks.

Pours straw pale yellow in color with almost no head except for a few white bubbles around the rim. Nose is sweet banana esters, tropical flowers, and honey. Taste is a bit spicy, grassy, with some orange/lemon citrus notes. Mouthfeel is rather thin. Overall, very refreshing and enjoyable although not my favorite style.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Terrapin Sun Ray Wheat, beer brewed with honey.

Hazy golden appearance, slim, negligible head.

Nice aromatics, bright, lively citrus and spice, and, yeah, honey. Beautiful.

Tasting it: Tupelo Honey, just like honey from the bee. Light bodied, tasty texture, good swath of sweetness, pleasant wheat mouthfeel.

Nice enough wheat ale, not as well appreciated this October night, no fault of the beer's. Fresh in the summer, I'd lap it up like crazy.

Photo of drabmuh
3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Head forms, white bubbles, falls away quickly, leaving no lacing on glass. Beer is yellow and cloudy, very light looking. Carbonation is moderate, does not replenish the head.

Aroma is mild. Wheat character is present but there is little in the way of esters or banana flavors. A slight hint of citrus perhaps, this could be from a hop, it is hard to tell.

Kind of an odd flavor with this one. Wheaty bitterness on the backend, a strong aftertaste. Not much in the front of the mouth. Cereal flavors throughout. Beer is also quite thin. This isn't too bad for a wheat but this seems like its missing something. Sorry Terrapin, a good effort but not your best beer.

Photo of mdfb79
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Poured a nice golden color with about an inch of foam and a good amount of carbonation. Looks perfect for a wheat beer named "SunRay".

s - Smells of some floral hops, honey, bready/wheat, as well as some lemon.

t - Has a wheat/bready flavor to it, as well as some hops and lemon. Definitely a honey taste to it as well.

m - Light bodied with a lot of carbonation.

d - Overall this beer was decent. I've had much better Hefeweizens but considering it only cost $1/bottle, it was well worth it. The honey flavor was probably the best part of it, while the aftertase was the worst part. It's a light beer that you could definitely drink a few of and might be a good light summer beer. Worth checking out, especially for the price!

Photo of jwc215
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted last summer - reviewed from notes that were lost, but recently found.

Pours hazed straw yellow with a fluffy white head. Some strands of lacing stick.

The smell is of honey with a wheat tang.

The taste is of sweet honey with some wheat tang and bready dryness in the finish.

The feel, in my opinion is the best part of the brew. It is velvety smooth and yet crisp. Certainly "refreshing".

Not really a Hefeweizen in my opinion, but an American Pale Wheat with the characteristics of the former. Anyway, it's not a bad summer refreshing brew, though a bit too heavy on the honey sweetness for me to put into my summer regular lineup.

Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had from a 12 oz bottle found in the Terrapin variety pack. Pours a slightly hazy pale golden with a relatively thin head that fades to a thin ring. Smells sweetly of honey, banana, and light spice, but light on the clove. The taste is a bit thinner than I'd like. It starts sorta empty and grainy and slowly adds some sweet banana and honey, but stays remarkably light in flavor. Smooth, but perhaps a tad too much carbonation. This is enjoyable, and crisp, but it could use a bit more creaminess and intensity of flavor.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A. 12 oz poured into a pint glass. Cloudy pale yellow with just a trace of head.

S. Smells of bavarian yeast and some straw like grains. Not a very strong smell but nothing out of place.

T. Heavily carbonated with a wave of bubbles hitting the palate. Bavarian yeast strain hints of banana. Slight roasted edge. Good but not great.

M. Crisp, high level of carbonation. Pretty refreshing, solid.

D. Pretty decent hefe here. Good thirst quencher for sure. Lacks on the flavor dept. Still falls in the middle of the pack though.

Photo of akorsak
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A 12 oz bottle from the Brass Rail.

A: The hefeweizen is admirably pale, but much clearer than a bier mit hefe. Let's settle on a kristallweizen, okay? Not much head, a dash of lace, and that's all there is to see here folks.

S: Decent aroma, primarily spritzily tart wheat. Banana lingers around the edges after the initial wheat passes.

T: Again, weizen-lite. That's not a bad thing though, as all the elements are lingering around. Banana stands out, along with a bubblegum sweetness. The taste is fortified with the honey, adding fullness above all. Wheat is present through, light with a mild tartness. Much better than that the beer's overall rating suggests, in my opinion.

M: The mouthfeel is subtle, with wheat and banana hanging out. A general lack of carbonation helps things out significantly.

D: Under 5%. Good taste. It's definitely a step up over most American pale wheat ales.

Photo of billab914
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Dogfish shaped pint glass. Poured a pale golden/amber color with a huge foamy and sticky white head to it.

The aroma has a banana and clove yeastiness to it along with a touch of citrus. Wheat also comes through a bit, but not much. Moderately sweetness to it as well.

The taste has more of the banana and fruit flavors to it right up front. The spicy, clove, yeastiness comes through more in the finish. The wheat and the honey give it a sweetness that competes with the spices and yeast in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light and carbonation is above average. Drinkability is decent, it's a good sipper on a hot day. It had some good flavors overall, but wasn't anything outstanding compared to others in the style. Maybe a little light in flavor but a decent beer overall though.

Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks goes out to MSchae1017 for this brew.

Pours a hazy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, little fizzy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty/yeasty, with some bananna/corinader, and spice. The taste is malty/yeast/grassy, nice touch of bananna/corinader, with some spices. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a nice brew.

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Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer from Terrapin Beer Company
80 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.