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Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer - Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin SunRay Wheat BeerTerrapin SunRay Wheat Beer

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235 Ratings

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Ratings: 235
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%

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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Photo of eggodoom


4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a sucker for Terrapin beer. Poured a bottle into my trusty pint glass. Not any sort of amazing spectacle but looks like the typical wheat beer. No head clear yellow liquid but nice streams of carbonation rising to the occasion. Smells like a wheat field light summery scents coming from this one. Light crisp flavor wheat notes. This is a perfect summer beer flavor and ABV is light enough to session all night. Carbonation creates a refreshing mouthfeel. Pleasing for sure nice beer for spring/summer would buy this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2011 04:22:14 | More by eggodoom
Photo of Brittmb29


3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a glass, best before the third week of august (finally a company that actually notches their best by date!)

A- Beautiful honey gold beer! however no head tiny constant ring of carbonation is all no lace.

S- faint scent, mild banana clove yeasty scent some grain.

T- Very balanced starts on the usual hefeweizen yeasty clovey banana flavors cut through by a citric tang and some hop. sweetness balances from the honey without being a honey tasting beer.

M- Crisp from solid carbonation that becomes soft on the palate, also some tangy lemon gives a good finish to the sip aiding the lower alcohol.

O- Usually i find Hefeweizens heavier on the stomach but this is light and a perfect choice for their summer seasonal brew. 4.5% abv is also good for drinking outside in the summer heat. i would definitely get a 6 pack next summer when they brew it up again.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 18:02:43 | More by Brittmb29
Photo of richkrull


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale golden yellow color with quite a bit of head on it.

Smell was on the lighter side - some banana and citrus aroma.

Taste is pretty good. Typical hefeweizen flavor with more of the citurs coming through.

Mouthfeel is light and bubbley. This beer went down very smooth and easy.

Overall a pretty decent beer. I would drink it again but won't go out of my way to get it.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2011 16:34:25 | More by richkrull
Photo of Emerson1310


4.72/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I haven't been into wheat beers, but this one is great!! Only downer to me is the low ABV of only 4% which practically makes it a "lite" beer.

A: Pale gold to yellow, pure white head which dies quickly, little to no lacing on the glass.

S: A sweet smell, strong with honey, cloves vanilla.

T: BANANA BREAD!!! Big on the bananas, honey, vanilla. Slight wheat flavor too. No alcohol taste at all. No bitterness, finishes with a combo of honey, vanilla and hemp rope.

Overall: I really like this very drinkable beer!! Price is low, but quality is very high. I highly recommend this for a cold, summer treat!!

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2011 19:15:50 | More by Emerson1310
Photo of Jerone


3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden straw color with some bubbles and a head that disappears quick.

S - I get banana and bubble gum with some wheat and yeast in the background.

T - I get a lot of banana and bubble gum, pretty tasty, a little wheat taste in there as well.

M - Light body, could use a touch more carbonation or alcohol actually. Extremely easy to drink.

O - I'm not much of a wheat beer guy but this one is pretty good. Great for a summer day!

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 19:04:41 | More by Jerone
Photo of detlefchef

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Honestly, this one keeps sneaking past me when I think of Wheat beers I like. And, I guess in fairness, that's not exactly my wheelhouse anyway.

Not that I don't like them, but rather I don't typically reach for them.

This one seems to be a fine enough example of the style and basically does what it's supposed to. Even if it doesn't exactly thrill me in any particular way.

I could use with a bit more brightness but it's an otherwise well made beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 16:55:58 | More by detlefchef
Photo of iadler


3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Bruery tulip glass.

A- Hazy gold with an orange hue. Poured aggressively that forms a two finger head that dissipates quickly and leaves a thin white cap. No sign of lacing.

S- Banana, clove, vanilla, honey, spice, wheat and a bit of nuttiness. Reminds me of banana bread.

T- Similar to the smell with banana, clove, vanilla, honey and some peppery spice.

M- Light to medium carbonation and body. This is probably the biggest letdown of the beer with a watered down mouthfeel that is a bit too light.

O- Another nice offering from Terrapin and could easily drink a few of these during the summer. A pleasant and refreshing brew, with the only big issue being the mouthfeel.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 03:18:50 | More by iadler
Photo of kdawg105


5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

WOW!! This beer has taken me by surprise. This is probably only my third wheat beer ever but I think it happens to be one of the best beers I have ever tried. The appearance is dark in color with lots of carbonation. Smell is very sweet! The taste is beyond explanation you just have to try it!

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2011 21:22:09 | More by kdawg105
Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed

New Jersey

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

A generally standard summer beer. Light, sweet and crip with citrus undertones. But where it stands apart is that it is a hefeweizen disguised as a summer season, which gives it a bit more of a weight to it going down. Makes summer ales look weak, but doesn't overwhelm and is very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2011 16:59:46 | More by Ahoyhoyindeed
Photo of Tucquan


3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-07-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy straw with a 1/2-finger head into a pint glass and no lacing.

S - Big, bold banana and clove

T - Like the smell with lots of banana and clove with some apple and grass. There's a fair amount of sweetness and no bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and high carbonation. Pretty effervescent.

O - I enjoyed this brew. The flavors are bold. Reminded me of the Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Weizenbock

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 16:42:41 | More by Tucquan
Photo of SouthFLBeerLover


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color is clody yellowish with medium-sized white head. Not very consistent lacing.

S: The aromas of clove, banana and citrus are present. Quite nice overall smell.

T: Wheat with hints of citrus and banana. Clove also comes in. Orange zest toward the end with some light candied sugars. Some grassy hops as well.

M: The feel in the mouth is light and refreshing. Medium-bodied and decent amount of carbonation.

O: One of the best offerings from Terrapin. It is a very good summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2011 22:39:18 | More by SouthFLBeerLover
Photo of DWilliams76

South Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my weekend notes: Pours a hazy gold with a nonexistent head. Smells appealing, though, with crisp grass and citrus notes, plus a solid hefe background. Doesn’t start out with a sugary blitz, letting the traditional bananas and cloves do their thing. But the finish is pure Tupelo honey, thick and ultrasweet and overpowering. This beer tries to pull off something cool and complex, yet ends up a sweet, syrupy mess. Feels too slack, meaning the sugary fade sticks around forever.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2011 20:12:55 | More by DWilliams76
Photo of TheBeerAlmanac


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a fizzy head that is more or less reminiscent of traditional wheats.

S: Aroma is ridiculous: grains, oranges, graham cracker, and honey, it’s sweet and brisk. I could probably just smell this beer and be satisfied. I’d drink it through my nose if I could.

T/M: Has medium carbonation with a malty bitterness, crisp hay similar to a saison and a bit of lemon. The flavor is more subdued than the aroma and not a sweet as it makes you think, but it’s still a good all around beer and a great wheat beer.

This is my new go-to wheat beer. Too bad it’s not available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2011 19:22:28 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
Photo of mocktm


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had on draft at 909 in Fredericksburg, Virginia; appropriately enough, a partly Grateful Dead themed bar. Loved it there so I grabbed some bottles to drink and review.

Pours a very hazy, but bright golden yellow. Almost looks like honey in appearance. Not a lot of carbonation going on, but still yields about a finger's worth of white head. Poor retention and very little lacing, leaving only a faint ring as the foam quickly dissipates. Disappointingly, this one is lacking what is essential to a serious Hefe, a massive and voluptuously frothy head.

Nose is full of wheat, banana, clove, bubblegum, and faint honey. For a beer whose label proclaims honey as its differentiator, I was hoping it would be much more in my face. Still a decent aroma however.

Tastes as the preceding aromas would suggest. Lots of upfront Hefe flavors, particularly a incredibly strong banana presence. Honey is noticeable as well, contributing a bit more mild sweetness in the middle, before it finishes off nice and biscuity. Overall, it almost reminds me of a banana pancake. Pretty good stuff.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a let down. A little too light bodied for what I like to see in the style. Needs more carbonation and creaminess to accompany the taste.

Overall, this is a pretty decent offering. The flavors are right on and quite delicious, but some more carbonation and a creamier body would take this to the upper tier of Hefes.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2011 16:49:43 | More by mocktm
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!!

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2011 01:25:08 | More by GoldenVIKE
Photo of Dodo2step


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes

P -AOH on tap

A- cloudy sun yellow type of color. Not much head when i got it but it was a few moments because i was talking with someone. Had some lacing.

S- wheaty and bubblegum with banana spice.

T- taste is just like the smell.

M- light and crisp and goes down smooth. I had my doubts before i bought it but it was tasty

O- impressive for me not being a huge hefe person but tis the season. NIce beer to work out in the yard with.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2011 18:00:02 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of tone77


4.08/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with fruits and spices. Taste is good, lots of spice, some fruits, very flavorfull. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2011 15:01:26 | More by tone77
Photo of DarthRadb

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very Light Cloudy Honey Colored with very little head upon pour. Even with aggressive pour only produced 1/2 finger head that fades way to fast. Wheat Beers need a good fat head that lasts til the end, lost points on this.

Smell: A Very Fruity Bubblegum Aroma with the wheat malt, banana, clove yeast smell a Hefe should have, Honey is also Present in the mix.

Taste: Malty, Fruity with a little Hops for Balance.

Mouthfeel: Very Light bodied, Goes down very nice. A very refreshing Summertime Brew.

Drinkability: A very Sessionable Brew, I could drink these all day or night long. Not the Best Hefe I ever had, but I'd still buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 19:30:03 | More by DarthRadb
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

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

Reviewed from notes, had at Surf Taco in Jackson, NJ.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow, minimal white head due to the pour by the bartender, leaved decent lacing.

Smell: Spicy, nutty, lots of banana and clove.

Taste: Light banana and clove up front with good wheatiness. A good bit of fruitiness with it as well. Has a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and has a creamy smooth texture, with a slightly dry finish

Overall: I thought it was quite good. It went well with my taco and chips with salsa. Only problem with it is it has to compete with a very crowded field of hefeweizens, and the added honey doesn't distinguish it enough, though I would gladly buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2011 00:50:10 | More by MadCat
Photo of jgreenearrow


3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing present.

S: Smell of spice and banana accompany wheat malt. Packaging indicates tupelo honey should be present, but it is not detected in the nose.

T: Sweetness and spice dominate the beginning of the sip. Some pepper and star anise accompany additional spices and yeast flavors. The sweetness present doesn't have the flavor of honey, but it may be where it enters the equation. Some banana is present in the middle followed by some minor hop bitterness at the finish.

M: This is a light bodied beer with decent carbonation giving it a refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a good hefeweizen. The pour is not as yeast cloudy as expected, but the flavors are good. Fortunately, the flavors of the beer are more complex than those present in the nose.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2011 03:14:30 | More by jgreenearrow
Photo of BeerDawgs


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

A 12 oz. bottle in a Terrapin pint glass

A - A golden pilsner color, with a decent amount of head and nice lace retention

S - Wheaty lemongrass aroma, with some spicy notes

T - Honey, and lots of it. Nice wheat backbone

M - Well carbonated, and smooth.

O - An average wheat beer. The honey adds a nice twist. But probably a fun beer to drink on a hot summer afternoon on the lake.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 03:09:35 | More by BeerDawgs
Photo of Shinypoptart


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - The appearance is golden and cloudy, standard for a wheat beer. 3/5

Smell - The smell is good. You get spice, clove, yeast and banana. All proper for the style. 4/5

Taste - The taste follows the smell to perfection. You get the spice, clove, yeast and banana as well as a slight sweetness towards the end of the drink. The aftertaste is all clove and banana. 3/5

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is very effervescent, almost to fizzy. 3/5

Overall - This beer is a good representation of the German Hefeweizen style yet it lacks complexity. It tastes like Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Lite, it has all the right ideas yet doesn't execute them to perfection. 3/5

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 03:10:48 | More by Shinypoptart
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a hazy neon-yellow color with a half-finger of white head that leaves a little residual lacing.

S: Lemon, light grassiness, and some yeasty notes.

T: Tart and sour lemon, honey, light cracker maltiness, and a little pepper. This is more sour than I expected.

M: The body is medium-light with prickly carbonation and a crisp finish.

O: This is similar to Bell's Oarsmen; it is tart, refreshing, and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 03:27:41 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of fester1620

North Carolina

4.22/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really like this beer. being new to wheat beers this is a great one to start off with. smooth and easy to drink, with just the right touch of sweet. i hope i can find this one close to home. might just have to put it in my own bar. savannah bee com. honey, i need to look into them.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 22:06:05 | More by fester1620
Photo of nickfl


3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2011 03:38:05 | More by nickfl
Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer from Terrapin Beer Company
80 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.