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Sunspot - Greenbush Brewing Company

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86
very good

175 Ratings
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Ratings: 175
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.01%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Grain: White wheat, 2 row malt, black malt and flaked wheat

Hops: Saaz

Yeast: German wheat yeast

Specs:
15 ibu
6% abv
8.1º Lovibond

(Beer added by: alleykatking on 07-08-2011)
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Reviews by kilopaparomeo:
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

kilopaparomeo, Jul 06, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Ashley's in Westland for the Shorts vs. Greenbush Throwndown. Sunspot pours like murky apple juice; kind of muddled and rusty looking, topped off with a soapy, bone-white layer of foam. The head recedes quickly for a hefeweizen and settles at a skin no more than a millimeter in height atop the rustic looking brew.

As with the best beers of this style, the yeast is clearly the star of the aroma profile. Big time hefeweizen yeast notes; clove, bubblegum, and some delicate spices. Very estery, with heaps of ripe banana, orange zest, and faint lemon rind. Hops are only slightly noticeable, but provide a mild grassy note that integrates pretty well. Softer handfuls of wheat blanket the edges and pull everything together. With warming, some mild sugar sweetness escalates as well. Nothing mind-blowing, but still a very solid hefe-style aroma.

Sunspot is pretty smooth on the palate, although it seems a little more watery than I'd like. Typically hefeweizens are lighter, while maintaining a "full-feeling" body, but it's only a minor gripe. Musky hops hit first which kind of surprises me after smelling it. Bitterness is quite low, but the mild-leafiness from the hops is a fairly prominent part of the flavor profile and I can't decide if I'd like it better without it or not.

Some expected hefe-style flavors are abound - banana, heavy wheat, clove, coriander, spice, and some residual, ester-laden sugars - but there's also one different component that seems to stand out to me. I'm sensing a light, funky-wood flavor... Not quite like the funk you'd get from Brett yeast or even wine-barrel aging, but just a mildly funky, damp wood, borderline musky cellar kind of funk. Light in comparison to the rest of the flavors, but heavy enough to be noticeable. It's different... I like it. I think. The finish contains mild sweetness and the lasting taste of some nice German yeast.

I'm a sucker for a good hefeweizen, and while this one doesn't quite stand up to the "greats" out there (Weihenstephaner, Franziskaner, Dancing Man), it can still stand on its own two feet pretty well. Definitely one of the better offerings from Greenbush that I've had. I could picture rocking a few of these on a hot, summer day.

tectactoe, May 17, 2013
Photo of warnerry
3.34/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Original review from draft in 2011:

A - Pours a hazy golden brown with a finger of head and some nice lacing.

S - very nice aromas of banana, cloves, some citrus and wheat.

T -- Similar to smell, nice citrus and banana, great wheat presence and apparent but not overwhelming spices. One of the best hefeweizens I've had.

M -- Medium mouthfeel with a nice creaminess.

O -- My first from Greenbush, and it is very impressive. Would definitely have this again.

Rated it 4.5 across the board.

Bottle review May 2014:
Not sure what happened to this beer (I think the bottle was pretty fresh) but this bears little resemblance to the beer I originally reviewed. Not much citrus, and an unpleasant bitter finish. Would be willing to try on draft at the source again, but very glad I bought a single bottle.

warnerry, May 09, 2014
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in tulip glass)
A- The murky caramel body has a thick creamy light tan head that last a good bit.

S- The rich banana bread ester aroma leads to an odd wheat shampoo aroma that grows and grows.

T- The banana esters lead to apple juice notes and some unripe plantain notes in the finish. A green woody hop snap finishes dry with some bread crust notes coming through as it opens.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a tight little fizz.

O- This beer has a clean crisp nice full ester profile but it has an odd quality to the aroma that starts to dominate.

rhoadsrage, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.1/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark in color for a hefe, I'm not sure it fits within the range or if it sits on the very outskirts of it. It's extremely muddled, completely opaque in its thick murk. The color is a sort of honey-orange. The fluffy, pale orange-tinted head stays at one finger's height for almost the entirety, with a sort of film developing on top of the fluff. Lacing is left in plenty, mostly in patches.
I'm not sure exactly what I'm getting out of this aroma. It's steely, and that's fine if it weren't the main element and one of the only detectable notes. Some dry cracker and a touch of banana, along with something very mildly clove-like, are all else I can get.
The flavor has a bit of very tangy lemon right up front, very juicy, with some very light spiciness, pear and banana behind it. It develops a bit more sweetness and allows more of the spiciness to come out as it sits. A touch of floral hops with a bit of herb come out in the middle and carry through to the finish.
It's soft, fluffy and fairly smooth in a medium body with a bit of crispness to it. It works fairly well.
In every way, this is an okay beer, but I wouldn't have bothered labeling it a Hefeweizen.

Brenden, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

DruC4, Oct 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

schmidtmattsays, May 25, 2014
Photo of WoodBrew
3.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Sunspot is a decent Heffe. The beer poured a cloudy gold with rich head that is leaving a lacing. The scent carries banana and clove. The taste is slightly sharp toward the clove, but not over done. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a sessionable Heffe and should be enjoyed by those that prefer this style.

WoodBrew, May 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

kristenrae8, Aug 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

Rborre321, Jun 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

astebelton, Oct 02, 2012
Photo of richj1970
3.51/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into tulip glass.

A: Pours a lemon yellow with hints of burnt orange. Gigantic head. Man this one is a gusher. Took me almost 10 minutes to get it to fit into the glass. Head slowly dissipated with sticky lacing.

S: Lots of yeast, biscuit mixed with banana and clove. Smells more of a saison that hefe.

T: Follows the nose quite closely. Nice earthy funk.

M: Nice body but way over-carbonated to the point of being ridiculous.

O: Enjoyable brew. If you had given it to me blind, I would have swore it to be a saison.

richj1970, Nov 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

ianpstephens, Jul 18, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Trent, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of alleykatking
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Greenbush!

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow orange color with hints of orange toward the middle. Half finger white head shows light retention. Light collar of lace on the side of the glass.

S- Banana and clove come out right off the bat in the nose. Light wheat undertones in the middle of the aroma profile bring a nice balance to the overall smell. Citrus undertones in the ending with a bright orange profile hinting in the very end before a light alcohol comes over it.

T- Upfront there is a nice mix of orange zest and wheat balance. This leads to a clean banana middle with hints of light clove in the backing. Ending shows off more of that banana flavor with once again a clean clove taste as a wheat underbody shows a nice balance to the beer. The alcohol is subdue and bubblegum really hints in the very end of this one.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Orange zest, banana, light clove, and wheat are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol with hints of bubblegum, wheat, and banana and clove. Flavors were very well balanced for the style. No off flavors were present when I was drinking this. Medium alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- I thought this beer was fantastic. I've had a lot of hefeweizens and this one is right up there with lets say Live Oak's. A clean tasting and very flavorful beer without the alcohol mess that some of the higher ABV hefe's tend to have. I can see this beer becoming something that people will seek out in the future.

alleykatking, Jul 08, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Beerpiggie, Jun 29, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

fishmich, Jul 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

PhillyStyle, Jun 07, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

cgrz, Jan 20, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

CRJMellor, Aug 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

yeahman, May 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

DCdevyl78, Jan 30, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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Sunspot from Greenbush Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.