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Sunspot - Greenbush Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

130 Ratings
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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%


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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cadizkyguy

Kentucky

5/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On an August visit to Greenbush, I sampled the Anger and Sunspot and opted to purchase a growler of Anger, which I really enjoyed.

During a Labor Day beer run, I picked up a growler of Sunspot and decided to pair it with Kielbasa, sauerkraut, a diced green apple, brown sugar along with a half cup of Sunspot for juice and cooked it in a pot on the stove.

While the concoction is simmering on the stove, I decide to do my beer review of Sunspot, fittingly in my Weihenstephan weizen beer glass.

This is one majestic brew, both in appearance and taste. This blows away every Hefeweizen I've ever had and that's saying a lot since I consider Weihenstephan the king of its class.

Appearance -- cloudy, yeasty, golden, with a frothy white head that dissipates and leaves considerable lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Banana, banana and more banana, with clove. The freshness of this beer is unreal, having been tapped only six days earlier. A big thanks to the Greenbush barmaid who properly filled my growler and sealed it at the neck to ensure freshness.

Taste -- A classic Hefeweizen taste. Yeasty, with clove and lots of banana overtones.

Mouthfeel -- Greenbush has been in business since only June 2011 - a mere three months - and is the new shining star on the craft scene. This beer is incredible, just like Anger, a black ipa with tons of character and flavor.

Overall -- The only knock on Greenbush would be its clear glass growlers. I brought an empty brown growler from Figure 8 to have filled since the last time at Greenbush the growlers there were all sold out. There's something about a clear glass growler that doesn't set well with me. But that is hardly a negative.

Serving type: growler

09-10-2011 22:46:58 | More by cadizkyguy
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.65/5  rDev +21.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2011 19:48:27 | More by alleykatking
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minterro

Colorado

4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 7/18/11 at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

A: Murky/cloudy orange brown, with bits of yellow seeping through. Even though it sounds nasty, it looks a bit like muddy water… in a good way haha. White head that pours about a quarter of a finger, and stay around a pretty decent amount and leaving a pretty good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: WOW! This beer truly blew me away in the smell category. Very pungent smells of spice, bananas, and cloves. With hints of citrus (oranges I believe) aroma. This beer smells like ever hefeweizen wants/wish to smell like.

T: The spice and orange flavors of the beer is the thing I taste the most upfront but this blends well with a banana and cloves middle taste. A nice wheat feel in the background all the way through. A nice and sweet summery taste. This beer is a great representative of a well-balanced beer.

M: medium to low carbonation with a medium body. Smooth and a tad bit on the dry side as far as finishes go, but not too much where this couldn’t be enjoyed on a nice, hot summer afternoon.

O: This beer is hands down the best hefeweizen I’ve ever had! You can’t get much better then this beer as far as hefeweizen’s go. Unfortunately there is almost nowhere to find this beer. This really needs to hit shelves in bottle form soon, cause I need to give it another analysis in a quite, distraction free environment… that’s how good this beer is.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2011 01:25:16 | More by minterro
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warnerry

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2011 17:54:22 | More by warnerry
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BrySoChi

Illinois

4.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Murky caramel color with little to no light getting through. About a three finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice lacing.

S- Immediately hit with strong hints of banana bread and caramel notes.

T- Like the smell, tip of the tongue is banana bread which quicky rolls to the caramel flavor. The back of the tongue tastes like what I want describe as a "christmas" flavor and then leaves you with a smoky, almost tobacco like aftertaste. Very complex.

M- Delivers a thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Would've liked to feel lighter carbonation on this one.

O-This is definitely one of my favorites by Greenbush. The complex flavors and sweet nose would satisfy someone wanting dessert after a delicious meal.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 04:02:37 | More by BrySoChi
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liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the brewery.

Hazy golden yellow, light white head and good retention. Nose has a good amount of banana, citrus with a solid clove/spice component. Quite prominent spicing. Lots of wheat and banana on the palate, and the spicing remains quite big. Body dries out real quick, urges for another sip. Medium full feel and moderate sweetness. A touch of bitterness. A solid hefeweizen, quite refreshing and satisfying.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2012 22:43:23 | More by liamt07
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superspak

Michigan

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy orange amber color with a nice 3 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, orange peel, banana, clove, bubblegum, wheat, floral, pepper, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, orange peel, banana, clove, bubblegum, wheat, pepper, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, banana, pear, clove, bubblegum, wheat, pepper, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish fore a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with a great fruity/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent hefeweizen! All around nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this one; this is one of the better American made Hefeweizens I have had.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2013 04:26:55 | More by superspak
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brentk56

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with an amber color (slightly darker than expected) and a very nice head that leaves quite a few strands of lace

Smell: Wheat bread, bananas, cloves and a surprising element of grassy hops

Taste: Starts out like a standard hefe, with wheat bread, bananas and clove but by mid-palate, the grassy hops arrive to take the beer in a different direction; nicely blended in the finish, with hefe and Noble hop characteristics blended together

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather non-traditional hefe, bringing a Noble hop flavor that restrains the banana flavor, to a meaningful extent; definitely enjoyable, once I figured out what the brewer was doing

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2012 03:12:22 | More by brentk56
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2013 16:41:12 | More by tectactoe
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Sunspot last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. This is the newest Greenbush beer to see distribution and since I like this brewery I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so it should be fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks nice it's got a slight dash of darkness that some Greenbush labels seem to have. It poured a hazy golden orange color that took on some darker orange hues when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that left some nice lacing behind. This was a good looking beer that looked pretty true to style, I liked it.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of medium sweetness followed by some wheat, ripe bananas and spices with cloves seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end I get an earthy aroma that might be from some hops. This beer had a nice aroma that was pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma but lighter and it starts off with lots of wheat and grainy flavors with a some lighter bready flavors. Next comes a lighter amount of banana and a lighter spicy aroma with cloves still sticking out the most. On the finish it's a little earthy with a low amount of bitterness with bananas and cloves carrying on into the aftertaste with a little bit of wheat. This was a nice tasting beer that was fairly true to style.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly refreshing, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was slightly prickly. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, I have had better Heffeweizens but most of them have been from Germany so this was pretty good for a domestic example of the style. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little refreshing and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these on a warm summer day. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and the balance, it didn't go overboard on the ripe bananas. There wasn't anything that I really disliked about this beer, it was good for what it was. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice Hefeweizen and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style. All in all I thought this was solid for the style and I liked it, it's not my favorite of the style or my favorite Greenbush beer, but it's another solid beer from Greenbush, keep it up guys.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2013 04:25:58 | More by StoutHunter
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Alextricity

Michigan

3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: No bottling date. A cool looking label of the sun, with that flat paint or matte feeling paper that Greenbush uses. Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. The beer itself is definitely unique... I've never seen such a dark hefe in my life. This beer is so murky that you can't see through it at all at the top of the glass. At the bottom, it's very hazy. Truthfully, it looks like sewage water, but for a beer, this actually looks great. Head is about two fingers and sticks at about one ... the head is both off-white, and a tan/orange color as well after pouring the "goop" from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Banana taffy. Normally in hefe's I drink I get that banana/clove aroma. This one has clove without a doubt, but it's at a level I can tolerate (I've learned that it's hard for me to stomach much clove in my beer). This essentially does smell like banana taffy, with just a hint of clove. Not much else.

Taste/feel: About 65% banana, 35% clove... the mouthfeel is thick like any other Greenbush beer that I've had -- silky and "big." For hefeweizens the only flavors I tend to get are bananas and cloves, and then other little spices. This beer tastes like it smells and should taste like an ordinary hefeweizen to me, but the ratio is what makes this a beer I can easily enjoy. I'm not normally a huge hefe guy, but I enjoy this. The feel, like I said, is heavy ... in most hefes I've had from memory, they've been relatively thin. This thickness almost makes this beer drink like a smoothie or something.

Solid beer. I wouldn't often seek this beer out given that I'm not big on the style, but this is actually very likely my favorite hefeweizen. The look of it, the feel of it, the emphasis on banana rather than clove/spices/yeasty flavors... this is quite good.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 13:44:20 | More by Alextricity
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 15:53:30 | More by rhoadsrage
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matjack85

Illinois

3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I bought this single 12oz bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making them $1.67 each. No freshness date.

The beer poured a cloudy gold color with 3/4 of the weizen glass filled with frothy white foam. It took over 3 minutes to go down and it left some pretty good lacing.

Weaker smell than most hefeweizens but still with the traditional aromas of banana, clove, and wheat, with the wheat being the most dominant.

A bubble gum sweetness hits right away with wheat, banana, and clove coming thru as well. Very mild bitterness, if any at all with just 15 IBU's.

Medium body with low to moderate carbonation.

It's OK, but nothing to make it stand out from other run-of-the-mill hefeweizens.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2013 05:40:51 | More by matjack85
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richj1970

Alabama

3.51/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2013 01:32:31 | More by richj1970
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sweemzander

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color. Produced some great white froth with good retention behind it; some good lacing left behind as well.

(S)- A bit dry with lots of yeasty biscuit. It actually is a touch funky with a bit of lemon peel too.

(T)- A nice biscuity wheat meets some lemon and banana. Finishes with a subtle clove-like spice and bubblegum.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. The bitterness climbs quite significantly as it warms and the yeast really starts to take over.

(O)- It is a solid Hefeweizen. I have definitely had worse from the states, but this one is well made.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2013 22:28:24 | More by sweemzander
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - nice burnt orange color with a big froth of foamy white head. Good Clarity with bubbles racing. Decent webbing and stick at first that quickly disappeared.

S - Wheat, grains, banana bread, dough.

T - Follows the nose closely with a bread dough, bananas, clove. Easy drinking, but the flavor profile doesn't meld perfectly.

O - This is a decent offering for the style, but doesn't knock my socks off. I could drink it on a lazy summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2013 20:46:27 | More by andrewjraab
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

From: Binny's, Champaign, IL
Date: None on bottle
Glass: Weihenstephan weizen glass

Sunspot is a better-than-average hefeweizen (which I would say is generally flavorless and watery), but does not compare to most German imports or the top of the NA craft scene. In my opinion, it is too yeast-heavy, with more attention needed to the malt and yeast-produced esters and phenols. Not one I'd seek out again.

Pours a towering head of off-white colored foam, made up of small-sized bubbles, with excellent retention length of several minutes. The head eventually fades to a 1cm cap that remains atop the body of the beer for the entirety of the drinking session. Lacing is excellent: thick, interesting patterns cling to the insides of the entirety of the glass. The body is a dark golden brown color, with light bringing out paler golden yellow hues. Carbonation is visible through the opaque body, moderate in amount and activity.

Aroma is very yeast-heavy, with strong mushroom/soil/earth nuances and light hints of vanilla and clove. Not particularly appealing, but not appalling, either, and definitely a bit "off" for the style.

Front of palate picks up lightly sweetened wheat bread with heavy yeast/mushroom/earth and a touch of vanilla and cloves. Mid-palate detects continued semi-sweet wheat bread, light popcorn, continued yeast/mushroom/earth, and minor banana and clove. Back of palate is quite yeasty, with bready wheat being a secondary thought, along with mild German hop bitterness and much reduced banana ester and clove phenol. Aftertaste of yeast, wheat bread, overripe bananas, and modest Germanic hop bitterness.

Beer is medium-bodied, with carbonation of medium intensity, resulting in a notably foamy, smooth mouthfeel that is characteristic of the style and quite fitting for this beer in particular. Closes dry, with minor stickiness on the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 02:35:51 | More by falloutsnow
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pour dark murky dark orange near brown with a 3 finger huge foamy head. Looks odd for a hefe.

Smell has big yeasty charicter to it, banana clove note are slightly mild for a hefe.malt has a slightly sharp note to it.

There is slightly more banana in the taste and a bigger carmel malt presence with a very slight sulfuric taste to it

Carbonation is really high. A little to high for my liking. Medium body

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 01:00:35 | More by Fcolle2
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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

There's black malt in this hefeweizen? Okay. It pours a clear bronze topped by a finger of cream foam. Hm, looks like there is some more darkness than usual. Fair enough. Looks good. The nose comprises wheat, light candi sugar, light honey, light corn, and a touch of toffee. This smells like no hefe I've ever had, nor any I'd likely wanna have. The taste holds notes of orange zest, black pepper, light clove, sweet biscuit, and a touch of some spice in the background that I just can't for the life of me pin down. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent hefe, I suppose, but one that's strangely too malty and a touch too spicy for its own good.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2013 06:44:08 | More by TMoney2591
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barnzy78

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, I poured it like a traditional German Hefeweizen (pour, swirl, pour). It looked normal at first, but after the swirl of the yeast, it became an extremely hazy, murky, opaque, grayish-yellow colored ale that was topped with a creamy, ivory head, that did hold excellent retention. Aromas are hefe yeast, bubblegum, clove, banana, faint citric hop. Tastes are somewhat tart, grassy, citric, banana, clove, bubblegum, yeast, finishes acidic, and rather off putting. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, fullish body, but that acidic finish is getting to me. Overall, sub-par German style Hefeweizen. Might have been better without all the yeast added at the end, but there are many other superior imported German Hefeweizens I doubt I'll buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2013 21:55:47 | More by barnzy78
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.11/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 fluid ounce bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - This beer turned into a glass of eggshell foam when I poured it. There was literally no liquid, just foam, on the initial pour. Finally, after about five minutes the foam subsided enough to pour in the remaining contents of the bottle. I ended up with a cloudy orange bodied beer with golden highlights.

S - I got a little of that trademark hefe banana smell, but the spices were more prevalent.

T - I get a bitter taste. There is only a slight hint of the normal banana and cloves taste. The finish and aftertaste are bitter. It is not pleasant.

M - Moderate

O - I hope this is just an old bottle. Maybe I can find it on tap sometime and get a better feel for it.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2014 02:39:20 | More by buschbeer
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Brenden

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2014 19:21:43 | More by Brenden
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smmeier819

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is by far the strangest Hefeweizen I have ever had. First off, it is amber orange in color, not the typical light gold you get from the German imports. Also, it is clear versus the typical cloudy. It is unfiltered as you can tell by the millimeter deep dregs on the bottom of the bottle, but the yeast doesn't stay suspended.

The first time I tried to pour this puppy in a tall glass it foamed up like a rabid dog. The second bottle I decided not to even try after it exploded once I opened it. This thing is crazy carbed, as it should be, but come on.

As for how it tasted, lots and lots of yeast character going on here. Phenols galore, both the banana clove good phenols, and the band aid medicine bad phenols. The malts show up with a very bready profile, but there is a strong bitter aftertaste especially for a beer with only 15 IBU.

Overall, it's okay. There are better hefeweizens out there for sure. Cross it off the bucket list and move on.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2013 21:17:26 | More by smmeier819
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Khazadum

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great lacing, not sticky enough for my glass. Amber body, good carbonation, great lingering time on head generation. Scums down to a pond skin and creamy collar.

Strong diacetyl presence that is hidden by the chill. As it warms it comes out to overwhelm the clove and bubblegum nature. Very faint bubblegum... all about the clove here.

Spicy clove, bits of generic spice, apple phenols, but throughout the entire play is diacetyl and biscuit. A wheaty malt backbone helps as well. Is that bubblegum? Barely. Diacetyl becomes the name of the game and boy does it linger into the finish as an awful chemical laden bread.

Full crisp body, very bright carbonation, very sticky and prevalent flavors. If only they weren't so.... unbalanced?

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 03:26:29 | More by Khazadum
Sunspot from Greenbush Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.