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Sunspot - Greenbush Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 10 | 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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kustard

Illinois

2/5  rDev -47.8%

07-07-2013 14:13:08 | More by kustard
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Rihup

Illinois

2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

06-04-2013 02:00:00 | More by Rihup
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Khazadum

Illinois

2.83/5  rDev -26.1%
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
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schmidtmattsays

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

05-25-2014 00:18:47 | More by schmidtmattsays
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smartassboiler

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

06-15-2014 20:04:37 | More by smartassboiler
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Xarou

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

09-15-2013 01:39:39 | More by Xarou
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mcrawford

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.7%

08-14-2013 20:38:35 | More by mcrawford
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Kaveman

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

08-25-2013 21:00:11 | More by Kaveman
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smmeier819

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
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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Brenden

Ohio

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.11/5  rDev -18.8%
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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barnzy78

Illinois

3.13/5  rDev -18.3%
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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TMoney2591

Illinois

3.14/5  rDev -18%
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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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -15.4%
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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Rborre321

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

06-19-2014 20:41:20 | More by Rborre321
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cgrz

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

01-20-2014 09:36:53 | More by cgrz
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Fatdenny

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

10-08-2013 00:34:15 | More by Fatdenny
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detrockcitey

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

08-22-2013 00:33:29 | More by detrockcitey
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server222

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

10-28-2013 20:36:04 | More by server222
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parrotdead

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-21-2013 22:55:13 | More by parrotdead
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MacStinson

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-08-2013 19:44:51 | More by MacStinson
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orion320

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

07-20-2014 19:09:48 | More by orion320
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -13.6%
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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warnerry

Michigan

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2014 21:44:03 | More by warnerry
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andrewjraab

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
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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Sunspot from Greenbush Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.