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Sunspot - Greenbush Brewing Company

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86
very good

170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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

brentk56, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
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.

TMoney2591, May 22, 2013
Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

imperialking, Jun 21, 2013
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 superspak
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

superspak, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

brandoman63, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +4.4%

dmorgan310, Jun 29, 2013
Photo of Zaphog
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Zaphog, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

liamt07, May 29, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

scruffwhor, Jun 23, 2013
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
Photo of barnzy78
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.

barnzy78, Jul 05, 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
Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +4.4%

enelson, May 31, 2013
Photo of sweemzander
3.43/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

sweemzander, Aug 08, 2013
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 smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -21.7%

smartassboiler, Jun 15, 2014
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 tommy5
4/5  rDev +4.4%

tommy5, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +4.4%

lupercmda, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of CRJMellor
4/5  rDev +4.4%

CRJMellor, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of matjack85
3.61/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

matjack85, May 31, 2013
Photo of seeswo
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

seeswo, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of hilgart1
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

hilgart1, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of mrebeka
4.25/5  rDev +11%

mrebeka, May 06, 2012
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Sunspot from Greenbush Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.