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Sunspot - Greenbush Brewing Company

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 12.86%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | 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:
Beer added by: alleykatking on 07-08-2011

Grain: White wheat, 2 row malt, black malt and flaked wheat

Hops: Saaz

Yeast: German wheat yeast

15 ibu
6% abv
8.1º Lovibond
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Ratings: 184 | Reviews: 27
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3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of BrySoChi
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

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4/5  rDev +5%

Photo of matjack85
3.59/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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4.75/5  rDev +24.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  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.

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3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

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3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

Photo of andrewjraab
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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3.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Sunspot from Greenbush Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.