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Sunspot - Greenbush Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

168 Ratings
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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 2
Gots: 11 | 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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Thedaver4220

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

11-19-2013 01:10:18 | More by Thedaver4220
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richj1970

Alabama

3.51/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

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

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +11%

11-12-2013 23:57:58 | More by Beerdanza
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Pillowburn

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

11-01-2013 13:12:21 | More by Pillowburn
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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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LanceRobbins24

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

10-24-2013 03:48:34 | More by LanceRobbins24
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TPONY51

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

10-23-2013 05:28:01 | More by TPONY51
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DruC4

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

10-12-2013 00:22:06 | More by DruC4
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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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BrewtalHonesty

Oregon

5/5  rDev +30.5%

10-04-2013 23:00:09 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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tommy5

Michigan

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-20-2013 02:23:07 | More by tommy5
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Xarou

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

09-15-2013 01:39:39 | More by Xarou
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smmeier819

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -19.6%

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.

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

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

(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.

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

North Carolina

4/5  rDev +4.4%

09-01-2013 19:30:28 | More by lupercmda
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NorthSideSean

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

08-31-2013 19:01:49 | More by NorthSideSean
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Kaveman

Illinois

3/5  rDev -21.7%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-24-2013 01:28:25 | More by Nightrain
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Fcolle2

Illinois

3.24/5  rDev -15.4%

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

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

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-23-2013 20:08:18 | More by detroitpat
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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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Trent

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

08-17-2013 21:11:06 | More by Trent
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mcrawford

Michigan

3/5  rDev -21.7%

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

Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

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

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11%

08-11-2013 00:00:22 | More by trebud
Sunspot from Greenbush Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.