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Sunspot - Greenbush Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

180 Ratings
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Ratings: 180
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 2
Gots: 15 | 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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Ratings: 180 | Reviews: 26 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

dannycohen62, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of Jordy777
4/5  rDev +4.7%

Jordy777, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Apr 17, 2014
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

Filabee, Apr 04, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Inglewood, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of jeffwright
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

jeffwright, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of BuckeyeFaninMI
3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

BuckeyeFaninMI, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of buschbeer
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.

buschbeer, Feb 01, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DCdevyl78, Jan 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

cgrz, Jan 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Michigan_Beer420, Dec 24, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

RyanCFriedrich, Nov 22, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Thedaver4220, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of richj1970
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.

richj1970, Nov 17, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

Beerdanza, Nov 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

Pillowburn, Nov 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

server222, Oct 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

LanceRobbins24, Oct 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.4%

TPONY51, Oct 23, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

DruC4, Oct 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

Fatdenny, Oct 08, 2013
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5/5  rDev +30.9%

BrewtalHonesty, Oct 05, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

tommy5, Sep 20, 2013
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3/5  rDev -21.5%

Xarou, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of smmeier819
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.

smmeier819, Sep 11, 2013
Sunspot from Greenbush Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 180 ratings.