Starburst Wheat | Saugatuck Brewing Company

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Starburst WheatStarburst Wheat

Brewed by:
Saugatuck Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 141
Photo of woodychandler
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

How interesting that the two previous reviewers of this beer are my local, in-person trader, tone77 and another user simply named tone! All that I can offer is that I am tone deaf & my reviews are toneless. Sorry.

From the bottle: "Hoppy Wheat Beer with a Zing". I am curious as to this "Zing" since the label depicts a tongue hanging out of a smiling face with what appears to be a tab on the end of said tongue. "A tab of what?" you ask. In that case, never mind!

I Pop!ped a tab, I mean, I Pop!ped off the cap and gave it an aggro pour since wheat beers are allowed to be cloudy, although not a requirement. It worked to my advantage, creating three-plus fingers of dense, rocky, foamy, tawny head with excellent retention. Color was a slightly hazy Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had a light lemony tartness from the wheat that may have been the "Zing" to which they were referring. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, not watery, but not much greater than that. Taste was tangy, not really tart, but lemony with a good bit of biscuit malt underlying the tang. Finish was semi-dry, slightly tart, but very refreshing. I could see this being a real boon on a hot, humid summer's day.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A thanks to the creator of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Yes, a rare bottle from woody. Has a dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of citrus, wheat. Taste is citrus, wheat, tropical fruits, highly refreshing. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is a smooth and easy drinking beer.

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Photo of Tone
3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, gold color. 2/3 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of piney hops, slight citrus hops, hint of floral hops, wheat, slight yeast, hint of alcohol, slight sweet malt, and fresh hop resin. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of citrus, yeast, hint of spice, hop resin, citrus hops, hint of floral hops, hint of pine, wheat, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good blend, complexity, and aroma; hop forward.

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Photo of udfan07
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This beer was a little too hoppy for me. It tasted all right but left an aftertaste that I did not enjoy. It was almost like drinking an IPA and I don't enjoy that style at all.

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Photo of Bonkinishwa
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Saugatuck Brewing Company - Starburst Wheat. 5.1% ABV. 3oz sample pour in mini mug.

Look: Golden bodied, fading to light orange.

Smell: Definite wheat aroma, along with some sweet grapefruit.

Feel: Easy to tell its a wheat. Full bodied and creamy.

Taste: Strong wheat backbone, with lots of fruit flavor from grapefruit and citrus.

Overall: Had at the Firkin Fest 2016 in Ashland, KY. I've only had one beer from Saugatuck before this, and it was good enough to give something else a try. Glad I did, because this actually really good. Great balance of wheat and fruit.

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3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

My second beer from you guys is a wheat ale, and American pale wheat ale at that. A strong forget me about an inch and a half of like 10 head body is a hazing gold in color. The nose smells of citrus, wheat, and a bit of pickles. The flavor is very clean and include some grassy hop based notes on the back of the tongue. This beer is incredibly easy to drink and go down very smoothly. Is not cloying at all and would make for a very good summer sipper. This is over alla solid beer for the style.

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Photo of Raime
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Saugatuck Starburst Wheat.

Not sure if this beer actually has anything to do with star burst candy though the bottle makes me doubt a connection. Anyway, these guys have put out a little bit of everything. From misses to average to world class. Not sure what to expect here, so let's dive in.

Look - From the twelve ounce bottle hard poured into a pint glass. The beer pours a Californian sunset orange hue with a head that demands a few stops before you can get the whole thing outta the bottle. Ends up being about two and a half fingers of slightly off white froth that starts leaving immediate creamy stick amongst the top parts of your glass. Carbonation appears to be about moderate as I have grown to expect. Lacing and stick remaining after a fi wished glass is attractive as always following the presented coloration of the beer.

Smell - Fresh melons and pink grapefruit galore. I really have nothing more to say here since there is simply nothing else to be said. Not getting any wheat what so ever but I'm having a hard time complaining about that since the brew smells pretty damn good.

Taste - Once again the melon comes through in massive mounts and is truly the driving force behind the entirety of this beer. The pink grapefruit is still there though it has taken a back seat. The wheat becomes more present in this aspect and there is even a bit of a Belgian like taste going on. Maybe a bit of pepper while we're at it?.

Feel - The feel on this beer is between moderate and full with a low amount of carbonation. Gets more spicy as it sits in the mouth and the overall flavors remain much the same. Swallows easily and juicy along with leaving a juicy feel in the mouth once it's down the gullet.

Overall - Another great beer outta these guys. Usually these types of hops take on a bit of the cat piss aspect but this one completely prevented that and added another dimension. So far tonight has been great for a " under $15 sixer and an extra " night. As always, try it for yourself and cone to your own conclusions..

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Photo of matjack85
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67. It had a clearly marked expiration date of 6/2/15 stamped on the bottle, and this is already November of '15, so this one is already a few months past its prime.

The beer poured a solid gold color and was very cloudy, which is expected with a wheat beer. There was a 2-finger whispy white head on top that lasted a few minutes and left a decent amount of lacing.

The beer smelled like wheat, tropical fruit, and citrus hops.

This tastes pretty much like it smells. Good wheat base with lots of tropical fruit flavors plus a touch of tangerine and grapefruit citrus. Hoppier than most wheat ales, but at just 25 IBUs it isn't overly bitter either.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation. Very refreshing.

This is a good beer. I can only imagine how much better it might have been had I been given a fresher bottle.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Starburst Wheat - Saugatuck Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick with web-like lacing and a hazy golden body.

Smells like a nice, bright mix of pine and tropical tasting hops with a touch of citrus.

I taste, you've guessed it: that mix of pine and tropical hops with a touch of citrus. Also in this mix is the revered citrus hop taste. These are all fairly mild and do not assault the palate. I could see this being a top notch summer brew.

The mouthfeel of this brew is clean and refreshing. A very effective quencher IMO.

Overall, I'll give Starburst Wheat - Saugatuck Brewing Company a 4.25. As I've seen other reviews state, this COULD of had an ever-so- slightly fuller body resulting in a higher score. But this most will most certainly suffice. Hope this is around next summer, as I've reviewed this on a rather brisk Ohio autumn day.

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Photo of gopens44
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Everything about this beer clicks, from the amber beer under thick foamy head to the bright nose full of tropical hops, right down to the terrific taste that amongst the piney blast is just a bit of spice. Only knock? It's very thin. Otherwise, nice offering indeed.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours pale, cloudy, and golden in color with a very fluffy, bright white head. Smells fruity, but lightly so. This is very hoppy for a wheat ale.

Although this is rather thin and light feeling, it is refreshing and enjoyable. Plus, the logo reminds me of a hit of acid on someone's tongue on a starry summer night. Worth mentioning.

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Photo of schoolboy
3.81/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

OK, here's a nice little offering from Michigan. I like the final result - a flavorful lighter brew that isn't a compromise.

It looks great in the glass - yellow, with nice little head. The aroma is excellent. A mildly yeasty wheat smell with lots of hops in there.

The taste is big and bitter. A full flavored wheat ale taste plus loads of hops. The aftertaste is a bitterness that slowly fades. Very good.

This is recommended, but caution that it might not mix with delicate foods - it has a lot of (mostly bitter) flavor.

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Photo of superspak
4.06/5  rDev +8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 1/14/2015. Pours hazy orange/amber color with a 2 finger dense and rocky off white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation. Incredible appearance. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, light banana, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus hops, pale malt, and light-moderate fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon zest, orange peel, light pine, light banana, clove, wheat, bread, light honey, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-monderate pine/grassy bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, pineapple, lemon/orange zest, light pine, light banana, clove, wheat, bread, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice robustness and complexity of citrus hops, bready malt, and light-moderate fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy, and lightly crisp/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent hoppy pale wheat ale style. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of citrus hops, pale malt, and light-moderate fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap in a shaker pint at a Mexican restaurant that had a surprisingly awesome local beer selection. Chose this one because I hadn't a brew from Saugatuck before, wanted to try something from them. Wasn't even aware of the style, as the beer list simply called it Starburst. Color is bright orange, shiny, with a nice white head that lasts for some time. Aroma is flowers, wheat, and citrus/tropical hops. Tastes follows, and was surprisingly hoppy. Enjoyable, bright, and deserving of a spot in the fridge for a summer afternoon.

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Photo of GRPunk
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle ($9.99 sixer from Copper Vine) dated 022015, poured into a weizen glass.

A- The golden-orange body clouds nicely with a yeast pour. Dense, pillowy, khaki head has great sustain and leaves thick rings on the glass.

S- A nice balance between the obviously amped up hops and the wheaty/yeasty side. Lots of citrus, a little black pepper. Some of cream of wheat.

T- Much as the aroma suggests. A solid, wheat backbone with generous amounts of citrus hops (a lot of grapefruit zest and pulp). A very clean finish.

M- medium body with moderate-heavy carbonation. A solid hop bite and dry finish.

O- I'm generally more of a traditionalist with American wheat beers. This one is hoppy, but done well keeping the wheat aspects well represented. Something I'd purchase when I want a solid dose of hops, but not a full-on IPA.

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Photo of ARoman
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap, poured into a shaker. The aroma is a bright, tropical smell with supporting pine hints and a note reminiscent of fruit stripes gum. The beer is an oily and sparkling orange amber with traces of sediment floating and a soapy, filmy white head that leaves abundant lace and a moderate retention. The beer is a medium sweet and medium bitter in phases. It's slick and thin with a soapy soft carbonation and a light body that's mostly compromised of tropical fruit, bread, and pine that finishes crisp and dry with citrus flavoring and leaves a cloying aftertaste with astringent pine and grapefruit membrane notes.


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Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

If I drink this, black out, and come to only to see myself dancing in some EDM-laden club in a diaper on some random Philly public access show, I'm not gonna be pleased... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy brass-amber topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises fresh mimosa, light honey, mild flowers, and a hint of powdered sugar. The taste brings in more of the same, the oranges' rinds taking a more vocal role here. A slightly strange twinge of bitter sourness pervades the finish and aftertaste. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a wet feel. Overall, a pretty nice hoppy wheat, actually, one that embraces the seemingly inherent fruitiness that wheat beers tend to exhibit. It may not be life-altering, but it's definitely worth a repeat cracking.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Saugatuck's Starbust Wheat last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I'm always down to try a new beer from Saugatuck and since it's the time when brewerys start to release their wheat beers I thought i would give this one a try, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on 1/14/15.. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, it's got a nice design to it and it's eye catching. It poured a nice slightly gold orange color that took on more of a brighter amber orange color when held to the light with one and a half fingers worth of bubbly off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left some spotty and patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the fruits being the first to show up with some nice orange juice like aromas coming through and it's quickly followed by some tropical fruit and citrus fruit hops that make for a nice pineapple orange juice like aroma with just a slight bit of floral and green hops showing up in the background. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast with some some sweet malt, bready, pale malts ans wheat aromas coming through. This beer has a good aroma, I like the way the hops worked with the base beer.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a just a slightly higher amount of medium sweetness with the that same nice mixture of oranges and fruity hops making for a nice pineapple orange juice flavor and there's still a light amount of green and floral hops showing up in the background. Up next comes a slight bit of doughy yeast with the malts showing up also and they impart the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but they are a little lighter. On the finish there's a higher amount of light bitterness with a nice hoppy and orange pineapple juice like flavors showing up in the aftertaste. This is a pretty nice tasting beer, the hop profile works nicely with the base beer.

M- Smooth, a little crisp, a little refreshing, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was good and it worked well with this beer, I have no complaints.

Overall I thought this was a good beer and I thought it was a pretty nice example of the style, it had just about everything that I look for in the style with the hops showing up nicely and they worked nicely with the base beer to make for a good combination. This beer has good drinkability, it's smooth, a little crisp, a little refreshing, not filling and the taste does a nice job at holding my attention, I could drink a few of these especially when the weather is warmer. What I like the most about this beer was the hop profile it was pretty nice and it worked great with the base beer. What I like the least abouit this beer was nothing, there isn't anything I disliked or would change, it's fine just the way it is. I would buy this beer again, especially when in it gets warmer outside and I would recommend this beer. All in all I was happy with this beer, I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out, but in the end I thought the different aspects worked well with each other and it made for a tasty beer. It's one of the better Saugatuck beer's i've had and it's one of the better example of the a hoppy wheat ale that I've had. Good job guys, I enjoyed this beer, keep up the hard work.

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Photo of DeerfieldBeerSnob
4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Like a Gumballhead without the wall of malt that defines (and limits) 3F's runner up fave. Lighter and crisper, with lower ABV than either Gumballhead or the even stronger Little Sumpin Sumpin, it's a nice alternative to either that will be cheaper and more readily available (I'm going out on a limb here, not) this summer at beach parties across the Great Lakes region. One to try for sure.

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Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I was told this was intended to be something along the lines of a Michigan Gumballhead...I didn't find it to be nearly as similar as I wanted and expected.

The appearance was as expected for a beer with 'wheat' in the name, a light, cloudy pour. Head not as fluffy and prolonged as I would have liked. The aroma is definitely wheat, with a bit of citrus, a faint hoppiness, and zero alcohol coming through.

Taste is on par with a lesser wheat offering, again with a bit of citrus (but not banana or bread). The malt profile is all but lacking, which again was a surprise given the expectations of a GBH competitor.

On it's own, Starburst is an easy sipper with a nice, light flavor. I came into this one with expectations that were set too high, which isn't a fault of the beer nor the brewery. I would certainly drink again, just in a different light.

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Photo of Daktah
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy gold pour with lots of citrus hop in the nose. Smells of fruit and wheat (like a hefeweizen) come through a little. Taste is hop forward, but the wheat kicks in a takes over a bit. Body of this one is nice and slightly silky.

Overall, this beer becomes too wheat focused after the first few sips - tastes like a 312 with a hop nose. Good variety in the Saugatuck lineup, but not up to the wheat pale ale standard that other breweries have set.

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Photo of Todob_50
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Label- very cool label. Simplistic, yet entertaining. Not sure why, but have to rate this in my top 5 of labels. Well done Saugatuck BR.

Taste- first taste gives false hope. Just when you think your drinking Gumball Head you take another drink and you soon realize this is a poor effort at imitating GH. Not sure what happens, but fizzles quickly.

Overall- the label is cool enough to at least try the beer. Good effort from a small brewery and I will most likely feed my liver more of this one.

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Starburst Wheat from Saugatuck Brewing Company
3.76 out of 5 based on 141 ratings.
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