Sunshine Wheat Beer | New Belgium Brewing

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Sunshine Wheat BeerSunshine Wheat Beer
Sunshine Wheat BeerSunshine Wheat Beer

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
IBU - 14
Hops - Target
Malts - Pale, Carapils, Wheat
OG - 13.4
Fruits/Spice - Orange Peel, Coriander

User Reviews & Ratings
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 369 | Ratings: 901
Photo of andrewh995
3.29/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I was told by a waitress this would be like a Hefeweizen and it wasn't so I was disappointed with that, but other than that it was good. No bitterness at all and the flavor is mild so it went well with my meal. Wheaty and slightly citrusy in flavor. It's good but I probably wouldn't order it again.

 301 characters

Photo of rodbeermunch
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice light yellow pour with some wheat notes floating around. Aroma hits you with the wheat and lemon notes, nothing hoppy.

Taste is a light refreshing wheat beer in the vein of BlueMoon or Shocktop, but slightly better.

I mean, it delivers on what it aims to be. If you like summer or girls, these won't go to waste.

 325 characters

Photo of ordybill
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear yellow with a medium sized white head. The aroma is big on citrus and bread.yeast. The taste is citrus driven with some coriander in the mix. A real good wheat beer.

 241 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Enjoy By: 25SEP16.

Appearance: Pours a softly hazed, daffodil-colored body with a medium-small, white head.

Smell: A scent of clean, scrubbed wheat, tangy orange and a lil' pinch of spice.

Taste: Slightly sweet, honey-tinged wheat with a small, small hint of grain. Lightly fruity, lightly citrusy. Modest spiciness. Sweetish, cereal-laden finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: A nice, nicely light summertime offering.

 516 characters

Photo of akolb
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

An above average wheat beer. Mild orange, coriander, wheat, spice, and malt in the aroma and taste. Avoids the common pitfall of too much coriander in favor of nice soft malts. Nothing to seek out, but if you're looking for an easy, simple, drinkable wheat beer this is a good choice.

 284 characters

Photo of BWED
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. can poured into a willibecher.

A- Pale straw, and pretty clear. Head is white and dense.

S- Tart citrus, lemon and orange. Sweet bread, and a bit of stonefruit. Smells fresh.

T- Light bready grain, and a little fruity.

M- Light body with a citrusy tang. Just crisp in the finish.

O- Aroma is nice, however, flavor is just lacking any complexity.

 358 characters

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, best before 8/7/2016. Pours lightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasnat aromas with good balance of pale malt, spices, and fruity/earthy yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, pepper, clove, light banana, wheat, cracker, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, orange peel, coriander, pepper, clove, wheat, cracker, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of pale malt, spices, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-moderate dryness. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly crisp, and lightly creamy/grainy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.8%. Overall this is a good pale wheat ale style. All around good robustness and balance of pale malt, spices, and fruity/earthy yeast flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and refreshing to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

 1,500 characters

Photo of Parmesan
3.54/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L: Pours a light gold color with a little haze and a creamy white head.

S: Lots of yeast, orange, some zest, coriander and a lot of wheat.

T: Wheaty and yeasty, hints of orange and lemon. A pretty standard wheat beer.

F: Lower carbonation, and very easy drinking.

O: Your pretty typical wheat beer.

 302 characters

Photo of Libeertarian
3.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mostly clear light golden body with smaller flecks in suspension. Swirling it around with these particles barely moving gives it a jello-like appearance. Head is very fine and white, small, fades fast, yielding a long-lasting film. Bready and peppery aromas, almost induces sneezing. A little fruity character as well. On the palate, lemons sweet more than sour, light zest from orange peel, abundant peppercorn and coriander flavors, barely bitter as it finishes. Mild horseradish spiciness and fried egg white-like funkiness give it some extra character. No, not as bad as it sounds, just interesting subtleties. Lighter body, effervescent, culminating in gulpable, smoother suds. Flattens fast in the glass, however. This American Pale Wheat Ale obviously has some Witbier in its recent lineage.

 798 characters

Photo of jmbranum
4.33/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very pretty bright yellow-gold liquid with a big white head.

Nice aroma. Very sweet flavor but just enough sour notes to balance it out. A little more spices would have been nice but overall this is a very good light wheat beer.

Light-medium mouthfeel with appropriate carbonation.

I recommend this beer. Very, very good.

 324 characters

Photo of Tone
3.34/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, gold color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong wheat, strong citrus hops, strong floral hops, slight yeast, and a hint of pale malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong wheat, slight earthy malt, strong citrus hops, strong floral hops, and slight yeast. Overall, weak appearance, but an aroma and body that are reminiscent of fruit loops.

 503 characters

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.47/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a lightly hazed golden amber color with a two finger head of billowy white foam. The head fades super fast leaving just a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell –The aroma of the beer mostly of a wheaty smell mixed with some other aromas of yeast and a moderate sum of an orange, peach and pear smell. Along with these aromas are some other smells of a light grassy and hay-like nature as well a hint of a lemon citrus.

Taste – The taste begins with a wheaty and slightly bready taste that is accompanied by some flavors of orange and pear. A yeastiness and grassiness develop more and more as the taste advances, bringing with them a little bit of a coriander spice. As the taste moves onto the end, some grainy flavors and a little bit of hay work their way onto the tongue, leaving one with a moderately sweet, but still rather nice and crisp wheaty flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather thin with a carbonation level that is on the slightly higher side. For the lighter abv. and flavor profile of the brew, the feel is quite appropriate and makes for an easy drinking brew overall.

Overall – A decent wheat ale here. Rather easy drinking with a good level of flavor. Not a bad summer style, more session like brew.

 1,349 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, at the New Belgium bar in Denver International Airport.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden yellow colour, with one finger of puffy and bubbly dirty white head, which leaves some minor island group lace around the glass as it quickly recedes.

It smells of gritty wheat malt, hard water minerals, musty coriander, weak generic citrus rind, faintly funky yeast, and mild earthy hops. The taste is semi-sweet grainy wheat, earthy coriander, understated fleshy orange, ethereal white pepper, a touch of isolated caramel, and somewhat phenolic yeast.

The carbonation is moderate, if quite frothy at times, the body medium-light in weight, and generally smooth, though perhaps a tad watery. It finishes off-dry, with the wheaty malt and muddled spices persisting.

A kind of plain wheat beer, the attempts to Wit(icize) it, while not overly successful, working well for me now, as the week has been rather summery in Denver, and this hits the spot as my last brew here for another year.

 1,001 characters

Photo of dcscientist
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not a wheat beer fan, but this one is probably the most popular one from a craft brewery here in Colorado. I tried one just to see what all the fuss was about, and it's fine, but nothing spectacular. Good when it's hot outside, like most wheats.

 251 characters

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.11/5  rDev -10.1%

Appearance (3.5) : pours a hazy banana yellow body with three fingers of stable lacing at the top.

Smell (3.5) : banana peel, some old pineapple, a sugary sour aroma overall. A little wheat in the background.

Taste (3) : Fresh wheat, honey, a little green apple skin, coriander, with a generous spicy bite. A little banana on the finish. What can I say, it tastes like a wheat beer. A bit fruity, but nothing exceptional. It ends a bit stale.

Mouthfeel (3) - carbonated, creamy. Ends crisp, and then stale.

Overall (3.11) : A big disappointment. I was surprised at how overwhemingly mediocre this beer is. It's a wheat beer, sure. But that's all it is. Definition of meh. Snapshot is better!

 696 characters

Photo of BeerWithMike
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled this evening on 6/30/14. Had this once a couple of years back but came with a different older-style label as in the picture. The new label has a pair of lawn chairs on the label. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a straw-yellow with just a small white head that leaves good lacing when sipped that sticks to the sides of the glass. Light smell of lemon or citrus with some wheat with a hint of spice. The taste is the same and is very smooth and pleasant to drink. Goes down easy with no bitter aftertaste. Perfect carbonation as well. This is a great brew for the spring and summer months. Very pleased with this one!

 692 characters

Photo of ZAP
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Reminds me of a cross between a whit and an American Wheat Ale. It has some of the whit characteristics like corriander and orange peal...but finishes with just a light twang of sourish lemons...or maybe sour apples...

I like my wheat beers a little sweeter. Not a huge fan of the light sour finish but some will enjoy that.

 325 characters

Photo of Jadjunk
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

"Sunshine Wheat Beer is brewed for year-round enjoyment, using equal portions of wheat and barley malts. It is spiced with coriander and orange peel in the Belgian wheat beer tradition. Sunshine Wheat is silky gold in color with a spicy aroma and a subtle citrus character." Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale with spices added. Available as a year-round beer, this is a difficult beer to find in the Georgia market, although I managed to get my first taste in the Summer folly pack, where it can be found on occasion.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a New Belgium Pint Glass. Served above 58º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a pearl white crisp frothy head over a pale medium yellow body with a mild haze. Carbonation is spritely and plentiful. Retention is average at best, lacing is very light and speckled. 3.25

(Smell) Cereal wheat malt up front, biscuity pale malt with a moderate sweetness and body. A hint of light herbal and citrus hops provide a subtle hop aroma and a lesser bitterness. Mellow orange peel, muted lemon and faint grain round out the balance. Potency is mild to medium. 3.25

(Taste) The flavor benefits over the aroma from a simpler, less confused malt bill and a far reserved sweetness. A light, bare-bones wheat malt body joins with a clean pale malt for a slightly thinner, less full mouthfeel and finishes with a touch of coriander and lightly tart orange peel. Hops are difficult to locate in the flavor, and do not provide much bitterness to the beer either. Altogether more enjoyable than predicted with a less assertive coriander and orange contribution than Belgian white styles. While nothing particularly stands out in this beer, it turns out to be more enjoyable than not. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Light, smooth, mildly chewy and generally clean. Carbonation adds some froth and creaminess to the texture. Body is light/medium for the style, light+ overall. Alcohol presence is low to none. Balance is slightly sweet over bitter. 3.75

(Overall) New Belgium dodges many of the pitfalls of harsh, gruff and cloying wheat beers to craft an example of the style that keeps itself well under control. While it experiments a bit with coriander and orange peel, it mainly focuses on a simple, smooth wheat body and a subtle honey sweetness. I could see this as a viable summer beer option if it was given a fighting chance to expand into the Atlanta/Georgia market. 3.5

New Belgium Brewing's
Sunshine Wheat Beer.

 2,465 characters

Photo of megahurts4
3.68/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

New Belgium Sunshine Wheat

Appearance: apple juice colored, small head, and some good lacing.

Smell: grain and light apple.

Taste: grain, very slight honey, nice hops, and a subtle apple.

Mouthfeel: light.

This is a nice brew. It is fairly light, but packs some great flavor. It is really nothing too special.

 327 characters

Photo of mooseisloose
3.56/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bombers being unloaded at the market for a song, let's give it a whirl. Popping the top I get a nice fresh wheaty and spice aroma that is almost floral. Pours int a SAPP with a three finger head and a cloudy straw color. On the taste there is a nice feint bitterness right on the start that then gives way to more floral spicy fruit flavor with a touch of malty sweetness. The spices and fruit then fade away and are replaced by a broad flat bitterness that is balanced with the malt then it too fades quickly leaving a clean finish. Very refreshing and very light and crisp for a wheat beer.

 592 characters

Photo of chickenflea
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The beer is a crystal clear golden. Only a small white fizzy head. The beer smells fresh, and mainly of light lemony notes with cracker and a hint of coriander. Mello sweetness with a dry and grassy finish. Mouthfeel is light and bubbly. Medium-high carbonation. A very good beer and a nice take on the style.

 309 characters

Photo of lwillitz
3.71/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

22-oz bottle into wheat beer glass

A - enormous foamy white head atop a crystal-clear body of straw yellow, high amount of rising carbonation

S - wheat, spice, lemon; quite pleasant

T - wheat, peppery spice, citrus notes (orange peel and lemon)

M - slick light/medium body, high carbonation, refreshing

O - Not bad at all for a pale wheat. Complex and refreshing.

 368 characters

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.39/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, yellow colored with a short white head that vanishes leaving little lacing, very slight haze

S: sweet, fresh, slight floral, coriander, orange

T: lightly flavored but refreshing, sweet standard wheat beer flavor, coriander, slight banana

M: slightly sticky, higher carbonation

O: good for a hot day but not overwhelming flavors

 380 characters

Photo of Celtics17
3.99/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy light yellow with a thick foam. The smell impacts right away with a strong smell of spice. This beer is easy to drink. For a wheat beer, it's one of my favorites, and I didn't expect that. With a market full of Blue Moon, which is okay, or shocktop which is awful. This wheat beer has more to offer.

I get a slight taste of orange peel, but the dominant taste is the spice. It's similar to peeper. This wheat beer isn't full of artificial flavors that could destroy a beer. I really like the peeper taste in beers. The ruthless IPA by Sierra Nevada as one of those.

This beer is solid, and I wasn't expecting that.

 631 characters

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Best before 10/27/13.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and subdued spice and citrus zest aromas. Taste is much the same with slight citrus and spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the aromas and flavors are pretty subdued all around.

 595 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Sunshine Wheat Beer from New Belgium Brewing
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 901 ratings