Sunshine Wheat Beer
New Belgium Brewing Company

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American Pale Wheat Ale
3.47 | pDev: 14.41%
New Belgium Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Sunshine Wheat BeerSunshine Wheat Beer
Notes: IBU - 14
Hops - Target
Malts - Pale, Carapils, Wheat
OG - 13.4
Fruits/Spice - Orange Peel, Coriander
Reviews: 373 | Ratings: 916 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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Photo of supercolter
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is great with a lot of head and lacing. A nice yellow color.
Smell is average, not a lot comes through other than coriander and other spices.
Taste is a bit stronger. The coriander and spice really comes through. The malt is sweet and light.
Mouthfeel is a bit light but on par for the style.
Drinkability was very good.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Dubbercody
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a monster fluffy white head leaving fantastic fluff on the side of the glass. Really clean and clear beer, interesting for a wheat brew. Light smell, of fruit and almost a raw dirt smell, I don't know any better way to explain it but that. Taste is pretty redeeming, the wit brings a little bit of game here and for a very light brew it delivers what it says it will.

All in all easy as heck to drink, can't beat the price when you find it on sale for $6 a 6-pack. I'll enjoy this with my butt sitting in a patio chair and the bar-b-que getting ready to be lit.

First stop on my day with New Belgium.

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Photo of rawfish
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours from the can, actively carbonated with the color of pale straw, really similar to an adjunct lager with head and good retention of white foam that leaves moderate stick around the glass.

Pleasant nose really like a witbeer, coriander, orange with a grain roughness and yeast heavy bready malts. Slightly light on aroma and reminds me a little of baby powder.

Rather simple, light malt, that finishes with a wheat twang, a light tartness that settles into a grassy bitterness. Coriander and orange peel on the after taste with more of that baby powder. Built simply for refreshment and drinkability.

Light and crisp, active carbonation makes the flavors cycle and a light body to assist drinkability.

You can't really bash on this beer for anything, it is a sessionable wheat, great for summer. The canning helps carbonation some and is quite active on the palate. That baby powder taste I sensed is a bit odd but doesn't exactly hurt this beer any.

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of HoustonTX
3.62/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sunshine Wheat Beer

A - Straw yellow, creamy white good sized head. Excellent retention.

S - Picking up wheat, with nice citrusy notes following close behind. Coriander is definitely there as well. Quite pleasent smelling.

T - Taste flushes the palate with a barrage of wheat, hay, coriander, and earth tones. All while being evened out by nice citrus waves. Lemons and orange peel stand out. Mouthfeel is crisp and inviting. Finishes clean, and aftertaste fades rather quick. Leaves lemon on the tongue.
Not overly exciting but, still an easy drinker.

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2/5  rDev -42.4%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of BretSikkink
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Yellow, fizzy, okay head that leaves a collar of thin soapy lace.
S: I don't really smell much. Wheat is crispy, maybe a hint towards citric hopping. Mildest of coriander aromas as well.
T: Mild flavor, grain husk and wheat dominant, very little spicing or hops. Very straightforward, but nothing much to speak of.
M: Thin, weak, and washes away quickly. The wheat is easily washed from the palate leaving no aftertaste. A bonus here.
D: Easy to drink, but so is tap water. A little more flavor here would be much appreciated. Light is the operative word in the style description here.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of ccrida
1.87/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Crystal clear pale yellow with a thick white head, rocky and lots of bubbly lace. Looks like a coors light, maybe a creamier head.

Right off the bat, the smell is really foul. Literally, it smells like puke. Terrible. I will say that as I worked my way through, it was less of an issue. Not sure if it lessened as it warmed got a chance to breath, or I just got used to it.

Taste is typical, bland american wheat beer - like a coors light, with extra grain husks. The puke doesn't make an appearance, other then it's tough not to smell it as you drink.

The mouthfeel is thin, but creamy.

This was one and done for me. I love real hefe's, and hate american wheat's. Bland taste is one thing, but the nasty smell was just too much. Once I stopped breathing through my nose, I was able to suck it down in a hurry, but that was to get it over with.

I don't understand why New Belgium releases any of their non-belgian styles - I haven't liked one yet, including the famous fat tire. I guess you've got to pay the bills? I call BS.

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Photo of harrymel
3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 06/28/10

Poured to New Belgium tulip.

A: Really light straw ale, almost neon. Exceptional clarity with continuous ribbons rising to surface dissipating quickly leaving no residual head. No lace.

S: Grain scent with accents of orange and a hint of coriander oversurfaced with a wisp of hoppy resin.

T: Totally caught off guard by the corn addition to the flavor of the ale. I'm often put off by coriander adjuncted beer, but this accentuates the beer quite well. The overall flavor profile of this beer reminds me of (dare I say?)...Cap'n Crunch!

M: Light-Medium bodied beer with prickly carbonation skips over palate only to leave mouth cool and dry at finish.

D: This is a beer I would recommend to a Blue Moon fan for transition to Micros. Especially during a hot August afternoon.

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of diamondc
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I bought a six pack of this beer on sale, expired Nov 09. Only $4, so why not??

A: This beer looks awesome in a pilsener glass. Golden clear blonde, excellent head retention, with some nice lacing.

S: Very witbier'ish, coriander & orange peel as advertised on the bottle. A bit of a musty grass smell lingers (possibly due to being expired).

T: Sweet, zesty & a bit tart. Orange sherbet flavor dominates. Herbal & a bit spicy in the middle. Mild earthy hops at the end.

M/D: Creamy, quaffable, thirst quencing. This beer didn't fall apart as I feared due to age. The best American Pale Wheat Ale I've tasted so far.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
2.49/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle pored into a stemmed (tulip) glass

A: Pale yellow with minimal head that leaves no lacing.

S: Orange and wheat. No nuance or intrigue.

T: Bland. Tastes a little like an orange flavored San Pelligrino.

M: Thin. Weak. The bubbles (carbonation) are pretty nice.

D: Only drinkable if I forget about enjoying myself and go directly to quenching a thirst. No thank you.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The color of this beer definitely follows the name as it is a bright, clear golden color. The head was short and white. The smell was faint wheat and not much else. The taste was also very subdued wheat and the drinkability was pretty high. I could probably substitute this for water on a hot day. I'm not implying that the taste is watery just that it is very easy to drink. Good session beer for a picnic, not so great if you are a fan of wheat beers.

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3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%

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4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 ounce bottle with a clearly marked freshness date of March 21, 2008.

A: Pours with a nice head and a good pale golden color that hints towards a good amount of body. Good lacing on the glass as it's being consumed. The body and color kind of remind me of a good German Helles.

S: The nose of this brew is mostly wheat malt, a little honey and big hints of citrusy floral notes.

T & M: A very crisp, what malt starts off and are then accommodated by complex orange citrus floral like flavors and a good hint of honey. Nice hop bitterness hits the tongue at the end along with a litte orange and honey flavor as well along with a little bit of vanilla that lingers in the aftertaste. Very crisp, refreshing, but certainly not too light.

D & Notes: Overall, I am actually fairly impressed with this brew, as I am normally not a "pale wheat" beer lover. This isn't something I would seek out regularly, but rating it for style, I would say it is very solid. It's well balanced, nothing is overdone, plenty of flavor, and it's very refreshing for the style. A definite winner for a session wheat beer. This would be a good choice to give a BMC drinker and introduce him/her to the world of craft beer.

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Photo of blakelive784
1.95/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz can served in a pint glass, reviewed live -

A - presents a pale, transparent, straw golden color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Mediocre at best.

S - crisp wheat, spice. Honey and subtle citrus. Really mild in strength, put pleasant.

T - lemon grass over a pale barley and wheat foundation. The lemon is the most prevailing flavor in an otherwise watery beer. Weak.

M - entirely too smooth and wet for a wheat.

D - an easy drinker, but not one is have again.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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