Sunshine Wheat Beer | New Belgium Brewing

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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

Added by kbub6f on 04-28-2002

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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Photo of oberon
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light golden color with not much head to speak of no sediment no nice fluffy head not very impressive.Aromas of toasted malt and coriander but not much of the fruitiness I was hoping for.Taste like the aroma alot of toasted malt and some light spiciness with the toasted flavor coming thru again in the finish with a very light wheatiness to it.Not much to this beer thought it might be a little better but decent for the porch on a warm day like today.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.93/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance – Light yellow with a small head that quickly dissipates.

Smell – Almost no nose, but a faint fruit aroma if anything.

Taste – Light body with a fruity wheat flavor. Little to no hops and not a lot of depth to the malts. It finishes with a sweet, almost sour finish.

Mouthfeel – Light carbonation gives this beer a nice feel on the tongue.

Drinkability – Definitely a summer beer, and the bottle will have to be very cold to enjoy it.

Comments – This is a light, fruity type of beer. The “wheat” in the name is misleading as it conjures weitzen and hearty malts.

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Photo of Tiernan
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The Sunshine Wheat beer pours from the bottle a quite light hazy yellow with a sparse fizzy head of bubbles that quickly dies down to a small ring around the glass. Not exactly exciting. Aromas of light wheat husk and pale malts meld with a hefty blast of orange peel and lemon zesty coriander notes. A nice zippy spiciness here that's enjoyable.

First sip brings an upfront pale, wheaty maltiness that is a bit astringent. Forward citrusy orange peel is quite evident mid palate along with spicy notes of coriander and a hint of pepper on the way down. No real detectable hops here. Lingering coriander after each sip. Seems a bit muddled to me spice wise and the boring wheat background just doesn't do it for me.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with fast moving carbonation that attacks the mouth. Goes down fairly easily but overall it doesn't grab me. The spiciness does kick it up a notch against most of the other bland pale wheat ales. Worth a shot but I wouldn't go out of my way to get it again. Thanks mentor for the opportunity.

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4.5/5  rDev +30.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Beaver13
2.17/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The Sunshine pours a clear light golden. It has a fizzy white head that quickly disappears.

Its aroma is yeasty and floral with slight hints of bready grain and citrus.

The flavor is very mild and somewhat bland...sweet malts, some yeast, a little orange and coriander with a slightly acidic crisp finish. It seems a little thin and watery.

Overall, this is not a very good wit. I have had better samples in the past, but even those are pretty mediocre.

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Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -20.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Mora2000
3.58/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is heavy on the wheat with some coriander and some orange peel notes. Smells like a witbier that is heavy on the coriander. The flavor is more of the same. Coriander is the predominant flavor although there is a little bit of orange and other fruit as well. There is some light pepper notes in the flavor also. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of bsp77
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pint.

Appearance: Light straw with very thin head and no lacing. Almost has a grayish cast.

Smell: Mostly wheat, some light orange and coriander.

Taste: Strong wheat taste, with almost artificial orange. Light coriander on the finish as well as a wheaty "beer" aftertaste.

Feel: Not as crisp or effervescent as the light body should deliver. Poor off-dry finish.

Overall: New Belgium got rid of Mothership Wit and kept this shit? Seriously?

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Photo of magictrokini
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear, bright yellow pour with a light white head. Wheaty, grassy aroma with crystal malt and some metal. The taste is very light, lemony with the slight flavor of grass and wheat. Light mouthfeel compliments the taste very well. Good beer for a hot day.

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Photo of Hugh37
3/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of dieriding
5/5  rDev +44.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a little light. Good aroma, wheat and lemon for sure. Minimal hop aroma.

Taste, light, yet refreshing, kinda like what macro light beers are advertised as, but this one actually substantively backs it up. It's a girlfriend beer, but that doesn't mean it doesn't have its place. Minimal ingredients I would guess, but in the right ratios. All the usual suspects, the lemon, the light hopping, the small amount of haziness.

I think it fits the bill just right if you want a pale wheat ale.

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Photo of MOShepp
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw yellow with small frothy off-white head.

Aromas of citrus, bread and strawberries.

The coriander is very evident in the taste along with lemon, a little orange, clover and a spicey aftertste.

Tingles a little in the mouth which I found enjoyable, very crisp.

Very easy to drink, not the best wheat but worth having another.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly cloudy golden hue with a rather thin white head but it does leave behind thin strips of lacing between each sip. Aroma: Coriander blended with wheat bread sweetness some definite orange peel evident as well, a bit tame but nice and balanced. Taste: Incredibly refreshing with the smack your lips together sharp sweetness blended with the spices makes me happy a very refreshing tasty version of this style. Mouthfeel: Lighter bodied strong carbonation blends well in the mouth has a nice texture going down adding to the drinkability. Drinkability: Summer wheat that can be enjoyed year round in my opinion this is excellent so drinkable and tasty, I am a fan.

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Photo of OStrungT
2.76/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very light golden yellow. The head is white, but is nearly non existant. I see absolutely no laces. The beer looks like apple juice in a glass. Not cloudy like you would expect from a wheat beer. It smells fruity. I detect bananas, and lemon. Maybe a little honey also. It tastes like honey. It has a slight citrus taste to it also. The flavor is so mild that it is almost non existant. It is crisp, and refreshing. It leaves a slight honey taste on the palate. It goes down smooth. It is carbonated well. This beer would make a good session beer if you dont like beer. It has so little flavor, that it is boring. You could drink a case by your self with no problem. This one is not worth your time or money. I will probably never drink this beer again.

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Photo of aschwab
2.81/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I was not impressed whatsoever with this beer. Did not pour like a wheat beer should have, too filtered as well. Not really any cloudiness to the beer. Tastes weak compared to other wheat beers. Smell resembles a wheat beer, but nothing too special.

I am more of a fan of cloudier beers, ones with more flavor than this. Overall, I was disappointed by New Belgiums showing on this beer.

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