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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1/5  rDev -71.1%

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1/5  rDev -71.1%

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1/5  rDev -71.1%

Photo of jds1469
1.69/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Drank from the tap at Fireside Brewhouse on the south side of Indianapolis.

A - This beer looks like any other wheat ale made in the United States, and this is the strong point of the beer. No head to speak of.

S - Bitter and skunky. Bad keg? Maybe. Bad beer over all? Probibly. No smell of hops fruits. Just bitter smelling.

T - See smell...

M - good carbonation. Nothing else to say.

D - One and done. If u don't believe me, put one in a pick 6 and try it.

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1.75/5  rDev -49.4%

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1.84/5  rDev -46.8%

Photo of Crosling
1.86/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Pours a clear golden yellow with an ivory colored head.
Smell is faint and hardly there. Some citrus flavors in the aroma. Tastes of coriander and ground orange peel, but there needs to be much more flavor from the spices for this to even be considered adequate and the yeast and malt character are far from ample. Light in body and character. Dull, disappointig yeast character. Terrible, especially considering the style.

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Photo of ccrida
1.87/5  rDev -46%
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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1.95/5  rDev -43.6%
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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2/5  rDev -42.2%

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2/5  rDev -42.2%

Photo of cnally
2.09/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This one has a fairly crystal clear golden body and a sticky white head with decent lacing.

Sour lemon, off aromas staring with the yeasts. Smells untamed and a little nasty. Kind of like a car air freshener.

The flavor is just pure sweet, but there is at least some depth. Now, whether that is a welcoming thing is up for debate. The sweetness is tempered by a punch of coriander, clove and anise, just barely noticeable, underneath a cloak of citrus. Layered, certainly, but because of its over-sweetness, sour citrus, and imbalance between the layers, it comes off as being absolutely unappealing.

Watery as piss. Low carbonation. Little to no body.

Yikes. Did I drink this past its prime? I guess I have to try it again when it is more in season, because as is, yuck.

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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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2.25/5  rDev -35%

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2.25/5  rDev -35%

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2.25/5  rDev -35%

Photo of Bitterbill
2.25/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper.

This pours from 12oz bottle(best by 10 Aug 07) a clear light gold with a good head of foam that shrinks quickly to some islands in the middle of my glass. Good lacing though..

The smell is fruity first, of wheat second. I get a lot of orange in the nose.

The taste has orange and other citrus flavour up front followed by some wheat and coriander. Put them all together and doesn't seem to work for me at all. I can't say much more than that other than I won't be buying this again and the other 5 bottles of it that I have will be tough to finish.

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2.25/5  rDev -35%

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2.25/5  rDev -35%

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2.3/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap in a 12 oz pint glass (Denver, CO):

Served a pale clear golden yellow with a thin white head. Noticeable carbonation rising to the top of the glass.

Aroma is light, it has a citrus, maybe apricot or it could be lemon and grass. The light aroma is what I have really come to expect from this style.

The taste is very weak, no real yeast of wheat flavor to speak of. A very light grain flavor, tasted more like a light lager than anything else. It also had a metallic dry aftertaste.

The beer is light and very much over-carbonated.

Drinkability suffers greatly from the high carbonation and any real lack of flavor that exists, so much so that I could not finish it.

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2.37/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thanks to the mystery beer-fairy that left this on my doorstep today. This one pours a very transparent slightly golden yellow. The nose is overpowering orange citrus. No malts come through in this one. The head is non-existant. The flavor is citrusy and thin. There is a grainy/grassy finish. Blah. Mouthfeel is light. This would be a good lawnmower beer on a very hot day, very cold. Bleh.

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Photo of clvand0
2.39/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a very pale color - reminds me of bud light. Way too light - needs some cloudyness. The aroma was very much orange citrus and not much else. The body wasn't there. The taste was very much citrus as well. I was very disappointed with this beer. It isn't what I call a witbier. Uninteresting.

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Photo of MrDonQuixote
2.4/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into an oversized wine glass:

A- Pale straw yellow color with a slight white head

S- Smell is spicy. Light hops smell, wheat and citrus

T- Tastes of coriander and obviously of wheat. The citrus flavor is light, but it is present. Light bitterness on the finish. A bit too much of a peppery taste for my taste. Tastes like I am drinking a bottle of pepper with some beer mixed in

M- The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. Smooth with a nice finish.

O- overall this beer is bland.

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Photo of mwa423
2.43/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours as light and clear as an adjunct lager with almost no head, what was there disappeared quickly.

S - Sweet smell, lots of honey, a hint of citrus, slightly wheaty. It reminds me a sickening amount of shock top or golden wheat.

T - Taste seems like one of the pathetic new taste offerings like Bud Light Golden Wheat. I really would suggest avoiding this summer seasonal.

M/D - Mouthfeel is watery, it's as drinkable as a weak lager.

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2.43/5  rDev -29.8%

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