Sunshine Wheat Beer | New Belgium Brewing

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States
newbelgium.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
887
Reviews:
369
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
14.41%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
93
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Ratings: 887 |  Reviews: 369
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewery.

A: Clear and straw yellow. Thin head. Not much lace

S: biscuit and bread with a little bitter note

T: very light but with a nice lemon zest finish. Otherwise has more of a macro light lager taste.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: Too much of a macro light for me. Drinkable none the less and not as watery as a macro lager.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.4/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

not real impressed with this one. super light cloudy whiteish yellow pale color with a short white head that doesnt last long. smells lemony and yeasty and the flavor matches. extraordinarily light on the tongue in the mouth, similar in feel to their mothership wit. lots of carbonation. low abv makes it sessionable, but its got a funky rindy sort of aftertaste that makes it funny in the stomach after a few. not new belgium's best product, but i suppose it satisfies those looking for a shocktop style beer from a craft operation

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Photo of biboergosum
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Acquired as part of the New Belgium summer variety box 2013 at Von's grocery. Best before: September 15th, 2013. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given the brewery. 4.8% ABV confirmed. I dig the straightforward simple label art. Pry-off cap is branded and red in coour. Self-identifies as a wheat beer; reviewed as such.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a quickly dissipating head of four finger width. Beige in colour. Slight creaminess. Decent frothiness. Nice thickness. Good (~7+ minute) retention, though the ABV is rather modest which makes that much easier. No bubble show.

Body colour is a clear pale yellow. Average vibrance. No yeast particles are visible. Translucent.

Generally appealing for the style, but it's far from unique and/or special. No overt flaws.

Sm: Mild floral hops. Lemon peel/lemon zest. Clean wheat. Clean barley. Hints of cilantro. Light orange peel. An above average to mild strength aroma. Features some subtlety. No yeast character or alcohol is detectable. Pleasant and approachable. Looking forward to trying it.

T: Clean barley and wheat. Light lemon peel and lemon zest. Light complementary floral hop notes. No yeast or alcohol comes through. Lightly grassy. Some light cilantro. Balanced but rather simple. Not sure if they're going for a witbier or an American wheat; they failed at both. Some subtlety, but not much. No real complexity or intricate layering. I like it in a general sense for what it is.

Mf: Smooth, wet, and light on the palate. Overcarbonated. Refreshing, sure. Suits the flavour profile decently, but doesn't come off custom-tailored to it. Nice presence on the palate. Not oily or harsh. Quite approachable. Nice thickness for what it's trying to do. Good body.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable, but far from great. Not sure quite what style they're after, but styles aside it still doesn't quite hit the sweet spot. Hides its ABV well. A pleasant little beer from New Belgium, but a largely forgettable one. I might get it again at the same price point; I do like the value. But I wouldn't order it at a bar or anything. Low ambition.

Low C+

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Photo of brentk56
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear pale golden color with a foamy head that sticks well and shards the glass with lace

Smell: Bready malt with a bit of coriander and some orange citrus

Taste: Starts out with a honey wheat bread flavor that is joined, mid-palate by the spices - coriander and orange peel; not as powerful as a wit, however, even though the same spices are used; after the swallow, the spices fade and the honey bread elements re-emerge through to the finish

Mouthfeel: Light body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Another of New Belgium's highly drinkable lighter styles

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.39/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden colored beer with a medium head with average retention. Aroma is quite strong on the coriander and orange peel side and a bit weak on the wheat side. I think just a bit more balance would have been appreciated. The Coriander and the orange peel, which lent a funky feeling, also overpower taste. Carbonation is a bit too thin and body is just above average. This is not a bad beer just not what was expected.

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Photo of zeff80
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Pour into a pint glass, it was highly carbonated with a straw yellow color and a small, bubbly, white head. There were small traces of lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and orange. Also, a nice wheat and yeast aroma.

T - It tasted of wheat with some bitter hop spice. There was also a citrus kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a really easy drinking wheat beer. A nice session brew.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of LXIXME
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery. August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light yellow color. White head and not much lacing. The nose is really quite plain. There are a few light notes of orange and lemon; maybe a tad bit of spice. The taste is slight malt with a bit of sugar. Light orange character. Feel is light and somewhat refreshing. Another very plain offering out of them; quite disappointing.

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Photo of mothman
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into New Belgium Globe Glass

Color is a a very clear light straw yellow. Hardly any color to it. Pours a little over 1 finger of white head. Decent retention with little lace.

Aroma: A ton of spices. They remind me of the spices in a saison. Some pepper. Orange peel. Some citrus note and wheat. A pretty straight forward beer. Very zesty.

Taste: A ton of spices off the top. Pepper and orange peel. A lot of citrus and zest. Wheat. Finishes with lime citrus.

Mouthfeel: Very zesty on the tongue. Leaves a very gross spiced aftertaste. Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation for this beer.

Overall, this is an OK beer. Very drinkable on a hot summer day. I like the spice flavor that this beer has to offer.

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3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of oberon
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
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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3.47/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from RickSawyer, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a very thin white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, coriander spice and citrus (orange & lemon) with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is fruity and spicy with flavors of orange, lemon & coriander, but there’s also a little bit of a sour quality to it, with a decent background of wheat. The malt character is very light and there’s not much of a hops presence. The after-taste is bready and slightly sweet.

M: Very crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean and dry.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, good representation of style but leans toward being a Witbier. This one is definitely worth drinking for a long time if you want something light, but it might not necessarily be my first choice.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.67/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Sunshine Wheat Beer from New Belgium Brewing
3.47 out of 5 based on 887 ratings.
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