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:
890
Reviews:
369
Avg:
3.47
pDev:
14.41%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
97
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 890 |  Reviews: 369
Photo of akolb
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of COR8RFAN
3.46/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kbrown
3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BWED
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of HeartofMiami
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 Parmesan
3.54/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Dwings97
4.4/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Cvdl42
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dogfishbrawler
4.75/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Mtn
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of rossracing
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jamie_Newman
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Leever73
4.53/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of craigbelly
3.99/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Libeertarian
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of BlackWaterPark
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BEER88
3.66/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of torwart94
3.54/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stucat
3.17/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

Photo of Sara24
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tjg584
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jmbranum
4.33/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

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Sunshine Wheat Beer from New Belgium Brewing
3.47 out of 5 based on 890 ratings.
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