Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer | Terrapin Beer Company

Terrapin SunRay Wheat BeerTerrapin SunRay Wheat Beer
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Terrapin SunRay Wheat BeerTerrapin SunRay Wheat Beer

Brewed by:
Terrapin Beer Company
Georgia, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ncvbc on 09-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 237 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of avalon07
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a weizen glass. Had a brownish-yellow color and a cloudy consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly disappeared. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Smelled mainly of wheat and a little bit of citrus.

T: Tasted of wheat, some malt, a small bit of citrus and a trace of bubble gum. Not the most complex of flavors, but decent.

M: A highly carbonated beer with a smooth finish. Light-bodied.

D: In spite of some of its flaws, this is still a drinkable beer, though not the first hefeweizen I'd choose.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured to a light orange-red with some head and lacing. Nose was somewhat faint, but contained hoppy fruit (apples), and wheat dough, and the taste picked up on these with about the same strength. Mouthfeel was pretty thin, and almost leaned toward grainy, and the finish was likewise.

This is better than a BMC attempt at a wheat beer, but not much. Definitely not one of Terrapin's best efforts.

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Photo of argock
3.1/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Best by date notched on side of label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Barely hazy golden-range with disappointingly thin white head that left no lace.

S: Aromas are like a half-hefe -- banana, clove, and tart lemon but all weaker than average and more in line with a pale wheat ale.

T: Flavor is not bad in the early going with sweet honey, wheat tang, light banana esters, and clove that is pretty steely. However, in the middle and finish there is a mineral graininess that doesn't belong and that really hurts the flavor.

M: Too light for a hefeweizen as it doesn't provide the creaminess of the good German and American versions (see Paulaner, Weihenstephaner, Victory). The carbonation is too high and more in line with the pale wheat ale style as well.

D: As a hefeweizen, this brew is subpar and seems watered down and overcarbonated. As an American pale wheat ale, it would be very serviceable and above-average. Terrapin just needs to decide which one they are going for and commit.

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Photo of weasbri
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Last gasp of summer, but my first taste of Terrapin.
Cloudy pale yellow, not much head to speak of.
Getting banana and clove on the nose right off.
Fairly typical array of flavors for a wheat beer: banana, clove, but an extra spiciness as well. I thought the honey might add more sweetness, and it does give some, but it just didn't mesh with the other flavors for me.
I think I'm just not a fan of honey in my beer, it just throws me off. Maybe my next Terrapin will be better.

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Photo of BarrelO
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Best if enjoyed by the fifth week of January.

A: Hazy orange with very little head and no lacing.

S: Typical hefe aroma of cloves and bananas. Honey isn't really detectable.

T: Okay, here's the honey. It's not overwhelming by any means, but it's definitely noticeable. Otherwise, standard hefe flavors (bananas, cloves).

M: Light, a bit grainy.

D: A decent enough hefe. I'll happily drink it if it's available, but it's not distinctive enough for me to go out of my way for.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a light cloudy golden color with a thin white foam head that doesn't leave lacing.

S- Lots of wheat, spice, and honey in the nose.

T- Light grain and wheat taste with plenty of honey, corriander, and some clove.

M- Light body with ok carbonation.

D- Not a bad hefe, but fair from being one of the best.

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Photo of Tiderion
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance was a healthy unfiltered yellow. A bit light but an obvious Hef.

Taste was a light citrus flavor with a heavy wheat punch. The bottom half was much easier to drink through than the top half.

Not my style of beer so if you are not used to this style, you might need to work up to this beer.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, orangish-yellow color, decent white foam, but not enough head for a wheat beer. The aroma has a nice fruity spice, seeming like a Witbier almost. It's definitely interesting, with citrus up front, as the typical banana character bceomes more evident in the smell after while. The honey added to this beer is not particularly discernible, but there is more of a cereal-like sweet note that comes along with the yeasty character.

The taste opens with a tangy melony-citrus flavor, leading into a very watery finish with only light wheat-cereal grain coming through. I am suprised that this is supposed to be Hefewiezen, as the taste does not distinctly suggest that. It again shares some Wit qualities with the coriander-like citrus character. Somewhat thin, the carbonation could do a better job of helping add more to the body.

I don't dislike this beer, it's just not clear where it is going at times. It's certainly a unique wheat brew, and although I don't taste the added honey, it has definitely had an effect on the outcome. Worth a try...

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Photo of goblue3509
3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly yellow color with a little hazyness. The smell is of citrus hops and sweet malts. The overall taste is slightly above average. It is very refreshing and taste of sweet malts and some citrus hops to balance. The sweet malts are the main flavor. The mouthfeel is lightly carbonated. Overall a decent beer you could enjoy it but it is not the best or most complex beer out there.

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Photo of atsprings
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

10oz serving on-tap at The Pit served a hazy straw yellow with a thin diminishing head. Aroma is a bit of spice and sweet malts. The taste is a decent amount of sweet malts, fruit and mild spice. The beer is quite light, crisp and refreshing. This is a decent hefeweizen, but not likely one I'd have again.

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Photo of MrMonkey
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright golden straw color with a two-finger bubbly white head that fades to a thin cap. No lacing.

Smells like lemon, cloves, yeast, honey and bananas.

Taste is very simple and pretty much has all the flavors present in the nose.

Very light, crisp and refreshing mouthfeel.

Not my favorite style, but drinkable and enjoyable on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed on 06/21/2009. On draft. This beer pours a cloudy yellow with a small white head. The aroma is of a typical hefe- clove, yeast, wheat. Flavor of sweet wheaty malt initially with a doughy/bready yeasty finish. I thought this was a solid wheat ale.

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Photo of charlesw
2.74/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I can’t really tell what the color is. Strange. Not yellow. It’s yellowish. And cloudy. Alas, zero head. I’m not happy with the color and I’m really unhappy that there’s no head.
Smells of bananas, cloves and bubblegum.
Somewhat light, somewhat refreshing. A lot like a macro-lager, really. A sweet corn syrupy thing going on. Some cloves. A little citrus spice.
Kind of weird and I can’t say that I really like it. Too much like a macro lager. A little cloying in the mouth.

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Photo of donmonkey1
1.44/5  rDev -59.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Appearance: Wimpy fizzy yellow with outstanding carbonation. Thin white head that recedes quickly leaving some lacing.

Smell: Too spicy. Clove? Corriander? Pepper? Whatever, it sucks.

Taste: Like a homeade brew with a bad infection. Really bad.

Mouthfeel: Mostly water but I can feel a tiny hop bite. Very very tiny. And I want to spit it out because swallowing may not be an option.

Drinkability: Possibly if I'm absolutely desperate.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A hazy, barely translucent golden, typical for a hefeweizen. Aroma is strong, malty and wheaty with strong undertones of honey and lemon, quite appealing. Flavor is wheaty with strong lemony hints and a firm tone of honey that complements the rest of the flavors. Texture is very smooth and fairly fizzy.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a light straw color with a significant amount of haze. A brief flourish of creamy white head is gone in an instant, but the lively carbonation keeps coming up the glass.
Aroma of light wheat and very pale malt, along with some banana and clove esters. Palate is clean and lightly tart up front, with a mild citrusy sweetness towards the finish. Notes of banana and clove are also present. Body is light and a touch creamy, just short of bubbly. A light, crisp, drinkable wheat ale, but I think I'll stick to the more traditional, German-style wheat beers this summer.

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Photo of taylorhamrick
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours out with a kind of thin head, even pouring pretty vigorously, and not hazy, and that's what I expect from a hefe. The color is incredibly pale, and the head dies fast - leaving only a little bit of lacing. The smell is really, really great. Almost dominated by cloves, but the banana sweetness reaches in along with some peppery spiciness. I couldn't expect much more from a Hefe smell, but I think the lackluster head is really hurting the presence of the smell. The taste is sort of dominated by overripe banana flavors. There's a kind of chewy wheat flavor, without much of the spiciness of the nose. Kind of reminds me of a banana milkshake, or candy, almost artificial, then the spiciness kicks in just as you swallow. There's an herbal flavor, light on the clove and pepper, pretty nice, but I think it could be much better. The mouthfeel is nice, not too sharp on the carbonation, really chewy (as I said before), full, but not heavy. A nice refreshing. This one drinks pretty well. Quickly, kind of smoothly. But I really didn't find it as enjoyable as some of the best hefes. A decent attempt, but kind of falls short of its German counterparts.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a pale yellow, almost a dry straw color. Provides a decent 1-2 finger foam head with some lacing.

S: A decent amount of banana and what seems like apple scents. Not much spice.

T: Some mild wheat flavoring, with some bitter/tart fruit. Maybe a granny smith apple. Some mild notes of banana and spice, but nothing really prevalent. All the flavors are there for a hefe, but they are much weaker than expected.

M: A very light bodied beer. Seemed a little thinner than expected. Moderate carbonation.

D: Not a spectacular Hefe, but an easy to drink one. I would not search this one out, but as far as drinkability, it goes down quickly and easily.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.76/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this brew in the Local Stuff BIF from jyounger30, Thanks Jay!

12oz bottle served in a weizen glass.

Murky yellow color with a very short lived white head.
Lemon zest and earthy wheat aroma.
The flavor actually grew on me as I drank this beer, lemony citrus bite with a hearty malted wheat flavor in the background.
Light bodied brew with mild carbonation.
Easy enough to drink, not nearly as heavy as a lot of other hefeweizens.

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Photo of BZero007
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recieved this bottle as an extra thanks Bmanning!

Poured from a bottle in to my Aventinus glass.
The brew pours a nice yellow and copper color. The head was a little ruff to get but possibly could of been just my beer. The aroma is what you expect from a good hefeweizen. There was some very nice fruit and citrus smells coming from this brew and it contributed allot to the flavor. The taste was good and very light which I enjoyed as it was a very hot day when I had this. The wheat in this brew is strong but does not overkill the other flavors by any means. The fruit and citrus flavors support this brew and do a great job at it. I have to say I enjoyed this brew and if I am out of state will pick it up for sure.

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Photo of Anthony1
3.57/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- pale gold color with a lacking head. Very thin lacing, that doesn't stick well.

S- Nice smell, but rather soft. Banana, wheat, honey with hits of apple and citrus.

T/M- taste is similar to the smell, but also mild. not very complex with little carbonation. Taste of honey is stronger then the smell.

Drinkability. Smooth to drink, but not very appealing. I always find myself buying atleast one at a bar though.

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Photo of PerzentRizen
4.57/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is by far and away one of the best wheat beers I've had. I found this in Georgia on a trip to visit my brother and I really wish I'd picked up more than 6 of these bad boys!

Poured into a Duvel glass this beer is a pale straw color with a nice cloudiness that makes me salivate!

The aroma is of cloves, orange peel and other citrus notes. There is a yeastiness that makes me think Wit but overall the beer is very much a wheat.

The taste is clean, crisp, and one of the best taking wheat ales around. I love my Wiehenstephaner and Paulner but this is a beautiful beer with a great taste brewed right here in the states. I like it much better than the FFF's gumballhead.

Mouthfeel is light and whispy. There is a really gentle aspect to this beer. I would love to drink a few of these but I don't want to kill them all off in one sitting.

Drinkability is off the charts with a low alcohol content and plenty of taste without being too heavy this beer is a champion in my honest opinion. I'll definately buy more of this one!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Terrapin's SunRay Wheat Beer is made with Tupelo honey, and you can smell it in the aroma and taste it in the flavor.

Upon pouring it appears like most any other golden beer, with a clear yellow gold body and streams of steadily rising bubbles beneath a short cap of bright white foam. It's a good looking glass of beer, but unfortunately the head retention is limited, and it leaves very little lacing behind.

The aroma, however, displays something unusual. It's fragrant... sweet and floral, with just the tiniest edge of earthiness. There's sweet malt there, for sure, and it has a wheaty note as well, but the honey is also noticeable. As it warms, soft clove and a mild hint of banana emerge, adding to its bouquet. Very nice.

In the mouth it's pretty standard again, with a light body (although it does have a dextrinous edge) and a crisp carbonation. Not that that's a bad thing - I think it fits perfectly!

The flavor is lightly tart and gently lemony at the outset, but it quickly warms to reveal wheat and honey across the middle, and then some sweetish grainy malt, floral hops and clove in the long-lingering finish.

Quite nice! It's a refreshing summer-quencher that balances between subtly tart and roundly sweet, and the honey adds just a tiny dollop of unique character that makes it interesting and memorable. Worth trying!

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Photo of kkipple
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first time trying this brew. Hating formatting today. Goes into my glass pretty darn wheat -like, could use more of that fluffy white head we all love, but some head is better than no head, y'know? SunRay is pale yellow with a little bit o' haze, sparkly, thin... smells rather sour-lemon-citrus with a hint of wheat and almost reminds me of a weak Berliner Weisse. Not much clove / banana to speak of, think of this as a "lite" American wheat beer, not German... taste follows, a seltzer-water thin and crisp sour brew with a little honey, grain, tropical fruit nuance in the finish and a decidedly dry, yet pleasing taste. I drank it in less than 6 minutes. Hmm.... I'll go on record as saying this is the easiest, and maybe best, American wheat being made in the South East right now. And there's my one paragraph review.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
2.94/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vigorous pour into a weizen glass yields a pure-white three-finger fading head over a cloudy pale-amber body. Pretty, with a lot of lacing. Surprising.

Smell is mild on all points. In fact, hardly any smell at all. Hints of grass, hay, and a tiny bit of citrus. Hmm. Disappointing. It looks so nice.

Taste follows the smell. Not much here. Certainly nothing unpleasant, just nothing. Like Alka-Seltzer or plain carbonated water. I don't know how to rate it, 'cuz it's pretty taste-less: inoffensive.

Mouthfeel is, in a word, thin. Indeed, pretty watery. Very surprising in view of the ample lacing.

Drinkability is like seltzer-water: very easy. But the question is, why?

I can't rate this TOO low, because it's not BAD. The problem is that it's just not much of anything.

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Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer from Terrapin Beer Company
Beer rating: 33.3% out of 100 with 237 ratings
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