Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer | Terrapin Beer Company

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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:
No notes at this time.

Added by ncvbc on 09-27-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.64/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-07-09 in Columbia, PA

A - Hazy straw with a 1/2-finger head into a pint glass and no lacing.

S - Big, bold banana and clove

T - Like the smell with lots of banana and clove with some apple and grass. There's a fair amount of sweetness and no bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and high carbonation. Pretty effervescent.

O - I enjoyed this brew. The flavors are bold. Reminded me of the Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp Weizenbock

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Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The color is clody yellowish with medium-sized white head. Not very consistent lacing.

S: The aromas of clove, banana and citrus are present. Quite nice overall smell.

T: Wheat with hints of citrus and banana. Clove also comes in. Orange zest toward the end with some light candied sugars. Some grassy hops as well.

M: The feel in the mouth is light and refreshing. Medium-bodied and decent amount of carbonation.

O: One of the best offerings from Terrapin. It is a very good summer beer.

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Photo of DWilliams76
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From my weekend notes: Pours a hazy gold with a nonexistent head. Smells appealing, though, with crisp grass and citrus notes, plus a solid hefe background. Doesn’t start out with a sugary blitz, letting the traditional bananas and cloves do their thing. But the finish is pure Tupelo honey, thick and ultrasweet and overpowering. This beer tries to pull off something cool and complex, yet ends up a sweet, syrupy mess. Feels too slack, meaning the sugary fade sticks around forever.

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Photo of TheBeerAlmanac
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a fizzy head that is more or less reminiscent of traditional wheats.

S: Aroma is ridiculous: grains, oranges, graham cracker, and honey, it’s sweet and brisk. I could probably just smell this beer and be satisfied. I’d drink it through my nose if I could.

T/M: Has medium carbonation with a malty bitterness, crisp hay similar to a saison and a bit of lemon. The flavor is more subdued than the aroma and not a sweet as it makes you think, but it’s still a good all around beer and a great wheat beer.

This is my new go-to wheat beer. Too bad it’s not available in my area.

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Photo of mocktm
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had on draft at 909 in Fredericksburg, Virginia; appropriately enough, a partly Grateful Dead themed bar. Loved it there so I grabbed some bottles to drink and review.

Pours a very hazy, but bright golden yellow. Almost looks like honey in appearance. Not a lot of carbonation going on, but still yields about a finger's worth of white head. Poor retention and very little lacing, leaving only a faint ring as the foam quickly dissipates. Disappointingly, this one is lacking what is essential to a serious Hefe, a massive and voluptuously frothy head.

Nose is full of wheat, banana, clove, bubblegum, and faint honey. For a beer whose label proclaims honey as its differentiator, I was hoping it would be much more in my face. Still a decent aroma however.

Tastes as the preceding aromas would suggest. Lots of upfront Hefe flavors, particularly a incredibly strong banana presence. Honey is noticeable as well, contributing a bit more mild sweetness in the middle, before it finishes off nice and biscuity. Overall, it almost reminds me of a banana pancake. Pretty good stuff.

Mouthfeel is a bit of a let down. A little too light bodied for what I like to see in the style. Needs more carbonation and creaminess to accompany the taste.

Overall, this is a pretty decent offering. The flavors are right on and quite delicious, but some more carbonation and a creamier body would take this to the upper tier of Hefes.

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Photo of GoldenVIKE
2.61/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Received as an extra from AdamBear, thanks!! Drank 2 months prior to the "enjoy by" date on the bottle.

A: hazy opaque, and very full orange/yellow honey color. wild head that fizzes like crazy, then immediately dissipates leaving the beer looking flat and lifeless in the glass. (retains a slight ring around the edge and leaves a limp lace that quickly slides back down into the beer)

S: A lot of citrus, wheat, and sweet honey. Smells pretty rich and summery. Honestly I probably wouldn't have mentioned honey if the bottle didn't mention it. (It's very subtle)

T: Someone else mentioned bubblegum and bananas. That's perfect. Plus of course the same smells mentioned above. The problem is that the taste is not as rich or strong as the smell would suggest. Tastes almost watered down to me. It does leave a pleasant "banana bread" aftertaste that lingers for quite a while.

M: As it looks, it feels flat in the mouth.

O: Not a bad beer, but not a standout either. I probably wouldn't recommend this or drink it again as there are many better summer wheat beers out there. And what's supposed to be unique about this ("brewed with honey") doesn't really add much complexity or even stand out as being very noticeable in this beer. I would drink this ice cold on a hot summer day before I'd touch a BMC hands down though!!

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From notes

P -AOH on tap

A- cloudy sun yellow type of color. Not much head when i got it but it was a few moments because i was talking with someone. Had some lacing.

S- wheaty and bubblegum with banana spice.

T- taste is just like the smell.

M- light and crisp and goes down smooth. I had my doubts before i bought it but it was tasty

O- impressive for me not being a huge hefe person but tis the season. NIce beer to work out in the yard with.

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Photo of tone77
4.09/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is alive with fruits and spices. Taste is good, lots of spice, some fruits, very flavorfull. Feels full bodied in the mouth and overall is a beer worth seeking out.

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

Appearance: Very Light Cloudy Honey Colored with very little head upon pour. Even with aggressive pour only produced 1/2 finger head that fades way to fast. Wheat Beers need a good fat head that lasts til the end, lost points on this.

Smell: A Very Fruity Bubblegum Aroma with the wheat malt, banana, clove yeast smell a Hefe should have, Honey is also Present in the mix.

Taste: Malty, Fruity with a little Hops for Balance.

Mouthfeel: Very Light bodied, Goes down very nice. A very refreshing Summertime Brew.

Drinkability: A very Sessionable Brew, I could drink these all day or night long. Not the Best Hefe I ever had, but I'd still buy it again.

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Photo of MadCat
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes, had at Surf Taco in Jackson, NJ.

Appearance: Cloudy golden yellow, minimal white head due to the pour by the bartender, leaved decent lacing.

Smell: Spicy, nutty, lots of banana and clove.

Taste: Light banana and clove up front with good wheatiness. A good bit of fruitiness with it as well. Has a hint of honey.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and has a creamy smooth texture, with a slightly dry finish

Overall: I thought it was quite good. It went well with my taco and chips with salsa. Only problem with it is it has to compete with a very crowded field of hefeweizens, and the added honey doesn't distinguish it enough, though I would gladly buy it again.

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

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing present.

S: Smell of spice and banana accompany wheat malt. Packaging indicates tupelo honey should be present, but it is not detected in the nose.

T: Sweetness and spice dominate the beginning of the sip. Some pepper and star anise accompany additional spices and yeast flavors. The sweetness present doesn't have the flavor of honey, but it may be where it enters the equation. Some banana is present in the middle followed by some minor hop bitterness at the finish.

M: This is a light bodied beer with decent carbonation giving it a refreshing mouthfeel.

Overall, this is a good hefeweizen. The pour is not as yeast cloudy as expected, but the flavors are good. Fortunately, the flavors of the beer are more complex than those present in the nose.

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

A 12 oz. bottle in a Terrapin pint glass

A - A golden pilsner color, with a decent amount of head and nice lace retention

S - Wheaty lemongrass aroma, with some spicy notes

T - Honey, and lots of it. Nice wheat backbone

M - Well carbonated, and smooth.

O - An average wheat beer. The honey adds a nice twist. But probably a fun beer to drink on a hot summer afternoon on the lake.

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Photo of Shinypoptart
3.24/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - The appearance is golden and cloudy, standard for a wheat beer. 3/5

Smell - The smell is good. You get spice, clove, yeast and banana. All proper for the style. 4/5

Taste - The taste follows the smell to perfection. You get the spice, clove, yeast and banana as well as a slight sweetness towards the end of the drink. The aftertaste is all clove and banana. 3/5

Mouthfeel - The carbonation is very effervescent, almost to fizzy. 3/5

Overall - This beer is a good representation of the German Hefeweizen style yet it lacks complexity. It tastes like Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier Lite, it has all the right ideas yet doesn't execute them to perfection. 3/5

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle at 42 degrees into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: It pours a hazy neon-yellow color with a half-finger of white head that leaves a little residual lacing.

S: Lemon, light grassiness, and some yeasty notes.

T: Tart and sour lemon, honey, light cracker maltiness, and a little pepper. This is more sour than I expected.

M: The body is medium-light with prickly carbonation and a crisp finish.

O: This is similar to Bell's Oarsmen; it is tart, refreshing, and tasty.

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Photo of fester1620
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really like this beer. being new to wheat beers this is a great one to start off with. smooth and easy to drink, with just the right touch of sweet. i hope i can find this one close to home. might just have to put it in my own bar. savannah bee com. honey, i need to look into them.

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Photo of nickfl
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, deep golden body. The head settles down quickly and leaves moderate lace.

S - Yeasty aromas of clove and bubblegum with some tangy wheat.

T - Tart wheat up front with lots of banana and clove yeast character. Mineral notes come out in the middle with some herbal hops and more clove. The beer finishes with lots of wheat and clove that lingers on the palate.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - Not bad, this is one of the very few American brewed wheat beers that has a proper flavor profile. The yeast character is right on and there is plenty of wheat with a touch of tartness to keep it from becoming heavy. The only thing that is lacking is the mouthfeel which is a bit thin and lacks the creamy character that shows up in the best examples of the style. Well worth trying, you aren't going to do much better without going to Germany.

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Photo of Chaney
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hmmmm... pretty flimsy head for a hefe.... about 1/4 finger or so that quickly died down to nothing. The brew itself was a cloudy tangering-peach color.

S: Weizen-style funk for sure: coriander, banana, yeast, and candy sweetness.

T: Good, definitely no "wow" factor. It lacked a bit more fullness on the end. I couldn't taste the honey at all and the coriander was very subdued.

M: Personal preference: I like for my hefeweizen's to be as carbonated as hell. This one didn't have such a quality. No lingering elements whatsoever.

O: Good, but ultimately forgettable.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.39/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy yellow color without a really robust head.
S: Bread and wheat malt aroma that really blends to give the beer a nice sweetness.
T: Very sweet and true wheat malt flavor that gives it a nice character that is refreshing as well as filling.
D/O: Very good drinkable interpretation of the hefeweiss. Nothing too special but very basic overall.

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Photo of bum732
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S: Soft clover honey, floral, lavender almost, some hefeweizen notes, ripe banana in particular.

L: Golden yellow, clear, white head that dissipates.

T: Ripe bananas give way to a soft bready malt with a touch of honey. Mild herbal bitterness leads to sweet honey finish.

M: Medium bodied, medium-low carbonation.

A really solid wheat beer, a tad sweet for a summer beer, but not bad.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Always looking out for new stuff from Terrapin, although I'm not sure a hefeweizen is really in their wheelhouse. They seem to be strongest on some of the more experimental styles (Gamma Ray, India Brown, Impy Pilsner) and the darker or hoppier stuff. Only one way to find out.

First instincts lookig strong. Color looks off, with more of an opaque cider hue than a golden translucent, and the head takes the road to nowhere in literally seconds. The nose is better, with honey smothered wheat and the expected yeast notes.

Taste is interesting, with the honey keeping the regulation banana clove in check to some degree. It's not a typical clone of the style but it's not anything else either. The finish is rather clean. Overall tasty but a little strange. Carbonation level is more typical. This isn't something I''ll look out for, but I'm glad I tried it.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle best by 1st week of september.

Pours hazy milky yellow with a huge billowing head. Aroma is potent banana and some bubblegum, smells like a hefe. First sip is.... a bit thinner than expected. Malt sweetness does not shine through, and it is very thin bodied. Some stale wheat malt pokes through as well.

Overall I have had much better hefes - but this one makes a valiant effort. Looks and smells great but doesn't back it up with the flavor.

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Photo of ajfa531
3.42/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into my Rutgers pint.

The pour yields a two finger head that reduces fairly quickly to a ring with thin patches throughout the center. A darker yellow to gold color. A cloudiness at first pour has become a consistent haziness throughout.

A really nice aroma. Despite the 40-something degrees outside I feel a psychogenic warmth of summer. The usual suspects of a hefe in the nose: cloves and banana. I prefer banana to be bigger. The honey in the aroma has a flowery element that reminds me of honey suckles.

I'd have to say that the taste is a drop-off from the aroma. I expected more honey in the taste. There is a clovey bitterness that more sweet honey flavor might balance out. The wheat flavor is there with a bit of spiciness from the yeast.

The mouthfeel is light and pleasant as to be expected from a hefe. The suspended yeast and the trub add a smooth, almost velvety, quality.

Overall, this is a nice beer. Addition sweetness from the honey would make a big difference in my opinion. Tomorrow is opening day for the Phils, if I had off and it was closer to the 80s, Sunray would be a nice welcome to my glass.

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Photo of chinchill
2.8/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a freshly tapped keg about 1 hour from brewery.

For the most part, I don't care for the hefeweizen style, and this beer is no exception. To a good extent, I've tried to allow for that in this review, largely comparing this beer against other hefeweizens.

A: Typical for style: clear golden with a short-lived white head that leaves a dash of lace.

S: Rather floral and fruity (banana), but primarily wheat.

T: Again, typical for style, but with a bit more sweetness and fruitiness.

M: light body, as expected

O: not enjoyable, although I am sure I'd be happy to have another if I was very thirsty on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.53/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The color was pretty hazy like most Hefeweizen brews. This could have been a little bit better aon most levels I thought. Strong flavors of banana in the brew. it's ok if thats what you like. The mouthfeel wasn't too bad had the smoothness of a beer this style should have.

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Photo of shand
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

Smallest. Hefeweizen. Head. Ever. This just looks depressing. A very very transparent straw color crowned with wisps of head. The smell is a bit nicer, bananas, citrus, coriander, and just a bit of clove. The taste is that of a nice, light hefeweizen. Banana, esters, citrus, coriander, you know the drill. Mirrors the nose. A bit weaker flavor-wise than most in the style, especially clove-wise, which I appreciate. Pretty good.

The mouthfeel is nice: light and crisp. The drinkability is quite good. All said, this is a pretty good hefe. Nothing amazing, but worth drinking for sure.

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Terrapin SunRay Wheat Beer from Terrapin Beer Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 237 ratings.
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