Sunspot | Greenbush Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: German Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Grain: White wheat, 2 row malt, black malt and flaked wheat

Hops: Saaz

Yeast: German wheat yeast

15 ibu
6% abv
8.1º Lovibond

Added by alleykatking on 07-08-2011

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Photo of cadizkyguy
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On an August visit to Greenbush, I sampled the Anger and Sunspot and opted to purchase a growler of Anger, which I really enjoyed.

During a Labor Day beer run, I picked up a growler of Sunspot and decided to pair it with Kielbasa, sauerkraut, a diced green apple, brown sugar along with a half cup of Sunspot for juice and cooked it in a pot on the stove.

While the concoction is simmering on the stove, I decide to do my beer review of Sunspot, fittingly in my Weihenstephan weizen beer glass.

This is one majestic brew, both in appearance and taste. This blows away every Hefeweizen I've ever had and that's saying a lot since I consider Weihenstephan the king of its class.

Appearance -- cloudy, yeasty, golden, with a frothy white head that dissipates and leaves considerable lacing on the glass.

Smell -- Banana, banana and more banana, with clove. The freshness of this beer is unreal, having been tapped only six days earlier. A big thanks to the Greenbush barmaid who properly filled my growler and sealed it at the neck to ensure freshness.

Taste -- A classic Hefeweizen taste. Yeasty, with clove and lots of banana overtones.

Mouthfeel -- Greenbush has been in business since only June 2011 - a mere three months - and is the new shining star on the craft scene. This beer is incredible, just like Anger, a black ipa with tons of character and flavor.

Overall -- The only knock on Greenbush would be its clear glass growlers. I brought an empty brown growler from Figure 8 to have filled since the last time at Greenbush the growlers there were all sold out. There's something about a clear glass growler that doesn't set well with me. But that is hardly a negative.

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5/5  rDev +33%

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Photo of alleykatking
4.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at Greenbush!

A- Pours a hazy golden yellow orange color with hints of orange toward the middle. Half finger white head shows light retention. Light collar of lace on the side of the glass.

S- Banana and clove come out right off the bat in the nose. Light wheat undertones in the middle of the aroma profile bring a nice balance to the overall smell. Citrus undertones in the ending with a bright orange profile hinting in the very end before a light alcohol comes over it.

T- Upfront there is a nice mix of orange zest and wheat balance. This leads to a clean banana middle with hints of light clove in the backing. Ending shows off more of that banana flavor with once again a clean clove taste as a wheat underbody shows a nice balance to the beer. The alcohol is subdue and bubblegum really hints in the very end of this one.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Orange zest, banana, light clove, and wheat are left on the palate. Aftertaste is alcohol with hints of bubblegum, wheat, and banana and clove. Flavors were very well balanced for the style. No off flavors were present when I was drinking this. Medium alcohol drying on the palate with each sip.

O- I thought this beer was fantastic. I've had a lot of hefeweizens and this one is right up there with lets say Live Oak's. A clean tasting and very flavorful beer without the alcohol mess that some of the higher ABV hefe's tend to have. I can see this beer becoming something that people will seek out in the future.

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4.62/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From notes 7/18/11 at Kalamazoo Beer Exchange

A: Murky/cloudy orange brown, with bits of yellow seeping through. Even though it sounds nasty, it looks a bit like muddy water… in a good way haha. White head that pours about a quarter of a finger, and stay around a pretty decent amount and leaving a pretty good amount of lacing on the glass.

S: WOW! This beer truly blew me away in the smell category. Very pungent smells of spice, bananas, and cloves. With hints of citrus (oranges I believe) aroma. This beer smells like ever hefeweizen wants/wish to smell like.

T: The spice and orange flavors of the beer is the thing I taste the most upfront but this blends well with a banana and cloves middle taste. A nice wheat feel in the background all the way through. A nice and sweet summery taste. This beer is a great representative of a well-balanced beer.

M: medium to low carbonation with a medium body. Smooth and a tad bit on the dry side as far as finishes go, but not too much where this couldn’t be enjoyed on a nice, hot summer afternoon.

O: This beer is hands down the best hefeweizen I’ve ever had! You can’t get much better then this beer as far as hefeweizen’s go. Unfortunately there is almost nowhere to find this beer. This really needs to hit shelves in bottle form soon, cause I need to give it another analysis in a quite, distraction free environment… that’s how good this beer is.

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4.31/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass.

A- Murky caramel color with little to no light getting through. About a three finger head that dissipates quickly but leaves a nice lacing.

S- Immediately hit with strong hints of banana bread and caramel notes.

T- Like the smell, tip of the tongue is banana bread which quicky rolls to the caramel flavor. The back of the tongue tastes like what I want describe as a "christmas" flavor and then leaves you with a smoky, almost tobacco like aftertaste. Very complex.

M- Delivers a thick mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Would've liked to feel lighter carbonation on this one.

O-This is definitely one of my favorites by Greenbush. The complex flavors and sweet nose would satisfy someone wanting dessert after a delicious meal.

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Sunspot from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 226 ratings