Sunspot | Greenbush Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Greenbush Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
greenbushbrewing.com

Style: 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

Specs:
15 ibu
6% abv
8.1º Lovibond

Added by alleykatking on 07-08-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
220
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.62
pDev:
14.36%
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
41
For Trade:
2
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Photo of Raime
1.53/5  rDev -57.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Possibly infected. Within date. Extremely bad. Nothing like a hefeweizen. Worst beer I've had in years and usually this brewery does a great job with everything they make. Four glugs was enough to lead me to a drain pour.

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Photo of jsh420
2/5  rDev -44.8%

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2/5  rDev -44.8%

Photo of JLM82
2.2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of Rihup
2.5/5  rDev -30.9%

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
2.6/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of zaraspook
2.68/5  rDev -26%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Khazadum
2.86/5  rDev -21%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great lacing, not sticky enough for my glass. Amber body, good carbonation, great lingering time on head generation. Scums down to a pond skin and creamy collar.

Strong diacetyl presence that is hidden by the chill. As it warms it comes out to overwhelm the clove and bubblegum nature. Very faint bubblegum... all about the clove here.

Spicy clove, bits of generic spice, apple phenols, but throughout the entire play is diacetyl and biscuit. A wheaty malt backbone helps as well. Is that bubblegum? Barely. Diacetyl becomes the name of the game and boy does it linger into the finish as an awful chemical laden bread.

Full crisp body, very bright carbonation, very sticky and prevalent flavors. If only they weren't so.... unbalanced?

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Photo of schmidtmattsays
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Xarou
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of mcrawford
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of Kaveman
3/5  rDev -17.1%

Photo of smmeier819
3.09/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is by far the strangest Hefeweizen I have ever had. First off, it is amber orange in color, not the typical light gold you get from the German imports. Also, it is clear versus the typical cloudy. It is unfiltered as you can tell by the millimeter deep dregs on the bottom of the bottle, but the yeast doesn't stay suspended.

The first time I tried to pour this puppy in a tall glass it foamed up like a rabid dog. The second bottle I decided not to even try after it exploded once I opened it. This thing is crazy carbed, as it should be, but come on.

As for how it tasted, lots and lots of yeast character going on here. Phenols galore, both the banana clove good phenols, and the band aid medicine bad phenols. The malts show up with a very bready profile, but there is a strong bitter aftertaste especially for a beer with only 15 IBU.

Overall, it's okay. There are better hefeweizens out there for sure. Cross it off the bucket list and move on.

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Photo of Brenden
3.11/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Very dark in color for a hefe, I'm not sure it fits within the range or if it sits on the very outskirts of it. It's extremely muddled, completely opaque in its thick murk. The color is a sort of honey-orange. The fluffy, pale orange-tinted head stays at one finger's height for almost the entirety, with a sort of film developing on top of the fluff. Lacing is left in plenty, mostly in patches.
I'm not sure exactly what I'm getting out of this aroma. It's steely, and that's fine if it weren't the main element and one of the only detectable notes. Some dry cracker and a touch of banana, along with something very mildly clove-like, are all else I can get.
The flavor has a bit of very tangy lemon right up front, very juicy, with some very light spiciness, pear and banana behind it. It develops a bit more sweetness and allows more of the spiciness to come out as it sits. A touch of floral hops with a bit of herb come out in the middle and carry through to the finish.
It's soft, fluffy and fairly smooth in a medium body with a bit of crispness to it. It works fairly well.
In every way, this is an okay beer, but I wouldn't have bothered labeling it a Hefeweizen.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

There's black malt in this hefeweizen? Okay. It pours a clear bronze topped by a finger of cream foam. Hm, looks like there is some more darkness than usual. Fair enough. Looks good. The nose comprises wheat, light candi sugar, light honey, light corn, and a touch of toffee. This smells like no hefe I've ever had, nor any I'd likely wanna have. The taste holds notes of orange zest, black pepper, light clove, sweet biscuit, and a touch of some spice in the background that I just can't for the life of me pin down. The body is a light medium, with a moderate carbonation and a drying finish. Overall, a decent hefe, I suppose, but one that's strangely too malty and a touch too spicy for its own good.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.14/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, I poured it like a traditional German Hefeweizen (pour, swirl, pour). It looked normal at first, but after the swirl of the yeast, it became an extremely hazy, murky, opaque, grayish-yellow colored ale that was topped with a creamy, ivory head, that did hold excellent retention. Aromas are hefe yeast, bubblegum, clove, banana, faint citric hop. Tastes are somewhat tart, grassy, citric, banana, clove, bubblegum, yeast, finishes acidic, and rather off putting. Mouth-feel is creamy and smooth, fullish body, but that acidic finish is getting to me. Overall, sub-par German style Hefeweizen. Might have been better without all the yeast added at the end, but there are many other superior imported German Hefeweizens I doubt I'll buy it again.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.15/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 fluid ounce bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - This beer turned into a glass of eggshell foam when I poured it. There was literally no liquid, just foam, on the initial pour. Finally, after about five minutes the foam subsided enough to pour in the remaining contents of the bottle. I ended up with a cloudy orange bodied beer with golden highlights.

S - I got a little of that trademark hefe banana smell, but the spices were more prevalent.

T - I get a bitter taste. There is only a slight hint of the normal banana and cloves taste. The finish and aftertaste are bitter. It is not pleasant.

M - Moderate

O - I hope this is just an old bottle. Maybe I can find it on tap sometime and get a better feel for it.

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Photo of Billydoughnuts
3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chuckgietzen
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Excessively hazy orange-yellow body, very fizzy eggshell head, ambient carbonation. Nose is very fruity with orange peel and cantaloupe, slightly floral, and noticeable yeast. Taste is also fruity, albeit a tad watery, with just a kiss of spice. A minor but disruptive metallic note rings throughout the entire smell and taste, too. Body is light and watery, and the fizzy head doesn't help.
This was a pretty big letdown. It was a far cry from a well made hefeweizen, and it didn't do anything innovative, either. Missing the full range of key features, watering down those that were present, and allowing a flaw here and there made for a disappointing experience.

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Photo of Rborre321
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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Sunspot from Greenbush Brewing Company
3.62 out of 5 based on 220 ratings.
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