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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
Ranking:
#21,054
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
222
pDev:
13.3%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
4
Gots:
42
Trade:
2
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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 32
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4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of dmorgan310
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of brentk56
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with an amber color (slightly darker than expected) and a very nice head that leaves quite a few strands of lace

Smell: Wheat bread, bananas, cloves and a surprising element of grassy hops

Taste: Starts out like a standard hefe, with wheat bread, bananas and clove but by mid-palate, the grassy hops arrive to take the beer in a different direction; nicely blended in the finish, with hefe and Noble hop characteristics blended together

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: A rather non-traditional hefe, bringing a Noble hop flavor that restrains the banana flavor, to a meaningful extent; definitely enjoyable, once I figured out what the brewer was doing

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Photo of superspak
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, no bottle dating. Pours hazy orange amber color with a nice 3 finger dense and fluffy cream colored head with incredible retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Spotty foamy lacing clings down the glass, with moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big lemon, pear, orange peel, banana, clove, bubblegum, wheat, floral, pepper, grass, and yeast earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, orange peel, banana, clove, bubblegum, wheat, pepper, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of citrus, banana, pear, clove, bubblegum, wheat, pepper, floral, and yeast earthiness on the finish fore a good bit. Damn nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; with a great fruity/spicy ester balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium-high carbonation and medium bodied; with a creamy and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a really excellent hefeweizen! All around nice balance and complexity of malt and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. Really enjoyed this one; this is one of the better American made Hefeweizens I have had.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The Sunspot is a decent Heffe. The beer poured a cloudy gold with rich head that is leaving a lacing. The scent carries banana and clove. The taste is slightly sharp toward the clove, but not over done. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall this is a sessionable Heffe and should be enjoyed by those that prefer this style.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of imperialking
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of liamt07
4.15/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draught at the brewery.

Hazy golden yellow, light white head and good retention. Nose has a good amount of banana, citrus with a solid clove/spice component. Quite prominent spicing. Lots of wheat and banana on the palate, and the spicing remains quite big. Body dries out real quick, urges for another sip. Medium full feel and moderate sweetness. A touch of bitterness. A solid hefeweizen, quite refreshing and satisfying.

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Photo of BeerOps
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of brandoman63
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Photo of lupercmda
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of enelson
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of sweemzander
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a cloudy orange color. Produced some great white froth with good retention behind it; some good lacing left behind as well.

(S)- A bit dry with lots of yeasty biscuit. It actually is a touch funky with a bit of lemon peel too.

(T)- A nice biscuity wheat meets some lemon and banana. Finishes with a subtle clove-like spice and bubblegum.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. The bitterness climbs quite significantly as it warms and the yeast really starts to take over.

(O)- It is a solid Hefeweizen. I have definitely had worse from the states, but this one is well made.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in tulip glass)
A- The murky caramel body has a thick creamy light tan head that last a good bit.

S- The rich banana bread ester aroma leads to an odd wheat shampoo aroma that grows and grows.

T- The banana esters lead to apple juice notes and some unripe plantain notes in the finish. A green woody hop snap finishes dry with some bread crust notes coming through as it opens.

M- The medium-full mouthfeel has a tight little fizz.

O- This beer has a clean crisp nice full ester profile but it has an odd quality to the aroma that starts to dominate.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of scruffwhor
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of barnzy78
3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
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 DanGeo
3.32/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StoutHunter
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I picked up a bottle of Greenbush's Sunspot last week for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. This is the newest Greenbush beer to see distribution and since I like this brewery I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but it just showed up so it should be fairly fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks nice it's got a slight dash of darkness that some Greenbush labels seem to have. It poured a hazy golden orange color that took on some darker orange hues when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that left some nice lacing behind. This was a good looking beer that looked pretty true to style, I liked it.

S- The aroma starts off with a high amount of medium sweetness followed by some wheat, ripe bananas and spices with cloves seeming to stick out the most. Towards the end I get an earthy aroma that might be from some hops. This beer had a nice aroma that was pretty true to style.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma but lighter and it starts off with lots of wheat and grainy flavors with a some lighter bready flavors. Next comes a lighter amount of banana and a lighter spicy aroma with cloves still sticking out the most. On the finish it's a little earthy with a low amount of bitterness with bananas and cloves carrying on into the aftertaste with a little bit of wheat. This was a nice tasting beer that was fairly true to style.

M- Smooth, crisp, slightly refreshing, medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation that was slightly prickly. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a nice beer and a nice example of the style, I have had better Heffeweizens but most of them have been from Germany so this was pretty good for a domestic example of the style. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, a little refreshing and the flavors did a decent job at holding my attention, I could drink a couple of these on a warm summer day. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and the balance, it didn't go overboard on the ripe bananas. There wasn't anything that I really disliked about this beer, it was good for what it was. I would buy this beer again when looking for a nice Hefeweizen and I would recommend it to anyone who likes the style. All in all I thought this was solid for the style and I liked it, it's not my favorite of the style or my favorite Greenbush beer, but it's another solid beer from Greenbush, keep it up guys.

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Sunspot from Greenbush Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.76 out of 5 with 222 ratings
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