Sunshine Wit | Erie Brewing Co.

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Erie Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Summer

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Added by santoslhalper on 08-22-2005

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 20 |  Reviews: 19
Reviews by KFaulkner:
Photo of KFaulkner
3.23/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice summer release from an up-and-coming craft brewery, Erie's witbier doesn't particularly stand out from its contemporaries, but it is a nice warm-weather brew.

It pours a hazy, fizzy yellowish color with some active carbonation. It smells a bit yeasty and of citrus, but tastes cool and refreshing. Best enjoyed nice and cold and although it may be considered blasphemous to advocates, an slice of orange may actually complement this beer.

Overall, an enjoyable summer seasonal that may improve year to year.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of iemailjack
2.5/5  rDev -19.4%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a light golden cloudy tone with large white bubbly head lots of yeast suspended in this wit as the head slowly dwindles it has streaks of uneven lacing attached to my pint. Aroma contains citrus with slight spicy notes with a bready yeast component attached to it all. As it begins to warm much more of the spice components come out coriander and more citrus notes are expressed along with light herbal hops. Flavors are definitely changed since the release earlier this summer but it's not off at all. Upfront citrus acidity going on with mild spicing coating the palate and the bready yeast component really melds well with the mild leafy bitterness. Refreshingly light screams summer very well made wit by the folks in Northwestern PA. Mouthfeel has a mildly spritzy lighter body with sturdy carbonation, goes down smooth on the palate. Drinkability definitely a nice summer beer yet it's still working in early Fall where we have just seen all four seasons in one week.

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Photo of ElGordo
3.78/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The body is a light, cloudy golden color, topped by a fat finger's worth of creamy white head. Nose of light wheat, mild citrusy hops, and a hint of coriander. Palate is nicely nuanced - lightly sweet wheat up front, with citrusy hops and a note of lemongrass. A mild sweetness lingers on the finish. Body is smooth and well-carbonated, giving the beer a very refreshing character. After a long afternoon of working in the yard, this is exactly what I was looking forward to. A not particularly complex, yet satisfying beer.

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Photo of santoslhalper
1.48/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearence: Pours a clear, very very pale amberish yellow with a huge, frothy white head.

Smell: The smell is a mix of wheat and spices, unbalanced as all hell.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Eww. I can't believe how horrible this tastes. It's one of the fakest, crappiest tasting wit's I've ever had. Generic and Boring. The mouthfeel is think and slick.

Drinkability and Overall: Garbage. I hate to say it, because I really like everything else I've had from Erie, but this one is garbage. Avoid it at all costs.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.28/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle

Pours a very pale straw color with a creamy white head that thins. Mils speckled lacing on the glass.

Aroma is quite grainy and mildly bready with a faint hint of hops. Smells very fresh, but no hint of the yeast and spices that you would expect in a wit.

Taste is light and grainy upfront with some light bready and hop flavors. Nice and fresh, but completely lacking the yeast and spice characteristics that really define a witbier.

Light body, mild carbonation.

Hmmm, this must be what a witbier tastes like when no spices are used and it's fermented with what I am guessing is an American yeast strain. Really, it would be more appropriately categorized as an American pale wheat. It's very fresh and goes down with no effort, making it a good thirst quencher on a hot day. Just don't expect a true witbier if you get the chance to try this.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.01/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This produced only a little bit of a bone-white head before dissipating to wisps. The color was a slightly cloudy, pale lemon-yellow. The nose had a mustiness to it that seemed a little odd for a wit. The mouthfeel was thin and watery and I got a slight musty dryness on the palate. The finish had a slight bite to it, but there really was not much to this beer. Of all of the Erie BC offerings, I am least impressed by this one.

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Photo of foureyedgeek
3.13/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Leftover from a case I bought over the summer and not exactly fitting this cool fall day in western PA, but...

Pretty nice looking beer, pours with a finger or so of head that fades kind of fast to a half-finger. If you really dump it in, it gets a huge head, that's easier to pick up some aromas from, but I suppose that is cheating.

Golden straw cover with a lot of rising bubbles.

Not a whole lot of aroma coming through, very little of the spiciness one expects from a witbier. Smells like beer.

Taste is very much the same. Kind of flat, flavor-wise without a whole lot going on. Definitely pretty bland for a beer of this style and it has (unfortunately) the mouthfeel to back that up.

Its a drinkable beer, if only due to its light, easy drinking flavors. You could probably drink it all day long and its quite nice after some of the hot, sweaty summer activity its meant for. Kind of a disappointment, since I really enjoy a couple of the other Erie offerings.

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Photo of bort11
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a hefe glass. Fizzy white head actually has some OK retention. Color starts out very hazy but gradually clears up to a light straw yellow. Very active carbonation.

Smell picks up as the beer warms. Dry grass and a musty yeast. Taste is pretty green. Parsley, lemon, and some spice from the yeast.

Mouthfeel is light, clean and crisp. This is a summer beer to be sure.

Blipped "Everyday Sunshine" by Fishbone

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Photo of garcia2a
3.2/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a hazy yellow with a fine, fluffy head that laces nicely. There is little to no carbonation and a small amount of paticulate matter.

The bouquet has sweet and bready yeast with a touch of malt and very light citrus. This kinda did and kinda didn't translate well to the taste. I'm getting the yeasty component, but not citrus. Instead I initially got an odd spicey taste and then as the beer cloyed, a slightly bitter finish.

Overall the mouth feel was fine and this is a drinkable beer, but please break out the tape so your head doesn't explode over this next line: You need to have this beer with a slice of lemon, orange or tangerine. This beer needs a hint of citrus to make it a fine summer beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.26/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy apricot coor with impressive white puffy head.
Smell consists of a light citrus tone, but little else.
Taste is also a bit citrusy, but I can't detect any spices or pepper flavors.
Finish matches the taste, not a whole lot there.
Easy to drink. Very much lacking in taste or flavor.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.34/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow body with a slight white head that has almost no retention and has no lacing.

Smells pretty good. Bready and yeasty with some spiciness and lemon/citrus.

Spiciness dominaates the flavor. Tastes like coriander. Very slight citrus and a big yeasty, bready, wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is fairly thin and well carbonated.

OK drinkability. All wheat beers are pretty drinkable.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
2.94/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Translucent straw yellow body with thick opaque yeast suspension that freely moves about the beer. Pours with a thick white foamy head that quickly fades to be much thinner. Leaves behind some lacing in the glass. The appearance is definately this brew's biggest strength.

S- Faint malt and hops smell with big grainy smell. Smells quite dingy and not like a witbier should at all.

T- Light taste of yeast upfront. This is followed by a very sweet and sugary aftertaste with hints of yeast.

M- Medium carbonation and thin watery body. Decent presence of yeast. Goes down smooth.

D- This beer isn't bad but on the other hand it isn't great. Its very sweet and quite watery. Not as enjoyable as most wits. Not much presence from citrus and spices here. Ok. average drinkability.

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Photo of Dubbercody
2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty beer, nice white head. But...Pretty thin for a wit...watery with a touch of something more...If it was 90+ this would work...almost like water. But I would have to chose something else first as well. Drinks down fast, finished the beer while writing this review...usually I'm only half done.

Nothing special, nothing awful. I would drink it again, but I might not buy it again.

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Photo of cswhitehorse
2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The Sunshine Wit was clear yellow with a 1-2 finger foam head. Some decent lacing.

The aroma was yeasty and bready. Some citrus lemon came through. The taste was fairly bitter and thin. Not much substance to it. It was moderately carbonated and was a tad spicy on the finish. Not a bad beer but not one I would try again.

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Photo of nick76
3.72/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The aroma is rather weak and not very true to the style. It has some honey, citrus, wheat, yeast, and spice. The appearance is cloudy yellow with a fizzy head. The flavor is like the aroma. Its weak but very refreshing with no nasty stuff. The palate is thin but OK for the style. Overall its a real easy to drink beer that tastes good but does not fit the style very well.

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Photo of jhicks12
3.95/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not a typical wit beer. Erie calls it there own unique recipe. Appearance is a nice hazed, cloudy yellow pour with a fluffy white head. Nice citrus notes but not over powering. Beers taste was fresh and clean with a citrus finish. THis is a drinkable beer. Guessing that this is not made with a belgian yeast or any spices typical in wit beers. But overall easy drinking beer that is nice.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sample at AleFest Dayton: This beer is a cloudy yellow-gold color with a thin white head that has good retention. The aroma is lightly hoppy with a pinch of citrus and spice. Light-bodied and bubbly with light hops and sweet spice flavor. The finish is short and mildly bitter. Pretty straightforward, but a nice enough drink.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.15/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Barely blurry banana beneath a vanilla colored crown that looks like meringue. The final inch of beer added most of the yeast and murked things up nicely. Small patches of lace look good enough and manage to cling to the glass for the duration. Well, some of them anyway.

The nose is unquestionably wit-like, although it could use more power and definition. The citrus fruitiness smells as much like lemon as orange, and coriander is in the background. Not bad, not bad.

Sunshine Wit is no better than average. It's light-bodied, even for the style, and doesn't have enough of the flavors that make witbiers witbiers. As a result, there's a bit too much graininess (even huskiness) present. I'm reminded of an American pale wheat ale that the brewers tried to gussy up with a shot or two of lemon juice.

The tanginess of the malted wheat is in the foreground and there's quite a bit of acidity and bitterness. In the final reckoning, the fruit and spice aren't prominent enough and the relative proportions of sweet-bitter-tart are out of whack. There isn't enough of the first, there's too much of the second, and I'm okay with the third.

The mouthfeel is closer to light than medium. The amount of carbonation is acceptable, but the bubbles are slightly too harsh and too fizzy. I had hoped that time would soften things somewhat. Unfortunately, the bottle is almost gone and nothing has changed.

I've had enough Erie Brewing beer to have kept my expectations for Sunshine Wit on the low side. It isn't bad beer, but it needs a few serious tweaks before I would consider giving it another go round. To be truthful, Partly Cloudy Wit is probably a more appropriate name.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.32/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I like to again say I appriciate the local craft beer scene in my state. As we go...

Pour- Not too bad for a wheat beer I must add. Had barley any head whatsoever. Slightly impressed, but I'll continue

Smell- Notice the hops as soon as my nose came to the stratusphere, but I did enjoy the subtle hints of lemon zest and spice hops.

Mouthful- Wow did I notice the lemon flavor to this. Thought for a second did Miller Chill change their formula, but then I noticed it doesn't have the crappy salt taste. I did love the notable hops, something to be admired. Light body with carbonation.

My final Thoughts: This beer had its moment in the sun and tell you the truth, it's good, but I dont see it being a beer of choice unforutanely. I liked it, but it didn't catch me. Don't put this beer down, it has potential, but not for me. I might drink it again on a hot summers day.

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Sunshine Wit from Erie Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 20 ratings