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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)

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1,336 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,336
Reviews: 549
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 65
Gots: 108 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-15-2004

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Ratings: 1,336 | Reviews: 549
Photo of youth-and-art
4.46/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very light in color; golden clear body.

Poured from the tap into the glass; smell was extremely fresh. Could smell some malts and some bright earthy grains; definitely evocative of summer. Light on the hops, but present in the smell.

Taste was clean, crisp, and fresh; the malts and grains stood out throughout the beer, tinged with citrusy overtones. Hops made more of an entrance at the end, but were not overpowering, merely added to the collection of excellent summery tastes.

Mouthfeel was smooth, crisp, and clean.

Overall, I'd buy this beer again, either on tap or bottled. Giving it a 4.5 and will be looking out for it this spring/summer.

Personal note: first had this beer at Ken's Pizza and Pub on Church Street in Burlington, going out to celebrate with family.

Photo of WallstreetB
2.94/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light has Minimal flavor

Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) - Southern Tier Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick with not too much lacing, and a medium gold clear body.

I smell biscuit malts and bright, earthy grains. Nothing really going in in the hop category.

Tastes like yeasty malts, a faint touch of hops, and a bit of citrus at the very end. Quite a collection of "summer tastes" , indeed. Nice and and refreshing.

The mouthfeel of this brew is quite smooth and clean.

I'll give Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) - Southern Tier Brewing Company a 4.25 overall. This will probably will be a new warm weather staple for me.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.64/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company, with an ABV of 5.10% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The smell is rich with flavors. You pick up grains and hops. Now for the taste, it smooth but bold with flavor. You pick up on grains and malts in the taste of this brew. Then there is mild bitterness of hops at the end of this brew. Southern Tier Brewing Company did a nice job with this one. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. Hop Sun has a nice balance to it. The mouthfeel is nice clean and refreshing. This brew is a nice summer wheat beer. I like how Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) is different from most wheat brews on the market. One thing that stands out with Hop Sun is, this brew is filtered. Overall I'm giving Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) a 4.5 out of 5. I would buy this brew again.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.79/5  rDev +0.3%

Pours a straw yellow with a fizzy head that dissipates quickly. The smell is full of citrus and floral notes to make a very bright scented beer. The taste was equally bright with hop notes coming first and then a bright wheat flavor that left hints of banana and clove to the beer. Very refreshing.

Photo of seedyone
2/5  rDev -47.1%

06/09/12 At Shorty's 9th Ave. NYC. Had 1 on tap. Not as refreshing as they like to think. This brew is pleasant, but not a long distance summer quaffer. I like it but will keep looking for that perfect...whatever.

Photo of beaulabauve
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

Extraordinarily balanced. A beer that actually makes me want more. Would be amazing to drink on a hot summer's day.

Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear pale straw color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely, leaving behind some nice lacing

S- crisp wheat with some toasted malt, fruity hops with berry notes, herbal notes with some lemon grass, slightly bready finish

T- citrusy hop flavor up front with an emphasis on lemon, clean toasty malt with slight sweet bready flavors, crisp wheat on the finish with an herbal hop linger

M- medium body with moderate spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crop dry finish

O- simply profiled, yet well balanced and drinkable. A worthy option for those hp summer days

Photo of fps_dean
3.59/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I never expect much from a summer beer, most of them are too thin and watery for my liking, and I figure if it's really that hot out, I'd be drinking water anyway. Southern Tier's Hop Sun is one of the exceptions; a beer that I enjoy drinking, particularly in warmer weather or during cookouts.

It pours a light golden color with moderate head. It smells of lemony hops, and tastes like lemony hops and wheat. It goes down smooth and is refreshing while at the same time not sacrificing on flavor.

Photo of Ardeer
3.69/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint. Very golden in appearance. Smell is citrus/lemon and wheat. Nice taste. A lot of the reviews call this "crisp" and a nice summer beer and I would agree with that, although there is nothing outstanding about it. I will pick it up again sometime on a hot day.

Photo of smythie86
4.09/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a nice summer beer with a crisp taste and a great feel in the mouth. It has a good aroma but I felt it could be richer. The flavor was great, as was the after taste. Its appearance was a clear clean wheat beer which was perfect for what it is. It is definitely the type of refreshing beer that I often crave in the summer, which makes it a great pick after a long warm day.

Overall it was a good beer that I would recommend to others.

Photo of WesMantooth
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As you can see, this is a very clear beer. Had me worried initially. At first sip, I was thinking more like a Helles or Pils. May have had Sumpin' on the brain though. It started to show a little bit of crisp bite, but not much. Get a real nice mash aroma especially for just being in a pint glass. I find it really similar to a thinner/ lighter Boston Lager. Not sure how they got so much malt flavor in such a light colored/ bodied beer. If you love the smell of the rolling boil, give this one a try. At 5.1% and $10/6, this is a very drinkable and enjoyable summer brew.

Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a weizen glass to a straw yellow with a finger and a half of dense and fluffy white head that retains well but leaves minmal lacing
S: smells very citrusy with notes of grapefruit
T: taste is very wheaty but clean with some citrusy notes from the hops to add a bit of balance. slight pine as well but the whewat flavor is pretty clean. swallow is more malty wheat with a bit of citrus
M: standard for a wheat beer as it's a little fuller than youd expect but still fairly light
O: Overall, not a bad beer. Definitely easy drinking and perfect for the summer heat.

Photo of CabbageA19
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For the past number of years my official beer of summer.
For those of you who are generally a bit turned off by a wheat beer don't be afraid- it's Southern Tier so it is dominated by the floral hop and I would hesitate to even label this beer a wheat beer.
For those of you who shy away from summer beers- it's Southern Tier, I believe they do just about everything right. No lemon, no orange, nothing funky at all.

One of the mildest beers I can recall from Southern Tier, which makes it perfect for sipping in the shade of the summer heat. At just above 5.0 ABV still a bit much for working in the yard in my estimation.

The best word I can use to describe Hop Sun is crisp. It has that light front of the tongue floral hop that breaks off really fast and as that refreshing almost pilsner aftertaste. A simple and complicated beer rolled into one.

Photo of SteveB24
4.01/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

appearance; sightly hazy straw/ amber, lots of evident carbonation and a thin layer of white head that retains nicely.

smell; very complex for a wheat beer, the aroma is wheat, malt, citrus, with some pine notes and some floral notes as well.

taste; like the aroma, upfront is wheat, but with earthy hops and some citrus with a malt kicker.

mouthfeel; light body but not weak, medium/ high carbonation that compliments the flavor and texture of the beer. crisp but not dry.

overall; a great wheat beer and probably the best summer beer i've had

Photo of delta490
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light clear gold with a creamier white head. Head has moderate retention but leaves nice lacing. The aroma is very mild, almost non-existent, with some very light hints of undefined hops. The taste is equally mild, it just has a little more flavor than the aroma indicated. There isn't really anything distinctive, especially from a wheat beer. It's a little thinner in weight and feel. I like the effort to make a flavorful summer beer that's lower ABV, but this one doesn't have the flavor to pull it off.

Photo of Ed2
3.64/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into a pint glass, where it belongs... Nice 2 finger white head, hangs for a minute... Clear translucent yellow body. Good carbonation. Smell is yeast wheat and citrus... Taste is crisp, clean, a bit hoppy..yum. Light, good seasonal summer beer. I would recommend to friends.

Photo of cyclonece09
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a wheat beer glass. Pours translucent pale straw with a foamy white head. Smells of some cirtus hops and a little sweetness from the wheat. Tastes of nice wheat taste with very slight hop tingle, slight fruitiness. Beer is light bodied nice carbonation, good finish. Overall a good beer.

Photo of tbeckett
4.27/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint at The Institute in Philly. From notes.

A - Poured light golden and bright. Good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Lovely nose. Floral, candied fruits, a little wheat.

T - Orange, floral, grass, sweet fruits, citrus. Yum.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body and a decent bitterness.

O/D - Very drinkable. Mellow but very flavourful character. Lovely hoppy wheat. Nice stuff.

Photo of CookstLiquor
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355ml bottle. Pours a deep, rich yellow. This is definitely a heavily filtered wheat beer. Nose is all about hops: pine, pineapple with a hint of tart apple. Taste is similar with a big hit of spicy, fruity hops. Great carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and branded pry-off black/silver pressure cap acquired as part of a 4 pack (or was it a 6 pack?) at me local bottle shop and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. "Brewed with 1 variety of hops and 3 types of malts." 5.1% ABV confirmed.

Not paired with food.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Somewhat thin. No real creaminess or frothiness. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. Decent inconsistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. One of the most transparent beers I've seen in a long time; you can read through this. Appears adequately carbonated.

Standard fare for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Citrusy lemon zest, clean barley, wheat, floral hop character, citrusy fruit hop character, and light resins. A clean pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Clean barley, lemon juice, lemon peel/lemon esters, citrusy fruity hops, floral hops, spring water, lemongrass, light spiciness/fruit zest, a hint of crackery malts, light resins, a bit of grain, fresh wheat, and herbal hop leaves. Somewhat simple, but well balanced. There's not much subtlety or nuance, but for a simple wheat beer it's pretty tasty. Refreshing and enjoyable. Not gestalt, but it does have some cohesion.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Clean.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I like it for what it is.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to coax out the flavours a bit. Slightly oily. Refreshing. Crisp. Overcarbonated (perhaps its biggest flaw). Decent body and thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Clean. Suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but there's not a marriage of texture to taste.

Not harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: A very drinkable summer seasonal that I enjoy but wouldn't go out of my way to get again. It's not Southern Tier's best work, but it's hard to not enjoy. There are better offerings out there at or below this price point, but this is certainly worth trying. While I wouldn't recommend it to friends, it's a tasty worthwhile beer considering the style. Hides its ABV well.

Low C+

Photo of DeFaz
3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Nice appearance for a wheat ale, this offers impressive lacing and a golden color with plenty of bubbles jetlining toward the surface. A nice looking brew.

Smell: Wheat, hops (bringing about vague citrus notes). Smells nice.

Taste: I'm sorry, but this isn't working for me. I suppose this might be exactly what the "hopheads" who despise wheat summer ales are looking for, but to me, the timid hops that are here to assuage the hop lovers only distract and create confusion. The taste is a mess.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with high carbonation. You want a thin beer for the summer, but you don't necessarily want to drink Miller Life. The carbonation in this one is too high, which might not be such a bad thing since it deflects from the convoluted taste.

Overall: If I didn't mention already, let me say this: America wants a lot of hops from their craft beer right now, and unfortunately some might not care so much about whether the hops actually fit into the bigger picture and taste good. I'm sorry, but this beer doesn't work. Southern Tier is normally a company that I associate with success. Usually when a brewery tries to mix two styles, it is a disaster. This isn't horrible, but it's certainly disappointing. Peanut butter and jelly works. Peanut butter and steak does not. Get it?


Photo of watermelon
3.27/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Nice clear straw color. Soapy white head that left some good lacing.

S: Citrusy smell most likely lemon, also noticed some grassy and floral scents.

T: Nice and hoppy bit of a bitter after taste in a good way. Can also pick up some wheat. Not incredibly complex but enjoyable.

M: Pleasant mouthfeel with crisp carbonation, that leaves a tingle on your tongue. The body is a bit more watery then I would prefer.

O: This is an easy beer to drink. Its a good summer session beer. It has a super refreshing mouthfeel and good flavor, although it leaves me hungry for a bigger more complex beer. Overall this beer kind of reminds me of a diet IPA.

Photo of Omnium
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear yellow, 1 finger of soapy white head, medium lacing.
S - Wonderful aroma, light lemon zest on top of a nice wheat base, big grassy and floral notes.
T - Very crisp, light and refreshing, the mellow wheat flavor comes out behind a nice bright clean hop flavor thats very grassy and floral, balanced and crisp.
M - Light and refreshing.
O - A summer favorite, I cant believe I haven't reviewed this until now. This is an absolute go-to during hot weather for me. While there may be others that do this style better, I find the refreshing qualities of this beer along with a solid flavor to be what makes it stand out.

Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brilliantly clear, golden amber, SRM 5-7, with a shallow, quickly fading, off-white foam that leaves little to no lace after dissipating completely. Occasional solitary bubbles of carbonation are released from within a Dogfish Head Fisheye pint.

Spicy hops are sharp with a hint of pine sap. The sharpness fades after a few minutes, revealing better balance with caramel malt aromas and ultimately revealing some lemon as well.

Light flavors include a touch of citrus with bready notes up front. Grass comes out in the middle and lasts well into a modest finish, while citrus strengthens with warming.

The medium body is countered by fizzy carbonation and a light metallic and chalky feel.

Hop Sun is a fine summer drinking beer, suitable from late Spring but more full than a typical lawnmower beer. Off notes, however, do hold it back.

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,336 ratings.