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

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

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1,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 1089
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-15-2004)
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Photo of Ed2


3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2014 23:34:44 | More by Ed2
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3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2014 23:14:39 | More by cyclonece09
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Ontario (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2014 22:09:47 | More by tbeckett
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2014 23:15:07 | More by CookstLiquor
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3.04/5  rDev -20%
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+

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 02:02:26 | More by kojevergas
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3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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?


Serving type: bottle

10-16-2013 01:08:39 | More by DeFaz
Photo of watermelon

North Carolina

3.28/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 03:05:52 | More by watermelon
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3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 23:38:04 | More by Omnium
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New York

3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2013 18:21:10 | More by SLeffler27
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New Hampshire

3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Not ready for summer to go away. Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a nice fluffy white head that persists forever. Smells of lemon, cracked grain, light sugar and earthy and citrus hops. The flavor is light and refreshing with a spicy wheat grain against a light sweet sugary malt offset with some light lemony citrus hop. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice flavorful light easy drinking lawnmower beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2013 21:49:32 | More by johnnnniee
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North Carolina

3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I guess it's a hoppy wheat beer as advertised; it's just lacking a bit. Comes off like a thin pale ale. I like the aroma and it's not "bad". But the combo just doesn't work for me and I wouldn't likely seek it out. Would much rather one of Souther Tier's other fine offerings.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2013 22:47:52 | More by Yoda22
Photo of TeamMathis

West Virginia

3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold.
Smell: Honey, lemon, and biscuits.
Taste: Honey, lemon, and biscuits. A lighter version of the smell.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy and dry finish.

It's a refreshing brew. However, the taste is very much Pilsnerish, with a tiny bit of honey, lemon, and biscuits plopped into it. The finish is also quite dry. I probably wouldn't get it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2013 05:38:56 | More by TeamMathis
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2.86/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A- Weak yellow, like a filtered wheat is

S- Grassy, faint lemon notes

T- Not much happening, light bodied, easy drinking doesn't linger

M- Normal lighter than what I want in a wheat beer

O- This beer reminds me very much of 312 Urban Wheat, which I guess they are similar lighter wheat beers. Just didn't much flavor at all from this one.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2013 16:36:46 | More by PaulyB83
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3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a nice light clear, crisp looking straw gold. soft dense white head.

Nose is a nice light straw scent. Some hint of lemon and grass.

Taste is also light and crisp. Light hint of lemon, some honey, just a little tinge of hop on the finish which balances pretty nicely. Little heavy on the wheat flavor and malt though.

Feel is a perfect medium light.

Great summer session beer. Drink it on a bot, after mowing the lawn, after a great mountain bike ride. Nothing spectacular, but really drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 23:35:57 | More by dheacck11
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3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Hop Sun has a medium-to-thick, off-white head, and a clear, old-gold appearance with lots of streaming bubbles and a small amount of lacing. The aroma is very lemony, with a background of white bread and sugar. Taste is of sweetness, some lemon (Which I didn’t detect until halfway through the 12-oz. bottle, for some reason), white bread, and a pleasant and mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Southern Tier Hop Sun finishes pretty crisp, clean, refreshing, and somewhat lager like. Overall, this is excellent.


Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 17:29:14 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a small half finger white head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a spotty foam on the surface of the brew and some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall consisting mostly of a wheat and bready smell mixed with an orange sweetness. Along with these aromas as some hints of spice with a little bit of clove and lemongrass as well as some more grassy hop smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a citrus sweet taste of lemon and lots of orange mixed with a smooth bready taste with some light hints of wheat. As the taste moves on the orange and smooth bready flavors lose strength while the wheaty taste gain more potency and get more grainy in nature. The lemon that was present upfront, all the while gets slightly stronger and is joined by a decent showing of a grassy hop taste coming to the tongue later on. In the end, with the transitions of flavors that occur during the taste, a slightly grainy and grassy lemon citrus taste that is on the slightly drier side is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the lighter to medium side in its thickness, and chewiness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side. The higher carbonation and lower body thickness are rather nice for both the lemon and grassy flavors of the brew and make for a more refreshing taste when mixed with the grainy wheat tastes of the brew.

Overall – A rather easy drinking and not too sweet wheat brew. A decent grainy and grassy American wheat.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 00:39:05 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a golden yellow body with just a touch of haze and a bubble antique white had that fades to a film and is supported by strands of bubbles.

S- The dry woody green hops are light in the nose with some barley hints in the finish.

T- The dry carbonic acid taste blends with some cracker malt and a chalky hops flavor that leads to some herbal spice hops that trail off into a hop bitterness. There is a corn note that comes through as the beer opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- The dry crisp beer has some nice flavors but there very soft and get buried under the fizz a bit.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2013 15:25:27 | More by rhoadsrage
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Went straight to this one after enjoying a Deschutes Twilight Summer.

Poured beautifully, golden yellow, slight haziness, excellent white head, great retention throughout, even left some foam in the bottom.

Smell was definitely appetite whetting. Sweet, grassy, wheat smell.

First taste and I knew I had another winner. All the smells went right into the the taste, can just imagine sitting on a haystack or something, knocking back a couple.

Mouth was good, unobstrusive, if I want to use a big word. Just right.

Overall, another very good summer beer for the go to list.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2013 19:31:04 | More by MikeWard
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4.3/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 03/21/13. Poured into a classic Weizen glass.

Appearance - It's hard not to forget that this is an APWA rather than a Hefeweizen. Aggressive pour yields a pillowy two-finger head of stark white sitting atop a body of light golden straw yellow. The light shining through shows a constant stream of carbonation bubbles drifting up from the bottom of the glass. Retention is excellent and lacing is sticky and pronounced.

Smell - A wonderfully complex smelling wheat ale. Some aromatic floral and grassy elements, but not overpowering. You can still detect the wheaty base, which mixes with some faint phenolic notes as well as some spice and lemon zest.

Taste - Taking the lead from the smell, the taste is a great blend of ethereal floral and pine with a rounder bed of wheat and grain. Citric lemon again makes it's presence known along with some peppery characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied but not too thin. Upper-moderate carbonation with a clean and refreshing finish.

Overall, this might be my new favorite APWA. It manages to bring in a very hop forward profile (like a couple of other hoppy wheats I could name), but does so with great balance and subtlety. A perfect summertime beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2013 04:49:37 | More by LambicPentameter
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3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-light golden yellow color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-wheat, light citrus, grassy, hint of sweetness

T-wheat, citrus, herbal, slight sweetness and floral notes, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, light and crisp

O-decent summer beer, easy drinking

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2013 02:11:09 | More by MDDMD
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New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

A. Poured a golden straw color with a fluffy white 2-finger head that holds up and leaves some lacing. This is a clean and clear wheat beer if there ever was one.

S. Barely there lemon, pine, and maltiness.

T. Some lemony citrus hops, wheat and malts. A bit earthy on the back end.

M. Clean and crisp; very refreshing. Nice combo of hop snap and lively carbonation. Dry wheat finish.

O. The aromas take a while to show up here. Otherwise, a fine summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 18:58:38 | More by NiceTaps
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3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a hazy straw color. The head is foamy and controlled, and retains well, thanks to generous active carbonation that is visible in the glass.

S - The scents are light, but noticeable. I'm mostly getting a grassy smell, along with light malt sweetness and some citrusy notes.

T - Really nice for a summer seasonal. All of the flavors are subtle, but that isn't to say that the beer is without flavor. All of the tastes that present in the aroma are also present in the flavor. However, the is also a nice bitterness that rounds out the other flavors.

M - On the light side of medium-bodied, which is probably about right for this summer beer. It has a very refreshing finish.

O - Absurdly drinkable. I'm reviewing the last of three that I have received as gifts this summer and I am sad to see them go. I've been enjoying the wheat beers that have come out this summer, both the traditional German style, as well as the versions that showcase the more citrusy hops. This is a solid addition to the Ommegang and Boulevard offerings.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2013 00:16:55 | More by Andrew041180
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3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear w/ pillowy head. Good nose of mild citrus, spice & bready malt. First notes of pine, lemongrass followed by notes that are crisp, tangy from yeast & wheat. Fine bitterness, cracker-like + carbonation that enhances the smooth mouthfeel of this brew. A very good American wheat style.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 02:15:30 | More by Highlander15401
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New York

3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like spun gold. Brilliant clarity. A pillowy head that fell lazy like a summer day to a thick cap and left all kinds of lace to look at. Nose is beer delight. Mild citrus, floral a little spice and a lightly breaddy malt. Pale malt has hints of sweetness, wheat is tall. Light pine, lemongrass and a touch of earth. Looks like sunshine in the glass and smells like it too. The lemon really comes forward sweetly as the beer warms. Taste is light, crisp and clean. Fruity lemon, grass, refreshing wheat, a little tangy. Has a fine bitter that doesn’t overwhelm but plays with the sour aspect of the wheat and finishes with a little cracker and not so much honey. The body is smooth and it drinks refreshing . You don’t even notice the carbonation it goes down so easy. Really excellent.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 14:11:28 | More by utopiajane
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small creamy white head with very good retention. Leaves low/moderate lacing. Beer is a translucent straw color. Surprising that this wheat beer is not hazy at all. Smells of bread, lemon, orange, and wheat.

Taste starts with bready light malts, then wheat, and has a wheaty citrus zest finish. Has a bready and slight zesty aftertaste. Body is very light with extremely high carbonation. This is definitley not your standard wheat beer, but I found it a very refreshing and drinkable summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 17:29:15 | More by JG-90
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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.