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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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1,093 Ratings

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Ratings: 1093
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 rousee


4.83/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfect amber color. Not much of a head. No lace. Smell is magnificent as is the taste--this is NY's version of Gumballhead? I'll take the Munster(IN) cheese please.

Beautiful citrus-pine hops dominate the aroma. Maltiness is present throughout when tasting. An excellent beer. It is well-crafted. I would bet that they have an excellent water source nearby and that the brewer is pretty smart and tries some new thangs often.

The mouthfeel on this is very nice and velvetty. At 4.3% --how can you go wrong with a few of these. I do think this beer very much holds its own against a 3 F gumballhead. But NY is a lot easier for me than Indiana.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2005 02:30:15 | More by rousee
Photo of oneeye


4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured into a pint glass.

Sunshiny yellow with lots of carbonation.Nice little white head that leaves a little lacing.

S. Lemons,hops,and wheat.Earthy with a hint of alcohol.

T. Lemony hops upfront with slight bitterness.The malts come through with a touch of caramel.Lemony/orange sweetness with a wheat hop bitterness.

M. Good body,creamy smooth with a dry finish.

D. Hop Sun has too be one of the best session beers on a hot summer day.It's very refreshing with plenty of flavor.Easy to drink and after the first beer it has you coming back for more.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 17:37:55 | More by oneeye
Photo of boralyl


4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Pours one finger of frothy white head that fizzles away pretty quickly and leaves very little lacing. The beer is a clear golden straw color with a decent amount of visible carbonation.

S - A tiny bit of wheat malt combined with a nice helping of lemon and grassy hops.

M - Light-bodied with some very active carbonation. Crisp and light on the palette.

T - A nice hoppy opening. A combination of light citrus, lemon and grass. This is followed by a wheat bite in the finish along with some lingering sweetness. This beer remains light, but has that hops flavor to make it stand out from the other wheat beers out there.

A wheat beer that isn't as boring as most of the rest out there. It has a pleasant flavor and it's drink-ability is off the charts. It goes down like water on a hot day. This is in my top 3 favorite summer beers for sure. Since I can't get 3F Gumballhead in my area, I'll settle for this as my summer session beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 01:36:56 | More by boralyl
Photo of madtappers


4.68/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Very clear yellow with a nice thick white head.

Has a terrific hop scent to the noise, some grassy hop notes, with a little grapefruit to it.

Very drinkable beer, would compare to a nice summer session beer with a bit more hops. Not an IPA by an means, but agood beer for a hop head having a summer BBQ.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 23:23:29 | More by madtappers
Photo of letsgopens


4.65/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Spring semester is over and it's clearly time to party. I believe I'll reach for a bottle of crisp, hoppy goodness. This is one of those beers I've had dozens of times but just never got around to reviewing. Its golden amber, clear body shines brightly in the afternoon sun and posses a flashy, eggshell-white head that holds well and leaves some soapy foam clinging to the glass. Tons of sparkling, rising bubbles climb upward from the base of the glass.

Monster hops in the nose accompanied by some mild cereal maltiness and light, toasty bread. A slight sweetness is floating around but for the most part its all citrusy, piney, resinous, hoplisciousness.

Crisp and bright with a substantial caramel, wheat, cereal flavor and mild, light colored clover honey. The rather understated grain allows for the hops to truly bare all their qualities: citrus, pine, grassy, and bitter. Well balanced and extremely tasty. Definitely big on flavor but not so boisterous as to overpower food.

Again very crisp and bright initially with a lighter to medium body and upbeat but fine textured carbonation. Definitely something I could drink quite a few of without spoiling a meal or getting to loaded. The combination of flavor, its bright/lighter nature, and a very modest ABV makes this brew probably my favorite summer session beer which just so happens to be from my favorite American Brewery at the moment. Don't just grab a few from the 6-pack shop, make sure to procure at least a case and get ready for summer in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2008 17:40:17 | More by letsgopens
Photo of UnionMade


4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is a hazed gold, topped with a thick white froth. Good head retention, keeping throughout the glass, leaving trails of sticky lace.
The aroma is amazingly hoppy. Intense citrus skin and pine resin floats atop a bed of smoothened, dextrinous wheat maltiness. Very clean with only a soft brush of floral esters, the hops easily steal the scene. A soft IPA, perhaps.
The first sip starts out silky and smooth, lemon and dextrinous wheat right up front. The citrus flavor builds, a floral buzz on the edge of pure american hop feedback. The finish is all hops, the malt really only providing a silky smooth mouthfeel to carry the bitterness. Loads of pine, orange and grapefruit, finishing with an almost audible snap. Extremely crisp and dry. This is what I would consider the perfect blend of IPA and wheat beer. The crisp smoothness you want for warm weather, but with actual character and backbone. A nice low ABV to boot, so putting a couple back in the early afternoon won't ruin your day. Who'da thunk one of the best beers I've had all year would be an american wheat?
My first beer from Southern Tier. The only other beer I'd place in this category would perhaps be I'm so glad I got a couple bottles of each of their varieties at Half Time. Three Floyds' Gumballhead. India Wheat Ale. This stuff is delicious, probably immensely so in the summer heat. I'll be sure to try again next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2004 00:18:48 | More by UnionMade
Photo of GeoffRizzo


4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Almost a dirty and slightly cloudy golden in color; thin white head. Fresh citrus fruit and sweet hops on the nose. Crisp and oily hops noted up front; just a touch of wheat bread and underlying malts. Fresh bubble gum flavorings; unbelievably sweet, decent carbonation. Bordering on medium bodied. As it warms, and it’s tough, cause this is so smooth and slick, some bread dough offerings and lemon peel notes. One incredible quencher, and certainly something I can drink at any time. Superior!

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 02:07:48 | More by GeoffRizzo
Photo of kevman527

New York

4.63/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I poured this into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Had a decent one finger fead with decent retention, golden blond color, and decent lacing.

Smell: Very prevalent hoppiness, with hints of coriander and citrus, as well being a little earthy.

Taste: Has a very noticable malty-yeasty taste, but it did not have as much hop in the taste as it did in the smell. Wheaty and citrusy.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, medium carbonation, goes down smooth.

Drinkability: I loved this beer, very refreshing. Wasn't sure what to expect before I tried it but, I loved the combination of the amount of hops and the wheat. Would drink a few of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2008 00:44:16 | More by kevman527
Photo of Seanish


4.6/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hope this comes in sixes - I got mine in a mix pack

Smell - invitingly hoppy...

Appearance - quickly fading head leaves a behind a lighter gold shade expected from a summer beer

Taste and mouthfeel - Damn good. Rolls over smoothly with wheaty sweetness giving way to a nice hoppy finish.

Drinkability - With a lower abv and great taste I see no reason to drink a few of these. Do yourself a favor and pick up some.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2008 04:58:35 | More by Seanish
Photo of Celt44

New York

4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a light amber with a small but sustainable head that lasts throughout. Aroma is sweet and strong with a heavy fruit presence ....and hops of course. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Strong hop taste is perfectly balanced with hints of grapefruit and citrus.

A Hop Sun experience is amplified during a hot, muggy summer day when a great thirst has overtaken your mouth, tongue, and throat. A great session beer with an ABV of 4.4% - give or take a tenth. A guy with a beer ball of this stuff on his back serves it cold in the stands at my local AA ballpark. A superb alternative to the macro-swill that normally monopolizes sport stadiums. Excellent choice this summer...

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2005 01:13:04 | More by Celt44
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a pale gold color with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is heavily loaded with wheat, hops & citrus.

T: A strong lemon flavor jumps out at the beginning and dominated the taste, but it doesn’t make the beer overly sweet. Flavors of wheat and hops follow. The hops presence is pretty heavy for the style, but just like the lemon flavor, it isn’t overdone. Despite it having a weak malt character (even that’s normal for the style), I found it to be a very well-balanced beer.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is very clean.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, I would prefer a little bit more of a kick, however, with an APWA I don’t typically expect one. If I were going to drink something light, this would be one of my first choices.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2007 00:59:35 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bought a case to drink while on vacation at the Outer Banks had this 2 years ago remember it being tasty and drinkable. Served into a nonic glass from a 12oz. brown bottle with twist-off cap.

Hazy,golden amber color wiht a generous very creamy head,good retention slowly falling to a thick coating. Not a lot of carbination or lacing.

Good moderate aromas floral/citrus with a sweet honeyied carmell malt nose. Pleasing and inviting.

Very clean taste with sweet honeyied maltiness like the aroma would suggest. Tangy,juicy citrus tastes execellent balance throughout. Has some bready crisp wheat tastes also. Dry,astrigent becoming mouthwatering. Medium body,creaminess makes it feel light.

Great summer beer,more of a pale ale than wheat,pleasing taste with a light mouthfeel makes for a great summer driniking beer. Can't wait to drink more next summer. Get some if you still can one of my top choices for summer drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2007 23:55:22 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of julian


4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks to retailrich for the trade! This will be my first ST beer :)

A: pours an almost clear golden yellow color with visible carbonation, but not a lot. small head with weak retention. zero lacing.

S: the smell makes my mouth water in anticipation. strong hop and citrus aroma with a sweet wheaty mellowing on the end.

T&M: super crisp and oh so refreshing. minimal hop bite, but it's definitely there. this has an almost thick breadiness to it, but it's light bodied, making for an awesome balance. sweet wheat malting lingers on your palate through the end. very impressed.

D: I think this has to get top points for drinkability. It's the perfect combination of crisp, refreshing, flavorful and not overly intense that you can't session this. Kudos ST! Will definitely drink again (although it'll have to be via trade again)

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2008 01:14:24 | More by julian
Photo of bonsreeb85


4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Thanks ratpack, for the chance to sample near-greatness in the form of american wheat ale.

a - hazy golden w/ 3/4 inch white bubble crown that last for some time. nice

s - grapefruit, orange peel, lemon slices, some wheat and grass aromas pull through as well

t - very citrusy and almost tart at first. the wheat provides some needed sweetness but in the end the hops bring us to a bit of a bitter close. really well balanced, and one of the top tier hopped up wheats that i've been lucky enough to sample.

mf - very highly carbonated and has a crisp "bite". also this tasty little liquid has a light body, perfect for summer quaffing

d - i could chase the heat away all day with this one(if southern tier distributed here in denver)

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 10:55:50 | More by bonsreeb85
Photo of bfields4


4.58/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfectly clear golden body with a whispy head. If you were to tell me it was an adj. lager by the looks I'd believe you.

Very lemon zesty smell a bit of nice wheat malt as well I don't normaly pick up. Reminds me of being on a farm, very nice.

Bitter lemon hits up front followed by a smooth sweet wheat taste reminicent of the smell. It's all capped by a very nice spicey maybe corriander note.

Light and softly carbonated this beer flowed down nice and easy on a hot summers day. Really pronouced all the great qualities of the wheat. I'm very impressed.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:36:15 | More by bfields4
Photo of bjohnson


4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden amber color with a frothy two finger cream colored head. A lot going on in there--tons of bubbles. Good head retention. Nice looking lace on the glass.
S: Citrus hops dominate the nose with an influx of biscuity malt notes.
T/M: Good floral and fruit hop notes. I got some grapefruit, strawberry, and pear notes. Wheat malt is noticeable, but not overpowering. Carbonation is a tad overpowering. Smooth on the palate and creamy at the back of the mouth--hop bitterness stings away any creamyness at the front.
D: Great tasting and easy drinking makes this offering from Southern Tier a perfect summer ale. Southern Tier has put out some phenomenal brews and this falls right in line. Low abv=great summer session brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 17:29:43 | More by bjohnson
Photo of gcarl


4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Tasted on a beautiful spring day. Decided to review this beer since it was so different from other summer wheats, with its standout hop presence. After the initial sip it drinks like a traditional
pale wheat ale. Lots of carbonation, with a sweet lemon zest finish.

exceptional drink ability makes the case that I have look like not enough.

another fantastic offering from Southern Tier


Serving type: bottle

04-26-2008 17:27:39 | More by gcarl
Photo of beerman207


4.53/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Special thanks to Kels for hooking me up with 2 of these for my wife and I to try.

A - Looks like a dark yellow poured into the glass. Head doesn't stick around long

S - Smell is of wheat, citrus (strong), pine, and some orange peel coming through - very very nice.

T - The taste is very refreshing with the orange and citrus dominating the palate. The wheat is in there as well.

M - Medium Carbonation - good

D - I would rate the drinkability of this as exceptional. The ABV is just right and the taste is very good

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 02:05:54 | More by beerman207
Photo of RocPorterFanatic


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This great summer seasonal pours a perfect gold. Very little head with great lacing, like lace valences over a sun lit window. The aroma is very crisp and citrus. Overwhelming scent of cascade hops. The tast is not at all as you'd expect. The citrus is almost pure aroma, there's a strong malty feeling with substantial hop bite, but not a hop bomb at all. The sweetness of the wheat is nice and and undertone, but Not as mild as a hefeweizen. This beer is perfect for a hot summer day after doing yardwork. A great refreshing seasonal, like you'd expect anything less than perfection from Southern Tier.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2008 23:19:52 | More by RocPorterFanatic
Photo of jmalex


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

One taste of this and I knew it would be my beer of the summer. I'm plowing away through my first six pack.

APPEARANCE: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow with a solid one-finger high white head. It eventually drops to a full surface coating with some spotty lace cascading down the glass.

SMELL: The smell is ripe with big time Centennial hops though not overdone. They do mask the sweet wheat quite a bit, but it manages to shine through just a little.

TASTE: The taste is significantly more balanced with the hops and wheat balancing perfectly. It could use a little more flavor from the malt as the beer is the slightest bit empty and watery.

MOUTHFEEL: Very light bodied with an average carbonation. Spot on.

DRINKABILITY: Off the charts. Low ABV means this is a refreshing sessionable beer. Mine's almost gone already.

Give me more. As long as this beer is out and the weather is warm, I'm going to be buying more. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2008 00:11:55 | More by jmalex
Photo of erosier


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice orangey color with a medium sized and thick off white colored head that laces the glass all the way down.
S: Smells of citrusy fruits like grapefruit, lemon, orange, and then a nice wheat aroma followed by a nice citrusy hop aroma.
T: Tastes like the nose with a sweet wheat base followed by a really nice refreshing citrusy flavor that melds into a citrusy hop flavor to finish.
M: Really refreshing, crisp, light, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Really drinkable beer, this might be my new choice for the lawnmower brew.

Serving type: on-tap

07-03-2009 20:10:27 | More by erosier
Photo of PerroGrande


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Pours to a light, straw color with 1.5 fingers of foam that laces out quickly. A few rising bubbles linger.

Smell: Wow! All sorts of neat aromas going on here. Hops is a certainty, with a hint of lemony citrus. Hanging around the edge of the aroma is what I can only describe as a hint of freshly cut hay.

Taste: This is a delicious, refreshing beer. Opens with the freshness of a wheat beer, but with a nifty, bitter kick of hops. Yeast and malt overtones aren't present at first. As the initial hops fade away, they are replaced with some really tasty malty, yeasty goodness.

Mouthfeel: Light, but not watery.

Drinkability: Outstanding. I bought this beer during a hot/humid period, and am glad that I did. It is thoroughly delicious and enjoyable. I'm kicking myself for not buying more!

What a pleasant surprise this beer is! I bought it without reading any reviews, and had passed it over on several previous trips to Whole Foods. My bad! I'll be buying this beer more frequently for certain.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2009 00:40:24 | More by PerroGrande
Photo of Turbansurfer


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The official beer of summer in Northwest Pennsylvania!

The beer is great because of the great aroma of hops and the the fact that you can tell that the beer is full bodied, but you can literally drink it all day long when it is 80 degrees outside and 300 percent humidity and not need to mix in a glass of water or a pilsner to stay hydrated.

Southern Tier is one of my few favorite breweries and this is my favorite summer time beer.

great dark gold color.
Smell of flowery hops
Great start, middle, and finish

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2010 15:52:54 | More by Turbansurfer
Photo of engagechad


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Capital Ale House in Glen Allen, VA - weiss glass

Pours a kind of lame yellow, totally clear, not much head. Kind of looks like a cider. Smells awesome! It's a provocative balance of hops and wheaty banana.. So interesting on the nose. Taste is shazam. Perfect brew. So sessionable it's ridiculous.. I'm not so good with words, but if you happen to be reading this, get some for your buddies that drink blue moon and hate IPAs.. perfect transition beer!

Love it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 15:33:22 | More by engagechad
Photo of mjrod2142


4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz. bottle poured into a standard pint glass

The beer poured light and with a bright straw yellow color and great clarity. Thee was little to no head that left thin bubbles around the edge of the glass.

The smell I got was crisp citrus hoppyness that was bright and not overly bitter. The citrus element seemed more lemon than grapefruit to me.

The beer has a fuller mouthfeel than you'd expect from the color and lack of head. My first thoughts about the taste focused on the malts, then a firm bite of hops clung to the back of my tongue for a long finish. There was no hint of fruit, which is a good thing.

Very refreshing. Delicious. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2011 22:57:30 | More by mjrod2142
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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,093 ratings.