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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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BA SCORE
86
very good

1,086 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1086
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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harrymel

Washington

1.63/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Second consecutive piss ale here. Brilliant clarity. Shredded sheet like a used ghost costume, broken with a central cap and super thin collar. Yellow, straw color. (3)

S: Difficult for me to smell this - not because it’s horrid, but because it’s just not putting out (see: disappointing junior prom). Some hints of corn and lemon. Not much else for me. (2)

T: Whew, the faint hints of corn and lemon - those are here. Those are winning....No, bi-winning! This is quite violent on the palate for me. Like someone squeezed a lemon into my mouth and gave me a backer of watered-down corn juice. I’m not privy to this. Some bitterness. (1.5)

M: Thin and highly carbonated. Fairly dry finish. (2)

O: Nope. Not on board with this one. (1)

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 08:48:36 | More by harrymel
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xav33

Michigan

2.15/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Southern Tier Hop Sun
12 oz bottle
Brewed circa summer 06, consumed 03/07
Moderate pour in a weizen glass

Poured a hazy amber with a large quickly diminishing bubbly white head with fair lacing.

Smelt of sour oranges, lemons, and coriander.

Taste was upfront moderate bitter sweet and strong sour orange candy followed by a strong bitter grassy hops and sour lemon rinds on an average length finish.

Palate was light bodied, watery to dry, effervescent and moderately astringent.

Overall, why so sour? Age and lager yeast could have been a factor. I will try again when fresh.

Serving type: bottle

03-21-2007 05:02:40 | More by xav33
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corby112

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Served on tap at the South Philadelphia Taproom.

Pours a clear golden color with a thin white quickly dissipating head. Nothing special about the aroma or flavor. Hints of citrus peel, lemon zest, wheat and hops. Quite boring and flat. Dissapointing beer from a great brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2008 09:05:40 | More by corby112
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HomeBrewGreg


2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Goldenrod. Filtered. The flat gold color gives it a near-clear. One finger or less of off-white foam. Short retention. Basically no lacing.

Aroma - I thought the smell was pretty decent. You get a decent dose of hops to the nose, but not very complex. Only a single strain of hops. There is faint germinated wheat, which is expected and pleasant out of this type of beer. However, there is also too much of an acrid odor.

Taste - Not great. This beer retains all of the phenolic taste of a wheat beer, but is not balanced by sweetness. I like the idea of a hoppy wheat, but this didnt do the job. There was phenols and bitters, with no real pale ale or wheat beer flavor :(

Mouthfeel - Again, the phenols took over, making me feel like I had cotton balls in my mouth. The carbonation was too frisky, as well.

Overall - It wasn't terrible, but I would only drink this beer if there was nothing better in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 22:47:24 | More by HomeBrewGreg
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PearlJammer10

New York

2.38/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The clear yellow color provides the optimism for a refreshing summer ale. The light citrus aroma keeps that optimism alive.

When I tasted the beer my optimism disappeared. The watery lemon citrus flavor is average at best. And while the beer washes away fairly clean in the beginning, as I worked my way through the bottle an unpleasant aftertaste began to develop. And that aftertaste ruined any idea I had of having another.

I was unimpressed by the summer offering from Southern Tier several years ago when I first tried it and I am unimpressed now. For a good summer offering look elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2011 19:53:33 | More by PearlJammer10
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bobhits

Kentucky

2.45/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A decent white head that looks thicker as it falls. Crystal clear straw colored body with just a touch of carbonation in there.

Sweet fruity and bready notes open the beer with a very American wheat aroma. A bit of earthy notes. I’m looking for the hops and not finding them.

Fruity/sweet malt that’s rather non descript that’s controlled by the nutty wheat and finishing with a light hop kiss. Summer beers are generally pretty boring and American wheats are almost universally code for “might as well be adjunct lager.” There’s enough hop character and flavor here from the malt to make things interesting here. That said why don’t American brewers use me interesting yeasts with wheat beers?

Extremely drinkable summer beer though I wonder if this is a summer beer. It doesn’t have a dry finish or a quick finish. The flavor lingers and doesn’t give that “refreshed” finish.

It is nice to have Southern Tier here in Kentucky, but so far I’ve been pretty unimpressed by what we’re getting. I hope we get their stouts here soon, but their IPAs are ok at best.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 22:09:06 | More by bobhits
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mwa423

Ohio

2.5/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a very light golden color with a finger of white head. my friends were surprised when they saw my glass and thought I had a Bud Light.

S - Smell reminds me of wheat extract. It has a similar aroma to Sunset Wheat wit really no hoppiness.

T - Taste is a slightly skunky wheat with a bit of malty sweetness and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very disappointing flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel was thin and week with a less than pleasant aftertaste. I would call this more drinkable than a bmc wheat, but not too much more

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2010 04:28:53 | More by mwa423
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smakawhat

Maryland

2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Pale gold, to nearly straw body with some small rising cola carbonation, and barely manages a white head at all on the pour. Crystal clear. Unfortunately has that macro yellow lager color hue to it.

Nose is practically non existent. Airy faint malt and some light floral and citrus hop. Extremely hidden and buried, the brew smells nearly non-existent. Non offensive, but no faults either that I can detect.

Palate hits with a just barely better than wet body and a tasteless profile. Fleeting wet malt, no chew whatsoever for wheat ale, and a faint hop finish that while hits a good note disappears very quickly. Flattened club soda finish.

Overall it looks like a macro, doesn't taste like one, but doesn't even taste like a decent APWA either. Pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:05:01 | More by smakawhat
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at the Publick House in Brookline.

A hazy yellow/gold body with a white head.

Smells of slight wheatiness, not very strong.

I expected to like this beer a lot, but something just wasn't right to me. A little bit of malt of front followed by some wheat flavor. Metallic taste throughout.

Average mouthfeel for a wheat beer.

This beer is smooth, but still only average drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2008 22:22:56 | More by Hojaminbag
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zac16125

South Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a Weizen glass

A: Pours a crystal clear, light straw yellow with just under 1 fingers width of bright white colored head. Head dissipates fairly quickyl and leaves effectively no lacing. Looks like an AAL, only brighter. Blah.

S: Fair amount of spice, a touch of wheat, lots of adjunct-y flavors, a hint of vinegar-like harshness. Yuk.

T: Very mild. Some spice, citrusy hops, and wheat. Again some adjunct-like flavors. Not a lot going on here, but I like the interplay of hops and wheat.

M/D: Light bodied, fair amount of carbonation, drinkability is good as is expected with such a light offering.

O: Overall, its meh. I'd probably never purchase this again, but its better than your standard Bud, Miller, Coors.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 20:58:16 | More by zac16125
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PaulyB83

Michigan

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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richkrull

Wisconsin

2.88/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I think I may have been expecting too much from this beer or something. I had heard it was good and picked it up as part of a build your own 6 pack. When I got home and tried it, it was more bitter than I was expecting. Not a lot of wheat flavor. Not a bad beer, I'll give it another shot sometime.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 19:33:27 | More by richkrull
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This one pours an average, golden color with minimal head. The nose is malty and refreshing with fruity notes of oranes and dried apricots. The taste is decently interesting. Some bitter hops with notes of fruits. Very, very, dry feeling. Mouthfeel is average, I could easily enjoy a few of these. Not bad, but not much of a conversation starter either. I wouldnt search for this, but its a decent output.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 05:29:32 | More by jasonpeckins32
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jessycho

Virginia

2.9/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Light golden color. Very clear and very clean.

S - Great wheat beer smell, a hint of citrus, kind of like a pineapple. I'd serve it with a lemon / orange.

T - Very easy drinking, very crisp. VERY drinkable beer, I could do a 6 pack pretty easily before realizing what I'd done.

M - Light crisp, very little after taste. Simple.

O - Unimpressed. Only because this beer did not seem significantly different than Southern Tier's 422 Pale Wheat Ale. For a summer seasonal, this beer did not have enough significance or character to really warrant notice. Drink 422 or Hop Sun in the summer, but not both. Essentially the same beer. Still good. Just not different enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 04:03:47 | More by jessycho
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EtOHMD

Massachusetts

2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 6 pack to pint glass.

A: Clear sunny golden to orange with small white head which settled but did not completely dissipate. Lots of visible carbonation. Very inviting appearance. Sticky down the entire glass.

S: Mild aroma. Mainly getting floral and grassy notes. Not much here.

T: Also quite mild. Slight pine and grapefruit.

M: Thin, watery. Slightly slick.

O: Certainly easy to drink but was expecting more from this beer. Maybe I am just drinking it in the wrong setting (indoors, spring). Might try once more in summer to see if a different impression.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 02:01:57 | More by EtOHMD
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Kraken

Maryland

3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes. Consumed 7/27/09

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 16oz Budweiser glass. Firm pour fails to reward me with much more then a hint of white head. Spotty lace. Color is a perfectly clear golden straw amber.

Nose- Mildly sweet nose. Grassy, some pine and citric hops.

Palate- Very thin summer quencher. Sonthing that would taste great after cleaning the pool or cutting the grass. Hint of faintly citric hops in the finish. Body is a bit thin with a touch of malty sweetness.

Mouthfeel- Active.

Drinkability- Somewhat bland and immemorable

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2009 01:40:08 | More by Kraken
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden yellow with an extremely fizzy almost clear head. No retention and a small cloud, no lace. Wheat... really? Rivals adjuncts.

S- Weak hint of wheat and light malt. Some nice zesty, citrus hops. Dies out fast.

T- Zesty lemon over light malt and some wheat. Almost medicinal at first, too zesty, some grass notes. No balance here IMO. Corn. Fairly sweet.

MF- Slight carbonation sting on top of a light creamy body. Slight bitterness. Best part of this one.

DB/Conclusion- Too zesty and bitterness feels out of place. Almost medicinal and grassy. First real ST letdown for me. Refreshment and mouthfeel is all I take out of this one. I finally realize it tastes like... corn.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 01:57:32 | More by cbutova
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pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear light gold with some carbonation coupled with a slight lace of head.
S: Slight hop bitterness coupled with a nice wheat malt flavor.
T: Very neutral flavor with some slight bitterness and some slight sweetness from the malt.
D/O: Very clean and very drinkable but doesnt have a lot of weight to it. Very much has some big characteristics but does not give you much of an overall flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:28:05 | More by pzrhsau
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kojevergas

Texas

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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sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Six 12oz bottles for $10 from Bauer Wines in Boston. Pours a clear, pale yellow with a bit of head. The appearance may be pedestrian, but the aroma most certainly is not. Hops, hops, hops. Nice. First sip is a letdown compared to that nose. First taste is a metallic taste that is bitter but not hoppy. That metallic taste remains throughout the beer, and is a serious problem. So disappointing after that wonderful aroma.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2008 02:19:34 | More by sstackho
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yesyouam

New York

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Southern Tier Hop Sun is a very clear straw colored beer with a thin, bubbly white head that leaves some lacing. It has a fresh, citrusy hop aroma that's clean and lemony. There's a note of biscuity malt and perhaps some sour dough. It starts almost medium bodied but it thins out. The finish is light and watery. It's very smooth overall. There's not much flavor here. There's a little bit of citrus from the hops and maybe some mint. This total lawn mowing beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 13:14:19 | More by yesyouam
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pasdachuri

Illinois

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep gold with a foamy white cap about two fingers tall

Sweet citrus hops dominate the nose with a touch of honey

Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, and orange peel up front followed by wheat malt. Not bad, but nothing too extraordinary

Crisp, refreshing, medium body that is nicely carbonated

A good summer beer, but just a little light on flavor for me

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 22:00:29 | More by pasdachuri
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atlason

New York

3.08/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into flute.

A: Slightly opaque straw. LIttle head but quite decent lacing.

S: Citrus and coriander.

T: Pretty bitter hops, wheat malt and some spritzy dry lemonade.

M: Nice doughy mouthfeel with fairly low carbonation.

Overall this is a fresh and interesting American wheat but I really don't like this much hop bitterness in my wheat beers.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2011 05:20:21 | More by atlason
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tonytuffnuts

Massachusetts

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Kraig's Kegs.

Translucent deep gold body. White, frothy head retreats leaving a sticky lace on my glass.

Wonderfully simple smell with desirable hop lure. Hops at forefront with undertones of wheat. Citrus notes of lemon. Shy sweet-malt effrevescence.

Crisp wheat surfaces as the most powerful taste. Hops are faintly bitter but don't follow through as much as the smell forcasts. A little more than medium carbonation with relatively large bubbles. Hop Sun's a light bodied beer that sacrifices malt to maintain it's attraction as a summer brew.

This is a rather uncomplicated beer, very straight forward (something I don't expect from Southern Tier). No carefully engineered hop combination or malt. No spice. Still--as my friends point out--it's a good selection for those looking for a flavorful, yet modest brew. If you're looking to ease someone into hop-worshipdom but their taste-buds can't handle it yet, this beer's a good starting point. Not watered down, but light-bodied (there's a big difference), making it a good candidate for a hot summer's day.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2006 09:58:54 | More by tonytuffnuts
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grizzly700

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very pale yellow with little head.. Goes down quite easy but no real taste popped out for me.. Maybe because was drinking ayinger beers prior to this sample.. Does go down very easy so going to try another sample next year... Will have to have this on a hot summer day

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2010 00:28:31 | More by grizzly700
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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 1,086 ratings.