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

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559 Reviews

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Reviews: 559
Hads: 1,410
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 18.96%
Wants: 76
Gots: 161 | 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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Reviews: 559 | Hads: 1,410
Photo of fx20736
3.35/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought a 6 pack from Southtown Beverages late Sept 2015. Served cold in a Duvel tulip.

Look: hazy lemon yellow, thin white head

Smell: fruity, peaches in syrup

Taste: some eucalptus, light menthol.

Feel: slightly thin

Overall: it's ok

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A slightly hazy gold pour crowned by a clingy 1” off-white foam collar. S: Light wheat, fruit, light hops. T: Wheat flavors seasoned with fruit finish with a moderate to a moderately high bitter hop accent. F: Medium light to light body, medium carbonation. O: A hop forward, refreshing wheat beer.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a typical wheat beer, light and kinda fruity. Pour a nice clear golden color. The head is small ,thin and white and very little lacing. It taste like an IPA at the start and ends slightly dry. It seams to be a mix between an IPA and a wheat beer but leans more toward and IPA.

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Photo of Act25
3.86/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic summer seasonal, as good as most. Would love it in cans please.

A: Clear straw color. Bright white head that laces only a bit. Look matches the crystal clear flavor to come.

S; Medium hop mostly of herbal lemon grass over a back of bready, wheaty core. Appetizing, will be a great food beer, for fish, garden and summer dishes.

T Follows smell. Citrusy hop flavor with lemon zest spice. Clean and crisp bitterness with only a bit of wheat backing. simple and bright, it is freshness, crispness, and a kind of lemony, orange clear finish that is a perfect match for summer food.

F: Light to start and finish, with a cracker-like dryness that refreshes and leaves you in a great place. kissy.

Another winner from Southern Tier.

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Photo of Jjski
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A summer wheat beer that is essentially a Pale Ale or small IPA that actually taste like something: good Citrusy hops. Low Abv, crisp lemon grassy wheat. Excellent body and carbonation
IMHO summer beers suck and wheat beers suck. This is a wheat pale ale that is great. This beer, a German style Pilsner or a a real hefeweizen are the only way to go in the heat. Flavor and crispness combine perfectly. Tonight I had one and one SN Hop Hunter. Hard to say which is better

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Photo of 57md
3.56/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw in color with a half finger of head. The nose is earthy. The flavor is pretty standard as pale wheats go (not terribly funky) with a light sweet note on the finish.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BOD 2/23/15. Pours a clear gold with a touch of amber. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of citric hops (lemon), hints of banana and a base of biscuit.

Medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches slick. Perfectly carbonated with a rich prickly effervescence from the middle on.

The flavor profile is world class - intense, complex and perfectly balanced. It begins with a clean and crisp wave of mild hop flavor (lemon, light orange and a bit of pine). The middle brings a light bitterness with a hint of zest. Wheat and biscuit make their appearance between the middle and finish. It finishes clean and crisp with a wonderful effervescent burst that leaves you with a slow blended fade of all the previous flavors and a hint of phenolic clove.

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Photo of Bone53
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap @ Claddagh

Appearance: Definitely looks the part. Its dark in here to detect the exact color, but it is very pale in color. One finger white head

Smell: Earthy hops, earthy grains, bready malt

Taste: a ton of grainy stuff goin on here, but its done right. Moderate hops to balance it out

Mouthfeel: Heavy light body; Crisp and refreshing, with a moderately dry and bitter finish

Overall: i dont typically go after this style of beers, but its $2.50 pints, so i couldnt go wrong. Let me just say that its better than i expected. The grain bill sorta gets overwhelming towards the end of the glass, but it has a solid hop backbone and its something id enjoy again if the opportunity presents itself (like after a hard days work such as today). If you want a refreshing, moderatly hopped wheat ale, check this one out. Cheers!

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Photo of Givemebeer
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thin head, ok lacing. Clear bright yellow. Smell of lemon rind primarily. Taste has lemon rind up front with an herbal hop finish. Hops are restrained and malt is present adding a bit of sweetness. Biscuity. Drinkability is off the charts. Wheat adds a little body but this is light overall with a crisp off dry finish. This is the beer that Sam Adams Summer wishes it was. (No lemon added).

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank it straight out of the bottle so I can't say anything about the look. It's light refreshing, with a touch of bitterness. Nothing special but a good summer beer with more flavor than many summer beers.

Edit: poured one into a glass. It's bright, gold. I had the second on a hot day and boy is it a thirst quencher. Generally, I find "summer" beers lame, but I think this is the one for me.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked (etched) but unreadable served at 40 degrees into nonic
Aroma of citrus, lasts through entire glass
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to irregular frothy ring and layer
Lacing good – complete lacy rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins bitter with no distinct hop or malt flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl; unable to tell if any wheat was harmed in making this beer; ends bitter
Palate light, thin and watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

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Photo of youth-and-art
4.46/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of Caveworm
4.25/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.64/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%

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.

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Photo of seedyone
2/5  rDev -48.1%

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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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

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Photo of fps_dean
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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Photo of Ardeer
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of smythie86
4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

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Photo of CabbageA19
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
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

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Photo of delta490
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.