1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
very good

1,212 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,212
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 51
Gots: 45 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-15-2004)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,212 | Reviews: 543 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Matty1918


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden, honey color. Small white head that didn't last long had some lacing.

A nice aroma of grains and citrus.

First taste had some mild spice from the hops also some citrus flavors in there also. There's some mild grain flavors that are hidden in there also. The hops are in the forefront and everything else follows.

This taste more like a IPA than a pale wheat. It is rather tasty though.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2008 17:25:51 | More by Matty1918
Photo of Murchmac


3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to the truth, beertruth.

This beer pops open with a big smell of fresh of the vine hops. Very carbonated big head, golden straw color like plucked from rapunzels hair herself.

Smells of fresh hops, some cut grass smell.

Big hop taste with some wheat malt popping through. Some grassy tastes in there as well. Thin, wanted more complexity from these people.

Finishes clean, this beer isnt riding dirty.

Good beer on a hot summer day, like today. Domo Hop Sun.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 01:49:17 | More by Murchmac
Photo of UA8


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright golden color, Clearer than expected, starts with a thing ring of quick fading foam and a burst of rising bubbles

S- Very hoppy, bright floral notes, smells of summer time

T- Very clean and fresh, a little lacking in depth, has a slight hop note but I miss most of the citrus notes which have been cited in other reviews

M- Very clean yet somewhat thin

D- I have to say although I do enjoy this beer and its refreshing characteristic I feel slightly let down by lack of flavor my particular bottle has. I was expecting a little more but a decent summertime brew nonetheless

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2008 00:42:48 | More by UA8
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Bright yellow color, clear, thin white layer that faded quickly to a tiny ring, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Flowery hops, cirtus, earthy, slightly grassy, light malt auroma

T- Lemons, oranges, mild hops, wheat, light malts, fairly sweet

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, very mild flavor, slightly oily finish

D- Decent summertime brew

Not really anything that I'd run out and buy again but it still was pretty decent. I usually expect a bit more flavor out of a Southern Tier brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 22:01:39 | More by iceball585
Photo of gford217


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of BeerTruth poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear, bright golden yellow with a small bubbly head that has a slight bit of wispy retention and minimal lacing. Smell is of lemons, lots of lemons with sweet wheat and malt undertones. Taste is also a big lemony bitter kick up front with a very subtle malty wheat sweetness. Mouthfeel is super crisp and clean, light bodied. This is a great summer beer and very drinkable. Probably a little heavy on the lemon for my liking, but still a really good wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 14:28:38 | More by gford217
Photo of oneeye


4.68/5  rDev +23.5%
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 Bitterbill


4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this bottle in a trade with jwc215. Thanks Joe!

This pours a clear gold with a 2 finger head of foam and some lacing. Great head retention.

The smell is very nice. A good presence of lemony citrus hops and about an equal amount of malt hits my nosebuds. If the taste is anything like the smell, this could be good...

The taste follows the nose alright. A very tasty lemon hoppy flavour balanced by an ample malty sweetness and some wheat notes. Man, I could drink a lot of this one. It's so tasty and so smooth. Very good mouthfeel here and the carbonation is actually on the light side and that works perfectly. The finish has a nice lemon bitter subtleness to it. I like!

A great drinking experience and a real authentic session brew. I'm so pleased I got to try this; I don't think I've had a better example of style. Southern Tier has done it again!

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 22:50:49 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of joe1510


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz Bottle
$8.99 6-Pack
Route 6 Liquors

Hop Sun pours a pours a brilliant straw yellow and surprisingly clear. Large carbonation bubbles explode to the surface where the two fingers worth of bubbly white head reside. It eventually falls to a skim coat but leaves streaky lacing down the glass. A lively summer brew that looks very refreshing.

The thing I really enjoy about Hop Sun is the hop profile. Beautifully bright lemon and orange abound, both sweetened enough to add a candied aspect. I even get a squeeze or two of lime juice along the way. A slight touch of tangy wheat makes its way through quietly. Again, this smells very refreshing.

The nose leads you right into the flavor you expected. Citric from front to back. Lemon is most abundant and shows itself throughout. Orange comes along mid-palate with a strong showing and a hint of lime comes through on the swallow. There's just enough wheat twang to lay a solid foundation but the hops are certainly the showcase of this beer. An excellent summer sipper.

The body is on the lighter side of medium with lively carbonation that awakens the tongue. Things move slow at first but when the lively carbonation kicks in it really gets a move on.

Highly drinkable. One Hop Sun just isn't enough. The low abv and refreshing qualities make this an ideal session brew for the summer.

Another quality brew from Southern Tier. I've picked up a few of these this summer already and really enjoy it. The only downfall is that it disappears far too quickly. Hop Sun is hoppy wheat in the vein of Gumballhead. Although I prefer Gumballhead a little more this is another great beer of a hard to find sub-style.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2008 00:19:32 | More by joe1510
Photo of jmalex


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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 DIYBrewing


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This beer is an overhopped wheat beer. A more unique style that is rarely done correctly. This one really hits the nail on the head.

Pours a nice golden color around 6 SRM. Good carbonation. A great hop aroma comes out immediately on the bubbles. The beer is most likely filtered due to the cleanliness of the beer.
The taste is a wonderful mix of "C" hops that is perfectly balanced by the chunky feel of the wheat. The CO2 level perfectly balances out the beer allowing you to get the flavors of the beer on your tongue.

A classic summer beer for hopheads.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2008 03:25:50 | More by DIYBrewing
Photo of RocPorterFanatic


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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 Kegatron


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Blue Tusk. Syracuse, NY.

Pours a clear gold color with a thin head of brite-white foam that retains well and leaves back some great looking lacing. The aroma is a lively mix of light bready sweetness, citrus, and a fairly prevelant amount of hops.

The taste matches the aroma profile to a tee with a nice hop bitterness (that seems to pop in the mouth) up front and is backed by a mix of silky sweet malts and tangy citrus notes. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a firm and crisp feel.

Very nice summer beer here from Southern Tier with a very hop forward profile that opens up the taste beyond other wheat beers out there. Flavorful, crisp, and hugely drinkable, this is a great summer sessioner.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 16:30:39 | More by Kegatron
Photo of kasper

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a translucent yellowish gold with a two finger fizzy head that doesn't stick around too long. Some lacing on glass.

S: Sweet citrus hops. Maybe a little lemon. Smells more like a hoppy IPA than a wheat beer.

T: Pretty much tastes what the nose leads you to expect. Citrus hops balanced by sweet but well balanced malts.

M: Nice and light with fizzy carbonation.

D: Overall a nice sessionable summer brew. Above average but also nothing spectacular. Wouldn't turn another down.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 00:43:35 | More by kasper
Photo of Jwale73

Rhode Island

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in my Oberon weizen glass. Poured a translucent pale gold-orange. Two inch rocky off-white head dissipated within minutes into a thin consistent skim. Small bubbles present in solution. Some lacing, but spotty at best. Scent of wheat and hops. Taste similar to nose; however wheat is more pronounced and hops less so. A hint of citrus revealed through a slight astringency at the finish, as well as mild tea-like character that is barely detectable. Light crisp mouthfeel leaves one refreshed after each sip; however, drinkabililty is some hindered by a general lack of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 20:17:30 | More by Jwale73
Photo of BeerSox


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear bright yellow color with a thin white head that slowly fizzles to a thin rim along the glass. Stringly lacing along the glass.

A higher level of hops than I have ever smelled in this style. Some of the light wheat grain and the citrus is there, but it's masked by the hops.

The malts are very clean, and are balanced well by just the right amount of hops for the amount of malt. Sprtizy carbonation with a thin body makes it a little fizzy. The finish is a little bit of light lingering hops.

I find this a very refreshing beer. Great for sessioning, great for the summer. This is a little outside the style, actually taking the wrong path, but in this case this path leads to a better destination than the normal one. Generally I find APWA to be failed attempts at a German Hefe Weizen mimic, but this is a good idea at delivering hop flavor without overpowering the malts by dumping in pound after pound of hops. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2008 01:37:15 | More by BeerSox
Photo of ColForbinBC

New Jersey

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears a crystal clear light yellow with a solid amount of carbonation. A tight, one finger head bubbled up and disappeared before I took my first sip. A small amount remained and left light lacing all the way down the glass.

Smells of candied fruit, light earthy malt, wheat, and a slight biscuit-like aroma.

Clean and crisp malts that finish with a bitter hop bite. Very refreshing. I could see myself drinking these while mowing the lawn.

Chewy, smooth, clean and crisp.

A very easy beer to put down.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 02:07:45 | More by ColForbinBC
Photo of sawbones420


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm a rather huge fan of Southern Tier, so I always grab beers of theirs I've never tried the minute they hit the shelf. Hop Sun is new to me this year, so I jumped on a six pack.

Pours a very clear light gold color. Might be mistaken for a Budweiser if it weren't for the solid lacing left on the top after the head dissipates.

Smells light and wheaty. There's a slight hint of citrus on the nose, but not over-present. Sips nicely. Not a heavy flavored beer, but what's there is well-balanced and very enjoyable. Hops are utilized perfectly to round off the flavor and mouth feel.

While not ST's strongest offering, Hop Sun is a poster child for what a summer beer should be. It's low alcohol content makes it a great session brew, and the lightness of body and flavor won't slow you down too much in the heat. Along with Brooklyn Summer, I'd say this a great choice for BBQing and playing some wiffle with pals.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2008 22:52:04 | More by sawbones420
Photo of genog


3.88/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

got to sample two of these on tap at Bodega the other night. Poured into a pint glass a bright yellow color with a minimal amount of white head. Aroma was very much a wheat ale with plenty of grain aroma followed by a pinch of hops and citrus. Taste was at first a very pleasant hop kick but that faded away into a very muted wheat taste. Mouth feel was very smooth and I wound up ordering two at happy hour.

Serving type: on-tap

05-10-2008 16:54:56 | More by genog
Photo of letsgopens


4.65/5  rDev +22.7%
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 ckeegan04


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Very clear golden yellow color with thick white head. Remarkable lacing.

S - Strong, but not operpowering, hop aroma. Citrusy hops with just a hint of some wheaty malt.

T - Smooth citrusy hop taste. Helluva taste for a wheat beer.

M/D - Crisp, medium bodied. Incredibly drinkable wheat.

A wheat beer for the inner hop-head in you.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2008 14:05:27 | More by ckeegan04
Photo of jmacdaddy2008


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap a while back and haven't wrote my review that I scribbled on the bar napkin. This was a good starter to the night. Really refreshing beer, could drink a few of these without worry of ending the night badly.
Poured a golden brown with light foamy head that remains in the glass.
I smell and taste licorice with hops mixed with a little citrus. Taste the wheat behind the hops, well balanced.
Smooth after taste allows this beer to be drank quickly on a warm day.

Good starter and summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2008 12:25:18 | More by jmacdaddy2008
Photo of Slynger


4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Sun pours a light, clear, bright golden color with a fluffy white fuzz atop.

Nice pleasant smells of zesty, lemony citrus lead as lightly toasted wheat and fresh grassy-earth hops.

Body is light but has a good amount of fuzzy, tingling carbonation. The flavor matches the nose exactly. It is light, yet balanced, with a lightly spicy earth and toasted grain bitterness lingering gently on the palate.

Definitely one of the better APWA's that I've had. This extremely sessionable summer beer will be a regular in my fridge this summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 04:00:28 | More by Slynger
Photo of marcpal

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

About time to give this one a review. Having this year's version while roasting up some grill chili.

12oz bottle poured into Blue Moon glass.

A: Pretty, clear, golden wheat appearance. Weblike thin head on top with soft pour. Off white lacing. Looks like something out of a bottle of Motts apple juice.

S: Extremely hoppy for a wheat beer. A plethora of citrus hops with only some yeast and breadiness.

T: Strong resemblance to the aroma, hops right up front - very floral. Lip smacking delicious. Combo of lemon and grassy hops make this one a unique one- a winner. Cant go wrong with pine hops and spices.

M: Oily for a wheat beer and really light.

D: Low alcohol and this is going to be a standard for the coming warm grilling months. The hopiness adds a ton of character, not really a wheat beer by me but thats more than fine. Cant think of a food outside of dessert that this wouldnt be smooth as hell with.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2008 23:30:51 | More by marcpal
Photo of corey0212


4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Straw-colored beer, completely transparent. Tiny white head fades almost completely, not much lacing to speak of. Smell is way hoppy! This is not what I expect in a summer wheat, but it's exciting. Tastes amazing. Lemony/piney hop presence is unreal, balanced out by the wheaty/grainy tastes. I'm loving this beer. Not unlike anything I've had, but this is something I'd want to drink all summer. Well done, Southern Tier!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2008 23:59:31 | More by corey0212
Photo of MuenchenerKindl


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass the liquid is gold this ok carbonation. The head is week for a wheat brew, off white 1 finger and a bit of lace.

The smell is pine hops with a touch of bread.

The taste is ok but not great, piney resiny hops control the taste profile. just a touch of citrus and white bread wheaty note.

The mouthfeel does not excite. The carbonation is good but kind of too fizzy, with a light body.

The brew just does not work well, it is ok and worth a try is you like a piney wheat. I think it is just not a good meld of styles.


Serving type: bottle

05-03-2008 19:52:03 | More by MuenchenerKindl
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,212 ratings.