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

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

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1,228 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,228
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 53
Gots: 50 | 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)
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Photo of NoahSYGG

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very different beer. It has a nice up front piny hop taste. It also has the nice smoothness of a wheat beer. Served cold in a pint glass made the aroma excellent. The golden copper color is appealing. This is an easy beer to drink, and would love a 6er on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2008 19:30:10 | More by NoahSYGG
Photo of lbkornlb14

New York

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

I really liked this beer, I thought at first it would be sub-par because Im not a fan of wheat beers, but I am a fan of Hops (HopHead). This beer had excellent aroma and flavoring hops, and none of that bittering hop taste youd expect from an IPA type. I got a 12 pack variety case of southern tier with my buddy NoahSYGG, we were very impressed with this brewery as a whole. Very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 03:49:57 | More by lbkornlb14
Photo of rkcrozier

New Jersey

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

My first attempt at reviewing a beer...

Appearance was golden, with a copper hue. Poured nicely with a head that lasted for at least the first few sips.

Taste - crisp and resfreshing, especially on a hot summer day

I was definitely impressed with this beer and would buy again, as well as trying other Souther Tier beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 15:35:48 | More by rkcrozier
Photo of Bighuge


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale lemon yellow. Slight but bubbly dirty white head. Lace is minimal.

Aroma: Citrus, wheat, orange and sweet grapefruit.

Flavor: Definitely citric and hoppy. Even get some lingering bitterness from the citrus aspects of the hops. Wheat tanginess is present but subdued. Underlying biscuity maltiness. Nice flavor.

MF/Drinkability: Fairly bright and vibrant feel to this. Snappy carbonation and light-medium bodied. Hops add some quenching fruit like aspects. Overall, a nice summer drinker that I'll hit more often.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2008 21:32:42 | More by Bighuge
Photo of Buebie


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12 oz brown bottle has no freshness date. The label is quirky, bright and bursting with excitement in its design.

Poured into a pils glass, golden yellow in color with great clarity. That well known wheat hazieness is not present.
1 Finger white head, some laceing and a thin layer of retention.

Smell is of very big grassy hop aroma with mild citruss notes, slight malt backbone, popcorn?

Taste upfront is a mild bitter hoppyness, some earthy grass hop flavor. Sweet corn like middle with a nice even blend of malt and hops.
Finishes dry with a semi sweet hop linger.

Watered down mouthfeel and some carbonation zing.
Very good summer beer and a wheat beer at that. Amusing bottle design and a damn refreshing brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 05:53:54 | More by Buebie
Photo of cokes


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Clear pale golden with an ashy white head that rises and falls with some haste.
Generally doughy and wheaty on the nose with a backing grassy and citric hoppiness.
Flavors follows much the same progression. Soft, doughy, wheat-focused malts manifest first. Then politely assertive grass and lime rind hops wipe up on the close.
It's a tautly constructed light body with enough carbonation to be supremely refreshing, showing good restraint by stopping short of being gassy or fizzy.
It's no flavor juggernaut, but it's not a snoozer either. It succeeds as a superb summer season sessioner.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2008 07:29:11 | More by cokes
Photo of julian


4.58/5  rDev +20.8%
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
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New York

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

This beer had a golden yellow color with a rocky white head atop it. Minimal lacing around the glass. Aroma was flowery with hints of spices, and of course a certain breadiness.

Baked bread and flower/herbal hops combine for a unique twist on the American wheat ale. In fact, you could almost consider this a straight up APA, but it's up for debate. Mild tartness and a vanilla sweetness make up the finish. This is one of the better American wheats I've had, and certainly worth a try in the summer months.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2008 17:51:16 | More by BBM
Photo of ph2001


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

12oz bottle in pint glass

light yellow golden straw color, no head. smelly hoppy and spicy.

the hops are there strong, masking the general wheat flavors in there. the wheat is there but subtle and toned way down. the general flavors though are still very light and mild. the aftertaste is mild as well. very smooth and drinkable. not an average wheat.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 15:51:37 | More by ph2001
Photo of Hokies

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. With a vigorous pour the beer left a small white head that left little lacing on the beer and the appearance is a nice golden color. A nice light citrus smell a light hop spice and then you can smell the yeast. Wow, at first the citrus and hops come out strong. As I have more of this beer the spice from the hops becomes more apparent. The wheat is tough to detect and I would have to say this is more of a pale ale than a pale wheat ale. This beer is very light and decent carbonation make this beer a very drinkable beer for the summer time.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2008 02:56:13 | More by Hokies
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3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another treat from BeerTruth.

A: A bright clear light copper color. The head is bold frothy and white with nice sheet lacing.

S: Nice marriage of citrus and floral hops. There is a tinge of light wheat in there, but this one could pass as an IPA any day.

T: Nice blast of citrus hops. Hints of yeast let you know this is a wheat beer.

M: Light in body with ample carbonation.

D: Wonderful on this hot Florida summer afternoon. This is the best wheat beer made, as it's more IPA than wheat.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2008 20:09:27 | More by tpd975
Photo of Seanish


4.6/5  rDev +21.4%
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 Kadonny


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: A medium golden color with a small off white one finger head. Not much lacing.

S: Strong hops aroma of mostly fresh cut grass and earthy floral notes with some citrus. A faint malt/grain smell comes along.

T: Taste follows the nose with bitter hops up front of grass, earth, flowers and a hint of citrus. I don't get any pine flavors at all. From there the flavor mellows into a malty grainy yeasty wheaty flavor, but not much in terms of complexity.

M: Crisp and clean with some bitterness. No hints of alcohol.

D: High, especially for a summer day. There's not a whole lot of complexity with this beer, but for an easy drinking summer beer that is an ale, this one fits the bill nicely. You can slug a few of these very quickly.

Overall a solid hot weather beer that I will probaly enjoy each year. I can see though that it lacks the complexity I sometimes seek, so this will have it's time and place to enjoy. Still, a solid brew from ST, like we expect anything else.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2008 15:03:13 | More by Kadonny
Photo of JDV


3.35/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of Reed415. Thanks!
Pours a nice golden color in a weizen glass with short lived head and lacing. Smell is clean, fresh, light wheat and a crisp significant fruity hop character. Taste is smooth dull wheaty malt, and light hops. Carbonation is low as well and it is milder flavored than the nose would indicate. Needs a touch more flavor, body, and crispness to really shine, but as is, it is still a pretty nice summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 19:12:58 | More by JDV
Photo of EStreet20

New Jersey

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

12 ounce bottle, shaker pint.

A - Very pale, very clear golden/yellow color. About a finger of white head with some staying power.

S - Hops lead on the nose here. More subdued than an APA but a great presence of piny hop on the nose. Some slight sugary smell as well.

T - Very nice. Hops are present, leading with a tiny pininess into a tea like hop flavor. Some malt sweetness. All the flavors are held in check nicely, as this brew definitely has the flavor of a golden/summer wheat ale.

M - Light bodied and smooth feeling with just the right touch of carbonation is very nice for a summer brew.

D - Spot on here. I usually shy away from the low ABV=drinkable theory. With this it's the sessionability + the hop presence and overall flavor and easy feel that make this a tremendous session brew for the summer.

Notes: I was always skeptical, as I'm not a huge fan of wheats. I shouldn't have doubted Southern Tier. I tried a sample of this at the ACBF and ran out and picked some up as soon as I got home. This could be a go to session beer for the rest of the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 04:15:05 | More by EStreet20
Photo of kevman527

New York

4.63/5  rDev +22.2%
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 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
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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
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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
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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
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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
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,228 ratings.