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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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1,262 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,262
Reviews: 544
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 54
Gots: 66 | 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 JohnQVegas


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%


Pours beautiful clear yellow gold, with a healthy 2 finger white head.

Aroma is citrusy hops, lemon, bit of orange, sweet.

Taste is crisp wheat, light and zesty citrus hops that maintain presence but don't dominate. Finish is a light bitterness, but clean, crisp.

Mouthfeel is light, highly carbonated, fairly dry, moderately long finish.

Nicely drinkable beer.

01-31-2009 22:47:34 | More by JohnQVegas
Photo of tmoneyba


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%

Bottle from River's Bend.

Poured clear copper color with an average frothy white head that mostly lasted with good lacing.

Moderate sour citrus wheaty aroma.

Medium body with soft carbonation.

Medium bittersweet flavor with a medium bittersweet finish of moderate duration.

Refreshing balanced summer brew that is one of my top rated active bottle beers for style.

01-18-2009 17:34:18 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of donkeyrunner


3.4/5  rDev -10.3%

@ Gulu Gulu

Transparent dark straw color. Huge white head that took 3 pours to get it all in the glass. Left icebergs of foam meandering in my glass. Great retention and lace.

Smells Cascade-ish hops and a surprisingly sweet malt profile for an American wheat. Taste is cascade-ish hops and an eh American wheat malt profile. The sweetness I picked up in the aroma was fairly blase in taste. I'm used to Southern Tier's big beers and so maybe I was just expecting something bigger.

01-14-2009 23:22:58 | More by donkeyrunner
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5.5%

A: Poured a very clear/ light orange color with only a slight, white head.

S: On the nose was a huge lemony and citrus aroma with sweet malt and grassy notes.

T: Initial flavor is smooth and goes down very easily. Light floral hoppiness, pine and some lemon grass provide a nice gentle summer hoppiness. A nicely hoppped summer time brew.

M: light bodied, dry, with dried citrus and a grass hoppiness coming through.

D: A nice summer drinking wheat with a hoppy kick to it. Low abv and pleasant citrus and grass hoppiness is sure to satisfy and make for a summer time session.

12-23-2008 00:18:10 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of corby112


2.23/5  rDev -41.2%

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.

11-27-2008 09:05:40 | More by corby112
Photo of chemmie


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%

Yellow with a foamy white head. Smells of light hoppiness and white grapes. Taste is light and refreshing, with just enough hops to give it a great flavor. Great for mowing the lawn on a summer day, without being too light. I'm surprised by this. I really like it.

11-22-2008 18:47:08 | More by chemmie
Photo of PatronWizard


4.45/5  rDev +17.4%

This turned out to be my first Southern Tier beer. An extra at that from the uber generous Kadonny.

Pale yellow in the light. Hazy. Pale gold outta the light. Tremendous fluffy white head. An army of bubbles march upward to replenish the dead soldiers of this two inch monster. Quite lively, like watching a show.

Large smell of fresh oranges. Orange juice. Orange peel. Made me say 'wow.'

Oranges in the taste too but not as prominent. Some lemon maybe. Nice for sure.

Goes down like Paris Hilton. I fear this 12 oz 'sample' will be a fond memory in a matter of about 2 min...oh shit, it's gone.

For the style, I claim this is the best of the best. I enjoy a lot of the summer beers but this one was plain awesome. Wish I had a 12 pack.

Overall: ISO

10-26-2008 04:08:45 | More by PatronWizard
Photo of Ricochet


3.55/5  rDev -6.3%

Starts by pouring a bright yellow with a little cloud, very little head and no lace. More cloudy at the top? Filled the air with a fruity scent, smelled of a weak juicy fruit hops and a little apricot and peach. Interesting. Went down like water with little aftertaste other than a slight hops hangover and a mild bitter. Flavor is largely macro tasting lager, with a hops presence but warms up with a fruit and mild tarry flavor.

I believe this would be called "sturdy". Nothing too amazing, but the hops in a wheat beer make this a decent slugger, but not one I'd seek out personally.

10-16-2008 05:47:34 | More by Ricochet
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +9%

A: Slightly golden straw body with a generous fluffy white head. Bubbles are going crazy from the engraved ring in the Sam Adams glass.

S: Fruity hops, citrus, slight pine. A little yeasty fruit in the back as well.

T: This beer reminds me of a pilsener with the hops turned up, and a little extra sweetness to balance. A great beer to session with for sure.

M: High carbonation, but its nice in this beer.

D: Highly refreshing, lower abv, I'd like a couple on a hot day.

10-15-2008 00:36:57 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of kels


4.43/5  rDev +16.9%

Drank this on-tap all summer at Cincy Reds games. This on-tap review, however, comes from this afternoon at Fries Cafe's BeerFest.

Appearance: Bright golden-sunny yellow with a short white head that fades fast and leaves good sticky lacing behind it. Visible carbonation around the head.

Smell: Straightforward hoppiness pairs nice with a very pleasing, mouthwatering citrus-floral aroma.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The mouth is very crisp and clean with light carbonation. The taste is very well-balanced and refreshing. Moderate hoppy-bitterness is mostly citrusy with only slight hints of pine and reminds me of sweet oranges. It's balanced by a slightly sweet malt that gives the beer a little depth without making it taste dark or heavy. The wheat isn't overly prominent, and acts more as a backdrop for the rest of the flavors, which is fine by me.

Drinkability: As good as it gets - a session beer to drink all day.

10-05-2008 03:47:35 | More by kels
Photo of hero27


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

12 oz bottle.

bottle from IBUnit63, thanks!

Bubblegum hop aroma, fresh grapefruit, lemon, & orange..very nice.
Flavor is very clean but bold..sweet pale malts backed up by plenty of soft wheat. Heavy citrus & spice..quite a bit going on for a pale wheat, but somehow this remains remarkably approachable.
Wheat texture is good also, but the carbonation is a bit overdone..if that was toned down a bit, this would be downright excellent. Honestly, I haven't had an American wheat this good in a long time..very glad I got the chance to try this one from Southern Tier.

10-03-2008 04:25:13 | More by hero27
Photo of maximum12


3.23/5  rDev -14.8%

This beer looks like summer - golden yellow like a sunset out on the dock. Thick head that sticks around like the last rays of September sunshine. Hops come out of the pint glass first & last.

Grassy, slightly hoppy, with a little acidic bite, & that ever-so-slightly sour undertow that usually steers me away from wheat beers. Not so much as to make it undrinkable (I've had those, blech!) but distracting from an otherwise clean rain of beer.

I'm having the urge to gulp this. It has the consistency of low-carbonated water. Not going to last long.

Decent enough; if Southern Tier could get rid of that lingering, bad-wheat-kernel aftertaste, this would be a good Thursday afternoon brew.

09-26-2008 23:40:28 | More by maximum12
Photo of IBUnit63


3.98/5  rDev +5%

From a 12 oz. to my trusty BMS mug (the race finished on time?! WTF?!)...

A very thin, almost nonexistent head tops an orange zest/lemon honey-colored, effervescent body. This actually LOOKS sunny.

Surprisingly hoppy at first scent...mostly grassy with a little floral in there. Nice! Caramel malt is mild in effect but strong in presence - does that make any sense whatsoever? Slight tinge of lemon in there. Solid!

Very VERY clean-drinking stuff. Grass is in full force with the hop bite with a fair amount of earth. There's a decent yet mild malt backbone that's a bit on the wheaty (Wheaties?!) side. Very pleasant but quite light.

Perahps due to seasonality this rings a little more earthy than we'd like on the finish, but it cleanses the palate very nicely and the latent carbonation gives the mouth a good kick. Minimal aftertaste - this deal rolls way clean.

Good one for the beach or an outdoor gathering in warmth...light but rather flavorful. One of the best of the ST "regular" offerings so far.

09-22-2008 09:37:34 | More by IBUnit63
Photo of kmeves


3.43/5  rDev -9.5%

Pours a highly carbonated clear straw color with a medium off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, grapefruit, spicy and light floral. Flavor is grapefruit, grassy, spicy and light citrus. Finishes a bit more bitter and spicy. Light to medium body, thin texture.

09-08-2008 15:04:25 | More by kmeves
Photo of mjryan


4/5  rDev +5.5%

Is this the best summer beer ever? I think so. Pours a slightly hazy straw blonde with a dense white head. good retention, minimal lace. Aroma is very hoppy. Lemon peel and floral aromas dominate. Flavour is very crisp. Not as hoppy as the aroma would lead you to think. Like earthy lemon and sour dough bread. Very light on the palate and refreshing. Moderate bitterness. Easy drinking, hoppy and very refreshing. If you are a hop head, this is your wheat beer.

09-02-2008 17:37:01 | More by mjryan
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a clear golden yellow-amber body with tons of floaties in suspension and streamers of active carbonation feeding a huge white head. The foam settles slowly and retains at a half-finger, leaving a couple of rolls of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is zippy with a note of rich wheat swimming in cool, lemony citrus.

The taste of the drink is mellow and wheaty with a citrusy sting of bitter hops. The wheat flavor is a bit tangy and sweet with a toasty, husky note, lending support to a hoppy, juicy, lemony zing that pervades the drink. Happily, it does so in a manner that refreshes and delights.

Light-bodied but not at all watery, the drink is nicely carbonated and fairly quaffable.

My first beer from Southern Tier, thanks to Lum for the extra! Good dog!

08-28-2008 23:57:40 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of argock


3.73/5  rDev -1.6%

Poured from 12 oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Yellow with darker honey highlights and a foamy but sticky slightly off-white head with average retention. Flares of lace down the glass.

S: Delicious, fresh-smelling beer with loads of lemon and orange aromas mixed with a light floral scent. Small component of tangy wheat is in there too.

T: It is a unique beer, but a little to husk-heavy for my taste. It is not unpleasant overall, but the initial lemongrass hops flavor is covered by a husky maltiness that needs a bit more sweetness. The wheaty tanginess is there and doesn't seem to blend very well with the citrus and floral hops tastes. The finish is medium-to-high dry and pretty bitter.

M: The body is light-to-medium with crisp carbonation that belies the care ST puts into their beers. The aftertaste, however, is an unpleasant musty taste, a by-product of the husk-wheat-lemon combination.

D: A good summer ale with a bit on incongruity in the flavors. It is definitely flavorful, but I'm just not sure the flavors blend well which leaves it with a demarcated flavor profile.

08-27-2008 05:26:36 | More by argock
Photo of Phillyduke


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

12 oz. non-returnable poured into an Imperial Pint glass.

A: Clear, deep golden color with a one-finger head of sticky foam that clings to the sides of the glass in huge gobs and leaves a nice cap behind.

S: Citrus and floral hops dominate the nose, but there is a bit of underlying grassy sweetness as well.

T/M: Upfront mild hop oil flavor followed by a tangy wheat/lemon zest kick in the middle and finished off by a very pleasing hoppy bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and extremely crisp, made ever more so by the tingly carbonation and hop bite.

D/O: A phenomenal summer thirst-quencher. Not too heavy for those hot days, but enough taste and character to make you realize you drank something. An excellent warm-weather choice for hopheads. Perhaps my favorite seasonal of 2008.

08-26-2008 03:09:32 | More by Phillyduke
Photo of brewdlyhooked13


4.18/5  rDev +10.3%

Appearance - straw/gold pour, a nice thick covering of white foam leaves bubbly lacing behind as it maintains a thin cover.

Aroma - lightly sweet grain, crackery, with a fleeting touch of citrus, more coming out with some warming.

Taste - good wheaty opening, the grain shows off some good bready/biscuity character. The hops are orangy, a bit pithy/fleshy, very nice. Turns a little to the bitter side on the swallow, edging towards grapefruit on the finish. A little much for the style but the balance is great.

Mouthfeel - smooth beer for as light a body as this. Medium carbonation. Very refreshing.

Drinkability - a great summer beer. A little to the hoppy side for a wheat style but I will enjoy quenching my thirst with these.

08-24-2008 06:23:32 | More by brewdlyhooked13
Photo of Jmamay22

New York

4.3/5  rDev +13.5%

This beer pours a straw yellow with a tinge of orange rust. The head is egg shell colored and fizzes out to a thin whisper of a cap. The beer itself is crystal clear. I expected a slight haze from the wheat. Maybe it has been well filtered.

The beer's title clearing shows where its emphasis lies and it is in the hops. The scent is full hop citrus with an underlying honey wheat.

Taste is similar to its scent, but better defined. Begins as a more familiar wheat beer and grows into a lemon zest flavored hop bitterness. Extra bitter kick from the hops on the finish.

Mouthfeel is fairly full and creamy no doubt aided by the wheat. Hugely drinkable and a great summer beer to enjoy all day in the warm weather. I've gone through many over the past few months. Probably more than any other beer this past summer.

08-23-2008 19:08:02 | More by Jmamay22
Photo of Georgiabeer


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%

Received this as an extra in a trade. Perhaps from Beertruth? In any case it was a pleasant surprise. One of the tastier wheats I've had in a while. Pours a golden, apple juice-like color. Okay initial head that fades to a thin cap. Aromas of sweet malt, light sweet wheat, citrusy/earthy hops, some bitterness in the finish. Tastes clean and sweet and of Juicyfruit gum, clean wheat, and earthy and bitter hops at the end. Very vibrant flavors for the style. Very nice. Smooth and crisp in the mouth, this a great summer beer.

08-19-2008 21:51:12 | More by Georgiabeer
Photo of sstackho

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev -19.5%

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.

08-18-2008 02:19:34 | More by sstackho
Photo of errantnight


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

Almost as good as Gumballhead...

Thanks again to JKane101 for dropping this in extra-style.

Pours a lightly hazy straw yellow, with a creamy, thin-bubbled head with lasting power.

Aroma is a burst of amarillo (I think) lemony goodness. Gee, I wonder why they put "hop" in the title.

Taste is definitely hop forward, lemon and grapefruit aromas burst through, against a mild backdrop of light grain. Some bready suggestion of wheat... but this almost has more of a pale ale malt character. Balance is spot on... bitterness really only comes through as part of a dry finish, clean, and easy on the palate.

Medium to light bodied, similar carbonation.

A great drinking summer beer... as in my review for Sunshine Pils (also from Jkane)... why can't we get a nice, easy to drink, american wheat with a no-nonsense hop character here in SoCal? We're practically the kingdom of hops!

In any event, a fantastic substitute for Gumballhead, or perhaps replacement if its more reasonably priced (no idea).

Loving the Southern Tier.

08-14-2008 22:59:38 | More by errantnight
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

Pale clear yellow with a fleeting head of bright white that falls quickly, leaving very light lace.

Aroma is light wheaten tang, cereal, grass, and lightly floral hops.

Flavor very similar, a burst of light wheat, citrus, fresh grassy fields, and a moderately bitter floral and herbal hop finish. Nice hoppy aftertaste follows.

Body quite light, average carbonation and great drinkability.

08-13-2008 13:34:45 | More by AlexJ
Photo of ffejherb


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

12oz. bottle into shaker pint glass on 8/8/08.

A - Golden/straw-colored body with a bit of haze and one-finger white head that was quick to diminish and leave only spotty lacing behind. Moderate amount of carbonation bubbles.

S - Aroma is light floral and grassy hops with a bready malt base that for some reason reminds me of honey crackers. Mild citrus and lemon notes are also present.

T - Drinks like a typical summer wheat ale, but with a slight hop kick with hints of floral, grassy and citrus notes. Bready, biscuity malt akin to crusty wheat bread with a mild toasted, grainy character.

M - Light body with lively carbonation and a mild syrupy texture. Finish is crisp and semi-dry with a mild hop bite.

D - Not as flavorful as the Uber Sun, but this lesser "Sun" still a pleasant hop presence and is highly quaffable, which makes it ideal for warm weather consumption.

08-10-2008 23:39:03 | More by ffejherb
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