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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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1,293 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,293
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 55
Gots: 75 | 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 KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow with white foamy head. Little lacing at first, but as the beer is consuming, the foams sticks to the side for dear life - lacing the entire glass length.

Smell is hoppy citrus, plus grassy pine. Very apparent.

Taste is a pine-y pale ale - hops throughout, bordering on dominant. Goes down smooth but makes you think about it.

Drinkable - not as clean as the appearance might lead you to believe, but easy to double up.

KTCamm, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of youngblood
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours extremely clear. Strong white head, almost like milk froth. Lovely. Sticks to glass as drink goes down.
S - Strong citric hop presence, slight malt coming through the hops.
T - Immediate hop bitterness fades to nice wheat flavor. Smooth transition of flavors. Slight malty bread.
M - Very light. Smooth, lack of stickiness
D - Light ABV and comfortable flavors and scents make this a great summer brew.

youngblood, Mar 22, 2009
Photo of bigdeuce
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an interesting beer. Tastes to me like a wheaty, apa. Nice looking pour with some tracing and a disappating head but still pillowy down to the last sip. Strong, citrusy flavors compliment the wheat. Very clean and crisp and not overpowering. Finishes with a dry crispness. An interesting beer.

bigdeuce, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of FtownThrowDown
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very light, clear, gold in color. Smell is some very nice hops. Taste is bitter hops and crisp. Mouthfeel is good and full. There is the obvious wheat characteristics, but there's also the typical lemony flavors and grassy notes as well. This would be a great spending all weekend out in the sun and partying kind of beer. Good stuff.

FtownThrowDown, Mar 14, 2009
Photo of Brad007
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden color with a one-finger head that leaves a decent amount of lacing on my glass.

Very wheaty with a grassy hop aroma in the nose. Smooth and seems more like a hefeweizen with a bit of clove.

Smooth taste with a grassy/citrus hop kick upfront. Leaves a nice amount of bitterness sin the middle with a bit of bready malt/wheat.

Mouthfeel is full of grassy/citrus hop bitterness that lingers. Can't really detect much of anything else.

Feels more like an IPA than a pale wheat ale. Regardless, the hops add a bit more oomph to it. Drinkable but definitely not easy to categorize.

Brad007, Mar 06, 2009
Photo of woodske1
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am a fan of Wheat beers and this one ranks in my top ten. It isn't nearly as cloudy as most wheat beers, so that is a plus for me.

VERY drinkable. Some wheat beers fill you up to fast, but not this one. I always thought Southern Tier should push this one a bit harder but they never do.

Nice hoppy beer, a rarity in wheat beers.

woodske1, Mar 02, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5


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.

JohnQVegas, Jan 31, 2009
Photo of tmoneyba
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

tmoneyba, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

donkeyrunner, Jan 14, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

beerthulhu, Dec 23, 2008
Photo of corby112
2.23/5  rDev -41%
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.

corby112, Nov 27, 2008
Photo of chemmie
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

chemmie, Nov 22, 2008
Photo of PatronWizard
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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

PatronWizard, Oct 26, 2008
Photo of Ricochet
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Ricochet, Oct 16, 2008
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.13/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

51mmz0rz, Oct 15, 2008
Photo of kels
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

kels, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of hero27
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

hero27, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of maximum12
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

maximum12, Sep 27, 2008
Photo of IBUnit63
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

IBUnit63, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of kmeves
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

kmeves, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of mjryan
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

mjryan, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

cvstrickland, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of argock
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

argock, Aug 27, 2008
Photo of Phillyduke
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Phillyduke, Aug 26, 2008
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 24, 2008
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86 out of 100 based on 1,293 ratings.