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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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1,258 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,258
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 MMAJYK


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

A- Beautiful and brilliant golden yellow. Totally clear with nice 1/8" head that sticks around for the duration.

S- Surprizingly, the first aroma from this beer is hops! Mixing well is the grassy (hay), sweet, and honey malt bill. Neither overpower one another making this beer very well balanced and adding depth.

T- Easy and light on the tongue with a neat little hop bite that is smoothed out by flavorful sweet malts. I taste light citrus and grain mixed with corn sugar sweetness.

M- Light in the mouth and high carbonation.

D- Oh so drinkable. Very good session beer that shows off a nice hop profile. I loved it! Too bad ST does not distribute to my area; I would pound this stuff in the summer.

08-04-2008 21:31:49 | More by MMAJYK
Photo of charlesw

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

Drink it fresh and you'll be in for a great drink! Light, crisp, very lightly sweet with a nice floral hop aroma.

I'd like to see a little more head to it and maybe a touch more opacity. And, sigh, the one I'm drinking right now isn't as good as the rest of the six pack was! Drat! This one is a little bitter with a zingy twist. That's not how the one I had last night was! Ah well. Still, good stuff.

08-04-2008 21:01:20 | More by charlesw
Photo of adamette


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

Served on tap at Italian Fisherman in Bemus Point, NY on Lake Chautauqua.

A one finger head with yellow, cloudy body. Pleasing but nothing remarkable.

S Hops but not intense, smooth, grainy, woods.

T Hops but not overpowering. Very good balance between that and other ingredients. This beer delivers on its promise of a Summer Wheat Beer.

M Average, fine.

D Good. I can see having a few of these although I kept to my self suggested limit of one pint per night.

Notes: This was a pleasing experience of a micro brew simply delivering on what it suggests that it will. It is a great choice on a hot summer day (or night) and it is very drinkable.

08-04-2008 00:09:19 | More by adamette
Photo of dacrza1

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +12.9%

Tremendously friendly esthers pair with hay and dry grassy hops--alluring! Golden, pilsner-esque smoothly effervescent body... white head settles into hazy 1/8-inch line--dark for a hefe? Yet an ale? Smooth, ticklish and bubbly on the tongue; soft aftertaste with a light-to-medium body... fruity yeasts meet metallic, dry pilsner malts in a mix that softens and cools hot evenings... complex and satisfying... the brew leaves a gentle hop/malt combination, pleasant enough to present flowers to the nostrils but memorable in its ability to touch all bases in the brewing process--dissecting this would be almost as rewarding as drinking!

08-02-2008 03:40:55 | More by dacrza1
Photo of mike24

Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +9%

A: a fairly univiting pale yellow, similarly univiting head that dissipates very quickly

S: clove and hop

T: definitely more flavourful than the look would lead me to believe, hops are citrusy, but where this one wins is in the mouth feel, starting with a palate coating creaminess followed by a slightly fizzy, drying crisp finish.

D: exceptional, i could see myself sitting with a 6 pack on a dock somewhere

07-28-2008 06:07:07 | More by mike24
Photo of NoahSYGG

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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

New York

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

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


4.25/5  rDev +12.1%

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.

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


4.15/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

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


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

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


4.58/5  rDev +20.8%

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)

07-16-2008 01:14:24 | More by julian
Photo of BBM

New York

4.08/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

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


4.33/5  rDev +14.2%

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.

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

Rhode Island

3.78/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

07-11-2008 02:56:13 | More by Hokies
Photo of tpd975


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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


4.6/5  rDev +21.4%

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.

07-09-2008 04:58:35 | More by Seanish
Photo of Kadonny


3.85/5  rDev +1.6%

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.

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


3.35/5  rDev -11.6%

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.

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

New Jersey

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%

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.

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

New York

4.63/5  rDev +22.2%

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.

06-25-2008 00:44:16 | More by kevman527
Photo of Matty1918


3.8/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.6/5  rDev -5%

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.

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


3.83/5  rDev +1.1%

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

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

New York

3.58/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

06-09-2008 22:01:39 | More by iceball585
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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