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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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,301 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 58
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
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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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 05-15-2004)
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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours blonde with a bubbly white head. Very clear, definitely filtered. The head recedes in moments.

Smells like piney hops and lemon-scented cleaner. That's (probably) not a good thing, but damn it, I'm a fan. There's also something very faint that reminds me of blueberries.

Taste starts off with hops and follows through with a fruit cereal flavor. Blueberries? Fruity Pebbles? It's the same strange quality that's present in Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat, only, in this case, it's done superbly. Because it tastes like cereal, I can't bring myself to score it any higher than 3.5, but it's definitely done right: before the fruity cereal taste, an excellent, sharp bite of hops rears its head and gives the brew all the character it would otherwise lack. A little thin, but the hops boost the mouthfeel to acceptable levels.

Drinkability? Yeah, totally. (Repeal the drinking laws and) Give this one to the neighborhood kids. But make sure to snap a couple for yourself.

Photo of Slatetank
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to tb69 for this bottle, poured chilled into a double walled tumbler.

A - A brilliant and clear golden straw color w/ substantial creamy white head of about an inch. The streams of bubbles indicated moderate to high carbonation appropriate for the style. The bead is fine and the lacing collects but doesn't really hold, no matter.

S - The aroma of citrus in the hops is evident, but more of a floral or herbal aroma to my sniffer. There is mild wheat malt noted, but the hops and fruit from the yeast are more noticeable

M - The feel is great, smooth almost nutty texture, moderate carbonation but not overdone. The sweetness is balanced by the hops a very great balanced texture on the tongue and throat.

T - This is a very good wheat in the pale american style, but has more flavor than most and the low abv makes it one you can drink in full gulps. There is a nutty malty wheat flavor that keeps up with the american hop. There is more hop aroma than taste, but after all this is an American Pale Wheat. The balance in the taste really makes this a refreshing beverage. I like crisp clean flavor that doesn't shy away from malt taste at the same time.

D - just great for the style. I would not hesitate to pick this up by the case. I could see it as a compliment to burgers or ribs for summer grilling events.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
4.1/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really digging on these pale wheat ales from Southern Tier, an odd choice and ABV content for a brewery that is known for their massive line of bombers.

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler.

A: Pours quite clear, bright golden yellow with a thickish head held up and together with some surprisingly significant hoppiness. Head fades but some lacy hemming around the rims of the glass remains.

S: Citrus peel, lemon zest, light on wheat but stronger than most other beers of this style. This beer reminds me a little of Gumballhead and could serve as the closest thing as to substitute to it as I can think of, I'd say this one leans a little heavier on the wheat than gumballhead, but perhaps because the amount of hops are reined in a little bit more on this beer than on Gumballhead.

T/MF: Light and crisp as it hits the tongue and works its way around my tongue. That familiar Amarillo hoppiness opens things up than gives way to a refreshing wheaty smoothness that steps aside and allows the hops to reenter the equation on the finish. The feel is surprisingly substantial, rather filling and almost chewy.

D: This beer is fantastic, super drinkable, a fantastically sessionable beer that I could easy keep an constant case of the entire summer. Could look a little prettier and flavors tend to wash out a bit when the hops take over, but this beer packs so much into a small package that it almost makes up for any shortcomings. Good stuff, underrated and worthy of fridge space.

Photo of MasterSki
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to d0b for tossing me a bottle of this brew to review. Served in a weizen glass.

A - Three fingers of creamy white foam with decent retention and lovely lacing. The body is a transparent golden color with tons of bubbles on the side of the glass as well as racing to the top. It looks a little more carbonated than I like, and is vaguely reminiscent of some macros I've seen (albeit with better head retention and lacing).

S - A mix of sharp wheat and citrus hoppiness - not quite as beefy in the hop department as Gumballhead, but still quite hopped-up nonetheless. There isn't much of the traditional wheat smells (banana, clove, bubblegum) - most of the wheat character instead comes from a touch of yeast and sharp bite that isn't normally associated with APAs.

T - The taste is a little lackluster - mostly APA here, with a little bit of citrus hop kick, and some caramel maltiness. It's nice and light and very easy to drink, but lacks depth and richness.

M - The wheat character comes across more in the feel - there's a tiny touch of grittiness that keeps it from getting too watery. Otherwise it's very light and refreshing, with some nice residual hop resins.

D - It's 4.3% and tastes nice - minimal aftertaste and very refreshing. Definitely a session brew and I can imagine it tasting a whole lot better in 100˚ weather. I wish they had something like this at Wrigley instead of macros.

Doesn't quite live up to Gumballhead, but still pretty solid.

Photo of projectflam86
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours light golden color with a thin white foam that sticks well. Super clear and nice carbonation bubbles.

S- Floral citrus nose. Hops and yeast scents are both easily detectable.

T- Light hop bitterness with citrus (green apple, orange, and some lemon?) flavors initially. The finish is biscuity yeast with a bit of a sweetness.

M- Crisp and light with good carbonation. Well balanced.

D- Easy drinking and a good make for a summer brew. No overwhelming flavors make it easily sessionable.

Photo of UDbeernut
3.85/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into dfh pint glass

A: clear straw yellow color, foamy 1/4" head with good retention, slight carbonation

S: aroma dominated by flowery hops, hint of citus

T: slighty geared towards the bitter side, slight wheat bite. Very good

M&d: nice light mouth, finished slightly dry

Nice beer, better than this year's oberon

Cheers!!!

Photo of kshankar
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear and some carbonation..decent head with good lacing all the way down. Thin layer of foam at the top

Aroma: Citrus hops, pine. Not much on the wheat side.

Taste: Starts out with the citrus and pine, nice amount of hops. Finishes off with some wheat notes. But I would say that the hops are predominant on this one

Mouthfeel: Light, slightly creamy while going down. Pretty good in the finish

Drinkability: Tastes good (some wheat presence too, combined with a hop dominant flavor)..good mouthfeel.

Photo of Crack1Open
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A- A nice golden yellow. Small head dissipates pretty quick. Minimal lacing that sticks around.

S- Piney/Citrusy hops. A little bit floral too. Smell fades out rather quick after in the glass.

T- Smells follows nose at the start. Citrusy, lemon, and piney hops. Hops nice and tasty, not too sharp. Gives way to a delicious wheat finish.

M- Light bodied, good carbonation, a little dry.

D- Great. Perfect for the warm/hot weather. Extremely drinkable.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Bottle.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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