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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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1,307 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,307
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 63
Gots: 89 | 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:
Beer added by: Todd on 05-15-2004

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Photo of daliandragon
3.62/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an ultra clear golden with little head and moderate visible carbonation. Nose is mostly piney hops with a touch of fresh citrus and very pleasant.

Taste is balanced and layered with hops but overall bitterness is low. Mouthfeel is a bit thin for a hop dominated beer and wheat flavors are pretty thin on the ground across the board. To me this is more like a light pale ale if such a thing exists but it is tasty and interesting, just a little lacking in body.

Photo of foureyedgeek
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is called, on the bottle, a Summer Wheat Beer, but there's a chance of snow tonight, so let's think of it as a farewell to summer...

Pours a clear straw color, typical of the American wheats. Short rising head, decent carbonation, that fades quickly but carries some decent lacing through to the end of the drink.

Smells of citrus, mostly lemon I think with a strong (for a wheat beer at least) hop presence as well.

Tastes light and crisp with the flavors somewhat akin to a raspberry lemonade, if that where put towards a beer, but balanced nicely with the hop flavors that peak in the finish,

A little light in the mouth and quite drinkable, I wish I had tried this when the weather was more atune to the style, I could see this going well with a lazy summer evening around the barbecue.

Photo of nouseforotacon
3.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Hefe glass, sampled this one before trying out Bell's Oberon, reviews taken from completely seperate notes.

Light golden/amber body, transparent, with a puffy, cappucino-like foam, short and steady.

Soapy, fragrant aroma. Sticky and sweet malts enveloped in citrus fruits. Banana/clove presence is strong, lightly peppery. Wonderful aroma for this style.

Banana peel flavor with an assertive hop profile. Very watery mouthfeel, too clean and pure, strong grapefruit with very little clove and not much of a spice presence otherwise. Taste is OK, but a bit bland and mouthfeel is much too watery/clean for my tastes.

Great looking and smelling American Hefe, but... a bit boring in taste/mouthfeel. Sorry. Easy drinking on a warm summer day, for sure.

Photo of RedChrome
3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Medium golden colored clear body. A fluffy white head of half an inch stayed a while. Tons of small carbonation bubbles. Lacing clumps down glass.

A nice lemon aroma was very pleasent on the nose. A decent hops finish to the first scent. Also has a very light pineapple secondary scent. A light crisp scent is a nice fit for this style beer.

Same crispness in the flavor as was noted in the smell. A main flavor of light wheat is finished with a citrus and hops blend that makes this one bite on the tongue. Citrus taste hangs on the mouth as a light aftertaste.

Decent body. Nothing to thick, but not watery either. A decent burst of carbonation.

A nice offering from a good brewery. This one would go great with hot dogs off the grill on a summer afternoon with friends. Try is as a nice, decent priced choice for your cookout, and not be disappointed.

Photo of wcudwight
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to swedejay53 for the bottle. My third Southern Tier sample from him.
Pours a clear, bright golden color with a thick 2 finger frothy head. Lot's of carbonation.
The aroma is what I woud imagine a grapefruit breakfest biscuit would be. I like it.
This beer plays the flavors of a wheat beer and a pale ale perfectly. Nice mixture of dough and floral and grapefruit hops. I've never had a wheat beer quite like this. A little harsh bitterness at the end, but that doesn't detract from the beer much.
The mouthfeel is good, but I deducted a half pt for the high carbonation.
Over all a very unique and delicious wheat beer that I recommend.

Photo of Dogbrick
3.77/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled at the Odds and Ends Tasting on 8/16/06: Hazy dark gold color with a medium thin and fluffy off-white head, with thin patches of lacing. Nice aroma of hops, malt and wheat. Light-bodied with a soft mouthfeel. Hops and wheat flavors dominate, with some citrus in the background. The finish is mostly bitter but still retains the wheaty character. Pretty enjoyable overall.

Photo of jmz62565
3.97/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours a light golden honey with a very large white foamy head. The smell is very strong with citrus hops, this is more like a mild IPA than a wheat beer. The taste,like the smell, is all hops. Grapefruit or tangerine dominate this beer making this very crisp and refreshing. The m/f is light and the flavors mix well. This is a great hoppy summer beer. however there is no way this is a wheat beer. I really liked this,but let's call an IPA an IPA.

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

12oz bottle -> american pint
no date

Pours a bright golden ginger ale, 1/2 inch head is gone in 2 minutes. Heavy carbonation, the glass is lined with bubbles. Appears crisp and refreshing.

A pleasant light citrus/pine hop scent, with some coriander tones.

Crisp and refreshing hop flavored wheat. The hops are upfront and in your face, but not in an offending sort of way, just like hey yo, here we are, but we're subdued, dude. No bitterness, with the wheat aftertaste you'd expect.I think they really hit the spot here. I was ready to right this beer off on the pour, but i guess thats why we drink them. Very solid effort.

I very drinkable summer offering, not my first choice but i would be stoked to find a case of it at a random gathering.

Photo of bjohnson
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden amber color with a frothy two finger cream colored head. A lot going on in there--tons of bubbles. Good head retention. Nice looking lace on the glass.
S: Citrus hops dominate the nose with an influx of biscuity malt notes.
T/M: Good floral and fruit hop notes. I got some grapefruit, strawberry, and pear notes. Wheat malt is noticeable, but not overpowering. Carbonation is a tad overpowering. Smooth on the palate and creamy at the back of the mouth--hop bitterness stings away any creamyness at the front.
D: Great tasting and easy drinking makes this offering from Southern Tier a perfect summer ale. Southern Tier has put out some phenomenal brews and this falls right in line. Low abv=great summer session brew.

Photo of dansm
3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Pours a light clear gold with a little white head.

S-Not very strong, a little sweet malts with a little stronger citrus like hop aroma.

T-Again, not very strong. Starts with a sweet bready taste, followed by a little stronger spice of the hops.

M-Nice and light, average amount of carbonation.

D-Fine drinking summer beer, nicely balanced flavor, goes down nice and smooth.

Photo of rarevos
4.04/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into weiss glass.

A: Light gold colored, pretty clear. Thick, fluffy head (2+ fingers worth) that had good staying power. Leaves sticky trails on the side of the glass as it recedes. Light carbonation.

S: Maybe there was a breeze that was blowing toward me and I didn't realize it, but I smelled the hops in this even as I was pouring it at arms' length. This is *not* your usual pale wheat ale. Up close it has the hoppy pine aroma of a mild IPA.

T: Not as hoppy as it smells, but there are hops here that provide good balance. Up front is a hint of breadiness. Hops toward the back for a nice bitterness, and the finish is very wheaty, almost like a whole wheat pita or something. The more you drink, the livlier the hops (or should that be "the more *it warms* the livelier the hops"?).

M: Very light and crisp.

D: Could probably drink a few of these. It's not really in the American pale wheat style, but it's different. The hoppiness pretty firmly moves it out of the "refresher" category, but I could see keeping these around for a cooler summer evening.

Photo of granger10
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a medium white head. Head maintains well and there's good signs of carbonation. Aroma is lemony along with a bit of kumquat in there. The smell is fairly weak though. Taste follows suit. Basically no malt to be found and the body is quite light. Good levels of carbonation keep the beer somewhat lively and offset the lack of malt a bit. Hop flavors are there but only intense because of the lack of other flavors. Citric qualities show themselves and a bit of apricot flavor. Really, really dry. This was an ok "summer beer" but nothing more.

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

Crystal-clear brass with sparse carbonation rising slowly to a thin, pristine-white head. Brazen spicy-floral-pine hop aromas -- Amarillo? Hallertauer like Big Red? -- with a deftly hidden candy sweetness lurking beneath. Immediate spicy Hallertauer attack, with a nearly sulfuric flavor and a light mineral finish. Some sweetish English muffin bready malt flavors arrive later on. Smooth and airy mouthfeel, light side of medium body. Supremely easy to drink and enough hop kick to keep it interesting; no middle-of-the-road, cloudy, unfiltered wheat beer here. Chalk up another hit for Southern Tier in my scorebook.

Photo of Franchise
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a golden raisin blonde color that leaves a thin white lace that disappears quickly. The aroma is citrus, hops, wheat, honey, musty grass dew. Very nice aroma different than your typical American wheat due to the big presence of hops. The taste mirrors the nose starting with a wheat twang, followed by a lemon citrus tartness backed by a hoppy bitterness I normally don't find in an American wheat beer but a pleasant surprise. This is good and different the finish is malty with again a sweetness of honey, that is backed up by a bitter bite that makes you want another sip.

Photo of mcowgill
4.07/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours clear golden color with nice creamy head that disappears quickly.

S - Interesting citrus hop aroma mixed with wheat malts. I can see why it is called Hop Sun.

T - Very crisp citrusy lemon flavor. I really like how this one tastes.

M - Crisp, carbonated mouthfeel.

D - This is one damn fine drinkable summer beer. Give me more!

Photo of ghostwalker
4.17/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden body with slightly reddish tinge. Solid finger of white head laces OK, but lower than expected.

Scent is tart piney hops. This is not your typical summer wheat.

An interesting flavor mix. Tart, tangy and zesty. Smooth up front in the mouth, it contains enough hops to treat the palate, but is certainly no "Hop Bomb". A curious flavor lull midway through each sip. Finish is tart and slightly bitter. Slight lemony citrus flavor. I like this, but would never have pegged it as a wheat brew.

Mouthfeel is zesty and taste bud tingling. Fairly high carbonation and even a hint of tooth-stripping quality.

Drinkability is really, really high. This is a summer brew designed to be quaffed outdoors on a hot day. I will buy this again.

Photo of mattcrill
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle inspection: No useful label information.

Aroma: Fresh lemon zest, slightly piney, very refreshing perfume-like aroma.

Appearance: Brilliantly clear golden pour. A thin and sudsy white head that develops. It doesn't linger long but quickly reforms with some agitation.

Flavor: Bittering grapefruit hop resins, followed by a bready base, and a touch of dryness on the finish. Nice presence of citrus hops but not heavy handed.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing.

Overall impression: Not nearly the funkiness I expect from an American Pale Wheat Ale which is a nice change. I can do without that. Punchy hops that keep this one interesting. Light enough for an enjoyable summer session. This one works for me. Another winner from Southern Tier. Recommended.

Photo of amstelcat
4.3/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't usually like American summer wheats but here goes...

A nice honey color in the glass with a fairly decent pure white head. What is this...citrusy hops on the nose? Can't be. American wheats are usually lackluster in this department. But to my surprise and delight as I sip, I get a nice mouthful of pleasing bitterness with the malt happy to follow in the background. Can and will drink lots of these as the opportunity exists.

Photo of Ego
3.61/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$8.99 for a 6'er at the new De Cicco's market in Ardsley ny

1.5 fingers of messed up looking head, it looks thinned out in some strange way, it dissapates quickly, lacing is spotty, aside from the head it screams "pilsner" in the look, pale yellow in color.. honestly this isn't very impressive at all.

screw the look... this smells better than some IPAs. In a way I call southern tier "three floyd's north" cause they are in love with amarillo hops.. but you know what? I like that in certain styles.. this is citrusy and piney.. it gets the glands going. a hop lover's pale wheat if there ever was one (well.. there is.. gumballhead.. but I digress...)

taste etc...
pleasant carbonation, it hides the hop oils well.. in the sense that once you swallow a residue of mild flavor is left on your tongue. it is no hop bomb but a gentle drinking brew. it is light in the mouth but has lots of flavor. this has some real bitterness to it for a wheat. While Gumballhead really has a kick ass hop jolt, this is more subdued. This drinks "just" a touch heavier than a good pilsner... maybe not as refreshing as some wheat beers but a good one for hop heads. The wheat flavor is VERY subdued.. so I can't go huge on the scores for this. but nonetheless I am enjoying it.

a tasty alternative in the summer, I wouldn't want to drink this all day, but it would be a nice beer to switch to @ a BBQ when you are eating, it has enough character to stand up to food but not enough to over power it... more interesting than most pilsners... it's a good option. honestly I would favor the Southern Tier pilsner over this.. same hop profile basically.

Photo of JMD71
3.72/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden color with a small head. Almost transparent. Little carbonation evident. Light penetrates glass all the way through.

Aroma: Hops are front & center! They are the overpowering ingredient in the aroma. Slight malt profile detected. Citrus fruits, pine needles, etc.

Taste: Bitter hops mainly evident. I'm not tasting any wheat profile. Grapefruit flavors from hops plays a large part in the flavor.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, crisp & clean. Very smooth all the way down.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable. Could have a few in a row. The clean finish lends towards being able to handle a few. Doesn't leave an aftertaste.

Comments: I liked this beer BUT I didn't think of it as really a wheat beer as I generally think of wheat beers. This was closer to an APA or IPA than a summer wheat. Too hoppy for a wheat beer. Again, Southern Tier seems to use the same hop bill so it does come off as tasting similar to their other offerings.

Photo of Illinick
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Deep golden in color with a fizzy white head that dissipates to about a 1/4" and doesn't budge. Nice lacing.
S: Floral and citrus hops dominate the nose. A crisp hop smell in there too, although the nose seems a bit thin at points.
T: Follows nose with floral and citrus hops dominating the taste. Crisp hop and some oily hop flavors come through towards the end. Just straight forward floral and citrus hop taste.
MF: Thin and finishes semi dry and crisp.
Overall: A solid summer time offering, nothing too special here. A crisp palate pleaser. Worth a try.

Photo of plaid75
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger foamy head. There was good retention and good sticky lacing.

The smell was dominated by citrusy and flowery hop. Hints of orange and yeast.

The taste was juicy orange. A nice subtle and refreshing dry orange flavor. A subtle wheaty chewiness detected as well.

The mouthfeel was crisp and carbonated. Very clean and refreshing.

I will definitely buy more of this beer. An excellent summer brew. I never had anything quite like it.

Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - this summer ale pours with a pale straw yellow color, a very thin lacey white head with no carbonation

S - wheaty-hoppy smell that was to be expected, with spicy aromas as well, like clove or coriander

T - full of hoppy goodness to the piney point, spiciness is slight, much less pronounced than in the aroma, still nice

M - very well balanced, spicy/hoppy, easy down, medium bodied

D - medium, might be too spicy for some

Photo of wedge
4.19/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Luminous blonde color with vigorous tiny-bubbled carbonation and a light, frothy white head sticking to the surface. Spotches of lacing here and there. Nicely balanced hoppy aroma - soft floral and citrus with a solid, slightly wheaty, maltiness. Fresh, clean hop profile: candied and faintly juicy leaving a little lemon on the palate. Light, crisp, and refreshing.

As said before, this is an excellent summer beer. A highly sessionable cookout weather thirst quencher.

Photo of tonytuffnuts
3.15/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Kraig's Kegs.

Translucent deep gold body. White, frothy head retreats leaving a sticky lace on my glass.

Wonderfully simple smell with desirable hop lure. Hops at forefront with undertones of wheat. Citrus notes of lemon. Shy sweet-malt effrevescence.

Crisp wheat surfaces as the most powerful taste. Hops are faintly bitter but don't follow through as much as the smell forcasts. A little more than medium carbonation with relatively large bubbles. Hop Sun's a light bodied beer that sacrifices malt to maintain it's attraction as a summer brew.

This is a rather uncomplicated beer, very straight forward (something I don't expect from Southern Tier). No carefully engineered hop combination or malt. No spice. Still--as my friends point out--it's a good selection for those looking for a flavorful, yet modest brew. If you're looking to ease someone into hop-worshipdom but their taste-buds can't handle it yet, this beer's a good starting point. Not watered down, but light-bodied (there's a big difference), making it a good candidate for a hot summer's day.

Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,307 ratings.