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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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559 Reviews

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Reviews: 559
Hads: 1,410
Avg: 3.85
pDev: 18.96%
Wants: 76
Gots: 161 | 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 WesMantooth
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

As you can see, this is a very clear beer. Had me worried initially. At first sip, I was thinking more like a Helles or Pils. May have had Sumpin' on the brain though. It started to show a little bit of crisp bite, but not much. Get a real nice mash aroma especially for just being in a pint glass. I find it really similar to a thinner/ lighter Boston Lager. Not sure how they got so much malt flavor in such a light colored/ bodied beer. If you love the smell of the rolling boil, give this one a try. At 5.1% and $10/6, this is a very drinkable and enjoyable summer brew.

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Photo of SHODriver
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: poured into a weizen glass to a straw yellow with a finger and a half of dense and fluffy white head that retains well but leaves minmal lacing
S: smells very citrusy with notes of grapefruit
T: taste is very wheaty but clean with some citrusy notes from the hops to add a bit of balance. slight pine as well but the whewat flavor is pretty clean. swallow is more malty wheat with a bit of citrus
M: standard for a wheat beer as it's a little fuller than youd expect but still fairly light
O: Overall, not a bad beer. Definitely easy drinking and perfect for the summer heat.

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Photo of CabbageA19
4.37/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

For the past number of years my official beer of summer.
For those of you who are generally a bit turned off by a wheat beer don't be afraid- it's Southern Tier so it is dominated by the floral hop and I would hesitate to even label this beer a wheat beer.
For those of you who shy away from summer beers- it's Southern Tier, I believe they do just about everything right. No lemon, no orange, nothing funky at all.

One of the mildest beers I can recall from Southern Tier, which makes it perfect for sipping in the shade of the summer heat. At just above 5.0 ABV still a bit much for working in the yard in my estimation.

The best word I can use to describe Hop Sun is crisp. It has that light front of the tongue floral hop that breaks off really fast and as that refreshing almost pilsner aftertaste. A simple and complicated beer rolled into one.

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Photo of SteveB24
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

appearance; sightly hazy straw/ amber, lots of evident carbonation and a thin layer of white head that retains nicely.

smell; very complex for a wheat beer, the aroma is wheat, malt, citrus, with some pine notes and some floral notes as well.

taste; like the aroma, upfront is wheat, but with earthy hops and some citrus with a malt kicker.

mouthfeel; light body but not weak, medium/ high carbonation that compliments the flavor and texture of the beer. crisp but not dry.

overall; a great wheat beer and probably the best summer beer i've had

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Photo of delta490
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light clear gold with a creamier white head. Head has moderate retention but leaves nice lacing. The aroma is very mild, almost non-existent, with some very light hints of undefined hops. The taste is equally mild, it just has a little more flavor than the aroma indicated. There isn't really anything distinctive, especially from a wheat beer. It's a little thinner in weight and feel. I like the effort to make a flavorful summer beer that's lower ABV, but this one doesn't have the flavor to pull it off.

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Photo of Ed2
3.64/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From bottle into a pint glass, where it belongs... Nice 2 finger white head, hangs for a minute... Clear translucent yellow body. Good carbonation. Smell is yeast wheat and citrus... Taste is crisp, clean, a bit hoppy..yum. Light, good seasonal summer beer. I would recommend to friends.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a wheat beer glass. Pours translucent pale straw with a foamy white head. Smells of some cirtus hops and a little sweetness from the wheat. Tastes of nice wheat taste with very slight hop tingle, slight fruitiness. Beer is light bodied nice carbonation, good finish. Overall a good beer.

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Photo of tbeckett
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pint at The Institute in Philly. From notes.

A - Poured light golden and bright. Good lace rings and a film of retention.

S - Lovely nose. Floral, candied fruits, a little wheat.

T - Orange, floral, grass, sweet fruits, citrus. Yum.

M - Good carbonation, light to medium body and a decent bitterness.

O/D - Very drinkable. Mellow but very flavourful character. Lovely hoppy wheat. Nice stuff.

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Photo of CookstLiquor
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 355ml bottle. Pours a deep, rich yellow. This is definitely a heavily filtered wheat beer. Nose is all about hops: pine, pineapple with a hint of tart apple. Taste is similar with a big hit of spicy, fruity hops. Great carbonation, creamy mouthfeel.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with interesting label art and branded pry-off black/silver pressure cap acquired as part of a 4 pack (or was it a 6 pack?) at me local bottle shop and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. "Brewed with 1 variety of hops and 3 types of malts." 5.1% ABV confirmed.

Not paired with food.

Served cold, straight from me fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours a two finger wide head of white colour. Somewhat thin. No real creaminess or frothiness. Head retention is above average - about 3 minutes. Decent inconsistent lacing coats the sides of the glass as the head recedes.

Body colour is a clear translucent pale yellow. No yeast particles are visible. One of the most transparent beers I've seen in a long time; you can read through this. Appears adequately carbonated.

Standard fare for the style. I'm looking forward to trying it, but it's not unique or special.

Sm: Citrusy lemon zest, clean barley, wheat, floral hop character, citrusy fruit hop character, and light resins. A clean pleasant aroma of mild strength.

No yeast character or alcohol is detectable.

T: Clean barley, lemon juice, lemon peel/lemon esters, citrusy fruity hops, floral hops, spring water, lemongrass, light spiciness/fruit zest, a hint of crackery malts, light resins, a bit of grain, fresh wheat, and herbal hop leaves. Somewhat simple, but well balanced. There's not much subtlety or nuance, but for a simple wheat beer it's pretty tasty. Refreshing and enjoyable. Not gestalt, but it does have some cohesion.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Clean.

No yeast character or alcohol comes through. I like it for what it is.

Mf: Smooth and wet, with enough coarseness to coax out the flavours a bit. Slightly oily. Refreshing. Crisp. Overcarbonated (perhaps its biggest flaw). Decent body and thickness. Okay presence on the palate. Clean. Suits the flavour profile well in a general sense, but there's not a marriage of texture to taste.

Not harsh, astringent, boozy, hot, or gushed.

Dr: A very drinkable summer seasonal that I enjoy but wouldn't go out of my way to get again. It's not Southern Tier's best work, but it's hard to not enjoy. There are better offerings out there at or below this price point, but this is certainly worth trying. While I wouldn't recommend it to friends, it's a tasty worthwhile beer considering the style. Hides its ABV well.

Low C+

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Photo of DeFaz
3.29/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Nice appearance for a wheat ale, this offers impressive lacing and a golden color with plenty of bubbles jetlining toward the surface. A nice looking brew.

Smell: Wheat, hops (bringing about vague citrus notes). Smells nice.

Taste: I'm sorry, but this isn't working for me. I suppose this might be exactly what the "hopheads" who despise wheat summer ales are looking for, but to me, the timid hops that are here to assuage the hop lovers only distract and create confusion. The taste is a mess.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with high carbonation. You want a thin beer for the summer, but you don't necessarily want to drink Miller Life. The carbonation in this one is too high, which might not be such a bad thing since it deflects from the convoluted taste.

Overall: If I didn't mention already, let me say this: America wants a lot of hops from their craft beer right now, and unfortunately some might not care so much about whether the hops actually fit into the bigger picture and taste good. I'm sorry, but this beer doesn't work. Southern Tier is normally a company that I associate with success. Usually when a brewery tries to mix two styles, it is a disaster. This isn't horrible, but it's certainly disappointing. Peanut butter and jelly works. Peanut butter and steak does not. Get it?


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Photo of watermelon
3.27/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A: Nice clear straw color. Soapy white head that left some good lacing.

S: Citrusy smell most likely lemon, also noticed some grassy and floral scents.

T: Nice and hoppy bit of a bitter after taste in a good way. Can also pick up some wheat. Not incredibly complex but enjoyable.

M: Pleasant mouthfeel with crisp carbonation, that leaves a tingle on your tongue. The body is a bit more watery then I would prefer.

O: This is an easy beer to drink. Its a good summer session beer. It has a super refreshing mouthfeel and good flavor, although it leaves me hungry for a bigger more complex beer. Overall this beer kind of reminds me of a diet IPA.

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Photo of Omnium
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottle > Pint Glass

A - Pours a nice clear yellow, 1 finger of soapy white head, medium lacing.
S - Wonderful aroma, light lemon zest on top of a nice wheat base, big grassy and floral notes.
T - Very crisp, light and refreshing, the mellow wheat flavor comes out behind a nice bright clean hop flavor thats very grassy and floral, balanced and crisp.
M - Light and refreshing.
O - A summer favorite, I cant believe I haven't reviewed this until now. This is an absolute go-to during hot weather for me. While there may be others that do this style better, I find the refreshing qualities of this beer along with a solid flavor to be what makes it stand out.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours brilliantly clear, golden amber, SRM 5-7, with a shallow, quickly fading, off-white foam that leaves little to no lace after dissipating completely. Occasional solitary bubbles of carbonation are released from within a Dogfish Head Fisheye pint.

Spicy hops are sharp with a hint of pine sap. The sharpness fades after a few minutes, revealing better balance with caramel malt aromas and ultimately revealing some lemon as well.

Light flavors include a touch of citrus with bready notes up front. Grass comes out in the middle and lasts well into a modest finish, while citrus strengthens with warming.

The medium body is countered by fizzy carbonation and a light metallic and chalky feel.

Hop Sun is a fine summer drinking beer, suitable from late Spring but more full than a typical lawnmower beer. Off notes, however, do hold it back.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Harvest Market
Not ready for summer to go away. Pours a crystal clear light golden color with a nice fluffy white head that persists forever. Smells of lemon, cracked grain, light sugar and earthy and citrus hops. The flavor is light and refreshing with a spicy wheat grain against a light sweet sugary malt offset with some light lemony citrus hop. Light to medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Nice flavorful light easy drinking lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Yoda22
3.42/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I guess it's a hoppy wheat beer as advertised; it's just lacking a bit. Comes off like a thin pale ale. I like the aroma and it's not "bad". But the combo just doesn't work for me and I wouldn't likely seek it out. Would much rather one of Souther Tier's other fine offerings.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.4/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear gold.
Smell: Honey, lemon, and biscuits.
Taste: Honey, lemon, and biscuits. A lighter version of the smell.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy and dry finish.

It's a refreshing brew. However, the taste is very much Pilsnerish, with a tiny bit of honey, lemon, and biscuits plopped into it. The finish is also quite dry. I probably wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of PaulyB83
2.88/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A- Weak yellow, like a filtered wheat is

S- Grassy, faint lemon notes

T- Not much happening, light bodied, easy drinking doesn't linger

M- Normal lighter than what I want in a wheat beer

O- This beer reminds me very much of 312 Urban Wheat, which I guess they are similar lighter wheat beers. Just didn't much flavor at all from this one.

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Photo of dheacck11
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour is a nice light clear, crisp looking straw gold. soft dense white head.

Nose is a nice light straw scent. Some hint of lemon and grass.

Taste is also light and crisp. Light hint of lemon, some honey, just a little tinge of hop on the finish which balances pretty nicely. Little heavy on the wheat flavor and malt though.

Feel is a perfect medium light.

Great summer session beer. Drink it on a bot, after mowing the lawn, after a great mountain bike ride. Nothing spectacular, but really drinkable.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier Hop Sun has a medium-to-thick, off-white head, and a clear, old-gold appearance with lots of streaming bubbles and a small amount of lacing. The aroma is very lemony, with a background of white bread and sugar. Taste is of sweetness, some lemon (Which I didn’t detect until halfway through the 12-oz. bottle, for some reason), white bread, and a pleasant and mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Southern Tier Hop Sun finishes pretty crisp, clean, refreshing, and somewhat lager like. Overall, this is excellent.


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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a small half finger white head. The head has a decent level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a spotty foam on the surface of the brew and some decent lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is rather light overall consisting mostly of a wheat and bready smell mixed with an orange sweetness. Along with these aromas as some hints of spice with a little bit of clove and lemongrass as well as some more grassy hop smells.

Taste – The taste begins with a citrus sweet taste of lemon and lots of orange mixed with a smooth bready taste with some light hints of wheat. As the taste moves on the orange and smooth bready flavors lose strength while the wheaty taste gain more potency and get more grainy in nature. The lemon that was present upfront, all the while gets slightly stronger and is joined by a decent showing of a grassy hop taste coming to the tongue later on. In the end, with the transitions of flavors that occur during the taste, a slightly grainy and grassy lemon citrus taste that is on the slightly drier side is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is on the lighter to medium side in its thickness, and chewiness with a carbonation level that is on the slightly above average side. The higher carbonation and lower body thickness are rather nice for both the lemon and grassy flavors of the brew and make for a more refreshing taste when mixed with the grainy wheat tastes of the brew.

Overall – A rather easy drinking and not too sweet wheat brew. A decent grainy and grassy American wheat.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a golden yellow body with just a touch of haze and a bubble antique white had that fades to a film and is supported by strands of bubbles.

S- The dry woody green hops are light in the nose with some barley hints in the finish.

T- The dry carbonic acid taste blends with some cracker malt and a chalky hops flavor that leads to some herbal spice hops that trail off into a hop bitterness. There is a corn note that comes through as the beer opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- The dry crisp beer has some nice flavors but there very soft and get buried under the fizz a bit.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Went straight to this one after enjoying a Deschutes Twilight Summer.

Poured beautifully, golden yellow, slight haziness, excellent white head, great retention throughout, even left some foam in the bottom.

Smell was definitely appetite whetting. Sweet, grassy, wheat smell.

First taste and I knew I had another winner. All the smells went right into the the taste, can just imagine sitting on a haystack or something, knocking back a couple.

Mouth was good, unobstrusive, if I want to use a big word. Just right.

Overall, another very good summer beer for the go to list.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.31/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 03/21/13. Poured into a classic Weizen glass.

Appearance - It's hard not to forget that this is an APWA rather than a Hefeweizen. Aggressive pour yields a pillowy two-finger head of stark white sitting atop a body of light golden straw yellow. The light shining through shows a constant stream of carbonation bubbles drifting up from the bottom of the glass. Retention is excellent and lacing is sticky and pronounced.

Smell - A wonderfully complex smelling wheat ale. Some aromatic floral and grassy elements, but not overpowering. You can still detect the wheaty base, which mixes with some faint phenolic notes as well as some spice and lemon zest.

Taste - Taking the lead from the smell, the taste is a great blend of ethereal floral and pine with a rounder bed of wheat and grain. Citric lemon again makes it's presence known along with some peppery characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied but not too thin. Upper-moderate carbonation with a clean and refreshing finish.

Overall, this might be my new favorite APWA. It manages to bring in a very hop forward profile (like a couple of other hoppy wheats I could name), but does so with great balance and subtlety. A perfect summertime beer.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A-light golden yellow color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-wheat, light citrus, grassy, hint of sweetness

T-wheat, citrus, herbal, slight sweetness and floral notes, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, light and crisp

O-decent summer beer, easy drinking

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 559 ratings.