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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)

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1,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 1089
Reviews: 534
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.11%

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:
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(Beer added by: Todd on 05-15-2004)
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New York

3.55/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, very clear, just a slight amount of haze likely from the use of the wheat. Not very carbonated, I would have expected a bit more of a fluffy head on this one.

S: Faint herbal hops, fruity esters from the yeast, not a ton here.

T: Lemony, flowery hop flavors mostly dominate. A decent amount of bitterness, overwhelms any malt character. Crisp finish, which maybe the wheat is contributing to. Not bad, nothing amazing here.

M: Fairly light, low carbonation. The mouthfeel keeps it very sessionable.

O: Truth be told, not a huge fan of this style. I was told this was a very good example of it, and it does have some more hop flavor than others I've had of this style. It is very drinkable on a hot day, but definitely not all that interesting of a beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2012 00:46:14 | More by mattbk
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4.38/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden in color, actively carbonated, filtered, small (less than one finger) head.

Aroma: Very light but pleasant aroma; you can pick up on floral hops.

Taste: Great citrus/fruit flavor like oranges and lemons. Great balance of hops--not too bitter, which I think is important for this style of beer.

Mouthfeel: Light body and good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable when you take into account the flavor, mouthfeel, and excellent balance of hops.

Overall: Great summer wheat beer with well-thought balances of flavors.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 23:09:03 | More by ninaturner
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South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Growler from GBX poured into a pint glass. Nice clear golden pour with a generous 2 finger head. Smell was hop forward with the piney, floural hit that settles into some of the bready malts and cloves. A bit strong on the hop smell was distracting. Taste was also hop forward with te pine hitting initially followed by floral and malts. A good hit of bitterness at the end. Some of the cloves and fruit are felt in the middle. Pretty well balanced after the hop hit. I prefer more bread, malts on my wheats, but this was interesting. ST usually goes over the top with their styles and this is definately different. Feel was okay with some hop dryness and quite a bit of carb. Overall- AN intersting take on the style. A bit too hop forward for me, but worth the try. Pretty complex for a summer brew. Wouldn't turn one down-

Serving type: growler

07-29-2012 17:40:57 | More by TheDinger
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3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

DOB 3/9/12. Poured into 9oz pilsener glass. Poured a clean, clear bright yellow color with less than 1/4 inch of white head that quickly dissipated into just a ring, that held up for a surprisingly long time, and only had a bit of lacing.

The aroma had some malt and a very light wheat scent. There was a slight skunk/cat smell that made me wonder if it was a result of the hops used. The hop scent in general, and the beer itself overall, had a subdued scent. The flavors, while even and balanced, were also subdued to the point of blandness. There was a slight oddness to the hop taste, again I wonder if that's due to the variety used.

The was crisp and smooth. Drinkability was good, the beer went down quick and easy. Overall, a decent beer for a summer refresher. there are better, and much worse, options available. Probably worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 20:39:30 | More by beertunes
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Cork City Pub in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a crystal clear pale straw yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: A very mild aroma of wheat along with some grassy and floral hops. There is a light amount of sweetness and some lemon/citrus notes as well.

T: Taste is very similar to the smell with some sweet wheat malt body, light lemon/citrus, and some hints of grassy + floral hops. Overall, a very light flavored brew.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Slightly thin with some light dryness in the finish.

O: A very easy to drink and enjoyable summer beer, went down quite easily on a warm summer evening at the local pub (with the windows open and fresh air). Easily sessionable and one I would likely get another time.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2012 13:58:36 | More by dbrauneis
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3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a light orange straw with a half finger white head that dissipates to a ring around the glass and lacy film. Light aroma of wheat, sweet malt and a hint of lemon. Flavor follows aroma with wheat, malt, light bittering hops and a hint of citrus. Finishes with a light but distinct wheat flavor, with the residual sweetness, faintly of graham cracker. A nice subtly flavored light wheat ale. The flavor components were nice and well balanced, but I wish they were a little more assertive. Light bodied, which is appropriate for the style. Still a good summer sipping beer, which is what it offers.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 02:43:46 | More by LiquidAmber
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3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Bottled on April 20, 2012.

A: Pours a clear golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. Slight lacing left behind. Pretty clear for the style, but not taking any points off for that.

S: Nice balance of malts and hops; this beer smells grassy and sweet. Not a whole lot done beyond that, but well done.

T: Really great taste; a bit subtle (maybe more commonly referred to as "light") but this is quite tasty– combining sweet, lightly bready malts and grassy hop flavors. Very refreshing.

M: Thin-medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Very smooth, and fairly creamy owing to that carbonation. Leads to a dry, crisp finish.

O: Extremely easy to drink and very refreshing, this is the kind of beer that ought to be a staple of easy drinking in the summertime. Its pleasant flavor guides things along well.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 08:10:39 | More by AwYeh
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2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Pale gold, to nearly straw body with some small rising cola carbonation, and barely manages a white head at all on the pour. Crystal clear. Unfortunately has that macro yellow lager color hue to it.

Nose is practically non existent. Airy faint malt and some light floral and citrus hop. Extremely hidden and buried, the brew smells nearly non-existent. Non offensive, but no faults either that I can detect.

Palate hits with a just barely better than wet body and a tasteless profile. Fleeting wet malt, no chew whatsoever for wheat ale, and a faint hop finish that while hits a good note disappears very quickly. Flattened club soda finish.

Overall it looks like a macro, doesn't taste like one, but doesn't even taste like a decent APWA either. Pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 00:05:01 | More by smakawhat
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2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Goldenrod. Filtered. The flat gold color gives it a near-clear. One finger or less of off-white foam. Short retention. Basically no lacing.

Aroma - I thought the smell was pretty decent. You get a decent dose of hops to the nose, but not very complex. Only a single strain of hops. There is faint germinated wheat, which is expected and pleasant out of this type of beer. However, there is also too much of an acrid odor.

Taste - Not great. This beer retains all of the phenolic taste of a wheat beer, but is not balanced by sweetness. I like the idea of a hoppy wheat, but this didnt do the job. There was phenols and bitters, with no real pale ale or wheat beer flavor :(

Mouthfeel - Again, the phenols took over, making me feel like I had cotton balls in my mouth. The carbonation was too frisky, as well.

Overall - It wasn't terrible, but I would only drink this beer if there was nothing better in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 22:47:24 | More by HomeBrewGreg
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3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

STYLE: American Pale Wheat Ale

ABV: 5.1%

LOOK: Pale sunflower, very light. A creamy head to cut the nose and mouth would have been nice.

NOSE: Made with a single hop variety, you have to ask how closely it is related to varietas chronic. Sniff, sniff, pass.

MOUTH: Tall grass, lemon rind, floral. Refreshing. A testament to the cynical that not every beer has to be complex — that straightforward and solid can be worthy attributes too.

BA Rating: 88

Hayward Abbey Rating: 85

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 00:57:16 | More by viverlee
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Hoegaarden half pint glass.

Appearance: Beer pours a crystal clear pale yellow with about a finger and a half if dense, bright white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

Smell: Mild citrus hops with strong lemon notes and wheat. Very clean and refreshing smelling beer. Nice for the summer.

Taste: Very lemony with more citrus hops notes. Nice amount of wheat and malt. Very balanced tasting beer.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and refreshing. Could drink a bunch of these on a warm day.

Overall: A very tasty summer seasonal. Crisp, clean and very refreshing. I'm not always a Southern Tier fan but I'm enjoying Hop Sun very much.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 22:38:28 | More by pburland23
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3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Three Floyds tulip. The beer has a super-clear, bright gold color, but there's not much carbonation here. The head is very thin and there's not much in the way of lacing. The nose has some nice pine and citrus notes (lemon zest).

The beer is light/medium bodied with a firm mouthfeel. Once you get past the crisp, grainy wheat flavor on the front of the palate, the first thing you notice is hops. There is a nice, generous addition of hops in this beer, which means it has both the drinkability of a wheat beer and the dryness of a pale ale. The wheat and lemon-like flavors of the hops really meld together really nicely. This is no IPA, the hops don't assault your palate, but there is enough hoppy bite to really liven things up here. The finish is dry and very satisfying.

This is one of the best wheat beers I've had and the next time I get my hands on some FFF Gumballhead, I will give it a shot at the title. It drinks as if the brewers decided to make a perfectly balanced wheat beer, then at the last minute tossed in some extra hops. If I had to criticize it, I would say I wish it was a bit more carbonated and had just a bit more sparkle. Next, I might try a blend of hops instead of just one. Other than that, I wouldn't change much. It is always nice when brewers make dull styles interesting. ST did it here. Very, very well done.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 17:33:18 | More by deadonhisfeet
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours like a clear, filtered, american lager; a straw yellow color with 10 seconds of a loose, white head...that definitely doesn't lace. The nose is sweet and slightly floral, but the hops are all in the taste and mouthfeel. Initial sweetness from the malt casts a light, lingering bitterness that remains floral and balanced. The mouth is slightly watery and it's definitely a drinkable summer ale. Once the beer warms it becomes even more lager-like with a bigger, fruitier backbone from the malt/wheat and almost no spice... Don't drink this beer if you're looking for hops.

Serving type: on-tap

06-15-2012 21:53:20 | More by ThePorterSorter
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3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl.oz. (355 ml) bottle
DOB 02/28/12
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my neighbor for giving me this single.

The beer poured brassy yellow and crystal clear. Apparently this is a filtered wheat ale. The liquid was topped by a bubbly, bright white, one finger head of froth that faded rather quickly.

The nose was surprisingly mild. Crisp and bright with dry, yeasty notes. Slightly hoppy. Touch of wheat and subtle lemon notes. All in all, the aroma reminded me more of a pale lager than a wheat ale.

The taste was similar to the nose but more intense. Snappy and bright with a slight lemony tartness. Some pale malts. Wheaty. Clean and refreshing. There was an unexpected skunkiness on the back end. This coupled with the crisp, dry yeast notes lent the beer a very lager-like quality. The finish was hoppier than anticipated. Earthy, slightly piney and surprisingly bitter. Overall, quite refreshing.

The mouthfeel was medium bodied. Slick, creamy and smooth on the palate.

Despite the incredibly subtle aroma, Southern Tier's Hop Sun is still a decent American pale wheat ale. I could see this being a nice hot weather beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 03:30:16 | More by Damian
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3.93/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a clear golden yellow while yielding a 3/4" off-white head; mediocre retention, lacing... nose is headlined by a distinct citrus (lemon zest) presence, then a bit of malt coupled with a wheaty characteristic.

flavor mostly follows the aroma. mainly citrus/lemon, wheat, and malt. nothing mind-blowingly complex here - or very complex at all - just a light, summery beer. crisp, light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

this is one of those occasions where style really has to be kept in mind. i'm never overly enthusiastic about pale wheat ales but this does what it's supposed to: serves as a moderately enjoyable, tasty summer offering. nothing more, nothing less. nice for those july and august barbeques.

(originally reviewed: 05-29-2011)

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 21:26:40 | More by BostonHops
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4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 02/27/12

A: Pours a pale straw yellow with a fingers worth of head

S: Some subtle spicy hops, fruitiness, and wheat stand out, with a hint of lemon

T: Fairly light overall until the finish, but there is a light cereal graininess along with some sweetness and then light bitterness from the hops once the finish starts. Very light lemon zest as well

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid summer offering that doesn't overwhelm the palate and has some good flavor to it. Would certainly be a great intro beer and is ideal for the season

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 00:30:52 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from bottle into a weizen glass. Nice golden color, light foamy head that hung around a while.

S: Faint floral scent just enough let you know it's there

T: Piney taste to start, citrus taste at then end. Very worthy of a spot in the regular summer beer rotation

M: Smooth and easy drinking, light carbonation. Very sessionable for a hot summer day.

O: Very enjoyable and worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2012 01:01:43 | More by brewsadedotcom
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2.95/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 6 pack to pint glass.

A: Clear sunny golden to orange with small white head which settled but did not completely dissipate. Lots of visible carbonation. Very inviting appearance. Sticky down the entire glass.

S: Mild aroma. Mainly getting floral and grassy notes. Not much here.

T: Also quite mild. Slight pine and grapefruit.

M: Thin, watery. Slightly slick.

O: Certainly easy to drink but was expecting more from this beer. Maybe I am just drinking it in the wrong setting (indoors, spring). Might try once more in summer to see if a different impression.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2012 02:01:57 | More by EtOHMD
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4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a darker yellow with a frothy white head that fades fast. Smell is inviting, a nice hop aroma with some hints of pine. The taste is a nice duo of hop and malt. Neither overpower the other, but you get a nice depth of flavor with each. The beer ends with the hop and a hint of sweetness. A nice medium mouthfeel, good balance in flavor and good carbonation. No missteps here, just a good quality beer with nice flavors. A nice beer worth checking out, a great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2012 02:50:44 | More by wingman14
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North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a weisse vase, the beer is a bright, vibrant, honey-gold color with a steady flow of carbonation and a light, fluffy, off-white head about a half an inch in height. Aromas are subtle, with a roasted grain and slight hop blending. Flavors are much more pronounced, with a heavy toasted backbone giving rise to a light, citrus and floral hops profile. Tangy, crisp mouthfeel at the end of the brew, with a roasty and hoppy aftertaste. Very interesting dynamic. The finish is astringent and slightly sharp, with a slight linger. Good, tasty brew that gives a different vibe to a Wheat beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 16:23:41 | More by GarthDanielson
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


A- Pours a pale golden yellow with a white head and a lot of bubbles floating to the top from the high carbonation.

S- The aroma is pale malts and citrusy hops.

T- The taste is fantastic! Pale malts, citrus and hops in the finish. Light bodied and flavorful, perfect for the summer months here in Florida.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

O- Overall, this beer will definitely be added to my spring/summer beer rotation. Highly recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 02:29:23 | More by cjgator3
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3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light gold in color with fervent carb pushing tons of bubbles to the surface to support a meager half-inch white head. It eventually petered-out to no head and hardly a rising bubble. 3.0

Faint nose with light grassy hops and very mellow lemony wheat malt. 3.0

Slightly tangy flavor with clean European hops that sneak through. Very light and pale malts with a pilsner-like finish. Still a little juicy in the end with a crisp starfruit vibe. A very humble ale that's far from busy or unbalanced. Very simple and nice. 4.0

Medium-high carbonation almost creates a rushing spiciness that is almost a flavor. Tingling. Light-bodied, in a good way. 4.0

Absolutely refreshing. A jewel among beers of the style. Best kept simple and served cold. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2012 01:51:59 | More by thecheapies
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3.88/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red Hot in Tacoma on 5/11/12.

Appearance: Slightly hazy yellow-gold. Minimal head that left a bit of lacing along the glass.

Smell: Citrus hops, lemon zest, and distinct wheat character.

Taste: Follows the nose nicely with lots of citrus flavors and a smooth what backbone. Finishes nicely with a mild citrus hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Very light, low carbonation, and easy to drink.

Overall: Simple, well-done all day summer BBQ beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2012 04:38:18 | More by mfavoino
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3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: thin head on a cloudy pale golden body.

S: mostly wheat and pale malts with lemon, pine and bready notes.

T: This one was hoppier than expected with a slight bitter finish. Backbone of pale malts and breads.

M: light body and high carbonation.

Overall: the slight bitter finish hurts the drinkablity for beers of this genre. Well balanced flavor however overall.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2012 00:24:01 | More by kylehay2004
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4.03/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light yellow with an effervescent body. Looked somewhat like champagne. Had one finger head. Head receded a little, but stuck around till the end.

S- WOW! Floral hops were present, but were not overpowering at all. The beer is dry-hopped, and the nose could tell that right away. Also had an earthy (maybe musty) malt/wheat aroma was well.

T- A light foral taste is first. Next you get a malty, biscuty taste. The wheat flavor is a very refreshing quality in the beer. It lightens the hop bitterness just right. There is bitterness detected when you swallow the beer. It's a very light bitterness from the hops. In a way the hop bitterness coats the back of the throat in almost a velvety way. EXCELLENT SUMMER FLAVORS!

M- Soft and mild feel. It's extremely refreshing. It's not overly carbonated like a light lager; it's just right.

I don't think I'd had a summer beer that tasty since I've been drinking beer! I like how it was a light beer, but still was very flavorful. Even if you're not a hop fan, this beer will be good! The hops are present in the taste, but the bitterness is so mild. The mouthfeel with the taste of the wheat and malt plays so well overall in the beer. A+ for Southern Tier. Can we get this year-round please?!?!?

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:15:39 | More by ThomasMetal75
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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