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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: 160 | 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 kbnooshay
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm. 12oz bottle. Nice white head and pours a nice dark gold color. Nice lacing. This smells like other southern tier offerings; PIney, floral hoppy and citrusy. The taste is so nice. Similar to other souther tier beers but milder. This is milder than their "mild" IPA but still great hoppage with a good maltiness to balance it out. Therefore we have a ncie refreshing beer this time around. THe mouthfeel is moderate, but crisp and a little bitey. Surprisingly low abv with this beer but thats allright. Incredibly drinkable and flavorful.

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Photo of Naes
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is crystal clear copper color. The head is generously frothy and white with abundant lacing.

Aroma is a bit of citrus and floral hops. It smells more like an IPA rather than a wheat beer.

The flavor is also of citrus, followed by the hops then the yeasty and wheat accents come in to play. This is quite a complex flavor for a wheat beer.

Mouth feel is light bodied with very little carbonation and is very easy to consume.

This beer is great for a hot day and still has a decent amount of flavor.

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Photo of blitheringidiot
3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light hazy peach hues with a frothy sudsy pillowy beige head cap. Some lattice lace left in the glass.

Light fruity aromas of apricot and some citrous lemons and vanilla malts.

First swigs: Juicy orange and dusty dry flavors. Wheat is muted but the hops take the front seat. Some orange juice and cider notes. Slightly spiced coriander notes. Clean finish with a lingering sweetness.

Light body. Shushy soft carbonation.

Last swigs: Tasty sweet citrous dust cutter. Wheat is overtaken by the Tang orange like hop flavors.

Beer is good. Happy Summer beering.

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Photo of JackStraw22
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap and Collegetown Bagels. Pours with a golden body and a crisp white head. The head retention wasn't very good in the glass, but excellent in the pitcher it came in. Wonderfully hoppy nose but not very complex. Crisp and refreshing, a really clean bitterness. Very citrusy and hoppy taste, and a clean sweetness. Incredibally drinkable, great summer beer.

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Photo of goodbyeohio
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

light peachy orange, clear with draft-pour style thin head. palealeish in all its glory. fruity hop smell is very light, transcends normal citrus smell to a sort of pineapple. solid wheat profile provides a uniform basic bitterness, complexity and crisp texture. hops prolong the bitter and linger just enough to be the last flavor left on the palate. cute little bubble gum finish cuts off just prior. drinkable like crazy with flavor complexity to keep us beer nerds happy. that orangey pineapple flavor makes nice burps. why cant this be the world's bud?

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Photo of Celt44
4.57/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance is a light amber with a small but sustainable head that lasts throughout. Aroma is sweet and strong with a heavy fruit presence ....and hops of course. Mouthfeel is incredibly smooth. Strong hop taste is perfectly balanced with hints of grapefruit and citrus.

A Hop Sun experience is amplified during a hot, muggy summer day when a great thirst has overtaken your mouth, tongue, and throat. A great session beer with an ABV of 4.4% - give or take a tenth. A guy with a beer ball of this stuff on his back serves it cold in the stands at my local AA ballpark. A superb alternative to the macro-swill that normally monopolizes sport stadiums. Excellent choice this summer...

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Photo of oberon
4.39/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out clear light golden with a thinner white head leaving no lace behind,great aromas a real zesty/citrusy hop jumps out ya wich is unexpected but welcome along with a little buttery note that lingers softly.Alot of subtle but very refined nuances to this beer a dry wheaty malt backbone holds up well to a healthy dose of citrusy hop I mean its nearly perfect finishing pretty dry and buttery.Compares very well with Three Ffloyds G-Head man I like these hoppy American wheat ales!

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

Pours a golden color with some amber tints. Big white head forms and manages to leave some lace on the weizen glass
Aroma has some bread and butter tones with a touch of honey and some definitive pine and citrus notes. Bread crumbs come to mind.
Flavor has some light caramel, a lot of wheat and bread and a nice citrusy note. Well balanced and not cloying.
Mouthfeel is lighter bodied as style would dictate but still manages to deliver a well balanced refreshing taste. Citrus notes are subtle and welcome.
Drinkability is excellent, refreshing and tasty with some definitive tastes, unlike some many lighter beers that just losse all flavor when trying to brew lighter fare. Another soild effort from the folks at ST.

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Photo of yeagerbm
4.19/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Prostman for the trade.
This is an obvious Americanized wheat beer, as its meant to be. The appearance is a dark gold with a fine white head. The aroma is hoppy and floral, with a comparable hop intensity to many APA's. The flavor is very crisp from the wheat with the citrusy kick of the hops. This is highly drinkable and thirst quenching, a sort of blend of SNPA and SN Wheat but really its own creation.

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Photo of wailingwench
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: See through Pilsner. Small white head that stuck @ untill the finish.

The Nose Knows: Grassy wheat, wet dough, light hop, sweet malt.

Tongueland: Typical clean ST taste. Grassy wheat, dough-like, sweet fruit, sweet malts, touch of hop to balance, and dry yeast finish. A perfect summer session.Very dimensional.

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

A combination of citrusy hops and wheat-based malt greets you in the nose of this delightful summer ale. It's deep gold body is slightly hazy beneath an average-sized head of bright white froth that, unfortunately, slips easily away. It does maintain a thin surface covering, however, and leaves sheets of tiny spots and splashes of lace that cling throughout the glass. It's crisp and slick across the palate with a light-medium body and very fine-bubbled carbonation. The flavor delivers the hops that the nose promises, along with a solid backbone of bitterness that leads it to a dry and citrusy finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing... worth trying!

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Photo of whartontallboy
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellow-orange pour with a one-finger white head that remains for most of the time it took to drink it. Wow, I wasn't expecting this much of a hop aroma. Very strong bitter piney hops with some strong orange scents in there as well. Extremely juicy hop flavor with a lot of pine and bitterness thrown in there as well. The hops really dominate the flavor, and it's kind of hard to tell this one is a wheat beer and not an IPA until the wheat kind of slides in on the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. I really, really like this one's strong hoppiness on the wheat backbone. Probably the best summer brew I've had this early in the young season. Well done.

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Photo of goindownsouth
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was so glad to find this one at JP O'Malley's in Allentown on 04.26.05...

Presentation: A 12 ounce brown bottle with an appealing logo. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: This Bier offered me a white head trhat was rather firm, albeit thin. Yet this one stuck to the sides of the glass throughout. The clarity of this Bier was amazing, golden in colour.

Smell: The malty presence was somewhat muted, but make no mistake about it...the hops were certainly floral and in full effect.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Very good hop punch in the initial flavor. Good piney resin, really. In fact, the crispy hop characteristics went really well with the subtle barley backbone.

Drinkability & Notes: An amazing find. Without a doubt, one of the more drinkable summer brews I have had the honor to come across. I could stand a bit more int he way of wheatiness, but this is still one of the better summer brews I have had in some time.


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Photo of warriorsoul
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to shirfan for this second offering from Southern Tier.
I know it is the middle of winter and I have 36 inches of snow on my lawn, but I decided to play a trick on my brain and have a wheat beer.
Pours a nice golden copper w/ 1/2 a finger of bright white head.
Foam clings to the glass beautifully....nice hint of hops calling me to this beer.
Well...I'm not tasting the hops I was expecting, but we'll see what happens when it warms up a bit...nope, still quite mild.
Hint of lemons and oranges w/ a mild tea flavor. It is a real nice wheat beer w/ enough flavor to keep me wanting more.
The mouthfeel is enjoyable...perfectly carbonated for its style.
I feel this is one brew that is just what it says it is...and that's a good thing...no surprises.

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Photo of Suds
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

An aggressively hopped wheat beer: well done and exceedingly drinkable, this is one of those beers that I’ve got to remember. Even though I’m having it during a 5 degree F December afternoon, this is the perfect backyard summer brew.
Pours a pale, light yellow color with an average, unremarkable head. The nose is serious citrus and hops, sweet orange and apricot. The taste is lightly malty, with a big wheat-beer taste, full of lemon and grain. It’s a light bodied beer, with a huge, satisfying taste. By the mid-taste, the hops start to kick in, ending with an aggressive hop finish. It’s bitter and delicious.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.62/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The beer is a hazed gold, topped with a thick white froth. Good head retention, keeping throughout the glass, leaving trails of sticky lace.
The aroma is amazingly hoppy. Intense citrus skin and pine resin floats atop a bed of smoothened, dextrinous wheat maltiness. Very clean with only a soft brush of floral esters, the hops easily steal the scene. A soft IPA, perhaps.
The first sip starts out silky and smooth, lemon and dextrinous wheat right up front. The citrus flavor builds, a floral buzz on the edge of pure american hop feedback. The finish is all hops, the malt really only providing a silky smooth mouthfeel to carry the bitterness. Loads of pine, orange and grapefruit, finishing with an almost audible snap. Extremely crisp and dry. This is what I would consider the perfect blend of IPA and wheat beer. The crisp smoothness you want for warm weather, but with actual character and backbone. A nice low ABV to boot, so putting a couple back in the early afternoon won't ruin your day. Who'da thunk one of the best beers I've had all year would be an american wheat?
My first beer from Southern Tier. The only other beer I'd place in this category would perhaps be I'm so glad I got a couple bottles of each of their varieties at Half Time. Three Floyds' Gumballhead. India Wheat Ale. This stuff is delicious, probably immensely so in the summer heat. I'll be sure to try again next year.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

It's getting a little late in the year to be drinking a summer wheat, but I figure this bottle won't last until warm weather rolls around again. It's a bright sunny day, 'hop sunny' you might say, and if I use my imagination, I can pretend that summertime is still holding out, refusing to go gently into that good autumn (apologies to Dylan Thomas).

Yeast-filled bright gold with lemon sunshine highlights. The polished ivory crown is as stiff and as sticky as any in recent memory and leaves scattershot lace in polymorphous blobs on the upper reaches of the glass. Lovely nose, as bright and as sunny as they come. It smells like someone just grated a few dozen lemons and an orange or two.

I'm happy to report that the flavor follows the nose. Even though there's little in the way of malt flavor, it is a mite wheaty. The dominant flavor is a tangy, hoppy, lemon zestiness. The body is smack dab light, yet manages to avoid feeling overly thin or watery. I usually like at least a light-medium body, even on 'summer beer', but I just can't fault this one because the flavor doesn't care and the beer is so incredibly drinkable.

Hop Sun is my first Southern Tier beer and I'm impressed. It's tough to make a summer wheat stand out, but this beer is as radiant as Old Sol on a July afternoon. In fact, I'd love to have a few cases at the start of every summer. Thanks to HappyHourHero for the first of many bottles from New York State.

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Photo of RocketWidget
4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

One of many beers given to me by my girlfriend on our three year anniversary. An excellent choice for the summer.

This beer pours a beautiful hazy gold, especially bright for a beer. Head retention could use some work, though still lacy. I didn’t smell much from this beer. Taste, however, was excellent. Amazingly refreshing, a very light beer. Citrus-like elements are dominant here, but very little confusion with the sweet malt and the light hop profiles. Pilsner-like, in the sense that this would go with nearly any meal. A great beer to try, a great conversion beer, and an excellent beer for any outdoor activities.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle obtained via trade with Shippos. Thanks for the opportunity...

Poured in an imperial pint glass, forms a 1/4" white head, which laces acceptably. A sunny golden/amber brew, with a nose of some palts malts and a dominating hops scent. Taste seems almost two faced, with a pleasant pale malt flavor in one place, and hops going to town somewhere else. They work well together. Mouthfeel and drinkability are excellent. Wow, if this isn't a summer weekender, I'm ont sure what would be...

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Photo of Jason
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Appearance: Firm white froth that sticks all of the glass, deep golden hue with a stunning clarity.

Smell: Floral and citric hops every where, soft yet laid on thick. Quick whiff of malt as well.

Taste & Mouth Feel: Semi-crisp moderate body, lots of mild hop oil flavor up front. Vaguely sharp hop bitterness plays with the crispness of the wheat and sweetness of the barely.

Drinkability & Notes: This has to be one of the best summer seasonals I have had to date.

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Photo of necoadam
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a light golden/amber color with a nice head that sticks around until the very end. Smell consisted of juiced hops along with some citrus aromas and some slight pine notes as well. Not bad so far. Taste was good. Some good malt undertones in this beer with the wheat and hops riding on top. Some nice citrus and pine aftertaste takes place but doesn't last all that long which was good to see, because if they did stick around, it could of become a little overwhelming. But this is a good pale wheat ale. Perhaps a litlte tough to find, but if you do see it, grab a case.

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Photo of crookedhalo
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deceivingly clear golden pils color with an off white head that leaves some good lacing. Smells gingery and hoppy; sans one's typical wheat ale characteristics. Very hoppy for a wheat ale, bordering IPA territory. The wheat shows up in the background of the malt profile. Very enjoyable and atypical for a wheat ale. Finished fruity sweet (blueberry?) and crisp. Kudos to the brewers at Southern Tier for reinventing the wheel in a summer quaffer. Usually when one thinks of a wheat beer, Hersbrucker or some other low alpha hop plays a minor role in the finished product. This beer is not that beer. A wheat ale for hopheads.

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear and bright golden in color. Decent streams of carbonation march ever upwards towards the top of the glass. Head is thick, glistening white in color and does a nice job of lacing. Aromas have a nice level of hops in them that is balanced by a yeasty/doughy sweetness. Flavor is also well-balanced. Nothing out of place. It all meshes well and slides across the palate with ease. Up front is citrus hops, middle is wheat-like, end is a sweet wheatness that really makes this a thirst-quencher. Massively drinkable and well worth seeking out. Another very solid offering from Southern Tier.

Notes: Huge thanks to Schoolteacher for suggesting I pick some up while visiting the Empire State.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This summer wheat beer almost reminds me more of an IPA with it's crisp hop bite. The wheat flavor and phenols are balanced exquisitly with the fresh hop flavor. It leaves a pleasent residual sweetness.

It's smell is very mild, and not extremely indicitive of the beer.

The beer is so pale one might mistake it for a macro lager, but not after the first tasty taste.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a really enjoyable summer beer. I gave it the true test and drank it poured in my favorite glass while sitting under an umbrella's shade in the hot afternoon sun. I'll willfully admit that such perfect conditions added to the overall beer experience.

It had a very full yellow color with a fluffy, thick white head on top. The bubbles were very active in the glass. The smell was a nice mild wheaty smell mixed with a both a dry and sweet hop smell.

The taste was very pleasant. The first sip was very mild. I noticed the wheat right away but appreciated that it wasn't all wheat in taste. There was just the right mix of wheat and hops to keep the tongue interested from sip to sip. This wasn't a sweet summer wheat either. Some have that banana or grapefruit thing happening. This was more a step into a dry summer beer. Very good flavor.

The mouthfeel was good - much thicker than I expected. The bubbles in the glass were not felt so much during the tasting and gave the feel of a very low carbonated beer. At the very worst, some might find this to be a little too thick for a summer beer.

Given the summer conditions, I don't think you can go wrong buying a six pack or case of this beer.

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