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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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1,210 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,210
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 51
Gots: 44 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-15-2004)
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Photo of AdamBear


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-transparent gold. lots of bubles, sticky white head that disappears except around the edges

S-a faint smell of fresh wheat and some grassy hops. refreshing but faint.

T-comes in real light with lemony grassy hops. a good bitterness starts and lasts for awhile. an after-taste of asian spices and some corn is good and strong and seems to last awhile. this is a unique and well balanced wheat ale.

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish. very crisp.

O-this surprisingly goes down very quickly for a summer pale wheat. this is very impressive. the after-taste is quite complex and i love the bitterness within. it seems to bridge a gap between a pale wheat ale and a hoppier American Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 19:21:03 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Knapp85


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The HopSun was actually something that I like quite a bit. The pour of the beer was a cloudy yellowish orange color with a fluffy white head on it. The smell of the beer had a great mix of citrus and a gentle aroma of fresh wheat. The nose was very well balanced here. The taste reflected the same way, it was a nice wheat sweetness very mild upfront with a nice hoppy bitterness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is mostly like any other wheat ale out there. It's bright and lively, also very refreshing for the summer season. Good stuff!

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 17:58:45 | More by Knapp85
Photo of harrymel


1.63/5  rDev -57%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Second consecutive piss ale here. Brilliant clarity. Shredded sheet like a used ghost costume, broken with a central cap and super thin collar. Yellow, straw color. (3)

S: Difficult for me to smell this - not because it’s horrid, but because it’s just not putting out (see: disappointing junior prom). Some hints of corn and lemon. Not much else for me. (2)

T: Whew, the faint hints of corn and lemon - those are here. Those are winning....No, bi-winning! This is quite violent on the palate for me. Like someone squeezed a lemon into my mouth and gave me a backer of watered-down corn juice. I’m not privy to this. Some bitterness. (1.5)

M: Thin and highly carbonated. Fairly dry finish. (2)

O: Nope. Not on board with this one. (1)

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 08:48:36 | More by harrymel
Photo of perrymarcus


3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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... not much lacing to speak of.

nose is headlined by a distinct citrus (lemon zest) presence, a bit of malt and then a wheaty characteristic.

flavor mostly follows the aroma. a lot of lemon, wheat, and malt. nothing too mind-blowingly complex here, just a light, tasty, summery beer.

crisp, light bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, this is what it is. an enjoyable, tasty summer offering; nothing more, nothing less. perfect for those july and august barbeques.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2011 05:32:22 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of PicoPapa


3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent light golden color with a small amount of head. Virtually no lacing. Aroma is floral hops and grains with hints of citrus hops and cut grass. Smells really good for a summer beer. Flavor is mostly of grains with a nice amount of hop bitterness. Some obligatory summer beer lemon as well. Pretty smooth and perfect for the warm weather. Solid amount of hops as well. Very light for a wheat beer but I'm guessing that's the point of this one. Overall, this is one of the best and most flavorful summer beers I've had. It is not unlike the 'Gansett Summer which also has a good amount of hop flavor. I'll be grabbing more of these for sure.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 15:16:59 | More by PicoPapa
Photo of rlee1390


4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Cloudy orange, not as much carbonation as I was expecting

S-Hops, wheat and some lemon

T-Starts wheaty with some lemon. Ends with some bitterness. Well balanced.

M-Medium bodied, not much carbonation.

O-A summer beer with Hops!!! Usually summer beers are not to my liking as they are too light but Hop Sun has enough hops present to keep a hop head happy.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2011 18:39:48 | More by rlee1390
Photo of Redrover


3.9/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the seasonal selections at Pints in Elmhurst, IL. Served in a standard pint glass, the beer is slightly dark gold with a thickish white head and pretty nice lacing.

It has an aroma of malts, citrus. I thought this part of the beer could be turned up a notch.

The taste is slightly sweet with some lemon rind. There are also crackers and a touch of lemon grass. A bit more hops late.

The mouth is crisp with very active carbonation.

All-in-all a pretty decent beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-27-2011 14:09:13 | More by Redrover
Photo of JLeege


3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip (from old notes)

Appearance- Pours a clear golden color with a nice fluffy white head, good lacing left behind.

Smell- Strong citrus notes layered over the wheat base.

Taste- Hops dominate the brew, the wheat aspects are noticed, but they definitely take the back seat. Mostly citrus and slightly grassy. Doesn’t have the bitterness of an IPA, but it is hop heavy. I wish I knew what the one hop variety is that was used.

Mouthfeel- Medium light body, with nice carbonation. Very easy drinking, you could have a bunch of these if you wanted.

Overall- These hoppy wheat beers seem to be all the rage. Its no Gumballhead or Lil Sumpin, probably not even as good as Oberon, but its alright.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 22:45:00 | More by JLeege
Photo of barleywinefiend


3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden yellow color with the a fluffy white cap

S: Wheat, fruity but mainly citrus

T: Light citrus, wheat, slight hop bitterness

M: Light body, light booze, good feel for the style, well carbonated

O: A pretty good beer overall. Good beer to drink on a hot summer day.

Serving type: growler

05-24-2011 13:07:33 | More by barleywinefiend
Photo of DrDemento456


4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Man I got to stop drinking it from the bottle. Had this at a tailgate but I believe it would have been a golden yellow with an inch of white foamy head.

S - Smells of light hops, touch of wheat and just a bit of grain and sweet malts.

T - Well your not going to get a hop attack but it drank rather well even more so than the 422 since the malts were very sweet and the wheat wasn't as aggressive. With only one hop variety it had a nice middle palate of hops which was just enough to provide a nice bitter hop experience.

M - Light to medium. Very easy to drink

Overall I could see picking up a sixer of this. Was better than the 422 but I still prefer the Pale since they have two hop variety's. Still a very solid summer offering from ST.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2011 00:13:28 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of VelvetExtract


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A-Pours a radiant gold that is transparent. A white head forms and slowly dissipates. Light lacing loosely clings to the glass. Bubbles slowly rise from the bottom of the glass.

S-A pleasant combination of wheat, grains, grass, and citric scents. The hops are light yet aromatic and noticeable. The scents combine to make a mellow, attractive nose.

T-Grassiness and lemon take hold initially. Wheat, and some breadiness come in after. The hops compliment the other componenets of the beer very well This is one of the hoppier summer brews and I like that. Still maintains a light, refreshing taste.

M-Light, crisp, noticeable carbonation. The feel is great for hot weather. It is not sticky nor does it leave a sugary coating on one's tongue after a sip.

O/D-Overall, this is pretty nice. I am a flavor of the hop component in this brew. Is a great balance between flavor and light body. A six pack is perfect, I am glad to try it. It reminds me of Narragansett Summer. Except I may like Gansett's a bit better. But I will say that the six-pack of this went down far too easily. One of my more preferred summer seasonals.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 22:13:42 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of Bouleboubier


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I just had their 422 pale wheat ale recently (which I very much enjoyed) and this tastes similar, only with the toasty, hearty nuances and "depth" of the wheat noticeably lightened a few shades (which makes it more pan-palatable, actually) and the body perhaps thinned out, but only a shade or two...

My perception of the "scaling back" carries over to the aroma the same way it did for the flavor, which makes sense. But I'm left wondering what's up with the "hop" in "Hop Sun". They say it's dry hopped, but it only makes a marginal impact on the aroma/flavor. Really, I think it balances, or rather neutralizes the interesting, uncommon toasty shredded-wheat flavors of 422 (and, of course, I'm not under the impression that the recipes are exact aside from hopping, or something of the like - but I can't help but wonder) and creates the perception of a slightly drier beer. I'd hate to call this bland - it's not. It's a well-crafted, "pan-palatable", drinkable summertime ale...hmmm...

It's filtered clearer than the 422, for sure, though a vague wheat haze is certainly still apparent. Head's less durable than I'd hoped. Dude, just up (or change) the hops a bit, don't be shy, and this could rock my world (well, night? morning?). You have a decent beer regardless of my finicky, fickle tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-19-2011 03:35:38 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of Stinkypuss


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier : Hop Sun

Pours a hazy straw. Bone white head and lots of lace. Smells like a wheat beer, a little citrus hops too. In the flavor, wheat malt and a nice rind like bitterness. All the sweetness attributed to the wheat malt and yeast are bastardized by American hop additions (bittering variety). Tastes like a bitter pale wheat ale overall. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp hop bite. Overall, a pretty interesting mesh of styles. If you like hops and wheat this beer is for you.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 16:39:20 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of Kelly88


3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 312 pilsner glass.

A- translucent straw yellow with a slight chill haze. Very weak bright white head that has quickly faded to a sad excuse of a cap. This beer reminds me of Bmc on draft

S- nice light fruity hops at first, light pear and orange. Wheat and oat is very strong on the back end of the sniff. Seems about right on for the name of this beer.

T- wheat is all I can discern from the initial drinks. Some crusty bread is also noticeable Not the most compex or interesting flavors but it is a well crafted beer.

M- light but the moderate carbonation gives the body more heft. Great feel for a summer style beer.

Overall this beer is good. It won't blow you away but will be refreshing. Since it's made for the hot summer it's great that you could have a few and still enjoy them.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2011 00:33:28 | More by Kelly88
Photo of JoEBoBpr


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

A - Pours a clear strong golden color with a nice 0.5 inch white head that recedes quickly and has some stickyness to it.

S - Aroma og grain and wheat straight of the bat. Then there is some nice grassy and slightly citrus hop notes. Quite nice hops profile for this light beer. AHs almost some Kolsch hints to it.

T & M - Taste starts off wit h earthy grain and some nice fresh baked bread notes. Sweet wheat crispness with some nice hop kick to it. Grassy and a bit piney hopyness is present. The beer finishes with a great clean and refreshing flavor. Im loving these hoppy Wheat beers. The grassy hop finish is nice and clean and dry with nice balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with some nice bitterness and good wheat characters.

O - Overall this is an awesome summer/lawnmower beer. Great refreshing wheat and grain notes balanced out by some nice hop notes.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2011 22:39:00 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of patpbr


3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light golden color with about a half inch of head.

S - Floral hops and Wheat

T - Bitter but some sweetness

M - light and crisp tasting

Overall summer beers tend to be great (oberon) or so so. I do not believe I will buy it again. its worth trying.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 22:47:24 | More by patpbr
Photo of KYBrewgrass


3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 3.5 This pours a very clear yellow-gold with a fluffy white head. The head reduces to a thin, uniform layer throughout. There's moderately sticky lacing.

S- 3 The aroma of the Hop Sun is a bit lemon-heavy for me. In fact, it is mostly all that I detect. There's just a hint of wheat.

T- 4 I'm happily surprised at the taste of this one after just looking at and smelling it... There's a nice grapefruit / hop citrus up front that is complimented well by a grainy wheat to finish.

M- 4 This is fitting of the style; slightly heavier than light in body with a good carbonation. It finishes a little dry.

D- 3.5 Though I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this brew, I was relatively unimpressed overall. I could swig a couple, maybe, but I don't know that I'd seek it out again. It's probably more of a style issue than anything for me because I've really liked all of the other Southern Tier brews I've had at this point. Not bad, not great... I suppose it's worth a chance if you're a fan of wheats.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2011 14:17:03 | More by KYBrewgrass
Photo of Bung


4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tap at Macs Steel Creek
Golden pour, small amount of white head. Sticks very well.

Pale malt, grass, light herbal hop aroma.

Taste matches, some malt, grass, straw. Some grainy wheat. Faint citrus. Herbal hop finish.

Light body, active carbonation. Easy drinking, just what I was looking for after hitting some gold balls.

Serving type: on-tap

05-07-2011 18:52:23 | More by Bung
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South Carolina

4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a very bright golden yellow, huge white billowing head, decent retention. Nice side glass lace, good cloudy appearence, lots of carbonation. Very light, lots of yeast with a touch of some lemon maybe, light in aromas, not in overall strength of smell. Very very nice, light palate with a bigtime yeast presence. Lots of grain with a hint of lemon or some other kind of bitter hops, great flavors. One of the best haefe flavor profiles I have tasted. Crisp, clean. very nice carbonation. Great overall feel. Superb, could drink this all night long. Was great when first cold, even better as it warmed up.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 01:23:12 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of bobhits


2.45/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A decent white head that looks thicker as it falls. Crystal clear straw colored body with just a touch of carbonation in there.

Sweet fruity and bready notes open the beer with a very American wheat aroma. A bit of earthy notes. I’m looking for the hops and not finding them.

Fruity/sweet malt that’s rather non descript that’s controlled by the nutty wheat and finishing with a light hop kiss. Summer beers are generally pretty boring and American wheats are almost universally code for “might as well be adjunct lager.” There’s enough hop character and flavor here from the malt to make things interesting here. That said why don’t American brewers use me interesting yeasts with wheat beers?

Extremely drinkable summer beer though I wonder if this is a summer beer. It doesn’t have a dry finish or a quick finish. The flavor lingers and doesn’t give that “refreshed” finish.

It is nice to have Southern Tier here in Kentucky, but so far I’ve been pretty unimpressed by what we’re getting. I hope we get their stouts here soon, but their IPAs are ok at best.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 22:09:06 | More by bobhits
Photo of wvsabbath

West Virginia

3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light yellow, 1/2 white head that died quckly. No lacing really, looks bland in the glass.

Smell - Hops, sugars, very floral, wheats, spices, Yeast.

Taste - Bitter floral kick. Flavor is hoppy and yeasty. Fairly sweet but pretty mild. The wheat and hops and yeast all together give it a bitterness thats a little overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Light thin and bitter. Nothing to ruin mouth or palette. Mouth is left a little dry but not bad. Not alot of flavor and nothing long lasting.

Overall - A good spring/summer beer to have on a hot day. Low alcohol and easy to drink. Nothing special here, just a decent easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 05:07:34 | More by wvsabbath
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District of Columbia

3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear light gold with some carbonation coupled with a slight lace of head.
S: Slight hop bitterness coupled with a nice wheat malt flavor.
T: Very neutral flavor with some slight bitterness and some slight sweetness from the malt.
D/O: Very clean and very drinkable but doesnt have a lot of weight to it. Very much has some big characteristics but does not give you much of an overall flavorful beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2011 01:28:05 | More by pzrhsau
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4.4/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear golden straw color with 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves random bits of lacing. Nothing special, but not bad.

S: Incredibly sweet and floral hops. Nice citrus aroma. Very clean smelling. Great summer nose on this one.

T: Taste is similar to the smell. Nice and mild, but still flavorful, hop taste up front. Lemon zest and the unique wheat flavor follow up and bring the beer through to a nice slightly bitter finish.

M: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy.

O: I could drink this every day of the summer. The taste is clean and crisp, the mouthfeel is light. The hops and wheat play well off of each other to provide the drinker with a really great and refreshing beer. Not a typical wheat beer, and not your typical summer beer. Really great drinking. Defnitely worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 20:58:57 | More by DaveBlack
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3.53/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow color. A nice two finger head appeared and faded to a thin rim that lasted for the entire glass.

A: Wheat, grain, citrus, and grass. I got a good dose of the wheat and some nice citrus and grassy hops, but was expecting a little more from the nose.

T: Pretty much the same, nice grain notes with citrus and grass from the hops. Some light lemon, and hearbal qualities, but again, pretty average and was expecting more. It finishes dry and tart.

M: Clean and crisp, light body, aggressive carbonation. Pretty spot on for the style.

O: The beer looked the part and felt the part, but I felt it was lacking with the hop profile. This is a solid offering, just not the best of the style. Skal.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2011 14:08:02 | More by Gtreid
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4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Capital Ale House in Glen Allen, VA - weiss glass

Pours a kind of lame yellow, totally clear, not much head. Kind of looks like a cider. Smells awesome! It's a provocative balance of hops and wheaty banana.. So interesting on the nose. Taste is shazam. Perfect brew. So sessionable it's ridiculous.. I'm not so good with words, but if you happen to be reading this, get some for your buddies that drink blue moon and hate IPAs.. perfect transition beer!

Love it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 15:33:22 | More by engagechad
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,210 ratings.