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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1,301 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,301
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 58
Gots: 80 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Summer

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(Beer added by: Todd on 05-15-2004)
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Photo of vandemonian
3.25/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Hop Sun has a yellow colour and a 3 mm that that fades away quickly. The smell is grainy with a hint of hops. The taste is a little sour up front with some hop bitterness. Nothing special. The mouthfeel is not that foamy. Overall, a decent session beer.

Photo of bum732
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Wheat spiciness, citrus component, orange and grapefruit but faint, some rind, hop spiciness, a light cracker malt

L: Clear straw yellow, white head that dissipates slightly, great lacing.

T: Citrusy and clean malt character. Some wheat but faint, a persistant dry cracker flavor. Medium-Low bitterness leads to a clean semi-dry finish. Some citrus hoppiness leading into the finish, a nice kiss.

M: Medium thin body, medium carbonation.

Great wheat beer, nice subtle hoppiness that adds character to a nice cracker like malt. Fantastic summer beer and one of my favorites, loved it.

edited 5-28-11

Photo of alexkeil
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is confusing because its labeled as a summer wheat beer, but it smells like a pilsner, it looks like a pilsner...walks like a duck, talks like a duck. It pours a brillantly clear straw color with a disipating white fizzy head, very effervesent. The initial aroma is grassy hops but the longer it sits the more malt comes through. The mouthfeel is medium light, medium-high carbonation and high astringency. The flavor is of grassy hops with a medium bitterness. There is a solid malt backbone that quickly takes over with less wheat character than I expected. It finishes nice and dry and is more tolerant to warming up than your average big brewery pilsner. I know that American Wheats can be more aggressively hopped than the European versions, I'm just not getting enough wheat to consider it a wheat. Very refreshing though with high drinkability...your perfect grilling, horseshoes, after mowing the lawn, cleaning out the garage type of beer.

Photo of gkunkle
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as American wheat beers go, this is one of the better ones I have tried. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a tall white that dissipates at a pretty average rate. Smell is Some wheat and some hops with a bit of citrus in there too. Taste is well balanced between hops and wheat. Sumpin sumpin and gumballhead have a little too much hops IMO (not saying they aren't great) so I like the balance that southern tier displays. Mouthfeel is medium wolith average carbonation. Overall, enjoyable summer beer. I'd certainly pay for another.

Photo of JRed
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden in color with white crystal, bubbly head that sticks around for a while. Wheat, sugar, floral, and sweet grains in the nose. Tastes of wheat, floral notes, slight honey and then hop backbone slaps the tongue and lasts for a dry finish. Light in body with crisp carbonation. Highly drinkable and refreshing. The hop presence is used perfectly to counter the sweetness of the wheat.

Photo of rajendra82
3.55/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pale golden body was clear, and had a one finger thick foamy head fed by lively carbonation. The looks were more similar to an APA, and so was the muted hop aroma. This lacked any of the clove, banana, bubblegum wheat beer smells. The taste was a bit more wheaty, as the spicy hop bitterness was backed by a sweetness tinged with juicy fruit gum. The beer was very easy to drink, as should be the case for a summer seasonal, and there was a lingering sweet aftertaste. Picked up out of season as a one off at Green's, but will have to look for this during the dog days.

Photo of richkrull
2.88/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I think I may have been expecting too much from this beer or something. I had heard it was good and picked it up as part of a build your own 6 pack. When I got home and tried it, it was more bitter than I was expecting. Not a lot of wheat flavor. Not a bad beer, I'll give it another shot sometime.

Photo of Jdmpolk
3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Fluffy frothy head caps a golden pear color. Finger width of head.

S- Hints of apple and pear mix with the piny smell of the hops. Not much wheat is detected.

T- Very clean and crisp, hints of the fruity aroma can be found. The hops provide a bitterns at the finish. I couldn't detect any wheat flavor. Slight sweetness on the tip of the tongue.

M- Light with ample carbonation. A little dry.

D- Very easy to drink, no overwhelming flavor good balance with the hops. Wish there was a bit more wheat flavor.

Photo of Vdubb86
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass

Though it may not be summer, I still feel that it's not cold enough to be out of season. This beer pours a light golden color with a puffy white head that leaves a nice lacing on the surface and down the glass. There is a decent aromatic hop quality when the head is present, but fades to a slight only citrus hint when the head fades away. The taste is surprisingly not too bitter. There is a good balance of malty sweetness and the citric acid from the hops. A light lemony zest feel to the flavor, it's rather nice for a hot summer day. The mouthfeel is a bit thicker than I would like to see it for something that is to be consumed in the summer sun. But for all times of the year it's not bad at all. This is a fairly nice drinking beer, but I feel it's not nearly as light as I would like it to be, though not really bad due to the crispness that it seems to bring to the table anyway. A pleasant beer and a good find.

Photo of Ralphus
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The colour is clear and a brilliant golden. Very nice. The head settles down to a very thin film but leaves some lacing behind. A good wheat style would have been nice!

The smell is an interesting mix of grain and hoppiness. I sometimes get apple or light citrus notes in there as well.

The taste is light and pilsner like. Plenty of grain and hoppiness. Very little if any fruit. It's lacking complexity in my opinion.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Very refreshing.

Drinkability is decent. I'm not sure I'd reach for another but if it was put in front of me I'd have no trouble drinking it.

Photo of dpnelson1978
3.23/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$1.50 / ea.

A: Bright straw body topped with a loose two-finger head that quickly dissipates leaving no lacing and only a bubbly ring of cover.

S: Spicy grain, and lemon citrus. Very light profile, but clean and refreshing.

T: Grainy backbone with a spicy malt character and very subdued hop bitterness. Very straight forward flavor with a clean finish.

M: Light body with high carbonation. Crisp carbonic bite on the tongue.

D: Very unimposing beer that refreshes and invites another. Light body, and clean finish make this a wonderful summer session choice.

O: Average beer, but below average for Southern Tier.

Photo of spinrsx
4.2/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance - The beer pours a crystal clear gold colour with a large white soapy head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing, and there is some decent lacing. The head stuck around for a little while before it dissipated.

Smell - breads/grains, hops, citrus zest, very clean and crisp

Taste & Mouth - A nice well rounded mouth feel with this beer. Nice and creamy and a great level of carbonation leaving it tasting very crisp and refreshing. At first I can taste a bready/graininess, followed by light to medium hops, and lemon juice and zest. It finishes with a really fresh tasting citrus/hop aftertaste.

Drink - This beer was not what I was expecting; I thought it would be more of a wheat beer. Turns out to taste like a nice light and refreshing IPA. I really liked this one, and could see myself drinking it over and over again. Very highly sessionable.

Photo of cindyjeffsmith
4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance: Slightly hazy gold, slight head and lacing.
smell: Crisp and fruity. Not sure if this is lodged in my head but just finished grating some fresh parmesan and this nose is reminiscent.
taste: Crisp and clean again. Low hop profile. I want more.
mouthfeel: Med body.
drinkability: Me like. Refreshing and quaffable.
This has been a Southern Tier weekend for me (just came to Columbus). These folks know what they're doing.

Photo of rtepiak
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

not a particularly wheat malt developed american wheat. Pour is golden orange and almost clear. Nose is a subtle grapefruit. And a palate that seems more hear to express hop freshness and anything but creamy hef traits. Although it has a nice brisk american blonde quality. Its not protein finish husky. Some centennial hop bitter. Poor malt core, but bright.

Photo of madtappers
4.68/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Very clear yellow with a nice thick white head.

Has a terrific hop scent to the noise, some grassy hop notes, with a little grapefruit to it.

Very drinkable beer, would compare to a nice summer session beer with a bit more hops. Not an IPA by an means, but agood beer for a hop head having a summer BBQ.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looked the part, golden and yellow color, a little more professional, cleaner looking than a lot of wheat beers (I guess that's part of the difference between hefe and pale wheat, no?).

Aroma, slight lemon fizz, and the wheat itself. Taste was a little underwhelming, I was expecting something like a Sumpin x2 hop feel to it, based on Southern Tier's ipas. It was a great beer to start a long day with (1st beer for Nevada @ Cal tailgate that lasted 7 hours).

This is definitely on the more mild side. Wasn't bad in any way, I just thought for some reason this would cater to hopheads. I'd drink it first beer of the day anytime though.

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

Pale pilsner-like yellow color. Good head and residual lacing down the glass. Well balanced aroma of hops and malt. Slightly bitter citrus (grapefruit? bitter orange?) after taste. A little watery and thin which makes it very drinkable and thirst quenching - maybe good for long sessions.

Photo of mklinger
3.48/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass. This is my last bottle out of sixer. Golden colored and very clear. Small white head that dissipated quickly. Looks not to different that your average premium American lager like Michelob.

Aroma is bright and sunny, full of oranges. Love the Centennial hops. Not IPA-like, just a light, bright bit of citrus fruit. It smells refreshing.

Taste is well balanced. First some bready character like you see in a lot of pilseners. This is followed by a bit of citrus bite -- not so fruity in the flavor, more of a tart character, not sour at all but citrus-tart. It finishes with some nice bitterness that doesn't last too long but is nice for balance.

This beer has high carbonation but in other ways is a fairly thin, light refreshing beer. I liked a lot of the parts & this strikes me as a great lawnmower beer or a great beer to convert a BMC drinker to craft beer. Not super exciting but nice & easy to drink.

Photo of grizzly700
3.13/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured very pale yellow with little head.. Goes down quite easy but no real taste popped out for me.. Maybe because was drinking ayinger beers prior to this sample.. Does go down very easy so going to try another sample next year... Will have to have this on a hot summer day

Photo of Docer
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another ST regular from the beermongers... loved the harvest...

- Straw yellow and ultra clear... lovely dusting of white lace-maker.... large lace-making ring... nice.

- Little bit of light grain, breadiness.... light hops... pine, citrus... wheat..

- Very mild and balanced pale.. light caramel, wheat.. grain... lovely bitter pine, and floral hops...

- Light, slightly syrupy... sticky... mild..

- A great pale... very nice... and I could drink this a lot...

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a golden color with a good sized head that lasted throughout the beer. It had a pleasten smell very light just a little bit of hops, a good wheat smell too. The tasted had just a hint of hops, a strong wheat like taste, maybe a hint of citruis too. A lighter flavor made it easy to drink. Overall a really nice beer espically on a hot day.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Devil's Backbone weizen glass.

This one was a half-recommendation from my man down at Whole Foods. It pours a clear pale straw topped by a thick mass of white froth. The nose comprises coriander, wheat, light vague citrus, and a dash of cardamom. The taste tones the spices down a bit, and a good amount of orange-peel bitterness is introduced in lieu thereof. The body is quite light, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly crisp finish. Overall, a very plain, uninteresting brew, but rather highly drinkable and, for those who stick to seasonal drinking schedules, a very nice summer beer.

Photo of BeerImmediately
3.28/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a respectable 3F of sea foam white head over a very clear peach colored body, with no visible carbonation. Slight chill haze. Unique.

Heavy hop profile - thick apricot aroma, and some pine. Very sweet fruity esters. Also unique / interesting.

Flavor follow the unique look and aroma, but something's not quite right. Citrus comes through strong, mostly apricot again. Decent sweet malted quality tries to keep up, but to no avail.

If it's possible to be both thin and cloying, then this one is it. Comes across the palate relatively thin/tinny, but leaves a light coating / film on the tongue.

Drinkability is a little rough, in that it feels like an 8%ABV beer, even though it's under 5%. That being said, it is by far the most pronounced set of flavors I've ever experienced from a beer below 5%.

Photo of skullsplitter
3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have been waiting to try this one for a long time.

The appearance was quite pleasing. Golden colored and surprisingly not as cloudy as most wheat beers. The head was nice and soapy, albeit small, and retained itself nicely.

The smell was extremely citrusy. Lemon, orange, and pine were all noticeable on the nose. I had a feeling this one would be hoppy and I wasn't wrong. Light on the malts.

All the aroma's came out in the taste. There was a refreshing crispness that satisfied. It was one hell of a hot day so this was extremely welcome. The brew is pretty well carbonated but I found it to be fairly sessionable.

On the hole I would have to say this is up there with my favorite summer beers. I wasn't disappointed at all.

Photo of cbutova
3.03/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Golden yellow with an extremely fizzy almost clear head. No retention and a small cloud, no lace. Wheat... really? Rivals adjuncts.

S- Weak hint of wheat and light malt. Some nice zesty, citrus hops. Dies out fast.

T- Zesty lemon over light malt and some wheat. Almost medicinal at first, too zesty, some grass notes. No balance here IMO. Corn. Fairly sweet.

MF- Slight carbonation sting on top of a light creamy body. Slight bitterness. Best part of this one.

DB/Conclusion- Too zesty and bitterness feels out of place. Almost medicinal and grassy. First real ST letdown for me. Refreshment and mouthfeel is all I take out of this one. I finally realize it tastes like... corn.

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