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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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1,233 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,233
Reviews: 543
rAvg: 3.79
pDev: 12.14%
Wants: 54
Gots: 52 | 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 MbpBugeye


3.15/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pale white yellow with a bleach white head. The head stays small but dense for the entire glass. It leaves small spots of lacing. The beer is hazy but there is lots of effervescence that is still visible.

S- Weak nose. Mostly wheat, spice, and flowery hops.

T- More snappy wheat, flowery hops, some orange and coriander.

M- Light, dry and crisp.

D- I didn treally like this beer. This style is really not a very good style most of the time. That said, this is a drinkable beer for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

05-23-2010 22:19:18 | More by MbpBugeye
Photo of cdizinno

South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Deep, clear golden yellow with nice white head that dies quickly, but continues to carbonate like a nice belgian ale.

S: Floral and citrus hops. Nice mildly sweet malt and yeast as well.

T&M: Closer to medium body with mild hop oil flavor up front. Slightly crisp with hop bitterness in the middle. Fades with some sweetness. Fluffy carbonation, floral hops balanced with malt throughout.

Very good drinkability. Has to be one of the best summer seasonals I've tried. Quality is there and it comes off like a mild belgian ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 20:36:02 | More by cdizinno
Photo of glid02


4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Leon's in Decatur, GA.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of citrus and slightly herbal hops with good amounts of wheat twang.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Smooth wheat flavors kick things off with good amounts of citrus hops coming in shortly thereafter. Midway through the sip the citrus flavors turn a bit lighter with mild amounts of orange and lemon peel. The ending is crisp.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is very good. I finished my glass quickly and could easily have a few more.

Overall I was a big fan of this beer - a hopped-up wheat. Worth a shot, especially in hotter weather.

Serving type: on-tap

05-20-2010 21:03:16 | More by glid02
Photo of Cyberkedi


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

Pours a pretty clear golden amber with a fine-bubbled cream white head. Hoppy, almost evergreen aroma has a hint of citrus to it. Lively, hoppy flavor has tones of evergreen and citrus, the latter mainly grapefruit. Tingly, fizzy texture leaves a nice buzz in the mouth.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2010 21:45:30 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of silentjay


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a clear straw color with barely a one-finger white head that leaves as quickly as it appeared, but does leave a bit of lacing on the glass.

aroma is hoppy: floral and lemony. plenty of wheat backs that up with a lot of sweetness as well.

taste is at first of lemon and a bit of spice. wheat kicks in and sweetens things up a bit before the hops again surface a bit more bitter than when they first arrived, but not overpowering.

mouthfeel is light, prickly carbonation with some lingering hop bitterness after the swallow.

drinks well, as a summer beer should. too hoppy for many lighter beer drinkers, I would assume, but too light for hop lovers. Not enough sugary sweetness for wheat beer drinkers, but too much for pale ale drinkers. falls in between, but successfully creates its own identity that is pleasurable in its own way.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 19:08:00 | More by silentjay
Photo of babaracas


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

Appearance: pours a clear gold with thin white head, couple spots of lace. Smell: lemon, grassy, spicy. Taste: spicy, a bit grassy, lemon citrus, on a pale malt backdrop. Mouthfeel: wheat finally makes some appearance, as the feel is a little prickly and fluffy. Summer wheat beer? Whatever. There's really nothing wheat going on in this. Reminds me of a mid-grade hoppy pils like SN Noble Pils.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 01:16:03 | More by babaracas
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

16 ounce pint - $5.50 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Set down upon the bar top a crystal clear, yellow body with a thin, though long-lasting coating of white foam.

Smell: A sniff reveals a pop of lemon-scented citrus oil in the fore with some lesser, lighter notes of barley and pine trailing behind.

Taste: Placid barley and soft wheat, lightly sweet. Hops are predominately of the citric nature, with tastes of lemon juice and ruby red grapefruit juice, as well as that light pine carrying over from the nose. Finishes crisp with a light bitterness and a little bit of lemon enduring into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Hop Sun brings a bit more energy and liveliness to the typically bland, snooze-inducing APWA style. It's got the relative lightness of wheat ale, but a bright hop character to keep your tongue from falling asleep.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2010 14:04:02 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of Thorpe429


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

A: Pours a pale and slightly-cloudy gold with hints of apricot. Nice white head and a bit of lacing as it goes down.

S: Some nice, subdued sweetness comes through in the initial whiff. This is followed up with a good dose and lemon pith and citrus hops.

T: A nice wheat base with some definite citrus notes from the hops coming through. Fairly simple, but quite well done.

M: Light bodied and a little bit dry. Very crisp.

D: Very drinkable. Although not nearly as good as Gumballhead, definitely the best I've found anywhere around DC.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 21:57:39 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of number1bum


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a perfectly clear light golden color with one finger of white head. Keeps a very thin lace and doesn't really leave any stick.

The smell bursts at the nose with big citrusy hop notes. Definitely one of the hoppiest aromas of any summer beer I've had. You would think this was a pale ale or perhaps even an IPA (although it's not quite THAT strong). There's some grain and wheat too. It's fresh and inviting.

Taste isn't quite as hoppy as the nose, but there is still plenty of zesty and fruity citrus flavor. There's more malt character than in the nose, with some biscuity flavor as well as some cracked wheat. The hop bitterness is low, which adds to the drinkability and refreshing nature of the beer.

This one is light bodied but not quite as crisp as I think I'd like it to be. I think it could use a tad more carbonation, which would have helped the head retention as well. Still, it's clean and refreshing.

This is one of the best summer ales out there in my opinion. Put this next to some of the great PA pilseners in my fridge and I am a happy man on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 01:35:02 | More by number1bum
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

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

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a yellow-brown color and a clear consistency. There was a small amount of foamy head that quickly dissipated. OK lacing.

S: A slightly faint aroma of wheat, lemon, and malt.

T: Tasted of lemon, wheat, a little bit of hops, and a malty backbone. A bit on the thin side, but that's how the style is sometimes.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Not a bad beer, and drinkable, but not particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

04-29-2010 13:16:06 | More by avalon07
Photo of Lolli1315


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

A- Very pale golden yellow that is easily seen through. Little head that disappears rather quickly with decent lacing.

M- Malty sweetness first noticeable smell followed quickly by a lemon citrus zest that dominates the rest of the profile. Finishes with a small return to the sweetness and wheat malt.

T- An immediate lemon tang with hints of orange. Sweet malt backbone makes this enjoyable on a hot summer day. Finishes with a sugar sweetness and then fades into a small lemon rind aftertaste. Small hop presence on the backend of the beer.

M- Very light, thin, crisp mouthfeel that makes this an adequate summer session beer.

D- Smooth, crisp, and easy to drink for anyone.

Notes: Overall a nice American Pale Wheat. I think this would be a better beer to drink when finishing mowing the lawn or another activity. Taste isn't as bold as one would like, but a lot of American Pale Wheats tend to slip into this. Such is life.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 02:43:59 | More by Lolli1315
Photo of Liverpool08


3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I can see where this is a great summer beer. Super drinkible and very light ABV. However I don't get a lot of the wheat from this beer. Its definately more hoppy and malty then other wheats I have had. I get no citrus aroma, more Hops and a little malt. Its a little on the watery side, but that makes it easy to drink I suppose. I guess after being very pleased with all other Southern Tier brews, I was disapointed in this offering. Its just nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2010 00:35:35 | More by Liverpool08
Photo of Turbansurfer


4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The official beer of summer in Northwest Pennsylvania!

The beer is great because of the great aroma of hops and the the fact that you can tell that the beer is full bodied, but you can literally drink it all day long when it is 80 degrees outside and 300 percent humidity and not need to mix in a glass of water or a pilsner to stay hydrated.

Southern Tier is one of my few favorite breweries and this is my favorite summer time beer.

great dark gold color.
Smell of flowery hops
Great start, middle, and finish

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2010 15:52:54 | More by Turbansurfer
Photo of JamisonM


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

A: its clear and a light gold color very light color head did not last long.

S: a bit of lemon and small amount of wheat and malt

T: refreshing easy drinking a bit of the hops but I would like it to be more hoppy but its easy drinking going down fast

M: its very light and slightly watery

D: you could put down 6 of these real easy

overall: a good beer but nothing stands out

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2010 00:59:53 | More by JamisonM
Photo of alleykatking


4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle. Review from notes.

A- Pours a clear golden orange color. One finger white head comes and goes. Spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Big citrus hops in the front end of this beer. Pretty much this citrus hops stays throughout the entire nose. The malts are very light in the aroma and this isn't a bad thing.

T- Citrus hops come bursting through the front of the beer. Some light lemon hops in there as well. Wheaty malts in the middle of this are settle and balance the flavor a little. The Citrus hops come back into the backend of this and stays there throughout the aftertaste.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Citrus hops left on both the palate and into the aftertaste. Crisp and clean tasting. Light drying on the palate.

D- This is a very drinkable beer...period. I was surprised how well made this beer is. Southern Tier made a fantastic beer that is both light body and full of flavor. The ABV is low enough to make this beer a sixer of good times.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 01:41:28 | More by alleykatking
Photo of bdupree

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Served on tap at the Library in Pittsburgh. Poured with a big, foamy and porous head. Great golden color.

S - Good hops aroma, mostly orange and lemon citrus.

T - Curious blend of flavors... each is easily distinguishable on its own. Sharp, but very nice lemon-orange tastes and then a shift over to wet, green hops. Everything is very fresh.

M - Nice contrasts, clean aftertaste and somewhere in the medium body range.

D - Big surprise, one of the best things I had of this style in a long time. Very, very drinkable summer seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 17:32:22 | More by bdupree
Photo of david18

New York

3.4/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The people at the bar I was at all raved about this beer. I liked it ok but I didn't love it. It was not a very wheaty wheat beer. Like many of the beers from this brewery, the styles are kind of americanized. I like this and might like it better and would recommend it to those who want something light but aren't huge wheat fans.

Serving type: on-tap

03-23-2010 21:23:11 | More by david18
Photo of HitokiriNate85


3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice gold with a thin, bright white cap sitting on top. Some interesting, thin, tornado-like streams in the glass, and some large, slow-drifting bubbles.

S - It must be the combination of wheat and pale malt, but it smells very similar to a sugar cookie. Big wheat notes. Lots of citrus hop character and some light pine.

T - Wheat notes really dominate upfront. Pale malt follows, and later than I expected, hop goodness. Orange rind and pine come through really nicely, but they never dominate. The wheat really carries through and provides a solid background throughout the entire experience.

MF - Solid, medium body with ample carbonation. Slightly sticky finish.

D - Decent, but the combination of wheat and American hops doesn't work particularly well for me. I love them both separately, but I don't think their sum is as good as their parts.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2010 05:08:19 | More by HitokiriNate85
Photo of jneiswender


3.28/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had a pint glass of this from the bottle.

A-Bright yellow body with a thin white head.

S-flowery, almost baby powder like.

T-front has a variety of nice hop flavor. Tangerines, pine and citrus. some malt to make it not so bitter.

M-light and very high carbonation.

D-very nice and refreshing beer but a little too carbonated for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2010 05:06:58 | More by jneiswender
Photo of billab914


3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up this one on my trip back to Buffalo for Christmas. poured from a 12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Pours a pale golden color with a small white covering for a head. Moderate lacing on the glass.

Aroma is slightly sweet with citrus hops being the dominant smell. Taste is hoppy and citrusy with wheat being present as well. Pretty light flavor overall.

Mouthfeel is on the lighter side with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, this is a lighter beer that you could drink several of on a hot day easily.

Overall this is a pretty light flavored beer. The citrus hoppy flavor is pretty good with the wheat base. A good summer drinking beer that I have purchased several times now.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2010 04:38:10 | More by billab914
Photo of jsh420


4.13/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours golden orange with a 1/2 finger white head that fades to a film and left spotted lacing

smells of cirtus hops and light malts

taste - while the citrus hops lemon orange take center stage they are backed up by some nice light wheat malts

mouthfeel is light crisp good carbonation

drinkability is great - low abv and light body with good flavors screams drink multiple

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2009 01:45:33 | More by jsh420
Photo of thain709


4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - A very bright and transparent golden straw body...a thin white head forms and falls into a ring...leaves nice lacing

S - Bright citrus hops tingle the nose...a touch of honey is added for sweetness...not much yeast or bread to the nose...and I'm not complaining

T - This one lingers more towards the pale ale side rather than the wheat beer side...the citrus hops hit you first and present a lemon, orange, and grapefruit flavor...they fade into a different kind of sweetness which is added from the honey...the only hint of wheat/yeast I'm getting is in the middle of this beer between the hops and hops...the hops come back at the end but are not bitter at all...there is a refreshing sweetness left

M - Light bodied...nicely carbonated and very crisp and refreshing

D - Wow...this is an extremely drinkable beer...this is perfect for any occasion over the summer...I enjoyed this one a little too late...I will be picking up a case of this next year as soon as it hits the shelves...Southern Tier does it fine without pushing the boarders on this one

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 22:24:43 | More by thain709
Photo of Beerbythepool


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

From review of beer on 9/8/09

Bottle to SA Wheat glass.

1.5 finger off-white head. The beer is pretty clear which surprises me for a wheat beer.

Color of straw. Smell of hops is stronger than I expected. Very low carbonation, looks like a flat lager or pilsner to me. Good lacing.

Goes down easy without much of a fight. I don't get much wheat, and it is not a complex beer for me. I am learning to like hops more and this has just enough for me to enjoy.

Could be a great lawn mower beer and seems like you could throw a few back with no problem. Floral notes rise as it warms up a little.

Worth a try but maybe wait for a warm day to get the right feeling.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2009 15:31:07 | More by Beerbythepool
Photo of Natural510


3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold with a fair amount of head, not much lacing.
Sweet malt with notes of white sugar, nice hop element to the nose.
Pale, sweet malt mixes with a grainy, vegetal hop. Bright, slightly citric overtone with a complementary breadedness from the wheat. Peppery finish.
Crisp, smooth, refreshing.
The best APWA I've tasted, and unfortunately, I've tasted quite a few. Hop Sun disproves my previously held notion the style was inherently mediocre.
Quality go-to on those hot-weather days.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2009 12:18:54 | More by Natural510
Photo of BDIMike


4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very thin looking wheat ale. There is a nice golden color and a thick white head, but it doesn't have the good unfiltered look I like in a wheat beer.
Smell is awesome for a pale wheat ale. There is a nice clean smell of crisp wheat and a really good undertoned cirtrus smell, primarily of lemon.
Taste is very nice of a clean wheat taste. Also the citrus taste is dominated by lemon, but not overly strong like some pales.
Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but nice.
Drinkability is very good for a pale wheat. There is a lot of good tastes going on, but they are all undertoned enough to make each other taste better. Definitely one of those beers I could drink all day in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2009 01:23:26 | More by BDIMike
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,233 ratings.