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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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1,284 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,284
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 54
Gots: 72 | 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 Chico1985
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a 6-pack of this a couple weeks ago, what better review for the 4th of July than an American summer wheat beer?

Pours clear golden-orange, small white head starts to turn to a swirly cap pretty fast and stays that way the whole time.

Nicely hopped up in the nose, though it seems to be replaced with more wheaty malt scents later on.

Hop presence is smaller in the taste. Highly noticeable malty wheat backbone on top of light, bitter lemon and citrus. Mostly pleasant and refreshing but flavors are pretty boring. Bitterness could be a bit lower.

Except for the high bitterness and carbonation, mouthfeel is good, very full. Pretty easy to drink but just lifeless, flavors aren't bad but nothing is there to reel you in and make you want more.

Chico1985, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.47/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle sent as an extra by BeerTruth, thanks Adam! Pours a clear, light gold color with a soft and fluffy white head. Sufficiently large and retentive wheat beer foam, and lacing is nice.

Citrusy and herbal hops jump out right away and are followed closely by some nice lemony wheat aromas. Clean, fresh and very summer-y smelling beer.

Hops and wheat seem to play nicely with each other, I am surprised more brewers are not doing this. Has a significantly zesty, fresh wheat shock flavor that is enhanced by a citrus hop flavor and plenty of bitterness. Packs plenty of taste for such a low ABV brew. I believe I could drink this by the case were it available locally to me. I was impressed with the UberSun and now Hop Sun does the same. Deliciously drinkable beer, one of the best American Wheat beers I have had.

twiggamortis420, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of FickleBeast
3.7/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Reviewed on my droid.

Pour is crystal clear straw yellow with minimal head. Aroma has a nice crisp grassy/floral hoppiness.

Bitterness is a tad on the harsh side, this beer could use a little more sweetness to balance things out. I detect hops in the nose and with the bitterness, but not enough hop flavor. This beer is good, and could be great with just a few tweaks. I like how there is not too much yeasty flavor, and the nice yellow clarity.

FickleBeast, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks, Jared! I was very surprised by how much I liked this.

Pouring a clear golden yellow with a dense white head with great retention, this beer looks great. A little lacing is present too. The nose is quite excellent. Fresh and hoppy with plenty of bright citrus and grapefruit pith, this also has a solid wheat character on the nose. No yeast character (and none expected). There's a certain sharpness to the hop aroma that I find in amarillo-hopped beers, and this exhibits it too. The palate follows the nose, with a very good balance between hop flavor and bitterness. The wheat punctuates the transition between the sharp citrus up front and the moderate bitterness on the finish. Light in body, the beer has a nice, high level of carbonation, and a very enjoyable finish. Very drinkable stuff.

DefenCorps, Jul 02, 2010
Photo of jpmclaug
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass

A - Pale, yellow, clear with a small white head.

S - Citrusy hops mixed with wheat. Sweet smell lies in the background. Not hoppy like an IPA but the hops do seem to give it a nice citrusy aroma.

T - Light on the flavor. Can pick up on the flavors typical in wheat beers. Similar to the aroma there is a bit of citrus hop flavor. Not bitter at all and might be a tad bit sweet.

M - light body with high carbonation

D - easy drinking beer but kind of boring. I was really hoping for more of a hop presence considering the name but was let down. This beer could be great on a real hot day but I personally would prefer a crisp pils then. This was worth trying bu it certainly isn't Gumballhead. I don't think I would pick this one up again.

jpmclaug, Jul 01, 2010
Photo of jsanford
3.88/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a crystal-clear pale gold with a creamy but minimal head.

S - Wheat, obviously. Also some light hop aromas and a bit of a floral quality, almost like jasmine or lavender.

T - Pale malts and wheat with a bit of citrus toward the end. Nothing too crazy but exactly what you expect of a wheat beer.

M - Perfect mouthfeel for a summer beer. Bubbly, light and refreshing.

D - Overall, Southern Tier delivers exactly what they promise ; a super quaffable summer beer that is great after mowing the lawn. I could easily drink a few of these on a long, hot Saturday.

jsanford, Jun 30, 2010
Photo of mwa423
2.5/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a very light golden color with a finger of white head. my friends were surprised when they saw my glass and thought I had a Bud Light.

S - Smell reminds me of wheat extract. It has a similar aroma to Sunset Wheat wit really no hoppiness.

T - Taste is a slightly skunky wheat with a bit of malty sweetness and a slightly bitter aftertaste. Very disappointing flavor.

M/D - Mouthfeel was thin and week with a less than pleasant aftertaste. I would call this more drinkable than a bmc wheat, but not too much more

mwa423, Jun 29, 2010
Photo of capaneus
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This was part of a two-part summer wheat taste-off i was conducting with myself as audience and principal taste tester and Hop Sun and Ithaca's Partly Sunny as the contestants.

(A) i poured this brew into my weizen glass producing a pale amber color with a soapy, two-finger head which quickly receded to a nice white lace. this as clear as can be, no protein haze despite the cold temperature.

(S) wait...are those hops? in a summery wheat no less - a nice change of pace. hops have a citrusy smell that i'd like to say is CASCADE but i don't really know. what i'm not picking up here is the more spicy BELGIAN phenolic smells i've come to associate with a lot of summer wheats i've tried lately (that's just an observation, not a criticism.)

(T) this beer tastes great! there's an initial rush of hop like bitterness which is closely followed by an elusive sweetness. the aftertaste is of flavor hops and bread.

(M) the feel of this is just right: appropriately thin, but substantial enough that it doesn't become soda-like or cidery. the carbonation is very active and stimulating. no alcohol is apparent.

(D) an eminently drinkable beer with an almost-session ABV and perfect balance of flavors, this is one I'd look for in cases or bring to parties.

capaneus, Jun 28, 2010
Photo of livewire78
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Brez07 for this extra:

Pours a candle flame yellow with polished brass hues. Small head that waves bye bye pretty quick.

Has all the typical aromas of a wheat. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Tastes really good. Initial citrus moves over to give way to a nice crisp finish. Pale malts give a little heft in the middle with the citrusy stuff coming back at the end.

Good enough in the mouth to get a 4 but no higher. Carbonation seems to leave rather quick.

Overall a really good wheat. One you'd drink all day while outside. One of my personal favorites for the style.

livewire78, Jun 27, 2010
Photo of brewdoc75
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass

A: Straw yellow and crystal clear. Strong carbonation. Despite this, the beer really has minimal head. The small 1/4 inch white bubbly head I do get dies really fast to nothingness. Would like something a bit more out of a wheat based ale.

S: Wow. The hops smell great in this one. At first it smells like that first hop addition when you are homebrewing. Upon closer inspection the hops are fruity, grassy and floral. Lots of citrus notes here with a touch of tangerine and a hint of grapefruit. Very aromatic and appealing. Some grainiess in the background from the malts.

T: Hops are in the foreground here. More of that lovely citrus flavor with a touch of spiciniess any even a little grassiness. Very hop heavy for the style. Unfortunately the malts are just not there. I like my wheat beers to have some nice malt flavors, specifically some wheat character. This beer has a subtle sweetness, but is otherwise just "hop water" to me. I'm not asking for a dopplebock here, just a little more malts. Something along the lines of Oberon would have blended well with these hops.

M: Light bodied. Crisp and clean. High on the post-lawn mower compatability index.

D: A good beer. I don't agree with other reviews calling it spectacular. The hops are pheonomenal, but this beer lacks balance. Just a little more maltiness and this bber would be a solid A.

brewdoc75, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of metter98
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: It poured clear golden yellow in color with a thin white head that quickly diminished into lacy patterns of bubbles. A light amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There are aromas of floral and citrusy hops in the nose, along with notes of wheat.
T: Flavors of pale malts and wheat are very well balanced with citrusy flavors from the hops. There is a little bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied and crisp on the palate, but not watered down.
D: The beer is very refreshing, thirst quenching and easy to drink. It's a sessionable beer for a hot summer day.

metter98, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of Hautacam
3.73/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear , gold. A pretty good , lasting white head that laces as it drops.
The smell is doughy , but mostly citrusy.
Tastes sweet and bready up front with a nice citrus hoppy twang following quickly. Finish is fairly dry and refreshing. Cold, it tastes borderline watery, but it gets much better as it warms a bit. Very good session, summer ale...but why did they filter it ?

Hautacam, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of thagr81us
3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a Stone nonic. Pours a golden yellow with a one finger white head that subsides quickly to minimal. Maintains decent lacing throughout. The aroma was comprised of wheat and citrus. The flavor was of a subtle wheat, with an aftertaste of citrus with slight hops. It was light on a palate with low carbonation. Overall it was a nice smooth brew for hot summer days that would make an awesome lawnmower brew. However I don't think I would be able to drink a large amount. It was not bad, but it also wasn't great..

thagr81us, Jun 15, 2010
Photo of ruckus232
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 Ounce brown bottle poured into a wheat glass

Appearance: Well besides the fact that this beer had so much carbonation that it pretty much exploded when I opened it it actually looks really good. It is a semi cloudy light orange dark yellow color with really large white head that really sticks to the glass.

Smell: For a wheat beer I was surprised at the citrus hop smell present. It is a good smell but not what I expected (even with a name like Hop Sun).

Taste: The taste was a little bit disappointing because the smell was so good. It has a sweet wheat flavor but is very watered down in taste.

ruckus232, Jun 14, 2010
Photo of udubdawg
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a dark gold, brilliantly clear and bright, topped with an inch of off-white airy foam.

Aroma: Wheat is right up front here. Sweet malt and ample hops are right behind. Sort of citric but there's a floral, almost herbal quality I can't put my finger, er, nose on. No alcohol or diacetyl noted.

Hops are more up front in the flavor than the nose, citrus and floral; less wheat too though there is no shortage thereof. There is ample sweet malt behind and I bet if allowed to age I wouldn't like this beer much at all. Bitterness is medium, high for the style, and right up my alley. It isn't quite clean, and the sort of minerally finish grates at me a bit.

Carbonation is only medium and as such a tad low for the style. The body is medium low, and very drinkable, and overall the beer is close to greatness. however that finishing minerally, almost metallic flavor lowers the score just a bit.

udubdawg, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of Gyle41386
3.18/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Golden yellow pour. Maybe a finger of white foam quickly disappears. Light lacing.

Equal parts citric hops and tart wheat in the nose. The combination almost makes it smell soapy.

Flavor follows. It's funny, it's not really hoppy or citric. The flavors must all cancel each other out, or something. Just a pretty boring beer.

Light bodied. The carbonation offers little resistance. Disappointing, given my high opinion of Southern Tier.

Gyle41386, Jun 13, 2010
Photo of aasher
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clearer than I thought, not cloudy at all, sunlight golden in color with medium white head

Smell: doesn't smell very yeasty at all, not typical of a pale wheat, offers slight hoppiness in the aroma

Taste: pretty bland for the most part, not very yeasty, very slight hoppiness at the end of the taste, pretty light

Mouthfeel: nothing special, moderate carbonation, very light bodied

Drinkability: pretty average, doesn't impress in any one area, lacks true flavor

I was disappointed by this one and wouldn't recommend it.

aasher, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of StJamesGate
4.08/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at The Terrapin, Rhinebeck, NY.

Pours shining yellow with a thin white head. Nose is expected wheat and lemon with a bit of hops resin. Madeleine malts with a hint of white pepper, followed by Tang hops that jump to orange hard candy sweetness to finish. Chalky linger. Medium falling back to light, and fizzy.

Summery hop hit that underplays the wheat.

StJamesGate, Jun 06, 2010
Photo of IronLover
4.43/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazy deep yellow. Not much head. The typical wheat malt aromas but with a distinct freshness. The grapefruit aromas are very delicate almost like a breathe of fresh air. The wheat and hop flavors join almost immediately creating a very unique flavor. Very fresh citrus and grapefruit flavors. Nice light body in this summer ale, finishes very clean and is incredibly refreshing. An excellent ale for a hot summer day bbq.

IronLover, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of ZeroSignal
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date

A - Clear and bright with a golden straw tone, pours with a half finger of frothy white head with minimal retention

S - Mainly citric hop in the nose, lemon zest and orange

T&M - Very crisp with a nice carbonated "zing". A little lighter in overall flavor profile; hop bitterness for sure, but nothing overpowering. Citrus flavors dance on the palette; lemon, lime, and orange. The malt presence is nicely balanced with the hop bitterness.

D - Incredibly easy to take a few of these down. I found this beer to be equally enjoyable sitting on my deck after work or working on my PC. A great summer offering from ST; it may be replacing SA Summer as my "staple" summer beer.

ZeroSignal, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of mlazzaro
3.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I am pleased to see that Southern Tier has moved away from twist off caps on their six packs.

good carbonation,

I'd say it's extremely clear for a wheat. I have come to expect a natural haze in wheat beers, due to their protein content I believe. This appears as clear as a lager or a blonde.

nothing incredibly aromatic going on,

nice slight but noticeable bitterness

This is a really nice transition beer for people getting into the craft beers world. I could see this being very accessible to many peoples palates. Nice light beer for BBQs and the beach. Nothing too fancy, nothing too incredibly off.

Also this beer tastes far better cold. Drinking a warmer beer I get notes of apple and not as nice a tongue feel.

mlazzaro, May 30, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clearish gold color that left lace all down the glass. A hoppy, citric smell along with lemon zest. An easy, mild beer to drink that contains some spicy citric hops and a little bit of sweetness all tucked in nice and neat. Nothing extraordinary about this beer but a great session beer to have in warm times.

clayrock81, May 30, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, golden. Not much of a foam of lacing.

S: Floral hops and citrus, very appealing.

T: Very crisp and refreshing. Floral hops with citrus overtones on top of the wheat body. Slight bitterness lingers after each drink.

M: Medium to light bodied, went down easy.

O: Very good. Possibly the best Summer seasonal that I've had.

bundy462, May 29, 2010
Photo of pasdachuri
3.08/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a deep gold with a foamy white cap about two fingers tall

Sweet citrus hops dominate the nose with a touch of honey

Tastes of citrus hops, lemon, and orange peel up front followed by wheat malt. Not bad, but nothing too extraordinary

Crisp, refreshing, medium body that is nicely carbonated

A good summer beer, but just a little light on flavor for me

pasdachuri, May 28, 2010
Photo of John_M
3.63/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a solid gold color with good head retention and lacing. The nose is attractive, but is very light. There's some noticeble lemon and considerable wheat, but not much else. Flavor profile replicates the nose almost exactly in this light, thirst quenching beer.

Nothing special or profound going on here, but this is a clean, flavorful, easy to appreciate American wheat style beer.

John_M, May 28, 2010
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,284 ratings.