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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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1,304 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,304
Reviews: 545
rAvg: 3.78
pDev: 12.17%
Wants: 62
Gots: 86 | 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 BeerImmediately
3.32/5  rDev -12.2%
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
3.82/5  rDev +1.1%
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
3.02/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

Photo of bfields4
4.58/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Perfectly clear golden body with a whispy head. If you were to tell me it was an adj. lager by the looks I'd believe you.

Very lemon zesty smell a bit of nice wheat malt as well I don't normaly pick up. Reminds me of being on a farm, very nice.

Bitter lemon hits up front followed by a smooth sweet wheat taste reminicent of the smell. It's all capped by a very nice spicey maybe corriander note.

Light and softly carbonated this beer flowed down nice and easy on a hot summers day. Really pronouced all the great qualities of the wheat. I'm very impressed.

Photo of hosehead83
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a standard pint glass
Clear, gold in color,with a moderate head of white foam
Aroma-Lemon zest, subtle hop note
Taste-Wheat, lemon zest, crisp, with a nice little hop bite. To me this beer tastes more along the lines of a Czech pilsener with some wheat thrown in. That being said, it is very refreshing and easy to drink. I would not turn one down.

Photo of BARFLYB
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Now I know why this was served to me with a orange, it's a wheat ale. In a pint glass.

Looks crazy refreshing with a yellow somewhat orange look thats easy to see through. Got a nice foamy head on top that did not manage to stick to the glass, but it lasted throughout the pint.

Smell is heavy on the lemon and orange peel, a nice amount of wheat and a somewhat cereal smell afterwards. Pale malts are gentle, summer beer basically.

Wheat and lemongrass up front with some orange and pale malt backing. It's pretty simple and gets boring after 8oz's or so. I get alot of malt and minimal grain afterwards. I like the beginning with the lemon.

Very thin and easy drinking beer here, thin bodied as you can see from appearence. A nice prick from the carb but this is overall smooth. No trace of alcohol, this is pretty tame. Not really my thing but it was enjoyable to a degree.

Photo of goblue3509
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a yellowish almost orange color with a one finger head which gives way to some lacing. The aroma is of a nice bready backbone with citrus notes present and a slight hop smell. The taste has a wheat, bread backbone with a nice orange and lemon taste as well as a slight earthy hop bite to it. The mouthfeel is moderately to heavily carbonated. The drinkability is high, a very easy drink, well balanced and a nice flavor. A great beer sitting outside on a hot day.

Photo of Blanco
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

very clear yellow/orange color with a nice large head that holds up pretty well. smells of wheat and citrus but not much else, although it does have a refreshing quality to it. very crisp nice flavor. just a tiny hint of hops and nice lemony notes with no bitterness. The beer is a bit thin, but that's just the way it should be. I could drink tons of these on a hot summer day. It's refreshing but not bland and leaves no aftertaste which is something I like in my summer brews.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle poured into my Sam Adams perfect pint glass. Got this as part of a sixer, even though its not my favorite style.

Appearance: Bright yellow to almost orange in color. One finger white head with average retention. Lots of carbonation in the glass. No haze or yeast at all.

Aroma: Citrus zest and a hint of pine from the hops upfront. A little breadiness on the back from the wheat.

Taste: Much like the aroma, fresh hops in the form of lemon and orange notes come out first. Nicely balanced with some breadiness and a touch of sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and really crisp from the heavy carbonation. Great for a hot summer day.

Dtinkability: At less than 5% ABV, I find this to be really easy to drink. Nice, balanced, light flavors and a crisp mouthfeel make this perfect to drink on a hot summer day to cool off.

Overall, this immediately jumps up to my favorite summer wheat ale. It doesn't sacrifice balance or flavor at any point, but manages to stay drinkable and refreshing. More than anything, the hop character being used with discretion really impressed me.

Photo of berley31
4/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured with a medium-sized, foamy white head that hung around for a while. Body is dark gold and very clear.

S: Slightly sweet and wheaty, with a nice blend of spicey and piney hops.

T: Refreshing, in a word. In mored words, the wheat is definitely noticeable, with a slight lemon tartness cutting through the sweetness. Moderately bitter finish from the hops, and a moderate amount of spicey hop flavor as well.

M: Body is medium-light, with moderate carbonation.

D: A very solid American Wheat ale that leans towards the bitter side, putting it slightly out of style... but that's the way a lot of these beers seem to be going now. Very tasty.

Photo of dogfishandi
4.37/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle at fridge temp poured into my sam adams perfect pint glass.

pours a pale golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head that faded rather quickly to a thin ring. just a touch of lace.

crisp clean aroma. mostly grapefruit citrus and lemon citrus hops. just an ever so hint of pale malts detectable.

again, the grapefruit and lemon citrus hops are at the forefront. pale, grainy malts provide a little bit of a balance, but it remains a hop forward beer. a touch of wheat detectable. finishs with a super crisp citrus hop bitterness that lingers for a little bit.

light body, a touch watery at times, but appropriate for the style. good feeling carbonation. very crisp and refreshing.

drinkability is outstanding, i think i found my new favorite summer brew. so clean. goes down really easy and quite quickly. i think a hoppy, yet light pale wheat makes for an outstanding session brew. great abv to session as well.

went down really easy while playing a couple holes of disc golf yesterday. ill definatly be picking this up again, maybe even a case. southern tier makes some really great sessionals. old man winter, harvest ale, and now hopsun. highly recommended in my book!

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

poured from the bottle a crisp, clean, nearly translucent golden yellow with a short lasting thin foamy white head.

aroma of lemon, citrus and yeasty bread.

wheaty, lemon, light and refreshing.

moderate carbonation, smooth and summery on the tongue.

very drinkable. if i had another 3 or 4 bottles, it'd be no problem.

Photo of uustal
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a nice clean golden yellow with a disappearing white head. Moderate lacing. Smells of wheat malt with a bit of lemon citrus in the background. Sweet wheat/bready malt to start before grassy and lemon hops kick in for the finish. Everything about the flavor is very subtle, but well done. Meshes well together. Very crisp, fresh and clean taste. What a summer brew should be. Refreshing and drinkable.

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

Beer is a light gold with a thin head that quickly dissipates. Smell is malty with a little bit of lemon. Taste is malty with a bit of hop bitterness. Not too much going on here, but it tastes fine. Mouthfeel is fine and the beer is definitely drinkable. It's quite light. All in all, this beer doesn't do much for me. Perhaps it's because I've had a lot of super-hoppy IPAs and DIPAs lately, so this tastes light. Nevertheless, this is a fine wheat beer. It's not like there is anything wrong with it, but it wasn't that exciting to me, either.

Photo of Stigs
3.95/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, served in a standard pint glass

A - pours with a third of an inch of soapy and bubbly eggshell colored foam. falls to a thin layer with some spotty lacing. the beer is clear, pale golden in color.

S - bright and juicy candied citrus and floral hops from the Amarillo. light layer of sweet wheat and grains underneath.

T - somewhat bland grains and wheat, lightly spicy. hops take over in the second half, juicy citrus and subtle grassy bitterness.

M - very thin body struggles to carry the flavors, crisp and clean finish, some lingering Amarillo hops.

D - love the style (hop heavy Wheats), like this one. really needs a bigger body as a base as it is very watery and light.

Photo of Ryan011235
3.94/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass 7/16/10

Burnt golden color; faded yellow when held to light. 1/4th inch of white foam dissipates quickly; only a skim remains. Not much for lacing.

Smells simple but good. I don't know what type of hop was used but it seems to be something Noble; floral with zesty hints of lemon & orange. Toasted wheat & grains round it out. Grassy overtones & a minute notion of yeast. Clean aroma.

Hop Sun tastes right in line with the nose; straightforward & impressive. Still thinking some variety of Noble hop. Citrus zest is subtly spicy & complements the toasty wheat notes. Grainy & grassy. Reasonably crisp, the flavor profile is very clean.

Somewhere between light & medium body. Carbonation leans a smidgen toward the low side; seems appropriate though, as it stays out of the way. Finishes with grassy overtones.

Hop Sun is an impressive Summer sort of beer, as it were. Recommended for a post-bike ride refresher, or for whatever suits your fancy this time of year.

Photo of STEG
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Clear piss yellow appearance with a fluffy head. Nice lacing. Smell has hops and lemon dominating with some grassy aromas in back. Taste is hoppy up front with lemon and wheat as it receeds with hops present throughout. Mouthfeel is light and slightly watery. Extremely drinkable.

Photo of magine
3.8/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured brew into a nonic glass.

Brew pours a clear (slight haze) golden yellow color, with a white fluffy head that settles to a small lace island. Has almost no lacing. Average look.

Brew smells of wheat, bready. Has a slight hop scent; lemon, citrus maybe. Has a more malty bready smell then anything else. Average smell.

Brew is crisp initially. Can pick up biscuit malts, grains and wheat. And then has the slight hop taste and peppering (slight) in the back end. Maybe a citrus hop flavor. Can taste the hops in the aftertaste as you drink. Finishes very clean, very light and refreshing. Good taste.

This is a very sessionable; easy drinking unoffensive brew. Would be a nice change at a BBQ or instead of the Witbier and Hefe's I usually drink during the summer. Sometimes summer wheat brews become too orange, or spiced. This keeps the style closer to a beer. This would go easily all night.

Photo of bigfnjoe
4.22/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A- a nice solid golden color with a one finger white head. Fades pretty quickly, leaves some average lacing

S- mostly lemon with a little bit of orangey citrus in there. It smells really refreshing...hell, it smells like SUMMER.

T- kinda weak...I'm getting a ton of lemon and little else. Some pilsneresque hops...its an interesting flavor. A little more flavorful than most pale wheats.

M- good feel. Nice and light for a hot summer day. The flavors won't overwhelm you.

D- real drinkable because of how mild it is. One of the best pale wheats I've had...just really nonoffensive

Photo of shamrock1343
3.46/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour it in into a Pint Glass

The appearance was a rich golden color with a decent foamy white head.

It has a little hop smell.

The taste is malty at first with a sour taste on the end. It is interesting but not a great taste.

It gives a full mouthful but a little bitter.

This is very drinkable and an interesting summer beer.

Photo of philbertk
3.81/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

southern tier brewing company--hop sun summer wheat beer--summer good, summer better--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 4.90% ABV. 35 IBU's? (4.0 / 5.0) White mild lace medium head. Clear thin bright wheat gold color. Floral delicately dry hopped mild wheat ester front. Crisp zesty nicely carbonated mild sweet light spiced wheat fruit hint refreshing body. Clean mild hop citrus crisp tangy end. Sessionable burpy hoppy wheat brew. Flattens after 2 bottles. Sampled 7/5/2010. 6-Pack $10.99.

Photo of Chico1985
3.35/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.45/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Photo of FickleBeast
3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 1,304 ratings.