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ÜberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer) - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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88
very good

253 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 4.02
pDev: 9.45%
Wants: 12
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  8.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A tribute to the dynamic energy of the summer. Brewed with 2-row pale malt, wheat malt. Hopped with Centennial, dry-hopped with more of the same.

(Beer added by: shirfan on 07-13-2007)
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Reviews by bonbright7:
Photo of bonbright7
2.95/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

While it looked good in my glass, the twisted scent of the overtly alcoholic and a measure of black licorice sweetness was very present to my nose. The first and last tastes were well hopped in a light to medium bodied taste that was dominated by a syrupy malt base. I thought the beer might have been old stock, so I gave it a pass.

bonbright7, Sep 20, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.98/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The newest of the ST Imperial series basicly a beefed up Hop Sun wich is very nice beer in its own right.Poured a clear light golden with a large fluffy white head left a broken ring of lace as it settled very slowly,Ahh...hop beautiful hop in the nose fresh mown grass,pine,and light citrus just very fresh smelling.Hops are not as big flavor wise though but there is enough of a presence to make it enjoyable,lightly sweet and juicy,lightly toasted with light grassy and herbal notes,way way to easy to drink with a light to medium mouthfeel.The alcohol is very well hidden just a tad of sweetness,great aromas a slight flavor let down but still a really good beer in itself.

oberon, Jul 14, 2007
Photo of lordofthewiens
4.4/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thoroughly enjoyable beer. Gold color, maybe a little haze. Medium white head. Tiny bit of lacing. It had a floral and citrus aroma, as well as some biscuit. Citrus taste, some piney hops that linger on, and some biscuit. Nicely balance, very refreshing.

lordofthewiens, Jun 28, 2008
Photo of Todd
3.93/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bomber. Pours a slightly chill-hazed, rich golden colored beer, crowned with a super creamy, white foam head with some great stick and retention.

Big, earthy, raw, floral, definitely dry-hopped aroma w/ a spicy herbal back and notes of candy and toasty malts. Mild esters initially, but they become a bit more pronounced--fruity and floral--later. Alcohol is lurking, but indeed there.

Nice hop bite upfront, beneath a creamy and smooth palate and medium-body. Hop character is a bit prickly, spicy, herbal, with a slight resiny stick and underlying citric and pronounced floral presence. Grassy at times. Crisp wheat edge, with some husky tannins as things warm. Some fruity esters in the middle. Bready malts follow, with a hint of caramel in a candy-like sweetness that segues into a peppery alcohol finish that teeters on boozy; warming. Very bready in the finish, with powdery malts, hay, some residual sweetness and hop spiciness. Dry, but not overly.

Interesting brew. Perhaps more of a Wheatwine, maybe? I'll leave that up to Southern Tier. Big, but delicate. Complex, but overall pretty damn well-balanced. Hops are well-played, distinct, but never overwhelm. That 8% is well-hidden too.

This redefines the standard, and often boring, American wheat summer seasonal, but it's certainly not as sessionable. Most definitely worth a try.

Todd, Jan 10, 2008
Photo of marvin213
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A straw-colored, light beer looks both refreshing and impactful as a solid, hoppy head rests atop the liquid. Quite simply, the beer looks good.

I enjoy the hop smell in what is ultimately a wheat beer. Centennial has yet to significantly impress me, and the same is true here. +0.5 for hop smell in a wheat beer.

Aw, the pale malts smack my palate more than anything else. If I'm objective to its identity and approach it like a pale wheat ale, I shouldn't discredit that. If I approach it like any other beverage, it leaves me blah. If I take into consideration the hoopla (even--actually, especially--from respected imbibers using this medium, I'm actually disappointed. Believe it or not (I say to myself), I traded one of these for a Pliny! Undoubtedly, I'd trade any UberSun for either Pliny; nevertheless, it's still an above-par wheat ale.

Mouthfeel is a lot better than your average wheat. That, of course, is owed to the hops. Although the pale malts strike first, a pleasing punch of bitterness wallows around the palate. This beverage actually rests in your mouth quite well.

A well-done beer and another ST accomplishment, the UberSun stands out. It's in the top half of Southern Tier's offerings, and that's a brewery from which you get what they advertise. It holds its own among any beer counterparts, and it's worth having around.

marvin213, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of generallee
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a clear, bright golden yellow colored body with some visible streams of carbonation and a creamy white head. The head is average in size and has good retention. It also makes nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a strong hop profile that brings nice citrusy grapefruit notes over a sweet wheat and lightly toasted grain.

Taste/Mouth feel: It has nice citrusy hops with mild bitterness and light spice that mix with sweet lightly toasted gain and wheat flavors. A sweet grainy and very mellow alcohol gives some warmth and sophistication. It finishes clean with a slight hop presence. The palate has a very smooth texture with soft yet active carbonation with in a medium to full body.

Notes: This beer brings great flavors with good balance and complexity.

generallee, Oct 19, 2008
Photo of tigg924
3.6/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: gold, clear, 1/4 inch head that goes away quickly, high carb.

Smell: hops, pineapple, citrus, and malt--very similar to a barleywine

Taste: honey wheat startfollowed by big hops. Traces of lime, lemon, and other citrus as well

Mouthfeel: sweet start, high carbonation with a bitter finish

Drinkability: Not my favorite by the brewery. It is amzing how you get two distinct beers here. The malty sweet start followed by a big dose of hops. One is enough for me.

tigg924, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of Kraken
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 5/28/09

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 16 once pint glass. Firm pour evokes a scant, but brilliant white head that fades very quickly. Spotty lace. Color is a slightly cloudy yellow golden color.

Nose- Wonderful pine and grapefruit. Hints of tangerine and various citrus.

Palate- A mouthful of pine and red grapefruit. Slightly tart and sweet. Hops overwhelm any subtle nuances of a wheat beer. This really a conduit to illustrate the flavor profiles of the Centennial hop. Pine and grapefruit feature prominently throughout the flavor profile. Hints of tangerine and strawberry in the finish. Finish is long and fully of hoppy wonderfulness.

Mouthfeel- Dry, active and bit viscous.

Drinkability- This is a very nice beer. If you can get your hands on one I would highly recommend it. Just prepare your palate for a wheat like no other.

Kraken, May 29, 2009
Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southern Tier is a brewery I've come to inherently trust. Everything I've tried from them has been, if not fantastic, then at least excellent. From the smell, UberSun promises to live up to the high expectations I have, as its nose is ripe and full of bright grapefruity hops, as well as subtle and intoxicating hints of toasted grains and brown sugars. Somehow, UberSun *smells* like summer to me, and even before I've taken a sip, I'm reminded of lazy days on the deck at a local pub.

Thankfully, this sensation continues as the beer hits the tongue, and the flavors noted in the nose translate almost directly, with hops dominating, and brown sugars and caramels doing a sexy tango in the background, and perhaps just a hint of whiskey swirling around the edges.

But while these flavors are wonderful--and cranked up, as Imperials are wont to be--and the beer is indeed excellent, I do question what there is to differentiate UberSun from a really good-quality IPA, at least in terms of flavors. Of course, if you like IPAs, then this is a moot question; either will do you just fine. But I do think the "summer wheat beer" category noted on the label will make some people expect this to be far tamer and more subtle, and no doubt the hoppy goodness will come as quite a shock.

jondeelee, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.33/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Out of the bottle, this brew poured a clear yellow/orange with a fluffy white head that leaves decent lacing despite receding quickly.

Upfront on the nose is strong floral hops with orange citrus and hints of spice.

The floral hops dance on the tastebuds with the ever-present orange citrus taste and balanced well with a "fuller than expected" caramel, toasty maltiness. Faint pine notes linger in the aftertaste.

Considering the ABV, this beer is very refreshing and crisp. The alcohol level isn't felt in the taste as much as it is felt in the head. Carbonation hangs around on top and activated on every drink, but grows more mild as time goes on.

A very deceiving beer. I was expecting huge, and was pleasantly surprised by the mildness, making this a session beer despite it's higher ABV.

ThreeDimesDown, Apr 10, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.68/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm sold on this brew one of the best offerings I've tried this summer for sure it's so solid all around if you love the Hop Sun then this is your beer because it completes what hoppy wheat beers set out to do. Aroma is big golden sunburst clouded and unfiltered as all hell large frothy creamy cloudy white head forms thick and billows above the rim of my glass slowly dwindling down to a collar of lace that sticks to the glass with each sip and forms evenly. Aroma is heaven bringing the beloved Centennial hop out to play I get loads of sugary grapefruit citrus zest effects with herbal grassy highlights what a great mix of course typical sharp citrus wheat content adds another dimension. Flavor upfront candy coated hop bursts with the sugar coated grapefruit sensation really attacking the palate alcohol mingles a bit in th mix but really more hop aspects deliver with herbal fresh cut grass strong assertive bitterness with the sharp wheat citrus contents going to tone refreshing and big a the same time friggin' Uber mang. Mouthfeel is creamy carbonation flows evenly with enough to tickle the nose hairs resinous hop oils streak here making the hop flavor stay with you . Drinkability is solid all day will induce beer cravings after I split the bottle with my friend I voted that we have another limited distribution in the Burgh make an effort to track this one down.

WVbeergeek, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of glid02
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grapefruit hops with good amounts of wheat aromas. As it warms the hops fade a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet wheat flavors up front are joined by hop flavors that aren't quite as intense as the smell led me to believe. Midway through the sip a kind of spicy sweetness joins in, similar to the flavor in Pumking. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have a few more.

Overall this is one of the better American big wheat beers I remember having. Worth a shot.

glid02, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in a tulip glass)

A- This beer has a crystal clear apricot yellow body with a sea of big bubbles and a spongy antique white head that is slightly sticky and last for a good bit.

S- The smell of green leafy hops during the pour turns to more grassy notes with each sip. The smell even when warm is full green hops with not much malt sweetness noted.

T- The big bitter greens has a slight pungency with a soft sweetness buried underneath. There is a light cream of wheat note that comes through when the beer warms a bit and a finish of dandelion green bitterness. The bitterness lingers after each sip.

M- This beer has a medium mouthfeel with no alcohol heat even when it has warmed a bit.

D- The big bitterness buries all the other flavor and that only increases as the beer warms. This is a hop bomb but only in bitterness not in flavor or aroma depth.

rhoadsrage, Jun 19, 2008
Photo of pwoods
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to beachbum1975 for sharing this bottle.

22oz. silky screen brown bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light apricot pour, good head and some lacing.

S: Nice floral and citrus hops. Light wheat and hop dominant.

T/M: Great citrus and pine. Bitterness is at a good level. This is literally a wheat and IPA mixed. Good wheat taste, sweet. Body is just under medium with good carbonation.

D: Easy drinking and damn tasty.

pwoods, Nov 21, 2008
Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%

acurtis, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of BBeerL
4.9/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This my beer my favorite beer of all time!!! It should be classified as a wheaty IPA rather then a hoppy wheat beer. There is just enough wheat flavor to really make the kettle and dry hopping really come alive. The high alcohol is well intigrated and adds a mild level of sweetness to the beer which matches perfectly with wheat flavors. So well balanced, so tasty, so great.

BBeerL, Jan 27, 2008
Photo of jmz62565
3.23/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow/amber with a giant off white foamy head. The head lasts and leaves great lacing. The smell is alittle on the weak side,but you can make out wheat,alcohol,and bread yeast. The taste has bread yeast,wheat,lemon,alcohol,and bitter hops. The m/f is somewhat heavy with the flavors mixing only OK. Not a bad beer,but this is a strange concept that probably should not have been tried.

jmz62565, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of asabreed
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow body, mild carbonation gurgling to the top, and some spotty lacing with a soapy white head.

Smell: Soft wheat fruit esters, with some banana and citrus, and a bit of spiny hops in there too.

Taste: I was told how good this was from a friend who said it was more like an IPA than a Wheat. And he's right in some sense. What I love is the softness of the wheat, which seems to bring a great nuance to everything. There's some banana and spicy fruit and citrus, yet the finish is long, and is kind of like a super-hopped, yet extremely soft, IPA, which is something I have trouble explaining. I feel like this rivals Gumballhead. It's balanced, flavorful, complex, and way too easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied and amazingly creamy and soft and near-perfect.

Drinkability: Easily one of my new Southern Tier favorites. I could drink this all day, every day. And at 8%, which you can't even tell, I don't know if that's a bad or good thing, considering the former. I wish I had a case of this.

asabreed, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Maybe it's a bit too geeky, but I was disappointed to read on the label "Pour a glass or drink straight from the bottle". "Straight from the bottle" from one of the finest brewers in the northeast? You think they'd have more respect for their own beer. But it's a free country.

Always an exciting thing, venturing into one of Southern Tier's bomber-size offerings, complete with beautiful screen-printed bottles. No instructions to swirl, but considering it's a wheat ale, I did. There's no bottle-conditioning happening, apparently, as the color is a glistening gold with remarkable clarity. They're obviously not trying for a hefe-weizen. That's fine, the Germans can't be beat at that game. Head is a thick soapy one with very good retention and plenty of lace as it minimizes.

Aroma has a light fruitiness with some mild malt sweetness. A bit like very watered-down pineapple juice. Maybe a little banana. Bright but light hops. Clean as a whistle.

Flavor brings to mind Avery's Kaiser in a way. Has a gooey candy-like but non-cloying sweetness, with fruits like banana, pear, peach and pineapple coming to mind...not the way they would in a Belgian pale or tripel though. The hops are gentle and the only spiciness comes with just a touch of cinnamon character. The malts provide a whole lot of character (it's brewed with wheat and barley), they're the star of show, gentle and smooth and mellow; the alcohol tempers the sweet and bitter elements; it's superbly balanced, nothing jutting out dominantly, everything aligned nicely.

Feels wonderful in the mouth, a gliding, buttery texture, has some weight to it but isn't thick in the slightest. Carbonation is gentle, thankfully.

Delicious stuff...certainly one of the most interesting and flavorful American wheat beers available. When it comes to their bomber line, Southern Tier seemingly can't miss.

Metalmonk, Apr 27, 2008
Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear honeyed gold with an inch or so of milky froth that whittles down to a healthy and lasting skim over time.
Mostly Centennials on the nose: equal parts pine, metallics, florals, and dead grasses. Malt ekes out a backing sugar wafer cookie notion.
It begins with a round maltiness that showcases the wheat with it gentle sweetness. It presents here as sugar cookie dough. The hops- so proud in the nose- only manage a balancing act of dried floral perfume. Bitterness is there, but flavor is muted. So it stands that the monolith of wheat-tinged doughy sugar cookies is more or less unopposed. Good thing that it is a thoroughly agreeable flavor.
Medium body, with ample carbonation. It's a convincing bluff at something much smaller in strength, and the drinkability is as such. This is downright downable.
It's tasty and uncomplicated (and, in the end, mostly boring), much like it's root American Wheat Ale. From another angle, it's like a stripped-down Tripel. It's hard to honestly gripe about the results here, because it is decently tasty while not foregoing what it is based upon, but it's not exactly a style that begs for Imperialization. In that sense it betrays itself, as it is a lawnmower beer that will result in severed toes.

cokes, Jul 08, 2008
Photo of Sammy
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely wheat beer, with pleasant and even citrus aroma, good head and thicker mouthfeel. Very drinkable, great with lunch, though a bit sweet. Nicely C-hopped, piney, resin and orange in taste. Well, though above-average carbonated. Spicey aftertaste, nice in winter too.

Sammy, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well worth the $4.99 I paid for the 22 oz. bottle!

I wasn't sure what to expect from an "Imperial" summer wheat beer. It seemed oxymoronic. But what I got worked out just fine, and it wasn't too big, or too over-hopped.

It poured a clear deep-gold / light-amber body beneath a frothy head of bright white foam. I was initially surprised that it was filtered, and perhaps a bit disappointed, but in retrospect I think yeast would have added to much to it. Filtration leaves it as more of a drinkable summer beer.

The head retention was good, although not great, but at 8% what do you expect. And it left short but solid walls of lace behind, which was great.

The nose was hoppy. Brightly so... resinous, floral, and a bit piney over the lightly sweet and mildly wheatish backing malt.

In the mouth it was decidedly medium bodied, and malty smooth. Very tiny pricks of carbonation helped to keep it flowing smoothly. Very nice.

The flavor expressed a beautiful combination of resinous, grassy, floral, tea-like and lightly piney hops amidst bready, lightly sweet, and mildly wheatish malts. Some alcohol is present, but not overdone, and it lends a nice flicker of spiciness and perhaps some citrus rind character.

Suprisingly drinkable! Well worth trying!

NeroFiddled, Nov 09, 2007
Photo of dirtylou
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, barriques, split on memorial day while watching los cubbies

appearance: pours into a bells pint glass, light golden body, active carbonation, light beige cream head, nice and refreshing looking beer

smell: moderately hopped, light crisp wheats, white pepper, mild corriander

taste: gumballhead-ish but not quite as potent, nice hop profile with a crisp citrus center, light honey, pale wheat. a nice refreshing summer beer from a great brewery

mouthfeel: light, crisp, nice carbonation

drinkability: nice, a mild bitterness

dirtylou, May 26, 2008
Photo of RocPorterFanatic
4.08/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This great twist on a wheat beer pours a rich gold. It has a great sustaining head with heavy lacing. The first sniff screams citrus and wheat, almost a grapefruit kind of scent reminiscent of cascade hops. I didnt expect that from the Centennieal hop bill. I expected a huge hop bite from the scent, but its not there. Its pureley aroma. The taste is mild. There's a butterscotch aftertaste about mid glass with an ever-present alcohol burn. This is unlike any other wheat beer I've ever had. The guys at Southern Tier had this one right, "UberSun takes off where Hop Sun finishes". Just an overall refreshing summer beer. Amazing job.

RocPorterFanatic, Jun 14, 2008
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4/5  rDev -0.5%

avisong, May 07, 2012
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ÜberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.