1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

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

Not Rated.
ÃœberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer)ÃœberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
90
outstanding

253 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

(view ratings)
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of ÜberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer) Alström Bros
Ratings: 253 | Reviews: 226 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%

brandoman63, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of victory4me
4/5  rDev -0.5%

victory4me, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev -0.5%

tclapper, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of TippySelenoid
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip.

This beer is a beautiful gold. It's got some pretty active carbonation. The best thing about this beer is the head. I poured it about 3" thick because I was unprepared for its fluffy goodness. The head lasted all the way to the bottom. Stunning and fragrant.

It smells pretty sweet, which is what I would expect of an 8% wheat beer. What I was not ready for was the prevalent hop aromas that assaulted my nose.

It's taste was pretty good. It's was very wheaty without being like a hefeweizen. A very American tasting brew. It had a big sweetness that was offset by a moderate amount of hops. There is also a lot of alcohol on the palate, but it wasn't bad and helped to give the beer a good amount of bite.

It was pretty creamy and smooth with a medium body.

Overall, this is yet another good beer from Southern Tier. This is quickly becoming one of my favorite brewers. My wife and I split the bomber and it was a great afternoon snack on our day off together.

TippySelenoid, Oct 03, 2011
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 rlee1390
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a bottle at Sam the Beer Man in Binghamton and I had to try this beer, even though it is most likely 2ish years old. Oh well here's the review.

A-Cloudy orange, some carbonation which I was happy to see.

S-Citrus, wheat and some hops.

T-Citrusy sweet and some wheat, along with some earthy tones. Bitter ending.

M-Medium bodied, smooth

O-I would have loved to have had this beer fresh, with hops at full force. This has the potential to be the perfect summer beer. One note though that recommended serving temp is 40F, and as it warms it does not improve. Drink cool.

Dear Southern Tier, Bring this beer back!!!

rlee1390, May 27, 2011
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.9/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Unusual run of excellent American Pale Wheat Ales in the last few days. While they may sit in the same vague style category here on BA, ÜberSun and Oarsman are about as far apart as possible.

ÜberSun pours a gold body tinged with a peach hue. The head is white and creamy.

Wheat crackers and orange marmalade comprise the aroma.

The palate is malty sweetness, grainy cracker, and a citrus infused finish. Interesting, its hoppy, boozy, and...wheaty. Think American Wheat meets American Barleywine but in a refreshing, Summer beer sort of way. That doesn't make any sense, but its the best I've got.

Full body with lower carbonation than most APWAs.

Smooth and creamy, ÜberSun is not as light and drinkable as I was expecting. No doubt it is a big beer. Not my favorite, but it is interesting and a little different. My exploration of Southern Tier continues...

BradLikesBrew, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of breweryaprntc13
4.45/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant gold with slight amber hue, medium haze, capped by a golden (slightly amber hue) with medium haze, capped by a frothy thick finger head, gold tinted white, receding slowly leaving medium lacing.

Delicious strong wheat with underlying alcohol, earthy but grainy.

light, surprisingly creamy, wheaty, slight bitterness, a little milky.

very smooth, slight alcohol, a note of bitter in the finish, low carbonation.

delicious, could drink this regularly.

breweryaprntc13, Jan 31, 2011
Photo of Richardberg
3.45/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - poured into a weissbier glass. hazy yellow-orange. crazy huge head. didn't linger long, but left lots of lacing.

S - lightly toasted white bread, bitter orange

T - significantly more bitter than I was expecting from the style or even the smell. taken for what it is, it's quite pleasant, but even as I finish off this glass it's still catching me by surprise. not something I'd call balanced, suffice to say.

M - nice body for a light beer. oily and smooth, yet no ABV burn to speak of. nice.

D - a well made "imperial" from Southern Tier -- is there any other kind? -- that nevertheless struggles to find its identity.

Richardberg, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of Chaney
4.38/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer is now retired and that is a real shame. I found a few bottles in a liquor store in Maryland - I don't even think they knew what great stuff they had.

A: Very cloudy, light orange, with a slight head, and a generous amount of carbonation.

S: Hoppy, tangy, citrusy, but still identifiable as a wheat based beer.

T: Bitter like an IPA, but it doesn't have the same grapefruit sizzle. I love the orange finish on this one! It gets even better after every sip.

M: Very comfortable drinker with soothing carbonation and mild alcohol presence.

D: One of the best summer beers NOT available anymore. This is a beer geek's "lawnmower" beer.

Chaney, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of bark
3.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The colour is pale gold, the liquid is clear. The low head is white.

The smell is very hoppy in a citric American way. Some sour wheat-hints. Lots of honey and a hint of alcohol.

The taste is a bit doughey. The bitterness is mild. Lots of hops, warming alcohol and some unclean earthy notes. Sour-yeasty flavours. The aftertaste is a bit sweet with quite a lot of citric fruity flavours. The finish is sweet and balanced.

The carbonation is medium strong; the small bubbles light. The liquid is smooth.

I have no clue how old this bottle is. I guess that it is over one year old, and that could explain the very gentle and discreet bitterness. Still it is a very interesting beer.

bark, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of rarbring
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer is golden brass, somewhat hazy, a white small head, leaving nice curtains.

The smell is distinctly American hops, centennial, fruity grassy, bitter oranges and grape-fruit.

Upfront a slight toffee flavor, good somewhat spicy acidity, and a lot of bitterness.

Medium carbonation, refreshing and smooth, but with a dry finish.

A really nice American Wheat - which is normally not my favorite style. But this was more hoppy and crisp. Sampled at a "blind" beer tasting at De Klomp, Linköping, Sweden. We did not nail it.

rarbring, Aug 21, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
4.13/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber courtesy of shrek806 thanx bro

A: poured a golden yellow with a half finger of white head that had great retention that also left great sticky lacing.

S: nice sweet nose that consisted of caramel wheat aromas up front with hints of malts orange zest and slight pine notes.

T: orange zest, wheat, malts hit the palate first with sweet piney hops and hints of caramel and booze.

M: medium body with light carbonation and has a sweet piny and slight bitter finish.

D: enjoyed this beer in the hot cali summer and went down wonderful. The beer is very good in all categories and will seek out some more of this stuff.

Gobzilla, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I know how to deal with the usual sun during the day, but this is an uber-sun. I've got no idea what to do with such a beastly celestial body. Appropriately, the warm tangerine hue in my snifter resembles that nearest and dearest of stars rather closely. The minor white suds ringing the edge of the surface approximate the mystical corona (I think that's the part of the sun I'm thinking of). Plenty o' citrus (possibly from the Sunshine State? Eh?) in the nose, matched in intensity by a rather healthy dose of flowers. Beyond the fruit itself, a good amount of rind is in there as well. Quite a bit o' bitterness up front, rindy rather than hoppy. Some flowered greens sprout up from beneath, led by a trellis of sharp ruby red grapefruit. Surprisingly, I'm not getting much wheat here, but there's plenty else goin' on. What would be a relatively meaty body is lightened by a strong contingent of seltzer-like bubbles, allowing for a slightly easier, and slightly gassier, drinking experience. And since I don't wanna risk running into an uber-supernova, I'd better get to finishing this guy right away.

TMoney2591, May 11, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice clear bright gold with a nice white head.

S: Plenty of citrus hops atop a zesty wheat base. Definitely quite a few more hops in this than in Hop Sun.

T: Somewhat sweet while still quite dry from the wheat and hops. Plenty of citrus hop character, which seems to be the theme in these hoppy wheat beers.

M: Actually seems to be a bit alcoholic and not quite as enjoyable as the standard Hop Sun in that regard.

D: Pretty good, but a bit heavy on the alcohol flavor and volume to be a great summer beer.

Thorpe429, May 06, 2010
Photo of bigfnjoe
3.78/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass.

A- Pours a pale yellow with a huge white head. Almost looks like a shoddy domestic, minus the size of the head of course.

S- Faint lemon aroma. Not as strong as other Southern Tier brews.

T- Lemon...but not overwhelming. I took a finger lick of the head at first and started choking...thankfully, the beer is nowhere near that strong tasting. The lemon flavor is really all I'm getting...RAWR BITTER BEER FACE.

M- Its really light. The bitterness from the lemon could turn people off, but not me. Its almost like a lemonade thats bitter instead of sweet...really nice.

D- Its a little cold out right now, so I'm not enjoying this as much as I would in warmer weather, but regardless, its very drinkable. I'll look to get a bomber for Memorial Day to enjoy while sitting in the sun eating a burger

bigfnjoe, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of russpowell
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review based on notes ( last night )

Pours honey colored with 2 fingers of ivory head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & lemony hops fades rather quickly

T: Follows the nose, slight apple peel flavor along with snappy grapefruit up front. Citrus & breadyness dominate as this warms, plus some pineapple sweetness & slight honey flavors. Finishes with a nice hop snap & some honey smoothness, plus a touch of lemon

MF: Medium bodied, good balance & low carbonation

Very drinkable, this is easily the best American Pale Wheat beer I've had, even if slightlty out of the profile....

russpowell, Apr 17, 2010
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 09, 2010
Photo of alexgash
3.88/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle.

Moderately hazy golden orange body. Small, pinkie finger of eggshell white head. Not much lacing. Doughy malt aromas have a buttery-butterscotch edge. Honey. Spicy, floral hops are there as well.

Light bready sweetness up front. Kiss of honey and cantaloupe. Becomes grainier and toasted as herbal, peppery hop flavors and bitterness increase. Boozy tropical fruits near the finish, which is a pleasant mix of sugar cookie, boozy fruits, and minty, peppery hop bitterness. Lingering tropical fruit. Medium-bodied with smooth carbonation. Not bad!

alexgash, Apr 01, 2010
Photo of BMoney575
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 3-28-10

Pours a very clear golden yellow color, with bubbles rising to the top. A filmy white head hangs around the whole time.

Smell is great buttery hops, super thick and sweet, with just a hint of light malt underneath. The alcohol is there at the end, adding to the hop sweetness.

Taste is mildly sweet, slightly beery, with a decent hop kick. Not as good as the smell, but very well balanced. The bitterness is very pleasant and the booze is nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel is very good, a little thicker but with the perfect amount of carbonation to keep it light.

Drinkability is very good, big flavors but still refreshing.

Overall, the more I had, the more I liked it. I'll be having this again.

BMoney575, Mar 28, 2010
Photo of mwilbur
3.83/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 oz bottle into tulip.
A: Pours a clear slightly golden yellow with moderate carbonation producing a 1/2 inch white head that quickly dissipates.
S: Nice bright piney citrus hops, wheat, toasted malt, and a hint of tart lemon.
T: Follows the aroma with piney citrus hops and toasted biscut malt playing dominant roles. In the background I find sweet caramel, soft wheat, and a mild herbal note.
M: Sharp and mildly astringent. Light body with mild alcohol burn at the end. Dry finish.
D: I like the brewery, but was a little underwhelmed with this one. The hops and malt drowned out the wheat. And perhaps this is partially a style thing, but the ABV was noticeable and hindered the drinkability.

mwilbur, Mar 25, 2010
Photo of mdfb79
4/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Poured a hazy golden color with about an inch of white foam and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat and bready malts. Small smell of hops.

t - Tastes strongly of bready malts, grain, and wheat again. Little bit of a hops taste but not much.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - Overall this was a nice wheat ale. Strong smell and taste of bready malts which was very smooth and easy to drink. Would have liked a little more hops taste to it, but still another great ST beer none the less.

mdfb79, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of sinistrsam
3.85/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clean pale straw color with a somewhat watery body and almsot no head. minimal carbonation.
The nose came off as slightly malty, floral hoppy and a definite contribution from yeast.
The taste was a good kick of alcohol up front, very sweet malt and a lot of hoppiness, but sweet moreso than bitter. Little hint of honey in there as well.
The feel was good; a biting hop plus a sweet malty presence changing quickly to an almost watery feel (unexpected) then comes around with a tongue-coating buttery aftertaste. Very good.
Overall this was a great beer but the alcohol was a bit much in volume and especially in taste. Still something to try and another great variation from ST.

sinistrsam, Feb 24, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8% really? OK, sounds like a wheat beer to me! It does say "Imperial" on the side, I guess this makes this some sort of wheatwine but I'll review it as a pale wheat ale. No born on date but as always, a really interesting label. I like Southern Tier bottles.

Beer is yellow and slightly hazy, forms a thin white head of small bubbles. Carbonation is moderate and steady, bubbles rise slowly through the glass.

Really sweet malty aroma. Kind of like a barleywine. This may be better described as a wheatwine.

Medium to full bodied, Too BIG! Its really sweet. I don't get a lot of wheat at all unfortunately. It tastes fine but its really a barleywine rather than a pale wheat ale. Its unfortunate for this beer. Its really sweet, not a lot of bitterness. Its much much bigger than I was expecting or wanted.

drabmuh, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of BabyBastard
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to chalice. Pours a nice golden color, with chill haze prevalent throughout. Thin, off-white foamy head, recedes quickly, though a nice swirl produces prodigious foam. Some spotty lacing, though nothing too impressive.
Smells greatly of wheat and malt. No hop scent present at all.
Tastes very similar to the scent, very malty at the start and middle, finishes malty with a slight bit of alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel is spot on, great carbonation and an ideal smoothness makes this one Imperial that is highly drinkable.

BabyBastard, Jan 12, 2010
ÜberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
90 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.