Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)
Southern Tier Brewing Company

Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)
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Wheat Beer - American Pale
Ranked #66
Ranked #29,635
3.8 | pDev: 11.84%
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States
Very Good
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)
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Sigmund from Norway

3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Schouskjelleren. Pale golden colour, moderate white head, nice lacing. Very moderate aroma, some fruit, hints of honey. Soft mouthfeel. Pleasant smooth flavour of fruity hops, a moderate grapefruity bitterness in the finish. Easy drinking and refreshing.

May 01, 2021
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NyBeerBro from New York

4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Sun is an extremely refreshing summer wheat beer which is very close to the traditional style. Southern Tier Brewing always puts out quality beers and Hop Sun is no exception.

Sep 26, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance was a nice looking somewhat hazy golden yellow to orange color with one finger white foamy head that quickly dies and leaves a bubbly lacing. The smell had a super nice long inviting refreshing citrus aroma. Sweet fresh cut grass and a nice light bitter pine help to accentuate the "Summer"-Ness of this beer. The taste took all of the previously mentioned flavors and wrapped them up to let a super nice sweet sticky malty lemon flavoring come out. The aftertaste is refreshingly lemon sweet. On the palate, this one sits about a light altogether. Iā€™m pretty sure I could pound this all day on the beach or on the boat. Overall, very nicely done APWA and one of my favorites by this brewery.

Jun 27, 2017
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teromous from Virginia

3.24/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From the right side of the label: "DOB 03/14/17 01:35PM"

Appearance: The head is short and fizzy which drops out to a mere ring and substandard for an ale brewed with wheat. The body is a nice light golden yellow color with a bit of haze but no visible particulates.

Aroma: There is a light lemon aroma to the beer. It reminds me of the way lemon head candy smells. Nothing else comes through.

Taste: Lemon flavor comes through right off the bat. It isn't a lemonade flavor as much as it is a lemon-heavy lemon tea. It is more sour than sweet...like regular, plain old lemons. There is a bit of a grassy flavor in the middle and at the end. The beer does say it is "brewed with lemons" and it certainly tastes like lemons.

Mouthfeel: It has a moderate tartness with just a bit of bitterness and not sweetness to cut either. It is rather unbalanced and doesn't feel like a wheat beer at all.

Overall: This beer is a bit of a conundrum. Those who enjoy lemonade will likely be left wanting a sweetness. Those who enjoy wheat beers will be left wondering where the wheat flavor is. The lemon flavor is done very well, to the point where it is just present enough to provide a bit of sourness to the palate and restrained enough that it doesn't feel like you're drinking lemon pledge. Unfortunately there isn't anything left to support the beer. It isn't a beer I would drink again but I would recommend checking it out as a curio. It is palatable enough to drink and it is interesting enough to enjoy at least once.

Apr 14, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer pours a crystal clear, slightly pale golden color with a one finger, fizzy, bright white head that dissipates very quickly and leaves next to no lacing on the glass.

The most noticeable aroma is slightly tart lemon reminiscent of lemon heads, along with a bit of citrus hops and wheat.

Taste is not nearly as good as the smell. It honestly tastes like I am drinking a glass of lemon juice. Overpowering and offensive.

Feel is light and slightly watery, which is not helped out any by the lack of carbonation.

This beer is a miss on so many levels. I was not a fan of Hop Sun, but somehow this manages to be much worse. Not as bad as replacing Where the Helles Summer with the Raspberry Wheat, but yikes! Southern Tier is 0-2 on seasonals in 2017.

Apr 06, 2017
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DaneBramage from Illinois

3.12/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a goblet glass, almost a transparent golden color. Hoppier than I expected, agreed with other reviews in that it's closer to a weaker American IPA than a wheat. Went down smooth and tasted refreshing after raking leaves on a warm fall afternoon, but the flavor is nothing exceptional. Not bad by any means but I wouldn't go out of my way to find it.

Nov 12, 2016
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jjamadorphd from Florida

2.87/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I consider Southern Tier a top notch brewer, but this particular offering fell short of expectations.

For a summer wheat, I look for something light, crisp, with a taste low on bitterness. What I got from this was the exact opposite. Though not necessarily a bad thing, it just wasn't what I was expecting when I crack open a summer wheat. I suppose it's their spin on it, but it's not spin I quite like. From the bottle it pours an also-ran amber color with a thick head that sticks around only for a little while, but has a decent lacing down the glass. The scent was mostly lavender (which is my code word for soapy) and unfortunately it translated to the taste as well (not as bad though.) The feel was mostly light but with a strong aftertaste of that lavender I'm not to keen on. Overall, it really isn't a bad brew, I'm sure there are folks out there that like this, but it's certainly not one of the STs I'll be on the look out in the future.

Sep 12, 2016
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Gajo74 from New York

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fun summer brew. My theme this summer seems to be good lighter beers to drink while grilling out back. This one definitely fits the bill.
Pours a straw color with a decent head; ok retention.
Aroma is wheat like, fruity..,I'm thinking light citrus, pear and a hint of apple. None of the banana aspect I associate with Hefeweizen.
Light in the mouthful.. drinks pretty fast. Light fruit flavor with a dryish palate. Unlike Hefeweizen, the hops sets this one apart. Mild spicy hops that add depth and complexity without being overwhelming.
A nice summer seasonal.

Jul 30, 2016
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Sabtos from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A brewery draft exclusive.

Slightly cloudy pale yellow gold with a thin white ring.

They are not kidding about the lemon drop. This smells like the drink I prepare for myself when I have a sore throat or head cold--tea with fresh lemon and honey--but less heavy on all elements and more in the beer realm.

Flavor is less distinct to me, more like Earl Gray. Malt is a very faint, light wheat. I could imagine being fooled at a picnic into thinking this was an alcohol-free beverage.

Feel is thin, watery and fizzy.

Jul 12, 2016
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Sludgeman from District of Columbia

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Would have never guessed this is a wheat beer! Great taste, but lacking in other others. 3.75

A - Quick disappearing head. 3.5

S - Grassy hops - 3.25

T - 4

MF - Not as smooth as your typical wheat beer. 3.5

Jun 01, 2016
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

3.39/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Comes in a golden yellow with 3/4" white head on top. Aroma was grain, wheat and a little bit of lemon.

Mild stuff especially for Southern Tier who usually pushes the envelope. When you use the word hop in a beer name, it gets expectations up for a hoppy experience. This was a let down in that regard. Its just standard summer ale fare. No off flavors, just a pale malt and wheat experience with mild lemon and grapefruit impressions from its moderate hopping.

May 31, 2016
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microbrewlover from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear straw color with a small white head and light lacing. Low carbonation.

The smell blends together wheat, malt and hops very well. The wheat and the malt dominate, the hops are light but definitely present.

The taste follows the nose with wheat and bready malt on the front and then a light hop finish. The feel and finish are a little oily due to the hops; overall, this is a nice lightly hopped wheat beer.

Apr 24, 2016
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fx20736 from New York

3.35/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bought a 6 pack from Southtown Beverages late Sept 2015. Served cold in a Duvel tulip.

Look: hazy lemon yellow, thin white head

Smell: fruity, peaches in syrup

Taste: some eucalptus, light menthol.

Feel: slightly thin

Overall: it's ok

Oct 09, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: A slightly hazy gold pour crowned by a clingy 1ā€ off-white foam collar. S: Light wheat, fruit, light hops. T: Wheat flavors seasoned with fruit finish with a moderate to a moderately high bitter hop accent. F: Medium light to light body, medium carbonation. O: A hop forward, refreshing wheat beer.

Aug 09, 2015
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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a typical wheat beer, light and kinda fruity. Pours a nice clear golden color. The head is small ,thin and white and very little lacing. It taste like an IPA at the start and ends slightly dry. It seams to be a mix between an IPA and a wheat beer but leans more toward an IPA.

Jul 27, 2015
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Act25 from New Jersey

3.86/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Fantastic summer seasonal, as good as most. Would love it in cans please.

A: Clear straw color. Bright white head that laces only a bit. Look matches the crystal clear flavor to come.

S; Medium hop mostly of herbal lemon grass over a back of bready, wheaty core. Appetizing, will be a great food beer, for fish, garden and summer dishes.

T Follows smell. Citrusy hop flavor with lemon zest spice. Clean and crisp bitterness with only a bit of wheat backing. simple and bright, it is freshness, crispness, and a kind of lemony, orange clear finish that is a perfect match for summer food.

F: Light to start and finish, with a cracker-like dryness that refreshes and leaves you in a great place. kissy.

Another winner from Southern Tier.

Jul 12, 2015
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Jjski from New York

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A summer wheat beer that is essentially a Pale Ale or small IPA that actually taste like something: good Citrusy hops. Low Abv, crisp lemon grassy wheat. Excellent body and carbonation
IMHO summer beers suck and wheat beers suck. This is a wheat pale ale that is great. This beer, a German style Pilsner or a a real hefeweizen are the only way to go in the heat. Flavor and crispness combine perfectly. Tonight I had one and one SN Hop Hunter. Hard to say which is better

Jun 23, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw in color with a half finger of head. The nose is earthy. The flavor is pretty standard as pale wheats go (not terribly funky) with a light sweet note on the finish.

Jun 08, 2015
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tillmac62 from South Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

BOD 2/23/15. Pours a clear gold with a touch of amber. Normal head volume, lacing and retention.

Nice nose of citric hops (lemon), hints of banana and a base of biscuit.

Medium bodied with a very smooth texture that approaches slick. Perfectly carbonated with a rich prickly effervescence from the middle on.

The flavor profile is world class - intense, complex and perfectly balanced. It begins with a clean and crisp wave of mild hop flavor (lemon, light orange and a bit of pine). The middle brings a light bitterness with a hint of zest. Wheat and biscuit make their appearance between the middle and finish. It finishes clean and crisp with a wonderful effervescent burst that leaves you with a slow blended fade of all the previous flavors and a hint of phenolic clove.

Jun 05, 2015
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Bone53 from Pennsylvania

3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

On tap @ Claddagh

Appearance: Definitely looks the part. Its dark in here to detect the exact color, but it is very pale in color. One finger white head

Smell: Earthy hops, earthy grains, bready malt

Taste: a ton of grainy stuff goin on here, but its done right. Moderate hops to balance it out

Mouthfeel: Heavy light body; Crisp and refreshing, with a moderately dry and bitter finish

Overall: i dont typically go after this style of beers, but its $2.50 pints, so i couldnt go wrong. Let me just say that its better than i expected. The grain bill sorta gets overwhelming towards the end of the glass, but it has a solid hop backbone and its something id enjoy again if the opportunity presents itself (like after a hard days work such as today). If you want a refreshing, moderatly hopped wheat ale, check this one out. Cheers!

May 20, 2015
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Givemebeer from Vermont

3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Thin head, ok lacing. Clear bright yellow. Smell of lemon rind primarily. Taste has lemon rind up front with an herbal hop finish. Hops are restrained and malt is present adding a bit of sweetness. Biscuity. Drinkability is off the charts. Wheat adds a little body but this is light overall with a crisp off dry finish. This is the beer that Sam Adams Summer wishes it was. (No lemon added).

May 05, 2015
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Qbdoo from Illinois

3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank it straight out of the bottle so I can't say anything about the look. It's light refreshing, with a touch of bitterness. Nothing special but a good summer beer with more flavor than many summer beers.

Edit: poured one into a glass. It's bright, gold. I had the second on a hot day and boy is it a thirst quencher. Generally, I find "summer" beers lame, but I think this is the one for me.

May 03, 2015
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Ozzylizard from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked (etched) but unreadable served at 40 degrees into nonic
Aroma of citrus, lasts through entire glass
Head average (4 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, diminishing to irregular frothy ring and layer
Lacing good ā€“ complete lacy rings of tiny to medium bubbles
Body light yellow, clear
Flavor begins bitter with no distinct hop or malt flavor, no alcohol, no diacetyl; unable to tell if any wheat was harmed in making this beer; ends bitter
Palate light, thin and watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4, Aroma 4, Flavor 3, Palate 3.5, Overall 3.5

Apr 30, 2015
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youth-and-art from Vermont

4.46/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Very light in color; golden clear body.

Poured from the tap into the glass; smell was extremely fresh. Could smell some malts and some bright earthy grains; definitely evocative of summer. Light on the hops, but present in the smell.

Taste was clean, crisp, and fresh; the malts and grains stood out throughout the beer, tinged with citrusy overtones. Hops made more of an entrance at the end, but were not overpowering, merely added to the collection of excellent summery tastes.

Mouthfeel was smooth, crisp, and clean.

Overall, I'd buy this beer again, either on tap or bottled. Giving it a 4.5 and will be looking out for it this spring/summer.

Personal note: first had this beer at Ken's Pizza and Pub on Church Street in Burlington, going out to celebrate with family.

Apr 25, 2015
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Caveworm from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) - Southern Tier Brewing Company. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this beer's head is two fingers thick with not too much lacing, and a medium gold clear body.

I smell biscuit malts and bright, earthy grains. Nothing really going in in the hop category.

Tastes like yeasty malts, a faint touch of hops, and a bit of citrus at the very end. Quite a collection of "summer tastes" , indeed. Nice and and refreshing.

The mouthfeel of this brew is quite smooth and clean.

I'll give Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) - Southern Tier Brewing Company a 4.25 overall. This will probably will be a new warm weather staple for me.

Mar 27, 2015
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