Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

very good
1,469 Ratings
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Todd on 05-15-2004

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Ratings: 1,469 |  Reviews: 569
Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +4.2%
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. I’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.

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Photo of CHigby2K6
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DaveCash
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stofko1992
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of teromous
3.24/5  rDev -15.6%
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.

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Photo of smithj4
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CNoj012
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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Photo of Yeldarb92
4.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of duvel1979
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Timtac
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Raime
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DaneBramage
3.12/5  rDev -18.8%
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.

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

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

Photo of VeganUndead
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of GregStoner
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jjamadorphd
2.87/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of Cuervo_PCB
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Vivs85
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GinDC
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Srecko
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of frykid
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of nstygles
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Gajo74
3.83/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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