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

BA SCORE
86
very good
1,469 Ratings
Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer)
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Todd on 05-15-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,469
Reviews:
569
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.98%
 
 
Wants:
84
Gots:
197
For Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 1,469 |  Reviews: 569
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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Photo of abzrlean
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Live this beer!

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Photo of StretchZep
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GtBoros
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of PJCarnell
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Sabtos
3.26/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

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Photo of drews240
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ClePaul
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of chrishiker1409
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rbarrett86
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,469 ratings.
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