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

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1,470 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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 05-15-2004

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Ratings: 1,470 |  Reviews: 569
Photo of keanex
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into my pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy golden beer with a 1 finger foamy head that dissipates quickly into a thick lacing.

S: Citrusy with light hops and a nice wheat scent.

T: Citrus foretaste, then crisp wheat flavors roll over the tongue and finish nice florally and hoppy.

M: Medium-High carbonation, medium bodied.

O: My favorite summer beer so far. Very refreshing and easy to down.

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Photo of auroracrisis
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled on 6/8/11

Pale blonde with a tiny head that dissipates soon there after. Lively carbonation with bubbles dancing to the top.

Soft sweeter wheat aroma with a hint of grassy hops. A little bit of vanilla and wheat bread in the background.

Again with the soft wheat flavors with a nice earthy, grassy hoppyness. More vanilla on the end as well, and leaves a sweet taste in your mouth.

Crisp, soft thin-medium body with moderate carbonation.

Nice soft wheat flavors with a grassy hoppyness. A nice soft, crisp drinking beer that's great for the summer time.

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Photo of bamojr
3.08/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden clear in color with a frothy head.
Smells a hint of hops but nothing to strong in the nose.
Crisp and light, hint of bitter. Floral flavors . This is a good summer beer that is easily drinkable, but I don't notice anything that makes me like it more than just a average beer. This is really just an average beer .

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Photo of mgbickel
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes...summer 2010

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Solo plastic cup...ugh...

1.5 fingers of snow white head gathered on top of the clear, golden straw body. Decent retention from the foam with moderate lacing.

The nose finds citrus hops, sweet bread and honeysuckle...all sitting on a grainy/grassy backbone.

Floral flavors lead off the taste. The honeysuckle from the nose comes out in the middle and lemony hops finish this out. Just as the nose indicates, the background is wheat/grains and present throughout.

Light bodied, refreshing and well carbonated.

A very nice summer offering...very drinkable and refreshing. In line with, but, a tick below Lil' Sumpin and two ticks below Gumballhead

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Photo of bilyboy65
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a really nice wheat ale. I like the pale dryness of the beer over the yeasty fruityness of a lot of other wheats.

A - Has a golden delicious color and a nice white head. Beautiful column of carbonation floating to the top. Not a lot of trails marking the glass though.

S - Nice dry hoppyness. Notes of some grains and lemon.

T - Like a beer....Slight bitterness on the finish. Slight bread and lemon notes. Mostly just dry hops. Beautiful.

M - Very light in the mouth, but has a surprising oil trail as it passes over the tongue.

O - Very enjoyable beer anytime. I can understand why this would be a summer beer though as it would do wonders on a hot day.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 5/4/11. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with about a half inch white head that went away pretty quickly. There's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is a bit light overall, the brew smells like wheat, lemon peel and sweet malt. The taste is pretty much the same as the aroma, but there's the addition of some grassy hops. Luckily the taste is much stronger than the aroma is. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp and easy to drink with moderate carbonation. I think it's a decent brew, but next time I'll have to try a fresher bottle. Worth a try.

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Photo of zeledonia
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

No date on the bottle, though it's a summer release, and I know it's this year's.

Pours a light golden yellow, the color (appropriately) of mid-summer wheat. Clear as a window. One-finger white head, disappears fast, almost no lacing. No apparent carbonation - even my Duvel tulip can't coax bubbles out of it.

Smell is the high point. Some grainy harvest wheat, some lightly fruity hops (lemon and peach). Smells peppy and refreshing.

The taste doesn't follow up well. Some very faint wheat flavors, some grassy hops. There's just not much to it, nothing to excite me, nothing to grab onto. Not much flavor at all. Not bad, but not good.

Light-bodied. Finish is fairly dry and quick. Pretty flat; I can get some carbonation if I try, but I have to work for it.

For me, this is a "meh" beer. It's not bad, but I don't like it all that much. I've been drinking a lot of wheat ales this summer, and this is not in the upper tier of those I've had. Not much complexity to the flavor, mouthfeel is blah, and it's just not all that refreshing (which I want from a summer wheat).

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Photo of mattkoon
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is the 3rd beer that I have had from southern tier. All 3 have been very good. The Hop Sun summer seasonal is a great combo of hoppiness and smooth drinkability. The color is a beautiful golden. The smell is sweet citrus and hops. The flavor delivers. The sweet lemon and orange blends well with the piney hoppiness. The only regret I have is that I discovered this beer so late in the summer, it's time for the fall beers to start rollin out, and I can't wait.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on August 15, 2011. The pour is pale yellow with short lived fizzy white head that diminishes to nothing in no time. It is the lemon gras that takes oiver the aroma on first whiff so it is very summer-like in that regard. The wheat and hops are more subdued. The light body doesn't make you have to try to hard on a hot summer day. The taste is also zinging with lemon with muted malt flavor and a pungent but clean hop finish. A nice way to enjoy the dog days of August.

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Photo of ncfranklin
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a tulip

A: Sunshine gold. Finger white frothy head. Ya, looks like a wheat beer.

S: Smell of wheat rain and some light grassy hop.

T: Strong in the wheat flavor, with only a light hop note in the middle. Very moderate bitterness, then a sweeter malty finish.

M: Light body, and quite smooth. Not greatly carbonated, just enough to give a level of crispness.

D: Hm. Maybe the "hop" in this "Hop Sun" would be more pronounced fresher. Overall however, it's a very drinkable wheat beer with a well pronounced wheat taste.

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Photo of gskitt
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a shiny, clear sunny color, effervescent, head is fluffy and white, sticks around for a while. Smell is of toasted wheat, some citrus notes, even floral as well. Taste comes across in the form of a very balanced wheat and citrus combination. Has a tang to it. Crisp and refreshing. Southern Tier rarely fails to disappoint. A new summer favorite.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear straw golden yellow with a lot of bubbles. Big three finger white head with good retention and lots of lacing.

Smell: Strong aroma of citrus and floral hops with a background of wheat and bready malts. Good hints of lemon and orange and maybe a little honey. Hops smell pretty strong for a summer wheat ale. Smells a lot like a pale ale.

Taste: Bright kick of citrus and floral hops up front followed by a bready base of wheat and caramel malts. Some orange, lemon, and a little pine. Mildly bitter and sweet. By far the most hop driven summer ale I've had. Very tasty.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very crisp and smooth.

Overall: This really impressed me. This brew does a great job upping the hop flavors while still maintaining a light wheat body. Probably the best summer ale I've tasted so far.

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Photo of MrMcGibblets
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: clear yellow gold. Fleeting white head dissipates to a collar of lace.
S:some lemony citrus and light tropical fruit along with biscuity, crackery malts.
T: lightly sweet bready malts are balanced out by a smooth hop bitterness, maybe a slight lemony twang from the wheat.
M: light bodied, crisp and frothy.
O: I like the american hop presence and lack of a big presence from the wheat or yeast. Sort of a poor man's gumballhead.

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Photo of garuda
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Clear yellow with a one finger head that has decent retention and lacing down the glass. Good look considering style.

S - Bright hops in the aroma with tangerine and floral notes, with some grainy wheat in the background.

T - Nice melding of flavors with light citrus hops followed by a slight wheat twang in the middle, finishing with a lingering caramel sweetness in the aftertaste.

M - Light body, medium carb level. Feels nice and smooth across the palate. I was expecting a highly carbed beer, but this works nicely. Finishes mostly crisp and clean.

O - I'm not a fan of the style overall, but this drank very well on a hot day. I'd get it again.

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Photo of PDXHops
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler poured into a weizen glass. Bright see-thru yellow with a fizzy white head that soon reduces to a skim. This actually sticks around pretty well and leaves some scattered lace.

Yeasty and husky grains aplenty along with a nice snappy lemon presence in the nose. Along with the lemony bite of wheat, a combo of earthy/spicy/citric hop notes make for quite a flavorful brew. Some lingering sweetness blunts the crispness of the finish, but it's overall pretty lively and goes down easy. Nice choice for escaping the heat on my front porch.

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Photo of NODAK
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma is floral and hoppy right away, with some citrus in the mix as well.

Right upon the sip, it's very crisp, with a good floral hoppiness. There is then a bit of citrus that comes into play, along with a heavy note of cracker wheat that shows up on the finish to help close it out. A little bitter twinge is on the finish as well.

This its a pretty flavorful summer wheat beer here. Unlike many, it has a good hop presence and balance. Very refreshing.

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Photo of tdm168
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Impressed with this immediately. The nose got me. Far more hops comes through in the nose than one would expect. On the palate the wheat and hops blend well to create a rather enjoyable beer. Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Probably one of the best summer beers I've had in a while.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

MugHugger and BitterBeerFace were over yesterday to assist in our tasting and brought a few of these, leaving one in my fridge for today. Many thanks!

Greg Koch be danged, I like the visual of "fizzy yellow beers" and I do not care what he (or others) think of me. This got me a finger of rocky, bone-white head with great retention. Color was sunshine yellow with NE-quality clarity. It looked like summer in a glass. I would actually consider putting one aside for a dull, dreary day in mid-February when a pick-me-up might be nice. Nose was at once grassy and lemony, very evocative of summer. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full with a very grassy taste on the tongue. The bottle mentioned "... 1 variety of hops and 3 types of malts" and I would be curious to know what they were. This was very tasty, very refreshing and very welcome on a slow summer day. Finish was semi-dry and quite grassy.

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Photo of bld81
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a pint glass:
A: light and faded yellow pour, very clear, little to no head retention
S, T: light hay and grass, mild pine, crisp and light hop taste
M: a bit watery, but refreshing and clean
O: best for the very hot days with outdoor activities, baseball, grilling, the lake

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Photo of PearlJammer10
2.43/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The clear yellow color provides the optimism for a refreshing summer ale. The light citrus aroma keeps that optimism alive.

When I tasted the beer my optimism disappeared. The watery lemon citrus flavor is average at best. And while the beer washes away fairly clean in the beginning, as I worked my way through the bottle an unpleasant aftertaste began to develop. And that aftertaste ruined any idea I had of having another.

I was unimpressed by the summer offering from Southern Tier several years ago when I first tried it and I am unimpressed now. For a good summer offering look elsewhere.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a vibrant gold color, crystal clear, gentle carbonation, what little head was present at the pour is completely gone.

S - Mi;ld citrus hops, a little grassy, crisp cracker malt, light aroma of lemons.

T - Starts out with a sweet crakery malt up front, followed with a little grassiness, and towards the end, the tongue gets sucker punched with a dose of grapefruit and lemon bitterness. The bitterness does linger quite substantially in the mouth. Semi-dry finish leaves a forward bitter lemon/grapefruit presence.

M - Thin bodied.

O - It's good, not setting the world on fire, then again, I've grown quite fond of their "big beers", so this one naturally tastes too thin to me. The other factor, not sure how old thi sbottle is since I bought it recently as a single (on sale which makes me nervous). It's O.K., but I'm willing to give this one another try if I know for sure the bottle is fresh.

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Photo of thegodfather2701
3.52/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Straw colored with a bright, white, frothy head.

S-Hoppy (citrus), lemon zest, with a hint of malt/typical wheat beer nose. The nose is really good. Its on the hoppy side of the style along the lines of A little Sumpin' Sumpin' Ale, however it has many characteristics of a typical wheat beer.

T-Citrussy hops lots of lemon flavor, followed by considerable amounts of wheat in the finish. This is my second Southern Tier beer and much like my experience with their double ipa there seems to be something missing. This beer starts out nice and hoppy in the beginning then there is a watery lull followed more traditional wheat beer flavored finish. The aftertaste is great, but it needs to be a little more full flavored.

M-Thin and kind of watery.

D-Very drinkable given its watery consistency and average abv. It has a great aftertaste however.

Overall, this is a good summer time beer but it needs some more flavor. This is my second Southern Tier beer and I've yet to be really impressed.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome beer for a scorching hot summer day like the one on which I enjoyed it, by the pool in South Florida. Clear pale color with a pillowy white head, nice aromas. Taste is lovely, with muted wheat and yeast, the hops come to the fore in a lemony, grassy way. Bitterness is restrained. Extremely drinkable, very quenching. Kind of surprising in the way it combines the traditional wheat flavors with modern American hop profile. I really liked this one.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a rich clear copper-orange color with lots of visible carbonation and a finger-plus of frothy white head atop. The head fades down quite slowly revealing some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon, wheat, and some yeast. Nice balance of elements.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon and wheat flavor. Through the middle the lemon flavor gets a bit stronger with a bit of yeast coming through as well. The finish is a mix of lemon and wheat what linger a bit.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer feels really smooth and crisp, however, just a bit thin and watery as well. The finish is fairly clean expect for a bit of wheat flavor.

D - Very drinkable. The flavor and aroma are very solid, the beer just falls a bit short in the mouthfeel department. A bit more body and this could have been better.

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Photo of Tballz420
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear light-gold colored brew, very large pillowy white head topping it off. Light scent, a touch of hops on top of a sweet malty scent. Nice light taste, pretty yeasty, light wheat grain, kiss of hops, a touch of lemon and grass. Pretty full bodied and soft. A nice light summer brew, perfect on this very hot day.

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,470 ratings.
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