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

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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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Photo of patpbr
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Light golden color with about a half inch of head.

S - Floral hops and Wheat

T - Bitter but some sweetness

M - light and crisp tasting

Overall summer beers tend to be great (oberon) or so so. I do not believe I will buy it again. its worth trying.

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Photo of KYBrewgrass
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- 3.5 This pours a very clear yellow-gold with a fluffy white head. The head reduces to a thin, uniform layer throughout. There's moderately sticky lacing.

S- 3 The aroma of the Hop Sun is a bit lemon-heavy for me. In fact, it is mostly all that I detect. There's just a hint of wheat.

T- 4 I'm happily surprised at the taste of this one after just looking at and smelling it... There's a nice grapefruit / hop citrus up front that is complimented well by a grainy wheat to finish.

M- 4 This is fitting of the style; slightly heavier than light in body with a good carbonation. It finishes a little dry.

D- 3.5 Though I was pleasantly surprised by the taste of this brew, I was relatively unimpressed overall. I could swig a couple, maybe, but I don't know that I'd seek it out again. It's probably more of a style issue than anything for me because I've really liked all of the other Southern Tier brews I've had at this point. Not bad, not great... I suppose it's worth a chance if you're a fan of wheats.

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

Tap at Macs Steel Creek
Golden pour, small amount of white head. Sticks very well.

Pale malt, grass, light herbal hop aroma.

Taste matches, some malt, grass, straw. Some grainy wheat. Faint citrus. Herbal hop finish.

Light body, active carbonation. Easy drinking, just what I was looking for after hitting some gold balls.

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

Poured a very bright golden yellow, huge white billowing head, decent retention. Nice side glass lace, good cloudy appearence, lots of carbonation. Very light, lots of yeast with a touch of some lemon maybe, light in aromas, not in overall strength of smell. Very very nice, light palate with a bigtime yeast presence. Lots of grain with a hint of lemon or some other kind of bitter hops, great flavors. One of the best haefe flavor profiles I have tasted. Crisp, clean. very nice carbonation. Great overall feel. Superb, could drink this all night long. Was great when first cold, even better as it warmed up.

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

A decent white head that looks thicker as it falls. Crystal clear straw colored body with just a touch of carbonation in there.

Sweet fruity and bready notes open the beer with a very American wheat aroma. A bit of earthy notes. I’m looking for the hops and not finding them.

Fruity/sweet malt that’s rather non descript that’s controlled by the nutty wheat and finishing with a light hop kiss. Summer beers are generally pretty boring and American wheats are almost universally code for “might as well be adjunct lager.” There’s enough hop character and flavor here from the malt to make things interesting here. That said why don’t American brewers use me interesting yeasts with wheat beers?

Extremely drinkable summer beer though I wonder if this is a summer beer. It doesn’t have a dry finish or a quick finish. The flavor lingers and doesn’t give that “refreshed” finish.

It is nice to have Southern Tier here in Kentucky, but so far I’ve been pretty unimpressed by what we’re getting. I hope we get their stouts here soon, but their IPAs are ok at best.

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Photo of wvsabbath
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Light yellow, 1/2 white head that died quckly. No lacing really, looks bland in the glass.

Smell - Hops, sugars, very floral, wheats, spices, Yeast.

Taste - Bitter floral kick. Flavor is hoppy and yeasty. Fairly sweet but pretty mild. The wheat and hops and yeast all together give it a bitterness thats a little overpowering.

Mouthfeel - Light thin and bitter. Nothing to ruin mouth or palette. Mouth is left a little dry but not bad. Not alot of flavor and nothing long lasting.

Overall - A good spring/summer beer to have on a hot day. Low alcohol and easy to drink. Nothing special here, just a decent easy drinker.

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Photo of pzrhsau
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear light gold with some carbonation coupled with a slight lace of head.
S: Slight hop bitterness coupled with a nice wheat malt flavor.
T: Very neutral flavor with some slight bitterness and some slight sweetness from the malt.
D/O: Very clean and very drinkable but doesnt have a lot of weight to it. Very much has some big characteristics but does not give you much of an overall flavorful beer.

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Photo of DaveBlack
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal clear golden straw color with 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly and leaves random bits of lacing. Nothing special, but not bad.

S: Incredibly sweet and floral hops. Nice citrus aroma. Very clean smelling. Great summer nose on this one.

T: Taste is similar to the smell. Nice and mild, but still flavorful, hop taste up front. Lemon zest and the unique wheat flavor follow up and bring the beer through to a nice slightly bitter finish.

M: Light and crisp with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy.

O: I could drink this every day of the summer. The taste is clean and crisp, the mouthfeel is light. The hops and wheat play well off of each other to provide the drinker with a really great and refreshing beer. Not a typical wheat beer, and not your typical summer beer. Really great drinking. Defnitely worth checking out.

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Photo of Gtreid
3.51/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale yellow color. A nice two finger head appeared and faded to a thin rim that lasted for the entire glass.

A: Wheat, grain, citrus, and grass. I got a good dose of the wheat and some nice citrus and grassy hops, but was expecting a little more from the nose.

T: Pretty much the same, nice grain notes with citrus and grass from the hops. Some light lemon, and hearbal qualities, but again, pretty average and was expecting more. It finishes dry and tart.

M: Clean and crisp, light body, aggressive carbonation. Pretty spot on for the style.

O: The beer looked the part and felt the part, but I felt it was lacking with the hop profile. This is a solid offering, just not the best of the style. Skal.

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Photo of engagechad
4.48/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at Capital Ale House in Glen Allen, VA - weiss glass

Pours a kind of lame yellow, totally clear, not much head. Kind of looks like a cider. Smells awesome! It's a provocative balance of hops and wheaty banana.. So interesting on the nose. Taste is shazam. Perfect brew. So sessionable it's ridiculous.. I'm not so good with words, but if you happen to be reading this, get some for your buddies that drink blue moon and hate IPAs.. perfect transition beer!

Love it.

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Photo of jera1350
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at The Happy Gnome.

Served in a pint glass, this one is cloudy and bright yellow in color. A clean white cap of foam that is creamy looking and delivers some nice lacing.

Wheaty and citrusy smell. Reminds me of summer!

The taste can only be described as lemon Fruit Loops. There is a wheat presence with loads of lemon citrus that adds a little bitterness. There is a mild sweetness, but the overall flavor still reminds me of the lemon rings found in Fruit Loops cereal.

Smooth, light-medium body, mildly creamy and crisp.

I think this is a really enjoyable seasonal beer. I would pick this up again, especially when the weather heats up.

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Photo of musicforairports
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single into DFH signature glass.

Golden and clear, with a bunch of bubbles and a small head.

Smells of lemon zest and other citric hop aromas.

Taste is clean, crisp, light and a bit pilsner-like. Bitter but thin grapefruit and lemon zest flavors dominate, with a faint malt sweetness and a noticeable wheat backbone. Leaves a dry, astringent bitterness in the mouth I'm not too crazy about.

Mouthfeel is thin and well-carbonated, making this one easy to put down.

It'd be very easy to put back a 6-pack of this on a hot summer day, but the hop profile isn't my favorite.

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Photo of Axic10
3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear light golden with a half finger of fluffy white head.

Smell: Definite hoppy bitterness, sweet citrus and lemon zest, and a malty presence as well.

Taste: Bitey hops, grapefruit and orange peel, picking up some spice notes as well.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and crisp.

Overall: A very good summer time (lawn mower, pool party) beer, however I prefer this on tap than in the bottle.

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Photo of danmcg62
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a golden, clear color. Not as hazy and most summer seasonals. Small head that goes away pretty quick.

S-Slight fruity smell. Mild hop aroma, a tad malty too. A bit bready as well.

T-Very spicy and clean tasting. Hops make an appearance at the back of the palate.

M-Very liquidy feel in the mouth. Feels like a summer seasonal should.

O-Overall a solid summer seasonal. I was looking for a different type of summer beer to try and Southern Tier did not disappoint. Very drinkable and reminds you of summer.

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Photo of jessycho
2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Light golden color. Very clear and very clean.

S - Great wheat beer smell, a hint of citrus, kind of like a pineapple. I'd serve it with a lemon / orange.

T - Very easy drinking, very crisp. VERY drinkable beer, I could do a 6 pack pretty easily before realizing what I'd done.

M - Light crisp, very little after taste. Simple.

O - Unimpressed. Only because this beer did not seem significantly different than Southern Tier's 422 Pale Wheat Ale. For a summer seasonal, this beer did not have enough significance or character to really warrant notice. Drink 422 or Hop Sun in the summer, but not both. Essentially the same beer. Still good. Just not different enough.

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Photo of DrinkingDrake
3.25/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A clear yellow slightly copper pour with almost no bubbles and a descent head that disappeared quickly but clung to the sides and left a solid amount of lacing. The aroma is dominated by some grassy, somewhat citrus hops. I'm thinking its simcoe by the slight earthy twist. I can't get much out of the body besides the hops. There is a lot of grass and lemon peel along with only a faint hint of wheat. An earthy lemon grass aftertaste and bitterness. Not too dry but the bitterness clings ridiculously. The abundance of earthy hops do not compliment the wheat body. I don't think the malt bill holds up to the hops.

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

A light IPA with a wheaty finish, this is the ideal flavor to usher in warmer weather.

Hop Sun pours with a thinly clear straw color. Carrying an airy froathy white head that, while showing moderate retention, laces fairly well. Despite the wheat use, the filtration strips the associated haze and allows the carbonation streams to shine.

Medium hop intensity of grapefruit, orange peel, and herbal lemon grass governs the scent that stands above a slight bready, wheaty base. Very appetizing and zesty, the nose gives the impression of lightness and sprite.

Citrusy hop flavor also take comman of taste with white grapefruit, orange peel and pith, with a light lemon zest spiciness. Clean and crisp bitterness assists with refreshing impressions late, lessening just a bit in finish to allow for a strong wheaty aftertaste to return in memory. Quite simplified in taste, the beer relies on freshness, crispness, and cleanliness over complexity- and does so beautifully.

Light to start and light to finish, the well attenuated wheaty body has a cracker-like dryness with a dry crispness that controls the beer well before the finish. While shying away from astringency, the beer's crisp bitterness makes it the refreshing beverage that dictates its success

Like Three Floyds Gumballhead, Hop Sun has a crisp cracker-like wheaty taste that only shows it's maltiness in finish and aftertaste. It's all about the hops. It also reminds me a bit of Abita's Purple Haze, just better with the base beer and a focus on hops rather than the fruit.

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Photo of shand
3.47/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a wheat beer glass.

Pours a pale golden color with two fingers of head that leaves decent retention all the way down. Lacing is a bit substandard. Smells of clean malts, hops, and a touch of wheat. The taste really follows the nose, the dryer clean malts are the star of the show, supported by some subtle hops and wheat characters. Refreshing.

The mouthfeel is light and fairly carbonated, and the drinkability is quite good. Overall, this is an alright beer. Not the best I've had, but it's surely drinkable.

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Photo of vandemonian
3.27/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Southern Tier Hop Sun has a yellow colour and a 3 mm that that fades away quickly. The smell is grainy with a hint of hops. The taste is a little sour up front with some hop bitterness. Nothing special. The mouthfeel is not that foamy. Overall, a decent session beer.

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Photo of bum732
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Wheat spiciness, citrus component, orange and grapefruit but faint, some rind, hop spiciness, a light cracker malt

L: Clear straw yellow, white head that dissipates slightly, great lacing.

T: Citrusy and clean malt character. Some wheat but faint, a persistant dry cracker flavor. Medium-Low bitterness leads to a clean semi-dry finish. Some citrus hoppiness leading into the finish, a nice kiss.

M: Medium thin body, medium carbonation.

Great wheat beer, nice subtle hoppiness that adds character to a nice cracker like malt. Fantastic summer beer and one of my favorites, loved it.

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Photo of alexkeil
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is confusing because its labeled as a summer wheat beer, but it smells like a pilsner, it looks like a pilsner...walks like a duck, talks like a duck. It pours a brillantly clear straw color with a disipating white fizzy head, very effervesent. The initial aroma is grassy hops but the longer it sits the more malt comes through. The mouthfeel is medium light, medium-high carbonation and high astringency. The flavor is of grassy hops with a medium bitterness. There is a solid malt backbone that quickly takes over with less wheat character than I expected. It finishes nice and dry and is more tolerant to warming up than your average big brewery pilsner. I know that American Wheats can be more aggressively hopped than the European versions, I'm just not getting enough wheat to consider it a wheat. Very refreshing though with high drinkability...your perfect grilling, horseshoes, after mowing the lawn, cleaning out the garage type of beer.

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

As far as American wheat beers go, this is one of the better ones I have tried. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a tall white that dissipates at a pretty average rate. Smell is Some wheat and some hops with a bit of citrus in there too. Taste is well balanced between hops and wheat. Sumpin sumpin and gumballhead have a little too much hops IMO (not saying they aren't great) so I like the balance that southern tier displays. Mouthfeel is medium wolith average carbonation. Overall, enjoyable summer beer. I'd certainly pay for another.

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Photo of JRed
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear golden in color with white crystal, bubbly head that sticks around for a while. Wheat, sugar, floral, and sweet grains in the nose. Tastes of wheat, floral notes, slight honey and then hop backbone slaps the tongue and lasts for a dry finish. Light in body with crisp carbonation. Highly drinkable and refreshing. The hop presence is used perfectly to counter the sweetness of the wheat.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pale golden body was clear, and had a one finger thick foamy head fed by lively carbonation. The looks were more similar to an APA, and so was the muted hop aroma. This lacked any of the clove, banana, bubblegum wheat beer smells. The taste was a bit more wheaty, as the spicy hop bitterness was backed by a sweetness tinged with juicy fruit gum. The beer was very easy to drink, as should be the case for a summer seasonal, and there was a lingering sweet aftertaste. Picked up out of season as a one off at Green's, but will have to look for this during the dog days.

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Photo of richkrull
2.93/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I think I may have been expecting too much from this beer or something. I had heard it was good and picked it up as part of a build your own 6 pack. When I got home and tried it, it was more bitter than I was expecting. Not a lot of wheat flavor. Not a bad beer, I'll give it another shot sometime.

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