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

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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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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a tulip glass)
A- This beer pours a golden yellow body with just a touch of haze and a bubble antique white had that fades to a film and is supported by strands of bubbles.

S- The dry woody green hops are light in the nose with some barley hints in the finish.

T- The dry carbonic acid taste blends with some cracker malt and a chalky hops flavor that leads to some herbal spice hops that trail off into a hop bitterness. There is a corn note that comes through as the beer opens.

M- The light mouthfeel has a tight scrubbing fizz in the finish.

O- The dry crisp beer has some nice flavors but there very soft and get buried under the fizz a bit.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Went straight to this one after enjoying a Deschutes Twilight Summer.

Poured beautifully, golden yellow, slight haziness, excellent white head, great retention throughout, even left some foam in the bottom.

Smell was definitely appetite whetting. Sweet, grassy, wheat smell.

First taste and I knew I had another winner. All the smells went right into the the taste, can just imagine sitting on a haystack or something, knocking back a couple.

Mouth was good, unobtrusive, if I want to use a big word. Just right.

Overall, another very good summer beer for the go to list.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle with a bottling date of 03/21/13. Poured into a classic Weizen glass.

Appearance - It's hard not to forget that this is an APWA rather than a Hefeweizen. Aggressive pour yields a pillowy two-finger head of stark white sitting atop a body of light golden straw yellow. The light shining through shows a constant stream of carbonation bubbles drifting up from the bottom of the glass. Retention is excellent and lacing is sticky and pronounced.

Smell - A wonderfully complex smelling wheat ale. Some aromatic floral and grassy elements, but not overpowering. You can still detect the wheaty base, which mixes with some faint phenolic notes as well as some spice and lemon zest.

Taste - Taking the lead from the smell, the taste is a great blend of ethereal floral and pine with a rounder bed of wheat and grain. Citric lemon again makes it's presence known along with some peppery characteristics.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied but not too thin. Upper-moderate carbonation with a clean and refreshing finish.

Overall, this might be my new favorite APWA. It manages to bring in a very hop forward profile (like a couple of other hoppy wheats I could name), but does so with great balance and subtlety. A perfect summertime beer.

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

A-light golden yellow color with a nice white head and some lacing

S-wheat, light citrus, grassy, hint of sweetness

T-wheat, citrus, herbal, slight sweetness and floral notes, mild bitter finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, light and crisp

O-decent summer beer, easy drinking

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Photo of NiceTaps
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

A. Poured a golden straw color with a fluffy white 2-finger head that holds up and leaves some lacing. This is a clean and clear wheat beer if there ever was one.

S. Barely there lemon, pine, and maltiness.

T. Some lemony citrus hops, wheat and malts. A bit earthy on the back end.

M. Clean and crisp; very refreshing. Nice combo of hop snap and lively carbonation. Dry wheat finish.

O. The aromas take a while to show up here. Otherwise, a fine summer brew.

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Photo of Andrew041180
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A - This beer pours a hazy straw color. The head is foamy and controlled, and retains well, thanks to generous active carbonation that is visible in the glass.

S - The scents are light, but noticeable. I'm mostly getting a grassy smell, along with light malt sweetness and some citrusy notes.

T - Really nice for a summer seasonal. All of the flavors are subtle, but that isn't to say that the beer is without flavor. All of the tastes that present in the aroma are also present in the flavor. However, the is also a nice bitterness that rounds out the other flavors.

M - On the light side of medium-bodied, which is probably about right for this summer beer. It has a very refreshing finish.

O - Absurdly drinkable. I'm reviewing the last of three that I have received as gifts this summer and I am sad to see them go. I've been enjoying the wheat beers that have come out this summer, both the traditional German style, as well as the versions that showcase the more citrusy hops. This is a solid addition to the Ommegang and Boulevard offerings.

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

Look! In the sky! It's a wheat beer! It's an IPA! It's both, yet something else altogether!

It's hard to tell if this is a hippy wheat beer or a wheaty IPA, but I dig the concept and the results.

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Photo of larryarms847
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a light hay golden yellow with fluffy head of white foam.

Light citrus notes, but fresh grain and toasted malt dominate the nose.

Flavor matches the aroma in that it's definitely grainy and malt forward with a hint of citrus.

Light-bodied, medium carbonation, smooth.

Overall, a nice summer beer.

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Photo of Highlander15401
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear w/ pillowy head. Good nose of mild citrus, spice & bready malt. First notes of pine, lemongrass followed by notes that are crisp, tangy from yeast & wheat. Fine bitterness, cracker-like + carbonation that enhances the smooth mouthfeel of this brew. A very good American wheat style.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours like spun gold. Brilliant clarity. A pillowy head that fell lazy like a summer day to a thick cap and left all kinds of lace to look at. Nose is beer delight. Mild citrus, floral a little spice and a lightly breaddy malt. Pale malt has hints of sweetness, wheat is tall. Light pine, lemongrass and a touch of earth. Looks like sunshine in the glass and smells like it too. The lemon really comes forward sweetly as the beer warms. Taste is light, crisp and clean. Fruity lemon, grass, refreshing wheat, a little tangy. Has a fine bitter that doesn’t overwhelm but plays with the sour aspect of the wheat and finishes with a little cracker and not so much honey. The body is smooth and it drinks refreshing . You don’t even notice the carbonation it goes down so easy. Really excellent.

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Photo of JG-90
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a small creamy white head with very good retention. Leaves low/moderate lacing. Beer is a translucent straw color. Surprising that this wheat beer is not hazy at all. Smells of bread, lemon, orange, and wheat.

Taste starts with bready light malts, then wheat, and has a wheaty citrus zest finish. Has a bready and slight zesty aftertaste. Body is very light with extremely high carbonation. This is definitley not your standard wheat beer, but I found it a very refreshing and drinkable summer beer.

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

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/20/2013. Pours slightly hazy golden straw color with a 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, floral, pine, grass, wheat, bread, light honey, and floral earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of lemon, orange zest, grapefruit, floral, grass, light honey, wheat, bread, light pine, and floral earthiness. Slight floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, floral, grass, light honey, wheat, bread, and floral earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Very nice balance of hop and malt flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with no warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pale wheat ale. Nice balance of hop and malt flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of Segelstrom
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured into a frozen tumbler w/ only a slight head but beer was a nice clear golden color

S - not much to smell but freshness was pervasive

T - clearly a very refreshing beer that sat very well on the palate

m - ditto taste

O - I am not much of a wheat beer fan -- I only sample them to work on my Karma but this was truely different. Much more likeable flavor. Not as harsh as your typical wheat. Can say I would buy this again

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Photo of mnrider
4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle. Has Date of Birth printed on bottle.

A: Pours clear golden yellow. Large white foamy head. Good retention and decent lacing.

S: Wheat, floral hops, crisp citrus and a little malt sweetness. Surprisingly hoppy aroma.

T/M: Crisp medium bodied. Wheat, bitter hops, citric. Finishes between a nice malt
sweetness and more of that dry bitter hop taste. Has a lot going on here, especially for a
summer seasonal.

O: Very good. Borderline excellent summer ale. Has both a great taste and easy drinkability.
Which is great because many summer seasonal beers lack in the taste department.
The wheat, hops and malt work well together with no specific ingredient being noticeably


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Photo of thlayli87
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into wheat glass.

A - Clear medium gold color with two fingers of white head.

S - Grassy and hebal notes dominate; faint breadiness.

T - Bready, faintly fruity, grassy, with a dry finish.

M - Medium body with lively carbonation; very pleasing in the mouth.

O - Not really what I was expecting. This a wheaty APA, whereas I was expecting more of a hoppy wheat bear. Regardless it's pretty decent.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this one into a glass, and it has a yellow color body with a small head. The smell has a citrus hop aroma with a quick malt hint in there also. The taste is refreshing of citrus and hops and some wheat, not much else going on. The mouth feel is very smooth and well carbonated.. Overall this is a really good, easy drinking beer and is refreshing also.

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

A: very clear. blond body. bright. head is bright white and frothy. retention is good. spotted lacing.

S: very herbal. green tea. not oxidized, seems like it may be on the way though. green tea is all I can think of.

T: an earthy, herbal hoppy flavor. a little bit of chewy grain. slightly bitter. finish has a very hoppy bitterness to it that stays into the finish.

M: moderate amount of carb. light bodied.

D: very herbal. a little too tea-like one-note for me. not sure if this is a past its prime issue (as the born-on date was a bit blurred). not my ideal summer brew, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of acevenom
4.19/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a glass mug. The beer pours clear golden with a thin, white head and lots of visible carbonation. The beer smells of lemon and pine, but not in an overpowering manner. I get some of the pale malt and the wheat in the smell as well, which brings a nice light breadiness. The flavor is pretty hop forward for the typical American wheat beer, but like in the aroma, the citrus and pine don't overpower. There's some nice back end piney bitterness. I also get some of the lightly bready malt, which provides some nice backbone. The body is light to medium with high carbonation. The beer is highly drinkable and goes down smoothly. This is an excellent beer.

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

12oz bottle poured into a shaker.

Pale straw with 1 finger of white head. Excellent clarity and very lively carbonation.

Fruity Pebbles and lemon.

Fruity Pebbles with touches of lemon pith. Tangy wheat with light bready malts. Finishes clean with some fruity esters and a hint of pine.

Medium bodied, clean and refreshing.

A really refreshing Wheat Beer that tastes like everyone’s favorite breakfast cereal!

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. DOB 03/18/13.

A: Pours a clear golden amber with a 1.5 finger dense white head. Not a ton of visible carbonation. Some rings of lacing from when I sipped.

S: Has a decent amount of hop that you notice right up front. Wheat going on in the background along with some pale malts. A solid earthy/grassy character.

T: Balanced blend going on here. Hops are controlled but flavorful with wheat really rounding this out nicely. Aftertaste is a bit more on the malt side with a lingering breadiness.

M: Medium to full body with ample carbonation. Crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Easy drinking.

Overall its a tasty summertime brew. Perfect for the warm weather. Not a bad intro for those moving from wheat beers to pale ales.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.28/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured the Hop Sun into a pint glass.

A- The beer pours light yellow with a finger of white head that fades rather quickly. It looks like the standard BMC beer. This beer has to be filtered because you can see right through it. Not your typical wheat here.

S - Smells ok, but does not fit the profile of a summer wheat beer. Clear, clean, and bit too much hops for a wheat. Think pale ale or IPA for the hop profile.

T - Something funny about this one, is it Pledge in a bottle? Good God its not that bad. Some more hops, light, I mean really light wheat flavor at all. Just not working here.

M - Smooth beer, medium to high carbonation.

O - Not what the doctor ordered, its not your typical wheat beer here. Its not a drain pour by any stretch; by contrast, not a bad summer beer. Close to a pilsner though.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.87/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from tap at tap and mallet Rochester. Pours a golden clear color with no head. Mellow hop and pine aromas...some lemon. Taste is wheaty mellow hops with a big lemon finish. Its somewhat bitter but still pleasant. Its easy to drink and a nice summer brew.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.18/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a beautiful golden color. The head is a two finger white shade. I love its creamy texture, and the lacing it leaves behind. Aesthetically, this one is hard to beat - even if the utter lack of yeasty haze makes me wary.

S: The hops here are a little disappointing, only providing a light tone of lemongrass and grapefruit. The wheat base obviously doesn't provide much aroma itself, and without any notable yeast esters, the nose in general simply underwhelms.

T: The flavor profile is better, if utterly simple. An initial salvo of lemongrass hops gives way to some finishing wheat flavor. It certainly tastes like this one is somewhat loaded with Centennial hops. Otherwise, it's not terribly interesting.

M: Like the appearance suggested, this is very clean for a wheat ale - in this case, not a bad thing. The light, dry, and crisp texture is aided by carbonation that isn't overdone. This is one you could easily chug.

O: This one's okay. Maybe I'd like it better on a warmer afternoon (summer brews in April, what's next...Oktoberfest brews in August? Wait don't answer that) All in all, I'm a bit let down considering how much I enjoy a great hoppy wheat ale. Having said that, it's worth trying, if not seeking out.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Weizen glass.
5.1% ABV, no date.
(Reviewed 06-06-11 - from notes)

A - Bright golden yellow in color, Hop Sun is faintly hazy and topped by a long lasting white head. Patchy lace clings to the glass following it's departure.

S - Soft wheat notes brighten up the seasonally awesome aroma. Mild earthy hops provide both aroma and good balance to the pale malt backbone. A touch of resiny citrus and bitterness comes through in the nose.

T - Earthy tones from the hops work well with the pale malt and wheat. The base is there but it really allows the hop variety to be explored. Spicy citrus finishes the beer out with a refreshing zest.

M - Crisp, clean, and light-bodied, the feel showcases every great thing about an easy-drinking summer beer right down to the lightly dry, mildly bitter citrus hop finish.

O - Southern Tier captures the easy-drinking bliss and flavorful, hoppy compounds together very nicely in Hop Sun, a refreshing, tasty hot day treat!

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Photo of matjack85
3.19/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99 at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. 12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Mild floral and citrus hop aroma. Not very strong.

Not much flavor to this either. Mild lemony citrus tatse, a little bit of sweet wheat malt, and then a nice mild bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste.

Light body and low to moderate carbonation.

This is a nice, light summer beer, but it didn't have any wow factor to it.

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Hop Sun (Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 1,467 ratings.
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