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

very good
1,468 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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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of mdfb79
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 08/21/12 notes. Had on tap at Stag's Head in NYC during their ST event.

a - Pours a bright yellow color with one inch of fluffy white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat, grains, bready malts, floral hops, and some earthy notes. Pretty nice nose, like the floral hops.

t - Tastes of lemongrass, citrus hops, floral hops, wheat, grains, bready malts, earthy malts, and toasted malts. Lot of citrus here which I like a lot; a step up from the nose for me.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Body is pretty smooth.

o - Overall a nice wheat beer. Ton of citrus in the taste which is awesome, and easy to drink. A nice, easy drinking summer beer.

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Photo of soulfly1492
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Aroma: Bold, crisp hops. Definitely of the American variety. Light malts, pilsner and pale. Nothing too dark. Some wheat, hard to tell over the strong hop aroma.

Appearance: Yellow, pale gold. High clarity. Few rising bubbles. A tall pour produces a medium head. Foam is clean white. OK retention and lots of lacing.

Taste: Light flavor. The hops hit first, light grapefuit citrus, no lingering flavor. Next is the wheat and light pilsner malt. Very little malt complexity, this is a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Light body. Mildly creamy and oily. Low to no carbonation. Finishes moderately dry.

Overall: Goes down easy. A bit light on the wheat, too heavy on the hops. More bitter than sweet.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

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

Appearance: It pours a crystal clear pale straw golden color and is topped with ¾” of off white head.
Smell: Hop sun smells of wheat malt and just a small amount of hops, a pretty clean beer.
Taste: The taste is similar to the aroma but there is more of a hop profile in the taste than the nose not much more but more none the less.
Mouthfeel: This is a medium-light bodied beer that is easy drinking and smooth on the palate. Hop Sun is another great hot summer day beer that goes down as easy as any BMC.

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

6-pk from Total Wine...

A: 12oz bottle pours straw gold into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass; wispy, cotton white head leaves a few light specks of lace.

S: Light floral, grassy hops with some citrus; cracker malts.

T: Lemon zest / orange peel hops; light wheat notes.

M: Light body; medium-high carbonation; lively mouthfeel... pretty much what you’d expect.

O: Great summer beer; light body and easy drinking; has some nice wheat and hop character.

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Photo of mattbk
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Golden, very clear, just a slight amount of haze likely from the use of the wheat. Not very carbonated, I would have expected a bit more of a fluffy head on this one.

S: Faint herbal hops, fruity esters from the yeast, not a ton here.

T: Lemony, flowery hop flavors mostly dominate. A decent amount of bitterness, overwhelms any malt character. Crisp finish, which maybe the wheat is contributing to. Not bad, nothing amazing here.

M: Fairly light, low carbonation. The mouthfeel keeps it very sessionable.

O: Truth be told, not a huge fan of this style. I was told this was a very good example of it, and it does have some more hop flavor than others I've had of this style. It is very drinkable on a hot day, but definitely not all that interesting of a beer.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ninaturner
4.34/5  rDev +13%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Golden in color, actively carbonated, filtered, small (less than one finger) head.

Aroma: Very light but pleasant aroma; you can pick up on floral hops.

Taste: Great citrus/fruit flavor like oranges and lemons. Great balance of hops--not too bitter, which I think is important for this style of beer.

Mouthfeel: Light body and good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Highly drinkable when you take into account the flavor, mouthfeel, and excellent balance of hops.

Overall: Great summer wheat beer with well-thought balances of flavors.

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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4/5  rDev +4.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -8.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

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