Lemon Drop Sun
Southern Tier Brewing Company

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Style:
American Pale Wheat Ale
Ranked #349
ABV:
5.1%
Score:
81
Ranked #41,287
Avg:
3.58 | pDev: 11.73%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
94
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Southern Tier Brewing Company
 
New York, United States
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Summer
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Gots
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SCORE
81
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Photo of nicholas2121
4.24/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Lemon Drop Sun brewed by Southern Tier Brewing Company, with an ABV 5.10% This American Pale Wheat Ale pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. There is a nice golden amber color with a nice white head, the head sticks around for awhile. Nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell of Lemon Drop Sun is rich with lemon citrus, with hop bitterness, with earthy grains and malts. There is a lot going in this brew so far, it is really inviting. Now for the taste , it is bold with flavors. You first pick up on the lemon them a easy going hop bitterness with earthy grains and malts. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. It goes down nice an some. This brew would go nice on a hot summer day or with lunch. The body of Lemon Drop Sun is a solid medium. Just the right amount of lemon and hops. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Lemon, Hoppy, Clean, and Refreshing. Overall I'm going to give Lemon Drop Sun a 4.25 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again giving the opportunity to. Southern Tier Brewing Company, did a real nice job with American Pale Wheat Ale.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.94/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz bottle into one of my weizen glasses, this beer pours a clear, light to medium golden color with lots of streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continuously rising to the beer's surface. Has a big white head well over an inch thick when first poured. Settles eventually to a very thick ring lining the inside of the glass along with a thick surface coating of foam and pretty good lacing. Aromas of some bready, grainy malts, some wheat, along with some grassyness and certainly some lemon. The taste is pretty much the same, with some bready, grainy malts along with definite wheat and certainly some citrus lemon. Not much discernible hops here, just a slight bitterness. An okay flavor profile overall, but not great. Has a fairly crisp, surprisingly smooth and slightly frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Has a clean finish with a lemony aftertaste. Not a bad summertime beer.

Eric

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Photo of MikeWard
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a tulip. DOB 3/12/18, so a little over 3 months old.

careful pour produces a golden yellow body with medium carbonation. The small but persistent white head leaves a little lacing.

there is a definite aroma of lemon.

the combination of lemon, wheat, and hay, is, to this palate, too much to the lemon side, and dries out the mouth.

mouth is medium, finish is dry & lemony.

overall, the balance doesn't work well for me. it does get a little easier later in the drink, but not one i would chose again. slamming the rest of the six pack after cutting the grass is the likely fate of this beer.

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Photo of Old_Beard_Belly
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright, slightly crisp yellow beer with a light touch of lemon no head. Light aromatic lemon sent smells slightly heavier than typical yellow beers. Good all night beer or beer pong beer. Better than the lighter domestic beers for sure. Would buy again. Slight Coronaesque vibe. Goes down smooth with no filling sensation.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.06/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. Bottle
DOB: 03/12/18

Poured into a Trillium glass a pretty nice clean/clear golden yellow color, pretty nice carbonation, with a pretty nice thick/creamy one-finger plus white head, which also leaves some pretty nice sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, yeasty, with a nice touch of lemon, wheaty/grassy. The taste is pretty nice, malty, yeasty, nice touch of lemon, grassy. Medium body, ABV is hidden very well, nice little dry/bitter finish. Overall, a pretty tasty brew, nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of Suds
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Clear and yellow (almost crayon, neon yellow). Little to no head. The aroma has a spice, lemon rind, pepper, and an underlying malt scent. The taste is dry. Bitter. Lots of citrus in the flavor. Medium body. Interesting, flavorful, but it doesn't come together for me.

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Photo of Dcsmith126
3.95/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Overall not bad, the lemon smell is nice. Definitly not a beer that I would drink often, but would be nice and refreshing while outside in the summer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Southern Tier Brewing Co. "Lemon Drop Sun"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "DOB 05/31/17 10:52AM" and sampled on 08/03/17 6:05PM
$2 @ Weis Market, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label. "Wheat beer brewed with lemons" - I guess they're real lemons. 5.1% ABV so there's nothing funny going on. Pours a very clear yellow gold body beneath a short head of white that fades readily. Some spotty lacing is left behind but that's it. The aroma is bright and clean with - you guessed it - lemon. There's some light wheat malt as well but the lemon is the main note. Ahh, that seems to describe the whole beer, 'the lemon is the main note'. There's not a whole lot else in the flavor. Not that that's bad, but it is a kind of one-trick pony. It's lightly acidic, moderately bitter, and then the malt follows in the finish once the lemon has passed. I don't know, but I like it. Perfect summer beer. The lemon appears real, and it's not too little or too much - perhaps borderline too much for some but not for me. There are some hops there, I get them in the burp, and I guess in the background all along but there's not much. The wheat is nice though, nice that that note comes through. Nicely balanced in my opinion, and not a sweet or candyish beer at all. Medium bodied and crisp, but not too much though. I can imagine having one of these at a ball game, or backyard BBQ, or just relaxing on the beach. I'm not sure I'd want more than one though, I think I'd want to switch it up, but that first one would go down easy. So, have I missed anything? No, I think that about covers it.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 6/13/2017. Pours slightly hazy medium golden/yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart lemon juice, lime zest, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of citrus/pine hops, lemons, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lemon juice, lime zest, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, light pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate pine, citrus rind, grassy, spicy bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of lightly tart lemon juice, lime zest, grapefruit, tangerine, orange peel, citrus rind, pepper, pine, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, lemons, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance. Slight hop/fruit astringency through the glass, but not overwhelming. Light-moderate dryness from bitterness, increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately crisp, bready/grainy/sticky, and lightly resinous/rindy balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a very nice American pale wheat ale. All around nice complexity, robustness, and balance of citrus/pine hops, lemons, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink; despite the increasingly bitter/drying finish. Very similar to the base beer, with more vibrant lemony/rindy citrus notes; and a little more bitter/drying from the fruit. Very flavorful for the low ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

BOD 3/17/17. Pours a clear golden amber. Outstanding head volume, quite outstanding retention and good lacing.

Good, but light, nose that is mostly lemon and hints of grainy wheat. Zest and the lemon itself are expressed. Underneath is a subtle light sweetness.

The body is deceptively light in texture yet provides a rich slick oiliness. The finish actually is oily even when the effervescence is at it's maximum. The carbonation / body balance is world class. The middle explodes with effervescence that ebbs slightly then delivers a rollicking finely bubbled finish.

The flavor profile is outstanding and falls just short of quite outstanding. Balance is world class. Intensity is outstanding but complexity is only very good. This is a lemon focused wheat ale that has moderate bitterness which is expertly balanced between hops and zest. Towards the end, wheat exerts itself with a nice cracker aspect plus a light nut influence. The middle has just enough sweetness to notice but not enough to fully contrast the lemon. The finish is slightly tart and oily. Notes of lemon and grain linger.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
2.89/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Not one of my favorite Southern Tiers...

I can say that I have enjoyed quite a few STs, but this one was very...weird. Though I like a bit of lemon flavoring in my beer, this is way over the top. A decent enough looking beer but with no head or lacing. A strange blend of scents - strange since most other beers have a good mixture of hops and lemon, but this just strange. Mouthfeel was carbonated, a tiny bit cloying but otherwise not bad. I wish this was better, especially considering who it came from. Not sure I'll be looking for more of these anytime soon.

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Photo of atr2605
3.66/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a clear yellow straw color with a white head with average retention
S-lemon, subtle pine, wheat, some spice
T-more spice, lemon drop candy, biscuit, earthiness, and more lemon in the finish
M-medium-light bodied
O-lots of lemon, good summer beer. perfect for hot summer day

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Photo of utopiajane
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours perfect gold and quite clear until you dump in the yeast at the end. Just off white head that is soapy on bottom and creamy on top. It lasts well. Nose is lemony! Breaddy golden wheat, spice and the lemon. Not just the peel but also the scent of the middle fruit. Hop herbal is just a bit prominent but you can't see it that way at first because of all the lemon. Cracker.

Taste is excellent but the middle of the beer sports an awful lot of those hops and they needed to be there becase of all the lemon. The hops in this beer keep the lemon in check and that means that they had to show me plenty of herbal even though to the palate it seems softer than it really is. There is a good forward bitterness in this that while not truly assertive it still is quite forward. The middle of the beer is a bit slick. That's from all the hops and that is the part that makes me think IPA. It finishes breaddy enough and with lots of lemon flavor. When paired with food the beer does not seem as oily slick as when taken by itself. The herbal is neck and neck with that lemon all the way to the finish but it is not as sassy as an IPA with a higher abv. It also drinks more easily even though it tantalizes just like an IPA. What it isn't is resiny , piney or sticky and I like that very much together with the lemon and wheat. This was the third beer that featured lemon that I paired with my menu today which featured lime. Cheers!

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear yellow with a small white head.

S: Lemon candy, sugar with citric acid powder, lemon zest, a little crackery malt.

T: Big lemon candy sweetness upfront, candied lemon peel sprinkled with sugar, but also some tartness of lemon juice. A little bit of crackery malt in the middle with a hint of faint grassy hop character. There's another pop of lemon candy on the finish before a bit of lingering lemon peel bitterness.

F: Medium-light mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, lightly dry.

O: A decent summer slugger. Super lemony!

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Photo of EMV
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Clear light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Falls quickly. Patchy lacing.

S: Lemonade... tart with a bit of yeast.

T/F: Tastes like a radler... lemonade mixed with light beer. Definite lemon drop candy... slightly sweet/tart. Not much wheat character.. a little grain and yeast but mostly lemonade/shandy. Thin bodied... well carbonated. Finish is sweet and tart.

O: Pretty much a standard radler. Nothing crazy here and not a lot of 'beer' character but tasty enough and refreshing for a hot summer day.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

My next bottled horizontal takes me into the realm of Southern Tier with a potential for a foray into The CANQuest (tm). First though, this bottle.

From the bottle: "Wheat Beer Brewed with Lemons"; "Why the hell Not?"

I Pop!ped the cap & briefly toyed with a heavy-handed pour since it was a wheat beer, but the pictures that I had seen of it evinced a nice clarity. I went with a light pour, followed by a vigorous in-glass swirl to raise two fingers of soapy, rocky, foamy, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a pretty Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled strongly of lemons, accompanied by the tang produced by the use of wheat malt. Mmmm. Mouthfeel was kind of thin, not exactly watery, but pretty light. The taste was very tangy, not sour as I kind of expected from the lemons, but with a biscuity maltiness that put me in mind of Enrico's lemon biscotti from Pittsburgh's Strip District. Mmm. Finish was dry, but very refreshing & it really should be one of the ones that they CAN, especially for the summer. Very tasty & a good cooler CANdidate, but sadly, in bottle format. 8=(

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Paid about two bucks for the single into an imperial pint. Color of standard light beer clear golden with 1/4 inch of foam. Smells of lemon drop candy and wheat with flavors of a lemon flavored wheat beer minus the candy. Could see myself enjoying another. Pretty good!

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Photo of hophugger
3.23/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Light yellow in color, crystal clear with light head and foamy and spotty lacing. Aroma is just like a lemon drop candy !. Taste is light and although it still tastes somewhat like a lemon drop, the flavors fall off a bit and the bitterness heads to the top. Clean finish, slightly bitter with a lingering lemony taste and citrus feel.

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Photo of r-m-kaylor
3.52/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a generic pilsner glass with a large fluffy white head which maintains its structure for an impressive amount of time.

On the eyes, bright yellow, clear and bright (for those with lube oil experience) with nice effervescence.

On the nose, hoppy bitterness and slight and subtle citrus.

Up front - bitter hops which is carried through the middle and back with a slight and subtle citrus note (I am not inclined to say lemon, but I get it...)

Overall, a nice lawnmower beer suitable for a hot summer day.

Thanks for reading.

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Photo of D1noB
3.39/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light beer with a slight lemon taste, there isn't much to it.

Taste Rating in Words: Its like squeezing a lemon in a large cup of water, you might as well just drink the water lemonless.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.67/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is fresh lemon, wheat and mild spices. The flavor is lemon/lemon head, wheat, fruit and a mix of spices and a tart/slightly sweet/somewhat dry finish.

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Photo of tigg924
3.59/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear, light gold in color with 3/4 inch head. Taste is lemon juice, lemon rind and wheat. Lemon really comes out as it warms but is not in your face at first. Light bodied, sweet and tart, with moderate carbonation. Makes for an interesting, above average wheat ale. Nothing I would rush out for but decent.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.83/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Base beer is pedestrian & inoffensive, the lemon additive is fairly artificial tasting which makes it taste more akin to a Leinenkeugel shandy than to a beer with a little lemon added

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Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 94 ratings