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ÜberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer) | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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ÃœberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer)ÃœberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer)

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A tribute to the dynamic energy of the summer. Brewed with 2-row pale malt, wheat malt. Hopped with Centennial, dry-hopped with more of the same.

Added by shirfan on 07-13-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of HombreWing
5/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

22oz bomber ....glass - thin lipped hi-ball

Eyes: semi-rough pour down the side of the glass raises a huge 3 finger head that stays & laces ...tinny bubbles Incredible Gold colour....Bright

Nose: Oh those Centennial hops ! subtle alcohol

Tongue: The hop balance seems to come from late additions including the boil. No bitterness but balance. sweetish wheat malt up front giving way to young flavorful hop oils. More lemony than I would expect from Centennial. subtle piney as well

Texture: So clean of an ale served at 48-50 'f
enough hop acidity to cleanse the palate.

Overall experience: From the first time I tried it 5 mos ago I loved this beer. So well made the balances of Malt, Wheat, & Hop. Dosn't come off as 8% I could session 2-3 bombers over a night...what a treat that would be ! Gonna follow this up with Hop Wallop to see the difference in alot more bitterness along with hop flavor for only 1/2 % abv increase...CHEERS!

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Photo of GrindFatherBob
5/5  rDev +24.4%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short but dense white head that fades very slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is a very nice blend of wheat, floral hops, citrus and light malts.

T: The taste is very nicely balanced with strong flavors of wheat & fruity citrus up front. Then a strong floral 2IPA-esque hops presence comes in quickly. The malt character is hearty but still light. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly hoppy.

M: Very crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Very tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style while taking it up a level, I liked this beer a lot. I could definitely drink it for an entire evening without wanting to look for anything else.

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Photo of BBeerL
4.89/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This my beer my favorite beer of all time!!! It should be classified as a wheaty IPA rather then a hoppy wheat beer. There is just enough wheat flavor to really make the kettle and dry hopping really come alive. The high alcohol is well intigrated and adds a mild level of sweetness to the beer which matches perfectly with wheat flavors. So well balanced, so tasty, so great.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm sold on this brew one of the best offerings I've tried this summer for sure it's so solid all around if you love the Hop Sun then this is your beer because it completes what hoppy wheat beers set out to do. Aroma is big golden sunburst clouded and unfiltered as all hell large frothy creamy cloudy white head forms thick and billows above the rim of my glass slowly dwindling down to a collar of lace that sticks to the glass with each sip and forms evenly. Aroma is heaven bringing the beloved Centennial hop out to play I get loads of sugary grapefruit citrus zest effects with herbal grassy highlights what a great mix of course typical sharp citrus wheat content adds another dimension. Flavor upfront candy coated hop bursts with the sugar coated grapefruit sensation really attacking the palate alcohol mingles a bit in th mix but really more hop aspects deliver with herbal fresh cut grass strong assertive bitterness with the sharp wheat citrus contents going to tone refreshing and big a the same time friggin' Uber mang. Mouthfeel is creamy carbonation flows evenly with enough to tickle the nose hairs resinous hop oils streak here making the hop flavor stay with you . Drinkability is solid all day will induce beer cravings after I split the bottle with my friend I voted that we have another limited distribution in the Burgh make an effort to track this one down.

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Photo of brentk56
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a fluffy head that leaves sticky shards of lace

Smell: Oh, the aroma of Centennial hops; alternating wafts of caramel and pineapple/grapefruit

Taste: Starts out just like it smells, with the citrus flavors of grapefruit, pineapple and even some pine alternating with the caramel backbone; after the swallow, the caramel flavors build and the bitter elements recede to the background, revealing a surprising wheat character that was suposed to be there all along; just a subtle element of bready wheat and banana that allows this to finish with equal dashes of sweetness and bitterness

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate to heavy carbonation; a touch of warmth on the finish

Drinkability: Among the more extraordinary beers I have tasted; this is a great example of where are better craft breweries are taking beer

Thanks, BeerTruth for the great experience

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.65/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hop Sun on steroids? Gimme.
Good clear golden color in weisse glass, with a thick white head that won't go away. I'm going to have to do some scrubbing to get that sheet of lace off the glass when I'm done.
The scent is alive!
It almost skips your nose and goes right behind your eyes. Fragrant, fragrant hops with some underlying sweetness that is enchanting. We're going into double IPA land with the odors and I DON'T CARE! This sort of brewing must be rewarded immediately.
Flavors, again, tread into double IPA land with a pleasing wheaty texture. Hops are dominant with a big, fresh lemon citrus presence. Still, under all those hops there's a gentle pale wheat presence in both flavor and texture; it's a softness that is pleasing.
Really quite impressive stuff. Great for a fix of hops without the heaviness of many IPAs or double IPAs. Bitter juicyness, juicy bitterness.

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Photo of becktone
4.62/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Eye: Much clearer than expected, especially for a wheat beer. Golden straw yellow in color with a white head that forms quite nicely but sadly recedes over time(could just be the glass though. There is some lacing left along the edges of the glass, but it would be nicer were it a bit thicker, more curtain like.

Nose: Pretty much an assault of citrusy floral hops on in the aroma. Also has a great malt backbone to give it support, some caramel in there. Nothing wrong, and I really don't see how this could be improved at all. Smells great, nice wheat beer with some great hop character.

Tongue: Quite a delicate beer to be honest. Thought it would be more of a hop bomb from the nose, but it isn't. Hops are definitely there adding a nice floral, citrus and spicy zest that blend and meld perfectly with the wheat. Clean taste overall, light and balanced well, perfect for a hot day. Hops in the finish are really quite nice. Alcohol is present- it adds to the complexity of the brew giving it some more balance. The hops do a good job, but still with a beer at 8% you're going to need alot of hops to balance it, alcohol also helps in this aspect, gives it some balance.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light bodied and easy to drink. This is one great wheat beer. Don't know if I'll come back to it this season, because there are so many other wheats I'd like to try, but I'll definitely be buying this again. I mean is it worth $7 I really don't think so, but I do like it. It is a good beer, very enjoyable. But I think that it is just a bit overpriced.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber served in a Pilsner glass.

A - clear, golden yellow with a big fluffy white head that stayed 'a head' through out the entire glass, leaving a lot of sticky lacing.

S - I did a double take at the bottle to make sure it was a wheat beer, piney hop aroma is all I smelled.

T - hops, hops, and a touch of more hops. Great tasting brew!

M - light bodied and good carbonation make this a refreshing Summer brew.

D - I would have gone higher in the score, except for the fact that 8% abv will catch up to you in a hurry if you're not careful.

Final Note: I only recently purchased this brew, although the beer store has had it on the shelf since mid July. They have a few bottles left which I'm going to grab up and I'll be sure to stock up on this next Summer.

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Photo of lpayette
4.58/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yet another review in my recent attempts to try anything I can get my hands on from this amazing brewery.

UberSun pours absolutely crystal clear and has a nice orange blossom honey color. Head is slightly off-white, on the small side, and lace-rich.

The smell is very clean and surprisingly subtle. Notes of honey intermingle with a gentle combination of wheat and pale malt. The centennial hops are not as strong as you might expect considering they were dry-hopped, but they do dance around a bit in the background with what I suspect to be alcohol esters (seriously, I should be able to smell some alcohol, but it is damn near non-existent in the nose). Starts developing some fruity notes as it warms.

Upon the first sip you immediately notice how clean this beer is. The next thing you notice is a nice hop bite from those centennials that is perfectly done. Think about 2/3 the bitterness of your run of the mill local brewpub's IPA, and that should get you close to where this is. The mouthfeel is quite creamy and ends just a little tiny bit dry due to hop bitterness. It does the trick when it comes to refreshing and does not sacrifice at all on flavor. Starts to get a little bit fruity as it warms.

Drinkability for this beer is off the charts for me considering it's 8%. If I didn't know any better I would probably guess this to be more in the 5-6% range. It's incredible; a truly amazing, style bending beer that lies somewhere between an american wheat and a wheat wine. Maybe we should just go with what they call it: an "Imperial Summer Wheat Beer." I just wish this was more readily available in my area.

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Photo of ccrida
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber (thx Hojaminbag) poured into my large Deschutes tulip, the ÜberSun is a dark gold with lots of bubbles forming a big, fluffy white head that leaves a bunch of perfect lace rings. Wow.

Smell is very hoppy, sweet, floral Centennials gets fruitier as it warms, with a slight touch of wheat.

Taste is big hops, nice crisp wheat snap to balance it out and differentiate from an IPA, super tasty and refreshing. Very well made, with the alcohol adding to the crispness without adversely impacting the taste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, lighter body.

Drinkablity is high, this is damn good. Really miss having these available locally!

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Photo of ckeegan04
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Golden orange in color. Solid white one finger head. Little retention but excellent lacing.

S - Sweet goodness. Dominated by a citrus hop aroma with a sweet backbone. Smells like a DIPA.

T - Sweet tang up front with a hint of grain. Citrus hop burst quickly takes over the taste and it punches you right in the mouth. A hopheads delight.

M/D - Medium bodied with just the right amount of carbonation. A little grainy feel. Awesome beer.

Thanks chefnash51 for sending it this way twice. Damn shame FedEx thought they should break the first one.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.57/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

$5.99 for a 22oz bomber.8% ABV, 5.0 Lovibond, brewed with two rale pale and wheat malts, hopped with centennial in the kettle and dry.

Pours out to a slightly hazy peach, forming a decent white soapy head with good retention and nice sheets of lace. Carbonation is mild to moderate...not terribly brisk. The aroma is clean and bright with citrus (mango, pineapple, peach) notes from my personal favorite hop strain, centennial. Mouthfeel is soft and clean with a medium-dense body and a long, smooth finish. The taste is wonderful. Great stuff. Opens with nice, boldly declared hops, but then melds into a pleasant pale malt sweetness with a very well balanced bitterness which doesn't overpower the tropical fruit which lingers in the aftertaste. Slight touch of minerals and grain husk in the middle. Clean finish with no appreciable off-flavors. The ABV is very well disguised. This stuff goes down dangerously easy.

Highly recommended, this is a great summer wheat pale ale with a kick. Loved it.

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Photo of MetalDragon7g
4.56/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This Beer was a very enjoyable. The balance between all the flavors from the wheat,citrus, hops, some malts, go hand and hand. The smell is very light, but the taste make up 100 percent. I recomend it for those hot summer days when you need a Wheat beer with hops and is not afraid to throw some flavor at you.

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Photo of techdiver
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a clear amber with Fluffy white head that lingers as a nice cap leaving lacing down sides.

Nice hoppy aroma, wasn't expecting this much. Very appealing.

Taste is splendid with the hops making their presence obvious.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy with little carbonation.

Very drinkable stuff, the best brew of this style that is available.

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Photo of adamette
4.55/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the 22 oz. bomber that I bought at the brewery this past weekend into my Sierra Nevada Anniversary pint glass.

A Kind of basic orange/yellow translucent body under a nice creamy, 2 inch head that stuck around for a minute or two. Nice lacing after several sips took place. 4.0

S Nice, sweet wheat smell. Inviting and interesting. 4.0

T Really great, wheat and malt tastes with the right amount of hops. Interesting with the right amount of strength to keep it interesting. I can barely recall having the Hop Sun but this is certainly a huge improvement over that excellently made "summer beer." 5.0

M Nicely moderate with some smoothness. 4.5

D Really good for this level of ABV in a beer. 4.5

Notes: A great beer from Southern Tier. I am glad that I bought and tasted it. Bravo!

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Photo of waughbrew
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Got this from whole foods cambridge, river st. for 6.99

Pours a clearish gold with a beautiful medium-sized head that is creamy, stays for a while, and laces for its life. Smells fresh bright, with a boozy biscuit-like barleywinishness and an Indian-spiced minty rawness that seems ripped right from the tree or bush. Just enough bite in there to hold back the smooth barley malt sweetness and flavor. Really a beautiful tasting beer, though the "American Pale Wheat Ale" crap would be called by nobody in a blind tasting (yes, Alstrom bros., this includes you). This is a strong IPA type thing. Smooth, yes. Very smooth. Nutty. Well-melded between the hops and the malt.

A really beautiful brew. Clean and crisp, strong and succulent. This is pretty much what I strive for when I brew an IPA. I would like to drink this often, though it would be dangerous. Very dangerous.

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Photo of tavernjef
4.53/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bright, lightly paled gold at about a medium cast with dullish highlights. Solid streams rise thru with a well placed speed. Tall, firm capping of thick creamy white foam laps at the top with might and barely moves while etching plenty of lace in huge thickly set spongy curtains.

Aroma is semi bright and booming of very dulled lemon, lots of mucky wet wheat and pale malt breadyness with a light spritz of whie grapefruit and lime peel zest. Spicy yet rounded with a nosey attachment to a less yeasty/cloved hefe.

Flavors don't disappoint with a good load of pale and wheat malt keeping a paled sweetness of lightly sugar coated breads slapped with a spicy lemon/tangerine/grapefruit marmalade that has bits of pulp and peel in it. Its adequately tamed and rounded in a nice fullness of tone throughout. The flavor balance is set quite well. Drys ever so faintly in the finish with a bit of floral hoppyness.

Feel is just above medium with a great rounded tone and balance that keeps everything together very nicely. Malts, spicy citrus, and some creamy aspects underneath with just a nudge of crispy carbonation that helps pull the zip of the citric spices thru to the surface.

A fantastic Pale Wheat that will be easily drank down in nearly all Summery, or otherwise, situations where beer might be needed. ST UberSun will hit the spot no matter what. Yum!

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.52/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Pours a clear bold straw yellow with a foamy white head that leaves sticky lacing everywhere.

S - Citrus, grapefruit and grassy hops with a fresh baked wheat bread background. Very nice.

T - Sweet start with a touch of tart mixed in. Big wheat taste followed by grassy, floral, grapefruit hops.

M - On the light side of medium with good carbonation making it creamy with a dry hoppy finish.

D - A hoppy beer for a wheat that is way too drinkable for 8%abv. A tasty summer beer.

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4.5/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of number1bum
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm not generally a huge fan of summer beers or wheat beers, but Hop Sun is one of my favorites so I figured Uber Sun would be awesome too.

Pours a crystal clear gold with a frothy 2 fingers of off-white head. Head is a bit chunky and leaves a nice lace on top and patchy sick around the sides of the glass as it goes down.

At first sniff you'd think this were an IPA or even a DIPA. Holy hops! Smells really good. The hops are citrusy and piney and behind them there is some pale and wheat malt. There's a little whiff of alcohol in there, too.

Taste is silky smooth and an awesome balance between grapefruity citrus and pine hop flavor along with some pale and wheat malt sweetness. The hops are all flavor in this one, with very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and creamy, with subdued carbonation. Even at 8% the alcohol barely comes through this one and it is very drinkable.

Outstanding 4.5's across the board! I love what Southern Tier did with this brew. When I'm getting a little tired of IPAs in the summer, no doubt I can turn to Hop Sun and now Uber Sun to mix it up and be very happy.

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Photo of ZAP
4.5/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a lot going for it...I love the juicy centennial hops....lemons, and oranges on the nose and taste...also some spicy caniibus and tobacco evident...

The hops grab onto you from the start and are still slapping you in the face at the end...that's not to say this is lacking in malt...it's a clean, moderately sweet malt backing that complements without threatening the hops.

Thirst quenching...a lot of hop flavor without a lot of pure bitterness....good solid body but not too big to drink quickly...not a sipper by my standards...

Reminds me of a wheat version of an IPA....very enjoyable...has no hefe weizen characteristics as I expected...it's a hopped up american wheat style beer. I really like it and would drink more of this for sure.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy light gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The aroma is very nice, it smells like wheat, citrusy hops (orange peel) and bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, it tastes like wheat, orange peel, peppery spice, and citrusy and piney hops. Great mix between the malt and hops, although I think the wheat and malt are stronger in the taste than the hops are. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a little slick and has good carbonation. Drinkability is good too, it's very easy to drink and the alcohol isn't noticable at all. I know this is supposed to be a summer beer, but this was hid in the back of my fridge and I finally decided to drink it now. It certainly tastes pretty good now, so when the new batch comes out next summer I'll make sure to drink it right away. I think it's another great Southern Tier brew!

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Photo of jsh420
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

first i must say this is an IPA not a pale wheat

pours a pale golden crystal clear with a 2 finger white head that leaves spoted lacing all down the glass

smell is all hops floral and a tad of citrus

taste - this is not a pale wheat but is almost a clone of 2hearted - so that makes it the best pale wheat ever

mouthfeel - medium body and very creamy

overall this beer is a cheater by being an IPA but labeled a wheat - still this an great flavorful beer but still a tad pricey when i can get 6pack of 2 hearted for 3 buck more

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Photo of Tone
4.47/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of hops, slight wheat, slight sweet malt, and slight alcohol. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and thick with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, alcohol, and a strong hop background. Overall, very smooth and well blended with hidden alcohol. Wow, one the best wheat beers I've ever had - I highly recommend.

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ÜberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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