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 Sammy
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lovely wheat beer, with pleasant and even citrus aroma, good head and thicker mouthfeel. Very drinkable, great with lunch, though a bit sweet. Nicely C-hopped, piney, resin and orange in taste. Well, though above-average carbonated. Spicey aftertaste, nice in winter too.

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Photo of brentk56
4.65/5  rDev +16%
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 emerge077
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

High clarity orange body, lots of intricate lacing in the Duvel tulip. Served cold, label says to serve at 40º. Foam lasts for awhile, it looks appetizing.

Wheat aroma is constant, with an initial citrus component that reminded me immediately of 3 Floyds Gumballhead. Citrus fades away later on, leaving some grassiness with the fresh wheat smell.

Big earthy & green hop presence in the flavor. Smooth wheatiness with a good residual bitterness. Pretty light bodied and manageable. Quenching for the dog day afternoons ahead...

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep hazy bright orangey color ale with a medium foamy head with average retention and not much lacing. Aroma of intense wheat malt with lots of sweetness also coming out. Taste is a mix between loads of wheat malt with lots of sweetness and a hoppy finish. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no signs of alcohol. A bit too extreme for my taste and overly sweet for not reason.

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Photo of zeff80
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a somewhat cloudy, orange/gold color with a foamy, soapy, white, one-finger head. It left nice sticky, patchy lace.

S - It smelled of wheat, yeast, barley and some coriander.

T - It tasted fairly spicy and hoppy. Nice flavors of wheat and yeast. It had touches of orange.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a slightly dry finish. A light to medium-bodied wheat beer.

D - This is a very good wheat beer. It is hoppier than most of this style.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice clear bright gold with a nice white head.

S: Plenty of citrus hops atop a zesty wheat base. Definitely quite a few more hops in this than in Hop Sun.

T: Somewhat sweet while still quite dry from the wheat and hops. Plenty of citrus hop character, which seems to be the theme in these hoppy wheat beers.

M: Actually seems to be a bit alcoholic and not quite as enjoyable as the standard Hop Sun in that regard.

D: Pretty good, but a bit heavy on the alcohol flavor and volume to be a great summer beer.

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Photo of mothman
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured in my Town Hall Weizen glass

Pours 2 fingers of slight off white head. Great retention. Leaves some nice splattered lace. Color is a clear golden yellow. A little darker than your typical macro lager.

Aroma: a lot of fresh fruits. Oranges, lemons. Wheat, a lot of zest. Some funkiness. very nice smelling wheat.

Taste: There is the 8.0 % abv that wasn't noticeable in the taste. A lot of zest, lemons, orange peel, booze, spices. This is one big wheat.

Mouthfeel: quite smooth, a lot of hops I find here. Booze comes out though. Leaves a spiced aftertaste. Light-medium bodied. Great carbonation for this beer.

Overall, really enjoying this beer out on the boat. Great summer drinking big beer. Easy drinking and packs a ton of flavor into a wheat. The bomber went pretty fast.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but probably over 3 years old. Pours hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Slight spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of honey, wheat, bread, light caramel, grapefruit, orange, floral, grass, pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Some light oxidation is present, but not bad. Taste of honey, wheat, bread, light caramel, floral, orange, grapefruit, grass, pepper, clove, and earthy yeast spiciness. Good amount of earthy pepper spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of honey, wheat, bread, citrus, floral, grass pepper, clove, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Light oxidation present in the taste as well, but not bad. Very nice balance of malt and hop flavors; with good malt/spiciness balance and no cloying flavors after the finish. Light carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy and slick mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with hardly any warming noticed after the finish. Overall this a very good imperial wheat beer, even with the age. Good balance of malt, hop, and spicy flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of oberon
4.02/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The newest of the ST Imperial series basicly a beefed up Hop Sun wich is very nice beer in its own right.Poured a clear light golden with a large fluffy white head left a broken ring of lace as it settled very slowly,Ahh...hop beautiful hop in the nose fresh mown grass,pine,and light citrus just very fresh smelling.Hops are not as big flavor wise though but there is enough of a presence to make it enjoyable,lightly sweet and juicy,lightly toasted with light grassy and herbal notes,way way to easy to drink with a light to medium mouthfeel.The alcohol is very well hidden just a tad of sweetness,great aromas a slight flavor let down but still a really good beer in itself.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well worth the $4.99 I paid for the 22 oz. bottle!

I wasn't sure what to expect from an "Imperial" summer wheat beer. It seemed oxymoronic. But what I got worked out just fine, and it wasn't too big, or too over-hopped.

It poured a clear deep-gold / light-amber body beneath a frothy head of bright white foam. I was initially surprised that it was filtered, and perhaps a bit disappointed, but in retrospect I think yeast would have added to much to it. Filtration leaves it as more of a drinkable summer beer.

The head retention was good, although not great, but at 8% what do you expect. And it left short but solid walls of lace behind, which was great.

The nose was hoppy. Brightly so... resinous, floral, and a bit piney over the lightly sweet and mildly wheatish backing malt.

In the mouth it was decidedly medium bodied, and malty smooth. Very tiny pricks of carbonation helped to keep it flowing smoothly. Very nice.

The flavor expressed a beautiful combination of resinous, grassy, floral, tea-like and lightly piney hops amidst bready, lightly sweet, and mildly wheatish malts. Some alcohol is present, but not overdone, and it lends a nice flicker of spiciness and perhaps some citrus rind character.

Suprisingly drinkable! Well worth trying!

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Photo of Kegatron
4.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized white head that left some great thick lacing. Aroma is big on fruity hop character with an underlying layer of sweet breadiness and a smidge of alcohol.

Taste is big bready (and slighty spicey) maltiness up front before melding into a mix of hops and an almost perfumey citrus character. Hop bitterness lingers in the mouth throughout the finish mixes with a some noticable heat to form a nice warm finsh. Mouthfeel is medium and big bodied with a good beefy carbonation.

This was a decent effort from Southern Tier. It's definitely felt like an imperial style with the bigger body and alcohol and for the most part the flavor profile kept up and it was quite a drinkable. It's just whether I need that in what is traditionally a summer style beer. Since I'm drinking it in November, I'm not minding it so much. I may give this another shot next summer and see how it feels.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.92/5  rDev +22.7%
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 BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Candied lemon and orange peel dipped in honey. The sun isn't shining today... except in my pint glass. The three finger head is aged ivory in color and is a gorgeous collection of sticky bubbles that look like they're held together with hop resins. An abundance of lace is beginning to cling to the glass. It should still be there once the beer is long gone.

What's not to love about a nose that's pure, atomized Centennial hops? The pale and wheat malts contribute very little, allowing the little green cones to shine with the blinding brilliance of a thousand suns. Well, a hundred at least. Although it isn't the sheer, mind-blowing perfection of fresh Two Hearted Ale, the nose is uber fantastic. Bright lemon peel and white grapefruit, oh my!

UberSun, while very good, isn't quite what I expected and isn't quite as good as I though it would be. I guess that's what happens when huge amounts of malt are used and the ABV is jacked up to 8.0%. I love the idea of Hop Sun on steroids, but I think I prefer the smaller beer.

The sugar cookie-like pale malt backbone is all kinds of massive. In fact, it's probably too big. The malt sugars keep the hops earthbound, keep them from exploding into the stratosphere like they should. Screw balance, I'd have used more hops. Drinking this bomber sooner might have helped. If I had it sooner, I would have. The flavor profile is grapefruit, orange and lemon soaked in sugar syrup and a splash of Absolut Citron.

The mouthfeel is definitely Imperial. It's big and slick and moderately viscous. Trouble is, it's probably too full for a summertime wheat beer. Even one that has designs on uberness. Something along the lines of a silky, light, yet supple, Belgian tripel is what's needed.

I still think that Imperializing Hop Sun (one of the best APWAs in existence) is a good idea. If allowed to tinker with the recipe, I'd recommend less malt and more hops. In spite of all my bitchin' and moanin', UberSun is still good beer and Southern Tier is still firmly ensconced in my 'top 20 U.S. breweries of all-time'.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. Pours a hazy pale golden color. Not much head to speak of and little lacing.

Aroma is citrusy and hoppy with wheat and some bready malty sweetness. Taste is also hoppy and citrusy with wheat and some malty sweetness. A slight alcohol spiciness is detectable.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with above average carbonation. Drinkability is good. For an imperial this is a pretty easy drinking wheat beer.

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Photo of russpowell
4.24/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Review based on notes ( last night )

Pours honey colored with 2 fingers of ivory head. Great head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & lemony hops fades rather quickly

T: Follows the nose, slight apple peel flavor along with snappy grapefruit up front. Citrus & breadyness dominate as this warms, plus some pineapple sweetness & slight honey flavors. Finishes with a nice hop snap & some honey smoothness, plus a touch of lemon

MF: Medium bodied, good balance & low carbonation

Very drinkable, this is easily the best American Pale Wheat beer I've had, even if slightlty out of the profile....

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Photo of smcolw
4.27/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Moderate start to the head. Extensive lace. Light haze in the otherwise straw-colored liquid.

Lighter wheat smell than expected and greater hoppiness. Fresh, reminds me of the smell of an APA.

Attractively hoppy. The wheat acts far more like a spice in this beer. It has a safe and neutral malt base. A bitter aftertaste that has some lasting time. Light body with a high level of carbonation.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up at state line in elkton, md. Poured chilled from the 22oz into a wheat glass.

A - A very clear light amber like honey w/ a thick white foam the color of eggshell w/ very tiny beading. The lace is sticky and leaves a web-like pattern on the glass and streams of carbonation are visible

S - A fruity estered aroma w/ slight piney hop notes. Mild candy-like scent from the wheat malt and odors of citrus from the centennials. The ale has a mild alcohol aroma

M - The feel is somewhat thick w/ a slick creamy texture and moderately carbonated w/ mild bitterness, slight spiced note s/ a mild alchohol and sweetness in the aftertaste w/ slight lingering bitterness in the finish

T - the flavor of wheat w/ a mild citrus and pine hoppy flavor. The malt is slightly sweeter than I prefer, but it is 8% after all and the alcohol is pretty high in the taste as it warms. The flavors seem slightly spicy w/ a mild mix of sweet malt and caramel w/ wheat in the back. The hints of citrus peel like astringent taste w/ hint of woodiness come through from the hops.The beer has a flavor that is balanced w/ wheat sweetness and hops, but the taste finishes strong

D - I would store this for at least 6 months for the sake of mellowing, the 3 month old bottle still has a bit of an edge and I would only have 1 unless I wanted to feel it. The beer would go well with spicy pork or seafood dishes, maybe paella.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber into a pint glass.

a - Poured a hazy golden color with about an inch of white foam and little carbonation evident.

s - Smells of wheat and bready malts. Small smell of hops.

t - Tastes strongly of bready malts, grain, and wheat again. Little bit of a hops taste but not much.

m - Medium body with moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

d - Overall this was a nice wheat ale. Strong smell and taste of bready malts which was very smooth and easy to drink. Would have liked a little more hops taste to it, but still another great ST beer none the less.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.63/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a Dogfish Head snifter.

I know how to deal with the usual sun during the day, but this is an uber-sun. I've got no idea what to do with such a beastly celestial body. Appropriately, the warm tangerine hue in my snifter resembles that nearest and dearest of stars rather closely. The minor white suds ringing the edge of the surface approximate the mystical corona (I think that's the part of the sun I'm thinking of). Plenty o' citrus (possibly from the Sunshine State? Eh?) in the nose, matched in intensity by a rather healthy dose of flowers. Beyond the fruit itself, a good amount of rind is in there as well. Quite a bit o' bitterness up front, rindy rather than hoppy. Some flowered greens sprout up from beneath, led by a trellis of sharp ruby red grapefruit. Surprisingly, I'm not getting much wheat here, but there's plenty else goin' on. What would be a relatively meaty body is lightened by a strong contingent of seltzer-like bubbles, allowing for a slightly easier, and slightly gassier, drinking experience. And since I don't wanna risk running into an uber-supernova, I'd better get to finishing this guy right away.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.65/5  rDev +16%
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 jwc215
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, this is my 1000th review. And I do have to say that this brewery's Hop Sun is the best summer brew I've had to date...Now, I don't expect this one to be the summer "session" brew, as it is at 8%... And, so far this brewery likes it hops, and does a good job with them - overall, been impressed. Question is - can they outdo themselves here?

Pours bright golden with a sizeable head that descends to a lasting thin cover. Good retention for abv level. Plenty of lacing sticks to glass. Nice!

The smell is of citric fruitiness with floral notes. (Nice work with the Centennial hops!) Grainy, wheat dough backing.

The taste is sweet with resin. Citric and floral notes follow through from the aroma (though a bit milder). Balancing grain/wheat holds things together well. Some hop oil gives it a touch of slickness. There is a trace of alcohol, but pretty well-controlled in the taste.

The feel is pretty heavy for a wheat beer, and more of it is from the alcohol than anything, seemingly. It does have a certain slickness about it, and the flavor flees from the palate pretty quickly.

Well, it's another goodie from Souther Tier. Nice use of hops. Well-balanced, too. Great aroma, nice taste. Not the summer session that hop sun is, but it probably wasn't meant to be...This clearly outshines most wheat beers and is definately recommended for an occassional summer treat (though probably better had inside with the AC on!)

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Acadia Cafe, about 12 ounces (for $7) in a Chimay goblet.

Clear, orange appearance, slim, but staying layer of froth above.

Fresh, spicy, vibrant aroma. Mellow citric hop character tickles the nose.

Taste: more of the same, orange peels and fresh hops, big texture, grinds against the palate with gusto, slips along the roof of the mouth, slides down the gullet with glee.

Quality brew, flooded with character, but perhaps a bit more than we need. Is the world crying out for an "Imperialized" summer wheat beer? I certainly wasn't ...yet, here I am drinking one, and shelling out seven bucks for the experience. (Actually, it's a pretty fair price at a bar.)

You can taste the alcohol, almost, which isn't something you look for in a wheaten quaffer. Tastes almost like a tripel, without the extra fruit and spice.

It's hard to compare this one. It's good for what it's trying to be, but what it wants to be isn't terribly necessary, or desired.

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Photo of Tone
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
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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Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

8% really? OK, sounds like a wheat beer to me! It does say "Imperial" on the side, I guess this makes this some sort of wheatwine but I'll review it as a pale wheat ale. No born on date but as always, a really interesting label. I like Southern Tier bottles.

Beer is yellow and slightly hazy, forms a thin white head of small bubbles. Carbonation is moderate and steady, bubbles rise slowly through the glass.

Really sweet malty aroma. Kind of like a barleywine. This may be better described as a wheatwine.

Medium to full bodied, Too BIG! Its really sweet. I don't get a lot of wheat at all unfortunately. It tastes fine but its really a barleywine rather than a pale wheat ale. Its unfortunate for this beer. Its really sweet, not a lot of bitterness. Its much much bigger than I was expecting or wanted.

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Photo of Gavage
4.23/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a clear yellowish / light orange color sporting a 3" head that lasted quite a while. Nice lace developed during the session.

Smell: grass and a piney hop bitterness was bold and enjoyable on the nose.

Taste: strong wheat / malty base lays the foundation here. Pine hop bitterness, lemon zest, and a general grassiness is wrapped in a warming alcoholic blanket. Great kicked up version of the Hop Sun.

Mouthfeel: heavier in body for a wheat beer. Lightly dry and crisp throughout. Despite the big flavors, the aftertaste was brief.

Drinkability: despite the higher alcohol levels, I found this to be quite easy to consume. Great beer worth giving a shot - an amped up version of STBC's summer beer.

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