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

BA SCORE
89
very good
255 Ratings
ÃœberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer)ÃœberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer)
BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
255
Reviews:
226
Avg:
4.01
pDev:
9.23%
 
 
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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 techdiver
4.55/5  rDev +13.5%
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 biegaman
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Said to "follow up where the Hop Sun leaves off" and be enjoyed with friends sometime between the Summer Solstice and Autumnal Equinox. Tonight follows their instructions perfectly...

The bubbles are relentless, they continuously stream up the sides of my glass. The head is a pretty lily white.. It manages somehow to leave dense, soapy rings of lacing. There is tainted clarity with light complexion and a colour that lies (depending on the angle) somewhere between yellow and orange.

The aroma is a hop meadow. Citrus with notes of orange, tangerine, mandarin. Alcohol largely absent. It doesn't quite pack the same punch as some of their other beers. It could stand to be a little more sharp and clear defined.

The mouthfeel is quenching, balanced and with an absence of alcohol. The hops haven't seemed to add much bitterness. A slightly cardboardy feeling on the aftertaste.

I wouldn't say there is "a galaxy of flavour in every sip" like the bottle claims; it is however, quite tasteful. The flavour is like an orange pop sickle. Again, it could use a little more definition. This doesn't hold the flavour like some of their other offerings.

I liked this beer. They do great things at Southern Tier. I wouldn't put in the same league as their Hoppe or Un*Earthly. In all honesty I prefer (and was far, far more impressed) by the Hop Sun. I'll probably overlook this one next time I see it and opt for one of their better offerings instead.

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Photo of brewcrew76
4.52/5  rDev +12.7%
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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Photo of sleazo
3.15/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at Bierkraft. Consumed while watching the first game of the season. Colts are killing the Saints.

A-Extremely large four finger head sits in my .5L weizen glass. This is replenished by a steady stream of tiny bubbles cascading from below though the burnt straw clear coloured ale. . The eggshell head has some serious staying power and is so thick it just stays in one piece when moved around.

S-Sour hints of wheat dominate with a steady background of lemon/grapefruit hops.

T-Sweetness and a bit of sourness from the wheat. The hops are there but not to the same degree as in hop sun. The hops that do come through come through right after the sweetness and provide some counterpunch to the strong wheat taste. Some being the operative word. The alchohol provides some heat and is not that well hidden. There is some burn in the aftertaste. Spices can also be detected as I am getting a black pepper quality as well.

M-The fluffy head which remains throughout gives you a first hint of foam followed by the slightly creamy mouthfeel. Less carbonation than you would think considering the stream of bubbles being so strong.

D-This is a good beer but once again like Hoppe there is too much of an alcohol burn. Also I would like them to up the hop ante if they are going to make an Imperial. I had high hopes for this considering I love hop sun, I guess I like the little brother better. Still this is a nice night cap on a warm late summer evening.

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Photo of
3.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

22oz. bottle

Clear, true gold in color. Small, off white head, creamy. No lacing, some legs.

Grapefruit and pineapple greet the nose. Whiff of earthiness. Some spice after sniffing deeply.

Sweet more than bitter initially -- fruity, mangos and other tropical stuff. Touch of alcohol. Bittering kicks in at the finish and lingers nicely -- grassy in character.

Medium + body. Low to medium carbonation. Fairly dry.

Tasty, but not sure that this works for me. Personally, I look for light body and low ABV with good flavor in this style. An imperial summer wheat seems like a bit of a contradiction. I prefer the Hop Sun from this brewery when reaching for a wheat.

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Photo of BeerTruth
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear light copper hue with a nice white two finger sticky fluffy white head that dies down to a thin cloudy layer that lasts. Stickiness is pretty damn good, unexpected for this style. Smell is a crisp wheat odor with sweet floral hops. I do detect the tiniest bit of alcohol on the nose, but I really had to search for it. Flavor is well, hops with the slightest bit of pale wheat flavor. The hop bite is a fresh citrus with a hint of pine. Very interesting twist on this style. Mouthfeel is light but creamy with a good amount of carbonation. This is an amazing summer beer. Scary, but I could put these down one after another and with an abv of 8%, that probably isn't a good thing.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.6/5  rDev +14.7%
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 tpd975
4.35/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Man did BeerTruth hook me up. He sent me a gaggle of Southern Tier brews along with some leather lips.

A: To be honest I don't know. I drank this baby right from the bottle as I bobbed in the surf of the Atlantic Ocean.

S: Wow for a summer wheat brew there are sure a lot of hops noted in this one. There is a wonderful citrus piney aroma. There is a slight bit of wheatyness and yeast, but the hops rule here.

T: Wow what a summer brew. This reminds me of a 3 Floyd's brew. What Southern Tier has done is create a solid summer wheat brew and then hop the shit out of it. Wonderful man.

M: Medium bodied with a wonderful finish.

D: Love it; Love it, now that its gone Loved it. Very drinkable brew.

Overall: I fell in love with the Jah-Va and told BeerTruth such. He went out of his way to assemble an entire collection of Southern Tier brews for me to try out, and for this I am truly in debt. This is a wonderful brew that is light in taste and big on flavor. It also checks in very high in the ABV for a wheat beer. This baby is hopped to the max; just like 3 Floyd's does it. I love gumballhead and this one is right in the same class as that brew. Great beer man. Southern Tier knows what they are doing when it comes to beer. Check them out if you have not done so as of yet.

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Photo of number1bum
4.5/5  rDev +12.2%
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 John_M
3.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Max's the other night.

The beer pours a light gold color with good head retention and adequate lacing. The beer smells quite inviting, with soft aromas of lime and orange. My initial reaction upon tasting this beer was "wow! This is really good!" The beer is quite delicious on the palate, but the 8% abv. is all too noticeable, making the beer increasingly difficult to drink. Nevertheless, on the palate initially I get some delicious flavors of orange and cherry, with a hint of bitterness in the finish. The high abv. affects even the mouthfeel of this beer, and it's not the beer's best feature. At best this beer is medium bodied, with a very abrupt finish.

The flavors in this beer are very, very nice, and it's a good beer despite the all too noticeable abv. I think it would be an even better beer if ST could tone down the alcohol just a point or two, maybe to 6.5%. Just my opinion....

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Photo of WesWes
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is great. It has an awesome pale/wheat malt scent along with loads of fresh smelling hops. It's bitter, but balanced nicely with loads of malts. The taste is great also. It's light, yet awfully powerful at 8% . The hops add a nice bitter element. They're piney and resinate in the finish. The mouthfeel is good. It's a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a really good beer. It's a good drinker year round. Southern Tier is brewing up some kick ass beers of late. Keep up the good work guys.

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Photo of mobud
3.89/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Tulip pint glass.

A- Straw yellow with creamy head of 1/2 ". Slightly cloudy with active carbonation.

S- Strong pine with light citrus in the backround. Very, very aromatic and inviting.

T- The piney hop taste is muted and the alcohol element is more to the front. Balance comes after several sips and you senses gets going.

M- Medium heavy with a light coating on the tongue.

D- A really good beer from STBC. It feels like a DIPA is hiding behind a hopped up wheat beer and that is fine with me.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.65/5  rDev +16%
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!
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.
Uber!

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Photo of slagle9480
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale amber with a good-sized head.

S: This beer smells amazing. There's citrus galore and nice floral hops. Good job Southern Tier.

T: Helluvabeer. Nice balance of grapefruit and hops with a stong taste of wheat in the background. I love the flavors. Wow.

M: Medium-bodied. Kinda heavy feeling for an APA.

D: Southern Tier kicks ass, plain and simple. If you're not hoppin on their bandwagon you need to see a taste specialist cuz there's somethin wrong with your tastebuds. Forget about the 8% abv, this is one of the best brews I've had all summer.

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Photo of DrinkinBuddy
4.42/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, big ups to slagle9480 for this treat. (good lookin out!) Pours a nice clear amber color with an unbelievable white head with great retention. Smell is both floral and citrusy. Southern Tier's hopsun is definately my favorite summer brew, and like the bottle says, Uber Sun takes off where hopsun leftoff. Very pleasant, crisp citrus fruity taste with a great sense of balance and pleasure. The finish is nice and hoppy (hop heads delight). Mouthfeel is very refreshing and combined with the balance of flavors, makes this very drinkable despite the 8.00 ABV.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.47/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear pale amber/orange body with big fluffy white head. Head slowly fades to 1/2 finger with excellent head retention. Not what I expected from this brew but it looks great!

S- Smell is a nice combination of a DIPA and a wheat ale. Lots of grapefruit on the nose with an essence of floral hops. A sweet yeasty backbone can be dected too.

T- Much like the smell. Lots of grapefruit and floral hops up front with a solid, sweet, bready wheat backbone. The finish is mostly floral hop taste with hints of grapefruit and wheat. Both a slight, crisp bitterness and a sweet yeasty, bready taste linger on the palate. Take a great,well-balanced DIPA and a good wheat ale and combine them and that is what this one tastes like.

M- Medium carbonation. Body is both yeasty from the wheat and oily from the hops. Heavy for a wheat ale but still very smooth. Goes down easily.

D- Great job by Southren Tier. Alcohol is very well hidden by the big complex taste and mouthfeel. I had this as a reccomendation by the bartender and I took another 22oz bomber home with me to review. Something that I can't wait to revisit. I am looking foreward to trying other offerings from Southren Tier!

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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 Lexx
3.82/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Viggo for picking this one up!
Pours a clear, orangey gold, almost like wheat fields under a setting sun. Uhoh, I think Biegaman may be rubbing off on me...
but anyway, a bit of a soft white head that subsides into a crown and a centered veil.
The aroma is composed of soft hops, some citrus, lemon in particular, honey, freshly cut lawn and alcohol.
The lemon extends into the taste, along with notes of white pepper, a subtle sweetness, some citrusy hops and alcohol. The pepper shows itself in the throat! The alcohol really is noticeable, but not overly.
Over all, a pretty decent effort.
Thanks, Eric!

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Photo of Viggo
3.83/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber picked up in Buffalo, think it was at Consumers.

Pours like the Hop Sun, clear golden, slight orange tint, thick white head forms, insane lacing on the glass, very thick layer, looks pretty nice. Smell is very sweet, caramel, honey, malt is perfect, resinous pine and floral hops, lots of fruity alcohol, big hops and malt, nice. Taste is malty, caramel, fruity alcohol, fruity hops, pine resin, floral, alcohol, pretty one dimensional. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation, pretty smooth for an 8% beer, very easy to drink.

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Photo of Imstillthegman
4.15/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southern Tier does it again...another bomber of easy drinking, very tasty, hard to put down, higher alcohol beer. Keep it up.

Uber Sun pours a light amber-straw color with about two fingers worth of white head. Nice lacing is left behind.

The aroma is big on fruity floral hops. There's some wheat in the background, along with bubble gum and some berries. Smells like a delicious candy.

The flavor is a liquid version of the smell. Floral and fruity hops are strongest with more subtle hints of wheat, pine, and bubble gum. Tasty. The abv isn't really noticeable.

Medium bodied with good carbonation. A tad oily from the hops but that gets washed away by the crisp finish. I am glad I am drinking this one inside in the a.c. on this 95+ degree day as the abv would no doubt make it's present felt more out in the heat. Very easy drinking and highly enjoyable. As for now, this american pale wheat is only bested by Gumballhead.

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Photo of meatyard
4.1/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A good pick-up from Capone's in Norristown PA.

Appearance is a clear, medium golden color with a big head and good lacing.
The smell is clearly hops of a grapefruit aroma.
The taste is at first a light sweetness and then some bitterness. I'm not sure where the wheat comes in unless it creates the sweetness.
Mouthfeel is solidly medium.
Drinkability is very good even with the 8% ABV.

Overall it may not feel like a wheat based beer but it's an extremely pleasant summer drinking beer. If you like hops without them having to be a bomb then this a beer you should try.

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Photo of jjayjaye
4.33/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bourgeoisie/Artisan version of an American Pale Wheat.

Pours a clear pale yellow color with a full finger wispy white head that fades fairly quickly. Quite a bit of lacing to be enjoyed.

At the recommended temperature the smell is quite reserved, but unique because it's much sweeter and maltier than i anticipated for a 'wheat'. As it warms up you get a much stickier, sweeter citrus aroma.

Medium bodied, the mouth feel has a lot going on. I think that's what the team means by "will challenge you with each sip". Perfectly carbonated, a nice complexity generated between that and the centennial hops. Full flavored; it offers a clean refreshing wheat yet an all together substantial maltiness. The fruitiness lingers appropriately.

Drinkability - I frequently have problems with wheat-based beers, but this one is getting it for me. Heed the warning...the 8% ABV is all there and is 'meant to be consumed wisely!' Don't be ignored while flailing into the water... like Icarus.

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Photo of Kendo
4.32/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a weizen glass. Thinking this was a wheat I thought that was the way to go. Only later did I see the bottle recommends a pint glass, and after tasting it I know why. . .

A: Golden body with slow-rising bubbles and a 1-finger ivory head. Solid head retention. Some splotches of lacing on the way down the glass.

S: First thing I wrote was "odd for a wheat" -- juicy hops dominate the first impression: chewy, citrusy hops that seem too in-your-face for a wheat beer. It seems from the nose more like an APA or even American IPA.

T: Very nice -- but also not what I was expecting at all from a wheat. There's a fairly solid sweet foundation. Wasn't sure if it was from the malt or the citrusy-sweet hops. A slight spiciness rears its head every now and again, but for the most part this is dominated by those juicy hops that were so prevalent in the nose. It does finish with a nice, dry, lingering lemony tang that reminds me of a wheat beer's character. But taste-wise, this reminded me more of an APA than an American Pale Wheat Ale.

M: Medium-bodied -- again, bigger than you'd expect from a wheat, but slightly lighter than an APA.

D: Pretty good. If you're thinking you're getting a light-bodied American Pale Wheat Ale for quaffing down on, say, a 90 degree muggy summer day, you'll probably find this to be heavier than what you wanted. But it is tasty.

Notes: I found this to be enjoyable -- and would recommend it and in fact buy it again -- it just wasn't what I was expecting.

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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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ÜberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
4.01 out of 5 based on 255 ratings.
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