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 sinistrsam
3.81/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This poured a clean pale straw color with a somewhat watery body and almsot no head. minimal carbonation.
The nose came off as slightly malty, floral hoppy and a definite contribution from yeast.
The taste was a good kick of alcohol up front, very sweet malt and a lot of hoppiness, but sweet moreso than bitter. Little hint of honey in there as well.
The feel was good; a biting hop plus a sweet malty presence changing quickly to an almost watery feel (unexpected) then comes around with a tongue-coating buttery aftertaste. Very good.
Overall this was a great beer but the alcohol was a bit much in volume and especially in taste. Still something to try and another great variation from ST.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -6.7%
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 BabyBastard
3.48/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber to chalice. Pours a nice golden color, with chill haze prevalent throughout. Thin, off-white foamy head, recedes quickly, though a nice swirl produces prodigious foam. Some spotty lacing, though nothing too impressive.
Smells greatly of wheat and malt. No hop scent present at all.
Tastes very similar to the scent, very malty at the start and middle, finishes malty with a slight bit of alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel is spot on, great carbonation and an ideal smoothness makes this one Imperial that is highly drinkable.

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Photo of billab914
3.97/5  rDev -1.2%
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 ericmunley
4.32/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this bomber of Southern Tier UberSun through means of questionable legality (no, I didn't steal it), which I will not state on here. Great price...under $5 for the 22 oz.

First off, this is easily the best wheat beer I've ever had. I'm a notorious critic of the wheat beer style in general...it often lacks complexity and depth. Allow me to eat some crow.

Poured this beer into a Celebrator pilsner glass. Ubersun pours a hazy, honey color with an enduring white head. This beer looks appetizing, even in the middle of winter.

The smell is all citrus and hops. A good balance in the nose here, neither overpowers.

This beer tastes amazing...parallel with the smell. Hops up front and citrus in the back. Notes of pine and honey throughout as well. The 8% ABV gives it some bite, but really adds to the depth and character of this beer.

The mouthfeel of wheat beers has been, in my opinion, notoriously poor. Generally thin and carbonated, which I can understand from a refreshing summer style. However, Ubersun has a good mouthfeel that lets you know you're drinking a beer and not a Smirnoff. This beer coats the tongue and throat and has a feel as complex as the taste and smell.

At the high ABV, I don't know if this is a 2 bomber beer. On thing is for sure: it is far more drinkable than the 8-10% stouts. I shall be looking into a case of this for the upcoming spring and summer.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.78/5  rDev -6%
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 ppoitras
4.2/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Oliver's in Albany, NY. Or maybe it was from Julio's in Westboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" bright white head over the clear golden brew. Head fades rather quickly down to a layer of skim, with leggy lace. Aroma is sweet, with cloves and fruitiness. Taste comes together superbly. Starts with the sweet, peeks of clove int he middle, and closes with the fruitiness. Aftertaste is a touch chalky, but past that, hard to find fault. Mouthfeel is soft over the tongue, and drinkability is definitely easy for the abv. Great stuff.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
3/5  rDev -25.4%
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 RichThatchr
2.96/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

While it looked good in my glass, the twisted scent of the overtly alcoholic and a measure of black licorice sweetness was very present to my nose. The first and last tastes were well hopped in a light to medium bodied taste that was dominated by a syrupy malt base. I thought the beer might have been old stock, so I gave it a pass.

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Photo of nickd717
4.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bomber from Jason's in Ellicott City, MD.

A - Nice clear golden color with a lasting white head.

S - Aroma is very nice with wheat, bread dough, and citrus hops.

T - Very tasty and only mildly sweet, with wheat, bready malt, orange, lemon, and an awesome mix of citrus and pine hops.

M - Fairly dry on the finish with soft carbonation and some hop resin. Really refreshing and hides the ABV well.

D - Very high.

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Photo of tigg924
3.62/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: gold, clear, 1/4 inch head that goes away quickly, high carb.

Smell: hops, pineapple, citrus, and malt--very similar to a barleywine

Taste: honey wheat startfollowed by big hops. Traces of lime, lemon, and other citrus as well

Mouthfeel: sweet start, high carbonation with a bitter finish

Drinkability: Not my favorite by the brewery. It is amzing how you get two distinct beers here. The malty sweet start followed by a big dose of hops. One is enough for me.

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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 ZimZamZoom
4.25/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Popped a bomber and split between two pint glasses. Nice clear deep golden color. Not expecting this clarity in a wheat, but it's nice and the tight white head on top adds to the enjoyment. Lacing is outstanding.

Nice floral and pine aroma of hops, mixed with a sweet malty background. Getting a little cinnamon spice as well. Interesting aroma. taste is intense in both the sweetness and hop departments. I'm thinking this is almost like a fresh DFH 90 Minute. Not all the way there but in the ballpark. Great piney hop flavor and intensely sweet smooth malty character. This balances in an earthy way to create a truly outstanding tasting beer.

Visibly Viscous, big body, fulfilling without being filling. This is an all around well made beer. Could have easily hit the entire bomber myself and then some.

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Photo of glid02
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of grapefruit hops with good amounts of wheat aromas. As it warms the hops fade a bit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet wheat flavors up front are joined by hop flavors that aren't quite as intense as the smell led me to believe. Midway through the sip a kind of spicy sweetness joins in, similar to the flavor in Pumking. Ending is mildly bitter.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I had no problem finishing my glass and could have a few more.

Overall this is one of the better American big wheat beers I remember having. Worth a shot.

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Photo of marvin213
3.73/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A straw-colored, light beer looks both refreshing and impactful as a solid, hoppy head rests atop the liquid. Quite simply, the beer looks good.

I enjoy the hop smell in what is ultimately a wheat beer. Centennial has yet to significantly impress me, and the same is true here. +0.5 for hop smell in a wheat beer.

Aw, the pale malts smack my palate more than anything else. If I'm objective to its identity and approach it like a pale wheat ale, I shouldn't discredit that. If I approach it like any other beverage, it leaves me blah. If I take into consideration the hoopla (even--actually, especially--from respected imbibers using this medium, I'm actually disappointed. Believe it or not (I say to myself), I traded one of these for a Pliny! Undoubtedly, I'd trade any UberSun for either Pliny; nevertheless, it's still an above-par wheat ale.

Mouthfeel is a lot better than your average wheat. That, of course, is owed to the hops. Although the pale malts strike first, a pleasing punch of bitterness wallows around the palate. This beverage actually rests in your mouth quite well.

A well-done beer and another ST accomplishment, the UberSun stands out. It's in the top half of Southern Tier's offerings, and that's a brewery from which you get what they advertise. It holds its own among any beer counterparts, and it's worth having around.

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Photo of mpyle
4.12/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

App - Poured a moderate sized white head, fairly quick to disperse. pale gold color, brilliant clarity.

Wonderful hop aroma, piney with some solventy resin. Hops dominate - no strong malt or alcohol aromas, at least when cool. Clean aroma profile. As warms, the malty sweetness becomes more evident.

Flav - Malt is very secondary, but evident for a moment at the beginning. Not a real strong bready wheat character. Strong hop flavors from the start, a bit earthy/piney. Finishes bitter, but not harshly so. Hop flavor and bitterness lingers. Alcohol evident midmouth and beyond, but of a pleasant variety.

MF - Med body and med-high carbonation. No astringency, and some gentle alcohol warming.

D'ability - Really drinks more like a largish IPA than a summer wheat. Maybe the wheat lightens the color and malt flavor a bit. A well-done hop bomb, and depending on your taste and alcohol tolerance could probably down a few bottles of this stuff.

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Photo of JMD
4.05/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Rich golden yellow, with bright peach tones, big frothy white head, but minimal lacing.

S: Earthy and grassy aroma. Big dose of pine and citrus hops. Hints of wheat and fruit, and sweet candy.

T: Sweet and creamy. Big blast of citrus that gives this a nice hop bite. Grapefruit, lemon zest, and mandarin oranges.

M: Full bodied ale, very smooth and creamy

D: Smooth and full flavored wheat ale. The 8% ABV is undetectable, as these go down very easy. This is like Hop Sun on steroids! Another solid offering from Southern Tier.

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Photo of MbpBugeye
3.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a weizen glass.
A- Fluffy medium sized head that fades into a thin film that leaves some lacing. Uber-sun is a sunny golden color with a slight haze but light still passes through.

S- Floral, lemony and light. Its wheaty, yeasty and malty.

T- biscuity malts under some grapefruity hops. There is some faint spiciness.

M- Nice and crisp, tingly carbonation.

D- Nice, thirst quenching and crisp. Good for a summer evening.

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Photo of Pencible
3.95/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured a nearly clear light gold with some white head. It smelled like fresh oranges and wheat, with some lemon zest and a bit of bready yeast. It tasted like bitter grapefruit with oranges and creamy yeast, with a bit of honey. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a bitter aftertaste. Overall this didn't have much wheat to it, but it still had a nice crisp and clean flavor. It had good body, and hid the alcohol very well, so it was pretty easy to drink. This wasn't necessarily a great example of the style, but it was pretty enjoyable to drink. Similar to Little Sumpin' Sumpin'.

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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 GatorBeerNerd
3.7/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber purchased at Charleston Beer Exchange and poured into a New Belgium balloon glass.

A: Pours a clear light orange color with a relatively small amount of head. There are a few strips of lacing as the beer is consumed, but not very much. The bubbles on the surface do seem to have very good retention.

S: Quite a bit of lemon aroma in the nose. There is also a hint of malty sweetness. Its a pleasant aroma, but nothing extraordinary.

T: Surprised a bit by the very sweet flavor of this brew. There is quite a bit of lemon flavor from the hops that help to balance out the beer a bit. However, this one is still quite sweet. I give it slightly better than an average score here since so many Pale Wheat Ales are flavor free.

M: The carbonation seems a bit aggressive in the mouth to me. The beer also seems a bit thin even for this style.

D: It is pretty drinkable for the ABV, bit many other examples that are not quite as bitter are a bit more drinkable.

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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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Photo of Floydster
4.07/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with Rbald42, thanks again Ryan, drank last night, reviewed from notes, poured into my Bull and Bush mug, color is golden yellow with orange tint, big 1 1/2 inch soapy white head with some retention and leaving, aroma consists of wheat, citrus, piney hops, herbs, and banana, flavor is full of hoppiness at the beginning, chewy wheat and light citrus in the middle, finish has a large amount of hops too, they are pretty piney, stays bitter and dry even as it warms, chewy and dry mouthfeel, moderatate level of carbonation, medium bodied, could drink a few glasses of this, eight percent is hidden pretty well, can be a little dry at times, one intense wheat beer I must say, interesting and full of Centennial hops, enjoyed this a lot and it is a nice summer beer indeed, would drink again, recommended

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Photo of callmescraps
4.3/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A favorite style, a favorite brewery. Let's do this.

Appearance - A pale golden hay color. A big foamy white head dissipates in just moments. Looks nice.

Smell - Lots of sweet biscuit and wheat. Some hints of spice as well. Also plenty of hops. A little grapefruit? But more floral.

Taste - That mellow sweet bread dough and wheat comes up front. That's followed by the grapefruit hops. It doesn't turn bitter, but settles out nicely. A hint of that spice sticks around. Very nice. Some good fruity esters come out as well.

Mouthfeel - Pretty good. Good carbonation, nice and crisp.

Drinkability - Downright deadly. Goes down smooth, but more booze than you'd expect.

This is a real winner. It's a great summer drinker. I'd love to have it around regularly. Reminds me of a more mellow Sumpin Sumpin, which is good news in my book.

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Photo of goblue3509
4.18/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a slightly hazy almost orange color with a thick head about two fingers worth. The head gives way to very good lacing. The smell is of citrus and you can also detect a hint of the alcohol. The taste is of wheat, citrus-mostly lemon, and some alcohol however, not enough to make you stay away. The mouthfeel is what you would expect, there is a decent amount of carbonation. The overall drinkability is very high, you can have alot of these, it reminds me of a sam adams white in that even though there is a high alcohol content the beer is smooth and refreshing.

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ÜberSun (Imperial Summer Wheat Beer) from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.02 out of 5 with 256 ratings