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

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

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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 objectivemonkey
4.03/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Into my curvy DFH pint glass, pours a crystal clear amber gold with a frothy white head. Retention is excellent, lasting some several minutes, and leaves big blots of lacing down the glass. The aroma is decidedly hoppy, loads of juicy hop oils and light fruits, with perhaps the faintest of wheat malt behind.

The taste follows suit, a hop fest in the wheat vernacular. Starts out with hops oils and light juicy fruits before quickly turning a bit of bittering pine on, with the wheat malt skating below the surface, registering, but only glancing. The fruits come back in force in the middle through end, as the carbonation gives its slight tingle. The finish leaves the juicy pine oils lingering, slightly bitter.

I kept glancing back at the beer, sure I was drinking something other than a wheat beer. As it is, if ST has invented the imperial wheat beer, its a hoppy bastard, almost beyond the point of recognition. Still, interesting enough to drink.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
3.78/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Today was something of a rarity - I did something smart...I brought my list of ratings into the liquor store with me, and in doing so, realized I hadn't rated this beer. I am a fan of most of the Southern Tier beers I've tried, so it was cool to find one I hadn't experienced.

Unfortunately, this wasn't one of the better Southern Tier beers IMO. "Summer wheat" has a lot of fairly pedestrian beers in it, and this beer is certainly not pedestrian, and is probably atop the heap of summer seasonal beers in my mind right now, but isn't as good as some of the other beers in the Southern Tier stable.

Head is abundant, bod is a clear golden color. Aroma is hoppy, a bit metallic, wheaty, and watery in its own way (I know water doesn't have a smell, but you know what I mean). Flavor is pleasantly spicy and hoppy with some alcohol esters noticeable. Mouthfeel is a touch on the thin side but not bad.

it is such a relief to have a summer beer that isn't wimpy - this one has real taste and 8% ABV which doesn't disappoint.

Pretty good; I suppose I'd recommend....but not at the expense of Gemini, Hoppe, or Inquity.

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

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale straw yellow body, mild carbonation gurgling to the top, and some spotty lacing with a soapy white head.

Smell: Soft wheat fruit esters, with some banana and citrus, and a bit of spiny hops in there too.

Taste: I was told how good this was from a friend who said it was more like an IPA than a Wheat. And he's right in some sense. What I love is the softness of the wheat, which seems to bring a great nuance to everything. There's some banana and spicy fruit and citrus, yet the finish is long, and is kind of like a super-hopped, yet extremely soft, IPA, which is something I have trouble explaining. I feel like this rivals Gumballhead. It's balanced, flavorful, complex, and way too easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied and amazingly creamy and soft and near-perfect.

Drinkability: Easily one of my new Southern Tier favorites. I could drink this all day, every day. And at 8%, which you can't even tell, I don't know if that's a bad or good thing, considering the former. I wish I had a case of this.

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden,sunny color with a decent head and lace.
The aroma of hops,fruit and some malt.

The taste starts off with spicy hops and then malts with a touch of alcohol in the back. Just a hint of fruit ,but very subtle.
A mild bitter feel with a medium body and medium carbonation. Smooth and crisp with a touch of wheat.

Notes: An interesting beer with session potential. I said potential because after two bombers I decided I would take it easy and have something else under 8% ABV. What a Wheat ale!

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Photo of ATPete
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle

Pours a hazy yellow color with an enormous white head, i may have poured this one a bit too aggressive though. Orange peel, some corriander spiciness, loads of leafy bitter hops in the aroma as well. Bang! Very hoppy in flavor as well, although after a few sips it looses its initial intensity, and becomes...bland. Citrusy, juicy, not much wheat character to really note. Alcohol is next to nonexistent, besides the brief and moderate appearance on the finish. A bit thin on the body, which is great coming from this brewery but for the style, honestly a bit more graininess would be a welcomed touch. Odd but refreshing, a damn good summer beer when you really need the extra kick...8%!? and damn well done.

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

Poured 22oz bomber into weizen glass.

A: Great cloudy golden color with a thick one finger head. Not much retention but nice lacing.

S: Citrus, especially orange, wheat, hops. All fragrant, but mild.

T: Starts citrusy, ends with the bitterness and hops. Little bitter aftertaste - overall, pretty balanced.

M: On the soft side of medium body, with some hints of the alcohol.

D: Very enjoyable, refreshing, but still very intriguing, but I have a hunch the high alcohol will catch up quickly.

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Photo of Bobbydigi
3.48/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz poured into my Ommegang glass.

One finger of head that faded fairly fast. Some nice lacing. The hops presence was nice but not too pronounced, wheat and malts were also present. Taste was underwhelming the hops are upfront, mixed with the wheat malts. There was something off, that just didn't seem to mix well and I can't seem to put my finger on it. The beer was smooth and crisp on the way down and I think I will try another bottle in hopes that maybe my was just a tad bit off. I love Southern Tier beers but this one just didn't do it for me.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.93/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a Duvel Tulip. Lots of info on the bottle including serving temp, etc...but no date?

A - Insane four finger dense white head with fantastic retention. Mostly clear brilliant gold color. Strong, thick lacing.

S - Strong citrus hop aroma with little else apparent behind it. A touch of wheat on the aroma but very faint. Faint fruit hints also.

T - Strong hop flavor that allows small hints of the malty sweet backbone to pull through. Finishes off with spicy alcohol.

M - Light, crisp, and bitter with a dry finish. This beer is somewhat lighter medium bodied. Alcohol warming and spice too. Sizeable bite to it.

D - Good flavor, strong appearance but not for the one who wants to relax with a passive summer beer. This'll hit you.

On a side note, I wonder if it was over carbonated because with out ever shaking it up or doing anything to it, the bottle erupted when I opened it and poured with a giant head.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.73/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clear light yellow with a small white head. Aroma of lemon, tons of orange juice, citrus, and wheat. Flavor is fruity initially (orange mostly), with some perfumy notes, and a sweet, malty finish. Light in the palate, very easy to drink. Nice beer.

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Photo of vtfan77
3.97/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Light straw, pilsner-like and crystal clear with a decent white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a nice lacing.

S- Big time hop aromas with tons of pine and a refreshing hit of citrus, much like an IPA. The malt has a nice character to it as well; you can tell it's wheat and not just barley. There's also a nice depth of character, as I swear I smelled some vanilla and caramel at the start. Very nice smell.

T- The taste is a bit of a letdown, although it's still quite good. The hops are the stars here, with orange and pine needles dominating the flavor. The malt doesn't add a whole lot besides a thin cracker-like flavor. The alcohol isn't hidden particularly well and is quite evident at times, although it certainly isn't out of hand and falls within the range of what can be expected of an 8% beer. The finish is fairly bitter but not on the level of a big IPA.

M- This is definitely one of the beer's strong points. The body manages to seem somewhat full and almost a little syrupy while at the same time being light, crisp, and devastatingly smooth. It's an illusion that would make David Blaine proud. Anyway, it's very nice.

D- The mouthfeel says "session beer" while the taste says "beware, hangover imminent." I would tend to ignore the taste and say that this is a very drinkable beer. The bomber will go down quite easily.

Yet another interesting brew from Southern Tier (would you expect anything else?). This beer certainly isn't perfect, but it's quite tasty and far from ordinary. I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who dislikes hoppy beers, but to everyone else, have at it.

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Photo of cthulu81
3.88/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah Uber*Sun, how your deceptive drinkability crushes BBQs, grillin' and summer activities in general. Here is how I would put this beer in a nutshell: it is the delicious love-child of Two Hearted and Oberon (yes I am aware those are two beers from Bells and not Southern Tier). A nice dollop of wheat in the nose along with a crisp hit of centennial hops. Take a swig and bready, rich wheat coats the palate while sharp, bittering hops keep the finish clean. This beer retains unfettered poundability without sacrificing Southern Tier's renowned imperial flavors. Mmmm.

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Photo of jjanega08
4.2/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A= pours a sweet light honey color with a thin white head that has decent retention and little lacing.
S= huge spicy bitter hops. Really quite spicy and peppery. A little wheat comes through.
T= lots of hops very floral in taste with less bitterness and spicyness than the nose led on to believe. Sort of citrus as well but mostly floral in flavor with a smooth wheat finish.
M= coating and typical of a wheat beer. Pretty nice with the hops.
D=great! One of the best wheat I've ever had. Really nice hop flavor and great wheat finish ill be buying it again.

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Photo of gatornation
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours a straw yellow color with a smallish head and little lacing nothing great here .... the smell is hops and malt and spice some fruit smells and wheat... the taste is pretty good its a crisp wheat, its definably a hop forward wheat with a strong hop presence with a wheat/ slight malt backbone ... the moutfeel is crisp and bitter ..overall a good imperial wheat high in abv @ 8.00 for the style..ill recommend trying it but its not one that ill buy alot will have again however

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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 Jwale73
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle served in my Weihenstephan glass. Poured a translucent honey-gold with copious tiny bubbles in solution and a one inch bright white head with tiny craters embedded in the frothy cap. Head eventually settles into a solid consistent skim; lots of sticky lacing coats the glass during the course of the tasting. Nose is grassy, biscuity, and citrusy and some floral hops. Taste consistent with nose - this brew is packed with flavor. I wasn't sure what to expect (I was thinking more weizen-esque) but it seems to reveal itself as a cross between an imperial IPA and a wheat beer. There's also a hint of spice in the mix and pleasant hops bittering at the finish. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a light carbonation and a slightly oily quality on the tongue. Easy drinking well-hidden abv and great balance. Southern Tier consistently produces excellent big beers, and this is one of them.

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

A--Clear dark yellow color with a little over a finger of head in my pint glass that leaves behind some decent lacing

S--Orange peel, pears, white grapes. Nice subtle citrus nose.

T--Bready malts make way for a small army of bitter citrus hops that add a splash of flavor while still keeping this light on the palate.

M--Medium bodied, nice and sticky with soft carbonation and a bready aftertaste

D--Nice summer beer here, exactly as described. Easy to drink although a little high in ABV for its intended purpose.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.79/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

4.0 A: Almost, but not quite clear golden color. Big white frothy head with very good retention and plenty of lacing.

5.0 S: Mix of herbal hops and wheat. This is outstanding. It smells simply incredible.

3.5 T: Pleasant herbal hop flavor and a good amount of bitterness, but the taste is lacking something. It's not as wheaty or yeasty as I'd like, which doesn't surprise me given it's clarity.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good carbonation. Nothing special or bad.

3.0 D: When I want a good wheat beer, I won't reach for this one. It fails to capture the wheatiness I want in it.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.95/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got a bottle to crack at Beer Run, Charlottesville. Decided on a standard pint glass for it.

A: Golden blonde... almost a honey golden. White, creamy head... a little short, but retains nicely, leaving a bit of sticky lace.

S: Nice aromatic hops, without being too intense, and allowing the wheat and barley to come through. Not as fruity as some can be, but there is a citrus quality.

T + M: Big wheat malt flavour, some lemon citrus - that seems to come from the Centennial hops, more than a yeasty flavour. It doesn't go so far as to have an over-hopped flavour. Body does seem a little hefty, but it makes sense for the style, I suppose. Personally, I tend to prefer a lighter body when it comes to wheat styles, but it's not too bad all around.

D: A summer time sipper of sorts, kind of a paradox to the standard, stereotypical summer quaffers. It does go down pretty smoothly, and while it might not be what I'd reach for all the time, it's a quality beer that I'll be sure to revisit in the warmer months.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev -0.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear dyed gold with a one-finger head that is creamy and with the excellent carbonation dies slowly and left sticky lace all down my glass. A mix of citric hops and a faint smell of spice, like clove, mix with some wheat and a good base of roasted and caramelized malt. Has a smooth, creamy body with a good presence of banana and citric hops but is also fluffy and chewey due to some bread malt. Also has a residual sweetness on the tongue thanks to some caramel and other light sugary goodness as well some roasted malts that mix with a herbal-tea like hop bitterness for a crisp, dry backbite. Also detected little bits of stickiness, honey and some other tropical fruit. Not really on lines strictly with a hefe or wheat ale, but this is a good beer nonetheless to try and sip on - it slowly hits you and one is enough.

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Photo of Kraken
3.87/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed 5/28/09

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a 16 once pint glass. Firm pour evokes a scant, but brilliant white head that fades very quickly. Spotty lace. Color is a slightly cloudy yellow golden color.

Nose- Wonderful pine and grapefruit. Hints of tangerine and various citrus.

Palate- A mouthful of pine and red grapefruit. Slightly tart and sweet. Hops overwhelm any subtle nuances of a wheat beer. This really a conduit to illustrate the flavor profiles of the Centennial hop. Pine and grapefruit feature prominently throughout the flavor profile. Hints of tangerine and strawberry in the finish. Finish is long and fully of hoppy wonderfulness.

Mouthfeel- Dry, active and bit viscous.

Drinkability- This is a very nice beer. If you can get your hands on one I would highly recommend it. Just prepare your palate for a wheat like no other.

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

Poured from a 22 ounce bomber bottle into twin shaker glasses and split with brothercannon. The ale appears a hazed pale apricot color with about an inch of pillowy bone white foam. Nose and flavor are of resinous pine, floral notes, rather sweet caramelized grains/malts. Bordering on full bodied for a wheat beer with ample carbonation. If you dig Hop Sun, don't hesitate to check this one out.

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Photo of kindacold
3.35/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light amber with almost no head. The little head there is dissipates quickly.

Has a slight floral scent, but otherwise nothing special.

Bitter hoppiness with a fruity (strawberry?) undertone. Coats the tongue and throat with the hop residue. Pleasant, but nothing amazing.

I feel like a bottle is as much of this beer as I'd be willing to drink at any sitting. Good, but not great.

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Photo of drcarver
3.69/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I purchased the bottle directly from the brewery and dark it 7 days later.

A small quickly fading white head with little lacing sat on top of a yellow body. There were a few hints of carbonation inside the glass.

Pine fresh on the nose as the bottle opens. Sweet malts. It smells like Southern Tier.

Not much to speak off in hop flavor. That just sticks in the nose. No alcohol despite 8%, slightly sweet maltiness. Bitterness and a bitter aftertaste lingers on the tongue.

Goes down easily which is scary for an 8%.

In the end, not bad, but not worth the price.

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Photo of wyattshotmaker
3.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 22 oz bomber into a sam adams glass.

a nice looking beer,had a small head which was persistent.smells was grassy,citrusy,with the tangy sort of wheat smell you get with most wheat beers.overall,pretty good.

overall,i was expecting alot more complexity from this beer.some wheat tang with a strong hop prescence,bready malts with a soft fruitiness to them.

a good amount of carbonation,tickles my tongue slightly but i feel like it's appropriate.

i had this beer with some spicy green curry with chicken.overall,i was expecting the wheaty-flavor to compliment the spiciness of the thai food.maybe it's because the thai food wasn't spicy enough,i'm not sure.i just had high expectations for this beer,i wasnt let down.i just feel for the price it should be sold in six or four packs.

overall though,i'd recommend this beer,i think pale wheat ales might just not be one of my favorite styles of beer,but within the style this is a very good beer.

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Photo of skrib09
3.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a crystal clear dark gold with a creamy and foamy white head.

smell is hoppy with citrus and pine.

taste is piney and woody hops up front. maybe a touch of sweetness from the malt towards the end.

mouthfeel is light and crisp amongst the hop profile.

drinkable brew!

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