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422 Pale Wheat Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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422 Pale Wheat Ale422 Pale Wheat Ale

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Reviews: 274
Hads: 641
Avg: 3.43
pDev: 13.12%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: riversider76 on 04-05-2009

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Photo of RobPete
2.33/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Not my favorite. Poured flat with very little head, which quickly disappeared. Color was a pale opaque orangish-yellow. No carbonation to speak of. Hint of hops and the slightest touch of lemon. The only thing that I liked about this beer is the fact that I only had one.....

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Photo of Treyliff
3.1/5  rDev -9.6%

Bottle to pint glass.

A- pours a hazy pale yellow color with a small fizzy white head that reduces to a ring around the glass, a bit of lace left behind

S- crisp wheat with a hint of tart lemon, crackery malt and grassy hops 3.25

T- sweet bready malt base mixes with a hint of grassy hop and crisp wheat, slightly chalky finish 3

M- light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp finish 3.5

O- light and easy drinking, but nothing I would want again 3.25

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%

Simple yet effective. The pour was a pale and hazy yellow with a fizzy head that did not stick around for very long. The smell was a mixture of citrus from the hops and a bit of a toasted aroma coming through. The taste was different with those same hop notes but a much lighter malt characteristic than I thought based on the smell. Overall enjoyable and refreshing.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.5/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a sam adams custom pint glass, color is straw gold, pretty clear for a wheat style ale, head is very thin and dissipates to just a ring.

Smell very simple, some pale malt, some wheat malt, touch of biscuit and then some earthy hops.

taste is similar to the aroma. simple blend of malts and hops, touch of wheat flavor with some biscuit. Simple and easy drinking.

MOuthfeel is where it feel similar to a wheat ale, some lingering presence and flavor on the tongue and throughout.

Overall, a simple ale with subtle flavors but very drinkable. i like it as a session ale.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.51/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: 16-oz. glass
From: Eddy’s Beverage Inc. in Saratoga, N.Y.
Price: $15.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: Jan. 15, 2014
Consumed: Jan. 16, 2014
Misc.: DOB on Aug. 30, 2013

Poured a golden straw hazy color with 3-to-4 fingers of frothy white head. Minimal lacing on the sides. Minimal retention.

Smelled corn, honey, grass, sour fruit, cereal and hay.

Tasted similar to the nose. Honey, lemon grass, cereal, hay, citrus hops and floral hops.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Long, clean finish.

Nothing too special about this beer. Had plenty of ones like this before.

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Photo of FLima
3.2/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Slightly hazy golden color with a thick head with good retention and leaving a wall of laces.
Light aroma of lemon citrus, wheaty bread and grassy and floral hops and just a hint of banana.
Very refreshing flavor with notes of oranges, peppery yeast and grass. There is higher mix of barley malt than other wheat beers.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Sessionable ale for the summer, the higher mix of barley malt makes it less tiresome. But definitely it is not a beer to take you off the ground.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.73/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pale straw yellow, very cloudy. Bubbly white head sputters out quickly. No real lacing.

S: Very bready, doughy, and wheaty. Whiff of lemony tartness. Some floral hopping.

T: Wheaty and bready. Yeast character is fairly neutral. Moderate hop bitterness and floral hop taste. Light snap of lemony tartness on the background. Bready and wheaty finish with a hollow hop bitterness.

M: Very light in body. Slight creamy and fluffy texture, though it stays rather watery. Blast of aggressive scrubbing carbonation adds a crisp bite.

O: A little bit on the bland and uninteresting side, but it's tough to make an American Wheat ale that will really get beer geeks going. It does its job though. It's an inoffensive, quenching wheat ale that's simple to the point of feeling a little too dumbed down. It would hit the spot nicely as a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of curasowa
3.66/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy, pale yellow color with one finger of head that fades to a thin cap with spotty lacing.

Aroma: Light citrus aroma over some wheat malt.

Taste: Crisp and citrusy up front, with a slightly astringent, kinda-nutty, kinda grain husk malt presence becoming more pronounced. Finishes pretty clean with some lingering grapefruit rind bitterness.

The Rest: Amply carbonated with a medium body that thins on the finish. Pretty clean and light on the pallet without being boring.

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Photo of Wukk
3.53/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It's not a bad beer, but it's not my favorite. A little bit too light for a pale, and basically no hop flavors or bitterness, which was disappointing. Enjoyable and very refreshing and light on the palate. A little bit skunky, but not overtly so. Good as a craft version of an adjunct piss beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 17, 2013.

It pours an unfiltered, cloudy pale yellow with excitable carbonation building up to a huge white head that eventually settles back to a ring.

On the nose I do get the wheat along with bready malts, butter, yeast, and a dash of citrus.

The body is just a bit better than light.

The taste does have its own unique character as advertised which downplays the wheat and brings forth the pale malts and bread with an super subtle hop finish that is clean and crisp. Ideal for today which was 90 degrees.

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Photo of Boardshort_Brewer
3.71/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Straw yellow with a nice white head and lacing. Just slightly cloudy, which is okay considering it is a wheat beer.
Smell - Not very strong, but I can tell what it wants to be, very good for a wheat beer.
Taste - Very pleasant, not like most wheat beers in that its lacking the very strong clove flavor which for my taste is fantastic! I get a nice wheat flavor a little creamy and it melds nicely with the mild hops.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.34/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Date tasted: July 5, 2013... Glassware: weizen glass... Occasion: tasting Orioles late-game defeat--blown save #6 for JJ....Appearance: golden, hazy pilsner-type body with a pleasant white head that clouds slightly along the glass... Aroma: tart pungent, skunkish doughy malts/yeasts--too old? no light wheat is present... Palate: flattened, smooth base that is drinkable but not vivid or appealing... Taste: a tart acidity claws at the beer's flavor; high suspicion it is too old to be an accurate rating--or is it just too malty?... Overall: a malty, yeasty ale that has surprisingly audacious backbone--and understandably, in need of some flavoring (a lemon?) to create a more balanced, more engaging beer....

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Photo of Suds
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A hazy, intense yellow color, the beer has a modest white head an plenty of carbonation. The aroma has a lemon and orange peel scent...lots of wheat scents. Some grass and pepper, as well as a little pale malt. The taste is crisp, fruity, and just a little sweet. Nice mix of wheat twang, mixed with a little pale malt. Medium body. Solidly drinkable beer.

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Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/12/2013. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy bright white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, pear, wheat, bread, pepper, light clove, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and strength of bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast and hop notes. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pear, pepper, wheat, clove, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light amount of spicy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and robustness of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; with no cloying flavors on the finish as expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale wheat ale! All around nice balance and robustness of flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one; best pale wheat ale I have had yet.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.46/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip. DOB 03/22/13

A: Pours a mostly opaque light yellowish gold with a full three finger dense white head. Can barely see some carbonation in the haze. Leaves some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Light wheat aroma and pale malt. Bit of a macro aroma to it. Hops are in there too for a touch of bitterness.

T: As anticipated it has a wheat dominant flavor. Not as robust as a full on wheat beer but a lighter take. Hops show up on the backend.

M: Body is nice and creamy with mild carbonation. Reminds fairly crisp and easy drinking.

Overall I feel like it may lose some in the bottling as it taste a bit more robust on tap. Good for the summer time or after breaking a sweat.

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Photo of rodlavers
2.97/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured 422 into a snifter, seems to be my go-to vessel for consuming beers these days, regardless of style. Anyhow..

Appearance is quite average: it's as pale as a lager (light yellow and translucent) but the very bright and crisp, saving it from a poorer rating. Huge frothy white head redeems 422 as well, and I seem to get a decent bit of lacing, unlike others.

Smell is quite average as well. It has a tinge of BMC aroma to it that I find unappealing, but it does have very light hop undertones along with a natural grassyness to it that works for me. Still, very average smelling beer, nothing special.

Taste is similar, with added grass/wheat flavors; it's light and crisp.

Feel is above average, but only slightly. I get a sense that I could keep drinking this and drinking this, particularly outdoors in the heat of the spring. It's drinkable, and better than your typical lager.

Overall, very average beer for me, even within the Pale Wheat Ale style. It's bright and crisp, and remarkably drinkable, but that does not save 422 entirely. Could be considered sessionable for some. Cheers.

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Photo of DMXLOX22
3.68/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single of this brew at my local establishment, Civera's in Drexel Hill. Didn't get a chance to enjoy this on actual earth day due to illness, I still wish to pretend its still that day.

Appearance: pours a golden, straw, pretty transparent coloring. Leaves behind about an inch of frothy, head. Not very impressive considering its a pale ale. Lacing is also kind of disappointing. But not entirely bad.

Smell: hops are quite minimal, but considering the style, it's expected. Some lemon zest is apparent in the first couple of times. The aroma doesn't have as much wheat as I originally expected, but it has some promise.

Taste: has an untoasted malt flavor at first. Quite mild in the hop and bitterness department. Has some grassiness to t, but it fits well. Lemon zest is noticeable with a very mild orange peel. Simple flavors come together with the zest and very little sweetness. Not bad.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation with a somewhat medium body. Not much dryness on the aftertaste at all. Quite enjoyable. Goes down well.

Overall: coming into this, I was a little unimpressed, but I did like the label. Pale wheat ales are not something I endeavor into too often, but I enjoyed this one. Some things were missing, but nothing I would cry about. Light body, met with a zesty, and clean, crisp finish after taste. I would probably not have again, but would definitely recommend to a friend. Cheers!

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Photo of BeerYoss
2.96/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Hazy straw colored pour. Big, fizzy, pillowy head settles within a few minutes but remains on the surface. sticky lacing. maybe not as inviting as some wheat ales

S: strong citrus, refreshing perky smell

T: sweet, citrus, grass, subtle hop finish. almost gives a bitter beer face though

M: medium body coats the mouth, very little carbonation

O: not bad. but something about the taste that I just don't like. too sweet.

bottle to goblet

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Photo of CHADMC3
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy, yet transparent golden body beneath the pure white head which quickly dissolves to leave just a thin trace of lacing around the glass.

A very pleasant mix of wheat, lemon zest, and floral hops flat from the glass. There is also a touch of grass and flower petals.

Similar to the aroma the flavor offers lemon zest, fresh wheat, and floral notes with a sweeter aftertaste than one may expect.

Lower to medium in carbonation with a body that is fuller than expected with a sweet, yet hoppy finish.

A nice example of the style, not nearly as hoppy as some of its higher rated counterparts and maybe leaning closer to the yeast highlights of its German counterparts.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
3.23/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle in nonic. Pours pale straw color, not unlike a typical light lager. Plenty of white foam. Smells like a typical wheat, with spiciness but also a bit of ammonia. Taste is very similar, dry and crisp, maybe some of the banana you would expect but not a lot. Slightly watery mouthfeel. Not really sure what this is going for and probably won't try again.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden yellow with lots of bubbles and a two-finger, white, fizzy head that lasted more than a few minutes. Pretty good lacing.

S: Wheat. Hay and citrus.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Wheat, pepper, and citrus. Mild.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation.

O: Average wheat ale. Looks a bit nicer and smells a bit better than it tastes.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This pours a clear, pale yellow color with only a slight head. The scent is of cheap grassy grains giving it an overall earthy tone. The taste is quite light yet refreshing with citrus and wheat combined nicely together. The finish is very clean and simple. This is a good starter beer for those looking to get into craft beers with its very inviting taste.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a refreshing beer, nice wheat character without all the fruity yeast notes of a hefe. the nose is a little bland, but the wheat malt is fresh, and the hop profile is very obviously citrusy. lemons and limes even, which feel like a summer brew more than anything. the flavor is pretty good, a nice fusion of hops and wheat, not quite a wheat ipa, as the hops are more balanced than that, but its a crisp and refreshing beer that is very sessionable with its light body and bright carbonation. i am surprised its scored as low as it has on here, since it really isnt bad at all. i think in the spring or summer itd really hit the spot after mowing the grass or something. a front porch drinker for me.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.22/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

$1.79 for a 12oz bottle @ BevCo. Brewed with "Ale yeast, three of varieties of malts, two varieties of hops" per the website. 5.8% ABV.

Pours out to a very nice pale, lightly cloudy, golden, forming a nice white head with average retention and lacing. Moderate brish carbonation, ~3.0 carbs or so. The nose does not impress. A little fruity, a little yeasty and not much else. No discernable hop nose at all, which is a bummer. Mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing with a medium body, a little bigger than most American wheat ales. The taste is actually pretty good. Despite the lack of any hop nose, there is a pleasant mild hop flavor with a pleasant, well-balanced spicy bitterness which sits nicely with the clean finish.

Typical American wheats are one of my least favorite styles, but this is one of the better ones. I would expect these guys to do something more along the lines of Gumballhead or something. More fruity aroma and flavor hops would do wonders for this beer. Still, it's a decent summer thirst quencher if your choices are limited.

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Photo of Hopswagger
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P:  Fuzzy effervescent golden straw body with copper highlights. Quick fading white head that settles to a thin film on top. 

S:  Sweet sun kist wheat, saw dust, leather, ginger, sweet toasted malt, spiced rum, floral and a sting of cinnamon. 

T/M:  Loads of wheat and citrus. Floral hops, alcohol is not really present like the nose, peaches, and a herbal oily coating, followed by green bitter banana.  Flavors are muted and not real clear, mostly wheat in taste. A touch acidic in a light medium feel that finishes dry and chalky and lingers fruit tartness and mild lemon zest.  Cinnamon shows up in the end and creates a hard to swallow feeling. 

O:  My first Southern Tier is a tad lackluster. I expected a terrific beer but got a decent offering.  It's not bad it's just less than expected. The nose was more powerful and started off great. Once warmed the nose was overly boozy. The taste was there but very docile. I would definitely drink this again though. 

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422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.