422 Pale Wheat Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

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422 Pale Wheat Ale422 Pale Wheat Ale

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Ratings: 639
Reviews: 276
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by Hojaminbag:
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

422 has a dull, hazy, golden-colored body with a creamy looking white. The retention and lacing are both solid.

The aroma brings grassy hops, a hint of lemon and bread.

As American Pale Wheat Ales go, 422 isn't bad at all. A mild hoppiness brings notes of grass and lemon, as well as the faintest amount of bitterness. The malt profile features bread and a bit of grain.

Nice creamy mouthfeel with a smooth feel from the carbonation.

422 is a solid, though unexciting, American Wheat Ale. It might be worth a try if you're looking for something in the style, but I wouldn't seek it out again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.77/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow, with a thin white head.

Bready wheat and yeast jump out in the nose with a peppery hop presence.

The taste has a good hop/wheat ratio with toasty malt, clove, and a lemony hop kick. The finish is clean and the hops linger in the finish.

One of the better in the pack of pales, but far from desirable.

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info/bottling date...pours light soft golden, hazy, short lived off white head. Sweet honey and flowers in the nose. Pleasant enough summery ale. Notes of wheaty malt, more honey, and light vanilla. Pleasingly dry finish. Nice warm weather quaffer

Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, bright gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: grass, malt, and hops

Taste: honey-especially at the end, grass, wheat, caramel, and malt

Mouthfeel: smooth, can feel the moderate carbonation, clean, moderately sweet

Drinkability: This tastes almost like a hefe without the bite. A very good inoffensive session beer. Could have several especially in warmer weather.

Photo of Swedes21
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a cloudy straw colour, nice white foamy head about 2 fingers. some nice light lacing, nothing wild. there are some sediments in my glass, not much carbonation.

Smell - found the smells to be very mild, some wheat and a little orange/lemon, but there is nothing dominating that stands out.

Taste - not a bad tasting beer, very even and well balanced. there is a slight orange taste, some wheat, but overall just a smooth beer.

Mouthfeel - added volume adds some bitterness, but not much else. the taste and balance carry over.

Overall - would have to say this is a weak wheat beer IMO, there are far better out there on the market.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.49/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a light yellow with a small white head - reminiscent of BMC at first. Nose is mellow, wheaty, a bit spicy as well.

Taste is a bit bitter from the hops, it has a decent bite from the yeast with good carbonation that leaves your tongue tingling. There's a good fruity flavor on the end as well. For a style that generally isn't very good, I think this is a tasty beer.

Photo of Kraken
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/9/09

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Firm pour conjures a scant 1/8 inch head that falls to skim very quickly. No lace. Color is a clear very pale yellow, like a weak lemonade.

Nose- Very bland, no distinguishing characteristics.

Taste- Bland, mildly dry. Faint hop bitters in the finish, faint sweetness. Some mildly floral notes. I really thought this was going be more of a play on a hefe or a Belgian white.

Mouthfeel- Very active, and mildly dry.

Drinkability- Session ale low on taste.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of 12 into pint glass. pours a hazy straw yellow color with a small head that faded almost immediately and halfway down the glass was completely gone. no head retention and no lacing.

the aroma is that of wheat, lemon, citrus, maybe apricot, and some funk from the yeast. pretty standard.

the taste, which is slightly watery, has a lot of wheat and lemon citrus goin on.

light bodied, pretty medium to high carbonation. overall a good sessionable beer. i could easily drink these all night cause there so light. i wouldnt really recommend this to any true craftbeer enthusiasts, but would be good for someone just getting into it.


Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I miss Hop Sun that may be my next case, this is shite in comparison but as an American Pale Wheat it's kind of interesting. Appears a pale yellow apple juice completely filtered hue. Bright white head forms thick and dwindles pretty quickly leaving a nice collar of lacing around the wheat beer glass I'm drinking out of. Nice fine speckled lacing with each gulp. Aroma has a reverent grassy herbal flow that's almost spicy at times, I like it. A clean light toasted malt base for some mild sweetness, very much like lemongrass. Flavor is nice the wheat adds a very cereal tone to the whole mix light biscuit sweetness with heavy grassiness and dhammomile tea with more lemongrass herbs not much hop action maybe just a touch of citrus in the background. Mouthfeel is light bodied easy drinking completely downable, one of those brews that are meant to be drank in session during the grass cuttying Earth Days. Better than another Imperial WTF creation. Overall pretty enjoyable doesn't transcend but nails a hard to like style.

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellowish-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of wheat twang. Also present are grassy hops and very slight amounts of sweet pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells although a bit more robust. Equal amounts of pale malt and wheat flavors kick things off. Soft pear flavors join in shortly thereafter before being pushed aside by grassy and slightly earthy hop flavors midway through the sip. The wheat and hop flavors carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn't expecting much going into my glass but was pleasantly surprised. A nice, non-invasive beer that goes down easy, especially in the warmer months.

Photo of pwoods
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure how this got in my fridge...extra maybe?

12oz. brown bottle poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a pale straw yellow, good clarity. Very small head forms and dies fast. No lacing.

S: Some obvious wheat, grainy and a bit tart. A bit of corn. No hops to speak of.

T/M: Again, the obvious wheat but with a bit of cereal grain flavor. And again, corn, and it's pretty obvious. A bit of tartness from the wheat and a bit husky. A light metallic flavor in the back as it warms. Body is medium light to light with decent carbonation and a drying feel.

D: Just not a good enough beer to want to drink.

Photo of degerbah
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours BMC pale yellow with a finger of head. No smell to speak of, even when I put my entire face into the glass.

Tastes like any mass-produced pale lager with a hint of wheat taste. This just doesn't taste like anything special. It isn't necessarily a bad beer, but at the same time I can't really call it good either. Not terribly expensive, but I would call it over-priced for what is essentially lawnmower beer. This should come in a 30-pack for under $20.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
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.

Photo of duffcalifornia
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly hazy medium yellow color - almost like a murky BMC offering. Gave 1/4" of thin unimpressive head that faded quickly, provided no lacing but did stick around the edges throughout drinking.

S: Smells of pure malt. Almost no hop aroma to be found here. Faint smell of honey and perhaps the hint of alcoholic heat. If we're being honest, nothing in this smell gives any impression of being either an American Pale or a Wheat, let alone a combination of the two.

T: The taste follows the nose - honey and not much else, though I'd be lying if I didn't say I tasted some hint of dark fruits. No apparent hop taste of any kind.

M: Feels adequately carbonated, and goes down smooth. Mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer.

O: This is by no means a *bad* beer, but there are many better beers out there, both in the style and overall. If I went to a friends house and this was all they had to drink, however, I wouldn't think twice of having a couple. Just not something I'd ever buy.

Photo of dacrza1
2.34/5  rDev -31.4%
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....

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, pale gold color, light-white head.

A lavender hop, spring water, golden crispy wheat in the aroma.

A snappy malty wheat, sour and musky yeast is very nice with earthy-green and herbal effect dry and major complexity. Zesty, tangy and sour flavor's all over and a snappy, dry mouth feel. Very sour with wheat in the back.

Very nice.

Photo of allthatAles
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour: Hazed golden yellow. Head forms less than thumbnail thick and dissipates after a couple min to a thin lacing.

Nose: Malt. i'm guessing they went with an all white malting batch. the lightest nuance of citrus note; though i doubt its based in a hop origin, probably an ester note. and a touch of yeast at the end.

Mouth:Lively active malt at the onset. light creme, banana, the touch of citrus present in the nose. creme gives way to faint hops lacing that is present but dissipates rather quickly beckoning you back.

in short very approachable it seems to scream spring/summer. YOu wouldn't guess the brew comes in @ 5.8. plays on the tongue like a session-able beer. For dishes i think you would have to play to lighter fare, look towards a snapper or tilapia kind of a fish. gyros could be an interesting way to as well by pairing ingredients within the tzatziki sauce to compare/contrast the 422 fp*.

Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On Tap at Paddy's Bar and Grill in Hornell, NY.

Pours a hazy yellow with disappearing head and obvious carbonation. The nose has very little to offer; slight hint of straw. Taste is light. Mild straw and wheat, but bland overall. Mouthfeel is light and crisp.

Photo of hreb
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cold 12oz bottle poured into weizen glass. Beer pours a pale golden yellow, clear, with a medium white head. Not much aroma.

Flavor is light, refreshing, with a slightly tart edge. Did lemon come pre-installed in this American hefeweiss? No, there's no fruit, just acid. Carbonation is on the high side, which works well with the summery style. Unfortunately the pale ale style hops and weird yeasty funky completely overpower any wheat flavor the beer might have had (not to mention the serious filtering this beer has undergone).

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I won't go too much into this beer as there's really not that much to it. I'll just agree with the opinions already expressed here.

It's a decent enough American pale wheat. I found it on tap, so i didn't know what it was at the time, just that it was a Southern Tier beer I'd never heard of. I was hoping for more, but I wasn't dissatisfied, and to be honest, I'd probably have ordered it anyway given the tap selection. And I had another one this past weekend after the rain cleared and the sun came out.

Nice beer. Worth trying.

Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pale malt, wheat and a hint of citrus maybe. Not much else going on in the nose. Pretty bland.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with a sweet malty base. There is definitely some wheat in there. The finish is a touch of citrus and hops. Like the aroma, nothing too exciting in the taste department either.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a decent brew but not something I would purchase again.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent straw color with +3 fingers of ivory colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Breadyness & floral hops, nose fades quickly

T: Lemony hops, slight grainyness & grainy sweetness up front. Herbal hops & a touch breadyness as this warms, plus a touch of white pepper. Finishes grainy, with & slight grassy hop bite & a bit of breadyness

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation

Easy drinkability, goes down easy, but not very interesting

Photo of HalfFull
3.69/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured somewhat aggressively into a pint glass, yielding a hazy golden straw with a fleeting cap of foam and offering a lingering ring and light lacing.

Nose is a nice balance of wheat and yeast and offers some intriguing notes though a bit unusual them may be.

Taste is a bit of a drawback at first. Decent but with a notable false lemon quality initially. This settles out with a bit of exposure to a bready character with definite lemon influences and some coarse and spiced wheat notes. Lemon is everpresent yet fades to the background, thankfully, with some warming.

Decent feel and drink for the style. Somewhat coarse and dry in a spice sense, lightly fruity after some air, and easy drinking yet with enough body to intrigue the senses.

Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass.

Pours cloudy pale golden yellow with minimal white foam. No lacing.

Faint fruity tartness in the nose.

Taste full of malty wheatness with a modest sour hop finish. Some citrus buried underneath the close.

Full in the mouthfeel, as if the beer had been wheat saturated. Chewy.

Very good drinkability, would order again. Well done.

Photo of bluemoonswoon
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a tumbler. Tried the hop sun subsequent to this one and am getting around to reviewing this one right now.

A: Pours a standard looking golden straw yellow, not much darker than the beers that the BMC boys put out, but then again this is a lighter style anyway. The head retention leaves something to be desired but maintains a cap-like consistency held together (I want to imagine, by some pretty active ropes of carbonation). Not much retention to speak of.

S: Far wheatier than the hop sun and closer in execution to the style than the hop sun. This beer shows a lot of promise and some hints at some deeper stains of complexity in the aroma but that sweeter malt and slightly fruity hops sort of just mushed together behind the strong armed wheat aromas.

T/MF: Slight coriander, a bit of sweetish malty huskiness and finishes with a lingering hop bitterness that shows up more in the mouthfeel than in the taste. The over arching flavors focus mainly on the light, slightly floral wheat characteristics that have the herbal qualities of a European wit rather than an American kind of orange peel fruitiness. Mouthfeel remains pleasantly chewy and displays a fuller body than I was anticipating, yet this is able to maintain a refreshing crispness.

D: Pretty high but probably because I am drinking it at the right time of year and fresh (which you should anyway). There are far worse representations of this style out there and on a hot day or a warm rainy night, this beer really hits to proverbial spot.

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422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 639 ratings.