422 Pale Wheat Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company
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2.42/5 rDev -29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
After reviewing the Southern Tier Creme Brulee, I visited the Surly Girl Saloon, a quality southwestern comfort food eatery in my beloved Columbus, Ohio, to partake in my next Southern Tier experience. I saw the 422 tap handle and ordered up a pint of Southern Tier's 422 Pale Wheat Ale. The 422 is a "session" beer (5.0 ABV), but I did expect some great flavor, just not that diesel bite.
The first thing I noticed when the waitress set the glass on the table was its clarity. I expected a little fog in the glass of this wheat beer, but it was as clear as a cheap domestic light lager. It did have a slightly creamy one-finger head that stuck around a while, but it had some slight undefined lacing rings as I sipped.
I can say that there was no nose to this brew at all. I may as well have been sniffing an empty glass. Maybe a subtle smell of hops prevailed, but definitely no hint of citrus or malt as expected of a pale or wheat ale. Without even taking a sip I asked the waitress if maybe she poured a Pabst's by mistake, but there was no mistake.
Besides some subtle carbonation differences, the 422 tasted pretty much like a run-of-the-mill mass produced lager. I was extremely disappointed to say the least. I could have paid one third of what I did for some happy hour hooch. I could detect a little sweetness, albeit very little, and a slightly hoppier finish than a typical watering hole beer. The 422 is very bland. Where the wheat was I have no idea.
The consistency of the head was the most appealing part of the mouthfeel. Once the head had dissipated, the 422 was very thin and cheap-feeling. This may very well have been the intent of Southern Tier being a session ale, but I expected a little more viscosity.
The 422 is about as drinkable as a Budweiser, if that is what I am looking for. It's a session ale without that yeasty nose and flavor, which is replaced by a very subtle sweetness and a light hop bitter nibble. The 422 is a great brew to complement a meal when the beer isn't supposed to be the focus. It's not for those looking to be hopped out of your mind or looking to put the pedal to the metal with a high octane after burn, but it's not intimidating to the novice and impossible to hate for the connoisseur who knows what to expect.
Side note: Southern Tier brews the 422 in commemoration of Earth Day as the bottles are packaged in 80% recycled materials.
Serving type: on-tap
07-20-2009 02:48:58 | More by stevenseg
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3.51/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
Serving type: bottle
01-25-2014 04:53:44 | More by BucannonXC5
422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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