Dismiss Notice
Save $5 when you subscribe to 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine by selecting auto-renew.

Subscribe now →
Dismiss Notice
Join Our Email List →

And we'll send you the latest updates and offers from BeerAdvocate, because knowing is half the battle.
Dismiss Notice

Pre-order your Respect Beer "Hipster" Hoodie today!

Plus: Free shipping (US only) on orders of $25 or more until 12/18/15. Just select "Free Shipping" at checkout.

Shop now →

422 Pale Wheat Ale - Southern Tier Brewing Company

Not Rated.
422 Pale Wheat Ale422 Pale Wheat Ale

Educational use only; do not reuse.

274 Reviews
no score

(Send Samples)
Reviews: 274
Hads: 642
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 20.06%
Wants: 11
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: riversider76 on 04-05-2009

No notes at this time.
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 274 | Hads: 642
Photo of Celt44
4.55/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Got three of these is a Southern Tier 12 Pack of Pales....the best mixed 12 on the market! No throw-aways in this one...

Appearance - Pours a cloudy straw with a foamy head...typicall....slight lacing lasts throughout.

Aroma - lemony-citrus on top of sugary malt.

Taste - My new favorite Wheat. The lemon-citrus is not overpowering - slight and up front. Coriander and ginger spice it up. Sweet malts finish it off...

Mouthfeel - Smooth and crisp....very good

Like I mentioned before..my new favorite Wheat....Southern Tier once again goes above and beyond the call of duty. They could have easily put out a run-of-the-mill standard Wheat....I'm lucky enought to have these guys local!...well 3 hrs away!

 710 characters

Photo of shand
4.39/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a very clear golden straw color with minimal head, lading, and retention.

Smell: Sweet, smooth hops.

Taste: Wow, I wasn't expecting this to remind me so much of Magic Hat's #9! The #9 was my first craft beer and this is reminding me seriously of what this tastes like, minus the apricot finish that #9 has. To be honest, I probably prefer this to #9, which is a beer that I already like very much. It's very crisp and refreshing, not very bitter at all. Just sweet hops and wheats, with a bit of citrus to round it out. Exceptional.

Mouthfeel: Perfectly smooth and carbonated.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, the 5.8% on this might sneak up on you because this doesn't seem alcoholic in the slightest.

This is really an exceptional beer that exceeded my expectations. Fans of Magic Hat #9 need look no further for a new favourite beer.

 906 characters

Photo of Bighuge
4.39/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale and hazy sun yellow tone. Thin bubbly dirty white head. No carbonation noted by appearance. Great aroma of citrus (lemon), tangy wheat and bready malts. Solid flavor of bready pils like malts and spicy, peppery hop accents. There's a quenching citrus feel to it as well, with lemon being the main player in the citric dept. Nice all around and balanced as well. A little bit of a chalky finish, which actually is not out of place at all. Full flavored feel in the mouth. Lightly carbonated and easy to drink. Quite enjoyable.

 530 characters

Photo of Tballz420
4.29/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear, golden colored body. Medium sized frothy white head leaves a decent amount of lace. Scent is a lot of nice wheat tones, sweet malt, banana. Very nice tasting wheat. Full wheat beer characteristics, a touch of floral hops as well. Fairly sweet. Somewhat sharp on the tongue, but less than i expected; a fairly creamy mouth. Very nice

 344 characters

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

422 Pale Wheat ale pours a hazy straw like yellow color, with very little head. There is a good strong full smell, with alot of hops, and a bit of the wheat comes through, some citrus is also present. There is a rather sweet taste, a good full wheat flavor. I couldnt taste any hops however. Good full flavor, could use just a bit more carbonation in my opinion. Overall I found this to be an excenlent wheat beer, I was expecting a hoppeir flavor, but still an overall fantastic wheat beer.

 491 characters

Photo of BeerNinja007
4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this 12oz single in a mix pack from Wegmans in Cicero NY. Served cold in a chilled pint glass.

This really pale/thin yellow brew gives a surpisingly robust head that clings greedily to the glass as it settles. Smell is fairly light- some mild hop and soap, and a mild spice that I think is more like a really dilute cumin and herby cilantro than anything else. The spice is really faint, so I dunno how it could possibly give me such a specific impression, but it is what it is. The taste is semi-sweet with honeyish malts and the wheat gives a very nice warm cinnamon. Like true fresh cinnamon, not the nasty stale styrene cinnamon that annoys me in many wheat beers. A little hop and astringent banana peel gives it some bite. Carbonation is rigorous and perhaps a bit too harsh. Finishes clean from the carbo with an aftertaste of pineapple. Still generating good lace, down to the last sip. If the appearance had more color or a bit of turbidity it would've gotten a 5.

 978 characters

Photo of dgilks
4.14/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice aroma. Slightly sweet, wheaty but with a good dose of hops providing a moderate herbal hop aroma.

Hazy, straw colour. Small, white head. Okay.

I'm loving the flavour. Good hop character with a combination of citrus flavours with some earthy character (Willamette?). Light wheat flavour. Crisp.

Medium body but with a crisp carbonation which makes this surprisingly refreshing.

For me, this is exceptionally easy to drink. I had no clue it is above 5% until I checked the Southern Tier site and the flavours just work so well. A perfect summer quaffer.

 560 characters

Photo of jamiesessions
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pale golden colour, with a tight head that fades into a alright lacing. The "wheat beer smell" is certainly present, though lemony scents also come through, especially after sitting for a few minutes. Taste is good, with wheat and malt present, as one would expect for this style, but the hops are considerably more pronounced than one would usually expect in a beer such as this, and that's good thing. Medium bodied, and a noticeable lack of carbonation, which suits me just fine. A very good wheat beer that I would definitely reccomend

 547 characters

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

 1,226 characters

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

Hazed yellow color with a fluffy white head that settled to a layer and left a fine sheet of lacing.
The smell is earthy, pale malt and wheat.
The taste is sweet and somewhat wheaty with a very light bittering right before a sticky sweet finish.
Light/medium body with a silky smooth feel.
This beer is very drinkable as it goes down extremely easy and doesn't make you feel bloated.

4/22 is Earth Day and the motto of this beer is "Make Everyday Earth Day".
I will recycle the empty bottles.

 534 characters

Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Wow, another great brew from the Southern Tier folks. I hadn't had much of their stuff the last couple years but this new (to me, at lease) brew reminds me that I should not have been avoiding them. They make good stuff.

This is very drinkable stuff. A bit light, but not insultingly so. The style should be delicate. I would be nice if it had a bit more yeasty bite, but it will do. I would buy this on it's own, but the way it is, I hope they keep selling the 12 pack with four different pale's in it. It will prove very difficult picking a favorite. I may need to drink several cases to ponder this.

 603 characters

Photo of sjverla
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale gold with high clarity. Not a ton of head. It looks like a summery beer.

Nose: Highly floral with malty tones.

Taste/Feel: Mild and lightly sweet. Very flowery with hop highlights on the backend. It tastes like my parents' garden smells in late June. Smooth overall with pointed carbonation on the tip of the tongue.

Overall: I really enjoyed this beer. It has a light feel, but full flavor. As predominantly hops-oriented beer drinker, I loved it as an alternative to the bitterness, and as another option (and in my opinion), more flavorful, variation on wheat beers.

 589 characters

Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.07/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, pale gold body with a bubbly, white head and some initial soda-like effervescence in the body.

Smell: Soft, transient scents of soft malted barley and wheat with well-integrated hints of honey, meadow flowers, spice, and lemon wedges.

Taste: Blend of light pale and wheat malts with a modest amount of tanginess and sweetness. Freshly floral, lemony hop character with ample bitterness to balance. Light acidity. Small, delicate sip of honey wine dashed with a bit of pepper prior to the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Would pair nicely with sauteed sea bass. It's light and simple, but yet it's also pleasant and refreshing, exactly what I needed on this hot, sweltering summer's day.

 834 characters

Photo of animalchin
4.04/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice cloudy straw color with brief head retention complimented by little lacing. Biscuit-like, slightly sweet flavors with a nice balance. Heavier mouth-feel for a pale ale, but the carbonation is nice and modest. The wheat comes in the after-taste; maintaining itself for just the right amount of time.

I've had this served from a bottle at a local bar, and I have to say I got much more of a taste experience straight from the bottle. Overall a solid Southern Tier brew - certainly ideal to have with you sitting by your pool on a hot summer day.

 557 characters

Photo of spitInTheOcean
4.01/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

looks great. yellow/gold color. hazey(with sediment on the bottom of the bottle agitated and poured in.) thick moussey white head. good lacing. good retention.

smell is mostly spicey. cloves. some banana. some breadiness. aroma of this beer is rather petite. good smell but there is not enough of it.

initially sweet. but then kind of a spicey phonel(clove?) in the middle then sewwt and fruty in the finish(bananas and some breadiness). finish is on the sweet/wet side. no hop flavor slight hop bitterness.

medium-thin body. soft carbonation. very smooth.

this is a very good, very drinkable wheat beer. i will be going back to this time and time again throughout the summer.

 680 characters

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Very pale straw hue, with a glowing neon yellow color when held up to the light. A one finger white head remains very thick throughout.

Very light wheat malt aromas, with a very unique fruity aroma - strawberry kiwi maybe? Very sweet but also with a strong tartness.

More of the same in the flavor, with delicate wheat malts along with some very sweet n' tart fruit flavors. Light bodied, high carbonation.

An interesting pale wheat ale, and one of the better ones in my book simply because it breaks the mold. Recommended.

 552 characters

Photo of jmalex
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Grabbed a couple bottles of this at the brewery during my visit last month. I hadn't seen it sold anywhere else, so it seemed like a good find.

APPEARANCE: Pours into a Sam Adams glass a crystal clear pale gold in color. The head starts out small and immediately settles out to a medium collar with a few splotchy patches of foam dotting the surface.

SMELL: Pretty basic here, but it works great for me. The aroma is predominantly crisp, clean, pale wheat with a lemony citrus character. A little bit of hop aroma balances it out but doesn't really come on too strong.

TASTE: The wheat is a little sweet, and it forms the entire base of the beer. Fruity esters are minimal but I wouldn't call it non-existent. Any hop flavor is so low, and any bitterness tries to approach balance but doesn't quite get there.

MOUTHFEEL: It's bigger than light-bodied with a decent bit of substance, but it's still way on the thin end of the spectrum. Carbonation is higher and vibrant which seems perfect.

DRINKABILITY: Quite nice. The sweetness makes it take a hit slightly, but that more like a nitpick than anything. The low ABV is nothing to complain about either.

No German hefeweizens in the fridge? I don't know if you can do much better than this for a non-hoppy American version. Worth trying.

 1,292 characters

Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, deep gold color with nice white head. Head falls to a small one. Very thin lace.

Nice wheat aroma with hints if citrus and heavily spiced.

Nice spicy, wheat taste. Mild citrus, more flavor from the spices which is nice. Bit sharp. Mild hops in the finish.

Medium bodied, tangy and a bit oily on the tongue.

Nice, easy drinking brew.

 356 characters

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear golden yellow in color with a short 1/2" head that breaks apart quickly to some large surface bubbles. Carbonation bubbles are few and far between.

Smell: grass and some wheat are mild overall.

Taste: wheat, grass, light lemon zest, and a mellow bitterness makes up a decently flavored ale.

Mouthfeel: lighter side of a medium bodied beer. Lightly crisp throughout with some dryness late.

Drinkability: this beer was nicely refreshing and a quick drinking beer. Nice offering here.

 504 characters

Photo of WakeandBake
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice clear golden straw color body with a short white head leaving some spotty lace , medium carbonation. Aroma of Light sweet malt , wheat , bread crust , and a hint of citrus . Flavor is very light , it has hints of tangy wheat malt , citrus , honey and faint grassy hops , very balanced . Light body with a crisp clean mouthfeel , slightly dry finish with very little aftertaste . I would think this to be VERY sessionable , I could drink 5 or 8 on a hot day . Not the best Pale Wheat I've had but a very good brew to try .

 528 characters

Photo of ATPete
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

I love this concept, package design, everything about it really. Now lets try the beer!

Pours a pale yellow as expected with a small white head. A shy nose of toasty wheat and citrusy hops. Very easy drinking, good flavor, very soft and with a slightly bigger hop character than most other summer/spring wheats. Very refreshing, i will revisit this one again for sure, im loving the draught possibilities.

 419 characters

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice summer drinker...reminds me a little of Oberon....has floral, wheat field like aroma...taste has a bit of hard candy/honey drop sweetness and some lemony citrus hop feel. A quencher. Nothing complicated here but a nice American Wheat Ale with just enough flavor to keep it interesting

 291 characters

Photo of stewart124
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Happy Earth Day!

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin white head and this is quite clear.

I'm picking up a slightly floral aroma but lots of grainy/straw characteristics.

Very crisp taste with a slightly sweet note. Bready, grainy notes and just a hint of lemon. This is a solid pale wheat and is so crisp that it just reminds me a spring day. Very drinkable with a dry finish. A crowd pleaser from Southern Tier.

 417 characters

Photo of JRed
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny golden in body with white head that fades fast. A sweet inviting aroma of lemon juice, tropical fruit, pears, and wheat. Tastes of light tropical fruit, pears, wheat, yellow apples, slight hop bitterness and dryness rides out the finish. Light in body with medium carbonation. A sweet drink that is more wheat than pale ale with light fruit as the focus.

 360 characters

Photo of kels
3.96/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

While I admit part of my initial intrigue with this beer was all about the Earth Day tribute. I'm pleased to say that I'm very satisfied beyond the name and label. This review is on a bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow with visible carbonation running slightly throughout. The 1 finger white soapy-foam head fades quickly to a skim and leaves little specks of watery lacing behind.

Smell: Very light and subtle, with hints of toasted grain and a somewhat biscuity malt coming through.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The taste is surprisingly robust for the lack of smell coming through. The toasty wheat is met with a light citrus hop presence that's neither exceptionally bitter nor sticky. The malts lend a little chewy sweetness that coats the mouth well in the aftertaste. The alcohol is not detectable at all. Feel is light and mouthfilling, really complementing the taste.

Drinkability: Really high - definitely could be a summer staple pale ale.

 990 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.