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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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BA SCORE
78
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618 Ratings
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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 8
Gots: 25 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: riversider76 on 04-05-2009)
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

cantfindme, Dec 22, 2011
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

ONN8, Aug 17, 2012
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

heerboth, Apr 18, 2014
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

brpendergast85, Mar 25, 2014
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2/5  rDev -41.3%

clfrost, Apr 21, 2013
Photo of semihobo
2.13/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Picked up a sixpack two weeks ago, I am reviewing a bottle of this eco-minded beer now in honor of the fact that I just rewired a lamp to go from halogen to compact fluorescent.

Pale yellow / gold, piddly head. Very slight haze. I liked the packaging with ideas for going green-er.

Hardly any smell at all. Faint euro hops and a bit of pale malt? No wheat.

More on the plain pale ale side of things. A minimal grassy hop presence with a skunky bitter finish. Moderately sweet malts, if I concentrated really carefully I could probably find some wheat characteristics in here but I'm afraid I'll sprain something.

Watery mouthfeel, medium carbonation, works fine for the style.

Every bottle I've had screams "Heineken" at me. Hardly any wheat and nothing much pleasant. What a great idea, an Earth-awareness beer... but this one flops, and that's coming from someone who likes Southern Tier and ordinarily loves this style.

semihobo, May 31, 2009
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2.25/5  rDev -34%

wroywel, Apr 06, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -34%

Greenblanketbrewing, Feb 14, 2013
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.

pwoods, May 16, 2009
Photo of jtierney89
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer recently got taken out of year round rotation so I hope it's not too old. Relatively clear golden hue with no head to speak of. Smells of lightly buttered biscuit and dried bread with a touch of wheat.

Pretty bland. Rounded out mouthfeel at least. Flavor profile is much like the nose, subtle, somewhat buttery, whispy, some sour lemon grass. Extremely clean and well rounded. Could work well in the summer as the flavor gets a bit bolder with each sip. But nothing exciting.

jtierney89, Aug 15, 2012
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....

dacrza1, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of bigoten13
2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish-golden color from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, one finger of head that fades quickly.

Aroma is weak, can only really pick up wheat and a little bit of citrus, maybe lemon.

Taste is bland. Only flavor is a diluted wheat taste.

Mouthfeel was decent, well carbonated, but no spice to tantalize the tastebuds.

Beer is light and crisp, thus highly drinkable. The lack of flavor works in favor of drinkability, since it is bland enough that drinking a six-pack would be no large feat.

Overall, pass. Wish I hadn't bought a whole 6-er

bigoten13, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Kraken
2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

Kraken, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of BricksandPorter
2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured two cold 12oz. into my Dortmunder Boot.

Pour - hazy light amber with hues of gold. Bright pour that clouds a bit once settled. Head is smooth with medium-large bubbles. Hangs around for alittle but I think that has more to do with the boot than with the brew.

Nose - earthy, organic sweetness in the smell. Very delicate and very light. Almost no hops on the nose.

Taste - yikes. Im trying not to compare it to other beers as a way of defining its taste, but things like keystone light and steel city come to mind. It has an earthy feel - like grass - with notes of pine and sour orange juice. Delicate flavor that hints at a light adjunct lager with corn mixed in. This taste is confusing - is it trying to be minimalist, or is it just swill??

Mouthfeel - smooth, light body with balanced carbonation. Sweet aftertaste with little or no bite. This is a mass produced pale with a bohem label slapped on the bottle.

Drinkability - honestly not bad but I cant help but feel deceived by this beer. Is my moral judgment getting in the way of enjoying this?

BricksandPorter, May 06, 2010
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2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Allright...I hate doing this, but I have to report on a less favorable brew from one of my favorite breweries. Keep in mind as you read this that we all have different tastes and preferences. I prefer beers that hit straight on with distinguishing characteristics. For those of you who enjoy wheat and light beers, this one is for you!

The beer pours a very hazy, honey colored ale which is very lightly carbonated with little to no head. On the nose I get hints of wheat and citrus which dancing around the aroma of a clean hay barn. In the mouth, I get exactly what the beer is. It's like someone has taken some fresh, green wheat and has made a light carbonated tea with a hint of hops and alcohol. If this is what Southern Tier was going for, they hit it!

Bottom line.... The packaging is loaded with all sorts of celebrations of Earth Day, recycling, etc.... I believe that this brew matches it's packaging perfectly. Try it - maybe you'll enjoy this "green" brew!

Dangerous, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of stevenseg
2.42/5  rDev -29%
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.

stevenseg, Jul 20, 2009
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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.