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: 639
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 8.14%
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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Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw with a bit of haziness. Quarter finger head that leaves a little in the periphery.

S: Wheat, light malt.

T: Bready, wheat and a little lemon. Some grassy/floral hop notes.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Light bodied. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Its ok. I didn't like the carbonation level. The beer doesnt have any real memorable quality. It doesn't speak to southern tiers overall quality, but I am not a big fan of this one. (444 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving a thick web of lacing covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of wheat in the nose along with hints of orange citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of orange are more noticeable. There is also a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some refreshing properties and goes down very easily, making this rather sessionable. (665 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (699 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This wheat beer wasn't too bad, it poured out as a fairly clear looking. The head was pretty nice standard white color. The smell of the beer was of smooth wheat fields with some hops in the mix. The flavor here is of wheat and grains mixed with just a hint of hops. The overall mouthfeel of this beer is that it's easy to drink. It's a good summer time beer. It's pretty refreshing for the most part and rather light too. (422 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny goldenrod with a swirling cloud of fine yeast. Unfiltered beer looks best. A handful of slow bubble streams lead up to a decent looking chunk of bone white foam. As it melts, several streamers of suds find their way to the glass.

The aroma is bright, fresh and clean, with none of the raw wheatiness that is present in some beer of this style. A whiff of lemon zest is a nice touch. I'm not expecting Hop Sun, but this could still be pretty good beer.

American pale wheat ales are not overly exciting for the average craft beek geek. Having said that, any time a brewery as capable as Southern Tier gets into the act, the result is going to be better than average... and that's exactly what 422 is. The thing that puts it over the hump is a mellow hoppiness that lasts throughout each mouthful and beyond.

The untoasted malt has a lightly sweet breadiness that suggests a good bit of barley in addition to wheat. The hops are citrusy (mostly lemon), with a few blades of grassiness. More hops would have been great, but I'm sure the brewery wanted to distinguish this offering from Hop Sun, which is one of the most drinkable pale wheats on the planet.

The mouthfeel is quality from start to finish. It's much closer to medium than to light, with a lush creaminess that caresses on contact and doesn't fade too quickly on the back end.

Southern Tier usually puts the craft beer pedal to the metal, with the majority of their new releases coming in the Blackwater Series of Imperial ales. 422 Pale Wheat Ale is a return to smaller, simpler beer. It's a fine effort and should sell pretty well, but there isn't enough excitement here to warrant a repeat purchase. (1,673 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very happy to be able to get ahold of this one. Another new one for me on the weekend of endless new beer. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 1/30/2010.

The pour was rather what I would expect given the style. Nice rich look like golden color, slightest hint of haze to it but there were copious amounts of carbonation that could be seen coming up toward the surface. Aroma is light hay and fresh grass. Almost a touch of lemon or something that has a slight bite to it. Crisp, clean flavor here as the well carbonated body gives way to a palate that is light, refreshing and very nicely put together. Crisp grass, nice touches of light wheat, hints of grape skins and a well rounded profile all combine to form a very nice and very sessionable light beer.

While not being anything earth shattering it is definitly something I would have no issue with having a couple of. Very solid indeed. (924 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a slightly hazy, golden-yellow color with a thin, small head of bubbly, white foam. It left little to no lace.

S - It smelled of sweet wheat, citrus (orange peel and lemon) and some yeast.

T - Pretty nice taste for a pale wheat. Sweet wheaty goodness with a slight citrusy hop presence.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a somewhat dry finish. A light bodied ale.

D - I like the Earth Day concept/name and it is tasty but their Hop Sun is a better wheat beer. (476 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Dyan for sending me this one as an extra in a trade.

A: A cloudy light golden orange color with a thin layer of white foam.

S: Wheat, orange, and a bit grassy.

T: Strong wheat flavor, mild citrus, and a bit of honey.

M: Medium body, moderate carbonation.

D: Very good drinkability. Excellent for a hot day like today. (332 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 nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with just over one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A light aroma of sweet malt and spicy wheat with a hint of herbal hops. Little to no yeast character.

T - Spicy wheat with sweet malt up front. Lots of rich malt flavor with notes of honey and graham cracker, kind of pilsner-like. Some light, herbal hops come out in the middle and make the transition to a sweet and grainy finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I am generally not a fan of American style wheat beers and didn't really expect to like this one, but I was pleasantly surprised. The aroma is quite subdued, with just some grainy malt and light hops, but the flavor is a bit more intense. There is a surprisingly nice malt character that has a richness that is reminiscent of a good pilsner and a light, but earthy hop character that balances nicely and makes the beer quaffable. The style is inherently limited, and it is hard to imagine the beer being interesting or complex without becoming something else entirely, but this beer is quite nice for what it is. (1,170 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (535 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with a strong wheat flavor and a hearty malt character. There is a little bit of sweetness that come in from flavors of lemon & subtle spices. The hops presence is a little bit stronger than most beers in the style and it provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, although there are several others in the style that I would pick first, this is a decent beer to drink for a while. (883 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Part of the mixed pack of all pale ale's. This is the green-friendly one of the pack. Pours a slightly cloudy orange color, smaller then usual head to it. Faint hop aroma. Light to medium mouthfeel, not too much in terms of eye busting taste but a good hop presence, slight wheat tinge, and a good malt backbone. Nice, easy finish and very drinkable. Nothing too fancy here.. just a nice swillable pale wheat ale. Won't knock your socks off, but won't fail at quenching your thirst. (482 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +9%
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 (476 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
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. (1,029 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very mild head, that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Cloudy although less than expected. Yellow gold color.

Reminds me of a cream ale in the smell. Light wheat aroma.

A touch of pepper; some wheat. The aftertaste quickly dies with some sourness. Decent body with a slightly high carbonation. Kinda sits between a bunch of styles--wheat, mild, cream ale; not mastering any. (380 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.13/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed lemon-drop yellow with a white foamy head that fizzles down to a wispy cover. Dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of some wheat bread, a vague fruity touch and some mild wheat tang.

The taste is of a touch of sweetness, some breadiness and a bit of dryness in the crisp finish.

A no-frills light-bodied pale wheat. Standard. Pretty easy to drink for a quick refresher, but that's about it. I guess they wanted to keep it basic for Earth Day. And, they did. A bland, but generally inoffensive, brew. (512 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 WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a 1/4" fizzy white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a very basic pale and wheat malt scent with little else going on. There is a light hop aroma and apparent dryness in the nose. The taste is good. It tastes just as advertised; a pale wheat ale. Of course, Southern Tier is known for pushing the envelope for what a beer should be, but this one is just a solid, well brewed beer. It's smooth with little bitterness and dry wheat finish. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a medium bodied beer that's a bit light on carbonation. This is a highly drinkable beer, although if I'm looking for a wheat beer from Southern Tier, I'll pick up a sixer of Hop Sun. (725 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another of my local trader's, tone77, many bottles to keep me from going CAN crazy. It may be working as I have been running through a lot of bottles lately.

From the bottle: "Make every day Earth Day"; "Simple ways to be greener - bike to t...; shop at thrift stores; use rechargeable batteries; plant a garden; compost kitchen waste; eat leftovers; rollerskate to work; hang-dry laundry; fix leaky faucets; carpool or ride a bus; let the rain wash your car; shovel snow/rake leaves; Est. April 22, 1970". There were others that got obscured by their logo, but that is a fair representation.

My pour netted a finger-and-a-half of fizzing off-white head with moderate retention. Color was a cloudy golden-yellow. Nose had a lemony-citrusiness to it and I became more hopeful. I am not a fan of the banana esters of Hefes and in reading the style description, I became slightly nervous. If anything, it had a pleasant malt backbone as well. Mouthfeel was on the full side, being full of carbonation, and the taste had a tropical fruitiness, like pineapples or mangoes, maybe even guava, but no bananas! The finish was semi-sweet with the fruitiness really leading the way and then lingering. I liked it, especially on a hot, humid summer's day, but I am not sure that I would feel the same way on 22 April. Great for summer, but for the late spring ...? (1,355 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 tdm168
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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. (260 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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 (277 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer number three of my ST pack of pales. 12oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a slightly hazy yellow with a bright white head that disappeared quickly.

Aroma is mostly wheat with a little citrus. Taste is very crisp with a lot of wheat present and a slight citrusness at the end.

Mouthfeel feels light, good carbonation and crisp. Drinkability is good, this is one of those hot summer day beers that goes down easy.

Overall this is a good beer that I would gladly drink in the warm months but isn't my favorite wheat beer. (551 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The only other American Pale Wheat Ale I've sampled (or truly American one, at least) has been Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin', which was a cracker, so I pounced on the opportunity to try another one I found this at Perth's International Beer Shop.

Pours a clearly translucent, but somewhat hazed golden colour, with a fine and slick head of white foam that depresses to an oily glaze. Lacing is fine and leggy, leaving patterns I associate with pilseners. Carbonation is streaming, and passes swiftly through the light body. Looks decent.

Nose is a bit light, with some sweet cereally grain characters the majority note. Some hints of zesty lemon and a slight honeyed note come through, but it's quite minor.

Taste is a little better, giving a slight grainy bed to a subtle zesty note. Finish is bright and a little empty, leaving the wheat-husk aroma of processed white bread. Light feel is textured by an oiliness that actually aids drinkability.

Eh, it's not bad, but it's very bland, and I expect APWAs to up the ante over their German Hefe counterparts. This is like a pedestrian brewed wheat beer without the German yeast to give it its estery goodness.

Disappointing. (1,181 characters)

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