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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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602 Ratings
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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 272
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 13.16%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | 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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DCon

Missouri

3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served into a pint glass from a Mix-6-Pack from Siesta Key Mart in Siesta Key, FL.

Appearance- Orange-yellowish color with hazy look and half a finger of head.

Smell- I can smell wheat, spices, and a lemon scent.

Taste- Extreme hops with a hint of an average Wheat beer and a lemon taste. Didn't enjoy much but it was above average.

Mouthfeel- Decent amount of carbonation while Light Bodied. No other notes...

Drinkability- Very light and easy to drink. Could have by the pool but wouldn't enjoy it as much as other Southern Tier ales.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2011 00:20:59 | More by DCon
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

2.53/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a semi cloudy pale orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of tangy wheat, but it is very faint. The taste is similar to the aroma. Some wheaty notes, but not much else. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation especially for a wheat beer. Overall, this beer is severely lacking. I will not be drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2011 22:38:01 | More by KarlHungus
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tlazaroff

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw color and more clear than hazy, though there is a little haze. Not much of a head to speak of, but lacing is okay, a lot of carbonation.
S: Not much on the nose other than a grainy scent.
T: Grainy flavor to it as well. Getting some earthyness and a bit of a breadyness as well.
M: Highly carbonated and effervescent. That being said, it coats the palate and lingers nicely.
D: High, this is a very sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2011 16:10:08 | More by tlazaroff
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htomsirveaux

Texas

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 26 Aug 2010. Served in the 22 oz. Shiner wheat glass.

Large yellowish white head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy straw golden color. Aromas of bread, wheat and sweet lemon. Medium grainy sweetness with lemon peel and mineraly bitterness in the middle and finish. Ethanol is light. Medium light body.

Light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2011 23:29:36 | More by htomsirveaux
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pale, cloudy gold, thin white head that doesn't last

S-malty barley with some stale banana scent, its a decent strength

T-there's a really strong wheat flavor that hits first. then comes in a flavor of plantains more so than banana. Its actually a really strong flavor. there's a very light caramel flavor toward the end. the plantains dominate the after-taste. its a crisp beer but i'm just not a fan of how light it drinks.

M-very light but has a good, creamy medium carbonation with a nice crisp finish

D-goes down extremely quick and easy. I feel i could drink a whole barrel of this in a night, although it wouldn't be my first choice.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2011 23:49:11 | More by AdamBear
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a hazy straw color with no head retention. Zero lacing. Aromas of yeast, slight lemon, and some hops. Taste is somewhat light. Wheat, lemon and a slight bitter aftertaste but not a whole lot of flavor in general. This beer is drinkable but that is mainly due to its overall watery quality. Not much here. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 05:37:15 | More by PicoPapa
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jmich24

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Duvel Tulip

A: Clear Gold color. One finger head
S: Wheat, yeast and a touch of lemon.
T: Wheat yeast and a touch of lemon. Nothing special here. Faint bitterness.
M: On the thin side but not overly thin.
D: Lawnmower beer. Refreshing but not outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 01:16:45 | More by jmich24
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TheDTrain

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

D trains always excited to try a Southern Tier brew for the first time. Picked a 422 Pale Wheat Ale from Sendiks in Tosa. Heavily carbonated brew pours a hazy golden yellow. Aroma is pretty strong on the wheat, earth and citrus tones. Taste is decent; earthy, orange tones, and light hops.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 16:12:15 | More by TheDTrain
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masey222

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden wheat that is mildly hazy and pretty fizzy with a small light off white head that is maintained decently well...
the smell is a little spicy and tart but pretty full of a bread like wheat mild floral hop stands out a little too...
taste is dry all the way through, but is a nice wheat flavor not to filling though, has some lemon zest freshness that really comes out in the finish and a really nice crisp fresh floral hop that balances the tartness of the lemon, all and all its a well balanced ale....
It feels how it should which isn't my favorite but to be objective about it, it has a perfect body and consistency...
Its drinkability is spot on for a pale ale, its crisp refreshing easy to drink and not super filling.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2010 22:19:40 | More by masey222
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden. Aroma of wheat, some light citrus, malt. Taste is wheat, some yeast. light malts. Palate is light body, moderate carbonation. Finish is light hops, some malt and citrus, ending has a kind of nutty after taste, and some light bitterness. Overall not to remarkable but an ok summer sessionable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2010 16:26:31 | More by Samp01
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claspada

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aromas of sweet malt and spicy wheat with a hint of earthy hops. Little to no yeast character, which I appreciated because this is an American Wheat.

The taste is nice spicy wheat with sweet malt up front. Lots of rich malt flavor with notes of honey and graham cracker, kind of like a thicker pilsner style. Some light, herbal hops come out in the middle and make the transition to a sweet and grainy finish. Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish. Fantastic!

Overall, I am generally not a fan of American style wheat beers because they try to be too European and yeasty, so I 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 much more intense and pleasurable. This beer has great balance which makes the beer extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-17-2010 02:56:55 | More by claspada
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dstc

Florida

4/5  rDev +17%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 20:36:49 | More by dstc
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JackieTH

Minnesota

3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very slightly hazy light copper. Cream colored foamy head.

Smell: Sweet, floral.

Taste: Hint of orange/lemon tartness on a predominate palate of grain/wheat. Yeasty and somewhat dry aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Slightly above average.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 17:46:06 | More by JackieTH
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shand

Florida

4.43/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2010 04:40:02 | More by shand
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A dark straw color with little in way of a foam head. It lingers into a little wispiness. Some haziness and a little carbonation.
Slight hop aroma and a bit of malt.
Mildly bright and citrusy sweet and dry.
Thin bodied.
Some lacing around glass is present.
Reminds me a little of Magic Hats # 9 in a way, but without the apricot essence.
Not a bad beer. An excellent beer for the style, although I'm in favor of banishing this style of beer to some far away place forever.
Drink well my friends

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2010 00:33:08 | More by micromaniac129
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dpnelson1978

Minnesota

2.93/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.
40°F

$1.50 / ea.

A: Hazy amber body topped with a big loose had of moderate retention leaving behind a light sticky lace and creamy cover.

S: A bit sweet with hints of corn. No noticeable hop aroma, and pretty bare bones for complexity.

T: Grainy profile dominates with hints of orange and a mild bitter aftertaste. Pretty average wheat beer.

M: Light body with medium to high carbonation and a crisp finish.

D: Inoffensive, light, and crisp. Very drinkable, but fairly boring. For the price I may as well be drinking a macro, but it gets an edge on taste.

O: Below expectations for a brewery of this magnitude.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 04:35:02 | More by dpnelson1978
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CrazyDavros

Australia

3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy pale amber with a large suddy head.
Nose is pretty crazy, shows loads of green hops, somewhat spicy and a little floral, almost vegetable-like. Not much else, just loads of plant-like hops.
Flavours are similar but also show some weak wheat in there.
Carbonation is way too high.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2010 10:32:22 | More by CrazyDavros
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hreb

Washington

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
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).

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 18:32:47 | More by hreb
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy, light golden color with one finger of white head. The retention was so-so and the lacing in tiny broken bands and spots. The aroma was clearly of wheat along with some pale malt, slightly sweet malt and light floral hops. The flavors were exactly like the aroma. Though not complex I liked how straight forward and refreshing it was; a classic American Wheat Ale displaying excellent balance of the elements. The mouthfeel was smooth and maybe just a little oily, the body medium/light and the carbonation appropriate. Easy to drink, crisp, dry and no doubt quenching on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 18:23:35 | More by thekevlarkid
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HalfFull

California

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 04:30:25 | More by HalfFull
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bundy462

Texas

3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Unfiltered with an orange hue. Clean white head, not much retention or lacing.

S: Wheat with slight hop. Lots of orange peel and lemon.

T: Orange, wheat, bittering and lasting hop finish.

M: Thin bodied, a little harsh. Not very smooth.

O: It's average.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 00:57:50 | More by bundy462
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allthatAles

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
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*.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 16:29:59 | More by allthatAles
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sjverla

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 03:35:27 | More by sjverla
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BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 03:20:23 | More by BeerNinja007
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glid02

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 01:52:07 | More by glid02
422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.