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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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Ratings: 636
Reviews: 275
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Southern Tier Brewing Company visit their website
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 isthatbeer
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a tulip shaped glass.

A: Dull gold color. The very thin head quickly dissipates.

S: Wheat, some lemony citrus. I had to try really hard to pick up the nose on this.

T: Wheat, lemon, a touch of honey

M: Light and fizzy

Not impressed. Kind of bland for my taste.

Photo of duffcalifornia
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A: Poured a slightly hazy medium yellow color - almost like a murky BMC offering. Gave 1/4" of thin unimpressive head that faded quickly, provided no lacing but did stick around the edges throughout drinking.

S: Smells of pure malt. Almost no hop aroma to be found here. Faint smell of honey and perhaps the hint of alcoholic heat. If we're being honest, nothing in this smell gives any impression of being either an American Pale or a Wheat, let alone a combination of the two.

T: The taste follows the nose - honey and not much else, though I'd be lying if I didn't say I tasted some hint of dark fruits. No apparent hop taste of any kind.

M: Feels adequately carbonated, and goes down smooth. Mouthfeel is probably the best part of this beer.

O: This is by no means a *bad* beer, but there are many better beers out there, both in the style and overall. If I went to a friends house and this was all they had to drink, however, I wouldn't think twice of having a couple. Just not something I'd ever buy.

Photo of jmdrpi
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, "DOB 6/21/11" stamped on it.

pale golden straw color. bright white head, that fades fast. as expected, wheat aroma, maybe a little citrus. not as much wheat in the taste, tastes more like pale malt. very mild hopping. thin body, higher fizzy carbonation.

alright for a hot day, but fairly bland.

Photo of vette2006c5r
4.24/5  rDev +24.3%
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.

Photo of chodinheaven
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Fair clarity in a light yellow-orange beer with little to almost no head and no lacing. The smell is made up mostly of wheat malts that aren't mind-blowing, and a very light citrusy-lemon type aroma. Nothing special in this department.

The taste is pleasant enough, with some light citrus and floral hops coming through a lot of wheat malt. The hops are bitter for a second, and then are taken over by the wheat malt. The hop taste lingers for a little, but again the wheat is the winner in the aftertaste. Maybe decent for the style, but really there's just not a whole lot going on with this beer. Just kind of bland, despite the hoppy attempt. Worth the try though.

Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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

Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Slightly hazy lemon yellow body. Finger of thick, creamy, light beige-white head. Some lacing up the glass. Nose of fresh sourdough bread backed by a hefty dose of orange and lemon zest hops. Smells rather summery.

Doughy, wheaty malt up front. Light peppery spice and a little graininess follow. Bready malts stay prominent mid-palate. Spicy, slightly citrusy hops lead into the finish. Light bitterness lingers, along with yeasty bread and a hint of fruit sweetness. Moderate body, with a prickly feel. Dry and appetizing. A nice summer quencher!

Photo of ngeunit1
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy bright golden color with a thin covering of white head. The head fades fairly quickly leaving behind a few spots of lace.

S - Aroma is a mix of lemon, grassy hop, and some wheat. Overall, a nice mix of aromas, but a bit too subdued.

T - Starts off with a mix of lemon, wheat, and a touch of sweetness. Through the middle, some light spices and some grassy hops come through. The finish is a mix of wheat, yeast, and citrus that lingers just a bit.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth and very crisp. Avoids feeling thin and watery. The finish is fairly clean and refreshing.

D - Very drinkable. Nice mix of flavors and very refreshing. It feels light and crisp without sacrificing flavor and mouthfeel.

Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Solid golden straw darkened by a slight copperish hue. Small white head.

S: (Perhaps served rather chilled so not much to smell.) Bready wheat malt. Faint whiff of light caramel sweetness. Even more faint whiff of zesty lemon. Maybe some yeasty something. No hops detected. As it warms, it stays the same, but does get a bit more expressive – especially in the malts.

T: Citrusy hops playfully between rounded and relaxed and having just a touch of kick. Through the middle, hops fade to grassy & herbal. A slight lemony character from hops as much as from anything else. Nice bready, wheaty, & doughy malts with a touch of soft rounded sweetness & a hint of caramel. Very balanced.

M: Nice balanced carbonation and medium body. Expansive, soft & creamy. Not crisply quenching like many a summer brew, but super nice in a more laid back way.

D: The only superlative aspect of this beer is balance. Great drinkability. Perfect for a session or a BBQ. Super approachable. In a (beer) world of extremes, this one is an even keel – a real relaxed broad reach of a beer.

Photo of rebel1771
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours hazy straw color with bits of sediment floating around. Way, way over carbonated. This beer goes spewing out the top when you open the bottle.

S: Sweet bready smell with good amounts of citrus thrown in there.

T: Light crisp flavor of lemon, apple, and sweet grain dominate with touch of coriander thrown in.

O: Overall this is a good brew but they need to get the carbonation issue fixed. I lost roughly a quarter of this brew as it erupting out of the bottle.

Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. Bottle

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there isn't much lacing. The head lasted for 3 minutes. There is also some small particles floating around in the beer.

Smell – Breads/grains, yeast, coriander, oranges/lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste lemon zest and orange mixed with breads/grains and some coriander. It has a a somewhat tart taste and also some yeast flavour. It finishes with a slightly yeasty and spicy aftertaste.

Overall – The beer definitely has an interesting taste.. not your typical wit beer for sure. I found it to be a little unbalanced. I'm not sure I'd want more than 1 or 2 of these in a sitting.

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

Pours a pale gold, very hazy but still letting lots of light through. Head is white, medium-sized bubbles and nice cradle of clingy lace. Not much head left after a while. Looks decent.

Smells sweet, kinda Belgiany with boiled toffee and lots of stone fruit - peach, apricot and a lot of honey as well. Mild wheat tartness helps with the grounding. Not bad.

Taste is also very sweet, with big honey notes on the front with rich caramel malt. Develops grainy bread notes towards the mid, brown bread, rye and oat. Some fruit characters around the edges - peach, banana and orange peel. Finish is a little bit dry and enjoyably long, albeit just a trailing off of that candied fruit flavour. Nice complexity, but still a bit sweet overall for my taste.

Too much sizzle adds a sharpness throughout, but it's a nice solid body otherwize.

Stylistically good and it's an interesting beer. Good things done, I think, with what they've got.

Photo of Heischman
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - 422 Pale Wheat Ale/Southern Tier Brewing
City/State- Lakewood, New York
STYLE – American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV – 5.8%
IBU – 56
DATE – 5 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
APPEARANCE – A little cloudy and has a honey color to it. Lacking in head right out of the bottle, and what little head was on the beer quickly went away leaving only foam on the edges of the glass. No lacing and the little bit of foam on the edge of that went away with in the first few sips.
AROMA- Some nice fruity notes, a hint of banana and citrus
TASTE – Very refreshing as you would expect from a PWA. I do not taste the citrus too much but I do taste the banana and some spice as well. As the beer warms a little I am noticing hints of ginger as well.
MOUTHFEEL – A little syrupy and fizzy
CONCLUSION – not to bad I could do without the thickness, being a beer brewed for warmer weather it just does not make sense for it to have the syrup texture. This is a fine beer and I would drink it again, in fact I would even buy it. Although it is more of a straight from the bottle beer.

Photo of Swedes21
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a cloudy straw colour, nice white foamy head about 2 fingers. some nice light lacing, nothing wild. there are some sediments in my glass, not much carbonation.

Smell - found the smells to be very mild, some wheat and a little orange/lemon, but there is nothing dominating that stands out.

Taste - not a bad tasting beer, very even and well balanced. there is a slight orange taste, some wheat, but overall just a smooth beer.

Mouthfeel - added volume adds some bitterness, but not much else. the taste and balance carry over.

Overall - would have to say this is a weak wheat beer IMO, there are far better out there on the market.

Photo of steffigal22
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is my very first beer review!
so overall, the beer was tasty but not as delicious as i was expecting, seeing as it has the likes of a lil sumpin sumpin and hop sun competing in the same category.

A- pale, a little murky

S- a malty citrusness

T- good, but it didnt blow me away

sorry if its a little too concise; im still working on developing my beer vocabulary :)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad domestic wheat - certainly not the best - but pretty darn flavorful, if a bit wild in its constitution. Quite hearty grain flavor, a touch doughy in the aftertaste. Tartness bounces hard off the tongue. Smoothness obscured by its slight scrubbing bitter-dry finish.

Head starts off small and dies quickly. Pours clean (with your average requisite wheat haze) and moonlight yellow, unless you swirl the dregs at the bottom of the bottle and add - cloudy murk. Smells like burlap and lightly-toasted wheat - I like it. Bold flavor - a lot of shredded wheat, lightly tart and tangy, with a residual yeast wash lasting. On flavor alone, it's good drinkin'. Lacking a little creaminess and depth of body, but nice otherwise.

Wait 'til the weather gets warmer and this beer feels colder, and then ask me about it.

Photo of rlee1390
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Southern Tier's Brewery on my way home from Dark Lord Day.

A-Cloudy yellow about a finger worth of head, with some scattered lacing.

S-Some lemons and some wheat. Its there but nothing eye opening.

T-Almost exactly like the nose. There is the lemon and the wheat. No bitterness, nothing out of the ordinary. Decent but nothing out there to wow anyone. However also nothing to complain about.

M-Light and carbonated.

O-A good summer beer. Possibly a good introduction to craft beer as well. Sessionable to a T. Once again nothing bad but nothing spectacular. Try it once an move on.

Photo of teromous
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with no real head. It poured about half a finger and disappeared in under 5 seconds. The beer is very hazy and only renders the appearance of shadows through the glass. There is almost no carbonation visible moving in the glass after a few minutes.

S: I pick up fruity scents like lemon and...starfruit. It has a floral smell to it as well.

T: It's very light on the wheat character with more of a pils flavor. There's some orange or other citrus flavor floating around in there as well.

M: It has a nice light bodied mouthfeel, with a hint of bitterness and it feels good. It could be a bit under-carbonated.

O: Overall it's a nice easy beer but I think mine wasn't carbonated enough. I probably just got a bad bottle or something. It's a nice refreshing summer beer or lawnmower beer.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
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.


Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I assume now the case I have is fairly new since a year old spring release case would have a ton of sediment, plus no head. With no date I still assume a month or two old.

A - A nice clear yellow and just like the pale we have an inch and a half of head. Nothing bad to say. Foam looks pillow like with great lacing.

S - Definitely get a mild bit of grain, some hops, and a distinct bit of wheat that is their but slight. Grain smells a bit stronger than the typical pale.

T - Sweet and grains are harsh at first but smoothed with hops. Hops then turn to a great sweet finish in the malt. I love how easy it is to drink. Great session brew.

M - Light to medium. Mild grain harshness makes this beer interesting and flavorful and sweetness is light and tasty.

Overall I am kind of stumped. A very good brew overall, better than the IPA but I find the Pale to be the best offering this case has to offer. IPA seems to be lacking in hops and grains make this beer interesting but balance put fully on the pale. Good beer though!

Photo of mattkoon
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the smell and look of this beer is pretty average- the taste however is a really good balance of full flavor and smoothness. The only other beer from southern tier I've had was their imperial mokah, which is also a really great tasting beer. After tasting their 422 pale wheat I will be sure to try others from them.

Photo of Natural510
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a medium golden color with soft, creamy-looking white head with good residual lacing.

The scent has a strong breaded wheat quality with a twist of lemon.

Flavor is also breaded with a mild sweetness from a pale malt. Yeast adds to the breaded quality with the hint of tangy citrus and ever-so-mild hoppiness rounding things out.

Refreshing, and fairly full-bodied (for the style). Cleansing on the palate.

Like many, I'm not a big APWA fan, but not surprisingly, Southern Tier makes a pretty good one. Well-rounded and excellent choice for a warm spring day.

Photo of jessycho
3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A great golden hue, very clean and clear. Some might consider it boring, I find beauty in the basics.

S - Great citrus smell. A bit tropical, almost smells like pineapple.

T - Very light, very crisp. Just a hint of sweetness, not as sweet as something made with honey, or like a blue moon. Great balance with a subtle hints of hops to add a light bitterness to the end.

M - About as light as they come. Light carbonation, but very balanced feel.

O - It's a pale wheat ale. And a very good one at that. You should know what to expect before you drink it, so don't rate it poorly because you perceive it to be plain and boring, when in actuality it's light, crisp and easily drinkable, and intentionally so.

422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 636 ratings.