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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: 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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Photo of Samp01
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Samp01, Nov 24, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

claspada, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

dstc, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of JackieTH
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

JackieTH, Nov 10, 2010
Photo of shand
4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
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.

shand, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of micromaniac129
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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

micromaniac129, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of dpnelson1978
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into glass pint.

$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.

dpnelson1978, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of CrazyDavros
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

CrazyDavros, Sep 30, 2010
Photo of hreb
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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).

hreb, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

thekevlarkid, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of HalfFull
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

HalfFull, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

bundy462, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of allthatAles
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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*.

allthatAles, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of sjverla
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

sjverla, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

BeerNinja007, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of glid02
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

glid02, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of AndyAvalanche
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a "Pack of Pales" 12 pack and figured my wife would love the 422's. I had no interest because I've never been a fan of this style, however she wasn't drinking them, it's a warm day that I have off so I figured I'd give it a try, glad I did.

Poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, comes out yellow in color, light sort of on par with a pilsner, goes towards gold a little. You can tell it's not filtered so it's hazy, but still has a little clarity to it. White head with a little bit of lacing to it, goes away pretty quick and just leaves a ring around the sides. The smell is good regardless of style. Well blended hops, malt, and wheat/barley. When you crack it open, it's initially pretty hoppy, but mellows out after a few sips and the yeast is a dominant feature of the nose. The taste is pretty good, like most of this style, not aggressive by any means. Sweet/malty to start, with complements of wheat/barley and hops, slight citrus. Pretty well balanced flavor, not a whole lot stands out. Considering I generally don't like the overall mouthfeel of this style, I need to say I'm pretty impressed with 422. Light bodied and refreshing, good carbonation level. Finishes clean, not too bitter. Very drinkable beer, great for the summer.

AndyAvalanche, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of CMW
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow color with a small white head that fades quickly. A little trace of lacing.

S - Pale malt, lemon, and a little white pepper, nothing out of the ordinary.

T - The pale malt mixes with the wheat quite nicely. The lemon seems to be more muted in the taste as it floats in the background. Finishes very dry.

M - Very light with little carbonation.

D - These are very easy to drink but come up a little short on flavor.

CMW, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

A: Hazy, tannish gold with a medium-sized lacy head.

S: Clean and forward. Lemongrass and earth with a mild floral hop note.

T: Tangy on the front, creamy in the middle and a hoppy finish. Light.

D: I could probably pound a sixer.

Value: I wanna say I paid around 9 bucks for a six pack. That's a little steep for a beer of this caliber.

WeezyBoPeep, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Goliath
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a one inch bright white foamy head. There is decent head retention. but no lacing.

The aroma is nice. There's a nice lemon zest aroma as well as some pale malt. It's lightly sweet as well.

The taste is ok. Again, a touch of citrus can be found. More of the pale malt is available here with a light bread quality. It's very slightly bitter as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and very lightly carbonated with a very fine and crisp bubble.

Drinkability is moderate. The flavor profile is ok, but it's not what I'm going to reach for when I'm in the mood for a wheat beer. It's ok.

Goliath, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of buschbeer
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured into a pint glass to one finger of white head. It is a hazy golden color. The smell is citrus, orange and pineapple. The taste is pretty satisfying. I taste some yeast and the citrus flavors. This beer is a solid offering for the style. It is very drinkable.

buschbeer, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of Brabander
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this beer from the Cracked Kettle in Amsterdam where i traded some Westy 12 for a few USA beers. This was one of them.

Poured in my Dutch beerglass the fluid is dark yellow. The head is hard to get out of the bottle and when it's there it's gone in seconds. That's a pity because the beer has a good smell of citrus freshness.

The taste is not bad for a USA beer, i had worser one's. Beer is reasonable drinkable.

Brabander, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of jbertsch
3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured this into a pilsner glass...

Appearance was a hazy light bronze. Decent bubbling. I got a minor head at best that didn't lace much.

The aroma gave me grassy hops, light citrus, and a slight honey sweetness. Nice...

The wheat taste had minor sweetness note up front that was followed by a smooth but tangible hop note.

Moderate in body and carbonation, and drinkability is easy. I threw down a few of these very quickly, and I usually don't think in quantities.

Nothing outstanding here, but it was completely enjoyable at the same time. This is a satisfying summer brew IMO.

jbertsch, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat and grains with some spices. Taste is also of wheat and spices, a touch of hops. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

tone77, Jul 31, 2010
422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 618 ratings.