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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: 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:
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(Beer added by: riversider76 on 04-05-2009)
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Photo of AndyAvalanche


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 19:58:04 | More by AndyAvalanche
Photo of CMW


3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2010 01:09:21 | More by CMW
Photo of WeezyBoPeep


3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 14:38:31 | More by WeezyBoPeep
Photo of Goliath


3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 22:40:21 | More by Goliath
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 02:05:13 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of buschbeer


3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2010 00:45:54 | More by buschbeer
Photo of Brabander


3.35/5  rDev -2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 22:27:38 | More by Brabander
Photo of jbertsch


3.95/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2010 13:33:39 | More by jbertsch
Photo of tone77


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2010 17:17:30 | More by tone77
Photo of Spica66


3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle during Southern Tier tasting at Pat's Liquors in Porter, IN on 7/23/10.

A: Gold color, excellent head formation, plenty of carbonation.

S: Smelled like a wheat beer with a slight grassy hops aroma.

T: Better than average. Some very light fruity flavors add into the basic wheat taste.

M: Good smoothness and carbonation. Very light feeling in your mouth.

D: if you like this style, there is nothing here that would keep you from having several.

This is no Oberon or Gumballhead. Just a standard issue wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 13:38:44 | More by Spica66
Photo of malty


2.8/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a semi-cloudy pale golden color with a bright white somewhat loose 1/2" settled head. Visible fine uprising (moderate level) carbonation.

Sweet malty scents upfront with a whisp of lemon zest. Not much else. Simple.

Weird. I don't get much flavor at all. I can feel the texture and perceive the soft wheat malt component, but I really can't taste much. Seriously, it's exactly like hold your nose when you don't want to taste what's in your mouth. It's really bugging me. It's very clean and crackery (I guess a little mineralness is one of the flavors I can kinda taste). There is a little citrus rind toward the back. Tartness too. But still, the flavor/s are pretty much nonexistent to me. And no, I didn't suffer a head injury or have not been taking any meds.

Mouthfeel is soft, just a touch past light bodied. Carbonation is very fine, airy and playful.

Drinkability is great. Nothing to really obstruct. I just want some flavor.

Overall I believe my 3rd paragraph says it all. I'm very stumped on this ale. I'd like to try it on tap next. Maybe the flavor ferry got pissed at this bottle and took away its flavor?

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 18:23:49 | More by malty
Photo of beers2danno


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

Very enjoyable experience with this beer. I bought a sixer and the first one was unusually different but a nice combination of my 2 favorite styles: IPA and Hefeweizen.
A:hazy golden
S:organic earthy with some hoppiness
T:nice combo of hops, wheat, coriander
M:felt satisfying and full, not heavy or light with adequate bitterness and a smooth finish.
D:got the temperature a bit colder on the 2nd thru 6th and they were very refreshing. Actually had one after running a few miles and it was the most enjoyable.
I will buy again but they are hard to find around Orlando,FL.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2010 01:33:02 | More by beers2danno
Photo of Tballz420


4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear, golden colored body. Medium sized frothy white head leaves a decent amount of lace. Scent is a lot of nice wheat tones, sweet malt, banana. Very nice tasting wheat. Full wheat beer characteristics, a touch of floral hops as well. Fairly sweet. Somewhat sharp on the tongue, but less than i expected; a fairly creamy mouth. Very nice

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2010 03:00:10 | More by Tballz420
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2010 23:51:34 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of Morey


3.33/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pale summer ale pours a very light pale yellow color with a fluffy white head that fades rather quickly into a thin lace.

Smell is mild, yet pleasant. Smells of hops, malts, and grains with nothing really jumping out at you.

Taste is actually really good for what it is. It's and easy drinking summer wheat beer. Not too much wheat, not too much hops. A great gateway into the world of craft beer. Although, it may be a little too tame.

Mouthfeel is on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

I could easily drink this beer for the day at a summer BBQ, but at the same time, I could see myself wishing that I had something more flavorful and stronger.

Morey's Bottom Line: Not a whole lot to offer as far as flavor goes, but I still think that this beer achieves what it sets out to be.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2010 00:10:20 | More by Morey
Photo of Tone


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

Pours a hazy, light maize color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, slight pale malt, yeast, wheat, hint of citrus, and slight hops. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, slight hops, slight citrus, sweet malt, slight earthy malt, and slight yeast. Overall, smooth; good blend, but weak in body.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2010 00:55:47 | More by Tone
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

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

The color is a slightly cloudy gold with a inch of white head and no lacing.

The smell is pretty darn wheaty with a nice barley flavor. Some nice apricot flavor comes out with a slight spiciness.

The taste is pretty bitter at first. The hop earthy flavor stays with you for a bit but does let some of the nice wheat flavor shine through.

The feel of this beer is medium. It does go down pretty smooth with a slight bitter aftertaste. Not a bad wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2010 02:36:34 | More by Duhast500
Photo of Shaw


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

Pours a lovely golden in color with a big white head that reduces to a layer of foam. I swirled this beer in its bottle and poured the last few ounces into my glass like you do with a wheat beer before discovering that this beer is filtered.

The smell is lightly hoppy with hints of coriander.

The taste is interesting. It has earthy hop flavors and grainy notes that remind me more of a German lager than an American wheat ale.

The body is nice and substantial. No watery beer here.

Overall an above-average wheat beer, but just so.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 04:14:26 | More by Shaw
Photo of russpowell


3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2010 01:12:34 | More by russpowell
Photo of Bung


3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. A slightly darker gold pour, about a finger of white bubbles.

A very grassy aroma, lemongrass. Hint of dough and white bread.

Taste is surprisingly bready. Some maltiness, not much hop presence. The faintest hint of spicy hop. Finish is a bit grassy, kinda plain and dry.

Light, lively mouthfeel. Not much to say here.
Very drinkable, but I'd probably reach for something else after one.

A rather basic brew. Not as refreshing as I had hoped for, still not bad though. Needs a little more hop presence.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 01:09:24 | More by Bung
Photo of drpimento


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

Not too bad. Poured a nice off white head that mostly faded and no lace. Color is a very hazy amber. Aroma is fresh mown hay, grass, grain, malt, and yeast. Flavor is like aroma and has the bittersweetness which predominantly sweet. Decent body and carbonation. Finish is medium in length as is more tart with a bit of alcohol which is odd considering the strength.

Serving type: bottle

05-13-2010 01:40:12 | More by drpimento
Photo of Brad007


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

Pours a nice golden color with a thin head into my pint glass. Simple. Seems about right.

Aroma is full of a slight hint of clove and just a small hint of grassiness from the hops.

Taste is crisp and full of wheat, clove and grassy hops. Slightly chewy.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering clove and grassy hops. A slight burn to it but otherwise, very nice.

Well, it's drinkable though the style itself leaves a lot to be desired.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2010 01:10:16 | More by Brad007
Photo of rapidsequence


3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a mix pack of pale ales.

Appearance: Clear yellow-orange. Short lived head and little lacing.

Smell: Slightly sweet and a little wheaty, but without any banana-y german wheat smells. A little bit grainy and a little sweet too.

Taste: Well my expectations were pretty low, so Im pleasantly surprised. Not at all bad. Some fruity hops and slight malty-wheat sweet flavors. Comes together pretty good really. Bitterness on the low side.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is pretty good too. Good carbonation and just slightly sticky while still being light and refreshing.

Drinkability: A somewhat unintereting but drinkable little beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2010 04:04:01 | More by rapidsequence
Photo of BricksandPorter


2.42/5  rDev -29.2%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2010 13:36:53 | More by BricksandPorter
Photo of CampusCrew


3.88/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: slightyl cloudy, pale-yellow

smell: earhthy and actually some hop presence

taste: low bitterness, but decent for a session wheat ale.

mouthfeel: medium-light bodied

drinkability: great summer beer. not a big wheat guy but I like dthis one. Better flavor than Oberon. not overly thick with decent bitterness to mask the wheat base.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2010 14:38:42 | More by CampusCrew
422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 602 ratings.