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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: 616
Reviews: 273
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 7
Gots: 24 | 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 beers2danno


3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

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


4.3/5  rDev +26.1%

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

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


3.55/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

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


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

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

Rhode Island

3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

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.

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


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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


3.8/5  rDev +11.4%

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

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


3.53/5  rDev +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.

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


3.1/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

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


3.43/5  rDev +0.6%

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.

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


2.42/5  rDev -29%

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?

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


3.88/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

04-27-2010 14:38:42 | More by CampusCrew
Photo of Bierguy5


3.43/5  rDev +0.6%

Pours a clear bright golden color. White rocky head holds for a few minutes, then fades leaving a nice patchwork of lace.

Pale malt aroma, just a bit of corn. A touch of earthy hops. Very simple nose.

Very pale malt flavor. A bit cracker-like. Only a faint wheat tartness. Some earthy hops balance things nicely.

Lighter body, with adequate carbonation. Alcohol is hidden. Very easy to drink, althought not a great deal of flavor. Seems a lot like a solid lager.

04-25-2010 19:15:07 | More by Bierguy5
Photo of bort11


3/5  rDev -12%

12 oz bottle poured into a standard shaker pint. Thin white head doesn't stay up very long. Thin specks of lacing on the glass. Color is a mildly hazy light straw yellow. Southern Tier says it's not filtered, but it looks a little filtered to me.

Smell is a light and sweet citrus, with a green grass hops. The wheat does give a crisp lemony flavor. Very light and refreshing, clean body. Still, for $10 there's not a whole lot more going for this. Another thing you can do that's green is buy local. Save your cash and get a Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat for six or seven bucks. A little cheaper, but a lot better

04-23-2010 11:10:54 | More by bort11
Photo of zeff80


3.58/5  rDev +5%

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.

04-22-2010 20:44:35 | More by zeff80
Photo of schoolboy


4.1/5  rDev +20.2%

Wow, another great brew from the Southern Tier folks. I hadn't had much of their stuff the last couple years but this new (to me, at lease) brew reminds me that I should not have been avoiding them. They make good stuff.

This is very drinkable stuff. A bit light, but not insultingly so. The style should be delicate. I would be nice if it had a bit more yeasty bite, but it will do. I would buy this on it's own, but the way it is, I hope they keep selling the 12 pack with four different pale's in it. It will prove very difficult picking a favorite. I may need to drink several cases to ponder this.

04-18-2010 00:02:35 | More by schoolboy
Photo of Turbansurfer


3.63/5  rDev +6.5%

The least hoppy of any Southern Tier Brew. In my estimation it doesn't present with the taste of a traditional wheat beer and doesn't necessarily finish like an ale. To me it tastes quite a bit more like a medium pilsner than an ale.

For kids who aren't down with the wheat beer- this is a good place to start. Probably the lowest rated S.T. brew- but you can drink em all day and not get as crunked as you do on the other S.T.

04-17-2010 15:42:39 | More by Turbansurfer
Photo of ne0m00re


3.83/5  rDev +12.3%

Served on-tap at North Star in Columbus in a chilled pint glass.
A: Pale golden with a foggy unfiltered look. It poured with a white film and collar that stuck with constant bubbles running up the glass.
S: Musty wheat with clean apricots, not very strong, but quite nice.
T: Bready wheat with apricot, it is very bright and fruity with grassy hops that linger.
M: Frothy and crisp with a clean aftertaste.
D: This is a really nice, refreshing beer.

04-15-2010 22:11:12 | More by ne0m00re
Photo of beertunes


3.13/5  rDev -8.2%

Another very happy beer poured into Weizen glass. This semi-hazy yellow beer had a ton of carbonation and a very long lasting white head that just had minimal lacing.

The aroma was very sweet upfront, not what I expected, at the end was a nice grainy scent. On the tongue I picked up fewer flavors than the aroma had, which is unusual for me (I generally get more flavors than scents).

The body was crisp, but a bit thin. Drinkability was nice, if unspectacular. If this beer were local for me, I'd probably get it on occasion, but I can get local brews that are fresher. This brew is worth a shot if you see it.

04-11-2010 20:46:32 | More by beertunes
Photo of clayrock81


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a clear gold that has heavy carbonation for a fizzy head that doesn't cling to the glass. A mix of pale malt and citric hops but has a tad bit of veggie smell that is slightly putting off. More malty than hoppy, this light and crisp bodied beer has a decent balance and tastes like a mix of mild bread and sweet malt along with some citric hops and peppery spices. Finishing clean and slightly sticky, I enjoyed this beer although won't make a habit of drinking it as it is just a lil' bit offkilter.

04-11-2010 12:29:20 | More by clayrock81
Photo of jjanega08


2.6/5  rDev -23.8%

A= Pours a crystal clear golden color. Looks a lot like some light honey with a small half finger head on it that is a perfect white color and holds some average retention and spotty lacing.

S= A lot of wheaty grains and a little skunkyness maybe? Grainy sort of with a really light citrus hop aroma to it.

T= The taste isn't really that impressive. Not a ton of a wheaty flavor in it. Sort of light and grainy without it being wheaty. There is more hop spicyness than I expected. Sort of tastes like an American Adjunct Lager. Really sort of unimpressive.

M= Clean and crisp. Light taste and goes down like water.

D= Pretty good drinkability. I don't know how much I would want to drink but I could drink a bunch. Really an unimpressive wheat.

04-08-2010 00:00:49 | More by jjanega08
Photo of gunnerman


3.7/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured into a pint glass, pours a hazy yellow with a fluffy head that leaves a bit of lace on the glass. Smell is of citrus types of aromas with hints of grass and wheat. Taste is a bit mild with a slight hop bitterness toward the back end, overall a bit to light for my likings, was expecting a bit more from the their other fine offerings from ST.

04-04-2010 16:57:06 | More by gunnerman
Photo of Gyle41386

South Carolina

3.65/5  rDev +7%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pale golden pour, with little yeasties floating around and streams of bubbles rising to the top. Small white head retains pretty well.

Not a bad nose on 422. Lemon zest, lightly tart pale wheat, and a little grassy.

The flavor is lightly sweet up front, with lemon-y bitter/tart, and a dry, almost chalky wheat finish.

Body is just a tad lighter than medium. Carbonation is a bit lower than I thought it would be, but that's certainly not a bad thing. Very, very drinkable. Great beer for the higher temperatures.

04-03-2010 22:32:43 | More by Gyle41386
422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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