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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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274 Reviews
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Reviews: 274
Hads: 643
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 13.08%
Wants: 10
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale | 5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: riversider76 on 04-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 274 | Hads: 643
Photo of BeerLover99
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: pale straw yellow, zero head, zero lacing

S: mild wheat, grassy, hint of spices

T: sweet grain/wheat, earthy/grassy, crisp/mild spice finish

M: light/med body, ok carbonation
crisp/dry finish

O: Solid summer beer, but after Gumballhead
this is disappointing. Might get again, but
not near top of my list. great gateway brew,
especially for Blue Moon fans.

OK, NOT MUST HAVE!

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Photo of MacQ32
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very light golden/cloudy straw color in my Brooklyn snifter with a decent half finger of white head with only fair retention. Good lacing.

S - Some sweet maltyness/honey aromas, grassy hop smells. Herbal aromas and a wheaty/bready quality.

T - Bready and grassy hops up front transform into malty sweetness, honey still obvious, a little citrusy at the end. Better than the smell (which wasnt bad)

M - Light bodied, crisp and very drinkable. Pretty good, definitely a good lawnmowing brew.

O - Nothing too crazy but a good super crisp and drinkable brew that was fairly enjoyable

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Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange/yellow with lots of rising bubbles and some frothy white head.

Well balanced blend of floral grassy hops, citrus peel, watermelon rind, spice and wheat aroma

Taste is grainy and crisp with a nice addition of hops balanced by spiced wheat

Light and refreshing. Highly carbonated

Interesting take on the style

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle pours a hazed, lemon yellow color with a soft, large-bubbled white head, Retention and lacing are average at best. 06 16 11 birth date.

Nose is bright, tropical-citric hops with a few suggestions of lemon peel and some sort of spice, coriander comes to mind first.

Taste is definitely a bit oddball - kinda like a wit-hefe-american wheat combo with hops, yeast and spice all detectable to some degree. It doesnt all seem to work out quite right though, not very soft feel to it and the spice and tropical hop notes dont blend well. Southern Tier makes some great beers, but this one counts as a miss for me.

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Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was my review of the growler version that I got a while back:

Not a bad pale wheat but not my favorite and it's strange that Whole Foods would be introducing this as one of their growler features so late in the season. Very pale color, which is nice. Carbonation doesn't hold up very long. Flavor almost bland and the mouthfeel as well is unremarkable. To be fair, i'd like to try this on a hot summer day but I still don't think it would be among my favorites.

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I got this as a part of a "pack of pales" offered by Southern Tier. This was not my favorite but it wasn't bad. Nice balance between styles.

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Photo of climax
3.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straw colored, this one is unfiltered which excites me a bit more. The eggshell bubbly white head is on the small side despite a rambunctious pour. Retention and lace are minimal.

I get a nice noble hop aroma mixed in with some lemon and hay. All of the herbal aromas sit slightly in front of a nice warming wheat and bread backbone.

The flavor is zesty and sharp from beginning to end, yet there is a firm sweetness keeping things balanced very well. Lemon, tart oranges, and grass are the main discernible components. Sweet juicy orange and wheat tones remain through the finish.

There is pretty good body in this for a lighter beer, the viscosity is made supremely quaffable by a nice slick feel. It finishes only slightly dry, and is definitely a breeze to take down.

Overall, this is a good solid wheat beer. It's got a good bouquet of flavors including an admirable noble hop presence good for the style. Pale wheat ales aren't typically the most exciting styles, but this one is done very well and would make for an excellent session.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a pint glass. really clear murky yellow. smells of wheat pale ale, little lager, little macro. nice crisp orange peel and a lot of lemon. tastes better than it smells, but catches a macro vibe. pretty watery and light. what you would expect from a wheat pale. nice beer to drink a bunch of, and a better alternative to a macro. good not great. decent.

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Photo of JMWEB2
2.97/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, yellow, very small head which dissipates.

S: Strong wheat smell, also lemony / fruity.

T: Light, crisp taste, and a bit of sweetness very similar to the smell, not bad at all.

M: Very light, a summer beer.

O: I thought it was ok, a decent summer beer, not overwhelming, but also not bad.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in ale glass.

A: pale yellow, very thin head; good carb streams
S: thin, light honey smell; not unappetizing
T: strong wheat ale; semisweet, semibitter; good hopping for this genre; hints of corn, husk; earthy and dark for a wheat ale

Overall, surprisingly good for this style; more manly than expected

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Photo of BigPlay1824
2.8/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a very light yellow color that is only slightly hazy. pours with a very small amount of white head that is gone before I can even put the glass down. leaves a small amount of lacing
S: bright scent, lemons and also herbs or even grass
T: bright taste, very light, lemony taste with very slight wheat taste
M: strong carbonation, smooth, leaves a lingering brightness on the palate.
O: a decent brew, nothing outstanding, everything is pretty much middle of the road

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy, pale gold color, light-white head.

A lavender hop, spring water, golden crispy wheat in the aroma.

A snappy malty wheat, sour and musky yeast is very nice with earthy-green and herbal effect dry and major complexity. Zesty, tangy and sour flavor's all over and a snappy, dry mouth feel. Very sour with wheat in the back.

Very nice.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.49/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

Pours a light yellow with a small white head - reminiscent of BMC at first. Nose is mellow, wheaty, a bit spicy as well.

Taste is a bit bitter from the hops, it has a decent bite from the yeast with good carbonation that leaves your tongue tingling. There's a good fruity flavor on the end as well. For a style that generally isn't very good, I think this is a tasty beer.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw with a bit of haziness. Quarter finger head that leaves a little in the periphery.

S: Wheat, light malt.

T: Bready, wheat and a little lemon. Some grassy/floral hop notes.

M: Moderate to high carbonation. Light bodied. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall: Its ok. I didn't like the carbonation level. The beer doesnt have any real memorable quality. It doesn't speak to southern tiers overall quality, but I am not a big fan of this one.

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Photo of isthatbeer
2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

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Photo of duffcalifornia
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.12/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.24/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of chodinheaven
3.28/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +16.3%
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

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Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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!

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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Photo of SickGnar
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.