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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: 635
Reviews: 274
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 13.2%
Wants: 9
Gots: 29 | 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 Shaw
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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

Photo of Bung
3.52/5  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.

Photo of drpimento
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of rapidsequence
3.4/5  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.

Photo of BricksandPorter
2.47/5  rDev -27.6%
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?

Photo of CampusCrew
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bort11
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

Photo of zeff80
3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of schoolboy
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

Photo of Turbansurfer
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of ne0m00re
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beertunes
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of clayrock81
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of jjanega08
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Gyle41386
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of nickfl
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with just over one finger of white foam on top of a somewhat hazy, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves nice lace on the glass.

S - A light aroma of sweet malt and spicy wheat with a hint of herbal hops. Little to no yeast character.

T - Spicy wheat with sweet malt up front. Lots of rich malt flavor with notes of honey and graham cracker, kind of pilsner-like. Some light, herbal hops come out in the middle and make the transition to a sweet and grainy finish.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - I am generally not a fan of American style wheat beers and 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 a bit more intense. There is a surprisingly nice malt character that has a richness that is reminiscent of a good pilsner and a light, but earthy hop character that balances nicely and makes the beer quaffable. The style is inherently limited, and it is hard to imagine the beer being interesting or complex without becoming something else entirely, but this beer is quite nice for what it is.

Photo of mnrider
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date. Bottle and label are 80% recyclable. the name of the beer is a reference to the date on which Earth Day falls on.

A: Pours a cloudy, pale, light yellow. One finger white head which does not last and leaves little to no lacing. Minimal carbonation.

S: Very bland. Citrus (Lemon?) with wheat and some malt.

T/M: Wheat flavor is light but seems to be the strongest taste. Smooth and not very refreshing. Lemon taste with some malts and a distinct hop bitterness, with a long lasting dry mouthfeel.

D: Not very good. Don't think i'd seek this one out. Might be good in the summer. Not terrible just nothing that impresses me.


Photo of cjgator3
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is pale malt, wheat and a hint of citrus maybe. Not much else going on in the nose. Pretty bland.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with a sweet malty base. There is definitely some wheat in there. The finish is a touch of citrus and hops. Like the aroma, nothing too exciting in the taste department either.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, a decent brew but not something I would purchase again.

Photo of ffejherb
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into Troegs Hopback glass on 3/29/10.

A - Poured an insanely gritty-looking, almost dusty pale golden-colored body with a twist of amber around the edges and a shallow but bubbly white head that quickly diminished to a thin patch and a bit of scattered lacing.

S - Sweet corn and lightly toasted grains comprise the initial aroma, followed by a subdued lemon zest twang and a hint of grassy hops.

T - Lemon zest and subtle grassy hops provide a mild hop bite, while the malt character offers a sweet character suggesting lightly toasted grains, wheat bread and caramel notes. A slight musty presence accompanies a pinch of herbal hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Light bodied with a mild syrupy texture and fizzy carbonation, although the mouthfeel is pretty watery overall. Finishes with slight bitterness and residual sweetness on the palate.

D - Reminds me of a light pilsner with a slight wheat quality. Unfortunately, 422 fits into my general opinion of Southern Tier beers: big bottle good, small bottle... m'wah (although there are a few exceptions, like Hop Sun). Overall, this is a very average beer.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Weizen glass.

A - Pours a nice pale straw color with some haze. A nice white 1 inch head is also present. It recedes slowly and leaves some nice chunky lacing.

S - Wheatgrass is the most prominent aroma present. With some nice grain as well. Some citric and dry lemon hints with an almost musty aroma.

T - Strong grassy and wheat flavor that is very clean but at the same time very present. Great spring beer. Unfortunately IMO It lacks a bit more wheat malt. There is also a lack of mild hop character. This is disappointing but it doesn't completely kill the beer.

M & D - Refreshing crisp and light . Great for spring and even summer.

Photo of DNICE555
2.73/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in a bottle at Wood'n'tap out on the patio on a nice Sunny day.

A - A glowing yellow color with nice frail white head.


T - Wheatgrass mixed with lemon.

M - Dry grainy crisp mouth feel.

D - Couldn't finish the 12oz bottle.

422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 635 ratings.