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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: 621
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:
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(Beer added by: riversider76 on 04-05-2009)
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Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

beertunes, Apr 11, 2010
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.

clayrock81, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of jjanega08
2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

jjanega08, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of gunnerman
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

gunnerman, Apr 04, 2010
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.

Gyle41386, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of nickfl
3.75/5  rDev +10%
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.

nickfl, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of mnrider
3/5  rDev -12%
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.


mnrider, Apr 02, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

cjgator3, Apr 01, 2010
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.

ffejherb, Mar 30, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

JoEBoBpr, Mar 30, 2010
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.

DNICE555, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of allergictomacros
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Clear straw - much of the sediment is left in the bottle.

S - Nose is fresh, floral and leafy, with tea, apple and ginger.

T - A bit of wheaty twang and relatively high bitterness for such a light brew. Lots of ginger and some green leafy/floral flavours.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

D - I can see where the brewer is going with this, but not my favorite combination of flavours.

allergictomacros, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of babaracas
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a somewhat hazy straw color with a fast fading thin white head, leaving no lace. Smell: mildly sweet, neutral pale malt character, a little husk. Taste: medium sweet, a bit of tangy wheat fading into mild grassy and spicy hops, might be imagining some lemon. Light bodied and a little soapy in the finish. Easy drinking but boring.

babaracas, Mar 16, 2010
Photo of Mdog
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy yellow, decent head, good lacing.

Smell: Not much there, a little lemon.

Taste: Light, mild fruit flavor, mild lemon.

Drinkability: Easy drinking, would be a good summer beer.

Picked up a single to try, this is a light flavor wheat beer. Interesting fruit flavors from the yeast would make this a decent choice if it was inexpensive.

Mdog, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of cdizinno
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Slightly hazy, golden yellow with a nice white head that leaves minimal lacing.

S: Mildly sweet, malty scent... if any aroma at all.

T&M: Smooth, light bodied ale. Not much in the way of any flavors that can be described. Mildly sweet malt flavor that fades to a very mild hop bitterness.

Decent ale. As other reviews state, it tastes more like a very mild pilsner.

cdizinno, Mar 11, 2010
Photo of moz9
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was my first ever Southern Tier beer. Given the description as a light very sessionable beer--I wasn't expecting much. And I didn't get much in return.

It's a pleasant beer. Pours and looks like a VERY light ale--but the smell is virtually non existent and it has the consistency almost of a pilsner. I would liken it to a hoppy pils--such as Noble or Prima.

It's certainly not a bad beer and I think it is indeed very sessionable. It just depends on what you are looking for. I probably wouldn't buy it again but I would get it on tap somewhere if there were no better options.

moz9, Mar 04, 2010
Photo of dgilks
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Nice aroma. Slightly sweet, wheaty but with a good dose of hops providing a moderate herbal hop aroma.

Hazy, straw colour. Small, white head. Okay.

I'm loving the flavour. Good hop character with a combination of citrus flavours with some earthy character (Willamette?). Light wheat flavour. Crisp.

Medium body but with a crisp carbonation which makes this surprisingly refreshing.

For me, this is exceptionally easy to drink. I had no clue it is above 5% until I checked the Southern Tier site and the flavours just work so well. A perfect summer quaffer.

dgilks, Feb 25, 2010
Photo of ujsplace
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a pale wheaten orange color with a white head, that has descent staying power. Some sticky lacing.

Smells of buttery, bready wheat yeasts and mild hops.

Brew has a wheat bready flavor and mildly bitter hops.

Light mouthfeel, crisp and clean tasting.

Good sessionable brew that is a bit too light, but would be a welcome brew for summer gatherings...

ujsplace, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of magine
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dark yellow brew with white head, that settles quickly to a lace head. Some lace, nothing special.

Brew smells of bready yeast; wheat, some sweet hops.

Brew has a sweet yeasty and slight hop flavor, has a crisp mouthfeel and easy going finish.

This is a good drinking brew, is pleasant and would go nice on a hot day with some BBQ. Decent.

magine, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours hazy yellow, with a thin white head.

Bready wheat and yeast jump out in the nose with a peppery hop presence.

The taste has a good hop/wheat ratio with toasty malt, clove, and a lemony hop kick. The finish is clean and the hops linger in the finish.

One of the better in the pack of pales, but far from desirable.

brownbeer, Feb 21, 2010
Photo of mikesgroove
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very happy to be able to get ahold of this one. Another new one for me on the weekend of endless new beer. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 1/30/2010.

The pour was rather what I would expect given the style. Nice rich look like golden color, slightest hint of haze to it but there were copious amounts of carbonation that could be seen coming up toward the surface. Aroma is light hay and fresh grass. Almost a touch of lemon or something that has a slight bite to it. Crisp, clean flavor here as the well carbonated body gives way to a palate that is light, refreshing and very nicely put together. Crisp grass, nice touches of light wheat, hints of grape skins and a well rounded profile all combine to form a very nice and very sessionable light beer.

While not being anything earth shattering it is definitly something I would have no issue with having a couple of. Very solid indeed.

mikesgroove, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of animalchin
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice cloudy straw color with brief head retention complimented by little lacing. Biscuit-like, slightly sweet flavors with a nice balance. Heavier mouth-feel for a pale ale, but the carbonation is nice and modest. The wheat comes in the after-taste; maintaining itself for just the right amount of time.

I've had this served from a bottle at a local bar, and I have to say I got much more of a taste experience straight from the bottle. Overall a solid Southern Tier brew - certainly ideal to have with you sitting by your pool on a hot summer day.

animalchin, Jan 30, 2010
Photo of ADZA
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This brew pours a golden,yellow hue with average carbonation that leaves a one finger head and average lacing,the aromas are bubble gum and sweet wheat,it has a nice mouthfeel with tastes of bubble gum,honey infused lemon,its definately an original beer thats easy enough to drink although not the best of this brewery's brews but would buy again and wouldnt knock it back if offered.

ADZA, Jan 29, 2010
Photo of erosier
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a nice clear golden yellow color with a medium sized and medium bodied white colored head that laces the glass very nicely on the way down. Some yeast on the bottom still doesn't cloud the beer.
S: Smells of sweet lightly toasted malts, hints of citrus-y aromas and then citrus-y and floral hop aromas.
T: Tastes of sweet toasted malts, then a nice refreshing lemony taste with a really nice floral and citrus-y hop end to the taste.
M: Very light, refreshing, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable since this one wasn't too complicated and too heavy, it was a perfect summer porch beer.

erosier, Jan 27, 2010
Photo of Popkas
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a bright golden yellow with a finger of head. Some residual lacing.

S: Light smell of wheat and barley. Bit of honey.

T: Bit of muted wheat, some barley. A bit of an aftertaste that I can't quite place, but it doesn't strike my fancy.

M: Fairly light but much carbonation. Not bad.

D: I can maybe see this one on a hot summer day, but right now I am not feeling it.

Popkas, Jan 12, 2010
422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.