422 Pale Wheat Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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422 Pale Wheat Ale422 Pale Wheat Ale

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Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by riversider76 on 04-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by stevenseg:
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2.44/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After reviewing the Southern Tier Creme Brulee, I visited the Surly Girl Saloon, a quality southwestern comfort food eatery in my beloved Columbus, Ohio, to partake in my next Southern Tier experience. I saw the 422 tap handle and ordered up a pint of Southern Tier's 422 Pale Wheat Ale. The 422 is a "session" beer (5.0 ABV), but I did expect some great flavor, just not that diesel bite.

The first thing I noticed when the waitress set the glass on the table was its clarity. I expected a little fog in the glass of this wheat beer, but it was as clear as a cheap domestic light lager. It did have a slightly creamy one-finger head that stuck around a while, but it had some slight undefined lacing rings as I sipped.

I can say that there was no nose to this brew at all. I may as well have been sniffing an empty glass. Maybe a subtle smell of hops prevailed, but definitely no hint of citrus or malt as expected of a pale or wheat ale. Without even taking a sip I asked the waitress if maybe she poured a Pabst's by mistake, but there was no mistake.

Besides some subtle carbonation differences, the 422 tasted pretty much like a run-of-the-mill mass produced lager. I was extremely disappointed to say the least. I could have paid one third of what I did for some happy hour hooch. I could detect a little sweetness, albeit very little, and a slightly hoppier finish than a typical watering hole beer. The 422 is very bland. Where the wheat was I have no idea.

The consistency of the head was the most appealing part of the mouthfeel. Once the head had dissipated, the 422 was very thin and cheap-feeling. This may very well have been the intent of Southern Tier being a session ale, but I expected a little more viscosity.

The 422 is about as drinkable as a Budweiser, if that is what I am looking for. It's a session ale without that yeasty nose and flavor, which is replaced by a very subtle sweetness and a light hop bitter nibble. The 422 is a great brew to complement a meal when the beer isn't supposed to be the focus. It's not for those looking to be hopped out of your mind or looking to put the pedal to the metal with a high octane after burn, but it's not intimidating to the novice and impossible to hate for the connoisseur who knows what to expect.

Side note: Southern Tier brews the 422 in commemoration of Earth Day as the bottles are packaged in 80% recycled materials.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of brownbeer
3.77/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of woodchipper
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of generallee
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of TimoP
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Doomcifer
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Billolick
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info/bottling date...pours light soft golden, hazy, short lived off white head. Sweet honey and flowers in the nose. Pleasant enough summery ale. Notes of wheaty malt, more honey, and light vanilla. Pleasingly dry finish. Nice warm weather quaffer

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Photo of tigg924
3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, bright gold in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: grass, malt, and hops

Taste: honey-especially at the end, grass, wheat, caramel, and malt

Mouthfeel: smooth, can feel the moderate carbonation, clean, moderately sweet

Drinkability: This tastes almost like a hefe without the bite. A very good inoffensive session beer. Could have several especially in warmer weather.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of MikePags
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of Swedes21
3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - pours a cloudy straw colour, nice white foamy head about 2 fingers. some nice light lacing, nothing wild. there are some sediments in my glass, not much carbonation.

Smell - found the smells to be very mild, some wheat and a little orange/lemon, but there is nothing dominating that stands out.

Taste - not a bad tasting beer, very even and well balanced. there is a slight orange taste, some wheat, but overall just a smooth beer.

Mouthfeel - added volume adds some bitterness, but not much else. the taste and balance carry over.

Overall - would have to say this is a weak wheat beer IMO, there are far better out there on the market.

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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 mjtiernan
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Photo of Kraken
2.38/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed 4/9/09

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass. Firm pour conjures a scant 1/8 inch head that falls to skim very quickly. No lace. Color is a clear very pale yellow, like a weak lemonade.

Nose- Very bland, no distinguishing characteristics.

Taste- Bland, mildly dry. Faint hop bitters in the finish, faint sweetness. Some mildly floral notes. I really thought this was going be more of a play on a hefe or a Belgian white.

Mouthfeel- Very active, and mildly dry.

Drinkability- Session ale low on taste.

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Photo of Bike2work
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of ryhn0
3/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of dogfishandi
3.84/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

poured out of 12 into pint glass. pours a hazy straw yellow color with a small head that faded almost immediately and halfway down the glass was completely gone. no head retention and no lacing.

the aroma is that of wheat, lemon, citrus, maybe apricot, and some funk from the yeast. pretty standard.

the taste, which is slightly watery, has a lot of wheat and lemon citrus goin on.

light bodied, pretty medium to high carbonation. overall a good sessionable beer. i could easily drink these all night cause there so light. i wouldnt really recommend this to any true craftbeer enthusiasts, but would be good for someone just getting into it.


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Photo of gunnerlincoln
3.75/5  rDev +9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I miss Hop Sun that may be my next case, this is shite in comparison but as an American Pale Wheat it's kind of interesting. Appears a pale yellow apple juice completely filtered hue. Bright white head forms thick and dwindles pretty quickly leaving a nice collar of lacing around the wheat beer glass I'm drinking out of. Nice fine speckled lacing with each gulp. Aroma has a reverent grassy herbal flow that's almost spicy at times, I like it. A clean light toasted malt base for some mild sweetness, very much like lemongrass. Flavor is nice the wheat adds a very cereal tone to the whole mix light biscuit sweetness with heavy grassiness and dhammomile tea with more lemongrass herbs not much hop action maybe just a touch of citrus in the background. Mouthfeel is light bodied easy drinking completely downable, one of those brews that are meant to be drank in session during the grass cuttying Earth Days. Better than another Imperial WTF creation. Overall pretty enjoyable doesn't transcend but nails a hard to like style.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of tallfellapgh
3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Porter in Atlanta.

Pours a hazy yellowish-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pale malts with large amounts of wheat twang. Also present are grassy hops and very slight amounts of sweet pears.

Tastes similar to how it smells although a bit more robust. Equal amounts of pale malt and wheat flavors kick things off. Soft pear flavors join in shortly thereafter before being pushed aside by grassy and slightly earthy hop flavors midway through the sip. The wheat and hop flavors carry through to a crisp and mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is also good. I didn't have any problems finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall I wasn't expecting much going into my glass but was pleasantly surprised. A nice, non-invasive beer that goes down easy, especially in the warmer months.

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422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
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