422 Pale Wheat Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

422 Pale Wheat Ale422 Pale Wheat Ale
646 Ratings
422 Pale Wheat Ale422 Pale Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
Southern Tier Brewing Company
New York, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by riversider76 on 04-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 646 |  Reviews: 275
Photo of kylehay2004
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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 StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a refreshing beer, nice wheat character without all the fruity yeast notes of a hefe. the nose is a little bland, but the wheat malt is fresh, and the hop profile is very obviously citrusy. lemons and limes even, which feel like a summer brew more than anything. the flavor is pretty good, a nice fusion of hops and wheat, not quite a wheat ipa, as the hops are more balanced than that, but its a crisp and refreshing beer that is very sessionable with its light body and bright carbonation. i am surprised its scored as low as it has on here, since it really isnt bad at all. i think in the spring or summer itd really hit the spot after mowing the grass or something. a front porch drinker for me.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This wheat beer wasn't too bad, it poured out as a fairly clear looking. The head was pretty nice standard white color. The smell of the beer was of smooth wheat fields with some hops in the mix. The flavor here is of wheat and grains mixed with just a hint of hops. The overall mouthfeel of this beer is that it's easy to drink. It's a good summer time beer. It's pretty refreshing for the most part and rather light too.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down, leaving a thick web of lacing covering the surface and a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of wheat in the nose along with hints of orange citrus.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavors of orange are more noticeable. There is also a very slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has some refreshing properties and goes down very easily, making this rather sessionable.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of superspak
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 3/12/2013. Pours very hazy golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense and fluffy bright white head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon, orange zest, pear, wheat, bread, pepper, light clove, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and strength of bready malt and fruity/spicy yeast and hop notes. Taste of lemon, orange zest, pear, pepper, wheat, clove, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Light amount of spicy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, pepper, clove, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice flavor balance and robustness of hop, malt, and yeast flavors; with no cloying flavors on the finish as expected. Medium carbonation and body; with a slightly creamy, smooth, and crisp mouthfeel that is great. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent pale wheat ale! All around nice balance and robustness of flavors; and extremely smooth to drink. Really enjoyed this one; best pale wheat ale I have had yet.

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I won't go too much into this beer as there's really not that much to it. I'll just agree with the opinions already expressed here.

It's a decent enough American pale wheat. I found it on tap, so i didn't know what it was at the time, just that it was a Southern Tier beer I'd never heard of. I was hoping for more, but I wasn't dissatisfied, and to be honest, I'd probably have ordered it anyway given the tap selection. And I had another one this past weekend after the rain cleared and the sun came out.

Nice beer. Worth trying.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a bright yellow color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, light caramelized malts, some citrus and some hops.

T: The taste is bready with a strong wheat flavor and a hearty malt character. There is a little bit of sweetness that come in from flavors of lemon & subtle spices. The hops presence is a little bit stronger than most beers in the style and it provides a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, although there are several others in the style that I would pick first, this is a decent beer to drink for a while.

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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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of billab914
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer number three of my ST pack of pales. 12oz bottle poured into my Southern Tier tulip glass. Poured a slightly hazy yellow with a bright white head that disappeared quickly.

Aroma is mostly wheat with a little citrus. Taste is very crisp with a lot of wheat present and a slight citrusness at the end.

Mouthfeel feels light, good carbonation and crisp. Drinkability is good, this is one of those hot summer day beers that goes down easy.

Overall this is a good beer that I would gladly drink in the warm months but isn't my favorite wheat beer.

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

A - Pure white head with ok retention and low lace. Light gold with a light opaque sediment of yeast.

S - Nice simple wheat note. Touch of lemon zest around the edges.

T - Soft wheat, light honey. Lime center. Herbal, straw-like backbone.

M - Medium-light body. Nice smoothness.

O - A great summer beer. Lightly sweet, with a refreshing acidity.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of smcolw
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very mild head, that settles to a single layer of bubbles. Cloudy although less than expected. Yellow gold color.

Reminds me of a cream ale in the smell. Light wheat aroma.

A touch of pepper; some wheat. The aftertaste quickly dies with some sourness. Decent body with a slightly high carbonation. Kinda sits between a bunch of styles--wheat, mild, cream ale; not mastering any.

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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

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
4.07/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, pale gold body with a bubbly, white head and some initial soda-like effervescence in the body.

Smell: Soft, transient scents of soft malted barley and wheat with well-integrated hints of honey, meadow flowers, spice, and lemon wedges.

Taste: Blend of light pale and wheat malts with a modest amount of tanginess and sweetness. Freshly floral, lemony hop character with ample bitterness to balance. Light acidity. Small, delicate sip of honey wine dashed with a bit of pepper prior to the drying finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Would pair nicely with sauteed sea bass. It's light and simple, but yet it's also pleasant and refreshing, exactly what I needed on this hot, sweltering summer's day.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another of my local trader's, tone77, many bottles to keep me from going CAN crazy. It may be working as I have been running through a lot of bottles lately.

From the bottle: "Make every day Earth Day"; "Simple ways to be greener - bike to t...; shop at thrift stores; use rechargeable batteries; plant a garden; compost kitchen waste; eat leftovers; rollerskate to work; hang-dry laundry; fix leaky faucets; carpool or ride a bus; let the rain wash your car; shovel snow/rake leaves; Est. April 22, 1970". There were others that got obscured by their logo, but that is a fair representation.

My pour netted a finger-and-a-half of fizzing off-white head with moderate retention. Color was a cloudy golden-yellow. Nose had a lemony-citrusiness to it and I became more hopeful. I am not a fan of the banana esters of Hefes and in reading the style description, I became slightly nervous. If anything, it had a pleasant malt backbone as well. Mouthfeel was on the full side, being full of carbonation, and the taste had a tropical fruitiness, like pineapples or mangoes, maybe even guava, but no bananas! The finish was semi-sweet with the fruitiness really leading the way and then lingering. I liked it, especially on a hot, humid summer's day, but I am not sure that I would feel the same way on 22 April. Great for summer, but for the late spring ...?

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Photo of duceswild
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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