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:
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Added by riversider76 on 04-05-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 646 |  Reviews: 275
Photo of david18
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.


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 fmccormi
4/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of climax
3.82/5  rDev +12%
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 -6.7%
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 -12.9%
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 -1.8%
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 -17.9%
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 +12.9%
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 +2.3%
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 -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 isthatbeer
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
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 -12.6%
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 -8.5%
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 +24.3%
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 Rschis16
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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 -11.1%
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 +17.3%
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 +11.4%
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 +12.9%
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 +5.6%
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 +5.6%
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 -3.2%
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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Photo of laituegonflable
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale gold, very hazy but still letting lots of light through. Head is white, medium-sized bubbles and nice cradle of clingy lace. Not much head left after a while. Looks decent.

Smells sweet, kinda Belgiany with boiled toffee and lots of stone fruit - peach, apricot and a lot of honey as well. Mild wheat tartness helps with the grounding. Not bad.

Taste is also very sweet, with big honey notes on the front with rich caramel malt. Develops grainy bread notes towards the mid, brown bread, rye and oat. Some fruit characters around the edges - peach, banana and orange peel. Finish is a little bit dry and enjoyably long, albeit just a trailing off of that candied fruit flavour. Nice complexity, but still a bit sweet overall for my taste.

Too much sizzle adds a sharpness throughout, but it's a nice solid body otherwize.

Stylistically good and it's an interesting beer. Good things done, I think, with what they've got.

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Photo of Heischman
3.74/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Beer/Brewery - 422 Pale Wheat Ale/Southern Tier Brewing
City/State- Lakewood, New York
STYLE – American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV – 5.8%
IBU – 56
DATE – 5 JUN 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz Bottle
APPEARANCE – A little cloudy and has a honey color to it. Lacking in head right out of the bottle, and what little head was on the beer quickly went away leaving only foam on the edges of the glass. No lacing and the little bit of foam on the edge of that went away with in the first few sips.
AROMA- Some nice fruity notes, a hint of banana and citrus
TASTE – Very refreshing as you would expect from a PWA. I do not taste the citrus too much but I do taste the banana and some spice as well. As the beer warms a little I am noticing hints of ginger as well.
MOUTHFEEL – A little syrupy and fizzy
CONCLUSION – not to bad I could do without the thickness, being a beer brewed for warmer weather it just does not make sense for it to have the syrup texture. This is a fine beer and I would drink it again, in fact I would even buy it. Although it is more of a straight from the bottle beer.

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Photo of Swedes21
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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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422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.41 out of 5 with 646 ratings
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