422 Pale Wheat Ale | Southern Tier Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
646
Reviews:
275
Avg:
3.44
pDev:
13.08%
 
 
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Ratings: 646 |  Reviews: 275
Photo of steffigal22
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is my very first beer review!
so overall, the beer was tasty but not as delicious as i was expecting, seeing as it has the likes of a lil sumpin sumpin and hop sun competing in the same category.

A- pale, a little murky

S- a malty citrusness

T- good, but it didnt blow me away

sorry if its a little too concise; im still working on developing my beer vocabulary :)

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.72/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad domestic wheat - certainly not the best - but pretty darn flavorful, if a bit wild in its constitution. Quite hearty grain flavor, a touch doughy in the aftertaste. Tartness bounces hard off the tongue. Smoothness obscured by its slight scrubbing bitter-dry finish.

Head starts off small and dies quickly. Pours clean (with your average requisite wheat haze) and moonlight yellow, unless you swirl the dregs at the bottom of the bottle and add - cloudy murk. Smells like burlap and lightly-toasted wheat - I like it. Bold flavor - a lot of shredded wheat, lightly tart and tangy, with a residual yeast wash lasting. On flavor alone, it's good drinkin'. Lacking a little creaminess and depth of body, but nice otherwise.

Wait 'til the weather gets warmer and this beer feels colder, and then ask me about it.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.68/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Southern Tier's Brewery on my way home from Dark Lord Day.

A-Cloudy yellow about a finger worth of head, with some scattered lacing.

S-Some lemons and some wheat. Its there but nothing eye opening.

T-Almost exactly like the nose. There is the lemon and the wheat. No bitterness, nothing out of the ordinary. Decent but nothing out there to wow anyone. However also nothing to complain about.

M-Light and carbonated.

O-A good summer beer. Possibly a good introduction to craft beer as well. Sessionable to a T. Once again nothing bad but nothing spectacular. Try it once an move on.

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Photo of teromous
3.81/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pale yellow with no real head. It poured about half a finger and disappeared in under 5 seconds. The beer is very hazy and only renders the appearance of shadows through the glass. There is almost no carbonation visible moving in the glass after a few minutes.

S: I pick up fruity scents like lemon and...starfruit. It has a floral smell to it as well.

T: It's very light on the wheat character with more of a pils flavor. There's some orange or other citrus flavor floating around in there as well.

M: It has a nice light bodied mouthfeel, with a hint of bitterness and it feels good. It could be a bit under-carbonated.

O: Overall it's a nice easy beer but I think mine wasn't carbonated enough. I probably just got a bad bottle or something. It's a nice refreshing summer beer or lawnmower beer.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.36/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The only other American Pale Wheat Ale I've sampled (or truly American one, at least) has been Lagunitas Little Sumpin' Sumpin', which was a cracker, so I pounced on the opportunity to try another one I found this at Perth's International Beer Shop.

Pours a clearly translucent, but somewhat hazed golden colour, with a fine and slick head of white foam that depresses to an oily glaze. Lacing is fine and leggy, leaving patterns I associate with pilseners. Carbonation is streaming, and passes swiftly through the light body. Looks decent.

Nose is a bit light, with some sweet cereally grain characters the majority note. Some hints of zesty lemon and a slight honeyed note come through, but it's quite minor.

Taste is a little better, giving a slight grainy bed to a subtle zesty note. Finish is bright and a little empty, leaving the wheat-husk aroma of processed white bread. Light feel is textured by an oiliness that actually aids drinkability.

Eh, it's not bad, but it's very bland, and I expect APWAs to up the ante over their German Hefe counterparts. This is like a pedestrian brewed wheat beer without the German yeast to give it its estery goodness.

Disappointing.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.08/5  rDev -10.5%
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 DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I assume now the case I have is fairly new since a year old spring release case would have a ton of sediment, plus no head. With no date I still assume a month or two old.

A - A nice clear yellow and just like the pale we have an inch and a half of head. Nothing bad to say. Foam looks pillow like with great lacing.

S - Definitely get a mild bit of grain, some hops, and a distinct bit of wheat that is their but slight. Grain smells a bit stronger than the typical pale.

T - Sweet and grains are harsh at first but smoothed with hops. Hops then turn to a great sweet finish in the malt. I love how easy it is to drink. Great session brew.

M - Light to medium. Mild grain harshness makes this beer interesting and flavorful and sweetness is light and tasty.

Overall I am kind of stumped. A very good brew overall, better than the IPA but I find the Pale to be the best offering this case has to offer. IPA seems to be lacking in hops and grains make this beer interesting but balance put fully on the pale. Good beer though!

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Photo of mattkoon
3.66/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the smell and look of this beer is pretty average- the taste however is a really good balance of full flavor and smoothness. The only other beer from southern tier I've had was their imperial mokah, which is also a really great tasting beer. After tasting their 422 pale wheat I will be sure to try others from them.

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Photo of Natural510
3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, no dating.

Pours a medium golden color with soft, creamy-looking white head with good residual lacing.

The scent has a strong breaded wheat quality with a twist of lemon.

Flavor is also breaded with a mild sweetness from a pale malt. Yeast adds to the breaded quality with the hint of tangy citrus and ever-so-mild hoppiness rounding things out.

Refreshing, and fairly full-bodied (for the style). Cleansing on the palate.

Like many, I'm not a big APWA fan, but not surprisingly, Southern Tier makes a pretty good one. Well-rounded and excellent choice for a warm spring day.

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Photo of jessycho
3.64/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - A great golden hue, very clean and clear. Some might consider it boring, I find beauty in the basics.

S - Great citrus smell. A bit tropical, almost smells like pineapple.

T - Very light, very crisp. Just a hint of sweetness, not as sweet as something made with honey, or like a blue moon. Great balance with a subtle hints of hops to add a light bitterness to the end.

M - About as light as they come. Light carbonation, but very balanced feel.

O - It's a pale wheat ale. And a very good one at that. You should know what to expect before you drink it, so don't rate it poorly because you perceive it to be plain and boring, when in actuality it's light, crisp and easily drinkable, and intentionally so.

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Photo of BeerBoss
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served from a bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Typicall straw colored with a subtle cloudiness and a mild frothy head.

S: A bit more aromatic for a weiz beer...definte citrus notes with an almost malty undertone.

T: Paralleling the smell, has hoppy middle notes with a robust citrusy/ sweet finish.

M: Medium bodied.

O: Not my favorite weiz beer. Drinkable but a bit dissapointing for Souther Tier.

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Photo of DaveBlack
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Doesn't look like much. Pale straw color, zero head, zero lacing, no sign of bubbles throughout the beer. Honestly, it looks like urine.

S: Toasted grains, a light fruity smell, similar to pear, and a finish of piney malts. Smells like a good, light beer.

T: Light, not all that flavorful, but what flavor it has is rather off-putting. Wheat flavor, a hint of hops and then an off flavor that reminds me of a warm 40. Really not appealing.

M: Light body, and minuscule bubbles that tickle the tongue. Good summer mouthfeel.

O: Not good. Flavor is light, as is the mouthfeel, but the overall beer is not very flavorful, and the flavor that it does have is not very enjoyable. Look elsewhere for a light summer beer.

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Photo of cocogan
3.17/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Visual: Pours haze gold color. No head, no lacing.

Aroma: wheat, and light fruit

Taste: Big toasted wheat taste rounded with a distinct hop bitterness. Also has a slight sweet apple taste with a bit of spice. Finishes pretty dry.

Mouth: Medium-light, rather smooth, somewhat creamy, noticable carbonation.

Drunkability: I would say this beer is fairly average. However, I like this beer over other more pungent wheat ales because it lacks that heavy coriander flavor. Could drink a few of these but defintely isnt one to be sought out.

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Photo of jar2574
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Great big one-inch head over a cloudy gold beer. Head eventually settles into a small film. Lacing is good, not great, but decent.

Smells good. Grapefruit and honey and spices and a little bit of funkiness.

A good beer for its style. Not hoppy at all. Malt dominated. Smooth, creamy and easy to drink. A touch of citrus flavor but mostly malts. Not complicated but not bad.

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Photo of JRed
3.97/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sunny golden in body with white head that fades fast. A sweet inviting aroma of lemon juice, tropical fruit, pears, and wheat. Tastes of light tropical fruit, pears, wheat, yellow apples, slight hop bitterness and dryness rides out the finish. Light in body with medium carbonation. A sweet drink that is more wheat than pale ale with light fruit as the focus.

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Photo of jsanford
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Distillery in Savannah, GA on 2/22/11. Poured into a Pint Glass.

A - Clear light gold with a thin white haze. Leaves a tiny bit of sticky lacing.
S - Crisp but subdued notes of toasted crackers, orange peel, and a bit of earthy hops.
T - More sweet toasted malt with slight butterscotch notes and a bit of orange peel hops.
M - Smooth, with a thin body and crisp carbonation.
D - Nicely drinkable, great hot-day beer.

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Photo of bigoten13
2.41/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish-golden color from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, one finger of head that fades quickly.

Aroma is weak, can only really pick up wheat and a little bit of citrus, maybe lemon.

Taste is bland. Only flavor is a diluted wheat taste.

Mouthfeel was decent, well carbonated, but no spice to tantalize the tastebuds.

Beer is light and crisp, thus highly drinkable. The lack of flavor works in favor of drinkability, since it is bland enough that drinking a six-pack would be no large feat.

Overall, pass. Wish I hadn't bought a whole 6-er

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Photo of bboven
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Slightly cloudy, bright gold body with a finger and a half of head. Looks very summery and inviting.

I get some wheat coming through, but the smell reminds me more of a higher abv macro lager with a lot of malt sweetness where wheat aromas should be.

Again, some wheat and initial bitterness; a real weak banana note, but a lot of residual sweetness from the malt here.

Carbonation is almost nonexistant after the pour. Slightly coating.

Not bad by any means, but not something I would make a point to buy a six pack of.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.99/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.
Ahh... the token pale wheat in the mixed case. I really wish they would retire this practice. Don't get me wrong, I like a good wheat beer from time to time, but most of the time they aren't good. This time is no different. Fom the orange color to the somewhat bitter palate, this just didn't work for me. There are some good aspects however. The nose is pleasant, with notes of lemon and spicy yeast. And some of this carries over to the taste allowing a moderate level of drinkability. All in all, this is an average brew at best and is not really worth spending hard earned money on.

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

This beer is a hazy and cloudy gold color with lots of off white head and spread out lace. This beer has a spicy, herbal and citrus flavor. The aroma is also hoppy herbal too. There are also esters that are reminiscent of a wiezen. This beer has a full body and a lot of carbonation.

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Photo of DCon
3.62/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Served into a pint glass from a Mix-6-Pack from Siesta Key Mart in Siesta Key, FL.

Appearance- Orange-yellowish color with hazy look and half a finger of head.

Smell- I can smell wheat, spices, and a lemon scent.

Taste- Extreme hops with a hint of an average Wheat beer and a lemon taste. Didn't enjoy much but it was above average.

Mouthfeel- Decent amount of carbonation while Light Bodied. No other notes...

Drinkability- Very light and easy to drink. Could have by the pool but wouldn't enjoy it as much as other Southern Tier ales.

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a semi cloudy pale orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly into sparse lacing. The aroma is of tangy wheat, but it is very faint. The taste is similar to the aroma. Some wheaty notes, but not much else. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation especially for a wheat beer. Overall, this beer is severely lacking. I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of tlazaroff
3.23/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pale straw color and more clear than hazy, though there is a little haze. Not much of a head to speak of, but lacing is okay, a lot of carbonation.
S: Not much on the nose other than a grainy scent.
T: Grainy flavor to it as well. Getting some earthyness and a bit of a breadyness as well.
M: Highly carbonated and effervescent. That being said, it coats the palate and lingers nicely.
D: High, this is a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 26 Aug 2010. Served in the 22 oz. Shiner wheat glass.

Large yellowish white head. Medium carbonation. Cloudy straw golden color. Aromas of bread, wheat and sweet lemon. Medium grainy sweetness with lemon peel and mineraly bitterness in the middle and finish. Ethanol is light. Medium light body.

Light and refreshing.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.51/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pale, cloudy gold, thin white head that doesn't last

S-malty barley with some stale banana scent, its a decent strength

T-there's a really strong wheat flavor that hits first. then comes in a flavor of plantains more so than banana. Its actually a really strong flavor. there's a very light caramel flavor toward the end. the plantains dominate the after-taste. its a crisp beer but i'm just not a fan of how light it drinks.

M-very light but has a good, creamy medium carbonation with a nice crisp finish

D-goes down extremely quick and easy. I feel i could drink a whole barrel of this in a night, although it wouldn't be my first choice.

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422 Pale Wheat Ale from Southern Tier Brewing Company
3.44 out of 5 based on 646 ratings.
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