Southern Tier, a micro-brewery based in Lakewood, NY, delivers a delicious session ale in its 422 Pale Wheat Ale. The pour of the bottle was very smooth and favored a golden, straw-like color. There was very minimal haze to it but it was briefly noticeable. The aroma was rather muted but you could definitely get the sense of a wheaty, field-like aroma. The taste was very smooth on the tongue and went down very well. There was definitely a hint of a fruit (it tasted like an orange perhaps) that gave a little bite to the finish. There was nothing very dry or lingering in the finish about this beer.
One thing I did notice was the aroma you get from drinking straight out of the bottle. Southern Tier uses 80% recycled consumer products for their packaging and label and unfortunately, the smell was pungent on the bottle. You could smell the cardboard on the bottle when taking a sip and this sort of threw off the tasting a bit. I’d highly recommend pouring this into a beer glass to consume.
Overall, there was nothing earth-shattering about this Wheat Ale but I would definitely drink it again. If you like Wheat Ales, this is probably one of the better ones out there that I’ve tried. Give it a shot.
Shane Holland is the Editor-in-Chief for Passion Beer.
He is a self-proclaimed craft beer geek and an all around lovable dork. He loves homebrewing, everything Philadelphia, traveling and enjoying the pleasures of life.