Snapshot Wheat - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 163
Hads: 1,369
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 12.15%
Wants: 21
Gots: 402 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: bobcatjones on 01-13-2014

IBU: 13
Yeast: Hybrid ale yeast
Calories: 182
Hops: Cascade
Malts: Pale, Wheat
Fruits/Spices: Coriander, grains of paradise
Special Processing: Add Lactobacillus (souring bacteria) to a portion of the overall wort, which produces lactic acid that gives a characteristic sourness and mouthfeel. That acidic portion is then added to other portion of the wort that was fermented with the Ale yeast. So two worts – a sour and a regular – are blended together to make Snapshot.
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Photo of KLHBB
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Murky yellow color, smell and taste of indeterminate fruit, but a strong lemon after taste. Lightly carbonated feel, overall a great summer afternoon beer. I would get this again if --- alas! So many beers, so little time. (230 characters)

Photo of Thebrewman
3.16/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy gold color. Bread and lemon on the nose. Can taste the lemon, but the mouthfeel is pretty thin. Good summer wheat beer. However, I will not search this one out again. (181 characters)

Photo of MarkQ617
3.45/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Average amount of head, poured a hazy yellow. You can definitely taste the sour wort, almost a lemon flavor. Touch of grains of paradise comes through. The mouthfeel was pretty standard for the genre, nothing too notable. Fairly average. (288 characters)

Photo of snaotheus
3/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

2015-07-19
12oz bottle served in a shaker pint. Enjoy By 08 Nov 2015. Leftover from my son's birthday party.

Pours hazy yellow-gold with a small head and a small amount of carbonation. Smell is wheat, a little lemon, lots of yeast. Taste is somewhat sour -- lemony, mostly. Definitely some wheat flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium. Overall, mostly just boring. (355 characters)

Photo of NCMatt
3.59/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed from the bottle. This is a beer that's not offensive and not complicated. Nothing wild, but it's enjoyable and super sessionable. Something for when you want a straightforward beer. (189 characters)

Photo of Myotus
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Mikasa weizen glass.
LOOK: Pours with three finger's worth of white foam that dissipates into a finger's worth within a minute and a half. A very pale and cloudy yellow (looks like a gose). Plethora of bubbles keeping the head going along with a moderate amount of lacing.
SMELL: Has strong aromas of coriander that combine with mild wheat malt, salt, sour yeast, and lemon peel aromas. A hint of pale malts can be detected (would smell just like a gose if those pale malts weren't there).
TASTE: Initial taste is of strong pale malt and salt flavors that mix with mild wheat malts. Mild coriander flavors enter next as salt and wheat malt flavors persist, but pale malt flavors subside to subtle (thank God). Lastly, a hint of lemon peel and sour yeast flavors finish off the taste as all flavors persist including the now subtle pale malt flavors (would taste like a gose if it weren't for those meddling pale malts).
FEEL: Light-bodied, mildly carbonated, with a very crisp finish (feels like a gose).
NOTE: So this is pretty much a mediocre gose with pale malts added. Really, New Belgium? Y'all couldn't have just made an awesome gose? Y'all had to go adding pale malts??? (1,212 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.23/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a half pint glass. From notes. Reviewed 27 June 2015.
4/3.5/3/3/3.25

Hazy, effervescence yellow. Wheaty, citrusy, and pretty yeasty. It tastes wheaty-yeasty with lemon zest. Doesn't last long, but it's tart while it does. (257 characters)

Photo of Dufus
4.05/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Light wheat beer with nice smooth carbonation and a tart finish. I like to contrast low IBU beers with high IBU beers and this is one of my favorite lows. It's a great summer beer, far superior to Oberon I think. (214 characters)

Photo of Navypride48
3.35/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It's a drinkable wheat beer. It's better than blue moon because it doesn't need an orange to bring out a slight orange taste to it. It's the type of beer you want for a hot summer day. I'm more of a hoppy beer guy. But for a wheat beer its good. I will recommend this beer to people that ask. (293 characters)

Photo of Stevedore
3.58/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mellow tart lacto, a fair bit of wheat, slight spices and bubble gum. Minimally tart; slightly watery consistency, good carbonation. Nothing to write home about, but a nice beer to drink on a summer day. (203 characters)

Photo of VTR
2.99/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured as I would have expected. The nose seemed weak to me just some wheat and some hops. Nothing spectacular. Taste was different. It starts off with the wheat, then hops, then the tart (sourness). The tartness was not doing it for me, it just was a little too strong, but I am not a huge sour beer fan. I think NB may have achieved what they were looking for but it wasn't for me. (389 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.69/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a nice white and fluffy head that doesn't disappear completely. IT actually leaves quite a bit of foam after a while. The beer itself is a pale straw yellow and slightly cloudy.

The beer smell is okay. You're not going to find a heaping bouquet of a hefe or the watery death of BMC but rather in between. The smell has a strong wheat smell to it and light hop bitterness to it. The beer also has a slight tart note to it but is extremely light.

The beer taste is pretty good. The taste has creamy orange notes and a slight hop bitterness to it. The souring bacteria creates a nice light tartness that isn't overwhelming but adds some nice variety to the experience.

The mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. It's refreshing without being watery and has enough body to distinguish it. Overall, a nice light bodied beer that does not dissapoint.

Overall, a pretty good and refreshing wheat beer to enjoy during a hot summer's day. While some may not like the sourness, I think it adds rather than subtracts. Highly recommend. (1,046 characters)

Photo of babaracas
3.4/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow, thin but dense white head, a few rings of lace on the glass. Smell: lightly doughy, coriander, vegetal note. Taste: doughy, stone fruit sweetness, plenty of coriander, tart back end; a bit soapy. Alright. (230 characters)

Photo of SamN
3.27/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Golden-orangish color, thick head. Smell is a bit like a tart Sunshine, with a tad more oomph. Taste is fairly similar; not too fruity, slightly yeasty, lemongrass, lime, a tad tart.

Too similar to the lackluster Sunshine wheat, but still refreshing and good cold on a hot day. Typical LCD New Belgium fare. (308 characters)

Photo of jmbranum
2.96/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not crazy about this one. The tartness (which I often like in a wheat beer) is to far out of whack.

It is pretty - hazy gold with a large white head -- but I can't get past the flavor on this one. Too much tartness and not enough cohesion. (240 characters)

Photo of jzlyo
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Aroma is citrus, tropical fruit, fruit zest and light sweetness. The flavor is citrus, lemons, fruit zest, spices, wheat and a mix of tangy/tart and very slight alcohol in the finish. (183 characters)

Photo of abashore
3.63/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank it right from the bottle so i don't know about its head. Nice citrus taste. Light and easy to drink while waiting for the pork chops to cook on the grill. Good beer. I'll buy it again. (194 characters)

Photo of Ri0
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light lemon color in appearance. Aromas of Wheaties with some orange and lemon zest. Full on wheat flavor, like a bowl of Wheaties. Notes of coriander and lemon zest round it off. Lighter in feel and an easy drinking summer beer. (234 characters)

Photo of zac16125
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass
Best before: 2Aug15

A: Very hazy, pale straw yellow with 2 fingers width of bright white head which dissipate down at a moderate rate and leave a good amount of lacing. 3.5

S: Lots of citrus, some wheat, lemon zest, a bit of spice. Nose is simple, but nice. 3.75

T: Follows the nose with citrus and wheat, except the wheat characters are more prominent. Fairly big lemon notes. Some bitterness to round it out. 3.75

M/D: Lighter body, carbonation appropriate, drinkability is great. 4

O: I have no qualms with this one. Nothing spectacular, but better than most New Belgium offerings and something I would drink again. 3.75 (670 characters)

Photo of Suds
3.29/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hazy, yellowish gold, the beer has a slim head and a twangy wheat scent. The taste is slightly tart,mergers hint,mand reminiscent of summer. Slightly sweet, with malt undertones in front, and soft fruit (peach?) underneath. Mthe we are the,es that are pleasant, but they don't really develop. Good, but not outstanding. (322 characters)

Photo of Joe_Howard
3.79/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy pale straw color with a bubbly white head. The smell is very wheaty and citrusy. The taste is very similar to a witbier but with extra tartness. Besides the tartness the flavor is kinda weak. Overall it's ok, about as good as I was expecting. (257 characters)

Photo of hophead723
3.74/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I got a fresh six pack of this at Walmart after being enticed by a post on facebook of this brew. I had always confused it with their Sunshine Wheat which would not be my first choice but I had to give this wheat beer a try. Here we go.

Look: Pale and hazy with a billowing white head when poured properly. Its appearance is characteristic of a quality unfiltered wheat.

Smell: A delicate yet hearty aroma of wheat, white tea, banana esters, and fruity ale yeast. There is a lot going on in the aroma that only a well-trained nose can discern.

Taste: It tastes like barley water with a nice wheaty backbone, solid yogurt-like tartness from the lactobacillus, and gentle grassy hops. It makes me think of lemony corn husks. The coriander and orange peel are not overstated but no doubt contribute to the more subtle nuances. The taste is delicate yet satisfying.

Feel: It has quite a smooth and creamy beginning that finishes crisp and tart from the bacteria. There is a lingering astringency. This is the beer's defining characteristic and keeps me drinking it. I'd love to have this one on tap as I feel these characteristics would be accentuated.

Overall: New Belgium can't brew a bad beer; they know exactly what they are doing and this is proof. Not once did I think, "Man, I wish I were drinking an IPA right now," and that is an achievement. Amen, cheers, and danke to New Belgium Brewing! (1,403 characters)

Photo of ZBowden
4.15/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy yellow with a big fluffy white head, well retained, smells of wheat and citrusy hop aromas, tastes of biscuity wheat with a sweet fruity hop overtone, smooth finish with more biscuity wheat aftertaste. For a wheat beer, this is fantastic, I really enjoy this (269 characters)

Photo of joesi
2.54/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

The first few seconds of the taste were surprising and disappointing. For quite some time it does not taste at all like a witbier, more like a poor waterly lager with some sourness of lime juice. Then the taste transforms into a very nice witbier taste— that nice yeastiness with wheat.

Overall, I really don't like the taste that comes up front with every sip though. It's like lime water, or as I said earlier which is far more accurate: a very crappy light lime lager or something. That is the taste which lasts the longest while one's continually drinking, and it is quite unpleasant. Eventually it just dominates entirely, and I can hardly even notice the pleasant aftertaste due to the lime assaulting the tongue.

This is the worst belgian-style/witbier-style I've had out of the maybe 5-6 or so that I've tried. Definitely not recommended. Normally I find that I can give cheap beers good ratings, but it's certainly not the case here. I'm surprised others gave better reviews. Perhaps it's related to the batch I had and/or the fact that I had it just several days before it's best-before date. (1,107 characters)

Photo of FrothFanatic
4.51/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Delicious that is above all else, it looks a creamy pale gold/yellow, a very inviting look and feel. The aroma is mild sort of spicy with citrisy tones I began to lose optinism for the beer as I do not like beers that use orange peel or coriander and this beer reaked of that, but the taste is not how it smells, its perfectly sweet and bitter with a balanced citrisy/fruity taste. Love this beer will buy again, BUY A CASE. (424 characters)

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Snapshot Wheat from New Belgium Brewing
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