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Snapshot Wheat - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 183
Hads: 1,495
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 13.48%
Wants: 30
Gots: 502 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

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 Cnote_crafty_1
4.84/5  rDev +36%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

New Belgium Snapshot Wheat
ABV. %5.0 IBU's 13

Look: Cloudy yellow with white 1 inch head. Some carbonation, but not a ton. Lots of fuzzy lacing.
Smell: Nice sweet citrus wheat smell.
Taste: sour lemon, sweet wheat and sour bitterness at the end with a slight bit of hops. Eventhough it says on this website that it is a pale wheat ale, it's really just a sour wheat beer.
Mouth: It is light, but has something to it with the spice and wheat combination.
Overall: I like the combination of a sour ale with a wheat ale. They come together very seamlessly here and compliment each other wonderfully. The throwback packaging is really cool and if you are a hipster it makes you look even cooler drinking it. Cheers!

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Photo of Kg4bfr
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good Beer....smooth and goes down easy...fruity and just a faint bitter at the end...the Ale taste is not to strong...pours a traditional Wheat color and nice little head that says a while...Enjoy....

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sometimes wheat beer can get a little boring, but this is one of the most interesting takes I've had on it yet. Solid wheaty taste, but with some citrus profile...I'm getting grapefruit and lemon mostly. Poured a hazy yellowish orange color, almost like juice. White head that lingered for a while. A lot of carbonation which worked to really enhance the tart flavors and make it feel even more prickly. Overall I thought this was a lot more clean and crisp than most wheat beers I've had.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow, hazy color with a very small head. Has a slightly different smell than a typical wheat brew. Initial taste is indeed tart and citrusy and mellows out to a dry finish. Decent lacing too. Overall this is a unique twist to a wheat brew, almost to the point of a shandy

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the best wheat beers I've yet to have; obviously very crisp and wheaty, but also surprisingly a bit tart and sour in the finish, which is just enough to make this one go down a lot faster than you'd expect. My favorite New Belgium offering by just a smidge after PumpKick.

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Photo of EricLiverpool
4.56/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the beers that introduced me to wheat beers. The cloudy, unfiltered appearance looks great in a pint glass, and has an interesting tart taste with a clean dry finish. Another good beer from New Belgium.

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Photo of hardy008
2.18/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Hazy light yellow, with a one finger white head. The aroma is somewhat tart, with wheat, grain, and lemon. The aroma is not very strong, and not very appealing.

Tastes much like it smells. Not a very strong or appealing taste, seems like the taste may be watered down.

Thin and watery. Moderate carbonation. dull and boring more than anything else.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Semi-opaque yellow-amber in color with decent-sized, fine, bright white head of moderate retention. Strong lemon and yeasty dough aromas, faint phenols. Very well-balanced sour. Tart, lemony, and grassy, but not puckering, and a nice bready backbone with a light yeast and wheat finish. I don't detect any hops. Light body, watery, mellow carbonation, and not as acidic as I expected. In general, actually reminds me of a cider.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at Hunger N Thirst poured chilled from the bottle into a stange type glass.

The color is a very pale golden with thick haze and two finger head white head with fine bead, visibly carbonated with lasting retention.The smell is light with toasted cereal with slight yeast and bready aroma with perhaps a light lemony accent. The feel is thick, creamy with medium carbonation and mild sweetness wit slight acidity in the back and gentle grainy texture with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is good with wheat flavor in the inital taste and slight bready quality with yeast adding a mild tangy quality with lemon-ish flavor and subtle toasted accent with low bitterness and mostly dry flavor but lacks the 'tart' part with a mostly pale wheat flavor-wise nutty wheat in the finish. Overall a good pale wheat more or less but this doesn't have much tart in it -I suppose it is good for a pale wheat but doesn't seem to fit what the lable promises because when I think tart wheat my mind goes to berliner style

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Photo of gulli
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

3 finger head, hazy cloudy good lacing, very smooth mouthfeel with a tart finish, good subtle spice and friut taste .enough carbination to feel it.... this company produces some great beers...and has great work environment / work ethics!!

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy dark yellow color, with a small head.

Smells of wheat, malt and citrus.

The taste is entirely dominated by malt and wheat, with some citrus/lemon in the aftertaste. Quite sweet, even for a wheat ale. Carbonation is fairly subtle, except that the taste is so subdued that it feels heaver than it actually might be.

A solid, but unimaginative, wheat ale. There are definitely better options.

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Photo of geodonnokepyo
4.35/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden straw color with some haze. Nice head and retains well. Earthy, noble hop aroma. Delicious wheaty, bready flavor with a slight sour funk to it. Grains of paradise are detectable, with some lemon zest as well. This beer really surprised me and was very delicious and sessionable. I will be buying it again.

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Photo of J_Chavez15
3.88/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Golden yellow almost like pineapple juice.
Smells of grass and hops.
Mouth feel is light, refreshing, and watery.
Hops and sour lemon is what i taste.
Good wheat beer.
Nice one to get someone introduced to the wheat beer style.

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Photo of do_ob
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a snifter. Pours a very pale golden and settles a cloudy yellow in the glass. 1 finger of snow white foam. Biscuity malt and tons of wheat on the nose. Grass, lemon, and sweet apples in the background. Light-medium weight and fairly crisp. Red and green apples &m lemon on the taste up front with a definitive wheat character. Balaned nicely with the wheat, but somewhat overpowering. Consistent from start to finish with a creamy finish. Grassy and sweet on the aftertaste.

Decent. Not the best wheat beer I've had, but not all that bad. Definitely on the sweet side. Too much fruit and not enough wheat for me to see this as a traditonal wheat beer.

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Photo of James954
1.9/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Another reviewer mentioned a strong lime characteristic. I agree. The smell reminds me of lemon scented wood polish. The taste is a mix of sour lemon-lime citrus. I don't do citrus too well anyway, but this was bad. 2-3 minutes after sipping on 4-5 ounces my stomach started turning.

I dumped the rest of the 6-pack.

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Photo of Slaterlovesbeer
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First from New Belgium variety pack . Poured from can into a glass. Foamy white head that dissapears with no lacing. The color reminds me of orangina, cloudy and a pale orange. The aroma is not too pronounced slightly of wheat and not much else. Flavor is wheat, hay, sour yeast. Normally I hate wheats but the bitterness and sourness of this one balances out the gross what taste that would have been. Not my favorite but not bad for a wheat.

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Photo of Dustin_Sallitt
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice unfiltered straw yellow to style with a decent head for a wheat beer. Smell is of a little lemon, Belgian yeast, and a faint whiff of wheat. The taste follows with a tart lemon and citrus up front followed by a wheat flavor and a slight funk detected, not bad but not expected. Goes down a tad sweet but smooth with wheat and nice carbonation.

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Photo of Dikfour
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Look: Two fingers of creamy white head actually has some pretty decent retention. This beer is a hazy pale straw in color and doesn't really show any carbonation. Very light lacing.

Smell: Pretty heavy lemon citrus that is slightly cut by a crisp clean wheat. Light fruity esters.

Taste: Wheat and lemon-orange citrus zest compliment each other and really elevate this beer. Slightly tart mid-palate and finishes with a lingering bready malt.

Feel: Medium body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Pretty solid. Doesn't shake the foundation but certainly is a passable beer. I won't be seeking this one out again but if its in a cooler at a bbq, I'd probably grab one.

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Photo of Ladder_Man_07
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Pours a cloudy, golden color. Average head that quickly dissipates
Smell- typical of average wheat beer with some lemon
Taste- fruity with a bit of hoppiness and lemon overtones. Finishes crip with a little tartness
Mouth feel- Decent carbonation. Light-body. Nothing over-powering
Overall- Very drinkable wheat beer that is refreshing. Not my favorite but you could definitely do worse.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of Thebrewman
3.16/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of snaotheus
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of NCMatt
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of Myotus
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
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???

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Snapshot Wheat from New Belgium Brewing
81 out of 100 based on 183 ratings.