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Snapshot Wheat - New Belgium Brewing

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Reviews: 174
Hads: 1,435
Avg: 3.55
pDev: 38.59%
Wants: 22
Gots: 438 | 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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Reviews: 174 | Hads: 1,435
Photo of gulli
3.8/5  rDev +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 -9.6%
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 +22.5%
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 +9.3%
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 +1.7%
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 -46.5%
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 -12.4%
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 +5.6%
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 -1.7%
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 -1.7%
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 +2.3%
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%
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 -2.8%
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 -15.5%
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 +1.1%
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 +5.6%
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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Photo of AgentMunky
3.23/5  rDev -9%
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.

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.

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Photo of Dufus
4.05/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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Photo of Navypride48
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of VTR
2.99/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.69/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of babaracas
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of SamN
3.27/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of jmbranum
2.96/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

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Snapshot Wheat from New Belgium Brewing
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