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Snapshot Wheat - New Belgium Brewing

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1,245 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,245
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 22
Gots: 335 | FT: 1
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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Ratings: 1,245 | Reviews: 159
Photo of Joe_Howard
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

Photo of cdoub
4.89/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very good beer, light taste.

Photo of jcubz
4.36/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Im digging the sour note. Not sure why all the hate. A great summer beer for sure.

Photo of hophead723
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

Photo of drsarver
2.78/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

One dimensional and lacking sweetness.

Photo of Oregonbrewdude91
3.39/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Good easy drinking summer beer nothing crazy just honest clean flavor. I'll be having more in the next few months 3.25/5

Photo of ZBowden
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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

Photo of ChocolateLove
4.95/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Brew from home. Easy drinking, good wheat flavors, and proud of my state!

Photo of joesi
2.54/5  rDev -27%
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.

Photo of tjsmith910
4.18/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

rather refreshing and tasty in my opinion

Photo of FrothFanatic
4.51/5  rDev +29.6%
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.

Photo of RJLarse
3.29/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I bought a six-pack of SnapShot in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale yellow color, clear, effervescent with a modest creamy white head.

Smell is a sweet fruity aroma, with a bit of a sweet bread or dairy scent along side.

Taste is a sweet bread flavor upfront, giving way to a citrus flavor, and a dry bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is light crisp and clean. Well carbonated withe a zesty presence.

Overall a fair American Wheat Ale. Long on citrus, almost like a shandy.

Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Very sessionable beer with a wheat-centric malt flavor, light lemon, starches, coriander, orange peel(way too light) and cracker malt. I really enjoyed this for a light hot day sort of beer that wont weigh you down.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Snapshot Wheat brewed by New Belgium Brewing, with an ABV of 5.0% This brew pours out a cloudy, light amber color, with a nice white head. Snapshot Wheat has the look of most wheat brews on the market. The smell is rich with citrus , malts and grains. There is also a hit of hops at the end of the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is bitter ,sweet. You pick up on citrus, malts, and grains. There is a lot going on in this brew. Snapshot Wheat has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about it. The mouthfeel is rich, full bodied , with citrus, and malts. This is a nice drinking brew. I like how this brew has a nice sour tang at first, but goes to smooth, clean. Overall I',m giving this brew a 4.25 out 5. I would buy this brew again. New Belgium Brewing did a nice job with this one.

Photo of DoctorZombies
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy lite gold pour with thin white head. Fresh baked white bread notes. Fresh bread start wih a sour appleball candy finish. Lite mouthfeel and thirst quenching. Grey lighter beer - I could drink this all afternoon.

Photo of austen_d
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It is a very tart wheat ale.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Built for the warmth of summer, the crisp and clean refreshment that this strongly wheated ale presents is chocked full of citrus, orchard fruit and playful acidity- a no-frills taste that's big on drinkability.

Snapshot's hazy golden pour looks bready even to the eye. Its soft and foamy head reveals hints of clove, coriander and white pepper over a malted base that's partly of fresh-baked bread and partly of grain and husk.

With its bready structure and its soft and doughy sweetness receding, the beer's more refreshing properties unveil nuances of lemon, under-ripened orange, lime peel, crisp apple cider and a fleeting glimpse of papaya. Its spicy side shows in finish as the pepper and citrus pith character weave together in a dry and spicy bitter finish.

New Belgium's American wheat ale is delicate but quenching choice to battle the thirst with ease. Its medium-light body is creamy enough to ensure the full appreciation of its finer complexities but allows a dryness to ensue to make the session as effortless as it is elegant.

Photo of Lundste
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light color and a sour aftertaste. I would not classify this as a wheat beer.

Photo of Jteel3
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Enjoyable, but I personally prefer a less tart finish, IMHO...

Photo of mothmanscott
3.49/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a thinly opaque (but unusually so for an unfiltered wheat) deep straw producing almost 2.5 fingers of white, foamy, somewhat lasting head that leaves a webby wash of lace. Aroma is wheat & grainy bread, lemon, orange, a hint of green apple & grassy hops, very faint banana & something mineral like. Taste is white bread, wheat & a grain hint; lemon, tart with more green apple than in the nose; a phenolic hit & a tiny bit of pepper & bitterness in the crisp finish. Aftertaste is slightly lactic with little bitterness & a flash of coriander. Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation, crisp but not clean leaving the faint phenolic presence on the tongue.

Photo of BigBry
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Craft Beer Market in Calgary.
Hazy, murky light yellow with a soapy white head. Foam leaves some streaky lace while it shrinks to a floating cap.
Smell is wheat, and spicy yeast aromas.
Taste is much the same, slightly sweet, wheat malt. Some Wit beer character like orange citrus, coriander, but also a bit of sourness.
This beer has a high amount of carbonation, crisp mouthfeel. This and the acidity keep it refreshing and light to drink.
Overall, a good tasting example for the style. Nice to see Alberta getting lots from New Belgium.

Photo of scuttlebutt21
2.38/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Totally not what I was expecting for a wheat beer. Quite tart, no fruity esters like a hefe. Not terrible, but considering there are so many better options out there, I don't think I will buy again.

Photo of Abanda1993
4.44/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Great tasting beer, I can drink this all the time, truly one of my favorites without a doubt

Photo of megamick
2.77/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Agree with other reviewers on the fact that it does indeed come across as too tart/sour, some wheat character but almost like a shandy. 1st New Belgium I don't care for. Thought $8.99 for a 12 was quite the deal but now left disappointed.

Photo of j0hnc2468
2.63/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Too tart/sour, some wheat character but too ligt and sour

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Snapshot Wheat from New Belgium Brewing
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