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Snapshot Wheat - New Belgium Brewing

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BA SCORE
80
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169 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 169
Hads: 1,404
rAvg: 3.53
pDev: 12.75%
Wants: 21
Gots: 427 | 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: 169 | Hads: 1,404
Reviews by matjack85:
Photo of matjack85
3.18/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I got this at the Jewel/Osco store in Glendale Heights, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. There is a freshness date on the label but it doesn't specify whether it's a bottled on date or a best before date.

The beer poured a cloudy lemon/yellow color and made a 3-finger white head. The head lasted about a minute and a half and left behind some nice lacing.

The beer smelled like a mix of wheat and lemon.

The taste starts out lemony sweet and then gets lemony tart towards the end. Some spicy coriander is also present. Overall it's kind of bland.

Light bodied with moderate to medium carbonation.

It's OK, but nothing special. (688 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +13.3%

A very wheaty nose scented with fruit.
Pours pale cloudy straw with a very robust white persistent moussey foam cap. Very lacy.
Palate: Big bready wheat malt and then tart and fruity flavors emerge as it crosses your palate. The interactions between the yeasty and the malty tangy wheat with lemon and bread play with your tongue well into the finish. Very drinkable.
The beer comes across light and refreshing but with substance. Refreshingly effervescent. (461 characters)

Photo of bwood06
3.55/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly cloudy straw in color. Light to medium carbonation. White 2 finger frothy head that is slow to dissipate. Not as cloudy as expected considering that this is an unfiltered wheat beer. Head is retained nicely throughout tasting. 3.5/5

S - Reminds me of being around my grandparents' farm at harvest time. Definite graininess and wheat to the aroma. Slight green apple aroma followed up by grassy hops. Ever so slight hint of clove, maybe even a hint of banana. 3.55/5

T - White bread. Wheat. A hint of a caramel sweetness. Cereal. Dominated by the malt here. Hops do not make much of an appearance. Grassy hops. Some yogurt sourness. Sourness is the final note on my tongue instead of bitterness. Slight hint of banana. 3.5/5

M - Medium bodied and smooth. Finishes clean. Light to medium carbonation. 4/5

O - Very refreshing wheat beer. Some nice flavors going on here. Definitely not your typical wheat beer. Not entirely convinced that I would buy this again. I expect this type of sourness from wild ales, not necessarily from wheat beers. 3.5/5 (1,097 characters)

Photo of ronniebruner
2/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Disappointed is all I have to say about this one! I popped the top, took a whiff and was repulsed. This is easily on of the worst smelling beers I have had in a long time! It smells of rotten wheat, not fresh at all. Normally I am a big fan of New Belgium, but they bungled this one for sure. The beer's color is watery and looks dirty, the aroma as I mentioned earlier is atrocious, it is bitter beyond enjoyment and the amount of carbonation is insane. I wanted to like this, but it didnt happen, so I have to recommend to avoid this one... (548 characters)

Photo of tjr226
2/5  rDev -43.3%

From the first sip, you can tell something is off about this beer. It tastes like an extremely bad shandy.

The description on Beer Advisor mentions something about bacteria that make lactic acid to produce a sour beer, but going only half-way makes this a poor choice. It's not a traditional relaxing wheat beer, and it's not a well executed sour beer. Steer clear. (366 characters)

Photo of Yeahok
2.34/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Popped the top to an aroma of someone farting in a wet bathing suit in a hot car. Tart is accurate, which paired well with my dry numb pallet after a pack of newports. Pretty run of the mill wheat beer. Glad I only bought a single. Whoever said it tastes like blue moon was spot on. (282 characters)

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of joemetric
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of MikeC144
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -29.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, enjoy by 6/22/14. Pours hazy yellow-white with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass a little.

The aroma is wheat malts with some lactic acid tartness.

The flavor is sweet bready wheat malts with a little lemoney fruit and slight tart lactic acid. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some spritzy carbonation.

Overall, reminds me of a gose, but a bit sweeter and more wheaty. (415 characters)

Photo of otoolman221
3.26/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Jason
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of talbotjf99
3.38/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of fenlop54
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of avitallo
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of SINKTIPS_N_SUDS
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of deebo
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a New Belgium Globe glass. Bottle says enjoy by May 25th, 2014.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy yellowish golden orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid two fingers of white head which slowly fade into a thin creamy layer. Leaves a decent amount of lacing.

Smell: A fairly tart and zesty wheat malt forward aroma with good hints of citrus and spice. Upfront wheat and pale malt with hints of straw, biscuit, grains, and cracker. Spice hints of coriander and pepper. Citrus fruit hints of lemon zest and orange. Somewhat floral and acidic. A pretty solid wheat ale aroma.

Taste: Like the nose, a zesty, tart, and somewhat acidic wheat malt driven taste with good notes of citrus and spice. Wheat and pale malt with some notes of biscuit, straw, crackers, and grains. Notes of coriander and some pepper spicing. Zesty citrus fruit notes of lemon and orange. Slight notes of floral hops in the background. A pretty solid crisp wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a medium to high level of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, spritzy, and slightly acidic. Very smooth.

Overall: A solid light and refreshing wheat ale. Nice tart citrus presence. (1,192 characters)

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Snapshot Wheat from New Belgium Brewing
80 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.