Snapshot Wheat - New Belgium Brewing

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Ratings: 1,331
Reviews: 181
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.75%
Wants: 21
Gots: 376 | 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 pat61
4/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

Photo of bwood06
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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

Photo of ronniebruner
2/5  rDev -42.7%
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...

Photo of tjr226
2/5  rDev -42.7%

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.

Photo of Yeahok
2.34/5  rDev -33%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

This one looks the pale yellow I'd expect, the head little more than a wispy, thin layer on top that manages light spotting.
This beer offers a wheaty tang, at once musty and lightly earthy and tangy with a light sourness to it. Esters from the yeast add a little sweetness and maybe a light touch more of a musty sort of note, and it is a little leafy deep down. Grains pull into the finish without being too astringent.
The body is light but not too thin, crisp and with a bit of smoothness to it. The fruity esters the yeast provides puts it to the sweeter side in the feel despite the sour/tang aspect.

Photo of biboergosum
3.76/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz glass at Craft Beer Market in Calgary, during this brewer's Alberta market debut extravaganza! I missed out on trying this amongst the many, many cool offerings at New Belgium's VIP tent last fall during Denver Beer Week, so as kismet goes, this is all right.

This beer appears a hazy, rather pale golden straw colour, with one flabby finger of wanly puffy, and weakly creamy off-white head, which leaves some layered bike-chain lace around the glass as it evenly subsides.

It smells of softly grainy, somewhat bready wheat malt, a touch of dry, fairly sour yeast, thin fleshy citrus, and a muddled earthy spiciness. The taste is semi-sweet wheat grain, astringent peppery spice, a hint of indistinct, but likely yeast-borne sourness, some lemony tartness, ethereal coriander, and leafy, weedy hops.

The carbonation is subtle, and mostly obfuscated beyond a simple understated frothiness, the body a decent medium-light weight, and generally smooth, with a slight hop and yeast intransigence. It finishes just off-dry, yeasty and sort of sour, in a mostly fruity manner.

A more or less flavourful wheat brew, headier and yeastier than the norm - maybe a bit too fruity, weirdly, but enjoyable enough. I could see having a few of these, under different circumstances, i.e. summer, and outside, as a more agreeable alternative to the Blue Moons and their ilk of the world.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours a pale straw yellow with a white finger width head. Fair retention, leaving a broken layer of surface suds.

Smell - Primarily a sweet and sour aroma, with lemon notes being the most predominant scent. Hints of wheat sit beneath.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mild to moderately sour lemon-like character rounded out by lesser notes of wheat and a hint of orange peel. Wheat peaks mid-taste, leaving the finish wide open for the lemon tartness to dominate.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body with fair carbonation, though the tart flavor gives it a more lively feel than what actually is. Smooth, semi-dry finish.

Overall - I've got a bit of love for this beer, if only because it's not as bland as I expected (see: Sierra Nevada Old Chico). Those who hate sour beers should probably look elsewhere. It's a bit of a one note wonder, but what's there is pretty good if you like a nice and mellow Eureka-lemon flavor.

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a nice light yellow color with a one finger white foamy head that fades quickly, and it leaves a slight sticky lacing after.

Smell: Sweet wheat and slight spices of coriander and clove. A light whiff of lemon.

Taste: It's initially sweet and wheaty with a good malt and yeast combo, then it finishes with a slight lemony sourness that is really appealing to me (I love sour beers).

Mouthfeel: Slightly slick and creamy with a nice smooth and slightly sour finish on the tongue.

Overall: I love wheat beers and I love Flemmish sour ales, so this worked for me. Not overly tart or vinegary with the sourness like some sours, and it's all balanced very well with a good wheat beer. Not my favorite, but a decent beer.

Photo of secondtooth
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy golden, with huge head of white suds. Exquisite lace - thick and detailed.

Nose is spicy, hearty and with a hint of citrus.

Taste is light but quite palatable. I get refreshing orange and spices among the malty wheat and yeasty attributes. Overall, a perfectly enjoyable session wit.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

New Belgium Snapshot Wheat
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "ENJOY BY: 13 JUL 14" sampled on 28 JUN 14 so fairly old, but no defect detected

While fairly pedestrian, and certainly an American wheat (as opposed to a more complex Bavarian weizen), New Belgium's Snapshot Wheat remains an enjoyable and refreshing beer.

It's well made, and the creamy bright-white head atop its cloudy golden-yellow body holds well. Attractive lacing along the sides of the glass, though somewhat limited, adds to its appearance.

The aroma displays wheatish malt, peppery spiciness, yeast, and a hint of lemon; and these carry over directly into the flavor, combining with a moderate tartness to bring it into refreshing balance. It's lightly hopped for bitterness, and there are only minimal hop notes to the flavor as might be expected. It finishes, and then lingers steadily, tart and dry.

Easily accessible, but at least somewhat interesting, this is a beer that could appeal to a wide crowd.

Photo of jcubz
4.36/5  rDev +24.9%
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 ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great looking, excellent flavor. This beer is very smooth snd drinkable.

Photo of mathmalicious
4.11/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured correctly into a New Belgium globe glass, forming a 1/4" head that dissipated quickly.

Nose: Light lemon juice (i.e. without any zest), metallic undertone

Taste: Quite sour at first, like unsweetened lemonade. Gets a bit sweeter, again quite lemony. Finish is yeasty biscuits.

Mouthfeel: light, high carbonation

Overall, the finish is what I like most. As for taste, it is pretty simple. Certainly, it would be great on a hot day in place of some lemonade or shandy.

Photo of russpowell
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed gold with 3+ fingers of fluffed up ivory colored head. Great lacing & nice head retention

S: Apple peel & breadyness

T: Apple peel & grassiness, some lemon tartness as well up front. Pears & hints of green melons once warm, plus white grapes & just a touch of lemon. Finishes with pears, a bit of lemon & appleskin

MF: Light bodied, moderate carbonation

Easy to drink, nothing earth shattering here but a decent thirst slaker

Photo of nicholas2121
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
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 NSXAG
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Far better than I expected...

Photo of Gmann
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a whitish hue. The white head is short and dense and settles into a light ring.

The aroma is of coriander and orange peel. The smell has that celery aroma from the coriander that all wits have. Not my favorite.

The taste is of a pale malt, a bit dry with a hint of grain. Strong coriander flavor with a lemony tartness. Perhaps a touch of orange peel. Yeast seems pretty neutral.

The feel is light with fizzy carbonation. Slightly sweet to start but finishes with a drying tartness. Kind of a soft feel.

A standard wit ale. The tart lemon mixes things up a bit. Drinks well.

Photo of KTCamm
3.79/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

1/3...pours murky dirty gold with creamy thick foam that laces. Citrus forward nose, light peel too. Tart lemon falvor. Sour holds through. Light wheat mixed in. Almost a sour. Very good.

Photo of Jteel3
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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

Photo of DaneBramage
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: cloudy blonde in a goblet glass.

S: lemon and citrus.

T: lemony wheat with a tart finish, but kind of bland, almost like a light beer.

M: not offensive, but nothing special either.

O: a nice, mild wheat on a summer afternoon, but I expected more from New Belgium since I'm a big fan of their IPAs. I'm not a fan of light beer at all and this had a mildly similar weak watered-down flavor. An easy-drinking beer but disappointing since it's not as tasty as I'd hoped.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours out to a bubbly white head that sticks around and laces the glass. Cloudy yellow. Aroma is sharp, tangy with mostly grain and lemon/lime notes with a hint of Cascade hops. Flavor is grainy and dry with a lactic acid finish and lingering hops--not that you would notice much bitterness at 13 IBU, which is exactly what I like for wheat beers. Mouthfeel is like lemonade--puckering but in a tolerable way. In summary, if you like soured beers, this is the American Wheat ale for you. If not, pass...

Also note to bartenders: THIS BEER DON'T NEED NO STINKIN' LEMON!!!

Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Snapshot Wheat from New Belgium Brewing
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