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Snowshoe White - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 20
Hads: 49
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 3.72%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: ccrida on 05-24-2012

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Reviews: 20 | Hads: 49
Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of grainy malts.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of wheat and has some notes of orange peel and slight hints of coriander, the latter of which are only noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The wheat imparts a little roughness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but seems very wheaty compared to other witbiers. It seemed like it could use more in the way of orange and spice flavors.

Serving type: can (832 characters)

Photo of arvidkoval
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L- Hazy yellow-orange, no head at all.

S- Belgian yeast esters

T- More belgian yeast and a wheat flavor, hint of some orange pee.

F- Smooth mouthfeel.

O- Okay Wit, very drinkable. (189 characters)

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can picked up at Brewforia Meridian for too much... Just too much. ;-) Poured into my Elysian pumpkin goblet.. Hazy pale orange... Short-lived white head shows little retention or lacing. Nose has big coriander, and the cumin really doesn't work.. wheat malt with some Belgian esters.. Again, the cumin comes across weird on the finish... Reminds me of the way a catbox smells... citrus is mild... Light body as expected with a decent heft from the wheat, carbonation is good... Really pedestrian across the board... I had high hopes because it is Midnight Sun and because the high price tag, but the brew is a complete let down... Not that good showing for a witbier at all.

3.25/3.25/3.25/3.5/3.25 (705 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%

I never turn down a Belgian Wit. Thanks to Donkster46 for sending this from Washington! You rule, dude!

Serving style : 12 oz can poured into glass for appearance and taste

Appearance (4) : Mango-pineapple body with a near-perfect translucent depth. Sticky 2 finger head slowly recedes and leaves webs of lacing around the glass.

Smell (4.5) : Ahh. This is why I LOVE Wits. Orange spice and fresh orange with cinnamon, nutmeg, and clean water. A beautiful, fruity, lightly hopped aroma that I could whiff all day. So nice, so light, so fruity.

Taste (3.5) : The orange dream I thought I'd taste has somehow gone by the wayside and replaced with a thin wall of fizzy seltzer and medium-strength spice. An odd bitter taste accompanies it, like the taste on the back of your tongue after you've sucked an orange peel dry a half hour ago. The wheat is there and it's strong, but I'd almost be willing to call this a wheat beer with a little orange flavor. There's hints of banana, grapefruit, chopped pineapple, and bottom of the barrel coriander. I'm extremely disappointed. I wish there was more orange in this wit.

Mouthfeel (2.5) : Heavily carbonated to the point of being annoying. There's a slight smoothness underneath but make no mistake, this brew is fizzed.

Overall (3.38) : Pretty disappointed here. I was expecting greatness with the first two categories and then it took a brave dive off the highest cliff and faceplanted itself onto mediocre blvd. Towards the end it even gives off a medicinal flavor. I guess I don't really care if I have this one again. (1,571 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev +5.7%

Acquired via trade from Donkster46 so a big “Thank You” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, bananas, Belgian yeast, some citrus, some spice and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with some breadiness from flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a hearty but not too malt character. Then some mildly sweet flavors of citrus and spices come in. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, it’s a decent beer but there are better choices within the style. (907 characters)

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My rating is more of a reflection of value at cost. The first batch of cans in NY is selling at $16. It's a very refreshing beer. Greatly refreshing with lots of clean carbonation. Sensationally grabs you with a huge bite. A lemon creaminess can be sensed, but the beer retains a watery feel. Tart lemon acridity makes a very dry finish. Earthy yeasts there as well help dry the palate. Stereotypical beer at an astronomical price that lacks a WOW factor. (455 characters)

Photo of SitkaSteve
4/5  rDev +14.6%

Alright, so I've had this several times, think its time to say something on this one.
Many times out of a mug and many times out of a pint glass.
The appearance every time was a hazy golden to orange color with a thick soft one and a half finger white head. Lacing likes to speckle and smooth out after dissipation of the head.
The smell had a nice coriander spice with yeasty/bready notes. Light citrus comes in for a nice balance.
The taste was sweet citrus, light spice, light yeasty/breadiness all balanced into one.
The mouthfeel was slightly sharp over my tongue, sat fairly light on the body and carried a fairly decent breadiness to smooth things out a bit.
Overall, this one is a go-to witbier for me in Alaskan Summers. Though awesome in the Summer, MS probably could scale back the production of this during Autumn through Winter, just my opinion. (858 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz can into a tulip.

Appearance: light gold hue with a touch of haze and a finger of frothy white foam with OK retention. Not too bad.

Smell: aroma is wheaty and floral, but overall not terribly complex. Decent, but I'd like a lot more.

Taste: wheaty malt flavor with lots of spicing; coriander and orange peel to the front. Actually, a touch of sourness would make this a pretty good gose, but as a witbier it is merely good and not great.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a big carbonation and very full creaminess. I love it.

Overall: tasty enough and quite drinkable; a perfectly serviceable witbier. (618 characters)

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Celebrator pokal. Pours a slightly hazy straw amber with a thin white head that dissipates to patchy foam and ring around the glass. Aroma of bready wheat malt, light citrus, coriander and Belgian yeast; slightly tart. Flavor is semi-sweet wheat, coriander, mild Belgian yeast; finishes with very light wheat and coriander, light hop bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Hits all the witbier flavor notes, but the finish is somewhat abrupt and doesn't quite support the spicing. A satisfactory wit, but not quite up to other domestic versions. (556 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass the beer was gold in color with a faint haze. There was a modest white head.

Aroma was outdoors, grassy. Faint citrus and faint spice.

A little more to the taste. Wheat, lemon, pepper, and coriander.

Light and refreshing.

A modest beer, neither overwhelming nor underwhelming. (297 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Pours a murky light yellow-orange with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, yeast, chalk, and slight citrus and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and spice flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is easy to drink but it's fairly bland all around. (551 characters)

Photo of BrewViking
3.14/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours with little head, but nice lacing, and a beautiful sunny color. Mild citrus and spice smell. Very light, mild taste; "Notes of citrus, cumin and coriander" advertised on can, and I'd say it's certainly just notes, but they are there. Moderate carbonation, and smooth low-viscosity texture.

I'd compare it unfavorably to Allaghash White, due to its muted flavor. (368 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a half-pint glass at Ale Arsenal.

A: Hazy, bright yellow. White head.

S: Yeasty and delicious. Delicate. Some tart funk and wheaty citrus.

T: It's okay. Light, slightly spicy. Coriander? Aftertaste is brief, kinda bitter. Spicy but not dry. There's a kind of 'off' taste of plastic or artificiality that could be the spice.

M: Barely tart. Refreshing.

O: Good but not great. Would have again, infrequently. (421 characters)

Photo of mikeg67
3.51/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz Can. Pours hazy-golden with tall, foamy, white head. Aroma is of yeast, wheat malt, spices and citrus. Body is medium and creamy. Taste is of Belgian yeast, wheat malt, coriander and citrus. Finish is long and spicy. Nice, refreshing brew white ale. (254 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the 12 oz can into a Saxo narrow tulip. Appealing cloudy appearance with the color more on the amber side like a Hefeweizen. Modest head but nice swirls of lacing and plenty of carbonation on the tongue.

Light bodied with a little more malt than you might expect. Hints of canned peaches and Shredded Wheat with some pencil shavings. There seems to be something different about the spices. It tastes more like lemongrass than orange. A pleasing wheaty beer but nothing special. The lemony flavor seems to accentuate the coriander. From the 12 oz can bought at Bottlecraft in San Diego. (598 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 IBUs. 4.8% ABV. 12 fl oz aluminum can acquired at a local SoCal beer store and served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are above average given the brewery. No freshness date. Brewed with orange peel and spices.

Served cold, straight from the fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a four finger white colour head of nice smooth cream, soft complexion, good thickness, and good (~4-5 minute) retention. Body colour is a cloudy lemon yellow. Nontransparent but translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Appealing and inviting. I'm excited to try it. Right on the money for the style. Vibrant.

Sm: Fresh wheat. Clove from the yeast. Lemon peel. Zesty citrusy notes. Fresh and inviting. Alive. Smells as a witbier ought to, though it could use a bit more depth. An average strength aroma.

T: Mm. The wheat malt base supports the minimal floral hop character, fresh lemon peel, and yeasty clove notes nicely. Some spices - cumin in particular sticks out. Light juicy citrus is a highlight, but again depth of flavour is an issue. It's a simple yet efficient and pleasant witbier. Not horribly subtle. Refreshing, though, and very approachable. No alcohol comes through. Well balanced and built for the style. I like it.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Refreshing. Crisp. Clean. A bit overcarbonated. Too thick for the style, really compromising drinkability. Good body. Complements the flavour profile.

Dr: A drinkable wit that I'd have again, but not among the best in the style. The heavy thickness is the opposite of what a wit demands. Still, it's a damn solid effort, though, and I'd happily pick up a 6er for the right price and occasion. Well worth trying for fans of the style. A well-executed witbier. A tasty offering from Midnight Sun. Hides its (admittedly below average) ABV well.

High B- (1,965 characters)

Photo of lsummers
3.21/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I picked up this wit for a Super Bowl, Which was perfect.

Smell is a light wit with some adjunct.

Taste is the same, very light, grape, coriander and reminders of my macro days.

Mouthfeel is very light and fizzy.

Overall, I was hoping for an Allagash white contender and I ended up disappointed. This was perfect for a party of people who prefere macro. (357 characters)

Photo of DelMontiac
3.64/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Flown in from Anchorage, AK by a buddy that promised me AK beer and Copper River salmon. He made good on both. Poured from a 12oz can into my Eskimo Joe's Weizen glass.

Surprisingly, Snow Shoe pours a very pale and crystal clear straw color with a couple of fingers of pure white head which fizzles down pretty quickly. I was expecting a golden cloudy witbier. No lace to speak of. Not a looker.

Nose brings in very sweet and slightly spicey apple, malt, and grain. That Belgian yeast and corriander dominate.

Flavors ring with sweet sugary pale malt, wheat berries, straw, corriander, and faint orange. All pretty subdued.

This over-filtered witbier is a bit thin and watery when compared to most any in the same style. Carbonation it good. Very crisp.

High drinkability and low abv make Snow Shoe a good beer to "cool off" with after working outdoors in the sun or as a downshift after stronger full bodied brews. Not bad, but a bit lackluster even for this style. (971 characters)

Photo of sprucetip
3.35/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very light golden color, hazy, with a fizzy white head that fades fast. It does leave some patchy lacing.

Grainy mostly, but with a wee nip of spice and a some malty sweetness, if you give it a swirl and look hard enough.

A little more going on than in the nose. It's still pretty grainy, but with a hint of citrus, a bit more spice than what is found in the nose, and some clearly identifiable Belgian yeasty character.

Good carbonation with a thin body, but not as thin as the 4.8% abv would suggest.

It's definitely better lawnmower beer than the macro lagers, no question. What is there is pretty well balanced, and it drinks easy like a lawnmower beer should. But it really doesn't do much for me, not being into beers this thin and light. But being a MSBC fan, I had to give it a try. I doubt I will be buying much of it, but it will likely be a big hit with the (relative) masses where it is distributed. And it is in cans, which is cool. I reckon this is what the brewery intended, and I am not the intended audience. It is definitely a clean, well made beer. (1,073 characters)

Photo of ccrida
3.16/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draught at MSBC, Snow Show White is a bright, pale yellow-gold with a white head leaving decent lace.

Smell is spicy and savory. The cumin, while not smelling like it would as a dry spice, is clearly making it's presence known with the savory notes. Very faint sweetness.

Taste is also spicy, the cumin even more pronounced, and the coriander is bringing it's acrid citrus as well. And there's lots of cereals. Lots of flavors, but no esters, which I really love in this style.

Mouthfeel is creamy and very dry.

Drinkability isn't super high for me, this one is basically just grainy and spicy, and I don't care for either of those flavors in such a pronounced manner. Never like the cumin beers. (706 characters)

Snowshoe White from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
81 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.