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Snowshoe White - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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44 Ratings
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 18
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 8.93%
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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Photo of Donkster46
4.5/5  rDev +29.7%

Photo of J_Dub
4.25/5  rDev +22.5%

Photo of SitkaSteve
4/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of crob3888
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of WMEugene
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of flagmantho
3.74/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev +6.3%

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.

Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of DelMontiac
3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.61/5  rDev +4%
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.

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of mikeg67
3.51/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of funkel81
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev +0.6%
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-

Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of orcrist_cleaver
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

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Snowshoe White from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.