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Snowshoe White - Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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40 Ratings
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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 17
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 9.17%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co. visit their website
Alaska, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: ccrida on 05-24-2012)
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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.

UCLABrewN84, Jan 19, 2014
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -14%

GRG1313, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

westcoastbeerlvr, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

largadeer, Oct 19, 2013
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.

TheManiacalOne, Sep 09, 2014
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.

mactrail, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

Rochefort10nh, Mar 10, 2013
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-

kojevergas, May 16, 2013
Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Latarnik, Jul 18, 2014
Photo of LiquidAmber
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

LiquidAmber, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of flagmantho
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

flagmantho, May 03, 2014
Photo of ccrida
3.15/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

ccrida, May 24, 2012
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.61/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

lordofthewiens, Feb 05, 2014
Photo of AgentMunky
3.63/5  rDev +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.

AgentMunky, Nov 19, 2013
Photo of jera1350
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

jera1350, Sep 08, 2013
Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

DrinkSlurm, Aug 13, 2013
Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +7.4%

krome, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of BAsbill
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

BAsbill, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

paulish, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Dactrius
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

Dactrius, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of funkel81
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

funkel81, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

NickThePyro, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of civicm87
3.25/5  rDev -6.9%

civicm87, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of sprucetip
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

sprucetip, Jun 27, 2012
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.

mikeg67, Sep 05, 2013
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Snowshoe White from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
80 out of 100 based on 40 ratings.