Snozzberry | Green Man Brewery

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Green Man Brewery
North Carolina, United States

Style: American Wild Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
This tradition Lambic style wheat beer has been wild fermented and aged for a full year in oak barrels. The addition of special “Snozzberries” gives the beer its beautiful color, fruity aroma and complex flavor. Like a Golden Ticket, this is a Special Limited Release.

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Photo of Fireman_RK
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

L: Dark, cloudy ruby and cranberry hues with an ample white head
S: Raspberries and cherries with a minimal amount of funk
T: Decadent raspberries, cranberries, and tart fruits with a clean finish
F: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation
O: Very well executed sour - the berries shine in this one and overall is very drinkable. Not quite as much funk as a lambic, but overall very enjoyable and probably the best sour in North Carolina at the moment

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Photo of cardsfan
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Completely surprised by this. Was not expecting much but after I saw the color I knew this was going to be special. Beautiful purple hue with tiny bubbles after pour. Smell is tart with snozzberries! Taste starts with a good but mild tartness but is then overwhelmed by whatever snozzberries are and closes with a clean finish. Feel is perfect...not heavy or light just spot on. Again didn't expect anything and probably now in my top three beers!

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Photo of Teddy_Hopper
4.84/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This and bootsy really stand apart from the rest of the Green Man lineup. Great carbonation but it's the nose and taste of this beer that elevate it. Tons of berry fruit up front with a nice sour finish. Not quite sure the exact berries but the blend is perfect. Well done, Green Man.

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Photo of W_Des
4.63/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rose or raspberry shade of red that is captivating. The smell is light oak with nice fruity funk. The taste is a jammy fruity delight with raspberries and strawberries. Medium carbonation with a crisp tart finish. Absolutely delicious.

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Photo of KingEdward
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Fruity and tart, awesome color, great mouth feel, i wish this was a year round release or that green man would release more sours through out the year.

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Photo of danh53
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark pink with active bubbles that never really form into a substantial foam. Aroma is raspberries, cherries, and watermelon. Smells tart and sweet. Taste is excellent. Huge berry and fruit flavor hits right at the front of the tong, then finish with puckering tart sweetness and some dry oak tannin. The barrel is not the main thing here, but it is present. Mouth feel is medium and the carb is on point. Love the balance in this one. Hard to find too much wrong with it, maybe a little more barrel and a little less sweetness but overall its a great beer.

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Photo of mattsmith413
4.44/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Raspberry and cherry funk is the best way I can explain the taste... Crisp tart fruit meld of cherries, apple, and raspberries (w/ a little barrel) blend nicely to make this a very well balanced ale.

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Photo of Immortale25
4.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Celebrating my 1400th review with this whale of a beer.

Poured into a Saint Somewhere wine-style glass. No freshness date.

A- Pours a maroon red color with a 1/4 inch purplish pink head that doesn't retain long before becoming not much of anything on the surface of the beer. No lacing but some slight alcohol legs.

S- Bright raspberry/cherry aroma with a nice amount of funk and acidity that makes my tongue salivate.

T- Such a complex array of raspberry/cherry/crab apple sweetness that melds with the finessed tartness in such a seamless fashion.

M- Tart, not fully sour with a slight dryness. Medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Believe the hype; the Snozzberries really do taste like snozzberries. In particular, the flavor is impeccable. Everything you could want in a fruited sour. I would prefer just a tad more carbonation but, other than that, this beer is damn near perfect. Pairs well with Nerds candy.

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Photo of dvmin98
4.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Had this at a 4th of July bottle share. Taste is very berry. Almost like a berry sweet tart, but not cloying. Great body. Nose was fantastic...berries. Good amount of carbonation. I get the hype. Glad I was able to try this one, finally.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.6/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle received in a trade with greatgazoo, thanks man!

This one pours a dark pinkish red, with a quarter inch head, and no lacing.

This one smells great, not sure what "Snozzberries" are in this case, but I smell some raspberry, watermelon, and blackberry, with a moderately sour aroma, maybe 5/10.

This is really, really delicious, one of the better sours I've ever had. Seems like Green Man just jumped on the scene all of a sudden, but they seem to be the real deal. Huge fruit character to this, but not too sweet all. I get the Snozzberry as raspberry, blackberry, and watermelon, who knows what actual fruit they used to make this one. There's a little bit of lemon character, and a moderate level of sourness. No oak or barrel character, but the fruit character is delicious enough that it doesn't really matter.

This is light bodied, with a fairly juicy and tart mouthfeel. The carbonation level is moderate to slightly high, keeping it pretty lively.

This was as delicious as I was hoping, and I was very sad to see the end of the glass.

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Photo of Stevedore
4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A- Dark reddish-pueple body, half finger pink head, good retention time, lower lacing.

S- Smells like watermelon jolly ranchers. Though I do not know what snozzberries are supposed to smell like. But this beer has a decent bit of lactic acid tartness, citrus and again, that watermelon/raspberry jolly rancher sweetness mixed in with tartness. Very good.

F- Very tart berry flavour accompanied by a mild sugary sweetness. Reminds me of a jolly rancher, as above. Decent complexity, strong lactate presence, a little bit of citrus.

M- Medium-thinner bodied, good carbonation, very easy to drink. Finish is a mild lactic acid presence with some citrus. Great stuff.

O- The hype is a bit too much for this one but it's still an excellent AWA as far as I'm concerned. It feels like a De Garde Bu with more depth to it.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
4.32/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

EBF sample. Pours a dark pink color. Smells of tart berries. An unripe berry blend of sorts. Some sweet berry fruit as well. All about the berry tartness here and it is definitely pleasing to sniff. The flavor is a treat to say the least.tart raspberries zap the tongue. Just a light oakiness. Lacto tartness. Blackberry, too. Raspberry pastry. Light bodied. Effervescent. This one lived up to the hype for me. Love me some berries. This quenched the craving.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
5/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hands down the best sour ale I have ever had in my entire life, their secret?, a wheat based beer brewed with souring yeast such as Brettanomyces and Lactobacillus. This beer even rivals Cuvée Des Jacobins Rouge in my opinion.

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Photo of jbwimer
4.65/5  rDev +1.8%

Bottle shared by my good friend, Joe. Cheers, bud. Poured from the bottle into a Bullfrog Le Roar snifter.

A- Beautiful red color with orangeish and pinkish hues. Lightly pink finger of head fades pretty quickly.

S- Berry pie. Wow, this smells amazing. Blackberries and raspberries that have been allowed to sweeten mixed in with some faint tart berry aromas.

T- Some bold sour right of the bat, then mid-palate is just sweet berry juice, washed down with some lingering tartness. Flecks of oak here and there.

M- Phenomenal body on this beer. Medium carbonation, and a smooth, full mouthfeel brings the flavors together beautifully.

O- This is one of the best sours I've been able to drink. Really hope they do it again, cause I'll be all over this beer. Well, done Green Man. Well done.

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Photo of WTKeene
4.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a bottle as the third in a Snozzberry tasting, also into a Jester King wine glass.

Appearance: Dark crimson, hints of orange. Very hazy. A pale pale pinkish-white crown around the edge. No real head though.

Smell: Loads of raspberry and blackberry. Some vinous, Tempranillo grape notes in there too. Somewhat creamy, a slight oak presence, and a definite sourness to it. This smells delicious.

Taste: Very berry heavy, reminds me of Atrial in that sense. Lots of raspberry seeds. Mouth-puckering, the sourness really hits me in the jaw. Not sure I can separate the blackberry notes from the raspberry notes in this one though. Some funk, and a crackery malt. Oak flavors get more prominent as it sits, which is just gorgeous. This is very nice.

Mouthfeel: Lower carbonation than I expected, but that’s fine because the other beers I had tonight had enough carbonation for the whole tasting. Nice and dry.

Overall: Definitely a highlight from the Snozzberry tasting tonight. Would love to try more Green Man stuff.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.23/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bottle shared by Oline73. Thanks Steve! Review from notes.

The beer is pink to ruby colored with a small head that fades rapidly with a hiss. Aromas of tart berries, maybe raspberry or cherry, oak, wild yeast. Similar flavor. Acetic finish with berry and brett notes. Moderate lactic presence. More sour than funky. Good stuff.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.31/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a crystal clear dark ruby red in color with very light amounts of active visible carbonation rising slowly from the bottom of the glass and some raspberry red highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy pinkish white head that quickly reduces to an extremely thin ring around most of the edges of the glass. No lacing is observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of tart raspberry and cherries with light aromas of oak and moderate aromas lactic tartness. Overall there is a light amount of sourness to the smell.

T: Upfront there are moderate to strong flavors of tart cherries and tart raspberries with a light amount of oak woodiness. Overall this beer is sour with a generous amount of tartness but not so sour as to cause any puckering.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly dry and with a moderate to significant amount of acidic prickliness.

O: As the first sour that I have tried from Green Man I am impressed - not sweet at all but not overly sour/tart either. Enjoyable and easy to drink, my father-in-law who is not a beer aficionado nor a huge fan of sour things also enjoyed this beer - it went really well with brussel sprouts, cauliflower, and salmon. I definitely recommend grabbing this one when you see in NC.

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Photo of ChiSox_Stout_Drinker
4.76/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

A - Deep cherry red in colour with one finger of cherry-white coloured head.

S - Big sour cherry aroma with some sweet oak notes and a big oak barrel presence.

T - A nice tartness up front (not sour) with ripe sour cherries. A sweet breadiness comes through mid-palate along with toasted oak. No pucker at all in this one, just a nice, inviting tartness with a big sour cherry presence.

M - Medium body with some chew. Dry. Light carbonation.

O - Great brew, would have again if not so limited. Less than 500 bottles I think?

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Photo of mechamifune
4.07/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a pinkish red with a slight white head. Slight lacing on the glass. Beautiful color to this beer, looks really inviting.

Smell is a bit of tart berry and a lot of lactic sourness. Not all that different from what one usually encounters with this style, but I was hoping for a little more an overt fruit note to stand out.

Taste is sour upfront for sure. As you get further through the glass the fruit/berry notes start coming out more. I won't pretend that I can pick out which fruits particularly, but its in the realm of tart cherry/raspberry. No real "funk" aspect to speak of in this beer, but again i'm not necessarily complaining. Sourness fades a touch as it warms and you adjust to the beer. A nice taste overall, even if it didn't blow me away.

Mouthfeel is great for this style. Gently carbonated and pretty easy to drink. Never too foamy or spritzy as some examples of this style end up being.

Overall this is an enjoyable beer and one i'm glad I had. It's exciting to see a NC brewery bottling a nicely made example of this style. I was a little worried this would end up being a sweeter lambic but thankfully it is not. Is it worth $20 a bottle...well yes and no. Since that seems to be the going rate for sours/wild ales in this format, I can't really fault them for the price point. Still, I would be hard pressed to justify repeat purchases of this.

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Snozzberry from Green Man Brewery
4.57 out of 5 based on 183 ratings.
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