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Snapshot Wheat | New Belgium Brewing

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Snapshot WheatSnapshot Wheat

Brewed by:
New Belgium Brewing
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Reviews: 198 | Ratings: 1,552
Photo of GrumpyGas
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (enjoy by 06/16) poured into a pint glass exhibits a hazy light gold color floting a fluffy 1in+ white head.
Aroma is sour citrus and grain.
Same taste that includes slight malt and tart.
Feel is watery, and disappointing.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, dated 31JUL16
A - frothy white head slowly fades to a foam caps a very hazy pale yellow ale
S/T - sour and tart, lemon, wheat, earthy & herbal hops
M - thinner body, quite effervescent, finishes tart, a bit sour, and dry
O - I'll buy this again, especially since my wife enjoyed it so much. Very refreshing and I like the sour mash addition.

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Photo of Rutkiller
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lots of citrus on this one. I generally avoid wheat beers, but this offering is pretty damn tasty. This would be great on a hot day. Great orange/golden color. Nice foamy white head that lingers throughout. Will buy again.

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Photo of ChicagoPartisan
4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25


Standard pint glass

A – An elegant golden color. Fairly transparent. Light carbonation. A small head - about one index finger.

S – Slightly hoppy. The wheat is there. Citrusy.

T – Much different than expected. Wheat and malt up front. Back end is where the "tart" come in - almost like a cherry brand of tartness. Very good but in a different way than expected.

M – Very full bodied. Light on carbonation.

O – A very interesting take. I am a fan of the style and while this one really bucks the trend, I am a fan of it. Although I am drinking it on a rainy evening, it will be perfect for a sunny and warm day or evening. Very drinkable, and tasty. New Belgium impresses me again.

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Photo of BWED
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Weizen.

A- White blonde. Hazy. Head is foamy and white, and leaves some nice sticky lacing.

S- Fruity, fresh citrus and lacto tang. Grainy malt profile. A little spice.

T- Fruity lemon, slight tang.

M- Sweet, but a little acidity. Clean finish overall, with just a faint bite.

O- Fresh, light. Sweet bite. Nice summer drinker. Like the near-hybrid style of a traditional Weizen, along with an American Wheat.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Odd approach for a beer, the wheat base beer is pretty pedestrian and lacks any stand-out notes. The tart is very soft, mostly lactic based, but really doesn't add any refreshing elements. It clashes with the bouncier profile of the wheat beer, and the two styles really don't compliment each other on the palette.

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Photo of weaselface89
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A- yellow hazy and bubbly. great white thin head.
S- smells tart and lemony. alittle malty sweetness present
T- tart orange and lemon flavors with alittle bit of spices thrown in there. its funky
F- light to medium body with the carbonation to match the style
O- a good summer weather beer. refreshing and tart. make sure to shake up the last bit out of the bottle before the final pour.

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Photo of aludovich
2/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Maybe someone out there can figure out what combination of orange powerade, blue moon belgian white, and smirnoff vodka would be required to create this. It does not have the heft of a wheat beer. New Belgium can make complex beers, I guess this isn't one of them. Here are my initial notes upon drinking my first "Snapshot." Tastes like Tang, or some sports drink. I was going to write about how I poured it into a wine glass and reserved a portion left in the bottle (still in fridge) to drink as a coup de grace, but all that just went out of the window. The drink is a let down, and it don't even matter that I spilt some before I had my first taste. Miller high life with lemonade or orange drank.

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Photo of Premo88
3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into weizen glass
(enjoy by April 24, 2016)

L: cloudy pale yellow, small white head of foam off hard pour, barely more than a skin, but it's sticky; keeps a thick collar and slight skin

S: tart lemon tamed by a ton of sweetness, slight coriander, peach, apricot, mango, sour grain ... has that slightly salty/sour/tart gose-like grain aroma but sweetened by the malt

T: very floral, tastes like a flowery air freshener smells; some American-hop citrus, orange, sweet grapefruit juice; the tartness is super tame but enough to mix in a little lemon juice; the hop flavor comes off like mosaic to me, but it's cascade -- no questions about its American roots, for it's quite citrusy

F: light, relatively soft but with a solid backbite of carbonation

O: great brew and just different enough from a couple other pale wheats that I love that it warrants jumping into the rotation to add variety ... a little more American-hop character than most others I've tried in its category, but the wheat tartness is the foundation of this beer, not the hops. I will be drinking more of this.

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Photo of Squire123
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Ever the optimist I try another American made Wheat beer.

Not bad, refreshing actually. Light, hazy, wheat beer appearance, citrus and spice aroma, light to medium body. It would be uncharitable to call it rough but it certainly lacks the sophistication of it's European kin. I also find the tartness diminished just a bit from earlier rounds with this beer yet still prominent leaving other flavors behind in it's wake.

Just can't find room for this one in the fridge.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, unfiltered pale orange with a medium-thin, white foamy head. Head retains fairly well with decent lacing being left behind. Wheat, yeast, citrus, grapefruit, with a zap of spice in the aroma. Nice and summer-esque. Nutty malts open it up, with smooth wheat and citrus tones quickly following A bit of a resin hop sticks out at the end. A little sour prick at the finish too. Mouth feel is a little harsh, but otherwise incredibly smooth. It flows and drinks incredibly easy. Overall, a beer that keeps me interested. A little sour that is incredibly easy to drink and flows well. Hop and malt notes keep it easy going. Ideal for some summer drinking. Love it.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of mkh012
3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light orange-yellow with an inch of white head and some nice lacing on the glass. The smell is a bit dull and odd. I get citrus and some corn-like sweetness. Light and drinkable, but almost a bit too tart and sweet. I get orange, lemon rind, lime, and a hint of pepper. Mouthfeel is light to medium. This one was just a bit more sour and artificial-tasting than I'd like, but still solid for a hot summer day.

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Photo of gee0001
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Would I drink it again: Yes. I’ll definitely buy this beer again. This is a splendidly refreshing wheat beer. It’s a cloudy brew with a lightly colored spaghetti squash tint that wants to be gulped and not sipped (although sipping works well too). It’s an easy drink with notes of spices and citrus. It holds a tart note that isn’t overbearing. There is very little head and what exists is white and fleeting with an immediate lace that will not linger. The beer wants to be seen and enjoyed.
Appearance: light, pale yellow with a slight haze. It almost looks watered down but will pleasantly surprise.
Smell: Very little aroma. Not much to offer.
Mouth: The body is very thin in a good way. It’s light, refreshing, and will slide down very easily. It feels easy to drink and is quite satisfying for a light bodies beer.
Finish: Not much finish. You get what you drink so enjoy it and have another if you aren’t finished

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Photo of akolb
3.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A hazy straw beer with a foamy white head. Not a whole lot in the aroma, just a suggestion of yeast. The taste is also mellow with a tiny bit of orange tartness. The beer is refreshing and dry. The tartness and yeastiness make this much more interesting than your average wheat beer. Highly refreshing and good.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
4.84/5  rDev +36%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

New Belgium Snapshot Wheat
ABV. %5.0 IBU's 13

Look: Cloudy yellow with white 1 inch head. Some carbonation, but not a ton. Lots of fuzzy lacing.
Smell: Nice sweet citrus wheat smell.
Taste: sour lemon, sweet wheat and sour bitterness at the end with a slight bit of hops. Eventhough it says on this website that it is a pale wheat ale, it's really just a sour wheat beer.
Mouth: It is light, but has something to it with the spice and wheat combination.
Overall: I like the combination of a sour ale with a wheat ale. They come together very seamlessly here and compliment each other wonderfully. The throwback packaging is really cool and if you are a hipster it makes you look even cooler drinking it. Cheers!

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Photo of Kg4bfr
3.93/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a really good Beer....smooth and goes down easy...fruity and just a faint bitter at the end...the Ale taste is not to strong...pours a traditional Wheat color and nice little head that says a while...Enjoy....

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sometimes wheat beer can get a little boring, but this is one of the most interesting takes I've had on it yet. Solid wheaty taste, but with some citrus profile...I'm getting grapefruit and lemon mostly. Poured a hazy yellowish orange color, almost like juice. White head that lingered for a while. A lot of carbonation which worked to really enhance the tart flavors and make it feel even more prickly. Overall I thought this was a lot more clean and crisp than most wheat beers I've had.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow, hazy color with a very small head. Has a slightly different smell than a typical wheat brew. Initial taste is indeed tart and citrusy and mellows out to a dry finish. Decent lacing too. Overall this is a unique twist to a wheat brew, almost to the point of a shandy

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the best wheat beers I've yet to have; obviously very crisp and wheaty, but also surprisingly a bit tart and sour in the finish, which is just enough to make this one go down a lot faster than you'd expect. My favorite New Belgium offering by just a smidge after PumpKick.

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Photo of EricLiverpool
4.56/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the beers that introduced me to wheat beers. The cloudy, unfiltered appearance looks great in a pint glass, and has an interesting tart taste with a clean dry finish. Another good beer from New Belgium.

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Photo of hardy008
2.18/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Hazy light yellow, with a one finger white head. The aroma is somewhat tart, with wheat, grain, and lemon. The aroma is not very strong, and not very appealing.

Tastes much like it smells. Not a very strong or appealing taste, seems like the taste may be watered down.

Thin and watery. Moderate carbonation. dull and boring more than anything else.

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Photo of Libeertarian
3.69/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Semi-opaque yellow-amber in color with decent-sized, fine, bright white head of moderate retention. Strong lemon and yeasty dough aromas, faint phenols. Very well-balanced sour. Tart, lemony, and grassy, but not puckering, and a nice bready backbone with a light yeast and wheat finish. I don't detect any hops. Light body, watery, mellow carbonation, and not as acidic as I expected. In general, actually reminds me of a cider.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this at Hunger N Thirst poured chilled from the bottle into a stange type glass.

The color is a very pale golden with thick haze and two finger head white head with fine bead, visibly carbonated with lasting retention.The smell is light with toasted cereal with slight yeast and bready aroma with perhaps a light lemony accent. The feel is thick, creamy with medium carbonation and mild sweetness wit slight acidity in the back and gentle grainy texture with a mostly dry finish.

The taste is good with wheat flavor in the inital taste and slight bready quality with yeast adding a mild tangy quality with lemon-ish flavor and subtle toasted accent with low bitterness and mostly dry flavor but lacks the 'tart' part with a mostly pale wheat flavor-wise nutty wheat in the finish. Overall a good pale wheat more or less but this doesn't have much tart in it -I suppose it is good for a pale wheat but doesn't seem to fit what the lable promises because when I think tart wheat my mind goes to berliner style

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Photo of gulli
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

3 finger head, hazy cloudy good lacing, very smooth mouthfeel with a tart finish, good subtle spice and friut taste .enough carbination to feel it.... this company produces some great beers...and has great work environment / work ethics!!

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.21/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy dark yellow color, with a small head.

Smells of wheat, malt and citrus.

The taste is entirely dominated by malt and wheat, with some citrus/lemon in the aftertaste. Quite sweet, even for a wheat ale. Carbonation is fairly subtle, except that the taste is so subdued that it feels heaver than it actually might be.

A solid, but unimaginative, wheat ale. There are definitely better options.

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