Snow | Lake Effect Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Lake Effect Brewing Co.
Illinois, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TMoney2591 on 02-25-2013

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.89/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pint at Golden Crust.

Opaque pastel yellow orange, tight cap of creamy white foam, lasting skim and intricate rivulet lacing around the edges.

Big wheat and coriander aroma, fresh and floral, almost a daffodil vibe.

Dry and lightly bitter, definitely not on the sweet end of the wit spectrum thankfully. Orange peel bitterness in the aftertaste. Light smooth feel, tasty, clean,and easy drinking. Pleasant and worth a try. Not many local Witbiers, this one I'd recommend if you're a fan of Rev's Bottom Up Wit.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, no bottled on date. Finally getting around to trying this one from Lake Effect Brewing, acquired a single bottle from the local bottle shop.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - Pours a pale light golden body, lots of haze, with light carbonation. Conjures less than half a finger of thin fizzy white head that falls to a ring.

S - A crisp, grainy, wheaty aroma. Subtle floral notes of coriander are noticeable, but wheat / grain seems to be dominant. A yeast-derived tartness seems to be present as well. A light aroma; but intriguing.

T - As with the nose, there is a yeasty / citrusy / tart sour flavor that seems to pervade. Subtle notes of oranges & floral spicing, but this doesn't taste too much along the lines of a traditional Belgian style wheat ale. Pretty flavorful and easy-drinking stuff, nonetheless. Lightly effervescent, grainy, wheaty, & yeasty on the finish.

M - Feel is smooth, crisp, clean, lightly tart / effervescent.

Overall, an interesting interpretation of the Belgian style wheat ale from Lake Effect, looking forward to trying more bottles from these guys, glad to see them finally packaging six packs.

Lake Effect Snow -----3.5/5

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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3.96/5  rDev +9.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a shaker pint glass at Durty Nellie's.

God, weather here can sometimes suck, but drinking a new wit in February when it's as warm as it is today helps balance things out. This stuff pours a lightly hazy straw topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises grapefruit peel, very light banana, and cracked wheat. The taste holds notes of orange rind, very light coriander, and light grass. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fluid feel. Overall, a nice wit, but one that just comes across a bit lackluster, with little yeast character and a incredibly mild spicing. it ain't bad, just nothing I'm likely to order again, especially considering the plethora of good wits out there.

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +10.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

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4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3/5  rDev -16.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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2.75/5  rDev -23.8%

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3.54/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

My first beer from yet another brewery in my hometown that I had never heard of it. (Given that this wit first was reviewed four years ago, you catch a glimpse of me .... I'm traditional.)
And that speaks to the only weakness of this wit: it lacks the traditional Belgian yeast.
Otherwise, the spicing and ingredients are all recognizable and good enough.
While some would say I prefer flatter beers, Snow suits me.
If Lake Effect wants to improve this beer -- and get to BA's threshold of 10 reviews -- they should consider the larger market more and work on the yeast and the bubbles.
I had Snow with my world-famous garlicky vegetable soup, and it was not a good pairing. This Wit is mostly about refreshment and, in the winter, this is not your best bet.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

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3.05/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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Snow from Lake Effect Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 23 ratings