Snowshoe White | Midnight Sun Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
Alaska, United States
midnightsunbrewing.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ccrida on 05-24-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
22
Avg:
3.53
pDev:
8.5%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
4
For Trade:
0
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Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -15%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.34/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of metter98
3.47/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is rather hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head that died down, leaving a large patch of bubbles on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of grainy malts.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of wheat and has some notes of orange peel and slight hints of coriander, the latter of which are only noticeable in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The wheat imparts a little roughness to the mouthfeel.
O: This beer is very easy to drink but seems very wheaty compared to other witbiers. It seemed like it could use more in the way of orange and spice flavors.

Serving type: can

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Photo of kojevergas
3.49/5  rDev -1.1%
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-

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Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.69/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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Photo of mactrail
3.44/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.83/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a weisse vase, the beer is a bright, hazy, straw coloring with a ton of carbonation bubbling clinging to the glass, and a tall, foamy, bubbly, white head. Nose of toasted grains, heavy coriander spice, ginger highlights, orange rind, banana, and some floral notes. Flavors are roasted and toasty forward, with a bready backbone supporting a solid spice blend of coriander, cinnamon, and nutmeg balancing with fruity notes of orange, apple, and banana. Effervesced, light bodied, with a fruit cake-like aftertaste. Light, crisp finish, with a decent spice linger. Good beer.

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Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.61/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.84/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can to mug, the appearance was a murky pale light orange color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Light stringy foamy lace ran around the glass.
The aroma had some sweet wheat, coriander/maybe light clove, light vanilla and a sturdy citrusy pulpiness. Belgian yeasty/breadiness came about nicely.
The flavor was substantially sweet with a blend of the wheat to the citrus. Belgian yeastiness plays good part here, but somewhat fainter. Aftertaste was the Belgian yeast and coriander.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a pretty good sessionable sort of feel to it. Carbonation played lightly along my tongue. ABV felt as projected.
Overall, pretty nice witbier that I would have again if I could get it.

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Photo of Rochefort10nh
3.75/5  rDev +6.2%

Photo of flagmantho
3.73/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of NickThePyro
3.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.28/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz can picked up at Brewforia Meridian for too much... Just too much. ;-) Poured into my Elysian pumpkin goblet.. Hazy pale orange... Short-lived white head shows little retention or lacing. Nose has big coriander, and the cumin really doesn't work.. wheat malt with some Belgian esters.. Again, the cumin comes across weird on the finish... Reminds me of the way a catbox smells... citrus is mild... Light body as expected with a decent heft from the wheat, carbonation is good... Really pedestrian across the board... I had high hopes because it is Midnight Sun and because the high price tag, but the brew is a complete let down... Not that good showing for a witbier at all.

3.25/3.25/3.25/3.5/3.25

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Photo of Latarnik
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of DucksFan16
3.35/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

02/10/2017

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Photo of Donkster46
4.5/5  rDev +27.5%

Photo of Dactrius
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of n2185
3.29/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.6/5  rDev +2%
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.

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Photo of twelveinches
3.25/5  rDev -7.9%

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Snowshoe White from Midnight Sun Brewing Co.
3.53 out of 5 based on 58 ratings.
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