Short's Snow Wheat | Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Snow WheatShort's Snow Wheat

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Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Winter

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Added by kbeals on 03-15-2009

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pour is a clear and pale straw color with some small ring of white foam head. Not much lacing to speak of.
Aroma is the classic hefe: banana, clove, and spice. Taste follows, with flavors of apple juice and pear coming through as well. Thin feel but still pleasant and refreshing.

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Photo of mchegash
3.09/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - 2.5/5
Bright, extremely clear orange. About a finger of head which dissipates quickly. Only a sparse amount of carbonation can be seen rising up the beer. The beer looks really flat

Smell - 3.5/5
Classic hefeweizen aroma. Bananas, cloves, along with some generic "beer smell"

Taste - 3/5
Tastes pretty much like the smell. The flavor is okay. It's not bad, but I've definitely had better hefeweizens. This beer is a little tasteless.

Mouthfeel - 3/5
Light to medium in body. Too lightly carbonated.

Overall - 3/5
This was an okay hefeweizen, but in the end not that great and the beer had many flaws, in my opinion.

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Photo of Billet
4.18/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This is a great Hefe by my standards. The taste is mildly banana, minimal spice, and super smooth. Great mouth feel and ultra smooth finish also. I really enjoy this one.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12 fl. oz bottle
Served in a weizen glass

L - It is golden amber in color with a slight haze. An aggressive pour yields several inches of eggshell head that doesn't stick around long. There is a little bit of lacing.

S - I smell the traditional banana and clove.

T - The taste is traditional as well, banana and clove.

M - Medium

O - This is an average hefeweizen. Head retention was less than stellar.

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Photo of Vogie
3/5  rDev -16.2%

Served in a wheat glass.

Pours a pale golden straw color with a thin white cap of head that dissipates down to a tiny white ring around the edges. Aromas are muted with typical notes of banana and bubblegum. Maybe some lemon as well. Taste if fairly thin and bland. Light banana upfront and ends yeasty. Mouthfeel is light, crisp, and thin.

I was happy to see these in 12 packs for the winter, a nicer label, and a price of $12.99. That being said this is about all it had going for it. A pretty average Hefe. Shorts is either hit or miss and this is a miss in my opinion.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.54/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tasted over the winter, posted from my notes 4 months later.

This pours a crystal gold in color with bright white foam.

I found a Bavarian hefe character on it, with banana clove and coriander in the aroma.

The flavor has a muddled banana clove with no perceptible hop character.

A little too "run of the mill hefe” for my tastes.

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Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.56/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a very thin white head. Hardly any lacing present.

S - Sweet with strong aromas of bananas with a moderate amount of yeast.

T - Like the nose: good amount of sweetness with banana and cloves. Some spice on the finish.

M - Light mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Body is watery and very easy drinking.

O - A decent hefeweizen that is heavy on the banana. This would make a decent session beer.

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Photo of schnjac
3.86/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

4/16 in Short's holiday variety pack. Pours hazy yellow with a very thin head. No lacing, mild carbonation... The smell is fantastic and the taste is unique; I notice nuttiness with notes of fresh banana bread and taffy. The taste is moderately sweet and of caramel malt and the mouthfeel is smooth with mild carbonation discernable. A pleasant caramel aftertaste is noticeable. A very light and simple wheat ale with good flavors: perfect for enjoying around the holidays or on those cold winter evenings.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy deep yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head the quickly died down, leaving only a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of bananas are present in the nose along with hints of clove and wheat.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell and is dominated by flavors of bananas, although the wheat is a little stronger. The cloves are most noticeable towards the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and isn't a bad choice if you like hefeweizens that have lots of bananas in the smell and taste.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.55/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Bottled 10/08/13. Poured into a shaker pint. Part of a $10 Mix-a-Six.

Appearance: Super hazy yellow color... can only see the shadow of my fingers behind the glass. Has a pretty bubbly head that goes away pretty quickly. Few bubbles remaining on top of the beer for only a few minutes. Absolutely no lacing. I really like the color of it, but that's about it... rarely do I ever see a beer that looks completely flat.

Smell: A sort of sour banana taffy aroma almost, with a bit of caramel malts. I figure it's the yeast strain giving that "twang." Not much else to speak of on the nose in this beer -- simple, but pleasing.

Taste: Like the smell, but the banana tastes sweeter and more fresh than it smells. Banana beginning until the end, when a bit of caramel adds a little something. Sweeter than it is bitter, but not terribly unbalanced at all. Aftertaste is banana with a slight spice and malt flavor on the back of the tongue.

Feel: Low/medium carbonation, and pretty thin mouthfeel. The thin texture of Snow Wheat doesn't bother me as much as the low carbonation does -- I just expected a little bit more.

It's a solid Hefeweizen that offers up plenty of banana. There's a bit of malt and the tiniest amount of spice on the finish, but it's a very simple beer overall. Could be a nice beer to session. It's simple, and nothing exactly stands out in Snow Wheat, but it's a good beer I'd have again.

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Photo of superspak
3.74/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, bottled on 10/8/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense white head with decent retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Minimal lacing clings glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pear, apple, lemon zest, banana, clove, wheat, bread, bubblegum, pepper, honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of malt and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of pear, apple, lemon zest, banana, clove, wheat, bread, honey, bubblegum, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Lingering notes of light fruits, lemon, banana, clove, bubblegum, wheat, honey, bread, pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy, slick, and lightly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice hefeweizen style. All around good balance and complexity of malt and yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.58/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a bottle of Short's Snow Wheat in their new variety 12 pack for $18.99 at Meijers. I wanted to go with something light tonight so I thought I would give this new beer in Short's new mixed 12 pack a try, so lets see how it goes. No Visible bottling date, but It just showed up so I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Weizen glass.

A- The label looks nice, I think it's pretty fitting for Short's to have a drawing of a dude skiing in shorts. It poured a slightly hazy straw yellow color that took on more of a golden color when held to the light with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it left some sticky lacing behind. This is a good looking beer, i have complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of sweetness that had a honey like aroma to it and it was followed by that signature Hefeweizen yeast that imparts a medium spicy aroma with ripe bananas seeming to stick out the most with a slight citrus rind aroma in the background. Up next comes some wheaty, grainy, and bready aromas with a slight doughy aroma in the background. This beer had a pretty nice aroma, it had some nice balance to it and it was true to style.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma but lighter and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness that still retains that honey aspect and it's followed by a lower amount of yeast flavors with an equal amount of light banana and spice flavors. Up next comes the malts which seem to stick out the most and impart a wheaty, grainy and bready flavor with pretty much no bitterness and it had a wheaty and grainy aftertaste with a slight bit of yeast. This is a nice tasting HefeWeizen, but I thought the balance could have been a little better.

M- Smooth, crisp, clean, on the light side of being medium bodied with a higher amount of medium carbonation. I thought the mouthfeel was nice and I thought it worked well with this beer.

Overall all I thought this was nice beer and a solid example of the style, I thought it was a little rough around the edges, but I still enjoyed it and it reminds me of a slightly lighter version of Short's Beach Wheat. This beer had good drinkability, it was smooth, clean, not filling and the taste did a decent job at holding my attention, I could probably drink a couple of these, but in the winter I don't really crave this style. What I liked the most about this beer was the appearance and aroma, I thought they were both pretty nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the balance in the taste, normally I think the yeast can get out of hand with this style, but in this example I thought it was a little light and the wheaty malts were a little too dominating. I don't think I would buy this beer on it's own, it works ok in this mixed pack, but it isn't something I would buy a six pack of. I would recommend this to anyone who likes wheat beer that are on the lighter side. All in all I thought this was a solid Hefeweizen, it wasn't a favorite, but it's far from the worst Hefeweizen I've had, but I felt like there were just a couple things that held this beer back from being as it good as it could be, Nice effort Short's but this isn't a beer that I would look forward to every year, but I'm glad to have a chance to try it.

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Photo of Mavigo
3.84/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served this in a weizen glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a very thing off white head that goes fast and leaves basically no lacing.

S: Smells of wheat, lemon peels, honey, yeast, wood shavings

T: A bit sweet, malty, hints of yeast, quite mellow

M: Light bodied beer with ample amounts of carbonation, fairly smooth

O: Overall this was pretty good, wasn't amazing but wasn't bad either. I like their darker stuff better.

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Photo of kbeals
3.93/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at HopCat. Appearance is sort of a hazy golden color, your typical wheat beer. Very little head along with very little lacing. Smells are of bananas and spices, a bit of a grainy, malty background. Bananas pretty much dominate the taste, a wheaty taste comes through at the finish. Pretty nice overall. This beer was very smooth and light-bodied, a nice change from the stouts that I had earlier in the day. The banana flavor was a little different, but very interesting. Short's continues to impress me.

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Short's Snow Wheat from Short's Brewing Company
3.58 out of 5 based on 113 ratings.
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