fidelis83 (2267) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - APR 10, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Milky yellow pour with a 2 finger, creamy, bright white head. Aroma of grainy wheat, tart lemon, toast, dusty grain, a little floral honey sweetness and floral and planty hops. Flavor is toast, dusty grain, lemon, lots of tart wheat, saltine crackers, limestone dust and light floral hops. Light body, slightly acidic starchy water grittiness texture, medium, sharp and blanketing carbonation. Decent overall, unusually grainy and toasty for an American Wheat Ale. Not my cup o’ tea though.
HoppyScallywag (197) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
This has a huge wheat aroma. The taste is a small bite and rather weak, but the tartness that builds up on the palate is worth the wait.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
juiceisloose (1265) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy, straw golden color and topped by a small head of white foam that settles quickly to a thin film. The aroma shows notes of floral and citrus hops, coriander spice, a hint of tartness, and a clean, light wheat malt base. The flavor follows with the crisp, clean wheat malts, spices, and some moderate floral and citrus hop bitterness. Not much in the way of tartness, but there is a touch. Light in body with average carbonation that leads to a crisp, wheat and citrus finish. Easy drinking and decent enough wheat ale, but definitely no real tartness like was advertised.
NikkTwist (2253) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the Irish Pol. Very cloudy yellow gold pour with bright white soapy foam. Thin rows of lace. Juicy citrusy wheat beer. Fuller-bodied than most. Also a touch of sour funk. Bruised lemon juice and zest. Apricots. Straw. Yellow plums and apples. Pleasant mix of fruit and wheat in the nose. Nicely balanced. Still the style keeps things from running too deep.
Cimbasso (561) - - JAN 19, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled on draught at Bubba Gump's in Anaheim. A hazy golden beer with a foaming white head. Citrus aroma and a taste of lemon peel with hints of coriander and a slight tartness. A good thirst quencher!
Art (2710) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a cloudy golden yellow orange. White head. Aromas of citrus and hay. Taste is lightly sweet. Faintly tart. Easy drinker. More of a warm weather beer.
HippieFee (259) - - DEC 10, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle - Heavy smell of grass and hay. Has a confusing but interesting taste. It has the characteristics of a wheat beer with a slight tartness. I give it credit for being different but it doesn’t straddle the two worlds very well. It is stuck in the middle of a an identity crisis. Tastes of citrus. Dry on the plate, makes my mouth water.
justsayswell (244) - Mission, Kansas, USA - DEC 9, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a hazy gold with a slightly fizzy inch high white head. Nose is citrus, grassy hop, faint lacto sour, wheat. Light, almost effervescent body. Taste is wheat, lemon peel, citrus hop and slight sour in the finish. Decent refreshing beer.
lbianchi66 (225) - FRANCE - NOV 19, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Robe blonde et opaque avec des particules en suspension. La mousse se forme et tient bien.
Arômes biscuit, levure, pain, écorce d’ agrumes, clou de girofle. Fruits jaunes, fruits confits en bouche. Astringence marquée. Texture liquoreuse. Pas de longueur en bouche.
Une bière moyenne.
hotstuff (4645) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 15, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Rated on 6-27-2015 at S & V Liquors, Fort Wayne, IN event. This bottled beer pours a small white head with a long retention, cloudy body and a fair amount of lacing. The aroma is wheat, malt, citrus hops, and sweet. The flavor is sweet, wheat, malt, and tart. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is light-medium bodied. A quaffable beer but it could use more flavor.
Chad9976 (1542) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the best ways to tell if a summer beer really is good is whether it’s as enjoyable when it’s not hot and sunny out at the time. New Belgium Snapshot is a fairly simple pale wheat ale brew with a touch of spices and even a bit of lacto tartness to make it interesting. And I can see this being ideal in the summer sun, but in any other setting it’s only okay.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a large tumbler glass. It had an expiration date of 1/3/16 and cost $1.66 ($0.14 per ounce).
Appearance: Surprisingly clear body for an unfiltered wheat beer. Light orange/yellow hue with carbonation visible. Pours to a large, white, fluffy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Slight lemon zest scent along with typical wheat aroma. Spices and lacto are barely present.
Taste: There isn’t a lot going on with this palette, though I think that’s the point and thus I won’t penalize it as such. The base flavor is classic wheat beer – very light malt with some wheat presence. The Coriander and Grains Of Paradise emerge on the back end to impart a slightly spicy sensation; otherwise there’s an undercurrent of lemonpeel throughout (which is interesting, since there’s no actual lemonpeel in the beer). The lactobacillus is mild; it does create for the tartness as promised, but it’s mild. There’s no intense sour sensation, either. The flavor combinations here are nice – had they been more intense this would be a pretty impressive beer.
Drinkability: Upon my first sip of New Belgium Snapshot I could tell this is intended to be a summer/warm weather climate brew. The mouthfeel is light, crisp and moist. Thirst-quenching for sure, and the tartness and spice makes it a bit self-cleaning on the palate. Though I’m surprised there isn’t much body for a 5% ABV brew; this feels more like an overtly sessionable beer in the sub 4.5% range. I’m sure you could session it if you want, though.