Wednesday, November 11, 2015

New Belgium Snapshot

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20Chad9976 (1494) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2015
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 watery. Thirst-quenching for sure, and the tartness and spice makes it 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.

RATING: 6/10

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