AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20Chad9976 (1494) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2015
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.