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03-27-00

Beer Review #322 Snapshot

03-27-02New Belgium Brewing Company is one of the breweries that I can always count on to have something new on the shelves every time I go to the store. On a recent trip I picked up a few bottles of their new wheat beer titled Snapshot. It comes in at 5% and the bottle reads, “Snap! You just captured an unfiltered wheat beer full of refreshment and a smile-inducing flash of tart at the finish.” Interesting.

The beer pours a beautiful golden yellow with a thick white head. As this is an unfiltered wheat beer, it’s pretty hazy, but not as hazy as a wheat beer with yeast in it (think ¬†Hefeweizen). It has a nice light sweetness to the nose along with your traditional wheat aroma. There is a light lemon citrus smell mixed in there as well. I didn’t get any Belgian yeast odors like clove or pepper.

The beer drinks easy with some light sweetness up front followed by a ton of bready flavors. The wheat mixes in as well and really gives a lot of flavor to this beer. A slight tart flavor mixes in at the end (as the bottle indicated) but I wouldn’t advertise that note if I were them. It’s not enough tart to really make a splash about. The tartness really matches the lemon aroma nicely and helps complete the drink. After the tartness leaves, you are left with a wonderful wheaty flavor that lingers and lingers.

While not the most outstanding wheat beer that I’ve ever had this is a solid spring beer. I would really enjoy drinking this as it warms up outside just before summer comes in. It’s refreshing, flavorful, and enjoyable. I dig this beer and I think that many other people would as well.