Earlier this year, New Belgium Brewing introduced a new American Pale Wheat Beer with 5% Alcohol By Volume called New Belgium Snapshot. Tonight will be my first look at this beer, which I picked up in their current summer sample pack of cans, which includes Blue Paddle, Ranger IPA and Fat Tire.
New Belgium Snapshot is a hazy, pale golden colored beer, with a medium sized, foamy white head topping things off. Lacing remains behind in layered patterns on the wall.
The grains of paradise and coriander are the standouts in the nose, with sweet pale malt underlying.
Wheat grains intermingled with sweet pale malts get things rolling in the taste, esters providing berry notes, hints of citrus hop, with just a touch of sour tartness in the finish. Mouth is medium-light bodied, evenly carbonated, with a touch of lingering sweetness in the finish.
Apparently a portion of the wort of New Belgium Snapshot is infused with lactobacillus, leading to a subtle sour note lingering in the background. Overall it comes across like a Belgian Witbier, but it has aspects of several traditional styles. Pretty nice and drinkable beer.
New Belgium Snapshot : B
New Belgium Snapshot Specs
Malt: Pale, Wheat
Spices: Coriander, Grains of Paradise
Beer Reviews by Prof Sudz