New Belgium – Shapshot Wheat Beer: Is a wheat craft beer brewed at a strength of 5% abv with 13 IBUs that has Lacto added to some of the wort which is blended into another fermented regular wort in order to give this wheat beer a sour tang flavour (as per their website). Needless to say, the description made me very interested in this beer which I had at the local Spud Shack Fry Company in New Westminster, BC.
Aroma and Appearance: Typical of wheat beers, it is very cloudy with some bubbles and a good two fingers of foam from the final swirl pour. The aroma was heavy banana and grassy malt.
Flavour: It starts with a banana sweetness that moves into a plain yogurt like tart and tangy note and finishes with a classic wheat flavour and texture common to all wheat beers.
Overall Impression: A great twist to a normal Belgian wheat beer, the tartness made it very interesting.
Rating: I give it an excellent rating of 8/10, flavourful well executed and interesting.
Food Pairing: Since I was at Spud Shack I paired this with their BBQ Pulled Pork Poutine, it was delightful as the tartness in the beer worked well with the tangy BBQ sauce.
Check out my Spud Shack review here.