Snake Bite

California
United States
TW Pitchers Snake Bite Cider Shandy Beer
Judges Ratings 
1 Review
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Flavor:
38 / 40
Appearance:
4 / 6
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20
Description 

WE CAME UP WITH THE IDEA FOR SNAKE BITE™ IN ENGLAND, WHERE PUB-GOERS HAVE BEEN BLENDING LAGER AND APPLE CIDER FOR YEARS. TW PITCHERS' SNAKE BITE™ IS THE FIRST BOTTLED VERSION OF THIS POPULAR BRITISH SHANDY.

WITH CRISP APPLE UP FRONT AND SUBTLE MALT NOTES AT THE FINISH, SNAKE BITE™ IS SIMILAR IN TASTE TO A TRADITIONAL HARD CIDER, BUT LESS SWEET. IT'S REFRESHING, EASY TO DRINK, AND BALANCED. GRAB A COILED ONE, AND GET BIT! WATCH SNAKE BITE SUPERPOWERS.

Profile

ABV: 
5.1%
Served at: 
40° F
Hops: 
Magnum, Tettnang, Saaz
Malts: 
Two-Row, Vienna, Carapils
Judges Review 
Tracy Hensley's picture
Judges Rating:
92
Aroma:
23 / 24
Appearance:
4 / 6
Flavor:
38 / 40
Mouthfeel:
9 / 10
Overall Impression:
18 / 20

This brew starts off with aromas of apple taffy – slightly tart, salty, dried apple skins on a base of grape juice. Involuntarily, my mouth starts to slightly water while the aroma shows a clean yeast character with a hint of white apple blossoms. The beer is a brilliant, light gold color with minimal head retention. The dominant flavor is warm, white flour pita bread coated with an overindulgent amount of apple purée with slices of slightly dried, but still squishy, red apples thinly layered on top. Despite a heavy fruit juice character, the Shandy is refreshing rather than saccharine. This is an excellent Fruit Beer -- a complex and well-crafted blend of apple cider and lager.