LetsGoState (654) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 29, 2015
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Appearance is small tan head with a dark brown color. Aroma is strongly chocolate. Taste is a light chocolate like a scratch n sniff. Overall not a big fan - tastes too much like fake chocolate.
rosenbergh (8081) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 27, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. (White Cross Liquor) Las Vegas, NV.
Dark brown colour with a small tan head.
Milk chocolate and nougat in the aroma.
The flavour is chocolate, malt and some baking soda.
Jabah (166) - Winter Park, Florida, USA - APR 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This one one of the better ones out of this year’s winter mixpack. Reminded me of last year’s Midnight Wheat. Balance could be a little better, but going in you’d expect that. Sort of a mix between a dunkel and light stout. I wouldn’t go out my way for this, but is a little above average and drinkable.
adnielsen (9910) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - APR 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilbur’s in a mixer sixer. Pours a deep brown appearance with a brown head. The aroma is full of chocolate, vanilla, coffee, mild dark fruit, coconut, and some sweetness. Fairly high carbonation. Kind of tastes like a milk chocolate with some orange. Lots of milk chocolate and vanilla. Not much at all on the aftertaste. Kind of strange but not hard to drink.
edgallow (2582) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malts and grains. Taste is malts, chocolate, caramel and grains.
jjuf1853 (1261) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Shock Top Winter variety pack. Pours an opaque dark brown with a tan head that quickly fades into a thin layer. No lacing to be had along the glass. Aroma has some roasted chocolate notes with a good bit of cocoa powder. Flavor is slightly sweet, but not as sweet as I expected. The semi-artificial taste reminds me a bit of chocolate Tootsie Pops.
rondphoto (2651) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY ---Opaque very dark brown, full beige head, lace that slides back into the drink. Taste is malt that has strong overtones of dark chocolate and vanilla. Because the sweet doesn’t overwhelm, this actually works as a novelty (and only one-at-a-time) brew. Very light bittering is all that is needed at the end.
crossovert (8682) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2015
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
355ml twist off. Brown pour, artificial flavor of cocoa puffs, tastes like chocolate soda.
Chad9976 (1342) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I picked up a can of Shock Top Shockolate Wheat on a whim since it was only a buck. I didn’t expect it to be that good, not just because of the brand but because it’s six months old and low in alcohol. How well could it have held up? Well, I’m pleasantly delighted by the quality of this beer considering everything it had going against it. Dare say I’d actually recommend it.
I poured a 16oz can into a weizen glass. It was canned on 10/10/14 and cost $1 ($0.06 per ounce).
Appearance: Opaque black in color, some carbonation is visible as it’s poured. A light brown, talk, foamy head at first but it mostly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.
Smell: Surprisingly potent aroma of chocolate and vanilla.
Taste: The description of this beer is quite interesting as it claims to be “Belgian style wheat” aged on cocoa and vanilla beans. It really doesn’t have any Belgian character to it at all, though. Perhaps “Belgian style” refers to the recipe but not the yeast strain – there are no esters here at all. This is much closer to a traditional porter with the addition of chocolate and vanilla. The wheat doesn’t do much for the palette or mouthfeel except to add some dryness on the finish. I’d assume the use of wheat in the grain bill is fairly low since it doesn’t do much for head retention, either. Still, the chocolate taste is pretty authentic and it’s sweet but not cloying. I get a bit of a cola flavor on the back end as well. Not a very complex brew, but a surprisingly tasty one.
Drinkability: Say what you want about the Shock Top line, but damn if they aren’t quaffable brews. This no exception as the mouthfeel is smooth and velvety, but without the viciousness of a stout or porter. Smooth going down with a nearly clean aftertaste. It’s amazing that at only 4.3% ABV Shockolate Wheat was able to stay fresh for so long. This is a great introductory chocolate beer for its target audience.
LuckyDog (605) - - MAR 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Delicate chocolate flavor. I’ve never seen this combination before. Better than I expected.