ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a dark brown color. Thereís about two fingers worth of mocha-colored head. While it doesnít have great retention, the texture is wonderfully soft. There isnít much lacing left behind, though.
S: Honestly, this brings a lot of chocolate and vanilla. Iím even impressed. What Iím not so impressed by is A) thatís the total gist of the aroma, and B) both notes seem a bit artificial. Still, this is the best smelling beer Iíve ever had from Anheuser-Busch that doesnít have the words "Goose Island" on the bottle.
T: There are no two ways about it: this drinks like a chocolate-and-vanilla shake, disguised as a beer. The sweetness is high throughout, while the finish has a slight wheat flavor to it. Too sweet for beer standards, but it makes a nice malternative. I actually donít mind that AB went overboard with the chocolate/vanilla - and they absolutely did, donít get me wrong - because if nothing else, it makes it seem slightly bigger than it is. Two things keep it from a 3: after a while, the finish becomes both chemical and faintly metallic.
M: The carbonation remains fairly soft, along with the texture. There is a bit of richness for 4.3%, and thatís always welcome. Again, my complaint about the sweetness rings true here - it chokes its drinkability, along with its enjoyment factor.
O: This could definitely appeal to those who hate beer. Hell, even I think itís perfectly reasonable. Still, the appeal is mainly limited to aforementioned beer haters and chocolate lovers. Iíd never refuse one of these regardless.
blipp (6722) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAY 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Creamy chocolate, vanilla, moderate sweetness, cafe con leche, and a sweet chocolate/vanilla finish. Really not that bad.
LetsGoState (656) - 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 (8288) - 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 (178) - 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 yearís winter mixpack. Reminded me of last yearís Midnight Wheat. Balance could be a little better, but going in youíd expect that. Sort of a mix between a dunkel and light stout. I wouldnít go out my way for this, but is a little above average and drinkable.
adnielsen (10028) - 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 Wilburís 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 (2619) - 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 (1262) - 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 (2690) - 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 doesnít 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 (8853) - 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 (1359) - 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 didnít expect it to be that good, not just because of the brand but because itís six months old and low in alcohol. How well could it have held up? Well, Iím pleasantly delighted by the quality of this beer considering everything it had going against it. Dare say Iíd 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 itís 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 ďBelgian style wheatĒ aged on cocoa and vanilla beans. It really doesnít have any Belgian character to it at all, though. Perhaps ďBelgian styleĒ refers to the recipe but not the yeast strain Ė there are no esters here at all. This is much closer to a traditional porter with the addition of chocolate and vanilla. The wheat doesnít do much for the palette or mouthfeel except to add some dryness on the finish. Iíd assume the use of wheat in the grain bill is fairly low since it doesnít do much for head retention, either. Still, the chocolate taste is pretty authentic and itís 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 arenít 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. Itís 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.