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RATINGS: 174   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.97   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 129   ABV: 4.3%
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Shock Top Shockolate Wheat is a Belgian-style unfiltered wheat ale aged over cocoa and vanilla beans. This seasonal, unfiltered ale delivers a dark, rich color and a smooth, creamy finish. Mix this chocolate flavored beer with Belgian White or Raspberry Wheat to create the Chocí Top!


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2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 2, 2014
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.


2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
edgallow (2518) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2015
12 oz bottle pours black with a tan head. Aroma of chocolate, malts and grains. Taste is malts, chocolate, caramel and grains.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjuf1853 (1258) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2015
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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (2600) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2015
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.

1.6
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
crossovert (8591) - Illinois, USA - MAR 21, 2015
355ml twist off. Brown pour, artificial flavor of cocoa puffs, tastes like chocolate soda.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1328) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 19, 2015
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.

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
LuckyDog (559) - - MAR 19, 2015
Delicate chocolate flavor. Iíve never seen this combination before. Better than I expected.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joeneugs (3794) - Livermore, California, USA - MAR 18, 2015
Pours very dark brown with some orange highlights in the light. Fizzy, disappearing tan head. The aroma is very sweet and full with vanilla. Minor notes of chocolate and toast. The flavor has more massive vanilla sweetness, cola, cocoa and hints of roasted malt in the finish. The flavors are pretty nice, but itís pretty cloyingly sweet. Canít really give it a pass on that especially since it has such a thin body. Not really bad though.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JaBier (5139) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - MAR 14, 2015
Bottle shared by a friend. Clear brown pour with a thick tan head. Aroma of malt, chocolate, roast and slight banana. Chocolate and malt flavor with creamy wheat and caramel accents before a sweet finish.

2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SteveOrz85 (51) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 1, 2015
Poured from 12oz bottle into tulip. Very thin frothy head. Aroma is sweet, resembles hot cocoa powder. Color is dark, almost black. Taste is sweet and smooth. Notes of cocoa and vanilla. Palate is light bodied with a thin texture and soft carbonation. Smooth finish. Overall drinkable beer but plenty of far better option are available.

0.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
robinvboyer (3367) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 24, 2015
Incredibly fake tasting, and unbelievably cloying. Thick syrupy mouth feel and super soft carb. No bitterness, nasty fake cocoa finish. Gross.


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