penguinfinity (83) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Smells like chocolate. Pours dark brown with a finger thick tan head. Tastes like chocolate, with a faint hint of coffee. Goes down smooth. Might be a little too sweet. Would gladly drink again.
4theluvofbeer (36) - Ontario, CANADA - MAR 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light chocolate aroma and vanilla. The taste lacks any really depth almost left with a soapy taste in my mouth.
ronaldtheriot (1066) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shock Top Chocolate Wheat has a medium-to-thick, foamy, and rather quickly-dissipating, beige head, a dark brown appearance, with furious bubble streams, roiling tan chunks, and not much lacing left behind. The aroma is of very chocolaty malt, and the flavor is of sweet, chocolate malt, a touch of vanilla, a shadow of bitterness, and coffee. Mouthfeel is light and watery and somewhat slick. Shock Top Chocolate Wheat finishes semi-dry, rich, and dessert like. Overall, for a flavored beer, this is a sure winner. RJT
brenn79 (1411) - Idaho, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle- Pours black with a thin tan head. Aroma is just generic malt, some chocolate. The taste is chocolate, maybe wheat, decent tasting surprisingly. Body is not surprisingly too thin. Better than any Shock top should be.
ben4321 (3471) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from a random store near the Grand Canyon, 3/5/14
Aroma: Nose of sweet chocolate malts, not too much else, but still nice enough
Appearance: It pours a brown color with a small beige head and some light lace
Flavor: The taste is very sweet, almost a chocolate soda-like flavor to it
Palate: The body is creamy, it has a plus carbonation, it is only mildly cloying on the mouth
Better than I expected from Shock Top. Sweet chocolate flavor and aroma. Kind of a Sam Smith Chocolate Stout Jr., but also kind of not.
rumproasts (2038) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black with small head. Strong chocolate malt. Lightly sweet. Bordering on a stout.
ThisWangsChung (747) - 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.
IndianaRed (2157) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle Pours a dark brown with a thin but persistent light tan head. Light chocolate aroma with some slight papery sourness. Sweet milk chocolate flavors, Dusty palate and no bitterness...just more cocoa power and lactose.
Ed5388 (1617) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft @ The Lamp Post Inn during my mom's 60th Birthday Party. Pours a dark brown/almost black color with a creamy finger of tan head. Aroma of milk chocolate, caramel, and roasted malt. Taste of sweet milk chocolate, caramel malt, roasted malt, lactose, and cola.
jhp40219 (236) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a soda brown with a small tan head. Lacing slides down into the beer quickly. Big cocoa aroma with vanilla and white bread. Taste is cocoa, vanilla and wheat all up front and all dominant. Not artificial tasting, which I had expected. A little bitter. Nice fairly long finish of cocoa and vanilla. Light body, thin and watery texture, slightly higher than average carbonation. I havenít exactly been impressed with Shock Top in the past, so this definitely exceeded my expectations. Pretty good beer here. Probably one of A-B Inbevís best.
kramer (4568) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark brown body with a one finger fizzy light brown head that faded quickly. The nose is pretty nice, lots of chocolate and vanilla with just a light hint of wheat. The flavor is much more dominant on the chocolate and vanilla than can possibly be natural. It still tastes pretty good, in a candy bar kind of way. Thereís really not much in the flavor that can be attributed to the base wheat beer. Light bodied with a soft fizzy carbonation level. Lingering vanilla bean finish. Interesting beer, pretty decent, though not at all natural tasting.