wlajwl (7006) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 3, 2012
Aroma is spice, a hint of chocolate and wheat. The flavor is wheat, mildly tart fruit, malts and low but lingering spicy heat in the finish. Although slightly thin, it was pretty good, don’t know if I’ve ever rated an AB beer/ale this high. Lemke10 (993) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 20, 2013
This pours a light brown color with a foamy beige head. There is a slight scent of chocolate and chili spice mixed with wheat. This is a complex, darker wheat flavor with elements of chocolate and spice as it promises. Surprisingly decent for being an AB-InBev competition product to Blue Moon’s line. bagalagalaga (161) - Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2013
Got this at one of the local place’s "get rid of crazy seasonals" sales. The box claimed there would be some chili in there, which I didn’t really pick up. Way more malt than wheat, the spices aren’t too overboard so you can actually have a couple of these in a row. Kind of watery for all the flavor that’s in it, like you dissolved some kind of baked good in a bottle. demitriustown (1192) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - DEC 13, 2014
12 oz bottle: Aroma has got a roasted nutty chocolate overtone to it, very light wheat undertones, and a nutmeg and coriander note intermingled. Appearance is a cloudy brown with a hint of orange and an off white head that diminishes into a soapy film. Taste is where this brew shines, the chocolate nuttiness of the malt, then a very subtle but noticeable chili note, the backend wheat notes of a Witbeir. Palate has got a very carbonated mouthfeel, with the caramel maltiness first up then falls asleep into a nice nutty almost oat like creaminess. Overall, Very interesting beer from AB. Cheers! bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - OCT 11, 2012
12 oz bottle. Pours dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma somewhat muted, malty, chocolate, a bit of coffee roastiness, Flavor is pretty decent, again quite malty, a bit of sweetness, more coffee and chocolate, and some spice on the finish. I didn’t really pick up much chili, just some general spiciness. Palate is fairly heavy, thick mouthfeel. Carbonation is pretty decent, maybe tending just a bit to the harsh side. Overall very decent, if not as interesting as they try to make it sound.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Bottle.thegreenrooster (4512) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 20, 2012
Pours a deep, foggy amber with a nose of movie theater popcorn. Flavor is movie theater popcorn with a light scorching from too much time in the popper (I almost typed ’pooper’). Average mouthfeel. I was not expecting anything, but this is a pleasant surprise. Drinkable, for sure.
Pour is a murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is a decent caramel malt with some cocoa in there. Flavor is some chocolate malt, wheat and hot spice. Finish is a little hot pepper spice with some chocolate and dark chewy wheat malt BrewBoxer (2657) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2012
Bottle. Deep brown color, thick head. Smells oof nuts, chocolate an spice. Tastes slightly wheaty but more malts then anything. Surprisingly decent kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Pours a clear reddish amber body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded pretty quickly. The nose is actually pretty beer like, which is a big step up for this series of beers. Some light chocolate and husky grain notes with malted wheat and a bit of earthy yeastiness. Smells almost Dunkleweizen like. Can’t say that I get a whole lot of chili aromas, but there might be a touch. The flavor is fairly Dunkleweizen like as well, some nice earthy wheat and chocolate notes up front, fading to a yeasty and chocolate laced finish. Light bodied with fizzy carbonation and a decently lingering finish. This is by far the best of the Shock top series to date. It could pass for a decent craft brew. Just goes to show that these guys can make a decent beer, they just have to stay away from the syrupy sweet fruit tainted garbage like the raspberry and lemon variations. EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 12, 2012
The smell of this beer is quite unremarkable but has definite dough yeast and bready malt. In a glass, this beer looks quite mahogany until you put it up to the light, which is when the complex and beautiful amber brown can be seen. Also, it has a fairly frothy white head. When you drink the beer, the taste doesn’t hit you immediately; rather, it unravels as it flows down your throat, but it does taste like a standard wheat beer with a little extra spice (although it is not too remarkable and memorable). The way it coats your mouth with a nice lively carbonation and a slick, thin texture is quite nice, and it finishes quite abruptly.