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Shock Top Chocolate Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 383
Avg: 3.44
pDev: 48.84%
Wants: 24
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: egrace84 on 11-09-2013

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.24/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: dark brown/black with tan head, similar to a porter

S: chocolate and caramel

T: sweet chocolate with a hint of cherry'

F: meh

O: drank at an after-work mixer the other night. Not awful but not great either. Probably one of the better Shock Top offerings I've tried, but that's not saying much.

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Photo of Shaun_S
1.99/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Horrible overpowering artificial chocolate taste, not much else to say I saw it at Walmart one day for cheap and thought I would give it a shot, it was quite awful.

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Photo of Beejay
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a muddy brown, dark brown in the glass with a long lasting tan head.

S: Light caramel and bread aromas, perhaps a slight fruitiness in the finish.

T: Sweet, with notes of notes of chocolate, bread and a touch of dark berries. There is a light roastiness that is nice, although the flavor could be pushed a bit further.

M: Medium in body with very high carbonation. There is a good creaminess to it that the carbonation detracts from.

O: Not bad.. a little light on flavor, but still one of the better things I've tried from AB.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.16/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color with a thin fizzy head, the head fades away at a lightning pace and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell has a very strong cocoa aroma, pretty much chocolate chocolate chocolate, not much else gets through.

Taste starts out with a very artificial chocolate flavor, sweetness throughout with a hint of vanilla, fizzy carbonation makes it seems like a chocolate cola than a a beer

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Photo of Treyliff
3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Review from notes, Dec 2013, 12oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- pours a fizzy black color, nearly opaque, with a one finger head that reduces quickly, leaving just a film on top

S- chocolate malt aroma with a hint of vanilla, not getting much wheat

T- chocolate up front follows the nose, again not much wheat, a hint of vanilla & citrus.

M- medium body with medium fizzy carbonation that continues into a crisp finish

O- this kind of drinks like a schwartzbier, only not as strong. One of the better Shock Top beers, but nothing I'd buy again

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Photo of bgillespie
3.37/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pitch black that pours a thick beige head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Chocolate and a hint of vanilla.

Taste: Sweet, taste like chocolate syrup. No wheat noticed

Mouthfeel: Very smooth, kind of coats the mouth.

Overall: Better than I expected, a sweet chocolate beer that if perfect for a winter night. I would drink it again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

we need to call a spade a spade here, this really isnt half as bad as its ratings, the flavors are actually pretty good in it, the chocolate is really forward, and honestly not all that sweet compared to expectations. i could not really tell you its a wheat beer, very little real grain character to this one, but i will say that i like it better than plenty of craft chocolate beers, the only thing here is that it sort of feels cheap. the mouthfeel is really really light. dark(ish) beer for people who dont like dark beer, no body, lots of bubbles, minimal roasted malt balance against the chocolate, its simply chocolate in the flavor, which i dont hate, but its not that beery. there is a slight metallic property right before the swallow, and the thinness gets off putting, but it tastes pretty good honestly, and holds a creamy head pretty well. compared to its peers, its superior, we owe it to ourselves to admit that.

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Photo of JLSIV
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice chocolate aroma and taste, surprising for this brand, as I am not a fan of the other offerings by this mark.

Mouthfeel has a little sharpness from the carbonation, which was a little fizzy for the style. Can't really give this a medium on the mouthfeel.

I really wanted to try this as the easiest representative of the style to find, I think that I would like to try others from this type (American Dark Wheat Ale)

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Photo of S_Nowak
3.59/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cocoa & vanilla in front, round on mouth-feel, finish is sweet and soft. Poured according to label "swirl final 1/2" and pour to release flavor". Leaves some sediment at the bottom.

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Photo of RyanK252
3.47/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a BarrelHouse Brewing Co pint glass

A: Pours deep hazelnut brown with a frothy light brown head that settles and disappears.

S: Sweet vanilla and cocoa, maybe a hint of roasted malt. Nothing too complex, but inoffensive.

T: Follows the nose, sweet cocoa and vanilla up front, maybe some very faint coffee and dark fruit notes buried in there that come out a bit as it warms.

M: Medium body, lower carbonation, pretty smooth with a fairly clean finish. Quite drinkable.

O: Really not a bad brew, especially if you have a sweet tooth.

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Photo of VTR
3.92/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A chocolate wheat, I was very skeptical. I picked this up with low expectations but wanted a sweet beer after dinner. I was not let down. This wheat beer poured dark and the chocolate scent was pouring out of the glass. It was not a cheap chocolate smell but a very enjoyable scent. This beer was chocolate and delicious. It was a perfect desert beer and not too sweet for me. It drank almost too easy for me and the six pack did not last too long. I strongly recommend this beer if you want a sweet holiday or desert beer that everyone will like. I will not hesitate to buy this again.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +16.3%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown with a thin beige head. Mild lacing on the glass.

Smell: Wheat, hops, and chocolate.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of strong sweeter chocolate with wheat and hops.

Overall: Surprisingly good, was not expecting this to be any good. I really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of FLima
3.06/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Black color with a thin beige head with short retention.
Predominant nice aroma of chocolates and mild vanilla.
Initial sweet artificial flavor that is followed by notes of chocolate, vanilla, chalky yeast and bread, on a wheat base. Dry aftertaste with a mild bitterness.
Light but filling creamy body with mild carbonation.
With the exception of the initial sweetener shortcoming that made the overall beer artificial, but that stopped to bother shortly, the flavors actually matched. Easy to drink, and fine for chocolate lovers.

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Photo of 57md
3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark brown color. Mild cocoa aroma. Thin bodied with a touch of chocolate flavor. Not too sweet but nothing to really rave about here either.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.29/5  rDev -4.4%

Pours a dark black with little head. The smell is full of vanilla and chocolate. The taste was a bit disappointing with some wheat flavors in the beginning and then finishing with a lot of sugar which to me gave it a lackluster aftertaste that stuck around for too long. I think it was interesting and it wasn't bad, but for me I probably wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.57/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a "pint" glass. Pours pitch black with an off white head that disappears almost immediately. Smells of chocolate and vanilla, nice inviting. Tastes of weak grain with chocolate aftertaste. Beer is light bodied and smooth, easy to drink. Overall a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is just kind of weird really. Wheat, with some watered down chocolate flavors, a touch of coffee and dirt, and a really thin mouth feel. This does not make for a very great experience.

Will not purchase or drink again. Drinkable, but just barely.

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Photo of mattpuskas
4.4/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Very sweet and VERY chocolatey. Some find it cloying; I think it's perfectly refreshing and dessert-like around the holidays. It's ok to admit you like this beer.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle, one of my friends gave me a bottle to try. Served in a mug, the beer pours dark brown with about a half inch light tan head. Head retention is decent, and there isn't much lacing. Aroma is nice and sweet, it smells mostly like milk chocolate and malted milk balls, along with some wheat/bready malt and vanilla. I think the taste is just like the aroma, however I think the malted milk ball flavor is the strongest of them. Mouthfeel/body is thin, but it's also a bit slick with moderate carbonation. This isn't a bad brew at all, I liked it. Definitely worth a try, especially if you like sweet chocolate beers.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In appearance this is scored on color alone as the head was a boiling mass of bubbles that dissipated immediately and served no head at all. The color is a deep, deep brown.

The nose is rather bland but it had a decent chocolate and vanilla aroma.

The flavor seems rather artificial but it not bad. The chocolate and vanilla seems to blend seamlessly. There's no other flavors that I can detect.

The feel is easy but a little thin with moderate carbonation.

Not bad, not good it's tasty enough to be better than OK but it holds a very artificial facade.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shock Top Chocolate Wheat
12 oz. brown bottle

Appearance: Opaque mahogany brown/"black" body beneath a two finger thick head of creamy froth that unfortunately drops fairly steadily. Although it then maintains a solid, fairly thick surface covering, that eventually wanes into more of a whispy surface covering inside a creamy collar. Remarkably, it maintains that solid surface covering for a fairly decent period of time. The lacing, however, is not as good. It initially leaves some nice, thin but completely solid and wide sheets that erode into patterns of spotty patterns, and then eventually slide back into the beer leaving nothing behind.

Smell: Chocolatey and sweetish. Fudge-like. Vanilla. Pretty rich but fairly one-sided. Still, it's impressive. There's just a hint of artificiality to it which is odd because it's supposedly "aged on cocoa and vanilla beans". Still, not bad.

Taste: As you might expect, the taste follows the aroma. There's more depth to the chocolate, and I taste what I recall from my childhood as "Ovaltine" - that must be maltiness coming through. When first tasted cold, mainly chocolate comes through, but as it warms a bit of spice steps in. It's delicate, mainly delivering coriander, and perhaps some coriander or cardamom - there's a hint of a cola flavor to it - but it's underlying. There's not much bitterness to it at all, and the spice works surprisingly well to balance it. It finishes with lingering milk chocolate that becomes more like Hershey's chocolate syrup before it fades, although it really never disappears, it seems to dwindle-on forever (well, for at least a minute or two).

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body with a median carbonation that leaves it creamy and smooth.

Overall: An excellent dessert beer (it really is the dessert in and of itself, although it could pair remarkably well with a huge range of items). And an excellent holiday beer as well, although I think the sweetness really cuts it's drinkability down to one, or perhaps two for those with a bit of a sweet-tooth.

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Photo of Ed2
2.91/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Tried this on tap at a bar in a shopping center with my wife, while she was on a shopping break. Not much choice at this place... But this was surprisingly dark in appearance. With a low light brown head that dissipated fast, some lacing but not a lot. Smell was so chocolatey that it surprised even the wife (who considers herself a chocolate connosueir) she liked it more than me. It had a light taste and was heavily carbonated... Chocolate was a strong flavor, but it was too sweet for more than a pint...

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Photo of Ohiolager
3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

shock top chocolate wheat 6pk bottles $7.99(OH)

12 oz twist off brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. no freshness date and fresh beer only has no info.

WOW! was not expecting a near jet black appearance. its darker than Guinness. a two finger thin tan head that leaves a thin layer on top. leaves rings of lacing. not bad.

i smell hints of chocolate. a main smell of vanilla. smells of wheat and breads are detected also.

the taste is actually pretty good. starts with a chocolate, slightly bitter cocoa. towards the end the vanilla takes over. the vanilla is good, not real good but not cheap like extract either. i was impressed.

mouth feel is pretty good. i have no complaints. a little watery, but it is 4.3 ABV. for what it is, its OK.

overall i was impressed by this A-B inbev brew. poured darker than Guinness, the chocolate and vanilla are good, blended nicely. reminded me of a porter with low ABV. i would buy this again but i would not hesitate to try something better. i would never turn down one if offered.

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Photo of DW_and_my_boy_Jones
3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is my boy Jones' new favorite beer. The problem for him is, this beer only comes in a six pack with the Belgian White - so he has, like, 3 of the Chocolate Wheat's left and 18 of the Belgian White's! Glad he has a big beer fridge in the garage! I like this beer also, just in the fact that it is very dark in color, but finishes very smoothly (like a wheat beer does, in most cases). I would much rather have a Sam Adams Cream Stout or a Leinenkugels Snowdrift Vanilla Porter (because of the strong finish), but this is a very good beer...if you like chocolate! I think my boy Jones must think that there is a Hershey bar in the bottle...cause' he drinks this stuff like it IS chocolate milk!

If you are just starting to expand your dark-beer horizons, try this beer...but make sure you like chocolate!

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Photo of Pegasus
3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Nearly black in color, opaque, with a fairly large, quite dense tan head, which retains very well, lacing rings the glass walls.

Aroma: Complex aroma of wheat, milk chocolate, vanilla, bitter cocoa, and maple syrup.

Taste: Opens with milk chocolate and cocoa. Soon after vanilla and a slight woody character come to the fore. The dominate the taste throughout. Later in the taste, the wheat malt becomes more apparent. Finishes with a lingering bitter cocoa note, vanilla, and some retrained herbal hops.

Mouth feel; Smooth, soft, fairly full, with somewhat sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Really very nice, a quite pleasant seasonal selection, and one which would pair very well with chocolate desserts or ice cream.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Shock Top Chocolate Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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