Shock Top Chocolate Wheat - Anheuser-Busch
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Reviews by NeroFiddled:
4.08/5 rDev +20.4%
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.
04-14-2014 21:38:37 | More by NeroFiddled
More User Reviews:
3.58/5 rDev +5.6%
This has to be one of the darkest colored beers that AB has ever produced it's a Chocolate Wheat aged on cocoa and vanilla beans with spices. Large tan head fine bubbles fades slowly, pretty impressive look to it. Aroma has subtle cocoa creamy vanilla notes nothing in the way of noticeable spice additions on the nose. Flavor has a milk chocolate creamy character hints of dark roasts bring a bit of balance, the vanilla seems to be there throughout each sip and doesn't really fade away. Super sweet for me a bit more dark roasts might round it out, it feels like a hybrid wheat/milk stout with all of the lactose induced sweetness. Mouthfeel is creamy smooth textured medium bodied ample even carbonation, overall I can't really complain and I haven't attempted mixing this with the standard Shock Top as the label of the six pack holder depicts making black and tans with the two.
01-26-2014 23:44:17 | More by WVbeergeek
3/5 rDev -11.5%
12 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter.
Pours clear but very dark brown, with a beige head that a bit fizzy, leaves little lacing and has modest retention.
Has a surprisingly strong aroma, with dark roasted grains, chocolate syrup, toffee and vanilla plus a hint of butterscotch. More intersting than appealing.
The taste is medium strong, with a bit too much chocolate and vanilla and virtually no sign of the "Belgian style" promised. Mildly sweet yet still seems too sweet.
Feel: near medium body; medium-light carbonation.
O: more intense than expected from AnBev but has issues of balance.
01-11-2014 01:57:20 | More by chinchill
3.38/5 rDev -0.3%
This beer has about the look I expected, though the series tends to be a step up from some BMC offerings and a decent gateway to good beer. It's dark brown, a little light easing into the body. The thinnish, spritzy-seeming tan head is reasonably sized though a bit loosely constructed. Lacing is exclusively spotting somewhere in the range between minimal and little.
There's actually a bit of strength and substance to this beer. Chocolate syrup is strong in the nose with a not-too-grainy wheat backbone, a roasted barley note, and something like vanilla.
In the flavor, there's some tanginess that accompanies the cocoa, more a mix of syrup and powder, with a little less of the vanilla note found in the aroma. Wheat still makes a decently firm backbone.
The body can't quite seem to define itself. It feels a little thin with a definite spritz to it that isn't quite crispness. It feels clean, though, and overall it's neither good nor bad.
02-02-2014 21:10:52 | More by Brenden
Shock Top Chocolate Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
78 out of 100 based on 234 ratings.