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Shock Top Chocolate Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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360 Ratings
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Ratings: 360
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 17.99%
Wants: 19
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: egrace84 on 11-09-2013

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Ratings: 360 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by Pegasus:
Photo of Pegasus
3.73/5  rDev +10%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +18%

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of chinchill
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of S_Nowak
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.94/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shock Top Chocolate Wheat is a Brew Anheuser Busch. This brew pours like black coffee. I'm not saying that is a bad thing. You can taste the chocolate. This really dose not taste like beer. But this is an enjoyable brew. This was a different but I like it. This is an Outstanding Brew. I will get this brew to switch it up from Budweiser.

Photo of Treyliff
3.35/5  rDev -1.2%
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

Photo of KYGunner
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Ohiolager
3/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on January 16, 2014.

It pours dark brown to black like chocolate with a big light brown-tan head that fades away to a ring. Opaque.

This is a chocolate-wheat and I get plenty of chocolate on the nose but little to no wheat. It smells like a chocolate bar. A slight herbal feel though.

Lighter body.

The chocolate is big on the nose but not so big in the taste although it is the dominating feature. Crisp, mild bitterness toward the end. It does not hand around long. Drinks quickly but not necessarily easy.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Photo of Beejay
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.09/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

One of my friends had this in his fridge and said he thought it was gross, and I could have it. Thanks, bro.

A tick's a tick, right?

Pours dark brown, with not much head, and really no lacing either.

Smells like chocolate syrup, with a little bit of dirt mixed in.

Tastes like a watered down chocolate soda. Didn't expect much from Shock Top really. Don't get any wheat from this one. I guess it tastes ok if you like really sweet chocolate non-beers, but it's not exactly beer.

Light bodied, medium amount of carbonation.

Meh.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of JDW4195
3/5  rDev -11.5%

Low ABV...not a bad tasting beer, but...ehhh.

Photo of metter98
3.43/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is black when viewed from afar; closer inspection reveals dark red near the edges of the glass. It poured with a quarter finger high beige colored head that died down and left a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of chocolate syrup and wheat are present in the nose.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of chocolate syrup and has underlying hints of wheat and sweetness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It feels a little like a soda.
O: This beer is pleasant but really tastes like someone poured some Hershey's chocolate syrup into a wheat beer. It would make for a good dessert beer for someone who is just getting into craft beers.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.16/5  rDev -6.8%
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

Photo of RyanK252
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of Ed2
2.91/5  rDev -14.2%
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...

Photo of Jdizzzell
3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The only Shock Top that did not make me want to vomit. This was surprisingly good.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle pours an opaque near-black color with a small brown head. Retention and lacing are both poor.

Nose definitely has the cocoa and to a lesser extent vanilla, not much else really...the wheat is not assertive and low malt. It doesnt smell nearly as bad as the other shocky offerings.

Taste falls apart on it a little bit, the malting is so damn light it is watery despite the cocoa and plastic-y vanilla flavor. Not a whole lot of anything else...the cocoa flavors are probably the best thing going for it, but even the Leinenkugel's Cocoa Porter has more going for it than this. Sister in Law brought a horrendous mixed sixer AB is pushing that has this beer and the regular shock top (3 of each) and you are supposed to mix them...yuck - mixed is worse than this by itself...by a longshot.

Photo of DoctorZombies
3.66/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black with lite tan head. Sweet syrupy chocolate nose. Sweet chocolate malt flavor. Lite mouthfeel. Not bad, but a tad too sweet and syrupy.

Photo of Alcolawl
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

First time ever reviewing a beer. Since this offering has almost no reviews, I figured it'd be the perfect time to give it a shot. Here goes nothing!

Serving: Bottle, poured semi-aggressively into a souvenir glass from my University.

Poured using the directions on the bottle. Color is about what you'd expect. Dark brownish-black. Head was about a finger-width at best. It died rather quickly. Smell is a very distinct sweet dark chocolate smell, as one would expect. Decent lacing, a quarter inch of foam sticks to the glass while taking a swig followed by a cascade of suds that slowly fall into the rest of the beer. The beer hits your tongue with a decent tingle of carbonation, one you would expect from Shock Top. Followed up with a delightful taste of chocolate and for some odd reason the slight taste of flat root beer; perhaps vanilla? Creamy and sweet, but not too sweet. Medium bodied, you won't be pounding these at a party, that's for sure. Leaves behind a mocha-like aftertaste that isn't bad but not great either.

Overall, I was very surprised by this beer. I'm always a little weary trying chocolate flavored beers and this one was executed quite well and at a decent price. Tasty and drinkable. I kind of wish they sold this in individual 6-Packs for a nice night in.

Additionally: I mixed half of the Chocolate Wheat with the regular Belgian White, as suggested on the box. 50/50 mix. Not bad, the orange, although interesting, overpowers the chocolate slightly. I'll have to experiment a little more but certainly worth the try.

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Shock Top Chocolate Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
78 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.