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Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 77
Hads: 432
Avg: 3.06
pDev: 52.61%
Wants: 13
Gots: 52 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

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Beer added by: Zorro on 10-12-2012

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Photo of JH7278
4.6/5  rDev +50.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really wish this was more than a sessional brew, I spun my first one in late november, expecting something less than good. Thankfully I was wrong, the mild spiced flavor was a celebration in my mouth with a hint of chocolate that I could barely taste, seemingly a teaser for one to explore. The semi dark color hinted to a heavier feel, which I did not find in this generally whimsical lubricating experience.

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Photo of hdofu
4.5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is almost perfect. It pours dark brown with an thick off-white cream that quickly fades. Smell is of spice, a bit of pepper and the tiniest note of cocoa. Taste has a bitter wheat taste that fades into cocoa if you have a small taste. A larger taste more emphasizes the other flavors of the spices as well as the chili. The chili flavor gradually grows as you drink the beer. Whoever thought chocolate and chili should go together was a culinary genius.

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Photo of Kelly42
4.05/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Tried this today and loved it. I love IPA's, this is not as bitter, great for non-IPA enjoyers. Not as filling as other dark ales, very enjoyable. I see bad reviews, but this beer got me to sign up here and offer a few good words. I enjoy Shock Top, this is a surprising departure.

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Photo of TheFunGuy
3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am really impressed.

The pour is dark brown with a one once thick head that faded in two minutes. Cloudy. You cannot see your hand through it.

The smell is dark malt, no hops or spice.

The taste is dark malt, just the right side of sweet, some hops to keep things under under control. See the final taste in mouthfeel, which is where it should be.

The feel is a little bit of a creamy beer, after you swallow a very small amount of spice hits the back 1/3 of your tongue. Just a trace, just enough.

This is one of the best three AB beers I have had. I know there are 150 micros that do it better, but this is darn good and will reach many many more people.

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Photo of kopper65
3.8/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It took me three bottles of this stuff for me to figure out if I liked it enough to buy again. I think I will. I like the spiciness of it, and the slight taste of chili, even though I'd like it even more if those flavors were a little stronger. The chocolate maltiness is nice, too, and overall this is a pretty snappy, tasty beer. I'm not all that familiar with the Shock Top Family... I mean, I know it's an Anheuser-Busch product... I just mean I haven't tried them all and this is the first one I've reviewed. Where was I? Oh yeah, so anyway, it's not bad. In fact, it's actually pretty good, especially if you remember to swirl the beer around a little in the bottle when there's about an inch left in it, before pouring it all into your glass. That not only gives you a little extra head, but it definitely helps bring out more of the spicy flavor in the wheat sediment at the bottom of the bottle. So yeah, I'd recommend it. Not extremely good or anything, but better than average, and definitely impressive for AB/InBev.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.78/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.77/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shock Top "End Of The World Midnight Wheat"
12 oz. bottle, dated "12279DG53"

With a name like "End Of The World Midnight Wheat" you've got to try it, right? And the graphics are pretty good too. This was made as a kind of joke on the predicted end of the world as accorded to the last date of the Mayan Calendar (12.21.12) - which didn't happen ;p

So, first off, "midnight wheat" is a proprietary brand name for a dark wheat malt from Briess Malting in Chilton, Wisconsin. It's part of their "Maltster's Reserve Series" (which is an interesting way to sell malt in today's market), and it delivers a very dark malt at 550 Lovibond (chocolate malt is in the 350-550 range, and roasted barley is generally 450-700) without the bitterness and dark malt acidity that's usually expected.

The beer pours a clear russet-brown body with ruby and orange highlights before you add the yeast swirl. It then becomes hazy and the highlights are lost. The head is a dolloped pillow of off-white that rises up majestically at first, and then settles into a fairly dense finger-thick cap. The head holds well, and it leaves some very nice lacing as it goes.

The aroma is not nearly as bold as the name might suggest. In the nose you'll find some apple-like fruitiness, lightly sweetish wheaty and caramelish malt, a suggestion of spice and cocoa, and a hint of roastiness that's not unlike cold and damp spent coffee grounds.

The flavor is fuller than the aroma suggests, but it still doesn't live up to the anticipation suggested by the label: "ALE BREWED WITH MIDNIGHT WHEAT, CHOCOLATE MALT, CHILI AND SPICE" - however, that shouldn't really come into play if we're just looking at the beer for what it is. The wheat malt is clearly present, as is the chocolate malt, although both are restrained - there's malt to it, but it's not really malty, and it's just lightly sweet with a flicker of brown sugar and toffee. With that said, there's not much room to really do anything with the chili and the spice as they can only get to a minor level before they would start to overwhelm. You will find the chili though, probably at the back of your throat, and you'll know that the spices are there too (what exactly they are isn't clear). This could have been something big, bold, and bombastic but it's been done as a really refined and fairly easy to drink beer that ends up losing all of the points it's earned for complexity to its basic drab-ness. Beyond that, it is 6.0% by volume which gives it a little something, but it never really satisfies in terms of maltiness.

Overall, it's not a bad beer by any means, it just doesn't really stand out from the crowd.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.75/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Pours a middle brown color with lots of haze. Fairly large, 3 finger head that retains and laces pretty well.

S- Starts with a little bit of wheat flavor and moves quickly into the chocolate and spice flavors. Chocolate is present but not very dominant. Spices however are more powerful with detectable nutmeg and cinnamon-like scents.

T- Starts with a spicy flavor profile. Spiciness has a hint of pepper, but mostly the nutmeg and cinnamon. Lots of chocolate malt in the middle. Slight wheat flavor presides throughout. Chocolate and spicy notes linger in the aftertaste.

M- Thick and chewy as far as wheats go. Lots of carbonation and medium weight on the palate. Spice profile could make drinking more than one or two tough.

Overall, a very interesting beer. Chocolate and spice in this one are a good introduction to spices in beer. Interesting and drinkable, too bad this is a one time seasonal, it's a good change of pace.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.72/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 4 fingers of light tan foam over a cloudy body of dark copper, laces the glass nicely

S - wheat, peppery spice, sweet corn

T - malt sweetness, dark chocolate, wheat bread, chilies show up especially in the finish

M - syrupy medium body, medium carbonation

O - not bad

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Photo of Vashtar
3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It's hazy and dark brown, with a lot of head and nice lacing. Head retention isn't the best

The smell is nice. It's like one big hop.

Tastes like one big hop. It hits you and then mellows out smoothly. Bitter aftertaste. Wheat, chocolate, and chili. It's a bit silly, actually.

The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly thick, if there is such a thing.

Overall, it's okay, but I'll stick with their pumpkin wheat.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Ale brewed with Midnight Wheat, Chocolate malt, chili and spice. To serve, pour down the side of the glass until 1/2 inch is left in the bottle. Swirl the remaining brew and pour to produce a rich, thick collar of foam. Enjoy!" Part of shock top's growing seasonal collection, new for fall/winter 2012. No bottle date.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick frothy tannish-white head that recedes quickly. Body color is a mild hazy amber-brown with medium carbonation. Surface cover is decent but no lacing is underwhelming. 2.75

(Smell) Aroma consists of a clean pale malt, caramel-forward with midnight wheat close behind. Chocolate is very faint and comes across as dry. Spice blend includes a touch of cinnamon, a pinch of allspice and a faint dash of nutmeg. Young chili husks add an interesting touch but spiciness doesn't quite hit the nose. Yeast adds faint tones of dark fruits, like dates and raisins. Not a terrible aroma but nothing truly comes forward like they should be in a wheat beer. I would have enjoyed a fuller aroma, bigger body and some more focus on the key uniqueness that this beer is capable of. On a positive note, nothing is dominating the nose which is good for the overall balance of the aroma. Potency is just shy of medium. 3.5

(Taste) Much more thorough flavors in terms of midnight wheat and chocolate malts, both add a smoky and roasty complexity at the slight sacrifice of a dry finish. The chili does add twang on the finish but doesn't make for a spicy beer. Spices are at their ideal levels; cinnamon and allspice are both evident but not too overpowering on the palate. My biggest complaint about the flavor is the dryness which drops drinkability. The lack of sweetness brings out an otherwise in-balance bitterness on the finish. Touch up the malt body a note or two and bring some of the faint fruit notes in from the yeast profile and this would be a fantastic beer. A surprisingly well-crafted dark wheat beer with a risky but well-executed flavor profile. 4

(Mouthfeel) Very relaxed carbonation profile. It's a bit slick on the tongue but lacks that fullness of body that a midnight wheat should have. Some mild chewiness is expected and a slight tartness accentuates the bitterness on the finish. Balance is a bit off; sweetness is underutilized. Body is Medium for the style, and medium amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is light. The general limited carbonation is a change for Shock Top as it allows the drinker to enjoy the subtleties, which are much more plentiful in this beer. 3.5

(Overall) Wow. As far as the Shock Top beers go, this is a winner for me. There's some work to be done with the body. I'd love to get more roasty flavors, a stronger chocolate emphasis and a slightly sweeter flavor overall, but the overall impressions of this beer are positive. I'd have to check with their Belgian White again, but I'm pretty certain this is one of the best ones they've put out to date, and I'd recommend picking up a bottle, even in January. 3.75

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.'s
Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat Ale

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Strong aroma is wheaty and yeasty and has a firm dry hay note. Pours a dark, slightly hazy chestnut with a thick pale tan head. Wheaty flavor has hints of cloves and chocolate, quite tasty. Texture has about average body but good fizz. End of the World? Not today!

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours cloudy with a rust-like hue, the head is off-white and just under two fingers thick. Fair retention. Lacing is fair with good stick.

Smell - Wheat and orange dominate the aroma, while faint notes of chocolate and peppery spice lurk in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose: predominate wheat and orange flavor upfront, then hits on subtle hints of peppery spice and even less, a ghostly faint chocolate presence. Minor burning sensation long into the aftertaste, thanks to the pepper spicing.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with strong, lively carbonation. Tingles the lips. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - I came into this beer expecting it to be awful, and I came away quite surprised. I'll be damned if Shock Top didn't finally produce a beer with decent flavor. Sure there are some minor flaws, mostly the supporting flavors that don't hit quite on the levels they should, but all in all, this is a very solid effort.

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Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of wheat and spices. Taste is spicy, wheat, a touch of chocolate, different and unique. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Zorro
3.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The Label says "Ale brewed with midnight wheat , Chocolate Malt, Chili and Spice."

A hazy brown colored beer with not much head formation at all.

Smell is a little sweet with a wheat cracker aroma. Scents of chocolate and vanilla and fruity chili pepper. Scent is decent and better than I had hoped.

Starts out mildly sweet with a bit of a toffee flavor. Decent bitterness and a fruity chili pepper taste with a little heat. Not strongly flavored but certain is bad tasting. Little bit of warmth in the stomach from the peppers and not the alcohol level. Mild chocolate and vanilla flavors.

Mouthfeel is full and slick.

Overall not an outstanding Chili beer, but I'm going to finish the six pack and could see ordering this if nothing better is available. Probably the best beer in the AB Shock Top beer Series.

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Photo of alepsycho
3.52/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised by the Shock Top offering of "end of the world midnight wheat". I picked up a twelve pack for 11.99 and I consider the money well spent. Do not be turned off by the chili flavoring as it is not too pronounced and actually adds something to this brew. If you can get any of the Shock Top offerings at a decent price, they should be considered.

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not going to waste my time going through the in and outs of reviewing a massed produced Coors product. This is a drinkable session beer that I happened to be ingesting on the night of the of End of the World, or so as interpreted by people who believed such because of the Mayan calendar not extending past 12.21.2012.

Well....to get back on topic, it's a drinkable beer that you can have multiple iterations of if you can tolerate shock top and like wheat beer; this case will be in your price point...so grab it.

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Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - dark amber with a big, frothy, white head

S - cocoa nibs, some spices

T - cocoa, wheat, nutmeg, cinnamon

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

I think this beer is far better than any of the other Shock Top offerings. It's not tremendously flavored and it won't impressive any beer snob, but from a macro this is an intriguing beer that dares to be different. I like the addition of the cocoa and spices with a wheat base. I don't think I will buy this again, but I'm glad I tried it. I'd also like to see other breweries try something similar.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep amber in color, nearly opaque, with a fairly large, dense tan head, which retains very well, with scattered Belgian lacing.

Aroma: Complex aroma of wheat, chocolate, vanilla, earth, and pepper.

Taste: Opens with spicy wheat notes, and abundant bread and toasted malts, and caramel notes. As the taste progresses, bitter cocoa notes and pepper make themselves known. Late in the taste there is a mild, lingering herbal hop wave, and a flourish of pepper, which brings the taste to a graceful close.

Mouth feel; Smooth, soft, rather pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Rather offbeat, but not bad. I would not mind having this again. It goes to show that Anheuser-Busch has no lack of brewing talent, too bad that they so seldom employ it to produce interesting beers.

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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Photo of wac9
3.5/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

wow surprise what a great beer taste like a scottish ale and they are few and far between and a wheat my frist great great look great pour i highy recommend this beer dont know what other want in their but this is what i want what i like so enjoy anytime

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.46/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a promo glass acquired with the beer. Pours a dark red with a nice off white head. Smells of wheat and dark malt. Tastes of hints of caramel and a little chocolate, nothing too special, but dominated by wheat. Beer goes down real smooth and is very drinkable, light bodied. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of ezec
3.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: pours cloudy but an appealing bright amber color with a decent 1-inch or so head that sticks around.
S: complex aroma reveals cloves, chocolate, caramel, nutmeg, orange and pepper
T: starts with caramel malt, finishes with a slight peppery taste. In the middle an unusual fruit flavor almost like roasted mango (imagine). Took a few tastes to nail that down and still unsure.
M: full texture; creamy

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Photo of sardonicone
3.43/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into regular beer mug.

Appearance: I did a bad pour on the first one, so had a TON of head that lasted a considerable amount of time. The second pour was better, gave a 2.5 finger head with decent retention, no real lacing. Kind of a nut brown color that looks sort of murky.

Smell: Smelled strongly like a typical American Adjunct at first, sour, with hints of chocolate

Taste: muted, but not bad at all, hints of toffee and chocolate, I really can't seem to make out much of the pepper up front, it does come through on the back end and I can feel it as it goes down as a warming sensation.

Creamy, very nice mouth-feel to me, could probably stand to have a little bit more carbonation, as the way it is you almost feel it's on the flat side.

Overall a pretty drinkable beer. 8.49 per sixer where I'm at, which isn't cheap, but not bad.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.42/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It is cloudy. The body is a dirty amber color with burnt orange highlights. It is topped of with an inch of tan head.

S - The peppers are apparent on the initial smell. The chocolate comes through as it warms. I also get that "wheat" beer aroma.

T - Now the taste seems to have more of the chocolate. The peppers come through more in the aftertaste and build with each drink.

M - Moderate

O - I waited about two months too long to drink this beer. I found it at the local grocery store and thought the chocolate malt and peppers were an interesting combination. They were albeit, not real strong in flavor. This may have been better fresh, but it an A-B product, so I doubt it ever had a lot of flavor. Overall, it is the best Shock Top I have had.

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Photo of Brenden
3.4/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer is pretty dark, a murky brown too thick to see into with a dark orange tint. The head a loose tan cap, actually grows to nearly two fingers high but doesn't have enough to keep it tight, falling off almost immediately and leaving very little behind. There is, likewise, not much lacing to speak of, but a touch of spotting.
The smell would likely be just above average if not for the metallic tinge sitting over everything else. Otherwise, the wheat comes out clearly with a crackery emphasis, a touch of chocolate sits underneath and a ghost of the pepper heat just sneaks out.
More comes out in the flavor. The pepper is subtle but builds up nicely on the back of the tongue and the throat. The wheat base remains prominent with a bit of sweetness, chocolate but with a slightly sweeter, more vanilla-like touch. It's a little bit light, as expected, but the best any of the Shock Tops have been.
The feel is actually the best aspect. The body reaches medium and there's a creaminess that never falls off along with a crispness that is similarly steadfast.

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Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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