Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat - Anheuser-Busch
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2.68/5 rDev -12.7%
Pours a murky brown with a foamy khaki head that settles to an oily film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, and slight amounts of cocoa and spices. Taste is much the same with a mild roasty flavor on the finish. There is also a very mild chili heat in the back of the throat that quickly dies out. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer taste wise but the smell is decent enough.
11-06-2012 05:54:16 | More by UCLABrewN84
3.1/5 rDev +1%
Half finger head with some lacing on a murky/muddy brown body. Chocolate malt, earthy hops and breads. Flavor is similar with a chocolate malt base, pepper, earthy good and a slight metallic finish. Medium body and moderate to high carbonation. As expected a bit watery, under malted but decent flavor for the brewer.
11-17-2012 18:34:49 | More by kylehay2004
2.93/5 rDev -4.6%
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a hazed, medium-dark brown with a few fingers of airy, off-white foam.
Smell: Not particularly effusive, this one. A little touch of unsalted saltines, a bit of stale chocolate powder, and some slight spicy notions.
Taste: Modest wheat malt tasted coated in a thin veneer of sweetish chocolate. Slight fruitiness. Then, there's a spiciness that makes one smile. Mainly, as to play it safe, they muted that spice character down as far as they could. Thanks, focus groups. The spice passes quickly, going back to the middling tastes of wheat, chocolate, and vague fruitiness until the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: Focus groups.
11-22-2012 00:07:42 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.4/5 rDev +10.7%
Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.
Ending my day with the End of the World. Apropos, no? This stuff pours a clear sunset amber topped by a finger of dusty off-white foam. The nose comprises biscuit, light toffee, light green chiles, and a kiss of cocoa powder. Things are kinda bland and fairly muddled. The taste holds notes of honey, light toffee, light cocoa powder, mildly spicy chiles, brown sugar, and a bit of toasted biscuit. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda grainy feel. Overall, not a bad little spiced/chile beer, one that doesn't let the chiles or spices overwhelm the background malts, nor vice-versa. Not bad, actually (kinda surprising, honestly).
11-16-2012 07:43:18 | More by TMoney2591
2.93/5 rDev -4.6%
A - Poured out a hazy, dark amber color with a very small, short-lived head of white foam. It left little to no lacing.
S - It smelled of wheat and spices. A touch of maltiness.
T - Some sharp cracked wheat flavor with a good deal of spices. Somewhat herbal with a light malt backbone.
M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry, clean finish.
O - This was an okay brew. It seems a bit like a mix of several different styles of beer.
11-16-2012 14:21:10 | More by zeff80
3.76/5 rDev +22.5%
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.
03-22-2013 13:25:55 | More by NeroFiddled
3.24/5 rDev +5.5%
A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a hazy, dark amber brown body. The head settles fairly quickly and leaves little lace.
S - Toasted malt and a touch of toffee with little else.
T - Wheat and light toffee up front with a bit of toasted grain and cinnamon in the middle. Finishes with very light chocolate, allspice, and just a hint of peppery heat.
M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a balanced finish.
D - Not bad, it isn't as interesting as it sounds on the label, but considering the source I didn't expect all that much.
05-29-2013 05:50:11 | More by nickfl
3.09/5 rDev +0.7%
12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.
LOOK: Tight tiny bubbled head, murky brown hue
SMELL: Wheat bread, banana taffy, vague spice, mild chocolate, slightly clean, toasted grain
TASTE: Semi-crisp, smooth, wet, lighter bodied, hint of chili pepper, mild baker's chocolate, earthy, dried grass, modest hopping,
Fun concept but this whole Shock Top brand is simply reactionary to what smaller brewers have already done. Just feels like every release they are pulling their punch. Sort of a muddled mess, one and done.
01-16-2013 03:24:25 | More by Jason
3.09/5 rDev +0.7%
Pours a scarlet tinged amber with a pinky of tan head. Soome lacing & head retention
S: Faint pear & brown sugar notes
T: Follows the nose, some apricot too up front, faint chille & mocha notes. Slight fig & cocoa notes, plus dryness & slight grainyness, slight pear notes as this warms & a touch of
chille again. Finshes dry, slightly spicy/fruity
MF: Thin with subtle carbonation, alright balance
Not a bad try, but not one I'd buy a sixer of either. Better than most of the Shock Top portfolio
04-04-2013 04:14:59 | More by russpowell
2.81/5 rDev -8.5%
Acquired as part of a cheap sixer at my local Von's grocery store (aka Safeway/Pavilions). Expections are very low given the brewery. Reviewed live. 6.00% ABV confirmed. 12 fl oz brown glass bottle with branded twist-off pressure cap and cool label served into a conical Samuel Smith's pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Feliz, Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.
Served straight from the fridge. Side-poured with extra vigor as carbonation issues are anticipated.
A: Pours a four finger head (maybe I gave it too much vigor) of beige-khaki colour, nice cream, decent froth, decent thickness, and good (~5 minute) retention for the average ABV. Body colour is a nontransparent translucent hazy copper. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show. Meh. Nothing unique or special here.
Sm: Pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, and maybe cinnamon. I can only report what I detect. I honestly don't get wheat, chocolate malt, or chili pepper. A mild strength aroma. Not a bad one either. I don't detect yeast or alcohol. If you gave this to me blind, I'd have no idea it was a Budweiser product. It's not a bad aroma by any means. I'm looking forward to trying it.
T: Wheat, clove, spice (nutmeg), light pumpkin (I'm as shocked as you may be), generic malts, and light chocolate malt - which comes through in the third act. Surprisingly well balanced. I don't get any yeast, chili pepper, or "midnight wheat" (whatever the hell that is), but it's fairly tasty. Little complexity and/or subtlety. But a pleasant brew all around.
Mf: Smooth and wet. Pretty good carbonation. Good palate presence. Suits the flavour profile fairly well. I think the mouthfeel is well executed. Maybe a touch too thin, but chewy and enjoyable.
Dr: A drinkable beer all around that I think gets savaged because of the brewery. In a blind taste test, I could see this beating many microbrew craft offerings. Honestly, it's not at all a bad brew and I'd choose it over many Widmer, Pyramid, or Red Hook offerings if I was out at a pub. Worth trying and well priced. Hides its modest ABV as well as you'd expect.
02-23-2013 07:28:35 | More by kojevergas
2.83/5 rDev -7.8%
I survived the End of the World on Friday and instead of a lousy t-shirt, I got a bottle of beer!
From the bottle: "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 beer and pour to produce a rich, thick collar of foam. Enjoy!"
Sheesh! Now they are giving us directions on how to pour their beer ... I am a) astounded and b) disinterested. My pour created a nice two-finger cap of dense, rocky light-tan head with decent retention. Color was a murky brownish-amber, kind of like turbid river water. Nose held some promise with notes of chocolate and some kind of spice. I do not know that I would have guessed "Chili", but there was a spiciness to the nose. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium and the flavors were very muted. Yes, I perceived both chocolate and spice, but nowhere near the level of yesterday's Theobroma or even Organic Chocolate. Finish was semi-dry and mildly spicy, but the whole thing lacked Oomph! It just did not seem an appropriate way to see the world end.
12-26-2012 06:53:05 | More by woodychandler
3.53/5 rDev +15%
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.
10-12-2012 00:34:08 | More by Zorro
2.05/5 rDev -33.2%
Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat
Appearance : Cloudy muddy brown color, white head and a bit of lace. Poor clarity.
Smell: Dusty wheat, and ultra clean malts, smells very little of the chocolate malts endorsed on the bottle.
Taste: Wheat malt, a small portion of watery chocolate malts, and a small residual burn from the peppers, as advertised. The chili aspect to the beer makes it interesting, but this brew is really lacking in body.
Feel: Very watery, with low carbonation. Soft feel, like seltzer water that's left sitting open all night.
Overall: A confused, mildly interesting tasting beer from the megabrewer Anheuser Busch, but far too watery to be considered a fine beer. Without some fullness or broader flavor it will be the End of the World for this brew.
11-06-2012 00:30:40 | More by Stinkypuss
2.26/5 rDev -26.4%
- Ale brewed with midnight wheat, chocolate malt, chili and spice. Bot. code 12 321 (Mar 21,2012)?
A: Dark cranberry, dense with little light emittence, a strong show of carbonation fills the vessel. The head is tan with a frump, cottage cheese like texture showing an average rate of retention. A thick spongy band encompasses the glass for lacing.
S: Aroma of sour fruit, cranberry, and tart black berries. The chocolate malt and chili spicing seems to be absent or very well restrained not adding much. Pretty much a staple and dictionary term for unimpressive.
T: The flavor is stale, flat chocolate, with some sour fruitiness, cherries and berries. The chili is there but again as with the nose, very insignificant not adding much to the overall effect. Dry wheat, powdery taste of chili is faint on the tongue, the spices mute and mostly indistinguishable. A dash of sour orange is detected.
M: Small tingle of carbonation, slightly creamy, light-medium body with a small chili powdery coating on the tongue.
O: Overall the beer is not so much bad taste wise as it is underwhelming and monotone coming off rather bland and lifeless, safe and conservative, with a mute and underutilized spicing that seemed like they were hesitant to pull off in the first place. Drinking factor is flat-line for me, could care less.
03-04-2013 23:38:29 | More by beerthulhu
3.5/5 rDev +14%
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.
11-28-2012 01:04:57 | More by tdm168
2.7/5 rDev -12.1%
Pours a hazy, copper color. 6/4 inch head of an off-white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of hop, hint of spices (coriander?), hint of wheat, and slight adjunct. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is also a noticeable metallic flavor. Fits the style of an herbed / spiced beer better than it fits into the American Pale Wheat style. Tastes of a pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of wheat, hint of spices, slight metallic of adjunct, and a hint of roasted malt. Overall, weak body that is dominated by metallic flavors.
02-01-2013 13:47:28 | More by Tone
3/5 rDev -2.3%
12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
6.0% ABV, 12278 on neck label.
A - End of the World pours nicely, forming a moderate off white head which disappears with almost no trace in mere moments. The beer below is rusted and cloudy, fitting the bill perfectly for the name.
S - The End of the World has a closed off aroma that's hard to discern as it's rather bland nuances are muddled together. Beyond pale malt and biscuit, what does seem to emerge though is a very faint, chili powder spice aroma on the far back end that resembles making chili. Zero hops and almost no noticeable chocolate notes come through though.
T - Soft wheat is delicate enough without being trounced by chocolate malt which is barely even there as it is. Cocoa notes and faint graham cracker come through with dirty dryness and the aroma's same chili aspect pops in on the back end adding a very slight note of spice, but this beer's flavor is just about as bland as the aroma.
M - Medium-light bodied and crisply carbonated, the body features a trace of soft wheat which smooths out the feel before it ends with a faint spice and dryness of roasted malt.
O - Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat has almost nothing going for it. The aroma and flavor are bland, barely managing to formulate a cohesive direction especially with all the ingredients they've added. This beer isn't bad per se, but the potential for it was big and Shock Top didn't deliver on any level.
11-18-2012 17:56:36 | More by BeerFMAndy
Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
71 out of 100 based on 407 ratings.