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

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421 Ratings

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Ratings: 421
Reviews: 77
rAvg: 3.07
pDev: 22.15%
Wants: 12
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Zorro on 10-12-2012)
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Photo of lwillitz
3.73/5  rDev +21.5%
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

lwillitz, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of humbabba
2/5  rDev -34.9%

humbabba, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of lilsmizzul1225
3/5  rDev -2.3%

lilsmizzul1225, Jan 14, 2013
Photo of kneeland
3.18/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I'll start with that it was definitely worth a try. Contains wheat, chocolate, chili and spices? Yes please! But I wasn't as excited after I tried it. Where's the chili? I think it mixed with the chocolate to make an even wheatier taste. If you like wheat, wheat and more wheat beer, than this is for you.

I'm not in love with the appearance. It's a very cloudy orange color, not the most appealing look. It pours a decent head though. Pretty lacy.

Also, I couldn't find any food that went very well with it.

kneeland, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of crobinso
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

crobinso, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of DHDuhast79
1/5  rDev -67.4%

DHDuhast79, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of Jadjunk
3.74/5  rDev +21.8%
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

Jadjunk, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Thedrunkirish
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Thedrunkirish, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.61/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

TheSixthRing, Jan 12, 2013
Photo of Beefytits4
3.5/5  rDev +14%

Beefytits4, Jan 09, 2013
Photo of ChrisKuhns
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

ChrisKuhns, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of BigJohnny
3.5/5  rDev +14%

BigJohnny, Jan 08, 2013
Photo of FUwolfpacker
3/5  rDev -2.3%

FUwolfpacker, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of Baldjosh
2.75/5  rDev -10.4%

Baldjosh, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of AMson
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

AMson, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Thorivan
3.75/5  rDev +22.1%

Thorivan, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of beersvh23
2.5/5  rDev -18.6%

beersvh23, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev +14%
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.

Ryanm1, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of tmgray06
4/5  rDev +30.3%

tmgray06, Jan 04, 2013
Photo of pchalk
4/5  rDev +30.3%

pchalk, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of arfenhouse
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

arfenhouse, Jan 03, 2013
Photo of freewill35
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

freewill35, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of JVoyager
3.25/5  rDev +5.9%

JVoyager, Jan 02, 2013
Photo of jcparish88
3.5/5  rDev +14%

jcparish88, Jan 01, 2013
Photo of mralphabet
3.03/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Poured a murky brown with some orange highlights, with a good fingers worth of head that settles to a small ring with no real lacing to speak of.

S: Odd mix of dark bitter chocolate and caramel with a touch of wheat. Strange but alluring.

T: Starts with a strong burst of wheat followed by roasted flavors. I'm getting a little bitter chocolate with hints of caramel. There is a little bit of citrus tartness in the finish. Strange but interesting.

M: Really lighter than I was hoping for, carbonation is pretty sharp on the tongue. Finish is on the dry side.

O: Pretty different beer here, worth looking for and giving a try and with a pretty good ABV.

mralphabet, Dec 30, 2012
Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
72 out of 100 based on 421 ratings.