Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat - Anheuser-Busch
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3.5/5 rDev +14%
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.
10-30-2012 01:59:37 | More by Pegasus
3.7/5 rDev +20.5%
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.
10-30-2012 00:36:28 | More by Vashtar
2.66/5 rDev -13.4%
Pours a dark copper, nearly brown, highly opaque and hazy with a slightly off-white head that didn't last for too long and didn't leave much lacing to speak of on the glass. The smell was... off. Heavy metallic-steel smell - kind of off-putting and unwanted. Also picking up some fruity medicinal smells. Not terrible, but kind of strange for this style. Initial taste has some very, very slight toffee and caramel, I'm really not picking up the chocolate like they said. Toasted malts, maybe. Midway through, the chili powder comes through and I'm getting a nice meaty/chili flavor the rest of the way through. Almost no bitterness and no hops. Thin mouth, crispy, lots of carbonation.
The meat and chili taste was unique, and not bad, but this beer is just too... weird. It's not awful, but it's not good enough to want again and again. I commend the uniqueness, but that's about it.
10-29-2012 02:51:29 | More by tectactoe
2.3/5 rDev -25.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.
Appearance: Pours a hazy, dark brown color. Has a medium-sized, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little to no lacing.
Smell: Smells yeasty and wheaty with some strong chocolate notes as well.
Taste: Starts mildly wheaty with a bit of yeastiness. Finishes spicy with a light chocolate malt flavor. The whole taste is so light and mild it's sometimes hard to even tell it's there. It's a common problem with Shock Top it seems.
Mouthfeel: Lightly-carbonated and watery.
Overall: A major disappointment given the interesting description of this beer. In different hands, I think a dark wheat beer with chocolate and chilis could be very promising. Unfortunately, Shock Top's version is just too light and half-assed to go anywhere.
10-29-2012 00:29:30 | More by mckenziac
2.2/5 rDev -28.3%
Into a pint glass. Finger and half of head, hazy copper colored body. Head retreated quickly.
The smell is off-putting; metallic, and a bundle of mixed up spices. Weird.
Watery taste, chocolate and wheat. The chili comes at the end, but it is very faint. The chocolate mixes really strangely with the wheat.
Soft and smooth texture. The feeling was the best part of the odd beer.
Just a strange drink with a mixed smell and taste. Did anyone at AB try this before it went to mass production?
10-25-2012 23:45:00 | More by Fatehunter
3.43/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
10-25-2012 13:34:55 | More by Brenden
3.45/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
10-22-2012 02:05:43 | More by sardonicone
3.25/5 rDev +5.9%
Pours a coppery amber color with a one finger off white head that dissipates quickly.
Smells are light chocolate, caramel and a bit of peppery spice... interesting.
Taste is caramel and hints of chocolate with a little toffee... finishing with a little peppery taste.
This is a fairly good beer... i love the premise and that they are brewing interesting Shock Top variations. This is by no means a top notch craft beer... but i do not think that is their goal. A wide market and drinkability is what they are striving for and in my opinion they succeeded.
I know that this will probably receive poor reviews for the most part... we have mostly become snobs lol... but it is a easy to drink, session beer with a unique flavor. For the cheap price and the ability to session... enjoy. :-)
10-20-2012 01:57:05 | More by Tuey13
Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
71 out of 100 based on 409 ratings.