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1919 - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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BA SCORE
77
okay

186 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place visit their website
Oklahoma, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
9 IBU

(Beer added by: TYE on 02-21-2008)
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Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +26.5%

t0rin0, Dec 07, 2012
Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a generous trader. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour yields a light apricot color. The beer itself is quite hazy. There is a good white head and plenty of lacing. The nose brings some very light wheat, but that's about it. The flavor leads further with some mildly-tart wheat plus the addition of a bit of sweetness and some very mild stone fruit. The feel is light and crisp with good carbonation. Certainly refreshing. Nice body leads to higher drinkability; in the end, however, there's nothing really bringing me back for more.

Thorpe429, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.6/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale lemon color with a frothy head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Lemony wheat aroma

Taste: Starts with a lemon bready element and finishes crisp and clean

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and effervescent

Drinkability: I'm not a big fan of American Wheats but this is a very fine example of the style; refreshing for a summer's day (too bad it's December

Thanks, beerhandy

brentk56, Dec 28, 2006
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

Texasfan549, Jul 06, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a pale golden color with a finger's worth of white foam on top.

S: The nose is incredibly dull and mild. It's hard to detect much of anything, but there is a bit of sweet malt and almost an apple juice scent.

T: Keeping with the theme of bland and non-descript, the flavor is very much in the same vain. There's the same mild malt flavor to provide a bit of sweetness, but nothing else, really.

M: The body is light and the carbonation is quite moderate.

D: This is one of the most watered down beers I've come across. It's certainly easy to drink, because it doesn't really taste or smell like anything.

womencantsail, Feb 14, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

jaydoc, Nov 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.42/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, dingy, dull yellow body capped by a thin, white head.

Smell: Standard pale maltiness with small hints of lemon and a distant, displeasing background note of stale sweat.

Taste: Predominately pale malts, faintly sweet, with only a slight hint of apportioned wheat. Initial citrus taste alongside a mild bitterness. As you go, there's a particularly acidic vein of lemon-like funkiness in here -- perhaps a nod to the identification of the citric acid cycle by Hans Krebs in 1937. Dry finish with a curiously sharp jolt of acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Unenjoyable. The story behind the brew is far, far more pleasant and I happily give that a full 5 out of 5.

ChainGangGuy, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of TMoney2591
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.

Big thanks to JJFoodie for this can o' OK goodness!

According to the can, this one's legal! Whew, that's a relief! It pours a cloudy pale straw with a head of white foam that dies down to an everlasting, though admittedly thin, layer. The nose comprises banana, bubblegum, clove, and a hint of nutmeg. The taste follows in lock step, adding some greens and a mild bitterness, though something of a watery quality is added as well, reducing the potency of the entire mixture. The body is pretty damn light, with a light carbonation and a watery feel. Though I may not be reaching for it in particular, I would definitely not turn one down if presented. A decent sessionable brew if I ever did see one.

TMoney2591, Jun 18, 2010
Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a white, bubbly, one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and yeast. Some subtle fruit aroma.

T - It tasted of some banana and clove. It is dominated by wheat and citrus flavors. A bittersweet overall quality.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This makes a nice summer brew. It is refreshing and easy drinking.

zeff80, Aug 31, 2008
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Choc pours a cloudy orange body beneath a full head of bright-white froth. The head slowly receeds but leaves no lacing about the glass. The nose is wheatish and lightly fruity (mainly apples, but there's also some very background graprefruit). It's effervescent in the mouth before warming to become airy. The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, and there's more fruit present (apple cider), and some soft toffee as well. It finishes drying, with some lingering wheaty and subtly caramelish malt, and some more apple-like fruitiness. It's interesting, crisp, refreshing, and sweetish but not sweet!

NeroFiddled, May 11, 2005
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.9/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light and cloudy gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains wheat, light malts, some citrus and a little hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with a decently strong wheat flavor up front and complimentary flavors of citrus, caramel and spice. There’s a decent hops presence for the style. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice easy-drinking and flavorful beer that’s worth sticking with for long time.

TheManiacalOne, Jan 17, 2008
Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill-hazed apricot with 3 fingers of beige head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Phenols & orchard fruit

T: Green apples, lemons & some dryness up front. A bit of a dirty phenol taste as this warms, along with hints of boozey grainyness with a touch of dry cider. Finishes with some breadyness & a bit of coarseness, has some real hefe-like quality to it

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly assertive carbonation

Drinks alright, these are flavors that aren't in my wheel house, but cuts the thirst fairly easy. I'm guessing this will go down easy once it gets hot. This is a taste of history here, so that makes it cool in its own right

russpowell, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from coldmeat23 a while ago. Finally working through a backlog of random 12oz bottles. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Half finger of egg white foam that dissipates to a nice cap. Murky lemon yellow brew that is lighter near the edges of the glass.

S - Smells like a wheat beer, with a hint of lemon zest to it. Not particularly strong or interesting.

T - There's a hint of sweet malt on the tip of the tongue, and then...not much of anything - maybe a bit of citrus hop tang at the top of the palate. It's pretty neutral tasting - I've had tap water that tasted stronger (although in a worse way).

M - Lots of carbonation tingle, medium density, kind of dry like a tart beer, pretty nondescript.

D - Not sure of the ABV, but this is a total lawnmower beer. It took me maybe five minutes to down it and was surprisingly refreshing. Preferable to adjunct macro light beers, but otherwise not very exciting. Might get a little bloaty if I had more than a couple bottles.

MasterSki, Mar 21, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.65/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Man, I'm a dummy...thought that "Choc" beer referred to chocolate, didn't even consider the Choctaw Nation...
Very hazy, murky amber color, big, bustling fizz above, swiftly settling...
Aroma is spicy, sweetish, very airy...much like a weizen, more like a witbier...slightly citric and sour, ...very wheat-like, arousing, uplifting...nice.
Taste? smooth, easy, simple, even, but with appropriate weizen complexity...easy to drink, but with adequate character to make the time well-worth-spent...like I said, though, an easy quencher, with sufficient taste.
Cheers to the best Oklahoma beer I've had in long while!

feloniousmonk, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of drabmuh
2.68/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer? Kind of gross.

Beer is yellow / amber with a mild haze and some head, minimal lacing, some carbonation. Looks like beer.

The aroma is grainy and wet. Eh.

Beer is super thin and really grainy with a harsh aftertaste, minimal yeast character, minimal hop contribution, rough.

drabmuh, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very light clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and grass with not too much else going on. The flavor is also pretty basic. There is a lot of malt sweetness and a strong grain and grass character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much going on here and not something to seek out.

Mora2000, May 28, 2012
Photo of jwc215
3.45/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very clouded lemon-yellow with a bubbly thin head that quickly fizzles to a wisp then vanishes.

The smell is lemony. Some light wheat malt crispness comes through.

The taste is of lemon with a sweet malt backing. Some wheat crispness.

Smooth. Light, but not overly watery.

This is a decent summer refresher. Might get lost in a shuffle of summer wheat beers, but a nice lemony zest with enough malt keeps this one a worthy summer brew. If this were in my area, it would be in my "beer by the pool" six-pack line-up! It's one of those rarities I personally like more than the score shows.

Thanks to beertracker for this refreshing brew!

jwc215, May 25, 2007
Photo of Gueuzedude
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the story about this beer, so given the chance I decided it was at least worth a try. The beer has a hazy, straw-gold color and is topped by a frothy, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma is surprisingly fruity (at least I wasn't expecting this), but has a lot of grainy notes to it (grassy-grain, pale-cracker notes) as well as some faint herbal aromatics, a touch of honey, some melon and some sweet, green apple aromas. An interesting aroma, though it is not particularly inviting.

The beer has a very light body to it and there is a soft tartness to it that I was not expecting at all. The beer is quite dry with only a touch of grain sweetness. There is a soft bitterness in the finish that is actually quite noticeable given that everything else about the beer is so light. I was definitely hoping for something that was a bit less macro-oriented (aka bland). The historical story of this beer tempted me with the promise of a taste of history and character. Instead my misgivings were well founded and this comes off more like a bland, light lager competing type of beer. This of course does have more flavor than a light lager and is not bad for what it is, I was just hoping for a bit more.

Gueuzedude, Oct 31, 2008
Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

beernads, Jan 05, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CAN?!? You bet! I had never even heard of this beer until I began casting a wide net in support of my CANQuest. I would thank my trader, but many have discontinued this practice so as not to inundate others with unsolicited requests. Suffice to say, it was a worthy trade.

From the CAN: "choc [very e. e. cummings lower-case like] beer was named after its place of origin, the Choctaw Nation. The Choctaw people brewed a homemade beer & taught the Italian immigrants, who came to work in the coal mines, how to make the home brew. Pete Prichard was one of those immigrants. He came to the U. S. in 1903 & began to work in the coal mines at age eleven. At twenty-one years of age, he was nearly killed in a mine accident. After the accident, Pete Prichard began making & selling choc beer [yes, lower case], along with sausages & cheese in his home in Krebs [OK]. A prosperous business developed & in 1925, Pete formally opened a "restaurant" in his home. Pete's Place Restaurant served choc beer until 1932 when Pete was arrested for the brew.

In 1964, Bill Prichard, the son of the original owner, developed a "gentleman's agreement" with the powers that be about the illegal choc beer ... until a statewide newspaper ran a front page, headline story about the "agreement". That was the end of choc beer at Pete's until Joe Prichard, Bill's son who now wears the chef's hat & has the choc beer recipe, reintroduced choc beer as a "legal" brew in 1995." Phew - ed.

The CAN even identifies it as "Legal"! Har! Good thing, 'cuase the Feebs are watching me like a hawk these days. It's tough being a self-described, unapologetic anarchist. Onward.

I will start with the two fingers' of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention, but it was the color that really struck me. It poured a VERY murky orangish-yellow, almost like a witbier, which caused me to look at the style.

Duh, Woodbo. Still, I have become so accustomed to filtered, clarified beer that I have apparently forgotten my unfiltered roots. Filtration is overrated, I once typed, and I still believe that. It is just that so many CANned beers are filtered, pasteurized macros that I lost my way.

Nose had a sharp, slightly sweet smell that a wheat beer should have. I attended SPTR's Drink Your Wheaties Day back in late August and gained an appreciation for the style. The mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of bubbly effervescence scrubbing those tired taste buds awake at 0815 on a Sunday.

Yeah, yeah, I'm drinking early, but as I always reminded my chastising mother, you CAN't drink all day if you don't start in the morning.

The taste was slightly fruity, bubble gum like, but with an offsetting slight sourness which is the beauty of brewing with wheat. It gives beer some really interesting qualities while generally keeping the ABV reasonable. This had both the yin and the yang in it. The finish was dry, a real find for summer. I will give it a high mark for seasonal drinkability. On the porch, in a rocking chair on a hot, humid summer's day? Hell, yeah! In front of a fireplace, watching the snow fall on yon rocker? Not so much.

woodychandler, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of corby112
2.8/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden yellow color with banana hues and a thin white head that quickly fizzles away. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy aroma with some pepper and cloves countered by some bready yeast, citrus fruit and banana. There's a nice amount of lemon zest providing a nice counter to the spice and yeast notes.

Thin bodied and slightly watered down with soft carbonation and some zesty spice up front that lingers over the yeast and fruit notes into a slightly dry finish. Hints of pepper and clove up front countered mid-palate by a nice bready yeast presence followed by some lemon zest and faint banana.

Overall, this beer has all of the characteristics of the style but nothing stands out and it kind of bland.

corby112, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of weeare138
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to hopdog for unveiling this one. I've wanted to try this for a while.
Appears an unfiltered hazy gold with a small white cap that fizzles out. It looks a bit like a hefe/tripel.
The smell is yeasty and smells a bit tripel-esque with some wheat, banana, and pear.
Taste is a slightly bland version of the aromas.
Mouthfeel is dry, fruity, and low level carbonation.

weeare138, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.4/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours a light orange body with a touch of hazy and sea of microbubbles supporting a thin white ring of foam.

S- The light hint of bread crust is almost caramel in character with a green herbal hint in the finish but overall very clean.

T- There is a soft cider note to the faint whole wheat bread crust that finishes with just a touch of sweetness and a green herbal candy flavor lingers for a moment after each sip. As the beer opens it takes on a watery taste.

M- The slight slippery texture on the tongue is scrubbed by the big fizz and that cuts the sweetness and the soft flavor aswell.

O- This is a very mild flavor beer that is clean but not much character. There were some slight stale qualities to the bready flavor but they were hard to pull out for sure.

rhoadsrage, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of mothman
3.58/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russpowell for this extra!

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass. Pours a big 3 finger white head. Color is a very hazy dull orange/yellow. Somme cool looking lines of carbonation bubbles are floating to the top. Good head retention with pretty good lace.

Aroma: A ton of citrus. Very zesty. Lemons, oranges, and spices. Very flavorful for the style.

Taste: Zest and citrus. Lemons, oranges, spices. It kind of has a Belgium style taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied. High amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and some what creamy. Leaves a very dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. A lot of zest and citrus here. A good summer beer, but not something I'd specifically seek out.

mothman, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of afsdan
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

afsdan, Aug 28, 2014
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1919 from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
77 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.