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1919 - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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193 Ratings

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Ratings: 193
Reviews: 126
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 12.8%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | 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:
Beer added by: TYE on 02-21-2008

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Ratings: 193 | Reviews: 126
Photo of pwoods
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russpowell for the extra.

12oz. can poured into an imperial pint.

A: Pours a cloudy rusty tinted orange. 2 fingers worth of white head forms with large some what fizzy buddles and holds for a minute or so before settling to a 1/4 inch skim. Some lacing.

S: Fairly balanced malt aroma and wheat. Some fruity esters but nothing specific really pops out. Some sweetness and richness, maybe toffee. Maybe some diacetyl but it could just be the toffee.

T/M: Wheat is much more present in the taste and lends a touch of tartness. More of the muddled fruity esters and toffee. Body is medium with pretty good carbonation. Finishes rather dry.

D: A pretty straight forward beer without much flair. Drinks pretty easy but I couldn't see myself reaching for this over other wheat beers.

Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
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

Photo of webbcreative
2.86/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pour a hazy yellow color, with a 2 finger white head. smelll - not getting to much smell, maybe a little bit of yeast, but thats about it. Taste - is pretty much a wheat flavor, and maybe even a littlbe bit of a nutty taste in there. Some citrusy notes as well, also a bit of a lemon flavor. Mouthfeel is kinda thin. Felt like it was a bit overcarbonated.

Overall, this beer is just okay, this still hasnt changed my mind about american wheat beers. Not that its terrible, but I probably wont be getting this one again, there are just too many other great brews out there.

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.43/5  rDev -27.7%
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.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a not quite light yellow color with a thin fizzy white head. Poor retention and lacing.

Has a surprisingly nice sweet malty scent. Caramel, some mild corn and hibiscus flowers on the aroma. A decent smelling brewski.

Hmmm, very tart and fruity on the palate. I get cherries, peaches and apricots...maybe even a hint of orange zest. Malt and hops are detectable in equal amounts, but are overpowered by the fruity nature of this beer. Fairly full mouthfeel. This is a beer I would try again, but doubt I will buy a whole sixer of it anytime soon.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
2.85/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color with a small off-white head. Smells of wheat malts with some mild floral notes present. First sip is fresh and tasty but there is just not enough flavor present. The flavor that is there is good....just not enough of it. It is clean and refreshing with a subtle bitter finish.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.33/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 6 Apr 2008.

Large foamy off white head. Cloudy orange yellow in color. Almost no smell, just a whiff of yeast. As the head dissipates a floral aroma emerges. Grainy sweet to start, becoming yeasty and slightly puckery. Hops are lightly noticeable and add some perfume and a slight bit of bitterness. Medium body. Light ethanol.

Would be nice as a thirst quencher.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Deuane for tossing me a can of this OK beer. Poured from a can into my nonic pint glass. The can says it's legal, so here goes...Appears a cloudy (as always, I kicked up the yum-yums at the bottom of the can) golden yellow color akin to pineapple juice. The head is about a finger thick and off-white in color. Smells of wheat, cereal wheat and a slight fruitiness. Taste is initially sour turning slightly sweet with notes of mild apple. Thin bodied with medium carbonation. I'd like to revisit this one on a warm day.

Photo of Yetiman420
3.8/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Finally getting around to drinking this beer that I picked up in a trade about a year ago. This delay could potentially impact my experience (I did not read other reviews prior to this post).

Poured very clean, ala pale ale into a Kennedy School pint glass. Kept the pour going and received the dregs of yeast which created in interesting meteoric shower in the glass. Kinda gross to be honest.

No head and an aroma of imitation macro craft and sourness. Not off to a great start.

American pale wheat is a style I've had limited experience with. Actually, I've had lots of limited experience with Gumballhead.

1919 contains a nice touch of sourness that I've some to enjoy in my beers. The body, flavor, and finish of this beer are all much better than one would expect from the pour. Hops and bitterness take backseat to the sour and maybe a touch of citrus. Would be better outside on a warm sunny day as opposed inside on a gloomy February evening.

Photo of RodBurg
4.47/5  rDev +33%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had on tap at the Mercury Lounge in Tulsa. I have no idea why 1919 and Choc are listed as seperate beers. I always thought they were the same thing. Anyway, pours a slightly cloudy golden color with a small, fizzy white head. Not much lacing, but a little.

Smells of mouth-puckering sour lemons, funk, orange zest, and wheat.

Light on the palate. A funky lemon flavor hits pulling lighter sour citrus and wheats notes in tow.

Being a former Oklahoma resident this one holds a special place in my heart. By far my favorite session beer and what I always reach for when I'm in town visiting the family.

Photo of xfactor9600
3.23/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - A nice yellow color with the initial pour with nice head and decent lacing.

S - A fruitful aroma.

T - Very "zesty" in terms of fruit appeal that finishes with a tart bite.

M- perhaps overly carbonated. I felt as if the carbonation was a bit much because of the tartness.

D - I enjoyed the tartness of the beer, bit it may not be for everyone.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.31/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle with a twist-off cap, poured to a Widmer pint glass. A hearty 'thank you' to coldmeat23 for this one. The side label tells an epic tale, entitled "Chapter 4/Cold Beer & Meatballs"...I won't spoil it for you, but suffice to say, Prohibition was uncool...

A: Milky, wheat-colored yellow/tan - any carbonation is undetectable. Head builds to more than two fingers of fluffy, near-whiteness; drops to a denser lid of cream, leaving speckles of lace, then long sheeting bands.

S: Musty wheat, a dusty and somewhat papery nose-tickler. A funky lemon zest, simulates a barnyard 'funk' where none should exist....hmmm.

T: Wow, lemony tartness dominates. Takes a couple sips to get used to. Traces of clove and spice, that wheat 'breadcrust' flavor is expressed nicely.

M: Active, springy carbonation and a light-medium body. Seems to become more mellow/creamy with warming. Crisp at first, rather refreshing, yet a little sticky in the finish.

D: Not bad. Good flavor, a spicy 'wheat' boldness with generous citrus. A little imbalanced but drinkable enough, with a modest and sessionable ABV. My first Oklahoman beer...OK? A little better than...

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Meer's Gold - Choc (bottle)
A: snifter. Nice, opaque straw yellow color. White head. Mild to high head retention. Nice and light lacing.

S: nice sour notes. Some lemon in the nose. Hints of spices.

T: very mild flavor. Light citrus notes slightly sour.

M: low bodied, with a mild carbonation level. Really mellow.

D: I could drink quite a bit of this, due to the body. A little bland though.

Photo of scootny
3.72/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz stubbie with an engaging story about the brewery. Makes you want to like the stuff as it pours. A nice enough sight in my UFO glass. Murky golden with a moderate head. Spotty bits of lace. A decent amount of carbonation activity that refreshes the thin cap on top of my glass.

Smell is lemon, light banana, and clove

Taste is clean wheat sharpness, with the lemon, banana, and clove from the nose. The depth increases as it warms up, becoming more German in it's taste. Malt is light but present and supportive. Finish is dry with a mild and quenching hop bitterness

Drinkability is a strong suit as I would find it easy to enjoy several of these while snacking or munching on sports food in front of the tube.

Thanks to Wolfman for this one.
From tasting notes dated 3/14/18

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of mikereaser
3.1/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a golden yellow leaving one inch foam that slowly dissipated. The smell malty, yeasty. The taste is a balance of slight wheat and citrus that makes this a very drinkable beer. I'm not sure if i would seek this out, although i've never said no to a beer. The story behind the beer is very fascinating and a fun read.

Overall, not bad but not my favorite.

Photo of ckeegan04
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark golden yellow color with a soap-suds foamy white had. Poor retention and little lacing.

S - Strong wheaty aroma with hints of leamon and banana as well. A typical wheat ale aroma.

T - A fruity sweetness initailly, priamrily lemon and banana. Hints of some spice as well. Becomes much more tart through the drink and finishes with a puckering tartness on the tongue.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little chewy. A little too tart given the other flavors knocks the drinkability down a notch or two.

Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Choc beer was illegal when I was a child, so it had that sort of cool aura things forbidden seem to take on. Choc was craft before craft was cool. I remember ring salesmen would take my dad out to Pete's and to the "Big Mac" prison rodeo, as he was the high school principal in our town. He would come home and talk about the illegal, what I thought was "chalk" beer at the time. I thought he was going to jail. Little did I know that half the politicians in Oklahoma were dining at Pete's and enjoying the brew all along. So that little part on the label about Choc beer not being brewed after 1964 until 1995 is not true (but they couldn't very well put that on the label) you just had to know people to get it served to you. That's the nice thing about Pete's, it has private rooms, so you could go there and enjoy good beer "back in the day", and nobody was the wiser.

Ok, enough of my personal history of Choc beer. These days Choc beer is perfectly legal (which is why it says "legal" on the can, and I can enjoy it in the comfort of my own home. Ain't life grand!

Into a hefe glass we get a hazy golden orange brew that results in a large white head that dies down quickly. A faint smattering of lace is left behind. Smells of spice and fruits. Tastes of apples, oranges and malts. Easy going down with ultimate drinkability. A good swirl results in a explosion of carbonation. Might not be as tasty as some of the German hefe's, but still an interesting brew that gets a few points for it's interesting history.

Photo of objectivemonkey
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a spritzy yellow gold, slightly cloudy and a little sediment, a half inch head initially and tapers off quickly to a thin film. The aroma bears some lemon zest and husky wheat, a nice malt backbone but fairly simple. The taste is similar, palatable, for sure, but we have the same lemon, with some wheat, again, decent malt backbone. Unfortuanely, it has a metallic din to it that slightly throws an otherwise simply, tasty beer into the slightly odd category. The body is decent, good carbonation. Again, simple, unfortunate metallic din, but otherwise a plenty good beer to session.

Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Photo of Deuane
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My very first beer from Okie land! State number 49! Much thanks to Beertracker for hooking me up with a fine trade!

A-Hazy (this is unfiltered) with a dense, medium head that holds on and reduces a bit. Nice spotty lacing decorates the glass.

S-Mild wheat biscuit malt with a twang of sourness and a hint of lemon.

T-Wheat malt backbone holds up to supply the main vehicle of flavour. This is accented by a decent peppery bitterness and a zing of lemon zest in the finish.

M-Light bodied with a nice sharp crisp bite. Light lingering peppery bitterness.

T-Ok, so it's not the best beer I have had but...considering the source (not a hotbed of micro brewing) I certainly can see myself kicking back on a HOT Oklahoma day and knocking a few of these back with friends at a good ole' fashion OK BBQ! A worthy locally brewed replacement for any BMC product. Drink local!

Photo of Goliath
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy pale orange with a large inch and a half bright white head. Retention is ok, and it looks like it wants to leave some lacing but doesn't leave much.

Aroma is pretty good. Rather sweet with some pale malt and sweet citrus. Really gently hopped. Not a complex smell, but I'm diggin it.

Taste is ok. Heavy on the orange peel which I don't mind, but the wheat doesn't seem to support the citrus which creates a bit of a muddy flavor profile. As I get further into it I get strange bursts of flavor rangine from soap, to metal, to wet dog. I'd say it could be me, but this is my first beer today so my pallate is really fresh. This beer has good potential I think, it's just missing the mark.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice fine bubble carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Decent flavor and low alcohol make this brew easy to drink, definitely sessionable, and pretty enjoyable.

Photo of papat444
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Apperance: Pale yellow body with a fairly thick, white head. Body gets hazy when yeast is poured into it, looks kinda cool with the lazy wisps of yeast floating around.

Smell: Airy, citus with some spice notes.

Taste: Some barley, mild citrus. Fairly straightforward with subdued wheat character being predominant. Clean finish (a bit too clean) makes it hard to pinpoint the flavours.

Mouthfeel: Gets better though a tiny bit thin. Good carbonation, lively in the palate. Some hops linger around in the aftertaste. As it warms, it gets a bit more bitterness & character where those spice notes are more pronounced & the yeast adding a nice touch.

Drinkablity: Very easy to drink & goes great with a summer day.

Overall: A good brew though the taste doesn't latch on for long. I'm very happy to have tried a beer that's a little obscure (for me!).

Photo of sleazo
2.57/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A_Cloudy orange/yellow with minimal head, no lacing.

S_Rather mild, slight wheaty twang and a hint of lemon.

T_Rather mild yet again. The flavour leans towards the wheat side with subtle hints of lemon and soap. The finish actually has a good bit of black pepper.

M_Thin bodied with a low level of carbonation. Very poor for the style.

T_The taste and the body leave much to be desired. This definitely is not a strong example of the style.

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1919 from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
77 out of 100 based on 193 ratings.