1919 - Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
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3.85/5 rDev +14.6%
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.
02-02-2009 00:28:08 | More by Yetiman420
4.47/5 rDev +33%
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.
01-29-2009 02:16:06 | More by RodBurg
3.25/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
01-03-2009 17:00:15 | More by xfactor9600
3.33/5 rDev -0.9%
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...
12-03-2008 02:36:11 | More by msubulldog25
3.83/5 rDev +14%
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.
11-25-2008 18:24:57 | More by paulthebeerguru
3.73/5 rDev +11%
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
11-11-2008 16:41:31 | More by scootny
3.33/5 rDev -0.9%
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.
10-31-2008 02:22:30 | More by Gueuzedude
3.1/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
10-17-2008 00:51:40 | More by mikereaser
3.43/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
10-04-2008 18:50:34 | More by ckeegan04
3.8/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
09-26-2008 21:09:20 | More by stephens101
3.55/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
09-11-2008 02:36:32 | More by objectivemonkey
3.38/5 rDev +0.6%
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.
08-31-2008 14:47:28 | More by zeff80
3.63/5 rDev +8%
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!
08-30-2008 21:59:22 | More by Deuane
3.45/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
08-19-2008 21:00:47 | More by Goliath
3.5/5 rDev +4.2%
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!).
08-03-2008 19:46:46 | More by papat444
2.55/5 rDev -24.1%
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.
07-30-2008 02:44:19 | More by sleazo
3.18/5 rDev -5.4%
Bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy, bright golden yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipated quickly to a ring with no lacing. Smell is of light grains, wheat and barley even, in addition to very light hops with lemon zest. The flavor is also a mesh of light grains and a bit of light hops. The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation with a crisp finish. The drinkability on this one is good but, overall, this is really an average wheat beer with nothing standing out in the flavor.
06-29-2008 20:19:59 | More by gford217
3.8/5 rDev +13.1%
A - Pours up slightly cloudy golden yellow with a creamy white head, and lots of bubbles.
S - Smells husky and malty. No hops detected. Very appetizing.
T - Some huskiness in the background, but somewhat, well, bland. But it's not bad.
M - Good carbonation offsets the thin body. Good mouthfeel.
D - It's a nice session beer for a hot Oklahoma day. I'd pick it up again.
06-24-2008 21:11:49 | More by hiikeeba
3.15/5 rDev -6.3%
A : Pours a hazy golden wheat color with a little bit of head that fades quickly
S : Faint aromas of wheat and citrus hops
T : It's got a wheat malt taste with some bready yeast flavors. There's notes of citrus
M : Good mouthfeel with good carbonation
D : It's drinkable, nothing great but not bad.
06-23-2008 21:34:52 | More by mhewes
3.5/5 rDev +4.2%
A 12oz can given to me by BeerTracker, who also shared with me the fascinating story of Pete's Place, the local brewer/restaurant that produces Choc Beer. The story is pretty interesting, and can be read on the side of the can, at http://chocbeer.com/ ... or by talking to Jeff !
Fuzzy mold like mounds of white head clump in places. A seemingly semi-conscious stream of bubbles drift about a soft haze. A yellow coloured body with golden overtoning.
The smell is something akin to what you'd find in a Belgian Pale Ale; a hard-working, full bodied yeast that presents notes of cloves, spice, and soft fruity esters. The wheat is strong too, boasting notes of straw and musty hay.
A loosely knit bitterness feels like it'll hit hard, but disappears entirely after the swallow. Aftertaste began almost non-existent, less a light malt presence, but that eventually changed to a lovely hop character once it warmed. The wheat is noticeably quiet, lending no texture or mouthfeel to the beer. Considerably quenching although carbonation is a just a touch too low for the style.
Flavours of corn, wheat, and malt are light. A hint of banana and clove. The yeast produces a soft effervescence that lends something floral and lightly citric. A good sprinkling of hops shot up after warming! Not overly tasty but it seems to be disappearing fast all the same...
This wasn't overly great, but it was somewhat interesting. Many aspects I outline in the review (carbonation, colour, yeast, etc) all had me see this as more of a Belgian abbey single than German weiss. Either way, I don't think it was meant to be anything in particular, except maybe a good beer. And it is. I'm happy to have tried this piece of Oklahoma history!
06-19-2008 01:15:58 | More by biegaman
2.8/5 rDev -16.7%
Number two in the sample pack I received trying to get me to sell this beer. 1919 is supposed to be their signature brew but I don't see why.
Poured into a pint glass the beer looks great - a cloudy dark yellow. The smell backs up my impression that this is a Belgian-style pale but the taste lets me down.
It's very watery with not a lot of follow-through beyond the initial tartness I expected. While light to start, the sour flavor takes hold pretty quickly and then fades slowly. Despite how average this is, something leaves you looking for another sip.
I don't see much difference between this and their Waving Wheat offering besides a different color and a more of a citrus flavor here. Both of them are very drinkable but nothing so far marks this beer as outstanding.
05-16-2008 02:45:52 | More by Mexinate
4.1/5 rDev +22%
Thanks to wolffman17 for the opportunity to try this one. Served in my Oberon weizen glass, no freshness dating on bottle. Poured a hazy, opaque straw-gold color. Luscious cloud-like head took up half the glass. Good head retention, but only small specks of lacing trailing down the glass during the session. Scent of wheat, not much else; very clean and uncomplicated. Taste consistent with nose; perhaps a little more grassy in flavor with some citrus qualities in the background (lemon zest). Pleasant mouthfeel - refreshing without being watery with a hint of carbonation and a light tingle at the back of the tongue and palate. Highly drinkable brew just in time for the summer. This brew went down quite easy and really hit the spot after mowing the lawn.
05-11-2008 16:27:38 | More by Jwale73
3.88/5 rDev +15.5%
Bought a six pack of cans from the brewery store. I have purchased bottles in the past and was curious to try it out of the can. I can say that I was very pleased with the can.
Poured into pint shaker a clear yellow with nice head. Swirled the bottom of the can to get the sediment and ended the pour with a nice hazy yellow color.
A nice American wheat flavor came through. Pleasant biscuit notes and a slight citrus finish. Very good. Also had a crisp carbonation. Overall this is a very good beer.
I also purchased an order of lamb fries at Pete's Place. They received mixed reviews from my family.
04-05-2008 13:39:44 | More by ztprez
3.5/5 rDev +4.2%
A - Pours orange in color with a white foam head that dissipates quickly to a light covering. Cloudy with very little to no lacing.
S - Smells of oranges, bread, and grain.
T - Yeasty bread flavor with an orange/citrus glaze. Also a little grassy.
M - Medium carbonation and close to medium body. Slight bite on back of tongue.
D - A nice clean tasting beer. Good for "normal" beer drinkers to transition to. It has a flavor that could be enjoyed by most.
02-21-2008 01:19:59 | More by TYE
3.9/5 rDev +16.1%
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. Theres 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 thats worth sticking with for long time.
01-17-2008 04:18:51 | More by TheManiacalOne
1919 from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
77 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.