Chocolate Wheat - Short's Brewing Company

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Ratings: 214
Reviews: 61
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 10.8%
Wants: 1
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  6.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CRJMellor on 07-17-2004

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of warnerry
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours black with two fingers of tan head. Head is short-lived but leaves some nice lacing.

S - Bittersweet chocolate, cocoa, a sweet aroma I can't identify and some faint hops.

T - Coffee and cocoa with a good but restrained hop presence. Also a faint cream taste. Lots of roasted malt from the middle through the finish.

M - Medium mouthfeel with a nice creaminess. Finishes roasty and dry.

O - I nice twist on the traditional porter. Not something I would drink every day, but I would have this again.

Photo of madeofsteel
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured into a pint glass, pours a dark brown/black, with a very warm brown head about one finger high. Head dissipates quickly, leaving almost no lacing.

S - Very malty, roasted/burnt smelling with hints of chocolate. I'm not picking up any hops.

T - Very roasty malts with a bit of hoppy balance... it's a porter, alright. Sadly, the chocolate I was hoping for is there more as an afterthought than an integral part of this brew. It's only noticeable in a faint cocoa bitter near the finish.

M - Pretty standard dry finish. Mild carbonation.

O - Pretty standard fare for a porter, but a little disappointing for what I was expecting. I always look forward to these kind of Short's brews, but it could have had a bit more on the chocolate side. Not a bad porter, though.

Photo of Brenden
3.69/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The color is a very dark brown, just the very slightest light making it in. A somewhat spritzy, moderately tight medium brown head begins at just less than half a finger and fades a bit quickly but leaves behind decent patching and spotting.
The aroma has a certain steeliness to it with a tang and a bit of cocoa. Some wheat makes for a sort of dry, cracker-like element.
Chocolate comes out much more in the flavor, and more tangibly over the wheat. It's rich and sweet as well as powdery. The base is malty with just a hint of roast. Chalk and a light tanginess lie gently underneath.
The medium body holds a semi-dry feel with a hint of char that goes dryer. The end is gently ashy and, overall, the beer is crisp without biting too hard and runs smoothly on the tongue.

Photo of lnashsig
3.51/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Many thanks to Kzoobrew for the chance to taste this one. Poured from bottle into Brooklyn Tulip glass. Pours a rich black/brown color- fizzy head fills the top of the glass but then recedes quickly, no lacing. Appears rich in carbonation. Nearly pitch black in color after getting into the glass. Smell- sweet malt, candy-ish. a little whiff of roastiness, but other than that, but much there on the aroma. Taste- whoa. roasted bitterness, almost ashy in quality hits the back of the throat. This is indeed very carbonated, thin mouthfeel. It is missing that sweetness that I got on the nose- the carbonation is a little stingy and all I can really think about is the ashy qualities here. This is an ok beer, but I don't think I would seek out again.

Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub, surprisingly great porter. Nugget and fuggles hops. Chocolate malt apparent. Black with crowning brown head. Nicely balanced , without too much chocolate or even substantial bitterness.Average mouthfeel, appropriate carbonation.

Photo of 33nickadams
3.62/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black, opaque and some tan froth where brew meets the glass. The nose is of coffee, chocolate and roasted malts. Maybe a touch of vanilla? I can taste the chocolate, coffee, vanilla and roasted flavors. It takes me back to my first homebrewed porter. Not really getting any wheat at all. Mouthfeel is medium and nicely carbonated. A solid take on a porter, but not sure if I get the wheat.

Photo of nortmand
4.62/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at the brewery.

Pours a murky brown with a nice dollop of tan head.

Wonderful roast aromas, coffee and dark chocolate dominate.

Roast flavors are mellowed by the addition of wheat, lending a nice, soft roast quality.

Full bodied and very drinkable. One of Short's better beers.

Photo of stouty1
4.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Dark almost black and I cannot see through it. Darl chocolatey 1 inch head that dissapates into a nice lacing around the rim with sticky runners on the glass.

S: CHOCOLATE Malt! Coffee undertones but mostly cocolate. Dark roasted (burnt) malt that most Porter's can only dream of.

T:Deep Chocolate drives your mouth over the top. Bittery finish with coffee notes that drive your tastebuds loopy! There are definitely some hops in here to give a sweet bittery finish. Almost has an after taste that includes some apple or pears.

M: Thick and refreshing. Smooth on the tongue but molasses like also.
D: I can very easly drink two of these to satisfy that chocolatey craving that most women and myself even gets.

Photo of Flopjack
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into snifter

Appearance - Black with about 1/2 finger mocha colored head, not much lacing.

Smell - Plums, Sweet milk chocolate, fudge and slight grain that produces a blanketed roastiness.

Taste - Roasty. Dark bitter chocolate, spent coffee, subtle smokiness towards the middle and end.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Overall - Good beer. Bought this as a single to try out and it's not bad. Good morning/breakfast beer if that is what you like.

Photo of alleykatking
4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on from older notebook. Had on tap at Hopcat.

A- Poured a darker brown almost black color. One finger tan head has lighter retention and dies down rather quickly. Nice ringy and web style lacing on the glass when I drink it down.

S- Caramel and chocoalte malts shine through in the nose. Some light wheat notes linger throughout the entire beer in the background. Some light roasted malts but those are also in the background.

T- Chocoalte and wheat are the two things that makes this beer. Almost like Yoo-Hoo in the front half of the beer. No real alcohol taste comes though. There is a light roasting in the back of this beer with chocoalte notes coming through again.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Chocoalte and wheat left on the palate with chocoalte and light alcohol left in the aftertaste. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were balanced for what the beer was suppose to be. Clean and crisp tasting with no sourness that others talked about (older reviews from the time I had it).

D- I had a couple pints of this stuff. Good all around and the ABV is low enough to drink this all night. I personally liked the Yoo-Hoo like flavor in the front of this beer. Nice one Short's!!!

Photo of Bung
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Hopcat in GR Michigan. Solid brown pour, hints of black and a small foamy white head. Head retention was descent, not much lacing though. Some grains and chocolate in the aroma, something a little metallic or lactose like also. Mouthfeel reminded me of the dark rye beers I've had.(Left Hand Terra-Ryzed comes to mind) Taste had some chocolates and a little roasted malt. I think maybe malto-meal could be a good descriptor. Light medium body, finish pretty light, chocolate wheat beer like. There's some milk stout, porter and rye beer traits in this. This beer was kind of all over the place, but different and worth trying. Did not get any sourness, which makes me think this is a different batch from the reviews at the beginning of the year. I think I could drink several of these every once in a while. Nice different low alcohol brew. Shorts does some nice experimentation, you just need to be prepared for it.

Photo of CRJMellor
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazed black with a hint of maroon and brown highlights. One-finger tan head formed but dissipated quickly and left little lace on the glass.
Aroma of vanilla, some lightly roaste coffee and chocolate with a hint fo wheat were present.
Flavor was chocolate and coffee. Kind of hard to believe that this was a weat beer, very "Porteresque."
Mouthfeel was sweet chocolate and malt, followed by a rosted nuttiness and finished with a citrus but pretty heavy bittered hop note.
Drinkability was high but time was short. Have to return to this one another day.

Photo of smakawhat
4.38/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap at Churchkey into a tumbler.

The first thing that strikes me is the head color. It looks orange, with light brown tan sense. Body is pitch midnight brown borderline black, and no visible lacing while drinking. This looks ferocious.

Bouquet is a dominant cream smell. Hints and feelings of good roasted malt too. Good, simple, and solid.

Taste brings forth the cream, and the feel is incredibly milky. Malt in the mid palate first it seems, then there is a hint and emphasis of very faint smoke. Swallow keeps that milky texture and cream taste and suddenly it feels very coffee driven. Light coffee and cream seems to re-appear after countless sips, with a nice light body and easy drinking feel.

There is barely a hint of any chocolate sense, but I am not complaining. Overall this becomes extremely coffee dominant and I love this creamy texture and malt roast character.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

deep dark brown, nearly black and opaque with a smallish, maybe one inch white to off white head on top. This faded gradually leaving behind a nice amount of side glass lace. Smell was very sweet, nice hints of nuts and caramel, along with a roasted barley. The taste was very smooth, and rich and creamy. Very nice caramel flavor with a hint of coffee. Roasted nuts in the back with a very hoppy finish. This actually snuck up on me and I thought it was remnants of the IPA from dinner I thought I was tasting, but it actually had quite the dry hoppy finish.

Photo of jim102864
2.84/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An American porter poured on tap into a nonic glass. Dark and brooding with a thin skating rink head. Not much of a nose and sadly, not an exciting taste either. Very, very mild chocolate notes. No discerable nose. Rather bland for the style. Rather dissapointing as there was little going on here. Shorts needs to jack this up a bit.

Photo of buschbeer
3.81/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 fl. oz. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - This beer pretty much looks black. It is capped with an inch of mocha head.

S - I get some cocoa and dark chocolate.

T - The taste is more focused on the dark chocolate. I get some milk chocolate intermittently. I slight unsweetened chocolate finish.

M - Medium

O - It's a pretty tasty brew. I would not hesitate to buy it again.

Photo of redmosquito
3.78/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Wow. I tried this at the Michigan Brewer's Festival. Dense brown color with a good head. Sweet chocolate malt aroma. This bursts with flavors, a wheaty sweetness, chocolate, its well balanced. Good mouthfeel the chocolate just hangs out. This will definitely merit a trip up north. Check it out.

Photo of ritzkiss
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at HopCat. Nonic pint arrives dark black with little head that says sayonara shortly thereafter. Not that impressed.

Smell is light chocolate nibs, roasting malts, hints of a sour quality.

Taste is delightful. Smooth chocolate notes integrate with a bitter roasting which is subdued, a hint of sourness and a nice dry finish. Not a porter as I would imagine it but an incredibly drinkable beer. Smooth carbonation, medium body - you could drink a couple of these.

Nice solid flavor, love the complexities of the bittering hops, slightly sour back notes and smooth milk chocolate.

Photo of oline73
3.82/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Served in a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with just a little bit of off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: This beer has a mild smell overall. Sweet and roasty with some chocolate and a hint of banana.

Taste: Roasted grains up front. This beer is a bit nutty with some chocolate thrown in the mix. Even with all the dark beer flavors, it manages to be crisp. There isn't much to report as far as the hops go. The finish is sweet.

Mouthfeel: I would describe the body as light. The carbonation is aggressively tingly and the finish is dry.

Overall: It would be very easy to drink several of these. The malt is the star of the show here. Very interesting and I would have another.

Photo of StoutHunter
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Chocolate Wheat a couple days ago for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while so I was happy to see that Short's decided to bottle it, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, this beer just got released so I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- I really like the label on this beer, the snowy barn scene is done really well. It poured a nice dark black color that didn't let any light come through. It had three fingers worth of dark tan head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end. This beer looks pretty good.

S- The aroma of this beer is pretty robust, I like it. It starts out with loads of heavily roasted malts that have a medium amount of sweetness to them and impart a nice 50/50 mixture of black coffee and dark chocolate along with a slight cream aroma. I picked up just a little bit of earthy hops at the end and a very small amount of wheat. It has a nice and pretty robust aroma for a porter.

T- The taste start out with those heavily roasted malts that have a low amount of sweetness to them and impart that same 50/50 mixture of black coffee and dark chocolate that I picked up in the aroma. After that comes a slight creamy taste, then comes the wheat in the middle that really switches up the flavor from what you would normally expect from a porter, it adds some nice complexity to this beer. There is just a slight amount of grassy hops towards the end with the finish having a light amount of roast to it but it is mainly wheaty, leading to a wheat beer like aftertaste, it would be nice if some of that roast from the start showed up more on the finish.

M- Smooth, slightly creamy, on the light side of medium bodied, and it have a nice amount of medium carbonation.

Overall I thought this beer was good, it starts off like a pretty robust porter with a nice chocolate flavor, then in the middle comes the wheat that really makes this beer much different then most porters and it add some nice complexity to this brew, you normally don't get wheat flavors in a roasty porter, so this is a nice change. This beer had pretty good drinkability, it went down smooth and if I had another one I would drink it. What I liked most about this beer was the look and mouthfeel, they suited this beer nicely. What I liked least about this beer was the finish, I would have liked a little more roast at the end instead of a very wheaty and thinner finish. I would buy this beer again when looking for something a little different, the roast and wheat go to together pretty well. I recommend giving this beer a try, it is a nice and different take on a porter that will make you wonder why more brewery's don't experiment with this combo. Like usual Short's takes the path least traveled with this brew and it ends up working out nicely, with a slightly more roasty finish this could be an excellent beer and a really nice twist on the traditional porter. Short's really has a knack for taking a pretty popular style, putting their twist on it, and showing how much potential that style can have when you think out of the box, good job Short's
EDIT 2012 This years release is pretty good, the taste was nicely balanced with a little better finish, I changed the score accordingly.

Photo of lurpy1
2.95/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Chocolate? Check. Somewhat bitter and not too overpowering. Wheat? Roger that. This is potentially a nice mashup of a light, earthy beer and a porter. Dinner fork? Yeah,that's in there too. Metallic notes are an unwelcome addition, and f up the potential of this beer. Really can't shake it and leaves a poor aftertaste.

This was consumed at Reno's West in Lansing, and I am beginning to wonder if they are part of the problem. They serve their beer cold, cold, cold. Maybe it's a coincidence but I have yet to enjoy a single stout/porter there. Perhaps in another venue I would reconsider this beverage, but generally I give it a neutral-to-negative rating.

Photo of claspada
3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Extra courtesy of whartontallboy.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Lighter brown hues when held up to the light. Slight lacing and a thin collar throughout.

Aromas begin with some light chocolate and a slight amount of roasted malt. Light toastiness and bready maltiness as it warms. Not getting much if any wheat.

The tastes begin with an intermingling of chocolate flavors; both milk and dark chocolate coming through. Along with that is some slight roast and toasted bread, which comes through in a slight coffee bitterness in the finish. Slight sourness from the wheat, which kinda makes it taste like sour chocolate milk with a dash of flat black coffee. Not really jiving for me.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-low carbonation. Kinda weird, would have liked more carbonation here for the style; maybe it would have accentuated the wheat flavors.

Overall, this is a decent beer but nothing more than that. Didn't get much wheat flavor. Kinda just tasted like an American Stout. Nice flavor profile for such a low ABV beer but I think they fell a little short of their intended target here.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Looks good for a porter a dense dark black with no escape-able light and a mild tan head. Only problem is that the head quickly turns to a mild lace ring which has ok retaliation.

S - Wow this is a good chocolate smell milk chocolate and lactic sweetness, I really hope the grains are not too distracting in this.

T - Not a bad beer overall the wheat makes itself known giving it a grainy finish and body with mild cocoa powders and coffee roasts. A mild sourness is also in the finish but is only slightly distracting.

M - Light to medium a very easy drinking porter.

Overall really nothing I would seek out again but interesting enough to try. Quite a good porter with wheat flavors.

Photo of Sexy66
4.64/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A little bitter at the end

Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.

Pours a dark brown color with a thin off-white head. Slight lacing and a thin collar throughout. The nose brings some light chocolate and a slight amount of roasted malt. Nothing too complex, but it's pretty good. The flavor is along the same lines. There is a bit of intermingling of chocolate flavors, with both milk and dark chocolate coming through. Along with that is some slight roast, which comes through in a slight bitterness in the finish. Medium body and low carbonation. Not bad.

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Chocolate Wheat from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.