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Short's Chocolate Wheat - Short's Brewing Company

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Short's Chocolate WheatShort's Chocolate Wheat

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BA SCORE
87
very good

195 Ratings
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Ratings: 195
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 10.82%
Wants: 17
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Porter |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wheat stout ale. Chocolate malt, wheat malt and carefully chosen specialty grains provide deep, black wort balanced with the Nugget and Fuggle hop varieties. Top fermenting ale yeast completes this beer resulting in full flavored, full bodied toasted/burnt chocolate wheat ale.
35 I.B.U.’s
13.8 deg. Plato
5.4% A.B.V.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 06-14-2004)
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4DAloveofSTOUT

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

thanks to larrybird for the extra! Thanks Larry!

poured into Duvel tulip.

Appearance: black bodied beer with half a finger of medium tan head. Spotty lace. Drops to a ring around the glass with a few random bubbles in the middle.

Smell: nice smelling porter! It honestly smells like coco wheats cereal and a splash of coffee.

Taste: mild roasty note of coffee pairs with some mildly bitter cocoa. Solid porter flavors here. Not getting much from the wheat in the flavor profile and not much of a hop presence in this beer either. Bitterness builds a little bit and beer finishes with nice complexity a burnt, ashy, smokey, earthy note.

Mouthfeel: low end of a medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation. The body is a little thin, but it does not distract from the beer in any way. Easy drinking porter.

Overall: Its a malt forward porter that is sessionable! Easy to enjoy this well made porter by Shorts. It a very approachable beer for "newer" beer drinkers and its also easy to enjoy for anyone who like a good porter. Not much from the wheat influenced this beer in my opinion, but it did matter that much to me its a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2012 13:24:50 | More by 4DAloveofSTOUT
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grub

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sampled on tap at hopcat in grand rapids dec 20/08.

pours deep brown, not quite black or opaque, with a small dense tan head. the head drops fast and leaves only a few spots of lace.

aroma is neat. bit of alcohol. then there is a bit of wacky spice character. clove and cinnamon? bit like a weisse. milk chocolate. white bread. touch of cracker. just a hint of sourness that makes me think more of a berliner weisse than the usual baltic sourness.

taste is good. milk chocolate. toasted multi-grain bread. cracker. i definitely get that neat berliner weisse character - touch of drying sourness, bit grainy. low bitterness level. touch of alcohol.

mouthfeel is good. medium-light body with a fairly dry finish. medium-low carbonation level.

drinkability is good. nice balance and an interesting twist. this falls a little far from what i'd expect from my favourite style, but it's neat. good stuff.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2009 21:05:07 | More by grub
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CRJMellor

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2004 01:48:31 | More by CRJMellor
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2011 04:39:04 | More by StoutHunter
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

05-28-2012 03:22:11 | More by atone315
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 23:11:43 | More by buschbeer
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beergorrilla

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-01-2013 22:05:15 | More by beergorrilla
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mrebeka

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

11-23-2012 00:40:57 | More by mrebeka
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alleykatking

Indiana

4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap...review 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!!!

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2010 19:18:42 | More by alleykatking
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david131

California

4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a very dark brown with some ruby highlights around the edges when held to a light. the light brown head settles to a thin, creamy, and splotchy covering.

S- Cocoa, fruity hops, sweet coffee, some grain, and a distinct Short's-ness. Pretty aromatic and appealing.

T- Sweet coffee, grains, cocoa, and some hops. Roasty and flavorful without being too much.

M- A nice amount of carbonation keeps the roasted flavors from becoming overbearing. Finishes with a bit of a bite which is nice.

O- A very unique beer that fits nicely into the diverse Short's line-up. Thoroughly enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2011 04:44:06 | More by david131
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WeisGuy

New York

4/5  rDev +3.1%

12-04-2011 23:27:34 | More by WeisGuy
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granger10

Wisconsin

4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed from a 1/2 gallon growler
I'm going to have to agree with Marburg when he says that this beer looks like melted chocolate. That almost sums it up perfectly. It looked really good with a medium sized full tan head that maintained good retention throughout. Aroma is really chocolatey. Not much else but do you really need anything else? I was reminded of ghiardelli's (sp?) hot chocolate with the aroma. By the second glass I have noticed a nice roasted peanut quality to go along with the chocolate. Quite nice. The taste doesn't quite live up to the aroma but it's still very good nonetheless. Starts out with a sweet chocolate flavor mixed in with what almost seems to be a marshmellow flavor. Soon though there's a dryness to the beer that holds all the way through the finish. I guess that's the wheat but I would have guessed rye if I didn't know better. Hops are basically nonexistent to me. Body is nice and smooth. No real off flavors here, really enjoyable beer. The growler had no chance.

Thanks a lot to Tikigodxxx for obtaining this awesome beer for me!

Serving type: on-tap

01-03-2005 02:55:29 | More by granger10
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JohnnieNepal

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

02-22-2013 21:51:47 | More by JohnnieNepal
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facundoCNB

New Jersey

4.09/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A deep brown/black in color, finger of tan head, creamy bits of lacing left behind. Smells awesome.. Lots of sweet chocolate, bready notes, and dark roastyness. Almost smells like Danish rye bread.
The flavor is again, on par with aroma. Lots of sweet milk chocolate, a good amount of roasted bitterness and bready notes. Medium in body and medium carbonation.
This beer is excellent for its style. Thicker than your average porter, as creamy as a heavier milk stout.. Full of flavor, what more could you want?

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2014 21:43:27 | More by facundoCNB
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ssimpson89

Illinois

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-02-2013 16:21:14 | More by ssimpson89
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

We crack a bottle, pouring a brew of the deepest dark chocolate brown into our Great Lakes pints. This lets up soft etches of cola browns at the bottom slice of the glasses. It holds a three finger head of chocolate milk colored bubbles, showing big waterfall movement on the pour and nice ultimate retention. Lacing is wet and mountainous. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be quite light. The nose fills with notes of stark yeasty metallics, rich and sweet chocolate grain, heavy roast, wheat and rye breadiness, brushes of watered honey sweetness, cherry sugars, musty toast of general barley, synthetic coffee airs, decent boozy fumes, light grassy hops, and mild cocoa bitters. With warmth comes a manure, barnyard seriousness to the grain, and a mild strawberry fruitiness. Our first impression is that the flavoring is robust and salty, yet appropriately sweet, while keeping the feel light, flowing, and soft enough to keep you happy. As we sip, the taste opens with biting malty burliness of even wheat, bitterly roasted chocolate and coffee malts, light leathers and smoke, burnt toffee and brown sugar sweetness, and sea saltiness. The middle comes to a peak and is simple and lightly watered through, with tonic bitters, dried grassy hops, salt and pepper spice, clean chocolate and roasty coffee malts, and prune juice sweetness. The end comes with burnt popcorn kernels, charcoal roast, soured wheat malts and yeast, hazelnut sweetness, tinny metallics, strawberry flesh echoes, rice krispie cereal graininess, and fleeting grassy and herbal hop bitterness. The aftertaste breathes of wet and hot wheatiness, bitter grappa bite, big musk and dust, grassy oiliness, grilled salted beefiness, zucchini vegetals, warmed walnuts, bitter grainy roast, lime rind bitters, and continued, simple smokiness. The body is on the lighter side, and carbonation is light medium. Each sip gives excellent slurp, smack, cream, froth, glug, pull, and pop. The mouth is initially coated and lightly oiled, but this gives way rather quickly to a chalky, drying puck and astringency. The abv is appropriate, and drinkability is high and easy.

Overall, the most enjoyable thing about this beer is its aroma, but only once it comes to warmth. The initial pour, when it is still fridge cold, produces a horribly strong bitterness of metallic yeastiness. Once this settles, however, you get a surprisingly complex nose of fruitiness atop the heavy malt body that stretches from strawberries to passion fruit. This doesn’t translate beautifully into flavoring, but this aspect of the brew is still pleasant. They pack the flavoring into such a tiny, light package, helping to keep it flowing, while keeping things generalizable and marketable. This is a nice sippin’ porter, but honestly it was hard to separate the wheatiness of it into something that would elevate it to a superior, unique, or wildly complex category amongst others in the style.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2014 02:03:27 | More by TheBrewo
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to nflmvp for this one. Freshly "growled".

It pours a nearly black brew with a thin tan head that dissipates rather quickly.
Nice aroma, sweetish with chocolate and caramel, some wheat note, little roasted malts to be noticed.
It is quite thin on the palate, despite an overall nice taste including wheat, chocolate, some roasted malts, here lacking some punch with roasted bitterness, but I guess this was not their intention. Minimal of that sourness described by others.
It has become increasingly clear that Short's brewmasters' and my palate does not agree very well.

Serving type: growler

05-05-2009 01:24:42 | More by brdc
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klipper

Michigan

4/5  rDev +3.1%

05-13-2012 21:31:28 | More by klipper
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Localdrinklax

Wisconsin

4/5  rDev +3.1%

03-19-2014 04:32:52 | More by Localdrinklax
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szmnnl99

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

03-24-2012 00:32:09 | More by szmnnl99
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mikereaser

Pennsylvania

3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

June 5, 2009-growler

A - pours a dark brown color with just a bit of tan foam

S - mostly chocolate malts dominate but hints of wheat come through

T - chocolate flavor mostly, with hints of roasted malts and coffee bitterness, some wheaty presence

M/D - light to medium bodied, alot lighter than i expected, good carbonation. very drinkable and very enjoyable. lots of chocolate!

Serving type: growler

08-12-2009 18:05:52 | More by mikereaser
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thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +3.1%

06-24-2012 15:37:42 | More by thebouch01
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monitorpop

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

11-17-2011 23:18:35 | More by monitorpop
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Jas45678

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

02-13-2014 00:38:47 | More by Jas45678
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robwestcott

Indiana

4/5  rDev +3.1%

01-30-2014 23:03:45 | More by robwestcott
Short's Chocolate Wheat from Short's Brewing Company
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