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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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194 Ratings
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Ratings: 194
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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Photo of mikereaser


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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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2009 12:39:04 | More by Sammy
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North Carolina

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

A- Served in a snifter, black in color with brown sugar colored head. Good lacing and head retention.

S- Aromas of rich chocolate malts are the most prevalent, also has a bit of a toasted character, very pleasing.

T- Plenty of chocolate and toasted malts, reminds me of some of the espresso/coffee infused beers that I've had.

M- Smooth and heavy bodied, very rich feeling to it as I take a sip.

D- Dangerously drinkable, glad to see this is a staple beer at Short's.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 15:43:30 | More by kbeals
Photo of Deuane


4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A-Deep, dark brown with a thin tan head that recedes to a thin ring and leaves some spotty lacing.

S-Muted chocolate malt, biscuit wheat malt and a bit of sweetness.

T-Toasted chocolate with hints of coffee and a bit of ending sweetness.

M-Medium-light with a nice lingering toasty/roasty aftertaste.

D-An extremely drinkable brew with a ton of flavour for such a "light" porter. A very interesting a quaffable beer for sure.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2009 00:53:17 | More by Deuane
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Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 18:33:55 | More by ritzkiss
Photo of Bung


4/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2009 23:36:33 | More by Bung
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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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2.83/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-04-2009 12:56:56 | More by jim102864
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint on tap at the HopCat in Grand Rapids.

Pours a dark brown, almost black, some reddish light brown in the edges, thin tan head forms, drops a few lace spots and settles down to a thin ring around the glass. Smell is nice, sweet caramel at first, sour chocolate milk, lactic sourness, roast, some coffee, wheat, vanilla, more chocolate, pretty interesting, some nice toastiness. Taste is similar, sweet and roasty at first, some chocolate and coffee, lactic sour middle, caramel, dry roast, wheaty dryness in the finish, some vanilla and spice, bit more chocolate, light but nice. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Pretty interesting and solid beer, nice character, and I enjoy that lactic sourness.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2009 03:22:16 | More by Viggo
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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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4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Growler courtesy of johnd513 poured into a snifter.

Pours dark brown with a big tan head that recedes to a cap and leaves some impressive lacing.

The nose is fairly subdued but is dominated by the chocolate malts. There are hints of the wheat sweetness and hops but the chocolate malts are dominant in the aroma.

The taste is sweet as well with chocolate but has a more toasted character than the aroma suggests. There are hints of coffee bitterness is the taste along with a little hops in the finish.

The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied for the style with lots of carbonation.

This is an extremely drinkable stout and one with a lot of interesting flavors coming together. All in all, another unique brew from Shorts and, in this case, very sessionable.

Serving type: growler

12-06-2008 03:58:48 | More by gford217
Photo of GRPunk


3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap poured into a nonic pint glass.

A- It poured a nice dark brown-black with a solid 1-1/2 finger tan head. The head stuck around nicely and left rings down the side of the glass.

S- The aroma was initially quite chocolaty. The wheat and hop tones were there, but secondary to the chocolate and cofee scents.

T- Initially there was a lot of chocolate and coffee in the flavor. Toward the end, you pick up the wheat and hop tastes. It made for an odd combination of flavors.

M- Nice full mouthfeel with medium carbonation. It was quite smooth all the way down.

D- It's a pretty easy drinker.

Overall- I applaud Short's continued quest to make all sorts of different beer. The chocolate-wheat combination isn't too common. It was a very solid beer. I'm not quite sold on the wheat and hop finish after the full chocolate and coffee beginning, but I think I'll give it another shot if presented with the opportunity.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2008 23:24:09 | More by GRPunk
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4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2007 17:08:22 | More by stouty1
Photo of xav33


4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shorts The Chocolate Wheat
Filled 07/07, tried 07/07.
Moderate pour in a mug.

Poured black with brown highlights and a huge frothy mostly lasting brown head.

Smelt of strong dark chocolate, burnt grain.

Taste was upfront strong burnt grain and moderate sweet and sour fruity esters followed by more of the same, but with more subdued sweetness, on a long finish.

Palate was medium bodied, lively carbonated, oily on a slightly dry finish, and moderately astringent.

Overall, this is a great beer. It is a very odd animal but I would definitely drink it again. Great to sip on. I only wish the chocolate was a little bit more present on the palate.

Serving type: growler

07-04-2007 06:18:14 | More by xav33
Photo of nortmand


4.6/5  rDev +18.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2007 15:13:26 | More by nortmand
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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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3.8/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2004 17:09:31 | More by redmosquito
Photo of marburg


3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Sludge-like, melted chocolate appearance. This didn't look like a porter with chocolate flavor; it simply looked like melted chocolate.

Waves of milk chocolate overwhelm the nose in a very pleasant way. Further inspection reveals layers of roasted nuts, vanilla, and pure cocoa powder.

Unfortunately, the flavors don't meld well. A mildly acidic hop presence, roasted malts, chocolate, and coffee don't "dance" with each other -- they're in a street fight. For all the milk chocolate in the aroma, there's no lactose/milky sweetness here. Perhaps that could be considered a "complexity." I consider it a "mistake." There's a lot going on, and it's not bad; but it simply isn't cohesive. Finishes with a mild astringency that makes it seem like the beer's pretending that it's trying to be a java stout.

Well crafted; I just don't know that where they were going was a good spot to be headed.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2004 02:13:43 | More by marburg
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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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Short's Chocolate Wheat from Short's Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 194 ratings.