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White Chocolate Ale | Sonoran Brewing Company

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White Chocolate AleWhite Chocolate Ale

Brewed by:
Sonoran Brewing Company
Arizona, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Inspired by the beauty of the White Mountains; the Sonoran White Chocolate Ale is a light, refreshing and completely unique wheat beer. Like a fine chocolate, this brew has a delicate aroma and a subtle taste of white chocolate, which is truly astonishing!

16.5 IBU

Added by jrallen34 on 12-05-2010

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Photo of raspy22
4.22/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of rudzud
3.67/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Received as an extra in a trade. Bottle date of February.

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip nice crystal clear golden hue with a one finger white head that fades slowly to leave a thin blanket and a light halo.

S - Aromas of nutty chocolate. Almost light almond aroma, good nuttiness, little bit of malt sweetness. It really does smell like a glass of white chocolate. Little bit of vanilla. Slightly syrupy. Not much in the way for wheat ale notes though.

T - Taste is not nearly as good as the nose. There is some of that nutty light roast, very very little vanilla. The malt sweetness is fair and the flavours do form into a 'white chocolate-esc' taste. There is an almost burnt wheat flavour though that is rather unpleasant. The finish is a bit acrid as well.

M - Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, however, the body is rather thin which leads to thin/watery mouthfeel.

O - Overall the nose on this beer was very pleasant, but the taste just really left something to be desired. Unfortunate as it can be quite difficult to get that kind of nose in a beer. Really a shame.

Serving Type: bottle

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Photo of Beerucee
3/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3


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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.84/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of clager
3.74/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of NodakEric
4.15/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of derdtheterd
4.06/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of degueulasse
2.42/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overpowering from the first sniff, this slightly sour combination of the lightness of an ale and the richness of chocolate fails. Its watery consistency does not feel great in the mouth, especially when coupled with a flavor that tastes both artificial and unconvincing. If you want a good chocolate beer, stick with just about any stout.

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Photo of psmith161
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.82/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Pours a hazed dark yellow with tons of fizz and mild foam. The smell is amazing, it is like warm chocolate in a mug, just lovely notes of sweet chocolate. It is almost as if smelling hot chocolate. Taste is superb, velvet chocolate with a mix of mild hops in back with a slight zing of citrus way back there. I am blown away about the taste, this is so smooth and full in flavor that I could sip them all day and night without growing tired of it, its just a fine beer. I snagged this without a clue and will be stocking them for sure, what a fantastic beer and flavors that rank as some of best around, superb.......

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Photo of largadeer
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of gruss004
3.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a slightly hazed, gold coloring, with a sparse, wispy surface coat of white head. Aromas of rich milk chocolate, white chocolate, and not much else. It literally smells like pure chocolate. Flavors are milk and white chocolate forward, a solid blend of creamy sweetness, cut by the carbonation and riding on a toasted grain backbone. Light and crisp in mouth, but with a subtle smoothness, as well. The chocolaty aftertaste is more subdued than I expected, which increases the drinkability by keeping all the rich characteristics in check. Effervesced, crisp finish, with a very subtle creamy chocolate linger. Good beer.

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Photo of MonkeyPilates
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of etop8222
3.25/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Unbelievable for a White Chocolate beer. The taste is remarkable for what it is. The aroma also adds to the taste if you know what I mean. Another gift from friends. What are friends for anyway.

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Photo of Raziel313
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone brewing flute. Pours a hazy medium gold amber with a one finger white head with good retention and light lacing. Nice aroma of white chocolate with light wheat. Flavor is wheat with a light graininess, white chocolate and light hop bitterness in the finish. Medium bodied with good carbonation. A very nice balance between the white chocolate and wheat and the light hopping in the finish almost comes as a slight, but pleasant surprise in a wheat ale. The cocoa butter flavor and aroma are very accurate, and while somewhat mild, appropriate for the more delicate flavors in the wheat base. I was very pleasantly surprised by this ale and enjoyed it thoroughly. Great job. Glad to have found this brewery and ale in Southern California.

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Photo of ContentmentDIPA
4.3/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of jmaddox84
3.73/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of smanson56
3.77/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Perhaps one of the most pleasantly surprising beers I've had in a while. The color was a hazy yellow orange color. The nose has a very pleasant chocolate aroma. The taste follows the nose with a nice flavor of chocolate in the ale. Not a artificial flavor but very smooth and well done.

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Photo of IRONRakkasan
4.59/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of sloggettstrength
4.61/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Look: A somewhat cloudy, orangish gold color. Left a finger and a half of white head and some good lacing. Overall average look for a wheat.

Smell: I definitely smell chocolate, but also a citrus aroma is present.

Taste: It was quite a pleasant chocolate taste upfront that turned quite citrus like afterwards. Strange, but quite appealing.

Mouthfeel: It has a crisp light feel to it, but is a bit creamy. Almost like a mousse. Creamy but airy. Coats the mouth well and goes down smooth.

Overall: I'm not fond on wheat beers really, but a white chocolate one intrigued me. It's very strange to drink, chocolate upfront and citrus after, but very very pleasant. I am surprised. A definite beer to go back to.

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a pint glass.

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Photo of BeerOps
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TruePerception
2.77/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Sonoran's Wht Chclt Ale. 4.7% ABV.

A: Very opaque, orangeade color. No head. No lacing. Decent sheeting.

S: It does have a touch of white chocolate aroma, but it's mostly pretty basic wheat ale.

T/MF: Not very good wheat ale, at that, Slight bitterness on swallowing. There is some kind of fatty flavor, but I would not identify it as any kind of chocolate.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, into a Belgian tulip glass.

Edit: In looking at the bottle, it seems the Best By date has just passed, two days ago. Maybe it crashes fast?

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Photo of Phil-T_Phil_30
3.96/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Enjoyable beer. White chocolate taste is abundant. Subtly sweet. Kudos to Sonoran Brewing.

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White Chocolate Ale from Sonoran Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.79 out of 5 with 138 ratings
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