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White Chocolate Ale | Sonoran Brewing Company

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White Chocolate AleWhite Chocolate Ale

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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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Reviews: 28 | Ratings: 130
Photo of AZBeerDude72
4.82/5  rDev +26.8%
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 GarthDanielson
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
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 etop8222
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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 LiquidAmber
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
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 smanson56
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
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 sloggettstrength
4.61/5  rDev +21.3%
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 TruePerception
2.77/5  rDev -27.1%
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 notchucknorris
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a rich (for the ABV) looking creamy gold with a big fluffy white head.

S: Smells like white chocolate. I was really skeptical, but this really does smell like white chocolate, especially while it's cold. As it warms, it starts to smell a little off, but cold, this is dead on.

T: Damn close to what they were aiming for. I'm really impressed. It's really cool for about 5 sips, and then the sweetness kind of starts to wear your palate down a bit. The mouthfeel is creamy, which hold the flavors together nicely. But as this warms up, the creaminess and sweetness really take a toll on you. Great in small doses and a pretty solid go at what they were aiming for.

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Photo of 98green
4.66/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm often disappointed by flavored wheat ales. It is either artificial sugary adjunct flavor or a true attempt at natural flavor that is weak at best. This one is different. That chocolate comes through in both the nose and taste. Not overpowering, not cloying sweet. Just chocolate in the best way possible.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Best by 4/6/15.

Pours a murky honey orange with a foamy beige head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Tiny particles of sediment are seen floating around in the beer after the pour. Smell is of toasted malt, cocoa powder, and white chocolate aromas. Taste is much the same with cocoa powder, vanilla bean, and white chocolate flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with solid white chocolate flavors, but the carbonation level on this one is a bit too high in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of MNishCT77
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16 oz. pint on tap at O.H.S.O. Eatery and Nano-Brewery in Phoenix, AZ; unknown bottling/packaging date; poured into a standard pint glass and drank over 30 minutes

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Photo of mactrail
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Somehow a clear golden color with a modest head in the Ommegang chalice. Plenty of fizz on the tongue but shy of any bubbles or lacing in the glass. Smells like cocoa.

This tastes exactly like chocolate. There is a hint of fruity flavors and a little citrus tang which saves this from being an after-dinner mint. White cake frosting is all I can think of.

Should be in the Herbed / Spiced Beer category. Perfectly drinkable, if totally bizarre. The lemon Life Savers taste grows stronger as you sip. From the 22 oz bottle bought in Tucson-- thanks, Jason.

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Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -6.6%

Aroma is tangerine, peach, banana, clove, a hint of solvent, wheat, vanilla, and white chocolate. Wheat, peach skin, and tangerine form the backbone of the flavor profile, with vanilla, banana, clove, and somewhat stale white chocolate adding complexity in the finish. Interesting concept, though there's a bit of a clash between the citrus fruit and white chocolate notes. There's some cardboard oxidation evident. The finish is slightly soapy and dry. I love white chocolate, and the aftertaste is nice.

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Photo of dar482
3.37/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The beer comes in a light hazy orange color.

The aroma has immediate big sweet white chocolate candy and syrup along with banana and fruit candy artificial flavors. There’s a bit of wheat in there as well.

The flavor follows with those artificial banana characteristics in the front, then some nice wheat flavors and a crackery malt. Then the beer attacks with tons of sweet white chocolate syrup essence, reminiscent of a white chocolate egg cream.

In the end, this beer has cohesive sense. Why white chocolate with a wheat ale would make any sense is beyond me. However, it is still decently made and could surely blend well with other beers. (I actually blended it with Southern Tier 2x, which was decent.)

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Photo of Auraan
4.02/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a rich, cloudy gold with bubbles going up the glass and three fingers of fluffy white head that left thick lacing on the glass. Very nice, a good wheat beer appearance. Scents of milk and white chocolate, some faint, sour berry-like notes and some faint vanilla. Not a lot going on in the aroma other than the chocolate aromas, very sweet but not bad. Flavors of milk and white chocolate, moderately sweet, with a bit of a hot chocolate flavor that gets more intense in the finish and aftertaste. Sweetness is balanced by some grainy and cracker malt flavors, most apparent on the aftertaste. There are also some mild, earthy hop flavors in the background, some vanilla and a slight hint of sourness. All this works to balance the sweetness of the chocolate flavors and make a good, not overly complex flavor profile that is quite nice. Mouthfeel is medium-light bodied with a moderate level of carbonation and a mouthfeel quite similar to eating chocolate. A good feeling and quite easy to drink, very refreshing. Overall this is an interesting beer. The addition of chocolate to a light American Pale Wheat makes for an interesting combination of flavors that makes this a unique twist on a style I've found to be very homogenous. Quite good.

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Photo of Camjmorton
4.28/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I had this on tap today at World of Beer in Tempe, AZ. Wow. I couldn't believe how much it smelled like white chocolate. This is the first white chocolate beer I have tried. It was a deep golden color, and had a great mouthfeel. It was light, and went down really easily. It didn't have that rich milky feeling that I get from a lot of chocolate flavored porters or stouts. This is a very interesting wheat beer and I was very pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.3/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle received in trade from EyePeeAyBryan, thanks for the opportunity!
Pours a fairly clear medium straw with a huge fluffy white head that fills half the glass amd takes forever to recede. Serious over carbonation from this bottle and it was opened at fridge temp. After everything settles down the aroma is lightly spicy with some light sweet males and a subtle but present chocolate aroma. The flavor is a mildly sugary sweet with a bit of sharp spice and a mild chocolate flavor. Medium body with an asinine level of carbonation and a sweet bubbly mouthfeel. Decent brew once everything settles down, not horribly complex, but a nice drinker.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

So I'm the Total Wine a few miles from my hotel in Arizona last week and ask the person working what I should try while I'm out west for vacation. A few minutes later, I get this placed into my hand see the price of $5.99. "Looks interesting", I said, as I placed it aside for checkout later on. Sure enough, it was...when I finally got around to this a few days later. I wouldn't call it a dessert beer but this would have certainly fit the bill, as it was unlike anything I ever had before and was a perfect end to a day of watching baseball and soaking up the sun!

The pour to this was nice , with a golden hue, fluffy head, and somewhat decent lacing to match. Not a strong aroma here and both the hops and wheat weren't that present. Lots of white chocolate kicked in the mouthfeel though, with a hint of tangerine, wheat, and oil. This was a very wet beer that had the feeling of something complex without the booze, espresso, or spice that I thought might be found here. It almost tasted like a light Hefeweizen with a somewhat drier finish because of the chocolate.

This went down so quickly because of how easily enjoyable it was and the low alcoholic content. I always wondered why more beers don''t have this as a feature and after enjoying this, it's only more apparent that this shouldn't be such a rarity on the shelf. For the warmer months, this would be wonderful as a dessert or with some citrus fruits. The wheat and chocolate balanced each other nicely and left me wanting more in the end!

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Photo of vfgccp
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Unbelievable cap of creamy white foam. One of the best heads I've seen in a long time. Stellar retention and thick, chunky lace. Cream soda body.

S - Dusty short bread, Hershey's cookies and cream candy bars, unripe blueberries.

T - A ton of the nose comes through in the flavor profile. Short bread, Oreo cream, hay, white chocolate, dr. Brown's cream soda.

M - Nice carbonation with a creamy, medium-light body.

O - A really clever take on an AWA; the white chocolate works surprisingly well, and the brewers were dead on with their seafood pairing recommendations. Nice job.

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Photo of AnotherImperial
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

It is what it says it is. Smells like white chocolate and tastes like white chocolate. Though I only consume stouts, I somehow found this beer to be very unique and drinkable. It is also interesting to mix a bit of this into a chocolate or coffee stout.

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Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The head settles rapidly and leaves light lace.

S - bready malt, vanilla, and chocolate.

T - grainy malt with some spicy wheat notes up front. An oily chocolate note in the middle with some vanilla and honey in the finish.

M - medium body, moderate carbonation, and a somewhat dry finish.

D - it is somewhat odd to find chocolate added to a light colored beer, but it works reasonably well. Nothing complex, but drinkable.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.95/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

many thanks to trappistlover for tossing this one my way many, many, MANY moons ago. been looking at this in the fridge for a LONG time. tonight it called my name. hopefully the age hasn't harmed it.

a - opened and filled my blue point snifter. poured a pale transparent straw yellow with a generous fizzy head made up of millions of tiny bubbles stacked upon each other. champagne like carbonation danced to the surface.

s - like a chocolate bar. very subtle.

t - pretty unassuming. white chocolate. i LOVE me some white chocolate, interesting to have in a beer, but it works. some wheat in there.

m - crisp. a touch fizzy. leaves my mouth feeling like i ate some white chocolate. very light and spring like, but still beery. sweet though.

o - overall, as a fan of white chocolate, this is cool. don't know why it took so long to pop it. not at all what i was expecting, but enjoyable. not sure if the age effected this one or not, been in the fridge for a while...but the white chocolate still shines through. i'd have this again. really unique...and cool.

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Photo of Phelps
3.72/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at Antar's, shaker pint.

Perfectly clear pale gold, with a half finger of fuzzy pure white head. Thin, silky top layer.

In the nose, white chocolate and lots of it. In fact, crumbled white chocolate is pretty much the only noticeable aroma. Maybe some sweet, wort-like malt as well.

Lots of white chocolate in the flavor as well, mixed with substantial toasted biscuits and earthy hops. Sweet and grainy.

Light, crisp body. Fairly high carbonation, smooth fizz. Bright and sparkly.

Interesting. Sonoran White Chocolate is a great introductory craft beer for the ladies, and fun to mix with stouts. Hard to have more than one glass, though.

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Photo of AgentZero
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Interesting concept for a beer, a which chocolate Wheat Ale.

A - Golden colored beer with a white head that faded leaving some random lacework on the sides.

S - Well, there's a kind of chocolate smell here, a little bit skunked, kind of not great.

T - It tastes like white chocolate. Pretty interesting, and very different. I'm not a huge white chocolate fan, but it's good for what it is.

M - Lighter bodied beer, moderate carbonation.

O - This is fine for what it is, although I don't really care a ton for it. Interesting to try, but that's about it.

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Photo of ccrida
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a tall tumbler, Sonoran White Chocolate Ale is gold with thin off-white head that leaves light, scattered lace.

Smell is pretty intense white chocolate, exactly as advertised.

Taste is also rather big on the chocolate. A light grainy, wheat background, light cereal sweetness. Interesting, tasty. Nice to see such a refreshing take on a chocolate beer, like Fantôme's, but with more chocolate and less base beer.

Mouthfeel is a bit dry, crisp, with a light body.

Drinkability is pretty high, a flavorful, hot weather quaffer. I'd tire of the chocolate if I had another bomber, but the one was quite pleasant.

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