Shock Top Shockolate Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Shockolate WheatShock Top Shockolate Wheat

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Missouri, United States

Style: Herb and Spice Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Winter

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Added by jhartley on 07-22-2014

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.14/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

If there ever was a thing as a "dessert beer", Shock Top's Shockolate Wheat is definitely it.

As a purist (a "beer snob" as my wife calls me) - I should hate this offering from Shock Top. It just syrupy drink pretending to be a beer. But as someone who tries each and every new brew that comes his way as objectively as possible, I have to admit - I really like this one.

Pours out looking like a Guinness, dark almost black in color, tan head, foamy and thick but without the staying power. The odor is definitely a mix of chocolate and wheat, and while it works perfectly on the tongue, not so much so in the nose. Feel-wise, I have to say, this is the smoothest beer I've had in a long time - the darn drink just slips and slides inside your mouth finding its way to your throat real fast. I am, without a doubt, glad I got the 12-pack of this beer. Hopefully no one else in the house cares to try one.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

you know, aside from these beers being over flavored to the point of it seeming artificial, they actually taste pretty good, at least they taste like they say they are going to taste. a weird chocolate wheat beer here thats way more chocolate than beer. a mix of dry cocoa all the way to hersheys syrup is the progression in this thing, it finishes really sweet, but it doesnt start that way. looks a little darker than a conventional brown ale, and tastes like dessert. the way boulder beers shake is all chocolate, this takes it to a whole new level beyond that one, and for me, shake is getting close to the line. i see the appeal with beers like this for the holidays and for people who dont like the way chocolate sometimes manifests itself as bitterness in more crafty beers, but this is a one and done for me, like a glass of chocolate milk minus the milk. intensely flavored, not at all bad, but not at all beer either.

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Photo of GameOfBeers
3.49/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of benros222
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Florida_Hop_Head
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Timtastic
4.52/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of alyssa1224
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nfiorini513
3.04/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of rwilde
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Keegan
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KrissyKat6
4.22/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A light feeling chocolate beer. I thought it was pretty tasty and an interesting option. I had it on draft at a wine & chocolate festival.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of BraveMountie
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of baycop21
3.74/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of alcohline_trip
2.94/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of biboergosum
2.93/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

341ml bottle, a single (thankfully) from the 12-packs this stuff is sold in around here.

This beer pours a pretty solid, opaque dark brown colour, with prominent basal cola highlights, and one anemic finger of weakly foamy, and loosely foamy beige head, which leaves some low-profile iceberg shelf lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of chalky bittersweet cocoa, i.e. the cheap stuff on deep discount after not selling on whatever occasion it was made for, cooking vanilla, faint black fruit notes, further Terry's Chocolate Orange notes, and just a minor whiff of the underlying sugary wheat graininess. The taste is more of the same - medium sweet inexpensive chocolate, cold, neutered vanillan, ethereal orange flavouring, a bit of root beer syrup, and a still hard to pick out grainy wheatiness.

The carbonation is adequately tight in its supportive frothiness, the body a decent medium weight, but quite clammy in its cocoa butter wannabe smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, the wan chocolate and vanilla essences really all there is to talk about after all.

Well, with the specified input ingredients dominating, as expected (save the first on the list - ale!), I can't really fault truth in advertising here. However, any sort of chocolate beer should at the very least pay lip service to the roasted character of the malt, whether or not cocoa adjuncts are used. Oh, right - they just added chocolate extract to a light wheat ale. Done and duh.

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Photo of WickedBeer
3.76/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MTBDesertGnome
4.07/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The chocolaty taste was awesome and different. It's definitely a dessert beer.

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Photo of whatname
3.2/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.09/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shock Top Shockolate Wheat
16 oz. can, "14283 8E18"

Appearance: Opaque mahogany brown/"black" body beneath a two finger thick head of creamy froth that unfortunately drops fairly steadily. Although it then maintains a solid, fairly thick surface covering, that eventually wanes into more of a whispy surface covering inside a creamy collar. Remarkably, it maintains that solid surface covering for a fairly decent period of time. The lacing, however, is not as good. It initially leaves some nice, thin but completely solid and wide sheets that erode into patterns of spotty patterns, and then eventually slide back into the beer leaving nothing behind.

Smell: Chocolatey and sweetish. Fudge-like. Vanilla. Pretty rich but fairly one-sided. Still, it's impressive. There's just a hint of artificiality to it which is odd because it's supposedly "aged on cocoa and vanilla beans". Still, not bad.

Taste: As you might expect, the taste follows the aroma. There's more depth to the chocolate, and I taste what I recall from my childhood as "Ovaltine" - that must be maltiness coming through. When first tasted cold, mainly chocolate comes through, but as it warms a bit of spice steps in. It's delicate, mainly delivering coriander, and perhaps some coriander or cardamom - there's a hint of a cola flavor to it - but it's underlying. There's not much bitterness to it at all, and the spice works surprisingly well to balance it. It finishes with lingering milk chocolate that becomes more like Hershey's chocolate syrup before it fades, although it really never disappears, it seems to dwindle-on forever (well, for at least a minute or two).

Mouthfeel: Medium-full in body with a median carbonation that leaves it creamy and smooth.

Overall: An excellent dessert beer (it really is the dessert in and of itself, although it could pair remarkably well with a huge range of items). And an excellent holiday beer as well, although I think the sweetness really cuts it's drinkability down to one, or perhaps two for those with a bit of a sweet-tooth. Interestingly enough, I believe that this is the exact same beer as the Chocolate Wheat, but with a different label for release in winter.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Its not awesome....but its not bad. Its a lighter beer with chocolate hints in the sent and taste. Its not overly sweet so it can be sessioned. This would be a great beer to introduce favored wheats to a novice. Overall.....not to shabby.

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.24/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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