Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top End Of The World Midnight WheatShock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Winter

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Zorro on 10-12-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
436
Reviews:
78
Avg:
3.05
pDev:
22.3%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
57
For Trade:
0
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2.68/5  rDev -12.1%

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4/5  rDev +31.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of Lemke10
3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This pours a light brown color with a foamy beige head. There is a slight scent of chocolate and chili spice mixed with wheat. This is a complex, darker wheat flavor with elements of chocolate and spice as it promises. Surprisingly decent for being an AB-InBev competition product to Blue Moon’s line.

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1/5  rDev -67.2%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Shock Top seasonal wheat beer wasn't what I expected, wasn't as good as some of their other offerings, but it still hit the spot.

The beer poured out as a beautiful dark-honey color, very nice to my eyes. The head was thick, had staying power and with good lacing. I smelled strong scents of barley and malt with a distant hint of spice. It tasted very potent, not the sort of beer to guzzle, but to spin and take in slowly. The mouthfeel helped out with that since it rolled around my tongue thick and rich. What disappointed me was that I could only pull out the barley and malt flavors - none of the spice I smelled or cinnamon the bottle claimed.

Overall, a good beer but nothing overly spectacular.

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Photo of Jason
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Tight tiny bubbled head, murky brown hue

SMELL: Wheat bread, banana taffy, vague spice, mild chocolate, slightly clean, toasted grain

TASTE: Semi-crisp, smooth, wet, lighter bodied, hint of chili pepper, mild baker's chocolate, earthy, dried grass, modest hopping,

Fun concept but this whole Shock Top brand is simply reactionary to what smaller brewers have already done. Just feels like every release they are pulling their punch. Sort of a muddled mess, one and done.

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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4.25/5  rDev +39.3%

Photo of JH7278
4.6/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I really wish this was more than a sessional brew, I spun my first one in late november, expecting something less than good. Thankfully I was wrong, the mild spiced flavor was a celebration in my mouth with a hint of chocolate that I could barely taste, seemingly a teaser for one to explore. The semi dark color hinted to a heavier feel, which I did not find in this generally whimsical lubricating experience.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.72/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz bottle into Samuel Smith "Tulip" pint glass

A - 4 fingers of light tan foam over a cloudy body of dark copper, laces the glass nicely

S - wheat, peppery spice, sweet corn

T - malt sweetness, dark chocolate, wheat bread, chilies show up especially in the finish

M - syrupy medium body, medium carbonation

O - not bad

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2/5  rDev -34.4%

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3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of kneeland
3.16/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

I'll start with that it was definitely worth a try. Contains wheat, chocolate, chili and spices? Yes please! But I wasn't as excited after I tried it. Where's the chili? I think it mixed with the chocolate to make an even wheatier taste. If you like wheat, wheat and more wheat beer, than this is for you.

I'm not in love with the appearance. It's a very cloudy orange color, not the most appealing look. It pours a decent head though. Pretty lacy.

Also, I couldn't find any food that went very well with it.

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2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

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1/5  rDev -67.2%

Photo of Jadjunk
3.71/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

"Ale brewed with Midnight Wheat, Chocolate malt, chili and spice. To serve, pour down the side of the glass until 1/2 inch is left in the bottle. Swirl the remaining brew and pour to produce a rich, thick collar of foam. Enjoy!" Part of shock top's growing seasonal collection, new for fall/winter 2012. No bottle date.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served above 49º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick frothy tannish-white head that recedes quickly. Body color is a mild hazy amber-brown with medium carbonation. Surface cover is decent but no lacing is underwhelming. 2.75

(Smell) Aroma consists of a clean pale malt, caramel-forward with midnight wheat close behind. Chocolate is very faint and comes across as dry. Spice blend includes a touch of cinnamon, a pinch of allspice and a faint dash of nutmeg. Young chili husks add an interesting touch but spiciness doesn't quite hit the nose. Yeast adds faint tones of dark fruits, like dates and raisins. Not a terrible aroma but nothing truly comes forward like they should be in a wheat beer. I would have enjoyed a fuller aroma, bigger body and some more focus on the key uniqueness that this beer is capable of. On a positive note, nothing is dominating the nose which is good for the overall balance of the aroma. Potency is just shy of medium. 3.5

(Taste) Much more thorough flavors in terms of midnight wheat and chocolate malts, both add a smoky and roasty complexity at the slight sacrifice of a dry finish. The chili does add twang on the finish but doesn't make for a spicy beer. Spices are at their ideal levels; cinnamon and allspice are both evident but not too overpowering on the palate. My biggest complaint about the flavor is the dryness which drops drinkability. The lack of sweetness brings out an otherwise in-balance bitterness on the finish. Touch up the malt body a note or two and bring some of the faint fruit notes in from the yeast profile and this would be a fantastic beer. A surprisingly well-crafted dark wheat beer with a risky but well-executed flavor profile. 4

(Mouthfeel) Very relaxed carbonation profile. It's a bit slick on the tongue but lacks that fullness of body that a midnight wheat should have. Some mild chewiness is expected and a slight tartness accentuates the bitterness on the finish. Balance is a bit off; sweetness is underutilized. Body is Medium for the style, and medium amongst all beers. Alcohol presence is light. The general limited carbonation is a change for Shock Top as it allows the drinker to enjoy the subtleties, which are much more plentiful in this beer. 3.5

(Overall) Wow. As far as the Shock Top beers go, this is a winner for me. There's some work to be done with the body. I'd love to get more roasty flavors, a stronger chocolate emphasis and a slightly sweeter flavor overall, but the overall impressions of this beer are positive. I'd have to check with their Belgian White again, but I'm pretty certain this is one of the best ones they've put out to date, and I'd recommend picking up a bottle, even in January. 3.75

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.'s
Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat Ale
3.74/5.00

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2.75/5  rDev -9.8%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.62/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pours cloudy with a rust-like hue, the head is off-white and just under two fingers thick. Fair retention. Lacing is fair with good stick.

Smell - Wheat and orange dominate the aroma, while faint notes of chocolate and peppery spice lurk in the background.

Taste - Follows the nose: predominate wheat and orange flavor upfront, then hits on subtle hints of peppery spice and even less, a ghostly faint chocolate presence. Minor burning sensation long into the aftertaste, thanks to the pepper spicing.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with strong, lively carbonation. Tingles the lips. Goes down easy enough.

Overall - I came into this beer expecting it to be awful, and I came away quite surprised. I'll be damned if Shock Top didn't finally produce a beer with decent flavor. Sure there are some minor flaws, mostly the supporting flavors that don't hit quite on the levels they should, but all in all, this is a very solid effort.

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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

Shock Top End Of The World Midnight Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
3.05 out of 5 based on 436 ratings.
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