1919 | Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

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Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
Oklahoma, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by TYE on 02-21-2008

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Photo of brentk56
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pale lemon color with a frothy head that leaves good lacing

Smell: Lemony wheat aroma

Taste: Starts with a lemon bready element and finishes crisp and clean

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and effervescent

Drinkability: I'm not a big fan of American Wheats but this is a very fine example of the style; refreshing for a summer's day (too bad it's December

Thanks, beerhandy

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Photo of LXIXME
2.65/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Small white head quickly dies into a pretty decent lacing above a murky yellow ocher to rusty tan colored beer.

A very light citrus almost soapy citrus hops with a light grain background aroma.

Bland milky grain with some light cooking spices kick to it taste.

A light milky aftertaste that borders on being dry.

Pretty weird and different for a beer, reminds me more of Yoo-hoo style drink, sorry but I'll stick to beer for the time being.

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Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden-yellow color with a white, bubbly, one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of wheat and yeast. Some subtle fruit aroma.

T - It tasted of some banana and clove. It is dominated by wheat and citrus flavors. A bittersweet overall quality.

M - It was sharp and crisp. A very light-bodied beer.

D - This makes a nice summer brew. It is refreshing and easy drinking.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from a generous trader. Served in a Hill Farmstead wine glass.

Pour yields a light apricot color. The beer itself is quite hazy. There is a good white head and plenty of lacing. The nose brings some very light wheat, but that's about it. The flavor leads further with some mildly-tart wheat plus the addition of a bit of sweetness and some very mild stone fruit. The feel is light and crisp with good carbonation. Certainly refreshing. Nice body leads to higher drinkability; in the end, however, there's nothing really bringing me back for more.

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Photo of mothman
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to russpowell for this extra!

Poured into Town Hall Weizen Glass. Pours a big 3 finger white head. Color is a very hazy dull orange/yellow. Somme cool looking lines of carbonation bubbles are floating to the top. Good head retention with pretty good lace.

Aroma: A ton of citrus. Very zesty. Lemons, oranges, and spices. Very flavorful for the style.

Taste: Zest and citrus. Lemons, oranges, spices. It kind of has a Belgium style taste to it.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium bodied. High amount of carbonation. Mouthfeel is smooth and some what creamy. Leaves a very dry aftertaste.

Overall, this is a pretty decent beer. A lot of zest and citrus here. A good summer beer, but not something I'd specifically seek out.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Choc pours a cloudy orange body beneath a full head of bright-white froth. The head slowly receeds but leaves no lacing about the glass. The nose is wheatish and lightly fruity (mainly apples, but there's also some very background graprefruit). It's effervescent in the mouth before warming to become airy. The flavor is fuller than the nose suggests, and there's more fruit present (apple cider), and some soft toffee as well. It finishes drying, with some lingering wheaty and subtly caramelish malt, and some more apple-like fruitiness. It's interesting, crisp, refreshing, and sweetish but not sweet!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Acquired via trade from timbro81, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light and cloudy gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is kind of faint but contains wheat, light malts, some citrus and a little hops.

T: The taste is nicely balanced with a decently strong wheat flavor up front and complimentary flavors of citrus, caramel and spice. There’s a decent hops presence for the style. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and very smooth, medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a nice easy-drinking and flavorful beer that’s worth sticking with for long time.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.43/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Pours a lightly hazy, dingy, dull yellow body capped by a thin, white head.

Smell: Standard pale maltiness with small hints of lemon and a distant, displeasing background note of stale sweat.

Taste: Predominately pale malts, faintly sweet, with only a slight hint of apportioned wheat. Initial citrus taste alongside a mild bitterness. As you go, there's a particularly acidic vein of lemon-like funkiness in here -- perhaps a nod to the identification of the citric acid cycle by Hans Krebs in 1937. Dry finish with a curiously sharp jolt of acidity.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Unenjoyable. The story behind the brew is far, far more pleasant and I happily give that a full 5 out of 5.

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Photo of russpowell
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a chill-hazed apricot with 3 fingers of beige head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Phenols & orchard fruit

T: Green apples, lemons & some dryness up front. A bit of a dirty phenol taste as this warms, along with hints of boozey grainyness with a touch of dry cider. Finishes with some breadyness & a bit of coarseness, has some real hefe-like quality to it

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly assertive carbonation

Drinks alright, these are flavors that aren't in my wheel house, but cuts the thirst fairly easy. I'm guessing this will go down easy once it gets hot. This is a taste of history here, so that makes it cool in its own right

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Photo of womencantsail
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Bobby for sharing this one.

A: The pour is a pale golden color with a finger's worth of white foam on top.

S: The nose is incredibly dull and mild. It's hard to detect much of anything, but there is a bit of sweet malt and almost an apple juice scent.

T: Keeping with the theme of bland and non-descript, the flavor is very much in the same vain. There's the same mild malt flavor to provide a bit of sweetness, but nothing else, really.

M: The body is light and the carbonation is quite moderate.

D: This is one of the most watered down beers I've come across. It's certainly easy to drink, because it doesn't really taste or smell like anything.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in an Ayinger weizen glass.

Big thanks to JJFoodie for this can o' OK goodness!

According to the can, this one's legal! Whew, that's a relief! It pours a cloudy pale straw with a head of white foam that dies down to an everlasting, though admittedly thin, layer. The nose comprises banana, bubblegum, clove, and a hint of nutmeg. The taste follows in lock step, adding some greens and a mild bitterness, though something of a watery quality is added as well, reducing the potency of the entire mixture. The body is pretty damn light, with a light carbonation and a watery feel. Though I may not be reaching for it in particular, I would definitely not turn one down if presented. A decent sessionable brew if I ever did see one.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.1/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

CAN?!? You bet! I had never even heard of this beer until I began casting a wide net in support of my CANQuest. I would thank my trader, but many have discontinued this practice so as not to inundate others with unsolicited requests. Suffice to say, it was a worthy trade.

From the CAN: "choc [very e. e. cummings lower-case like] beer was named after its place of origin, the Choctaw Nation. The Choctaw people brewed a homemade beer & taught the Italian immigrants, who came to work in the coal mines, how to make the home brew. Pete Prichard was one of those immigrants. He came to the U. S. in 1903 & began to work in the coal mines at age eleven. At twenty-one years of age, he was nearly killed in a mine accident. After the accident, Pete Prichard began making & selling choc beer [yes, lower case], along with sausages & cheese in his home in Krebs [OK]. A prosperous business developed & in 1925, Pete formally opened a "restaurant" in his home. Pete's Place Restaurant served choc beer until 1932 when Pete was arrested for the brew.

In 1964, Bill Prichard, the son of the original owner, developed a "gentleman's agreement" with the powers that be about the illegal choc beer ... until a statewide newspaper ran a front page, headline story about the "agreement". That was the end of choc beer at Pete's until Joe Prichard, Bill's son who now wears the chef's hat & has the choc beer recipe, reintroduced choc beer as a "legal" brew in 1995." Phew - ed.

The CAN even identifies it as "Legal"! Har! Good thing, 'cuase the Feebs are watching me like a hawk these days. It's tough being a self-described, unapologetic anarchist. Onward.

I will start with the two fingers' of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention, but it was the color that really struck me. It poured a VERY murky orangish-yellow, almost like a witbier, which caused me to look at the style.

Duh, Woodbo. Still, I have become so accustomed to filtered, clarified beer that I have apparently forgotten my unfiltered roots. Filtration is overrated, I once typed, and I still believe that. It is just that so many CANned beers are filtered, pasteurized macros that I lost my way.

Nose had a sharp, slightly sweet smell that a wheat beer should have. I attended SPTR's Drink Your Wheaties Day back in late August and gained an appreciation for the style. The mouthfeel was medium with a good bit of bubbly effervescence scrubbing those tired taste buds awake at 0815 on a Sunday.

Yeah, yeah, I'm drinking early, but as I always reminded my chastising mother, you CAN't drink all day if you don't start in the morning.

The taste was slightly fruity, bubble gum like, but with an offsetting slight sourness which is the beauty of brewing with wheat. It gives beer some really interesting qualities while generally keeping the ABV reasonable. This had both the yin and the yang in it. The finish was dry, a real find for summer. I will give it a high mark for seasonal drinkability. On the porch, in a rocking chair on a hot, humid summer's day? Hell, yeah! In front of a fireplace, watching the snow fall on yon rocker? Not so much.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Color is a very lighly hazed copper. Carbonation is decent. Head is average height and thick and creamy. Aroma is spicy and lemony. Decent smell, but nothing special. Taste is of sweet, lightly toasted malt. Not much traditional wheat flavor. A subdued lemony flavor is in the mix as well and is joined by an edge of spiciness. Drinkability is very good, Choc provides enough flavor and thirst-quinching ability.

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Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours very clouded lemon-yellow with a bubbly thin head that quickly fizzles to a wisp then vanishes.

The smell is lemony. Some light wheat malt crispness comes through.

The taste is of lemon with a sweet malt backing. Some wheat crispness.

Smooth. Light, but not overly watery.

This is a decent summer refresher. Might get lost in a shuffle of summer wheat beers, but a nice lemony zest with enough malt keeps this one a worthy summer brew. If this were in my area, it would be in my "beer by the pool" six-pack line-up! It's one of those rarities I personally like more than the score shows.

Thanks to beertracker for this refreshing brew!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Man, I'm a dummy...thought that "Choc" beer referred to chocolate, didn't even consider the Choctaw Nation...
Very hazy, murky amber color, big, bustling fizz above, swiftly settling...
Aroma is spicy, sweetish, very airy...much like a weizen, more like a witbier...slightly citric and sour, ...very wheat-like, arousing, uplifting...nice.
Taste? smooth, easy, simple, even, but with appropriate weizen complexity...easy to drink, but with adequate character to make the time well-worth-spent...like I said, though, an easy quencher, with sufficient taste.
Cheers to the best Oklahoma beer I've had in long while!

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Photo of MasterSki
3.28/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this as an extra from coldmeat23 a while ago. Finally working through a backlog of random 12oz bottles. Served in my Surly pint glass.

A - Half finger of egg white foam that dissipates to a nice cap. Murky lemon yellow brew that is lighter near the edges of the glass.

S - Smells like a wheat beer, with a hint of lemon zest to it. Not particularly strong or interesting.

T - There's a hint of sweet malt on the tip of the tongue, and then...not much of anything - maybe a bit of citrus hop tang at the top of the palate. It's pretty neutral tasting - I've had tap water that tasted stronger (although in a worse way).

M - Lots of carbonation tingle, medium density, kind of dry like a tart beer, pretty nondescript.

D - Not sure of the ABV, but this is a total lawnmower beer. It took me maybe five minutes to down it and was surprisingly refreshing. Preferable to adjunct macro light beers, but otherwise not very exciting. Might get a little bloaty if I had more than a couple bottles.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer? Kind of gross.

Beer is yellow / amber with a mild haze and some head, minimal lacing, some carbonation. Looks like beer.

The aroma is grainy and wet. Eh.

Beer is super thin and really grainy with a harsh aftertaste, minimal yeast character, minimal hop contribution, rough.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Beertracker for this one.

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice little foamy white head, some sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, yeasty, some spice/caramel. The taste is malty/yeasty, some spiceness and some caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, not a bad brew, glad to have had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very light clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of grain and grass with not too much else going on. The flavor is also pretty basic. There is a lot of malt sweetness and a strong grain and grass character. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not much going on here and not something to seek out.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12oz can given to me by BeerTracker, who also shared with me the fascinating story of Pete's Place, the local brewer/restaurant that produces Choc Beer. The story is pretty interesting, and can be read on the side of the can, at http://chocbeer.com/ ... or by talking to Jeff !

Fuzzy mold like mounds of white head clump in places. A seemingly semi-conscious stream of bubbles drift about a soft haze. A yellow coloured body with golden overtoning.

The smell is something akin to what you'd find in a Belgian Pale Ale; a hard-working, full bodied yeast that presents notes of cloves, spice, and soft fruity esters. The wheat is strong too, boasting notes of straw and musty hay.

A loosely knit bitterness feels like it'll hit hard, but disappears entirely after the swallow. Aftertaste began almost non-existent, less a light malt presence, but that eventually changed to a lovely hop character once it warmed. The wheat is noticeably quiet, lending no texture or mouthfeel to the beer. Considerably quenching although carbonation is a just a touch too low for the style.

Flavours of corn, wheat, and malt are light. A hint of banana and clove. The yeast produces a soft effervescence that lends something floral and lightly citric. A good sprinkling of hops shot up after warming! Not overly tasty but it seems to be disappearing fast all the same...

This wasn't overly great, but it was somewhat interesting. Many aspects I outline in the review (carbonation, colour, yeast, etc) all had me see this as more of a Belgian abbey single than German weiss. Either way, I don't think it was meant to be anything in particular, except maybe a good beer. And it is. I'm happy to have tried this piece of Oklahoma history!

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.32/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like the story about this beer, so given the chance I decided it was at least worth a try. The beer has a hazy, straw-gold color and is topped by a frothy, pale, off-white colored head. The aroma is surprisingly fruity (at least I wasn't expecting this), but has a lot of grainy notes to it (grassy-grain, pale-cracker notes) as well as some faint herbal aromatics, a touch of honey, some melon and some sweet, green apple aromas. An interesting aroma, though it is not particularly inviting.

The beer has a very light body to it and there is a soft tartness to it that I was not expecting at all. The beer is quite dry with only a touch of grain sweetness. There is a soft bitterness in the finish that is actually quite noticeable given that everything else about the beer is so light. I was definitely hoping for something that was a bit less macro-oriented (aka bland). The historical story of this beer tempted me with the promise of a taste of history and character. Instead my misgivings were well founded and this comes off more like a bland, light lager competing type of beer. This of course does have more flavor than a light lager and is not bad for what it is, I was just hoping for a bit more.

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Photo of weeare138
3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Much thanks to hopdog for unveiling this one. I've wanted to try this for a while.
Appears an unfiltered hazy gold with a small white cap that fizzles out. It looks a bit like a hefe/tripel.
The smell is yeasty and smells a bit tripel-esque with some wheat, banana, and pear.
Taste is a slightly bland version of the aromas.
Mouthfeel is dry, fruity, and low level carbonation.

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Photo of corby112
2.84/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a very cloudy, dark golden yellow color with banana hues and a thin white head that quickly fizzles away. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy aroma with some pepper and cloves countered by some bready yeast, citrus fruit and banana. There's a nice amount of lemon zest providing a nice counter to the spice and yeast notes.

Thin bodied and slightly watered down with soft carbonation and some zesty spice up front that lingers over the yeast and fruit notes into a slightly dry finish. Hints of pepper and clove up front countered mid-palate by a nice bready yeast presence followed by some lemon zest and faint banana.

Overall, this beer has all of the characteristics of the style but nothing stands out and it kind of bland.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I got this can in a trade with russpowell. Thanks Russ!

It pours from the 12oz can a cloudy straw yellow with a huge head of foam.

The smell is of wheat, earth, and lemon zest. Oh and there's some sweet notes.

The taste has notes of wheat, earth, some lemon zest, and a big batch of buttery notes. Not overpowering, thankfully, but it's there.

Light bodied with plenty of carbonation, it finishes lightly bitter with a musky flavour.

Drinkability? It has an interesting taste and is easy on the abv so I'd say it is pretty good.

Head retention turned out to be very good and the lacing isn't too shabby either.

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Photo of Haybeerman
2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy pale gld color. Poured less than one finger wispy white head to a thin sheen on the edges. No lacing.

S: Hay and grass with feint sweet grains. Light spicy bitter.

T: Sweet, bready wheat malt with a light bitter. Not much happening.

M: Light body. Medium carbonation. Not much else to say.

D: Nothing special, but nothing was really wrong with this beer either.

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