1919 | Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place

201 Ratings

Brewed by:
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 ckeegan04
3.47/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Dark golden yellow color with a soap-suds foamy white had. Poor retention and little lacing.

S - Strong wheaty aroma with hints of leamon and banana as well. A typical wheat ale aroma.

T - A fruity sweetness initailly, priamrily lemon and banana. Hints of some spice as well. Becomes much more tart through the drink and finishes with a puckering tartness on the tongue.

M/D - Medium bodied and a little chewy. A little too tart given the other flavors knocks the drinkability down a notch or two.

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Photo of stephens101
3.78/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Choc beer was illegal when I was a child, so it had that sort of cool aura things forbidden seem to take on. Choc was craft before craft was cool. I remember ring salesmen would take my dad out to Pete's and to the "Big Mac" prison rodeo, as he was the high school principal in our town. He would come home and talk about the illegal, what I thought was "chalk" beer at the time. I thought he was going to jail. Little did I know that half the politicians in Oklahoma were dining at Pete's and enjoying the brew all along. So that little part on the label about Choc beer not being brewed after 1964 until 1995 is not true (but they couldn't very well put that on the label) you just had to know people to get it served to you. That's the nice thing about Pete's, it has private rooms, so you could go there and enjoy good beer "back in the day", and nobody was the wiser.

Ok, enough of my personal history of Choc beer. These days Choc beer is perfectly legal (which is why it says "legal" on the can, and I can enjoy it in the comfort of my own home. Ain't life grand!

Into a hefe glass we get a hazy golden orange brew that results in a large white head that dies down quickly. A faint smattering of lace is left behind. Smells of spice and fruits. Tastes of apples, oranges and malts. Easy going down with ultimate drinkability. A good swirl results in a explosion of carbonation. Might not be as tasty as some of the German hefe's, but still an interesting brew that gets a few points for it's interesting history.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.55/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass, pours a spritzy yellow gold, slightly cloudy and a little sediment, a half inch head initially and tapers off quickly to a thin film. The aroma bears some lemon zest and husky wheat, a nice malt backbone but fairly simple. The taste is similar, palatable, for sure, but we have the same lemon, with some wheat, again, decent malt backbone. Unfortuanely, it has a metallic din to it that slightly throws an otherwise simply, tasty beer into the slightly odd category. The body is decent, good carbonation. Again, simple, unfortunate metallic din, but otherwise a plenty good beer to session.

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Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev -0.3%
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 Deuane
3.63/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My very first beer from Okie land! State number 49! Much thanks to Beertracker for hooking me up with a fine trade!

A-Hazy (this is unfiltered) with a dense, medium head that holds on and reduces a bit. Nice spotty lacing decorates the glass.

S-Mild wheat biscuit malt with a twang of sourness and a hint of lemon.

T-Wheat malt backbone holds up to supply the main vehicle of flavour. This is accented by a decent peppery bitterness and a zing of lemon zest in the finish.

M-Light bodied with a nice sharp crisp bite. Light lingering peppery bitterness.

T-Ok, so it's not the best beer I have had but...considering the source (not a hotbed of micro brewing) I certainly can see myself kicking back on a HOT Oklahoma day and knocking a few of these back with friends at a good ole' fashion OK BBQ! A worthy locally brewed replacement for any BMC product. Drink local!

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Photo of Goliath
3.48/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice cloudy pale orange with a large inch and a half bright white head. Retention is ok, and it looks like it wants to leave some lacing but doesn't leave much.

Aroma is pretty good. Rather sweet with some pale malt and sweet citrus. Really gently hopped. Not a complex smell, but I'm diggin it.

Taste is ok. Heavy on the orange peel which I don't mind, but the wheat doesn't seem to support the citrus which creates a bit of a muddy flavor profile. As I get further into it I get strange bursts of flavor rangine from soap, to metal, to wet dog. I'd say it could be me, but this is my first beer today so my pallate is really fresh. This beer has good potential I think, it's just missing the mark.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice fine bubble carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high. Decent flavor and low alcohol make this brew easy to drink, definitely sessionable, and pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of papat444
3.53/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jtrockchalk for this one.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Apperance: Pale yellow body with a fairly thick, white head. Body gets hazy when yeast is poured into it, looks kinda cool with the lazy wisps of yeast floating around.

Smell: Airy, citus with some spice notes.

Taste: Some barley, mild citrus. Fairly straightforward with subdued wheat character being predominant. Clean finish (a bit too clean) makes it hard to pinpoint the flavours.

Mouthfeel: Gets better though a tiny bit thin. Good carbonation, lively in the palate. Some hops linger around in the aftertaste. As it warms, it gets a bit more bitterness & character where those spice notes are more pronounced & the yeast adding a nice touch.

Drinkablity: Very easy to drink & goes great with a summer day.

Overall: A good brew though the taste doesn't latch on for long. I'm very happy to have tried a beer that's a little obscure (for me!).

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Photo of sleazo
2.57/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A_Cloudy orange/yellow with minimal head, no lacing.

S_Rather mild, slight wheaty twang and a hint of lemon.

T_Rather mild yet again. The flavour leans towards the wheat side with subtle hints of lemon and soap. The finish actually has a good bit of black pepper.

M_Thin bodied with a low level of carbonation. Very poor for the style.

T_The taste and the body leave much to be desired. This definitely is not a strong example of the style.

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Photo of gford217
3.18/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a tulip. Pours a hazy, bright golden yellow with a bubbly white head that dissipated quickly to a ring with no lacing. Smell is of light grains, wheat and barley even, in addition to very light hops with lemon zest. The flavor is also a mesh of light grains and a bit of light hops. The mouthfeel is medium with high carbonation with a crisp finish. The drinkability on this one is good but, overall, this is really an average wheat beer with nothing standing out in the flavor.

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Photo of hiikeeba
3.83/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours up slightly cloudy golden yellow with a creamy white head, and lots of bubbles.

S - Smells husky and malty. No hops detected. Very appetizing.

T - Some huskiness in the background, but somewhat, well, bland. But it's not bad.

M - Good carbonation offsets the thin body. Good mouthfeel.

D - It's a nice session beer for a hot Oklahoma day. I'd pick it up again.

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Photo of mhewes
3.16/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A : Pours a hazy golden wheat color with a little bit of head that fades quickly

S : Faint aromas of wheat and citrus hops

T : It's got a wheat malt taste with some bready yeast flavors. There's notes of citrus

M : Good mouthfeel with good carbonation

D : It's drinkable, nothing great but not bad.

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Photo of biegaman
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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 Mexinate
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Number two in the sample pack I received trying to get me to sell this beer. 1919 is supposed to be their signature brew but I don't see why.

Poured into a pint glass the beer looks great - a cloudy dark yellow. The smell backs up my impression that this is a Belgian-style pale but the taste lets me down.

It's very watery with not a lot of follow-through beyond the initial tartness I expected. While light to start, the sour flavor takes hold pretty quickly and then fades slowly. Despite how average this is, something leaves you looking for another sip.

I don't see much difference between this and their Waving Wheat offering besides a different color and a more of a citrus flavor here. Both of them are very drinkable but nothing so far marks this beer as outstanding.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to wolffman17 for the opportunity to try this one. Served in my Oberon weizen glass, no freshness dating on bottle. Poured a hazy, opaque straw-gold color. Luscious cloud-like head took up half the glass. Good head retention, but only small specks of lacing trailing down the glass during the session. Scent of wheat, not much else; very clean and uncomplicated. Taste consistent with nose; perhaps a little more grassy in flavor with some citrus qualities in the background (lemon zest). Pleasant mouthfeel - refreshing without being watery with a hint of carbonation and a light tingle at the back of the tongue and palate. Highly drinkable brew just in time for the summer. This brew went down quite easy and really hit the spot after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of ztprez
3.85/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a six pack of cans from the brewery store. I have purchased bottles in the past and was curious to try it out of the can. I can say that I was very pleased with the can.

Poured into pint shaker a clear yellow with nice head. Swirled the bottom of the can to get the sediment and ended the pour with a nice hazy yellow color.

A nice American wheat flavor came through. Pleasant biscuit notes and a slight citrus finish. Very good. Also had a crisp carbonation. Overall this is a very good beer.

I also purchased an order of lamb fries at Pete's Place. They received mixed reviews from my family.

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Photo of TYE
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours orange in color with a white foam head that dissipates quickly to a light covering. Cloudy with very little to no lacing.
S - Smells of oranges, bread, and grain.
T - Yeasty bread flavor with an orange/citrus glaze. Also a little grassy.
M - Medium carbonation and close to medium body. Slight bite on back of tongue.
D - A nice clean tasting beer. Good for "normal" beer drinkers to transition to. It has a flavor that could be enjoyed by most.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
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 skeetermoses
3.89/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I really do enjoy this beer and tend to sway a little more toward the Choctober fest brew myself, the beer does have a bitey aftertaste to it, all in all this brewery has a pretty good reputation in this state that it stands up to. I do look forward to trying the other offerings Choc has to offer.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.5/5  rDev +4.2%
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 tronester
3.41/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow, until you get near the bottom of the bottle. I swished the yeast around and poured it into the glass. The results were a beer that is a rich yellow, yet opaque! Smell is of faint grain. Taste is citrusy, wheaty, and quite yeasty. There is also a surprising amount of bitterness for the style, which I like. Quite a rich mouthfeel with good carbonation. A easy drinking beer, which is also bottle conditioned.

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Photo of scottblaze
4/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a little unknown outside Oklahoma but I predict it will see wider spread distribution before too long. Some things have changed since it was added to BA. They no longer call the brewery Pete's Place, which is also a restaurant. They now call it Krebs Brewing Company probably an effort to skate around some restrictive Oklahoma law. Still the same ownership as far as I know.

Though BA shows the ABV "not listed", I found out from the brewery it to be 5%. Also BA shows this to a "Dark Wheat Ale", I'm not sure about the dark part..seems light to me, a lot like a hefe. Bottle conditioned, a lot of sediment.

Speaking of hefe, that pretty much describes the appearance, unfiltered cloudy, hazy, head disappeared quickly. Nice citrusy, yeasty, malty aroma but unlike many hefe's there is no banana or bubble gum going on, probably because of a different yeast. Same goes for taste, pretty much like a hefe but with a bite...not a bad bite, actually a good one but with no banana and it is a bit maltier than your typical hefe. Good, mouthfeel and drikability.

Sorry for all the hefe comparisons but that is what this reminded of except with some tweaks, such as the hoppy bite and maltier flavors.

Would I buy this again? You bet.

Edit: I had one sixer left after a case I bought 4 or 5 months ago and decided to cool it off and use it up. Something I noticed that I didn't pick up on the first time around is clove. I don't know if 4 or 5 months aging brought it to the forefront or I just didn't get it the first time.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.38/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz stubbie. This one pours a very hazy dark straw color with a 2 finger ivory head that falls to a finger over top. Few bubbles are moving up the sides of the glass. The aroms is very yeasty, bordering on earthy. There is a strong husky wheat character with a touch of lemony citrus on the end. Taking a sip, I taste a healthy wheat malt base with a touch of bready and yeasty character. There is a slight soapy character on the finish from the very mild hop and the husky wheat chatacter. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light carbonation. It has a bit of a creamy texture as well as a sharp, almost a bit astringent. Its a feeling I have not found in a beer before. Overall, this beer is very plain and unoffensive. I spent a good deal of time sweating today, so this one is not too far off from what I was looking for. This is not sometthing I would go out of my way to find, but it is refreshing and clean, outside of the strange sharpness.

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Photo of ttu94
2.83/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a great story to it. Don't know if it is true but fun to read about nontheless. I purchased this beer at the brewery/resturaunt. I would have loved to have eaten their but did not have the time. I think it is great that such a small town has its own brewery. Unfortunatly the only beer they can sell is the 3.2 abv version thanks to OK law. But I was told that two liquer stores in nearby McAlister OK sells a 5% version and it's better.

The beer pours a cloudy light gold color. Has a slight lemmony aroma too it. The taste is malty with a bit of lemmon and biscut flavor to it. Not bad but everything seemed too reserved. I don't know if this is due to the low ABV or what but this beer needs more flavor. O well it's better than any wheat beer brewed in Dallas/Ft Worth area.

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Photo of Vancer
3.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy lemon yellow, with a small but persistent white head. And when you add the swirls’, she mucks up a bit and turns orangy brown.

The aroma and taste were both subtle malted wheats – to me a solid example of a wheat ale. They’re not over the top by any means, light drinking beer for man or woman. This one fit the bill just fine.

Thanks to my oldest daughter for bringing me a sixer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev +1.8%
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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1919 from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
Beer rating: 3.36 out of 5 with 201 ratings
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