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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Photo of GoNowhere
4.2/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my go to lake/river beer. However, I have heard that cans will no longer be available. Shame.

Appearance is probably really nice. Sorry, but I drank them straight from the can.

Smell is a nice wheaty, yeasty, apricoty, bready little number.

Taste is superb. I like my wheat without a lot of spice and this one really delivers. Easy to drink in quantity or just for enjoyment.

I really really like this one.

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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 BeardedRiker
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A new, or newly discovered, brewery! That's the reason why I got this beer. The only reservations I have about it are that the brewer is from Oklahoma. I've not drank a good beer from Oklahoma. Actually, I don't think I've ever had an Oklahoman beer until this Choc 1919. So, let's see if this beer represents Texas' northern bordered neighbor well!

The 1919 is bottle-conditioned and so it has some yeast sediment in it...but by "some" I mean an insane amount. I've only come across this amount of sediment in 750 mL bottles of bottle-conditioned Belgian ales. So, when you pour this beer out you need to make sure you pour about half of it out, swirl the rest of the beer to stir up the sediment, and then pour the rest out (and I still didn't get it all!!!). I actually had to swirl a couple of times to get it all. Poured into a hefeweizen glass, 1919 looks exactly like pineapple juice. The head is white and very bubbly. Other than looking like pineapple juice, 1919 looks like...chalky pale gold...if that makes sense. I'm a sucker for pouring out all of the sediment so the appearance of the beer differs depending on how much you pour in. I can still see clumped sediment floating around and much of the clumped, heavier sediment has settled on the bottom.

1919 tastes very much like a regular wheat beer...but it lacks the usual or expected flavors other than the wheat breadiness like banana or cloves. There is some lemon-citrus tang, however. It has a light-medium body to it that has a sort of creamy feel to it, and I'm sure the more yeast sediment that is added the creamier it gets. Overall I'm not too impressed by the beer. It's very drinkable, even with the excess in sediment, but there isn't anything that's too flavorful, as in overly enjoyable. It's not a bad tasting beer but it's not something I'm finding very appetizing. I'm not the biggest wheat beer fan though. Still, this is a decent beer that is easy to drink.

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Photo of Kevinator
2.33/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first from this bewery. It obviously has a history, which seems to be their main selling point. In short, it leaves a lot to be desired. The smell did not differ much from a major brewer. Not a whole lot of nuances here. The same could be said for the appearance as it reminded me of straw. What confused me about the taste was that the bottle said it was a wheat ale. Huh? I didn't detect it. I wasn't expecting a hint of hefeweizen but this seemed more lager-like. It was drinkable and would be appropriate for a hot summer's day outside while eating a burger. I don't think I would purchase a six pack but wouldn't turn one away if it was offered at a cookout. Even though this is one of their staple products, I would choose one of the other offerings if you're looking to try something from Krebs.

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

A: Light golden, slightly hazy, good size white head that falls yet keeps a skim and leaves decent lacing.

S: Vaguely grainy & sweet, faint grassy & slightly spicy hops, hint of lemon. Not all that strong though.

T: Wheaty, pale malt cracker & grainy sweetness, a definite lemon note. A bready / grainy malt background. Faint hops, mostly grassy, but also slightly spicy. Straight forward and a bit shall we say "county" - but reasonably hearty.

M: Medium body, medium CO2, slightly drying. Nothing special, nothing wrong.

D: A great story and a great history. (* and given all the crazy booze laws in that part of the country, I believe it.) Very much more than a typical lawnmower beer. Also different form many American wheat beers. Not as crisp and refreshing as many, mostly due to relatively restrained carbonation. No crystal malts detected, and while it does have some pale malt it is far and away a wheat dominated beer. It does have a good bit of character with its lemon note and its rustic air that makes you think that, just maybe, they did keep alive a recipe from a century past.

(from notes - tasted May 2010)

( * for some reason typing up this review actually makes me think of the western Ouachita Mts.)

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Photo of smibroncos
3.12/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A.Poured a dark cloudy straw, with a small white diminishing head. No lacing on the glass. Heavy sediment.

S. Grass, hay, light malts, lemon

T. Taste is similiar to the smell, light malt, lemon, slightly spiced but mostly citrus.

M. Medium bodied, good carbonation, not alot of lasting flavor.

D. A decent brew, nice citrus flavor.

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Photo of soju6
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color with no real head.

S: Has a grain & citrus aroma with a bit of spice.

T: Quite crisp, citrus flavor with a grainy texture. has a bit of a tart finish.

F: light body, a bit watery. Fairly refreshing.

D: Easy drinker, good summertime brew.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.67/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pale gold. Very small and quickly departing head. Plenty of bubbles rising.
Incredibly faint aroma. Light malt with balance of barley and wheat. Little hints of fruity sweetness and tart like lemon.
Note the nice soft feel of both body and carbonation. Pleasing and refreshing. Leaves a mild dryness on the finish which is quenching.
Flavors are stronger than aroma, yet still tame. Prickly tingling up front subdues any sweetness. Mild tartness gives way to a growing bitterness which doesn't push it too much, but never leaves either. Grain flavors intermingle softly around the bitterness.
Drinks inoffensively, leaving one fine with another, but not craving one either.

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

Drank straight from a can during a float trip on the White River.

Picked this up in Arkansas as I needed some craft-in-a-can for water sporting. Pop it in a foam can cozy and you're good to go.

I got a pretty good look at the color of the beer when I spilled a little in the bottom of the canoe. It came off as a light yellow against the beige of the fiberglass, adorned with flecks of pure white foam. Didn't notice any of the clove or banana notes indicative of a wheat beer in the nose, but it was in the can at the time, so...

Definitely a solid drinker, with a nice bready flavor and a light bite from the hops in the finish. Could (and did) drink these suckers all day.

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Photo of ZAP
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-Glowing deep gold...minimal hops..

S-I've had a ton of wheat beers and at times I've gotten some "Cream of Wheat" notes (mainly in some American Wheats) but this takes the cake by far...this is literally like smelling "Cream of Wheat"...some light citrus mingles in..

T-The "Cream of Wheat" notes are much more subtle on the taste and the citrus really emerges as a nice quenching flavor to this..lemony...some lime too...maybe some unripe oranges...

M-Light side of medium...a drinker...nice creamy texture..

D-Highly drinkable...reminds me a little of Oberon....

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

Presentation: Had on tap at Hopjacks recently. Described by the server as an unfiltered wheat and listed as 6% ABV.

Appearance: Arrives in a Shaker pint with 1.5 fingers of pure white head. This settles slowly leaving behind near complete lacing coverage. The beer itself is a cloudy, chalky yellow.

Smell: Lemony with an almost soapy backdrop. But not in a bad way.

Taste: Distinct citrus upfront. In the first split second, tastes almost like the soda Squirt. Lingering wheat twang.

Mouthfeel: Higher than average carbonation, as would seem appropriate for a wheat. Good body.

Drinkability: Very refreshing.

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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 ufotofuturo
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a sampler from Choc and wasn't particularly impressed with anything in the lot. This one poured out with a bright (almost sickly), cloudy golden-yellow color, and a head which vanished almost immediately. Meh. The flavor, for the first few sips, seemed remarkably generic (Pale Ale 6A-659B, as it were), but it improved slightly as the beer warmed up. Hints of fruit somewhere in there. Relatively smooth mouthfeel, and a typically American-Pale-Ale type of drinkability. I find myself neither impressed nor unimpressed.

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Photo of climax
3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one poured a somewhat dull yellow grapefruit color. It was very cloudy, the head was next to nothing.

The nose was clean and pleasant. Not too powerful, but nice notes of wheat, lemon zest, and slight sweetness and coriander played even parts.

The flavor is full of wheat as it should be. The lesser notes of lemon, cider, and sugary sweetness add character.

The feel seemed watery at first, but as it sat in the mouth and embarked down my throat it gained some spunk. Carbonation is quite sharp at the end, and the body is more full than it first seems.

This is a pretty good wheat beer, the first one I've tried from my Choc sampler.

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Photo of hangh
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Golden colored beer that was pretty opaque. There were little or not particles in the beer. The head was barely visible and dissapated quickly.
S- There was barely any smell, but it had a grainy smells as well as some fruit either lemon or peachy
T- Taste was decent but not very strong or memorable. Definitely some lemon or peach at work. It was an ok taste but you won't come away amazed at it.
MF- very lightly carbonated, I hardly noticed anything. It is a light bodied beer
D- Very easy to drink but a very average beer, not one that you would go out seeking

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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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Photo of StaveHooks
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark cloudy yellow. Lots of carbonation.
Smells faintly of grain, bread, lemon. Very subtle aroma.
Taste is watered down wheat with hints of fruity lemon. I love unfiltered beers. This one goes down very smooth. A little bland but it makes a great lawnmowing beer.

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

Unfiltered, nice white bubbly head, seems to linger. nice amount of fine bubbles, pale lemony color with a white tinge.

Smells of herbal hops, like wild grasses in a prarie, and some grain.

Great wheat taste with some lemon, i'm glad the zest isn't overpowering, it's a great balance. there is a nice wheat overtone, and maybe a slight hop bittering in the end.

Very drinkable, this is a tasty beer that went well on a warm night.

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Photo of ncvbc
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden in color with thin fizzy head falling to a ring. Not much lacing. Light, somewhat bland smell. Wheat, grain, lightly sweet. Trace of earthy, grassy hops. All muted. Taste is much of the same. Fairly straightforward but well balanced regardless. Good mouthfeel with solid carbonation. Slightly creamy up front, very smooth, with a light drying finish. Could drink this without thinking much of it. Thanks to ckeegan04 for the extra!

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Photo of TexIndy
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got as an extra in a trade with tjmodica - many thanks! No dating info. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Was a cloudy straw color with slight carbonation. It had a thin white head that quickly dissipated into nothing. No lacing.

The aroma was subdued with wheat malt, lemon and bready. This style is not known for strong aromas and this fits in with that. The taste was also subdued with the lemon and citrus being a bit more prevalent. A little yeast spice. Not much flavor but does go down easy and is better than your average BMC. Good warm weather cooling off beer. Mouthfeel was watery and lacking in carbonation. Neutral after-taste.

Overall, an average beer in an average style. As said above, would go down easy on a hot summer day. Could be a starter beer for friends wanting to get off the standard macros. Rotation - not avail here in TX but wife is from OK so can get up there. Wouldn't buy any bottles of it but would be a good best option on-tap during trips to the in-laws.

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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 armock
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy yellow color with a white head that leaves some spotty lacing behind

S - Is of wheaty malt and some citrus

T - Follows the nose wheaty malt with some lemon flavor

M - This beer has a light body with higher carbonation to it

D - For what it is its not a bad beer its light and refreshing with a good taste if you like wheat beers this is worth checking out

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Photo of StoneTSR
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 2.5

My girlfriend's family is from Oklahoma, plus I work with a couple guys from there who occasionally bring a six pack or two back to the Windy City after visiting home. So I am fairly familiar with their lineup. The 1919 is not my favorite of the bunch, but it certainly offers a nice change of pace.

APPEARANCE: Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 16 oz. pint glass, 1919 was a hazy, pale yellow with only a thin head. A small amount of yeast made its way from the bottom of the bottle to the bottom of the glass and that seemed to give the carbonation a little life as bubbles floated up to the top from beginning to end.

SMELL: The smell was a pleasant surprise. It was a surprisingly strong, sweet, caramel aroma that I had never experienced while drinking this beer straight from the bottle. As with the other beers I have had from Choc, the 1919 also had a slight smoky smell as well, but that is evident even when drinking from the bottle.

TASTE: The sweet smell hits your palate right away. Along with a strong citrus flavor, the sweet and fruity taste is a bit overwhelming to me. Then again, I prefer a bit more of a dryer beverage, so this isn't exactly my style. If you ever find yourself in Oklahoma, however, and whoever you're with doesn't really like beer - have them try this. I can see it as an eye opener for a less sophisticated beer palate.

MOUTHFEEL: Just like Choc's Basement Batch, which I reviewed last week, the 1919 had some unusual carbonation that almost felt like a soda going down. Unlike the Basement Batch, however, the carbonation in 1919 is evident immediately - very strong and prevalent bubbles.

OVERALL: I enjoy most beers I've had from the Choc lineup, and I would be happy to drink a 1919 if there aren't any other good options, but ultimately it is a bit too sweet, rich and fruity for me. Despite a very solid smell and excellent mouthfeel, this will not be my first choice the next time I find myself in Oklahoma.

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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 Mistofminn
2.91/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this beer tonight as a night cap. Pours a straw golden color, very hazy, almost like a wheat beer. Thin white head produced, but quickly shrinks to a small ring and never returns. No lacing.

The nose is very unimpressive. It actually smells similar to an american macro, but much more hopped up. I get a decent amount of bitterness, however I also get adjuncts galore. Not a good mix.

The taste is pretty much what I would expect. A huge bite from the over carbonation, something I do not like at all in a beer, and the bitterness is completely drown out from the bite and the taste of adjuncts. I'm not impressed at all.

Mouthfeel is thin, and then theres the overcarbonation. Huge bite definitely takes away from the beer. Drinkability also takes a hit from this.

Overall, not a very good beer. This is something I would drink over most macro's, but not something I would specifically seek out again.

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1919 from Choc Beer Co. / Pete's Place
3.38 out of 5 based on 201 ratings.
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