Review: End of the World Midnight Wheat, Shock Top


End of the World Midnight Wheat
Shock Top Brewing Co. —St. Louis, MO

Stats:
  • Style:  Wheat Ale
  • Bitterness:  Not specified
  • ABV: 6.0%
  • Malts:  Not specified
  • Hops:  Not specified
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description: "Shock Top End of the World Midnight Wheat is an unfilteredwheat ale brewed with midnight wheat, chocolate malt, chilies and other spices.This limited edition 6% ABV ale has a dark, rich color and delivers anindulgent flavor and sessionability, making it the perfect beer to celebratethe end of the world." — Shock Top Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  The Mayan doomsday prophesy foretells the world will end sometime tomorrow. Shock Top decided to celebrate the occasion with this limited, one-time release. This is the first Shock Top beer I've profiled on my blog. If the Mayans are correct, it will also be my last.  Shock Top is fully owned by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Last week, the beer community got into a lively discussion about what a "craft" beer is and is not. If you're remotely interested, you can read my thoughts about the whole Craft vs. Crafty debate.  Now on to our imminent demise...

The tasting:  Brownish orange in color, hazy, with an off-white head that dissipates fairly slowly. Lots of effervescent bubbles float through the glass. Aroma dominated by wheat with a hint of cocoa. Flavor starts with toasted wheat and light cocoa. In the middle, some light spice flavors come through. It finished with a very light dose of spicy heat. It's not much and doesn't overwhelm, but it's definitely noticeable. It has some light earthy hop notes, but overall bitterness is low. Alcohol isn't noticeable in aroma or flavor. Midnight Wheat is light bodied, and moderately carbonated.  
 
Rating: 3 star.  Good. I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.  This beer surprised me. I've been less than impressed with the few Shock Top beers I've tasted, and this surpassed my expectations. Perhaps that's another sign of the apocalypse. If you're contemplating what to drink for your very last beer, I'd like to suggest the aptly named La Fin du Monde from Unibroue.

What beer are you planning to drink on the eve of our doom?


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4 comments:

Anonymous said...

This beer is going for $4/ 6 pack at my local store, and I don't know why.

Sanjay R. said...

It's because the Mayans were wrong. :)

Anonymous said...

Because Shock Top is owned by Budwiser. That's why it's cheap.

Doug said...

Lots of floating things in two of the beers out of a case. i had an alergic reaction and broke out in hives someone said it might be hops but I have never had this happen

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