AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20Chad9976 (1498) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2015
all for novelty beers as long as they taste good. The problem is, the
novelty beers that are genuinely delectable are few and far between. The
idea behind Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat is a beer that’s supposed
to taste like a soft pretzel. I’d say this beer does indeed smell like a
pretzel, but not so much in taste. It’s more of a mild dunkelweizen.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tumbler glass. It was bottled on 10/9/15
and cost $1.79 ($0.15 per ounce). Thanks to both Mike and Shock Top for
giving me bottles!
Appearance: Dark brown proper hue. Body is slightly hazy, but otherwise
translucent with carbonation visible. Pours to a two-finger, off-white,
foamy head which retains and laces reasonably well.
Smell: Definitely the best aspect of the beer as it does smell a lot
like a warm soft pretzel. Plenty of wheat and a general “baked goods”
scent. Akin to that of a sports arena or movie theater.
Taste: Since this beer smelled like the product it was claiming to be, I
was hoping it would taste the same. Unfortunately, this is more of a
generic dunkelweizen. There’s a presence of light roasted malt and wheat
and perhaps a bit of chocolate. There isn’t much in the way of esters
or spices or any kind of novelty flavors despite the label claiming
there are artificial flavors added. I’ll bet a pinch of salt might have
made it more pretzel-like. Though it doesn’t completely surprise me that
the palette is so mild considering the brewery and their target
Drinkability: While Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat is a little
underwhelming in the taste department, it’s no challenge to drink
whatsoever. The mouthfeel is light but not paper thin. I would not even
consider it crisp, per se. There’s a fullness to it and the texture is
soft and smooth. At 5.1% ABV it’s not surprisingly mild, though a little
more flavor isn’t an unreasonable expectation. Not a refreshing beer,
but a palatable one that any pedestrian drinker should have no problem