Badger State Brewing, Green Bay’s newest brewery is in the process of brewing a few test batches on their pilot system to expand their lineup a bit and branch out into beers that defy the traditional style definitions. One such beer is the chocolate wheat, a new beer that Brewmaster Sam Yanda is working to perfect. With craft breweries ever in the process of pushing traditional style guidelines I suppose it was only a matter of time for chocolate wheat beers to make their way onto the scene. Since this is still an experimental brew, there may be a few changes to the recipe before it gets brewed on the new, 15 barrel system, but here are my notes.
According to Brewmaster Sam Yanda: Chocolate Wheat is a straight forward wheat recipe w/ chocolate malt and cocoa powder added. The mash temp is lower to give it a light body, than say a porter or stout. Real easy drinking dark beer.
Enjoying the first sip, I am greeted by an extremely smooth concoction with very strong up from notes of milk chocolate with a slight hint of roasted barley. The subtle barley notes lead the transition to a deep full, dark chocolate flavor, like an 80% chocolate truffle. There is the slightest note of astringency, perhaps from the cocoa nibs. The beer dries on the back end with a long lingering dark chocolate finish. Chocolate wheat is medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation.
The chocolate wheat test batch from Badger State Brewing is pretty amazing beer. The combination of the chocolate malt and cocoa nibs with a wheat beer base works surprisingly well.
That’s all for tonight, I will get another review up next week! Have a great weekend and Happy Drinking!