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Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask WheatShock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat

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445 Ratings

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Ratings: 445
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 2.25
pDev: 38.67%
Wants: 12
Gots: 126 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: illeagle05 on 03-05-2014

This Belgian-Style unfiltered wheat ale is brewed with honey, caramel malt, and aged on bourbon cask staves for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment all year round.
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Photo of rtcjny
4.28/5  rDev +90.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A great tasting beer with a true honey taste.

Photo of ALC82
2.98/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

over powered w/ bland bourbon flavor, drinkable but not much else

Photo of mamaraza
1.8/5  rDev -20%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Mrbseward
3.78/5  rDev +68%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a burnt orange color with very little head. Smells like warm honey and bourbon, taste much like mixing a bourbon and a shock top together with a smooth feel..gives mixed emotion on taste, too bourbon-esque or not enough beer-ish?!

Photo of Yoda22
1.83/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of StoutHunter
1.98/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I got a bottle of Shock Top's Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat as a freebie. I had this at the World Expo of Beer and I didn't like it that much, but since I was given one I though I would give it a proper review, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a teku.

A- The label looks ok, it's got a decent design to it, but it isn't too eye catching. It poured a nice orange color that took on more of a brighter orange color when held to the light with a finger and a half worth of white head that died down to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave any lacing behind. This was a nice looking beer, but I wish it had better head retention and lacing.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with an orange aroma being the first to show up along with a noticeable honey aroma that goes right into some funky dirty sock aromas. Up next comes a woody aroma, that slightly bourbon like, but it doesn't smell authentic. This beer didn't have a good aroma, the dirty sock aspect was a deal breaker.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma, but not as strong and it starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness that still has that honey like aspect to it which is the first to show up and it's followed by a pretty light orange flavor. Up next comes that weird wood and fake bourbon barrel flavors that goes right into some funky dirty stock flavors. On the finish there's not bitterness with some sweetness taking it's place and it had a very honey like aftertaste.

M- A little smooth, very crisp, prickly, on the lighter side of being medium bodied with a high amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel isn't good, it's way too carbonated.

Overall I wasn't a fan of this beer and I didn't think it was a good example of the style, it lived up to it's name when it came to the honey, but when it came to the bourbon cask it got weird and in the end it made for a beer that just didn't taste good. This beer didn't have good drinkability, it's a little smooth, very crisp, prickly, not filling and the taste doesn't do a good job at holding my attention, one is more than enough for me, no need for another one. What I like the most about this beer was the appearance, it was a nice looking beer. What I liked the least about this beer was that nasty dirty sock aspect, it was just unwanted. I wouldn't buy this beer and I for sure wouldn't recommend it. All in all I just didn't like this beer, it's not for me and I don't find it to be enjoyable. This is my least favorite Shock Top beer and one of the my least favorite of the style. Better luck next time guys, this beer just wasn't good..

Photo of billdacat2
2.53/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drinkable but not terribly good. The base beer is very smooth, but the honey leaves an aftertaste that I don't care for.

Photo of cchrink
2.33/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of ThomasMetal75
2.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Looks hazy orange. It is more of a lemony yellow towards the bottom of the glass. Head is one finger tall. It is pretty soapy and fizzy. Carbonation looks good here. Looks like any Shock Top or Blue Moon style beer.

S- Honey and sugary sweetness. Lemons, limes, and orange is here as well. There is a little bit of a woodsy note. But in general it's very grainy, malty, citrusy, with a little bit of that honey in here. The nose is all over the place. Not appealing at all!

T- You do get the lime peel flavor in here. Honey is there. There is also a little bit of that bourbon stave/woody note as well. But the sweetness and the citrus just don't work well together. Too many citrusy notes in this one, and they all clash terribly with the honey. It's the limey taste that throws the flavor off for me. It's down right gross.

M- It's thin and fizzy like soda water. It's mild in the mouthfeel. It's a bit sticky from the sweetness.

Overall, this is not a very good beer. It's a 45/100 & a C-/C in grade. If you're looking to try some different when it comes to beer, this definitely is one for you to consider. It's just the honey, sweetness, and the citrusy flavors just do not go well with each at all. I can't recommend you willing try this beer.

Photo of bundy462
1.25/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Sweet with a vanilla bourbon finish.

Photo of Mooslerfitness
1.51/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Just bad
L: like honey 1 finger head dissipates quick
S: honey oak and something awful
T: dirty honey served off burnt oak
F: watery
O: just plain bad wife picked this up in a pick your own six never again

Photo of TMoney2591
3.08/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Gotta love these random Shock Top flavors, amiright? Anyway, this stuff pours a kinda hazy golden amber topped by a finger or so of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises mild buttercream, caramel, a hint of bourbon-soaked wood, and a kiss of sweetgrass. The taste pretty much brings in more of the same, the competing sweetnesses kinda clashing a bit, though generally just canceling each other out for the most part, leaving just a vague sense of "sweet" on your tongue, buttressed by some very mild bourbon notes every now and again. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a mostly smooth feel. Overall, this is a pretty bland beer, especially given the expressive name, but I mostly enjoyed it. Chalk it up to my massive sweet tooth, but this ain't bad. Just not that great.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.42/5  rDev +52%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Here goes nothing.

Appearance : solid 2 finger head sitting there like foam on a river. The body is an apricot honey glow with bits of sediment. Promising so far!

Aroma : Dead ringer for natural honey. Then, bits of lemon, aged wood from an old haunted house, and something else specific I can't put a finger on. Oh, carmex! Or some other lip balm.
Haha how strange.

Flavor : Ok...this is interesting. It's not entirely terrible although it may be the worst shock top. Ricola lozenges come to mind, yes...liquified Ricola herbal lemon lozenges. That about nails it. A little bit of straw, too. I imagine heating this up and serving it in a hot cup would do wonders - and I'm not joking here. They may have unknowingly created a new version of medicinal brandy.

Mouthfeel : like water, very thin. Slightly creamy on the finish.

Overall : this wasn't the s**tfest I thought it was going to be. In fact it's actually drinkable. It ain't half bad guys. I'm gonna try heating the rest of mine up in a saucepan on the stove. brb.

Photo of samtrillo
1.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Smells very sweet and artificial. Honey with some spices.

I don't know how to describe the taste. Soda syrupy sweetness. Fake honey. Some sort of spices that mimic bourbon. I don't know. It's like bourbon flavor for kids. I don't really consider this beer. Some sort of alcoholic malt beverage artificially sweetened.

Photo of bwbetts
3.06/5  rDev +36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Only the honey taste comes through. No bourdon notes at all.

Photo of Billiam160
1.12/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Smells like honey and burnt wood tastes like Burnt wood thick in feel and actually made me vomit haha

Photo of bgillespie
2.21/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Probably the best part of the beer is how it looks, and it is not that flattering. Hazy gold is appealing, but almost no head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: A strange caramel/honey that has been burnt smell.

Taste: Just like the smell, I taste a weird artificial honey taste. Maybe a hint of aged bourbon.

Mouthfeel: Once you get past the taste, the feel is nothing special, almost a syrup kind of thickness. Needs more carbonation.

Overall: I am a fan of the regular shock top and bourbon, but this beer was off the mark. Would not have it again

Photo of allenmarkes
2.32/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Beerguy1969
3.74/5  rDev +66.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a taste similar to root beer "with a kick". Would buy it again...

Photo of cjgator3
1.67/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This could be one of the worst beers I've had in a while. Undrinkable with an almost artificial sweetness to it

Photo of LennyBound
1/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I specifically bought this because of the extremely poor reviews to see if they were justified. They were. Drain pour.

Photo of st9647v3
2.55/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BobsledTM
2.5/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of atrocity
1.53/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Didn't expect it to be good.. but this was horrid.

Photo of IreRican
1.44/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Oof da. Truly a miss

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Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
55 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.