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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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285 Ratings

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 2.25
pDev: 37.78%
Wants: 4
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: illeagle05 on 03-05-2014)
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2.75/5  rDev +22.2%

04-04-2014 20:15:56 | More by AP224
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1.75/5  rDev -22.2%

03-24-2014 12:31:06 | More by tectactoe
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4/5  rDev +77.8%

06-21-2014 21:28:48 | More by jonny1138
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1/5  rDev -55.6%

07-10-2014 03:52:46 | More by chip26
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New York

2.46/5  rDev +9.3%

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance: It has a very thick and cloudy look with some carbonation and an orange amber color. An aggressive pour makes for a tall white soapy head which fades out quickly leaving no lacing at all.

Smell: The aroma has lots of sweet maltiness with a heavy dose of clover honey and bready notes.

Taste / Palate: It’s flavor starts off a big sweet mess. It is a very odd sweetness that somehow makes me think of sweet potatoes covered in honey and marshmallows then spiced with cardamom and cinnamon. Mid way though an odd bitterness moves in and brings a light woody oak musty note. It also brings along some dry herbal/leafy bitterness into the finnish. It’s full bodied and complex but not in a good way. The palate feels smooth, full and a little slick which makes it less drinkable.

06-04-2014 07:58:07 | More by generallee
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New Hampshire

2.15/5  rDev -4.4%

Really creepy faux honey flavor, and l did not taste any bourbon cask flavor at all. Although I drank an entire bottle in hopes of "acquiring a taste" for it since it was "something different" for me, I would never drink this again. This seems to be an epic attempt to cover many flavor profiles to please many, but it probably pleased not a single soul. Sorry, but this is a total bust for me.

05-14-2014 22:13:04 | More by ThisLadyLovesBeer
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1.93/5  rDev -14.2%

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Not much of a head, decent lacing. Hazy light amber hue. Odd perfume-like nose, cloying with faux booziness. Flavor is pretty much the same ... odd perfume-like flavor. Honey? I guess. Bourbon Cask flavor ... sure but it seems really force and yet again, odd. Belgian inspired wheat? No way. Some of the masses will fall for this one but in the end this is an outright failed attempt to be "crafty".

03-16-2014 01:10:52 | More by Jason
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -11.1%

04-25-2014 22:13:58 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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West Virginia

1.81/5  rDev -19.6%

Look Shock Top and Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat have all bad connotations. Starting with their first Bourbon cask winter ale. This looks nice though a deep honey golden orange glazed hue with a bright white head forming thick, fine speckled lacing left behind.

Aroma has honey nut cheerio grain notes, with big perceived sweetness and hints of oak barrel offerings there's nothing that makes me scream bourbon. A bit of orange peel is detected with those creamy characteristics.

The first sip is a cloying honey oak note that lingers with the honey notes just dripping down each layer of every sip it's horrible. Horrible artificial bourbon barrel notes in this honey drenched wheat ale it's an abomination of a beer.

Mouthfeel is cloying in every aspect if this beer doesn't induce the gag reflux something is wrong with your palate, honest to god...it numbs your tongue with alcohol notes and citrus peel while the honey gets caught in the back of the throat nearly inducing you to want to vomiting.

Overall, this beer is a drain pour from the second you start sipping until the end, AB would have to pay me money to give any positive review notes on this beer a completely hideous beer experience that the big boys can keep for themselves.

04-03-2014 19:47:47 | More by WVbeergeek
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2/5  rDev -11.1%

08-22-2014 19:20:12 | More by jmrybak
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1.75/5  rDev -22.2%

04-15-2014 00:49:44 | More by cmwilliq
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1/5  rDev -55.6%

07-25-2014 23:44:21 | More by richkrull
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -11.1%

03-13-2014 22:41:36 | More by acurtis
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2.25/5  rDev 0%

04-27-2014 15:01:19 | More by nhirsch04
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4.4/5  rDev +95.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +22.2%

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New Jersey

1.25/5  rDev -44.4%

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3/5  rDev +33.3%

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2.53/5  rDev +12.4%

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Hazy orange with a fleeting head and moderate lacing.

S - A floral - honey smell dominates.

T - Very sweet from honey with what seemed like a bit of a maple syrup finish.

M - Surprisingly thin with little body and very moderate carbonation.

O - A bit of a disappointment considering the hype. Not "bad" but just not good. I won't be buying this one again.

03-22-2014 10:25:44 | More by Retroman40
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1.25/5  rDev -44.4%

06-18-2014 07:10:56 | More by beerbrains
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev +33.3%

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2.75/5  rDev +22.2%

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1.63/5  rDev -27.6%

Pours a cloudy piss yellow. Limited lace.

Smells more of sweet honey than beer (or bourbon, for that matter). I dunno. Never experienced anything like this one before.

Tastes like a honey-infused sweet soft drink. Plenty of vanilla, but the "bourbon" character is virtually nonexistent . This one drinks more like a cream soda. A weird, off-balance cream soda. Not beer. Just no.

04-06-2014 21:14:28 | More by secondtooth
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3.63/5  rDev +61.3%

Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "14114 BE 0"
$8.49/six pack @ Publix, Hillsborough Ave., Tampa, FL

Appearance: Hazy, orange, golden, and amber body (it looks like honey) beneath a short head of frothy white. Head retention and lacing are average.

Smell: Sweet, honey, cereal, wheat, wood, some Bourbon, oak, floral. Interesting, and welcoming.

Taste: Surprisingly not at all as sweet as the nose suggests. In fact it's a touch tangy upfront. Grain and caramel notes follow, and then oak and dryness going into the finish with a dusting of spiciness. The honey returns, and then the Bourbon becomes very clear, backed by oaky dryness. As you progress through the glass the spiciness rises, lingering on your palate.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium in body with a very fine bubbled moderate carbonation.

Overall: Unique. Interesting. The blend of honey and Bourbon is interesting, and the spice really rounds it out. Worth trying.

07-02-2014 14:06:27 | More by NeroFiddled
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New Jersey

1.66/5  rDev -26.2%

What the **** ?
This is one strange brew.
It has a cloudy, hazy orange color of an unfiltered wheat beer.
I smell something sweet, but I can't identify what it is.
It has a watery mouth feel. Sweetness, from the honey.
I get some wood and vanilla on the back end.
It leaves an odd after taste after the swallow.
The flavors do not work well together and it is a chore just to finish one of these.

Anheuser-Busch can and does make good beers,
I am not one to hate a beer just because it is from one of the big brewers.
But this beer is awful.
Should be avoided at all costs!

03-19-2014 01:39:42 | More by JohnFatAss
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Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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