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Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
56
awful

362 Ratings
THE BROS
49
awful

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Ratings: 362
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 2.25
pDev: 39.56%
Wants: 6
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Reviews by Bear1964:
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3.54/5  rDev +57.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a stemmed glass showed a rich honey yellow brew with a fair sized white head, aroma is straight forward honey with deeper sweet notes. Taste follows with honey up front and the barrel aged background...the honey and wood fight with every sip. Mouthfeel is light but leaves a film on the tongue at the finish, on the verge of a barrel aged beer but still a little slim in the mouthfeel being it only catch's it at the end. Overall I think it's a good effort and a nice stepping stone for people to get into craft beer...and I'm all for that...it is what it is...and it was alright.

Bear1964, May 18, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -22.2%

tectactoe, Mar 24, 2014
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2.56/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

tbryan5, Sep 27, 2014
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jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
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1/5  rDev -55.6%

chip26, Jul 10, 2014
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2.46/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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.

generallee, Jun 04, 2014
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2.15/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

ThisLadyLovesBeer, May 14, 2014
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1.93/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

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".

Jason, Mar 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -11.1%

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1.81/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 03, 2014
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2/5  rDev -11.1%

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Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
56 out of 100 based on 362 ratings.