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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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459 Ratings

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Ratings: 459
Reviews: 139
rAvg: 2.25
pDev: 38.22%
Wants: 13
Gots: 134 | 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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Ratings: 459 | Reviews: 139
Reviews by Bierwolf:
Photo of Bierwolf
1.09/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy, typical for a witbier. A half a finger of white foam that disappates quickly.

Smell: A little chocolate in the background but the smell most prevalent was very much like talcum powder. No honey or anything else.

Taste: It tasted pretty much how it smelled...like talcum powder. There was a little alcohol warmth going down. No honey or oak or anything else.

Mouth Feel: Grainy and chalky feeling.

Overall: I have to say this was the worst beer I have ever tasted. Typically if I have a beer that tastes very off I try another which is what I did here. But after two of them being so bad the same way I won't ever have another one of these.

More User Reviews:
Photo of alucard3600
3.82/5  rDev +69.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 4

The Honey Bourbon, in my opinion has a great honey taste, and is an easy beer to drink, I would have no complaints having another one.

Photo of darkstar4392
1/5  rDev -55.6%

Hmmm, how do I put this? Oh yeah DO NOT DRINK THIS SHITE! I get it most will say "What did you expect from a major brewer" but the bigs do make a consistent product and there’s a lot to be said for that. But this is grotesque. From the strong acridy urine smell and color (like someone who hasn’t properly hydrated in a while) to the disgusting spice notes that violate your taste buds this is completely undrinkable; it’s just...blechh! Seriously, did they dump everything from the spice rack in here? I swear it’s like I bit into matted rotting lavender and heather turf from someone’s garden; followed by the cloying vanilla sweetness of cream soda. And how come I can't rate this a zero? It's coming up 1? I poured this down the drain and even the sink gurgled in disgust at this crap. Man, where's the kerosene and a blowtorch I need to rinse my mouth.

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.4/5  rDev +51.1%

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Pint mug
From: Albertsons in Alpine, Calif.
Price: $10.99 for a variety 12-pack
Purchased: Dec. 3, 2014
Consumed: Dec. 3, 2014
Misc.: Bottled on Oct. 8, 2014

Poured a honey, orange, hazy color with 1-to-2 fingers of off-white head that dissipated rather quickly. Some bubbles coming up on the sides of the glass, but not crazy. Minimal wet lacing on the sides all the way down. Minimal retention. (Sight - 3.00)

Took a step back on the first smell. Definitely different. Got caramel, honey, brown sugar, marshmallow, crayon, molasses, oaky wood, light vanilla, light chocolate and leathery spices. Intriguing. (Smell - 3.63)

Taste wasn’t as good as the nose, but still different. Caramel syrup, toffee, thick honey, marshmallow, brown sugar, light molasses, caramel vanilla sundae, cereal milk, leathery wood, carpet (I know) and light cocoa. (Taste - 3.38)

Light-to-medium body. Thin texture. Soft carbonation. Abrupt, creamy finish. (Feel - 3.25)

This was a different beer that’s for sure and I like that Anheuser-Busch would try something like this. Like all of their craft beer attempts, it will be underrated. I think this was decent for the style and above average for the brewery. (Overall - 3.38)

3.40 | 78 | B-

Photo of tectactoe
1.75/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of Sullivan1088
1/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Horrible. The single worst thing I've ever drank. Raw sewage water would of tasted better.

Photo of tbryan5
2.6/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of J-Dub_Maine
2/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of jonny1138
4/5  rDev +77.8%

Photo of chip26
1/5  rDev -55.6%

Photo of generallee
2.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
2.16/5  rDev -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.

Photo of Jason
1.94/5  rDev -13.8%
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".

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 Hugh37
2/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
2/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of BrianBeers1030
3.24/5  rDev +44%

Photo of WVbeergeek
1.87/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

Photo of jmrybak
2/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of cmwilliq
1.75/5  rDev -22.2%

Photo of richkrull
1/5  rDev -55.6%

Photo of Bingja18
1.25/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of Cobrabob428
2.76/5  rDev +22.7%

Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -11.1%

Photo of JMS1512
2.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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