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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474 Ratings

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Ratings: 474
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 2.24
pDev: 38.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 151 | 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 alucard3600
3.82/5  rDev +70.5%
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 -55.4%

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 +51.8%

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 moonboogie_n8
1.29/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

wow, what a terrible tasting beer (for me, and it seems a few other folks).
the honey flavor IS artificial and for sure overpowering everything else, so I don't even need to go on.... carbonated artificial honey flavoring, that's what shock top should call this "beer". also, if Founders DID brew a beer like this, I would throw the bottle through their front window for being stupid. very bad drink, couldn't even give the other 5 bottles away. awful.

Photo of Sullivan1088
1/5  rDev -55.4%
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 generallee
2.47/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of ThisLadyLovesBeer
2.16/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -13.4%
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%
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 WVbeergeek
1.87/5  rDev -16.5%
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 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 samtrillo
1.86/5  rDev -17%
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 Retroman40
2.54/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of secondtooth
1.65/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.61/5  rDev +61.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of cjgator3
1.67/5  rDev -25.4%
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 JohnFatAss
1.73/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

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!

Photo of ordybill
2.81/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12 LOZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a very sweet smell with citrus trappings with grain and malt thrown in.
Appearance- This is a murky orange with transitions to more of a yellow color at the bottom of the glass. At first I thought it was the glass, but I think it's the beer
Taste- Whoa, not for me! There is a slight bourbon flavor (tat I not good) and I didn't find this very drinkable
Palate- I think this is a moderate bodied beer with medium carbonation and a oily feel to it.
Overall- This was not good at all in my opinion. The flavor was downright bad and the texture didn't compliment the experience. I will not drink this again, even if it was free.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.35/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat brewed by Anheuser-Busch with an ABV 5.5% This brew pours out a a cloudy amber color with a small white head. This is an unfiltered brew. Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat has a nice cloudiness to this brew. The smell is sweet with honey and grains. So far this brew is decent. The taste is different to this brew. It is sweet and smooth and spicy. There is a spice to this brew like allspice or something. Not much honey taste to this brew,but it is sweet. Mouthfeel is nice and clean and also smooth. Nothing bad but not what I was expecting in this brew. There could be more this this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3.5 out 5.

Photo of LittleDog
3.89/5  rDev +73.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

If Founder's brewed this everyone would be jizzing all over themselves to get one.

Photo of DaneBramage
1.77/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: honey-gold with a nice white foamy head.

S: honey, honey and more honey

T: another review compared it to a Halls throat lozenge that had fermented, and I can't improve on that. The honey flavor is overpowering.

M: aftertaste is a bit sour, made me wonder if the beer had gone bad. They weren't lying when they said 'honey bourbon'.

O: I'm wondering if AB had focus groups taste-test this before releasing it. If so, it's hard to believe even 50% of people would give it a thumbs up. It's a unique flavor, but in this case, unique doesn't mean good.

Photo of KYGunner
2.14/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

A golden hue, kind of cloudy, with a very fizzy head. The aroma has some sweetness, like a flower or coconut, but than there's a dirty dish water finish. The flavor is like cocoa butter, wheat, and maybe lemon. The bourbon character does not react well with the lemony sweetness and it comes across as medicinal lemon cleanser. The feel is very thin an way too carbonated for a bourbon barreled beer. This was given to me for my honest's awful.

Photo of AUGRAD06
3.47/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Definitely a desert beer. It is SWEET. I can understand why a bunch of people don't like,it, but as a finishing beer for the night it left me feeling really good without a weird bitter taste on my tongue. Goes great with wings! I know a bunch of people hate in this beer, but seriously, give it a chance. You never know what you may enjoy, especially if you view it as a desert.

Photo of tone77
2.66/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit off, medicinal. Taste is cough medicine, honey, a hint of bourbon. Feels light in the mouth and overall, not the worst beer I have tried, but a lousy beer nonetheless.

Photo of puboflyons
2.37/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 14047BF23. Sampled on May 18, 2014.

The pour is orange-golden-copper with a big, short-lived white head a slight cloudy appearance.

The honey in the aroma is a bit overwhelming and if there is bourbon in it I did not notice it. Some toasted wheat malts.

The body is light but smooth and pasty like honey.

It tastes a bit like someone poured a jar of honey into my beer it's so over the top. Some toasted wheat or biscuits...but more biscuit. Hello bourbon...where are you? I give everything the benefit of the doubt but this one was not impressive.

Photo of beerthulhu
1.18/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

A: Dense honey-orange coloring with a washy, bubbly topping that was dirty white and displayed no holding strength. Medium rise of effervesce, no lacing.

S: Aroma had strong phenolic tones of musky diapers and damp oranges. Fatty acids of stale cheese and cooked vegetables with plastic fruit and some cherry juice. Watery, cheap burbon soaked oranges, no real wheat attributes or yeastiness except for the musky off flavors. Honestly the aroma made me very hesitant to start drinking.

T: The flavor didnt fair any better then the aroma with much the same off flavors and questionable content. Plastic diapers, moldy oranges with some water soaked bread. Honey flower with artificial flavors that resembled old fruit, musty, sulphidic tones of raw shrimp.

M: Spritzy mouthful, honestly i could bearly stand to hold this on my tongue long enough to get a good feel. Syrupy feel, medium bodied , musty honey oranges.

O: Overall a complete drain pour, couldn't stomach more then a few sips. Have no qualms about a 1.0 rating, if any beer is so deserving aroma, flavor, mouthful, and drinkability wise, it is this one. An intriguing name and only moderately entertaining visual are the only enticing features this offers, everything there-after is a complete utter mess.

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Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
55 out of 100 based on 474 ratings.