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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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363 Ratings

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Ratings: 363
Reviews: 80
rAvg: 2.24
pDev: 39.73%
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)
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Reviews by puboflyons:
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2.36/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

puboflyons, May 18, 2014
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1.75/5  rDev -21.9%

tectactoe, Mar 24, 2014
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2.56/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.46/5  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.

generallee, Jun 04, 2014
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2.15/5  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.

ThisLadyLovesBeer, May 14, 2014
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1.93/5  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".

Jason, Mar 16, 2014
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2/5  rDev -10.7%

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1.81/5  rDev -19.2%
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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Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
56 out of 100 based on 363 ratings.