Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch
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Reviews by BryanCarey:
2.2/5 rDev -25.4%
Shock Top Belgian White pours to a yellowish/gold color with a good deal of bubbling action, very little foam, a cloudy body, and no lacing at all. There is very little aroma, with only a slight indication of citrus and spice.
This beer offers flavors of wheat, citrus, yeast, coriander, and other spices. The citrus tastes include orange, lemon, and lime. There is even a hint of banana in the taste, ending with a slight taste of coriander.
Shock Top Belgian White is an obvious attempt by Anheuser- Busch to compete with Blue Moon Belgian White. But it doesn't quite measure up and the reason is that Shock Top Belgian White is too tame, too timid to compete with the big orange and coriander flavors offered by Blue Moon Belgian White. It also has a certain artificial character to its taste, similar to the artificial flavoring found in certain fruity soft drinks. Anheuser- Busch makes this beer using real lime, orange, and lemon peel, but the fruit flavor still seems off base.
If you want a great tasting Belgian White brew, Shock Top Belgian White isn't the answer. It isn't terrible, but it fails to impress and its flavor will frustrate most who sample it. There are tastier witbiers that cost less and taste better.
05-25-2008 18:12:41 | More by BryanCarey
More User Reviews:
2.85/5 rDev -3.4%
An interesting pale hue of cloudy golden orange. There was some white soapy suds on the top that quickly faded. No lacing to note.
The aroma was interesting. I would not let them serve this with the 'mandatory' orange slice that they wanted to include but I swear there was still a faint hint of orange on the nose. Odd because I sure didn't taste any orange. Some light wheat & malt did make it past the orange but that was about it. A pleasant aroma, if not very traditional.
Well, the taste wasn't what I was expecting after such a fruity nose. This tasted like a cross between a wheat beer and a grand cru - some spice, some notes of lemon zest, and a little wheat chafe, but overall rather weak on the palate. Everything sort of falls apart on the tongue and leaves you with a watery, somewhat bitter finish.
I was very hot and thirsty when I purchased this and the first few sips did the trick of quenching my thirst. After about half a glass though as the brew warmed up, it got harder and harder to get it down. The last quarter was just a straight up shot - finally gone.
I guess I'm just turning into a beer snob a bit but I really didn't care for this. There are so many other representations of the style that are so much better. My advice would be to check the others out first if you can.
08-11-2008 18:25:09 | More by SIRIUS2
3.93/5 rDev +33.2%
Bottle poured into a Hooegaarden glass
Look: similar to other Belgian whites/hefeweissens. Cloudy but didn't hold head very long
Smell: citrus and spice
Feel: good, a full feel -- tempted to swish it around
Taste: very drinkable but lacking somewhat in the full flavors of top notch whites
Overall: very good but not the equal of best imports or Sierra Nevada Kellerweis
03-23-2013 19:40:10 | More by dalygnus
3.05/5 rDev +3.4%
Kind of a pleasant surprise. The beer was a hazy yellow/orange color with a thick white head. It had a vaguely citrus aroma. Orange and a teeny bit of spice in the taste. Not too bad a beer, but it could have a stronger aroma and taste. Still, it was decent enough to drink that I would order it again.
04-02-2008 19:39:23 | More by lordofthewiens
2.78/5 rDev -5.8%
Looks light with a haze and almost an artificial, fizzy top. The smell is orange mist and water--memories of Walter's sprayed produce come to mind. It's edible and creamy...compared to its rice-adjunct counterparts! Far from great, but equally as far from terrible. You can definitely wash down cheap American eats with this here Shocktop. There's not much feel to speak of, but maybe a bit of effervescence off the orangey, citrusy carbonation. At least it's not a fraud!
11-22-2012 21:13:24 | More by marvin213
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,842 ratings.