Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch
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Reviews by ElijahRivera:
2.24/5 rDev -24.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25
12 oz. Bottle from a 12-pack that I got for free.
A- Pours a hazy golden color with a one inch off white head. No lacing.
S- Mostly I get a candy-sweet orange in the nose with some grain. Smells like an orange Starburst.
T- Sweet orange up front, then I get some spice that must be the coriander. The orange flavor tastes very artificial. I guess the wheat is there, but not the way you'd want it to be. It finishes with some off tasting grain, corn, and fusel alcohol flavors that help you remember that you are drinking an AB product. Whereas, a better witbier would help you forget that you are imbibing alcohol.
M- The mouth feel is reminiscent of a witbier, but it is too thin and not smooth enough to be a good example of the style. Also, the carbonation isn't there.
O- This is worse than I remember it being, and I remember really not liking it. It essentially tastes like an orange extract, mimed coriander, and almost wheat flavored Budweiser, which is very marketable but not very good.
Serving type: bottle
06-09-2013 01:58:39 | More by ElijahRivera
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3.66/5 rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Have always been curious about this beer. A lot of people (undeservedly, I might add) give this beer low scores merely because of who makes it. I decided to pick it up at the local Fastmart. Here goes:
A: OK, but somewhat lackluster. Beer pours a cloudy yellow, which is normal for beers of this style. The head was also nice and fluffy, but it quickly dissipated and left no lacing whatsoever (I mean NO lacing). Usually Belgian ales - especially low-density ones - leave a ton of lacing due to protein-synthesizing yeast. Not so with this beer.
S: OK, but somewhat muted. Can detect coriander, spice, white pepper, lemon and orange. However, to my surprise, the smell only lasted for a couple minutes after opening the can! Not as strong as I would've liked, but oh well.
T: Bordering on good-to-OK. Has a nice citrus flavor, and I can detect lots of spices. However, the beer lacks that bready characteristic that's typical of Belgian ales (i.e., the one produced from Belgian yeast). It feels somewhat less robust than it should be. Otherwise, this would be a good brew.
M: Somewhat lackluster given the lack of a bready character. Otherwise OK.
O: An OK representation of the style. Would much rather have an Allagash White, though.
Serving type: can
07-26-2014 18:26:31 | More by leantom
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,720 ratings.