Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch
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Reviews by eberkman:
3.28/5 rDev +11.2%
Picked up one of these from the singles cooler at the nearby packie. Not much of a selection and I'd never heard of this one so, what the hell? Had no idea it was an A-B product until I came on here. Cracking (or screwing) this one open after mowing the lawn in 95-degree heat (at least it's a dry heat today).
Pours a light golden yellow with a lot of haziness. Big, frothy white head with decent stickiness. Definitely an attractive looking beer. Good lacing on the glass as well.
Big orange aromas in the nose. Not picking up on the coriander as much as I'd normally expect to. Nothing offensive about the aroma -- just doesn't stand out for the style.
The taste is one of heavy wheat presence at the beginning and in the finish, which also presents a lingering yeast sensation. In the middle is orange, orange, orange. Not orange peel. But orange. Almost like orange juice or orange crush. Did i mention they overdid the orange? I guess the anthromorphic orange with the orange-peel mohawk/mullet on the bottle shoudl have given that away. Some very subtle, well, faint spice presence in the body too.
Mouthfeel is a little thick and fizzy for my tastes -- not as delicate and tingly as, say an Allagash White, or better yet a Blanche de Chambly or St. Bernardus Wit.
But all-in-all, a pretty drinkable beer as a refresher on a hot day like today. I could easily put away a few of these unless the overpowering orange sensation started to do me in and make me thirstier than I was before.
07-19-2008 19:23:45 | More by eberkman
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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 2,853 ratings.