Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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68
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3,134 Ratings
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69
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Ratings: 3,134
Reviews: 721
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 21
Gots: 373 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
We’ve shaken up traditional tastes by brewing a spiced Belgian-style wheat ale with real orange, lemon and lime peels,and then added a little coriander spice to the mix. This uniquely-crafted and award-winning ale is unfiltered to create a brew that is naturally cloudy with a light golden color and a smooth, refreshing finish.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-04-2007)
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Reviews by jhp40219:
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2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A - Pours with a nice white head that disappears immediately. Leaves a slight lacing on the glass as you drink which slides down the side and vanishes into the drink within seconds. Appearance is that of a cloudy dull orange color. Definitely not much to admire.

S - What smell? I can't smell much of anything. I even let this warm up to room temp hoping to get something out of it. Faintly orangy with a bit of malt is all I am getting.

T - Again, not much here. A bit malty at first is all I taste which disappears quickly behind a slight orange and a biscuity taste. Nothing strong until I got to the last couple of drinks, then the sediments came through. The sediments were just an amplified taste of malt and biscuit. Not bad, just nothing spectacular.

M - Thin and bubbly. Carbonation stings the tongue a bit. Little bit of orange taste comes through, but not much else.

D - As a fan of craft beer, this is definitely not something I would pay to drink again. Flavor is weak and boring. I guess if you don't normally drink anything outside of Bud or Bud Lite, this would probably be bursting with flavor and very drinkable. A step up from Anheuser-Busch's typical macro fare, but not much. And a step down from Michelob's line.

The fact that they even mention this as being a "Belgian Style" is a slap in the face to every decent Belgian beer out there. Without a doubt the bottom of the line in any Witbier I have ever had.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

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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

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 3,134 ratings.