1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

Not Rated.
Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
69
poor

2,909 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

(view ratings)
Ratings: 2,909
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 264 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Ratings: 2,909 | Reviews: 701 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by jhp40219:
Photo of jhp40219
2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
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.

jhp40219, Jun 01, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of davemarc87
2.25/5  rDev -23.7%

davemarc87, Mar 20, 2014
Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev +1.7%

cam477, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

beerhunter13, Jan 23, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev +1.7%

tectactoe, Jul 03, 2012
Photo of Mac19872
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Mac19872, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of tohe9384
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

tohe9384, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

tbryan5, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of GameOfBeers
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

GameOfBeers, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of SIRIUS2
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

SIRIUS2, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of jose_alehouseSD
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

jose_alehouseSD, Tuesday at 11:11 PM
Photo of MikeC144
3/5  rDev +1.7%

MikeC144, Apr 09, 2014
Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +52.5%

markallmon, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of dalygnus
3.93/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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

dalygnus, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of fmrl
4/5  rDev +35.6%

fmrl, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of jonny1138
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

jonny1138, Jun 21, 2014
Photo of Carissa
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Carissa, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of FadetoBock
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

FadetoBock, Sep 20, 2013
Photo of RoninBirdman
2.25/5  rDev -23.7%

RoninBirdman, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of TheAdamConners
4/5  rDev +35.6%

TheAdamConners, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of danthehopslamman
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

danthehopslamman, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of Hyperdrive6
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Hyperdrive6, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

lordofthewiens, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Afroman
2.36/5  rDev -20%

Afroman, Aug 16, 2014
« first ‹ prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | next › last »
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,909 ratings.