Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch
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Reviews by matjack85:
4.03/5 rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
I had this on tap at a bar in Plainfield, IL whose name escapes me now. I ordered it on the advice of my waitress after I asked her if they carried any craft beers. Little did I know at the time that this was an Anhauser-Bush product, but in a way I'm glad I didn't know.
The beer was served in a weizen glass with 4 full fingers of creamy white head sitting on top of a cloudy, pale yellow colored liquid. An orange slice (which I didn't ask for) was hung on the side of the glass. The head lasted several minutes and the beer produced some decent lacing. A very nice looking wit.
The beer had a very wheaty smell to it with plenty of citrus fruit scents (mostly lemon and orange) along with some coriander spice.
Wheat malt backbone with perhaps some other malt variation that gives it some sweetness. Lemon. lime, and orange peel give it both fruitiness and bitterness, while the coriander gives it a good spice kick. Very well done and by far my favorite AB product for now.
Light to medium body with a medium level of carbonation.
This is very refreshing and goes down easy. No noticeable alcohol so very sessionable. This is good stuff.
Serving type: on-tap
10-29-2011 13:50:49 | More by matjack85
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3.66/5 rDev +23.6%
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 2,717 ratings.