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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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3,258 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,258
Reviews: 773
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 36
Gots: 524 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-04-2007

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.
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Reviews by matjack85:
Photo of matjack85
4.03/5  rDev +37.1%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of SoulFroosh
3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Get all preconceived notions out of your head before drinking....

Don't think about who it was made by
Don't view it as a crafty beer

Just drink. It's pretty refreshing! I would say on a blind test that it has an adjunct light base, but ramped up slightly with some depth and nicer mouthfeel. Looks pretty good too.

As long as this stays in the correct price range (lower end) it's a decent and tasty alternative to the piss filth Anheuser-Busch pumps out otherwise.

Cheers

Photo of SIRIUS2
2.87/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of dalygnus
3.94/5  rDev +34%
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

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.04/5  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.

Photo of marvin213
2.76/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

Photo of DawnOne
1.55/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Personally found it undrinkable, with a chemical aftertaste
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Photo of Doomcifer
1.43/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Light orange, cloudy...decent head that fizzles out shortly.

S - Spices, subtle pepper, cereal grain, subtle orange but kinda funky and off putting.

T - I guess you could say it's tangy, slightly sour, more subtle orange peel, not digging this at all.

M - Watered down, kinda dry, bad aftertaste.

D - It took all of me to finish this.

Photo of Jason
2.99/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can with a canning code that can't be broke.

LOOK: Hazed pale straw, two finger of head.

SMELL: Orangey, coriander, perfumey, mild bready grain, clean.

TASTE: Heavy coriander, orange popsicle, wet maltiness, clean, vague spice, slightly bitter, dry grainy finish.

Really not much to this beer, a shell of the style. Looks dirty but comes off too clean. I prefer my whites a bit dirty with some fruitiness and yeast flavors. Nothing of the sort here. A last resort beer if the rest to chose from is light lagers.

Photo of mtyrrell
2.59/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Yellow orange with a slight haze, minimal head and fizzing

S-Citrus orange lemon aroma, kind of smells like old OJ

T- Watery, tastes like eating a bowl of cereal with old OJ instead of milk

M- Light bodied, watery

D- Nothing much to say about this beer. The only thing this beer has going for it is its drinkability. Goes down smooth and you could drink a good quantity of it. Maybe OK for a summer party.

Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with recent "born on" date, pours a hazy lemonade colored(pale yellow) body with a small white head. Retention is good and there is some sheet lacing left on the glass.

Aroma has some spicy coriander and white pepper, embellished by a faint hint of citrusy lemon.

Light bodied, with an appropriate medium carbonation.

Taste opens with some lemon accents, followed by a wheat malt twang. Restrained notes of coriander and white pepper hint at a subtle spiciness. Clean all the way through.

A refreshing summer brew, for sure. A respectable effort by AB.

Photo of fdrich29
2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There's a picture of an orange wedge wearing green tinted sunglasses and an orange mohawk. Anheuser-Busch Inc. presents "Shock Top Belgian White" a Belgian Style Wheat Ale Brewed With Spices. It goes on to say it's "Brewed with Orange, Lemon & Lime Peels and Coriander". My beer was born on 21 May 2008. Freshest taste within 110 days. I'll consider myself lucky then.

In all fairness the person who picked this out for me did so because she knows I enjoy Belgians and didn't realize it was a A-B product until we took them out of the fridge. I really appreciate her effort to choose a beer style she knew I enjoyed, it's absolutely the thought that counts.

I'm not going to go through all the components of a proper review. I taste some of the citrus and the coriander, as advertised.
The rest we'll file under "If you don't have something nice to say..."

Photo of RastaRhino420
3.97/5  rDev +35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A tasty refreshing Belgian white beer.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On draught at my resort bar in Orlando. It was a hot day, and a wit seemed like the appropriate choice.

Poured a light opaque orange, served with a slice of orange for a garnish. Thin head, didn't survive long, but I'll chock that up to the citric acid.

Nose is, well, orange. Orange rind and light wheat malt.

Not much to it, reminds me a great deal of Rickard's White/Blue Moon. Pretty one- dimentional flavor (orange rind), but it tastes pretty decent and goes down well. Alcoholic orange soda.

Lighter carbonation, oily, orange-juice mouthfeel (again, the orange piece probably helped).

Not one I'll search out again, but I'll never turn it down. There's something about these macro orange witbiers that just tastes like summer to me.

Photo of chadjulius
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes kind of like an orange, which is kind of neat, but only in moderation. It's OK to have just one, but the second does not go down as well. But it doesn't have an offensive smell, look, or taste. It's just a decent beverage, but not much of a beer.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light orange almost yellow color with a cloudy haze. About 2 fingers of white head and no lacing.

Smell: Light scents, orange and wheat.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of a bitter wheat flavor and a hint of some orange zest, but it was kinda watered down on the flavor side.

Overall: A beer that can be easily drank, It was horrible, but I have had better Witbiers.

Photo of bsp77
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into a plastic cup.

Appearance: Dull cloudy orange-yellow. Fairly active with a light head.

Smell: Sweet wheat, loads of orange but only a touch of coriander.

Taste: Lots of wheat, with an overabundance of orange peel. Very light coriander.

Feel: Very high carbonation, light to medium body. Does not finish as dry as a good Wit should.

Drinkability: Very simple Witbier with a ton of orange peel. Refreshing on a hot day, but can certainly do better.

Photo of reignsong
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a nice effort for a major Brewing company, but it has that thin watery pilsner flavor underneath. It's like a Bud Ice with spices, I don't seem to get the feel, flavor, or texture of an actual ale with this one.

I'd pick this up for a special occasion where I had a cookout with too many guests to get a craft Beer from smaller breweries (they tend to spend more time with their brews since distribution is smaller).

It has enough character to beat out all of the Bud and Busch stuff, but Long Trail does a nicer job with a Belgian Ale for the price range.

Allagash White from Portland, ME (New England/Northeast bias aside) is strictly the best American interpretation of this style so far. I'm eager to find some others. This is worth a try on a hot summer day chilled (room temp doesn't suit this too well).

Photo of magictrokini
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours clear and bright orange-yellow with a decent white head. Nice wheaty and sweet aroma, but just a little thin. The taste is the same. Leans more on the American wheat side, but spiced. The carbonation is out of control. Its like drinking a shaken-up club soda. Not great, but also not bad.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.31/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a very clody amber golden color with no head bit a thin rim of foam. Nose is very belgian and fruity it's got some light spicy notes.

Taste is very dry and yeasty, it's got a light orange finish it's really fresh and dry. It's not bad but not very complex or flavrful.

Photo of deaconsmith
2.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A.-this beer poured a one inch off white head in a thick glass mug.It had A decent retention but poor lacing. the color was a milky gold and very cloudy with some settlement (maybe zest)

S.-not the strongest aroma..hint of citus, but leaves the nose quickly.

T.-the initial taste is less than strong,( maybe a little H2O heavy for my personal taste) follwed by a citrus aftertaste..

M.- did not really come alive for me as far as mouth feel but still went down smooth.

D.-fairly easy to drink, was a little heavy in the middle for my personal choice.

Photo of Bamabrew22
3.52/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got to try this over the weekend, out on the river. Nice, refreshing summertime beer. Poured a hazy-colored gold out of the 12 oz bottle with a wispy, thin head. Aroma was of banana and cloves, maybe berry as well. The taste was pretty good, soft dryness from the wheat with a nice fruity ester taste. Nice beer. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Definitely worth a try.

Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Michelob/Anheuser-Busch is not a brewer I normally associate with flavorful beverages, so it came as a surprise when someone handed me a Shock Top at a party and I found myself wanting a second. With a strong nose bearing intense citrus aromas--mainly orange, with hints of lemon--and coriander, this Witbier immediately ranks higher than anything else Michelob has put out.

On the tongue, the brew is hugely sugary and citrusy, orange again outranking everything else, but joined by hints of lemon and lime, coriander, and Grape Nuts-flavored malts. These flavors last well into the aftertaste, with little change. However, while the beer is quite flavorful--perfect beach fare, in fact--it's obvious that Michelob made up for small amounts of malts and hops through the addition of pounds and pounds of orange, lemon and lime peels to the tanks.

For discerning (picky) palates, this will be equivalent to covering a third-rate cut of meat with extra salt and black pepper--i.e. an obvious band-aid solution. I have no doubt, however, that many will think this beer delicious. I certainly think it's the tastiest beer Michelob has ever put out, and will reach for it again on my next camping trip.

Photo of far333
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale golden with an inch high head of white bubbly foam. Low aroma of biscuity malt and some lemon, slightly hoppy.

Flavor of mild wheat malt, some citrusy freshness, bits of lemon and ripe fruit, just a touch of pepper.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, a little slick, some carbonation tingle in the finish.

Pretty nondescript, pretty harmless, not terrible, but I probably won't seek it out again.

Photo of Gunnz
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer is a nice cloudy, golden yellow in color with a creamy-colored head. Decent head retention.

Beer has a clean, floral, and spicy aroma. Very prominent orange aroma.

Has a very clear orange flavor that fades rather quickly. Nice balance of spice and fruit, although, the favor does not last very long and does noy linger in your mouth at all. Taste fits a mediocre belgian white ale.

Has a light to medium body mouthfeel and is quite smooth. Decently carbonated but a slightly watered down feeling.

It is a much lighter version of a white ale. About the quality that I have come to expect from the Anheuser-Busch company; better than most really cheap beers but can't really hold its own against others in its style. I would have another but it would not be my beer of choice. I would recommend this to someone who is used to really light bodied beers and would like to transition into heavier styles.

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 3,258 ratings.