Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch
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Reviews by selecter70:
2.78/5 rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I have to state a definite curiosity with the new Michelob attempts at brewing a decent beer. While I don't expect much, it is nice to be surprised that they can make something basically decent but not eye-opening. The most offensive aspect is the stupid 'crazy mohawk orange slice' character that evokes some kind of skateboard energy drink. Then again, there's plenty of bad art on good beer, so I digress. The 'custom' bottles are a nice touch, with the instructions to pry off the cap, which seasoned Michelob fans might not expect. The pour is a decent yeasty pale but bright yellow that one might expect from a wheat beer. A full off-white 3 finger head set in my wit glass that soon dropped down to about 1 finger & left some good lace. The aroma was as expected, a citrus-lemon yeast, while the flavor a sweet orange that dominated lemon & spice undertones. Not saccharine, but a bit too sweet & orangey, like some kid's chewable vitamin. Fairly refreshing & medium-bodied, it is a decent & cheap wheat that serves up well sitting in the sun.
I won't actively seek it out again, but won't turn my nose up at it either.
Serving type: bottle
05-27-2009 22:07:04 | More by selecter70
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3.66/5 rDev +24.1%
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 2,722 ratings.