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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White

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2,423 Ratings

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Ratings: 2423
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 22.9%

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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3.78/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a great summer beer. Pour a fine orange and golden color. Somewhat cloudy, but it has a fine aroma of oranges and wheat. It's flavor is strong citrus note but very easy to drink. The tart initial flavor of orange and lemon is followed by a light wheat aftertaste.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2014 16:11:45 | More by ZachMcGinn
Photo of Ed2


2.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a Premium Outlet bar in the Pocono's while the wife shopped. Bar- the log cabin bar and grill- only had 5 beers on tap, so we know why I chose this. Pint glass... Light orange look, less than a finger head, no lacing... Smelled completely of orange and tasted similar. Lots of carbonation made for a light taste... Might be good on a hot day in the sun, but otherwise another rank and file masquerading as a craft.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2014 14:02:44 | More by Ed2
Photo of bondjedi


2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Poor imitation of Blue Moon, which is in itself a below average clone of ... something. No head, no lacing. Beer smelled, looked, and tasted flat. Poor finish with a poor aftertaste. BDubs had it as a craft/specialty brew, but it's just a crummy macro on steroids.

Serving type: on-tap

03-21-2014 01:49:01 | More by bondjedi
Photo of Warmonster


3.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer on tap in a bar in Arizona.. So keep in mind it was hotter than hell outside.. plus I hadn't ate much... But for a hot day when your hungry, this beer is amazing... I don't like Wheat Beers very much but this was pretty good... The fruit flavor throws off the crappy wheat flavors lol.. Plus it will fill you up, which can be good or bad depending on what your wanting... I will say Blue Moon is better brew of the same style... But on a hot day when you've been working hard this beer is hard to beat...

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2014 20:07:43 | More by Warmonster
Photo of CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

3.21/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer gets a mention in Stan Hieronymus' "Brewing With Wheat" as an example of what happens when a large brewery tries to market a traditional beer style to the general public (successfully, if sales are any indicator. Of course they aren't, at least where quality is concerned). The recipe is in fact rather interesting, deviating from the classic orange peel and coriander spice formulation (although these are in there too, in spades ... Apparently they use no unmalted wheat along with lemon and lime peel). Tried on tap at a Calgary pub, certainly looks like a decent witbier, a cloudy orange-yellow with a dollop of white foam. As is often the case with North American mass-produced wits, has a huge coriander nose, a sour spicy tang along with a little raw dough. Quite crisp and dry, heavily carbonated and the coriander is too forward. One thing I will say is that there's a decent amount of citrus pith that DOES provide a counterbalance of sorts to all of that seed spice, some orange-lemon-lime (a bit like Mountain Dew soda pop) to prevent this from tasting purely like a coriander soup. You have to pay close attention though, as this brew is relatively devoid of any character from Belgian yeast or malt and leaves a relatively muted, watery impression. Alternatively, slam it back on a hot day and appreciate it for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 04:18:59 | More by CalgaryFMC
Photo of beervocate

British Columbia (Canada)

4.15/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A perfect summer treat...

Not the type of beer you would bring to a house party or have more than two in one sitting. But yes, on a hot summer day on the boat or relaxing on a patio it is what the Dr. ordered. I think that some people (not all) don't give it a fair shake because of the Anheuser-Busch name.

A: Musky orange, not much head

S: Not much of a smell but a hint of citrus/coriander

T: You can definitely taste the orange (but what were you expecting with the orange with the mohawk symbol) Delicious, Light, Sweet taste.

M: Lightly carbonated on top but the bottle seemed to provide slightly more carbonation. Crisp and refreshing all the way down.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer, it may not be everyone's taste, it isn't your standard Wit, but its good in it's own way.

Serving type: on-tap

09-13-2013 20:08:24 | More by beervocate
Photo of thebigredone


3.73/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Some buddies ordered a pitcher of this after a soccer game. I was going to keep drinking Spotted Cow until one of them said, "There's something wrong with this, this beer is sour." I have no idea how a macro product gets soured, but sure enough, the beer definitely had a pleasant sour aspect to it. Review is based on this soured batch.

Appearance, very hazy light gold/yellow color.

The aroma was sort of wheaty, with a moderate sour aroma.

The flavor followed the nose, with the moderately sour aspect dominating whatever light wheat flavor was in the beer. Certainly not how the beer was intended to taste, but I'm positive it tastes better this way than whatever it was supposed to taste like.

On the whole, I actually really enjoyed this. It tasted like a nice entry level lacto-based sour. For $10 a pitcher, I'll drink a decent sour all night.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2013 12:42:52 | More by thebigredone
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.14/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

on tap.
A: Yellow-orange hazy White head no lacing.

Aroma: light and fruity, with a bit of light baked bread.

M: Light body with medium carbonation.

Taste: light and fruity with hint of coriander and orange.

O: Acceptable flavor and aroma except for bring very light and timid.

Serving type: on-tap

05-04-2013 00:21:39 | More by chinchill
Photo of Rocky9


1.6/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Full disclosure - I did NOT know this was an A-B product when I drank it. Also, it was free, at an open bar. The draft options were limited, I hadn't heard of Shock Top at the time, and I thought, what the hell, I'm not paying for it, let's give it a shot. The other options were all Bud-Lite/Coors-type beers anyway.

Well, I remember that day, years ago, like it was yesterday, because it's one of the very few times in my life I didn't finish a pint of beer that someone handed to me. it looked fine, it smelled fine, I guess, but when I tasted it, I wondered what the hell had happened. To me it seemed like someone had taken a piss in a vat of beer, thrown a bunch of oranges in to mask the taste of peepee, and then watered down the whole mess to make sure no beer lover ever asked for it again.

What a terrible beer. I'll admit, I'm not a huge fan of wheat beers/white beers to begin with, but there are some that I enjoy. Just not this one. Quite possibly one of the worst beers I've ever had.

Serving type: on-tap

05-03-2013 14:43:24 | More by Rocky9
Photo of bambam2517


3.11/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

20 oz draft at the dbacks game, this "premium" selection will run you $11!

A - hazy rusty orange. Watery bubble ring tries to form and dies off quickly. Belgians have been insulted by Inbev calling this a Belgian style beer...

S - Pleasant citrus smell, I like that orange can be picked out from the rest. Typical hefe grassiness in the background. None of the clove or banana from a quality hefe present here though.

T - Not bad really. A mild wheat and yeast presence, nice sweet citrus married in.

M - Very watery. Makes for the stuff of a run of the mill slugdown beer.

O - Good beer for the neophyte branching out from macros. I can think of dozens of better values for my beer money.

Serving type: on-tap

04-30-2013 18:23:51 | More by bambam2517
Photo of sharlie


4.88/5  rDev +64.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This, again is similar to my favorite beer, Blue Moon. I enjoy this beer and have had it both from bottles and on tap. It has a light, golden appearance with a citrus style flavor. Little head, but the head that is there is a creamy light head. This beer is also great with a orange in it.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2013 12:36:02 | More by sharlie
Photo of cmp26


5/5  rDev +68.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A great beer that has a good citrusy after taste. before you drink this be sure to swirl and carefuly tip upside down to mix properly to get all the flavors ..this is a beer for seahawks fans cause this is all we drink at century link feild..let's go hawks!!

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2013 05:35:56 | More by cmp26
Photo of Danomeister

British Columbia (Canada)

2.51/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Take some macro-swill (or club soda, there's not much difference).

Add some orange smell (not good orange, think bitter orange peel rather than sweet citrus).

Add a minute amount of wheat sourness and malt flavor to attack the palate first.

Let it resolve with a significant amount of orange and coriander spice flavor.

Make it linger with the taste of soggy cereal grains.

And there you have it! Shock Top!

It's not something I would ever willfully select, but at a NASCAR race it was a spot of fun compared to the other options (bud, coors, and bud light).

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2013 04:26:51 | More by Danomeister
Photo of TheMarkE


3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy orange with decent head and minimal lacing.

Smell: Wheat, citrus, and spice.

Taste: Wheat, orange, and spice.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy, and sweet, with little in the way of aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad for an Anheuser-Busch offering. This is one of my go-to beers when I’m in a place that only offers macro-brews. I’ll take it over a Blue Moon any day.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 01:08:41 | More by TheMarkE
Photo of StonedTrippin


2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

i have no idea how this got popular. its a brutal representation of a style of beer that i adore. the pour from the tap into my pint glass is cloudy and artifically orange, with a ton of thick sediment suspended within and about an inch of white head that fades fast and looks real nasty when its gone. the nose is okay, some fruity yeast and a ton of orange zest. almost like an orange juice beer, from concentrate of course. the nose and the taste are both rather floral, which i cant explain. the yeast is fruity but generic, lacking the real light bright white feel and taste i expect in a wit. way too thick in body for the style too, even though this is relatively easy drinking. enough carbonation to cut through the heavy sediment, but no equilibrium is reached, and this remains an unbalanced glass of mass produced wash. i woulnt recommend this to anyone, and it kills me that this is the witbier that bars carry and that the average drinker thinks is some sorft of craft item. its moderately better in a bottle i reckon, but on tap this is offensive.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2012 16:48:55 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of KYGunner


3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured with a one finger head that seemed to never leave. Orangish yellow in color it had a nice citrus aroma but had a faint malt scent in the background. Very carbonated in your mouth it had a very light feel with a tangerine flavor. There's a hint of malt and citrus and a relatively light easy drinking flavor. Much better than I expected.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2012 01:39:38 | More by KYGunner
Photo of Jeromez48

4.33/5  rDev +45.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have had this beer both on tap and bottled. In both cases it has been superior to many Belgian whites brewed by microbreweries. It is certainly not Hoegaarden, but it is half the price. It goes down really easy, and like all good white beers, it is a real treat on a hot summer day. It puts a smile on my face!!!!

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2012 01:23:10 | More by Jeromez48
Photo of B967ierhunter177


3.7/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a very hazy yellow with no head or lace. The aroma is of lemons with a hint of dough and oranges. The flavor is lemony with honey, orange, and vanilla notes. It's mouthfeel is light and smooth. Shock Top Belgian White is a good beer, recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2012 03:24:18 | More by B967ierhunter177
Photo of NV9

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've had this from a tallboy can and had it on tap and it tasted like two different beers. This review is from the tap where it was very good.

Cloudy Yellow-Orange colour with a good amount of head, which unfortunately didn't last very long.

fruity (orange) smell, as well as some real spiciness.

Sweet orange citrus taste, with some wheat and hops evident as well. flavours are all pretty mild.

very light, not too much carbonation, nice on the mouth and easily drinkable. Better than most macro white's.

Serving type: on-tap

07-19-2012 22:04:10 | More by NV9
Photo of Stocean1

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent summer wheat in a pinch if there is nothing better on tap at your local pub. Two finger white well retained head on a hazy yellow body, good retention and lace. Scent and taste is wheat and orange peel with some coriander. Medium bodied with plenty of carbonation. Not bad.

Serving type: on-tap

04-15-2012 20:28:53 | More by Stocean1
Photo of brauchj1

4.5/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Slightly cloudy orange but clears up a bit after pour.

Smell - Citrus, orange with a hint of wheat

Taste - Like summer exploded in your mouth and said "I'm here!!"

Mouthfeel - Pretty light and smooth

Overall - Definitely one of my top favorite. It's light, smooth, refreshing and not overbearing.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2012 23:35:01 | More by brauchj1
Photo of rangerred


2.48/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had on tap.

Appearance is a hazy pale orange with a one finger thick white head.

Smell is somewhat weak but orange and coriander are detectable along with a light bready sweetness.

Faint orange and spice are present on the taste along with that same bread that was there in the nose. All the right components are there to make this a good beer but it is all dumbed down. Mouthfeel is also too watery.

Overall, this might be a good introduction into the world of witbiers but I would move on quickly. There are much better examples out there.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2012 16:08:55 | More by rangerred
Photo of bsp77


3.03/5  rDev +2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 22:47:46 | More by bsp77
Photo of paulginva


3.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pint glass, produced an off-white foamy 1/2" head that dissipated quickly leaving virtually no head lacing. Carbonation was moderate in a hazy amber body.

AROMA: Pretty much all hops, as one would expect from a beer claiming to be brewed with orange, lemon and lime -- and that's what I got: a moderate aroma of orange (the dominent scent), lemon and lime.

TASTE: Taste followed the nose with a heavy hit of orange and moderate flavors of lemon and lime and a small bit of spices. The orange was a little heavy for my taste.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer has a light body with a smooth texture, soft carbonation and virtually no body lacing; what there is dissipates quickly]. The initial flavor is a light sweetly acidic tang with a lightly bitter finish that lasted for a moderate length of time.

DRINKABILITY: Repeatable all day long, this is a good summer session beer. It provides an interesting flavor shock to the tongue without being overly bitter. Easy to drink and a decent price to value ratio, I'd buy it again.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2012 17:04:59 | More by paulginva
Photo of RaulMondesi


1.93/5  rDev -35%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at my numba one club - The Elks Lodge in the Plaza in Orange, California.

Raul done almost lost his mind after drinking this nasty syrup.

Again, poured alright, looked ok for what it was... but the taste! Wooo doggie! If I gave this to my lil' soldier he probably lap it up cuz it tastes like toddler juice.

No grown man should be drinking this nasti nasti sweet stuff. Tastes like a mix between High-C and a nasty lager - like Bud Light (the guys who hate beer and make this toxic drink).

Stay away.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 01:50:40 | More by RaulMondesi
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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,423 ratings.