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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White

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2,417 Ratings

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Ratings: 2417
Reviews: 668
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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Photo of UstickM


2.86/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice white head with a gold tone and cloudy appearance. The beer had a nice wheat flavor with hints of caramel, coriander, orange and lemon. The flavor dissipates quickly; therefore, the beer is too light and lacks lasting flavor. It would be a good beer for the summer with its light, slight refreshing flavors.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2013 21:51:25 | More by UstickM
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.23/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a murky gold with a moderately disappating two-finger. white head that leaves no lacing.

S - Lots of lemon grass and orange zest followed by a heavy dose of wheat and a slightly malty finish.

T - Banana clove and wheat up front followed by a good dose of orange and lemon. The flavors aren't balanced very well and they fade quickly.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Feels quite flat.

O - Overall, It was pretty average. Would make a good summer beer. It isn't putrid vomit like some close minded BA's who aren't open to opinions other than the code of beer snobbery. Those guys can GETTT OUT.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 02:20:46 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of Wendysd

New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured bottle into weizen glass. hazey yellow orange color. White foam reduces fast. Nice citrus taste. Not overly carbonated. Mouth feel is smooth. There are instructions on puring on the side of the bottle. Give it a little swirl before emptying the whole bottle in the glass. Not to bad of a beer. Nice summer party beer, I would put some in the cooler for camping. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 22:26:24 | More by Wendysd
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.44/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a weisse-vase, the beer is a cloudy, pale, yellow-orange coloring with a steady flow of carbonation throughout and no head on top. Aromas of toasted grain, a dash of citrus sweet, and not much else. You really have to go crashing in there with your nose to find anything. Flavors of roasted grain, citrus highlights, and a touch of clove spicing, all on a bready backbone. Flavors are subtle, and slightly weak compared to the smooth, mid-body feel in mouth. The carbonation leads to a quick, filmy, slightly sharp finish after a muddled, semisweet aftertaste. Not good.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2013 17:12:53 | More by GarthDanielson
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 dalygnus


3.93/5  rDev +32.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 19:40:10 | More by dalygnus
Photo of punky796


3.34/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Straight from the bottle at The Blue Gator in Mt. Pleasant.

A - Hard to see in the bottle but I presume it has a cloudy sunny-yellow color akin to Blue Moon and other wheats.

S - Pretty much your standards - orange, wheat, coriander, and with this one, alcohol.

T - Actually I was a bit surprised, but it's heaviest on the orange and coriander, with the wheat being a little less pronounced. Also a touch of the good ol' adjunct corn malt, etc.

M - Not bad, but too fizzy. I expect this type of beer to be a little flatter, but this would probably have a head fizzier than expected if it were poured into a glass. Decent aftertaste, not really bitter or anything like that.

O - A pretty good showing, makes you wonder why Anheuser-Busch made Golden Wheat when they already had this. I'd buy it if it's cheap, but not likely to happen when there's Oberon, Blue Moon, Sunset Wheat, and Hoegaarden around most of the time instead.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2013 08:04:24 | More by punky796
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 jtierney89

New Jersey

1.3/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drinking at a Trenton titans game, only non light lager available at the bar. Hazed bright orange with little head. Sweet malt and even toffee on the nose which seems odd. Smells like a bad taffy shop.

Light effervescent body. Malt sweetness with a big tangerine flavor. Tastes like orange soda with unfermented malt extract added a the faintest whisp of wheat. Really a lot worse than I remember, haven't had it in a couple years, worse than blue moon and I don't like that either. Overly sweet and reminiscent of soda

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 23:54:57 | More by jtierney89
Photo of PhantasIPA


3.85/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer has a light amber colour. It pours with a 1/4 inch head and leaves very little lacing against the glass. It clearly has some carbonation visible but not much at all.

The smell has a nice balance of earthy, wheat tones mixed with coriander and a solid orange scent.

The taste is very pleasant. It is light and refreshing and leaves a good orange flavour on the palette. The wheat is not overbearing and nicely balanced with the orange.

The mouthfeel is a little too carbonated for me. right from the initial drink you can feel the gritty carbonation in the brew. This is really the only hit on the beer, as far as I'm concerned. Makes me burp a lot...too much? Well it's true. But the flavour and balance are still very nice.

Overall this is a solid beer. It is not too strong at 5.2% ABV, has a nice balance of flavour and a nice scent. The carbonation is a bit much but not bad at all. Worth a try and is a real all-season beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 22:50:47 | More by PhantasIPA
Photo of FosterJM


2.61/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

1738th Review on BA
Bottle to Pint

@StoneBriar Dallas, TX

App- Pours out this weird orangey, hazy color with a soft 1 finger off white head. Very cloudy and carbonated. A small 1/2" head that was a lite white.

Smell- Artificial orange scent with some soft malts. Nothing really going on in the nose with a base witbier wheat aroma.

Taste- This was just under average for me. Not the greatest witbier but paired with some off artifical orange and other spices, bring this one down a couple more notches. Slightly grassy and earthy as a balanced witbier that fell short.

Mouth- A lighter body with a higher carbonation. Off witbier flavors with a bit of a grainy orange and spice residual flavors.

Drink- I didnt have to pay for this. It was free so oh well. They cant all be wales.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2013 00:56:23 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Haydn-Juby

Quebec (Canada)

3.24/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Served from a 341ml Bottle

A: Cloudy orange color typical of a Wit. Extremely fast dying head which was quiet disappointing. No lacing whatsoever.

S: Very little aroma. A little bit of coriander and some orange peel.

T: Pretty light tasting. Not much on the tongue. Initially some coriander and orange hits the tongue but it fades very quickly into that typical Michelob grainy displeasing after taste. Next to no hops at all and there was no bitter taste.

M: Fairly smooth and carbonation is pleasing for this style of beer.

O: Something for the average BMC to enjoy and break out from their standard beers from but not my thing. It could be a good lawnmower or porch beer but it was forgettable for me. Pretty watery and bland overall.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2013 00:33:52 | More by Haydn-Juby
Photo of slitherySOB

Ontario (Canada)

1.86/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

This beer pours a hazy straw golden colour that disipates rather quickly. Smells off. Orange zest and ketchup. Why ketchup? Tastes like Campbell's tomato soup with crackers. Aftertase is nice, though, with an orange zesty flavour. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Overall, a beer I'll never be drinking again.

Serving type: can

02-05-2013 19:14:59 | More by slitherySOB
Photo of Evansbeer


3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I prefer Blue Moon personally, when comparing orange flavored beers. I do agree with the gentlemen below me, Honey Boo Boo loves butter A LOT

I dont see it as much buttery though, I think the citrus counterbalances that with tartness. Its a good beer, but it's better in a glass

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 17:22:40 | More by Evansbeer
Photo of justintcoons


2.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.
Lets do this, Anheuser-Busch, Inc (Inbev)!

Cloudy straw/gold with a short white head that dissipates quickly.

Orange pith, tomato soup and cereal grains.

Oh yeah, this tastes like crackers crushed into tomato soup. And also someone put a stick of butter in the soup. Touch of orange pith and nondescript cereal grains.

Light-medium bodied, silky and clean.

This tastes like butter. Yeah, actual butter. Honey Boo Boo would love this.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 19:17:24 | More by justintcoons
Photo of richwalpole

4.1/5  rDev +38%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm a big fan of belgian whites,with that said this isn't my favorite. although im a big fan....great taste and scent on this one. a slice of orange compliments it well.im just starting to experiment with beers so we shall see how my opinion changes after time. two thumbs up

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 07:38:41 | More by richwalpole
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 marvin213

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -6.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 21:13:24 | More by marvin213
Photo of sarajayne

2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Lighter thick orangey color.

Scent: Pumpkin, orange, and cinnamon.

Mouth feel: Crisp, smooth, and refreshing.

Taste: Shock Top is known for its orange kick. This particular brew kept that tradition while adding a pumpkin twist to the mix. Being 5.2% alcohol by volume, below the average for Belgian beers, this brew is not as flavorful as you might expect. Pumpkin Wheat is wheat ale brewed with ripe pumpkins, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves which is hard to taste because of the overwhelming orange flavor.

Overall: I would recommend this brew for Shock Top lovers, but not for someone looking for that “pumpkin spice” seasonal beers tend to deliver. I think a 2 out of 5 is more than generous since we all felt the same way about

collage girls drink GOOD beer:

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2012 22:23:10 | More by sarajayne
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle split and poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a bright golden yellow with a 1 finger dense white head. Mostly opaque so you can only see a little bit of carbonation. A few spots of lacing.

S: Actually not as much orange to the nose as I thought there would be. Just a little hint along with some yeast.

T: Mostly a semi-fake orange with an attempt at a yeast kick. Fairly bland. Gets a little bonus because its not offensive.

M: Has moderate carbonation, sort of a thin light body.

Overall a beer for people who dont know much about craft and mistake this flavor for being good beer taste.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 04:42:27 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of TheSixthRing


2.53/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, golden orange color with a white, 2-finger head. Subpar retention. The resulting lace is spotty, but shows decent stick.

Smell - Strongly smells of wheat, a touch of milkiness, and with an underlying orange character.

Taste - Starts with wheat and faint orange notes, but by mid-taste a watery cheapness creeps in, and the beer finishes like a hollow shell.

Mouthfeel - Light, near watery, with little carbonation.

Overall - What a terrible disservice to the witbier style. Most are light, but this is ridiculous! Makes Blue Moon taste like Allagash by comparison.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 21:58:43 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of lwillitz


3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - cloudy straw yellow body with floating sediment under a finger or two of white foam; tons of carbonation

S - fresh orange, coriander

T - typical wheat beer with orange and coriander; nothing unexpected and nothing special

M - thick medium body, high in prickly carbonation

O - run-of-the-mill wheat ale

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 00:41:12 | More by lwillitz
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 Cavanaghty


3/5  rDev +1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 17:02:37 | More by Cavanaghty
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,417 ratings.