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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White

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2,415 Ratings

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Ratings: 2415
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 BMMillsy


3.46/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a tall can today at a golf scramble. And you know what? Not bad at all. I went straight from the can but have seen it before. Usually a slightly cloudy yellow with a. Frothy head. Smells like a little bit of a dirty wheaty thing, some light spice and yeast, and a little sweetness on the nose.Taste is a bit of sweet yeast funk, coriander, some orange like flavor (maybe they just add this now in the can?), light sweet malts. Light bodied and pretty refreshing with medium plus carbonation. For realz a solid golf brew. Would drink again.

Serving type: can

03-22-2014 00:06:28 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

3.01/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can purchased from LCBO. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Very hazy light orange with yellow hues. Decent 2 finger head is poured, unfortunately the head doesn't last and within a couple minutes there's only a soapy residue on top of the beer. Can't tell much carbonation wise due to the very hazy nature o the beer.

Smell - Lots of orange with a faint whiff of lemon and lime. A few spices presumably coriander. Aroma is nice but actually pretty easy to distinguish, lacks the complexity of other witbiers.

Taste - There's some orange and coriander blend again, and some wheat in the aftertaste, but it's just a bit flat. A bit of an off putting aftertaste of mineral water blended with some spices. It's a bit flat too.

Mouthfeel - A bit flat, doesn't quite have the lively carbonation I find with many witbiers. Thin bodied and the depth and character are missing a bit too. Watery.

Overall - While this is something i would purchase at a bar with limited selection, it just seems thin and flat for the style. Passable and even good for mass-produced fare, but overall pretty mediocre.

Serving type: can

03-07-2014 05:04:44 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of JimKal

North Carolina

3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip from 16 oz can.

A: Hazy yellow cold with a two finger head that dissipated pretty quickly. There was little to no lacing.

S: Faint aroma

T: Very mild. It was hard to pick up the coriander. It tasted like a straight wit to me.

M: Light mouthfeel, again like a wit.

O: I remember trying this when I first got into craft a few years ago and liking it. So, seeing it in a 16 oz. can intrigued me. While there is nothing offensive here there is nothing to bring you rushing back other than the convenient packaging.

Serving type: can

02-06-2014 13:11:20 | More by JimKal
Photo of Retroman40


3.18/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought a four pack of 16 ounce cans on sale for 3.99 - Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A - Poured out a cloudy yellow with a rich and long lasting head.

S - Citrus with some malt undertones.

T - Very fruity with citrus dominating and some other spice in the background.

M - Very creamy with a spice finish.

O - Different but I won't be dumping the remaining three cans but not sure if I will be buying more. I actually think this could be a good introduction to "crafty" beers for your BMC drinking friends.

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 11:38:01 | More by Retroman40
Photo of PvtSnowball


2.81/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pint can purchased from one of the local quick mart's.

Cloudy orange coloration.. Very orange. Slight one finger head that is short lasting.

When cold, Mid-heavy orange flavor with very minor hints of wheat and spice.
Think bread dipped in cheap OJ. Once it warms, pure Tang flavor.

Drink ice cold.

Smells of orange. (big surprise there)

Mid-light texture.

This beer would be okay if slammed ice cold on a hot day. Unfortunately the citrus becomes overwhelming once it warms.

Serving type: can

12-10-2013 23:17:52 | More by PvtSnowball
Photo of Arithmeticus


3.31/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Had in standard ale glass

A: straw color; good 3-finger head; beautiful steam of carbonation; ok lacing
S: banana, light, but disappears after about 1 minute
T: banana, pear, lightly flavored; no hops, slightly sweet, not complex

I wasn't expecting much from Shock Top, and those expectations were exceeded (hence the high marks).

Serving type: can

12-02-2013 18:42:56 | More by Arithmeticus
Photo of anon


2.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

To put it simply, this is basically Budweiser with some orange thrown in there. That's pretty much all that I got out of this, in all aspects. Not the best of this style by any means; there are FAR better Witbiers out there...FAR BETTER. But if you're just looking for an easily drinkable beer and you're on a budget, I'd have to say this is better than most of the piss beers out there.

Serving type: can

11-10-2013 00:28:22 | More by anon
Photo of WeizenMike

Ontario (Canada)

2.54/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Purchased in a 500mL can from the Lcbo and poured into a hoegaarden glass

A - Murky orange, with almost no head. No lacing present whatsoever.

S - Not a very pleasant smell for a wit, smells like orange and some sort of metal (steel or iron maybe)

T - Flavour isn't that awful, but is very underwhelming for a belgian wit styled beer. The orange as the logo is really what this beer is about, the orange flavour dominates the beer.

M - very little carbonation, nothing particularly interesting about the mouthfeel

O - A pretty poor attempt by Anheuser-Busch at creating a Belgian Wit macro brew. Although that being said it's really not that bad, it's very drinkable, it just doesn't really match the style well. I will give it to Anheuser-Busch though that this is better then the Canadian macro-brewed failed attempts at a Witbeer by Rickards and Alexander Keiths

Serving type: can

08-06-2013 07:11:34 | More by WeizenMike
Photo of BeerBateo

Ontario (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A co-worker asked me to check this one out, so here goes:
Now, this beer looks more like my urine sample when i was dehydrated. Both, very cloudy & rich in yellow/orange color, but if i remember correctly, mine had a longer lasting head. There is absolutely no lace here, so nothing pretty about it! I think it smells like babies feet.

I'm that girl who eats the lime when i've finished my drink, so the slight citrus taste i am aware of may be stronger than i'm experiencing. I find Shock Top a bit sweet on my tongue after i've swallowed it. I think an appropriate name for this beer would be "SweetPee".

Carbonation's mild, mouthfeels fine and would i drink it again? Maybe, ...if.. i was lost in the desert and could not expel enough urine to drink.

Serving type: can

07-11-2013 00:26:40 | More by BeerBateo
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 mick303

Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a large head of white foam, after it recedes there is only a slight lacing. Beer is medium orange and quite hazy. Quite a bit of carbonation.

Aromas are quite fragrant. A large citrus kick which isnt surprising. Some grassy elements and a light freshness.

Taste is rather mediocre. The citrus is there from the lemon and lime but there doesn't seem to be much of a contribution from the beer itself, rather a dull, sour blandness.

Mouthfeel is quite watery, quite a bit of sharp carbonation. Aftertaste is quite smooth.

I'm quite hesitant to let this beer warm up, feel it will get a fair bit worse. Cold it is refreshing despite the sourness in the taste, but there are so much many better witbiers. I wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: can

06-25-2012 00:53:42 | More by mick303
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy yellow with steady carbonation, although not quite as cloudy as I'd like a wit to be. It did produce two and a half fingers of head, but it didn't stick around.

Smell: Fairly generic wit, nothing wrong but nothing stands out. Orange peel, coriander, and wheat with touches of lemon. I didn't need warming, but overwhelming, it is not.

Taste: Sweet wheat malt, accentuated by a coriander and orange peel kick and notes of various citrus in the background before the barest dusting of citrus hops. It's a little tame, but all in all it's textbook.

Mouthfeel: It's a little bit watery, but it does leave and nice orange aftertaste but doesn't cling or overstay it's welcome. The carbonation is solid.

Drinkability: Yeah, this is a great summer drinker that goes down easy and boasts just barely enough flavour to be worthwhile. Very easy on the system, but there are better whites.

Final Thoughts: This strikes me as a good benchmark for a generic tasting witbier. Nothing here is going to wow you, but it doesn't really do anything wrong. I enjoyed it, and would do so again if it was priced similar to a normal Macro offering.

Serving type: can

04-09-2012 01:34:50 | More by TheHammer
Photo of Heffeweizenlover

Ontario (Canada)

2.88/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Overall, the Shock Top Belgian White is a "utility" beer, suitable for fast and inattentive drinking. There is not much complexity to the beer that makes it worth savouring. The taste, mouthfeel and aroma reminds us that it is brewed and bottled in New York, not Munich or Frankfurt. On the pour, it leaves a very thin head that dissipates quickly, with thin, spotty lacing that also absent after a few minutes. The taste provides a hint of orange and lime, with slight maltiness. The smell is a bit metallic, as is the taste, and there is also an aroma of malt that is not followed up on the palate. The texture/mouth feel is thin and slightly syrupy. The beer sports an even, golden cloudiness and a fluid spray of mild carbonation. Overall, there is nothing outstanding about the beer or notable in a positive or negative sense. It is definitely less passionate and of lower caste than German weissbier. However, when considered against its true comparators - domestic beer, it holds its own as a tasty thirst-quencher. I wrote this review as I drank the beer, poured from a can into a beer mug. Can was previously chilled around 40 degrees celcius. Thanks for reading!

Serving type: can

03-03-2012 04:46:50 | More by Heffeweizenlover
Photo of Jason


2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

Serving type: can

11-09-2011 01:24:34 | More by Jason
Photo of scott451

Ontario (Canada)

3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Warmed from fridge temp then rolled the 475ml can. Poured into a pint glass.

A big three finger off white head on a very hazy apricot. The head diminished to a thin but persistent layer. Some patchy lacing.

Smells of coriander and bread yeast with some spicy notes.

Taste- Is almost exactly like the smells, the somewhat artificial orange and fruit gives way to bready malts with a mild hint of the yeast and a slight hop bitterness at the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

Not a bad Wit. Not outstanding but worthy.

Serving type: can

10-29-2011 21:22:39 | More by scott451
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

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

Appearance: It has a nice yellow/golden cloudy colour to it. It has a white head that dies down quite fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of wheat and citrus, almost like orange juice.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant citrusy/orange taste with a bit of lemon spices and wheat. Very light flavours.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with slightly bland flavours and aromas.

Serving type: can

09-17-2011 21:46:34 | More by SebD
Photo of mocktm


2.9/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 12 pack of cans to take to the beach, it seemed appropriate enough...

Hazy light orange with a billowing white head that certainly doesn't seem to be interested in sticking around.

Aromas on this are tame, orange citrus and wheat, but no noticeable spice elements.

Tastes as muted as it smells, watery with faint orange and bread. Could be worse, but could also be much better.

Light bodied, watery and easy to chug down. I guess its perfect for my intended purposes, but not so much for the style, which I like to be spicier and more intricate.

Overall, an average macro version of a Belgian Witt, that's about it.

Serving type: can

09-14-2011 22:53:58 | More by mocktm
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a slightly hazy light orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of coriander and orange peel is more pronounced then I had expected and quite nice. Taste is a refreshing mix with loads of orange peel notes with light wheat malt base. Body is light for style with good carbonation. Better then expected though malt base is too thin and watery and coriander is overshadowed by orange peel notes.

Serving type: can

09-12-2011 18:37:31 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ABV 5.2%. 473ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a cloudy gold colour with a big frothy head. Head lasted a few minutes and reduce to a bubbly ring. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrus and bread. Aroma is on the light side.

T - Light sweetness, some citrus sourness, a small spice kick and mild bitterness in the finish. Not bad but certainly light overall.

M - Medium-light carbonation, some tangy stickiness, body is a bit light, drying finish.

O - Easy to drink. It's not outstanding but it isn't a bad beer either. Average Witbier.

Serving type: can

09-10-2011 01:31:38 | More by decimator
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A single tallboy can picked up from the LCBO; there were displays of these all over and it's pretty obvious they were trying to clear some stock. Still, I am always down for a new witbier.

Pours a cloudy golden-orange colour with a finger of puffy head that is gone within a minute. A decent collar and cap are left behind. Doesn't look too heavily carbonated. Smell reminds me of Minute Maid, with some wheat and spices thrown in. Seems a little artificial somehow.

Wheat, yeast, and some lemon/lime/orange zest are basically the only flavours. A bit of coriander spiciness in the finish, but not much aftertaste. Thin bodied with high carbonation; this is as easy to throw back as any cheap lager.

A pretty lame witbier. Drinkable without much else going for it; a decent lawnmower brew. Not disgusting, just not really worth going out of your way for. I can't think of any compelling reason to get this again, especially when Hoegaarden is almost everywhere.

Serving type: can

07-29-2011 00:21:44 | More by thehyperduck
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2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

How very interesting that I am the first AmeriCAN to review this beer from a CAN when all other reviewers have been CANadian! Did you realize that A-B has their own CAN manufacturing facility? There are currently only four manufacturers of CANs: Ball, Crown, Rexam and A-B's arm, possibly identified on this CAN as "MCC".

From the CAN: "Belgian-style Wheat Ale Brewed with Spices".

Sheesh! The Crack and Glug netted me a finger of bone-white head that fell to pieces like a novice criminal under intense questioning. Color was a very cloudy orangish-yellow. Nose was certainly spicy enough and I have got to learn to distinguish Grains of Paradise from coriander, but I am betting on the latter here. Mouthfeel was on the thin side, not outright watery, but not much better than that. The taste was kind of muted, with hints of orange peel, coriander and even some yeasty mustiness, but it seemed weak. Finish was dry and refreshing, even peppery, but I still felt like it needed more Ooomph! A CANundrum - do I take up space in the cooler knowing that I will not be drinking it, but some honey honeys might? I'll err on the side of caution and throw some in as bait. Once I have them on my blanket under my umbrella, we'll break out the Ten Fidy ...

Serving type: can

07-11-2011 15:53:55 | More by woodychandler
Photo of cyrenaica

Ontario (Canada)

2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

473ml can
5.2% ABV
I tried this beer on May 6, 2011 after purchasing at the Queen's Quaq LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer pours a hazy yellow with a huge white cap that quickly dissipates. The aroma is citrus and yeast, the spice is non-existent. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. The flavour is sour, a little wheat, and a little spice, and sourness is NOT a citrus sour.

Serving type: can

06-29-2011 23:07:29 | More by cyrenaica
Photo of Roke87

Ontario (Canada)

2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

473 mL can, slightly chilled and poured into a pilsner glass

Appearance- Pours a hazy yellowish colour with two fingers of fluffy white head, which very quickly dissipates to an average ring around the glass and a nice bubbly top as well, leaving minimal to no lacing throughout the glass till finish.

Smell- I’m not getting a whole lot in the aromas here, there are some faint yeast smells coming through which should be almost typical for a wit beer, there are also some funky citrus fruity smells coming from this one as well but it’s not really an orange smell, also a weird almost adjunct lager smell coming from this one which being made by AB explains that one.

Taste- Is almost exactly like the smells, there is really not a whole lot going on in this one, the funky citrusy fruit flavours take over right off the bat, and again still doesn’t really have any kind of orange taste to it? Lots of bready malts in the finish with a mild hint of the yeast and some very mild spice notes in there as well, and also finishes with that weird adjunct lager taste, which is even weirder seeing as this is a wit beer.

Mouthfeel- Light to medium bodied with below average carbonation, and finishes rather dry on the palate.

Overall- I can see exactly why this beer as such an amazing rating, another quality offering from AB here, of course if you can’t read the sarcasm in that one then you have drank one too many shock tops already. This beer is almost absolute drainpour material, the only that that was somewhat promising was the look of it, it does look like a wit beer and goes completely downhill from there. The smells and the tastes are very muted and although getting both a citrusy fruit smell and taste it never really translated to anything orange to me. Would not pick this one up again and the only reason I did is because I never noticed it before at the lcbo and also neglected to notice that this was an AB beer until I got home.

Serving type: can

06-26-2011 05:26:58 | More by Roke87
Photo of peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cloudy pale golden colour, 2 fingers of fluffy white head, some lace left behind. Smell is of orange, spice, yeast though most of the orange scent is quite artificial tasting. Taste is of artificial orange, spice and yeast come through but very fake tasting. Thin mouthfeel, big carbonation, light to med weight body. Pass on this, not very good, bad example of the style, half got drank the other half saw the sink.

Serving type: can

06-07-2011 21:10:34 | More by peensteen
Photo of liamt07

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a pint glass. Canned March 18, 2011.

Poured a pale orange, a few shades lighter than the colour of the can itself. Fluffy head of a couple fingers forms and settles to a foamy cap, retains moderately without any lace. Nose is mild, some wheat, light orange and faint zestiness. Taste struggles to represent the witbier stlye, yet still remain under the constraints of feeling like a macro beer, containing a weak BMC lager feel throughout. Some wheat, mild citrus, grain notes and mild hint of alcohol is present in the finish. Some spice (coriander as per the can) makes its way through in the finish as the glass warms. High carbonation, and yet a surprisingly decent body with a bit of weight to it at times. Definitely not hard to put down, and ideal for a warm day, yet nothing special as a wit.

Serving type: can

05-13-2011 19:42:45 | More by liamt07
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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,415 ratings.