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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White

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BA SCORE
69
poor

2,424 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 2424
Reviews: 669
rAvg: 2.97
pDev: 22.9%


Brewed by:
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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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

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

While I found this inoffensive, I also found it undrinkable. Lots of white foam on top of the light coloured body. Neutral aroma. Middling though aggressive carbonation. Something orange in the background. In the style, but nothing tasty.A bit of a gateway beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2011 03:18:18 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy very pale yellow-orange color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a fizzy film on the top of the beer. No lacing whatsoever. Smell is of wheat, spices (coriander), and a surprisingly nice orange scent. Taste is of wheat up front, spices coming through in the middle, and the orange/citrus flavors coming in on the finish. This beer has a nice level of carbonation making for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average witbier but good for coming from AB.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2011 05:43:58 | More by UCLABrewN84
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at hooters a week ago, i just ordered it really for the sake of having a beer, served in a frosted mug, ehh.

pour is very light with a touch of hazy that clear quick and a cap of white foam that did not stick around long either. aroma is light citrus, loads of grain and a touch of grass. not what i was looking for and not in a good way at all. light peach flavor out of no where then whisked away with the fake orange flavor again and the over the top artifical flavoring. light body was hardly even there and overall i was just soo underwhelmed i dont know where to begin.

not again, i will not do this to myself again.

Serving type: on-tap

01-11-2011 01:32:40 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

2.55/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden orange color with a short lived white head.

S: Most of the aroma is the orange peel in the beer. Sort of a vegetal aroma with lots of cooked grain and a hint of garbage. Light malt and wheat notes with a moderate sweetness.

T: Intensely lemony with a rather pronounced sourness/tartness to it. Mild malt and bread flavor which provides the bit of sweetness that exists. The sourness lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Not very enjoyable at all. I wouldn't want to have this again.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 00:18:52 | More by womencantsail
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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
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Similar to that of Blue Moon, but with a better combination of spices, but with the same malt problems as their Rocky Mountain competetor. This beer opens with a pleasant orange / copper looking hue and solid protein haze from the wheat. Although the wheat malt proves soft and bready, the pilner malt character was very timid. Where you expect to find a rich, bready, dough maltiness, this beer gives as astringent grainy texture and taste. A little more acidic than expected with less phenols and esters; subsituted with a spiciness that, although is pleasant, falls a little flat and less complex than prefered. This will be a nice summertime refresher, but the true beer enthusiest will go for a Hoegaarden or Blanch de Chambly.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 20:10:58 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.85/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I had the unfortunate experience of trying some of this. Reviewed from notes.

Pour is not too bad. Slightly hazed apricot color with a white head. Smell goes down hill with some fake orange and citrus notes coming through atop generic sweetness. Taste just brings fake fruit galore; not sure why anyone would need to put a citrus slice in this. Mouthfeel is overly thick and cloying. I think I might actually prefer Bud Light.

Serving type: on-tap

10-08-2010 00:47:35 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

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

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half-finger high white head that gradually died down and left some lacing covering the surface.
S: Aromas of citrus—oranges in particular—stand out in the nose, which also has some notes of wheat.
T: Similar to the smell, citrusy flavors stand out in the taste along with some wheat. There are hints of sweetness. The taste seems a bit maltier compared to other witbiers.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink but could be a lot better if it cut back on some of the malty and sweet flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2012 03:47:24 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a tall, somewhat lasting, white head.

Smell: Rather scant hints at pale malts and malted wheat before some slightly bolder, but still very, very mild notes of clove and orange peel.

Taste: Pale malts swing towards a slightly tangy malted wheat with a mild, subtle sweetness. Light touches of clove and an underhanded, suspiciously light dose of stale orange juice. The tiniest amount of hop bitterness. Drying, vaguely juice-esque finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium, though airy carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended. An all-out assault on Coors Blue Moon that utterly fails, in my opinion. It's just a far too thin and lacking in all its qualities, making for a rather unrewarding wit.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 04:44:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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

Served in a shaker pint glass with an orange slice at Finn McCool's.

It may not be the Beer of the Month anymore at Finn's, but I wanted one anyway. I don't know why either. It pours a hazy pale straw topped by a half-finger of white micro-foam. The nose comprises light orange zest, light lemon peel, and what seems to be coriander. I'll be honest, though, I'm not sure how much of this smell is from the orange slice (I didn't ask for it, by the way) and how much is from the beer. The taste holds very light orange zest, cardamom, orange peel, and some light flowers. The body is quite light, with an active carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a weak wit, not entirely bad, but not something I'd necessarily smile for while ordering.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 05:28:36 | More by TMoney2591
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

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

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a random grocery store grab in Montana last month. "Shock Top Brewing Co." - sheesh.

This beer pours a cloudy pale golden amber colour, with a few specks of swirling sediment, and one fat finger of thin foamy off-white head, which settles like a weak lawsuit, leaving very little in the way of liens, uh, I mean lace. It smells mildly of sweet wheat grain, a bit of muddled citrus, a dash of yeast, and faint earthy spices. The taste is doughy, lightly bready grain, weakly flavoured, but still prevalent sweet coriander, and a soft citrus creaminess. The carbonation is fairly sedate, the body medium-light in weight, and focus committee smooth. It finishes off-dry, the yet-to-be-cooked bread and other lingering sweet nodes holding court.

I think I like this better than Blue Moon, and by extension Rickard's White, but damned if I'm going to organize a comparative tasting. Anyways, this is enjoyable enough, I would imagine, if it were hot and sunny, and there were no better, preferably pils-based option, but it sure as hell isn't right here, right now, so, my strictly clinical assessment is: not bad for the price, all things considered.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2011 01:08:27 | More by biboergosum
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong citrus fruits along with some Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very fruity up front with flavors of lemon and orange, a little bit of spice and some Belgian yeast breadiness. The malt character is thin and there's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is yet another attempt to take a shot at the Blue Moon market-share, but unfortunately it's just as lacking in substance, it's poundable but it's not one that I'd pick.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2009 02:05:59 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Vance AFB club, review based on notes

Pours a hazy straw color with 1 finger of pearl white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Fruitty, pepppery hops & citrus hops

T: Peppery & a touch of clove up front. Citrus flavors dominate as this warms along with a little pear. Finishes with orangey hops

MF: Slightly over gassed with light/medium body

Drank very easy, a bit more body & complexity & this would be a nice Wit. Still would be fairly satisfied, not happy if this was the best beer available

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 17:09:32 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.88/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy, pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a refreshingly light pale and wheat malt scent along with just a touch of orange peel and coriander. The taste is decent. It has an easy drinking witbier taste that incredibly smooth. It light and conservative. There is a nice citrus element to it. The spices are hard to detect. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable wit. Not too shabby for an AB interpretation.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2008 22:22:02 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.63/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. A wit, really? OK. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze. Carbonation low, no head, no lacing.

Citrusy aroma, lemons maybe. Not much else.

What was that? This beer has a strong cereal flavor to it. There is a citrusy flavor in the front of the mouth. I'm really confused. Its bland, followed by citrus, followed by a wheaty flavor and then a strong aftertaste. I don't like this beer. Review done.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2009 02:09:42 | More by drabmuh
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zeff80

Missouri

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

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a fizzy, white, two-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and lemon. Some wheat notes.

T - The taste is really dominated by wheat flavors. Some citrus flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A fairly fizzy, light-bodied beer.

D - This is okay. Doesn't taste like a true wit, more like an American Pale Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 19:33:37 | More by zeff80
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So this Witbier pours out as a cloudy orange color. The head is deceit and leaves a surprisingly nice lacing. The smell of the beer has some wheat aromas and lots of citrus. The taste is citrusy also. The mouthfeel is decent, on the light side. Overall I'd never buy this beer for myself. I will drink it if it's free.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2011 20:12:30 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Born on" 06 Jan 08:

Pours hazy/clouded lemon-drop yellow with a thin white head that slowly thins to a patch. Minimal vanishing lace sticks.

The smel is of orange and lemon zest, bready yeast, wheat tang, coriander. Although pretty mild, all the components are there, and do a nice aromatic job.

What happened? The taste is much thinner than the aroma. So much so that a pinch of water and alcohol come through. Sweet, but balanced, the taste follows the characteristics in the nose, but I had to search for it. For those not contemplating the beer, they could easily be missed. Nothing is off, just very mild.

Light-bodied and crisp, it could use more creaminess/body, but it's not watery or fizzy despite the thinness.

A heat-beater for sure. Not bad, but falls short compared to others of the style because of its thinnness.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2008 14:33:43 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.43/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a hazy golden hue with bright white frothy head dwindles at a moderate pace with thin specks of lacing strung evenly around my Hoegaarden glass. Aroma sharp citrus mild sprite flow to it with coriander and really musty yeast notes. I guess they added orange, lime, and citrus peels to the mix all their missing are Clementine and pummelo peels. Flavor is present a bit mellow spice like Chamomile, persistent coriander, citrus notes and more yeasty goodness. A definite solid offering from one of the big three. Looks like a wit, smells like a wit, and tastes like a wit holy shit they can brew to style. Spices to linger for me knocking down drinkability in general but that's typical for the style in my opinion this one just seems extra spiced. Mouthfeel is light bodied spritzy carbonation with a tickling sharp citrus acidity and coriander coating stays with your palate. Drinkability is solid definitely better than the other seasonals these guys attempt to put out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2008 16:27:13 | More by WVbeergeek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.08/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moderate head but it leaves no lace. Milky straw color with lots of chunky yeasty beasties.

Very low aroma profile--none of the usual wheat, citrus or yeast smells are present. Nothing wrong but nothing there either.

The flavor is huge improvement to the smell. Not rich in taste, but has the presence of a typical wit.

This is drinkable, but very mild. If you can get by the clumps of yeast, you may find this to be an innocent wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 22:06:15 | More by smcolw
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Halcyondays

California

2.2/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow orange with a small white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Orange zest, notes of wheat, solid.

T: It has the classic orange flavour, some lemon, no real spice character. Just bland overall, light.

M: Very thin especially in the end, light-bodied for sure, some crisp carbonation at points, but real disappointing here.

O: Not expecting much with AB and I was correct. Even comparing it to Blue Moon it's not that impressive.

Serving type: bottle

12-25-2011 08:57:19 | More by Halcyondays
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

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
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at a AAA baseball game. $5, not bad for a stadium.

Appeared a dark yellow with not head or lacing. So there's no complimentary foam and it's too dark. The aroma is of dry, spicy orange. The flavor has that same orange, with bland Belgian-like spice (corriander, pepper). The flavor and aroma aren't bad, certainly not normal for the style, but it's an overall agreeable experience. A real wit has more delicate spices with vanilla and mellow wheat. The body here is also surprisingly heavy, with a sort of medium strength. And the mouthfeel is a bit chaulky. Well... it's better than the vast majority of A-B's beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2008 03:18:58 | More by tempest
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kojevergas

Texas

2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught into pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO, at a bar called Swingers, in December 2010. (I'm drinking it in the proper season, I suppose).

A: Blonde-orange colour. Hazy. Thin head of poor retention.

Sm: Orange, barley, citrus. Nice for what it is, and much better than Blue Moon.

T: Coarse open to body of light citrus and clean barley. Finish is inconclusive, inviting another sip.

Mf: Surprisingly coarse for the style. Coarse at the climax.

Dr: I'd have it again at this price, especially if I was just drinking casually. Don't serve it with an orange in it, lads. A beer is meant to be experienced as it is created. I have to admit, my expectations were low, but this may be the best AB brewed beer I've had (because that statement is saying a lot...psh).

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2011 13:17:20 | More by kojevergas
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass at Champions during the Ravens' destruction of the Bears. Served sans citrus fruit.

A: The witbier is a hazy golden straw color, cloudy enough to be opaque. A half a finger of head blankets the ale.

S: The nose is citrusy, lemon and orange are prominent. Wheat is lingering around in the dark corners of the ale, but without the big bang you'd like.

T: This witbier stresses the citrus over the wheat aspects. Orange and lemon are mildly sweet, the dominant aspect of the ale. Wheat is present but not in the glory that a witbier deserves. While the ale seems like a lite witbier, there was something that I liked about the ale. It exceeded my expectations.

M: The mouthfeel is citrus-centric, stressing the sweetness of the fruit additions over the tartness of the wheat.

D: A decent ale, much better than I expected it to be.

Serving type: on-tap

12-21-2009 01:23:50 | More by akorsak
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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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