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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
69
poor

2,905 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 2,905
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 262 | FT: 0
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 Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

Sammy, Aug 14, 2011
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3/5  rDev +1.7%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of djrn2
2/5  rDev -32.2%

djrn2, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
1.85/5  rDev -37.3%

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 08, 2010
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +1.7%

nmann08, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of zestar
2.25/5  rDev -23.7%

zestar, May 10, 2014
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

acurtis, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

metter98, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev 0%

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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

BEERchitect, Jan 26, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

mikesgroove, Jan 11, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Texasfan549, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
2/5  rDev -32.2%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.55/5  rDev -13.6%

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.

womencantsail, May 25, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

ygtbsm94, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of spycow
3/5  rDev +1.7%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%

A: single finger white head with a little lacing on a murky golden with a slIght amber hue.

S: grain and breads. Slight amount of lemon.

T: mostly wheat and breads with a decent honey finish. Light citrus note.

M: light body and high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall a very drinkable and nearly flavorless beer. Beats a bitter light beer when only run if the mill beers are available but still. It that great.

kylehay2004, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

jaydoc, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 20, 2009
Photo of Knapp85
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

Knapp85, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

TMoney2591, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev +1.7%

largadeer, Nov 25, 2013
Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

zeff80, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of biboergosum
2.95/5  rDev 0%

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a random grocery store grab whilst visiting 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 wanly puffy and thinly foamy off-white head, which settles like a weak lawsuit, leaving very little in the way of liens, uh, I mean lace around the glass.

It smells of tame semi-sweet wheat grain, a bit of muddled sugary citrus (like a lemon, lime, and orange Slurpee), a dash of yeast, and kind of cloying coriander-tinted, yet faint earthy spices. The taste is doughy, lightly bready grain, a breakfast cereal wheatiness, poorly rendered, but still prevalent sweet coriander, and a soft lemon-lime creamy citrus character.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, barely a tickle to be had at times, the body medium-light in weight, a tad watery, and focus committee smooth, as usual, with a slight airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the not-quite-yet cooked bread and other lingering sweet and savoury notes holding court.

I think I actually like this better than Blue Moon, and by no extension at all, 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 proper 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, but like its craft beer wannabe ilk, not worth the dumbing down hit to one's soul.

biboergosum, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev +1.7%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,905 ratings.