Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
68
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3,352 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,352
Reviews: 820
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 23.47%
Wants: 41
Gots: 643 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-04-2007

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.
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Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -2%
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.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.99/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of metter98
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Thorpe429
1.88/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.87/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Photo of womencantsail
2.56/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +29.3%

I've reviewed this beer before (I don't know where it went, sometimes they just disappear, probably in data transfer to new servers or whatever) so I won't go into detail. Everyone knows what it is anyway.

I wonder, however, why it has such poor ratings on BA. It's a bit dark for the style, I'll say that. And perhaps the head retention and lacing could be a little better, but I still think it's pretty good for the style. It's a bit malty, mainly wheaty in the aroma, but there's still some coriander to it, as well as orange peel, and all of that carries into the flavor as well. It's rounded and balanced. It might be fuller than I'd expect, but there are other American breweries doing the same. Blue Moon is much heavier, and scores better, and there are a lot of brewpubs and smaller micros in the same boat. Besides all of that, it's clean and consistent. I think it's just getting a bad rap here because it's made by A-B.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.17/5  rDev +7.8%
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.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack for $5.99

I wish people didn't know this was an AB product because I thought it was a great beer. Much better than other Wit's I've had from more 'prestigious' micros. So damn smooth and tasty and at a great price, wha more can you ask for?!

Photo of Slatetank
2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap @ applebees, served in a pint on special.

A hazy golden w/ thin white cap and tight bead, no lace clings. The smell has light banana and subtle spice aroma w/ slight hint of creaminess in the nose. The feel is slightly syrupy w/ a subtle spice and tanginess of citrus peel w/ semi-sweet finish.

The flavor is mildly yeasty w/ subtle citrus peel and light wheat flavor, more or less flat in the flavor dept with gentle spice in the finish. I do not generally support AB, but tried to give it an unbiased review -like a pale wheat with light banana and orange, just ok IMO.

Photo of Jason
2.99/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.67/5  rDev +24.8%
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

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -1.7%
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).

Photo of smcolw
3.01/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From 06/07/14 notes. Have had this a few times, finally reviewing it. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy yellow-amber color with one inch of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation.

s - Smells of oranges, wheat, bready malts, sweet fruity malts, corn, grains, and wheat. Not too bad, oranges are there. Very sweet smelling.

t - Taste is similar to the nose but blander. Lots of grains, bready malts, wheat, with some light oranges, light fruity malts, citrus and floral notes to it. Step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Not as light a body as I was expecting and overcarbonated.

o - Overall not a terrible beer; not great and pretty average, but not offensive at all. Light oranges and citrus in the nose, with less in the taste. Nothing to seek out but not the worst you can do.

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 3,352 ratings.