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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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2,985 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,985
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 15
Gots: 302 | FT: 0
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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Photo of wrightst
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

wrightst, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

tempest, May 15, 2008
Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev +1.7%

duceswild, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

akorsak, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of mothman
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into Weizen Glass.

Pours a 2 finger head that settles after a few minutes. Leaves very little lace. Color is a hazy dark staw yellow.

Aroma is like fruit loops (2nd beer in a row to remind me of fruit loops, lucky me). Also has some citrus and orange aromas. Not to bad for an A-B product.

Taste is very similar. It is very fruity (mainly oranges). There is some zest and bready malts. A little alcohol shows throught here.

Mouthfeel is a little crisp, mainly cream/smooth and ends with a slightly sticky aftertaste.

Overall, there was way too much orange/fruity flavor going on here. I wouldn't want to buy this, because I know I could find a good hefe instead.

mothman, Mar 31, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
2/5  rDev -32.2%

ejimhof, Dec 25, 2012
Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

AB joins the big three with their own witbier entry. Where will this one rank compared to the other two (Blue Moon and Leine)? Let's find out, and on to the beer we go:

Big puffy head on top a mildly hazed light straw body. That head's staying up for awhile, and the body's color really looks like that of an authentic witbier. Coriander and fruit peels in the smell.

Unfortunately, it tastes like a watery witbier. Not bad by any means, but the flavor intensity borders that of a light beer. Although it gets better as it slightly warms from the fridge, I'm not particuarly excited about this, and I really enjoy witbiers. Not very spiced with light wheat malt. Bah.

Disspointment never breaks hearts, raised hopes do. The appearance brought up my hopes, but the raised expectations from it broke my heart when I tasted it. This is one witbier that might need an orange slice to keep your interest.

DoubleJ, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of BARFLYB
2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle provided to me by a friend, poured into a budweiser pint glass.

A- Tangerine orange with two fingers of loose off white soapy foam that faded but left a lasting cap. Kind of cloudy looks good, no lace.

S- A bunch of artifical orange flavor with some coriander and light sweet malt. No hops in this, just fruity/citrusy with a small hay scent after warming.

T- Oranges and faint apricot although doesent taste like the real thing. Small spice and a dash of wheat, more citrus forward than wheat. Getting some soggy fruit pebbles taste which turns me off. Not a good representation of the style IMO, more like fruit juice.

M&D- No bitterness, fruity and sweet on the way down with some fizz from the carb. A step below medium bodied which is bigger than most wit's i've come across. This is not something that i would consume for refreshment in the summer. Needs to take a step down in body and increase the spice/wheat and bring down the citrus.

BARFLYB, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Zorro
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Something new in a bottle guessed by the tacky graphics it was an Anheuser-Bush product.

Cloudy yellow beer with a tall white head, looks OK but could be paler. Be careful the head can easily escape the glass.

The smell is authentic with lots of wheat malt and a spicy scent of orange and fairly green coriander. More herbal than most beers of this type the hop level seems to be higher.

The taste starts out with a strong wheat malt flavor and fairly strong orange flavor. Tastes like they added the orange slice whether you wanted it or not.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK Belgian style wheat beer but I think I would go for the Blue Moon over this. No artificial flavors but not so great as the competition.

Zorro, Dec 21, 2007
Photo of jdhilt
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy pale amber color with a lot of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and light bodied. Faint wheat nose. Flavor is like lemonade without the citric bite, could be a good summer beer but it doesn't have the hop backbone. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

jdhilt, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev +1.7%

LXIXME, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.38/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Poured into a 12 oz. plastic "glass" at a Steelers game. Pale yellow with a decent head.

S. Very light citrus and spice.

T. A pretty bland tasting beer really. Very little to taste, faint grains, even fainter wheat, and just a bit of orange citrusy hoeggarden like wit taste.

M. Somewhat smooth and bland to the palate.

D. Overall this is average drinking at best. Surely beats most if not all other AB products, but I will be leary of this one as well..

Stinkypuss, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of Mebuzzard
1.5/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

So the 'witbier' and the label make me think this will be refreshing, light and have some sort of citrus or spice to it.

Far from it. A murky light golden pour begs an apology. Sick malt aroma, some coriander if I think about it. Faint faint faint citrus.
A bad taste. The malt is overpowering and beyond stale. No spice whatsoever in the taste. Fuzzy orange essence--the fuzz coming from mold.
Light beer. Filmy aftertaste. This is bad.

Mebuzzard, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of Wasatch
2.28/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast, some spice. The taste is malty/yeast, not much spice. Light body. Not drinkable, I was kinda syked about this brew with the nose, but the taste is pretty bland/watery, a big disappointment.

Wasatch, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of smakawhat
2.1/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Christmas party leftovers Part Two continues! The so called "faux craft" drink? How does it hold up? Pouring this into a Hoegaarden glass!

A very creamy/foamy topped head that falls fairly quickly. Body color is an off orange/yellow with lots of cola sticking bubbles. Seems to leave a small puck, but not any lacing.

Nose seems highly artificial. Powdered orange breakfast drink. Nothing else here, no sense of malt either.

Taste? what is this? Sweetened artificial orange juice? This doesn't even taste like beer. Extremely wet bodied, where is the malt density in this? No classic hints of lemon or zest. Sugar artificial Splenda tasting. No wheat chew whatsoever.

Overall... ugh. Barely even tastes like beer let alone a Witbier. Never would have bought this to begin with, so thank god I didn't.

smakawhat, Dec 28, 2011
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2/5  rDev -32.2%

brandoman63, Nov 22, 2011
Photo of John_M
2.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yet another mediocre craft beer wannabe from the folks at AB.

Shock Top pours a hazy darkish honey color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer doesn't look that bad, but once again looks can be deceiving. Initially I got almost nothing on the nose, but as the beer warmed up there was noticeable "wheatiness," coupled with sort of an odd mustard aroma. This beer's wheatiness was even more apparent on the palate, but as it warmed up a bit, I got a distinct alka seltzer flavor. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and drinkabilty was not good. There was a gasiness to this beer that was really pretty unpleasant, that really gave me a bloated feeling near the end of the glass (which ultimately I did not finish).

This is not an awful beer, but by the same token it's nothing special either. I don't know what it is about these "crafty" beers from BMC, but their poor quality always seems to show the more I drink of a particular beer. Needless to say, I will not ever be ordering this stuff again.

The folks at Yellow Dog included a slice of orange with this beer without my asking for it. Normally I find that annoying, but in this case I was glad for the slice of orange. It was much tastier then the beer and helped to clean my palate afterwards.

John_M, Apr 11, 2009
Photo of biegaman
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shock Top Belgian White looks as though it's been crafted with almost as much careful detail as its creative packaging. It's a fairly conventional looking witbier that, while its complexion may be a somewhat deeper orange colour than normal, still exemplifies that characteristic 'white ale' cloudiness. Head retention is fair; lace production is poor.

The aroma is very inviting, subtly slipping the nose pulpy, citrusy notes as if they were bribes. At this point I'm relating it more closely to a no-name brand OJ than to any of Belgium's great witbiers. They've gone pedal to the metal with the citrus, much to expense the of the coriander and malt. It smells lovely, don't get me wrong, but blatant and kitschy.

What ingredients the brewery does list on the can are coriander, orange, lemon and lime peel and wheat; the ones they don't are the stabilizers, preservatives and other industrial adjuncts. But you can be sure from the taste that they're in there. For all the quenching, citrusy, zest the flavouring should add, the beer is still fairly dull and innocuous.

Drinking Shock Top is like slurping all the juice out of an orange wedge and then continuing to suck on the dry rind; in the mouth it is juicy and citric, with a pulpy orange flavour, but in the finish it is dry and pithy. Both the lemon and lime peels are nothing more than footnotes, contributing (if anything) a subtle, slight acidic kick in the aftertaste.

There are few things better in the beer world than witbiers - and few things worse than Anheuser-Busch products. A combination of the two results in something predictably average: while it is pleasant and agreeable and, frankly, quite appealing, it is also a shamelessly kitschy, half-rate offering that compares poorly with honest, integral examples of the style.

biegaman, May 11, 2011
Photo of plaid75
3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light yeast esther and some traces of coriander.

The taste consisted a lightly chewy wheat malt and a bit of spice.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a servicable wit. Easy enough to drink.

plaid75, May 05, 2008
Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light hazy yellow with 1/2" of foamy head that fades after a little to a nice lacing. Smells of yeast and mild coriander. The flavors are all rather faint; orange peels and coriander with mild yeast tones. Mouthfeel is very light and frothy; drinkable and refreshing.

Not huge on flavor but it does quench your thirst.

tdm168, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of Latarnik
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Latarnik, May 25, 2014
Photo of chinchill
3.14/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

on tap.
A: Yellow-orange hazy White head no lacing.

Aroma: light and fruity, with a bit of light baked bread.

M: Light body with medium carbonation.

Taste: light and fruity with hint of coriander and orange.

O: Acceptable flavor and aroma except for bring very light and timid.

chinchill, May 04, 2013
Photo of Kelp
2.25/5  rDev -23.7%

Kelp, Jan 29, 2013
Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy tangerine-orange with a slight bubbly white head that quickly faded. Visible carbonation was soft and almost non detectable.

S: a bucket full of fresh citrus oranges, at times smelling like sunny d orange juice with some sugary sweetness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet tangerine/oranges with a touch of yeasty sourness. The citrus was dominant and pungent at times. The palate was wheaty, crisp, and clean allowing the strong citrus to fade rather quickly on the finish leaving a slight tart sourness from the yeast behind.

M: medium, very spicy with a tangerine tartness and very soft carbonation, almost juice like.

D: A sweet citrusy and refreshing summer time drink and a decent attempt by A-B. a touch to sweet to drink in multiples but much better then coor's blue moon in my opinion.

beerthulhu, Feb 05, 2008
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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

dmorgan310, Jun 30, 2014
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,985 ratings.