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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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2,845 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,845
Reviews: 698
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 238 | FT: 0
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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.

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Quebec (Canada)

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.

09-12-2011 18:37:31 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

09-10-2011 01:31:38 | More by decimator
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2.35/5  rDev -20.3%

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.
A: Pours a cloudy glowing orange with a few fingers of very short lived bright white head that faded into a thin collar leaving almost lace.
S: Light notes of biscuit dough, coriander, and maybe a hint of citrus. Pretty light.
T: Sweet synthetic-like citrus, light coriander spice, and a ton of biscuit. Bland all around, but except for the overly sweet fake citrus, there’s nothing overly inoffensive.
M: Low but textured carbonation, medium-thick body, and a slick mouthfeel that’s a bit overly greasy.
O: Nothing worth getting excited over and the synthetic sweet is a bit distracting. There are worse beers out there, but I don’t ever really need to drink this again.

09-09-2011 23:49:41 | More by scottfrie
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2.78/5  rDev -5.8%

I had never had this, so I bought a six to try out. Poured into a pint glass, it pours with a light head that disappears quickly. Has a pleasant light amber color. Taste is quite citrusy, which I'm not a fan of. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Overall, not bad, but not someting I would buy again. Not much more than a dressed-up macrobrew.

09-06-2011 21:39:41 | More by beep71
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Alberta (Canada)

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.

09-01-2011 01:08:27 | More by biboergosum
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3.23/5  rDev +9.5%

A: Straw colored with thin white head dissipating quickly and leaving little lace.
S: Citrus dominated aroma with wheat.
T: Flavor follows aroma.
M: Light-bodied with active carbonation. Thin beer.
O: Enjoyable, drinkable and refreshing. A bit surprising that Anheuser-Busch brewed this.

08-28-2011 01:35:21 | More by Paincane
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New York

2.7/5  rDev -8.5%

The Bud of Witbiers. Not bad looking with and orange tinge to a cloudy gold brew. Sizable head recedes quickly. Smell is orangey with note of wheat malt, yeast, and spices. Taste is unimpressive. There seems to be orange flavoring as well as spices instead of the traditional citrus that comes from good brewing. Wheat malt is present and give it something to enjoy. Finish is crisp and dry with a light tartness. Feel is light and lightly carbonated. Not bad but I wont be looking for more of this. Blue moon is a much better macro Wit.

08-26-2011 02:30:32 | More by scootny
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3.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Serving Type: Bottle, well within best consumption date

Appearance: Cloudy with a heavy orange/gold tinge that becomes much more bold with brighter light showing through

Smell: The citrus is very up front, then immediately after follows the traditional smell that many of the mainstream white wheat ales (such as blue moon) exhibit.

Taste: As with the smell, the orange and citrus flavor is noticeable instantly, it is a very natural flavoring and is a nice precursor to the light wheaty and bready after effect. The citrus lingers momentarily and grows into tart right before it is gone leaving you with the other spices.

Mouthfeel: The beer has two very distinct flavor sequences as described above. In the first, the beer hits your tongue and settles into your mouth very smoothly, but as time grows on the carbonation gives the beer a frothy feel that lingers around even after you have finished drinking. This is most likely due to the lack of creaminess, which is this beers major downfall.

Comments: Overall this beer is very good, it falls short in a few areas, but it makes up for it with its unique flavor. I can see how up in the north someone would try it and not be convinced by its qualities. But if you were down in Houston, Texas with me experiencing temperatures consistently over 100 degrees, it sure is a great, refreshing wheat ale to have in your cooler. You can bash it in many places, but its drinkability and refreshing flavor make it a good bet for hot summer days.

08-24-2011 03:11:59 | More by Siriusfisherman
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3.35/5  rDev +13.6%

A - Pours translucent Orange with an off white head that keeps fairly well and leaves decent lacing. Looks appealing for sure.

S - Smells of yeast, dough, and fresh oranges.

T - Fruitiness hits first with lots of orange juice, lemon rind and a slight tardiness. This is followed by a hefty yeasty presence in the form of bread dough. Just enough hops to add an evening bitterness that lingers along with the yeastiness.

M - This is on the lower end of the carbonation spectrum. It almost has a syrupy character which is the only possible downfall (if you can call it that) of this beer. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

O - this beer is nothing special, but I have to give it to AB on this one, it's simple, tasty, and easy to drink. It's a go-to at the Charlottesville Pavilion for Friday's After Five.

08-23-2011 15:49:12 | More by PreacherBrewer
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2.88/5  rDev -2.4%

(From tasting notes on 8-21-11)

Appearance: Cloudy pale golden color with light fluffy white head that settles quickly leaving virtually no lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus, particularly orange, spices, perhaps a hint of hops.

Taste: Citrusy tastes, some spices, and wheat. Crisp finish that is refreshing on a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied brew that drinks smooth, is mildly carbonated, and is easy to slam a few.

Overall: A decent beer that is fairly light and quite drinkable, although there are many better summer beers out there.

08-23-2011 04:21:23 | More by pBRale
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North Carolina

3.08/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

08-19-2011 00:40:31 | More by tdm168
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3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Roommate brought home something else I probably wouldn't bother reviewing. I've had it on tap a few times beforehand for an absolute lack of other options. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

The appearance on this one is quite nice. It pours a nice, hazy white-orange color with a full, bone-white head. The aroma is a bit off, I get wheat, spices, citrus, and a bit of an off twang that smells just a bit like hot vomit. Come to think of it, it's actually the same off scent I get from Blue Moon! It makes a pretty good reason to throw the citrus wedge on the edge of the glass, that way you can't actually smell the beer. The taste here is very heavy on citrus, with just a little bit of wheat and spicing peeking it's way through. Very refreshing, but really only hits one dimension. Blue Moon's just a bit better when it comes to mass-market, citrus forward wits, but this is still quaffable.

The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, a little bit more thickness would benefit the citrus tastes, the thinness here just feels a little unnatural. The drinkability is quite good, these make quite the good summer pounder, I have to admit that. Overall, a very passable brew. It's nothing jaw-dropping, but can be found for a decent price, is highly drinkable, and can now be found in cans.

08-16-2011 21:02:39 | More by shand
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New York

3.05/5  rDev +3.4%

Went into tasting shock top with open taste buds and still was surprised. Not all that impressive to look at in a glass, slightly hazy, head doesn't last. Little stick or lacing. Scent is only slightly reminiscent of wheat, some citrus. Taste is of grain, just sweet enough to want more. A bit of citrus and wheat. Little if any hops. Mouthfeel is neutral. This beer is a nice drinkable beer and may "shock" some people. Sorry about that. Got carried away. No game changers here but a solid drinking summer beer.

08-14-2011 15:41:49 | More by gskitt
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Ontario (Canada)

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.

08-14-2011 03:18:18 | More by Sammy
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3.45/5  rDev +16.9%

Michelob/Anheuser-Busch is not a brewer I normally associate with flavorful beverages, so it came as a surprise when someone handed me a Shock Top at a party and I found myself wanting a second. With a strong nose bearing intense citrus aromas--mainly orange, with hints of lemon--and coriander, this Witbier immediately ranks higher than anything else Michelob has put out.

On the tongue, the brew is hugely sugary and citrusy, orange again outranking everything else, but joined by hints of lemon and lime, coriander, and Grape Nuts-flavored malts. These flavors last well into the aftertaste, with little change. However, while the beer is quite flavorful--perfect beach fare, in fact--it's obvious that Michelob made up for small amounts of malts and hops through the addition of pounds and pounds of orange, lemon and lime peels to the tanks.

For discerning (picky) palates, this will be equivalent to covering a third-rate cut of meat with extra salt and black pepper--i.e. an obvious band-aid solution. I have no doubt, however, that many will think this beer delicious. I certainly think it's the tastiest beer Michelob has ever put out, and will reach for it again on my next camping trip.

08-06-2011 20:08:25 | More by jondeelee
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3.53/5  rDev +19.7%

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Mirky straw amber in color with two fingers of bright white head, dissipated quickly.Weak carbonation, no lacing

Yeasty malts, and smells of citrusy furniture polish. Appealing if you're into this style. No hop presence.

Orange presence was more detectable on the nose, more faint on the taste. Malted yeast flavors that are more pronounced and less enjoyble as it warms.

Light body and low carbonation, decent drinker on a hot day.

Overall- not overly impressed. However, I would recommend this to someone that is starting to venture away from BMC and experiment.

08-06-2011 14:15:51 | More by Siggy125
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3.2/5  rDev +8.5%

Poured from bottle into glass

A: Pours a light amber with slight haze. 1 finger head minimizes to small cap and slightly laces the glass but does not leave sticky gum.

S: A nose full of orange and spice prevail. A little wheat.

T: The wheat, orange, and spice are sensed. The flavor is good, but is played out halfway through the drink.

M: Creamy with good mouth coating. Aftertaste of wheat is good. Downfall: Over carbonated.

08-03-2011 01:28:52 | More by cagocubs
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Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +3.4%

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.

07-29-2011 00:21:44 | More by thehyperduck
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2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

i got this beer at thestoretheother day.Igotin bottleand poured into pint glass. The first thing I noticed is the color which is an intense yellow which is very pleasant. It poured nicely with a one inch head. The smell is fairly fruity and taste is also surprisingly fruity. It has a slight spiced taste with an apricote taste to it. I did not care for it that much. It is a nice attempt to making a fruity beer. I'm sure it is practical for the summer time.

07-26-2011 02:45:13 | More by bastardface
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3.08/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured a hazy straw colour with a large, foamy white head that retained itself fairly well, but left little to no lacing as I drank (heavy bubbles).

I can barely smell anything at all here. Not gonna lie. faint (and I mean FAINT) yeasty hint with maybe some citrus? as if smelling the ghost of a witbier.

After the nonexistent nose, the taste was actually somewhat of a pleasant surprise. Not a strong beer by any sense, but has a decent (but not overly done) texture to it, kind of orange peels and bread. No hops to speak of, and the malts are kind of doughy.

Overall a surprisingly refreshing beer, good for a hot summer afternoon watering the garden (umm... that's exactly what I am doing, other than type type typing away on this review). Not something that you're going to go crazy over and hunt down the last stock, but if you want something that will appeal to a broad base, that is good for hot weather, good for an afternoon drink, not offensive in any manner, you could do considerably worse than this brew.

edit: I didn't even realize until reviewing here that it was a subsidiary of A-B. I actually enjoy this more than Blue Moon right now (the other major foray into craft brew wannabes that I can think of). As much as I am loathe to give them props over anything (just me being contrarian/my hippie upbringing), I have to give kudos to A-B for their entry into the 'giant Terminator robot in ipod's clothing (aka the Soundwave award)' market. Also, it makes me crave french fries. Don't ask why but it just hit me as I was finishing the last half and editing this review. Time for some Five Guys.

07-21-2011 21:00:53 | More by kemoarps
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2.6/5  rDev -11.9%

A- Hazy burnt/cream orange. Two finger head sticks around for a second or two then quickly dissipates into a very thin, bubbly head. Very little lacing with poor retention.

S- Hints of orange and citrus with spice undertones. Sweet malts with little if any hop character. Well below par.

T&M- Creamy mouthfeel, mild carbonation. Very sweet upfront and through to finish. Citrus notes are present, but seem flat with no complexity. Very straight-forward sweet citrus with no bitterness.

O- A drinkable yet uninteresting beer. While a BMC drinker might think this beer is complex and different, I think most beer geeks would find this brew as grossly under-par in flavor and complexity compared with other fine wit beers.

Notes- A craft brew forgery. From packaging to pour, it looks and feels like a craft brew, but lacks complexity and is simply unbalanced. Coors did a much better job with Blue Moon than Budweiser did with Shock Top.

07-20-2011 06:05:58 | More by mikeylol
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4/5  rDev +35.6%

A lot of people on here are rating the company (AB) and not the beer. This is a delicious beer and I can imagine it becoming popular in the coming years. The label, the name, and the taste are all quality and I pick up a case regularly. Give it a chance and see what you think.

When poured, a nice thick head forms, eventually allowing you to smell the orange and citrus flavors. The head disappears completely after a few minutes. It smells great and tastes even better. The orange flavors are powerful yet not over the top and the after taste is pleasant. I greatly prefer this over the similar tasting Blue Moon.

07-18-2011 16:42:07 | More by BEERME528
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Ontario (Canada)

2.13/5  rDev -27.8%

I really wanted to like this one...perhaps it's because I had the brilliant idea of purchasing 3 cans of it having not previously heard a single thing about it.

Similar to many other typical white ales, the nose reveals many citrus notes, however there is an abundance of lemon and lime peel to be found upon first sniff. Slightly off-putting, to say the least, seeing as how that's about the only thing you can smell. No hops to speak of.

When poured into a snifter, the beer reveals itself as being a nice hazy, golden-yellow colour. The carbonation is aggressive, and as such the one finger of fizzy white head dissipates within a few seconds, even after an aggressive pour.

At this point, the taste was not surprising. Despite a slightly higher abv than what I am used to in white beer, the alcohols presence is not felt. After an initial blast of orange and lemon, all that is detectable on the palate is a mild yeast flavour and excessive carbonation.

Qute easily the least impressive white ale I've yet to try. Anheuser-Busch strikes again...

07-13-2011 17:39:18 | More by aletale
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2.95/5  rDev 0%

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 ...

07-11-2011 15:53:55 | More by woodychandler
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2.63/5  rDev -10.8%

Serving Type: 12 oz. twist top bottle poured into pilsner galss.

Appearance- cloudy honey color with two fingers of white head, which colapses to almost nothing, lacing is almost nonexistant.

Smell- Yeast and Orange smells, no hops detectable.

Taste- Bready Yeast flavor with a hint orange marmalade

Mouthfeel- Light body and carbonation

Overall- I can't say I'm impressed, after having a couple of brewes from Brewery Ommegang in the past week this does not come close. Blue Moon Belgian White is a better choice for this style.

07-11-2011 01:09:41 | More by beyah
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,845 ratings.