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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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2,984 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,984
Reviews: 705
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 15
Gots: 302 | 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 nukem5
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orange and slightly hazy big head which rapidly deteriorates.

S: Buttery,spicey slightly citrus aroma.

T: Sweet spicey and full of earthy notes,citusy with a splash of malts.

M: Medium bodied with nice rounded flavor.

O: Overall a very drinkable beer and sad to say "good job" Anheusere-Busch.

nukem5, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of Jason
2.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Jason, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of scott451
3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Warmed from fridge temp then rolled the 475ml can. Poured into a pint glass.

A big three finger off white head on a very hazy apricot. The head diminished to a thin but persistent layer. Some patchy lacing.

Smells of coriander and bread yeast with some spicy notes.

Taste- Is almost exactly like the smells, the somewhat artificial orange and fruit gives way to bready malts with a mild hint of the yeast and a slight hop bitterness at the finish.

Smooth mouthfeel. Finishes dry.

Not a bad Wit. Not outstanding but worthy.

scott451, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of matjack85
4.03/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at a bar in Plainfield, IL whose name escapes me now. I ordered it on the advice of my waitress after I asked her if they carried any craft beers. Little did I know at the time that this was an Anhauser-Bush product, but in a way I'm glad I didn't know.

The beer was served in a weizen glass with 4 full fingers of creamy white head sitting on top of a cloudy, pale yellow colored liquid. An orange slice (which I didn't ask for) was hung on the side of the glass. The head lasted several minutes and the beer produced some decent lacing. A very nice looking wit.

The beer had a very wheaty smell to it with plenty of citrus fruit scents (mostly lemon and orange) along with some coriander spice.

Wheat malt backbone with perhaps some other malt variation that gives it some sweetness. Lemon. lime, and orange peel give it both fruitiness and bitterness, while the coriander gives it a good spice kick. Very well done and by far my favorite AB product for now.

Light to medium body with a medium level of carbonation.

This is very refreshing and goes down easy. No noticeable alcohol so very sessionable. This is good stuff.

matjack85, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of CamuMahubah
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a really good American wit...

It pours orange...

smells plain...a lil bit of citrus but I got an orange peel floating around in there! I know I shouldn't but I had these beers at Appleby's like three years ago and I found the notes I took in the coat tonite! Appleby's servers FTW hot chicks who kept bringing me these 22oz Shock Tops in tall wheat beer glasses with the slice of orange...

It's sort of creamy...I know it's some type of knockoff of hoegaarden or Belgian style wits and it is a poor watered down imitation and it's not as good tonite as I remembered it three years ago but with an orange slice and and hot barmaids! Pour me another lass...

CamuMahubah, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of TippySelenoid
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

It's a hazy yellow with a foamy head that quickly disappears. There are some slow bubbles.

It's smell is kind of weak. Some citrus?

It's got some spice and some orange. With some wheaty cereal flavors.

It's pretty soft and kind of watery.

Not bad but not good. I think this one was old.

TippySelenoid, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of Gmann
2.6/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden straw color. It doesn't have that whittish hue that most in the style have. The white head is short and fizzy.

The aroma is of strong orange peel and coriander. It gives the beer the vegatal aroma that I do not like in bad witbiers. Some white pepper.

The taste is also strong on the orange peel and coriander, which leads to a vegetal flavor. The malt is fairly weak so once you get past the spice, the beer drinks easy. A bit grainy in the end.

The feel is light and fizzy. Drinks crisp and easy, not much of an aftertaste. A little bit of an astringency in the end.

A bleh witbier. Typical overspiced from the orange peel and coriander and not much from any Belgian yeast strain.

Gmann, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of BilbosNuts
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, pale, lemon yellow color. The small white head it did have reduced to a small ring very quickly. Small bubble streams come up from the bottom, making it appear a shade above stagnant.

S: Overall, the aroma is pretty mellow. Orange zest and wheat are the main players here with some spice notes, particularly coriander, coming through as well.

T: It has a strong wheat and orange peel taste up front. This is followed by a tart, almost lime-like sour finish that is nicely refreshing.

M: It is light bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to leave that slight tingle and refreshing crispness.

O: Coming from AB this isn't a bad offering. There are certainly better witbiers out there, but coming from a large brewer, this is a decent offering.

BilbosNuts, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of JustinMann
4.47/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When the waitress delivered my Shock Top, I admit that my expectations were low because there was an orange slice on the glass (the nerve!). I've always kind of thought that you serve orange slices with fruity beverages with even fruiter names, not beer! At any rate, I decided to keep an open mind, and I'm glad I did.

The yellow-gold-colored beer had a light, frothy head and a mouthwatering aroma reminiscent of a fruit basket. When the first sip of brew hit my tongue, I immediately understood where this drink got its name. The flavor shocked my taste buds with orange, lemon, and lime. As I washed it down, I was left feeling refreshed. This Belgian-style wheat ale is low on the bitterness ("hoppiness") and has plenty of flavor to go around. The quaffable libation really hit the spot on a warm day.

I was surprised to find that Shock Top is brewed by Anheuser-Busch. I tend to overlook mega-breweries when I'm searching for a new great-tasting beer. I feel like they are all about production and not so interested in creating innovative, flavorful varieties of beer. Thank you, Anheuser-Busch, for making me drink my words. I'll be back for more.

JustinMann, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of Luigi
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy orange yellow color with a bubbly head that settles down fast to just very thin lace.

The aroma has what you would expect from the style. Some hints of orange and wheat mixed with some bread like yeast.

Flavor wise nothing exciting. Yet nothing bad. Just lemon/ orange peel spice, wheat malt, and yeast. over all just an average Witbier. Nothing offensive just average. But, it is very drinkable.

Luigi, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an opaque light golden color. Almost orange in color. A thin fizzy head that's gone in a few seconds.

S- Citrusy with a definite orange smell. Some spices and herbs I can't quite put my finger on, but they're there.

T- Light and crisp. An orange undertone throughout the drink. Fairly one dimensional, hardly any hops to be had. Not much out of the ordinary for a Witbier. When I think Belgian White, I think this and Blue Moon, and this does nothing to improve that stereotype.

M- Fair amount of carbonation. Pretty watery consistency. Could put back quite a few, and if it's hot out, quite a few more.

Overall, I like Shock Top, but there isn't a whole lot there. Not one I'd hunt down, but one that I'm perfectly content with drinking. I normally pair this or Blue Moon with wings and BBQ sauce, good flavor contrast.

boilermakerbrew, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of SebD
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice yellow/golden cloudy colour to it. It has a white head that dies down quite fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of wheat and citrus, almost like orange juice.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant citrusy/orange taste with a bit of lemon spices and wheat. Very light flavours.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with slightly bland flavours and aromas.

SebD, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of mocktm
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 12 pack of cans to take to the beach, it seemed appropriate enough...

Hazy light orange with a billowing white head that certainly doesn't seem to be interested in sticking around.

Aromas on this are tame, orange citrus and wheat, but no noticeable spice elements.

Tastes as muted as it smells, watery with faint orange and bread. Could be worse, but could also be much better.

Light bodied, watery and easy to chug down. I guess its perfect for my intended purposes, but not so much for the style, which I like to be spicier and more intricate.

Overall, an average macro version of a Belgian Witt, that's about it.

mocktm, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of mattkoon
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

shock top isn't bad. I'd rather drink this than some watered down bud.it pura a cloud orange, similar to blue moon, looks like a wheat beer is supposed to look. The smell is nothing too special light citrus and malts, nothing outstanding. The flavor is slight citrus and "light beer." overall this could be a lot worse. It's not bad. The bar I drink at has it for 50 cents on tap on mondays. For that price I drink it up.

mattkoon, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

Phyl21ca, Sep 12, 2011
Photo of decimator
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

decimator, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of scottfrie
2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

scottfrie, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of beep71
2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

beep71, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
2.95/5  rDev 0%
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.

biboergosum, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of Paincane
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Paincane, Aug 28, 2011
Photo of scootny
2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

scootny, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Siriusfisherman, Aug 24, 2011
Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

PreacherBrewer, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of pBRale
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(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.

pBRale, Aug 23, 2011
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
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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