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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
69
poor

2,720 Ratings
THE BROS
69
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Ratings: 2,720
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 190 | 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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magine

Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a yellow cloudy brew, with white head that fades to an island as you drink.

Brew smells of lemon, orange and some lime maybe. A slight presence of yeast in the smell.

Tastes light, lacks the punch in the flaor department. Tastes of orange and lemon with a bit of lime in the taste. Very carbonated mouthfeel. Somewhat peppery aftertaste and mouthfeel. A weak brew for this style.

This brew will not offend anyone, but will not impress anyone either. A drinkable beer, that maybe would be a decent intro brew to bring to a party where macro beer drinkers dwell.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2009 23:53:08 | More by magine
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ATPete

New Jersey

2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle

Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Its got that 'yellow' banana aroma in the nose paired with a Belgian-esque yeast note. Sweet and somewhat artifical in flavor, banana, obviously is dominant, some mild spice and a small citrus blast on the late finish. It leaves a long slightly bitter, slightly spicy aftertaste. Not terrible by any means, its sweetness adds some serious weight when sitting in the stomach.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2009 18:27:41 | More by ATPete
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jfmorey

Virginia

3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was a the best I could find on tap at a generic chain restaurant. I new it was a megabrew product but not AB.

Appearance and smell were average, but the taste had just enough citrus/spice to be better than I expected and deserving a review (perhaps only because it was on tap). Very drinkable on this hot summer day, I had two.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2009 20:00:05 | More by jfmorey
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beerwolf77

Wisconsin

2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been avoiding this beer ever since I saw it. I was afraid I would like it and have to support the BMC juggernauts. Well this was offered to me free so I couldn't refuse. It looks good outta the gate. Nice orange color with 2 inch head. The smell was very fruity dominated by orange citrus. The taste wasn't that bad ( S#%T!) I knew it. Fruity wheat beers just get me. I could see poundin a few of these but I won't allow myself to be tempted by the evil AB empire.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2009 01:58:39 | More by beerwolf77
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Brenden

Ohio

2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one's a cloudy amber color with a white head and lacing that are light but there.
The smell's a little weak, but actually close to what a wit should be. Very much the variety of fruits and rind zest one might expect with peppery and clove as well. It's just a little light, but that's to be expected.
The flavor is the same but much sweeter...actually caught me off guard a bit.
Carbonation is pretty heavy. Mouthfeel is thin.
This one's kind of a shandy and less a witbier.
It seems this is what A-B was going for...that doesn't make it that great, though.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2009 03:03:41 | More by Brenden
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Onenote81

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light gold with a decent white head on top. Retention was fair, leaving with it some nice spotty lacing. Smells of oranges and all spice.

Beer was moderately carbonated, which gave a nice crisp mouthfeel. Good. Flavor was pretty tame for a Wit. I could sense the orange rind, lemon zest, and slight peppery finish, but it was all toned down. Because of the mild nature of this beer though, drinkability is higher in my mind. I could down a few of these at a barbecue for sure.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2009 12:41:17 | More by Onenote81
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biggred1

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, bleach blonde body with a big airy head that lasts for a while and leaves a few blobs of lace behind. The nose is lime zest,wheat malt, and coriander. Citrus peel, overripe banana and mild belgian spice flavors with a sugar cookie finish. An okay summer beer. The mouthfeel is a touch watery and thin. A lot of the summer seasonals I encounter blur the line between american pale wheat ale and witbier, this is one of those.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 23:29:47 | More by biggred1
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rdub

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellow and cloudy in color.

S - The smell reminded me of a shandy. Lemons and orange dominated. Smelled like a glass of OJ with lemon.

T - The taste was kind of flat. I gave it a three however since I thought it tasted like AB intended.

M - I lowered the mouthfeel score a bit. The carbonation was weird and it seemed oily on the palate. I don't think there was oil in it mind you, just gave me that impression.

D - With the above being said, I could slam these since they weren't very fizzy or tasty to me.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 22:32:10 | More by rdub
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Psilo707

California

3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pretty good witbier, also reminds me of Blue Moon as a previous poster said. Looks orange/beige when poured into mug. Medium lacing with a good looking head that dissipates quickly.

Smell and taste are both decent. A lot of citrus (mostly orange) with some grapefruit thrown in there. Ruby red grapefruit. Hits the tongue immediately, then quickly leaves the senses as it's swallowed.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are alright too though a bit lower. Could have been more solid in the mouth; tends to be a bit watery. Drinkability is standard, can down a 6'er and still enjoy.

Overall, worthwhile and worth the purchase. I've had better witbiers though.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2009 05:34:13 | More by Psilo707
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epicness

New York

3.93/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap @ a local pub for $3 a pint

A - Nice yellow color. Cloudy. Small foamy head. Orange stuck inside that I decided to eat before I even took a sip. Haha.

S - The smell was nice. Coriander and orange peel dominate it. I was just hoping that it tasted as well as it smelled.

T - It did. The taste was full of orange peel and coriander. Definitely wheat to be tasted in there also. I like the taste and I definitely think it holds it's own against the average Witbiers out there.

M - Pretty smooth. Medium bodied and low carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to drink. I could see myself tossing a few back without thinking twice. I didn't expect that it would be this good to be honest. I was impressed and it caught me off guard. I was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: on-tap

06-26-2009 13:44:43 | More by epicness
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dbmcrorie

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation:
12 oz. brown long-neck bottle poured into an American pint glass. Bottled on/freshness date present. Did the ol' rolling around on the table that the bottle says to do - not so hot. All that good flavor stays in the bottle, so I just give it a vigorous swirl and voila.

Visual:
Very thick/murky gold with light orange hues in the body. Agitates well and creates an extremely thick head with good retention. But once you throw that last 1/2 inch with sediment in, the head goes away pretty quickly. Minimal lacing and a slight collar rings the glass to the end.

Aroma:
Lots of citrus juice. Plenty of lemon and orange peel with some orange pulp and lime zest notes. Noticeable coriander, but overall minimal spiciness that is standard for Belgian Wits. More citrus and herbal undertones from the hops, with a fruity malt profile. Faint smoky notes in the nose from the malt.

Taste:
More coriander, less orange peel. Sweet mandarin orange at the front of the tongue, followed by a soft grapefruit bitterness in the back. Plenty of malt sweetness to balance the strong citrus profile. Decent effervescence opens up the lemon/lime zest in the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel adds to the orange juice aftertaste.

Overall:
Well done. I quite enjoyed this brew. I remember having this on tap (J.P. Dempsey's, New Haven, CT) and it was way better than in the bottle. But even in the bottle, it is a good thirst quencher and a great brew to kick back with. To be honest, this reminds me a lot of Blue Moon.
There was less spice in this brew than the average Belgian Wit, but that surprisingly didn't take away from the flavor. Not the best wit ever, but decent for the price and availability.
This would pair greatly with any lemon/citrus based seafood (steamed clams or mussels, halibut, lobster, etc.), light game, fruit salads, and peppery/tangy cheeses such as edam and feta. I, personally, would go as far as suggesting some form of fruit-based stilton such as apricot or cranberry. It has also been said (though I have not tried) that beers similar to this pair well with scrambled eggs and/or quiche.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2009 01:56:19 | More by dbmcrorie
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.63/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 04:44:30 | More by ChainGangGuy
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cdizinno

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Brown bottle, no freshness date and bottle conditioned.

A: Cloudy orange-yellow. White head with minimal lacing.

S: Slightly fruity. Orange aroma and Belgian yeast.

T&M: Slight sweet orange flavor and tart spicy wheat finish. Light to medium-bodied with mild carbonation.

Fairly good value.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 01:02:25 | More by cdizinno
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aaronxsubaru

Florida

3.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time i had this was at a friends house, he said it was way better than blue moon so i tried it. I'm amused at the serving instructions on the bottle, i understand why but i still think rolling the bottle around is fun.

Looks good, i might like to see more head on it, lacing was present from some of the sediment that was poured in after rolling the bottle.

smells good, a little on the pungent side maybe? smells like you'd expect it too i guess, orangey with hints of spice.

tastes like it smells i think, i like this style alot so maybe i'm more forgiving of it but i really like the citrus and wheat tastes.
like some have said i would like to do a side by side of this and blue moon, which i just realized is what i was saving this bottle for. oh well, i don't mind buying more a good summer beer

mouthfeel is good, carbonation comes across well, lightly creamy, slight after taste that i could see being improved.

drinkability? i'd say prety good if you like the flavors, i know people that don't like citrus as much and they wouldn't drink more than one of these, but if you like it than i'd say you could drink a few of these before it get to be too much. not something i'd drink all day though.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 19:47:33 | More by aaronxsubaru
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ZAP

Minnesota

3.53/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer on a hot summer day. I like a whit beer without a ton of spicing and artificial flavors and this accomplishes that.

It has a basic wheat flavor and aroma but lacks a big punch of spices or oranges, etc....it does have a subtle orange peal note and a mild spicing of coriander but they do not overwhelm the beer like some american made whits...

Light to medium body...bit of a creamy mouthfeel....this is decent...I'd like to try it side by side with Blue Moon which I also think is a decent stab at the style by a macro....

Certainly not a classic but hand me a couple of these after transplanting some trees in the yard and I'm a happy man..

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2009 00:13:54 | More by ZAP
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mynie

Indiana

1.95/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Heard this was much different on tap, and seeing as my choice was between this and Bud Light I figure what the heck, might as well give it a try.

Decent pour. Dark hazy amber, medium head.

Smells... not good in the least. Smells like an orange body wash you'd buy at Bath and Bodyworks. Nothing beery, not even any nodes of natural oranges. Ersatz, sickly.

Tastes like it smells. Pretty icky. I mean, there's something halfway appealing there, kind of--those bodywashes wouldn't sell if they were *completely* repellant, but this isn't beer. It's orange chemicals with a light hint of wheatmalt pepper.

I can see this appealing to young girls and crossover beer drinkers who are trying to seem worldly, but even as far as uninspired pale wheats go, this one is near the bottom of the barrel.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2009 18:28:46 | More by mynie
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Rayek

Colorado

3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Appropriately cloudy straw with a minimalist white head. Retention is OK, but no lace is left behind.

S: Not much going on. Maybe a bit of coriander and orange peel, plus a touch of raw wheat.

T: Yes. Seems very similar to Blue Moon. Mostly biscuit like on the palate, with a mild (and I mean mild) spicy coriander bitterness. Finishes rather clean.

M: Light body is grainy and has about the right amount of carbonation.

D: This is an OK beer. Nice for a session and decent for socializing. It's not exactly a prime example of a Wit, but it does its job as a thirst quencher.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2009 14:29:17 | More by Rayek
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tronester

Oklahoma

2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale orange. Smell is faintly of citrus. Taste is watery, slightly tart, and a hint of malt and citrus. Mouthfeel is thin, very high carbonation. Somewhat drinkable, overall this is a very poor example of a witbier though. Just barely above a light lager, I would rather take a macro lager over this. For the money this is not worth it, MUCH better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 07:19:43 | More by tronester
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selecter70

Massachusetts

2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have to state a definite curiosity with the new Michelob attempts at brewing a decent beer. While I don't expect much, it is nice to be surprised that they can make something basically decent but not eye-opening. The most offensive aspect is the stupid 'crazy mohawk orange slice' character that evokes some kind of skateboard energy drink. Then again, there's plenty of bad art on good beer, so I digress. The 'custom' bottles are a nice touch, with the instructions to pry off the cap, which seasoned Michelob fans might not expect. The pour is a decent yeasty pale but bright yellow that one might expect from a wheat beer. A full off-white 3 finger head set in my wit glass that soon dropped down to about 1 finger & left some good lace. The aroma was as expected, a citrus-lemon yeast, while the flavor a sweet orange that dominated lemon & spice undertones. Not saccharine, but a bit too sweet & orangey, like some kid's chewable vitamin. Fairly refreshing & medium-bodied, it is a decent & cheap wheat that serves up well sitting in the sun.
I won't actively seek it out again, but won't turn my nose up at it either.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 22:07:04 | More by selecter70
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scottbrew4u

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Hazy yellowish-orange with a minimal white head. The was poured as per instructions on the bottle label.

S: Aroma of wheat and overripe oranges mixed with a spicy herbal hop character. Lightly roasted grains are picked up in there too.

T: Lots of wheat and a flavor almost of orange juice from concentrate. Hops give a spicy and bitter edge but not a huge helping. A bit too subtle on the malt and too much of the wheat.

M: Light to medium body with sharp carbonation. It felt a bit excessive for this style.

D: I guess it is refreshing but more than one or two in a row I would not want. It would be too much orangy flavor for me.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2009 19:59:46 | More by scottbrew4u
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gpogo

California

3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazey pale orange. Small white head that quickly dissipated. Very lively carbonation. If I ignored the small foamy cap I'd swear it was some sort of orange soda made with juice.

A- Sweet wheaty aroma. Light notes of citrus.

T- Very sweet. Left an aftertaste similar to eating an orange. Much less coriander taste compared to other Wits.

M- Moderate body with high carbonation.

D- Very refreshing. I wouldn't buy a 6-pack, and if I had a choice of this macro and blue moon I'd choose blue moon. That said this is very refreshing and worth an order at a bar if there is nothing else to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2009 05:14:14 | More by gpogo
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JayNH

New Hampshire

2.85/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy straw color with a large foamy head. Not much in the way of retention or lacing.

S- Very sweet, almost artificial. A bit of orange...

T- Sweet but sour at the same time if that makes sense. Sweet upront that fades to an orange peel and grassy hop sourness.

M- Light bodied and nearly flat. Needs more carbonation and could be a bit drier in the finish.

D- I wouldn't buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2009 20:42:06 | More by JayNH
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KevinB

New York

2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Out of the bottle into a pint glass, pour revealed a golden orange body topped with a light white head.
Smells of faint citrus notes.
Tastes more like a summer shandy then a Belgian White, has an almost tangerine like taste, with notes of lemon and orange.
Mouthful is watery, light and crisp.
This is a refreshing beer, I can see having one or two on a hot day, it's just not interesting and there are better options to be had. I was hoping for some coriander to add some bite and sharpness. Overall not a bad beer, it's light could be a good drink with seafood.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2009 02:37:38 | More by KevinB
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Mistofminn

Minnesota

3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at Burrito Loco when out after work with some co-workers sometime last week.

This is Anheuser-Busch's lesser known stab at taking away some of Coors Blue Moon sales. I have to say, I'm definitely going to choose Blue Moon over this every time.

So I never actually intended on ordering this. Pints where two for ones, and I ordered a Grain Belt (cheapest on the menu). After the first pint, the keg ran out, and the bartender said I could have anything else they have on tap as a substitute. "Fat Tire" I said. "Oh...sorry that kegs empty too." Ok... So naturally I chose the only beer on tap that I had never had before. I knew Shock Top was an AB beer, but I really didn't care. I thought it was worth giving a shot.

Definitely looks like a typical Belgian Wit. Served with an orange slice, beer is a hazy light golden color. Lively carbonation, and surprising head. Also, impressive lacing, wasn't expecting that.

The nose is typical of a cheaper Belgian Wit. Much like Blue Moon, but a little more watered down. Very light citrus and spice nose.

Taste is much what you would expect, watered down. Not saying it's bad, but it's just not doing it for me. There is some glinks of great taste, but they are too watered down for my taste.

Body is light to medium, leaning towards the light side. Ample carbonation makes for a crisp brew. This one, believe it or not, is pretty dang refreshing on a hot humid afternoon. Very high drinkability, very easy going down.

I'm not going to say I'm a fan. But I will say this. If I'm ever in the situation again where my only choices are this or no beer, I'm going to reach for this. It's not terrible, I just like Blue Moon better.

For what it's worth, I would take this over any other Anheuser-Busch product any day.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2009 02:45:41 | More by Mistofminn
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TexIndy

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. No dating info but looks like a bottling code on neck label. It was a cloudy straw color with some carb streams but no lacing. It had an average sized fizzy white head that slowly settled to a collar and partial foam.

The aroma was very weak. Some orange came thru but not much else. Smelled watered down. The taste was the same. Very bland, very watery orange drink. No spice at all.

Overall, a really bad witbier effort. Terrible. Don't recommend and definitely one and done for me. Why did they even bother with this one.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 23:04:00 | More by TexIndy
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,720 ratings.