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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White

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2,720 Ratings

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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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Photo of jwhawkins81


3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Definitely fruity. Orange aroma and Belgian yeast.

Appearance - A cloudy orange-yellow. Not a lot of carbonation and no real head.

Taste - Sweet orange flavor dominates the beginning but then a tart spicy wheat finish. A refreshing flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Decent and carried along nicely. Almost a medium bodied beer.

Drinkability - A reasonably drinkable beer. May get a little tiresome after two beers though. I can see how this would appeal to a lot of people.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2009 18:38:10 | More by jwhawkins81
Photo of BeerManDan


3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank while in Hawaii. On tap, the color was a very light hazy yellow with very little foam and no lace. The smell of sweet citrus filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste had the flavor of orange and a touch of lime. The finish had a little tart feel on the palate because of the citrus flavor and finish. Not a bad beer. Pleasant to have dinner with again!

Serving type: on-tap

05-13-2009 05:15:34 | More by BeerManDan
Photo of jimj21


2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Twelve ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a pale golden color. Quite hazy, with some yeast and sediment. About a finger of white head. Kind of spritzy. Head fades very quickly. Not too impressive. Kind of dull and lifeless.

Aromas of wheat malt and orange peel. A bit of yeast. Smell of citrusy orange kind of dominates everything though. Not bad, but I think the wheat and yeast should have more presence.

Taste isn't bad really, but it's definitely not to style. The orange flavor dominates again. It's a nice, sweet, citrusy flavor. Wheat malt and yeast flavors are there. There is a little tartness from the wheat. The orange definitely overpowers though. Flavor actually reminds me of orange kool-aid or tang or something, but less sweet. Yeast is more apparent on the finish and aftertaste.

While the carbonation isn't visible in the glass, it is very evident in the mouthfeel. It's kind of harsh actually. Light bodied and a little watery. A little dry on the finish.

For a Belgian witbier, this is definitely lacking. For a refreshing and easy drinking beverage on a hot day, this isn't too bad. It's definitely a step up from an adjunct lager. Hopefully it can help some people by being a gateway into craft beers.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 23:50:40 | More by jimj21
Photo of BeerMark


3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is from the Michelob Wheat Beer Sampler. Pours a cloudy, carbonated orange-gold color. Pretty nice looking head on this one. This beer has a pleasant flavor with wheat and hints of citrus coming through in the finish. This beer, while not as complex as other offerings, is quite refreshing in its own right. While hanging out with some buds at a local pub, this beer was the best one available. Sometimes we take what we can get.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2009 23:14:14 | More by BeerMark
Photo of beveritt


2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: Thanks to DoctorDog for feeding my addiction to trying anything new. Label displays an orange slice in shades, sporting a mohawk. Code on the neck of 09040.

Appearance: Pours with a large white head, 3 fingers at first, that settles quickly to an incomplete coating of foam. The beer itself is a very, very pale yellow and slightly cloudy after tipping the last of the bottle in. Some sediment remains in the bottle.

Smell: Somewhat grassy hop aroma with a slight hint of citrus in the finish.

Taste: Slightly sour bite upfront with a citrusy, sweet finish.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation level is very high. Body is thin.

Drinkability: Meh, not much going on here. Not bad to drink, but not great either. More like a citrus soda than a Belgian wit. Don't think it will give Blue Moon a run for its money, let alone a true Belgian.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2009 01:47:58 | More by beveritt
Photo of ThePortlander

New York

2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

My brother brought some of this over after deciding to take a chance on it. We poured it from the bottle into some mugs.

Shock Top pours a cloudy, hazy pale yellow-gold with slight orange hues and a white, light head.

I detected mostly light orange and witbier spice. Perhaps a bit of wheat when disturbed.

This is quite thin stuff, especially if it sits for any length of time above five minutes. At first it's ok, but it becomes less firm as carbonation dies down. It tastes like a sweet wit with orange. It's a little too sweet for my taste, and a bit generic.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 03:30:12 | More by ThePortlander
Photo of Cyberkedi


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

Yeasty aroma has a decided citrus overtone, mainly orange. It comes out of the bottle a hazy golden with not much white head. Flavor is wheaty and has a firm undertone of lemon and orange. Texture is fairly smooth and just slightly fizzy. Nothing spectacular, but worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2009 23:10:13 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of buschbeer


2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Keep in mind I just had an Allagash White and now I am comparing a Shock Top. I poured into a nonic to a half inch of head which quickly went away. It looked good. There is not much of a smell, faint citrus. I wish I could say that it had some taste, not much going on here. It felt watery and I guess it could be drinkable, but why when I can have Allagash?

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2009 22:51:07 | More by buschbeer
Photo of BeardedBoffin

New Mexico

3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shock Top Belgian White in a 12 ounce bottle is the agenda today. A interesting image of an orange slice morphed into a guy with a barley mohawk and eyebrows.

The beer pours a very hazy yellow color with not much foam. The aroma is light, but there are some banana and clove aspects to it, as well as a little sulfur. The chewiness on palate is par for the style.

Some fruit flavors from the yeast are noticed up front, along with some citrus, orange mostly. The flavors are a little off in the center, but it finishes with tinge of spicy coriander.

Overall, pretty average. I would prefer more flavor.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 14:03:59 | More by BeardedBoffin
Photo of rye726


1.8/5  rDev -39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One of their better beers. But if you can't make a wheat beer, your in the wrong business. Pours a yellow color with a thin beige head. The nose has wheatish malts and the usual stale hops. Again more staleness in the taste. Watery body goes down with harsh carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2009 07:27:08 | More by rye726
Photo of Stunner97

New Jersey

4.05/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- cloudy and murky as can be with low carbonation, golden orange to yellow in color

Smell- slight wheat, with a lot of citrus tones manly a lot of orange, very fruit forward smell

Taste- pretty good mix of a wheat beer with orange fruit flavor, like this one a bit more then i think i did the first time i had it, I think what i appreciate the most about the flavor of this one is that it doesnt go to overboard in anyone aspect, the wheat isnt over powering and neither is the orange though is definitely very present, a good refreshing finish,

Mouthfeel- Light crisp and refreshing body with little to moderate carbonation

Drinkabilty- Like this one alot more then i remembered or thought I actually would, for someone whos not always a huge fan of these styles this is actually a pretty good beer of the style, a nice beer for a nice warm summer nite, a little sweet but still one i could picture as an ocassional sessioner

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 03:30:18 | More by Stunner97
Photo of RickS95


3.55/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Small to no head, no retention. Unfiltered, cloudy, looks a bit like grapefruit juice.

Beer was a bit cold, so only smells were wheat and coriander.

Very citrusy mouthfeel. (Even after the beer warmed up, I can't smell the citrus). Like most wheat beers, there is a sweetness and smoothness in the taste, and this is no exception.

I started to pick up citrus overtones in the taste, but still don't smell any.

The finish is smooth like the taste. It's slightly sweet, but no too much so, and there is only a presence of hoppy bitter.

I could easily drink several of these on a warm night. A better beer from Michelob.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2009 02:15:30 | More by RickS95
Photo of Beerislife652854


3.58/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A decent Belgian Whitbier considering it's made by the largest brewery in the world.

A - Cloudy orange/ yellow with a 1 - finger tall head. The head fades away to nothing after a few seconds.

S - Nothing. Absolutely nothing.

T - Some hints of citrus, oranges, very light, almost like weak orange soda.

M - A good amount of carbonation, very crisp.

D - Very light for a White. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 17:39:15 | More by Beerislife652854
Photo of babaracas


2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy amber with decent looking white head but not much retention. Smell: orange, lemony wheat tanginess, and...grainy Michelob pale malt character. Taste: lightly bready with vague sweet citrus and spice, very light, perhaps too light. Mouthfeel: light and fizzy. Ehh, in general I prefer my wheats of the weizen variety instead of wits, and AB certainly did wits no favors with this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2009 06:03:12 | More by babaracas
Photo of BottleOfPills

West Virginia

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

At first I thought this beer would be pretty bad, as I typically don't like beers where odd spices are hyped up on the label. Coriander to me is an odd spice and is used in Indian Cuisine and not beer. However it is in the Belgian Wheat Styles.

Thought I'd give it a try, after a decent bike ride.

The pour is cloudy, but amberish yellow. The first taste I thought was crisp, and I could definetly taste the orange and fruits. By about the second and third sips, I started noticing the coriander, and once noticed - well then it stood out.

Did I like it? yeah I did, is it one I would try again? Hmmm don't know, but if I had the opportunity to grab a free one some place I'd probably jump at the chance.

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2009 12:25:09 | More by BottleOfPills
Photo of IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've been trying a lot of witbiers, because I really enjoy the style, and even though this is an Anheuser-Busch product, I thought I'd give it a shot for the sake of completeness. And as a mass-marketed witbier, I figured it'd be at least palatable.

Let's discuss the label: An orange-wedge with a wheat mohawk wearing sunglasses. The packaging screams summer, even though it's available year round. I'm not sure the market they're after: either middleschoolers, or people who don't like beer and play too much minesweeper. I'm not rating the package, but this gets a D.

The pour is impressive, though. A cloudy, lemon juice yellow with a big, active, snowy head. The head fades fast to a thin layer, but that does stay around a while.

My initial thought was, "It smells like beer." However, on closer inspection, yeast, spice, and orange are present. The yeast isn't that funky, and it's actually a nice aroma. So far, I'm really surprised.

Now the moment of truth: A sip, and it's kind of delicious. Big orange character, and spice is playing all over.The yeast is minimal, the wheat provides a good backbone, and the mouthfeel--soft yet prickly carbonation with a medium body--is spot-on. Not the best tasting witbier I've ever had, but very appealling.

Coming from Anheuser-Busch, this is a hell of a beer; lots of points for "drinkability". At the very least, I'd have to say it holds it's own against Blue Moon and Hoegaarden, and I even find it preferable to several craft brews.

Credit where credit's deserved. Good brew, AB.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 22:01:48 | More by IMincedTheKing
Photo of alkemy


3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this into a Bud Light pint glass in order to keep with the AB theme. Hazy orange appearance with a fluffy head that disappeared quite quickly. Typical Witbier scent, though somewhat muted. As for the taste, I think most give this no chance because it's from a macro trying their hand at a craft type beer. While there are most certainly many better witbiers, this one has its niche. The flavors are obviously toned down to please the masses. It's very drinkable and I'd certainly rather down a few of these during a round of golf over Bud Light.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2009 13:46:28 | More by alkemy
Photo of bacabuck


2.8/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Not much else was on the menu so I took a chance. Idiot waiter didn't say that Fat Tire and Sierra Nevada were also on tap or I wouldn't have ordered this. Came with a slice of orange. Bottom line - my wife liked this better than me so take that for what it is worth.

A - cloudy as it should be. No bugs floating is always a plus
S - Like a Wonder Bread factory
T - Almost none. At least it didn't detract from the food.
M - eh
D - Could I easily pound these all day? Yes. Would I like to? No. There are far better beers on the market to waste my time drinking this again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-18-2009 22:56:57 | More by bacabuck
Photo of moosiz


3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

looks good. cloudy, orange/yellow, just what they were trying for im sure.

nice, spice and light floral/ citrus undertones.

I think it tastes great for a wheat beer. not a big fan , but this is right on par with blue moon.

crisp and clean the sour is battled by the sweet so perfectly that it has a cool nullifying effect.

yes this is "drinkable". I was afaid of this beer because I had heard bad things. Guess what? Dont believe everything that you hear, This was the saving grace of the sampler.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2009 03:36:42 | More by moosiz
Photo of spointon


3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this one on tap at Cemenos in Joliet, IL on 4/10/09.

A= This beer poured a bright, cloudy, pastel orange with a 1/2" snow white head. The head maintained a short while, but eventually disappeared altogether. No lacing present.

S= Aromas of wheat malt dominated this beer, with some hints at orange peel and coriander around the edges.

T= This one started off with a big malty wheat-twang and carried that right through to the finish. The coriander came through much more than the orange peel did. Slight bit of yeastiness adding some fruitiness, but mostly just a wheat bomb with coriander. Aftertaste was not great.

MF= Medium bodied with a decently crisp carbonation. Good palate cleansing beer.

D= This beer is 97% the same as Blue Moon, and unfortunately for AB, that other 3% is not as good as Blue Moon. A bit too "wheaty" some how, and the aroma is just not perfumey enough for the style. Good enough to wash down pizza with but I wouldn't want to be sitting around drinking this by itself.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2009 15:58:37 | More by spointon
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2009 14:14:51 | More by John_M
Photo of WakeandBake


3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A cloudy golden yellow color body with three or four fingers of fluffy white head.Aroma is
as promised,wheat ,oranges and lemon. Flavor is much the same with a moderate wheaty malt backbone,some citrus fruit(lemon&orange)and a hint of hoppy spice,medium carbonation,fruity aftertaste,quite sessionable. Overall not offensive but I drink A LOT of Oberon and this falls WAY short of that mark.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2009 00:05:57 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of ElGeordie


2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Tried this from a pitcher at the local Hooters.
In the jug it looked almost as orange as the server's shorts, with a fluffy white head (The beer) The server was a bottle blonde too !
Slight citrus aroma in the glass. The beer looks like a wheat should I guess: cloudy. As far as flavour goes it's not really my kind of beer. But for what it is I guess it's OK. One pint was enough - I switched to Yuengling.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2009 12:57:57 | More by ElGeordie
Photo of hooverw1


3.7/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at Outback. Decided to try it. I normally do not like a beer with a fruity taste, I'm a beer that taste like beer guy. Honestly it was good, had to have a second glass. Taste was smooth, went down well. Had that hint of fruit flavor but didn't overpower me. Would order again.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2009 01:48:47 | More by hooverw1
Photo of CampusCrew


2.15/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Overrated but of course Im also not a big wit beer fan.

appearance: cloudy golden, with orangish tint, liek a witbier should be. Very cloudy

smell: tad of citrus smell

taste: not spicy, overwheling orange flavor

mouthfeel: super thick

drinkability: overall not good for peopel who like beer, but a great crossover beer from macros. Especially if they like Blue Moon.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 21:09:47 | More by CampusCrew
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,720 ratings.