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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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2,702 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,702
Reviews: 685
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 23.31%
Wants: 11
Gots: 181 | 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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Photo of moosiz


3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
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%
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 -17.2%
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%
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 -20.6%
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%
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 -27.4%
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
Photo of youngleo


2.5/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Brew was a cloudy light yellow. A little sediment at the bottom of the bottle, but not much. Had about a half inch head that didnt last long. Minimal lacing at best. Had a slight lemon citrus smell. Also a little malt caught the nose. Tasted a little sweet and also had a lemon flavor. If not lemon, then definatly citrus. Just a slight bitter taste. Felt ok in the mouth. Carbonation was about right. I could drink a few of these, but I wouldnt want to make it a session beer. With the lemon flavor, I think that someone that drank wine coolers might enjoy this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2009 18:36:34 | More by youngleo
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

2.85/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the tap into a platic cup.

The color was amber almost orange color with a fomay white head.

The smell was fruity but muted. Some orange and lemon.

The taste was fruity, some citrus flavor, orange, and some grapefruit feel. Some pepper taste to it as well as a malty hint in the background.

The review for this beer may have been better had the way I was presented this beer had beer better. Having any beer for the first time while it is in a platic cup is not the best way to tasts test so I will revise my review in the future.

Serving type: on-tap

04-06-2009 17:12:54 | More by Duhast500
Photo of BaerBeer


3.85/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Stumbled upon this at a local gas station, so I didn't think I would be that impressed by it, especially since it says Michelob Brewing Co. on the top of the label. Poured a 12oz bottle into a glass.

A- Pours a very nice amber/orange color. Almost like a burnt orange color. The head went away pretty quickly, and there was little lacing.

S- Wheat, Orange, almost like a potpourri-esque essence to it

T- Sort of sweet, but not too much...Had a spicy fruity taste, like burnt orange peels mixed with cloves.

M- Sort of creamy, moderate carbonation, light and a bit slippery

D- I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these once in a while, not ultra drinkable, but drinkable to say the least. I would recommend this beer for someone getting their training wheels to graduate to micro brews, even though this one isn't....It is probably available in a wide variety of areas, so if you happen to see it, try it, it's worth it.

Overall, not a bad beer. Pretty good actually. Nothing to write home about, but decent enough to grab a six pack of this if you're looking for a cheaper beer with class (paid $8.79 a 6 pack).

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2009 12:26:08 | More by BaerBeer
Photo of jsimmons

District of Columbia

3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a hazy orange yellow - almost like orange juice mixed with Sprite. Even with the swirl-and-pour, a short head slithers back down into the brew within seconds.

S - Surprisingly, I got a good bit of hops in the scent, an extra citrusy blend, along with the expected whiffs of orange rind and coriander. Sadly, there was a noticeably boozy component to the scent, reminiscent of a lower-quality adjunct brew.

T - The booziness carried over into the taste as well. The first hit is of a solid witbier spiciness, followed by a little yeastiness and orange, and just the slightest hint of hops. The spiciness is one-dimensionally endemic, though, and the bite of alcohol is sticks around the longest in the mouth.

M - The feel is a little slick and rather thick for a witbier. There's not quite enough carbonation to properly clear, and the amount of yeast in suspension is discernible. Nonetheless, it still goes down very smooth.

D - Not a bad Witbier for a macrobrew, but definitely not my favorite out of the Michelob Wheat sampler pack. It'd be a great choice at a restaurant on a hot summer afternoon, though - if don't have Blue Moon.

I had it on tap a while ago (at Busch Gardens on a hot summer day, incidentally) and recall being much more impressed with it, so perhaps I just got a bad bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2009 18:50:24 | More by jsimmons
Photo of mwa423


2.68/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A - Cloudy burnt orange with a solid two fingers of head.

S - Some hints of yeast and Belgian style scent, not at all strong or all that memorable

T - A bit of zest, and a hint of fruit flavors, but very very watery flavor.

M - Very watery, it's unoffensive to the palate (in the same way....water tends to be). There is a very small bit of carbonation at the end, but that's all.

D - It has the same "drinkability" as we've come to love from Bud Light. If I was in a bind, craving a belgian and 100 miles away from a good one, this would do. Far better choices for $1-2 more.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 03:02:38 | More by mwa423
Photo of Quixotequest


3.93/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have found Shock Top to pour with a lovely 3-finger head in a pint sized Collins glass. Head does dissipate by the time volume is halved, but still a very pleasant drink overall. I like the malty-wheaty nuance, though I'd appreciate a touch more. Coriander spice could also deserve to back up just a bit more. Still, the overall orange and citrusy edge comes more from the rind, both for the esters of essential oil and also for the pithy bitterness. I don't understand the criticism that it is too fruity, as by "fruity" I associate that with tasting more of the sweet pulp of the orange fruit than the skin. I still find this has enough hops and pith bitterness to keep it from being too sweet though maybe it's not quite as balanced a beer as it could be.

Its a fun beer to serve due to "roll at the end" pour instructions, the opaque sunny color and the pleasant nose. For the kind of beer it is -- an A-B near-mainstream beer -- I think this delivers extremely well. Have found it generally is a far better compliment to American-Mex cooking than a Corona with lime. But watch out, with some foods it can manifest its bitter notes unpleasantly.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2009 21:53:11 | More by Quixotequest
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2009 17:48:32 | More by mothman
Photo of flaminghomer


3.75/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a mild, easy drinking white, but still has alot of the characters you look for, just a little watered down. On the appearance front, the head dwindles fast but I love the color. It is a very pale/cloudy yellow. There is zero lacing. Taste is good, it is very drinkable. I like it.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2009 04:18:33 | More by flaminghomer
Photo of Kromes


3.68/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow with practically no head and no lacing on glass. Unfortunately it came with and orange, so the smell was dominated by that. All I could smell was orange. And again the orange was in the beer, so the taste was very orangy and creamy with a tiny hop flavor and no bitterness. Honestly it did taste pretty good. I'm a big fan of orange creamsicles and this beer reminded me of that. Not bad, not a complex beer but tasty and very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-29-2009 02:19:13 | More by Kromes
Photo of DoctorDog


3.55/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz. bottle into a nonic.

A- Pours with a hazy straw appearance. Pours with ~1 finger of white head, which fades quickly to a very thin cap. Minimal random lacing.

S- Wheat and lemon zest.

T- Moderately sweet citrus and wheat. Very subdued orange peel notes. Very feint spiciness. Bitterness is very low.

M- Moderately high carbonation. Fairly light bodied and moderately thin. Slight creaminess.

D- Decent. Decent, if unspectacular, all around, and a moderately low ABV%.

Future outlook: Well, this was decent for the style, but certainly nothing to jump up and grab you. Unlike their Hop Hound Wheat, this one might actually be worth trying....especially if you are paying 1/2 price.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 04:39:25 | More by DoctorDog
Photo of greengorilla


3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a Weisen glasses poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

It had a hazy orange appearance with minimal head.

The smell was somewhat weak but there was a hint of citris.

The taste was similar to the smell. It was okay, but not very impressive.

The mouthfeel was quite good with the yeast and carbonation.

It was very drinkable, I would definitley drink it again, but wouldn't think of choosing it over an Allagash White or even a Blue Moon.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 21:22:16 | More by greengorilla
Photo of icetraxx


1.98/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is AB's attempt at a Witbier.

A- Cloudy Gold - Cloudiness varies from top to bottom. Off-white 4-finger head reduces to 1-finger very quickly. The head dissipates after half the beer. Some lacing.

S- Citrusy nose with a coriander back, no smell of malts to be seen. Lacking the aromatic qualities seen in better examples of the style.

T- Tastes like a mediocre wheat beer. Very refreshing with lots of coriander and a hint of orange rind and orange pith bitterness. A hint of hops and adjunct filler sits in the background. The bitterness of this beer builds up overtime to the point where it becomes unpalatable, the bitterness tastes like a composition of limonin + the classic AB chemical aftertaste. They must use a lot of citrus pith in their brewing, because the presence of limonin is definitely noticeable in the final product. The finish is metallic and more bitter with each passing sip. The aftertaste lingers long after I finished the beer and ruined my dinner. Later tastings of this beer did not have the metallic flavor, but the flavor was not there at all.

D- Easy to drink, but the approaching bitterness gets in the way and makes me want to pour the rest down the drain. Later encounters with this beer (on-tap) did not have the bitterness.

M- Some body provided by the suspended yeast, but overall kind of watery for this style. Reminds me of murky soapy water.

Other thoughts- I can only think I bought a bad 6 pack, but I do not want to risk purchasing this stuff again. The bitter compounds in the beer are unlike the bitterness of hops, it is an intense unpalatable metallic bitterness that builds up and lingers over a long period of time.

EDIT: Had this beer on tap recently. Whilst it did not possess the lingering bitterness that I attributed to bad bottles earlier, I was underwhelmed by the [lack of] flavor and feel this beer deserves the D+ rating I gave earlier.

EDIT 2: Had on-tap again, still has the body of soapy water and almost no flavor. I am utterly shocked that this has a C+ average, maybe my expectations in a Wit are too high.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2009 02:46:26 | More by icetraxx
Photo of unclejimbay


3.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shock Top Belgian White
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.20 %

bottle>pint glass @ home, ~late Feb '09
A 4.0 - Cloudy milky golden color, 1.5 finger head that lasted ok, better than on draft IIRC
S 3.5 - pretty citrus dominant in the aroma category, low to non on hop aroma
T 3.5 - a bit heavy on citrus but still good, I would like to taste more wheat/malt though, it's a bit sweet for my witbier craving
MF 3.0 a bit thin but still interesting
D 3.5 - it's a bit sweeter than some more traditional witbiers, but it's not a bad try for AB! It's available everywhere, and it's usually a decent price. I order up a Shock Top any time as a craft alternative if a bar is cursed with all macro offerings....

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 22:05:46 | More by unclejimbay
Photo of DannyS

New York

3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle

A - appropriately hazy orange yellow, but almost no head and little lacing.

S - A bit wheaty and citrusy. Nothing special, but appropriately indicative of witbier.

T - A little more bitter than Blue Moon or Hoegaarden, and lacking their depth of flavor. Definitely not unpleasant, but not spectacular.

M - Nice carbonation, but it's kinda thin and insubstantial. Still serviceable.

D - Very drinkable, but somewhat filling.

Overall - It's a decent beer, but there's better choices out there. You won't regret it if you buy this one, and drinking this one is no problem, but you would be better served by Blue Moon or Hoegaarden, which are just as readily available and taste better.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2009 02:14:24 | More by DannyS
Photo of projectflam86


3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice semi cloudy yellow color. Head pours thick white but quickly dissipates to nothing with minor lacing.

S- Orange and hops nose with bits of other citrus scents.

T- A bit of a synthetic orange taste with a little bit of yeasty wheat flavor.

M- Lots of carbonation in this one (not sure if that was a good thing). Light bodied and the aftertaste wasn't bad.

D- A decent attempt at a nice Belgian white, but I personally would stick with hoegaarden or blue moon.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2009 03:54:31 | More by projectflam86
Photo of webbcreative


1.9/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Feb 9, 2009
cloudy yellow, 2 finger head. Belgian White? really? im not getting that at all here. its an okay beer, but Blue Moon is FAR better if that tells you anything. get a bit of orange and lemon taste. But this is WAY to carbonated, and kills it for me.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 00:32:53 | More by webbcreative
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

3.43/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at a college bar in New Orleans. Only like 4 beers on tap, so this was the best option. Not bad, not great either.

Had a small white head that disappeared pretty quickly with a small amount of lacing. Darker golden color.

Smells of oranges and some bread. Maybe a few other faint spices.

Doesn't bring too much to the table, can definitely taste the orange as well as some very mild spiciness. No hop taste present.

Mouthfeel is decent. Moderate amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Overall a very easy drinker. Like I said, I didn't have many options, but this was better than the Bud Light and Rolling Rock that was offered. Had a couple and had a good time during Mardi Gras.

Serving type: on-tap

02-24-2009 02:33:17 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of wheatyweiss


2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a weiss glass.

Pours a light straw with a medium cloud, no sediment left in the bottle, and I didn't even roll it out...like I was instructed on the label. Head is minimal and fizzy quickly dissipating and disappointing. Looks like a milky BMC.

Aroma is of orange and coriander, lemon and sweetgrass. Dusty yeast barely makes it through, with a bit of clove and crystal malt on the finish.

Flavor is crystal malt and adjunct. Why I taste adjunct I don't know but it's not malt I'm getting predominantly on the tongue. Front, middle and finish. Yeast flavors are very weak and the sweetness strangely seems to not come from the malt but like there is added dextrose in the beer, or orange extract? Very light flavor, which is right in style for an American Wit, and could be a very refreshing beer, but that husky, corny flavor just overpowers the delicate citrus and light malt. This could be a good beer and I think that's why I'm so disappointed.

Surprisingly, mouthfeel is quite lush and the carbonation pretty on for a beer that probably CO2 injected.

Man...they almost got it.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2009 00:46:02 | More by wheatyweiss
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,702 ratings.