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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.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.55/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: pours the color of pulp free orange juice. very hazy with a frothy white head. not bad.

S: tons of orange peel, orange juice, orange cake aromas. you gotta like orange. also, a very spicy and bready aroma.

T: sweet orange juice upfront, but not cloying. quickly becomes very spicy, more reminiscent of classic wheat beers, and has a chalky, bread dough and orange peel finish, along with a long spicy fade.

M: medium body, creamy upfront, finishing light and crispy. one of the better aspects of this brew

Overall, not a bad brew. I know many in the beeradvocate world would love to bash me for that last statement. Truth is, it's time to put the hatred for AB products behind. This beer is enjoyable, especially on these hot days of summer, and priced recession friendly. Also, it is easily attainable. Don't hate, give it a shot.

OlRasputin989, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of GodOfBeer
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought this thinking it was actually a craft beer, and then I read the fine-print...

So it pours a wonderfully peach-yellow with a thick white frothy head and lots of carbonation. Lookin good! This is where Anheuser-Busch's fantasy ends.

It smells really tinny, like a plain old lager with maybe a slight citrusy note.

Tastes like it smells, sort of metallic, grainy, definitely some corn in here, with a hint of orange. Just not appealing at all.

I respect Busch for trying to fit in with the craft beer scene, but I also disrespect them for trying to fool innocent beer-lovers with a neat little can with cool artwork that this could possibly be a decent Witbier!

GodOfBeer, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of peensteen
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Cloudy pale golden colour, 2 fingers of fluffy white head, some lace left behind. Smell is of orange, spice, yeast though most of the orange scent is quite artificial tasting. Taste is of artificial orange, spice and yeast come through but very fake tasting. Thin mouthfeel, big carbonation, light to med weight body. Pass on this, not very good, bad example of the style, half got drank the other half saw the sink.

peensteen, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Heischman
2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer/Brewery – Shock Top Belgian White/Anheuser-Busch
City/State- Saint Louis, Missouri
STYLE – Witbier
ABV – 5.2%
IBU – 10
DATE – 5 June 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz bottle
GLASSWARE – Shock Top logoed Pilsner
APPEARANCE – Cloudy golden color, Pored with a thick foamy head that settled down to about ½ inch
AROMA- notes of citrus and coriander
TASTE – Very refreshing with a dominating orange presence and a little bit of a spice behind it
MOUTHFEEL – Good carbonation that stay with you even after the sip. Also a bit creamy as well.
CONCLUSION – A nice cheap summer beer. Very refreshing and would be great for sitting at the pool, lake or camping.

Heischman, Jun 05, 2011
Photo of lestat314
2.15/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

served a pitcher of this at saucy mommas in big bear. great food place, not so much with this beer tho.

A- cloudy orange and not complex color, nothing too interesting, decent head.

S- citrus and wheat. nothing fancy here..

T- Bland Hef with not anything making it worthwhile here either.

M- light and bubbly... maybe fit for someone who's never had a wheat beer.

O- not impressed.

lestat314, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of godlessape
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured this one from the bomber into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Cloudy orange with a wee creamy marshmellow colored head.

Smell: I smell almost nothing. WTF?

Taste: Very mellow flavor with equal amounts of both malt and bread notes, and the orange after taste works out quite well. Imagine a thin layer of sweet orange marmalade on an English muffin.

Mouthfeel: A very smooth, and medium bodied brew.

Overall: This is a great inexpensive summer time brew. I'm glad I tried the stuff.

godlessape, May 31, 2011
Photo of karait95
3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: nice yellow color not totally clear which is good for the kind, not to carbonated and the head is big but dissipates somehow fast not leaving a lot of traces behind.

S: average smell not to intense citrus aroma but the weath is present.

T: with the taste side is different, the citrus is present also little bananabanana can be sensed.

M: it is easy to drink not to bitter not to sweet, the ending is not very lasting and between dry and chewy.

karait95, May 28, 2011
Photo of bump8628
2.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle emptied into a shaker glass. Standard hazed straw witbier appearance with a small fizzle of soda-ish head.

Faint, must wheat with whiff of citrussy coriander seed. Little depth and quite watered down on the back end.

Obviously, another weak BMC attempt at brewing craft. Standard witbier flavors, but it's as if they mixed full strength beer with a portion of sparkling water.

bump8628, May 25, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: The beer pours a cloudy golden orange color with a short lived white head.

S: Most of the aroma is the orange peel in the beer. Sort of a vegetal aroma with lots of cooked grain and a hint of garbage. Light malt and wheat notes with a moderate sweetness.

T: Intensely lemony with a rather pronounced sourness/tartness to it. Mild malt and bread flavor which provides the bit of sweetness that exists. The sourness lingers on the tongue.

M: Medium in body with a moderate level of carbonation.

O: Not very enjoyable at all. I wouldn't want to have this again.

womencantsail, May 25, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
3.68/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at a small WV brewpub. Served in a 20 short mug with an orange wedge. Color is a hazy straw-gold. Light with a few white bubbles, head is quick. Aromas are simple. Lemon, wheat, and straw. Flavor is delightfully tangy and fresh. Nice light malt and tart fruit. Slight sweet wheatiness on the finish, very refreshing and chuggable. Not my beer of choice, but given the choice of this or Landshark, I was very pleased with my beverage.

Tripphop, May 23, 2011
Photo of NaLoGra
4.22/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really enjoy this beer during the day at a BBQ or just hanging out outside. Its a great refreshing beer with that witbeer flavor to it. Very fruity and light mouthfeel, and easy to drink.

Much to my enjoyment, it doesn't give you that overwhelming fake fruit taste like budlight lime or miller chill does. I would much rather enjoy the calmer and more natural notes of orange in this beer than other Anheuser-Busch citrus infused beers.

NaLoGra, May 22, 2011
Photo of OttoPeeWee
2.05/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'm getting pretty tired of wasting my money and alcoholic tolerance on beers with Belgian in the name that has absolutely nothing resembling a beer brewed in Belgium.

I found out why when I looked on this page and saw this was an AB beer and I'm sure that has something to do with it, bit more and more I am finding even the smaller breweries putting "Belgium" labels on swill.

The beer is cloudy wheat with a funky off taste. As a matter of fact that is about the most prominent flavor. It seems like just barely enough barley to take it a notch above bud wheat. Would have been a great beer for $1.75 in a plastic cup at a Blackhawks game, but give me my money back for a $7.00 beer when I thought I was buying something decent.

OttoPeeWee, May 22, 2011
Photo of Beerbluesbiology
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy orange-yellow body with a two finger head which dwindles to minimal foam on the body. Smells of slightly metallic orange peel and a bit of white bread. Tastes of orange-y white bread with a slightly dry bread-y finish. Overall, not a spectacular beer but I'll take one for free.

Beerbluesbiology, May 21, 2011
Photo of BarryMFBurton
2.53/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shock Top, Shock Top, Shock Top: a definite milestone in my beer journey. Though it may sound silly to document, this was the first beer I had that wasn't Bud or Busch Light. I decided to try it when my roommates suggested a "fancy beer night" (AKA we buy anything that costs more than $12 a case). Although the taste was obviously Anheuser-Busch, it still showed me elements of the beer world I hadn't yet experienced. It's been a while since then, so giving it another go gave me a slight tinge of nostalgia about that moment. I know now, however, that Shock Top is more of a commercial beer than anything else. And, it is with that knowledge that I will review it. Sorry Michelob - it's gonna be no-holds-barred honesty here.

A: It's a cloudy pale yellow, almost like a lemon-flavored candy. The head is big, but not dense at all, with no lacing whatsoever. It reminds me of something...manufactured.

S: Smells of abundant grains. The nose isn't disappointing in that aspect (it is a Witbier), but in the fact that it's not dynamic at all. It is one specific wheat aroma, and that's it. It's definitely not like many other classic wheat beers, where the wheats blossom from piney to fruity to earthy, or anything in between. Hell, even a wildflower can have a nice transition from crisp to warm in their aroma. This, though, is one single wheat tone.

T: Not surprising: one-dimensional wheat at the fore! It's a dim, citrus flavor that dominates the brew. Not complex at all, but still drinkable. Surprisingly, you can taste the yeast underneath it all! Again though, it's one-dimensional, showing off only phenols in the body.

M: Bubbly and drinkable, but a bit artificial. Nothing but AB here.

O: I had this particular bottle at Outback Steakhouse in Avon, Indiana. I had about half of it before my steak came out. I'm sorry to say that I got my first taste of real flavor that night when I ate, not when I drank. Even though I have a special place in my heart for Shock Top, I can't shake the feeling that's it not true craft beer. Not enough flavor, not enough drinkability, not enough reasons to get it again.

BarryMFBurton, May 16, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Can from the LCBO, 473ml into a pint glass. Canned March 18, 2011.

Poured a pale orange, a few shades lighter than the colour of the can itself. Fluffy head of a couple fingers forms and settles to a foamy cap, retains moderately without any lace. Nose is mild, some wheat, light orange and faint zestiness. Taste struggles to represent the witbier stlye, yet still remain under the constraints of feeling like a macro beer, containing a weak BMC lager feel throughout. Some wheat, mild citrus, grain notes and mild hint of alcohol is present in the finish. Some spice (coriander as per the can) makes its way through in the finish as the glass warms. High carbonation, and yet a surprisingly decent body with a bit of weight to it at times. Definitely not hard to put down, and ideal for a warm day, yet nothing special as a wit.

liamt07, May 13, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shock Top Belgian White looks as though it's been crafted with almost as much careful detail as its creative packaging. It's a fairly conventional looking witbier that, while its complexion may be a somewhat deeper orange colour than normal, still exemplifies that characteristic 'white ale' cloudiness. Head retention is fair; lace production is poor.

The aroma is very inviting, subtly slipping the nose pulpy, citrusy notes as if they were bribes. At this point I'm relating it more closely to a no-name brand OJ than to any of Belgium's great witbiers. They've gone pedal to the metal with the citrus, much to expense the of the coriander and malt. It smells lovely, don't get me wrong, but blatant and kitschy.

What ingredients the brewery does list on the can are coriander, orange, lemon and lime peel and wheat; the ones they don't are the stabilizers, preservatives and other industrial adjuncts. But you can be sure from the taste that they're in there. For all the quenching, citrusy, zest the flavouring should add, the beer is still fairly dull and innocuous.

Drinking Shock Top is like slurping all the juice out of an orange wedge and then continuing to suck on the dry rind; in the mouth it is juicy and citric, with a pulpy orange flavour, but in the finish it is dry and pithy. Both the lemon and lime peels are nothing more than footnotes, contributing (if anything) a subtle, slight acidic kick in the aftertaste.

There are few things better in the beer world than witbiers - and few things worse than Anheuser-Busch products. A combination of the two results in something predictably average: while it is pleasant and agreeable and, frankly, quite appealing, it is also a shamelessly kitschy, half-rate offering that compares poorly with honest, integral examples of the style.

biegaman, May 11, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

473ml Can

Appearance - Hazy gold/amber colour with a very large size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some excellent lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, cloves, oranges, bananas, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon and orange mixed with breads/grains and some cloves. There is also some banana flavour and it finishes with a citrus spicy aftertaste.

Overall – I’m not really sure why this beer catches so much hate. It’s not mind blowing but it also isn’t a typical Adjunct beer. It has a fantastic appearance, the flavour is decent, and the price is right. I could see myself drinking a few of these this summer.

spinrsx, May 10, 2011
Photo of kwjd
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This just came to Ontario. Pours a faintly cloudy pale orange colour with thin white head. Smells of orange peel, some lemon with wheat malt. Fairly clean flavour, a little bit tart from the lemon. Fairly high carbonation level. This is an ok witbier and I wouldn't pass it up, but not going to seek out again.

kwjd, May 08, 2011
Photo of weizenbob
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle. I poured this into a weizen glass, stopping to swirl the last bit of yeast in the bottom of the bottle for maximum haze in the pour. The pour yields two fingers of white head. Retention is moderate to poor. Lacing is nonexistent. The beer is golden with a slight orange tint and is extremely (read: overly) hazy. Some sediment can be seen in suspension through the glass.

On the nose, orange is detected, as well as wheat. There is a sourdough-like yeasty character.

The taste has the common style elements in place. Orange peel is noted, as is a faint hint of coriander. The wheat snaps briefly and effectively. The yeastiness is apparent but in check. The problem is that it tastes watered down. It's as though they took a standard, by the book wit, and added water to it. It's somewhat puzzling because aside from the wateriness, Shock Top is a perfectly passable (though undistinguished) witbier.

In the mouth, this is neither offensive, nor noteworthy. It is a little light per style, but it still has a nice feel. The somewhat watered down body is cut by a decent amount of carbonation. I could stand even more carbonation, but as is, this isn't bad.

So overall, that's a resounding "meh" for Shock Top. As far as American macro wits go, I'd gladly take this over Leinenkugel Sunset Wheat, but not over standard Blue Moon. It's drinkable enough and readily available in a pinch. What's disappointing is that this beer actually has potential. Still, if you have to drink an Anheuser Busch product, you could do much worse.


The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I don't give a Schlitz for Shock Top.

weizenbob, May 06, 2011
Photo of MeisterBurger
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

472 ml can from the LCBO.

Pours a turbid golden orange topped by a densely thick eggshell white head. Dies down and retains nicely.

The aroma is very macro. Some orange peel, lemon zest and yeast and...mild cow manure. I can't seem to get past this funky bovine poop smell. Low marks for that.

The taste is a husky wheat with hints of lemon, lime and orange juice. Finished quick and clean with only a trace of coriander and spice in the back end. What's odd is that with every sip the witbier characteristics seem to fade and give way to the hallmarks of a cheap adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel is crisp at first, but the carbonation starts off well but quickly dissipates and gets waterier and waterier.

Hey. It is what it is. A dumbed down version of the style. Not completely terrible. Just not particularly complex or engaging or worth ever drinking again.

MeisterBurger, May 05, 2011
Photo of bryehn
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Apparently I'm the first to review the canned version. Located in Ottawa, Canada. 473 mL size suggests it's brewed in Canada by Labatt who makes the other Busch beers here. Says 19MAR11 but does not say if it's a brewed on date or a best before. Anyways...

Absolutely huge and frothy white head on top of a typical cloudy and slightly rusty iced tea-colored brew. Burned off in a couple of minutes leaving a collared film.

Smell is mild. Mostly banana, some bubblegum and just a hint of spice.

The taste is also very mild, but crisp and refreshing. The orange-lemon-lime peel blend used is noticeable, but isn't overpowering. The coriander really comes out in the finish.

Mouthfeel is quite thin and watery for a witbier, with very little carbonation after the head burns off. This is definitely a macro-brewed "BL Lime" take on the style. I can best describe it as "semi-filtered". Orange flavour on the back of the tongue between sips.

Not that bad at all as an inexpensive Summer patio beer and it could catch on with casual beer drinkers, but any real wheat beer fan will just pine for something with more body and character while drinking this.

bryehn, May 04, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hazy straw-yellow color with a nice white cap on the top. Not much going on with the aroma other than a hint of light belgian yeast strain and some mild hops. Maybe a light orange smell? Smells a little like adjunct beers I've had, which doesnt bode well for this one.

Taste is of Belgian descent at first, but only for a split second before I tasted the part that reminds me of Bud Light. What I can only describe as the adjunct taste overpowers the attempt to be a Belgian witbier, thereby ruining the entire experience. There is a mild hoppiness in the finish, but that is not nearly enough to save this one.

I could understand a non-craft drinker going to a bar and getting this thinking that they were indulging in something better than BMC, but in reality is a very short step up. If available, Hoegaarden is a much better choice for a witbier and is, as far as I know, almost as available as Shock Top. But I can't say that I was too surprised with this one.

chodinheaven, May 03, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly hazy golden color with a thinnish white head.

S: Lots of wheat-y smells and a bit of orange.

T: Again, a lot of wheat flavor. but it seems to be sweetened and the result isn't great. As it warms, it's straight bad news. Mouthfeel is slightly creamy and not bad.

notchucknorris, May 01, 2011
Photo of Illtryit
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

clouded, yellowish orange pour provides a light and fluffy 2 inch head. Not much lacing at all.

A good hunting dog could probably get something out of this, but all I smell is orangy malt.

Taste is OK. Orange, grain and not too much else.

Crisp carbonation gives this beer a sharp feel. Thin and wispy, but not too bad considering it was brewed in swimming pool quantities.

I'll give AB a thumbs up for effort on this. It does have some pretty good citrus bite to it and it is very drinkable.

Illtryit, May 01, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on-tap in a pilsener glass. I asked for it without the fruit so I could just taste the beer. Light yellow hazy body. One finger creamy white head that looks good at first. It dissipates fairly quickly and leaves just a smattering of lacing along the top of the glass.

Not too much going on in the aroma. A touch of citrus, mostly lemon, comes through. A hint of grainy wheat in the background.

The flavors step it up a bit but only slightly. Wheat base is accompanied by the standard citrus notes with just a touch of zestiness. Only the slightest hint of the spices you would expect from the yeast.

Light mouthfeel, but easy to drink. Of course, it pales in comparison to a good Belgian witbier and is not as good as the beer it was obviously created to counter, Blue Moon. But, better than your average macro offering.

FanofHefe, Apr 25, 2011
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,984 ratings.