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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
69
poor

2,835 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 2,835
Reviews: 697
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 230 | 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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greywolf

Delaware

1.5/5  rDev -49.2%

this beer was giving to me by a fellow beer person.who knew that i was new to beer as new to good/bad beer..i am willing to try just becuase you never know,,,,
this beer is by far the worst beer i have had to date...it was way to sweet and just not my think,,out of repesect i will not bash this beer i will just say i its a beer i am glad i tried so i do not agian...as some else said its drinkability was ok at first but only gets worst...
i will not be trying this beer again.... but i am sure thier are many people who enjoy this beer,,,,its just not my thing

02-23-2010 20:30:08 | More by greywolf
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BigMike

Pennsylvania

2.23/5  rDev -24.4%

Poured into a goblet. Straw hazy yellow color with about three fingers of puffy white head that hangs around a little while.

Smell is spicy coriander and orange/lemon zest.

Taste like it smells. Spicy orange and yeast. It's not bad when in the mouth. The after taste is a bit grainy.

Mouthfeel is light and very carbonated.

The beer starts out ok but then it takes a turn and it's something i would drink. It's a better offering from AB then i thought it would be.

02-17-2010 03:07:07 | More by BigMike
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

2.7/5  rDev -8.5%

I was at Jillian's on Lansdowne St, and all they have on tap is Sam, Bud, Guinness, Stella, and Shock Top. I thought I'd try ST for the hell of it. Served in a plastic pint glass (nice) with a soggy orange slice. Looked pretty average. Smelled like floor cleaner, so that was a bit of a turn off. Tasted like a weak attempt at an orange flavored witbier. Again, nothing special. Mouthfeel was the worst aspect of this beer. It was way too sugary and sticky sweet on your palate. Bit of advice: don't let this beer warm up, it only tastes worse. This brew is drinkable, but I would not order it again. Luckily we left after I finished this one.

02-08-2010 20:31:38 | More by morebeergood
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Mojoman8561

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +12.9%

-L- Cloudy gold with a thin head

-S- Orange and Corriander.

-T- Pleasant floral blend of spices. Orange really cuts through nicely.

-F- Very ight in body. Not overbearing in the least

-D- Easy. Refreshing.

Despite my rating this is one of my favorite summer session beers. It's fun, it's easy, and I don't feel exhausted after having more than my share!!

02-05-2010 12:23:14 | More by Mojoman8561
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

3.23/5  rDev +9.5%

On-Tap, poured into what must have been a 10 oz mug (I'll explain later).
Shock Top Belgian White is a cloudy witbier. Rimmed top, not a lot of foam/head. Couldn't really smell anything at first, but the mug was frozen. The look: Orange-hue White

Tastes like sweet citrus--sort of like Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy meets Blue Moon's Belgian White. It offers a tiny bit of lacing, nothing to brag about. Wheat tones dry the mouth while citrus refreshes & body (medium) rounds it all out. The citrus is probably an orange, either a navel or valencia.

My brew was served at what felt like 40 degrees F. As it warmed it smelled like a peeled orange 4-5 feet away.

01-26-2010 15:30:14 | More by DerekP
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vdread

Texas

3/5  rDev +1.7%

not what i expected from Shock Top! though a bit more grainy and citrusy than i would care for, but not bad overall and at least it's similar to the style it is trying to achieve.

pours yellow with orange highlights. looks murky. the thin head is gone in a few seconds and leaves a few thin fimly spots.

smells and tastes of citrus and coriander, lots of wheat, cloves. off grains seem to taint the taste, and orange peel seems wierd to me.

well carbonated, easily drinkable.

there's not much else to say about this. it's a OK white, and one that has my macro drinking friends want to try the new and different beers that i bring by.

01-19-2010 15:46:53 | More by vdread
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cdkrenz

Wisconsin

3.85/5  rDev +30.5%

A - Cloudy, light orange haze for a body topped by a fast retreating pure white head.

S - There's a slight white wine aroma here that's actually inviting.

T - Citrus in the ending and through to the finish. The start is packed with sweet wheat flavor.

M - The texture is smooth and laid back. It goes down very well and even leaves a sticky finish.

~ I have to say thi beer is not bad by any means. I recommend it to those interested in trying a witbier brewed by one of the big boys.

01-19-2010 01:06:35 | More by cdkrenz
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wolfpack87

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

Anheuser-Busch made a pretty solid attempt at a wheat beer. Probably not quite on the level as Blue Moon or Hoegaarden but still a tasty beer. Appearance is probably not quite as dark of an orange as Blue Moon, but still smells and tastes good. Drinkability is pretty good as well. Roughly the same price range as Blue Moon. If you like wheat beers, really can't go wrong with any that I've tried, and Shock Top is no different.

01-12-2010 02:40:53 | More by wolfpack87
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elgiacomo

Georgia

2.35/5  rDev -20.3%

Dec 23, 2009

12oz bottle, served cold. Pours light orange with a one-finger white head, retains a decent cap.

Aroma is citrus, orange especially.

Flavor is light citrus, key word: light. Rather watery. Makes me think of carbonated orange Gatorade or sugarless orange Kool-Aid.

Witbiers aren't a style I usually go for so I don't have much to compare it to. Pretty weak overall though, although I don't find it offensive. Would be nice on a summer day after some yard work, etc.

01-11-2010 05:00:34 | More by elgiacomo
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BlackBearForge

Florida

3.05/5  rDev +3.4%

Shock Top pours a bright hazy golden yellow with a massive frothy white head that leaves some sticky lacing after the fall.

The aroma is fresh, full of soft lemony scents and grainy malts with a touch of spice.

Much like the aroma the flavor has a nice lemon zest - orange citrus tang with a soft wheat/malt background. Spice is present but very subdued, a bit of clove with perhaps a faint hint of pepper too. In fact the flavor is rather subdued in general.

Mouthfeel is light and on the thin/watery side. A bit more substance in the body would be appreciated and would still be light. Ample carbonation is soon lost however and doesn't lend the creaminess it should.

Shock Top is a refreshing non offending mild offering that I could see being quite popular in especially in the Summer. I would never turn one down if offered to me but I doubt I would be buying many. This six pack was a gift from a co-worker and I'm glad I've had the chance to try it. On a par with Blue Moon from what I remember of that beer.

01-05-2010 02:19:13 | More by BlackBearForge
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Procrastinator

Florida

3.58/5  rDev +21.4%

12 oz. brown bottle with freshness date noted. Poured into goblet. I've had this beer a few times on different occassions.

Appearance: starts out very bright yellow, but is quickly subdued by the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Murky yellow after pour with nice
two-finger head, which quickly turns into a cap of foam. Carbonation stays suspended under the top layer of foam.

Smell: citrus scents of lemon, lime and orange peels. Definite yeastiness and typical Belgian Wit spice of coriander.

Taste: flavors are rather gentle, but lemon and orange seem dominant. Spices of coriander, nutmeg and pepper with a yeasty zing.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is quite beneficial while the body is a bit watery.

Drinkability: very refreshing with gentle flavors and adequate carbonation. Summer quencher
and found at plenty of watering holes.

12-31-2009 02:06:46 | More by Procrastinator
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

2.7/5  rDev -8.5%

Bottle provided to me by a friend, poured into a budweiser pint glass.

A- Tangerine orange with two fingers of loose off white soapy foam that faded but left a lasting cap. Kind of cloudy looks good, no lace.

S- A bunch of artifical orange flavor with some coriander and light sweet malt. No hops in this, just fruity/citrusy with a small hay scent after warming.

T- Oranges and faint apricot although doesent taste like the real thing. Small spice and a dash of wheat, more citrus forward than wheat. Getting some soggy fruit pebbles taste which turns me off. Not a good representation of the style IMO, more like fruit juice.

M&D- No bitterness, fruity and sweet on the way down with some fizz from the carb. A step below medium bodied which is bigger than most wit's i've come across. This is not something that i would consume for refreshment in the summer. Needs to take a step down in body and increase the spice/wheat and bring down the citrus.

12-28-2009 01:20:01 | More by BARFLYB
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bbkd3b

California

2.78/5  rDev -5.8%

From the tap to a pint glass and away we go.

A: Has that cloudiness that many witbiers share, but this one's a little too yellow for me, honestly. Thin, almost non-existent head but looked to have decent carbonation, oddly.

S: Not too bad combo of citrus (definitely orange and lemon) and a little bit of wheat in the background. Not as powerful as I'd like, but hey, I'm not one too fuss about it.

T: Eh, follows the smell, really. Unlike that, though, I do long for a bit more when I taste a beer like this. Frankly, put a lemon in there or something. The more citrus the better with this one.

M: Medium bodied and a little flat. Goes down pretty smooth, but it also felt a little flat.

D: I wasn't too excited to go back and get another, but this isn't a throw-away drink or anything. Could be better.

Overall/notes: Not too much to say about this one. For comparison's sake, I'll just call it an inferior Blue Moon. If you find yourself with only the BMC alternatives, this could be a good choice.

12-24-2009 20:35:58 | More by bbkd3b
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +23.7%

A pint glass at Champions during the Ravens' destruction of the Bears. Served sans citrus fruit.

A: The witbier is a hazy golden straw color, cloudy enough to be opaque. A half a finger of head blankets the ale.

S: The nose is citrusy, lemon and orange are prominent. Wheat is lingering around in the dark corners of the ale, but without the big bang you'd like.

T: This witbier stresses the citrus over the wheat aspects. Orange and lemon are mildly sweet, the dominant aspect of the ale. Wheat is present but not in the glory that a witbier deserves. While the ale seems like a lite witbier, there was something that I liked about the ale. It exceeded my expectations.

M: The mouthfeel is citrus-centric, stressing the sweetness of the fruit additions over the tartness of the wheat.

D: A decent ale, much better than I expected it to be.

12-21-2009 01:23:50 | More by akorsak
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BeerCon5

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev +1%

Pours a bright orangish-yellow color with 1 1/2 fingers of white bubbly head.

The most prominent scent was the citrus, there was also a bit of wheat.

The taste is of wheat with some citrus, it basically tasted like an adjunct with orange.

Light bodied, crisp and thin, high carbonation.

I thought this wasn't too bad, though it wasn't much different from their regular american lagers.

12-18-2009 21:22:52 | More by BeerCon5
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.03/5  rDev -31.2%

Meh. Looks like AB got a little jealous of the Blue Moon market share, so they developed their own crap. And while I never thought Blue Moon to be all that, it certainly whips this stuff.

Appearance, cloudy, still too yellow instead of the more orangish charm I like to see in a hefe.

Smells too similar to BMC stuff as well. Taste leaves a bad clove, tobacco and non hoppy kind of citrus taste in your mouth, like someone put a cigarrette out on a lemon and then threw it in your beer. Mouthfeel, you just want to get it out, it doesn't develop, it gets worse, and thus, isn't too drinkable.

12-17-2009 01:46:30 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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flagmantho

Washington

2.42/5  rDev -18%

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice cloudy straw color with one-finger white head. Not bad, though the head dissipated rather quickly and left no lace.

Smell: grainy and adjunct-ladem malt aroma; quite like what you'd expect from a typical BMC, but with a hint of nice citrusy wheat. Frankly, it does not impress me.

Taste: slightly better than the smell. At first I taste a nice smooth wheat beer with a little citrus and coriander, but it quickly devolves into a somewhat tart, acrid flavor and then finishes off like a regular macro lager. I'm all for dynamic taste experiences, but not like this.

Mouthfeel: light body and relatively low carb for a witbier. Not my favorite.

Drinkability: I was expecting something along the lines of the other macro witbier, Blue Moon, but Shock Top was a bit of a disappointment. I didn't expect much, and it failed to reach even those expectations. This is *just* above a drain-pour from a drinkability standpoint.

12-17-2009 01:26:28 | More by flagmantho
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baller1013

Ohio

4.65/5  rDev +57.6%

I have had shock top in a bottle and on-tap and it is so much more flavorful on tap.

A- pretty much what you would expect out of a "orange inspired" wheat bear. Orange in color, appearance is similar to "Blue Moon."

S- hints of citrus.

T- very smooth with an aftertaste that makes you crave more. No need to "fruit the beer," because the slice of an orange is not necessary.

D- a very drinkable beer. Smooth enough to drink several, but refined enough to save for a desert beer.

12-16-2009 23:57:11 | More by baller1013
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bob3701

New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +19.7%

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. Cloudy yellow with little head and not much lacing. Aroma of oranges come through. You are overloaded with orange lemon and lime flavors which I was prepared for. Actually found it very refreshing on a hot day. Thought it was good but beware if you don't like fruit in your beer stay clear of this one.

12-14-2009 15:59:39 | More by bob3701
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nickd717

California

2.58/5  rDev -12.5%

If I was a 15-year-old girl, I'd be like, "OMG WTF is this?" Actually, if I was a 15-year-old girl, I'd probably like this beer, because it seems that that's the basic demographic that goes for this stuff. It sucks when you go to an event and they have a "craft" tap and as you make your way through the crowd waiting to see what it is, you say to yourself, "Please don't be Shock Top, please don't be Shock Top." and then...it's Blue Moon. Or Shock Top. Give me a break. Ah, InBud, your mediocrity is mind-boggling.

Anyway, this pours cloudy yellow with a small white head that fades rather quickly.

Aroma is wheat, citrus, banana, and yeast. Sort of generic.

Flavor is very generic with wheat, lemon, orange, banana, and bubblegum. Very uninspiring.

Palate is light and annoyingly harsh and acidic. This beer is a donkey punch to the face of Belgium by Anheuser-Busch. Just don't drink it unless you have to. Calling this a Belgian wit is like calling Bagel Bites Italian cuisine.

Drinkability is average.

12-11-2009 18:08:45 | More by nickd717
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mtyrrell

Delaware

2.53/5  rDev -14.2%

A- Yellow orange with a slight haze, minimal head and fizzing

S-Citrus orange lemon aroma, kind of smells like old OJ

T- Watery, tastes like eating a bowl of cereal with old OJ instead of milk

M- Light bodied, watery

D- Nothing much to say about this beer. The only thing this beer has going for it is its drinkability. Goes down smooth and you could drink a good quantity of it. Maybe OK for a summer party.

12-10-2009 00:25:42 | More by mtyrrell
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Travlr

District of Columbia

2.17/5  rDev -26.4%

On draught at National Airport in DC.
A: cloudy orange with a solid white head that doesn't budge and inch over 10 minutes.
S: aroma of citrus and skunks.
T: very sour, unpleasantly so, with an extreme acidic finish.
M: light bodied for the style.
D: best skipped. Nothing remarkable about this one.

12-08-2009 00:46:24 | More by Travlr
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.63/5  rDev -10.8%

Bottle poured into a pint glass. A wit, really? OK. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze. Carbonation low, no head, no lacing.

Citrusy aroma, lemons maybe. Not much else.

What was that? This beer has a strong cereal flavor to it. There is a citrusy flavor in the front of the mouth. I'm really confused. Its bland, followed by citrus, followed by a wheaty flavor and then a strong aftertaste. I don't like this beer. Review done.

12-07-2009 02:09:42 | More by drabmuh
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YogiBear

Virginia

2.2/5  rDev -25.4%

My aunt brought a six pack of this stuff over, saying it looked decent and wanted to give it a try. She likes to pay for the "expensive" kind of beers (note that family get-togethers consist of mostly bud and coors, ha), was the price worth it? We opened some up, and the smell didn't intrigue me all that much. I took a sip, and the taste goes with the smell: not all that great.

Now, I love my hops so maybe this just wasn't the beer for me. A tad citrus, leaving an interesting after taste. I wasn't sold on it. Now it wasn't "terrible" or anything along those lines, but I was debating whether to finish it or not; deciding to in order not to break my own rule: you need to finish the beer you start.

Look was a murky gold color, wasn't bad looking, but not great either. Let's just say unless it calls for desperate times, I'm probably not reaching for that cool smiling orange slice again.

12-04-2009 01:29:02 | More by YogiBear
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josefnewsong

New York

3.08/5  rDev +4.4%

Citrusy, yes, but it could use an orange or two more. Drinkable and tasty for a macro beer...but nothing to write home about. This is a good beer for people who aren't living in the real beer world yet and need to take the first step. Good in the summertime.

11-24-2009 05:20:09 | More by josefnewsong
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,835 ratings.