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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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2,912 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,912
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 266 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-04-2007)
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Photo of Darkhorse09
2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A little cloudy, gold color. White head that disappeared relativly quickly.

S - Obvious citrus (orange)and some vanilla aromas. Some coriander spice and wheat in the background.

T - Very heavy on the citrus. Ask the bartender to hold the fruit. Little to no spice. You really can't get past the orange flavor. Needs to be better balanced with the introduction of any bitter flavor at all. Also, very little wheat flavor.

M - Quite thick in the mouth, but not in a good way.

D - Decent. Would'nt really look forward to more than one of these.

A good effort for a macro brewers to try and make something resembling (if in looks alone) a low level witbier. If this is the best the bar your're at has, order it. Otherwise, steer clear.

Darkhorse09, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of trentley87
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a slightly more orange-tinted BMC offering. Smell is macro with some citrus on top. Taste = bud heavy with orange. Goes down smooth. Very drinkable if not flavorful. For some reason this tastes much better to me right out of the bottle (more hops and citrus) this one I just poured is pretty underwhelming.

trentley87, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from the tap.

Hazy orange and lemon yellow with small white head.

Smells like citrus and orange peel.

Tastes about the same plus some coriander and vanilla like sweetness. The wheat comes through slightly at the end.

The mouthfeel is relatively thin and a bit bubbly.

Eh, so-so. Tastes very similar to Blue Moon to me, but the coriander is more pronounced. About the same in terms of quality. Not very bad but there are so many better witbiers out there.

Cylinsier, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of ocelot2500
2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange gold with a decent white head. Enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of mostly an orange citrus note with not much spice. Some wheat can be found as well.

Tastes of mostly the sweet orange citrus taste. Again, it relies on the citrus and does not have any other flavors to round it out.

Mouthfeel is a decent medium body. Would want it to be a little more creamy.

This is fairly drinkable, but I would not want to buy this again.

ocelot2500, Aug 02, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy light orange color with a one finger white head. The smell is of grain with a hint of some fruit, but it is very faint. The taste is grain up front and some orange on the back end, but the taste is slightly watery. The mouthfeel is good, the beer is smooth and lightly carbonated. The overall drinkability is okay, its not as complex as a micro, but for a macro a decent job. I will give them credit for the effort.

goblue3509, Jul 31, 2009
Photo of cnally
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

shock top! it sounds like a monster ale! big, bold, huge flavors and a massive ABV to boot, right? right? oh, shock top, you're a witbier? when were you going to tell us? and you're made by...anheiser-busch? yikes, the beer geeks sure are gonna hate you, man.

the beer pours a hazy orange -gold with an abnormally white head, which fizzles down like soap suds from your bubble bath.

the aroma is very grassy, yeasty and slightly sour, much like a witbier can smell. but there is no floral, fruity or sweet smells to bail out the pungent sour notes.

a very mild taste, rolling almost unnoticed across the tongue. initially there is plenty of yeast and grain notes, followed mainly toward the end by a dose of alcohol...I have never had a beer with such an alcoholic nose at 5.2 percent-this is not to say it is strong, just that there is no hiding the alcohol flavor. and really this goes to show how shallow the flavor is, when I can barely detect any degree of hops or any sweet residuals I expect from a wit. there is a dash of caramel malt toward the aftertaste, but not enough to lift up its underwhelming nature.

the feel is very fizzy, but crisp and dry. body is minimal, and unbalanced. would like to see more body, quite watery and loose.

give it up to the best damn beer anheiser busch makes! naw, this isn't the worst beer, just one for less sophisticated tastes. but, just like blue moon did, if it can open the eyes of an inexperienced beer drinker...lets use this one to our advantage!

cnally, Jul 28, 2009
Photo of azorie
3.53/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pored into a mug as usual. Temp at pur 39F with infared Themo. Looks hazy with some yeast , its a light orange beer; a hard pour produces a white head which soon drops to leave some lacing down the glass.

S: Let warm till 44F. orange orange orange, did I say orange?
Ok some lemon also, a bit of yeast and malt sweetness. Some coriander is detected, no hops detected.

T: Ok its a wheat beer, not too far off a blue moon. I get sweet orange front end, some lemon. hint of coriander spice, malt is nice and wheat tasting as it should be, seems a tad out of balance with all that orange just overpowering the beer, not super bad though, No hops detected.

M: Light almost watery. Some carbonation.

D: very easy to drink and refreshing.

azorie, Jul 27, 2009
Photo of VikeMan
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at San Diego airport, waiting for Redeye. Pint glass.

Color was a very cloudy yellow. Maybe half a finger of head (really less...giving the benefit of the doubt...maybe bar glass wasn't great). Lace? Forget it. Nada.

Nice, but in no way spectacular, wheat aroma. A little citrus maybe.

Taste... the best words I can use here are that it was 'inoffensive', or to borrow from the late great Doug Adams, 'Mostly Harmless'. A bit sweet/tart (but not 'skunked' tart). No pronounced aftertaste, but a tad 'dry' if I had to say. There's no doubt from the first sip on that this is a decent, not great, representative of the 'Witbier' style. And A-B deserves some credit for that much. I was frankly surprised that a Macro got a White pretty much 'right'.

Reasonably drinkable. I would not necessarily seek it out, but given the selection on tap on this day, it was a good choice.

VikeMan, Jul 25, 2009
Photo of Bockrules
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A - pours a very hazy pale gold with a one finger white, seltzery head. Head rapidly disappears, leaves no lacing.

S - Not much smell upon opening the bottle, just a hint of orange and wheat malt. In the glass, the orange, lemon and wheat malt smells come out more.

T - Very sweet and lemony up front. The body is very malt dominated, sweet with orange and lemon riding on the top, it almost has a FRESCA sensation to it. A zing of lemon in the finish, then dryness. Leaves a dry yeast-malt aftertaste.

M - Thin bodied and well carbonated. Very refreshing, but perhaps more like drinking soda than beer.

D - This is a very easy drinking beer, and I could easily have see drinking several on a hot night, but I wouldn't be buying. For the price (Like $7.50 a six) I can think of much better beers and fresca would be just as refreshing. I didn't know Anheuser-Busch made this when I saw it in bars... sneaky bastards!

Bockrules, Jul 21, 2009
Photo of grdahl
1.68/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Nice cloudy pale amber as you would expect a BW to be.

S- OK, coriander is obvious

T- Awful..faintly orange and corriander.

M- Very thin, watery.

D- OK on a hot day. quenches thirst if you can get by the unpleasant smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

Leave it to AB to do a great job of selling this crap via billboards. I had to try it seeing all the hype. It's even worst than Blue Moon. If you want a good BW go with Sam Adams Imperial White or Hoegaarden. This style has not been reproduced well by any of the macrobreweries and it's a shame as it is great summer beer.

grdahl, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of pmccallum86
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear yellowish color, almost the same shade as piss.

S- Smell is good, not strong at all but a nice orange aroma comes through.

T- Taste is of orange and other fruits, somewhat of a pear taste.

M- Mouthfeel is thin, this beer has a almost a watery fruit juice taste. It is refreshing on a hot day but not great for the style.

D- This is a drinkable beer, in that it is thin and refreshing, although not what you would seek in looking for flavorful Witbier.

pmccallum86, Jul 19, 2009
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with vibrant but pretty gaudy/trendy label...what MIGHT be a freshness date, I'm not sure

Appearance: Hazy light orange beer; a hard pour produces a stark white billowy head which soon drops to a thick dense 1/2 finger cap. Carbonation is medium

Smell: Big dose of fresh-squeezed orange juice up front, some tarter, almost-approaching-funky citrus notes, a light touch of wheat, VERY mild spice...nothing here is unpleasant, it's just a wee bit understated for my liking

Taste: Fresh sweet/tart orange predominates, hint of coriander spice, medium-wheaty palate, almost get a touch of cinnamon in here as well...the flavors are not bad at all, they're just way understated...one of the best things about witbiers is they're typically smaller brews but pack a whallop of tart/spicy flavors...this one is just a bit lacking.

Mouthfeel: Light to light-medium...not as quenching as some of the better wits

Drinkability: High; it's light and fairly refreshing; that being said, it's not like a Celis or a Hoegaarden where as soon as you're finished with one you're looking for another

Conclusion: It's a decent stab at the style by A/B...it might be good for getting your macro-drinking friends to expand their horizons a bit and branch out towards craft. That being said, while it's not really bad in any way, I'd definitely take a Celis or Hoegaarden above this, which are both w/in about the same price range and annihilate this on quality.

BedetheVenerable, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Gunnz
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer is a nice cloudy, golden yellow in color with a creamy-colored head. Decent head retention.

Beer has a clean, floral, and spicy aroma. Very prominent orange aroma.

Has a very clear orange flavor that fades rather quickly. Nice balance of spice and fruit, although, the favor does not last very long and does noy linger in your mouth at all. Taste fits a mediocre belgian white ale.

Has a light to medium body mouthfeel and is quite smooth. Decently carbonated but a slightly watered down feeling.

It is a much lighter version of a white ale. About the quality that I have come to expect from the Anheuser-Busch company; better than most really cheap beers but can't really hold its own against others in its style. I would have another but it would not be my beer of choice. I would recommend this to someone who is used to really light bodied beers and would like to transition into heavier styles.

Gunnz, Jul 17, 2009
Photo of tegelaar
2.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clouded yellowish orange with a soapy head. Disappears quickly to with no lacing.

S: Faintly spicy with citrus notes. Smell is weak.

T: Weak again - some spice but not enough to notice. Citrusy but the flavors are just too weak and watered down.

M: Good amount of carbonation and goes down easy.

D: Goes down fairly easy since the spices and flavors are muted.

I guess it isn't horrible.. but I would only drink it again if it is free.

tegelaar, Jul 16, 2009
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. Dated 09118.

A - Hazy yellow straw color with a moderate white fizzy head. Low retention til it was a thin layer where it actually stayed for a while. No lacing at all.

S - Citrusy orange and lemon with a solid backing of wheat, grains, and minor adjuncts. Not great but not awful.

T - Grainy wheat with a squirt of lemon and orange citrus. Sub-par for a wit.

M - Light-bodied, crisp, and effervescent.

D - Yeah, its a decent BMC summer beer if you want to escape the normal adjunct lager with out paying very much more but it certainly is a poor example of the style.

BeerFMAndy, Jul 15, 2009
Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Harefield Road in Brooklyn.

A- Straw yellow with an average head a no lace.

S- Lemon (which came with the beer) and wheat scent.

T- The lemon came through, so that obviously changes the experience. Fairly solid drink. Nothing that really comes out. Your traditional wheat.

Amalak, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of Anthony1
2.28/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a perfect pint

pours a hazy straw color with a thin white head, fades fast, no lace.

smells like orange and lemon with a mix of wheat. nothing special, tastes similar. not much to either, just felt like a watered down wheat. pretty plain, not much to say.

Anthony1, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of magine
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.

magine, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of ATPete
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.

ATPete, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of jfmorey
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.

jfmorey, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
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.

beerwolf77, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of Brenden
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.

Brenden, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of Onenote81
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.

Onenote81, Jul 05, 2009
Photo of biggred1
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.

biggred1, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of rdub
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.

rdub, Jun 30, 2009
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,912 ratings.