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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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2,726 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,726
Reviews: 686
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 11
Gots: 193 | 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 jophish17


2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from a broken down sixer at a local store for $1.09 - sure, I'll give it a shot!

Aroma: Orange peel mostly, but with a little coriander

Appearance: yellow-gold body, like a cloudy version of Bud. Decent white head that evaporates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass. Decent looking for a wit

Taste: The taste follows suit with the aroma, with a lot of orange flavor. A bit of zest, probably from the Lemon and Lime the bottle says it uses. Lots of wheat malts, but no sediment.

Mouthfeel: a bit thicker in body that I expected, the bready maltiness really gives it a pleasant feel. Shock Top comes with the carbonation I expect in a wit

Drinkability: not bad, I find the beer more drinkable than most macro products.. and I don't generally care for witbier. As far as other big name wit's, it really falls short. I'd rather have a Blue Moon or even a can of Wittekerke. Not a bad try, and I'll be able to finish this one before heading to bed shortly, but tons of room for improvement

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 14:24:29 | More by jophish17
Photo of Rootdog316


3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy and pale with a fizzy, white head. Aromas of pale malts and possibly rice syrup(?) with very faint hints of citrus and white wine. Familiar wit flavor and sourness but really only a shadow of the greats; hops are not evident. Body is a bit too weak and the finish is not pleasant. Not a terrible beer but there are far, far better wits out there. This is obviously Anheuser's Busch's response to Coors' Blue Moon. Just not good enough.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 14:37:50 | More by Rootdog316
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black Squirrel/$4.50/16 oz

Got this one not realizing what it was, but ended up being pleasantly surprised. Certainly not a good beer by any means, but as another reviewer said, it's definitely better than most macros. Appearance was weak, a light too-yellow color with a very small head that dissolved quickly. Mild nose of citrus and wheat, which followed through in the flavor, which was strong on lemons and weak on most other things. Again, not bad, just not much there. Body was a little thin, but not too bad. Overall, not nearly as bad as it could have been.

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2008 14:45:18 | More by soupyman10
Photo of tctruffin


1.75/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer didn't look much different than any other AB product. There was no aroma to speak of. The label promises spices, but there were none discernible. The rating says, 1-awful; it's not that the flavor was awful but that there wasn't any. The mouthfeel was like low carbonated water. Even though the body is light, the drinkability factor is below average since there's really nothing to keep me coming back.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2008 01:59:42 | More by tctruffin
Photo of Gehrig


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

While in New York for a wedding, I tried this at Castaways when the bartender gave me a sizable sample. Two fingers of white froth cap a golden-orange body, moderate head duration. OK citrus aroma weighs in slightly less than a peppery-ginger spicy nose. More balance between the two emerges in the taste, which is light, fairly smooth, and reminiscent of an inferior German wheat. I found the mouthfeel a bit thin if smooth.

This is a decent macro, not a great Witbier. I appreciated the sample, but wouldn't grab this in a beer store.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2008 02:45:44 | More by Gehrig
Photo of adamette


2.4/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the Boneyard on the near west side of Cleveland.

A golden yellow, no head

S Minimal smell, almost non existent but citrusy

T good, pleasant, not offensive, a little bland

M light mouthfeel, just fine

D good but it suffers since the taste is so unimpressive.

Notes: this is a light tasting beer made (in my opinion) for easy drinking. It does not taste that good but it sure goes down easy.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2008 00:57:13 | More by adamette
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Cloudy straw color with a small head, some lace.

smell - Spicey, citrusy, and some hops.

taste - Spicey, lots of citrus taste here.

mouthfeel - Light- medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer. Not bad for a WIT.Have had better.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2008 02:39:49 | More by auxiliary
Photo of Kyle987


2.5/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It had a decent head immediately after pouring, but this quickly disappeared, and like everyone has noted, there was no lacing to speak of. There was very little aroma, just some slight citrus. My first sip was fine, with orange being the dominant flavor. While drinking, though, the flavor became less and less enjoyable. Fairly weak overall. Mouthfeel was fine, not heavy but not too light. Its drinkability was obviously hurt by the bland flavor. Not a bad beer, but definitely not worth buying another 6-pack.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 18:42:54 | More by Kyle987
Photo of MQ4188


4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle poured into frosted glass. Poured down side with final ounce poured down middle. Fine white head with pale cloudy body coloring.
Lacing was really lacking and head disappeared rather quickly.

Taste was rather sweet but not as sweet as Blue Moon Belgian White.

Mild coriander and spice hint but not a bitter finish. I must say though that this is a very drinkable ale.

Folks unfamiliar with witbier would be nicely served to give this one a try.

Probably best described as a good choice for the novice ale drinker to try and leave the undrinkable grocery store favorites in the cooler case.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 21:21:21 | More by MQ4188
Photo of Mitchster


2.6/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brewed with 2-row barley and wheat malts, hopped with Hallertau, Cascade, and Willamette. Flavored with orange, lemon, and lime peels as well as coriander.

Pours out to a cloudy, slightly milky pale gold, forming a modest white head which quickly recedes leaving not much lace at all. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is fairly weak, surprisingly. There is some subtle wheat cracker notes, some macro twang, ruddy coriander and a faint fruitiness. Mouthfeel is soft with a light body. The taste is somewhat weak, too. The coriander gives it a ruddy flavor on top of the macro twang, and this barely lets the fruit peels have any say. I'd much rather go without the lemon and lime and just dump more orange into it, but then it would be called Blue Moon. This is pretty bland. My GF likes Belgian Wits, but she didn't care for this at all, and I have to agree. This one's not even refreshing on a hot summer day. Skip it.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 03:12:31 | More by Mitchster
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy straw color, with initially huge white head. The head is quickly and audibly fading but the whole process is fairly interesting to observe. No lacing.

Aroma of citrus and coriander spice. Some earthy wheat and banana in the background. Not bad at all. Carbonation is definitely noticeable in the nostrils. Taste is very mild spice wound around some nice orange and banana.

Light bodied for sure but there seems to be a thick graininess to the taste. It's got me burping. I did just cut some grass and kinda pounded this one.

All in all, not a bad offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2008 00:55:28 | More by ZimZamZoom
Photo of Jarod


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

This beer poured a clear golden straw color, which threw me off since it is a Belgian White and I would say all that I have had in the past have been hazey. The carbonation level was fairly good. The head that was created was pure white and pillowy, not long lasting and no lace. The aroma was average, wheat notes, some oranges, breads and spices. The taste pretty much reflected the aromas, decent wheat, hints of citrus oranges, and a tad lime in and out and finished with a bready feeling on the back of the swallow. Not much on the mouthful, it was the first hint and reminder of who backs this brew A/B. Drinkable, well yes, better then her sisters of A/B, and if it were on tap and nothing else was available, I would get again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-02-2008 01:44:52 | More by Jarod
Photo of erosier


2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

L: Pours a hazy orange yellow color with a medium bodied medium sized white head that fades pretty fast. It laces a bit down the glass.
S: The smell is of faintly sweet malts, some orange aroma in there as well. I was expecting a little more there.
T: A bit bland really. Sweet wheat malts and a bit of orange but not much else.
M: Kind of heavy feeling because it has very little flavor.
D: Not too good since it lacks flavor.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2008 22:09:08 | More by erosier
Photo of russpowell


3.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Vance AFB club, review based on notes

Pours a hazy straw color with 1 finger of pearl white head. Above average lacing & head retention

S: Fruitty, pepppery hops & citrus hops

T: Peppery & a touch of clove up front. Citrus flavors dominate as this warms along with a little pear. Finishes with orangey hops

MF: Slightly over gassed with light/medium body

Drank very easy, a bit more body & complexity & this would be a nice Wit. Still would be fairly satisfied, not happy if this was the best beer available

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 17:09:32 | More by russpowell
Photo of BeaBeerWife


3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably my highest rated beer from Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

But, what? No comments about why they made this beer? No posts about how this is a direct rip-off from Bell's Oberon? (not just Blue Moon)

They are probably out there, I just haven't seen them. But it is a blatant attempt from one of the macrobreweries to attempt to steal back some market share and try to get their grubby corporate hands into the craft market. They are the suck.

Pours smooth, decent head, nice color for an overfiltered-macro-wit, I assume they are using real wheat and avoiding rice. Coriander, orange peel are there... but lends like an added powder or artificial syrup.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 13:42:50 | More by BeaBeerWife
Photo of Kemmerlin


4.25/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A thin light head crowned the glass supporting a little cloudy orange appearance like a fuzzy navel.

S: Light smells of spicey orange with summer hay.

T: A very strong wheat beer taste with good citrus notes and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M/D: Light and bubbly, it was not grainy nor heavy which made it very good to drink and something that I would highly recommend.

Serving type: on-tap

05-28-2008 00:46:29 | More by Kemmerlin
Photo of albern


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

I had this on tap at the Bay and Main in Greenport, only because the server had no clue when I asked which brewery this beer came from. It is one of the better A-B products, although that's not saying much. What you'll get is a very mild, inoffensive, middle of the road, innocuous Belgian Wit that won't offend, but won't challenge anyone's tastes either. It certainly looks good, it has the orangy yellow haze, white foamy head, lacing, and retention. The aroma is slight and it has the floral characteristics of the style, albeit toned down. The taste is similar in that you'll get the orange rind, coriander, floral citrus, perhaps a touch of pineapple. You won't get much clove, spice or anything else that would make this memorable. It is refreshing, easy to drink, and also forgettable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2008 10:41:27 | More by albern
Photo of BryanCarey


2.2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Shock Top Belgian White pours to a yellowish/gold color with a good deal of bubbling action, very little foam, a cloudy body, and no lacing at all. There is very little aroma, with only a slight indication of citrus and spice.

This beer offers flavors of wheat, citrus, yeast, coriander, and other spices. The citrus tastes include orange, lemon, and lime. There is even a hint of banana in the taste, ending with a slight taste of coriander.

Shock Top Belgian White is an obvious attempt by Anheuser- Busch to compete with Blue Moon Belgian White. But it doesn't quite measure up and the reason is that Shock Top Belgian White is too tame, too timid to compete with the big orange and coriander flavors offered by Blue Moon Belgian White. It also has a certain artificial character to its taste, similar to the artificial flavoring found in certain fruity soft drinks. Anheuser- Busch makes this beer using real lime, orange, and lemon peel, but the fruit flavor still seems off base.

If you want a great tasting Belgian White brew, Shock Top Belgian White isn't the answer. It isn't terrible, but it fails to impress and its flavor will frustrate most who sample it. There are tastier witbiers that cost less and taste better.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2008 18:12:41 | More by BryanCarey
Photo of berserker256


3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like that the Anheuser-Busch fancy beers taste similar to more expensive counterparts. I think other Belgian Whites are better than this beer but this is good beer for the money. It's got a hazy and cloudy yellow-orange hue and not much head. It smells earthy and spiced like orange peels. Has a decent taste. I detect orange peel bitterness and a kind of spiced flavor. Maybe clove? The label says coriander... Maybe that's what I'm picking up on. It's got a nice constistancy and texture and the right amount of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2008 20:01:10 | More by berserker256
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South Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served on tap at the Green Iguana in Tampa. The beer is a very (almost unnaturally) bright and cloudy orange color. Nothing really more to it. Head reached about a finger thick, and dissipated quickly.

Smell: Faint tinge of citrus. Sweet yeasty undertone.

Taste: Is this beer sweetened? This was sickly orange flavored... very sweet and cloying. After that intrusion, there was some spice and a soapy note.

I didn't like this much at all. I appreciate that AB is trying to put out different stuff, but this seemd like it was trying too hard to be Blue Moon with the orange already in it.

Serving type: on-tap

05-22-2008 06:38:09 | More by BucBasil
Photo of hops4me


3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw in color. Not quite as "white" as some of the others I have tried. Solid white head follows the liquid down. Not too much in the way of lacing. Slight lemony smell. Maybe a little bit of a yeasty smell as well. Taste is spicy and citrusy...just as you would expect. A slight bready yeast flavor in there as well. CO2 prickles with the light body being refreshing. Not a bad effort at all for AB. I got it for $6.79 at Food Lion so I guess that isn't a bad price when compared to others. I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 02:28:50 | More by hops4me
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a typical wit, cloudy yellow with fairly large white head. Don't notice any yeasties.

Smell? where is it? Just a metalic tinge in there.

Decent taste, nothing jumps out though. Some clove and orange are noticeable along with wheat. Mouthfeel pretty average.

Not bad drinkability, but there are just so many more wits out there.

EDIT: I did not realize this was an AB product, not bad for them, beats the hell out of Natty.

Serving type: on-tap

05-19-2008 04:00:49 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of smcolw


3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moderate head but it leaves no lace. Milky straw color with lots of chunky yeasty beasties.

Very low aroma profile--none of the usual wheat, citrus or yeast smells are present. Nothing wrong but nothing there either.

The flavor is huge improvement to the smell. Not rich in taste, but has the presence of a typical wit.

This is drinkable, but very mild. If you can get by the clumps of yeast, you may find this to be an innocent wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2008 22:06:15 | More by smcolw
Photo of bort11


3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tall Hobgoblin shaker pint. Tall fluffy off white head, though no real lacing. Color is a hazy golden yellow with very active carbonation.

Smell is mildly citric and spicy. Taste is lightly orange and citric. Nice amount of coriander and orange zest spices.

Mouthfeel is very light with a creamy body from the carbonation. This is an OK beer and a lot better than I thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2008 02:50:26 | More by bort11
Photo of tempest


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

On-tap at a AAA baseball game. $5, not bad for a stadium.

Appeared a dark yellow with not head or lacing. So there's no complimentary foam and it's too dark. The aroma is of dry, spicy orange. The flavor has that same orange, with bland Belgian-like spice (corriander, pepper). The flavor and aroma aren't bad, certainly not normal for the style, but it's an overall agreeable experience. A real wit has more delicate spices with vanilla and mellow wheat. The body here is also surprisingly heavy, with a sort of medium strength. And the mouthfeel is a bit chaulky. Well... it's better than the vast majority of A-B's beers.

Serving type: on-tap

05-15-2008 03:18:58 | More by tempest
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,726 ratings.