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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.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-04-2007)
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Photo of Chambic
2.03/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pickings were slim at the airport, and the whole point was to get a beer with my shot, so this was it.

A: without knowing what it was, there might have been a bit of promise, but seeing the extra-tall pilsner glass full of watered-down SunnyD-looking swill, topped with superfoamy head, I was looking forward to the Jacquart Brut Mosaïque I knew I would be enjoying on the flight for which I was waiting.

S: not too bad, not too skunky, with enough fruit coming through

T: I knew what it was going for with its orange peel and coriander, though I like neither of those flavors, except in a truly well-balanced tripel

M: very thin body, and like cheap bubbly, the bubbles were too big

D: really would rather not do that again

Notes from 02.09.10 SEA-TAC

Chambic, Jun 08, 2010
Photo of jeffjeff1
2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I think my fiance got this for free. She came home one day with a single bottle of this and some other singles.

Appearance- yellow color, semi cloudy, some ok head that dissipates quickly

Smell- First thing I thought of when I smelled it was this is funky and made a funny face. funky smell, citrus

Taste- very light flavor, barely tasted any citrus

Mouthfeel- light bodied

Drinkability- a cold one on a hot day might be more drinkable but probably not, I didn't really like it. I wouldn't drink it again.

jeffjeff1, Jun 03, 2010
Photo of jhp40219
2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle poured into standard pint glass.

A - Pours with a nice white head that disappears immediately. Leaves a slight lacing on the glass as you drink which slides down the side and vanishes into the drink within seconds. Appearance is that of a cloudy dull orange color. Definitely not much to admire.

S - What smell? I can't smell much of anything. I even let this warm up to room temp hoping to get something out of it. Faintly orangy with a bit of malt is all I am getting.

T - Again, not much here. A bit malty at first is all I taste which disappears quickly behind a slight orange and a biscuity taste. Nothing strong until I got to the last couple of drinks, then the sediments came through. The sediments were just an amplified taste of malt and biscuit. Not bad, just nothing spectacular.

M - Thin and bubbly. Carbonation stings the tongue a bit. Little bit of orange taste comes through, but not much else.

D - As a fan of craft beer, this is definitely not something I would pay to drink again. Flavor is weak and boring. I guess if you don't normally drink anything outside of Bud or Bud Lite, this would probably be bursting with flavor and very drinkable. A step up from Anheuser-Busch's typical macro fare, but not much. And a step down from Michelob's line.

The fact that they even mention this as being a "Belgian Style" is a slap in the face to every decent Belgian beer out there. Without a doubt the bottom of the line in any Witbier I have ever had.

jhp40219, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of DMXLOX22
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Saw recently at a bar-b-que a friend of mine was enjoying. Swearing it was his new favorite beer of summer, I decided to try myself but saw it was from anheuser busch I was a bit surprised.

Appearance: Very light golden color, with a slight bright haze. The white head seemed appealing until it dispersed in about 5 seconds.

Smell: Bold malt flavoring, with subtle hints of orange peel and maybe mild hops?

Taste: light malt flavoring, changing into a random concoction of spices ranging from tangy orange and lemon to downright watered down malts. Sorry Anheuser, but seems like a run of the mill beer.

Mouthfeel: Light, thin-bodied w/ a mix of easy going carbanation.

Drinkability: Actually a beer you might see a person who wants to appear to be drinking smart but really is just a throw blanket on another failed attempt to persuade real beer aficionado that they might be drinking smart. Went down very clean and crisp though. I would recommand to my friend who's recently trying to spread his good beer drinking wings. Cheers!

DMXLOX22, Jun 01, 2010
Photo of bundy462
3.78/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Hazy copper with not much head retention or lacing.

S: Wheat profile with a nice orange tang. Some slight lemon and spice.

T: Wheat profile with a nice orange and citrus taste. No need to add an orange, it's very good as is.

M: Average body, finishes dry, very smooth.

O: Good drinkability, you can have as many as you want.

I bought a sixer to try this was out and was very happy with it. I'd buy a case, especially in the Summer months.

bundy462, May 30, 2010
Photo of Florida9
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Very hazy yellow. Served in a pint glass with virtually no head at all. Not even a complete surface coating. Just patches of white foam islands floating around the top of the beer. Not surprisingly, no lacing.

S: Virtually none. Maybe a little orange, but thats only noticeable if you jam your nose in the glass and try to find something.

T: There is a slight tang. Orange becomes a bit more pronounced. It is a bit sweet. Just not a whole lot going on here.

M: Light bodied with a heavier level of carbonation for the weight of the beer.

D: I was unaware AB brewed this when I ordered it. I guess that explains why its just not that great of a beer. It's a session beer, if you want to call it that, though I personally wouldn't want to drink another as there are far many better beers out there. Mine was served with an orange slice, which greatly improved the flavor of this beer when it was finally added to it.

Florida9, May 22, 2010
Photo of HeroJH
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A decent refreshing beer. Quite 'orangy' actually. I think that it's also a fun beer for people new to other flavors. And I'd hate to be cliche', but I think women would like it.

It is pretty light, and simple. There are no off or undesirable characteristics to it at all. Very clean.

At a local restaurant, it's the only thing on tap other than coors light or bud light, so I'd probably order it again.

It's definitely AB's answer to Coor's Blue Moon, but I actually think it's better.

HeroJH, May 17, 2010
Photo of LimoBarbie
3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It's not a bad brew, but nothing compared to a really good craft beer or German pour at Oktoberfest. It's better without the stinking orange chunk that they seem compelled to add, but I'm not an orange fan. I would rather drink this than a Budweiser but it's still only just OK.

LimoBarbie, May 16, 2010
Photo of mattwjones
2.6/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was no doubt a beer created in response to Coors' success with Blue Moon. The look of the beer is light straw. THe smell is not very impressive but might smell like clove if you were to try very hard. The taste is not bad for a BMC product but if I am going to buy gas station beer I will go for a Blue Moon before I buy this again. The carb was fine and this was a drinkable beer just as, I am sure, it was designed to be.

mattwjones, May 16, 2010
Photo of CBlack85
2.63/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Pours a hazy straw/yellow color with about three fingers worth of foamy white head. Decent head retention and minimal lacing.

The smell is mainly of orange and lemon, with some yeasty and bready notes as well. Not alot going on here, but what is there is not unpleasant.

Like the nose the orange and lemon are the dominant flavors. Some spices are vaguely noticeable. The wheat character seems to be nowhere to be found, Body is thin and moderately carbinated. Easy enough to drink, but disappointing in the end. I kinda figured that this would be similar to Blue Moon, but it seems to pale in comparison (and I am not really a fan of Blue Moon).

CBlack85, May 11, 2010
Photo of Sixofsigmas
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky golden yellow when you mix the sediment properly as indicated on the bottle. Decent head that does recede awful quickly. No lacing.

Nose is full of belgian yeast, orange, wheat.

It tastes of malty wheat and orange peels. Creamy.

Mouth is not overly carbonated which was a surprise. It's creamy and pleasant although there is a slight chemical type aftertaste, but it doesn't linger.

Very drinkable. I must admit I'm a bit surprised that Michelob put something out like this. It's not good enough to make it on my regular drinker list, but I wouldn't turn one down if it was offered.

Sixofsigmas, May 03, 2010
Photo of hardy008
1.63/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Hazy light yellow color with a large head that disappears very quickly. The aroma is watered down citrus which is barely noticeable. The taste is also barely noticeable. Some citrus flavor, but nothing special. Light bodied, over carbonated. Nothing to get excited about.

hardy008, Apr 30, 2010
Photo of kingcrowing
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a very clody amber golden color with no head bit a thin rim of foam. Nose is very belgian and fruity it's got some light spicy notes.

Taste is very dry and yeasty, it's got a light orange finish it's really fresh and dry. It's not bad but not very complex or flavrful.

kingcrowing, Apr 24, 2010
Photo of proc
3.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a slighty hazy, golden color in the glass. Faint yeast and citrus are present in the nose. The taste is mild, yet flavorful. Contradictory, but true. There is pronounced, but subdued, citrus flavor, that leads to a easy to drink beer. A good warm weather offering.

proc, Apr 21, 2010
Photo of jester27lax
3.93/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 12er of the Shock Top because my wife likes Blue Moon and I wanted something different, but still something along the line of a Belgian white beer. Initially, I was impressed with the color and aroma. Very citrusy and the color looks delicious. Quite a nice shock on my first taste. A decent amount of citrus and great flavors. Even though this is an AB product, I'll be buying it again. Should be a great beer for after mowing the grass and doing outside work.

jester27lax, Apr 14, 2010
Photo of gmfessen
3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, Shock Top is a hazy, golden-white color with a nice foamy cap. The nose is sweet and citrusy with a touch of wheat earthiness. The taste follows suit with a slight spiciness that was not apparent in the nose and the citrusy character takes on a more tart, lemony note. The mouthfeel is a light medium body with a soapy carbonation and slightly drying due to the tart finish. Overall, not a bad beer and a decent try at a witbier for AB. This is definitely a warm weather beer, good for sipping on the lawn mower.

gmfessen, Apr 08, 2010
Photo of mralphabet
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy golden-orange, nice color. About a fingers worth of white head that dissipated pretty quickly, but leave a little bit of lacing behind.

S: Heavy on the wheat and citrus, not much else here.. But the overall feel to me is not bad.

T: A lot like the nose here... Wheat is pretty strong followed by a mid bodied citrus (Lemons & Orange peel). No hops here at all, just wheaty tartness.

M: Thin, and a little heavy on the carbonation, but refreshing.

D: You can drink a ton of these low ABV and pretty easy on the tastebuds. But average at best...

Hey at least Anheuser-Busch, Inc. is trying something a little different...

mralphabet, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of Jayli
2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a hazy golden color. 1/4 inch of white head that recedes immediately. No lacing to speak of on this one.

S: Nose is rather sweet, citrus comes through, I mean some serious orange peel is going on here. Perhaps a hint of wheat, but mostly of overwhelming artificial citrus.

T: Taste starts very light, some pale malts come in here, hint of yeast, hint of wheat and then the taste is overrun by a ridiculous artificial orange flavoring. Seriously, it tastes like the old orange fruit drinks that you got in the plastic bottles at camp.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp but thin on the tongue, though slightly prickly.

D: Goes down ok, not very tasty, the artificial flavoring is a tad much. I've had better of the style and would opt for something else.

Jayli, Apr 05, 2010
Photo of elcapness17
3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer can be simply defined as a Blue Moon knockoff.

Pour: This poured a very hazy mildly dark gold. The head quickly dissipated, and looked cheap. No lacing on the cup, since the head was gone within five minutes.

Aroma: Not great, but also not bad. With beers like this, you at least know what to expect- I mean the freaking cover has an orange on it. If you are looking for a citrusy beer, this is not a terrible brew. Very much dominated by the orange and lime notes.

Taste: Didn't like the taste too much, particularly the aftertaste. It wasn't bad, but I would just prefer a Blue Moon. The taste was dominated (like the smell) by orange and lime, but you could notice some coriander notes. Cheap taste, but very drinkable, which I suppose makes it 'refreshing'.

Overall, not a great brew, but a great party drink and something that would go well in the summer. You have to know what you're getting into when you buy this beer.

elcapness17, Apr 04, 2010
Photo of srrn
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shock Top purs a bit fizzy, with a cloudy, yellowish amber. The beer smells of citrus, not much else. Taste is the same, a bit of lemony citrus, no grapefruit from hops or anything. Finish is dry and clean. Beer gets a bit to sweet as it warms, and way too soda like. Nothing offensive here, but not worth buying again.

srrn, Mar 29, 2010
Photo of MadElf25
3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the look, smell and taste of this beer tends to just average, its not a beer you would sit back and go "wow this is awesome" but for what it is it's not bad, the beer goes down easy and is definetly perfect for a nice summer day when you want something refreshing. i suggest you drink it with out an orange cause it already has a citrus taste to it, and if u add the orange it will be overwhelming

MadElf25, Mar 10, 2010
Photo of CoffeenCamaros
4.05/5  rDev +37.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Overall, not a terribly impressive beer. It is not what you would want to expect in a quality beer, and the color and some of the taste seems like it may be artificial.

But, on the other hand, it tastes good, and goes down real easy. It is citrusy, making it a great beer for a hot summer day.

CoffeenCamaros, Mar 08, 2010
Photo of jahilgen
2.33/5  rDev -21%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I drink this at local minor league baseball and hockey games 24 oz. plastic glasses.

The beer appears too orange and too clear and consistent to give one any indication that it will taste like a Belgian white. Color appears artificial and left only the slightest head.

Smell is overly citrus and again appears artificial, almost candy-like.

Nothing really present or complex when you drink it, you can tell it has been flavored orange but it is not authentic and leaves the palate as soon as you sit the beer down. However it does not offend the palate and I do enjoy the beer at sporting events.

Overall nothing special but still better than typical sporting venue beer and is a nice selection for sporting events. My favorite at sporting venues in the Michigan area.

jahilgen, Mar 06, 2010
Photo of Walken
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aneheuser-Busch: Michelob, Shock Top Wheat (Coded freshness date) (Tasted 02/25/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Hazy straw colored beer with some orange coming through. The fuzzy, bone white head dies down relatively quickly into a cap. Decent retention, moderate lace.
Odor: Malt throws a layer of soft, rich breadiness and tang from the wheat. Orange peel seems to dominate, no coriander to my nose. There's a strange richness coming from the malt, reminiscent of caramel.
Consistency: Light body, carbonation is on point for style but a tad high for my taste. Husky grain astringency and subdued spice affect the feel negatively.
Flavor: Lemony, tangy wheat, slightly doughy in back with orange peel, once again leading the charge. Non-descript phenolic spice comes out in the finish, that's about all she wrote.

Somewhere in the void between good and bad, this beer will undoubtedly continue to do well in the marketplace, but for my dollar, I'd choose many beers over it, any day of the week or time of year. For style, it's too refined in the spice department to really pique my fancy and the brash, tangy malt character means nothing without the sweetish, rich pils back that I crave. For all of it's faults, it is an extremely drinkable beer, just not what I'm looking for.

Walken, Feb 26, 2010
Photo of greywolf
1.5/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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

greywolf, Feb 23, 2010
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,984 ratings.