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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
69
poor

2,816 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 2,816
Reviews: 694
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 227 | 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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tweeder263

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours out an extremely hazy yellow brew with a thin head.Looks mildly carbonated.Not too much in the smell department. Smells of light spices and slightly yeasty.The taste is dumbed down,,but i enjoy it.Very subtle orange notes,,not very much else.Mouthfeel is carbonated ,,thin..A very drinkable beer. Could be an excellent lawnmower beer.Could be used to slowly convert a friend to craft beers.

01-15-2009 01:51:48 | More by tweeder263
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JimboHD2005

Illinois

2.98/5  rDev +1%

Poured into a 14 oz wheat glass. Golden hue with plenty of haze and a head that dissipates fairly quickly. Had a strong citrus notes and lime / orange dominated. Tasted slightlly hoppy and was easy to drink. Has a nice mild finish. Would be a decent beer for a sunny spring or summer day.

01-12-2009 03:27:21 | More by JimboHD2005
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Tolnik

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +26.4%

Poured this beer and it appeared with a wheat colored that was cloudy. The white foam head that it first originally poured with did settle quickly and left almost no traces of lacing. The aroma that wafted up from the beer was that of a belgian style beer with hints of the oranges. The taste of the beer followed suit. Which the flavoring of a AB beer having this good of a fullness was a surprise that I am sure to recommend to others that are looking for that light beer.

01-11-2009 19:57:56 | More by Tolnik
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.55/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured into a pint.

A: Straw color and the cloudiness characteristic of this style. Low carbonation, but pours into a 3 finger frothy white head. Settles relatively slowly (20 or 30 seconds). No lacing left as the head settles, but it does leave a layer of bubbly foam on the surface of the brew. Does leave a little lacing as you drink, but for the most part, it slowly retreats back into the body.

S: Wheat, orange (just like the bottle, or maybe I was subliminally influenced by the picture), and hay.

T: Wheat and hint of orange rind. Maybe some lemon, as well. A slight bitterness.

M: Creamy and light. Sharp wheat at first, then the touch of orange, then the bitterness (kinda' like the orange rind would provide for ya'). Leaves a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

D: Good drinkability. Light and refreshing. Easy drinkin'.

Pretty good overall. Pretty good flavor, and nose. I really like the orange hints. It pretty much tastes like it smells. Light drink, with an okay feel. Very solid quaff.

01-06-2009 04:02:25 | More by bmwats
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nothingxs

Florida

3.68/5  rDev +24.7%

My first beer in my current quest to try and find a beer I will definitely like. I've decided to start off with Belgian Whites, and without having a large selection where I went today (Publix on Miller and 94th Ave), I started off with this.

Every bottle I've seen of this has a large amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The bottle even recommends that you turn it on its side and rotate the bottle a bit after you pour out most of it to get this to shift from the bottom of the bottle into the beer itself, and then pour it out. Since the first time I tried this beer, I've been following those instructions.

Pours a hazy golden color with nearly no head, very little foam which dissipated very quickly. The head had a bit of the sediment in it after pouring it as recommended, while some of it floats around in the beer.

The smell, no matter how many times I try it, is relatively light. I can barely detect a bit of a citrusy smell, but it's otherwise unidentifiable. I honestly blame my inexperience, but it doesn't explain why other beers smell more impressive to me.

The beer itself was surprisingly good. I've edited this review twice now, and in this second edit I must say that the flavor has just really grown on me. A hint of orange that finishes off with a delicious grainy taste, with just a bit of spiciness. The ones I've had have been surprisingly well-bodied and my girl seems to agree with me that this beer has quite a bit of flavor behind it.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, starts with a slight hint of bitterness but just ends really, really smooth. Smoother than I thought it would.

Originally I said that I didnt think I'd stick with this one and would try something else. Now this is definitely one of the beers I will be mixing up my purchases with.

01-05-2009 05:29:16 | More by nothingxs
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KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev +11.9%

Served in a pint glass from a bottle. Hazy and straw colored, with a 1.5" white head. Left no lacing at all as it disappeared.

Not too much to the smell. Can pick up some sweetness with a faint hint of orange.

Nothing stands out in the taste, though I do get some orange at the end.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Easy to drink and would be refreshing in the summer, though not the best I've had of this style.

12-30-2008 04:26:45 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
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SwiftyMcBeer

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Served on-tap. Looked like your standard summer brew with all the smells and appearance, repleit with the orange slice. From there it went down hill, the taste wasn't offensive, it was just virtual non-existent. Like the actual beer had been watered down with . . well water. Maybe it was because it was snowing outside and the middle of December, but I wasn't that excited by this effort. Seems like a attempt to cash-in on the whole beer with an orange slice fad. I'm sure I could drink a couple of these, I just really wouldn't want to. Wake me up when you have something interesting.

12-24-2008 21:34:21 | More by SwiftyMcBeer
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RJLarse

Washington

3.63/5  rDev +23.1%

On tap at Eagles Pub. Served in a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale gold color and is hazy. It looks like pineapple juice in the glass. A fizzy white head forms, but dissipates quickly.

The smell is sweet and fruity. There are sweet citrus notes, orange blossoms, and some spices I can't quite place.

The taste is pretty good, a heavy bread grain flavor up front, with some citrus, orange and sweetened lemon, and a little coriander flavor (according to the label).

Mouthfeel is OK. A lot of carbonation, which stings the tongue a bit.

This is a very drinkable beer, and would appeal, or at least be acceptable to a lot of folks. There is nothing unusual about the beer, it's very average, but very drinkable. It would be good on a hot day. Great thirst quencher.

Note: Used to be known as Spring Heat Spiced Wheat.

12-24-2008 00:59:30 | More by RJLarse
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madtappers

Washington

2.83/5  rDev -4.1%

Not my cup of tea, but for a Bud product it is made very well, can it be considered a true Belgian Wit now that InBev owns AB?

Anyway pours very cloud with a hint of orange with a white head. Beer was granished with an orange adding to the orange falvor I could smell and taste.

If you like Blue Moon give this on a shot, if you are a Hoegraden fan, it may or may not impress your taste buds.

12-23-2008 01:49:23 | More by madtappers
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dfolmste

New York

2.98/5  rDev +1%

Appearance: Cloudy orange/yellow. Sediment sticks to the bottom of the bottle after pour. Head doesn't linger long and retention is minimal.

Smell: Weakest part of this brew. Considering the beer comes from Anheuser, I didn't have much of an expectation and the smell only reinforces my bias. The smell is a bit sweeter than a bud or michelob, but the citrus and wheat flavors of a belgian white are non-existent in the smell.

Taste: Reminds me of a blue moon. Heavy on the orange flavor. Comes on strong and fades away to nothing. It seems as if this beer settled to make an average belgian white and found no room for inovation.

Mouthfeel: Better than trying to savor a bud light. Orange taste is strong but carbonation is minimal.

Drinkability: Average beer but a sub-par attempt at of the style. I would probably just spend the few extra bucks to pick up some blue moon.

12-19-2008 00:47:42 | More by dfolmste
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VaTechHopHead


3.28/5  rDev +11.2%

A - It was a little more yellow in hue than most Belgian Wit beers, would have like to seen a little bit more white coloring

S - Had all the typical scents, orange/fruit with some faint clove in the background. Not very potent.

T - Same here...the tastes were there but mostly diluted out, probably from the mass brewing process.

M/D - Not a bad choice for a cheap inexpensive Belgian style, would recommend to serve it to a new beer drinker to try to turn them on to this style of brew.

12-13-2008 20:28:18 | More by VaTechHopHead
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heath1agnew

Texas

2.63/5  rDev -10.8%

appearance- didn't produce a very big head or keep any retention, and i couldn't really tell if it was cloudy or not due to the fact they handed it to me in a frosted mug. i think i'm probably being to generous with this score.

smell- had a citrus smell and i had trouble picking up anything else.

taste and mouthfeel- ok...way too carbonated. look, this basically tastes like a light beer with some citrus flavoring.

drinkability- i won't lie, it would be hard for me to stomach this all night.

notes- i'm not apposed to anheuser-busch beers, i'll try them and give them a fair shot, but this one really missed the mark.

12-13-2008 13:37:17 | More by heath1agnew
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev +1%

Draft served in a standard pint glass, but no orange slice on the side. Pours an orangish yellow color body, chilled haze and cloudy. Has a large and creamy white head, not much lace or retentionm. Spicy, yeasty aroma, and some orange coming through. Some wheat flavor along with the yeast and spiciness. No really strong flavors, lots of citrus orange, slight hoppy finish. Thin and a bit of a watery mouthfeel. Not too bad, no complaints, and it seemed to be a popular choice from watching the bartender.

12-13-2008 02:21:33 | More by BigBry
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Goliath

Illinois

2.63/5  rDev -10.8%

Pours a cloudy pale orangey/yellow color with a thing bright white head. Terrible retention and no lacing.

The aroma isn't quite typical for a wit. After reading the neck of the bottle it seems they used multiple forms of citrus, so it has orange, lemon, and lime as opposed to just orange peel. I definitely smell the lime, and I get a bit of orange as well. The problem for me is I can't smell any corriander. Big disappointment when considering a wit.

The taste is not offensive, but definitely not right for the style. It's like a cup of orange juice. Big citrus notes. Orange is easy to detect, traces of lemon come through, and a hint of lime at the end. The corriander is seemingly nonesistent. Not impressed here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly but crisply carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. It's not unpalateable, just not to style. For me, I can't see drinking more than one of these and I certainly wouldn't purchase it again. I would drink one if someone handed it to me though.

12-11-2008 02:39:18 | More by Goliath
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TheTrevor

New York

3.1/5  rDev +5.1%

This beer poured a cloudy yellow with a single-finger fluffy head. The smell is mostly orange and spices. The taste starts off with sweet orange that gives way to some spices and bready yeast that lingers on the palate. The mouthfeel is watery with some fine carbonation. It's a drinkable and tasty beer, but kind of a one-note interpretation of the style.

12-08-2008 04:55:01 | More by TheTrevor
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Vendetta

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

Aroma is fruity, but overpowering. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Strong, overpowering carbonation. Flavor was a bit watery, very citrus. Overall not bad (especially for an Anheuser-Busch brew), but there are better whites out there.

12-05-2008 23:39:26 | More by Vendetta
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magictrokini

California

2.58/5  rDev -12.5%

Pours clear and bright orange-yellow with a decent white head. Nice wheaty and sweet aroma, but just a little thin. The taste is the same. Leans more on the American wheat side, but spiced. The carbonation is out of control. Its like drinking a shaken-up club soda. Not great, but also not bad.

12-04-2008 23:27:30 | More by magictrokini
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Tone

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev +6.1%

A clear golden color with a slight to average head. Little lacing and the head quickly disappears. Strong fruit smell with a noticeable coriander mixed with the cleanliness of a lager. The fruit flavor is lacking in the flavor and it is more or less a lager. A light beer with slight carbonation. Easy to drink but the fruit flavor is to weak.

11-30-2008 23:38:14 | More by Tone
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kimcgolf

Georgia

3.08/5  rDev +4.4%

Poured to a cloudy yellow with thin white head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Nose was essentially non-existent, except for a whiff of orange and bubblegum at the very outset. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, yet neither tangy nor spicy like I would expect, and the taste was bland. Not an overall bad drinking beer, but just dIdn't really do much for me in the way of a Belgian Witbier.

11-30-2008 17:20:04 | More by kimcgolf
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jujubeast6000

Texas

3.38/5  rDev +14.6%

Reviewed 11/14/2008 (Tap @ AB Brewery, St. Louis, MO):

Served freezing cold, and it was hard to taste anything. Waited to warm up a bit before tasting. Pours an orangish yellow color body, very opaque, can't see thorough. Has a big creamy white head, that is lasting. Spicy orangy aroma, with some wheat. Some hoppiness in the aroma too. Watery, creamy palate. Some orange flavor. Not a very strong flavor. Some sweet spiciness in the taste. Not too bad, actually. But it could use a little more flavor.

11-28-2008 15:19:13 | More by jujubeast6000
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Dogbrick

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -1.7%

Sample at Dave & Jacquie's in Defiance, MO. A-B continues their non-threatening foray into craft beer. Pours a lightly hazy yellow-gold color with a thin white head that diminishes quickly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Light spice and citrus in the nose. Light-bodied and effervescent with mild yeast, spice and citrus flavors. The finish is clean and fruity with a mild spice lingering. Nothing offensive or interesting going on here.

11-24-2008 18:50:35 | More by Dogbrick
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likethetaste

Virginia

4.33/5  rDev +46.8%

I picked up a six pack of this from a 7/11 store. Wow, was I surprised. I was a little wary after seeing it was made by AB but wow, this turned out to be a nice surprise. Pours a light lightly cloudy amber color. Has a nice head that stayed around longer than I thought it would. Tasted lightly of orange, mango, and corlander. I do not usualy like fruity tasting beers but this one was just right. It was very refreshing and really good. I have no problem buying another 6 pack of this surprisingly good beer.

11-24-2008 00:25:43 | More by likethetaste
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Dodo2step

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev +12.9%

P- Kokomos in Harrisburg as a six pack

A- a hazy yellow orange color with a head that rises minimally. Very carbonated and looks cloudy.

S- coriander, lemon and wheat. Floral hops round it out.

T- strong floral spices overpower the orange and lemon flavors. not too bad though.

M- citrusy and chewy. A decent feel but nothing to get excited about.

D- These are easy to pound back but the spices in the brew could hurt your stomach later. Not bad for a BMC brew.

11-23-2008 21:10:11 | More by Dodo2step
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JamesS

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev +12.9%

Pours a decent straw color with some good head and some nice lacing. It has a very nice scent, slight wheat with a nice citrus kick, even if it's not very strong. Nice taste, nothing spectacular, but a nice clean flavor with some nice spice (orange and coriander). It goes down very smoothly. Not the best, but not at all bad, probably one of ABs better craft offerings.

(On tap at Applebees, Morgantown, WV)

11-22-2008 21:36:00 | More by JamesS
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JMBSH

Colorado

2.4/5  rDev -18.6%

A - A hard pour gave me half a glass of head before I was half done pouring. I waited until the head shrank and saw that it left no lacing on the sides. A slightly cloudy yellow color.

S - During the pour a strong orange scent. Some spices noted as well but very subtle. The orange is in charge.

T - The orange comes right up front. I am trying to describe the spice taste but I just can't put my finger on it. No bitterness or hoppiness is detected.

M - Slick and easy to drink. A lot of carbonation in the mouth. The flavor is quick to leave my mouth. It doesn't seem to want to make any impression on me.

D - I can see maybe having one of these on a patio or on a hot day when you have a thirst. But the orange flavor just seems too much. It doesn't show any character. It just tastes flavored, if that makes any sense. Not something I would look for having again.

11-20-2008 03:09:28 | More by JMBSH
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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