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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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3,201 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,201
Reviews: 749
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 33
Gots: 469 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 12-04-2007

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.
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Photo of BilbosNuts
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy, pale, lemon yellow color. The small white head it did have reduced to a small ring very quickly. Small bubble streams come up from the bottom, making it appear a shade above stagnant.

S: Overall, the aroma is pretty mellow. Orange zest and wheat are the main players here with some spice notes, particularly coriander, coming through as well.

T: It has a strong wheat and orange peel taste up front. This is followed by a tart, almost lime-like sour finish that is nicely refreshing.

M: It is light bodied with just the right amount of carbonation to leave that slight tingle and refreshing crispness.

O: Coming from AB this isn't a bad offering. There are certainly better witbiers out there, but coming from a large brewer, this is a decent offering.

Photo of JustinMann
4.47/5  rDev +52%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

When the waitress delivered my Shock Top, I admit that my expectations were low because there was an orange slice on the glass (the nerve!). I've always kind of thought that you serve orange slices with fruity beverages with even fruiter names, not beer! At any rate, I decided to keep an open mind, and I'm glad I did.

The yellow-gold-colored beer had a light, frothy head and a mouthwatering aroma reminiscent of a fruit basket. When the first sip of brew hit my tongue, I immediately understood where this drink got its name. The flavor shocked my taste buds with orange, lemon, and lime. As I washed it down, I was left feeling refreshed. This Belgian-style wheat ale is low on the bitterness ("hoppiness") and has plenty of flavor to go around. The quaffable libation really hit the spot on a warm day.

I was surprised to find that Shock Top is brewed by Anheuser-Busch. I tend to overlook mega-breweries when I'm searching for a new great-tasting beer. I feel like they are all about production and not so interested in creating innovative, flavorful varieties of beer. Thank you, Anheuser-Busch, for making me drink my words. I'll be back for more.

Photo of Luigi
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy orange yellow color with a bubbly head that settles down fast to just very thin lace.

The aroma has what you would expect from the style. Some hints of orange and wheat mixed with some bread like yeast.

Flavor wise nothing exciting. Yet nothing bad. Just lemon/ orange peel spice, wheat malt, and yeast. over all just an average Witbier. Nothing offensive just average. But, it is very drinkable.

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours an opaque light golden color. Almost orange in color. A thin fizzy head that's gone in a few seconds.

S- Citrusy with a definite orange smell. Some spices and herbs I can't quite put my finger on, but they're there.

T- Light and crisp. An orange undertone throughout the drink. Fairly one dimensional, hardly any hops to be had. Not much out of the ordinary for a Witbier. When I think Belgian White, I think this and Blue Moon, and this does nothing to improve that stereotype.

M- Fair amount of carbonation. Pretty watery consistency. Could put back quite a few, and if it's hot out, quite a few more.

Overall, I like Shock Top, but there isn't a whole lot there. Not one I'd hunt down, but one that I'm perfectly content with drinking. I normally pair this or Blue Moon with wings and BBQ sauce, good flavor contrast.

Photo of SebD
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: It has a nice yellow/golden cloudy colour to it. It has a white head that dies down quite fast and has minimal lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of wheat and citrus, almost like orange juice.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a dominant citrusy/orange taste with a bit of lemon spices and wheat. Very light flavours.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a light balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with slightly bland flavours and aromas.

Photo of mocktm
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought a 12 pack of cans to take to the beach, it seemed appropriate enough...

Hazy light orange with a billowing white head that certainly doesn't seem to be interested in sticking around.

Aromas on this are tame, orange citrus and wheat, but no noticeable spice elements.

Tastes as muted as it smells, watery with faint orange and bread. Could be worse, but could also be much better.

Light bodied, watery and easy to chug down. I guess its perfect for my intended purposes, but not so much for the style, which I like to be spicier and more intricate.

Overall, an average macro version of a Belgian Witt, that's about it.

Photo of mattkoon
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

shock top isn't bad. I'd rather drink this than some watered down bud.it pura a cloud orange, similar to blue moon, looks like a wheat beer is supposed to look. The smell is nothing too special light citrus and malts, nothing outstanding. The flavor is slight citrus and "light beer." overall this could be a lot worse. It's not bad. The bar I drink at has it for 50 cents on tap on mondays. For that price I drink it up.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a slightly hazy light orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of coriander and orange peel is more pronounced then I had expected and quite nice. Taste is a refreshing mix with loads of orange peel notes with light wheat malt base. Body is light for style with good carbonation. Better then expected though malt base is too thin and watery and coriander is overshadowed by orange peel notes.

Photo of decimator
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ABV 5.2%. 473ml can poured into a pint glass.

A - Poured a cloudy gold colour with a big frothy head. Head lasted a few minutes and reduce to a bubbly ring. Minimal lacing.

S - Citrus and bread. Aroma is on the light side.

T - Light sweetness, some citrus sourness, a small spice kick and mild bitterness in the finish. Not bad but certainly light overall.

M - Medium-light carbonation, some tangy stickiness, body is a bit light, drying finish.

O - Easy to drink. It's not outstanding but it isn't a bad beer either. Average Witbier.

Photo of scottfrie
2.4/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into Portsmouth snifter.
A: Pours a cloudy glowing orange with a few fingers of very short lived bright white head that faded into a thin collar leaving almost lace.
S: Light notes of biscuit dough, coriander, and maybe a hint of citrus. Pretty light.
T: Sweet synthetic-like citrus, light coriander spice, and a ton of biscuit. Bland all around, but except for the overly sweet fake citrus, there’s nothing overly inoffensive.
M: Low but textured carbonation, medium-thick body, and a slick mouthfeel that’s a bit overly greasy.
O: Nothing worth getting excited over and the synthetic sweet is a bit distracting. There are worse beers out there, but I don’t ever really need to drink this again.

Photo of beep71
2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had never had this, so I bought a six to try out. Poured into a pint glass, it pours with a light head that disappears quickly. Has a pleasant light amber color. Taste is quite citrusy, which I'm not a fan of. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing. Overall, not bad, but not someting I would buy again. Not much more than a dressed-up macrobrew.

Photo of biboergosum
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a random grocery store grab whilst visiting Montana last month. "Shock Top Brewing Co." - sheesh.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale golden amber colour, with a few specks of swirling sediment, and one fat finger of wanly puffy and thinly foamy off-white head, which settles like a weak lawsuit, leaving very little in the way of liens, uh, I mean lace around the glass.

It smells of tame semi-sweet wheat grain, a bit of muddled sugary citrus (like a lemon, lime, and orange Slurpee), a dash of yeast, and kind of cloying coriander-tinted, yet faint earthy spices. The taste is doughy, lightly bready grain, a breakfast cereal wheatiness, poorly rendered, but still prevalent sweet coriander, and a soft lemon-lime creamy citrus character.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, barely a tickle to be had at times, the body medium-light in weight, a tad watery, and focus committee smooth, as usual, with a slight airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the not-quite-yet cooked bread and other lingering sweet and savoury notes holding court.

I think I actually like this better than Blue Moon, and by no extension at all, Rickard's White, but damned if I'm going to organize a comparative tasting. Anyways, this is enjoyable enough, I would imagine, if it were hot and sunny, and there were no better, preferably proper Pils-based option, but it sure as hell isn't right here, right now, so, my strictly clinical assessment is: not bad for the price, but like its craft beer wannabe ilk, not worth the dumbing down hit to one's soul.

Photo of Paincane
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Straw colored with thin white head dissipating quickly and leaving little lace.
S: Citrus dominated aroma with wheat.
T: Flavor follows aroma.
M: Light-bodied with active carbonation. Thin beer.
O: Enjoyable, drinkable and refreshing. A bit surprising that Anheuser-Busch brewed this.

Photo of scootny
2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The Bud of Witbiers. Not bad looking with and orange tinge to a cloudy gold brew. Sizable head recedes quickly. Smell is orangey with note of wheat malt, yeast, and spices. Taste is unimpressive. There seems to be orange flavoring as well as spices instead of the traditional citrus that comes from good brewing. Wheat malt is present and give it something to enjoy. Finish is crisp and dry with a light tartness. Feel is light and lightly carbonated. Not bad but I wont be looking for more of this. Blue moon is a much better macro Wit.

Photo of Siriusfisherman
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Serving Type: Bottle, well within best consumption date

Appearance: Cloudy with a heavy orange/gold tinge that becomes much more bold with brighter light showing through

Smell: The citrus is very up front, then immediately after follows the traditional smell that many of the mainstream white wheat ales (such as blue moon) exhibit.

Taste: As with the smell, the orange and citrus flavor is noticeable instantly, it is a very natural flavoring and is a nice precursor to the light wheaty and bready after effect. The citrus lingers momentarily and grows into tart right before it is gone leaving you with the other spices.

Mouthfeel: The beer has two very distinct flavor sequences as described above. In the first, the beer hits your tongue and settles into your mouth very smoothly, but as time grows on the carbonation gives the beer a frothy feel that lingers around even after you have finished drinking. This is most likely due to the lack of creaminess, which is this beers major downfall.

Comments: Overall this beer is very good, it falls short in a few areas, but it makes up for it with its unique flavor. I can see how up in the north someone would try it and not be convinced by its qualities. But if you were down in Houston, Texas with me experiencing temperatures consistently over 100 degrees, it sure is a great, refreshing wheat ale to have in your cooler. You can bash it in many places, but its drinkability and refreshing flavor make it a good bet for hot summer days.

Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours translucent Orange with an off white head that keeps fairly well and leaves decent lacing. Looks appealing for sure.

S - Smells of yeast, dough, and fresh oranges.

T - Fruitiness hits first with lots of orange juice, lemon rind and a slight tardiness. This is followed by a hefty yeasty presence in the form of bread dough. Just enough hops to add an evening bitterness that lingers along with the yeastiness.

M - This is on the lower end of the carbonation spectrum. It almost has a syrupy character which is the only possible downfall (if you can call it that) of this beer. It's pretty smooth and easy to drink.

O - this beer is nothing special, but I have to give it to AB on this one, it's simple, tasty, and easy to drink. It's a go-to at the Charlottesville Pavilion for Friday's After Five.

Photo of pBRale
2.86/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(From tasting notes on 8-21-11)

Appearance: Cloudy pale golden color with light fluffy white head that settles quickly leaving virtually no lacing behind.

Smell: Citrus, particularly orange, spices, perhaps a hint of hops.

Taste: Citrusy tastes, some spices, and wheat. Crisp finish that is refreshing on a hot summer day.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied brew that drinks smooth, is mildly carbonated, and is easy to slam a few.

Overall: A decent beer that is fairly light and quite drinkable, although there are many better summer beers out there.

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light hazy yellow with 1/2" of foamy head that fades after a little to a nice lacing. Smells of yeast and mild coriander. The flavors are all rather faint; orange peels and coriander with mild yeast tones. Mouthfeel is very light and frothy; drinkable and refreshing.

Not huge on flavor but it does quench your thirst.

Photo of shand
3.42/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Roommate brought home something else I probably wouldn't bother reviewing. I've had it on tap a few times beforehand for an absolute lack of other options. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

The appearance on this one is quite nice. It pours a nice, hazy white-orange color with a full, bone-white head. The aroma is a bit off, I get wheat, spices, citrus, and a bit of an off twang that smells just a bit like hot vomit. Come to think of it, it's actually the same off scent I get from Blue Moon! It makes a pretty good reason to throw the citrus wedge on the edge of the glass, that way you can't actually smell the beer. The taste here is very heavy on citrus, with just a little bit of wheat and spicing peeking it's way through. Very refreshing, but really only hits one dimension. Blue Moon's just a bit better when it comes to mass-market, citrus forward wits, but this is still quaffable.

The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, a little bit more thickness would benefit the citrus tastes, the thinness here just feels a little unnatural. The drinkability is quite good, these make quite the good summer pounder, I have to admit that. Overall, a very passable brew. It's nothing jaw-dropping, but can be found for a decent price, is highly drinkable, and can now be found in cans.

Photo of gskitt
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Went into tasting shock top with open taste buds and still was surprised. Not all that impressive to look at in a glass, slightly hazy, head doesn't last. Little stick or lacing. Scent is only slightly reminiscent of wheat, some citrus. Taste is of grain, just sweet enough to want more. A bit of citrus and wheat. Little if any hops. Mouthfeel is neutral. This beer is a nice drinkable beer and may "shock" some people. Sorry about that. Got carried away. No game changers here but a solid drinking summer beer.

Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

While I found this inoffensive, I also found it undrinkable. Lots of white foam on top of the light coloured body. Neutral aroma. Middling though aggressive carbonation. Something orange in the background. In the style, but nothing tasty.A bit of a gateway beer.

Photo of jondeelee
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Michelob/Anheuser-Busch is not a brewer I normally associate with flavorful beverages, so it came as a surprise when someone handed me a Shock Top at a party and I found myself wanting a second. With a strong nose bearing intense citrus aromas--mainly orange, with hints of lemon--and coriander, this Witbier immediately ranks higher than anything else Michelob has put out.

On the tongue, the brew is hugely sugary and citrusy, orange again outranking everything else, but joined by hints of lemon and lime, coriander, and Grape Nuts-flavored malts. These flavors last well into the aftertaste, with little change. However, while the beer is quite flavorful--perfect beach fare, in fact--it's obvious that Michelob made up for small amounts of malts and hops through the addition of pounds and pounds of orange, lemon and lime peels to the tanks.

For discerning (picky) palates, this will be equivalent to covering a third-rate cut of meat with extra salt and black pepper--i.e. an obvious band-aid solution. I have no doubt, however, that many will think this beer delicious. I certainly think it's the tastiest beer Michelob has ever put out, and will reach for it again on my next camping trip.

Photo of Siggy125
3.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass.

Mirky straw amber in color with two fingers of bright white head, dissipated quickly.Weak carbonation, no lacing

Yeasty malts, and smells of citrusy furniture polish. Appealing if you're into this style. No hop presence.

Orange presence was more detectable on the nose, more faint on the taste. Malted yeast flavors that are more pronounced and less enjoyble as it warms.

Light body and low carbonation, decent drinker on a hot day.

Overall- not overly impressed. However, I would recommend this to someone that is starting to venture away from BMC and experiment.

Photo of cagocubs
3.22/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into glass

A: Pours a light amber with slight haze. 1 finger head minimizes to small cap and slightly laces the glass but does not leave sticky gum.

S: A nose full of orange and spice prevail. A little wheat.

T: The wheat, orange, and spice are sensed. The flavor is good, but is played out halfway through the drink.

M: Creamy with good mouth coating. Aftertaste of wheat is good. Downfall: Over carbonated.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A single tallboy can picked up from the LCBO; there were displays of these all over and it's pretty obvious they were trying to clear some stock. Still, I am always down for a new witbier.

Pours a cloudy golden-orange colour with a finger of puffy head that is gone within a minute. A decent collar and cap are left behind. Doesn't look too heavily carbonated. Smell reminds me of Minute Maid, with some wheat and spices thrown in. Seems a little artificial somehow.

Wheat, yeast, and some lemon/lime/orange zest are basically the only flavours. A bit of coriander spiciness in the finish, but not much aftertaste. Thin bodied with high carbonation; this is as easy to throw back as any cheap lager.

A pretty lame witbier. Drinkable without much else going for it; a decent lawnmower brew. Not disgusting, just not really worth going out of your way for. I can't think of any compelling reason to get this again, especially when Hoegaarden is almost everywhere.

Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 3,201 ratings.