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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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3,130 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,130
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 20
Gots: 369 | 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 json83
2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is the typical wheat. You can barely taste any of the spice but it is still noticable.

There is nothing special or unique about this beer. I really don't have much more to say except I would probably prefer something differant. For instance a Samuel Adams Cherry Wheat.

Photo of jsprain1
2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- Hazy golden, thick white head disappates down to about a finger. Lively visible carbonation.
S- I'm not getting much more than wheat. There is a slight bit of spice, but really it's just mostly wheat.
T- Pale malts, some of that distinctive tanginess from the wheat. There is just a bit of spice character to it. Not really getting the advertised citrus.
M- A bit light on the body, and a bit too crisp of carbonation. Not fizzy but it almost is there.
O- Just not that good. This might be AB's answer to Blue Moon but I don't think it is as good or will get the same public recognition.
Edit 4/6/11: I'm also picking up some apple flavors in there this time, but it doesn't add enough to merit it additional pointage.

Photo of puboflyons
2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 26, 2011. It pours a cloudy olive-yellow with a thin head and good carbonation. The aroma is typical for a witbier but less pronounced with its subtle malts, wheat notes and lemon zest. The body is slick and creamy. Limited to no spices in the taste but a bit better in the wheat department.

Photo of Bogforce
2.38/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy yellow color, head just goes away instantly

S: Pinesol? Skunked lemons? Doesn't smell appealing at all

T: Just get a lemon bite, that mostly it. I get a small herbal note which is the only thing that made this above a one rating

M: Smooth crisp, leaves nothing really

D: Very drinkable, good for a summer day. But tastewise there is much better out

Photo of wallaceandvomit
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a- typical cloudy orange appearance with a little bit of residue at the bottom
s- smells like orange and lemon and a little sweet malt
t- mostly citrus taste with a little wheat flavor, dont really get any coriander
m- medium thin, cloudy
d- its not not a bad beer but not a great one either, better beers for the price

Photo of Doomcifer
1.43/5  rDev -51.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - Light orange, cloudy...decent head that fizzles out shortly.

S - Spices, subtle pepper, cereal grain, subtle orange but kinda funky and off putting.

T - I guess you could say it's tangy, slightly sour, more subtle orange peel, not digging this at all.

M - Watered down, kinda dry, bad aftertaste.

D - It took all of me to finish this.

Photo of JMad
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12 oz bottle into a tall pint glass...

The beer was a murky, dark yellow color with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. There was some sediment in the glass. The smell is very faint, I only noticed small traces of orange and wheat. Taste is similar, orange, wheat, lemon and a bready citrusy aftertaste. The beer is very light and the carbonation is low. This was a pretty forgetable beer.

Photo of SuperSpy
2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A - The beer pours a cloudy golden color with a moderately thick white head. The head retention isn't all that great for a witbier but it's acceptable.

S - The aroma is a bready yeast smell with a faint amount of peppery spices. None of the orange peel, lemon peel or coriander that one expects from a witbier.

T/M - Light, crisp, and almost spritzer like in its carbonation. The initial flavor is a little sweet. There are flavors of wheat, a very faint hint of bitter orange peel, and a very subdued earthy and peppery spice flavor. The earthiness follows through to the end but it has grainy finish, that I suspect comes from the wheat. It has the tiniest hints of what a witbier should have, but the overall flavor is a bit too grainy and leaves an aftertaste that is not enjoyable at all.

D - This beer is ok. It has many characteristics that would be great on a hot day after mowing the grass. However, the beer could be much more flavorful, memorable and refreshing, if it had more of the traditional citrusy and spicy witbier characteristics.

Photo of JohnnyS17
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Tasted from a Pilsner glass, which surprised me, but that's what their website recommends.

A - Golden yellow and cloudy like any other witbier. About an inch of head that dissipated to about a finger thick.

S - Strong hits of orange and wheat/yeast. I imagine that is what they are going for since both are depicting on the bottle. The aroma is not as strong as most witbier's usually are.

T - Slight orange taste with some wheat. Sweet and bready as well, but dull relative to other witbiers.

M - Crisp and carbonated. Very light body.

D- Very drinkable, especially on a summer day. I could easily kick back a few of these and be off to a nice evening.

Photo of Reagan1984
3.73/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at Sunday River in Maine. Figured it was a good time to try this as the tap list was a little weak. A 1/4 inch of head fades immediately. Cloudy straw/light amber color.

Aroma was actually unpleasant. The wheat/yeast aroma was a little like a stinky cheese. The beer clearly isn't bad and tasted fine. Just not a fan of the aroma.

Pretty darn fruity with a nice wheat bready flavor. Reminds me of children's aspirin with the slightly artificial orange flavor. But I like that taste so that's not all that bad. Slight bitterness lingers at the end.

Very effervescent carbonation and mouth feel. Very light body.

Truth be told, not bad. Just not very complex. I could drink 4 of these like water. Drinkable - yes... Exciting... No

Photo of kojevergas
2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught into pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO, at a bar called Swingers, in December 2010. (I'm drinking it in the proper season, I suppose).

A: Blonde-orange colour. Hazy. Thin head of poor retention.

Sm: Orange, barley, citrus. Nice for what it is, and much better than Blue Moon.

T: Coarse open to body of light citrus and clean barley. Finish is inconclusive, inviting another sip.

Mf: Surprisingly coarse for the style. Coarse at the climax.

Dr: I'd have it again at this price, especially if I was just drinking casually. Don't serve it with an orange in it, lads. A beer is meant to be experienced as it is created. I have to admit, my expectations were low, but this may be the best AB brewed beer I've had (because that statement is saying a lot...psh).

Photo of DCon
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this Belgian White at Carmody's in Ellisville, MO. Served into a pilsner glass and also an orange slice on the edge.

Appearance- Orange and cloudy with a 1/4 finger of head.

Smell- A great amount of wheat and an orange, citrus (and not from the orange on the rim of the glass).

Taste- Wheat taste with sour added in. Not sure what ingredient makes this taste but I came out with this observation after many times of having this beer.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied with almost no carbonation. Nothing sparked my taste buds except for the orange after effects, but it was because of the fruit inside.

Drinkability- It is an average beer to drink but only enjoyed one today. Some days are better than others as far as freshness with this beer. Always ask for an orange with it to finish the last 6-8 ounces after reviewing.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours to a frothy white head with fine bubbles and a cloudy gold color. Aroma is a pleasant mix of orange, spice (peppery, lemony coriander no doubt) and wheat. Flavor is on the weak side but acceptable for style: orange notes with coriander finish, nice creamy wheat flavor and residual sweetness to offset the spice and citrus. Good mouthfeel and an overall decent offering from AB.

Photo of scottmbolt
4.05/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Anheuser-Busch's answer to Blue Moon. The problem with reviewing this beer is that I found myself constantly comparing it to BM, because they are so close in nature. However, this beer presently surprised me. It has a nice touch of sweetness, but not too much - which makes it well balanced. Maybe a hint of bitterness would make it an even better choice, but then again, it is a Anheuser-Busch brew. The color is very nice - a pale orange that reminds you of the summer months. It smells exactly like a Blue Moon, but it has a distinct difference in taste.

Overall, like some others have said, if I had the choice between the usual American brews at a bar/restaurant and this one, and no other micro-brews were available, this would be my choice.

Photo of G2Brew
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked this bottle up at the Jacksonville Budweiser Brewery yesterday. No date, but I was told it's less than a week old. Poured into a chilled pilsner glass.

A - Pale orange/gold and quite cloudy, as you'd expect for the style. Nice foam - about a half to three quarters of an inch - very white, long lasting with good lace.

S - Very nice aroma. At face value, it is a very pleasant, clean, and citrusy. Some orange, but not nearly as much as I was expecting. Some wheat malt present, and unidentified spices (coriander maybe?) Very slight classic American hops aroma.

T - I was pleasantly surprised by the first taste impression. Less citrus/orange than expected, more wheat malt and those unidentified spices, but a nice, light tartness. A bit sweet. It was not what I expected, but I enjoyed it. I don't care for the complete lack of bitterness, though. Some noble hops, not at all assertive, but that's not out of the norm. But then, this is not a typical witbier - sort of a witbier for the masses.

M - Medium bodied, light carbonation. Good. This is a decent, if not a great beer.

D - This is a drinkable beer, though not a great example of a witbier if you are a fan of the style. Personally, I'd like a little more tartness, and a lot more hops. I will buy it again, because the flavor/price ratio is very good, and if I want to put some beers out for friends, this is a good one to have in the cooler.

Photo of beerlove82
2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Orange honey like cloudy appearance. Poured into a weizen glass and developed an inch head of bright white fine foam that dissipated in about two minutes.

S: Some spices, not sure what, with a suddle hint of orange.

T: Has a bitter start with a tangy middle and sour aftertaste. A hint of orange, not much considering theres an orange on the label. Nothing jumps out at me with this one.

M: Sorta watery, medium carbonation., bittery dry feel.

D: drain beer. Not impressed

Photo of tzieser
2.53/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: typical cloudy golden color with a fluffy head. not bad

S: very citrusy aroma. tons of orange peel with notes of grain (oats) and a hint of spiciness. not appealing at all for a wit. too much citrus.

T: again, very citrusy. too much damn citrus. lack of balance. malt is there but not complex and spices were an afterthought. booo!

M&D: ok mouthfeel; decent drinkability thanks to the watery flavor.

Not as awful as i thought but it still sucks. I'll take a Hoegaarden, Harpoon UFO White or even a Blue Moon before this. Thank god it was a gift.

Photo of chefelf
3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

As far as American versions of Belgian beer go I think I may prefer Blue Moon to this one. That being said this one is not bad considering the words "Anheuser-Busch" appear on the label. I wouldn't rush out to get this one again but if it were a choice between Coors Lite, Budweiser, or Heineken at a restaurant I would lean toward this one.

I was surprised by how foamy it was. The foam more closely resembled latte foam than any beer I've ever had. It had the characteristic opaque visual of an unfiltered beer. At first I thought this was a trick of the light because I didn't think Michelob did that sort of thing. But, apparently, it is unfiltered.

The world is changing.

Photo of MikeRa
4.45/5  rDev +51.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had in a bottle

A: This beer has a cloudy pale golden color with a 1" head that laces the glass

S: This beer has a nice wheat and citrus smell

T: You can taste the Orange and coriander in this beer

M: This beer goes down real smooth

D: This is a witbier that I will drink again.

Photo of echoes
3.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a glass.

A: Pours a very cloudy pale gold in color with a very stubborn white, thick head. Leaves noticeable lacing. Looks very appealing/enticing.

S: Wheat, citrus and spices. Smells pleasantly clean & flesh.

T: Same as smell. Citrus stands out although the flavors blend together well. Can definitely make out the coriander also.

M: Medium-bodied, perhaps a bit coarse. No carbonation or burn, as a previous reviewer said. Feels great.

D: Drinkability is high in terms of it not being too strong or off-putting and also the fact that the flavor is pleasant enough.

Fits the style well, not much else to say. I've had it on tap too and I think it was better on tap. Quite surprising for an A-B beer considering it's actually good. Give it a try.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at hooters a week ago, i just ordered it really for the sake of having a beer, served in a frosted mug, ehh.

pour is very light with a touch of hazy that clear quick and a cap of white foam that did not stick around long either. aroma is light citrus, loads of grain and a touch of grass. not what i was looking for and not in a good way at all. light peach flavor out of no where then whisked away with the fake orange flavor again and the over the top artifical flavoring. light body was hardly even there and overall i was just soo underwhelmed i dont know where to begin.

not again, i will not do this to myself again.

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

Head started off good at two fingers, but didn't last long. No lace. Color is a 6 on the SRM beer color chart and the beer is quite hazy. Smell of honey, malt and citrus. Taste is sort of bland, some wheat and malt taste, a little bit of spice come in after the initial flavor is gone. Has a mellow mouthfeel, not enough to call creamy, but better than water. I would not go out and buy this to drink, but I would not turn it down if it was in a selection to drink at a party.

Photo of JT2875
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pale orange but it looks pretty decent overall.

S: Citrus. Both lemon, orange, and some hops as well.

T: Citrus (lemons/Orange) and not much else.

M: Not dry, little carbonation. Pretty good.

Drinkability: I find it OK. Something that I wouldn't turn away

Overall: It's a beer targeted to the masses and for what I think Michelob is trying to accomplish they did a good job.

Photo of VietPong
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shock Top is another deceivingly American beer. Seems foreign, but it's nothing special, just another Bud product. It's really good for a cheaper beer, and it has a crisp wheat taste. Worth a try, but it get's a little boring and it's not a beer you can have a full six pack of in one sitting

Photo of richkrull
3.98/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had seen this beer a few times before, but tried it for the first time yesterday. I really enjoyed it. Very crisp refreshing taste with little to no aftertaste. Seems like this would be a great summertime beer. I'll definitely be looking for it in a few months.

Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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