Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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3,133 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,133
Reviews: 720
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 21
Gots: 373 | FT: 0
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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 cokes
3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Muddy, clouded, mustard colored with a short, fading rise of ashy foam.
Mushy, wheat nose, with a backdrop of Froot Loops. In other words, cereal graininess and forced citrus flavors.
Soft and wheaty as it hits the tongue. For a moment, it seems to reside in the American Wheat category. Citric elements gradually seep in. Now we are back to Froot Loops territory. Sweetish orange, lemon, and lime notions. And they don't seems particularly..uh..authentic, but I'm a sucker for Toucan Sam. A touch of pepper helps offset the sweetness, as does some (slight) powdery, floral hoppiness.
Medium-light bodied, given a bit of fluffiness with its perky CO2...though it fizzles out somewhat quickly.
This won't be mistaken for a classic witbier. There is not much finesse here, but its not the worst entry in the crossover beer realm.
I almost, sorta, kinda, like it a bit...but I'm hoping there's a prize at the bottom.

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

Okay, so here this beer has finally made it to Germany (purchased on US base).

Pours pretty good with a nice fluffy white head, which fades into thin lacing. The body is clowdy and tannish gold in color.

The aroma is pretty much orangish in nature, as well as the taste.

Decent offering from one of the big boys, comparable to Blue Moon.

Photo of roddwolff
3.93/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I tasted this beer on a rainy afternoon of september 2009.

A: Cloudy yellow, not filtered, some pulp is seen at the bottom of the bottle, the head of foam is thin, like a white collar, i like the logo;

S: Some orange peel and wheat essences, maybe mango too;

T: Orange peel, lemon and wheat, some malt at the end;

M: Refreshing and citrus, slight bitterness and robust body;

D: I haven't drink many beers from michelob, but this one is very good!.

Photo of Squelch
3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Orange colored with a fast dissipating off white head. Very cloudy.

Smell: Smells complex Can smell the Belgian funkiness.

Taste: bland. Sweet. No complexity here. No hops. blah

Mouthfeel: Highly carbed. Pretty nice.

Drinkability: Very drinkable beer, kinda like water...

Photo of Mosstrooper
2.13/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into half-liter Pilsner Urquell branded pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy golden-orange color with a small, quickly dissipating white head that leaves a bit of lace behind.

Smell: Smells HEAVILY of citrus. By heavily, I mean that this smells like kitchen cleaner with added wheat.

Taste: Tastes heavily of citrus- lemon, lime, and orange with a hint of wheat at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thin, with a bit too much carbonation. Refreshing.

Drinkability: If I wanted lemonade, then I would have bought that.

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

This is a pretty standard Belgian White brewed on this side of the Atlantic. Crisp spiciness to the smell with some citrusy and bready notes. Taste is spicy, orangey, cerealy. Mouthfeel is nice and thick and juicy. Drinkability is fine as well. I'd put this a little higher on the list of bw's I've tried actually.

Photo of badmoonrison
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good orange taste. The blend is nice in the mouth, with orange hitting you first then some more subtle spices coming in next. It's very drinkable and I could see myself definitely bringing a six of this to a party... got this off of a sample pack, wish I had more than one beer to sample.

Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell has some hints of citrus and spices. Taste is flavorful and refreshing. Good balance of spices and citrus. Medium bodied in the mouth and goes down very easily. Overall this is a quality brew.

Photo of smallbatchbrewer
2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a golden yellow, and has a slightly murky quality. I assume this is to convince me that the beer isn't filtered. Im not sure the stats on this beer as far as the quality of yeast, but it's not owning up to its category

S- Shock Top presents very citrusy, somehow reminds me of 'fruity pebbles' in a way but lighter

T- The instant citrus is easily noticeable as orange. It kind of gets in the way of any other flavors. Seems to finish rather tart.

M- Pretty smooth, very low carbonation

D- Eh, it wouldn't be my first choice, I have had this on tap before at a sports bar, again, eh

Photo of vicg12
4.05/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very good beer, enjoyed alot. Good job Anheuser Busch, for a change. Simular to Sunset wheat but less fruity and jsut all around better, waves above blue moon, and very simular to Longboard. Hopefully this will mean better, higher quality beers to come from Anheuser Busch. Time will tell.

Appearance - Golden and cloudy some what,inviting with a low carbonation.

Smell - citrus and slightly flowery

Taste - again citrus and easyly tell it's a wheat beer.

Mouthfeel - slighty thin and on the light side, not watery though and has lots of flavor.

Drinkability - high drinkability, can suck theese down all day.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.83/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- Pours a light golden color that is cloudy due to the yeast. There is some moderate lacing that sticks to the side of my glass. I can't tell what the carbonation looks like due to the haze.

S- There is a wonderful blended citrus aroma. Not only is the expected orange zest there, but I also smell some lime and maybe some lemon as well. This has a unique slight woodsy smell, but that could also be the coriander I detect. Sweet malts in the backround and no sign of hop bitterness. Works for me in this style!

T- The orange noted in the aroma hits very hard up front, and there is also a very smooth bread/yeasty flavor involved as well. I don't really taste the other citrus fruit that I detected either. The finish is alright, if not uninspiring....just kind of bland is all.

M- Well this is definitely a smooth, low carbonation beer, which works well with me. It reminds me of drinking a watered down orange spritzer, so that means the body is on the lighter side. Nothing noteworthy, but not the worst out there.

D- While I could really drink this all evening, or on the patio on a hot summer day, I just don't feel that this is on the same level compared to the Hoegaardens' of the world. It's an attempt though and I wouldn't shy away from it due to it's easy drinking character.

Photo of wahhmaster
2.42/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a 0.5l Paulaner weizen glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color typical of most wheat beers. Head is thin and frothy. Head dissipates quickly leaving little noticeable lacing.

Smell: Smells like oranges (duh) with other citrus fruit notes too. Also has the distinct grassy smell found in most wheat beers.

Taste: Orange taste hits you hard up front pretty much masking whatever else is there. Besides that, tastes like a poorly done witbier.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery with way too much carbonation.

Drinkability: Not impressed. Definitely don't go out of your way to try this. You could do worse but you could also do a hell of a lot better.

Photo of OzarkElmo
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy dark yellow with moderate white head. Aroma of sweet citrus, spice and hint of malt. Refreshing on a hot summer day. Not up to par with other macro witbier wannabees, but much more pleasant than a pale adjunct lager. A decent session beer.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.48/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into a 300 mL weizen glass. The bottle and carrier say Shock Top is unfiltered, but it looks like it was passed through something. It's hazy at most. The color is orange-ish lemonade. Two fingers of head rose but dissipated quickly to leave a ring around the edge.

Smell: My first whiff was...soap. Bar soap. It's like an orange scented Irish Spring. Thankfully, it dies off to reveal a strong, sweet scent of cara cara oranges. Reminds me of Blue Moon, but not as good. No wheat or yeast.

Taste: No soap, thankfully, but it is surprisingly schpritzy, like mineral water. Lemon citrus and orange. Not much going on.

Drinkability: I won't be buying Shock Top again, but I'll have a heart since college football started: it's inoffensive and drinkable, which it is.

Photo of JMD
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy, peachy yellow color with small head that fades quickly.

S: Light wheat and citrus, some lemon grass and mandarin oranges. Faint hops

T: Light wheat flavor with hints of mandarin orange and fresh squeezed lemon. Finishes wtih a touch of bitterness.

M: Light bodied and too watery.

D: A pretty bland wit. Goes down and easy and it's unoffensive, but there are too many better wits to come back to this one.

Photo of MikeBrandman
3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Tasty looking yellow haze. 3 fingers of pure white head that quickly fade. Good lacing from the initial head, but not much more as it goes down.

S - Smell is weak. Very light citrus, so light I think I might even just be pretending it's there. Aside from that, smells to me like the standard BMC affair.

T - I've always felt like Shock Top tastes like a Blue Moon with a hint of orange juice added in. Not even a slice of orange like Blue Moon "recommends", but artificial, abrasive, Not hoppy, not spicy, nothing but citrus and alcohol.

MF - Again, feels artificial. The unfiltered aspect adds some nice texture to it, but again, nothing special. Can't compare it to much.

D - Very drinkable. I think that's what Bud was going for with this. Kinda bland, kinda weird feeling, but definitely sessionable.

Photo of oldpinecone
1.83/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass.

My dad brought this over being intrigued with the label and such thinking it would be a great brew...little did we know...

Pours a hazy copper with a nice 2 finger white head. Leaves nice lacing also.

Smell was really really sweet and citrusy. Not to much else going on. You could barely tell it was beer.

It tastes exactly like it smelled. Its the only beer Ive ever tasted that the smell was exactly like that taste in every way. It wasnt good.

Mouthfell was really watery and thats about it. Average carbonation.

Drinkability...more like grossability. Avoid.

Photo of kaseydad
1.8/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had this on tap at a SF Giants game. Had no clue what I was getting though I saw Belgian on the tap handle and went for it...big mistake.

I was handed a murky bronze beverage with a lingering white foamy head...all this for $8.25!!!

The only aroma I could smell was oranges. And a lot of them!

The taste reminded me of a mild Sunkist orange soda. Not "shocked" at all! A very high amount of carbonation was disturbing. It's almost hard to classify this as a beer.

I will say it was refreshing for the condition I was in though I would not seek this out...ever. Once I found out it was made by Anheuser-Busch when I got home, it all made sense.

Photo of dpodratsky3
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a apple juice like color with a two finger head that looks foamy. Quickly recedes to 1 finger then to nothing after a min or two.

S: Smells wheaty and yeasty, but very mild.

T: Again wheat flavor dominates up front then a mild hop sweetness with a huge taste of orange (and I didn't have one in my glass). A little too sweet for my liking. I'm guessing this is AB's answer to people who like a piece of fruit in their witbiers. Leaves behind a distinct aftertaste.

M: Slightly more viscous tasting than I expected, but medium bodied.

D: Very average. The strong fruitiness combined with the strong aftertaste makes me want to not finish the glass.

Notes: I had this on tap at the beach and I can definitely say it was better out of the bottle. For one it was colder and two I poured mine with a head unlike the bartender.

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

A- Hazy yellow with a bit of white head that fades quickly with minimal lacing.

S- Some orange, spice, clove, lemon. Not too bad actually.

T- A bit watery, some orange, lots of lemon, a hint of banana, some clove. Slight vegetal type flavor too that's off. Slight pepper kick from the wheat.

M- Medium body, coating. Somewhat dry on the finish.

D- High-ish because it's watery, but it's kind of a blah beer for me. Good for a summer day I guess.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden-orange color. The white head is frothy with uniform consistency, although it is somewhat short with average retention. Some irregular lacing.

S: Bready and wheaty malt aromas up front. Orange zest and lemon juice add a pleasant citric character while hints of coriander add some spice.

T: Fairly firm wheatiness initially, with some light breadlike notes. Citric flavors are again present - orange juice with a moderately tart lemony twist. Bitterness is low. A soft but recognizable coriander flavor also makes itself known. The flavor is simple and solid, just a bit more subdued than I'd prefer.

M: Slightly thin-bodied for the style. Carbonation is delicate and lends a decent creaminess. A somewhat dry finish. Refreshing.

D: Although my review of Blue Moon, having taken place during my BA infancy, probably doesn't reflect it, I feel that Shock Top holds up pretty well in comparison. I can't say for sure which I'd prefer. Obviously neither is a world beater - they're both macro interpretations of an already crowd-friendly style, but for a refreshing summer beer this works pretty well.

Photo of Darkhorse09
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - A little cloudy, gold color. White head that disappeared relativly quickly.

S - Obvious citrus (orange)and some vanilla aromas. Some coriander spice and wheat in the background.

T - Very heavy on the citrus. Ask the bartender to hold the fruit. Little to no spice. You really can't get past the orange flavor. Needs to be better balanced with the introduction of any bitter flavor at all. Also, very little wheat flavor.

M - Quite thick in the mouth, but not in a good way.

D - Decent. Would'nt really look forward to more than one of these.

A good effort for a macro brewers to try and make something resembling (if in looks alone) a low level witbier. If this is the best the bar your're at has, order it. Otherwise, steer clear.

Photo of trentley87
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours like a slightly more orange-tinted BMC offering. Smell is macro with some citrus on top. Taste = bud heavy with orange. Goes down smooth. Very drinkable if not flavorful. For some reason this tastes much better to me right out of the bottle (more hops and citrus) this one I just poured is pretty underwhelming.

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

Poured from the tap.

Hazy orange and lemon yellow with small white head.

Smells like citrus and orange peel.

Tastes about the same plus some coriander and vanilla like sweetness. The wheat comes through slightly at the end.

The mouthfeel is relatively thin and a bit bubbly.

Eh, so-so. Tastes very similar to Blue Moon to me, but the coriander is more pronounced. About the same in terms of quality. Not very bad but there are so many better witbiers out there.

Photo of ocelot2500
2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange gold with a decent white head. Enough lacing on the glass.

Smells of mostly an orange citrus note with not much spice. Some wheat can be found as well.

Tastes of mostly the sweet orange citrus taste. Again, it relies on the citrus and does not have any other flavors to round it out.

Mouthfeel is a decent medium body. Would want it to be a little more creamy.

This is fairly drinkable, but I would not want to buy this again.

Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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