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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
69
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2,912 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 2,912
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 266 | 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 BeaBeerWife
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Probably my highest rated beer from Anheuser-Busch, Inc.

But, what? No comments about why they made this beer? No posts about how this is a direct rip-off from Bell's Oberon? (not just Blue Moon)

They are probably out there, I just haven't seen them. But it is a blatant attempt from one of the macrobreweries to attempt to steal back some market share and try to get their grubby corporate hands into the craft market. They are the suck.

Pours smooth, decent head, nice color for an overfiltered-macro-wit, I assume they are using real wheat and avoiding rice. Coriander, orange peel are there... but lends like an added powder or artificial syrup.

BeaBeerWife, May 28, 2008
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.25/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: A thin light head crowned the glass supporting a little cloudy orange appearance like a fuzzy navel.

S: Light smells of spicey orange with summer hay.

T: A very strong wheat beer taste with good citrus notes and a slightly bitter aftertaste.

M/D: Light and bubbly, it was not grainy nor heavy which made it very good to drink and something that I would highly recommend.

Kemmerlin, May 28, 2008
Photo of albern
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at the Bay and Main in Greenport, only because the server had no clue when I asked which brewery this beer came from. It is one of the better A-B products, although that's not saying much. What you'll get is a very mild, inoffensive, middle of the road, innocuous Belgian Wit that won't offend, but won't challenge anyone's tastes either. It certainly looks good, it has the orangy yellow haze, white foamy head, lacing, and retention. The aroma is slight and it has the floral characteristics of the style, albeit toned down. The taste is similar in that you'll get the orange rind, coriander, floral citrus, perhaps a touch of pineapple. You won't get much clove, spice or anything else that would make this memorable. It is refreshing, easy to drink, and also forgettable.

albern, May 26, 2008
Photo of BryanCarey
2.2/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Shock Top Belgian White pours to a yellowish/gold color with a good deal of bubbling action, very little foam, a cloudy body, and no lacing at all. There is very little aroma, with only a slight indication of citrus and spice.

This beer offers flavors of wheat, citrus, yeast, coriander, and other spices. The citrus tastes include orange, lemon, and lime. There is even a hint of banana in the taste, ending with a slight taste of coriander.

Shock Top Belgian White is an obvious attempt by Anheuser- Busch to compete with Blue Moon Belgian White. But it doesn't quite measure up and the reason is that Shock Top Belgian White is too tame, too timid to compete with the big orange and coriander flavors offered by Blue Moon Belgian White. It also has a certain artificial character to its taste, similar to the artificial flavoring found in certain fruity soft drinks. Anheuser- Busch makes this beer using real lime, orange, and lemon peel, but the fruit flavor still seems off base.

If you want a great tasting Belgian White brew, Shock Top Belgian White isn't the answer. It isn't terrible, but it fails to impress and its flavor will frustrate most who sample it. There are tastier witbiers that cost less and taste better.

BryanCarey, May 25, 2008
Photo of berserker256
3.43/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I like that the Anheuser-Busch fancy beers taste similar to more expensive counterparts. I think other Belgian Whites are better than this beer but this is good beer for the money. It's got a hazy and cloudy yellow-orange hue and not much head. It smells earthy and spiced like orange peels. Has a decent taste. I detect orange peel bitterness and a kind of spiced flavor. Maybe clove? The label says coriander... Maybe that's what I'm picking up on. It's got a nice constistancy and texture and the right amount of carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

berserker256, May 22, 2008
Photo of BucBasil
2.83/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Served on tap at the Green Iguana in Tampa. The beer is a very (almost unnaturally) bright and cloudy orange color. Nothing really more to it. Head reached about a finger thick, and dissipated quickly.

Smell: Faint tinge of citrus. Sweet yeasty undertone.

Taste: Is this beer sweetened? This was sickly orange flavored... very sweet and cloying. After that intrusion, there was some spice and a soapy note.

I didn't like this much at all. I appreciate that AB is trying to put out different stuff, but this seemd like it was trying too hard to be Blue Moon with the orange already in it.

BucBasil, May 22, 2008
Photo of hops4me
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Straw in color. Not quite as "white" as some of the others I have tried. Solid white head follows the liquid down. Not too much in the way of lacing. Slight lemony smell. Maybe a little bit of a yeasty smell as well. Taste is spicy and citrusy...just as you would expect. A slight bready yeast flavor in there as well. CO2 prickles with the light body being refreshing. Not a bad effort at all for AB. I got it for $6.79 at Food Lion so I guess that isn't a bad price when compared to others. I would buy again.

hops4me, May 21, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a typical wit, cloudy yellow with fairly large white head. Don't notice any yeasties.

Smell? where is it? Just a metalic tinge in there.

Decent taste, nothing jumps out though. Some clove and orange are noticeable along with wheat. Mouthfeel pretty average.

Not bad drinkability, but there are just so many more wits out there.

EDIT: I did not realize this was an AB product, not bad for them, beats the hell out of Natty.

Hojaminbag, May 19, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moderate head but it leaves no lace. Milky straw color with lots of chunky yeasty beasties.

Very low aroma profile--none of the usual wheat, citrus or yeast smells are present. Nothing wrong but nothing there either.

The flavor is huge improvement to the smell. Not rich in taste, but has the presence of a typical wit.

This is drinkable, but very mild. If you can get by the clumps of yeast, you may find this to be an innocent wheat beer.

smcolw, May 18, 2008
Photo of bort11
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tall Hobgoblin shaker pint. Tall fluffy off white head, though no real lacing. Color is a hazy golden yellow with very active carbonation.

Smell is mildly citric and spicy. Taste is lightly orange and citric. Nice amount of coriander and orange zest spices.

Mouthfeel is very light with a creamy body from the carbonation. This is an OK beer and a lot better than I thought it would be.

bort11, May 16, 2008
Photo of tempest
3.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at a AAA baseball game. $5, not bad for a stadium.

Appeared a dark yellow with not head or lacing. So there's no complimentary foam and it's too dark. The aroma is of dry, spicy orange. The flavor has that same orange, with bland Belgian-like spice (corriander, pepper). The flavor and aroma aren't bad, certainly not normal for the style, but it's an overall agreeable experience. A real wit has more delicate spices with vanilla and mellow wheat. The body here is also surprisingly heavy, with a sort of medium strength. And the mouthfeel is a bit chaulky. Well... it's better than the vast majority of A-B's beers.

tempest, May 15, 2008
Photo of Bamabrew22
3.53/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got to try this over the weekend, out on the river. Nice, refreshing summertime beer. Poured a hazy-colored gold out of the 12 oz bottle with a wispy, thin head. Aroma was of banana and cloves, maybe berry as well. The taste was pretty good, soft dryness from the wheat with a nice fruity ester taste. Nice beer. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Definitely worth a try.

Bamabrew22, May 13, 2008
Photo of charlzm
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 05/10/08 at Brewfest 08, Barley's Casino & Brewing Company, Henderson, NV.

Cloudy yellow beer. One finger white head.

Aroma is dishsoap and oranges.

Generic American style wheat with almost no flavor. The slightest suggestion of a hint of an orange flavor. Some grassiness.

I wouldn't want any more than this sample.

charlzm, May 12, 2008
Photo of AlexJ
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy bright orange in color with a fluffy white head that quickly dissapates, leaving delicate lace. Way too orange looking.

Aroma is very mild wheat and subtle spice completely dominated by artificial orange. Smells like Tang.

Flavor ditto. Tastes like an artificially flavored Witte. There's no way the orange flavor is authentic.

Mouthfeel is actually nice and creamy with that good wheaty quality. Too bad it tastes like an orange soda.

AlexJ, May 08, 2008
Photo of beerindulger
1.05/5  rDev -64.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

OH MY GOD! What crap for beer especially trying to pawn itself of as a belgium white! Totally worthless tasted terrible! Bitter aftertaste! Couldn't even finish! Don't waste your money! Sorry Anhauser-Bush just stick to Bud, Bud Light, and Michelob!

beerindulger, May 08, 2008
Photo of cgstarry
3.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this at Cub foods after picking up and being relatively impressed by another A-B offering: Sun Dog.

Being a lover of wheat beers and Belgians in particluar, I was looking forward to a tangy and spicy experience. What I found is good, but not great. It is sort of like "Blue Moon Light". So if that's what you are looking for, this is the ticket.

Blue moon is my favorite mass produced beer but the downside is it is so strong. This brew sports all the right flavors without the ton of bricks coming down on me on a hot day.

Pours light straw color with light carbonation. Nice white head on top but it quickly dissolved. Some lace left after each draught.

The smell is of cirtus and grain. The taste reminds me of a half strength lemon drop with a little of that good beer flavor shining through. No bitterness at all really.

Overall I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style but does not want to quaff a full strength brew in the middle of a hot Summer day!

cgstarry, May 07, 2008
Photo of plaid75
3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light yeast esther and some traces of coriander.

The taste consisted a lightly chewy wheat malt and a bit of spice.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a servicable wit. Easy enough to drink.

plaid75, May 05, 2008
Photo of Taipans
3.85/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow, thin white head, minimal lacing.

S - Nice spicy notes, smells very complex

T - Bready notes fly out all over. Almost reminds me of sourdough dipped in fondue. Delicious!

M - Tingly, highly carbonated

D - Easily drinkable, smooth, spicey notes are not over powering

Wow... this is from AB? This has to be one of the best beers I have had from them. And as far as Hefe's go, this one is interesting and enjoyable!

Taipans, May 04, 2008
Photo of AbrahamRobert
4.33/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When this beer first came out, I bought myself a six pack, and wasn't overly impressed. It poured a nice deep gold color, with a decent finger of head, but the taste wasn't really up to par. But down at the local pub they had it on tap, so i decided to give it another go. It was, in my opinion, better on tap. And the fact that they served it with a few orange slices made it that much better.

I'd say this is a decent witbier, and a honorable attempt by Anhueser Busch at making a seasonal micro-brew.

AbrahamRobert, May 03, 2008
Photo of joshwlt
3.68/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If you want a wheatbeer in this category that is accessible (at least for me they are) and priced similarly to shock top but with a decent complexity try Tucher, Sam Adams seasonal white ale, or Sweetwater's hummer. If you want something more reminiscent of orange soda... go for this. It was more watery than most wheats I've had, has less prominent spice in it, fairly sweet (very little bitterness), and definitely has orange flavor in it. Mouthfeel: way thin despite the fact that it appears unfilitered its fairly watery but with plenty of carbonation.

joshwlt, May 01, 2008
Photo of IntriqKen
4.1/5  rDev +39%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with some golden notes. Impressive 2-1/2 finger dense white head that lasts a long time with some sticky lace...not real mapping, but lacing none-the-less.

Aroma is rich in oranges, corriander, and a light bready yeast smell.

Taste is true to form with slightly sweet wheat malt surrounded with orange and orange peel, spice, white pepper, and lemon.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry.
Very refreshing.

IntriqKen, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of jhu1995
2.08/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice cloudy, golden color with a nice head. Smell is a hint of spice and some slight fruitiness. Tasted like regular Bud except unflitered with some spices tossed in and some wheat substituted. Thught it could be drier, but could not get over the Bud taste. Was hoping a better attempt would be made.

jhu1995, Apr 26, 2008
Photo of Misfit138
3.8/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me a bottle of this to try, I never it had before.

A- Pretty average yellow fizzy beer, nothing exciting here.

S- The beer has a nice citrus aroma, I was actually impressed.

T- I think the beer taste pretty much like the style should, citrus and some wheat.

M- Very light, as expected. Fairly carbonated.

D- Not bad, I wouldn't go out of my way to get this but considering who makes it and how easy it is to find its an ok choice.

Misfit138, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of jwc215
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Born on" 06 Jan 08:

Pours hazy/clouded lemon-drop yellow with a thin white head that slowly thins to a patch. Minimal vanishing lace sticks.

The smel is of orange and lemon zest, bready yeast, wheat tang, coriander. Although pretty mild, all the components are there, and do a nice aromatic job.

What happened? The taste is much thinner than the aroma. So much so that a pinch of water and alcohol come through. Sweet, but balanced, the taste follows the characteristics in the nose, but I had to search for it. For those not contemplating the beer, they could easily be missed. Nothing is off, just very mild.

Light-bodied and crisp, it could use more creaminess/body, but it's not watery or fizzy despite the thinness.

A heat-beater for sure. Not bad, but falls short compared to others of the style because of its thinnness.

jwc215, Apr 25, 2008
Photo of Portertime
2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another boring summer brew from Anheuser-Busch. I expected disappointment and I got it. Poured a very cloudy light gold color. Smelled faintly of orange and very little malt. Tasted very thin with barely detectable citrus and hardly the complexity of a good witbier. I just tried this one for the sake of trying it.

Portertime, Apr 23, 2008
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 2,912 ratings.