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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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3,172 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,172
Reviews: 734
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 29
Gots: 423 | 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 kingcrowing
3.31/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a flute.

Pours a very clody amber golden color with no head bit a thin rim of foam. Nose is very belgian and fruity it's got some light spicy notes.

Taste is very dry and yeasty, it's got a light orange finish it's really fresh and dry. It's not bad but not very complex or flavrful.

Photo of proc
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours out to a slighty hazy, golden color in the glass. Faint yeast and citrus are present in the nose. The taste is mild, yet flavorful. Contradictory, but true. There is pronounced, but subdued, citrus flavor, that leads to a easy to drink beer. A good warm weather offering.

Photo of jester27lax
3.92/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I bought a 12er of the Shock Top because my wife likes Blue Moon and I wanted something different, but still something along the line of a Belgian white beer. Initially, I was impressed with the color and aroma. Very citrusy and the color looks delicious. Quite a nice shock on my first taste. A decent amount of citrus and great flavors. Even though this is an AB product, I'll be buying it again. Should be a great beer for after mowing the grass and doing outside work.

Photo of gmfessen
3.41/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into a weizen glass, Shock Top is a hazy, golden-white color with a nice foamy cap. The nose is sweet and citrusy with a touch of wheat earthiness. The taste follows suit with a slight spiciness that was not apparent in the nose and the citrusy character takes on a more tart, lemony note. The mouthfeel is a light medium body with a soapy carbonation and slightly drying due to the tart finish. Overall, not a bad beer and a decent try at a witbier for AB. This is definitely a warm weather beer, good for sipping on the lawn mower.

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

12 oz bottle into pint glass.

A: Poured a cloudy golden-orange, nice color. About a fingers worth of white head that dissipated pretty quickly, but leave a little bit of lacing behind.

S: Heavy on the wheat and citrus, not much else here.. But the overall feel to me is not bad.

T: A lot like the nose here... Wheat is pretty strong followed by a mid bodied citrus (Lemons & Orange peel). No hops here at all, just wheaty tartness.

M: Thin, and a little heavy on the carbonation, but refreshing.

D: You can drink a ton of these low ABV and pretty easy on the tastebuds. But average at best...

Hey at least Anheuser-Busch, Inc. is trying something a little different...

Photo of Jayli
2.56/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Acquired this from TheManiacalOne so a big THANK YOU goes out to him!

A: This beer pours a hazy golden color. 1/4 inch of white head that recedes immediately. No lacing to speak of on this one.

S: Nose is rather sweet, citrus comes through, I mean some serious orange peel is going on here. Perhaps a hint of wheat, but mostly of overwhelming artificial citrus.

T: Taste starts very light, some pale malts come in here, hint of yeast, hint of wheat and then the taste is overrun by a ridiculous artificial orange flavoring. Seriously, it tastes like the old orange fruit drinks that you got in the plastic bottles at camp.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp but thin on the tongue, though slightly prickly.

D: Goes down ok, not very tasty, the artificial flavoring is a tad much. I've had better of the style and would opt for something else.

Photo of elcapness17
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer can be simply defined as a Blue Moon knockoff.

Pour: This poured a very hazy mildly dark gold. The head quickly dissipated, and looked cheap. No lacing on the cup, since the head was gone within five minutes.

Aroma: Not great, but also not bad. With beers like this, you at least know what to expect- I mean the freaking cover has an orange on it. If you are looking for a citrusy beer, this is not a terrible brew. Very much dominated by the orange and lime notes.

Taste: Didn't like the taste too much, particularly the aftertaste. It wasn't bad, but I would just prefer a Blue Moon. The taste was dominated (like the smell) by orange and lime, but you could notice some coriander notes. Cheap taste, but very drinkable, which I suppose makes it 'refreshing'.

Overall, not a great brew, but a great party drink and something that would go well in the summer. You have to know what you're getting into when you buy this beer.

Photo of srrn
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Shock Top purs a bit fizzy, with a cloudy, yellowish amber. The beer smells of citrus, not much else. Taste is the same, a bit of lemony citrus, no grapefruit from hops or anything. Finish is dry and clean. Beer gets a bit to sweet as it warms, and way too soda like. Nothing offensive here, but not worth buying again.

Photo of MadElf25
3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

the look, smell and taste of this beer tends to just average, its not a beer you would sit back and go "wow this is awesome" but for what it is it's not bad, the beer goes down easy and is definetly perfect for a nice summer day when you want something refreshing. i suggest you drink it with out an orange cause it already has a citrus taste to it, and if u add the orange it will be overwhelming

Photo of CoffeenCamaros
3.97/5  rDev +35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Overall, not a terribly impressive beer. It is not what you would want to expect in a quality beer, and the color and some of the taste seems like it may be artificial.

But, on the other hand, it tastes good, and goes down real easy. It is citrusy, making it a great beer for a hot summer day.

Photo of jahilgen
2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I drink this at local minor league baseball and hockey games 24 oz. plastic glasses.

The beer appears too orange and too clear and consistent to give one any indication that it will taste like a Belgian white. Color appears artificial and left only the slightest head.

Smell is overly citrus and again appears artificial, almost candy-like.

Nothing really present or complex when you drink it, you can tell it has been flavored orange but it is not authentic and leaves the palate as soon as you sit the beer down. However it does not offend the palate and I do enjoy the beer at sporting events.

Overall nothing special but still better than typical sporting venue beer and is a nice selection for sporting events. My favorite at sporting venues in the Michigan area.

Photo of Walken
2.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aneheuser-Busch: Michelob, Shock Top Wheat (Coded freshness date) (Tasted 02/25/10)
12 oz. bottle, poured into a cervoise goblet.

Appearance: Hazy straw colored beer with some orange coming through. The fuzzy, bone white head dies down relatively quickly into a cap. Decent retention, moderate lace.
Odor: Malt throws a layer of soft, rich breadiness and tang from the wheat. Orange peel seems to dominate, no coriander to my nose. There's a strange richness coming from the malt, reminiscent of caramel.
Consistency: Light body, carbonation is on point for style but a tad high for my taste. Husky grain astringency and subdued spice affect the feel negatively.
Flavor: Lemony, tangy wheat, slightly doughy in back with orange peel, once again leading the charge. Non-descript phenolic spice comes out in the finish, that's about all she wrote.

Somewhere in the void between good and bad, this beer will undoubtedly continue to do well in the marketplace, but for my dollar, I'd choose many beers over it, any day of the week or time of year. For style, it's too refined in the spice department to really pique my fancy and the brash, tangy malt character means nothing without the sweetish, rich pils back that I crave. For all of it's faults, it is an extremely drinkable beer, just not what I'm looking for.

Photo of greywolf
1.5/5  rDev -49%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

this beer was giving to me by a fellow beer person.who knew that i was new to beer as new to good/bad beer..i am willing to try just becuase you never know,,,,
this beer is by far the worst beer i have had to date...it was way to sweet and just not my think,,out of repesect i will not bash this beer i will just say i its a beer i am glad i tried so i do not agian...as some else said its drinkability was ok at first but only gets worst...
i will not be trying this beer again.... but i am sure thier are many people who enjoy this beer,,,,its just not my thing

Photo of BigMike
2.26/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a goblet. Straw hazy yellow color with about three fingers of puffy white head that hangs around a little while.

Smell is spicy coriander and orange/lemon zest.

Taste like it smells. Spicy orange and yeast. It's not bad when in the mouth. The after taste is a bit grainy.

Mouthfeel is light and very carbonated.

The beer starts out ok but then it takes a turn and it's something i would drink. It's a better offering from AB then i thought it would be.

Photo of morebeergood
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was at Jillian's on Lansdowne St, and all they have on tap is Sam, Bud, Guinness, Stella, and Shock Top. I thought I'd try ST for the hell of it. Served in a plastic pint glass (nice) with a soggy orange slice. Looked pretty average. Smelled like floor cleaner, so that was a bit of a turn off. Tasted like a weak attempt at an orange flavored witbier. Again, nothing special. Mouthfeel was the worst aspect of this beer. It was way too sugary and sticky sweet on your palate. Bit of advice: don't let this beer warm up, it only tastes worse. This brew is drinkable, but I would not order it again. Luckily we left after I finished this one.

Photo of Mojoman8561
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

-L- Cloudy gold with a thin head

-S- Orange and Corriander.

-T- Pleasant floral blend of spices. Orange really cuts through nicely.

-F- Very ight in body. Not overbearing in the least

-D- Easy. Refreshing.

Despite my rating this is one of my favorite summer session beers. It's fun, it's easy, and I don't feel exhausted after having more than my share!!

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

On-Tap, poured into what must have been a 10 oz mug (I'll explain later).
Shock Top Belgian White is a cloudy witbier. Rimmed top, not a lot of foam/head. Couldn't really smell anything at first, but the mug was frozen. The look: Orange-hue White

Tastes like sweet citrus--sort of like Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy meets Blue Moon's Belgian White. It offers a tiny bit of lacing, nothing to brag about. Wheat tones dry the mouth while citrus refreshes & body (medium) rounds it all out. The citrus is probably an orange, either a navel or valencia.

My brew was served at what felt like 40 degrees F. As it warmed it smelled like a peeled orange 4-5 feet away.

Photo of vdread
2.97/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

not what i expected from Shock Top! though a bit more grainy and citrusy than i would care for, but not bad overall and at least it's similar to the style it is trying to achieve.

pours yellow with orange highlights. looks murky. the thin head is gone in a few seconds and leaves a few thin fimly spots.

smells and tastes of citrus and coriander, lots of wheat, cloves. off grains seem to taint the taste, and orange peel seems wierd to me.

well carbonated, easily drinkable.

there's not much else to say about this. it's a OK white, and one that has my macro drinking friends want to try the new and different beers that i bring by.

Photo of cdkrenz
3.82/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy, light orange haze for a body topped by a fast retreating pure white head.

S - There's a slight white wine aroma here that's actually inviting.

T - Citrus in the ending and through to the finish. The start is packed with sweet wheat flavor.

M - The texture is smooth and laid back. It goes down very well and even leaves a sticky finish.

~ I have to say thi beer is not bad by any means. I recommend it to those interested in trying a witbier brewed by one of the big boys.

Photo of wolfpack87
3.73/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Anheuser-Busch made a pretty solid attempt at a wheat beer. Probably not quite on the level as Blue Moon or Hoegaarden but still a tasty beer. Appearance is probably not quite as dark of an orange as Blue Moon, but still smells and tastes good. Drinkability is pretty good as well. Roughly the same price range as Blue Moon. If you like wheat beers, really can't go wrong with any that I've tried, and Shock Top is no different.

Photo of elgiacomo
2.38/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dec 23, 2009

12oz bottle, served cold. Pours light orange with a one-finger white head, retains a decent cap.

Aroma is citrus, orange especially.

Flavor is light citrus, key word: light. Rather watery. Makes me think of carbonated orange Gatorade or sugarless orange Kool-Aid.

Witbiers aren't a style I usually go for so I don't have much to compare it to. Pretty weak overall though, although I don't find it offensive. Would be nice on a summer day after some yard work, etc.

Photo of BlackBearForge
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shock Top pours a bright hazy golden yellow with a massive frothy white head that leaves some sticky lacing after the fall.

The aroma is fresh, full of soft lemony scents and grainy malts with a touch of spice.

Much like the aroma the flavor has a nice lemon zest - orange citrus tang with a soft wheat/malt background. Spice is present but very subdued, a bit of clove with perhaps a faint hint of pepper too. In fact the flavor is rather subdued in general.

Mouthfeel is light and on the thin/watery side. A bit more substance in the body would be appreciated and would still be light. Ample carbonation is soon lost however and doesn't lend the creaminess it should.

Shock Top is a refreshing non offending mild offering that I could see being quite popular in especially in the Summer. I would never turn one down if offered to me but I doubt I would be buying many. This six pack was a gift from a co-worker and I'm glad I've had the chance to try it. On a par with Blue Moon from what I remember of that beer.

Photo of Procrastinator
3.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown bottle with freshness date noted. Poured into goblet. I've had this beer a few times on different occassions.

Appearance: starts out very bright yellow, but is quickly subdued by the yeast at the bottom of the bottle. Murky yellow after pour with nice
two-finger head, which quickly turns into a cap of foam. Carbonation stays suspended under the top layer of foam.

Smell: citrus scents of lemon, lime and orange peels. Definite yeastiness and typical Belgian Wit spice of coriander.

Taste: flavors are rather gentle, but lemon and orange seem dominant. Spices of coriander, nutmeg and pepper with a yeasty zing.

Mouthfeel: carbonation is quite beneficial while the body is a bit watery.

Drinkability: very refreshing with gentle flavors and adequate carbonation. Summer quencher
and found at plenty of watering holes.

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

Bottle provided to me by a friend, poured into a budweiser pint glass.

A- Tangerine orange with two fingers of loose off white soapy foam that faded but left a lasting cap. Kind of cloudy looks good, no lace.

S- A bunch of artifical orange flavor with some coriander and light sweet malt. No hops in this, just fruity/citrusy with a small hay scent after warming.

T- Oranges and faint apricot although doesent taste like the real thing. Small spice and a dash of wheat, more citrus forward than wheat. Getting some soggy fruit pebbles taste which turns me off. Not a good representation of the style IMO, more like fruit juice.

M&D- No bitterness, fruity and sweet on the way down with some fizz from the carb. A step below medium bodied which is bigger than most wit's i've come across. This is not something that i would consume for refreshment in the summer. Needs to take a step down in body and increase the spice/wheat and bring down the citrus.

Photo of bbkd3b
2.82/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From the tap to a pint glass and away we go.

A: Has that cloudiness that many witbiers share, but this one's a little too yellow for me, honestly. Thin, almost non-existent head but looked to have decent carbonation, oddly.

S: Not too bad combo of citrus (definitely orange and lemon) and a little bit of wheat in the background. Not as powerful as I'd like, but hey, I'm not one too fuss about it.

T: Eh, follows the smell, really. Unlike that, though, I do long for a bit more when I taste a beer like this. Frankly, put a lemon in there or something. The more citrus the better with this one.

M: Medium bodied and a little flat. Goes down pretty smooth, but it also felt a little flat.

D: I wasn't too excited to go back and get another, but this isn't a throw-away drink or anything. Could be better.

Overall/notes: Not too much to say about this one. For comparison's sake, I'll just call it an inferior Blue Moon. If you find yourself with only the BMC alternatives, this could be a good choice.

Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 3,172 ratings.