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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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3,169 Ratings
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Ratings: 3,169
Reviews: 732
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 29
Gots: 420 | 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 flagmantho
2.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice cloudy straw color with one-finger white head. Not bad, though the head dissipated rather quickly and left no lace.

Smell: grainy and adjunct-ladem malt aroma; quite like what you'd expect from a typical BMC, but with a hint of nice citrusy wheat. Frankly, it does not impress me.

Taste: slightly better than the smell. At first I taste a nice smooth wheat beer with a little citrus and coriander, but it quickly devolves into a somewhat tart, acrid flavor and then finishes off like a regular macro lager. I'm all for dynamic taste experiences, but not like this.

Mouthfeel: light body and relatively low carb for a witbier. Not my favorite.

Drinkability: I was expecting something along the lines of the other macro witbier, Blue Moon, but Shock Top was a bit of a disappointment. I didn't expect much, and it failed to reach even those expectations. This is *just* above a drain-pour from a drinkability standpoint.

Photo of baller1013
4.6/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have had shock top in a bottle and on-tap and it is so much more flavorful on tap.

A- pretty much what you would expect out of a "orange inspired" wheat bear. Orange in color, appearance is similar to "Blue Moon."

S- hints of citrus.

T- very smooth with an aftertaste that makes you crave more. No need to "fruit the beer," because the slice of an orange is not necessary.

D- a very drinkable beer. Smooth enough to drink several, but refined enough to save for a desert beer.

Photo of bob3701
3.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. Cloudy yellow with little head and not much lacing. Aroma of oranges come through. You are overloaded with orange lemon and lime flavors which I was prepared for. Actually found it very refreshing on a hot day. Thought it was good but beware if you don't like fruit in your beer stay clear of this one.

Photo of nickd717
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If I was a 15-year-old girl, I'd be like, "OMG WTF is this?" Actually, if I was a 15-year-old girl, I'd probably like this beer, because it seems that that's the basic demographic that goes for this stuff. It sucks when you go to an event and they have a "craft" tap and as you make your way through the crowd waiting to see what it is, you say to yourself, "Please don't be Shock Top, please don't be Shock Top." and then...it's Blue Moon. Or Shock Top. Give me a break. Ah, InBud, your mediocrity is mind-boggling.

Anyway, this pours cloudy yellow with a small white head that fades rather quickly.

Aroma is wheat, citrus, banana, and yeast. Sort of generic.

Flavor is very generic with wheat, lemon, orange, banana, and bubblegum. Very uninspiring.

Palate is light and annoyingly harsh and acidic. This beer is a donkey punch to the face of Belgium by Anheuser-Busch. Just don't drink it unless you have to. Calling this a Belgian wit is like calling Bagel Bites Italian cuisine.

Drinkability is average.

Photo of mtyrrell
2.59/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Yellow orange with a slight haze, minimal head and fizzing

S-Citrus orange lemon aroma, kind of smells like old OJ

T- Watery, tastes like eating a bowl of cereal with old OJ instead of milk

M- Light bodied, watery

D- Nothing much to say about this beer. The only thing this beer has going for it is its drinkability. Goes down smooth and you could drink a good quantity of it. Maybe OK for a summer party.

Photo of Travlr
2.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On draught at National Airport in DC.
A: cloudy orange with a solid white head that doesn't budge and inch over 10 minutes.
S: aroma of citrus and skunks.
T: very sour, unpleasantly so, with an extreme acidic finish.
M: light bodied for the style.
D: best skipped. Nothing remarkable about this one.

Photo of drabmuh
2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass. A wit, really? OK. Beer is yellow and has a slight haze. Carbonation low, no head, no lacing.

Citrusy aroma, lemons maybe. Not much else.

What was that? This beer has a strong cereal flavor to it. There is a citrusy flavor in the front of the mouth. I'm really confused. Its bland, followed by citrus, followed by a wheaty flavor and then a strong aftertaste. I don't like this beer. Review done.

Photo of YogiBear
2.21/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My aunt brought a six pack of this stuff over, saying it looked decent and wanted to give it a try. She likes to pay for the "expensive" kind of beers (note that family get-togethers consist of mostly bud and coors, ha), was the price worth it? We opened some up, and the smell didn't intrigue me all that much. I took a sip, and the taste goes with the smell: not all that great.

Now, I love my hops so maybe this just wasn't the beer for me. A tad citrus, leaving an interesting after taste. I wasn't sold on it. Now it wasn't "terrible" or anything along those lines, but I was debating whether to finish it or not; deciding to in order not to break my own rule: you need to finish the beer you start.

Look was a murky gold color, wasn't bad looking, but not great either. Let's just say unless it calls for desperate times, I'm probably not reaching for that cool smiling orange slice again.

Photo of josefnewsong
3.06/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Citrusy, yes, but it could use an orange or two more. Drinkable and tasty for a macro beer...but nothing to write home about. This is a good beer for people who aren't living in the real beer world yet and need to take the first step. Good in the summertime.

Photo of Mebuzzard
1.55/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

So the 'witbier' and the label make me think this will be refreshing, light and have some sort of citrus or spice to it.

Far from it. A murky light golden pour begs an apology. Sick malt aroma, some coriander if I think about it. Faint faint faint citrus.
A bad taste. The malt is overpowering and beyond stale. No spice whatsoever in the taste. Fuzzy orange essence--the fuzz coming from mold.
Light beer. Filmy aftertaste. This is bad.

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

A middle of the road choice at chain restaurants with a limited beer selection. Not great but not bad either. pours a hazy straw color with a small fizzy white head with average retention.

Smell is citrus (orange) and a little wheat. Taste is about average as well. I little wheat bitterness and some citrus (lemon and orange). This is no St Bernadus, but it is ok to accompany food.

Mouthfeel is ok for the style. sort of crisp, not too watery.

Drinkability is about average (not because it's great, but would go down well in mass quantities from a pitcher).

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
3.92/5  rDev +33.3%
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
3.34/5  rDev +13.6%
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
2.07/5  rDev -29.6%
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
3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev +30.3%
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
2.92/5  rDev -0.7%
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
4.08/5  rDev +38.8%
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
3.91/5  rDev +33%
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
2.49/5  rDev -15.3%
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
3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
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
2.46/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 3,169 ratings.