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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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3,129 Ratings

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Ratings: 3,129
Reviews: 718
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 20
Gots: 368 | 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 Bockrules
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a weizen glass

A - pours a very hazy pale gold with a one finger white, seltzery head. Head rapidly disappears, leaves no lacing.

S - Not much smell upon opening the bottle, just a hint of orange and wheat malt. In the glass, the orange, lemon and wheat malt smells come out more.

T - Very sweet and lemony up front. The body is very malt dominated, sweet with orange and lemon riding on the top, it almost has a FRESCA sensation to it. A zing of lemon in the finish, then dryness. Leaves a dry yeast-malt aftertaste.

M - Thin bodied and well carbonated. Very refreshing, but perhaps more like drinking soda than beer.

D - This is a very easy drinking beer, and I could easily have see drinking several on a hot night, but I wouldn't be buying. For the price (Like $7.50 a six) I can think of much better beers and fresca would be just as refreshing. I didn't know Anheuser-Busch made this when I saw it in bars... sneaky bastards!

Photo of grdahl
1.68/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A- Nice cloudy pale amber as you would expect a BW to be.

S- OK, coriander is obvious

T- Awful..faintly orange and corriander.

M- Very thin, watery.

D- OK on a hot day. quenches thirst if you can get by the unpleasant smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

Leave it to AB to do a great job of selling this crap via billboards. I had to try it seeing all the hype. It's even worst than Blue Moon. If you want a good BW go with Sam Adams Imperial White or Hoegaarden. This style has not been reproduced well by any of the macrobreweries and it's a shame as it is great summer beer.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a clear yellowish color, almost the same shade as piss.

S- Smell is good, not strong at all but a nice orange aroma comes through.

T- Taste is of orange and other fruits, somewhat of a pear taste.

M- Mouthfeel is thin, this beer has a almost a watery fruit juice taste. It is refreshing on a hot day but not great for the style.

D- This is a drinkable beer, in that it is thin and refreshing, although not what you would seek in looking for flavorful Witbier.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top with vibrant but pretty gaudy/trendy label...what MIGHT be a freshness date, I'm not sure

Appearance: Hazy light orange beer; a hard pour produces a stark white billowy head which soon drops to a thick dense 1/2 finger cap. Carbonation is medium

Smell: Big dose of fresh-squeezed orange juice up front, some tarter, almost-approaching-funky citrus notes, a light touch of wheat, VERY mild spice...nothing here is unpleasant, it's just a wee bit understated for my liking

Taste: Fresh sweet/tart orange predominates, hint of coriander spice, medium-wheaty palate, almost get a touch of cinnamon in here as well...the flavors are not bad at all, they're just way understated...one of the best things about witbiers is they're typically smaller brews but pack a whallop of tart/spicy flavors...this one is just a bit lacking.

Mouthfeel: Light to light-medium...not as quenching as some of the better wits

Drinkability: High; it's light and fairly refreshing; that being said, it's not like a Celis or a Hoegaarden where as soon as you're finished with one you're looking for another

Conclusion: It's a decent stab at the style by A/B...it might be good for getting your macro-drinking friends to expand their horizons a bit and branch out towards craft. That being said, while it's not really bad in any way, I'd definitely take a Celis or Hoegaarden above this, which are both w/in about the same price range and annihilate this on quality.

Photo of Gunnz
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Beer is a nice cloudy, golden yellow in color with a creamy-colored head. Decent head retention.

Beer has a clean, floral, and spicy aroma. Very prominent orange aroma.

Has a very clear orange flavor that fades rather quickly. Nice balance of spice and fruit, although, the favor does not last very long and does noy linger in your mouth at all. Taste fits a mediocre belgian white ale.

Has a light to medium body mouthfeel and is quite smooth. Decently carbonated but a slightly watered down feeling.

It is a much lighter version of a white ale. About the quality that I have come to expect from the Anheuser-Busch company; better than most really cheap beers but can't really hold its own against others in its style. I would have another but it would not be my beer of choice. I would recommend this to someone who is used to really light bodied beers and would like to transition into heavier styles.

Photo of tegelaar
2.42/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Clouded yellowish orange with a soapy head. Disappears quickly to with no lacing.

S: Faintly spicy with citrus notes. Smell is weak.

T: Weak again - some spice but not enough to notice. Citrusy but the flavors are just too weak and watered down.

M: Good amount of carbonation and goes down easy.

D: Goes down fairly easy since the spices and flavors are muted.

I guess it isn't horrible.. but I would only drink it again if it is free.

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

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. Dated 09118.

A - Hazy yellow straw color with a moderate white fizzy head. Low retention til it was a thin layer where it actually stayed for a while. No lacing at all.

S - Citrusy orange and lemon with a solid backing of wheat, grains, and minor adjuncts. Not great but not awful.

T - Grainy wheat with a squirt of lemon and orange citrus. Sub-par for a wit.

M - Light-bodied, crisp, and effervescent.

D - Yeah, its a decent BMC summer beer if you want to escape the normal adjunct lager with out paying very much more but it certainly is a poor example of the style.

Photo of Amalak
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had at Harefield Road in Brooklyn.

A- Straw yellow with an average head a no lace.

S- Lemon (which came with the beer) and wheat scent.

T- The lemon came through, so that obviously changes the experience. Fairly solid drink. Nothing that really comes out. Your traditional wheat.

Photo of Anthony1
2.28/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured into a perfect pint

pours a hazy straw color with a thin white head, fades fast, no lace.

smells like orange and lemon with a mix of wheat. nothing special, tastes similar. not much to either, just felt like a watered down wheat. pretty plain, not much to say.

Photo of magine
2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a hefe glass.

Pours a yellow cloudy brew, with white head that fades to an island as you drink.

Brew smells of lemon, orange and some lime maybe. A slight presence of yeast in the smell.

Tastes light, lacks the punch in the flaor department. Tastes of orange and lemon with a bit of lime in the taste. Very carbonated mouthfeel. Somewhat peppery aftertaste and mouthfeel. A weak brew for this style.

This brew will not offend anyone, but will not impress anyone either. A drinkable beer, that maybe would be a decent intro brew to bring to a party where macro beer drinkers dwell.

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

12oz bottle

Pours a hazy yellow color with a small white head. Its got that 'yellow' banana aroma in the nose paired with a Belgian-esque yeast note. Sweet and somewhat artifical in flavor, banana, obviously is dominant, some mild spice and a small citrus blast on the late finish. It leaves a long slightly bitter, slightly spicy aftertaste. Not terrible by any means, its sweetness adds some serious weight when sitting in the stomach.

Photo of jfmorey
3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It was a the best I could find on tap at a generic chain restaurant. I new it was a megabrew product but not AB.

Appearance and smell were average, but the taste had just enough citrus/spice to be better than I expected and deserving a review (perhaps only because it was on tap). Very drinkable on this hot summer day, I had two.

Photo of beerwolf77
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've been avoiding this beer ever since I saw it. I was afraid I would like it and have to support the BMC juggernauts. Well this was offered to me free so I couldn't refuse. It looks good outta the gate. Nice orange color with 2 inch head. The smell was very fruity dominated by orange citrus. The taste wasn't that bad ( S#%T!) I knew it. Fruity wheat beers just get me. I could see poundin a few of these but I won't allow myself to be tempted by the evil AB empire.

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

This one's a cloudy amber color with a white head and lacing that are light but there.
The smell's a little weak, but actually close to what a wit should be. Very much the variety of fruits and rind zest one might expect with peppery and clove as well. It's just a little light, but that's to be expected.
The flavor is the same but much sweeter...actually caught me off guard a bit.
Carbonation is pretty heavy. Mouthfeel is thin.
This one's kind of a shandy and less a witbier.
It seems this is what A-B was going for...that doesn't make it that great, though.

Photo of Onenote81
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy light gold with a decent white head on top. Retention was fair, leaving with it some nice spotty lacing. Smells of oranges and all spice.

Beer was moderately carbonated, which gave a nice crisp mouthfeel. Good. Flavor was pretty tame for a Wit. I could sense the orange rind, lemon zest, and slight peppery finish, but it was all toned down. Because of the mild nature of this beer though, drinkability is higher in my mind. I could down a few of these at a barbecue for sure.

Photo of biggred1
3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, bleach blonde body with a big airy head that lasts for a while and leaves a few blobs of lace behind. The nose is lime zest,wheat malt, and coriander. Citrus peel, overripe banana and mild belgian spice flavors with a sugar cookie finish. An okay summer beer. The mouthfeel is a touch watery and thin. A lot of the summer seasonals I encounter blur the line between american pale wheat ale and witbier, this is one of those.

Photo of rdub
3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A - Yellow and cloudy in color.

S - The smell reminded me of a shandy. Lemons and orange dominated. Smelled like a glass of OJ with lemon.

T - The taste was kind of flat. I gave it a three however since I thought it tasted like AB intended.

M - I lowered the mouthfeel score a bit. The carbonation was weird and it seemed oily on the palate. I don't think there was oil in it mind you, just gave me that impression.

D - With the above being said, I could slam these since they weren't very fizzy or tasty to me.

Photo of Psilo707
3.28/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pretty good witbier, also reminds me of Blue Moon as a previous poster said. Looks orange/beige when poured into mug. Medium lacing with a good looking head that dissipates quickly.

Smell and taste are both decent. A lot of citrus (mostly orange) with some grapefruit thrown in there. Ruby red grapefruit. Hits the tongue immediately, then quickly leaves the senses as it's swallowed.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are alright too though a bit lower. Could have been more solid in the mouth; tends to be a bit watery. Drinkability is standard, can down a 6'er and still enjoy.

Overall, worthwhile and worth the purchase. I've had better witbiers though.

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

Served on tap @ a local pub for $3 a pint

A - Nice yellow color. Cloudy. Small foamy head. Orange stuck inside that I decided to eat before I even took a sip. Haha.

S - The smell was nice. Coriander and orange peel dominate it. I was just hoping that it tasted as well as it smelled.

T - It did. The taste was full of orange peel and coriander. Definitely wheat to be tasted in there also. I like the taste and I definitely think it holds it's own against the average Witbiers out there.

M - Pretty smooth. Medium bodied and low carbonation.

D - Pretty easy to drink. I could see myself tossing a few back without thinking twice. I didn't expect that it would be this good to be honest. I was impressed and it caught me off guard. I was pleasantly surprised.

Photo of dbmcrorie
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. brown long-neck bottle poured into an American pint glass. Bottled on/freshness date present. Did the ol' rolling around on the table that the bottle says to do - not so hot. All that good flavor stays in the bottle, so I just give it a vigorous swirl and voila.

Very thick/murky gold with light orange hues in the body. Agitates well and creates an extremely thick head with good retention. But once you throw that last 1/2 inch with sediment in, the head goes away pretty quickly. Minimal lacing and a slight collar rings the glass to the end.

Lots of citrus juice. Plenty of lemon and orange peel with some orange pulp and lime zest notes. Noticeable coriander, but overall minimal spiciness that is standard for Belgian Wits. More citrus and herbal undertones from the hops, with a fruity malt profile. Faint smoky notes in the nose from the malt.

More coriander, less orange peel. Sweet mandarin orange at the front of the tongue, followed by a soft grapefruit bitterness in the back. Plenty of malt sweetness to balance the strong citrus profile. Decent effervescence opens up the lemon/lime zest in the finish. Very smooth mouthfeel adds to the orange juice aftertaste.

Well done. I quite enjoyed this brew. I remember having this on tap (J.P. Dempsey's, New Haven, CT) and it was way better than in the bottle. But even in the bottle, it is a good thirst quencher and a great brew to kick back with. To be honest, this reminds me a lot of Blue Moon.
There was less spice in this brew than the average Belgian Wit, but that surprisingly didn't take away from the flavor. Not the best wit ever, but decent for the price and availability.
This would pair greatly with any lemon/citrus based seafood (steamed clams or mussels, halibut, lobster, etc.), light game, fruit salads, and peppery/tangy cheeses such as edam and feta. I, personally, would go as far as suggesting some form of fruit-based stilton such as apricot or cranberry. It has also been said (though I have not tried) that beers similar to this pair well with scrambled eggs and/or quiche.


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

Appearance: Lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a tall, somewhat lasting, white head.

Smell: Rather scant hints at pale malts and malted wheat before some slightly bolder, but still very, very mild notes of clove and orange peel.

Taste: Pale malts swing towards a slightly tangy malted wheat with a mild, subtle sweetness. Light touches of clove and an underhanded, suspiciously light dose of stale orange juice. The tiniest amount of hop bitterness. Drying, vaguely juice-esque finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium, though airy carbonation.

Drinkability: Not recommended. An all-out assault on Coors Blue Moon that utterly fails, in my opinion. It's just a far too thin and lacking in all its qualities, making for a rather unrewarding wit.

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

Brown bottle, no freshness date and bottle conditioned.

A: Cloudy orange-yellow. White head with minimal lacing.

S: Slightly fruity. Orange aroma and Belgian yeast.

T&M: Slight sweet orange flavor and tart spicy wheat finish. Light to medium-bodied with mild carbonation.

Fairly good value.

Photo of aaronxsubaru
3.88/5  rDev +32%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First time i had this was at a friends house, he said it was way better than blue moon so i tried it. I'm amused at the serving instructions on the bottle, i understand why but i still think rolling the bottle around is fun.

Looks good, i might like to see more head on it, lacing was present from some of the sediment that was poured in after rolling the bottle.

smells good, a little on the pungent side maybe? smells like you'd expect it too i guess, orangey with hints of spice.

tastes like it smells i think, i like this style alot so maybe i'm more forgiving of it but i really like the citrus and wheat tastes.
like some have said i would like to do a side by side of this and blue moon, which i just realized is what i was saving this bottle for. oh well, i don't mind buying more a good summer beer

mouthfeel is good, carbonation comes across well, lightly creamy, slight after taste that i could see being improved.

drinkability? i'd say prety good if you like the flavors, i know people that don't like citrus as much and they wouldn't drink more than one of these, but if you like it than i'd say you could drink a few of these before it get to be too much. not something i'd drink all day though.

Photo of ZAP
3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent beer on a hot summer day. I like a whit beer without a ton of spicing and artificial flavors and this accomplishes that.

It has a basic wheat flavor and aroma but lacks a big punch of spices or oranges, etc....it does have a subtle orange peal note and a mild spicing of coriander but they do not overwhelm the beer like some american made whits...

Light to medium body...bit of a creamy mouthfeel....this is decent...I'd like to try it side by side with Blue Moon which I also think is a decent stab at the style by a macro....

Certainly not a classic but hand me a couple of these after transplanting some trees in the yard and I'm a happy man..

Photo of mynie
1.95/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Heard this was much different on tap, and seeing as my choice was between this and Bud Light I figure what the heck, might as well give it a try.

Decent pour. Dark hazy amber, medium head.

Smells... not good in the least. Smells like an orange body wash you'd buy at Bath and Bodyworks. Nothing beery, not even any nodes of natural oranges. Ersatz, sickly.

Tastes like it smells. Pretty icky. I mean, there's something halfway appealing there, kind of--those bodywashes wouldn't sell if they were *completely* repellant, but this isn't beer. It's orange chemicals with a light hint of wheatmalt pepper.

I can see this appealing to young girls and crossover beer drinkers who are trying to seem worldly, but even as far as uninspired pale wheats go, this one is near the bottom of the barrel.

Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 3,129 ratings.