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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 2,914
Reviews: 701
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 23.39%
Wants: 14
Gots: 267 | 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 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
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from Hannaford. Sounds like last year's Spring Heat Spiced Wheat... Same beer? Let's find out. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Smells faintly orangey-lemony. Tastes like lemon with some orange notes, faint spice and vanilla notes and a very clean finish. Medium bodied with muted carbonation. Very drinkable. Nothing off or displeasing about this beer, but fairly pedestrian and bland as well. In a word, safe.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 17, 2008
Photo of DoubleJ
2.9/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

AB joins the big three with their own witbier entry. Where will this one rank compared to the other two (Blue Moon and Leine)? Let's find out, and on to the beer we go:

Big puffy head on top a mildly hazed light straw body. That head's staying up for awhile, and the body's color really looks like that of an authentic witbier. Coriander and fruit peels in the smell.

Unfortunately, it tastes like a watery witbier. Not bad by any means, but the flavor intensity borders that of a light beer. Although it gets better as it slightly warms from the fridge, I'm not particuarly excited about this, and I really enjoy witbiers. Not very spiced with light wheat malt. Bah.

Disspointment never breaks hearts, raised hopes do. The appearance brought up my hopes, but the raised expectations from it broke my heart when I tasted it. This is one witbier that might need an orange slice to keep your interest.

DoubleJ, Apr 16, 2008
Photo of yourunclewalt
2.42/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No glass on hand, review from bottle. Citrus notes a little overwhelming on the nose follow through to taste. Something very artificial here, as if they brewed this stuff with powdered tang mix as a dry-hop. Mouth a little watery for a Belgian, would have liked some more carbonation, especially in the finish. That said, I know that this is an A-B effort and not aimed at the BA, but our friends and neighbors. Could this bring more attention to craft brewing? is the real question here; does it's taking shelf space from other crafts, or from Bud light, do the industry justice? Yes and no. Certainly more drinkable than a Bud. Over emphasis on citrus hops, aka the "9" effect, may turn off a certain demographic. I'm still glad the movement has grown to the point where the big guys are trying to co-opt it with swill like this.

yourunclewalt, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of coalcracker
3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured hazy dark gold/orange with a good amount of head.

Smell: Not a whole lot here- mild spicy and citric notes, mild wheat.

Taste: Pronounced lemon-orange zing pops out on a mild wheat base. Citrus flavors nearly a little too sharp for a Belgian.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel with a slightly watery depth.

Drinkability: Had no trouble drinking this- mild ABV and pleasantly refreshing.

Overall: Surprised to find this was a A-B product. They stuck to the formula here. Not bad.

coalcracker, Apr 14, 2008
Photo of stevecee2003
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sold in a bottle that was "born-on" dated four months before purchase. Don't know how much that effected the taste this time. I have tried this beer before and it did seem a bit spicier then.

APP- Pours with a light amber colour, and a bit cloudy as well. A huge head that threatened to overtake the glass. Some sipping was in order to stave off the foam. A tiny no-no in my opinion. I want to taste the beer outright, at first sip.

SMELL- a light citrus smell. But it says right on the label, "made with Orange, Lemon, and Lime peels". Still not a strong smell. Just light and the hint of citrus.

TASTE- Clean, refreshing taste. The citrus really comes through clean. Although the fruits are not in an overabundance. As a session beer in summer this could do for a nice evening out with friends sitting on the balcony, or at an outside cafe'.

OVERALL DRINKABILITY- Possibly a good session beer for those who are inclined to citrus. Its not too sweet. Just light and refreshing. Think Wheat beer with lots of lemons and limes thrown in.

OVERALL- Not bad, really. I didn't expect much, and its easy to drink. Its not impressive, but perhaps that's the point. It doesn't try to be.

stevecee2003, Apr 13, 2008
Photo of SaltyLime
3.7/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Appearance: white head popped away - gone in 60 seconds - hazy golden colored brew, born on date 17 FEB 08
Smell: quickly identified an orange zest in there, piney
Taste: solid citrus flavors with a slight sour tang in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: crisp, light to medium body with adequate carbonation
Drinkability: refreshing and light, easy drinking, I can see how this would please the masses

SaltyLime, Apr 11, 2008
Photo of KI9A
3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow, puffy white head.

S: sour, wheat, corrander, lemon

T: wheat, corrander, sour citrus, yeasty.

M: Clean, decent balance of spice and wheaty/yeast.

D: Well, no matter what, some will hate this because is AB. Truth is, it isn't a bad white. No, it isn't Allagash. But, it is easier to find, and a damned better drink than a Bud/Miller/Coors " lager ".

KI9A, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of murdoch22
2.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Gotta follow the pouring instructions on the bottle (down the side of the glass, then swirl the dregs to scour the bottle) else you'll get a short-lived 50/50 head on it. It has a nice cloudy unfiltered color to it, and a fair lacy head, but the color is an odd orange-red, so it looks like a tall glass of orange Gatorade with 7-Up and a splash of milk. The smell is faint, but not what you'd call delicate. Takes some deep breaths to really get it. Smells like someone's making a good wheat beer about a block away. Non-descript citrus comes through in the taste, with a hint of wheat. That's right, a hint of the main ingredient. I like this style to have a bite and crispness like that first can of Pepsi at 6 am, but this lacks even the bite of the Dr. Pepper left over from lunch at 3:30 pm. They didn't use rice to calm it down, did they? If so, it's a shame. There's a pleasant sourness to the aftertaste that would be much better if it showed up in the inital kick, rather than in the lingering metallic sugariness that makes me want to take another drink just to wash it away.

murdoch22, Apr 04, 2008
Photo of jettjon
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle clearly marked "Born on date 17 Feb 08" into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it's a hazed grapefruit flavor with plenty of yeasties left in the bottom of the bottle even after a good swirl. Thick, white cap of fine bubbles fades at a moderate pace down to a respectable collar and thin cap. Nose of faint wheat, definite bready yeast odor, and hints of citrus. Yup, smells like an unfiltered wheat ale. Taste is rather subdued with a kind of wheaty mash flavor and vague hints of traditional white ale spices. However, the spices just don't seem to shine through the wheaty mash. More hints of spices and a touch of hops at the finish. Not a whole lot happening flavorwise; not unpleasant but not especially great either. Mouth is decent with semi-viscosity and middle-low carbonation in the mouth. Drinkability is decent; it's refreshing and quenching.

Overall: This one could pass as a micro, though the A-B "Born on Date" gives it away. Still, is a good, fresh White ale a bad thing just because it comes from a macrobrewer? Nay, I say. Taken in and of itself, this one's a decent representation of the style, certainly worth putting back on a warm spring day.

jettjon, Apr 03, 2008
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a pleasant surprise. The beer was a hazy yellow/orange color with a thick white head. It had a vaguely citrus aroma. Orange and a teeny bit of spice in the taste. Not too bad a beer, but it could have a stronger aroma and taste. Still, it was decent enough to drink that I would order it again.

lordofthewiens, Apr 02, 2008
Photo of Vancer
2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy and hazy (HUH! Guess they're hiding imperfections, eh!?!) lemon with orange tints.
Semi-frothy white head.

Soapy coriander in the aroma, fairly weak. Quaff also is weak with the spices and orange, but at least the mouth a bit of a finishing bite. Nothing great, nothing bad about this Wit. Cheap cross-over brew. A slice of orange would help add some zest.

Noticed lots of yeasties on the bottle bottom - that surprised me.

Vancer, Mar 31, 2008
Photo of ccrida
3.7/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Shock Top is a cloudy pale gold with a big, fluffy white head that is fairly slow to settle, leaving only a smattering of lace.

Smell is sour wheat, citrus, and a quinine like mineral bite.

Taste is pretty grainy, particularly on the long lingering aftertaste. The citrus was not as dominant as I feared (lime, lemon and orange all cited on the label), and is well integrated. A pretty solid Witbier, I'm really suprised it from AB, decent refreshment while maintaining a few flavor. I'd certainly take it over Budweiser.

Mouthfeel is crisp, drier, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, this first one washed down my pulled pork easy enough, but I'm not in a hurry to drink the rest of the 6 pack. I would have never bought this, a Witbier from AB, but someone brought it over my house, and I'm glad I gave it a try.

ccrida, Mar 30, 2008
Photo of Floydster
2.45/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pint from Naja's Place for three dollars during happy hour a few days ago, reviewed from notes, ordered having no idea what it was, should have stuck with the usual suspects

A-Pale golden yellow with some orange highlights, 3/4 inch foamy white head that did not budge for a few minutes, decent retention, no lacing

S-Funky lemon aroma, wheat, coriander, other spices, malt, orange peel, very weak overall and could barely distinguish anything

T-Started off with a sweet orange taste, some light wheat and malt in the middle, finish was also sweet with more citrus, some weird spices came out later and were not exactly pleasant, needed some hops or something to balance out the funky fruity and spicy flavors, not too complex overall

M-Light and sweet mouthfeel, thin body, too much carbonation, taste did not last long at all, watered down

D-Could drink a few of these because they are so light but would not want to, low ABV and not heavy on the stomach

Had never heard of this before and there is probably a good reason, bartender said I was one of the first people that ordered it after it had been on tap for over a week, one of the weakest witbiers I have ever had, would not drink again, not recommended

Floydster, Mar 29, 2008
Photo of StrangeBrew1
2.15/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I had this on tap after noticing an unfamiliar beer I had not tried before in the line-up. The bartender even warned me and asked if I was sure I wanted a pint of this stuff.One of the worst beers on drought I think I have had and thought it was a shame it was taking up space on the lines.Just stick to bluemoon and stay clear of this beer that has already added the orange flavor in it.

StrangeBrew1, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of giblet
3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this is not bad from a macro. it was a light yellow and slightly cloudy. pretty decent citrus smell and taste. some decent lacing in the glass and light carbonation. i would like to try this one out of a bottle to compare but it is worth a try.

suckem up and movem out.


giblet, Mar 26, 2008
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz twisty cap bottle> Stella glass

Pours out white gold with yellow and orange hues...nice carbonation, very spuradic. The head is a full two-fingers at first with medium retention and a thin, pure-white head that sticka around well.

The aroma is very nice, there's sweet, herbal lemmons, spicey corriander, wheat 'n grains malt and very wet, musty earth effect. I dig it.

This is a very light and crisp... no, zesty feeling and tasting brew. A very earthy and herbal wheat malt combines with the tang and zest of corriander, fresh lemmons and orange peels, and the sweet outer shell of the kumkwat. sp) The spicey wheat malt and earthy herbs seems to be in perfect balance. Finishes with a sour, yeastie and very hebal backdrop.

This is not a bad hot-day, mid-summer brew! Easy to drink, flavorful and well balanced but also refreshing. A good beach or pool-side brew.

GratefulBeerGuy, Mar 23, 2008
Photo of tgbljb
3.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poureda cloudy light apricot color with moderate white puffy head. Average retention with sparse lacing.
Smell shows stongs notes of lemony scitrus and corriander spice.
Taste has has some nice lemon secents and more of the spiciness.
A bit thin at the ending with a quickly disappearing taste.
A good example of the style.

tgbljb, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of Lexluthor33
2.73/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The look was golden clear. There was little head and some lace did remain. The smell was of grains and citrus. The taste was light hops that were barely there and of course orange and some spice. The feel was yeast and grains. There is not much to this beer,but I feel that in comparison I have had a lot worse. This beer is just too watered down to be considered worth buying again. Nice try Bud,but no cigar.

Note: I am getting the strong impression that the Superpower
Breweries sense the Revolution and they want a piece. There is a place for these intentions and they are not in the boardrooms of advertising & marketing firms. They are in the hearts of the Brew masters who make the beer. Build it and they will come.

Lexluthor33, Mar 21, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pale golden body with a moderate frothy head that left a little bit of lacings. A light, citrusy smell, but nothing else. No hops, no spices, nothing but orange, and that is how I would describe the taste. It is like a sweeter version of orange juice with alcohol with the exception of some light spiciness on the backend. Goes down very smooth, but I doubt I would drink this again. A watered-down, bastardized macro version of a Belgian Witbier.
Not too bad though.

clayrock81, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of mcmidc
3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got home one night and found one of these in my fridge that a buddy had dropped off for me. My take on it was that it was a weak attempt at a belgian wit beer. There was just a hint of the belgian yeast but just lacking any real taste I expect from this style. Maybe on a hot summer day BBQing, but not a one and done beer. This one you could easily drink the six pack in a sitting, and still be waiting for more.

mcmidc, Mar 18, 2008
Photo of lvbs
1.88/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

We tried this mostly to see what AB's answer to Blue Moon was going to be, and no one was impressed. Most people agreed that this was brewed for those who thought Blue Moon was just a little too intense for them, which is kind of a scary thought. It's paler than most Belgian Whites, lacking the spice and mouthfeel that make them distinctive.

lvbs, Mar 17, 2008
Photo of Gambrinus1184
2.3/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served on-tap at a Chili's in Waterbury.

A: Poured a bright yellow with a weak hazy chill of what might be a wheat appearance. The head was thin and white and there was little to no retention.

S: Smell was very faint and acrid citrus and wheat with an artificial lemon squeeze in it.

T: Taste was not all that great. A liquid cool lemon flavor backed with some puny malts and no real hop bitterness. The wheat does come through somewhat, but in a thin, watered down way.

M: Mouthfeel is a bit sharp and stinging, either from artificial agents or the over-carbonation of the brew.

D: It wasn't exactly a chore to get through this one, but I told the bartender not to recommend it should anyone ask what it was. It's got a time and a place; hot outdoor summer function.

Described to me as Bud's version of Blue Moon, but came off more to me like a Hoeggarden trapped in a nightmare. If Anheuser-Busch wasn't selling enough of their In Heat Summer Wheat, they didn't have to try and fake us out with this shoddy re-branding.

Gambrinus1184, Mar 15, 2008
Photo of riversider76
3.58/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours golden with a one finger plus white head. Very good retention,and a nice lacing.Body is light,and carbonated. Aroma is of sweet fruits,and spices.Nice,but a bit weak. Taste spiced fruit,with a bit of a peppery finish. Not the best version of this style,but far from the worst.

riversider76, Mar 13, 2008
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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