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Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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Missouri, United States | website

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

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.

Added by Bitterbill on 12-04-2007

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Photo of JoLight
4.36/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Unfiltered, orange body with a white, frothy head that dissipates into a ring of foam.

Aroma: wheat backbone; coriander; citrus.

Taste: citrus and coriander in the beginning; minimal hop bite at the end; wheat and orange aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light to medium; carbonated.

Finish: mostly dry, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of Mersmom8
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can understand some of the reviews. It is a sweet beer, but I like the sweeter wines (Riesling). So, this beer is perfect for me. It has a nice hint of citrus and is so smooth. I find the stouts and many other beers bitter. This would be the beer for people who enjoy desert wines. I love it!

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Photo of NCMatt
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I don't think this is deserving of the reputation it has. It's a decent beer that's available almost everywhere. It's a step up from the Miller and Coors. While it's not on-par with most craft offerings, it's a solid go-to where pickin's are slim!

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Photo of Lard_City
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Wanted to like this because I bought the Seasonal Variety 12-pack but it's really just a vehicle for carbonated water. Might be good if really cold on a hot summer day. Meh.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Look: I'll be blunt- this looks like turbid urine. Does not look at all enticing. Quickly loses head and carbonation, appearing completely flat within a minute of pouring. Easily looks like it could be a glass of cheap orange drink. I give it a 2.5 because to be generous.

Smell: Again, very weak smell. Orange smell is virtually non existent, as is the characteristic smell of a belgian style ale. I give it a 2.5 because it doesn't smell bad.

Taste: Underwhelming. The first letdown is the loss of carbonation. There's more bubbles in a day old soda. Vaguely orange/citrus flavor and a little taste of wheat and yeast. No discernable hoppiness.

Feel: Goes down smooth with no after taste, which is honestly the only thing it has going for it beyond an american adjunct. No tingle of carbonation or alcohol.

Overall: I've had this a few times on tap at a bar, and it was much, much better. Perhaps I just got unlucky with this bottle, but I was really disappointed after enjoying it quite a bit on draft. So, if you're at a bar and its on tap, try it out. If not, avoid.

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Photo of Stephanie_Banuelos
3.26/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

A: The color is very gold. It is a bit cloudy with only slight clarity.

S: The smell is quite wheat-like. It has a citrus/tangerine smell. Not bitter, no strong hops.

T: The taste is pretty balanced. Nothing really jumps out at you. It is pretty simple and mellow. It has a tangy flavor and tangy after taste, but it is not as tangy as it smells.

M: The after taste is clean, but the flavor leaves your mouth pretty quickly. There is a bit carbonation but it is not heavy. It is very light-bodied.

O: Overall, it's a simple beer to drink socially. It's pretty bland to try and pair up with light tasting food. It is not too strong or bitter, however I would have liked to taste more flavor.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.63/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

DATE TASTED: May 17, 2015... GLASSWARE: plain weizen... OCCASION: a long day of yard and garden work in the books... APPEARANCE: slightly hazy, lemon yellow body that sports minimal carbonation; fizzing white head fizzles to a pencil-thin mustache; soap suds for lacing...AROMA: funky farmhouse yeast challenges the expectation of a orange-peel label; pungent rubber and plasticine... PALATE: watery, oily, slippery and paradoxically, only mildly refreshing... TASTE: Malty and off-kilter--lukewarm sweetness and not much in the way of flavor...OVERALL: a pretty bad approximation of a wheat beer...tough to find much positive to say about this, and I have railed against bad beers in other reviews for too long...so, I would only drink this if little else we’re available--even a light beer is preferable...

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Photo of Chrissythebeerlover
4.55/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Smells fruity and citrusy and tastes citrusy with a dash of spice. Really great anytime of the year but preferably during the summer with all the sweet tastes. Would recommend!

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Photo of KatieS5643
3.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer was pretty good. It is an orangy color which alarmed me at first. It had a citrus smell in the nose, the taste matched the smell perfectly. It was an easy to drink fruity beer.

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Photo of Kirsten_Ann92
4.35/5  rDev +44.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer would definitely go under the category of summer beer. It's a crisp yellow color that goes along with its' taste and smell. When you first smell it is strong with yeast and citrus. When tasted it definitely has more body and diversity with a spice flavor on top of the citrus. Overall easy to drink and would be refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of carolynschaf
3.66/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It has orange peel, lemon and coriander. While it is a Belgian White, there is no Belgian yeast strain. There is little yeast at all, as it is ingredient dominated.

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Photo of MakenziMantey
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color of this beer is a cloudy dark yellow. The aroma you get is a slightly fruity smell and is not overpowering. Tasting this beer you can tell it has a lot of pumpkin in it and it is pretty smooth.

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Photo of dabone
2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Served draft. Very carbonated and a lot of head. Cloudy orange and yellow. No aroma, taste has a lot of cereal grains and a hint of spice. Mouthfeel is average. Not very enjoyable.

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Photo of Ariesluv1
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

awesome fuckin beer not the best but def the best beer to take to a party because no one will drink it because they have no clue how great this beer is you will have it all to yourself

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Portland Pie.
Hazy orange amber color with a smallish off white head. Spicy earthy with hints of orange peel. Drinkable I guess, but not something I would reach for often.

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Photo of Michelleluw
3.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not a huge Shock Top fan. If you want a similar beer that tastes a little better, I recommend Blue Moon. Serve it with a nice orange. Shock Top isn't bad but it has an off aftertaste to me, not very balanced.

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Photo of FrostyStephen15
3.91/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not sure what the problem is with this beer. Yeah, I know it's brewed by Anheuser-Busch but not everything they do is immediately terrible. Had this at Buffalo Wild Wings and I gotta say, this beer goes perfect with spicy food. It doesn't have any really strong flavors, and it's not bitter at all. Slightly sweet and very carbonated. It goes down almost like water. It'd be great for mowing the lawn or going out on a boat, or maybe for cookouts. I like this quite a bit.

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Photo of ENogueira
1.53/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Awful overall. The taste makes me want to vomit. It is most definitely two notches under most wheat beers on the market. It features a complicated, medicinal, chemical blend of citrus flavors. Poor look too, loses its head of foam quickly and looks flat thereafter. This beer is poor at best.

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Photo of Joe_Howard
2.6/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

essentially the same beer as Blue Moon Belgian White. Only difference is that this beer makes me sick. Idk what it is what Anheuser-Busch products but there is something they use that makes my stomach sick

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Photo of zotzot
1.71/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I had some hopes when I opened the bottle - but they were clearly dashed.
It makes sense that this is Bud's version of a Belgian Wheat
Light, insipid, somewhat fuzzy mouth feel.
A little darker and more cloudy than a regular Bud - so they made an attempt

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Photo of eddiefontaine13
3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice beer, crisp and clean, not a whole lot of flavor, good for a hot day or to drink with spicy food, better with lemon, lime, orange wedge added to it. would buy again

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Photo of billdacat2
4.26/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

They just started carrying this at the local Olive Garden. It is tasty and I like the way it looks ...cloudy with character. It's very smooth beer with a nice but minimal citrus taste.. if you like a smooth beer with some character, this is pretty good stuff. If you think your beer needs to taste like a hops covered shoe dipped in alcohol and with dirt added for color, this isn't going to cut it..

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Photo of ordybill
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice mix of citrus and grass, not overwhelming
Appearance- A murky golden yellow with a medium sized white head.
Taste- Has a nice flavor of wheat and a slight citrus backdrop
Palate- A light bodied brew with medium carbonation that has a crisp finish
Overall- Not a bad beer, middle of the road.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Get all preconceived notions out of your head before drinking....

Don't think about who it was made by
Don't view it as a crafty beer

Just drink. It's pretty refreshing! I would say on a blind test that it has an adjunct light base, but ramped up slightly with some depth and nicer mouthfeel. Looks pretty good too.

As long as this stays in the correct price range (lower end) it's a decent and tasty alternative to the piss filth Anheuser-Busch pumps out otherwise.


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Photo of rudzud
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a hazy golden hue witha two finger white head that fades almost immediately to leave a thin halo and light wisps. No real lacing at all.

S - Aromas of soft belgian esters, light banana, faint wheat.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, soft belgian easters, gentle wheat, banana, lighter lemon.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp, on the thinner side.

O - Overall...yeah, no one is buying this beer to savor and enjoy. Is is pleasant with an orange slice, sure, but as is it gets the job done and goes well with food.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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