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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 755
Hads: 3,440
Avg: 3
pDev: 49.33%
Wants: 47
Gots: 724 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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 Hojaminbag
3.04/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks like a typical wit, cloudy yellow with fairly large white head. Don't notice any yeasties.

Smell? where is it? Just a metalic tinge in there.

Decent taste, nothing jumps out though. Some clove and orange are noticeable along with wheat. Mouthfeel pretty average.

Not bad drinkability, but there are just so many more wits out there.

EDIT: I did not realize this was an AB product, not bad for them, beats the hell out of Natty.

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Photo of smcolw
3.01/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Moderate head but it leaves no lace. Milky straw color with lots of chunky yeasty beasties.

Very low aroma profile--none of the usual wheat, citrus or yeast smells are present. Nothing wrong but nothing there either.

The flavor is huge improvement to the smell. Not rich in taste, but has the presence of a typical wit.

This is drinkable, but very mild. If you can get by the clumps of yeast, you may find this to be an innocent wheat beer.

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Photo of bort11
3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a tall Hobgoblin shaker pint. Tall fluffy off white head, though no real lacing. Color is a hazy golden yellow with very active carbonation.

Smell is mildly citric and spicy. Taste is lightly orange and citric. Nice amount of coriander and orange zest spices.

Mouthfeel is very light with a creamy body from the carbonation. This is an OK beer and a lot better than I thought it would be.

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Photo of tempest
3.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at a AAA baseball game. $5, not bad for a stadium.

Appeared a dark yellow with not head or lacing. So there's no complimentary foam and it's too dark. The aroma is of dry, spicy orange. The flavor has that same orange, with bland Belgian-like spice (corriander, pepper). The flavor and aroma aren't bad, certainly not normal for the style, but it's an overall agreeable experience. A real wit has more delicate spices with vanilla and mellow wheat. The body here is also surprisingly heavy, with a sort of medium strength. And the mouthfeel is a bit chaulky. Well... it's better than the vast majority of A-B's beers.

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Photo of Bamabrew22
3.52/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got to try this over the weekend, out on the river. Nice, refreshing summertime beer. Poured a hazy-colored gold out of the 12 oz bottle with a wispy, thin head. Aroma was of banana and cloves, maybe berry as well. The taste was pretty good, soft dryness from the wheat with a nice fruity ester taste. Nice beer. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of charlzm
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 05/10/08 at Brewfest 08, Barley's Casino & Brewing Company, Henderson, NV.

Cloudy yellow beer. One finger white head.

Aroma is dishsoap and oranges.

Generic American style wheat with almost no flavor. The slightest suggestion of a hint of an orange flavor. Some grassiness.

I wouldn't want any more than this sample.

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Photo of AlexJ
2.73/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy bright orange in color with a fluffy white head that quickly dissapates, leaving delicate lace. Way too orange looking.

Aroma is very mild wheat and subtle spice completely dominated by artificial orange. Smells like Tang.

Flavor ditto. Tastes like an artificially flavored Witte. There's no way the orange flavor is authentic.

Mouthfeel is actually nice and creamy with that good wheaty quality. Too bad it tastes like an orange soda.

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Photo of beerindulger
1.06/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

OH MY GOD! What crap for beer especially trying to pawn itself of as a belgium white! Totally worthless tasted terrible! Bitter aftertaste! Couldn't even finish! Don't waste your money! Sorry Anhauser-Bush just stick to Bud, Bud Light, and Michelob!

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Photo of cgstarry
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this at Cub foods after picking up and being relatively impressed by another A-B offering: Sun Dog.

Being a lover of wheat beers and Belgians in particluar, I was looking forward to a tangy and spicy experience. What I found is good, but not great. It is sort of like "Blue Moon Light". So if that's what you are looking for, this is the ticket.

Blue moon is my favorite mass produced beer but the downside is it is so strong. This brew sports all the right flavors without the ton of bricks coming down on me on a hot day.

Pours light straw color with light carbonation. Nice white head on top but it quickly dissolved. Some lace left after each draught.

The smell is of cirtus and grain. The taste reminds me of a half strength lemon drop with a little of that good beer flavor shining through. No bitterness at all really.

Overall I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style but does not want to quaff a full strength brew in the middle of a hot Summer day!

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Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light yeast esther and some traces of coriander.

The taste consisted a lightly chewy wheat malt and a bit of spice.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a servicable wit. Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of Taipans
3.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow, thin white head, minimal lacing.

S - Nice spicy notes, smells very complex

T - Bready notes fly out all over. Almost reminds me of sourdough dipped in fondue. Delicious!

M - Tingly, highly carbonated

D - Easily drinkable, smooth, spicey notes are not over powering

Wow... this is from AB? This has to be one of the best beers I have had from them. And as far as Hefe's go, this one is interesting and enjoyable!

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Photo of AbrahamRobert
4.32/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When this beer first came out, I bought myself a six pack, and wasn't overly impressed. It poured a nice deep gold color, with a decent finger of head, but the taste wasn't really up to par. But down at the local pub they had it on tap, so i decided to give it another go. It was, in my opinion, better on tap. And the fact that they served it with a few orange slices made it that much better.

I'd say this is a decent witbier, and a honorable attempt by Anhueser Busch at making a seasonal micro-brew.

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Photo of joshwlt
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If you want a wheatbeer in this category that is accessible (at least for me they are) and priced similarly to shock top but with a decent complexity try Tucher, Sam Adams seasonal white ale, or Sweetwater's hummer. If you want something more reminiscent of orange soda... go for this. It was more watery than most wheats I've had, has less prominent spice in it, fairly sweet (very little bitterness), and definitely has orange flavor in it. Mouthfeel: way thin despite the fact that it appears unfilitered its fairly watery but with plenty of carbonation.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.1/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with some golden notes. Impressive 2-1/2 finger dense white head that lasts a long time with some sticky lace...not real mapping, but lacing none-the-less.

Aroma is rich in oranges, corriander, and a light bready yeast smell.

Taste is true to form with slightly sweet wheat malt surrounded with orange and orange peel, spice, white pepper, and lemon.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry.
Very refreshing.

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Photo of jhu1995
2.16/5  rDev -28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice cloudy, golden color with a nice head. Smell is a hint of spice and some slight fruitiness. Tasted like regular Bud except unflitered with some spices tossed in and some wheat substituted. Thught it could be drier, but could not get over the Bud taste. Was hoping a better attempt would be made.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.79/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me a bottle of this to try, I never it had before.

A- Pretty average yellow fizzy beer, nothing exciting here.

S- The beer has a nice citrus aroma, I was actually impressed.

T- I think the beer taste pretty much like the style should, citrus and some wheat.

M- Very light, as expected. Fairly carbonated.

D- Not bad, I wouldn't go out of my way to get this but considering who makes it and how easy it is to find its an ok choice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of Portertime
2.35/5  rDev -21.7%
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.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.96/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
2.41/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.43/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

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Photo of stevecee2003
3.48/5  rDev +16%
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.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.72/5  rDev +24%
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

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Photo of KI9A
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
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 ".

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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