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Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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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 fdrich29
2.3/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There's a picture of an orange wedge wearing green tinted sunglasses and an orange mohawk. Anheuser-Busch Inc. presents "Shock Top Belgian White" a Belgian Style Wheat Ale Brewed With Spices. It goes on to say it's "Brewed with Orange, Lemon & Lime Peels and Coriander". My beer was born on 21 May 2008. Freshest taste within 110 days. I'll consider myself lucky then.

In all fairness the person who picked this out for me did so because she knows I enjoy Belgians and didn't realize it was a A-B product until we took them out of the fridge. I really appreciate her effort to choose a beer style she knew I enjoyed, it's absolutely the thought that counts.

I'm not going to go through all the components of a proper review. I taste some of the citrus and the coriander, as advertised.
The rest we'll file under "If you don't have something nice to say..."

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Photo of eberkman
3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these from the singles cooler at the nearby packie. Not much of a selection and I'd never heard of this one so, what the hell? Had no idea it was an A-B product until I came on here. Cracking (or screwing) this one open after mowing the lawn in 95-degree heat (at least it's a dry heat today).


Pours a light golden yellow with a lot of haziness. Big, frothy white head with decent stickiness. Definitely an attractive looking beer. Good lacing on the glass as well.

Big orange aromas in the nose. Not picking up on the coriander as much as I'd normally expect to. Nothing offensive about the aroma -- just doesn't stand out for the style.

The taste is one of heavy wheat presence at the beginning and in the finish, which also presents a lingering yeast sensation. In the middle is orange, orange, orange. Not orange peel. But orange. Almost like orange juice or orange crush. Did i mention they overdid the orange? I guess the anthromorphic orange with the orange-peel mohawk/mullet on the bottle shoudl have given that away. Some very subtle, well, faint spice presence in the body too.

Mouthfeel is a little thick and fizzy for my tastes -- not as delicate and tingly as, say an Allagash White, or better yet a Blanche de Chambly or St. Bernardus Wit.

But all-in-all, a pretty drinkable beer as a refresher on a hot day like today. I could easily put away a few of these unless the overpowering orange sensation started to do me in and make me thirstier than I was before.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one on-tap on a hot summer night as it was the only decent offering available to me. I had never had this one so I decided to give it a shot.

A- Soapy, murky, and hazy light orange color. Thin off white head, no lacing. Thinned out after a few sips.

S- Earthy, wheaty, and zesty smell. Clean, soapy, citrusy scents abound as well.

T- Average. There was a sweet orange/lemon flavor here with some hints of vanilla cream. Wheat flavors were strong, grainy aftertaste.

M- Light and thin bodied with little carbonation.

D- Not a bad summer beer. Decent offering from AB.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with recent "born on" date, pours a hazy lemonade colored(pale yellow) body with a small white head. Retention is good and there is some sheet lacing left on the glass.

Aroma has some spicy coriander and white pepper, embellished by a faint hint of citrusy lemon.

Light bodied, with an appropriate medium carbonation.

Taste opens with some lemon accents, followed by a wheat malt twang. Restrained notes of coriander and white pepper hint at a subtle spiciness. Clean all the way through.

A refreshing summer brew, for sure. A respectable effort by AB.

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Photo of BravoTwo
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Decent coloration with a slightly orange tint and a level 1 finger head on the top. Visually nice, but maybe a little too orange.

S - Average here with a little hint of spice, but not very full in the nose

T - Decent taste here, but not a stand out. Better IMO than Blue Moon, but still not as flavorful as some. Average for style.

M - Not a stand out here either, not alot to say about this.

D - Decent drinkability and fairly easy to put these down. I enjoyed the experience of trying a new beer that I had not had before, and would not turn this down if offered to me. Obviously not the best to style, but a decent effort at hitting the mark.

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I grabbed this really quickly, not realizing it was A-B. It was next to a 6-pack of Rogue Dead Guy in a grocery store with hardly any decent beer (of course). I was thinking this was Widmer's "Drop" Top...got it home and realized my error. But I'm not a Blue Moon-hater so I hoped maybe A-B would pull through with a decent American-style wit too...

Looks very promising, with a two-finger head of foam, a hazy banana-juice pale-yellow, and swaths of thin lace all over the glass... all of it equals a mighty mouth-watering looker of a beer.

Aroma is faint...maybe some orange, hardly any spice or yeast, decent wheat/cracker, and too much Lemon Joy ("it ain't just for dishwashin' anymore!").

Flavor is a bit soapy, but just enough lemon and orange come through, along with a timid bit of grain, to exert some kind of flavor profile. Finishes tart, also reminding of dishsoap. Just not enough spice or wheat action here...off-balance. Kind of puckery mouthfeel, light and airy though the overall texture leaves me with almost no impression other than the tart/pucker character.

One thing A-B does do right is the Born On Date. Too bad more brewers aren't into the full disclosure every discerning beer drinker deserves. Ironic that A-B does it, because I doubt your average Bud Light fan could give a shit. As for Shock Top: cool name and label, a worthwhile choice if you're faced with a cooler of A-B stuff in a pinch...and not their worst, by a long shot.

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Photo of timmytootimes
3.19/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aroma: excessive sweetness(strong notes of honey with a hint of vanilla) mild, grainy, spiced wheat aroma, could use a bit more tartness. light hint of coriander, not nearly complex enough for the style, missing notes of herbs and spices and pepper in the background.

Appearance: Light golden orange, a little dark and not pale or white enough for the style but nice and cloudy as to be expected. medium to moderate white head with descent retention

Flavor: Nice sweet taste with a hint of honey and a very light touch of vanilla. Refreshing zesty citrus orange/lemon/lime finish a bit over powering on the orange and not nearly tart or dry enough. The lightest hint of coriander and maybe some grains of paradise. Little to no hop bitterness is present.

Mouthfeel: Light body, light amount of creaminess, slightly sweet finish with lingering notes of white wheat. Highly carbonated, refreshing but not tart.

Overall: good example of a classic belgian wit considering its from a domestic brewing giant.

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Kabobs on Lake Hopatcong.

A: Hazy orange honey color, puffy white head.

S: typically wit, lots of citrus, mostly orange -- smells like orange juice with a zing.

T: Almost a mirror image of Blue Moon. Orange, orange, oragne, add a slice of orange and it's too much orange.

M: Semi-thick and slick.

D: Of course it's drinkable, it's mass produced wit, you can't go wrong -- unless you're looking for quality coupled with drinkability.

A-B's direct competition to Blue Moon, and they aren't discernable between eachother. This is the modern chick beer.

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Photo of far333
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale golden with an inch high head of white bubbly foam. Low aroma of biscuity malt and some lemon, slightly hoppy.

Flavor of mild wheat malt, some citrusy freshness, bits of lemon and ripe fruit, just a touch of pepper.

Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, a little slick, some carbonation tingle in the finish.

Pretty nondescript, pretty harmless, not terrible, but I probably won't seek it out again.

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Photo of Durge
3.12/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lightly cloudy yellow tan in color. It offers minor white suds and similar lacing. The aroma is polite, mild lemon bread aroma, pleasant. Effervescent, light bodied bread and a hint of alcohol in the flavor. Very easy drinking and refreshing with a faint orange/lemon note. It's weak, I would prefer a little more body. Not horrible but not complex at all, not rich, just passable for the style.

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Photo of GRPunk
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle born on May 21, 2008 poured into a tumbler.

A- A slighty cloudy, bright orange with a 1 finger fuzzy white head that somewhat quickly dropped to a decent lace. Not a lot of stick.

S- A little wheat and a lot of orange and spice.

T- The flavor seemed less about the wheat and more about the orange and spice noted in the aroma. It wasn't terrible, but it seems to rely on the added flavors a bit too much.

M- Decent consistency. A bit fizzy from the carbonation.

D- Decent drinker. Spices are definitely present, but not so much that you can't have more than one in a sitting.

Overall- Not the best Witbier, but it's a nice switch-up from A-B. I'm not going to seek it out, but if a taplist was limited I wouldn't hesitate to order it.

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Photo of andreasmwatt
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Very Lite Golden Color. A little on the fizzy side of the spectrum.

S - Very citrusy. Definate hint of orange.

T - Very Clean. Nice Citrus Taste.

M - Zingy light beer with light aftertaste.

D - A Good Summer Beer on a hot day, but that's it.

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Photo of jophish17
2.66/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle purchased from a broken down sixer at a local store for $1.09 - sure, I'll give it a shot!

Aroma: Orange peel mostly, but with a little coriander

Appearance: yellow-gold body, like a cloudy version of Bud. Decent white head that evaporates quickly, leaving a thin ring around the glass. Decent looking for a wit

Taste: The taste follows suit with the aroma, with a lot of orange flavor. A bit of zest, probably from the Lemon and Lime the bottle says it uses. Lots of wheat malts, but no sediment.

Mouthfeel: a bit thicker in body that I expected, the bready maltiness really gives it a pleasant feel. Shock Top comes with the carbonation I expect in a wit

Drinkability: not bad, I find the beer more drinkable than most macro products.. and I don't generally care for witbier. As far as other big name wit's, it really falls short. I'd rather have a Blue Moon or even a can of Wittekerke. Not a bad try, and I'll be able to finish this one before heading to bed shortly, but tons of room for improvement

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Photo of Rootdog316
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours cloudy and pale with a fizzy, white head. Aromas of pale malts and possibly rice syrup(?) with very faint hints of citrus and white wine. Familiar wit flavor and sourness but really only a shadow of the greats; hops are not evident. Body is a bit too weak and the finish is not pleasant. Not a terrible beer but there are far, far better wits out there. This is obviously Anheuser's Busch's response to Coors' Blue Moon. Just not good enough.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.07/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Black Squirrel/$4.50/16 oz

Got this one not realizing what it was, but ended up being pleasantly surprised. Certainly not a good beer by any means, but as another reviewer said, it's definitely better than most macros. Appearance was weak, a light too-yellow color with a very small head that dissolved quickly. Mild nose of citrus and wheat, which followed through in the flavor, which was strong on lemons and weak on most other things. Again, not bad, just not much there. Body was a little thin, but not too bad. Overall, not nearly as bad as it could have been.

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Photo of tctruffin
1.8/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer didn't look much different than any other AB product. There was no aroma to speak of. The label promises spices, but there were none discernible. The rating says, 1-awful; it's not that the flavor was awful but that there wasn't any. The mouthfeel was like low carbonated water. Even though the body is light, the drinkability factor is below average since there's really nothing to keep me coming back.

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Photo of Gehrig
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While in New York for a wedding, I tried this at Castaways when the bartender gave me a sizable sample. Two fingers of white froth cap a golden-orange body, moderate head duration. OK citrus aroma weighs in slightly less than a peppery-ginger spicy nose. More balance between the two emerges in the taste, which is light, fairly smooth, and reminiscent of an inferior German wheat. I found the mouthfeel a bit thin if smooth.

This is a decent macro, not a great Witbier. I appreciated the sample, but wouldn't grab this in a beer store.

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Photo of adamette
2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

on tap at the Boneyard on the near west side of Cleveland.

A golden yellow, no head

S Minimal smell, almost non existent but citrusy

T good, pleasant, not offensive, a little bland

M light mouthfeel, just fine

D good but it suffers since the taste is so unimpressive.

Notes: this is a light tasting beer made (in my opinion) for easy drinking. It does not taste that good but it sure goes down easy.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Cloudy straw color with a small head, some lace.

smell - Spicey, citrusy, and some hops.

taste - Spicey, lots of citrus taste here.

mouthfeel - Light- medium body.

drinkability - Easy drinking beer. Not bad for a WIT.Have had better.

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Photo of Kyle987
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It had a decent head immediately after pouring, but this quickly disappeared, and like everyone has noted, there was no lacing to speak of. There was very little aroma, just some slight citrus. My first sip was fine, with orange being the dominant flavor. While drinking, though, the flavor became less and less enjoyable. Fairly weak overall. Mouthfeel was fine, not heavy but not too light. Its drinkability was obviously hurt by the bland flavor. Not a bad beer, but definitely not worth buying another 6-pack.

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Photo of MQ4188
4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Chilled bottle poured into frosted glass. Poured down side with final ounce poured down middle. Fine white head with pale cloudy body coloring.
Lacing was really lacking and head disappeared rather quickly.

Taste was rather sweet but not as sweet as Blue Moon Belgian White.

Mild coriander and spice hint but not a bitter finish. I must say though that this is a very drinkable ale.

Folks unfamiliar with witbier would be nicely served to give this one a try.

Probably best described as a good choice for the novice ale drinker to try and leave the undrinkable grocery store favorites in the cooler case.

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Photo of Mitchster
2.56/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Brewed with 2-row barley and wheat malts, hopped with Hallertau, Cascade, and Willamette. Flavored with orange, lemon, and lime peels as well as coriander.

Pours out to a cloudy, slightly milky pale gold, forming a modest white head which quickly recedes leaving not much lace at all. Moderate carbonation. The aroma is fairly weak, surprisingly. There is some subtle wheat cracker notes, some macro twang, ruddy coriander and a faint fruitiness. Mouthfeel is soft with a light body. The taste is somewhat weak, too. The coriander gives it a ruddy flavor on top of the macro twang, and this barely lets the fruit peels have any say. I'd much rather go without the lemon and lime and just dump more orange into it, but then it would be called Blue Moon. This is pretty bland. My GF likes Belgian Wits, but she didn't care for this at all, and I have to agree. This one's not even refreshing on a hot summer day. Skip it.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy straw color, with initially huge white head. The head is quickly and audibly fading but the whole process is fairly interesting to observe. No lacing.

Aroma of citrus and coriander spice. Some earthy wheat and banana in the background. Not bad at all. Carbonation is definitely noticeable in the nostrils. Taste is very mild spice wound around some nice orange and banana.

Light bodied for sure but there seems to be a thick graininess to the taste. It's got me burping. I did just cut some grass and kinda pounded this one.

All in all, not a bad offering.

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Photo of Jarod
2.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a clear golden straw color, which threw me off since it is a Belgian White and I would say all that I have had in the past have been hazey. The carbonation level was fairly good. The head that was created was pure white and pillowy, not long lasting and no lace. The aroma was average, wheat notes, some oranges, breads and spices. The taste pretty much reflected the aromas, decent wheat, hints of citrus oranges, and a tad lime in and out and finished with a bready feeling on the back of the swallow. Not much on the mouthful, it was the first hint and reminder of who backs this brew A/B. Drinkable, well yes, better then her sisters of A/B, and if it were on tap and nothing else was available, I would get again.

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Photo of erosier
2.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

L: Pours a hazy orange yellow color with a medium bodied medium sized white head that fades pretty fast. It laces a bit down the glass.
S: The smell is of faintly sweet malts, some orange aroma in there as well. I was expecting a little more there.
T: A bit bland really. Sweet wheat malts and a bit of orange but not much else.
M: Kind of heavy feeling because it has very little flavor.
D: Not too good since it lacks flavor.

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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