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Shock Top Belgian White - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 753
Hads: 3,435
Avg: 3
pDev: 49.67%
Wants: 48
Gots: 719 | 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 Homebrewkingpin
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was unaware of it being an Anheuser Bush product when i saw it on sale.

Appearance- slightly darker than straw yellow lots of carbonation white head not much lace

Smell- adjunct sweet smell not bad just corn sugary maybe with some orange

taste - not great but okay a wheat orange a bit too sweet.

mouth feel- clean lots of carbonation a summer beer serve cold

Overall- its not as bad as some of the reviews on here say i don't know if i would buy again
but at this price point and for the style C+.

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Photo of jneiswender
1.37/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

Pour out of a twist top 12 ounce bottle into a tall glass

Pours orange with a foamy off white head

Belgian yeast smell up front not much else

Watery, some orange fresca taste

Well carbonated

So far off from the style. Not even close. Fresca fermented with Belgian yeast isn't a wit beer. Sorry AB.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange color in a 20 oz mug with little head and no lacing. Lots of carbonation rolling up at top of glass.

Smell is sweet of wheat and orange.

Taste does not live up to the sweet smell. More wheat malts than anything with maybe a little bit of spice at the end.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated that finishes nice and smooth.

Overall this beer is ok. The pub that I'm at only has 5 choices on tap so the pickings are slim. I may have it again but only if it comes between this and a macro American lager.

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Photo of ghisty
3.13/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

pours very clear for a white, first impression wasnt impressive. small to no head, once poured it does have some carb and minor cloudiness, less of what i had expected.

grains. which was expected, and far less shocking than hoped for, citrus note ,
but not the sweet lemony smell i had hoped for, more of a dank sort of orangepeel.
slight note of corrainder i think it is.

not bad. not as much bite as expected, but then again given the crazy packaging,
often these things are overstated, it isnt bad tasting at all, just a bit less exciting than is illustrated by the name and the labels. good tasting though. nice and light. citrusy.

this is where i find it leaves alot to be desired, typically whites are sharp, and more carb but i find this sort of typical for an busch product, base, flat mouth, only a slight after taste of dry citrus improves this.

not as bad as the ratings would have you beleive, it isnt typical for either styles its mixing together, something similar to like beachchair, but once again slightly more boring, I can see necking back a half dozen in the sun on the beach or something, and it would pair nicely with light food like fish and chips, but over all i must admit to slight dissapointment, not as punchy as I had hoped for. although now that I understand what it brings to the table, I may find a place for it.

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Photo of FlyingKneeStrike
2.66/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a somewhat clear off orange color. Good carbonation and head. The smell is the least favorable thing about this beer, I really can't detect any scents. Tastes better than it smells, I like the mouthfeel. It's a little better than I expected, not a bad beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.27/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for approx. $2.80 for a 473ml can. Served at 6deg C in a tulip glass.

A- Ok at best. Opens well and is cloudy but much more golden/copper color then Hoegaarden

S- Half of what Hoegaarden is to say the least

T- Ok at best. Not a very good rendition of a white beer

M- Not bad. Ok I guess

O- Ok. Will not buy again. Will try if on tap as white beers are typically better on tap.

Food Pairing

This ok rendition of a white beer pairs well with... sushi


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Photo of NickPiezzo
3.38/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A-bright, very pale

S- not much going on in nose area

T- very citrusy, very slightly bitter but great taste

M- very carbonated leaves a nice taste in your mouth

O-One of my favorite ales, its getting big in my area of new jersey and its deservingly so

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Photo of Shadman
2.54/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

funky looking label admittedly drew me to this beer. I should have noted the union made print and where it was brewed. Like 7 different cities.

Had a decent look about it. Slightly cloudy with a bright apricot colour. Really fizzy head that disappeared as fast as the groundhog did this February.

I felt i needed to find one little bright spot. The aroma did conjure up some faint citrus fruit and faint spiciness

Again=t faint flavours struggling to overcome what i found to be a nasty astringent taste.

Very, very weak and watery mouthfeel. especially after it sat for a few minutes. Went almost flat in fact.

It almost seems like they took Alexander Keith's White and tried to make it look like Rickard's white. Absolute crap. Save your money....

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Photo of MSUEmilie
3.22/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I know Shocktop tries to market themselves as a craft beer and catches a lot of flack from the many beer critics for it... But it's really not a bad beer.

The beer pours a cloudy light orange color with an admitably weak head but for what it lacks in head and lacing it makes up for in a light citrus smell. The orange and lemon flavor was light and refreshing with an appropriate amount of carbonation.

Overall this is no craft beer but would make an excellent summer beer for working out in the yard or hitting a few balls around the golf course.

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Photo of ZachMcGinn
3.79/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a great summer beer. Pour a fine orange and golden color. Somewhat cloudy, but it has a fine aroma of oranges and wheat. It's flavor is strong citrus note but very easy to drink. The tart initial flavor of orange and lemon is followed by a light wheat aftertaste.

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Photo of Ed2
2.45/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a Premium Outlet bar in the Pocono's while the wife shopped. Bar- the log cabin bar and grill- only had 5 beers on tap, so we know why I chose this. Pint glass... Light orange look, less than a finger head, no lacing... Smelled completely of orange and tasted similar. Lots of carbonation made for a light taste... Might be good on a hot day in the sun, but otherwise another rank and file masquerading as a craft.

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Photo of Ohiolager
2.51/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

shock top Belgian white 6pk bottles $7.99(OH)

12 oz twist off brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. no freshness date and fresh beer only has no info.

pours a hazy gold almost orange color. two fingers of bright white thin head, gives way to a thin layer remaining on top. virtually no lacing to speak of.

i smell faint hints of orange, forms of citrus, malts, wheat's and hops.

the taste is better than the smell but not by much. tastes mainly like oranges, hints of wheat and hops. not bad, but not too good either.

mouth feel is decent. feels like orange juice in my mouth. slightly creamy and a hint of spicy.

overall i did not enjoy this very much. better than most A-B inbev brews, but that is not saying much. a decent brew however i am pretty picky and would not buy this again. but if offered one i wouldn't say no.

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Photo of FMJ921
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Nice light citrus flavor with a nice citrus aroma. Goes down easy, but is a bit too sweet if you drink a few in a row. After three or four it starts to leave an unpleasant syrupy aftertaste. Overall I really like it, but no more than a few at a time.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had this from a tall can today at a golf scramble. And you know what? Not bad at all. I went straight from the can but have seen it before. Usually a slightly cloudy yellow with a. Frothy head. Smells like a little bit of a dirty wheaty thing, some light spice and yeast, and a little sweetness on the nose.Taste is a bit of sweet yeast funk, coriander, some orange like flavor (maybe they just add this now in the can?), light sweet malts. Light bodied and pretty refreshing with medium plus carbonation. For realz a solid golf brew. Would drink again.

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Photo of bondjedi
2.49/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

On tap at Buffalo Wild Wings.

Poor imitation of Blue Moon, which is in itself a below average clone of ... something. No head, no lacing. Beer smelled, looked, and tasted flat. Poor finish with a poor aftertaste. BDubs had it as a craft/specialty brew, but it's just a crummy macro on steroids.

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Photo of PaulAndrew
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

I am usually a big fan of Belgian's but this was almost like drinking perfume. It tastes like what my grandmother smelled like- no offense grandma. I would have possibly enjoyed it more if it had a stronger wheat taste, more like Blue Moon or countless others.

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Photo of DenisKolkin
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473 ml can purchased from LCBO. Served cold into a pint glass.

Appearance - Very hazy light orange with yellow hues. Decent 2 finger head is poured, unfortunately the head doesn't last and within a couple minutes there's only a soapy residue on top of the beer. Can't tell much carbonation wise due to the very hazy nature o the beer.

Smell - Lots of orange with a faint whiff of lemon and lime. A few spices presumably coriander. Aroma is nice but actually pretty easy to distinguish, lacks the complexity of other witbiers.

Taste - There's some orange and coriander blend again, and some wheat in the aftertaste, but it's just a bit flat. A bit of an off putting aftertaste of mineral water blended with some spices. It's a bit flat too.

Mouthfeel - A bit flat, doesn't quite have the lively carbonation I find with many witbiers. Thin bodied and the depth and character are missing a bit too. Watery.

Overall - While this is something i would purchase at a bar with limited selection, it just seems thin and flat for the style. Passable and even good for mass-produced fare, but overall pretty mediocre.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a weizen glass. This is so ubiquitous I've wanted to try it for a while. Pours a hazy, light golden amber with a half finger white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of sweet malt, light citrus and a hint of Belgian yeast. Flavor is washed out orange, mild wheat and hints of coriander. Finishes with an odd light coriander, mild citrus with a hint of hops. Light bodied. Well, the looks and aroma gave me hope and I was prepared to be pleasantly surprised, but this was as expected a washed out version of the witbier style. The flavors are there, but associated with citrus that tastes like watered down orange juice or one of those old, dried oranges that have lost their bright taste. The flavor is so attenuated that the coriander tastes out of place in the finish. I would not buy this again and don't see the point of brewing it. The nice interplay of wheat and spices from witbier are missing here. Like most AB products, harmless enough to finish, but no reason to repeat.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.19/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shock Top Belgian White brew by Anheuser-Busch. I don't like the appearance of this brew- too cloudy. This brew is not filtered. But I beleive that is how all wheat brews are. The brew pours out a cloudy amber color. Taste is good ; you can taste the wheat and the orange. Overall, I like this brew. The taste is where it's at, bold flavor and smooth going down.

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Photo of Warmonster
3.31/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this beer on tap in a bar in Arizona.. So keep in mind it was hotter than hell outside.. plus I hadn't ate much... But for a hot day when your hungry, this beer is amazing... I don't like Wheat Beers very much but this was pretty good... The fruit flavor throws off the crappy wheat flavors lol.. Plus it will fill you up, which can be good or bad depending on what your wanting... I will say Blue Moon is better brew of the same style... But on a hot day when you've been working hard this beer is hard to beat...

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Photo of JimKal
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip from 16 oz can.

A: Hazy yellow cold with a two finger head that dissipated pretty quickly. There was little to no lacing.

S: Faint aroma

T: Very mild. It was hard to pick up the coriander. It tasted like a straight wit to me.

M: Light mouthfeel, again like a wit.

O: I remember trying this when I first got into craft a few years ago and liking it. So, seeing it in a 16 oz. can intrigued me. While there is nothing offensive here there is nothing to bring you rushing back other than the convenient packaging.

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Photo of Nick-K
3.21/5  rDev +7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had been looking forward to trying this brew for a while after enjoying the Shock Top End of the World chili infused beer. As a fan of Blue Moon I figured give another mass produced "Belgian White" a shot. The results were a bit disappointing.

Poured from bottle to Pilsner glass
Cloudy, wheat color with delicate streaks of carbonation, inch and a half of head that faded quickly, nothing intriguing.

Crisp citrus scents with orange peel dominating (the label is a faithful representation in this respect). I actually quite liked the qualities of the smell but it was a weak scent that required me to stick my nose in the glass and breathe deeply to get anything. So well engineered but too weak.

Citrus notes continue to dominate but not distinct orange taste which was a bit of a disappointment, wheat notes also present. Crisp and clean but void of complexity.

Nothing stuck out one way or the other, the finish was clean but no distinguishing characteristics otherwise.

Overall impression:

For a cheap, American Belgian White, stick with Blue Moon. Shock top had potential but missed the mark, as so many great men have said before "Go big or go home!"

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I'm reviewing both Shock Top alone and as a black and tan made with their "Chock Top" chocolate wheat beer. A moderate pour of the Shock Top produces just a short-lived creamy white head. It's quite pale, hazy and moderately carbonated. After sampling the Shock Top alone, I re-poured the bottom of the glass with Chock Top, then gently poured a layer of Shock Top over a spoon. The two beers separate fairly well, but its a bit tricky, since an earlier attempt had failed utterly. Still, the separation can be distinctly seen.

I reviewed Chock Top by itself a little while back, and thought it one of the best chocolate beers I had sampled- I just think it works with this style, and could be emulated. The addition of the Shock Top in a black and tan brings about some flavors reminiscent of one of those orange chocolate candies. Shock Top alone is nothing special, with some lemony-orange, and grassy tones, and easy drinking, but nothing too distinctive. The two combined are really quite nice, since the chocolate flavor is tough to subdue, and the Shock Top quiets it down a bit while adding some citrus notes. The number ratings are for the Shock Top alone, however. If I could rate them together, I would probably add a quarter or half point in each category.

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Photo of mando_thegreat
3.78/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Shock top belgian white is absolutely delicious . Everything down from the taste to the packaging. Its citrus like taste adds points. The orange slice with the sunglasses is pretty cool too. It makes you feel good when you drink this beer. I give a good score to it. I will most certainly be getting this beer in the future

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Photo of Retroman40
3.16/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Bought a four pack of 16 ounce cans on sale for 3.99 - Poured into a chilled pint glass.

A - Poured out a cloudy yellow with a rich and long lasting head.

S - Citrus with some malt undertones.

T - Very fruity with citrus dominating and some other spice in the background.

M - Very creamy with a spice finish.

O - Different but I won't be dumping the remaining three cans but not sure if I will be buying more. I actually think this could be a good introduction to "crafty" beers for your BMC drinking friends.

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
70 out of 100 based on 753 ratings.