Shock Top Raspberry Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 942
Reviews: 160
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 28.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 178 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-16-2011

Raspberry Wheat delivers the same smooth taste of Shock Top, with a hint of raspberry flavor. This traditional Belgian-style wheat ale is brewed with essence of wild raspberry and hand-selected hops. It’s this combination that gives it its crisp and distinctive Shock Top taste, with its own flavorful twist. This unfiltered ale has a light-golden color and a smooth finish, and if you’re curious, it technically doesn’t, not count toward your daily fruit intake.
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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.12/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a wine glass. No stamped date as far as I can tell.

Appearance - Foggy gold body with a medium white head with fine bubbling, decent if slippery lacing and medium retention.

Smell - Initially smells pretty sweet. After letting the beer breathe in a glass, it becomes dry and wheaty. Almost leathery.

Taste - Very sweet body with a clean, almost dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Good mouthfeel. Very carbonated, light and refreshing.

Overall Drinkability - Pretty decent beer for what it attempt to be. May seem a little too sweet at first, but after the initial shock (they do call it shock top after all, right?) your tastebuds become immune to it. Light, refreshing. Not complex, but not dull. I'd recommend trying it once. Might be a panty dropper.

More User Reviews:
Photo of DaveBar
3.4/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at the LCBO for around $2.60 for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass.

A- Opens well and pours a small head that is gone in seconds. Very cloudy as a wheat beer should be

S- Oodles of raspberry. A whole field full

T- That field of berries are back! Never had this much raspberry flavor in a beer before. Super saturated. Gets a bit sickly sweet though.

M- Pretty dry and tart.

O- A bit too much berry flavor. Hits you in the mouth a bit too hard. Had it, enjoyed it, will not buy it again.

Food Pairing

The berry beer went well with.... Soda crackers! Just something dry helps this beer out taking that berry blast down a notch


Photo of Ashleydenee
3.62/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The Rapsberry taste is definitely prevalent, but I enjoyed the taste. As it warmed, however, it did lose some luster. It's on par for what I'd expect.

Photo of gab2409
3.9/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I always want fruit flavored beers to be good, and this one finally hits the spot. This has a solid head, a pronounced raspberry smell, and a nice flavor to drive it home. It may be a bit too carbonated, though. I will look for this the next time I'm in the mood for a fruity beer.

Photo of Jvermont
1.48/5  rDev -47.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

When dispensed, it had a nice head. It poured and remained cloudy so I was expecting a smooth body and mouth feel. When i brought the glass toward my mouth, it had an overwhelming odor of berries. Not pleasant. I sipped it and the flavor was reminiscent of cough syrup. The body was thin and disappointing. I could not finish it.

When I drink a beer with flavorings, I like it to be subtle. The flavors should meld together and act as a whole. This beer is not balanced and does not hit the mark.

Photo of Guden
1.81/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a surprisingly orange hue with expected cloudiness. A half inch weak white head fades quickly to a thin rim leaving no lacing. For a wheat beer it is a strange color and has a shocking lack of head, but it does look kind of cool with that orangey glow it gives.

S- Overripened berries and tangy malt come through first followed by an unenjoyable lite beer / adjunct character. Seems like it couldve been decent without that.

T- Awfully unrounded, each part sticks out huge in the mouth. First comes the light beer character of watery lager, followed by a big over ripe fruit character and finishing with both a hint of bitterness and a strongly sweet raspberry. None of the parts in themselves are overly appealing and each sticks out from each other, making the overall experience a bit of a rotating mess on the tongue. As the beer warms the fruit flavor becomes more dominating but seems artificial.

M- A bit watery and with only a mild carbonation. If the taste were good it seems like the mouthfeel would be at a nice level to make this an easy drinking fruit beer, unfortunately the conglomerated mess of flavors that come forward stick in the mouth.

D- People actually drink this? like more than one? Why? Its utterly unenjoyable and superbly dissapointing for all the things it could be. With a little more effort it seems that this could be a decent fruit wheat beer (e.g. Sam Adam's Blackberry Wit) instead it comes out as this wild assortment of unfortunate flavors added to a bad light beer base. This is not good.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

These craft killer brands are pretty amusing, no mention of Michelob or Anheuser Busch on the front label. Appears pale hazed orange golden hue with a full thick layer of yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass. Shock Top Brewing St. Louis, MO. Bright white head leaves nice scattered lacing. Aroma has upfront tart raspberry jam notes with sharp wheat notes and a hint of citrus. Flavor was a bit too candy with the raspberry addition, the regular Shock Top isn't bad but the natural raspberry flavor added doesn't do it for me. Not sharp wheat just soft bready layers with a bit of chalky yeast flavors going on, minimal spice additions hard to pick up any one aspect of the spices. Look girls will love this stuff, but I'm not sold. Why do the next fruit infused wheat beer, when they could make a real craft style? Mouthfeel is slightly creamy lively carbonation not bad other than the cloying sweetness from the raspberry flavoring. Overall impression is this won't last, I can't believe this would outsell the standard superior Shock Top.

Photo of DarrellK
3.77/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the middle of a flavored wit tasting I didn't expect much from this beer. I do have to give it some decent marks as it fits the style well ans is a nice brew to encourage neophytes to try the style.

The nose is clearly a wheat with raspberry and it poured pale cloudy with a little less head that standard. The mouth was surprisingly good and the finish was clearly raspberry.

A-B has done a lot to screw-up American beer taste but this one moves them in the right direction, it not all the way.

Photo of LXIXME
1.64/5  rDev -41.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Big white head quickly falls into a an alright lacing above a hazy washout honey colored wheat beer.

A light soupy to sour grain aroma with a hint of canned raspberries.

A light sweet raspberry taste tops off a light sour grain and even lighter hops taste.

A light dryness comes through another wise bland aftertaste.

I love raspberries and this beer is not good.

Photo of Brenden
3.05/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

This one is about medium gold and hazy. It shows some effervescence, which aids to build up a large-bubbled white head so that it actually manages a little more than a finger. Retention is pretty poor, though, so it drops quickly. It does, however, leave decent spotting.
Sure, the raspberries have an almost candied or sugared quality, but there is even a little tartness that makes me think it may be natural. It smells that way, at least, and that's what matters. Aside from that, the raspberry is up front and it's the focus, which is also key to a fruit beer. Malts don't throw down an extremely strong foundation, but the wheat does give something to it.
In the flavor, there's something in the back end that the aroma doesn't give off, and there it's got something of an artificial, almost chemical quality to it. It's not strong enough to ruin it, and overall this is one of the better Shock Top varieties I've had.
The attempt at crispness is a little too strong in this beer, coming off too prickly and way too spritzy, though it is at least lively. It takes away from any smoothness the beer might be attempting to convey.

Photo of SMarq17
2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

I didn't see the beer out of the bottle so not sure of the appearance other than the foam was minimal inside the bottle and it appeared a little cloudy like most wheat beers that I have seen.

The smell was very strong rasberry and very sweet, almost sugary...nothing beer-like at all. The taste was equally sweet. There was the 1st impression that I was drinking a fruit cooler from the 80s, like Bartles & Jaymes.

The texture was smooth and not much carbonation at all...again like a fruit cooler. I didn't notice any aftertaste. There really wasn't anything to tell me that this was an alcoholic beverage. Maybe this had to do with alternating with the white and wheat IPA at the same time (part of the sampler 12pk) so I simply didn't notice an aftertaste while drinking the rasberry.

Overall, it was a sweet drink and almost koolaidy without any alcoholic theme. I would drink it again if there was nothing else available but I won't buy it for myself. It seemed like just an inoffensive beverage although I did notice the 5.2% so it must have some effect after a few, yet I would describe it as basically "nothing special".

Photo of Lisa_Dill
4.49/5  rDev +60.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 5

For sitting and watching sporting events at home this is a wonderful beer. Great chic beer! Even a few guy friends like it but wouldn't admit it to anyone. Not too sweet and doesn't really taste like beer. Once again your girlfriend might like it.

There a lot of craft beers I have been trying & this site was recommended so here I am. If I had known I would had reviewed much sooner. Look forward to UFC this weekend and more beers to try.

Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. My girl bought this at the local grocery chain in Waikiki, and after spending a day in the sun (us, not the beer), it doesn't sound like that much of a lark at this point.

This beer pours a hazy, medium golden straw hue, with one finger of weakly puffy, and thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves very little in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly fades to nil.

It smells of raspberry cream pie filling, raspberry Kool-Aid powder, a certain plastic chemical astringency, and the faintest of beer-oriented pale graininess (corn, malt, rice, whatever). The taste is semi-sweet, pastry-like sour grain, some weak and wan wheaty wankery (alliteration, FTW!), and a much-abated strained green raspberry, er, fruitiness.

The carbonation is pretty soft, just a plain edginess abounding, the body a so-so medium-light weight, buoyed by that dense fruit perception, I'm sure, and not un-smooth, I suppose. It finishes more grainy than anything up to this point, the fruit a deconstructed notion, but still hanging on in spectral form.

A pseudo-beer, at best, even though it actually tastes just fine, albeit very innocuous, and definitely inoffensive (my surroundings probably influence this opinion, I must admit). A hollow fruit beer, but really, I get it, it goes down well enough, holds an above average booze quotient, and alludes to a popular fruit - I'm sure that it's more than my better half keeping this one a going concern.

Photo of MrVonzipper
2.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a solid one finger foamy white head. Moderate retention. No lacing.

Raspberry hits your nose immediately and quite strong. It mask any other possible notes, even wheat.

Flavor is very similar. Strong raspberry up front, transitioning into the shrouded wheat character then back to sweet raspberry.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Light bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall this beer is a mess. Who is the target market here ladies? The gays? My wife who is not a big beer drinker liked it alot. I actually like regular Shocktop. For a macro brew Hef I think it's pretty damn good. The raspberry is just so overpowering in every way it's a little tough to drink. I contemplated a drainpour.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a hazy straw yellow with a 2-finger head. Average retention. Thin, spotty lacing.

Smell - Predominant notes of wheat and raspberry. Simple, but I love the smell of raspberries.

Taste - Ugggh! How do you screw up raspberry? Wheat, then a bit of raspberry sweetness upfront, followed by a jumbled, dirty mess on the back end; watery... dirty water with a splash of raspberry tea. Good God!

Mouthfeel - Watery body, with very little carbonation.

Overall - I thought this was gonna be the best of the Shock Top offerings, based purely on the raspberry factor, but like the crew of the Prometheus, I was wrong. So wrong. This one takes "The Razzie" award, pun intended.

Photo of Dave128
4.02/5  rDev +43.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown twistoff bottle into a pint glass.

A - A rigorous pour yields a finger or so of white head that fizzles out quickly. A tiny ring of lace still presides around the edge of the glass as bubbles slowly float to the top. A slightly hazy straw color doesn't look impressive. You might be able to say there is a pinkish tinge that comes from the raspberries or raspberry flavoring, but its not too prominent.

S - Fairly neutral nose. Smells lightly of raspberries with some wheat character as well.

T - Wow I am completely surprised by this. I was really expecting typical AB grassyness corn sugar party, but this one really has some great clean flavors and I find nothing wrong with the flavor of this beer. The light raspberry flavor mixed with a light wheat character makes for a very refreshing and tasty beer. My only gripe here might just be that it needs more flavor.

M - Light and fizzy. Refreshing.

O - I really appreciate how reserved the fruit flavors of this beer are. I usually shy away from fruit beers because the tartness or sweetness are just way too much that it doesn't seem like beer anymore. This one strikes a great balance for me and I don't think its a bad offering at all from AB.

Photo of tdm168
2.46/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with 1/4" of bubbly head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. Artificial raspberries dominate the nose. Taste is a very mild wheat, artificial raspberries, and just a hint of spice. I get none of the coriander spice promised on the bottle. Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

I don't like the artificial fruit flavor. This is a rather weak beer all around.

Photo of secondtooth
2.05/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A cloudy gold here, with large head and no lace on the glass at all.

Aroma is raspberry. Appealing, but overpowering.

Taste reveals sweetness. Very sweet. This is one beer that needs a definite balance. I get nothing of the grains or hops, just a big sweet, artificial metallic-tasting raspberry.

Avoid this one at all costs. Yech.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.71/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very cloudy. Almost hefeweizen-like. Decent foam and good lacing.

Smell: Just some raspberries and lemon. A bit soapy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not a huge fan of the flavor. The citrus (lemon and orange) and the raspberry makes this too sour. Mouthfeel is pretty crisp though.

Drinkability: Pretty weak for a fruit ale.

Overall: See drinkability.

Photo of socon67
2.82/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours hazy, yellow, and cloudy. Has a kind of belgian ale look, but nothing exciting.

S - Certianly smells of raspberry. Just a bit too heavy and artificial. This scent dominates so much that it is hard to detect much else.

T - If you like fruit beers and prefer sweet flavor this will be enjoyable. Just realize that there won't be much more. The raspberry and spice flavors take over the tasting experience.

M - One was enough. Way too sweet.

O - Prefer the regular Shock Top over this one. Too much emohasis on fruit flavor and not enough on the balance.

Photo of RickS95
3.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's obviously a Belgian, but doesn't really look like a fruit beer, which is a good thing. It's straw-colored, but has that hazy white look working for it. No clear signs that it's a fruit beer.

Smells like raspberry juice. Nothing else is noticeable.

The flavors are all as advertised on the bottle--coriander, spices, orange peel, raspberry. They're just a little too apparent. Nothing subtle about it.

Tastes more like a wine cooler than a beer. The tastes aren't smooth. They're rough around the edges.

A good chick beer, not bad for warm weather, wouldn't really want it any other time of the year.

Photo of russpowell
2.47/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Took a flyer on this as the wit version was alright...

Pours a super effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of beige colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Raspberry kool aid & faint wheat breadyness

T: Artificially flavored raspberry water with bits of NutraSweet & lemon drop candy up front. Dryness, tartness & artificial flavoring as this warms, finishes with weird raspberry fake flavor & dryness

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation with dryness crawling all over this

No defense for this one, the other one is alright, this is a bunch of artificial tasting shite. Glad this one bottle in a mixed 6'er

Photo of zimm421
1.33/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Girlfriend picked this up hoping it would be something she would enjoy. Hated it and left to sit - figured I'd give it a shot. Let me just say this is bad. Just plain bad.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a weizen glass. Appears a very, very clear light yellow color. A huge lack of coloration here. Has a two-finger white sudsy head that dissipates very quickly. Leaves no lacing.

Smells slightly of raspberries and has very odd aromas underneath that - can't quite pick it out. Also get some alcohol notes and wheat. Just not an inviting nose. The taste is almost nothing. It really is missing tons of flavor, almost the same flavor levels as a Propel water. What little flavor there is is light raspberry and wheat as well as an alcohol hint. For a 5.2% beer this gives off way too much alcohol aromas and flavors.

The mouthfeel seems almost flat. Very thin and watery. The carbonation seemed to be there in the pour but there is a lack of it on the palate. Overall, this is crap. Girlfriend wishes she had never picked it up and was extremely disappointed in it. I didn't expect much, but this didn't even meet my expectations.

Photo of alleykatking
2.43/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Poured a hazy yellow orange color. One finger white head shows poor retention. Some streaks of lace on the sides of the glass...these tend to fall back into the beer itself.

S- Raspberry in the front end of the beer has a artifical aroma to it. Wheat undertones in the rest of the beer with sweet alcohol in the ending.

T- Raspberry in the front of the beer. This tasted to me like B to the E did in the front from the can I had a couple weeks ago. So this beer in the front tastes like a beer that has been out of date for 5 years...nice job AB! The backend is more wheat with hints of the raspberry. Alcohol comes through a little sweet at times in the ending.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Raspberry (artifical) and wheat left on the palate. Aftertaste is mostly sweet alcohol, raspberry, and wheat. Flavors were blended to what it said it was going to be. No off flavors at all. Light alcohol drying on the palate from each sip.

O- The taste profile of this and B to the E was interesting and almost the same to be honest. I didn't really care for this but it at the same time wasn't the worst beer I had. If someone bought me one I would drink it...but as far as drinking one thank you.

Photo of DaneBramage
2.85/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: reddish-yellow

S: raspberry fruity smell is overpowering

T: and I thought the smell was overpowering, until I actually tasted it

M: eh.

O: tastes like watered-down raspberry-flavored cider, no real beer flavor at all even though it's labeled wheat. Not offensive to drink but I'm really not a cider fan.

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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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