Shock Top Raspberry Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 958
Avg: 2.85
pDev: 69.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 193 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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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 UCLABrewN84
2.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of artificial raspberry aromas and perfume. Taste is of artificial raspberry flavoring and fruit roll-ups. There is a perfume-like aftertaste on the finish. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty fake smelling and tasting beer that is not even average in my book.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this fresh at the brewery in st Louis, so Im sure my experience with this is better than the average joe buying a sixer in some distant land. this pours a pink tinted thicker wheat beer color with an inch of dying white fluff on top. the nose is really heavy raspberry, tart and fresh. really honestly tastes like fresh fruit too. I am surprised at the authenticity of the fruit in this beer, I thought itd be all syrupy and sweet, and it just isn't. the wheat malt is nothing special, but it is fresh too, and the yeast comes across a bit generic, but the raspberry is the intended star here. this is like the lemon shandy and the apple version were at the brewery, very potent and fresh. its hard for me to knock this, because at the source it really is worth drinking. a little sweet, a little thicker than it needs to be, but for a macro, its quite good when its fresh.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew could have been much worse than it was, I was interested in trying it since I just had the pumpkin one not too long ago. This one poured out much like the normal Shock Top, kinda hazy with a golden color to it. The head leaves no lacing and has very little retention. The smell of the beer is a little perfumy, almost artificial smelling. The taste of the beer has a pretty nice flavor to it. I was actually please with the raspberry flavor in this one. The mouthfeel was thin, nothing too stunning here really. Overall this brew was drinkable, I didn't mind having a second one right after the first. I can't ever see myself buying it but for free it's not too bad.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With nearly wine cooler-like sweetness and artificial raspberry flavor, Anheuser-Busch creates a dramatic bridge for those who oppose fundamental beer flavor to crawl over to the taste of American Wheat Ales that are dripping with candied fruit flavor.

Pouring a firm hazy golden color, I'm somewhat surprised that the beer doesn't carry a pinkish hue. The beer sure fits the "wheat beer" aesthetics and continues with a froathy white head that retains surprisingly well with light lace.

Aromas and flavors are all raspberry, particularly because of the rich sweetness that's associated with the fruit and fruit flavored soft drinks. The underlying sweetness of malt comes in the form of a cereal mix that includes wheat.

Light zesty textures derive from a prickle of carbonic bite as the sugary feel overshadows the more meaningful malt richness. While the sweetness dictates the mouthfeel, it limits any would-be dryness from occurring from the dissipating malt or acidic dryness, hop dryness, or alcohol warmth.

Caught somewhere between soda pops, wine cooler, and fruited wheat beer, this concoction doesn't offend the palate but causes a bit of disruption when preferring a beer of "real beer" flavor.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.4/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with a light bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of fake raspberry syrup is quite awful with quite a bit of residual sugars. This is closer to a cooler than beer. Taste is a mix between some grainy wheat malt notes with quite a bit of residual sugar and way too much of the awful raspberry syrup. Body is light with good carbonation. I wasn’t expecting some kind of masterpiece but what a bunch of crap this beer was.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
2.23/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a clear, very pale, straw gold color with a one-finger, fizzy, bubbly head of foam. Short lived retention and no lacing.

S - It smelled of raspberry and nothing else.

T - Tasted of raspberry and some wheat. Neither flavor is particularly strong.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a crackling bite. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a fairly typical raspberry wheat. Not good but not awful, either.

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Photo of nathanmiller
1.13/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Shock Top Raspberry Wheat is a perfect case of a beer that shouldn't be served to anyone who has ever tasted any other beer before. It is, to say the least, abysmal.

Why? The taste, the smell, even the appearance is saddening to senses.

A: Served with almost no head, unless you call the soda-like fizz a head. The pinkish-tinted gold is not attractive or appetizing at all.
S: Yeah, that's raspberry all right. I guess I can see how they named the beer. If there was anything else in this brew, I couldn't discern it through my nose.
T: God, have mercy on my tastebuds. There's raspberry, again, that's certain. As for wheat? I'm not convinced. Maybe AB used a hint of wheat, but if they did, it wasn't much. The raspberry is way too overpowering, and the wheat almost non-existent.
M: Fizzy. Too fizzy, it tickled my tongue like a bad soda.
O: I'll avoid this in the future. I suggest you do the same.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.63/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

I found the original Shock Top to be a lackluster, deficient witbier. Maybe the addition of some raspberry flavoring has made up for its shortcomings.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a medium-sized, not particularly lasting, white head.

Smell: Still, it's scant hints at pale malts and malted wheat, with a muted spice element and fine scent of raspberry flavoring.

Taste: Sugary raspberry additive, lightly tart, over the mild base beer. So the originally light malts and light spice are easily obscured with the berry add-on. Sweetish, lightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium, though airy carbonation.

Overall: Skip it. There's far, far better witbiers and better fruit beers to be had out there.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

For whatever reason, I found myself compelled to buy this bottle yesterday. Call it the morbid curiosity of the ticker... It pours a mostly clear pale straw topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose is dominated by a clearly fake whiff of "raspberry", though bits of wheat and light grass make it through as well. The taste doesn't change anything, much to my chagrin. The more I drink, though, the more medicinal the raspberry becomes. Why? This is just kinda mean, now. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a wet, kinda grainy feel. Overall, a pretty sad excuse for a raspberry wheat. Boo this stuff.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/13/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains raspberries, wheat, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet raspberry flavor followed by mildly bready flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but it’s enough to bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s decent for a fruity beer but just mediocre overall.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.6/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap @ Tgi Friday's in Harrisburg 5/14/11, Served chilled in a standard pint.

The color is very cloudy pale golden with a quick to dissipate white head that becomes a ring around the glasses collar. The smell is fruity but in an artificial raspberry kind of way that smell pretty well overpowers the malt aroma. The feel is thin, highly carbonated and slightly yeasty with semi-sweet middle and generally slick feel with semi-dry finish.

The flavor is not terrible, it reminds me of fruit flavored teas that have that not quite fresh fruit flavor, like an extract that is added giving the wheat a slight sweetness. The feel has something to be desired, but the wheat is noticeable in the flavor which is a place compared to the raspberry. I personally don't find sweet raspberry flavor as enjoyable as the tart fresh stuff, though. Overall I would pass on this beer, recommended for those who prefer fruit extract flavors, I guess.

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Photo of LXIXME
1.64/5  rDev -42.5%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
2.47/5  rDev -13.3%
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

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazed golden yellow with a white head that quickly becomes a thin, lasting cover. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of raspberries with a wheat tant, some citrus and some yeast.

The taste is of sweet - almost sticky. It's a shame that the taste doesn't really stand up to the aroma. There is a little dry yeast and some mild citrus and coriander, but the sweet raspberry dominates, and hangs on in the aftertaste. Overall, the taste is of the typical artificial-ish fruit syrup with just a little more underneath.

It is pretty creamy, but has an odd thickness to it. Still, it is pretty smooth. Not crisp, though.

Rasberry syrup dominates. Still, there is a little more to it - in the aroma, anyway. There are both better and worse American fruit wheat ales out there. It doesn't even come close to the standard Belgian fruit beers, but being what it is - it is what it is.

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Photo of WesWes
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a 1/2" white head that quickly fizzles to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice tart fruit scent along with a light pale and wheat malt aroma. The taste is average. It has a light and refreshing pale and wheat malt flavor along with a artificial raspberry character. It has a funny sweetness in the finish. The mouthfeel is average. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a nice summer brew for folks who like generic fruit beers with artificial flavoring.

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Photo of tdm168
2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.49/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass. I stole your beer from your fridge!!

A very soapy but good retention head, bleach white and three fingers tall. Body color is a hazy classic looking wheat beer yellow with some bronze and slight gray edges. Good carbonation rising nicely. This is quite nice looking and solid.

Nose is pure raspberry syrup, and extremely dominant, with a very large candy sweetness. There's nothing else to even hint at any esters, malt or other beer like flavors. It is a raspberry beer, so it's delivering so far so I'll give it that.

Palate is extremely wet. Large thin watery raspberry dominates the palate, no beer backbone to this at all. Tight carbonation with no malt presence. Thin. Seltzery, quite gaseous. Slightly strangely alcohol warming for such a normal abv.

This is nothing but sugar water. Overall this is exactly like those raspberry seltzer-y bottles of water you can buy at the supermarket. If that's what you want in a beer for taste, then this is your thing. Unfortunately this hardly tastes like beer let alone some sort of wheat brew. Pass.

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Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a light yellow slightly hazy color.

Smell: overwhelming smell of raspberries.

Taste: bland but not untolerable. Sweet rasberry dominates.

Mouthfeel: nothing spectacular or devestating just your average beer.

Overall:Typical BMC product you get what you pay for.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.2/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shock Top Raspberry Wheat
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV: 5.20 %

LOOK: Pale malts spiked with a kool-aid reddish color.

SMELL: Sugary raspberry, wheat, and then more berry.

TASTE: Sweet raspberry flavoring, sugary malts, very small presence of wheat. It does not really taste like beer, much more akin to a raspberry smirnoff or other fruited/flavored malt beverage. Not much of a beer, but the flavors are unoffensive nonetheless. A fruit tinged malt beverage is all this is.

OVERALL: Every so often, you drink a beer that doesn't resemble beer at all. This was one of those times.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served on-tap in a berliner-weisse, the beer pours a bright, pale yellow with lots of carbonation. Almost opaque, with a quickly disappearing head. The aroma will clear the room with syrupy super-sweet raspberry smells. My nose pegged this one at least 20 feet away. It's like cracking a bottle of Clearly Canadian Raspberry (if you have that around you). Super watery feel in mouth, with slight smoothness at the last second, but that may have been my palate recovering from the shock (pun intended). The flavor is sharp, with slight raspberry notes riding the bleh of Shock Top. The aftertaste is watery, and the finish guessed it. Not good at all.

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Photo of Zorro
2.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Cloudy yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smell is strong raspberry candy and slightly of ginger. Chalky yeast aroma, but the raspberry pretty much dominates.

Starts out sweet with a strong raspberry candy flavor. There is a slight sweet and sour taste going on here. Still tastes like Homer Simpsons infamous "Skittlebrau."

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall it's "Skittlebrau."

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Photo of vfgccp
2.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured as per the bottle instructions

A – Pours a thick, pillowy white head; unfortunately it has just ok retention and very little lace. Opaque golden pear body.

S – Bright, tart raspberry aroma. Touch of funky yeast with a wet, wheaty backdrop.

T – Wheat into a deep wallop of hone and yeast. A tingly raspberry follows the sweetness, but it carries a strong medicinal character.

M – Medium/full body for the style. The finish is sweet and somewhat syrupy.

O – The nose has a great raspberry note, but the wheat in it has a funny funk. The flavor is ok, but the medicinal edge really hurts the beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy tangerine orange with a strong sense of macro-bubble carbonation within. A chalky white head is spongy, a finger high with an average rate of stay leaving no lace.

S: The nose was soft and perfumy, of raspberries, medium strength. Touches of sugary malts with an overall nice balance, not overdone on the raspberry or lacking.

T: sweet, raspberries with a soft touch of wheat. Again a pretty good balance, doesn’t try to overdue the use of raspberry and fairly natural in delivery. A bit of tangerine citrus. Not big on complexity, but rather smooth on the take. Soft dryness of wheat comes on the close.

M: bubbly and active, decent fullness, maybe medium bodied and was fairly sharp upfront.

O: Honestly not bad, wont make me a fan and more for the light craft drinker who likes a little fruitiness with his beer, but I can see the ladies enjoying this, smoother, now to take of the training wheels and do a big boy style.

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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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