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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 158
Hads: 981
Avg: 2.87
pDev: 68.99%
Wants: 10
Gots: 212 | FT: 0
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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 bluejacket74
3.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy gold color (with a few floaties) and about a half inch white head. The head doesn't stay around for long, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is raspberries (more syrup than fresh raspberries) and some wheat. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all raspberries and wheat. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has moderate carbonation and it goes down easy. Not too bad, overall. I'd drink this again in the future.

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Photo of Dave128
4.02/5  rDev +40.1%
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.

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Photo of budgood1
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a cloudy, unfiltered haze sunset gold colour with a moderate fizzy head, reducing to some minmal lace. the "natural raspberry essence" is prevalent in the nose, with a bit of pale maltiness and wheat spice. doesn't smell too bad. the pale malt and wheat notes are complimented by some not too artificial raspberry flavour. surprisingly, it all melds quite nicely together, and there is nothing really offensive about anything in the flavour profile. medium bodied with a smooth and light mouthfeel. drinkability is ok. i'm sure this would be much more quaffable on the 4th of July rather than Halloween day.

overall this is just an ok fruit beer. about what a drinker would expect from A-B. chicks would probably dig it. nothing great, but nothing bad.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.77/5  rDev -3.5%
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 Lemke10
3.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Summer 2011.

Pours a cloudy golden/copper color with about a half inch of a foamy head. The scent that stands out above all is the sweet raspberries. Almost reminds me of the scent of a brand new box of fruity pebbles. The taste is smooth and mellow and there is definetly a wheat and a raspberry taste to it. The first part of the taste is much better than the last half as it starts sweet like a lambic and finishes like a dry cheap beer. An interesting concept but definetly needs some improvement when compared to other micro-brews but for an Anheuser-Busch product, this isn't too bad. Something to try once and that's about it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev +27.9%
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 blakelive784
2.09/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass:

A - light, cloudy golden color with thin white head that dissipated quickly. No signs of lacing

S - overpowering rasberry notes dominate a hint of wheat tones. No traces of any hops aromas here

T - Cloyingly sweet, artificial rasperry extract flavor. A hint of wheat on the finish with little to no bittering hops. There may be some hoppy fruity notes but it's hard to tell.

M - Thin with a dry finish. Fairly high carbonation.

D - As mentioned before, this beer may be appropriate for those who don't like beer. Really a pretty poor example of a fruit based wheat.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.41/5  rDev -16%
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 kolbe21
2.1/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pretty cloudy orange in color. Little bit of head that quickly disappears

S: strong berry smell, not so much wheat

T: Again, not alot of taste of wheat. Way too overpowering of raspberry. Very artificial tasting, almost tastes like a bad juice box.

M: Very light, could drink a few if you can get past the overwhelming taste of fake raspberry.

O: As you can tell i did not enjoy this beer, Im a big fan of wheat beers and I am always willing to try ones that are infused with fruit. I would suggest you should not waste your money on this beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev +4.5%
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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Photo of pzrhsau
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: the beer pours a nice cloudy golden color with no head that doesn't add much to the beer.
S: Overwhelmingly raspberry flavor but very artificial flavor.
T: Very strong raspberry flavor at first but then it dissolves into no real flavor. Its very syrupy and doesn't offer much wheat.
M/O: Very raspberry but not much beer flavor or aroma.

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Photo of tdm168
2.46/5  rDev -14.3%
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 BrewDogg
2.08/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This wheat ale came off smelling like it was going to be a one of a kind beer, but turned out tasting similiar to a raspberry iced tea. I would recommend this for people who dislike the taste of beer.

S- Gives off a very strong raspberry fragrence which overpowers the smell of the hand-selected hops or any other aromas.

T-Best described as a highly carbonated rapberry iced tea.

MF- Watery. This beer is perfect for quenching thirst out in the sun, but lacks any strong characteristics.

Drinkability- I had troubles choking down the first bottle because I didn't prefer the taste. Although, the second and third bottle went down a little smoother.

I prefer dark, robust, heavy beers, but occasionally I have an ale or two. What I expected from this fruity ale was a smooth beer with a rapberry hint, but instead I was given flavored carbonated water.

Not my style

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Photo of devilben02
2.75/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was a gift to my wife from a friendly neighborhood A-B distributor. She didn't want it, so I might as well try it (for science). Poured from the bottle, this one has a slightly hazy apple-juice-golden-yellow color and a modest, fizzy, cream-colored head that quickly evaporates to almost nothing. The aroma of raspberry juice permeates the area after this pour. The fragrant light fruitiness smells like a bottled fruit juice that contains enough real juice that you wouldn't be ashamed to give to your kids (occasionally).

Unfortunately, the flavor goes the other direction. The fruity sweetness again dominates, and the only thing that reminds that this is beer is a dull, yeasty earthiness. In contrast to the aroma, the fruit juice flavor starts to become more and more unpleasantly artificial with each sip. The mouthfeel tries to help, with a light, smooth body and only a mildly tingly carbonation. In the end, however, this just doesn't taste like beer. Light and very fruity, it's more of a fruit juice spritzer than a beer. It's actually somewhat pleasant when viewed from that point of view, though, making it a potentially fine summery change-of-pace or a first stepping stone towards beer for a wine cooler drinker.

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Photo of russpowell
2.47/5  rDev -13.9%
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 rdub
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife loves this because it doesn't taste much like beer. I only the other hand, love beer. Hence the BA membership. This poured from the bottle into a standard pint. Cloudy orange color with quickly dissipating head. The smell was obviously artificial raspberry with a ton of sweetness. Taste was mostly artificial raspberry with a touch of beer. Not really much to write about from a BA standpoint. Mouthfeel was easy drinking. I hate to rate this so high because it's not so much a good brew but that I occasionally enjoy this as a guilty pleasure. I'm sorry...

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Photo of MrVonzipper
2.59/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of DannyDan
1.8/5  rDev -37.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden yellow with a thin white head that has good carbonation, retention and lacing. The nose consists of a very strong raspberry flavoring along with some wheat and maybe some other sweet flavorings, but not really sure. The taste starts out with a fake raspberry taste that follows some wheat and some hops that are hard to taste with the bad raspberry taste in my mouth. The aftertaste has the bad raspberry taste along with a soapy taste that makes me want to grab another beer to wash the taste away. I'll even take a busch light at this point over this light bodied thin watery beer that should be discontinued as soon as possible.

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Photo of zimm421
1.33/5  rDev -53.7%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.41/5  rDev -16%
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 BEERME528
3.78/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, a good and unique new beer. I enjoyed a glass of it after a brewery tour in St. Louis. Give it a chance before you go bashing it because it is an AB product. This flavor is not quite as good as the Belgian White in my opinion however I would purchase this stuff any day.

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Photo of tone77
4.07/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by raspberries. Taste is big on raspberry up front, sweet and tart, somne wheat is present. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of ChrisMichels
1.12/5  rDev -61%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I hated every aspect of this beer.

It smelled like girl farts and raspberries...and tasted about the same. I can't even take the time to honestly rate this beer. It is horrible...and I hate myself for drinking it. This was supposed to be a belgian style wheat, but was so far off style, I don't know what you would call it. More like a bartels and james than anything really...

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Photo of WesWes
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
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 jifigz
2.18/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into a sweet vintage Pabst mug/glass. I traded my sister a Sunshine Pils for this beer. I know I got the short end of the stick but I traded on purpose just to review this beer because there is no way in hell I would ever buy this.

A: An average wheat color. Hazy yellow/orange.

S: Completely dominated by raspberry. I seriously cannot smell anything else. It smells more like a wine cooler.

T: A strange flavor. It is very raspberry up front, with just a hint of wheat beer character towards the finish. Other flavors present are...well, garbage.

M: This beer is way too overly carbonated, it pretty much stings my mouth with carbonation.

O: This is Anheuser-Busch attempting to crack into the craft beer world...and they failed miserably. I would rather have a regular Budweiser (or Pabst to fit into my sweet vintage Pabst glass.)

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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 158 ratings.