Shock Top Raspberry Wheat - Anheuser-Busch
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British Columbia (Canada)
1.35/5 rDev -51.4%
I bought this as part of a variety case of Shock Top wheat beers (a choice I now regret). I did not notice that the beer is made in about seven cities in Canada and the US since it was displayed in the "Craft Beer" section of the liquor store. What a joke.
Poured from the bottle into a stemmed beer glass. An inch of white foam collapsed quickly to a little bit of lacing. Lots of carbonation. Faint raspberry smell. The taste is deeply artificial, sickly sweet, cloying, and unpleasant. The raspberry flavour being used is clearly of a low quality and poorly matched with a wheat beer. The wheat beer aspects are totally opaque because of the intense raspberry, so it doesn't even taste like beer, per se.
In disbelief I shared the beer with a family member, who was similarly disgusted and commented on the cloying, syrupy taste and mouth feel. Frankly, the taste is so unpleasant and the carbonation so blunt that it is hard to tell whether the underlying mouth feel is pleasant or not. It is extremely one-note and borders on both British "alco-pops" and children's cough syrup.
I will be attempting to give the remainder of the case away to friends who "don't really like beer that much" but love Granville Island's raspberry offering (an example of this style done fairly well, although it is barely beer). I will also avoid Shock Top in the future. Disgusting.
05-16-2014 07:12:45 | More by ptor
1.31/5 rDev -52.9%
<shiver> Ooof, that's awful. Nothing to recommend this one at all. Artificial in character. Sticky sweet. Doughy mouthfeel. Unnatural tasting finish. Shock Top orange is at least drinkable. This is not. Actively unpleasant. Feh.
05-16-2014 04:07:21 | More by TerryW
2.95/5 rDev +6.1%
473 mL can picked up at TBS, served slightly chilled.
Pours a cloudy golden-yellow colour, topped with two fingers of puffy, soapy white head that recedes quickly over the next sixty seconds or so. The aroma is pleasant enough, with notes of raspberry, pale wheat malt and honey.
The flavour is much of the same - quite sweet, with notes of sugar followed by raspberry and red Kool-Aid. Vaguely wheaty malt sweetness, but the flavour is overwhelmingly artificial, with the raspberry and sugary sweetness lingering into the aftertaste for quite awhile. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation that provides a little less bite than I'd prefer from this type of brew.
Final Grade: 2.95, a C. Shock Top's Raspberry Wheat isn't exactly gross, but it has very few beer-like properties, and for that reason I can't reward it with a decent grade. Ontario residents with a craving for raspberry beer will be better satisfied with Amsterdam's KLB Raspberry, or (even better) the St. Ambroise Framboise, but this is a fairly inoffensive macro substitute that I might consider purchasing again.
05-02-2014 06:22:36 | More by thehyperduck
Shock Top Raspberry Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 805 ratings.