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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 152
Hads: 959
Avg: 2.85
pDev: 69.82%
Wants: 10
Gots: 195 | 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 blakelive784
2.09/5  rDev -26.7%
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 -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 kolbe21
2.1/5  rDev -26.3%
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 +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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Photo of pzrhsau
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%
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 -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 BrewDogg
2.08/5  rDev -27%
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 -3.5%
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 -13.3%
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 rdub
3/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -9.1%
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 -36.8%
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 -53.3%
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 -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 BEERME528
3.78/5  rDev +32.6%
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 +42.8%
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 -60.7%
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 +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 jifigz
2.18/5  rDev -23.5%
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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Photo of SamN
2.17/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a cloudy, orange hazy color, with a weak, thin head. Some swirling brings up a bit of creamy foam, but it doesn't last. Small bits of sediment can be seen floating in there; I'd like to think they are raspberry seeds, but I am sure they are not. Aroma is powerfully sweet of artificial raspberry, but there is some noticeable wheat malts and even some small amount of spicy cloves, cinnamon? I may be being generous. Taste is pretty sweet; not overpoweringly fruity but there just isn't much to it. Has a very poor mid-palette taste, nasty rotten fruit flavor, finishes sweet like candy and IHOP raspberry syrup. Poor tastes, not impressed whatsoever. Mouthfeel is thin and hollow.

Overall, too sweet and overly fruity. Blech, no thanks.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.11/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Hazy golden yellow in color, with a thick and dense off-white cloudtop head. The lacing is thick and patchy, there are numerous streams of fine, slow rising bubbles.

Aroma; Raspberry jam notes utterly dominate the aroma, not to the extent of Lindeman's Frambois, but strong, to be sure. There are faint notes of wheat as well, and maybe a little coriander, but its all about the raspberries.

Taste: As with the aroma, the raspberries dominate. At the start of the taste, there is a strong punch of raspberry. As the taste progresses, some wheat malt and a little hop bitterness appear. At the end of the taste, there is some mild bitterness to balance the sweetness of the raspberries. Finishes with a mild, lingering bitterness.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A pleasant warm weather beer, and one that is likely to please lady friends while their gentleman companions are quaffing an India Pale Ale.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pop-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Rest In Peace Bobby, 2015-04-15, you were an awesome cat, we will always miss you.

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Photo of GrifterEdge
3.4/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't expecting much when I tried this raspberry wheat. After tasting it, yes there are better fruit flavored wheats out there but this one isn't the worst I've had. I was expecting on first taste for it to be much sweeter. I was glad it wasn't.The mouthfeel I felt was the best part of this beer. It had a bit character, which was also welcome. It's not the most stellar beer of this class I've had, but it was OK.

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Photo of Guden
1.81/5  rDev -36.5%
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.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.43/5  rDev -14.7%
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 myself...no thank you.

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Photo of socon67
2.82/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 152 ratings.