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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 scratch69
3.62/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Golden yellow color with a finger and a half of head. Fair amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Fresh raspberry aroma.

Taste- Strong flavor of sweet raspberry with the tiniest hint of wheat malt.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good fruit beer. While it is not the best raspberry beer that I have had, I have had worse. Much better than the regular Shock Top.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev +20.1%
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 pjkelley82
3.16/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the better raspberry beers I have had. Not the best but definitely would say try. I agree it is definitely a good beer to give to your lady if she's not into beer too much. The "Beer" aspect of it is not to complex which is why, and rightfully so it's not outstanding. Typical AB... make a cheap beer and put raspberries in it... I have to say this Is a good beer y time pop can bring with you to a party/beach and pound a few down easy. Very easy drinking and for what it's worth I didn't love it but would not be surprised if I was drinking it again. To me the raspberry taste was not aftificial and not overpowering. Was balanced well but again nothing much in the beer part of it.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
3.41/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a very hazy golden color with a thick foamy head. Head retention and lacing are both very good. The aroma is pretty much raspberries. Not much else to it. Doesn't taste much like beer. It taste like raspberry juice with maybe a tinge of wheat at the end. Light bodied with heavy carbonation. If you like fruity, sweet beers, this is probably for you. Not for me, but I have had worse.

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Photo of SMarq17
2.93/5  rDev +1.7%
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".

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Photo of Lisa_Dill
4.49/5  rDev +55.9%
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.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
2.98/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from the bottle.

Pours hazy golden. One inch head, no lacing.

Aroma is pure raspberry Kool-Aid.

The taste is pure raspberry Kool-Aid. Really, that's it. No real wheat beer characteristics here, it shares more in common with wine coolers or Kool Aid than beer.

Crackly carbonation, very crisp. The real plus to the beer, I suppose. Light bodied.

Not really beer. It's drinkable, but way too artificial and sweet.

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Photo of Kastler
3.67/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a frosty beer mug.

Appearance - looks similar to apple cider; very light and goldenrod; a thick foamy head

Smell - raspberry aroma is slightly overpowering, but it smells delicious

Taste - very sweet, strong raspberry taste; a little bit overpowering for the beer but still easy to drink

Mouthfeel - excellent feel for any wheat beer; minimal carbonation

Overall - a great beer; i honestly really like the taste, especially for the amount of ABV that it holds; a lot of people criticize it for its strong raspberry influence but that's what it is: Raspberry Wheat. Not "Typical Wheat Beer with a hint of raspberry"

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Photo of jrnichols
2.19/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.25

I've been sampling and reviewing some of the beers left in my fridge after a party. Sometimes it's nice to try beers I wouldn't ordinarily buy on my own. This is one of those kind of beers.

Appearance: Pale golden in color and cloudy. Had a nice foamy head on it when poured but it soon dissipated.

Smell: I can smell the rasberry scent, but not much else. Not a stong smell or very complex. Certainly not yeasty, or wheaty like many wheat beers.

Taste: The raspberry flavor is the first thing to hit you. However it is kind of artificial tasting, more like raspberry candy. I do taste a hintof citrus and a bit of a coriander flavor, but the taste as a whole is not very complex. The wheat ale base does not stand out above the raspberry. Kind of a strange aftertaste which reminds me of cough drops.

Mouthfeel: Effervescent and light. Goes down smooth.

Overall: Not a very complex beer. A mediocre wheat beer which is not improved by the addition of raspberry flavor. It is a smooth drinking beer, but the raspberry leaves a kind of cough-drop-like aftertaste which does not leave me wanting another. Kind of a letdown since I am a big fan of raspberries as a fruit.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.49/5  rDev -13.5%
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 fischerking
4.23/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Shock Top Raspberry Wheat from St. Louis, MO.

This beer has a great raspberry smell and an equally good raspberry flavor. Refreshing raspberry wheat.

I drank it from a bottle from Food City in Knoxville, TN on 12/19/2012 from a create your own 6-pack.


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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.96/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was very pleased and surprised by this beer considering the pumpkin wheat version was good and I had some reservations about the raspberry working as well, from a taste perspective.

Its appearance was nothing spectacular - it was your run-of-the-mill yellow-orange ale look. It was even cloudier than I expected. The head was almost non-existent and there was no lacing to mention. Smell was what surprised me - a very appealing scent of raspberry that I thought mixed well with the hops - very appealing. Taste was just as good, if not better than the smell. Mouthfeel was nothing memorable - like most of the beers I've partaken of lately.

Overall, I think it deserves it score due to its strong and mouth-watering odor of raspberry with a taste to match.

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Photo of lwillitz
2.7/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - 2 fingers of bubbly ever-so-slightly-off-white head over a cloudy yellow body with sediment and a small amount of carbonation bubbles; head dissipates quickly into nothing

S - mostly raspberry (seems artificial) with a hint of wheat

T - sweet raspberry and wheat, citrus, touch of spice

M - thin body, low/average carbonation

O - not much to the smell or taste; overly sweet; like drinking a soft drink

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Photo of CurtisPeacock
2.57/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: This beer pours a hazy light gold with a moderate 1 inch head. On the thinner side of lacing with just a little sticking around after the initial pour.

S: Light wheat smell with a rich burst of raspberry. Very pleasing smell, really gets you excited to try

T: Fail. Not a fan in any sense of this beer's taste. The first sip is not bad. A good amount of your typical wheat beer taste and a strong punch of raspberry. Unfortunately, after the first drink it's out with the good and in with the bad. The raspberry is overwhelming. One of the sweetest beers I have ever had. If you do enjoy really rich, sweet beers than this may be worth a try. The smell drew me in but the overwhelming sweetness drove me away.

M: A little on the watery side. Not very wheat beer like.

Overall: This beer is just too sweet for myself. If you are a fan of beers such as Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy or like wine coolers than this may be for you. Otherwise I would suggest looking elsewhere.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.46/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a hazy, light gold-yellow hue. Typical wheat beer look. Good retention on a medium 2 finger head. Remnants of the head persist for a good while, but lacing is barely present.

S- Light wheat and grassy notes are present. Sweet, somewhat artificial raspberry flavoring dominates the nose after the wheat notes.

T- Starts off with a solid wheat beer flavor profile and quickly transitions to a semisweet raspberry flavor. Raspberry flavor is fairly artificial tasting, but still a pleasant flavor. Nothing complex here, just wheat and raspberry.

M- Light and refreshing. Crisp with high levels of carbonation. Wheat is rather light, and mixed in with the raspberry, the weight of the liquid is adequate. Could easily drink these until your heart's content.

Overall, this is among my favorite, everyday wheat beers. Despite the artificial raspberry flavoring, it is enjoyable, cheap, and easy to find.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.25/5  rDev -21.9%
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.

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Photo of weekendwarrior
3.82/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bored with your normal cheap/on sale beer? This beer is a fun drink. The thick raspberry taste is great! A sweet tasting beer for around $7.00 a six pack. Wheat beer is always creamier and thicker than the normal on sale beer. Add some raspberry flavored sweetener and you've got Shock Top Raspberry Wheat! Stronger buzz at 5.20% compared to 5.00%! A good time for sure!

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.37/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a bubbly white head that fades super fast to a small collar. No lacing at all.

Whoa...that is raspberry pungent! Sweet and candy-esque. Kinda artificial smelling, but not all that bad.

Taste is mildly repulsive...it is kind of jammy tasting with a metallic twang. Leaves a bad aftertaste, like sucking on a rusty nail. The flavor is full of artificial raspberry and does not leave much of the 'Belgian Wit' in it's wake...which is not such a bad idea in the case of the original Shock Top. I was waiting to find this as a single to find out how bad it was...and while it is worth the 1.50 for the experience, Id be hard pressed to finish a sixer of this in a year-long span.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.2/5  rDev -23.6%
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 jwc215
2.95/5  rDev +2.4%
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 Jadjunk
2.96/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm finally getting around to the next entry in AB's rapidly multiplying Shock Top series. Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale, the label states it as a "Belgian-Style Wheat Ale brewed with citrus peels and coriander with natural raspberry flavor added". It seems quite similar to their original Belgian White with the addition of Raspberries. Let's see how well they blend.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served at 42º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick crisp fizzy head that recedes at a quick pace, over a hazy golden yellow body, surprisingly with no raspberry-esque hues. Surface cover is light and there is no lacing. Carbonation is lively. Appearance isn't particularly impressive overall. 2.5

(Smell) There's certainly a lot of tart raspberry aroma first, followed by some cracker wheat malt and a very subtle hint of spice. Any hint of orange peel is largely overshadowed by the raspberry, but subtle hints of citrus peek through when you try hard enough. A heartier wheat malt base would better accentuate the fruit additions, but it's not a bad aroma, likely inviting to most and the potency is nice. Raspberry isn't overdone by this step. 4

(Taste) Big sweet raspberry syrup flavor over an equally sweet wheat malt base. The tartness is much more subdued, a bit more sweet than tart which is disappointing. I was hoping the flavors would be more subtle like the aroma suggested. Ultimately, it's cloyingly sweet which drops the drinkability significantly. The flavors are just too muddled and there's no distinct points to the flavor. At times I feel I'm drinking raspberry pancake syrup, and all of those nice subtleties that were in the original Belgian White are lost in a sea of raspberry flavor. Should you like a level of sweetness that equates a raspberry cheesecake, you may have found a good match, but this certainly doesn't function as a sessionable beer. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Medium thick, chewy syrup texture. Carbonation isn't effectively utilized in this step, and seems far too low to appropriately carbonate this beer. Alcohol presence is also low, masked by the raspberry syrup. Body is low/medium, heightened only by the syrupy texture of the thick malt and fruit blends. It should have a much more crisp texture to be a good pairing. 2.5

(Overall) I found quite a few flaws with the taste and texture that kept this beer from drinking like a crisp summer raspberry wheat ale and more like a thick, chewy raspberry syrup in a glass. The fruit flavors should be more subtle, the carbonation amped up a lot, and darn it, why was there such little raspberry tartness? They may have just as well eliminated the spice blend and orange peel from the original recipe as it was a near impossibility to find amongst the dominant malt and raspberry flavors. I was expecting a bit of flavor diversity here! Consider trying it if you liked the original Belgian White but be prepared to pass up your desserts. 3

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.'s
Shock Top Raspberry Wheat

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Photo of razordm
3.12/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On occasion I like to try different fruit flavored beers. Raspberry smell/flavor comes thru on this bear quite nicely. I also enjoy wheat beers as well, but I rank beers by asking myself if I saw a 6 pack of this beer on sale, would I buy it. Answer is no in reagrd to this beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.37/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

looks pretty good, a bit cloudy, tannish yellow, decent white head with some staying power, so-so lace.

Smell is pretty good, quite raspberry with a bit of wheat beer character.

Taste does not follow the expectations of the smell. It's a syrupy mess, cloying and not full of fresh raspberry flavors like you might expect from the smell.

Body is OK, kind of thick like a wheat beer. The cloyingly sweet aftertaste detracts from the overall experience though.

Overall I think budweiser needs to try a real raspberry beer like New Glarus or DFH to see what raspberry beers can actually taste like before dumping a bunch of sugar and cheap raspberry syrup into a cheap wheat beer and then spending billions on marketing. Better beer sells itself due to the self-evident quality of the product. I'm damn glad that this was a single bottle given to me just to review, because had I bought a sixer of this I would have finished about half of one, cooked with the rest of it, and given the other five away to someone with no real concept of what good beer is.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Part of a mix-a-six I selected the other day... I'm a sucker for fruit beers though I don't expect a lot from this beer.

12 oz bottle into dimpled mug.

Hazy orange body with a rather large head. The whitish head stuck around for 3 or 4 sips before dissipating to a thin wispy collar. No lacing.

Smells of grainy malts and sweet cracked wheat. Oranges and raspberries are more prevalent, but if I focus I can detect some coriander/grains of paradise. Surprisingly pleasant. The nose really works well.

The taste is much better than i had expected but it's a bit too sweet overall.

The raspberries taste like raspberries!

I honestly expected to type the words "artificial raspberry flavor" in this review, but I really can't say that. I'm actually quite impressed by how well the fruit is used here. The finish holds a little "grape chewable Tylenol" note, so points will be docked accordingly. And, like I said, the beer comes across too sweet-- but I understand I'm not the target market for this beer and I can see why this beer tastes as it does.

Feels watery and thin. Pretty bubbly. That medicinal aftertaste hurts here as well because it feels as though that's what is
Left coating my teeth after a sip.

Overall-- this beer surprised me. Good use of fruit, bad in other aspects. I personally wouldn't buy this again, but this is certainly a step in the right direction from AB. This would be a great gateway beer I reckon.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.91/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shock Top Raspberry Wheat has a thick, creamy, cream-colored head and a hazy (which gets more-so when one swishes the bottom of the bottle), bubbly appearance. The aroma is of raspberry and light grain. Taste is very strong with the raspberry flavoring, and one also gets bread, orange, and sweetness. There is really no bitterness here. The mouthfeel is medium and a bit soft, and Shock Top Raspberry Wheat finishes crisp and refreshing. Drinkability is astronomical. Interestingly, as I drank it down, I did start to notice the alcohol coming through a bit. This is one of the better flavored beers that I’ve tried.


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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
68 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.