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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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826 Ratings
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Ratings: 826
Reviews: 134
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 28.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 77 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: zeff80 on 03-16-2011)
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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

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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 826 ratings.