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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Raspberry WheatShock Top Raspberry Wheat

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Ratings: 774
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 28.78%
Wants: 5
Gots: 53 | 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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Photo of JayS2629


3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is hazy, fizzy yellow beer with a thin white head that fades fast and leaves spotty lace. The smell is awesome because it is nothing but raspberry. Real raspberry and imitation. Sweet and tart. The taste is much better than the regular shock top crap. Amazing what raspberries can do. It doesn't taste like beer, but I enjoy raspberry. The mouthfeel is think, fizzy, and watery. Overall, and easy to drink beer for the summer heat. Nothing special, but drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2011 03:27:01 | More by JayS2629
Photo of BilbosNuts


3.33/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a very hazy, yellow color. It appears to be highly carbonated. It has a small, white head that has decent retention.

S: The smell is very sweet, but not too much so. Raspberries dominate the smell, but some wheat also comes through.

T: Just raspberries. Nothing else really comes through. The taste is very sweet.

M: It has a thin body and is very carbonated. The carbonation leaves a crisp refreshing finish.

O: Overall, it wasn't bad as far a fruit beers go. It may have been too sweet and could have used more complexity and layers in the taste. That being said, I enjoyed this version more than the original shock top.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 00:17:34 | More by BilbosNuts
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.63/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

I found the original Shock Top to be a lackluster, deficient witbier. Maybe the addition of some raspberry flavoring has made up for its shortcomings.

Appearance: Lightly hazed, pale yellow body with a medium-sized, not particularly lasting, white head.

Smell: Still, it's scant hints at pale malts and malted wheat, with a muted spice element and fine scent of raspberry flavoring.

Taste: Sugary raspberry additive, lightly tart, over the mild base beer. So the originally light malts and light spice are easily obscured with the berry add-on. Sweetish, lightly crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium, though airy carbonation.

Overall: Skip it. There's far, far better witbiers and better fruit beers to be had out there.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 13:40:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a light yellow slightly hazy color.

Smell: overwhelming smell of raspberries.

Taste: bland but not untolerable. Sweet rasberry dominates.

Mouthfeel: nothing spectacular or devestating just your average beer.

Overall:Typical BMC product you get what you pay for.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 01:48:33 | More by ejimhof
Photo of whiterabbit


2.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

InBev did buy Budweiser, right? And they brew Hoegaarten right? so they know something about wheat beers. Teach Shock Top. I did not get the strong overly sweet raspberry some tasters got, I found the beer rather bland. Hazy straw, golden appearance, light head that disappeared as quick as poured. Fake raspberry flavor, added not brewed. That sweet kind of candy raspberry. Did find the beer left a flat taste in mouth, not going to drink many of this variety. Only fair in my book, and I would not recommend.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2011 00:28:44 | More by whiterabbit
Photo of TacoSaladin


1.5/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

This beer has an uneven hue from yellow to a medium gold, otherwise fairly consistent to the style. However, contrary to the style the head retention was low.

As soon as the bottle opened an overpowering smell of (you guessed it) raspberries was noticeable. After poured into the glassware I was able to detect a slight 'wheat' smell.

As with the smell there was an overpowering raspberry taste. It was very sweet with little other qualities. There was medium to high carbonation with lighter than expected body. The after taste was semi-dry and again of raspberries.

I do not fell this beer is all that consistent to the style but with that said the raspberry flavor is way to overpowering. The worst part is the more you drink the stronger it gets.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2011 05:02:40 | More by TacoSaladin
Photo of gab2409


3.9/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I always want fruit flavored beers to be good, and this one finally hits the spot. This has a solid head, a pronounced raspberry smell, and a nice flavor to drive it home. It may be a bit too carbonated, though. I will look for this the next time I'm in the mood for a fruity beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2011 00:39:30 | More by gab2409
Photo of beerprovedwright


2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Less than a finger of head and it quickly faded leaving spotty lacing. Color is a hazy 3 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is overwhelming raspberry, with some wheat scent and a undertone of malt. Taste is no as good as the smell, quite sweet raspberry flavor, just a touch of roasted corn and wheat. Mouthfeel is watery with quite a bit of bite from the carbonation, has a clean feeling on my palate, and a slight raspberry after taste. The sweetness takes away from the refreshingness of the beer. Because it is sweet, it makes it more difficult to drink more than one at a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 16:31:49 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of Slatetank


2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I had this on tap @ Tgi Friday's in Harrisburg 5/14/11, Served chilled in a standard pint.

The color is very cloudy pale golden with a quick to dissipate white head that becomes a ring around the glasses collar. The smell is fruity but in an artificial raspberry kind of way that smell pretty well overpowers the malt aroma. The feel is thin, highly carbonated and slightly yeasty with semi-sweet middle and generally slick feel with semi-dry finish.

The flavor is not terrible, it reminds me of fruit flavored teas that have that not quite fresh fruit flavor, like an extract that is added giving the wheat a slight sweetness. The feel has something to be desired, but the wheat is noticeable in the flavor which is a place compared to the raspberry. I personally don't find sweet raspberry flavor as enjoyable as the tart fresh stuff, though. Overall I would pass on this beer, recommended for those who prefer fruit extract flavors, I guess.

Serving type: on-tap

05-16-2011 17:12:23 | More by Slatetank
Photo of DarrellK


3.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the middle of a flavored wit tasting I didn't expect much from this beer. I do have to give it some decent marks as it fits the style well ans is a nice brew to encourage neophytes to try the style.

The nose is clearly a wheat with raspberry and it poured pale cloudy with a little less head that standard. The mouth was surprisingly good and the finish was clearly raspberry.

A-B has done a lot to screw-up American beer taste but this one moves them in the right direction, it not all the way.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2011 22:06:10 | More by DarrellK
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy hazy golden color. A white head turned into a film. Not a bad looking beer at all.

The raspberry aroma is there but it's not crazy but that's the main smell.

The taste is mostly raspberry and wheat. It is quite sweet. Very crisp and refreshing. The flavors are quite tasty, kind of shocked.

Medium to high carbonation, light body. Goes down very easily.

This is a lot better than the regular Shock Top. It reminds me of a Raspberry Smirnoff, the "girly stuff", meets a manly beer. I know too many of these will lead to a wicked hangover!

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 04:19:51 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of wahhmaster


2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy, pale color. Has a small, frothy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of artificial raspberry jam with only a hint of wheatiness.

Taste: Mildly bitter up front. Finishes with a wheaty bitterness backed by a strong, artificial, raspberry flavor. Pretty much what one would expect from a Shock Top beer. Just replace the citrus flavors in the original Shock Top with raspberry flavors and that's pretty much what you have.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and fairly refreshing.

Overall: Meh, it's Shock Top; what can you really expect? It's by no means great but it is refreshing and not overtly offensive (just very artificial tasting).

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 23:56:31 | More by wahhmaster
Photo of bmwats


2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen.

A: Pours a cloudy, golden hue, with about a 1 finger, foamy white head. Settles fairly slowly. Eventually leaves ring of foam around the rim, and a slight smattering of tiny bubbles on the surface. Nothing really, in terms of lacing.

S: Surprisingly....raspberry and wheat. It's a really sweet smelling, not the tart variety.

T: Bready wheat base. Plenty of bitter and tart raspberry. Almost a woody bitterness. The raspberry is unnaturally sweet though.

M: Has almost a syrupy feel. Heavier feeling than you'd expect. I think it's the rich, overly-sweetened raspberry that gives it this buoyancy.

D: Decent enough. I hate to keep bringing it up, but it's a little too syrupy sweet. Just sayin'.

Atmosphere is good. Cloudy, golden color, and a solid head. Nose is basic, but kind of what you'd expect...raspberry and wheat. Flavor is bready and sweet. I think this has been augmented with some sweeteners...seems like it, anyway. Overall, this is decent quaff.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2011 02:16:43 | More by bmwats
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

These craft killer brands are pretty amusing, no mention of Michelob or Anheuser Busch on the front label. Appears pale hazed orange golden hue with a full thick layer of yeast sediment in the bottom of the glass. Shock Top Brewing St. Louis, MO. Bright white head leaves nice scattered lacing. Aroma has upfront tart raspberry jam notes with sharp wheat notes and a hint of citrus. Flavor was a bit too candy with the raspberry addition, the regular Shock Top isn't bad but the natural raspberry flavor added doesn't do it for me. Not sharp wheat just soft bready layers with a bit of chalky yeast flavors going on, minimal spice additions hard to pick up any one aspect of the spices. Look girls will love this stuff, but I'm not sold. Why do the next fruit infused wheat beer, when they could make a real craft style? Mouthfeel is slightly creamy lively carbonation not bad other than the cloying sweetness from the raspberry flavoring. Overall impression is this won't last, I can't believe this would outsell the standard superior Shock Top.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2011 23:33:54 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of bundy462


3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy and cloudy burt orange with a foamy white head. Good head retention.

S: Heavy on the raspberry, slight citrus, slight hop.

T: Raspberry over a clean wheat body with a slight orange twist. Slight grain and hop.

M: Creamy and medium bodied. Smooth.

O: Not bad for a change of pace. Better than most fruit flavored brews.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2011 23:34:50 | More by bundy462
Photo of Bookseeb


3.15/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is cloudy golden wheat with a hint of orange with a crisp dissapating head and no lace. Smell of light rasberries, spice and adjunct in the back. Taste is again light rasberries, spice and adjunct with a sweetness that tags along. Mouthfeel is light with good carbonation. A refreshing wheat ale that would go good on a warm summer day.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2011 23:54:07 | More by Bookseeb
Photo of secondtooth


2.05/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A cloudy gold here, with large head and no lace on the glass at all.

Aroma is raspberry. Appealing, but overpowering.

Taste reveals sweetness. Very sweet. This is one beer that needs a definite balance. I get nothing of the grains or hops, just a big sweet, artificial metallic-tasting raspberry.

Avoid this one at all costs. Yech.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2011 02:25:52 | More by secondtooth
Photo of CheckMate

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle obtained at The Hannaford Supermarket in Derry, NH. pours a hazy gold straw color with an inch and a half of off white head that quickly dissipated. scents of raspberries immediately hits the nose which reminds of raspberry ginger ale IMO, with hints of bread and citrus in the background. tastes of raspberries and bready malt immediately hits the tongue with hints of lemon in the background and a clean finish. light/medium and crisp body with medium carbonation. a nice simple beer to enjoy!


Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 23:36:37 | More by CheckMate
Photo of MrHurmateeowish

New Hampshire

3.48/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Hannaford in Derry. Pours a hazy yellow body with under an inch of off-white head. Aroma reeks of raspberry flavoring (reminds me of Clearly Canadian). Raspberry flavoring dominates the flavor too, with hints of citrus and pith in the background. Medium bodied with low carbonation. Very drinkable. Sweet and dominated by artificial flavoring, this heads dangerously close to alco-pop territory. Still an easy drinker and inexpensive.

I liked it better when I had it on tap at the AB brewery in Merrimack.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 23:03:15 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of Brad007


3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a whitish-blonde color with a thin head into my glass. Nice presentation here and surprisingly on the mark for the style.

Wow, strong aroma of artificial raspberry. It's almost too much, drowning out any possible aroma from the malt itself.

The raspberry overload carries on into the flavor. A mix of sweetness/tartness that cleverly hides the (lack of) flavor underneath.

Raspberry is all that's left on my palate. Perhaps a slight, slight amount of wheat.

What the hell did they do with this beer? I like the regular Shock Top but this raspberry version? Phooey! They took a good thing and totally ruined it! Bleh. If you want Shock Top that bad, stick to the regular version.

You can still drink it but you probably won't enjoy it.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 00:57:15 | More by Brad007
Photo of bastardface


4.33/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

If you enjoy fruity beers this is pretty tasty. If you want something totally different from normal beer this is also fairly acceptable. The color of this beer is light, yellowish. The smell is extremely sweet. It has a very fruity taste which can throw some people off. The overall taste is not that bad. After drinking more than one or two I'm sure it can be a bit much. Overall not a failure.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2011 02:17:10 | More by bastardface
Photo of nathanmiller


1.13/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Shock Top Raspberry Wheat is a perfect case of a beer that shouldn't be served to anyone who has ever tasted any other beer before. It is, to say the least, abysmal.

Why? The taste, the smell, even the appearance is saddening to senses.

A: Served with almost no head, unless you call the soda-like fizz a head. The pinkish-tinted gold is not attractive or appetizing at all.
S: Yeah, that's raspberry all right. I guess I can see how they named the beer. If there was anything else in this brew, I couldn't discern it through my nose.
T: God, have mercy on my tastebuds. There's raspberry, again, that's certain. As for wheat? I'm not convinced. Maybe AB used a hint of wheat, but if they did, it wasn't much. The raspberry is way too overpowering, and the wheat almost non-existent.
M: Fizzy. Too fizzy, it tickled my tongue like a bad soda.
O: I'll avoid this in the future. I suggest you do the same.

Serving type: on-tap

03-19-2011 21:55:36 | More by nathanmiller
Photo of echoes


2.63/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Served in a glass.

A: Pale gold in color. White, bubbly head fades somewhat quickly. Very little lacing to speak of.

S: I agree with the previous reviewer: the only thing I can smell is the raspberry. Considering that, it does smell rather good.

T: Initially the wheat, then it blends to the raspberry followed by very slight bitterness. It has a little sweetness to it too. The raspberry flavor comes off as a bit artificial.

M: I concur that it is light-bodied and crisp. Carbonation is noticeable.

D: Not much drinkability here.

It may be needless to say, but this is comparable to original Shock Top, just with a raspberry flavor. As mentioned before, the raspberry flavor tastes somewhat artificial and I would be quite surprised if real raspberry juice was used. I'm sure this would taste much better with real raspberry juice.
This isn't a terrible beer but it is forgettable.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 03:20:12 | More by echoes
Photo of zeff80


2.23/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a clear, very pale, straw gold color with a one-finger, fizzy, bubbly head of foam. Short lived retention and no lacing.

S - It smelled of raspberry and nothing else.

T - Tasted of raspberry and some wheat. Neither flavor is particularly strong.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a crackling bite. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a fairly typical raspberry wheat. Not good but not awful, either.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2011 02:49:33 | More by zeff80
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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.