Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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1,087 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,087
Reviews: 219
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.71%
Wants: 26
Gots: 211 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerVikingSailor on 08-24-2011

Our Pumpkin Wheat seasonal offering combines the smooth taste of Shock Top with the flavors of Fall. We start with a traditional Belgian-style wheat ale and then brew with ripe pumpkins and a variety of autumnal spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, for a refreshingly smooth beer that fully captures all the flavors of fall.
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Photo of Jason
3.17/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed amber

SMELL: Dusty spice, pancake batter, pumpkin.

TASTE: Wet, lighter body, light malt, bready, spice, faint pumpkin, clean alcohol, grainy.

Sort of like a one colored jigsaw puzzle, all the pieces are there and fit but there isn't much to it. The spice, pumpkin and beeriness just don't wow nor landing equally drinkable.

Photo of tigg924
3.63/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown in color, cloudy, medium carbonation

Smell: pumpkin spice

Taste: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, caramel, a touch of wheat or grain, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Better than I expected. A sessionable, wheaty, and solid pumpkin beer. I could have a six on a fall day. Nothing outstanding, and there are better pumpkin beers out there, but nothing to pass up either.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange amber color with a thin white head that lingered, lots of carbonation.

Smell: Pumpkin spice and some citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste was mostly bitter with a hint of citrus,

Overall: Not a really good Pumpkin Ale, but it is easy to drink.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz twist off bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

pours out a very cloudy deep copper orange color with a nice 2 fingers of head off the pour that settles to a nice retentive layer. some lace. looks pretty much what i imagined a pumpkin wheat to look like.

the aroma started out somewhat promising, with some pumpkin, cinnamon, and spice, but it got pretty bland pretty quick with kind of a bland smelling malt/ grain mixing things up.

follows the aroma, a little pumpkin and fall spice, very slight peppery spice with a grainy, bland malt, almost corn like.

finishes pretty light and somewhat watery. over carbonated as well.

this is pretty much a light pumpkin ale, didnt really get any witbier like flavors out of it. about on par with what i expected. something i would definatly avoid in the future. tastes like a decent pumpkin ale mixed with bud.

Photo of ehammond1
3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, Alucard4!

Clear orange and amber without much of a head to speak of. This leaves thin ribbons of off-white bubble lace down the glass.

The aroma is actually quite nice, with good amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and mild pumpkin character. Some bread and caramel as well.

The flavor falls of significantly from the aroma, however. There simply isn't a lot here except some very mild spice and plain wheat bread. There's a touch of a metallic note as well.

Thin to moderate in body with medium carbonation.

Better than anticipated, but I anticipated it to the awful.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.45/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A slightly hazed orange tinted copper hue with a light tan head fizzy and dwindling quickly, by the way no lacing left behind on my glass in this one. This one is abrasive with pumpkin pie spices almost a sugar coated cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice pumpkin pie kick going on. Is there a wheat beer in there somewhere I'm sure there is but where? Pumpkin pie spice massive loads of residual sugar, first off you must like these "pumpkin" beers to begin with, and secondly I tend to like the ones with actual pumpkin flesh (the gourd) not just the pie spices. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied a bit cloying with residual sugars and loads of pie spices. Definitely not the worse but by far something I'm going to be reaching for anytime soon, quit jumping on bandwagons and marketing trends and make some honestly good beer next time.

Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The aroma is quite spicy: but with a closer sniff, there is also a fairly good pumpkin aroma and a hint of malt. The spice complement is a bit atypical; it has some of the things usually found in pumpkin pie or pumpkin ales, like nutmeg and cinnamon, but doesn't taste like the typical mix of pumpkin pie spices. Also a bit lemony.

Mouthfeel: thin and watery, but with good carbonation.

O - Beer #1 in a Halloween eve Pumpkin tasting session. This one is over-spiced, particularly in the room-filling aroma. "Tastes like Halloween" says a fellow tester.

Photo of frankiepop
3.25/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Typically looking pumpkin beer with an orange cloudy hazy amber hue.

Aroma was more mild in strength, spice, and even pumpkin than most pumpkin beers though the pumpkin was there and that was nice.

The beer did taste of real pumpkin in the beer with lesser spiciness though the pumpkin was not over whelming. The texture was a little watery or wet with some carbonation. I generally prefer lower carbonation, but pumpkin beer demands a little higher pumpkin to bring on the refreshing richness that I think makes pumpkin brews so nice.

I compared this beer to another pumpkin ale St. Ambroise Pumpkin Ale. St A is much darker and and more aromatic with pumpkin, while Shock has that sour like smell with a nice hint of pumpkin. When comparing I find that Shock has a nice hi carbonated blend of the sour wheat flavors with a mild pumpkin hint. The pumpkin mellows Shocks sour wheat flavor. I thinks, boy, this might be a nice summer blend of flavors. Though the St. A huge smooth pumpkin flavors just buries Shock otherwise. However, the comparison leaves me with a better appreciate the Shock Pumpkin beer.

Shock is a nice pumpkin beer for a hot day thirst quencher. Thumb up. I recommend it with a little hesitation. I don't think it will shock you, but you may have have a pleasant time drinking this beer. This beer is really meant to drank to some mellow rock from the 70s. You know Steely Dan Aja, Fleetwood Mac, or "Hello It's Me" by Todd Rundgren.

Photo of chicagobill13
4.52/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I don't care who makes this beer. If it is a good beer I am going drink it.

Color: it is a golden amber look to it.

Smell: you can smell the pumpkin and nutnegg.

Taste and mouthfeel: I love how you can taste everthing. It is very drinkable. Nice and smooth and well balance. I don't know if this is a wheat pumpkin. I can't really taste the wheat.

This ia a beer to get into crafts and pumpkin ales. Cheers!

Photo of Auraan
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Poured a clear orange body with abundant carbonation bubbles and no head. It looks like a poor, watery pumpkin ale. Scents of pumpkin, apple juice, sweet spices with an emphasis on nutmeg and cinnamon. Overall impression of aroma is of a very sweet, pumpkin forward aroma, too sweet with no real balance. Flavor begins sweet with notes of pumpkin, sweet spices with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg and medium-light apple cider. Middle is sweet with the same flavors continuing. Finish is sweet with notes of pumpkin and sweet spices, the same flavors continue. Aftertaste is sweet spices, nutmeg and cinnamon and some pumpkin. Overall impression of flavor is of a very sweet pumpkin ale without much balance. Mouthfeel is light bodied with high carbonation and a watery feel. Overall impression of mouthfeel is of an okay ale,easy to drink but note a witbier. Overall this is an okay ale. It is too sweet in aroma and flavor, the mouthfeel is easy to drink but not amazing. Nothing special and one of the weaker pumpkin beers.

Photo of LXIXME
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pouring this from an inch or so above the glass gives you a medium sized off white to light tan head that quickly dies above a cloudy honey colored wheat beer.

A slightly washed out but yet big aroma of pumpkin, pumpkin spices, and nutmeg.

A light bodied drink with tastes of pumpkin spices and a light nutmeg, a let down from the aroma which itself lead you to believe that the beer would be decent or at least alright to drink.

Not much aftertaste to this beer, maybe a light dryness.

Why does AB insist on producing mediocre beers when they have at their disposal the ability to produce some outstanding ales and lagers, if only they cared about the costumer a light and not just the almighty dollar.

Photo of Brenden
2.83/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It actually resembles pumpkin in the color, a near-medium orange just darker than amber. It's moderately hazed and very bubbly for most of the time it's in the glass. The head shows about average retention after tapering out at about 3/4 finger. Lacing is spotty and likewise in average quantity.
There's quite a bit of spicing to this beer, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, and slightly overdone but not terribly. It adds something to a fairly weak malts base, mostly caramel malts it seems, and there's a zesty tang to it also. Pumpkin flesh, or some something like it, seems to come in and out as well.
Spices and malts start it out before it goes extremely grainy and a little tinny. There's almost something leafy and perfumey (hops?), but the way they work in this beer is more competitive than anything. As the malts thin out and fall off, it's a little too thin in flavor and tangy.
The feel is, not surprisingly, somewhat too thin, and the graininess contributes to an uncleanness on the palate. It has some substance, to be sure, and the crispness adds something to it. Beside that, it's not too far from smooth either. Still, stronger malts and a cleaner feel would be beneficial.

Photo of rdilauro
4.12/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Boy do I ever get so excited as when the pumpkin beers/ales
come out.
I've tasked a few so far, tonight its Shocktop's Pumpkin Wheat.
It was such a nice pour. Amber in color with a nice full head.
Then it all begins.
Once my nose was inside the glass, all the pumpkin and fall spices cam through. I didnt detect any hop , but the pumpkin and spices (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon) it was clear that this was going to be a nice brew.
The initial taste! Soft, round and full. I could taste the pumpkin, which I love to do with this beers.

This beer was very round and soft. A nice blend between the pumpkin spices and other fall spices.

I really enjoyed this one, however I am still waitng for the new pumpkin beer that stands above the others. It was as if you were biting down on a fresh warm pumpkin beer and very pleasant spices

Photo of Ryanm1
2.95/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I drank this one out of the bottle even though it states to pour into a glass. I'd call this a session beer because You can drink a few in one sitting. I've seen this poured out before and it's slightly golden in color with a descent amount of foam.

I actually didn't get much of a pumpkin taste at all until the last couple of sips towards the end at the bottom of the bottle, but then again what do you expect from an AB product.

Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz pint in decidedly autumnal urban sprawled Detroit, at the local Buffalo Wild Wings.

This beer appears a slightly cloudy, medium copper amber colour, with one finger of tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which isn't long for this world, and leaves a few wayward streaks of coral reef atoll lace around the glass in this reviewer's hand.

It smells of vegetal pumpkin flesh, tame semi-sweet caramel, a twinge of grainy wheat, and surprisingly spicy ginger bread notes. The taste is moderately sweet caramelized wheat malt, sort of tart pumpkin mash, still peppy ginger, pepper, and cinnamon spice, and a bit of awkwardly astringent, weedy hop dryness.

The carbonation is pretty average, just an underdeveloped fizziness throughout, the body a wan middleweight, and generally unaccosted in its smoothness. It finishes with some sturdy lingering pumpkin, bland wheatiness, and fading seasonal spices.

An all right pumpkin beer, I suppose, nothing offensive, just a little too, well, Shock Top-tasting. Went well enough with the start of my re-acquaintance with Americana (mid-west style) - hockey and hot wings.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.72/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, burnt orange with an off-white, finger width head> Poor retention. The resulting lace is thin, spotty and with little stick.

Smell - Aroma is of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spice.

Taste - Faint notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg, and it only gets weaker as it approaches the finish. Watery. Nothing else, except an odd, faint, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light, watery body. Very little carbonation. Blah.

Overall - Pumpkin ales don't get much worse than this, and it's a shame. The pumpkin to spice ratio felt right, but the watered down body tarnished anything that might have been.

Photo of wiseguywood
3.19/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was bought on a whim.

I was most impressed by the smell when opening, I could smell cinnamon and clove, very holiday smelling, and considering it's just before Christmas, festive.

I drank it straight out of the bottle on the first go, but it has a definite haze to it.

I could taste the clove and cinnamon, but until it warmed, I had a hard time picking out the pumpkin.

Not, bad, but not an every day kind of beer.

Photo of Dave128
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel tulip.

A - A pretty rigorous pour yields almost no head. The color is cloudy orange. Lacing is minimal. There appears to be "floaties" which i would assume are somethng to do with the pumpkin flavor

S - Smells wheaty and only slightly spicy

T - Much better than the average shock top. Very biscuity up front with only a mild pumpkin spice on the finish.

M - Decently carbonated but a little too light bodied.

O - I wouldn't recommend it as a pumpkin ale, but its definitely a nice fall brew

Photo of alphagnome
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Pours a clear, medium orange color and is topped by a thin, off-white head. Light sediment caught in suspension and the carbonation here is through the roof.

Aroma:
Pretty dull. Light traces of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Hardly any pumpkin, but there is a subtle sweetness present.

Taste:
More character than the nose would you lead you to believe, however it's still a bit dull. Spices are dominant.. In fact, that's all I really get. It's semi-sweet with very little pumpkin character.

Mouthfeel:
Thin body with gobs of carbonation. Refreshing, clean finish. Not at all what I look for in a pumpkin beer, but it's enjoyable.

Overall:
Definitely not the worst pumpkin beer out there, but far from the best. What we have here is a pumpkin beer that has potential, but fails to live up to it. If you're looking for a spiced beer that's not going to weigh you down after a few back to back, this is worth consideration. However, if you're looking for a full bodied pumpkin to take your time with, this isn't it.

Photo of Beezee
3.62/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

light beer with a nice light spiced pumpkin flavor -too much carbonation

Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, orangish amber with 1/2" inch of loose, foamy head that fades quickly. Smells like pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, and faint metal. The taste is faint pumpkin and mild nutmeg and allspice. The mouthfeel is thin, moderately carbonated, but smooth.

Overall, not bad for a Shock Top, but the flavor profile is weak and this one comes off a little thin.

Photo of secondtooth
2.52/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This seasonal macro-posing-as-craft-beer pours a cloudy copper, with an average head and very little lace.

Smells of pumpkin, rather than spice. Not bad so far. But the worst is yet to come!

The flavor is metallic, with a weird artificial-tasting pumpkin-spice mix. To boot, this one's watery and thin-bodied. There's something missing here. Avoid!

Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours candy corn orange with a creme fraiche head...
A little cinnamon and brown sugar in the nose
Nutmeg and pumpkin flesh come to the front, wheat ale flavor as a backing. Medium light body
Actually a more exciting beer than expected. I'd grab one of these over a regular shock top anytime. Give to a yellow fizzy drinker and start the change over to better beer. It may encourage them that this one came from the big boys.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev +24.7%

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat
16 oz. can, coded "14251 8E62"

Call me as fool, but I like the Pumpkin version of Shock Top better than the original! As it's "pumpkin" I doubt I'd drink it all year round, but then again, I might. I think the aroma is great, and that the spicing balances the malt and rounds it out nicely. Additionally, unlike many pumpkin beers that utilize too much cinnamon, that's not the case here and I can actually taste the nutmeg clearly. At the very least, in the realm of pumpkin beers, it's definitely more towards the top of the heap than the bottom.

Photo of cjgator3
2.31/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

A- Pours a hazy orangish amber color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is some wheat with pumpkin and spices.

T- Not as much pumpkin and spice flavors in the taste as I expected. The taste starts out with some wheat and has some faint spices in the finish. A little on the bland side.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a lot of carbonation.

O- Overall, this does not stand up to some of the better pumpkin beers. What it does provide is a mainstream pumpkin beer that will probably turn on a lot of people to the style who have never tried one before.

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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
71 out of 100 based on 1,087 ratings.