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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Pumpkin WheatShock Top Pumpkin Wheat

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Reviews: 214
Hads: 1,127
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 47.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 241 | FT: 1
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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 UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA. I already tried this in the bottle but I figured I would give it a shot on tap too.

Pours a murky copper color with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film. Random streaks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin puree, sugars, and typical pumpkin pie spices. Taste is exactly like the smell with a very sweet malt flavor to go along with the pumpkin and spices. This beer has a good level of carbonation on tap with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is much better on tap than from the bottle. Every aspect of the beer was bumped up a notch to make this serving type a pretty good one. I would definitely recommend trying this on tap over from a bottle.

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Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light to moderate aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices along with slight bits of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices, but these seem like these could be a little stronger.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not a bad pumnpkin beer. nice in a wheat variety really, not as commonly done as it probably should be. the pours is orange hued and hazy pale colored with a decent off white head. fades quick. the nose is more spice than squash, cinnamon and clove, even ginger or something too. yeasty as always. the flavor is also more spice than pumpkin, lots of vanilla and clove, and some pepper from the yeast. its sweet and palatable, with a quick finish and a drinkable medium body and bright carbonation. its a little filling though, and fall is a time for all day drinking, so this isnt the ideal product for that, but its a lot better than regular shock top and the other spin offs ive had. overall not a bad beer if you are in a wasteland that only carries mass produced stuff. really not bad.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours out as a orange color with a fluffy white head on top. The head settles and fades into nothing, there is no lacing at all... The smell of the beer is a little spicy, has a little bit of a sweet aroma too. The taste is has a light spicy flavor... A little too light I think. The aftertaste is boring to me, it's too watered down I think. The mouthfeel is light and watery. Overall not surprised by this at all, really didn't expect something wonderful here. Basically I just wanted to try it.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.57/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

High on spice and with a slightly off-balanced malt/grain ratio, this Pumpkin Ale on training wheels may find favor with avid drinkers of American Lagers wishing to venture out a bit.

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat pours with a copper and orange color that actually resembles pumpkin color to a slight extent. Hazy as to be expected from wheated beers, the beer forms a part-foamy, part-fizzy head that retains a little better than I expected, but not as good as classic Belgian-style Wheat Ales. No lace and fleeting carbonation leaves this beer looking somewhat lifeless after a few quick drinks.

Spicy sweet aromas carry the added spices of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg reasonably well. A light backgound note of starchy (pumpkin?), caramel, and citrus round out the simplified nose in somewhat mild to timid intensity.

Grainy-sweet flavors of malted and raw barley along with wheat provide a thin sweetness that could side better with pilsner malt and wheat. But the spicy additions and caramel flavor help to support the notion of pumpkin pie for a short time. Thin malty richness allows the beer to die at mid palate and ushers in a bland and watery finish with a lingering of perfumy spice.

Grainy sweet to texture as well as the beer never develops the malty creaminess or the malty-dry finish of either Belgian Witbiers or common Pumpkin Ales. Watery, thin, and oddly sweet- the combination of aspirtame and dish soap reveals the unpleasantries of spices, grain, and lacking malt balance.

Those who are venturing out of the shaddow of industrial lagers may find comfort with this grainy-sweet version of Pumpkin Ales, but this is among one of the weakest brands on the market.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a short-lived, small head of off-white foam. It left little no no lacing.

S -It smelled of pumpkin and cinnamon. Pretty nice.

T - It tasted of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry, crisp finish.

O - This was surprisingly good. There's not really a wheat presence but it is a nice, affordable pumpkin brew. Could be one of those gateway beers.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a short lived off-white head.

S: Not too shabby of an aroma. Lots and lots of spices, mostly cinnamon and all spice with a bit of nutmeg and clove. A slightly sweet malt note, maybe even a touch of vanilla. Surprising...

T: A definite vegetable/squash type flavor to it. A decent spiciness of cinnamon and all spice. There is a little bit of banana to it, interestingly. Maybe a touch watery, really my main knock on it.

M: Light in body with medium carbonation.

O: As much as I'd like to say otherwise, this was pretty decent.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dirtied orange body with a slim, short-lived, near-white head.

Smell: Listless pumpkin notes, a sliver of malted wheat, and spiritless sniff of spice.

Taste: Slight tangy wheatiness, then, some lightly vegetal canned pumpkin flavor. Mildly sweet. Modestly spicy, though none of the purported spice additions coming through enough to be identified beyond a vague "spice" hint. Nil hop character, very, very low bitterness. A bit more uninteresting pumpkin taste and wimpy spice on the increasingly watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinnish body. Vapid, lackluster carbonation.

Overall: Didn't dig it. When you're making Blue Moon Harvest Moon look like a real treat, you know you've screwed up.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I must be a sucker for punishment. ...Or ticking... Well, this stuff was incredibly popular last year, so I might as well finally give it a try. It pours a clear sunset orange-bronze topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, brown sugar, and biscuit. Nothing more, nothing less. The taste holds notes of funky wheat, what may or may not be pumpkin, and a light dusting of cinnamon. Things do not mesh well at all, frankly, and a bad taste is literally left in my mouth in the end. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick, nearly watery feel. Overall, a sad little pumpkin beer, one whose popularity will remain a mystery to me now...

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev +19.6%

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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On-tap 11/13/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep golden brown color, with a very thin white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains pumpkin, spices, light caramelized malts and almost no hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of pumpkin and spices followed by a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but creates a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are several other beers in the style better than this one.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.78/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.31/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

bottle from Giant in Linglestown enjoyed from a can shaped glass chilled.

The color is dark rust with hazed appearance and thin tan cap with small bead specks of lace cling. The smell is good with some clove-like spice and subtle sweet aroma. The feel is good with mild spiciness and creamy body of wheat with moderate sweetness and slightly dry finish with moderately low carbonation.

The taste is okay but has a light spice and mild wheat flavor with somewhat yeast driven taste with some cooked corn type creamy taste with subtle tangy fruitiness and mild grainy quality. Overall I was not impressed, but it has the fall spice you may expect coupled with the ordinary shock-top wheat flavors and mild caramel elements. It is not bad but one is all I really need to have.

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Photo of Jason
3.17/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, good thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a hazy dark copper.

Sm: Pumpkin and spice. That's it. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Very light pumpkin and slight spice. A simple clean barley foundation underlies. Very simple but fairly balanced. It's built okay, but I wish there was more going on.

Mf: Smooth and wet, not really suiting the flavours all that much. Of course there aren't too many flavours to complement.

Dr: Easy drinkable, but it's a touch sharp - probably from overcarbonation. It's far from great, and I don't think I'd call it good. We'll leave it at okay. I won't have it again.

01/12/14: I somehow ended up accidentally buying this again, so I figured I may as well take down some quick notes.

Bottle into pilsner glass in Austin, TX.

A: Pours a weak but generally inviting copper. There's nothing special or unique about it and it looks pretty overcarbonated. The head is a bit sad, but does clock in at about 3 minutes, so I suppose it's above average. I'm far from impressed so far, but it's a passable look for a pumpkin beer.

Sm: Artificial pumpkin gourd, faint cinnamon, faint nutmeg, clean barley, and wheat. The pumpkin dominates - as well it should. I wouldn't know this was a macrobrew if you gave it to me blind - at least not based on the aroma alone.

A pleasant aroma of average strength. There are no egregious off-notes. No alcohol, yeast, or true hop character comes through.

T: Hm. The flavour profile is painfully simple, offering only a generic malted barley foundation with some artificial pumpkin. It's a reach just to find the wheat. Overall, I'm not thrilled with the build, but it's generally well balanced. Not a gestalt or intricately built brew, but a passable and enjoyable enough one. At least this pumpkin beer has pumpkin flavours; that's more than I can say about a lot of them.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick and full-bodied, even a bit syrupy. Overcarbonated. A bit refreshing, I suppose. Slightly sticky.

Not astringent or boozy. Texture generally suits the taste, but there's nothing here that feels custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: Middling execution. This is a subpar pumpkin beer at a reasonable price point, and I'm glad it's on the market if only so it lures newcomers towards craft beer. That said, it offers nothing to impress the discerning drinker and I hope I avoid purchasing it again in the future. Not recommended.


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Photo of russpowell
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as part of mixed sixer, worth a shot I guess...

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Faint nutmeg notes

T: Pumpkin pie spice, dryness & a touch of metallic twang up front, along slight white pepper notes. Slight squahyness as the warms, some nutmeg & a bit of dryness as well. Finishes watery with faint pumpkin flavor

MF: Light bodied, fairly firm carbonation turns watery as this warms

To me this just another weak attempt at Pumpkin beer. I need more richness, this is a one & done

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.45/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/27/12 notes. On tap in a pint glass at some random bar in Philly.

a - Pours a medium, murky orange brown color with one inch of off white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, spices, pepper, and light gingerbread. Not a bad nose at all, but very light. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of spices, pumpkin, gingerbread, pepper, bready malts, yeast, grains, and wheat. Much better than the nose, with some nice pumpkin to it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a decent pumkin beer, though nothing mind blowing. The nose is a bit weak and bland, but the taste was good and it was better than I expected. Not my favorite pumpkin beer but worth checking out if you love the style and see it on tap.

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Photo of chinchill
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazed orange-ish amber with a thick, creamy off-white head that soon descends to a lasting thin cover. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of mild pumpkin spicing with a slight banana/clove and a hint of wheat tang. Very mild.

The taste is also mild, wet bread, water, mild pumpkin spicing, more water and a hint of vanishing sweetness (maybe some banana?)

The feel is on the weak side, but has a certain smoothness to it and doesn't completely fall apart.

A mediocre brew here. Some wheat character, some pumpkin character and mainly washed out after the finish. Personally, I don't care much for overdone spicing, but everything about this is rather weak. Not "offensive", just weak.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mostly clear burnt orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass along the edges and a faint amount of golden amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy light tan head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove with some light notes of pumpkin + sweet malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of sweet grainy malts with some light flavors of pumpkin. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove) that linger through the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light notes of dryness in the finish from the spices.

O: Not a horrible offering from Shock Top which I had kind of expected, so I guess you could say that this one exceed expectations. Fairly easy to drink with a nice blend of pumpkin pie spices dominating without being too sweet.

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Photo of WesWes
3.62/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a fresh pumpkin and spice aroma. The taste is decent. It has excellent pumpkin flavor with minimal cinnamon and nutmeg spicing. The malt profile keeps the flavor light, but I feel it would be better with the addition of more pale malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but I wonder why they decided to add pumpkin to an American wheat ale in instead of the traditional pale ale.

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Photo of tdm168
3.03/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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3.2/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It really pissed me off when they began releasing pumpkin beers in late-August this year! WTF, over? I began buying them up and hoarding them until October finally rolled around and given the heavy rains and cooler temperatures, I am going to start drinking (and reviewing) them in earnest.

From the bottle: "Belgian-style Wheat Ale brewed with ripe pumpkins, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves."; "Pour down side of glass until 1/2 inch is left in bottle. Swirl and pour remaining brew to properly blend spices and release aroma and flavor. Enjoy!"

I am like the late Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious in that I did it my way. I inverted the bottle several times to get it stirred up before I even unscrewed the cap and then used an aggro pour to ensure both blending and release. What an insult to my intellect! I got a fizzy fingers of tawny head that initially fell quickly and towards their end, suddenly created a cap that hung in quite well. Color was an slightly hazy coppery-orange (SRM = > 13, < 17). It must kill them not to filter the living daylights out of these beers. Hee hee. I got a LOT of nutmeg, followed by cinnamon and cloves on the nose. Mouthfeel was thin and watery and the taste was prevalently cinnamon with the other spices relegated to a back-up role. Finish was semi-dry, thanks to all of the spices, but I still felt unfulfilled. It just seemed to lack depth and oomph.

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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.