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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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BA SCORE
69
poor

992 Ratings
THE BROS
71
okay

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Ratings: 992
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.05
pDev: 21.31%
Wants: 18
Gots: 135 | FT: 1
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerVikingSailor on 08-24-2011)
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Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

t0rin0, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -1.6%

djrn2, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of zestar
2.5/5  rDev -18%

zestar, May 10, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev -1.6%

nmann08, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

metter98, Dec 25, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +23%

kjkinsey, Oct 13, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
2.55/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

BEERchitect, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -18%

ygtbsm94, Sep 15, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

jaydoc, Sep 01, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev +18%
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.

womencantsail, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.78/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

Knapp85, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -17%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of SocalKicks
3.25/5  rDev +6.6%

SocalKicks, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -11.5%
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...

TMoney2591, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of biboergosum
3.1/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pint in decidedly autumnal urban sprawled Detroit.

This beer appears a cloudy medium amber colour, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves little in the way of lace in the vicinity of the glass in this good reviewer's hand. It smells of vegetal pumpkin flesh, sweet mild caramel, and ginger bread spices. The taste is moderately sweet caramel, tart pumpkin mash, and a bit of awkwardly astringent, weedy hops. The carbonation is pretty average, the body middleweight, and generally smooth. It finishes with some semi-sweet pumpkin, and latent bland graininess.

An all right pumpkin ale, nothing offensive, just a little too, well, beery tasting.

biboergosum, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.48/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

zeff80, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev +24.3%

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.

NeroFiddled, Oct 20, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

StonedTrippin, Nov 19, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.15/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Jason, Oct 11, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.38/5  rDev -22%
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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of Slatetank
3.28/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

Slatetank, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of russpowell
2.83/5  rDev -7.2%
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

russpowell, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +18%
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.

WesWes, Oct 02, 2011
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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
69 out of 100 based on 992 ratings.