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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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222 Reviews

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Reviews: 222
Hads: 1,166
Avg: 3.16
pDev: 47.78%
Wants: 30
Gots: 273 | 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 KLHBB
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On a pumpkin ale taste test, I had to try it. The "wheat" characteristic immediately told me it would be a little blander and lighter than other pumpkin ales. Pours a burnt sienna orange, not a lot of smell, not a lot of taste either. I taste the pumpkin spices because I expect them. Some orange juice and banana flavor too. High carbonation, I'd enjoy this on a hot day as a thirst quencher.

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Photo of MaximalC
1.99/5  rDev -37%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a hazy, burnt amber color with what could only be described as an ephemeral head. Aroma smells of pumpkin, allspice, and a bit of caramel.

The taste sits on a foundation of watered down artificial caramel flavoring. I had to hesitate for several seconds before deciding whether to spit it out or proceed with the tasting. I decided to forge on in the name of discovery and perhaps set a firmer floor for my beer review distribution... There is a hint of pumpkin on the front end that morphs into something flagrantly objectionable toward the middle. I don’t even know how to describe it, but it’s a flavor that would likely be more at home in a bottle under the kitchen sink than in my fridge. Moldy bread with quarters also comes to mind. Some grain husk emerges in the finish, which I'm normally not keen on, but I must confess it's the most palatable and beer-like component of the taste. Moderate carbonation and a thin body make for a tepid cola mouthfeel.

I admittedly had low expectations for this beer, but Shock Top managed to exceed them most heinously. There are few brews that I would be less inclined to ever drink again--and that’s with most of the glass still full. There is simply nothing to be gained by trying this.

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Photo of katybee
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

pours deep gold amber, with slight murky opacity. 1/2" pale head quickly dissipates.

very faint smell of citrus funk

light to medium-bodied, slightly smooth, but somewhat thin

slightly fruity aspect, hint of banana esther. and raisin, slightly citrus hoppy bitterness, but no traditional 'hops' bite. slightly biscuit.

Overall a mellow beer with the characteristic cloudy funkiness, and tasty, although not really spicey at all, or as the description would have it, a pumpkin flavor. For me, the fruity esther stood out, and was flavorful and refreshing. Under a different label, it'd be a great summer beer as well.

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Photo of 86MonteSS
2.16/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It was Halloween. Sofia the First was trekking through round one at the mall and the leaves needed gathering. It had been a long work week and I was up on the idea of breaking the self-imposed "no booze" policy in order to live out the Autumnal-American ideal of pausing the fall clean-up with some spiced and hearty hooch. My phone fetched a largely positive lump of opinion from the obvious place along with a report of a slightly above average alcohol content. Thusly I picked up a dozen of these populist Missourian honor students.

Postage stamps, to me, have always possessed a soul-stroking sensibility. Envelopes too, for that matter, have long invited the caress of my eager tongue as I shrugged off the seemingly more important message that was to be tucked within. I sealed the envelope addressed to Anheuser-Busch knowing that a mistake had been made and briskly made my way out of the garage and toward the mailbox. Just then, I was struck by a dire thirst and was forced to uncap another. My letter had asked for a refund of a dozen minus one (which had been imbibed) but now I was halfway through another. Reluctant to try the limits of honesty, I kept the letter from the mailbox and continued drinking the beer.

It was then that I realized no mistake had been made. No, no.... Anheuser-Busch did not accidentally pour Budweiser into my ShockTop Pumpkin Wheat. Instead, it turns out that ShockTop Pumpkin Wheat just tastes like rice, corn and some other things that are neither pumpkin nor wheat.

When I question my palate, I relocate to my doorstep. That jack-o-lantern, which was never intended for consumption, humbly and effortlessly emits a sweet and roasted bouquet of sexual-grade pumpkin goodness.

ShockTop, which was carefully put together by a gang of masters, reeks of 'taint.

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Photo of stevoj
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle from Albertsons. Nothing special here, but not totally gross either. Just about as generic as you can get. At least it's not a pumpkin pie spice overload....

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Photo of wattoclone
4.14/5  rDev +31%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Unfiltered, very cloudy, dark amber with a small white head. Aroma is subdued but pleasant. Better than last year. There is not a lot of pumpkin or spices here, but there is a nice yeasty, malty flavor, similar to a good German dunkelweizen. Very sessionable like many of the Shock Top varieties. Personally, I find the low level of spices a good thing. Considering the value price, this is an excellent pumpkin, on a par with UFO.

I found this pumpkin-wheat so enjoyable and easy drinking I picked up a couple cases to help me through the winter. At first everyone in my family condemned it as another AB beer, but I noticed it was disappearing faster than all the other brews in my beer fridge. Seems it is one of those beers that people like to hate but like to drink.

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Photo of FloridaMan
2.16/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Very blah, not something I would seek out with better alternatives nearby. A less than average seasonal that I didn't enjoy as much as I hoped I would.

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Photo of Celtics76
2.88/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

I had this at a depressing Mohegan Sun bar prior to my annual visit to Frank Pepe's Pizzeria.

It looks and smells like a pumpkin beer, there is some subtle pumpkin spice flavor but really not a whole lot going on. Very thin body.

Nothing about this pumpkin ale stands out. Just overall lacking in flavor. Plenty of better options out there.

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Photo of sgt_187em
4.33/5  rDev +37%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

You taste the pumpkin right away. Just as the name says, it tastes like pumpkin and wheat. Pours amber-copper with a medium, disappearing head. Mild IBU and carbonation. A very enjoyable and fun beer.

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Photo of Monkeefartz
2.18/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

It's a beer. Generic, not overly flavorful and clearly mass produced. The original shock top has its place during the summer, but should have passed on this one.

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Photo of 1Steve
2.12/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I can't seem to notice any of the characteristics, that others have mentioned, other than that it pours a nice burnt orange color. It simply smells and tastes like beer to me. If you gave it to me blindfolded, I couldn't tell this was a pumpkin beer from a plain one. I love pumpkin pie. The smell and taste is my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner. That being said, I did not smell nor taste any pumpkin or spices in this beer. I could not taste anything beyond the traditional bitterness of hops.

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Photo of funestkind
1.65/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Look: Kind of a dull orange. Like some tree leaves on a cloudy dayat the end of Autumn just before a strong winterish wind blows them to the ground.
Smell: Similar to a frozen pumpkin pie before it is baked. Not necessarily appetizing.
Taste: Horrid is probably the most accurate single word to describe it. I should maybe qualify this by saying I purchased this do to a coupon offer and generally do not care for "flavored" beers. But I have been known to enjoy an occasional night of various Leinenkugel's. And there are several wheat beers I can enjoy. However, this Shock Top was at once too bland, too sweet and just too off from what I consider to be palatable.
Feel: Felt like I was drinking carbonated melted root beer barrel hard candies.
Overall: I'd rather drink Jack Daniels from a Jack-O-Lantern.
This is the only beer I have ever drain poured an entire six pack, minus the 8 oz's or so I was able to down from the first bottle. Would not ever consider drinking this again. Would not ever give this to a friend. Would not ever give this to someone I did not want to be my friend. Would not ever give this to a desperate beer-a-holic.

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Photo of Myotus
3.07/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

LOOK: Poured from a 12oz (bottled 19Aug15) into a pint glass. Pours with a half finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates into a line within 15 seconds. Dull orange on color with a heavy amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are so scarce, that I can count them. Lacing is low and thin.
SMELL: Spice grenade: mild aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin meet with hints of cloves (I said grenade not bomb because the aromas are mild).
TASTE: Strong flavors of cinnamon combine with mild nutmeg and pumpkin flavors. Hints of cloves enter immediately after as the pumpkin flavors turn very strange and almost spoiled-like. After that unpleasant experience, strong flavors of pale malts (not exactly a great experience, either) enter as all previously flavors persist.
FEEL: Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat harsh. Actually, this feels nasty going down. It's thick, but not smooth nor creamy whatsoever. Didn't know a beer could feel this bad.
NOTE: This was pretty crappy. I don't understand. It smelt so good.... And oh, yeah... Where was the wheat???

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Photo of Buck89
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter. Amber hazy orange with an off white head. Smell was pleasantly spicy with pumpkin notes, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste followed: heavy nutmeg and cinnamon but a decent malt balance and soft wheat feel. I think this is an underrated beer for the price/brand.

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Photo of JohnLasher92
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I saw this in a pint sized can at my local corner store today and had to give it a try as I had never seen it before (or if I HAD, I didn't care to try it). This was the last one stocked and had a dent on the bottom and top of the can. Judging by the date on the bottom, this beer was made on 2/25/14.
Appearance: Poured this into my frozen pint mug as pictured in my profile picture. Has an attractive reddish pumpkin color. Very foamy at first pour but quickly subsides and left no lacing whatsoever by the time I finished. Decent carbonation.
Smell: Nothin' jumps out at you, but you can definitely smell the pumpkin and maybe if you have better senses than I do, some of the spices they used.. all on top of a regular Belgian White Shock Top beer.
Taste: I am kind of partial to pumpkin anything, but I think if you already like pumpkin but you hate cheap macro beers, the pumpkin saves this brew at the very least. Again, tastes just like the smell except the pumpkin and spices are a bit more defined.
Feel: Pretty carbonated but I personally like carbonation and have never found something to be "overcarbonated" as many people are saying in their reviews of this one.
Overall: I found this to be very drinkable. I wanted another one and was kind of sad that I wasn't able to buy two (this was the last one that was stocked). It's nothing amazing but for the price, this beer is worth it's weight in salt. I could drink this again. Can't say the same for any other brews from Shock Top. I've had them before and I find them too boring/girly to drink again.

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Photo of MizzouBrew
3.21/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A very mild pumpkin ale, but not necessarily bad. Smells decent and tastes decent, but I'd much rather spend a couple extra bucks on the Schlafly pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Ace08093
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

It's one of those beers you buy thinking it's a craft brew, then find out it's made by Anheuser-Busch. You don't have to read that though, you can tell it's not a craft brew the moment it hits your lips. All-in-all, it's a decent beer. It's like drinking Miller High Life with a bit of pumpkin flavor mixed in and a general feel of over-carbonation.

Sum it up in a few words: I purchased it because I was in the mood for a pumpkin beer and the liquor store had no other options. Not unhappy, but not amazed.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
3.44/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I'm not really big on pumpkin beers.
I got this on an end of season discount clearance.
Wasn't expecting much coz after all, this is Shock Top.
Have to say it's much better than I expected it to be.
Some decent flavors. Whether they're real beer flavors or added flavorings - I'm not sure.
But it goes down pretty nicely.

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Photo of ordybill
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- The spice, pumpkin and malt are a great combo on the nose
Appearance - This beer has a really nice dark orange color with a small white head.
Taste – I consider this to be one of the top pumpkin beers (especially for the price)
Palate -This is a medium bodied beer with light carbonation.
Overall - For me, this is a great pumpkin beer for the price. I recommend it.

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Photo of Auraan
2.75/5  rDev -13%

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.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Pours a slightly hazy orange body, with thick beige head. The head reduces to a thin film in no time at all! Relatively little aroma, a veggie squash scent. Taste is rather bland, bready, plain pumpkin, no spices. Meh!

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Photo of ZebraCakez
1.75/5  rDev -44.6%

Sitting with someone who is drinking one, so figured I would do a quick review. Can't say I liked it much. The nose is weak, that of honey and pumpkin. It's almost sweet on an almost overpowering level, and funny enough, the pumpkin is now surprisingly absent. It just tastes like a sweet, honey flavored mess. The feel is that of a highly carbonated wheat ale.

Just no.

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Photo of Mojave_Ted
1.02/5  rDev -67.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the worst beer I have ever tasted. It's disgusting. It's flat, morbid, has no distinct flavor. There's a hint of clove, which just makes it taste even more heinous. I took it to a couple of different friends places and I thought they were going to kill me.

If you watch "The Walking Dead", there was a scene where was this fat, bald zombie is stuck in a well. They tried to pull him out but he ripped in half and all his zombie guts wound up back in the well.

Well, I imagine the water in that well is basically what is used to make this beer. I have had good pumpkin beer before, but not this. You do not even taste the pumpkin. It's almost like someone dropped a cigarette butt in your bottle.

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Photo of Beerma
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%

Good pumpkin beer for the price! I have noticed that many pumpkin beers were not around for long and are expensive this one you can get and it is cheaper! I hope it is around so I can have it at Thanksgiving! Better then the Coors blue moon. Lighter and more drinkable! I will often drink a more expensive pumpkin beer and then switch to this if it is a bon fire night!

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Photo of iheartmyTHO
3/5  rDev -5.1%

Not the best pumpkin beer but not the worst I have had. The pumpkin spice flavor is mild and you clearly taste the wheat. I just don't know if I like pumpkin and wheat combined.

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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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