Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat - Anheuser-Busch
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3.18/5 rDev +4.3%
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.
10-12-2013 00:47:47 | More by woodychandler
3.31/5 rDev +8.5%
A - Pours a deep honey orange with 1/2 finger white head with little retention
S - Faint aromas of nutmeg, pumpkin, and other pumpkin pie spices. Not over powering but definately present
T - Quite tasty. Nice nutmeg & clove us with a slight pumpkin in the back. Very good pumpkin beer
M - A light bodied beer that is slick feeling. It does have a nice bubblyness to it though
O - I was very impressed. I didnt expect much but this beer had a very good flavor to it. No problem picking this one up again!
10-11-2013 16:23:45 | More by Goosehunter75
3.38/5 rDev +10.8%
Appears a cloudy pale orange with visible sediment in it. Doesn't look terrible, but not as good as I expected.
Smells a bit sweet and fruity. I don't smell the spices that are supposed to be in here.
Tastes nice. I taste the pumpkin and cinnamon and clove. There's a sweetness throughout, with it building to a slight punch as the cinnamon seems to save itself for about half way through the beer. It's really not bad--much better than I expected!
Good mouthfeel too. It's sharp, yet creamy. No bad aftertaste, no negative bite. It's nice.
AB has put together a good product here. It tastes like a true craft beer, with more complexity than AB is known for. I'd gladly have this again.
10-11-2013 00:45:39 | More by Kooz
Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
71 out of 100 based on 793 ratings.