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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 216
Hads: 1,141
Avg: 3.16
pDev: 48.1%
Wants: 30
Gots: 258 | 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 Cylinsier
3.3/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear medium orange amber, eggshell head dissipates quickly.

Smells of sweet malts, pumpkin and cinnamon.

Tastes of wheat malt, very mild pumpkin flavors, and some caramel sweetness.

Body is on the thinner side with a sting of carbonation. Overall, lower on the carbonation though.

Not as bad as I though it would be, honestly. I've had far better pumpkins, but I've had worse as well. The biggest criticism is the lack of pumpkin taste. It's more of a sweetish wheat beer with a hint of pumpkin than a true pumpkin ale to me. Wouldn't be my number one pick but I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of bigfnjoe
1.72/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a very cloudy shade of orange with a one finger, very puffy white head that fades quickly. There is a lingering column of god knows what in the middle of the beer that makes it look absolutely disgusting

S- artificial cinnamon and nutmeg. It smells processed and very stale on the nose

T- I get a very, very weak taste of pumpkin. This has less flavor than both the regular Shock Top and the Raspberry Wheat, which I didn't think was possible. Wow

M- medium body, sitting on the thin side. Whatever

O- there are so many better options for pumpkin beer out there. I picked up a single of this on a whim to see if AB could do something solid like they did with the raspberry wheat. They failed miserably

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Photo of puboflyons
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 112288G70. Sampled on September 22, 2011. The pour is a cloudy copper color with a lot of carbonation but little head to top it off. On the nose there is a pleasing enough note of pumpkin spices and wheat.The body tended to be thinner than most. The pumpkin was subtle and mild in the taste as it gave way to a more bitter experience with a dash of spices and a near dry ending.

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Photo of JayS2629
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice looking wheat beer. Slightly undercarbonated for the style. cloudy, orange and light bodied.

The aroma is of sweet wheat, pumpkin, and subtle spice characters of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

wheat, water, subtle spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, and allspice. Nice balance of spices and balance. Not bad.

Much better than regular shock top. Light, creamy, and grainy. Overall, an easy to drink, subtle, nicely balanced pumpkin wheat beer.

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Photo of thespaceman
2.66/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a deep cloudy amber in color, head built up fast and went away quickly, leaving behind no lacing whatsoever. Very dissapointing to say the least.

Smell: Aromas are not too bad, I get some spices up front, cinnamon, nutmeg and some clove - followed by some burnt toast aromas from the malt. A tad artifical to say the least but smells alot better then the Harvest Moon.

Taste: Not too sure if this is just a light wheat ale amped up with kitchen spices or if the brewers actually went in and tried to make an authentic pumpkin beer. Because that is exactly what this is. Sure I get the faint amount of spices, the allspice here is actually a tad on the pungent side, but I really don't get any "pumpkin" out of this beer at all, just a toasted wheat flavor with a couple spices to back it up, with the resulting flavor not being anything close to pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Thin to say the least, I like a full flavored body on my pumpkin beers to really stand the test against a cool fall day and this one would not cut it. No roundness from the malt in the mouthfeel at all here.

Drinkability: I'm just glad I purchased this in a mix-a-six pumpkin variety pack that was already made up, because after this I would never even look at this beer on the shelf again. A very lazy example of a brewer trying as hard as possible to replicate a popular style of beer and completley overlooking the fact that just adding some autumnal spices in here will not cut it. The aroma isn't too bad, but the overabundance of allspice in the actual flavor and the lack thereof of any real pumpkin flavors from the spices is a huge letdown.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev -2.5%
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 BeerKangaroo
3.58/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: cream colored hazy orange looking body, small white head, no lacing

S: pumpkin and ginger spices

T: previously mentioned flavors with cinnamon and nutmeg, bitter and sweet at different times

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, dry aftertaste, watery finish

O: decent pumpkin, but nothing to go out of my way for again

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
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 kolbe21
3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful hazy orange with a nice head. Minimal lacing from the inch sized head

S: Has a pumpkin spice in the smell but you can definitely smell the wheat.

T: Quick wheat taste followed by the pumpkin spices, not to overbearing. After taste leaves a minimal spice left in your mouth. Kinda weak with the pumpkin spice.

M: Lot of Carbonation, could drink a few more of these.

O: Not a bad beer for the price, I would have preferred more of the pumpkin spice. Overall a beer i would try again but was expecting more of a kick of spice. Out of the 'Shock Tops' probably my favorite one.

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Photo of czfreeman
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

New offering,havent seen this one.
Pours a hazy copper orange, bit of amber tone. Medium head.
Smells a bit restrained, but nutmeg cinnamon, pupmpkin, bit of wheat creaminess, some clove comes in. Malty body is a bit dominant.
Flavor is suprising, actually packs a good amount of pumkin/spice/wheat.Nutmeg, wheat, cinnamon, pepper, pumpkin again ia restrained but suprisingly prevolent.
Medium bodied, ood carbonation.
Doesnt touch the upper echelons of pumpkin greats, i.e, Pumpking, Weyerbachers, or Punkin, but decent, average and a good beginner beer for people trying their first pumkin beer, as it is somewhat of an aquired taste.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into pint glass.

A: Hazy burned orange/copper color. One fingers worth of head that settles to a ring with little lacing.

S: Pumpkin and spice right up front, little more of a lean in the spice note... little wheat malt mixed in.

T: The wheat is hitting my first, mid palate has some hint of pumpkin, and spices... I'm getting cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Finish is clean with more nutmeg in the aftertaste.

M: Little lighter than most Pumpkin ales I've had.... Carbonation is pretty lively too.... might need to let it warm a little.

O: Not a bad little beer from Busch... Very drinkable brew... session worthy with a good ABV.... Good favor and enjoyable... I will pick this one up again... Might even be a pretty good gateway beer.

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Photo of KJay1408
2.46/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Followed Directions on the Bottle on how to pour into a glass for "Best Flavor Results"

A: It's Orange and Hazy, with a wee bit of Head on top. It looks pretty damn good for a wheat/Pumpkin Ale.

S: Bland, Mainly Squash and a bit of spice

T: a lot like the smell, it Starts off Crisp and sweet with a bit of spice and Pumpkin flavor(this part is nice) the tail end is what kills this beer. It just doesn't taste right, I think they over used the nutmeg and that kills it.

M: Thin, and watery with a weird after feeling almost like putting flour in your mouth.

O: Avoid this beer, It could have been good, or at least acceptable, but it is neither. Blue Moon Makes a non offensive Pumpkin ale, Sam Adams makes a pretty good and balanced one. Even Buffalo Bills is better than this crap. Sorry Shocktop Maybe next year

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Photo of cjgator3
2.31/5  rDev -26.9%
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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Photo of twaddlac
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Decent cream colored, yeasty head with moderate lacing. Cloudy burnt orange/amber color with what I presume to be spices floating around. Little noticeable carbonation.

S - Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. A subtle hint of hops. Smells like a candle from Bath and Body Works.

T - Very bland. Spices aren't as noticeable as they are in the smell. You get some nutmeg and a little bit of cinnamon with a surprisingly strong pumpkin taste to finish. Not too bitter, not too sweet.

M - A bit too carbonated for my liking and finishes dry.

O - Not what I like in pumpkin beers and definitely prefer Jack's Pumpkin Spice over this. Still, it's not as bad as I was expecting. Definitely nothing like a wheat, though.

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Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +9.8%
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 mattkoon
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

first off I wanna say that I'm not a huge fan of shock top in general but do do try every pumpkin beer I can get my hands on so I thought I would give this a go. It pours a nice cloudy brownish gold. The smell is surprisingly spicy. A nice amount of cinnamon and pumpkin spice. It's not as strong as some other pumpkin beers in the smell department but it is a worthy effort. The taste is also a surprise... This is a pretyy dang good pumpkin beer. There is a rush of holiday spices at the finish of this beer. Way more than I expected. This beer is a pretty good pumpkin beer and is by far the best of the beers from shock top.

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Photo of Zorro
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Deep amber colored beer with a tall tan colored head.

Smells spicy with pumpkin pie spice and a fairly strong cinnamon scent. Not a lot of nuance here mostly cinnamon stick.

Starts out neutral flavored with a cinnamon stick aftertaste. Gets a little more spicy after you drink it for a while. Mildly sweet but not over-flavored either like some AB beers tend to be.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall an OK beer. Certainly not one of the best pumpkin beers but inoffensive and decent enough to finish. Still now that I have tasted it I have better beers to drink.

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Photo of enzocc
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very average pumpkin appearance. Dark Honey color, with a hint of hazelnut color. The smel also is an average pumpkin spices essences. Nutmeg, Honey, Pumpkin, coriander, cinnamon. Low carbonation. The mouthfeel is not soo watery, something that a like in beers. Ginger, wheat, honey, pumpkin going around.

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Photo of MoreThanWine
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a 2.5" off-white head. Hazy raw sienna and burnt orange colored body. Smells mildly of pumpkin pie spices, and not overdone. Taste is a fairly sweet wheat beer style with an even milder spice profile in the taste than in the smell. Very lightweight body. Fully drinkable and acceptable but nothing special

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Photo of Thehardwares
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went in with extremely low hopes. Opted for paying a premium on a single bottle instead of purchasing a whole 6 pack. Let's see:

A: Hazy clover honey color; with a thin head and with all things considered some pretty decent lacing.

S: Intrigued. Doesn't smell half bad. Scent on par with most average pumpkin ales. As far as average pumpkin ale scent goes this is about what you get from a Sam Adams pumpkin ale.

T: Not half bad! Definitely a shock top; could have told you that in a blind taste test. But somehow much better than anticipated. All the expected  veggie flavors are here but so is the pumpkin! Not an a+, not in your face pumpkin ( which I love) but it's definitely there. I do have to say the ratio of actual pumpkin taste to pumpkin spice taste is one of the most balanced I've had, and I've had just about all of them. 

M: Quite light and thin compared to other pumpkin ales ( but what else did you expect)? Carbonation a little higher than most others, but almost exactly matching that of regular shock top.

O: Went in with very low hopes, and came out sort of  impressed. One area that this shines in comparison to other pumpkin ales which I would rate much higher is the drinkability factor. I could session on this all night. Definitely wishing I had bought the 6; might run back for more. I'm reviewing this as a pumpkin ale, not overall so the rating is a little higher than I would reward otherwise (also the insanely high drinkability bumped it up a notch). I would recomeemend giving it a try instead of ignoring it based on branding. I'll be buying dozens of other pumpkin ales this season; but I'll also be holding on to a lot of them. I'll probably buy this several more times in the coming months for immediate enjoyment. 

Serving type: bottle; into a pint glass (following the serving instructions on the bottle)

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Photo of womencantsail
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
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 Tone
3.49/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and poor lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pumpkin, and spices (nutmeg, all spice, cardamon?). Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pumpkin, spice, and slight pale malt. Overall, good blend, decent aroma, feel, but average body.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.52/5  rDev -20.3%
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!

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Photo of DannyDan
3.33/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy orange with a thin white head that has good retention and moderate lacing. The carbonation is decent and the smell is mainly nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and a weak pumpkin scent. The taste starts out with a strong hit of bitterness, and than some spices. The spices overtake the pumpkin taste and don't get any pumpkin or wheat until the finish. The mouthfeel is rather watery and causes the pumpkin flavor to be weaker than it should be. Overall this would be a lot better if it was not as watery and had more pumpkin to the taste and the spices were not quite as strong at the beginning of each sip of beer. Not bad tasting, but there are other pumpkin ales a lot better out there.

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Photo of powellmg
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served @ 40F in a pint glass.

A cloudy, orange beer with an off-white head that disappeared quickly. Aroma of wheat, spices. Taste of grain, spices, with a warming faint sweetness from the pumpkin. Not terribly complex, and with a slightly rough finish. Moderate carbonation.

The words "Anheuser-Busch" are nowhere on the label. Clever.

Pumpkin in a wheat beer actually seems like a pretty good idea. I'm surprised there aren't more examples.

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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 216 ratings.