Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 214
Hads: 1,129
Avg: 3.17
pDev: 47.95%
Wants: 30
Gots: 242 | 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 The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Re-review, underneath original impressions.

Saw this and couldn't resist. Love the look and the conception of Pumpkin wheat beer. So here we go.

appearance - n/a
9-13-14 : Appearance (3.25) - Deep golden auburn color with a rapidly
diminishing creamy two finger head. No lacing.
Smell - Doesn't really smell like anything? A fresh mowed yard. A garden. For some reason I'm getting a whole summer vibe here like, when you step outside and you smell the combination of flowers, barbecue from someone in the neighborhood, and freshly mowed grass. How strange. I suppose there IS a hint of pumpkin in there, but man it's faint.
9-13-14 : Smell (3.5) - Some fresh spice, faint pumpkin, clove, nutmeg.
Taste - A smooth spicy beer that's heavy on coriander and spices. Pumpkin surfaces towards the end and at the very last you taste pumpkin pie. The finish is the best. Mmmm. Mild hop bitterness with the classic Shock Top sour wheat that won't go away.
9-13-14 : Taste (3.5) - Easy drinking, ends pleasant. The wheat is there. Nice
pumpkin spice finish. Body is clove, nutmeg, a dash of cinnamon. This is better
than I remember.

Mouthfeel - Carbonated and dry.
9-13-14 : Mouthfeel (3) - Wet, slightly carbonated, ends crisp.

Overall - 2.85 - It's okay. In every sense of the word. I wouldn't buy another 6-er of it again, but I'm sure this beer will be in my fridge for the next few months as it's very much a seasonal and mood-related beer. I'm left with the impression of a soggy pumpkin. Not appealing. Lemon Shandy and Honey Crisp still wins in the Shock Top library. No comparison.
9-13-14 : Overall (3.16) - Not bad at all. This time was better than last, for sure.
After trying the horrid "Punk'n", I have hope for this beer. I WOULD buy a sixer
of this again.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a decent version of a pumpkin beer. A little breadier than most version, but sort of expected with the Shock Top name. Not beating you over the head with flavor, but it is there.

Would not revisit.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Sampling right now after bowling on 3/4/14. I have had this one a few times in the past but has been about 2 years ago and bought last autumn and finally made it's way from the back of the beer cooler to the front. LOL! Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a orange-amber in color with a thin white head that lasts the whole drink. Some spotty lacing is seen. Small steaming bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass the whole time. but perfect carbonation actually. The aroma is of very light pumpkin and spices (mostly cloves). The taste is about the same with more spices of cloves & nutmeg coming out then the light pumpkin and wheat flavor. No harsh or bitter aftertaste. Overall, it wasn't bad.

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Photo of alphagnome
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear, medium orange color and is topped by a thin, off-white head. Light sediment caught in suspension and the carbonation here is through the roof.

Pretty dull. Light traces of clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Hardly any pumpkin, but there is a subtle sweetness present.

More character than the nose would you lead you to believe, however it's still a bit dull. Spices are dominant.. In fact, that's all I really get. It's semi-sweet with very little pumpkin character.

Thin body with gobs of carbonation. Refreshing, clean finish. Not at all what I look for in a pumpkin beer, but it's enjoyable.

Definitely not the worst pumpkin beer out there, but far from the best. What we have here is a pumpkin beer that has potential, but fails to live up to it. If you're looking for a spiced beer that's not going to weigh you down after a few back to back, this is worth consideration. However, if you're looking for a full bodied pumpkin to take your time with, this isn't it.

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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 wiseguywood
3.19/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was bought on a whim.

I was most impressed by the smell when opening, I could smell cinnamon and clove, very holiday smelling, and considering it's just before Christmas, festive.

I drank it straight out of the bottle on the first go, but it has a definite haze to it.

I could taste the clove and cinnamon, but until it warmed, I had a hard time picking out the pumpkin.

Not, bad, but not an every day kind of beer.

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Photo of amorette87
3.72/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Burnt Orange, thick off white foam head

Smell- Spicy, very little pumpkin

Taste- Lots of pumpkin and spice up front, smooth crisp finish

Mouth Feel- Light, very carbonated

Over all- Nice pumpkin beer, not too overwhelming, easy to drink,

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Photo of Brenden
2.83/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

It actually resembles pumpkin in the color, a near-medium orange just darker than amber. It's moderately hazed and very bubbly for most of the time it's in the glass. The head shows about average retention after tapering out at about 3/4 finger. Lacing is spotty and likewise in average quantity.
There's quite a bit of spicing to this beer, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, and slightly overdone but not terribly. It adds something to a fairly weak malts base, mostly caramel malts it seems, and there's a zesty tang to it also. Pumpkin flesh, or some something like it, seems to come in and out as well.
Spices and malts start it out before it goes extremely grainy and a little tinny. There's almost something leafy and perfumey (hops?), but the way they work in this beer is more competitive than anything. As the malts thin out and fall off, it's a little too thin in flavor and tangy.
The feel is, not surprisingly, somewhat too thin, and the graininess contributes to an uncleanness on the palate. It has some substance, to be sure, and the crispness adds something to it. Beside that, it's not too far from smooth either. Still, stronger malts and a cleaner feel would be beneficial.

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Photo of JMad
3.22/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a light copper color with a thin head.
Smells like pumpkin pie with wheat in the background.
Tastes just like it smells but with less pumpkin and more wheat.
Feels light with sharp carbonation.
OK beer, one of my favorite shock tops at least.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Orange amber color with a thin white head that lingered, lots of carbonation.

Smell: Pumpkin spice and some citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light to medium bodied. Taste was mostly bitter with a hint of citrus,

Overall: Not a really good Pumpkin Ale, but it is easy to drink.

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Photo of kcr357
1.48/5  rDev -53.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ive never tried the cinnamon challenge, but this has to be close to the same dose of spices you get cannonballing straight cinnamon. Overpowering, pungent, perfumy spices hit your senses like a runaway semi truck. I new it was BMC, I new it was gonna suck, but I tried it anyway.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a color with a 1 inch head. There are some floaties in the glass here. Smell is of pumpkin, nutmeg, some other spices. Taste is the same, only milder. just a touch of wheat coming through after the spices and pumpkin. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, is a decent easy drinking brew I could enjoy several of.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.93/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Frosty pint glass
From: ???
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Oct. 16, 2013
Misc.: My youngest brother bought a 6-pack; Bottle read, “Pour down side of glass until ½ inch is left in bottle. Swirl and pour remaining brew to properly blend spices and release the aroma and flavor.”

Poured a caramel, copper hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki white head. No lacing along the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down.

Not much of a smell really, but could definitely tell it was a Shock Top. Caramel, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, all less than even the Blue Moon Pumpkin. Some Belgian kick though.

Tasted a tad better than the smell. Nutmeg, cinnamon, Belgian wheat spices, cloves and some wintry spices.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Earthy abrupt finish.

Nothing too great about this beer. Skip it and move onto another.

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Photo of woodychandler
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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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.29/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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!

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

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.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.95/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head.

The aroma is fairly faint, not overpowering and typical of the pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Taste is a sweet vegetable flavor, a little spice taste and mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery for the style. It lacks body.

Over all an average fall seasonal. Reasonably priced. I doubt I'll have this again.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.27/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A cloudy brown.

Smell: Pumpkin pie smell.

Taste: Faint taste of pumpkin and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and east to drink.

Overall: A good pumpkin beer, not my favorite, but not the worst. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I would not turn one down.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.24/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pumpkin colored, with decent foam and not much lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin, fruit, and grain.

Taste: Pumpkin and spice. Maybe a little bit of pie crust.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Smooth, inoffensive take on a seasonal brew from Anheuser-Busch.

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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 brewbattles
3.11/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

We did a blind taste test between this beer and other pumpkin ales to determine which one is the best pumpkin ale for the season. The beers were Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, Buffalo Bill's America's Original Pumpkin Ale, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and New Belgium Pumpkick. Check it out:

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Photo of KYGunner
3.06/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This set up quite impressively with a nice rich brown hue and a stiff thick head.

The scent was less dramatic with a very weak and thin pumpkin aroma. No real spiciness or earth tone but a mellow gourd scent.

The taste was all wrong as the taste of pumpkin was washed away quickly on the palate. An exceptionally carbonated feel and rush of bubbles rinsed the palate of any real pumpkin, spice or wheat taste. What made this average and not below was that I could taste what was on the mind of the brewer but it simply never reached me.

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Photo of undeadozzy
3.17/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Poured aggressively into a shock top weizen glass. Huge foamy white head that leaves crazy lacing on the glass, especially for a wheat beer! Dark rich orange with the typical wheat beer opacity to it.

S - Some shredded wheat simplicty up front, maybe a little lemon, picking up on a pleasant pumpkin musk, with a little bit of allspice. Very refreshing scent.

T - Huge citrus notes up front, big showing from orange and lemon. Some muted wheat heaviness, a little saltine and corn flake crisp and on the way out, there's the pumpkin and some cinnamon sweetness. It's not a lot,just kind of an afterthought. Refreshing, yes. Pumpkiny, not really, but you can taste it, you just need to dig for it.

M - Very light and watery, still lots of character. Surprising light for a wheat beer.

O - Not a big fan of wheat beer, figured I'd pick it up since I do love pumpkin beers. Very nice late summer/early fall beer, a little heaviness to it, not too much pumpkin, muted fall flavors. If this had been marketed as a fall seasonal and not a pumpkin beer specifically, I never would have marked it as one, a very pleasant beer, but definitely not the kind of pumpkin beer I'm used to.

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

A little better than what I'm used to getting from an Anheuser-Busch beer, this pumpkin ale is brewed with pumpkin rather than pumpkin being added later (Shipyard, I'm looking at you) which is certainly appreciated (and expected). Smell is pleasant, with a good balance of pumpkin and spice but not much complexity. This doesn't taste much like the wheat beer that it is, maybe because the yeast drowns out the wheat. Pumpkin and spice taste good but not all that fresh or interesting. Mouthfeel is relatively thin for a pumpkin ale, but it goes down well and the aftertaste is simple, with just a touch of spice lingering. Overall, this isn't remarkable by any means. It is simple and decent.

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