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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 225
Hads: 1,182
Avg: 3.16
pDev: 47.78%
Wants: 30
Gots: 279 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 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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Photo of DrCDPriest
4.5/5  rDev +42.4%

Love this beer for the flavor and the price - not outrageous as many microbreweries on a seasonal beer.

I could drink this year around, as the pumpkin flavors are not overwhelming.

Appearance - Pours a rich orange/amber color, more to the light brown tint. In using a pint mug it had a nice head, about a finger high, and a nice amount of lacing. The lacing stays on the glass til the end.

Aroma - You can smell the spices upon opening the beer, low hop nose, lots of malty aroma with a bit of spice. Seriously, tastes as it smells, the aroma won't disappoint you.

Taste – Um, awesome. The taste follows the aroma - not as pumpkin in flavor as in smell – but that is more the spices you smell.

Mouthfeel - It is a medium body feel and seems lightly carbonated, seems like a good mix for the type of beer. Definitely not over carbonated as many American mass produced brews are these days.

Overall - This is a very nice beer for those loving a mild experience with reminiscence of pumpkin pie as a dessert. Definitely an enjoyable experience.

Serving type: Bottle poured into a glass – but straight out of the bottle is just fine.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.79/5  rDev +19.9%

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.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Appearance: Very hazy orange-brown with a quick to fade off-white head.

Smell: Yeasty, pumpkin pie spices.

Taste: Pretty good. Like a spicy pumpkin pie, but not too overpowering. Plenty of yeast and wheat throughout.

Mouthfeel: Moderately thick and well carbonated.

Overall: Pretty good pumpkin beer, not that it’s my favorite style. Shock Top’s toned-down style works pretty well here, as I don’t want too much pumpkin in my beer.

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Photo of Ainman11
2.63/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

The smell of the brew is a light smell as well as the taste for pumpkin beer. I felt there could be a stronger flavor and spice, but maybe that is why I am still okay with it. Also the can I have says the ABV is 5.1% not that it is much difference just found that interesting.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.9/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat brewed by Anheuser-Busch with an ABV of 5.2% This brew pours out of a brown bottle a light brown amber with a small white head. The smell is sweet with pumpkin and some grains. You also pick up on some spices in this brew. The taste is rich with flavor. You pick up on pumpkin and spices and some grains at the end. Not as much flavor as I would like to see in a pumpkin brew. There is a lot going on in this brew. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth. There is nothing over powering in this brew. Pumpkin wheat has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm giving this brew 4 out 5. I would buy this brew again.

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Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%

Cloudy gold with two fingers of white head. Spots of lace.
Smell is spicy dominated by cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste is similar to the nose with a bit too sweet overall but quite drinkable.
Mouthfeel is light to medium and ample carbonation.
Finishes lightly sweet citrus and spices.
An alright pumpkin beer. Not quite as good a major competitor though.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.64/5  rDev -16.5%

Not my favorite pumpkin of the year. The pour was a pale orange and the head was fizzy and did not trail. The smell was mostly wheat to the point where it smelled like and average shock top. And the taste kind of was. Mild wheat flavor with a bit of artificial pumpkin instead of the usual orange. Didn't care too much for it.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.8/5  rDev +20.3%

Poured bottle into glass. 5.1% abv

Appearance- Dark orange and cloudy. Two finger head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Aroma of wheat, with pumpkin mash and spices. Smells like cinamon or perhaps nutmeg.

Taste- Light malt flavor up front and wheaty. Pumpkin taste is there but slightly. The beer finishes on a pumpkin pie spice note which is stronger. Bitterness is on the back end as well, although not strong.

Mouthfeel- Medium in body with decent carbonation.

Overall- Slightly better than I expected. Could use more pumpkin flavor but this is no micro brew. Not bad. I would drink this again, or even on draft at a bar if this was an offer. The spice taste was not overpowering either. If the pumpkin was stronger it would score better.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
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
2.5/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Would Drink Again: No
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
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 +0.6%
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 +0.6%
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 +0.9%
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 +17.7%
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 -10.4%
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 +1.9%
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 -5.1%
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 -53.2%
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 +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a brownish.orange 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 -7.3%
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 +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am currently unemployed with a lot of time on my hands & as such, I am a) not motivated to go out like I do when I have a job & b) trying to reduce the backlog of beer here at Chez Woody. The Bottle Backlog is annoying, but it takes a backseat to The CANQuest (tm). I am interested to see if I like it any better in the CAN than I did from a bottle.

From the CAN: "Belgian-style Wheat Ale brewed with Pumpkin and Spices"; "Enjoy Responsibly Please Recycle".

I Crack!ed my Pumpkin open, but I only gave it a gentle Glug as it was starting to show its age. A post-pour swirl raised a brief finger of fizzy, tawny head that could not wait to return to wisps. Bye! Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an odd CANdy-like smell, kind of caramel, but at base, simply sugary. The spices were light, but present. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium, bigger than what I expected after Shockolate. This is going to sound really bizarre, but it tasted like a pumpkin lollipop! I CANnot recall whether it was a DumDum or another brand, but I know that I have tasted CANdy like this before. It was less spicy than sweet, but I am not sure that I really minded. I didn't really have any big expectations for this, so I was not disappointed. Finish was semi-sweet, not cloying, which was a definite plus. It was not bad, all tolled, better than some pumpkin beers, less than others. I would place it in the low-middle of the pack. Once again, damning with faint praise.

My original, bottle review dtd 12 October 2013 follows:

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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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.