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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 224
Hads: 1,171
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 Kooz
3.35/5  rDev +6%
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 -6.6%
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 +3.5%
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 +2.5%
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 +12.7%
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 -1.6%
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 -3.2%
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 +0.3%
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 +4.7%
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 +1.3%
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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Photo of jcbogantes
3.69/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light copper tone, with a white head that leaves behind a fine lacing

S: fruity and spicy

T: Mostly fruit notes and cloves, the carbonation is mild you can taste a light pumpkin flavor at the end but the predominant taste is the one from spices

M: light easy to drink

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Photo of jimmah120
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle taken from a sampler pack

cloudy orange brown look with a small frothy film. smell is pumpkin pie, wheat, and red wine. taste is crisp wheat beer(citrus), creamy pumpkin pie filling, with a bitter/waxy finish and hints of clove/nutmeg.

overcarbonated wheat beer with decent pumpkin flavor, but a poor finish. not terrible, but could have been done much better.

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Photo of jesseejames
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is just OK. Not something to write home about. It has a nice color. An average head. I did not pick up any wheat taste or smell at all. The punpkin taste seemed to me to be by addition of pumpkin spices off the supermarket shelve. I liked that it was sweeter than most. It is a nice drinkable beer but not something I want to have again.

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Photo of nofalltoofar
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into imperial pint

A: Cloudy orange gold with a quickly fading head. Nice lacing around the rim

S: Not particularly strong, a bit musty. Immediate pumpkin note, a little fruit, some grain

T: Definite pumpkin, some cinnamon notes, definite grain taste, almost lager-ish in prominence, some fruit notes here and there. Very sweet, almost no bitterness.

M: Very light, not highly carbonated (just a little tickle on the roof of your mouth), thick, or oily. Again, almost lager-ish.

Watch out: this one's drinkable. I picked up a case for $20 in the dead of February. Score! It's a nice little beer, especially for the price. Not sure I'd buy it in season. Pumpkin is the new bacon of the internet come every fall. Pumpkin coffee. Pumpkin beer. Pumpkin steak. Pumpkin underwear. People gotta get over the gourd.

But in this beer I like it fine. Good on, ya, Anheuser Busch!

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Photo of rangerred
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark orange with a fizzy one finger head. Just ok head retention but absolutely no lacing to speak of.

Aroma of pumpkin pie spice along with overripe fruit. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. It is not especially strong, however.

Flavor is full of nutmeg and cinnamon and has an almost artificial quality about it that I am not a fan of. A decent amount of sweetness pervades with just the slightest hint of bitterness. Carbonation is way high and a little bit distracting.

Overall, this beer has an artificial feel surrounding it from the aroma, to the flavor, to the mouthfeel. One thing going for it is that it is quite refreshing when ice cold but that is about the only positive thing I can say. Not a beer I plan on having again.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Moderate copper with a two finger slightly off white. Left great lacing.

S - Cloves, banana esters, wheat, slightl pumpkin far off in the distance.

T - Pie crust, pumpkin, cinnamon in it's slightest form, small amounts of cloves. Clean and non-artifical .

M - Medium slightly creamy body with some heavily stinging carbonation.

O - Overall, a good pumpkin beer. Loads better that Blue Moons attempt.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pumpkin and wheat is surely a different take on fall brews. We'll see how things go as prior experiences with pumpkin beers and Shock Tops have left a bit to be desired. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a globe glass. A rare vessel for this beer I'm sure. Pours a hazed orange with a thin whitish cap and a bit of yeast chunk which did settle out fairly quickly. Light retention and lacing.

Aroma is long on the pumpkin but short on the spices though warming did spice things up a bit to yield minimal cinnamon along with a bit more nutmeg. Offers a fair amount of hop notes with a spin but none of the yeast that might come from its Wit base. Remains a bit distant however overall.

Flavor is a bit weird as the pumpkin and wheat seem to cancel each other out in a sense. This yields a pleasant enough flavor but one with little depth or ability to linger. No notable bitterness or spice flavor. Finish is a bit thin with a light citric punch. Overall quite unobtrusive yet quite drinkable given the lack of complexity and minimal spice notes.

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Photo of magine
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker.

Pours a cloudy orangish amber. Light tan head. Creamy head settles to a patchy layer. Decent lace clings. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of yeasts, spices and light pumpkin. Decent nose.

Brew is crisp and spiced up front, some mild hops in here balanced by a mild malty pumpkin flavor. A little light and just missing with the flavors. Decent.

Pretty good brew considering the source. Not bad. I like a yeast driven pumpkin.

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Photo of tut2528
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a nice rusty copper tone, with about a 1/2 fingers worth of fizzy head formation that dissipates rather quickly thus lacing is minimal.

S: huge, huge cinnamon right up front that is more dominant than the pumpkin aroma, but I find it rather pleasing. i also pick up on some nutmeg and pepper.

T: again, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and pepper are all present, water and the wheat kicks in towards the finish. just an ever so slight cream finish

M: this is the brews biggest flaw. the brew is light and has a watery quality that prevents the brew from being a damn good beer. the palate isnt left with much on it and you quickly forget what the hell you just drank.

O: i actually enjoyed this brew, find it somewhat like the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. If the mouthfeel didnt completely suck, I honestly think this would be an excellent brew.

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Photo of bluejacket74
2.97/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, label stamped with 12 237, I assume that's the bottled on (or best by?) julian date (August 25, 2012). Served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy orange color with some sediment floaties noticeable. Head retention is OK, not much lacing. Aroma is nice but weak, it smells like some pumpkin, wheat, nutmeg and some cloves. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there's a slight sour bread-like finish. It's not bad tasting, but not exactly good either. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's surprisingly a bit slick and creamy, but with high carbonation. Not really impressed by this one, but it's drinkable. Got this bottle from a friend so I can't complain too much.

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

not a bad pumnpkin beer. nice in a wheat variety really, not as commonly done as it probably should be. the pours is orange hued and hazy pale colored with a decent off white head. fades quick. the nose is more spice than squash, cinnamon and clove, even ginger or something too. yeasty as always. the flavor is also more spice than pumpkin, lots of vanilla and clove, and some pepper from the yeast. its sweet and palatable, with a quick finish and a drinkable medium body and bright carbonation. its a little filling though, and fall is a time for all day drinking, so this isnt the ideal product for that, but its a lot better than regular shock top and the other spin offs ive had. overall not a bad beer if you are in a wasteland that only carries mass produced stuff. really not bad.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I must be a sucker for punishment. ...Or ticking... Well, this stuff was incredibly popular last year, so I might as well finally give it a try. It pours a clear sunset orange-bronze topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, brown sugar, and biscuit. Nothing more, nothing less. The taste holds notes of funky wheat, what may or may not be pumpkin, and a light dusting of cinnamon. Things do not mesh well at all, frankly, and a bad taste is literally left in my mouth in the end. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick, nearly watery feel. Overall, a sad little pumpkin beer, one whose popularity will remain a mystery to me now...

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.85/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured a very nice dark amber color. The odor of pumpkin and spice was distinct which contrasted with its taste. Although it had an almost sweet pumpkin taste, I could also detect the cloves used in the brew. The mouthfeel was best I've had in a while, not over or under carbonated. The head was a lighter shade of the beer color and it didn't last long - that surprised me.

Overall, I was pleased, I've been trying a lot of new beers lately and haven't been too impressed, but was happy with this submit by Shock Top - they haven't done much to disappoint me.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.72/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours a cloudy, burnt orange with an off-white, finger width head> Poor retention. The resulting lace is thin, spotty and with little stick.

Smell - Aroma is of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg spice.

Taste - Faint notes of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg, and it only gets weaker as it approaches the finish. Watery. Nothing else, except an odd, faint, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light, watery body. Very little carbonation. Blah.

Overall - Pumpkin ales don't get much worse than this, and it's a shame. The pumpkin to spice ratio felt right, but the watered down body tarnished anything that might have been.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 10/27/12 notes. On tap in a pint glass at some random bar in Philly.

a - Pours a medium, murky orange brown color with one inch of off white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of bready malts, spices, pepper, and light gingerbread. Not a bad nose at all, but very light. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of spices, pumpkin, gingerbread, pepper, bready malts, yeast, grains, and wheat. Much better than the nose, with some nice pumpkin to it.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink beer.

o - Overall a decent pumkin beer, though nothing mind blowing. The nose is a bit weak and bland, but the taste was good and it was better than I expected. Not my favorite pumpkin beer but worth checking out if you love the style and see it on tap.

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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
73 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.