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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 209
Hads: 1,103
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 16.88%
Wants: 30
Gots: 218 | FT: 1
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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 SometimesIfart
3.5/5  rDev +9.4%
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. (407 characters)

Photo of HalfFull
2.9/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (1,045 characters)

Photo of magine
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (450 characters)

Photo of tut2528
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (847 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
2.97/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +4.7%
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. (789 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
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... (726 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.85/5  rDev +20.3%
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. (571 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.72/5  rDev -15%
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. (630 characters)

Photo of mdfb79
3.46/5  rDev +8.1%
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. (773 characters)

Photo of isualum12
3.82/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. I can’t handle to much pumpkin but I do enjoy a little pumpkin in beer during the festive fall. aroma- has a nutty pumpkin smell to it. appearance- looks nice with a decent head taste- Pumpkin with wheat just as you would guess. palate- good co2 on it with the ability to drink a couple...not a few though.... Overall I would reach for another one down the road... (407 characters)

Photo of ehammond1
3.42/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, Alucard4!

Clear orange and amber without much of a head to speak of. This leaves thin ribbons of off-white bubble lace down the glass.

The aroma is actually quite nice, with good amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and mild pumpkin character. Some bread and caramel as well.

The flavor falls of significantly from the aroma, however. There simply isn't a lot here except some very mild spice and plain wheat bread. There's a touch of a metallic note as well.

Thin to moderate in body with medium carbonation.

Better than anticipated, but I anticipated it to the awful. (612 characters)

Photo of Vashtar
3.8/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It has an orange, pumpkin flavored appearance. It pours a large head but has no lacing and little head retention.

It smells like pumpkin and spice, but not quite as Chai as many do.

It starts out as one of the best pumpkin beers that I've ever had. The finish is a bit cheap and bitter. It is very drinkable, though.

The mouthfeel is very basic with a slight fizzle. It has a nice thickness, though.

Aside from the aftertaste, it is one of the better pumpkin beers out there. There's a glimmer of WOW but it quickly fades. If they could continue that flash of brilliance throughout the whole beer's taste, it would be a contender for the best pumpkin ale. (659 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.18/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nose is mild pumpkin spice and a decent shock of wheat...pun intended. Sweet and mild, mostly spices and a little gourd. So-so on the aroma, but still the best of the ST family.

Taste has a light pie spice aspect and the base wheat beer is...I dont want to go so far as to say complimented...but fits well enough with the pie spices. I dare say this is the least offensive by far of the Shock top family...it is the awkward brother in law that is guilty by association. I actually think this is fairly decent...well, at least I think I could tackle another bottle sometime.

Not bad...I am actually somewhat impressed considering my lower than low expectations. (663 characters)

Photo of Phxsunsfan
2.87/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Its an ok Pumpkin/halloween/beer not one of the best pumpkin beers i have had its just ok.

Appearance- Orangey Redish brownish color white head on it.

Smell- You can smell the nice pumpkin spicies and wheat smells.

Taste/overall- Tasty pumpkin spice flavors not to strong. to much carbonation. Nice beer to drink around october and halloween or if you want to drink a pumpkin beer better then the blue moon pumpkin beer i think id try it again next october (459 characters)

Photo of mckenziac
2.65/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy orange-brown color. Has a small, foamy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.). Smells like most other pumpkin beers.

Taste: Starts off with a strong pumpkin flavor with some mild hoppiness. Finishes spicy, wheaty, and slightly yeasty. The whole thing tastes a tad artificial.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and slightly over-carbonated.

Overall: A pretty bland pumpkin ale, but what do you really expect from the Shock Top brand? I guess it's good to see that they're expanding their range, but this really isn't anything special. (719 characters)

Photo of frankiepop
3.25/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Typically looking pumpkin beer with an orange cloudy hazy amber hue.

Aroma was more mild in strength, spice, and even pumpkin than most pumpkin beers though the pumpkin was there and that was nice.

The beer did taste of real pumpkin in the beer with lesser spiciness though the pumpkin was not over whelming. The texture was a little watery or wet with some carbonation. I generally prefer lower carbonation, but pumpkin beer demands a little higher pumpkin to bring on the refreshing richness that I think makes pumpkin brews so nice.

I compared this beer to another pumpkin ale St. Ambroise Pumpkin Ale. St A is much darker and and more aromatic with pumpkin, while Shock has that sour like smell with a nice hint of pumpkin. When comparing I find that Shock has a nice hi carbonated blend of the sour wheat flavors with a mild pumpkin hint. The pumpkin mellows Shocks sour wheat flavor. I thinks, boy, this might be a nice summer blend of flavors. Though the St. A huge smooth pumpkin flavors just buries Shock otherwise. However, the comparison leaves me with a better appreciate the Shock Pumpkin beer.

Shock is a nice pumpkin beer for a hot day thirst quencher. Thumb up. I recommend it with a little hesitation. I don't think it will shock you, but you may have have a pleasant time drinking this beer. This beer is really meant to drank to some mellow rock from the 70s. You know Steely Dan Aja, Fleetwood Mac, or "Hello It's Me" by Todd Rundgren. (1,461 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.77/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Style: Pumpkin Ale
ABV: 5.20 %

LOOK: Pours a pale orange/gold color.

SMELL: Aroma of spices and wheat. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove come to mind.

TASTE: In the flavor, more spice, with wheat and a note of pumpkin. Malt sweetness is there to provide just enough body to carry the pumpkin spice. A hint of bread, raw wheat and lemon peel round out the flavor profile. Body is light bodied, decently carbonated, but alittle watery.

Overall, this is an OK to below average pumpkin ale, but from anheuser-busch, surprisingly decent. (578 characters)

Photo of Dave128
3.47/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a duvel tulip.

A - A pretty rigorous pour yields almost no head. The color is cloudy orange. Lacing is minimal. There appears to be "floaties" which i would assume are somethng to do with the pumpkin flavor

S - Smells wheaty and only slightly spicy

T - Much better than the average shock top. Very biscuity up front with only a mild pumpkin spice on the finish.

M - Decently carbonated but a little too light bodied.

O - I wouldn't recommend it as a pumpkin ale, but its definitely a nice fall brew (535 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.03/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazed orange-ish amber with a thick, creamy off-white head that soon descends to a lasting thin cover. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of mild pumpkin spicing with a slight banana/clove and a hint of wheat tang. Very mild.

The taste is also mild, wet bread, water, mild pumpkin spicing, more water and a hint of vanishing sweetness (maybe some banana?)

The feel is on the weak side, but has a certain smoothness to it and doesn't completely fall apart.

A mediocre brew here. Some wheat character, some pumpkin character and mainly washed out after the finish. Personally, I don't care much for overdone spicing, but everything about this is rather weak. Not "offensive", just weak. (699 characters)

Photo of jbierling
4/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I sampled this beer along with two other similar choices (Sierra Nevada Tumbler and Dundee Oktoberfest) and I was pleasantly surprised. It was pumpkin in color and and hit a slight sweetness to it. It beat my average expectations. I didn't expect much and I got more. (267 characters)

Photo of circus_cat
2.69/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I hate drinking macrobrews almost as much as I hate reviewing them...especially the macrobrews that pretend to be craft beers...but someone left this gem in my fridge after a little get-together last weekend. So here goes.

A: I wish BA would put appearance on a lower scale or something. I have to give this a decent score on appearance which will inflate it beyond what it should be, final score-wise. Oh well. It's a decent looking pumpkin beer. Deep amber with small, soapy head, leaving no lacing.

S: Hmm. Strange. I get banana up front (maybe because it's a wheat..maybe). I also get fake pumpkin flavoring, cloves, and other Thanksgiving spices.

T: You get the fake pumpkin and spices again on the front end, but after that it's pretty much that taste you get after playing drinking games with Natural [insert ice, light, etc] in college.

M: A little too carbonated and light bodied. (896 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.48/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint.
5.23% ABV, 12 181 on neck label.

A - In classic wheat style, this pours relatively hazy, clouding the deep amber-orange beer which is topped by a moderately maintained off-white foam. A thin skim of bubbles remains below some patchy lacing.

S - Pumpkin puree rests gently behind the plethora of spice throughout the aroma. All the usual suspects are here; clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice; any resemblance to the original Shock Top has been avoided - this smells like pure pumpkin ale here. There are no trace notes of Belgian influence with minimal wheat, leaving a grainy pale malt base.

T - Soft wheat is barely noticeable around the rough edges of grainy pale malt. Abounding spice is prevalent through the duration of this seasonal while pumpkin is a bit more low-key. Some mildly sweet caramel malt accents add a nice touch of authenticity in the end, keeping it from an adjunct-like brew.

M - Light-bodied, there's just enough malt in here to support the spice and pumpkin profile which works well with the higher carbonation Shock Top drinkers are used to. Wheat in the brew aids in making the feel smoother but, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat thins out on the finish leaving little spice or anything to remember it by other than a touch of dryness.

O - This pumpkin is surprisingly better than anticipated, especially with the underwhelming track record of Shock Top seasonals, but this pumpkin wheat is moderately flavorful, balanced, and drinkable; everything one might expect while maintaining a profile that wont offend their customer base. A good training wheel pumpkin for example; however, it certainly won't satisfy the desires of anyone really craving a rich pumpkin brew. (1,759 characters)

Photo of ralph426
3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A growler from The House Of 1000 Beers. I wanted a pumpkin and I was too cheap to go for the good stuff.

Appearance is fine, a decent 1/4 inch head followed by moderate lacing.

Smell is promising, but weak. I don't notice as much spice as I expect.

Taste is a little weak. There 's just enough pumpkin ale type flavor to assure me that I'm not drinking a Budweiser.

All in all, I could probably drink quite a few of these in a session. (442 characters)

Photo of roryw
3.12/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent pumpkin beer, although I've yet to have an awful pumpkin beer in the last few years so maybe my bearings aren't right. It's cheap at my local Kroger so I thought it was worth trying and I'm glad I did.

A - 4.5 - Really impressed with the appearance. Nice creamy looking head, lingers for a bit. Nice orange hue which is what I would expect from this. Slight lacing on the glass.

S - 2.5 - Nothing to write home about here. Smells like an average shock top (go figure). No pumpkin or spices in the smell for me at all...

T - 3.0 - Not a whole lot of spice or pumpkin. I'm having to really focus on what I'm drinking to get either of those flavors to come through. It's more of an afterthought here which is weird. It tastes like a decently sweet wheat beer, with pumpkin spice hints in the background. Not really what I was wanting. I was hoping it would be similar to Jack's Pumpkin Spice, which I really enjoyed. I still like this beer though, much more than the similarly priced blue moon pumpkin ale which is also easy to find.

M - Average, light mouthfeel.

O - It's very drinkable, but not a beer I would seek out when wanting a really enjoyable pumpkin beer. For me this is a run of the mill wheat beer with slight pumpkin hints. I really wanted the pumpkin and especially the spice to hit my mouth a lot harder. I'll most likely buy it again though because it's cheap, easy to find and a pretty easy drink to enjoy with some friends or with a meal. There are much beer pumpkin beers out there, but this isn't bad. (1,543 characters)

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
74 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.