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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Pumpkin WheatShock Top Pumpkin Wheat

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775 Ratings

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Ratings: 775
Reviews: 187
rAvg: 3.06
pDev: 20.59%
Wants: 13
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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.

(Beer added by: BeerVikingSailor on 08-24-2011)
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3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

09-15-2012 18:36:21 | More by cunninsa
Photo of roryw


3.13/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 05:39:33 | More by roryw
Photo of RockinRob925


4.25/5  rDev +38.9%

09-12-2012 20:12:14 | More by RockinRob925
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3/5  rDev -2%

09-12-2012 19:10:17 | More by AndrewMichael
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4/5  rDev +30.7%

09-11-2012 23:57:23 | More by tohe9384
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4/5  rDev +30.7%

09-11-2012 23:01:47 | More by UnoMasBelgian
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2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A It looks very good when poured 1 to 2 inch head and a copper pumpkin color.

S It has no pumpkin smell to it at all just a light ale smell.

T It taste just like a light ale with no spice or pumpkin taste.

M just average mouthful flaver ale goes down smooth though.

O I would by Shipyard pumpkin ale for the seasonal pumpkins it is much better.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2012 15:50:53 | More by BOSMECH
Photo of tigg924


3.63/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown in color, cloudy, medium carbonation

Smell: pumpkin spice

Taste: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, caramel, a touch of wheat or grain, and pumpkin spice

Mouthfeel: sweet, high carbonation, light bodied

Overall: Better than I expected. A sessionable, wheaty, and solid pumpkin beer. I could have a six on a fall day. Nothing outstanding, and there are better pumpkin beers out there, but nothing to pass up either.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2012 13:10:50 | More by tigg924
Photo of comebackshane

1.5/5  rDev -51%

09-10-2012 02:20:00 | More by comebackshane
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3/5  rDev -2%

09-09-2012 22:09:16 | More by redfox405
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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

09-09-2012 01:08:24 | More by GaryMarkle84
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North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +6.2%

09-08-2012 23:36:56 | More by freshtojeff
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2.5/5  rDev -18.3%

09-08-2012 22:11:47 | More by rudy0908
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2/5  rDev -34.6%

09-08-2012 20:46:26 | More by Mortarforker
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2.75/5  rDev -10.1%

09-07-2012 02:42:52 | More by GeckoPunk
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North Dakota

3/5  rDev -2%

09-06-2012 04:35:48 | More by Vinmar
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3/5  rDev -2%

09-05-2012 04:26:56 | More by Kerrie
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5/5  rDev +63.4%

09-05-2012 00:07:26 | More by Backlash209
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2.58/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Why do people buy this crap?

The nose ain't bad. Some genuine pumpkin scents.

The palate is all wrong though. Light, grainy and sort of crisp but in an awkward way. Some spices, not a ton.

The finish is the worst part. It is long, but the taste is bad, so ya just sit there wishing the flavor would go away. It has a very bad light beer aftertaste. Boo.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 07:59:49 | More by ShiftBeer
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2.25/5  rDev -26.5%

09-04-2012 06:17:23 | More by Chadhodgdon
Photo of iBeer16

New York

2.43/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a clearly over carbonated orangey haze with a thin 1 finger translucent head, that leaves quickly and leaves little to no lace
S- very weak nose, slight slight pumpkin and all spice but you have to look for it.
T- carbonation, tand, slight pumpkin flavor, but again has to be found
M- way too carbonated, tingly, tangy

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 21:38:01 | More by iBeer16
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4.5/5  rDev +47.1%

09-03-2012 02:15:59 | More by tfsimpkins
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3.5/5  rDev +14.4%

09-02-2012 17:51:43 | More by tectactoe
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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love wheat beer, all kinds of it but this pumpkin spice is a very good product. Although Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale was better this has not been a complete disappointment. I have tried several pumpkin beers & ales & there are some very good ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 13:36:44 | More by MWAllred
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3.85/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a vary hazy orange color amber color with a big billowy orange tinted head. The head fades pretty fast to leave a light foam and a very light level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heavy of wheat with nice notes of pumpkin and some orange citrus. These are mixed with a cinnamon and nutmeg aroma that give it overall a very pleasant aroma.

Taste – The taste begins of wheat and pumpkin with some lighter sweetness. Soon spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg come into the taste. These meld well with the pumpkin flavors well and with an increase in a brown sugar taste make it more pumpkin pie like. This sweeter flavor persists to the end where a citrus flavor mixes with the others to leave a pleasing taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer average with a medium level of carbonation, giving the beer good drinkability.

Overall – A tasty pumpkin beer with a easy drinking sweetness and spiced pumpkin flavor. While not the top pumpkin brew out there it is one of the best for its price and one to go to on occasion.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2012 01:11:42 | More by Darkmagus82
Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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