Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat - Anheuser-Busch
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2.55/5 rDev -16.4%
High on spice and with a slightly off-balanced malt/grain ratio, this Pumpkin Ale on training wheels may find favor with avid drinkers of American Lagers wishing to venture out a bit.
Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat pours with a copper and orange color that actually resembles pumpkin color to a slight extent. Hazy as to be expected from wheated beers, the beer forms a part-foamy, part-fizzy head that retains a little better than I expected, but not as good as classic Belgian-style Wheat Ales. No lace and fleeting carbonation leaves this beer looking somewhat lifeless after a few quick drinks.
Spicy sweet aromas carry the added spices of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg reasonably well. A light backgound note of starchy (pumpkin?), caramel, and citrus round out the simplified nose in somewhat mild to timid intensity.
Grainy-sweet flavors of malted and raw barley along with wheat provide a thin sweetness that could side better with pilsner malt and wheat. But the spicy additions and caramel flavor help to support the notion of pumpkin pie for a short time. Thin malty richness allows the beer to die at mid palate and ushers in a bland and watery finish with a lingering of perfumy spice.
Grainy sweet to texture as well as the beer never develops the malty creaminess or the malty-dry finish of either Belgian Witbiers or common Pumpkin Ales. Watery, thin, and oddly sweet- the combination of aspirtame and dish soap reveals the unpleasantries of spices, grain, and lacking malt balance.
Those who are venturing out of the shaddow of industrial lagers may find comfort with this grainy-sweet version of Pumpkin Ales, but this is among one of the weakest brands on the market.
12-20-2011 05:27:16 | More by BEERchitect
2.75/5 rDev -9.8%
Pouring this from an inch or so above the glass gives you a medium sized off white to light tan head that quickly dies above a cloudy honey colored wheat beer.
A slightly washed out but yet big aroma of pumpkin, pumpkin spices, and nutmeg.
A light bodied drink with tastes of pumpkin spices and a light nutmeg, a let down from the aroma which itself lead you to believe that the beer would be decent or at least alright to drink.
Not much aftertaste to this beer, maybe a light dryness.
Why does AB insist on producing mediocre beers when they have at their disposal the ability to produce some outstanding ales and lagers, if only they cared about the costumer a light and not just the almighty dollar.
12-14-2011 23:35:41 | More by LXIXME
2.78/5 rDev -8.9%
Had this beer at a restaurant with a burger since it was the only draft beer available that I had not tried. I usually don't like wheat beers, but I do like pumpkin beers, so I gave it a try.
The beer was served in an American pint glass and looked really good. The appearance was a slightly brownish orange with a distinct pumpkin and wheat taste that lived up to its name. There was about one finger of creamy tan head but it rapidly dissipated. In spite of the small head, there was a good amount of lacing but not much carbonation. I found the beer to be overall lacking in mouthfeel and aroma, but still a good drinkable brew. What can I say? Its a pumpkin flavored Budweiser.
12-14-2011 02:21:11 | More by gerite
4/5 rDev +31.1%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.
Appearance: Pours a clear dark orange with a quickly dissipating half finger head. No lacing is left on the glass. Color is nice, though.
Smell: Actually smells really great! A strong odor of pumpkin and pumpkin spice, such as nutmeg and cinnamon. Sweet malts and a light citrus hint are also noted.
Taste: It's quite delicious. This reminds me of pumpkin pie in beer form; a strong, nice pumpkin flavor, with noticeable pumpkin spice characteristics throughout. Light hops and malts dominate the background, with the wheat barely apparent. Surprisingly good.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and moderate carbonation, refreshing and drinkable.
Overall: Good job, A-B, you've surprised me with this offering. A delicious pumpkin ale that I would certainly buy again.
12-10-2011 03:00:50 | More by CowsCanBark
3.08/5 rDev +1%
A: Pours an orange/golden color nice tan 1/2 foam cap, some sediment floaty bits none to alarming but enticing.
S: Aroma has a light fragrance of cinnamon and spice, very typical of style.
T: Taste is of pumpkin pie spices and sweet malts slightly hopped.
M: Mouthfeel is medium bodied lightly carbonated, with a silky finish.
O: Overall a drinkable beer not too bad.
12-06-2011 02:39:32 | More by nukem5
5/5 rDev +63.9%
The hands-down best Pumpkin Wheat this season! Finishes smooth and leaves a warm pumpkin pie taste in your mouth. Be sure when pouring to leave about an inch at the bottom and stir the bottle to bring out the unfiltered wheat. Wonderful! I bought a case and am rationing it out keeping it all season long. Best with turkey or large banquet style Holiday meals! Enjoy!
12-03-2011 21:40:56 | More by robmorris31
Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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