Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat - Anheuser-Busch
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3.05/5 rDev 0%
Pry-off or twist-off? This is an Anheuser Busch product, so I will say twist-off....I was right! On to the beer:
Looks like dark copper with carbonation bubbles racing through its body. The body is much cleaner than expected. The head on top is small and its retention is run of the mill, though it does splash up a little lacing. A lot of nutmeg and cinnamon in the nose, also some minerals and tap water. Somewhat pleasant, though it's close to being downgraded.
Vague spice, thin body, and medium high carbonation greet me at first. I eventually catch a little pumpkin and some cinnamon. From here it's decent, nothing wowing nor disgusting.
For what it's worth, it's better than the Shock Top Wheat Ale base. Nothing special, though still better than what a majority of people drank during pumpkin carving.
11-15-2011 05:18:20 | More by DoubleJ
3.4/5 rDev +11.5%
I found this latest Shock Top offering at the newly opened Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL. $6.99 for a 6-pack during the Halloween week sale. Not sure what they'll go for when the sale is over. No freshness date and no information about the beer on the label or on Bud's website (yet).
The beer poured a slightly hazed orange/amber color and made a nice 2-finger fluffy white head. Unfortunately the head disappeared completely in about 30 seconds and not a trace of lacing was left behind.
The beer had a mild pumpkin smell, but the other pumpkin pie spices of cinnamon and nutmeg are more pronounced. Smells decent for a pumpkin beer.
A sweet wheat maltiness is the main flavor here. Pumpkin flavor is there, but not very pronounced. I do get some cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness as well, but it's all just too weak. The best pumpkin ales (like Southern Tier's or Uinta's) make you feel like you're drinking a liquid pumpkin pie. This one does not do that. It needs more pumpkin.
Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.
This is definitely drinkable, but not the best pumpkin ale out there.
11-14-2011 09:56:09 | More by matjack85
3.58/5 rDev +17.4%
Look: Very deep orange in color almost copper 1/3 inch head and decent retention
Smell: Lots of pumpkin spice upfront and some other autumn and baking spices. One of the better pumpkin noses I have smelled
Taste: Surprisingly good flavor. Nice pumpkin and cinnamon flavors but I dont really pick up too much wheat
Mouthfeel: Thin body and medium carbonation
Overall: Surprisingly good beer from Michelob
11-12-2011 06:56:18 | More by DarthKostrizer
3.43/5 rDev +12.5%
Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.
A - Deep orange/tangerine color with quite a bit of haze. Head initially is about a finger tall but quickly dies down to a very insignificant film. Doesn't leave any lacing on my glass to speak of.
S - The smell is the most impressive thing about this beer imho. Cinnamon, nutmeg, some pumpkin and clove all come through. The other so called pumpkin ales I've had this year have been fairly one dimensional in this area, so this is a pleasant experience.
T - Good, but it doesn't wow me by any means. Cinnamon and pumpkin are the strongest players in the taste on this beer. There's just a hint of clove and some other spices.
M - Meh. Not good but not bad. Mouthfeel gets a solid C.
O - Not a bad pumpkin ale, but nothing that's going to blow your pants off. If it's offered to you for free gladly accept.
11-08-2011 03:13:25 | More by BigDRS
3.3/5 rDev +8.2%
Friend left a few of these over so I figured I might as well try it.
A - Pours a hazy orange/amber with a decent 1 finger head. Unfiltered beer, so a lot of floaties floating around in it.
S - Caramel malt, sugar, touch of clove, a tad bit of pumpkin.
T - Somewhat of a hodgepodge of spice, some clove, a touch of cinnamon, orange peel, and slight hint of pumpkin. Malt bill is decent.
M - Quite a bit of carbonation present, but smooth.
Overall - A decent pumpkin brew. It was a bit of a grab bag of spice, but it captured the style fairly well and didn't taste bad at all.
11-08-2011 01:51:49 | More by BeerBuckeye
3.3/5 rDev +8.2%
A: Orange amber, with a slight haze. Head was initially thick and frothy, quickly fading to a thin but lingering layer that left a fine lace on the walls of my glass.
S: Sweet malt is the most noticeable aspect. There is some spice and (if you really search for it) some pumpkin notes as well.
T: Again, it's the sweet malt that grabs my attention at first sip. The pumpkin pie spices are there as it washes over the tongue, but not overwhelming. The finish is a typical hops bitterness... Wait a minute! Where was the pumpkin?
M: Wet up front, but drier in the finish. Average carbonation.
O: Just so-so. Not unpleasant, but not enough pumpkin to be worthy of the name, even with the expected spices. Still, I find it easier to down than plain Shock Top.
11-07-2011 03:48:08 | More by TappaKeggaBrew
2.08/5 rDev -31.8%
I purchased a 6 pack at my local Publix.
A- Drank straight from the bottle. I did not notice.
S- Smells like pumpkin spice, not bad.
T- Very watery for what it should be. Pumpkin flavor and spice were more faint than expected.
M- Too watery. Medium carbonation
O- I like many types of brews, but I did not really like this one. Try another brand if looking for a pumpkin ale.
11-07-2011 02:26:58 | More by Royalenfield1990
3.3/5 rDev +8.2%
Bottle given to me by my neighbor Brian, and poured into one of my new Penn State pint glass with the football etching on the bottom.
A: Pours an orangish-amber hue, with a thick white head that dissipated somewhat quickly and left a little lacing on the glass as I worked through it.
S: I pick up pumpkin, cinnamin, and nutmeg, all at moderate-to-low levels. I'm not picking up my yeast/bread/wheat in the nose.
T: I know it's trendy on this board to s*** on Anheuser-Busch, but this really isn't a bad beer for what it is (that being a "novelty" beer, pumpkin + spice, made for a specific season). And props to the brewers for delivering on more true *pumpkin* flavor than a lot of the competition does. This beer also has those "pumpkin pie" spices that are so prolific in the style (those being cinnamin, nutmeg, and sweatness), but there is more actual pumpkin flavor here than a lot of micros.
The wheat/bread is in the background here, but provides a pleasant backbone on which to layer all of the other flavors mentioned above. I'm not a big Hefeweizen fan, so this really works for me. Heife/wit purists may be disappointed by this, but I'm not
M: It's a touch heavier in the mouth than I like it to be, and doesn't leave a whole lot behind on the finish.
D/O: This is an enjoyable change-of-pace, but the wheat makes it a bit heavy and detracts from it's drinkability for me, and the spices make it a bit of a one-trick pony.
11-07-2011 01:44:20 | More by psuKinger
3.18/5 rDev +4.3%
A: Orangey medium copper, just shy of clear with a bit of chill haze. Alright size just barely off-white head. It settles fast but keeps a ring and tries pretty good to leave lacing.
S: Nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves – spices for sure. Perhaps there is pumpkin behind that, but a ways behind. Some toasty grain, sort of wheaty, with some light caramel sweetness. No hops. Pumpkin grows as it warms, and it gets sweeter smelling too.
T: Opens with a mix of pie spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves), and malts – toasty grain, doughy wheat, and a bit of light caramel sweetness. I don’t know that it is clearly pumpkin, but middle to end have a pronounced vegetal character. More green and leafy than squash. Some malt sweetness sticks around in the end with a faint bit of breadcrust. No hops jump out, unless they are part of that herbal/vegetal something.
M: Medium to medium-light body, carbonation just a hair under matched. Smooth with just a enough carbonation to carry the spices. Semi-sweet finish.
D: Fair (at best) wheat beer with okay use of spice (but the mix doesn’t seem quite right). Pumpkin is rather strange – sort of unripe – more vegetal than gourd. Still – tons more flavor and character than their mainstream affair. Okay to try, but it won’t be calling you back.
11-05-2011 16:44:24 | More by SickGnar
3.13/5 rDev +2.6%
Pours an orangy golden color, slightly hazy, with a small tight white head that settles into a light cap.
The aroma is of light pumpkin spice; nutmeg and allspice. Decent aroma, perhaps some light lemon in the end.
The flavor has a considerable wheat base; smooth and unoffensive. Very light pumpkin spice; some nutmeg and allspice. Some lemony astringency in the end. Kind of boring but not bad.
The feel is light, almost watery. Crisp carbonation and a clean finish, easy to drink. A bit dry and astringent in the end.
An ok pumpkin to get introduced to the style. Not extremely flavorful but does give you a hint of the spice profile. Harpoon's pumpkin wheat is much better.
11-04-2011 23:27:49 | More by Gmann
3.2/5 rDev +4.9%
The aroma is quite spicy: but with a closer sniff, there is also a fairly good pumpkin aroma and a hint of malt. The spice complement is a bit atypical; it has some of the things usually found in pumpkin pie or pumpkin ales, like nutmeg and cinnamon, but doesn't taste like the typical mix of pumpkin pie spices. Also a bit lemony.
Mouthfeel: thin and watery, but with good carbonation.
O - Beer #1 in a Halloween eve Pumpkin tasting session. This one is over-spiced, particularly in the room-filling aroma. "Tastes like Halloween" says a fellow tester.
11-02-2011 01:39:59 | More by chinchill
3.13/5 rDev +2.6%
I poured the beer into a glass in two parts per instructions on the bottle. A three finger bisque colored head, that faded quick with a little bit of residual lacing, was evident. The second pour was 1/2" from the bottom of the bottle swirled the spices and topped off the glass, which resulted in a orange and cloudy tint to the color. The aroma was spice with the nutmeg and cloves dominating and a flash of the cinnamon on the back end. The pumpkin made a light showing, but you can tell it is there in the aroma. There was no malt or hops that I could discern. The taste was decent. with the spice dominating the first of it fading to the pumpkin and then a little malt taste making a token appearance. Mouthfeel is ok with the carbonation tickling the tip of the tongue, but the body is somewhat watery. I was apprehensive in buying the beer at first, the raspberry beer was a disaster, and I took a few minutes staring down the beer in the cooler before giving it a try. Overall not a bad seasonal beer. Newer batches should concentrate on keeping the aroma and appearance while maybe bringing out the malt some.
10-30-2011 20:54:02 | More by Rantingfury
3.3/5 rDev +8.2%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. This pours a slightly hazy orangish color with a short lived white head. Smells mostly of pumpkin, spices and maybe a hint of wheat. Feel is medium to light with decent carbonation. The taste is pretty light, a little pumpkin and spice, kinda sweet, its okay but weaker than most of the pumpkin beers (but far better than the buffalo one).
10-30-2011 00:33:21 | More by DavidST
3.25/5 rDev +6.6%
Kind of orangey with floaties in it. And off white head, thickish with good staying power.
Smells likes the bottle says...pumpkin, wheat, and nutmeg.
Tastes like it smells, mostly pumpkin and not so much pumpkin spice.
Lots of spiciness, but a slight more bitter finish than I'd like; a bit thin with an abrupt ending.
An above average fall beer, but not great.
10-29-2011 02:43:37 | More by RickS95
3.63/5 rDev +19%
I got a 6-pack from Woodman's in Janesville, WI for $6.79 in Fall 2011.
Pours a cloudy reddish/orange color with a slight head that disolves quickly. Just as the beer reads, pumpkin and wheat scents are most noticable as well as those pumpkin pie spices. Surpringly great taste for a A.B. product. The uses of wheat and pumpkin work great together as the spices heighten the taste. The texture is fine but a tad to thin for me resulting in making this beer a very easy drinker. The finish is a little awkward but I imagine that is due to the wheat. A little more texture and volume would greatly help this beer. A better than average pumpkin beer and a surprise hit from A.B.
10-26-2011 03:41:56 | More by Lemke10
2.55/5 rDev -16.4%
12oz bottle poured into a clear plastic cup. No date.
Appearance - Lots of large visible sediment/debris at the bottom of the bottle. Pours large offwhite head with tons of stick and good retention.
Smell - Pumpkin and candle wax. They should have called thsi the Jack-o-Lantern.
Taste - Not getting pumpkin. Just candle wax. Perhaps because i didn't follow the label's instructions for properly blending the spices. Thin and watery.
Mouthfeel - Thin. Watery. I see a pattern.
Overall Drinkability - My least favorite Shock Top variety.
10-25-2011 23:02:18 | More by ZenAgnostic
2.98/5 rDev -2.3%
A: Slightly hazy burnt orange color with a decent looking enough cream colored head and a bit of spotty lacing.
S: There's a lot of indistinguishable sweetness upfront. The more I smell, the more I think of overripe fruit. Past it's prime-banana and some pumpkin with some cinnamon and nutmeg as well.
T: There's a bit of pumpkin upfront, but then the taste goes pretty watery and you don't get much but a sort of wet wheat flavor. Lots of carbonation here and a lot of pumpkin, banana and bubblegum sweetness towards the end so that it feels somewhere in between a pumpkin ale and a pumpkin soda. As it warms, the pumpkin and cinnamon flavors on the finish begin to fade and some adjunct flavors creep in. It's not the worst pumpkin beer out there, but it's far from being one of the better examples of the style. Seek out something a bit more interesting. You won't be sorry.
10-25-2011 21:16:57 | More by notchucknorris
Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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