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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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Ratings: 855
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 78 | 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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Photo of onethirtyeight
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

onethirtyeight, Dec 31, 2011
Photo of sommersb
2.65/5  rDev -12.8%

Tasted On: 12-29-2011
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Sam Adams perfect pint
Purchased: 6-pack from Publix

My mom bought these beers for me when I was coming to visit her.

A: Color is a light orange on this mostly clear brew, with a good amount of bubbles seen in the glass. The head is off-white and stands at 2 and a half fingers. Head retention is good, while the lacing is fair.

S: Smells of pumpkin fruit and muted spices, but overall very weak aromas.

T: The dominant flavor is of pumpkin fruit, but it has an unpleasant character to it. Slightly sweet, with a bland overall impression.

M: Body is thin, with medium to high carbonation. Aftertaste is of pumpkin and pumpkin spices, but has the same off-taste as noted earlier.

O: Overall this is an easy-drinking ale, but is nothing remarkable and not a beer I'd seek out.

sommersb, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of mdmoore
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

mdmoore, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of godmare
3/5  rDev -1.3%

godmare, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of Marc33
1.5/5  rDev -50.7%

Marc33, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of beerme626
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

beerme626, Dec 23, 2011
Photo of jagada
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

jagada, Dec 23, 2011
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

AJN136, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of JulianBaughman
4/5  rDev +31.6%

JulianBaughman, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
2.55/5  rDev -16.1%

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.

BEERchitect, Dec 20, 2011
Photo of bluesplit63
3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

bluesplit63, Dec 18, 2011
Photo of xnicknj
3/5  rDev -1.3%

xnicknj, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of LXIXME
2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

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.

LXIXME, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of gerite
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

gerite, Dec 14, 2011
Photo of CowsCanBark
4/5  rDev +31.6%

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.

CowsCanBark, Dec 10, 2011
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4/5  rDev +31.6%

PaBeerLover, Dec 09, 2011
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

KyleNorthington, Dec 09, 2011
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4/5  rDev +31.6%

CarterSeaton, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

jheezee, Dec 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

JohneHoodlum, Dec 06, 2011
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3.08/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

nukem5, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +31.6%

somma4189, Dec 06, 2011
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4/5  rDev +31.6%

TrickkyGangsta, Dec 05, 2011
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3/5  rDev -1.3%

its65andsunny, Dec 05, 2011
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4.5/5  rDev +48%

jski, Dec 04, 2011
Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
71 out of 100 based on 855 ratings.