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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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BA SCORE
71
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858 Ratings
THE BROS
73
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Ratings: 858
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 3.04
pDev: 21.05%
Wants: 17
Gots: 79 | 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 tdm168
3.03/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, orangish amber with 1/2" inch of loose, foamy head that fades quickly. Smells like pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, and faint metal. The taste is faint pumpkin and mild nutmeg and allspice. The mouthfeel is thin, moderately carbonated, but smooth.

Overall, not bad for a Shock Top, but the flavor profile is weak and this one comes off a little thin.

tdm168, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of pBRale
2.23/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

From tasting notes 9-23-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Cloudy orange to orange-amber pour with creamy light tan head that settles fairly slowly and leaves a surprisingly thick lace behind.

Smell: Smells pretty much like the regular Shock Top with some spices added--all spice, nutmeg, and maybe a hint of cloves.

Taste: The taste is unappealing to me. I taste two flavors which are not smoothly synthesized together into one coherent beer. The first is the traditional shock top white flavor of some wheat and yeast, and the second flavor that hits is a hint of pumpkin and nutmeg, with the aftertaste being predominately nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Watery mouthfeel, little carbonation. Not a very crisp finish and not too appealing to say the least.

Overall: Not a great beer in my opinion. Basically tastes like shock top and nutmeg; the mouthfeel is awful and I definitely do not want another one of these.

pBRale, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of Treyliff
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange color with pretty good white head. Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar.

Tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, with a slight citrus feel on the back end. The finish is a little light for a pumpkin ale, about the same as a budweiser. The same goes for them mouthfeel as well.

This beer has good potential, the tastes are pretty well balanced, it's just too thin and watery for my liking.

Treyliff, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty orange and just a tad hazy. Head and lacing weren't bad.

Smell and taste were quite surprising, and much better than I expected. There was a decent caramel malt and spice presence, along with a little pumpkiny-ness. It was festive and just fine on tap.

It's one of the best coors products I've had yet, although it's nothing special. Still, pumpkins are tough beers to make and this one wasn't half bad. Maybe one day the big three will figure out what a "Craft" beer is after all.

AlCaponeJunior, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of WesWes
3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light pale and wheat malt scent along with a fresh pumpkin and spice aroma. The taste is decent. It has excellent pumpkin flavor with minimal cinnamon and nutmeg spicing. The malt profile keeps the flavor light, but I feel it would be better with the addition of more pale malts. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a drinkable beer, but I wonder why they decided to add pumpkin to an American wheat ale in instead of the traditional pale ale.

WesWes, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of schoolboy
4.15/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I think that on my quest to find the best pumpkin brew last year I by-passed this one because it's an AB product. That was a mistake. This is clearly a great pumpkin brew in a lot of respects: color, aroma (wonderful), taste (nice, inoffensive), drinkability (you could have a whole six pack).

There aren't too many great pumpkins out there, but Charlie Brown would agree, that this is one. It may have a bit more spice than pumpkin, but it works. I will buy this a again this fall.

schoolboy, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Wheatoholic
3.13/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Not bad at all for a mass processed Pumpkin beer. I'm a huge fan of the Wheat so I had to give this beer a try. The pour left a decent head - although it could have been more frothy. The smell was very spicy with distinguished pumpkin. The color was an good amber. The taste had notable cinnamon and spices.

Over this beer is decent. Not bad, but nothing special. The price is right @ 7 dollars a 6er at my local BD. I probably won't pick this up again.

Wheatoholic, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.38/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A slightly hazed orange tinted copper hue with a light tan head fizzy and dwindling quickly, by the way no lacing left behind on my glass in this one. This one is abrasive with pumpkin pie spices almost a sugar coated cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice pumpkin pie kick going on. Is there a wheat beer in there somewhere I'm sure there is but where? Pumpkin pie spice massive loads of residual sugar, first off you must like these "pumpkin" beers to begin with, and secondly I tend to like the ones with actual pumpkin flesh (the gourd) not just the pie spices. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied a bit cloying with residual sugars and loads of pie spices. Definitely not the worse but by far something I'm going to be reaching for anytime soon, quit jumping on bandwagons and marketing trends and make some honestly good beer next time.

WVbeergeek, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of BilbosNuts
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a light brown color that is close to a dark orange. There is no head or carbonation to be found. It looks very still and dull.

S: Strong spices up front including nutmeg and cinnamon. There is some pumpkin to be found along with some sweet malts and a bit of cloves.

T: Similar to the taste, there is a lot of spice which mask other flavors that are trying to come through. There is a light malt base, but not much else other than the strong spices.

M: It is medium bodied, has no carbonation, and it's thin and on the watery side.

O: This seems like a decent pumpkin offering, but there are many better choices available.

BilbosNuts, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of 9InchNails
2.85/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy amber color with a off white head.

Not much of aroma -- very faint wheat, citrus and pumkin.

Slight pumpkin and cinnamon, mostly wheat and citrus fruits.

Carbonation is on the medium to high side. Light body.

This is a boring pumpkin beer but isn't horribly offensive.

9InchNails, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of JoeAmerican77
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours candy corn orange with a creme fraiche head...
A little cinnamon and brown sugar in the nose
Nutmeg and pumpkin flesh come to the front, wheat ale flavor as a backing. Medium light body
Actually a more exciting beer than expected. I'd grab one of these over a regular shock top anytime. Give to a yellow fizzy drinker and start the change over to better beer. It may encourage them that this one came from the big boys.

JoeAmerican77, Sep 29, 2011
Photo of CEversole
2.9/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Copper/ burnt orage in appearance. Nice white 2 finger head that dissapates in very little. Not much lacing at all.

S: I really didn't pick up much here its not very aromatic. A bit of malt and spices.

M: Ver crisp and clean. Good carbonation.

T: Definately some pumpkin, allspice, a peppery taste that may be from the allspice, and some nutmeg that lingerrs in the background. Also, a wheat malt but not as much as I anticipated. Didn't have much of a body. A bit watered down.

O: I would say average for a P.A. could be improved on for sure. This is an AB product so with that in mind its not bad for them.

CEversole, Sep 28, 2011
Photo of hosehead83
2.7/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Copper/orange in color, with a nice big head of off-white foam
Aroma-faint clove, cinnamon
Taste-A rather thin mix of clove, cinnamon,nutmeg and faint pumpkin flavor. A mish-mash of unbalanced flavors leading to a rather medicinal finish. Sessionable by ABV only. One and done for me.

hosehead83, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of TheIronHammer
3.05/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

*This is my first pumpkin wheat ale, so just keep in mind that I have nothing to really gauge it against.

Poured from bottle to a beer glass.

A: Dark gold color with a little red showing. Head was about a finger's width and disappeared quickly. There was a bit of lacing that also disappeared quickly. Head has an off white color to it.

S: Spices hit the nose first. Cinnamon is pretty prominent. I can also sense the cloves coming through. Can't really pinpoint the nutmeg. Some of the pumpkin comes through, but the spices are much stronger.

T: Again, cinnamon is prominent. The cloves come through on the tongue, but the cinnamon is stronger. The taste that the pumpkin gives the beer is weaker than the aroma it lends to the smell. The spices are the main component of the taste. Again, can't really pinpoint the nutmeg. It's just sort of hanging out in the background.

Mf: The carbonation is pretty light. The beer seems a bit watery. I think the mouthfeel could be improved on. It is the weakest area of this beer.

Overall: Not a horrible beer, but improvements could be made to it. I had this one with a light dinner, and it worked out ok. I probably won't buy this again, but I'd accept one if offered it by a friend.

TheIronHammer, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours out as a orange color with a fluffy white head on top. The head settles and fades into nothing, there is no lacing at all... The smell of the beer is a little spicy, has a little bit of a sweet aroma too. The taste is has a light spicy flavor... A little too light I think. The aftertaste is boring to me, it's too watered down I think. The mouthfeel is light and watery. Overall not surprised by this at all, really didn't expect something wonderful here. Basically I just wanted to try it.

Knapp85, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of scratch69
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Cloudy copper color with a thin white head that disappeared quickly. No lacing.

Smell- Faint smell of wheat and cinnamon.

Taste- Malty with hints of allspice and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and slightly crisp. Average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Drinkable but there are better pumpkin beers out there.

scratch69, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours a clear medium orange amber, eggshell head dissipates quickly.

Smells of sweet malts, pumpkin and cinnamon.

Tastes of wheat malt, very mild pumpkin flavors, and some caramel sweetness.

Body is on the thinner side with a sting of carbonation. Overall, lower on the carbonation though.

Not as bad as I though it would be, honestly. I've had far better pumpkins, but I've had worse as well. The biggest criticism is the lack of pumpkin taste. It's more of a sweetish wheat beer with a hint of pumpkin than a true pumpkin ale to me. Wouldn't be my number one pick but I wouldn't turn it down.

Cylinsier, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of bigfnjoe
1.65/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a very cloudy shade of orange with a one finger, very puffy white head that fades quickly. There is a lingering column of god knows what in the middle of the beer that makes it look absolutely disgusting

S- artificial cinnamon and nutmeg. It smells processed and very stale on the nose

T- I get a very, very weak taste of pumpkin. This has less flavor than both the regular Shock Top and the Raspberry Wheat, which I didn't think was possible. Wow

M- medium body, sitting on the thin side. Whatever

O- there are so many better options for pumpkin beer out there. I picked up a single of this on a whim to see if AB could do something solid like they did with the raspberry wheat. They failed miserably

bigfnjoe, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
3.38/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle marked 112288G70. Sampled on September 22, 2011. The pour is a cloudy copper color with a lot of carbonation but little head to top it off. On the nose there is a pleasing enough note of pumpkin spices and wheat.The body tended to be thinner than most. The pumpkin was subtle and mild in the taste as it gave way to a more bitter experience with a dash of spices and a near dry ending.

puboflyons, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of JayS2629
3.33/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Nice looking wheat beer. Slightly undercarbonated for the style. cloudy, orange and light bodied.

The aroma is of sweet wheat, pumpkin, and subtle spice characters of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger.

wheat, water, subtle spices of nutmeg and cinnamon, and allspice. Nice balance of spices and balance. Not bad.

Much better than regular shock top. Light, creamy, and grainy. Overall, an easy to drink, subtle, nicely balanced pumpkin wheat beer.

JayS2629, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of thespaceman
2.63/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass:

Appearance: Pours a deep cloudy amber in color, head built up fast and went away quickly, leaving behind no lacing whatsoever. Very dissapointing to say the least.

Smell: Aromas are not too bad, I get some spices up front, cinnamon, nutmeg and some clove - followed by some burnt toast aromas from the malt. A tad artifical to say the least but smells alot better then the Harvest Moon.

Taste: Not too sure if this is just a light wheat ale amped up with kitchen spices or if the brewers actually went in and tried to make an authentic pumpkin beer. Because that is exactly what this is. Sure I get the faint amount of spices, the allspice here is actually a tad on the pungent side, but I really don't get any "pumpkin" out of this beer at all, just a toasted wheat flavor with a couple spices to back it up, with the resulting flavor not being anything close to pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Thin to say the least, I like a full flavored body on my pumpkin beers to really stand the test against a cool fall day and this one would not cut it. No roundness from the malt in the mouthfeel at all here.

Drinkability: I'm just glad I purchased this in a mix-a-six pumpkin variety pack that was already made up, because after this I would never even look at this beer on the shelf again. A very lazy example of a brewer trying as hard as possible to replicate a popular style of beer and completley overlooking the fact that just adding some autumnal spices in here will not cut it. The aroma isn't too bad, but the overabundance of allspice in the actual flavor and the lack thereof of any real pumpkin flavors from the spices is a huge letdown.

thespaceman, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of biboergosum
3.1/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A pint in decidedly autumnal urban sprawled Detroit.

This beer appears a cloudy medium amber colour, with one finger of soapy white head, which leaves little in the way of lace in the vicinity of the glass in this good reviewer's hand. It smells of vegetal pumpkin flesh, sweet mild caramel, and ginger bread spices. The taste is moderately sweet caramel, tart pumpkin mash, and a bit of awkwardly astringent, weedy hops. The carbonation is pretty average, the body middleweight, and generally smooth. It finishes with some semi-sweet pumpkin, and latent bland graininess.

An all right pumpkin ale, nothing offensive, just a little too, well, beery tasting.

biboergosum, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.58/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Into a pint glass:

A: cream colored hazy orange looking body, small white head, no lacing

S: pumpkin and ginger spices

T: previously mentioned flavors with cinnamon and nutmeg, bitter and sweet at different times

M: light to medium, fairly sessionable, dry aftertaste, watery finish

O: decent pumpkin, but nothing to go out of my way for again

BeerKangaroo, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clouded, dirtied orange body with a slim, short-lived, near-white head.

Smell: Listless pumpkin notes, a sliver of malted wheat, and spiritless sniff of spice.

Taste: Slight tangy wheatiness, then, some lightly vegetal canned pumpkin flavor. Mildly sweet. Modestly spicy, though none of the purported spice additions coming through enough to be identified beyond a vague "spice" hint. Nil hop character, very, very low bitterness. A bit more uninteresting pumpkin taste and wimpy spice on the increasingly watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Thinnish body. Vapid, lackluster carbonation.

Overall: Didn't dig it. When you're making Blue Moon Harvest Moon look like a real treat, you know you've screwed up.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of kolbe21
2.98/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful hazy orange with a nice head. Minimal lacing from the inch sized head

S: Has a pumpkin spice in the smell but you can definitely smell the wheat.

T: Quick wheat taste followed by the pumpkin spices, not to overbearing. After taste leaves a minimal spice left in your mouth. Kinda weak with the pumpkin spice.

M: Lot of Carbonation, could drink a few more of these.

O: Not a bad beer for the price, I would have preferred more of the pumpkin spice. Overall a beer i would try again but was expecting more of a kick of spice. Out of the 'Shock Tops' probably my favorite one.

kolbe21, Sep 21, 2011
Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
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