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Shock Top Wheat IPA - Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top Wheat IPAShock Top Wheat IPA

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420 Ratings

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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 2.79
pDev: 22.58%

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Shock Top Wheat IPA is no traditional beer. It’s a unique hybrid that combines the fresh flavor and smoothness of wheat beer with the crisp hop bitterness of an IPA. The result is a beer that is truly like no other.

To serve, pour down the side of the glass until a half inch is left in the bottle. Swirl the remaining brew and pour to produce a rich, thick collar of foam that releases the citrusy Cascade hop aroma.

(Beer added by: allforbetterbeer on 01-31-2012)
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Photo of bradb717


2.03/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I felt as though this beer celebrates being mediocre.
They tried to do something somewhat original and that's commendable I suppose.
I am a pharmacist by trade, and it's illegal to mislabel a drug product, and that's
the situation this brew finds itself in.
Pours ok color, head gone in seconds, leaves no lacing on glass, good carbonation.
smell faint generic wheat beer.
Taste is the problematic part...
Huge let down. It in absolutely no way resembles a Pale Ale in taste.
No complexity. No real flavor.
I was looking for something more the whole time drinking.
Anheuser-Busch should be in court for a mislabeling.
Not a pale ale at all... couldn't find more than a note of hops in it.
Also had a weird "hard to put my finger on" after taste.
Will not reconsider.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2013 16:56:38 | More by bradb717
Photo of EricMiller_NY

New York

4/5  rDev +43.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't understand how this beer is being so bashed. I suppose naming it an IPA is a bit misleading, however, name aside, it's a great tasting spring and summer brew. Very easy to drink and drink and drink. One of my all time favorites and unfortunately, it's no longer kegged by AB.

Serving type: on-tap

06-19-2013 15:42:46 | More by EricMiller_NY
Photo of IchLiebeBier


2/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cloudy; orangish/amber; big frothy head, long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Very faint hops; not much aroma at all; what little there is is citrusy

Taste: Wow, not much flavor at all; pretty thin and watery overall; no complexity and hardly any flavor; extremely disapppointing

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2013 22:35:05 | More by IchLiebeBier
Photo of jesseejames


2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I was disappointed with this beer as I thought it would be better. It is way overhopped and lacking in maltiness. It is almost flavorless if you put aside the hop taste. It has a poor color and almost no mouth. The head seems to just disappear as soon as it was poured. I did not detect any wheat aroma at all and wonder if they used any wheat malt when brewing this beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2013 18:58:06 | More by jesseejames
Photo of vicg12

New York

3.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Very light, very little hop flavor. This should not be considered an IPA by any means. Pathetic head with nonexistent lacing. Other than that, really not a bad beer. Nice color, easy drinking smooth taste. If they could add some more carbonation and call this just a wheat ale instead of a wheat IPA I would have much more respect for this brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2013 16:08:35 | More by vicg12
Photo of mactrail


2.65/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

It would be more educational to do blind tastings of these industrial brews. It's so easy to have prejudices, deserved or not. From the 12 oz bottle from the supermarket. My first Shock Top.

These guys know about carbonation. The smell is not very inviting. Flavors are muted and a little muddy. This one tastes like it has some margarita mix in it. Not sweet, however. Not malty, not hoppy. It's just a beery taste with some earthy, murky flavors. I can't actually taste anything like hops, but it does have a bitter aftertaste that is far from pleasant. There's really nothing to hate in this, but it doesn't seem to have any of the good flavors of either an IPA or a Witbier. Plenty of concept, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2013 05:48:11 | More by mactrail
Photo of CorvetteMike

Rhode Island

2.01/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From bottle to glass orange color with 1" head.
a: Orange color, 1" head
s: Mild orange smell
t: Lemon/Orange taste
m: Wheat beer taste, not really an IPA, with no aftertaste
o: Disappointing taste, not a good wheat or an IPA

Purchased only one bottle, and that was enough.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2013 02:33:07 | More by CorvetteMike
Photo of TaySuth


2.14/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Serving Type: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden brown in color with a white medium head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind a medium amount of lacing. I would have expected a slightly lighter color and better head retention but it is not bad appearance.

Smell: Despite it's claim as to be a wheat IPA, the wheat malt dominates the nose rather than the hops. While the wheat malt is pleasant, the hops are pretty minimal with minor notes of lemon, orange, and grass.

Taste: While there is some flavor of wheat malt, hop notes of lemon, and some decent bitterness (for an ABinBev wheat ale), unfortunately the thing that sticks out of is a watery flavor. Very disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Too light and watery. Semi-dry. Carbonation feels off and I can't tell if more or less would even be better. Strange description but it seems to have a slippery mouthfeel. Not pleasant.

Overall: Very disappointing. In my attempts to always try new beers, I decided to give this one a shot despite my tendency to shy away from Shock Top (homebrewer and I can't reuse their twist off bottles). Save your money on this one and buy something else.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 23:12:19 | More by TaySuth
Photo of UncleBart91


2.55/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Hazy auburn with a thin fermentation. Lack of foam

Aroma: Citrusy with hoppy overtones

Taste: Wheat first taste, with hints of fruity citrus, coppery after taste
Overall: Barely an IPA, better off as an AWA, not bad for an Anheuser Busch beer. I almost wish they wouldn't have sold out to a mass produced brew company. Keep it simple stupid

Serving type: Bottle/Pint Glass

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 01:33:26 | More by UncleBart91
Photo of buschbeer


2.5/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - I followed the instructions for the pour. I swirled with the yeast at the bottom of my bottle to ensure a nice ring of head and citrus aroma. This beer is a hazy orange color. I got about an inch of off-white head.

S - I really have to search for the citrus. It is mild. I get some orange and lemon zest.

T - It tastes like a blue moon. I was hoping for some of the grapefruit and orange to come through, but it is bland like a piece of cardboard.

M - It feels like a wheat beer. Sadly, this is the only aspect of this beer that does not disappoint.

O - I wondered why this was listed as a wheat beer and not an IPA. My first drink answered that question. It tastes like Blue Moon. Put an orange slice in it and that is what you have. There are no discernible IPA characteristics to this beer. It's just a below average wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 23:46:34 | More by buschbeer
Photo of SometimesIfart


2.84/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a deep copper with a two finger slightly off white head. Leaves no lacing.

S - Small amounts of wheat and lemon zest followed by traces of malt.

T - Predominantly wheaty up front, followed by a small amount of lemon and a small amount of orange in the finish.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

o - Overall, I don't think this is an IPA. It would fare better in the Wheat Ale category.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2013 21:41:24 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of Lemke10


3.05/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This pours a cloudy, golden copper color with a beige head. The scent is a mild aroma of wheat and hops. The taste is not really a wheat beer and not really an IPA. There is a lot more of a mellow citrus taste than anything. The taste isn’t very strong and the texture is kind of weak. This is probably one of the weaker offerings from the Shocktop line.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2013 03:15:12 | More by Lemke10
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.25/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Hazed gold

SMELL: Dried grass, orange peel, faint coriander, chalky, clean, somewhat absent

TASTE: Slick, semi-crisp, pulling orange peel, hop bitterness, muted coriander, grainy, bread crust, very dry

The whole entire character of the beer meets the nose and palate halfway, then just drops off like it was never even there. What is the reason for such a lackluster aftertaste? It had potential. Perhaps this beer is what differentiates between macros and what is going on deep in the craft beer world.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2013 23:12:02 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of HomeBrewGreg

3.93/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There is a watered-down honeysuckle taste with heavy citrus overtones. The hops are present, but do not introduce themselves. This is the Anheuser-Busch of IPA's with a citrus-wheat twist. I enjoy pounding these because they don't have a heavy or pronounced flavor, but make us hop-lovers laugh in a "hey, this ain't too terrible" sorta way. This is why I like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2013 04:28:53 | More by HomeBrewGreg
Photo of DrinkSlurm


2.99/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from tap into pint at bww Shreveport. Pours a slight amber with about 2 fingers of head. Looks nice but too dark for a pale wheat. Faint corny citrus aroma with some slight faint wheaty notes. Super mild citrus flavor meets a bit of wheat malts but also has a bit of astringent cleaner like flavor but its very mild. Its really an easy drinking beer but I will most likely never have another...

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2013 01:05:03 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of justincolts


2.48/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours sort of a cloudy dark tan, with a very light head. It says on the bottle to pour until a half inch is left in bottle, swirl that around, and pour to produce "a rich, thick collar of foam to release citrusy cascade hop aroma". I did this but there wasn't very much of a thick head. It has a very faint citrus smell, certainly nothing offensive, but not overwhelming either. Taste is average, like the smell not offensive and certainly drinkable, but not great either. It is probably something that you could drink a couple of, might quench your thirst, but wouldn't ever hit you where you stop and say "damn that is good". That citrus taste has that hoppy ipa kick at the end, but is less encouraging then other, better ipa. Mouthfeel doesn't have a lot of texture or anything going on.A non offensive tolerable beer that won't knock your socks off but won't kill you either.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 22:36:31 | More by justincolts
Photo of JG-90

New Jersey

1.63/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

bottle into shaker

A - very bubbly head that dissapates quickly, no lacing

S - fruity which was nice, but had a strange smell to it

T - real bad, strange citrus / over the top fruit flavor, no hops or malt to taste

M - overcarbonated

O - real disappointed, I think that Shock Top Belgian White is a decent wheat beer and had high hopes for this one, not a very good attempt from anheuser busch here.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2012 01:35:59 | More by JG-90
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.15/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap 10/14/2012 served in a mug glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains wheat, citrus, berries, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a tart berry flavor followed by a mild citrus sweetness. Then some breadiness from wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character follow. The hops presence is mild and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and but not very smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, there are several better wheat beers, several better IPA’s and several beers that do a much better job of combining the two styles that I would choose before this one.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 16:30:27 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of TheSixthRing


2.1/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a hazy, orange-ish amber with an off-white, finger width head. Decent retention. Thin, spotty lacing.

Smell - Aroma consists mainly of strong wheat notes, behind this a bouquet of citrus character and a touch of milkiness.

Taste - Wheat, corriander, and a trainwreck. The little bit of citrus hop bitterness this brew provides completely clashes with the witbier elements. The finish, like most all the Shock Top line, is a vacant, hollow shell of flavor. Finishes with a touch of heat... at 5.8%?

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with a fair amount of carbonation. A touch watery on the back end.

Overall - IPA? What a joke. I've had brown ales with more hop character than this. Just another beer trying to cash in on the IPA trend. This is the last of the Shock Top I'm ever trying. I can't do this to myself anymore. I expect them to be bad, and they're even worse than the already low expectations I have for them.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 02:18:43 | More by TheSixthRing
Photo of tjsdomer2


3.3/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby red. Pretty good in the lacing/foam categories.

Smell: Mostly caramel. Nothing terribly distinctive.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit sour, as if there is too much orange. It still does taste IPA-ish, I just think they tried to hit you over the head with citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit watery at the end.

Overall Drinkability: Easily Shock Top's best spin-off.

Serving type: on-tap

10-30-2012 00:38:03 | More by tjsdomer2
Photo of rexxin

New York

2.53/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

S- Bottle

A- meh.

S- Smelled ok, but didn't excite me. Somewhat bland smelling.

T- The taste left something to be desired for me. Like the smell, bland. Nothing exciting.

M- underwhelming and bland.

O- I assumed that I wouldn't really like this, but tried it anyways. I originally picked it up for my gf thinking she might like it assuming it would be a light ipa. I was disappointed even with low expectations.

I'd suggest passing this up.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 18:40:08 | More by rexxin
Photo of EnderUSAF

2.08/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I had this after ordered this simply because I had never tried it before. Needless to say it left me regretting this decision when the bar had better IPA's in bottles. For a wheat "IPA" it really lacked that hoppy goodness I look for, in both taste and smell. It was a decent refreshing beer, but I won't be buying another.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 23:04:05 | More by EnderUSAF
Photo of Freshlikeugh


3.7/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haters gonna hate! Ok, your right, this beer is buy no means subtle or intricately crafted. In fact, its about as close to an IPA as Guinness is to a porter, however, its beauty is in its simplicity and deception.
Appearance- Who cares, its 7$ for a 6 Pack and the bottle is pretty cool looking.
Smell- its really not an IPA so you don't have to be looking for hints of floral aromas because, trust me, it ain't there.
Taste- it is one dimensional but it takes that one flavor a long way. Its got that citrusy wheat after taste that we look for in the summer. Its light bodied so you can easily put down a sixer of these without getting overpowered. And look at the brightside, you can smoke a fat cigar with this beer because there are no subtle flavors you'll be missing out on.
Overall- this is an underrated American gas-station beer. You all want it to be something that its not, and its saying "no ways bro", I'm the price of bud light but without the guilt!

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 07:24:42 | More by Freshlikeugh
Photo of lwillitz


3.45/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - transparent amber with a slight haze under 2 fingers of khaki head; just a few carbonation bubbles stick to the side of the glass

S - wheat, citrus

T - wheat, oranges, hop spice, slight notes of pine, dry hoppy finish

M - slick light/medium body, conspicuous carbonation

O - an interesting combination, but nothing spectacular

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:28:43 | More by lwillitz
Photo of RJLarse


2.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a six-pack of Shock Top Wheat IPA in a grocery store earlier this week. I think it was around $6.00. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a copper/gold color, hazy, with a modest white head.

Smell is faint, and malty. A grain aroma mostly with very little fruit esters.

Taste is a cereal flavor, with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and clean.

Overall just an average beer. Not a good wheat ale or an IPA. Probably trying too hard to be to be a crossover beer. Glad I tried it, but I won't have it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 01:10:27 | More by RJLarse
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Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
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