Shock Top Wheat IPA - Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Wheat IPAShock Top Wheat IPA

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BA SCORE
65
poor

470 Ratings
THE BROS
75
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Ratings: 470
Reviews: 109
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 35 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: allforbetterbeer on 01-31-2012

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.
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Ratings: 470 | Reviews: 109
Reviews by barczar:
Photo of barczar
2.71/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a fairly hazy orange copper color with a two finger cream head that dissipates to a solid layer of foam, leaving nice lacing.

Citrus and wheat dominate the nose, with a cardboard finish. Adjuncts are evident.

Flavor is fairly malty initially, slightly caramel and toasty, with am apricot/pineapple combination surfacing mid palate. Wheat and a slight hop bitterness finish the profile.

Body is moderate, with moderately high carbonation. A slight slickness is felt.

Overall, more of a wheat beer than an ipa by far. Not something I'll revisit.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.25/5  rDev +17.8%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
2.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly faint, with a hint of perfume and a little bit of wheat. The flavor is also fairly faint. There is some light fruit and some perfume, as well as a little bit of grass and some wheat. The flavor is fairly muddled, with nothing really standing out. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a nice deep copper with hints of apricot in the color with an off white creamy textured head billowing thick. Aroma has sharp citrus notes amongst at billowing white ale malt base with hints of coriander and sharp wheat. Aroma has a citrus notes with some eartlhy hop highlights hints of spice and yeast with some coriander go along. Flavor bitterness with pale malts citrus, spice notes in the finish not as bad or horrible as it sounds. Even bodied carbonation going on smooth, yet oily textured wtih chewy yeast body moments. Drinkability is decent not the base wheat IPA I've had or the worse...a decent shot at it really.

Photo of LXIXME
2.11/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big off white head quickly dies over a honey colored IPA.

Aroma is a light sweet grain with hints of oranges.

Light orange peel, some grains, and maybe a very light hops hint in the taste of this product.

A light bodied beer with little if any aftertaste.

YUK

Photo of biboergosum
2.51/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A pint at the Yard House in Waikiki.

This beer appears a cloudy dark burnished amber colour, with one skinny finger of thin foamy white head, which beats it rather quickly, leaving some sparse streaky lace around the glass.

It smells of weak grainy wheat, a bit of muted citrus fruit, and little else. The taste is generic grain, to this offering's credit, but with very little to recommend its supposed wheat origins, with some weird pastry-like malt adding to the morass.

The bubbles are fairly sedate, the body an agreeable medium weight, and actually quite smooth. It finishes sweet, the muddled malt seeing but a mere blip in the way of meager hop offset.

Wheaty? Maybe. IPA? Hell to the no. But maybe that's not the idea - my girl just described this to the point of an AB marketing exec's wildest dream - as for me, it is neither all that wheat-like, or all that bitter. Target demographics, indeed.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.18/5  rDev -21%
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.

Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, dark orange with a thick layer of foamy head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of straw, grapefruit, and orange peel. The flavor is light, straw-like, and citrusy with notes of orange peel. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, smooth, and a little crisp.

This is a rather hoppy beer for a pale wheat, but it comes across a little unbalanced. The malt character isn't built to withstand the citrusy, bitter hop character. It's a good idea, but I'd go for a Lil Sumpin Sumpin or a Saranac White IPA before I get another one of these.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.33/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of socon67
3.38/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours copper with a thin white foam. Minimal lacing. Visible carbonation.

S - Noticable scent of fresh wheat. Nothing in the way of hops, but does have a fresh scent.

T - Flavor is of hearty wheat, some residual sugar, and a dash of citrus. Again, do not look for that hoppy bite; it isn't there.

M - Quite refreshing. Feels light, smooth, and easy to drink.

O - In short, the label is misleading. If you can deal witht hat it actually is a decent beer. Just understand this is a wheat ale, and not an ipa.

Photo of dbossman
3.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy apricot hue with a huge, frothy head and okay lacing

S: Lots of grassy, grainy wheat qualities with subtle citrus undertones but not a lot leading me to believe I'm about to drink an IPA and yet the must grassy quality is intriguing

T: The wheat and citrus flavors seem forced--almost manufactured--but there is a hop bitterness that they play off surprisingly well, but the back end is a bit odd--just doesn't quite finish right

F: A bit thin, especially on back end with none of that oily stickiness that I like in an IPA

O: An interesting beer and one I'm glad I tried once--especially not a bad option if all you have are AB

Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Clouds up a touch as this warms. Average lacing & head retention

S: Faint bready notes, some apple

T: Follows the nose, some citrus notes, cloves & grainyness up front. Faint juicy-fruit notes as this warms& some cloves & apple juice notes. Finishes with cloves, more apple juice, & faint orange peel & just a bit of pineynesss & grainy bread, & nice grainybess

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

I don't really think much of this as an IPA, but it is drinkable enough. I think AB should've just called this a cascade wheat beer & that would've been more accurate. I have to deduct .5 on aroma & taste just due the muted use of hops. This would suffice as a choice in many bars around here, although I still think the Wit is better

Photo of bashiba
2/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a dirty dark orange with a very thin soap ring of a head.

The smell is very boring, where are the hops? Just light Belgian spices, coriander, a touch of wheat with light oxidization.

The flavor - Once again where are the hops? Seriously, why put IPA on it if there is no hops, I have to bang it for that alone. The flavor is mild and wheaty with a touch of Belgian spice and a metallic coppery oxidization in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Once again why call it IPA if there are no hops, even taking that into account it would be a very substandard Belgian Wheat.

Photo of bszern
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank straight out of the bottle.

Cannot smell one ounce of the cascade hops they promise on the label. All that comes through is the citrus.

Taste is light, sort of like a Belgian wheat with an orange in it. Pretty drinkable.

Mouthfeel is...well, unimpressive.

Overall, this is a terrible IPA. No bitterness, no hop presence, just...blah.

Will not have this beer again.

Photo of Treyliff
3.08/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a straw/orange color, very hazy, and a good size White foamy head that shrinks quickly to a small layer.

S- A bit of wheat up front, a lot of the citrus and coriander that usually comes with shock top beers, and I faint trace of muted hops. Definitely not the level you would expect for a labeled IPA.

T- Basically getting the same feel as a regular shock top, citrusy and wheat. Only difference is that it seems a bit more grainy and the trace of hops on the back end leaves it slightly bitter. Overall still pretty sweet for an IPA.

M- light bodied, medium-high carbonation, but pretty smooth.

O- I wouldn't really call this an IPA, but it's a very drinkable beer. However if you are looking for a hop fix, this isn't for you.

Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl oz. bottle marked 12019-BG22. Sampled on June 27, 2012. It pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a small head that becomes a ring for the remainder of the session. The aromas bring out the wheat, citrus zest, and the spiciness of coriander. The body is light but creamy. The taste falls down a bit after the nice aroma but it is still a wheat-filled, lemony flavor with moderate bitterness at the finale. Not a bad job by Shock Top.

Photo of bluejacket74
2.85/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy orange color with a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. The brew smells like wheat, bready malt, and some orange. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a weird bitter taste. And it's not a good hoppy bitter flavor, either. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily with decent carbonation. Overall it's not bad, but not exactly good either. I think for the most part it's mostly average overall. But I can't really complain since I picked up a single of this for $1.29. I wouldn't buy a six pack of this, but I also wouldn't turn down a bottle either.

Photo of jsh420
3.4/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled 01 06 12

pours cloudy dark gold with a 1 finger fizzy white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of grains little coriander and orange

taste is decent - good semi sweet wheat malt - more orange and coriander then the nose would have lead me to believe

mouthfeel medium body with good carbonation that gives it a crisp yet creamy feel

overall - first calling this an "ipa" is very deceptive and wrong - however the wheat flavors are there and for the price its not half bad - i do think the wheat beers from michelob are better

Photo of CorvetteMike
2.02/5  rDev -26.8%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light gold/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head. Aroma of light piney and citrus hoppy notes with some sweet wheat malt notes. Taste is also a good mix between some light piney and citrus hoppy notes and some lightly sweet wheat malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Better then I had expected but not sure I would buy this again since it is lacking a bit of a hops punch.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.69/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
5.8% ABV, 12007 printed on the neck label in white (Jan. 07, '12)

A - I swirled the bottle per the directions on the neck which resulted in a tall ivory head that rose, fell leaving a few patches of clumpy lace on the pint. The beer below is a hazy golden yellow color with strong carbonation flowing up.

S - Surprisingly devoid of any hop aroma, I would have guessed if this beer was hoppy at all, it would have been heavily dry hopped when, in fact, it doesn't smell hopped at all. Tinny mineral hints hide behind the smooth wheat and pale malt that's accented by light coriander and orange peel.

T - Light citrus falls gently behind equally light coriander and orange zest. The bulk of this beer remains it's uninspired pale malt and wheat base.

M - Great smoothness throughout can be attributed to the tall order of wheat in the grist but this is one sissy "IPA". Not a smattering of hop bitterness resides within this pint. Disappointing but somewhat expected. More hop bitterness could really balance nicely.

O - Cascade hops are one of the most widely used hop varieties for it's assertive citrusy aroma and flavor characteristics that began defining American hop beers. Unfortunately Shock Top Wheat IPA uses so little of the variety, not only is it NOT the showcase like it should be, they're barely even noticeable at all. This lack-luster iteration of Shock Top feels rushed and way too incomplete. A fine beer with decent drinkability otherwise, it needs FAR more dry-hopping, flavor, and bitterness to contend with most American Pale Ales let alone American IPAs.

With that said, this beer is labeled as an IPA and I've held it to those standards. Despite it being a fair beer otherwise, I refuse to let "American Pale Wheat Ale" be a crutch for it to gimp along on. Even the less educated BMC drinkers deserve a little more oomph in this beer.

Photo of EricMiller_NY
4/5  rDev +44.9%
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.

Photo of EgadBananas
1.37/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottled 1/18/12

Pours a fairly nice orange color, hazy, with a cream colored head.decent lace. Aroma is slight wheat, malts, spices, and the most muted, mild citrus note. Take the aroma, add an almost undetectable bitterness, and that's the taste. Carbonation is stingy. The feel is rough and jagged. I can't finish this.

Up an down the label, this is an ipa with flourishing citrus hoppiness... utter BS. I can't say I've ever tasted such misrepresentation before. Pass.

Photo of smakawhat
2.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

An aggressive pour brings actually a real nice amber orange body and nice hues, with a big off white swiss cheesed head, but very large retention and staying power on this beer. It looks like an amber brew. Pretty solid no complaints.

Nose is.. muted, and nearly non existent. The only thing I smell on this is a faint dry spice, perhaps coriander but I never get coriander in beers to begin with, slightly grassy, a small sense of childrens aspirin too. But for the most part there is not much going on. Hops? forget it.

Taste is a very muted and sacchariny sweet rush. Mild artificial tang orange, and some good malt body and chew thought, but where is the hop profile on this thing?

Overall you could be doing a lot worse, but compared to regular APWAs, and even hoppy ones this just doesn't hold a candle.

Photo of buschbeer
2.57/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.