Shock Top Wheat IPA - Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Wheat IPAShock Top Wheat IPA

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BA SCORE
67
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107 Reviews
THE BROS
75
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Reviews: 107
Hads: 472
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 9.75%
Wants: 3
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.67/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of moldy bread, cooked veggies, and some slight herbal aromas. Taste is of wheat, herbal hops, and a slightly vegetal flavor on the finish. There is a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a a pretty average beer taste wise but the smell is pretty horrible in my opinion. (554 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It's very peculiar to find the flavors of citrusy hops layered upon the candied base of Shock Top. Although I think that wheat beers and hops can create some very interesting complexities, I'm not sure if it happens with this specific brand and technique.

As with the Shock Top series, the beer pours with a hazy copper-like glow looking like true amber. The froathy head tops the beer firmly and gently recedes into a broken sheet across the surface. Mild lacing follows as the beer fades.

The strong citrusy component of American hops provide the first wave of flavor that starts as grapefruit and orange peel and develop into a grassy, herbal taste before a final turn toward resiny bitterness to finish the flavor. These developments occur as the veil over the sugary and cereal blend of malt, spice, and unresolved sugars beneath.

Medium bodied, but should be lighter and drier because of the lingering sugar and malt sweetness that prevent hops and alcohol from properly drying the beer. The beer isn't as refreshing or as crisp and clean as it should be for an IPA.

Although the beer isn't a train wreck, it misses the mark on the tangibles that make good wheat beers and IPAs. (1,188 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
1.76/5  rDev -36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Grabbed a bottle of this with minimal expectations of how it might be. The beer poured out as a decent looking hazy golden color with a nice looking white head on top. The aroma didn't give off too much in the way of hops in my opinion. The taste of the beer was honestly just not good at all to me. I found it to be weak and the hops that I was tasting were awful. The mouthfeel was smooth and moderately carbonated. Overall I just found the taste of this to be unpleasant on every level. Just a poor attempt at getting this beer off the ground I think. I'll keep this one on the shelves. (589 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev +16.2%
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. (419 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.51/5  rDev -9.4%
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. (910 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, short-lived head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat and lemon. Not getting much IPA-like aromas.

T - It tasted of wheat, grains and some lemon. Not much spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Not a fan. Maybe I don't get the "Wheat IPA" thing yet, but it isn't working for me. (431 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color. with a tall white head. Nose is nice with citrus and floral hop notes, a good bready aroma, and a bit of citrus peel and wheat. Might be a little grass both on the palate and aroma to go along with the floral and citrus notes. A touch sweet, but a mild bitterness on the finish. Nice and dry with high carbonation. Quite a bit of orange on the palate. Not bad, actually. (404 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.42/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

16 ounce pint - $4.50 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Hazy, amber-hued body with a small but lasting white head. Light lacing on the descent.

Smell: Hmm. Well, it doesn't smell like much of anything, and what is there (soggy bread, stale coriander, hohum citrus) doesn't smell all that good.

Taste: Cue a suspiciously watered down breadiness at the opening with a slight tang of wheat and an impossibly faint caramel hint presenting a very light sweetness. Lackluster citrus and a small pinch of coriander does nothing to bolster the flavor. Bitterness remains quite light throughout. Drying, bready finish with a bit of that vague coriander enduring.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: It's just not good, so, if nothing else, at least the Shock Tops are consistent in their continued failures. It's not particular wheat-y, even putting IPA on the label is a sham, and it's far enough removed from the standard Shock Top that I'm not really sure who this beer is for (other than suckers like me). (1,037 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I somehow don't think "wheat IPA" is gonna catch on as a style name... This stuff pours a lightly hazy pale straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises light greens, light orange rind, and a pinch of what may or may not be pepper (I don't like that I can't tell...). The taste brings in more of the same, with everything coming in muted, faded, and with a touch of tartar sauce in the background. Hrm... A mild bitterness pervades throughout the finish. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad brew. I'm not a Shock Top hater, and I applaud the attempt here, but this just came out pretty poorly, if you ask me. (755 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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. (886 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer of this for $8 or $9.

Taste is light to medium bodied. Not really sure where the IPA part comes in; tastes like a fruity wheat beer, some orange comes through. Nice clean finish and pretty good drinkability, just think the label is a bit of a misnomer. A decent beer to have on a hot summer day, but really no other reason to seek it out. Meh. (362 characters)

Photo of mactrail
2.65/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
2.76/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up in a mix-a-six, poured chilled into a tulip from the 12oz longneck.

The color is brilliant golden apricot with a thick creamy cap and hazed general appearance with tight bead and spotty lace pattern, retention is good as expected from a wheat. The smell is very malty with some toasted elements and slight fruit either hops or yeast derived which have a stone-fruit(apricot)like ester. The feel is moderately carbonation with mild bitterness and slight toasted grain and mild creamy full texture of wheat. The finish is lightly spiced with mostly dry essence.

The flavor is tangy with some mild malt flavors which lead to more wheaty bready flavor and slight tinge of citrus from the hops in the background, but pretty muted as far as hop flavor, maybe a tinge of spice in there with some yeast elements adding to the wheat malt which has a light toasted and creamy element. The overall enjoyment was not terrible, but I approached this more as a wheat beer than an IPA, so take that how you will. I think it is decent, just should not be labeled an ipa since it is unbalanced toward the wheat side. (1,121 characters)

Photo of LXIXME
2.11/5  rDev -23.8%
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 (263 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev +18.1%
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 (803 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +27.4%
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. (634 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed (unfiltered) dark amber with a thin head that slowly dissipates. No real lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus with wet crackers and slight coriander.

The taste is of caramel, wheat tang, dried orange, slight coriander and a slightly metallic, dry finish.

The feel is fairly crisp. Light to medium-bodied, but not thin or watery, with soft carbonation.

IPA? I don't know - it's a hoppy, slightly more alcoholic Belgian wheat. The cascade hops are there, but it's no "hop-bomb". It's "Shocktop" with more hops and a bit higher abv. Not bad for what it is, IMO. (575 characters)

Photo of Mora2000
2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (366 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (564 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.84/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (861 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.91/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shock Top : Wheat IPA
Anheuser Busch

Pours a clouded dirty orange color. Small silky head forms and little to no lace is left. Light aroma of wheat malt, sweetness, and a hint of hops. In the flavor, wheaty citrus, mild yet discernible hop bitterness and flavor. Reminds me of a wheat version of Budweiser's now defunct American Ale. Sweet, malty, watery, mild hops, and wheat. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and thin. Overall, not too bad, if surrounded by macro beers this one can do in a pinch. (503 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.76/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A "wheat IPA", is this a good idea? This is also making choosing a glass difficult, cuz I don't know if I should use a weizen glass or a chalice. After much debate, the Stella Artios chalice gets the call. Now, on to the beer:

It's a chunky bottle, so pour the beer slowly and leave 'em chunks behind! The color is a reddish orange tone, with very little in the head department, and quick dropping lace. A rather dissapointing look, but the aroma is quic to pick up the pace. That coriander is bringing good notes to the nose, as does the sweetness from the oatmeeal. Hops? I'm not sure where they're at.

I'm not sure what to make of it. Ok, now I am. THe first thing that comes to my mind is celery. I like that with buffalo wings, but it's not the first thing I look for in a beer. Following that is some coriander. There are little detectable hops, and they seem to provide a vague bitterness in the backdrop. The body is light, and the carbonation on the jumpy side. Also a little jumpy is my patience, which wants to get this beer over with.

It may have been fun in concept. Ultimately, Shock Top's Wheat IPA isn't exactly "pale", nor is it "India", nor anything I'm going to fondly remember. (1,202 characters)

Photo of Zorro
2.1/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Cloudy amber colored beer with a significant orange tinge to it. Small white head.

Smell is hoppy pine with some sweet wheat malt. Slight coriander spice scent.

Starts out sweet, far sweeter than expected. Tastes like they dumped molasses in to the wort. Some pine hop flavor but the malt just destroys it. Not very enjoyable at all.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is a drain pour. AB could have created a drinkable beer if they had just cut the malts way down. (464 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.06/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a muddled wheat malt with a light cascade hop and fleeting esters.

The taste was a mishmash of flavors. The hops were overpowered by the wheat malt. There was no eaters to speak of.

The mouthfeel was slightly chewy.

Overall a good idea that lacked identity in practice. (395 characters)

Photo of Tone
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, copper/amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of alcohol, hint of citrus hops, hint of wheat, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, slight pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of sweet malt, and slight citrus hops. Overall, the blend is not very pleasing (almost comes off buttery, but not quite) and the aroma is muted. The appearance and feel are both decent. (570 characters)

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