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Shock Top Wheat IPA - Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Wheat IPAShock Top Wheat IPA

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BA SCORE
66
poor

441 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 441
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.66%
Wants: 2
Gots: 17 | 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:
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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olbubba

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

06-03-2012 03:21:52 | More by olbubba
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tizride

California

3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

06-02-2012 23:03:19 | More by tizride
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jstein89

New York

3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

06-01-2012 19:48:28 | More by jstein89
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Mora2000

Texas

2.75/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 06:10:37 | More by Mora2000
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Mulcahey

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

06-01-2012 00:07:36 | More by Mulcahey
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Kunstman

Wisconsin

2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-28-2012 16:57:53 | More by Kunstman
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casualfan

New York

3/5  rDev +7.9%

05-28-2012 11:50:09 | More by casualfan
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 04:20:20 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BigRob329

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-24-2012 17:48:02 | More by BigRob329
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours an orange/amber with a small white/gray head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing. Smells of wheat and some hops with a citrusy overtone, but mainly wheat. Tastes of wheat beer with a nice little hop bite, but nothing terribly strong. Beer goes down real smooth but is a little overcarbonated. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 00:01:46 | More by cyclonece09
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SocalKicks

California

3/5  rDev +7.9%

05-22-2012 04:28:55 | More by SocalKicks
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bnes09

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good golden color with a yeasty hazy. Soap like head with excellent retention and sticky lacing. Hint of wheat and pine in the aroma. Solid malt backbone with a wheat bread like character. Pine and soap flavors from the hops initially then turns into an off soil and medicinal character. Descent balance. Medium bodied, well carbonated and smooth feel. Definitely fits the style of pale wheat ale better than IPA and for what it is, it's not bad. One of the best AB products I have drank lately.

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 02:13:35 | More by bnes09
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rjl910953

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

05-21-2012 19:03:56 | More by rjl910953
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fatboy91

Illinois

3/5  rDev +7.9%

05-21-2012 17:38:31 | More by fatboy91
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weaselchew

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +7.9%

05-20-2012 23:10:21 | More by weaselchew
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Drk93TT

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

05-20-2012 21:46:39 | More by Drk93TT
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rdub

Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

05-19-2012 01:20:45 | More by rdub
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Mikecap

Louisiana

3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

05-18-2012 20:50:11 | More by Mikecap
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 02:37:58 | More by oriolesfan4
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 13:56:57 | More by Slatetank
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jlordi12

Massachusetts

1.5/5  rDev -46%

05-15-2012 13:37:42 | More by jlordi12
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2012 02:44:02 | More by biboergosum
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Lawnboy33

Massachusetts

2/5  rDev -28.1%

05-10-2012 20:07:56 | More by Lawnboy33
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Ryanc23


3/5  rDev +7.9%

05-10-2012 18:00:36 | More by Ryanc23
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DoubleJ

California

2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2012 23:25:41 | More by DoubleJ
Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.