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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
65
poor

457 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 22.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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 Pwidget
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%

Pwidget, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of bluejacket74
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

bluejacket74, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of Destocker
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

Destocker, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of zachturner39
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

zachturner39, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of BucannonXC5
2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Less than a finger of head. Color was a hazy mix or orange, caramel and iced tea. Light layer of lacing on the top that disappeared rather quickly. No film on the sides.

Hardly got anything on the smell. Got very light grapefruit hop notes, but that’s it.

Wow on the taste. Shock Top doesn’t fuck around. It was about what I expected it to be, a stronger version of the normal Shock Top (white). Lemon citrus hops, but light.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, but clean, refreshing and crisp finish.

About as good as expected with a Shock Top.

BucannonXC5, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket. Pours a murky amber with a good inch of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Smells slightly hoppy. Lemon and orange dominate the flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly pleasant and drinkable. Not bad. Really just a more citrussy version of the original, the hops add that but pretty much stay out of the way otherwise.

MrHurmateeowish, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

MarkyMOD, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of jhmiv
3/5  rDev +8.3%

jhmiv, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of jniagar1
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

jniagar1, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of illestkilla
3/5  rDev +8.3%

illestkilla, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of TTAmod
3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into pint.

A: Typical wheat beer. Cloudy orangish color. Considerable white head. Not bad.

S: Not much going on in this department. Can smell maybe a little bit of orange and wheat, but not much else.

T: The hop flavor is actually pretty good here. Can't tell the varietal they use in it...maybe cascade or centennial. It melds pretty well with the typical Shock Top taste (wheat, orange, coriander, etc...)

M: Again...typical for the wheat ales. A little bit rough, but still drinkable.

O: I'll admit that I'm a fan of the wheat IPA style. This one is pretty average. Yes, it's from a macro, but there are no adjuncty flavors at all. It's inoffensive, easy to drink, and tastes fairly good.

TTAmod, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of allstar255
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

allstar255, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of keepitsimple1990
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

keepitsimple1990, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Shinypoptart
3.65/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I understand that this beer is going to get a lot of crap. It is made by AB after all! However, it surprised me. I didn't know what to expect. I thought it would taste like the regular Shocktop, just with a little bit of hop flavor. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

This is not an excellent beer by any means. But is it good? Yes. It is better than average and for the price it is a great value.

The smell is ok, its very muted but you do pick up characteristics of both an American-style belgian white and an American IPA. The taste is pretty good, again not great, but good. There are no "off" flavors and you again pick up elements of both of its fused styles. You get a medium cascade hop bite and marmalade taste along with a yeasty, bready, spiced note. Nice mouthfeel, very smooth.

This beer won't blow you away but it is definitely worth the money spent on it ($6.99 in Georgia). I will definitely drink this again, especially with summer on its way. It would make a great, inexpensive session beer for those that enjoy a beer with a little taste, even if they are going to drink a few of them. This beer makes me wonder why craft breweries haven't released more Wheat IPA offerings.

Shinypoptart, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of mralphabet
3.48/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams Perfect pint glass

A: Poured a hazy dark golden orange color, good finger and a half worth of head that settled to a thin layer with no lacing to speak of.

S: I'm getting a slightly piny hops aroma right up front, followed by a mix of wheat malt and a touch of citrus & yeast.

T: Big mix right of things hitting you all at one time.... Sharp piny hops, bready wheat malt, then a little sweetness in the malt, with a little citrus fruit all ending with a little piny hops aftertaste. Really complex blast of flavors going on....

M: Medium bodied just enough carbonation, finish is pretty dry.

O: Have to say I kind of like this one... would make a pretty good session beer... Hard to get bored with a mix of flavors like this one.... Good job on this one.

mralphabet, Apr 19, 2012
Photo of wabritton
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

wabritton, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of leviecole
3/5  rDev +8.3%

leviecole, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Bito401
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Bito401, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of cagocubs
2.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bar special of the night, no kidding, it should be a free giveaway (or throwaway).

On tap poured into a hefe glass.

A: Hazy gold with a one finger white head. The head leaves quickly and actually laces. Huh.

S: Some malt and citrus character. And Adjuncts.

T: Some caramel malt and hayish wheat. The citrus tastes odd.

M: Has a little too much carbonation, but does leave nice coating.

cagocubs, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of hainesly
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

hainesly, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of bszern
2.28/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

bszern, Apr 14, 2012
Photo of ALLISON01
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

ALLISON01, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of jerryjeff
2.73/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Aroma
Crisp citrus, orange comes through but not normal sour orange peel. Some floral/fruity notes, but fairly subdued for an IPA

Mouthfeel
Pretty thin to be honest. No real bitterness on the finish along the sides of the mouth.

Appearance
Pours light amber in a new belgium goblet, no real head to speak of lingering although a slight amount of lacing.

Taste
Bitterness comes through, fairly bland with some slight sweetness from the malt and some floral type bitterness from the hops but fairly forgettable.

Drinkability
Sure, if you like it. Very light on the palette without much aftertaste, could session but there are better options.

Overall
Not terribly bad but not very good. With IPA on the label I'm comparing it to those. Less hops than expected, not enough aroma or bitterness. Needs more body to hold this together.

jerryjeff, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of dbossman
3.03/5  rDev +9.4%
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

dbossman, Apr 12, 2012
Photo of jsisko01
3.65/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, dark golden color with a white inch thick head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is very nice.

Smell - Pale malts, citrus, and a funky bitter yeast smell.

Taste - Feint hint of caramel up front with pale malts, citrus, wheat, and a bitter yeasty flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick, creamy body with mild carbonation. The carbonation is mostly what causes the creamy texture..

Overall - Basically.. this is a pretty decent beer. I enjoy it compared to other IPAs. But it's not nearly as bitter as most, which may be a downfall to a majority of the people.

jsisko01, Apr 10, 2012
Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.