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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

467 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 31 | 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: 467 | Reviews: 108
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2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

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3/5  rDev +8.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of cagocubs
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of hainesly
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

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 ALLISON01
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of jerryjeff
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%
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.

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 jsisko01
3.61/5  rDev +30.8%
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.

Photo of raszputini
3.42/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lot of white and very little IPA, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Pours a copper with a thin white head that is gone fast. Nose is dominated by wheat and citrus. Taste is is more complex than I anticipated from Shock Top. Begins like a typical Belgian White - wheat and Belgian mix of spices, followed by a very understated hop finish that resembles celery, only there is another light"finish" of Beligian candy sugar that cleanses the light hop bite. I am not a huge fan of Shock Top's white, to me this more interesting.

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3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

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3/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

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2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of KajII
2.38/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Shaker glass]

The pour was a hazy medium orange with a slight yellow hue and a large (2-3 finger) white fizzy head that was mostly diminishing and had a little bit of spotty lacing.

The aroma had a mild funky odor, along with hay malts, grassy hops, and a musty yeast with a just a light hint of citrus (lemon and orange).

The taste was a tiny bit sweet and a tad acidic with a mild wheat feel at first and then progressed into a more pronounced yeast flavor that was very mildly bitter and had a note of citrus at the end. The flavor lasted an average duration with taste of wheat lasting beyond any of the other flavors.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall not a bad beer, but not a good one either. So much for AB Inbev trying to break into the Craft Beer market…

Photo of Bitterbill
1.54/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Part of a mixed 6 pack.

It pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a huge head of foam with a bit of lacing.

I smell some coriander with wheat and a bit of bitterness that I can't put into words, the usual words when describing an IPA. The look is good but the smell is not encouraging.

The taste is worse than I expected. The coriander, which I thought was a good thing in the smell, is dull, the wheat flavour is dull, the bitterness is duller than hell and in now way represents what a finely crafted Wheat IPA CAN offer my taste buds. This is a real mess and I'm dumping the rest of my glass and the rest of the bottle. Terrible beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of BEERchitect
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
2.78/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A-Golden color. Nice head that laces well too. Slightly hazed.

S-Smells lightly hopped. A bit wheaty too. Soft citrus aroma. Smells watered down. But the aroma is not too awful.

T-Starts off okay then it quickly down the tubes. Wheat and citrus with a grassy hop kick at first, but then the flavor dies off and all you are left is a gross watery flavor.

M-Pretty light and bubbly. Not much bitterness. Crisp enough.

O/D-Overall it had the workings of being okay, but ultimately it just flat out failed. The only IPA-ish beer on tap at the bar I went to. Pretty bad; not a good take on a cool style.

Photo of bigkingken
2.14/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours hazy, light amber with a thin bubbly head that quickly withdraws. Smells mostly of wheat with little hop aroma, makes me wonder just how much of an IPA it really is. Mouthfeel is a bit full and chunky, almost like you’re chewing it a bit, as most American wheat beers tend to be. Heavy orange and coriander up front with a bit of sweetness that is balanced by the hops. However, I don’t really taste any additional hops. It doesn’t taste that much different than a regular wheat to me, but then again, I don’t drink wheats very often. But in the end, it’s kind of fruity.

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Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.