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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

455 Ratings
THE BROS
75
okay

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 22.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 20 | 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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Photo of bh123
3/5  rDev +8.3%

bh123, Apr 08, 2012
Photo of zmbi_drift
3/5  rDev +8.3%

zmbi_drift, Apr 08, 2012
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of mdvatab
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

mdvatab, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of NOLANDMAN
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

NOLANDMAN, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of BarrelAgedBarry
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

BarrelAgedBarry, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of KajII
2.38/5  rDev -14.1%
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…

KajII, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Bitterbill
1.48/5  rDev -46.6%
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.

Bitterbill, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of Cluker
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Cluker, Mar 30, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

DSlim71, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of BEERchitect
2.75/5  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.

BEERchitect, Mar 30, 2012
Photo of VelvetExtract
2.75/5  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.

VelvetExtract, Mar 29, 2012
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2.18/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

bigkingken, Mar 27, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

mzeld, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of hosehead83
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy orange/amber in color, with a decent head of off-white foam.
Aroma-Faint fruity hop note
Taste-Some citrus fruit, citrus peel hop note. Actually pretty refreshing with decent flavor. I know this is an AB product but I try to judge with an open mind, or at least palate. I could see having a couple of these on a hot day or as a "safe" crowd pleaser at a cookout. Good value and decent flavor overall.

hosehead83, Mar 26, 2012
Photo of MaddDogg84
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%

MaddDogg84, Mar 25, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

szmnnl99, Mar 24, 2012
Photo of Knapp85
1.68/5  rDev -39.4%
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.

Knapp85, Mar 24, 2012
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2.93/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Stinkypuss, Mar 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev +8.3%

illini4x4, Mar 21, 2012
Photo of GirlLovesBeer
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

GirlLovesBeer, Mar 20, 2012
Photo of WastingFreetime
1.78/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Clouded auburn in color, one finger of white head that lasts for about a minute before receding to a residual floating layer. No lacing left behind.

Smells *exactly* like a lump of frozen orange juice concentrate does. By which I mean a lower strength aroma of oranges and that strange smell that can come from high fructose corn syrup. I don't know how to better describe it than the odor of fructose, I also smell the same sort of scent often in simple sugar syrups used in bars as sweeteners as well, if that helps any... My spider sense is telling me "hop extract" may have been the culprit for this strange aroma.

But even though there is -some- cascade hopping aroma and flavor present, it is so very faint that this beer would perform poorly as even an APA in terms of holding a good bittering balance against the gooey wheat sweetness. Too little hopping, too artificial, too late. Finish is hard water metallic as well as over-sweet, carbonation is too low on the light body so it sits in the mouth too flatly like water.

Yeah, its better than what they usually make and I applaud the effort, but they still have a ways to go IMHO to truly impress the craft beer market.

WastingFreetime, Mar 19, 2012
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2.43/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Seems like everyone is jumping on the Wheat IPA market. Incoming as expected the BMC version!

A - Very hazy but as expected for a wheat IPA. Head is minimal making only a 1/4 layer that turns to a mild lace ring that looks sticky.

S - Smells of hard water, oranges, and just the slightest bit of hops and mostly wheat. Damn here goes.

T - Wow that's not an IPA at all. Mild wheat and oranges is all I taste. If their is any hop presence it's too minimal to notice. Ow and yeah classic Coors metallic "hard water" taste throughout. Far from enjoyable.

M - Light to medium it's kind of drinkable.

Overall Not worth buying maybe I should have not picked up this "novelty" beer.

DrDemento456, Mar 19, 2012
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2.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Shock Top Wheat IPA? Okay.

Looks impressive. Hazy burnt amber with a soapy snowcap. Crags of lace on my glass, at first. Woah-ho, Anheuser! I must say, it looks like a beer!

The aroma, however, is muted. Slivers of grassy and citric hops. More of that orange-y sweetness like the original, but more faint. Husky grains are evident.

Toasted malts, metallic wheat tang, soft orange flavor, and weak grassy hops. Simple profile with no stand-out features. That annoying orange character keeps pulling through, along with some elements of coriander spice. It's hoppier than regular Shock Top, and not as sweet, which is a big plus. Still, there's a rough-and-tumble stale toasted grain bitterness in the finish that doesn't do good by me. In no way is it characteristic of the 'IPA' nomenclature. I know it's a Pale Wheat, but still boringly average.

Medium-light bodied and decently smooth at sail. An easy drink sans the rough husky graininess and lack of prominent hops. Drinkable, yet forgettable.

This is a middle-of-the-road beer of its style, but the Shock Top brand shows some promise and ambition. This won't do as a keeper, neither for the serious beer drinker, nor the regular Joe.

thecheapies, Mar 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

speracado, Mar 18, 2012
Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.