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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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447 Ratings

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Ratings: 447
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 2.78
pDev: 22.66%
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 voidrunner


3/5  rDev +7.9%

03-14-2012 14:10:18 | More by voidrunner
Photo of drperry11

South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

03-13-2012 06:33:31 | More by drperry11
Photo of 2378GCGTG


2/5  rDev -28.1%

03-12-2012 16:32:45 | More by 2378GCGTG
Photo of bastardface


3.3/5  rDev +18.7%

This is an above average beer at best. It is not bad but it is not great. It is close to being pretty damn good though. It tastes eerily similar to regular Shock Top but Shock Top Wheat does not have as bitter an after taste in my opinion. The color is grainy yellow with a hazy overcast. The smell is nothing special, just the hops have a hint of order. The taste actually pretty good and it does not leave a bad taste in your mouth. It is easy to drink and rather enjoyable. I recommend this beer if you have a chance to run across it.

03-11-2012 01:55:40 | More by bastardface
Photo of mwitkow

3/5  rDev +7.9%

03-11-2012 00:34:57 | More by mwitkow
Photo of SAxDRC5


2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

03-10-2012 21:53:02 | More by SAxDRC5
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.43/5  rDev -12.6%

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).

03-09-2012 15:18:04 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of chanson402


3.05/5  rDev +9.7%

Appearance is orange in color with a cream colored head.

Smell is of wheat mostly maybe a little citrus but very subtle in both aspects.

Taste is probably what you would expect if you were a wheat beer drinker and you get exactly what the smell is mostly wheat with a little hop. If your a IPA drinker you will be expecting more hop flavor than this beer provides. Either way its drinkable.

Mouth feel is that of any other macro beer highly carbonated.

Overall its a OK beer not going to overwhelm the wheat beer drinker but someone that loves IPA like myself isn't going to dump it out either. If anything maybe it will get people that only drink macro beers to venture out more.

03-09-2012 00:24:11 | More by chanson402
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New York

2/5  rDev -28.1%

03-08-2012 18:57:12 | More by athenmonk

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

03-08-2012 18:03:27 | More by TEAMHOLT
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2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

03-08-2012 06:29:02 | More by jacknsally5148
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3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

03-07-2012 05:13:29 | More by khargro2
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

03-06-2012 00:52:28 | More by zbooks
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2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

03-06-2012 00:25:36 | More by NEDmiller
Photo of Mick-e-d

3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

03-05-2012 20:30:03 | More by Mick-e-d
Photo of redfox405


4/5  rDev +43.9%

03-04-2012 20:22:57 | More by redfox405
Photo of wages


3.38/5  rDev +21.6%

Served in official Shocktop glassware

Appearance - 4.5/5 - hazy orange with a one inch head.

smell - 3.5/5 - faint smell of wheat. It was served with an orange slice which of course is giving a citrus aroma

Taste - 3/5 - the wheat is not over powering, but the IPA hop flavors aren't either. In fact, it's a bit disappointingly so. After squeezing the orange slice into it, it's better, but not much. it has more Flavor than a typical macro brew wheat, but nothing resembling IPA...not to my mind.

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - smooth and refreshing carbonation level. Pleasant feel. only subtly lingers.

Overall - 3.5/5 -flavor is a big factor in my sense of a beer, and in this case, that is the weakest point if this beer. This comes from a dedicated IPA fan

03-04-2012 17:23:56 | More by wages
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North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

03-01-2012 20:23:51 | More by tdm168
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2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

03-01-2012 09:42:33 | More by bigbeers84
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3.25/5  rDev +16.9%

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

03-01-2012 03:19:59 | More by russpowell
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2/5  rDev -28.1%

02-27-2012 01:33:16 | More by kylemckinnis
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.43/5  rDev +23.4%

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden orange color with a billow white head. The head fades leaving a thin persistent film and some nice lacing.

Smell – Very little to be detected here. For an IPA the hop aroma is definitely lacking. A very light piney aroma and possibly the slightest bit of citrus mixed with a little bit of wheaty malt aroma.

Taste – The taste is better than the nose would let on. Initially there is some piney hop flavor mixed in with a bit of wheat bread flavor. The flavor then shifts to a little bit of sweet malt of fruit; a combination of citrus fruit and some brown sugar. At the very end there is a nice citrusy hop flavor which takes hold and leaves a nice aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – A medium to slightly above medium, body with a moderate to a bit high, carbonation level. The body is a bit dry, which with the carbonation kind of tingles on the tongue. Quite appropriate of the brew.

Overall- For the price of the brew it really is quite nice. The aroma is definitely lacking but the taste makes up for it. A good session beer; easy to drink and affordable.

02-25-2012 01:57:11 | More by Darkmagus82
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3/5  rDev +7.9%

02-22-2012 02:32:33 | More by andyschaps
Photo of Brad007


3.63/5  rDev +30.6%

Pours a beautiful mix of blonde and amber with a frothy head into my glass. Is this similar to Saranac's version?

A mix of wheat and earthy hops with a touch of spicy malt. It's not going to be one of those hoppy examples. I like this.

Sweet and floral with just a touch of hops and wheat. Leans more towards the wheat ale side.

Lingering citrus and grassy hops. Wheat. Etc. Not bad.

I don't taste the IPA part here. Not bad but why bother?

02-22-2012 01:58:53 | More by Brad007
Photo of barczar


2.71/5  rDev -2.5%

Pours a fairly hazy orange copper color with a two finger cream head that dissipates to a solid layer of foam, leaving nice lacing.

Citrus and wheat dominate the nose, with a cardboard finish. Adjuncts are evident.

Flavor is fairly malty initially, slightly caramel and toasty, with am apricot/pineapple combination surfacing mid palate. Wheat and a slight hop bitterness finish the profile.

Body is moderate, with moderately high carbonation. A slight slickness is felt.

Overall, more of a wheat beer than an ipa by far. Not something I'll revisit.

02-21-2012 05:19:21 | More by barczar
Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.