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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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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.43/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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).

Serving type: on-tap

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

Nebraska

3.05/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

2/5  rDev -28.1%

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

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +34.9%

03-08-2012 18:03:27 | More by TEAMHOLT
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jacknsally5148

Texas

2.25/5  rDev -19.1%

03-08-2012 06:29:02 | More by jacknsally5148
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khargro2

Kentucky

3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

03-07-2012 05:13:29 | More by khargro2
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zbooks

Texas

3/5  rDev +7.9%

03-06-2012 00:52:28 | More by zbooks
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NEDmiller

Wisconsin

2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

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


3.5/5  rDev +25.9%

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

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +43.9%

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

Missouri

3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2012 17:23:56 | More by wages
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 20:23:51 | More by tdm168
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bigbeers84

Minnesota

2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

03-01-2012 09:42:33 | More by bigbeers84
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2012 03:19:59 | More by russpowell
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kylemckinnis

Oregon

2/5  rDev -28.1%

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

Virginia

3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2012 01:57:11 | More by Darkmagus82
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andyschaps

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +7.9%

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

Vermont

3.63/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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?

Serving type: bottle

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

Kentucky

2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2012 05:19:21 | More by barczar
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murf1087

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -10.1%

02-21-2012 03:16:27 | More by murf1087
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Pegasus

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden amber body, topped by a moderate, dense,persistent off-white head, thick glass-coating lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Moderate citrus and pine tar hops, against a solid wheat malt presence, with the characteristics of freshly-baked bread.

Taste: Opens with tart wheat malt, followed by slightly assertive pine hops. There sis a pleasant note of orange zest throughout as well, which balances nicely against the hops and sweet malt. Finishes with a mild, lingering note of earthy and pine hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, really, not likely to be a favorite, although I would think Shock Top Wheat IPA would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 17:25:14 | More by Pegasus
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

I somehow don't think "wheat IPA" is gonna catch on as a style name... This stuff pours a lightly hazy pale straw topped by a finger or so of white foam. The nose comprises light greens, light orange rind, and a pinch of what may or may not be pepper (I don't like that I can't tell...). The taste brings in more of the same, with everything coming in muted, faded, and with a touch of tartar sauce in the background. Hrm... A mild bitterness pervades throughout the finish. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad brew. I'm not a Shock Top hater, and I applaud the attempt here, but this just came out pretty poorly, if you ask me.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 05:57:40 | More by TMoney2591
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scottfrie

California

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

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a deep honey color with a finger of short lived cream colored head that quickly faded into a thick collar.
S: Other than smelling a bit synthetically sweet this doesn’t smell all that bad. I get some clean notes of chalky wheat alongside brighter notes of citrusy cascade hops.
T: Follows the nose with a chalky and bready base of wheat overlain with sweet notes of citrus and lightly bitter and leafy flavors of hops. I get a note or two of coriander and peppery spices as well. I’m not loving the aftertaste, which is a bit minerally and synthetic, but overall the flavor is pretty much what it says on the bottle.
M: Medium body, light and clean mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty refreshing.
O: I hate to say it but I would drink this again. I won’t BUY it again because I already feel bad enough having given AB my money for this one bottle, but I was surprised not by how good this beer was, but how bad it wasn’t. It’s still a bit synthetic tasting, and definitely a fast food style Belgian IPA, but it’s a decent effort on their part.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2012 00:47:32 | More by scottfrie
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mbacon3227

Alabama

3/5  rDev +7.9%

02-19-2012 22:30:30 | More by mbacon3227
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EgadBananas

Louisiana

1.33/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottled 1/18/12

Pours a fairly nice orange color, hazy, with a cream colored head.decent lace. Aroma is slight wheat, malts, spices, and the most muted, mild citrus note. Take the aroma, add an almost undetectable bitterness, and that's the taste. Carbonation is stingy. The feel is rough and jagged. I can't finish this.

Up an down the label, this is an ipa with flourishing citrus hoppiness... utter BS. I can't say I've ever tasted such misrepresentation before. Pass.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 02:13:24 | More by EgadBananas
Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.