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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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457 Ratings

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Ratings: 457
Reviews: 106
rAvg: 2.77
pDev: 22.74%
Wants: 2
Gots: 22 | 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 thecheapies
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
Photo of speracado
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

speracado, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of twiggamortis420
2/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This can only end up in disaster, right? Regular Shock Top is pretty knappy, now we want to throw a bunch of hops in there? 12 oz bottle pours a very hazy orange color with a small off-white head. What is this? Some lacing on an AB product? Why yes it is.

Some hops are definitely there on the nose, and actually dont smell too horrible with the orange peel. Coriander still noticeable and the wheat soft and tangy. Still leaves me wondering where this one is headed though, as everything is just kind of jumbled together.

It definitely clashes, but not quite as drain-pouringly bad as I thought it would. The coriander is just not very good with the hops. It is cringe-inducing, but I might actually be able to finish the bottle. The wheat tang only makes things worse with a zest-filled citricly spiced acidic taste that is damn near vomit-inducing. I lied earlier...I will be pouring out about 1/4 of the bottle. It is foul. Way worse than regular shock top...to quote my boy Samir from Office Space..."Yes, this is horrible, this idea". Who the fuck thought this would be good?!

twiggamortis420, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

jaidenjb, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of keenanite21
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

keenanite21, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of StoutHunter
2.45/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I picked up a bottle of Shock Top Wheat IPA yesterday for $1.00 at Kroger. I haven't been impressed with any of the Shock Top beers I have had before, but I thought since it was only a dollar that I should try their Wheat IPA, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz twist off bottle into a wiesen glass.

A- The label actually looks pretty good and it's eye catching. It poured a nice golden orange color that took on a bright orange look when held to the light and it had three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little spotty lacing. This is a good looking beer, I like the bright color and the big head.

S- The aroma starts off with those typical malted wheat aromas that are pretty sweet and are followed by those typical heavy orange aromas that makes it similar to the original. After that comes a light amount of earthy and grassy hops. The aroma is just ok, there ins't enough hop aromas to make this beer stick out from the original.

T- The taste seems to be the same as the aroma. It starts out with some malted wheat that impart a slight bread and wheaty aroma followed by a big dose of citrus orange that has a medium amount of sweetness. After that comes a super light amount of earthy and grassy hops that are barely noticeable. There is no bitterness on the finish, just a light amount of sweetness, with a grainy and slight orange like aftertaste. I'm not impressed, not very IPA like at all, where are the hop flavors and the bitterness.

M- Smooth, slightly refreshing, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a high amount of medium carbonation. The body was good but it was a little fizzy.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer, I thought it wasn't that IPA like and a below average American Pale Wheat Ale, it didn't have good balance to it. This beer had ok drinkability it went down smooth and was a little refreshing, but the taste doesn't hold my interest at all and it starts to ware on me, one is enough. What I liked most about this beer was the appearance, nothing was off about it and it looked good. What I liked least about this beer was the flavor and aroma, they were both a disappointment and were way too similar to the original beer, I don'k think I would be able to tell a difference. This beer was a good deal but I wouldn't buy it again and I don't really recommend. I wasn't expecting much with this beer, and not much is exactly what I got, beers shouldn't call themselves an IPA when there is hardly and hop flavor and no bitterness whatsoever, I really don't see how this beer is different then regular Shock Top. I am going to steer clear of this beer, if I want a good Wheat IPA I am going to have to stick with Lagunitas, cause INBEV isn't cutting it.

StoutHunter, Mar 16, 2012
Photo of Jendy
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

Jendy, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of fvoegtlin
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

fvoegtlin, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.89/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

In a pint glass (and a borrowed nonic):

A: hazy straw/orange colored body, small white head, minimal lacing

S: bland wheat with just a bit of citrus and some light coriander, super light hops are barely there

T: wheat with some citrus and coriander once again hidden, gets a bit sweet as it warms

M: light, smooth, sessionable, moderate harshness, no aftertaste, wheat finish

O: wheat IPA, you say, interesting, hats off to try to make something new, but honestly wasn't that into this one

BeerKangaroo, Mar 15, 2012
Photo of PorterBoy14
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

PorterBoy14, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of voidrunner
3/5  rDev +8.3%

voidrunner, Mar 14, 2012
Photo of drperry11
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

drperry11, Mar 13, 2012
Photo of 2378GCGTG
2/5  rDev -27.8%

2378GCGTG, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of bastardface
3.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

bastardface, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of mwitkow
3/5  rDev +8.3%

mwitkow, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of SAxDRC5
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

SAxDRC5, Mar 10, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.43/5  rDev -12.3%
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).

ChainGangGuy, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of chanson402
3.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

chanson402, Mar 09, 2012
Photo of athenmonk
2/5  rDev -27.8%

athenmonk, Mar 08, 2012
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%

TEAMHOLT, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of jacknsally5148
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

jacknsally5148, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

khargro2, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev +8.3%

zbooks, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of NEDmiller
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

NEDmiller, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of Mick-e-d
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Mick-e-d, Mar 05, 2012
Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 457 ratings.