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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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zeff80

Missouri

2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden amber color with a small, short-lived head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat and lemon. Not getting much IPA-like aromas.

T - It tasted of wheat, grains and some lemon. Not much spicy bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - Not a fan. Maybe I don't get the "Wheat IPA" thing yet, but it isn't working for me.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 19:34:24 | More by zeff80
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birddogg66

Hawaii

1.95/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

A- I really liked the color of this ale. A beautiful hazy burnt orange color.

S- The nose hit me as a very soft caramel with the citrus coming through. Unfortunately, it wasn't the citrus from the Cascade hops that I was hoping for. A little toasted bread, but very faint.

T- Is this really supposed to be an IPA? Where are the hops? A very mediocre hit of malt to begin with some citrus and just the slightest amount of bitterness in the finish. Coriander is listed on the bottle, but I can't find it. A bit of bitterness emerges as the beer warms, but it is pretty faint.

O- I am rating this beer pretty low, not because of it's flavor, or it's origin, but because I feel that it is mislabeled. If this was called a wheat pale or bitter wheat or something, I might have scored it higher. But, come on! An IPA? It is a shame that they even put that there are Cascade hops in this beer. One of the finest hops on planet earth, and they are just hidden in this beer. I feel bad for those poor Cascades, who never lived up to their potential, and were forced to represent a beer with a slice of orange sporting Oakley sunglasses, and a multicolored mohawk on the label.
This beer is nicely balanced, but no where near the malty backbone of an English IPA. Please stop trying to 'hop' into the craft beer market with ales like this, and stick to what you know. Good commercials, and tag lines.

Mahalo for the sample bottle.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2012 05:34:40 | More by birddogg66
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socon67

New York

3.4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours copper with a thin white foam. Minimal lacing. Visible carbonation.

S - Noticable scent of fresh wheat. Nothing in the way of hops, but does have a fresh scent.

T - Flavor is of hearty wheat, some residual sugar, and a dash of citrus. Again, do not look for that hoppy bite; it isn't there.

M - Quite refreshing. Feels light, smooth, and easy to drink.

O - In short, the label is misleading. If you can deal witht hat it actually is a decent beer. Just understand this is a wheat ale, and not an ipa.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 15:11:32 | More by socon67
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bashiba

Iowa

2/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a dirty dark orange with a very thin soap ring of a head.

The smell is very boring, where are the hops? Just light Belgian spices, coriander, a touch of wheat with light oxidization.

The flavor - Once again where are the hops? Seriously, why put IPA on it if there is no hops, I have to bang it for that alone. The flavor is mild and wheaty with a touch of Belgian spice and a metallic coppery oxidization in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Once again why call it IPA if there are no hops, even taking that into account it would be a very substandard Belgian Wheat.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 13:19:54 | More by bashiba
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cadizkyguy

Kentucky

2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I felt a little duped in purchasing a six pack -- I guess i fell for the "wheat ipa" on the label and the $6.99 price. The Evil Empire strikes again!!!

Though not a bad beer at all -- finding it quite refreshing in fact -- it does not live up to the hype of an ipa. If billed as a witbier, I might have given it higher marks. It certainly tastes and smells like a wheat beer, minus the hops. Did someone mention hops? The label leads you to believe this uses cascade hops... hmmm, i don't detect any hops.

Oh well, on to the review..

Appearance -- Unfiltered, as the label says. It is that.

Smell -- It reminds me of Bell's Oberon, an american wheat beer. That's not a bad thing, but this is billed as a wheat ipa, so the score reflects that.

Taste -- See above. Had I done a blind taste test, I would have sworn this was Bell's Oberon. Nowhere near the qualities of an ipa. Again, the score reflects this.

Mouthfeel -- This is my third beer of the night and the mouthfeel is better than any Anheuser-Busch product I've ever had, but again the tartness of an ipa, it is not.

Overall -- If you're just looking for a refreshing beer, you've found it. But if you're looking for a wheat ipa, you need to keep looking.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2012 07:31:17 | More by cadizkyguy
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rudy0908

Missouri

3/5  rDev +7.9%

02-13-2012 20:42:10 | More by rudy0908
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ZAP

Minnesota

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

Definitely strikes me more as a American Pale Wheat Ale....it has some soft citrus (oranges) on the nose and more so on the taste....feels thin and fizzy in texture....a little orange peel tartness on the finish....not a real enjoyable beer. Preferred ther whit and raspberry whit better....I'd be shocked if we see this one around in another year...their demo won't drink it and it fails with people who would drink it..

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2012 05:25:46 | More by ZAP
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WritersBlock

Texas

3/5  rDev +7.9%

02-11-2012 04:51:01 | More by WritersBlock
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PossumMunsen31

Wisconsin

2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I tried this just the other day. I loved the original Shock Top aka Summer Heat, Spiced Wheat. It was a really good summer beer. I haven't tried any of their recent offerings up until this. It's not a bad beer, it just isn't a really good beer. It pours a quickly dissipating head. It is citrusy but the hops don't pack much of a punch. I'm intrigued by the Wheat IPA variety. However, I hope the next few I try are a little better.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 20:10:16 | More by PossumMunsen31
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jsh420

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled 01 06 12

pours cloudy dark gold with a 1 finger fizzy white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of grains little coriander and orange

taste is decent - good semi sweet wheat malt - more orange and coriander then the nose would have lead me to believe

mouthfeel medium body with good carbonation that gives it a crisp yet creamy feel

overall - first calling this an "ipa" is very deceptive and wrong - however the wheat flavors are there and for the price its not half bad - i do think the wheat beers from michelob are better

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 03:42:40 | More by jsh420
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada tulip.
5.8% ABV, 12007 printed on the neck label in white (Jan. 07, '12)

A - I swirled the bottle per the directions on the neck which resulted in a tall ivory head that rose, fell leaving a few patches of clumpy lace on the pint. The beer below is a hazy golden yellow color with strong carbonation flowing up.

S - Surprisingly devoid of any hop aroma, I would have guessed if this beer was hoppy at all, it would have been heavily dry hopped when, in fact, it doesn't smell hopped at all. Tinny mineral hints hide behind the smooth wheat and pale malt that's accented by light coriander and orange peel.

T - Light citrus falls gently behind equally light coriander and orange zest. The bulk of this beer remains it's uninspired pale malt and wheat base.

M - Great smoothness throughout can be attributed to the tall order of wheat in the grist but this is one sissy "IPA". Not a smattering of hop bitterness resides within this pint. Disappointing but somewhat expected. More hop bitterness could really balance nicely.

O - Cascade hops are one of the most widely used hop varieties for it's assertive citrusy aroma and flavor characteristics that began defining American hop beers. Unfortunately Shock Top Wheat IPA uses so little of the variety, not only is it NOT the showcase like it should be, they're barely even noticeable at all. This lack-luster iteration of Shock Top feels rushed and way too incomplete. A fine beer with decent drinkability otherwise, it needs FAR more dry-hopping, flavor, and bitterness to contend with most American Pale Ales let alone American IPAs.

With that said, this beer is labeled as an IPA and I've held it to those standards. Despite it being a fair beer otherwise, I refuse to let "American Pale Wheat Ale" be a crutch for it to gimp along on. Even the less educated BMC drinkers deserve a little more oomph in this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2012 01:41:12 | More by BeerFMAndy
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Treyliff

West Virginia

3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- pours a straw/orange color, very hazy, and a good size White foamy head that shrinks quickly to a small layer.

S- A bit of wheat up front, a lot of the citrus and coriander that usually comes with shock top beers, and I faint trace of muted hops. Definitely not the level you would expect for a labeled IPA.

T- Basically getting the same feel as a regular shock top, citrusy and wheat. Only difference is that it seems a bit more grainy and the trace of hops on the back end leaves it slightly bitter. Overall still pretty sweet for an IPA.

M- light bodied, medium-high carbonation, but pretty smooth.

O- I wouldn't really call this an IPA, but it's a very drinkable beer. However if you are looking for a hop fix, this isn't for you.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2012 15:47:13 | More by Treyliff
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Kornoms

Texas

3/5  rDev +7.9%

02-05-2012 00:34:03 | More by Kornoms
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barnzy78

Illinois

2.08/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, pours a cloudy but bright orange with a thick, foamy head that dissipates to a thin foam atop the ale and leaves some lacing on the glass in the process. Aromas are orange, wheat, and spice - nothing special...I was hoping for more hop aroma. Tastes are muddled: orange, wheat, bready malt, and a sort of spiciness that resembles coriander but is odd in flavor (familiar to the other Shock Tops and the Bud Light Wheat AB made in the past), and maybe some herbal hops that are just muddled in the mix of odd flavors. Overall, I've had the other Shock Tops and was unimpressed, but felt compelled to try this just for the sake of trying it. It was worse than I expected, and expectations were not set very high. Avoid this beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 21:34:04 | More by barnzy78
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BeerTaster727

Florida

1.5/5  rDev -46%

02-04-2012 18:19:26 | More by BeerTaster727
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a stange glass.

Pours initially with a huge 4 fingers of head that quickly dies down to a scrappy layer on the surface. The beer itself looks maybe a shade or two darker than normal shock top, but still remains a pale, hazy, muddy, straw/yellow.

The nose is a bit muted, but a little wheat-like grains shows through, as does a mild dose of generic hops. The combination of the above mentioned aromas does produce a nice but mild fruity quality. The overall level of hop aroma is a far cry from what is expected from an American brewed beer labeled "IPA".

Biscuit, white toast, and pale cereal grains take center stage in the flavor profile. I pick up a little bit of fruitiness that hangs around the crackery malts, but it doesn't really manifest as hop flavor. Bitterness is a bit above the normal shock top, but this beer still has a touch of sweetness to mellow out the suggestion of true bitterness.

The mouthfeel is well carbonated with a light body. The bubbles are larger and this beer borders on being fizzy instead of smooth. It does not have the hop resin/oil smoothness and fullness that true American IPAs exhibit.

Conclusion: This beer is a baby step towards hop-forward macro beer, but the starting place was far from being "hoppy". However for a macro-brewed offering it could be much worse and it does grab with a slightly more bitter feel and brighter flavors than is typical with this class of craft lookalikes.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2012 15:58:26 | More by allforbetterbeer
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Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 441 ratings.