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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 tdm168
3.2/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

tdm168, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

bigbeers84, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
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

russpowell, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of kylemckinnis
2/5  rDev -27.8%

kylemckinnis, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
3.43/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

Darkmagus82, Feb 25, 2012
Photo of andyschaps
3/5  rDev +8.3%

andyschaps, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of Brad007
3.63/5  rDev +31%
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?

Brad007, Feb 22, 2012
Photo of barczar
2.71/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

barczar, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of murf1087
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%

murf1087, Feb 21, 2012
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
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.

Pegasus, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
2.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

TMoney2591, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

scottfrie, Feb 20, 2012
Photo of mbacon3227
3/5  rDev +8.3%

mbacon3227, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of EgadBananas
1.33/5  rDev -52%
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.

EgadBananas, Feb 19, 2012
Photo of zeff80
2.78/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

zeff80, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of birddogg66
1.95/5  rDev -29.6%
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.

birddogg66, Feb 18, 2012
Photo of socon67
3.4/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

socon67, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of bashiba
2/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

bashiba, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of cadizkyguy
2.65/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

cadizkyguy, Feb 14, 2012
Photo of rudy0908
3/5  rDev +8.3%

rudy0908, Feb 13, 2012
Photo of ZAP
2.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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..

ZAP, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of WritersBlock
3/5  rDev +8.3%

WritersBlock, Feb 11, 2012
Photo of PossumMunsen31
2.7/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

PossumMunsen31, Feb 10, 2012
Photo of jsh420
3.43/5  rDev +23.8%
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

jsh420, Feb 09, 2012
Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.68/5  rDev -3.2%
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.

BeerFMAndy, Feb 09, 2012
Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.