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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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467 Ratings

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 2.76
pDev: 22.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 31 | 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:
Beer added by: allforbetterbeer on 01-31-2012

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.
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Ratings: 467 | Reviews: 108
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2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.42/5  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).

Photo of chanson402
3.04/5  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.

Photo of athenmonk
2/5  rDev -27.5%

3.75/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of jacknsally5148
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of khargro2
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of zbooks
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of NEDmiller
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Mick-e-d
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +44.9%

Photo of wages
3.41/5  rDev +23.6%
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

Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev +17%
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.

Photo of bigbeers84
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev +18.5%
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

Photo of kylemckinnis
2/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.34/5  rDev +21%
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.

Photo of andyschaps
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev +32.2%
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?

Photo of barczar
2.71/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Photo of murf1087
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%
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.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev -8.3%
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.

Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev +29.7%
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.

Photo of mbacon3227
3/5  rDev +8.7%

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Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
65 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.