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Shock Top Lemon Shandy | Anheuser-Busch

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Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Lemon Shandy is a unique take on the classic Shandy that is distinctly Shock Top.

Brewed with two row and six row malted barley and five different types of hops, this Belgian-Style Wheat Ale is then combined with citrus peels, coriander, natural lemonade flavor and a hint of sugar for a subtle sweetness. The end result is an incredibly refreshing, crisp and smooth beer that hits the spot.

Added by Bitterbill on 03-23-2012

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Photo of Bunman3
2.87/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Let's be clear - there may be malt in the recipe, but this really ain't beer. The artificial lemon flavour dominates the overall profile and it's just too sweet for me. In my books, it's a hot weather option if your choices are limited.

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Photo of Myotus
2.87/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass until there was a half inch of beer left in the bottle. That half inch was then swirled around per instructions and joined the rest of the beer in the glass.
LOOK: 45 seconds. Neon yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are both medium and small in size and very subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Just some mild aromas of sweet artificial lemonade, wheat, and coriander.
TASTE: Mild artificial lemonade flavors enter initially and are immediately followed my mild wheat flavors. Subtle flavors of coriander and hints of spicy hops enter lastly as wheat flavors maintain, but artificial lemonade flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finsiehs crisp.
NOTE: The bottle says that natural lemonade flavor is added, but it tastes fake to me. In addition to that, this lacked complexity. I've always thought Shock Top made alright beers, but this just wasn't good.

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Photo of hardy008
2.06/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazy pale yellow, with a bright white head. The aroma has artificial lemon, wheat, grain, and not much else.

Tastes exactly like it smells. too sweet, with too much sugar. Not to my liking.

Light bodied, above average carbonation. Nothing special here.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy body, lemon yellow in color, with a large, fine-beaded white head, which, all too quickly, fades to a dusting of foam. Very fine-beaded lacing rings the glass walls.

Aroma: A pronounced lemon aroma pairs off against wheat and yeast. Literally, the aroma presents as Shock Top Belgian White with an aggressive burst of lemon.

Taste: Slightly puckering lemon presents at the open, with a strong cereal-like wheat presence, and a bit of yeast. The lemon carries the taste throughout, so it suggests a toned-down version of Mike's Hard Lemonade. Even late in the taste, the lemon is still prominent and brings the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full full, soft and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not too bad, just fine for a hot summer afternoon, or for a macro lager drinking friend who is looking for "a walk on the wild side".

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Jelitikasez
3.45/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't even much like lemon, but this was refreshing and light, without being watery. The sunny yellow color and white-white head reminded me of lemon meringue pie when first poured. This beer is not overly sweet though, and still tastes like beer, with sparkly carbonation in the mouth.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.57/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not really impressed by this. They play the lemon card a little too strongly and end up making this out to be more like a hard lemonade, both in flavor and feel.

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Photo of SlamKing
3.77/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Honestly, if you want a beer, look elsewhere.

If you're looking for hard lemonade, get this instead.

Definitely would buy for a summer day in place of hard lemonade.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.5/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yellow hazy color, light mouthfeel, lemon smell, sweet taste like juice. Made more for wine cooler drinkers. Does not taste like beer at all. Came from a 12 pack variety. Good thing I didn't buy a 6-pack of just this one version, although so far the other flavors in the pack are not great either.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.83/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Picked up a 12er of shock top banana, apple, lemon and Belgian white, let's give the lemon a whirl. Popping the top I get a sniff of lemon and adjunct malts. Pouring per the instructions, down the side of the glass until a 1/2 inch left then swirling and topping off, I get a cloudy bright yellow with a yow finger head. On the taste the brew is sweet up front with a transition to sweet and sour lemon with a hint of allspice and coriander. A refreshing summer beer, pairs well with 95 degrees in the shade. Not a bold flavor but not offensive.

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Photo of FrostyStephen15
2.39/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Is this Pine-Sol?

But seriously, this is a bad shandy. No lemonade sweetness, just tart lemon juice ruining an otherwise-okay wheat beer. Just not my thing.

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Photo of ordybill
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. this beer has a very generic lemonade flavor with some beer tossed in. I found it refreshing but not memorable.

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Photo of Boca-X
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A lemon radler that tastes fine...nothing special but it isn't as bad as the beer nerds pretend.

I'm forced to write a review because I'm not as childish as most of the reviewers. Will I buy for consumption?...no...I had a sample at a beer festival...but...if you like radlers and/or something light and refreshing on a hot summer day...this will work.

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Photo of HoppyBastard
3.58/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a Shaker pint glass, there is no "best by" date that I could find.

APPEARANCE: pours a cloudy, golden color with one-finger white head that quickly dissipated until a ring of small bubbles remained around the glass, almost no lacing, medium carbonation.

SMELL: faint lemon, bread.

TASTE: there is the taste of lemon and not much else, it tastes more like a soft drink to me, the lemon taste is refreshing and is not overdone.

PALATE: light body and medium carbonation.

OVERALL: this is not unlike a lemon radler, it's good but nothing special, it tastes like a soft drink and would appeal to persons who do not normally like beer, it's a "safe" Fourth of July beer you could serve to a wide variety of guests and no one would complain.

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Photo of AbradolfLincler
3.52/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I enjoyed the Lemon Shandy, I read a lot about it ranging from it tastes like soap to a good lemon beer, and I thought it was the latter, nothing amazing, but definitely something I'd enjoy to get a 12 pack of and drink casually throughout the week as I work on something at home or relax. It is a decent beer.

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Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap.
Looks as expected, if with a rather weak head. Simple lemony flavor with only faint bready malts.
Light body with medium carbonation.
Adequately refreshing and good sweet/bitter balance but lacking in flavor beyond lemon juice.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lemon Shandy pours a hazy golden color with a small swirling head. There is a weak soapy aroma. The taste is soapy, but weak lemonade flavors come through near the end. Flat body, weaker flavors. Overall the soapy flavors are pretty bad, the brief hints of lemonade that comes through are nice.

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Photo of predikit
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Pours a clouded pale yellow with a bubbly head that recedes immediately.

Smell has nothing really that I can pick up. Hint of lemon? Stretching it a bit.

This is extremely sweet, with a fairly strong lemon taste. Taste more like lemon flavored soda than anything else. It's not terrible, but sweetness may be cloying for some.

Light bodied, crisp and potentially refreshing.

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Photo of dodge408
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

I wouldn't call this a beer to be honest. I think the lemon taste is good but was left wondering where the beer taste went. I would drink it again though.

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Photo of bgillespie
2.96/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Opaque light gold, similar to lemonade. Thin head that quickly disappears.

Smell: Not much, the smell is lost.

Taste: Saves the beer a bit. Sweet, lemonade. Not much "beer".

Mouthfeel: Smooth, well carbonated.

Overall: I am a fan of Shandys and this one fits the mold. Smooth and sweet. But not much "beer" and almost no aroma.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.07/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

One of the many Summer Beer that I got to try . And today in Montreal it was 30 degree Celsius so lets give a try to the Shock Top Lemon Shandy .
The beer looks like the Hoegaarden inside the glasse. A very Yellow color with small bubbles going up.
The smell is all about citrus lemonade, not too strong but just right enough.
Now for the taste, its like drinking a lemonade, the taste of the beer is really light. It's dominate by that lemonade citrus taste.
The mouthfeel: well, it remind me of the Smirnoff Ice with less sugar and a beer taste.
So would I recommend it ? I am mixed about it but I will say..Yes BUT, only for Summer (around July or August), because I would't buy this beer during winter. Overall it's a much better beer than those Bud Light lime and all the lime beer in general. If you wanna have a lemonade, lime citrus beer, take this one no doubt about it, but if you wanna have a beer with some guts, this one is definitely not for you.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

My local, frequent in-person trader, tone77, recently dropped this off for me in his latest batch of beer in support of The CANQuest ™. I am always anxious to see what he has for me when he stops by! Lemon Shandy in a CAN? I am Shocked, but I am also on Top of it!

From the CAN: “Belgian-style Wheat Beer brewed with spices with natural lemonade flavor added”.

The Crack! was loud and so I celebrated with an inverted Glug. It produced two-plus fingers of fizzy, bone-white head with extremely limited retention, quickly falling away to wisps. Color was a hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose smelled kind of artificial, like that Country Time Lemonade that we sold on the street corner as kids. Mouthfeel was thin, watery and not even all that well carbonated. The taste was immediately tart, followed by a wash of sugary sweetness. Oof. It did not taste awful, per se, but it was not overly pleasant, either. I am sure that I am not their target audience, but its inherent intense sweetness makes me question the age group who would drink this. Finish was sweet, overall, with even the tart flavor beginning to fade as I drank it. Again, not bad, per se, just awfully ho hum.

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Photo of TerryW
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%


Update: It is my understanding that the morons at Anheuser-Busch are considering marketing this dreck here in Canada as craft beer. Lie to us some more. We love it. Jerks.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.65/5  rDev +31.8%

Serving Style : 12 oz glass bottle. I was hesitant to try this because of the rating. I'm glad I did.

Appearance : n/a, in bottle

Smell (3) : Lemonheads candy, wheat, some barley malt. A good smell, at least for a shandy.

Taste (4) : Sweet but not too sweet, a very nice balance of belgian wheat and lemonade. A nice peppery finish. I like this beer, a lot.

Mouthfeel (4) - carbonated and crisp to begin with, the lemonade smoothness enters, and it ends crisp, dry. Smooth drinker.

Overall (3.65) - In my book, this beer is a winner. I'm bumping the overall score up because it really is inoffensive and refreshing. It incorporates the wheat and the lemonade and doesn't overdo it on either, and manages to keep them both in check while complementing each other. Leinenkugels' in comparison is a bit too harsh, and while still decent, is not as refreshing and pure as this brew. Perhaps it's the Belgian wheat...

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.38/5  rDev -14.1%

A pretty bland shandy. The appearance was a very light yellow with a fizzy head. The smell was mostly of the lemonade. The taste was very tart and seemed like this was much more lemonade than beer. Wasn't very blown away by the flavors as everything was overrun with the lemonade. Mouthfeel was light but nice for the summer. Overall I'd say I'd be fine with it if I saw it at a picnic but I'm not going to search it out.

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Photo of BeerWatcher
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Pours a predominantly clear light straw color, with a thin white head that dissipates rapidly. Lots of carbonation, accompanied by an audible fizzy hiss.
Aromas are of fake lemon and wet cardboard.
Palate is light and crisp. Tastes are of citrus lemon, and ginger ale.
Overall, the list of ingredients is rather off putting. The first two ingredients to this thing, which the can claims is a "Belgian Style White Beer" is "beer" and "ale". Wait how is beer an ingredient in beer? Next on the ingredient list is sugar, and a long list of words like "flavour" and "modified". No thanks.

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Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
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