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Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 2.82
pDev: 26.6%
Wants: 2
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

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.

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-23-2012)
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2.35/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My wife administered a taste test between Shock Top Lemon Shandy and Leinenkugel Summer Shandy. I had Leinie's Shandy last summer and enjoyed it...so refreshing. So, my comparison might be a little biased, having known quite well which to expect.

As for Shock Top

A - Yellow with just a touch of an orange tone. Looks like lemon juice. The head is fizzy...larger bubbles...but fades pretty fast and resides comfortably as a scarcely thin layer. Not much of a head, really, to look at. Pretty carbonated; bubbles rising a a fairly constant rate.

S - Lemon, cardboard, and a minimal Heineken-like skunk (not unbearable, though). No lemon peel as one would expect. Not beer like at all - almost zero hops or malt. Not much, really.

T - What the tongue's been waiting for. In collision with the nose, there's a minimal lemony flavor - kind of fake - coming through. Yeah, definitely not beer-like. Cardboard flavor is there (as it was with the nose). Super watery ( typical of most things "Anheuser Busch"). I get the watery thing because of the summer time, but WE WANT FLAVOR! This beer's for pansy Bud Lite drinkers who want somethign "a little different:...well it's different, but it's NOT different. If you drink it, you'll know what I mean.

O - Egh. Definitely prefer Leinenkugel Summer Shandy over this...much more bitter lemon flavor, citrusy refreshing taste. This? No tengo nada!


Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 20:28:17 | More by StoutishDan
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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

07-12-2014 01:17:07 | More by DrBobPierce
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2.7/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've been nothing but pleasantly surprised with the two Shock Top offerings I've tried, the Belgian White and the Honeycrisp Apple Wheat, respectively. From a beer that was made by Anheuser-Busch solely to combat Miller's success with the aromatic and flavorful Blue Moon, it was initially hard to suspect much. However, I find both the aforementioned projects to be winning beers in my book - they're more than drinkable but thoroughly enjoyable and hearty.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy, however, is the first disappointment in their catalog in my book. I was curious as to why we weren't selling much of it, seeing as we couldn't keep our Leinenkugel Summer Shandy and Shandy packs on the shelf, as well as our limited number of cases of Amstel Radler. The answer is simple - even by the basic qualities of lemon/summer shandies, Shock Top's offering falls short. It almost feels like the beer itself forgot it was supposed to be a shandy, as the effect of drinking it and tasting it, at first, feels like a regular American lager before descending into a tardy, bland citrus flavor that brings little to the table.

There isn't anything offensive about this beer, but just the taste and presentation feel rushed and ill-prepared, almost as if it was already April in a certain year and the company needed to begin shipping Shock Top Lemon Shandy cases out in just a matter of days and needed to rustle up something quick in order to make a tolerable and acceptable brew.

There's not much to hate, but there's not much to remember either - take that as you may.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2014 01:01:38 | More by SteveJeremy
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2.28/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: slight haze; light straw in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly; no lacing;

S: artificial lemon;

T: follows the nose; sweet - no tartness;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation:

O: they will happily sell a million cases of this to a bunch of people who don't know better;

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2014 23:10:32 | More by HamdenHector
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Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
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