Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch
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Reviews by tectactoe:
2.69/5 rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
Pours a dingy golden-yellow, mostly murky and hazy with a thin, wispy white head that fizzles away until nothing but a thin ring is left around the very edge of the beer. Aroma consists of some lemon zest and slightly tart lemon juice with a faint grainy and wheat-like underbody. Not much really going on in the aroma, aside from the lemon. Lemon smells kind of artificial, but is more integrated into the beer rather than standalone (see: Lenie's Summer Shandy). Hops provide an extremely vague musky aroma, but then again - that may not even be from the hops. Who knows.
Thin bodied and highly carbonated, pretty much to be expected here. The taste contains a helping of grains and malts, mostly masked by a sweet lemon flavor. A little overdone, artificial, and slightly "off", however I still do prefer the taste of this to Summer Shandy. Lightly tart and puckering that turns into a dying sweetness, and believe me - it dies fast. The aftertaste is almost nonexistent, but contains very faint lemon and grain notes. Hops are seemingly missing on the palate, unless they're responsible for that slight twinge I'm picking up - can't tell if it's from the hops or just the carbonation.
Not the worse lemon beer out there, but I'm sure it's leagues away from being the best, too. I'd grab this before a Summer Shandy, but that's not really saying too much.
Serving type: on-tap
02-19-2013 16:56:41 | More by tectactoe
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3.24/5 rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Shock Top Lemon Shandy has a thin, white head, a cloudy, yellow-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of light wheat bread, mainly, with a background lemony note. Taste is of a stronger lemonade and sugary aspect, with a noticeable and pleasant wheat bread component. Mouthfeel is on the light side, and Shock Top Lemon Shandy finishes somewhat tart and very easy drinking.
Serving type: bottle
07-15-2014 12:51:55 | More by RonaldTheriot
2.7/5 rDev -3.9%
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
2.28/5 rDev -18.9%
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
Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 487 ratings.