Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 642
Reviews: 103
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 26.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 143 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bitterbill on 03-23-2012

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.
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Photo of Jlhoffman4
4.5/5  rDev +60.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Nice lemon aroma and flavor. Goes down smoothly after a 8k run

Photo of HoppyBastard
3.58/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

Photo of TheMarsBear
1.99/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I pity the poor poor souls who suffer the artificial lemonade flavors in this poorly made beer.

Photo of tectactoe
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of dalygnus
4.05/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Great summer beer. Cloudy as to be expected from a wheat beer. The aroma was sweet and lemony. Taste was a fine mix of fruit and wheat. Very light and drinkable. Surprised by the criticism of this brew. I think it hits the target it aimed for. Not intended to complement an evening cigar but hits the spot while floating in the pool.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light hops, wheat, citrus...mostly lemon.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of sweet lemons with subtle hops.

Overall: I thought this was a good brew. Tasted good and went down easy.

Photo of ehammond1
1.85/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Bottle (2012)

Thanks for the gift, Alucard4!

Hazy golden and light yellow with no head and very little visible carbonation. No lacing left down the glass.

Simple grain and lemon combine for...not very much at all.

Mild grain, corn, and artificial, overly sweet lemon are the dominating flavors here, though everything is so muted it's not intolerable. This tastes like a Bud Light Lemon.

Thin to medium bodied with low carbonation.

I won't be revisiting this.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a hazed golden yellow note, with a thick creamy head billowing above the rim of the glass. White creamy head, fine even lacing, aroma has a nice spice layer with creamy bread and yeast notes. Of course outward lemon zest, with a nice creamy malt/wheat base. Spicy yeast component, with a refreshing citrus zing. Refreshing flavor, summer filled beer. This will sell well, across the board, not a bad beer. Comparable to Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy, possibly created to directly compete with that product. Mouthfeel is creamy , dry finish. Tart edges, make you pucker but not overtly sour. Carbonation is sturdy carries this lighter bodied beer very well. Overall an enjoyable summer beer, that I don't mind drinking especially when it's warm outside.

Photo of chinchill
3.09/5  rDev +10%
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.

Photo of LXIXME
1.44/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Big white head, quickly dies above a very light hazy pale to washed out light honey golden colored ale.

A big sweet lemon aroma overpowers everything else that might be there.

A light sweet yet unsweetened lemon with light sour grains coming through in the taste.

A light bodied beer that finishes with a light dry aftertaste that has some lemon hanging on to it.

Yuk, seems like they have this super huge vat of Bud Light and siphon off a few thousand gallons add some flavoring and give it a shock top name, getting a little old already.

Photo of Brenden
2.83/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is a very cloudy, burnished medium yellow-goldish in color. A sizable, creamy pure white head develops on top. Retention is fair, though it drops off to a thinnish foam. Lacing is actually pretty good, with some spotting and legs.
The aroma actually isn't bad. It's got more character than the flavor, as less graininess comes out and more depth is allowed. Lemonade under cracked wheat make the base. Coriander is detectable, and this seems a lot like the base for Belgian white with lemonade. Somehow, this is a bit better than the base, though.
The flavor, as mentioned, goes grainy, though wheat still makes it up rather than just waste grains or adjuncts. Lemonade flavor is pretty natural. Coriander comes through as in the aroma.
It's as light as the original, not terribly watery but thin, though carbonation is lively. Crispness is solid and constant, and this beer actually is rather smooth. Still thin and light, but not bad.

Photo of biboergosum
2.28/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, my girl's impulse purchase at the local grocery store in Waikiki. Man, the ingredient list here is not exactly what one would imagine goes into beer, even a fruity one.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw colour, with one skinny finger of thin, wispy, and fizzy dirty white head, which leaves a low broken wall of ebbing lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells very much like Lemon Pledge, sans the alcohol, with a mildly sour, underwhelming graininess (again, weirdly muffled - but I suppose I shouldn't get too miffed about differentiating rice and corn in such an offering). The taste is sweet lemony grain (like artificial lemonade crystals dropped into a Bud), with a bland honey sweetness addendum, and a weirdly ethereal, zingy, and yet hard to define, um, 'edginess' - hops, maybe? Hell to the no.

The bubbles, they be a bit too frizzy up front, but that doesn't last, the body quite light in weight, and weak, yet it's neither thin, nor watery. It finishes a little more grainy, even wheaty, with that fake lemon fruity party crasher.

Not exactly a shandy, as it's not a half and half deal (maybe they do math differently in St. Louis), but more of just a weakly-flavoured adjunct-buoyed wheat ale. Too much to pick apart, and not worthy of satisfying any sort of fruit-beer craving - I'm thinking of tossing in something from that huge wedding gift basket sitting on the desk over there.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a can of this on July 4th.

A: Pours a hazy, light yellow with fizzy white head upon pouring that reduces very quickly.

S: Smells pretty much like lemonade with a slight sourness and some grainy malt.

T: Again, more lemonade, slightly sugary and a little bit of spice. Slightly tart.

M: Light to medium bodied with active carbonation.

O: Not as bad as I was expecting, and actually kind of refreshing, but overall it is pretty lacking.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pours hazy, but thin looking straw yellow with a white, 2 finger head. Average retention, results in very little lacing.

Smell - Decent aroma of wheat and lemon. That's the gist of it.

Taste - Wheat hits first, followed quickly by a moderate lemon sourness, leading the charge into a simple, quick finish. A faint lemon note lingers well into the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Razor thin watery body, with almost zero carbonation.

Overall - Another substandard Shock Top brew. Not a bad flavor, but the lack of any kind of body leaves this beer tasting a bit like lemon water.

Photo of dtm_sub
2.64/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Initial pour left a 2-3 finger head which quickly dissipated. Very minimal lacing throughout the entire glass.

A- Poured a very cloudy straw yellow, not too many bubbles rising.

S- Smelled like you added powdered lemonade mix to a beer. Very concentrated artificial smell.

T- Same as the smell. A very sour artificial lemon flavor.

MF- Even though there weren't many bubbles to be seen, it was very carbonated. Almost like a lemon soda.

O- Overall was pretty disappointed. I was hoping for a more natural lemon flavor, not one reminiscent of a powdered drink mix.

Photo of tdm168
2.53/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - bright yellow with a thin, fizzy layer of white head that fizzles out quickly

S - grains and artificial lemonade

T - grainy at first with a strong, artificial lemonade finish

M - very crisp, heavily carbonated

I don't like shandy-style beers to begin with, but this is worst than most. It offers the graininess of a typical american lager with the artificial flavor of a powdered lemonade mix. I'll pass.

Photo of secondtooth
2.88/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anheuser-Busch's entry into the "shandy wars" may be opportunistic, but it is tastier than their chief competitor's. This golden ale pours with an average head and no lace.

The nose is subtle and lager-like, with only a tinge of lemon.

The flavor is light and rather bland, but only teasing with the honey-lemon sweetness, rather than slapping it up front. Definitely lacking, but I've had worse.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shock Top Lemon Shandy
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "14056BD53"

The label basically tells the story for this beer: "Belgian-style wheat beer brewed with spices and with natural lemonade flavor added". It looks like a standard witbier, and it's got pretty good head retention and some fair lacing. The aroma is like a standard witbier as well, displaying a bit of coriander and a hint of citrus over a sweetish, wheaty malt base. The flavor is where it deviates. If you read the label carefully it states that it has "lemonade" flavor added, and that lemonade flavoring has the perfect balance of sugary sweetness, soft lemon flavor, and delicate citrusy tartness. It dominates at first, but then fades to reveal the witbier base in the finish. It's slightly artificial tasting, but not so much so that it would bother you (I don't think). So, overall, I think this makes a great drink for summer. It's light, easy to drink, sweet but not overly sweet, and just 4.2% alcohol by volume.

Photo of RickS95
3.55/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a milky, straw golden color. Hazy after the sediment is mixed. The head is bright white and kind of generic looking, but has good retention.

Smells like what it is, a cross between a lemony fruit beer and a Belgian wit. Citrusy lemon, along with cloves fill the nose.

There's a slight lemon taste, but not much. There's a slight clove taste, but not much. It's mostly a tangy wheat taste that vetoes the other tastes.

It's really smooth in that the alcohol and all flavors are pretty submissive. There's a watery looseness to it. It does have a nice crisp, tangy feel. Mostly a dry finish with no lingering feel.

It's a decent beer for what it is...a cheap version of a British classic. It's easy to drink and provides good relief from the warmer months. And it's cheap.

Photo of ordybill
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.06/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this as part of a mixed sixer

Pours a light straw color with 3+ fingers of pearl colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Light breadyness & stronger grassyness, lemons as well

T: Lemons, grassyness & slight wheatyness up front. More lemon & some crispness as this warms, so more wheatyness as well. Finishes slightly watery slight wheat tartness & a bit of grassyness

MF: Light bodied, near zero carbonation, got firmer as this warmed

Easy to down, but damn near water. Some of the shock tops are passable. To me the concept of Shandys or Radlers are sacrilegious, but this one is really setting the bar low

Photo of bashiba
2.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy dark yellow with a thick creamy off white head.

The smell is very sweet and lemonade, very much lemonade, not much beer.

The taste is better than the smell, has a light grain flavor with a strong blast of lemon, there is an underlying sweetness thats a bit distracting, if they cut that down and maybe added some hops this might be good, as it stands its more like drink soda than beer.

The mouthfeel is light with high carbonation.

I don't hate it as much as I expected, but can't imagine I will ever drink another.

Photo of Bm1
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Glad I wasn't drinking pledge.

Photo of KYGunner
2.77/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The color is a bright lemony hue that is relatively attractive but the head serves at no purpose at all as it disappated all too quickly.

The nos is all too weak but is reminiscent of a lemon Radler. It has almost a lemon and soda water aroma.

Funny, as the nose went so does the taste with a lemon and soda water. Super light it's very easy too drink but I'm not sure it's meant to be this light. The carbonation mixed with the lemon soda gives this a Radler like experience.

Maybe if this were a Radler I'd be more inclined to score it higher but it's a wheat beer with very little beer like properties.

Photo of BohemianBomber
4.73/5  rDev +68.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This beer is so smooth and tastes great on a warm summer day

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Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 642 ratings.