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Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top Lemon ShandyShock Top Lemon Shandy

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Ratings: 400
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 25.8%


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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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dalygnus

Maryland

4.05/5  rDev +43.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 17:46:34 | More by dalygnus
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edificio5

New York

4/5  rDev +41.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clearly this beer has that Lemon flavor. I was feeling this beer. I bought the variety case and this was a really good beer. If you like that lemon flavor you will enjoy it. I will note that beer is probably better if you have one or perhaps two. It is not a beer that I would drink on a regular basis

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2013 13:03:42 | More by edificio5
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jjamadorphd

Florida

3.83/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Another Shock Top offering - this one is Lemon Shandy just in time for Summer. A slight lemon flavor that mixes quite well with the Belgian wheat to actually make a refreshing brew.

The Belgian wheat's are always cloudy, but this one was very bright and very yellow, on the down side the head is small, no lacing and no staying power. You can definitely smell the lemon and it mixes well with the odor of wheat that I like so much. It refreshing and crisp in the mouth, but mostly watery (like you would expect from a lemonade - so it's sorta hard to hold it against them.) Anyway, it's a good Shock Top - they guys specialize with the fruit/vegetable brews and do a good job at it.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 22:52:25 | More by jjamadorphd
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boilermakerbrew

Missouri

3.74/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a bright, hazy yellow. Medium head that is gone quickly. Little to no lacing.

S- Lots of lemon and grain. Lemon smells natural, like an actual lemon. Grain flavor from the wheat is dominant over the lemon, but still a good intermingling.

T- Similar to the scent. Starts with traditional wheat beer flavors of very light malts and grains. Wheat is dominant and moves toward a mix of lemon towards the middle. Lemon tastes very natural, with moderate strength. Good mix with the wheat beer flavor profile.

M- Light, highly carbonated, and very drinkable. This is an all day summer beer. Slick across the tongue and highly thirst quenching.

Overall, a very solid summer-type beer. A good price point for a solid beer. I like it and will probably drink more of it in the warmer months. This may be the definition of a mowing beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 22:07:48 | More by boilermakerbrew
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RickS95

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 01:50:23 | More by RickS95
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +23.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 02:34:06 | More by WVbeergeek
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

3.46/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Sampled tonight on 4/3/14, though it has been about 2 years since I had one. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a tulip glass.

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a super thin white head. No lacing was seen to speak of.. The aroma is of wheat and a light citrus. The taste is of wheat with lemonade and lemon zest. Has a slight tangy aftertaste as would be expected. Goes down easy and would be good on a hot summer's day..

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2014 01:18:45 | More by BeerWithMike
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Analog_kid

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As I was working up to this review and smelling my shandy, my 3 year old son did a full body check right into me. Now all I smell is shandy.

Anyway, I've had this shandy straight out of a bottle, poured, and on tap. Oddly enough, on tap in a plastic cup seems better than poured.The appeance reminds me of carbonated, slightly cloudy lemonade. The head disappears quickly, no lacing. The forementioned smell is rather enticing; a combination of warm spices, grain, and lemon lure you in. However, the taste belies the quality of this beer; it's not as inviting as the smell. In spite of the lemon presence, it's not as "lemony" as I'd like.

Mouthfeel is refreshing, crisp and clean. Overall, as reviewers have already said, it's a shandy; don't expect more than the flavor of lemonade mixed with beer. It's not bad, but if it were at a party with a cooler full of these shandies along Yuengling lager, I wouldn't even consider the shandy. As one reviewer said, drink this COLD.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 00:05:21 | More by Analog_kid
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.35/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 6/23/2013 at Doherty’s Ale House in Warwick, RI, served in a tapered mug glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light yellow color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lemons, light caramelized malts but not much else.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet lemon flavors up front. Then there’s some mild breadiness from a thin malt character. There’s no distinguishable hops presence as you would expect, but a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, it’s pretty decent for the type of beer that it is made to be.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2013 16:40:05 | More by TheManiacalOne
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a0lbudman

Alabama

3.26/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A-Hazy pale gold with a small white head that fades fast
S-wheat base but a good sweet lemonade smell
T-sweet lemon taste with a strong wheat grain aftertaste that stays with you til the finish
M-light body and a medium carbonation
O-It was little better than okay for a fruit beer. Might have been better on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2013 03:15:53 | More by a0lbudman
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chilidog

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy clouded gold or yellow. Little white carbonated head that doesn't maintain or lace.

Aroma picks up the lemon.

Taste you get a nice citric dose of lemon flavor, Not citric hop. Wheat, cereal grain and malts round things out.

The mouthfeel is soft though left with a puckering dryness.

Overall its not a bad hot weather lawn mower beer and the low abv will keep the mowing straight

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 16:46:58 | More by chilidog
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BlackBelt5112203

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at refrigerator temperature.

L – Slightly hazy ale gold color with a 1.5-finger white bubbly head that dissipates immediately like soda. A steady stream of bubbles keeps a white ring of foam around the beer-glass interface for the duration. No lacing.

S – Definitely some wheat in here along with adjunct grains and lemonade. If the usual Anheuser-Busch adjuncts weren’t in here, it would smell really nice. Smells pretty good anyway.

T – Sweet all the way through with grainy malt, coriander, lemonade, and adjuncts. Pretty balanced between the wheat beer and the lemonade.

F – Light-bodied with good carbonation, a sweet and creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. Lemonade and bready wheat sweetness lingers for a short amount of time.

O – This really is not a bad beer. It’s pretty much exactly what you would expect from a shandy: half beer and half lemonade. Also, the base wheat beer isn’t bad at all. If the BMC-style adjuncts weren’t added, this would be a really good beer for the style. Those extras just take away too much from every aspect of the beer. Nevertheless, this is a very drinkable and tasty beer that is very well-suited for a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 20:32:52 | More by BlackBelt5112203
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DavidS88

Massachusetts

3.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This actually wasn't too bad and is probably one of my preferred Anheuser-Busch products. I had this straight out of the bottle, so I really cannot comment on the appearance other than to say it is a very hazy and cloudy beer, almost like a Blue Moon, which makes sense since it seems Anheuser-Busch may have been copying Coors with their own Belgian style wheat beer. The smell did actually have some wheat scents to it with what was definitely fake lemon scents added, but it didn't seem bad, just not as olfactorily pleasing as you could get with something like Samuel Adams Coastal Wheat which has lots of lemon scents. Similarly, Shock Top Lemon Shandy had a nice light wheat taste with hints of more fake lemon that definitely added to the taste. It wasn't really all that carbonated and went down very smooth. Look, it's certainly not going to be as good as smaller brewery could make a lemon beer or a wheat beer with lemon flavor, but for an AB product, this wasn't really all that bad. It's pretty cheap, smooth, and doesn't have a high ABV so you can definitely pound a few of these at a party and not really be all that worse for it. Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2012 19:38:18 | More by DavidS88
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Lemke10

Wisconsin

3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a semi-clear pale yellow hue with a quickly dissipating head. The scent is mild with creamy wheat and lemon aroma. The texture is slightly creamy with cheap grains and lemon hitting the taste buds rather weakly. This is essentially Bud’s version to compete with Miller’s distributed Leinenkugel’s Summer Shandy. It’s a decent summer beer…maybe? I guess I would have to try both of them at the same time to give an honest opinion of which one is better but I have yet to have a shandy that tops Potosi Steamboat Shandy on draft. Overall this is average, maybe a little better but nothing that amazes me that much.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 02:46:09 | More by Lemke10
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buschbeer

Ohio

3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle
Served in a perfect pint glass

A - It pours a cloudy, pale yellow. I got three fingers of white head.

S - You can tell it's a wheat beer, the yeast is apparent. There is also the scent of artificial lemon.

T - It tastes like I'm drinking a Blue Moon with a lemon flavored dum dum sucker in my mouth.

M - Medium

O - It is not as lemony as I'd imagined but close.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 00:40:11 | More by buschbeer
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.05/5  rDev +7.8%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 03:41:10 | More by russpowell
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TruePerception

California

2.95/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Previous review, transferred from beer journal)

3/27/13

Shock Top's Lemon Shandy: 4.2% ABV;

Appearance: hazy yellow;

Smell: fairly wheat-y, touch of sugary lemon (cleaner-like);

Taste/Mouthfeel: pilsner with lemon pulp;

Decent/Okay

Poured into a pint glass.

Serving type: bottle

09-01-2013 18:32:04 | More by TruePerception
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mralphabet

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A: Poured a slightly hazy straw yellow in color, with a good one fingers worth of head that settles quickly and leaves no lacing.

S: Pretty simple light lemon smell with a wheat malt backbone.

T: Pretty straight forward wheat beer up top, then the lemonade kicks in. Good mix of flavors... finish is very clean with just a little lemonade aftertaste.

M: Very light, crisp and sharp, just what you want for this style.

O: Hey it is what it is.... and for what it is it ain't bad... Arnold Palmer but wheat beer instead of tea. With a shot on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2012 02:52:32 | More by mralphabet
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secondtooth

Indiana

2.9/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 12:07:58 | More by secondtooth
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beerme626

Kentucky

2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle into a drinking glass.

A: Translucent yellow with a finger head which disappears. Moderate bubbles.

S: Lemon butter

T: Lemon bread. Not lemon cake, lemon bread. Not bad, but could be crisper and less heavy.

M: Flat, sticky

O: Whatever. Now I can check it off of the list.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 01:44:55 | More by beerme626
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TheSixthRing

California

2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2012 22:14:34 | More by TheSixthRing
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Brenden

Ohio

2.8/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 18:32:43 | More by Brenden
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julian89

Georgia

2.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance: A hazy "wheat beer" yellow with hardly any head and no retention.

Smell: Lemon tea and spices that's it.

Taste: Light honey, spice on the front. It's a strong lemon tea taste. The alcohol is soo light it may as well be a alcoholfree lemon shandy. Honestly it taste like cold lemon tea, which I like, but not beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Uh, it's a very good tasting Lemon tea, not a good beer. I barely, I mean just barely, got a few hints of barley in there. I like it, just not what I consider a beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 17:06:18 | More by julian89
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy yellow golden color with a large but thin white head. The head fades fast giving very little lacing.

Smell – The aroma is dominated by a lemon scent like lemonade, but it is not overly sweet smelling. Mixed with this is an ever so light wheat bread aroma as well.

Taste – The taste started out maltier with hints of wheat and some more bitter lemon. As the flavor advances more it becomes sweeter but never gets too sweet in the end one is left with a slightly sweet lemonade taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – Quite thin with a medium level of carbonation. It really does suit the flavors of the beer and creates a rather refreshing feel.

Overall – It’s a good, light and refreshing alternative to something like a hard lemonade if that is what you are feeling like at the time.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2012 23:15:27 | More by Darkmagus82
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bashiba

Iowa

2.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

04-21-2012 00:28:35 | More by bashiba
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Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.