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Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top Lemon ShandyShock Top Lemon Shandy

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Ratings: 399
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 25.7%


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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LXIXME

New Mexico

1.45/5  rDev -48.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 21:48:01 | More by LXIXME
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

1.45/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance was hazy, yellow-tan, with a very small head that immediately disappeared and left zero lace.

Lemons on the smell. Maybe some malt but no hops.

Taste is struggling. It's like carbonated lemonade with a little bit of beer in it.

Watery and moderately carbonated. Might as well be lemonade.

I'd skip this one if I were you. It's a malternative at best, if not just carbonated lemonade with a little alcohol in it. I wouldn't call this one beer. Despite slick packaging and no doubt some fancy advertising, this is typical of the crap that budweiser is trying to pass off as craft beer in order to keep their market share from declining even more. This is not even beer, let alone craft.

I'm glad I was given a bottle of this, because if I had bought a six pack I would have had to dump five of them.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2012 01:31:22 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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LoadedSchells

Minnesota

1.48/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Looks the part, smells the part, but lemon La Perrier sparkling water has got more body and flavor than this. Thank god it was a sample. Not that leine summer shandy is my cup of tea but even that mops the floor with this, at least that tastes like it has malt in it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 18:08:59 | More by LoadedSchells
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

1.71/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Pours a yellowish orange with a one finger white head. Left no lacing.

S - Smells like lemon dish soap.

T - Tastes like lemon dish soap.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O - Overall, Tastes like the most artificial soapy lemon I have ever witnessed.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2013 05:14:28 | More by SometimesIfart
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ehammond1


1.85/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2012 01:57:26 | More by ehammond1
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

It pours a cloudy lemon yellow with close to a 2 finger head of foam with loads of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

It sure does smell like lemonade. The label says it's brewed with spices and natural lemon flavor added but I'm not finding any spices. Maybe in the taste?

Yep, there is some coriander there, along with the lemon flavour. There's not much more than that going on but a shandy beer, by nature, is pretty simple.

Light bodied, watery finish, I didn't expect more than that.

This was a freebie from my retailer friend; I would have never ponied up the bucks for a 6 pack...

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 23:56:26 | More by Bitterbill
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Shock Top Lemon Shandy

LOOK: Pours a cloudy yellow with a short lived head. Tons of tiny little bubbles rising to the surface shows a high level of carbonation.

SMELL: Artificial lemon scent and husky, adjunct ridden, cheap beer smell .

TASTE: Lemon flavor has faded to watered down lemon juice, and sharp grains with just a pinch of what may very well be hop bitterness . A bit of wheat, and kind of watery. Tastes like old, carbonated lemon juice.

FEEL: Lighter bodied with a gross, palate coating must.

OVERALL: Not too great. There are much better shandys out there. This just wasn't refreshing and a chore to drink.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2013 21:50:26 | More by Stinkypuss
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barnzy78

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, pours a cloudy yellow with a tall, bubbly, white head that holds decent retention, but leaves no lacing on the glass whatsoever. Aromas are lemonade, faint wheat and yeast. Tastes are very one dimensional: lemonade. There are some faint wheat and yeast notes, but the lemons dominate. Mouth-feel is thinner than it should be, considering there's wheat in it. Ample carbonation and goes down smoothly. Overall, it is refreshing for a hot day, but rather bland and more like lemonade than beer. I would not try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 03:32:57 | More by barnzy78
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diamondc

Texas

2.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a hefe glass.

A: Cloudy, hay colored, billowy eggshell white head, lots of bubbles. Even some lacing. Nice.

S: Was expecting a big lemon and other lite citrus note, but I got a typical weak macro-lager grain note. Lite dishwasher liquid and maybe a whiff of lemonade mix powder at the end. Disappointing.

T: Watered down lemonade... virtually no malts or hop taste. Not as tart as I thought it would be either, so its not even *that* refreshing.

M: Its spritzy and drinkable if you you're dying of thirst. A good substitute for ice water.

O: A very weak beer, even grading on a curve it fails. Good thing I managed to buy a single instead of a six pack. I don't think I'll ever buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 01:37:52 | More by diamondc
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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz Bottle from CJ's NY for 1.75$

Appearance - Hazy gold colour with an above average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Corn, bread, lemons

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste bread/wheat mixed with a sugary sweet lemon taste. It actually reminds me a bit of a lemon cough drop. There is a light amount of tartness, but it's more on the sweet side. It ends with an artificial sugary sweet lemon aftertaste.

Overall - Not something I'd ever buy or drink again. It's way too artificial tasting and it was tough to get through my glass.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 00:07:15 | More by spinrsx
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kylehay2004

Florida

2.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Tried at the end of the brewery tour in St Louis. Only one available I hadn't reviewed. Two finger bright white head on a cloudy but still bright golden body. Musty wheat, rice, hint of lemon citrus but very light. The flavor starts with rice, wheat ad grain with carbonated not so fresh lemonade rounding out the finish. Light body and high carbonation. Pretty gross beer. Worse than I would imagine lemonade being spiked with bud light.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2012 19:55:38 | More by kylehay2004
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle, with code on the bottleneck label 13114. Acquired this bottle as part of a mixed six pack at the local beer store. A horrible idea I'm sure, and another awful incantation of the Shock Top brand. For the sake of knowledge!

Poured into a Lagunitas mason jar.

A - Pours a sickly pale yellow color with under two fingers of white fizz for a head that sizzles it's way out of existence. Looks pretty bad.

S - Smell? There really isn't any. Dusty yeast, pond water, and some grains. Artificial lemonade in the background. No spice character detected.

T - Taste is the same: dusty wheat, malts, grains, and some carbonated artificial lemonade soda mixed in there as well. I can see the wheat beer part, but the "Belgian", not so much.

M - Feel is crisp, light, watery, and mildly refreshing, in the same sense that a soda is. Light bodied with high bloating carbonation.

Overall, it's pretty bad, but it is drinkable and sessionable on a scorching summer's day. I can indefinitely say I would even prefer a Leinenkugel's Summer Shandy over this garbage. Avoid.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy ---2/5.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2014 20:50:47 | More by mfnmbvp
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -19%
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.

This beer pours a very, very pale hazy straw colour, with one skinny finger of thin wispy bone-white head, which leaves a low broken ebb of lace around the glass as it quickly sinks away.

It smells of lemon pledge, sans the alcohol, with a mildly sour graininess. The taste is sweet lemony grain, with a bland honey sweetness addendum, and a weird ethereal zingy, hard to define 'edge'.

The bubbles, they be a bit too frizzy, but that doesn't last, the body quite light and weak, but nor is it thin, or watery. It finishes a little more grainy, even wheaty, with a mild fake lemon fruity party crasher.

Not exactly a shandy, as it's not a half and half deal, but more of just a weakly-flavoured wheat ale. Too much to pick apart, and not worthy of satisfying a fruit-beer craving.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 06:41:40 | More by biboergosum
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Kromes

Georgia

2.35/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A hazy straw colored soda. Big carbonation bubbles that shoot up the beer.

S: Lemon perfume. Kind of like a woman's lotion that is lemon scented.

T: Lemon. Also a fruity pebbles cereal grain flavor. Finishes fruity and sweet with the lemon flavor dominating.

M: Like a somewhat flat soda. Light and thin.

O: I happen to like lemon flavored things, so this wasn't terrible for me. There are other lemon beers out there that aren't so one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 22:47:59 | More by Kromes
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StoutishDan

Georgia

2.35/5  rDev -17.3%
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!

Stoutish

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 20:28:17 | More by StoutishDan
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cyclonece09

Maryland

2.38/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy yellow straw with a little head, but that disappears very quickly. Smells of lemonade with a hint of wheat. Tastes of a little bit of lemon with some wheat, but is not very strong at all. Beer is very light and goes down well, but has a bit too much carbonation. Overall, a below average beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 01:12:13 | More by cyclonece09
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vacax

California

2.4/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours hazy straw yellow, white head is decently pillowy and sticky, surprisingly. Faint aroma, hint of lemon, memory of coriander, only a foggy remembrance of wit yeast. Taste is similar, splash of lemon, slight coriander and wit character, mostly water. Very light in body, spritzy. Watery to a point of refreshment, more of a sparkling water than a beer, though the ABV is actually surprisingly high for the style. Overall probably a success for what they are shooting for here. Inoffensive, refreshing, and an overall lack of "beer" character.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2012 19:34:58 | More by vacax
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atr2605

New York

2.4/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-pours a cloudy pale straw color with a sudsy white head that quickly fades
S-lots of mr clean floor cleaner lemon, a bit of malt struggling to get through
T-Aroma directly translates into flavor. and thats not good. The lemon almost acts as if it shouldn't be in there. not for the style, just for this beer.
M-light bodied
O-not a very good shandy. I don't mind a nice shandy or half and half once in awhile but this one is just off.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 01:52:22 | More by atr2605
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Brad007

Vermont

2.43/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a bright, cloudy yellow (almost neon?) with a one-finger head into my glass. Holy lemonade, Batman!

Lemon? Just barely. Lots of clove and spice though for those willing to look for it.

I'm not impressed here. For some reason, I get a burst of "macro brew" flavoring with only a hint of lemon and wateriness towards the back of the mouth. What the hell? It started off with such promise.

Mouthfeel isn't much better.

Will never buy this again. I'd rather gargle with Lemon Pledge.

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 02:04:35 | More by Brad007
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BryanCarey

Texas

2.45/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yellowish in color with a cloudy body, Shock Top Lemon Shandy emits an aroma of lemons, a touch of clove, and a small amount of bread. Foam is okay at first, but doesn’t hold together very long.

This beer has a flavor that combines wheat, grains, lemons, and just a hint of clove spice. The taste keeps going back to the lemons, as expected, but there are some other flavors in there, mainly light wheat. The lemon flavor is the one most noticeable, but even the lemons are not that strong. The beer finishes watery and even though the product claims to use real lemonade, the taste is not that natural.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy does have one positve point, and that its thirst- quenching quality. Drink it very cold on a hot day and you won’t be disappointed; not thrilled, no, but not disappointed either. It seems made for this purpose, but little else. The body is a too light and too lacking in basic beer ingredients to recommend for anything else.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2012 03:14:29 | More by BryanCarey
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travipa

Kentucky

2.45/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Was hoping for a "hard lemonade" taste. Got a severely watered down "Michelob Ultra"
lemon water. Shock Top's signature orange and coriander brew will probably be the best
they can offer.

Opened the bottle (decorative lemon take on the original orange mohawk label)
Poured into frosted pint glass; had some lemon scent with cloudiness.
Felt like low carbonation in mouth.
Disappointingly weak lemon flavor with the characteristic belgian edge.
No lingering finish. Nothing to savor.

The creative label could use a beer that matches it artistry.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2012 22:56:00 | More by travipa
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intensify

Colorado

2.48/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hazy, honey colored body with a tiny head and no lacing. Smells of lemon zest, a bit floral and wet hay. Taste follows closely behind but with a presence of mango. High carbonated, dry finish "beer" which is refreshing at least.

Overall- On a hot day I wouldn't mind having one or two. I dont see myself purchasing one any time soon but if it is offered, try it.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 06:36:17 | More by intensify
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought only one of these as I decided to be brave and proceed into the "shandy" war.

In a pint glass:

A: hazy light orange/yellow colored body with a two finger white head that stayed a good minute and a half. No lacing was left and nor any rings, no carbonation to be seen rising.

S: mainly about the lemon, some wheat was in the background.

T: lemon with some light honey which was slightly subdued. Some barley was in the taste, but once again very subdued.

M: thin with light carbonation felt, sessionable.

O: well, I'm not sure what to say other than I'm glad I only bought one of these and not the whole six pack.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 19:54:37 | More by BeerKangaroo
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a weird one for sure. has a funny smell to it, soapy and floral, yeasty and from concentrate. its weird for sure. lemony, but like canned lemonade, not like fresh lemons. the flavor is also odd. lots of polleny flowery notes from the yeast, but the lemon is sugary and unpleasant. it doesnt work. its acidic and candy sweet at the same time. the mouthfeel is off as well. lots of body i think from the unfiltered nature of this beer, but the flavors dont stand up with it, and it feels somehow artificial. carbonation is fine, but that soapy taste wont leave my mouth. id say its easy drinking, but i slammed mine only so i could move on to a beer i prefered more. i dont hate this, it just isnt good. it amazes me that BMC drinkers like this stuff but cant get into a real hefeweizen. how is that so?

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 15:50:11 | More by StonedTrippin
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tdm168

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 03:51:45 | More by tdm168
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Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 399 ratings.