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Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top Lemon ShandyShock Top Lemon Shandy

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


Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch visit their website
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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UCLABrewN84

California

2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, ginger, spices, and artificial lemon aromas. Taste is much the same with a very medicinal lemon flavor on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that has some very artificial lemony aromas and flavors.

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2012 00:49:04 | More by UCLABrewN84
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, pale yellow body with a tall, meringue-like head, though it drops down very fast.

Smell: Artificially-flavored lemonade powder, faint spice, and just enough of a hint of beery barley to remind you this is, indeed, an adult beverage.

Taste: Lightly malty with a faint store-brand honey-flavored cereal sweetness. Given a teeny tiny pinch of ground coriander, though the accumulative lemon flavoring eventually overshadows it. It's lemony and a little bit tart, but not overly so, and, well, that's kind of how things go until the faintly fizzly finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Shock Top dared to take Blue Moon head-on, then, they showed up what seasonal pumpkin and fruit beers can REALLY be, and, now, Shock Top is flexin' their summertime shandy muscles. It's a bit sad, really.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2012 18:19:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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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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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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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zeff80

Missouri

2.6/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a clear, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy head of white foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of lemon and wheat. Not alot else.

T - It tasted of lemon but not lemonade like a shandy should. Mild wheat flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. It was a very light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was okay. It didn't really taste like a shandy, though.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 15:52:31 | More by zeff80
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.68/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazed yellow with a very thin head, looks like some fuzz, despite following the pouring suggestion on the label. Minimal lacing sticks.

The taste is of sugar-coated lemon. Sweet upfront, without much of the tartness associated with lemonade. Dry yeast and a hint of vague spicing balance out the sweetness somewhat. The finish is rather abrupt.

The feel is between fizzy and crisp. It does go down easily enough, I suppose.

Something about it just misses the mark of being a true shandy. Would be easy enough to drink on a hot day, but so would lemonade. Despite a slight "artificial sweetness" to it it's not "inoffensive", but it is weak, even for a low abv shandy. A rather shallow brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 20:06:40 | More by jwc215
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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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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
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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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -29.3%
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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Brad007

Vermont

2.43/5  rDev -14.1%
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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kylehay2004

Florida

2.18/5  rDev -23%
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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Bitterbill

Wyoming

2/5  rDev -29.3%
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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spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

2.18/5  rDev -23%
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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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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tdm168

North Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -10.6%
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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ehammond1


1.85/5  rDev -34.6%
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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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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mdaschaf

Washington

2.7/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-10-2012 21:08:15 | More by mdaschaf
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BeerKangaroo

Alaska

2.5/5  rDev -11.7%
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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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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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

1.45/5  rDev -48.8%
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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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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hosehead83

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, pale yellow in color, with a moderate head of quickly fading foam.
Aroma-Lemon and white sugar
Taste-faint lemon zest, soapy, thin-bodied. A rather weak-kneed shandy attempt. Don't get me wrong, on a hot day at ice cold temperature, a couple would go down easy, but a real glass of lemonade would probably taste better.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 15:14:41 | More by hosehead83
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tobelerone

Connecticut

2.58/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A somewhat hazy, light yellow colored beer with a smallish white head that dissolves pretty rapidly. Patchy lacing. Very grainy wheat nose with prominent lemon and sweetness. Perhaps a hint of a tart note.

Taste is very much like the nose; a grainy, somewhat unappealing wheat flavor with lots of artificial lemonade flavor and sweetener, becoming particularly noticeable in the swallow and finish. Interestingly the overall effect is bland rather than excessively sweet or lemony tart. Just a generic macro-style beer mixed with watery lemonade.

The body is light and carbonation medium, feels insignificant and not as crisp as I’d like. Never had a shandy before, hope they’re not all this bad. Won’t be back.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 03:48:39 | More by tobelerone
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Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 400 ratings.