Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 90
Hads: 655
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 22.5%
Wants: 6
Gots: 153 | 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 Jonada
2.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with no obvious freshness date served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker pale yellow with a finger of a white fizzy head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring. Body is hazy with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Sweet lemon candy and lemonade. Not really much else going on. Lemon smell is mostly artificial

Taste: Sweet artificial lemon "drink" flavor without even any real tartness to balance it. Slight grain in the finish and a slight almost chemical cleaner presence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty nice actually.

Overall: Not very good, even before you factor in the weird off putting aftertaste. This is bad even for what it is. Seriously, how do you f*** up a shandy?! (781 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev +25%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.54/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 14057-BO35. Sampled on May 23, 2014.

The pour is about average with its pale yellow color and ridiculously foamy white head that diminishes in no time. When I say pale yellow - I mean it looks close to colored water.

The aroma is bland and unexciting with a touch of grainy malts and a hint of lemon drops.

The body is thin to light but probably appropriate for what it is.

The taste is way too lemony and more like lemonade. I barely pick up any grain or malts. There is a zingy hop kick at the end but that may be wishful thinking. Ah well...I've reviewed it. (599 characters)

Photo of dtm_sub
2.64/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (568 characters)

Photo of Southern-girl
4.97/5  rDev +77.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I absolutely love this beer. It has a very crisp and clean taste. Not bitter at all and finishes with slight lemon flavor. I have tried many lemon shandy selections, and this is by far the best. It is not easy to find, but I wish they would produce it all year. It does not have the heavy powder lemonade flavor most do. Would recommend it highly. (347 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
2.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

473 mL can picked up at TBS; served well-chilled. It seems that InBev has seen fit to unleash the deluge of Shock Top varieties into Ontario - as far as I know, only the flagship witbier was available in this province until quite recently.

Pours a pale, cloudy golden-yellow colour, topped at first with over two fingers of frothy white head. It disappears steadily over the course of the next two minutes, leaving behind a fine coat of lace and a thin, soapy cap. Looks fine, with a mild, muted aroma of lemonade, and not much else. Not offensive, but not even slightly interesting.

Tastes a little better - this is a passable, if uninteresting shandy. Sugary, with some lemon tartness and light orangepeel and pale, wheaty malt sweetness. Tangy, somewhat tart finish that doesn't linger long. No sign of coriander. Light-bodied, with fizzy carbonation appropriate for the style. Nothing about this really stands out, but in hot weather after some hard work, I could see myself opting for this again if presented with a mediocre selection.

Final Grade: 2.92, a C. I'm not real big on shandies, but Shock Top has cooked up a drinkable one here. It lacks the dish soap/furniture cleaner vibe that plague a lot of these macro lemon beers, and would be refreshing enough served ice cold on a hot day, perhaps at the clubhouse after a game of golf or some-such. The final verdict? I don't entirely dislike this, but it's still annoyingly sweet. (1,445 characters)

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.46/5  rDev +23.6%
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.. (454 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.23/5  rDev -20.4%
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. (1,108 characters)

Photo of a0lbudman
3.27/5  rDev +16.8%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of TruePerception
2.94/5  rDev +5%
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. (265 characters)

Photo of edificio5
4/5  rDev +42.9%
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 (301 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +19.6%
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. (772 characters)

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.85/5  rDev +37.5%
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. (684 characters)

Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.75/5  rDev +33.9%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of SometimesIfart
1.74/5  rDev -37.9%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.01/5  rDev -28.2%
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. (625 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.06/5  rDev +9.3%
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 (624 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
2.68/5  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. (1,360 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
2.26/5  rDev -19.3%
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. (438 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.9/5  rDev +3.6%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of Lemke10
3.12/5  rDev +11.4%
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. (631 characters)

Photo of travipa
2.52/5  rDev -10%
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. (546 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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? (801 characters)

Photo of Analog_kid
3.39/5  rDev +21.1%
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. (980 characters)

Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 90 ratings.