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Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top Lemon ShandyShock Top Lemon Shandy

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Ratings: 401
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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Photo of RickS95


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
Photo of mdaschaf


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of dalygnus


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
Photo of barnzy78


2.15/5  rDev -24%
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
Photo of tobelerone


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
Photo of diamondc


2.18/5  rDev -23%
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
Photo of mralphabet


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
Photo of beerme626


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
Photo of Brad007


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
Photo of pisano


2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: pours hazy straw yellow with one finger white head that quickly dissipates

s: not too much going on with the nose; slight lemon with a bit of malt aroma

t: artificial lemon flavor with a slight bready finish, which turns to a bitter, not-so-enjoyable finish as it warms; tastes more like a bitter lemon soda than beer

m: light mouthfeel, slight carbonation

o: nothing special, but not a bad beer for a hot summer day. drink this one COLD.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 23:17:31 | More by pisano
Photo of cyclonece09


2.38/5  rDev -15.9%
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
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


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
Photo of atr2605

New York

2.4/5  rDev -15.2%
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
Photo of 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
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

1.45/5  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.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2012 21:48:01 | More by LXIXME
Photo of intensify


2.48/5  rDev -12.4%
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
Photo of BeerKangaroo


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
Photo of julian89


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
Photo of zeff80


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
Photo of StoutishDan


2.35/5  rDev -17%
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!


Serving type: bottle

04-26-2012 20:28:17 | More by StoutishDan
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of chilidog


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
Photo of vacax


2.4/5  rDev -15.2%
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
Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 401 ratings.