Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 102
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 26.69%
Wants: 6
Gots: 143 | 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 tomsimons
5/5  rDev +77.9%

Great taste and very refreshing

Photo of BeerWatcher
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Pours a predominantly clear light straw color, with a thin white head that dissipates rapidly. Lots of carbonation, accompanied by an audible fizzy hiss.
Aromas are of fake lemon and wet cardboard.
Palate is light and crisp. Tastes are of citrus lemon, and ginger ale.
Overall, the list of ingredients is rather off putting. The first two ingredients to this thing, which the can claims is a "Belgian Style White Beer" is "beer" and "ale". Wait how is beer an ingredient in beer? Next on the ingredient list is sugar, and a long list of words like "flavour" and "modified". No thanks.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.24/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shock Top Lemon Shandy has a thin, white head, a cloudy, yellow-gold appearance, some bubble streams, and no lacing left behind. The aroma is of light wheat bread, mainly, with a background lemony note. Taste is of a stronger lemonade and sugary aspect, with a noticeable and pleasant wheat bread component. Mouthfeel is on the light side, and Shock Top Lemon Shandy finishes somewhat tart and very easy drinking.

RJT

Photo of SteveJeremy
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've been nothing but pleasantly surprised with the two Shock Top offerings I've tried, the Belgian White and the Honeycrisp Apple Wheat, respectively. From a beer that was made by Anheuser-Busch solely to combat Miller's success with the aromatic and flavorful Blue Moon, it was initially hard to suspect much. However, I find both the aforementioned projects to be winning beers in my book - they're more than drinkable but thoroughly enjoyable and hearty.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy, however, is the first disappointment in their catalog in my book. I was curious as to why we weren't selling much of it, seeing as we couldn't keep our Leinenkugel Summer Shandy and Shandy packs on the shelf, as well as our limited number of cases of Amstel Radler. The answer is simple - even by the basic qualities of lemon/summer shandies, Shock Top's offering falls short. It almost feels like the beer itself forgot it was supposed to be a shandy, as the effect of drinking it and tasting it, at first, feels like a regular American lager before descending into a tardy, bland citrus flavor that brings little to the table.

There isn't anything offensive about this beer, but just the taste and presentation feel rushed and ill-prepared, almost as if it was already April in a certain year and the company needed to begin shipping Shock Top Lemon Shandy cases out in just a matter of days and needed to rustle up something quick in order to make a tolerable and acceptable brew.

There's not much to hate, but there's not much to remember either - take that as you may.

Photo of HamdenHector
2.3/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A: slight haze; light straw in color; 1 finger white head that receded quickly; no lacing;

S: artificial lemon;

T: follows the nose; sweet - no tartness;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation:

O: they will happily sell a million cases of this to a bunch of people who don't know better;

Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +60.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this one on draft and it was delicious. It tastes like a really good wheat beer that someone dropped lemon drops into. Not overly sweet though, mainly the taste without all the sugar. Very tasty.

Will seek out and purchase again. Although only on tap most likely, not bottle.

Photo of Pmicdee
3.41/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Not the best lemon shandy I've ever had but it serves the purpose of being a refreshing drink on a hot day. The first wheat-beer shandy I've tried

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with a light bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of lemon syrup with quite a bit of residual sugars is closer to juice than beer. Taste is a mix between some wheat malt notes with quite a bit of residual sugar and some lemon syrup notes. Body is light with good carbonation. Easy drinking wheat beer with a tad too much sugar thought.

Photo of dbrauneis
2.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a hazy darker lemon yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some straw yellow + golden yellow highlights. The beer has a two finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of very thin film that covers about 75% of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with some sweet artificial lemon and just a hint of spices.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts that have a light amount of sweetness. That is followed by moderate flavors of artificial sweet lemon (like that in powdered lemonade mix) and just a hint of herbal/spicy hops in the finish. Minimal amounts of bitterness which fades very quickly.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation. Slightly crisp.

O: The lemonade/lemon part of this shandy is just too artificial smelling and tasting. Easy to drink and with a low ABV, just not a beer that I want to have more than one of...

Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of lemons. Taste is lemony, light and refreshing, not much to it but easy drinking. Feels light in the mouth and I wouldn't want a steady diet of it, but not a bad warm weather beer.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shock Top Lemon Shandy
12 oz. brown bottle, dated "14056BD53"

The label basically tells the story for this beer: "Belgian-style wheat beer brewed with spices and with natural lemonade flavor added". It looks like a standard witbier, and it's got pretty good head retention and some fair lacing. The aroma is like a standard witbier as well, displaying a bit of coriander and a hint of citrus over a sweetish, wheaty malt base. The flavor is where it deviates. If you read the label carefully it states that it has "lemonade" flavor added, and that lemonade flavoring has the perfect balance of sugary sweetness, soft lemon flavor, and delicate citrusy tartness. It dominates at first, but then fades to reveal the witbier base in the finish. It's slightly artificial tasting, but not so much so that it would bother you (I don't think). So, overall, I think this makes a great drink for summer. It's light, easy to drink, sweet but not overly sweet, and just 4.2% alcohol by volume.

Photo of KYGunner
2.77/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The color is a bright lemony hue that is relatively attractive but the head serves at no purpose at all as it disappated all too quickly.

The nos is all too weak but is reminiscent of a lemon Radler. It has almost a lemon and soda water aroma.

Funny, as the nose went so does the taste with a lemon and soda water. Super light it's very easy too drink but I'm not sure it's meant to be this light. The carbonation mixed with the lemon soda gives this a Radler like experience.

Maybe if this were a Radler I'd be more inclined to score it higher but it's a wheat beer with very little beer like properties.

Photo of Jonada
2.69/5  rDev -4.3%
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?!

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
2.54/5  rDev -9.6%
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.

Photo of dtm_sub
2.64/5  rDev -6%
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.

Photo of Southern-girl
4.97/5  rDev +76.9%
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.

Photo of thehyperduck
2.92/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.46/5  rDev +23.1%
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..

Photo of mfnmbvp
2.23/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Photo of a0lbudman
3.27/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

Photo of TruePerception
2.94/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of edificio5
4/5  rDev +42.3%
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

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of jjamadorphd
3.85/5  rDev +37%
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.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 641 ratings.