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Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 674
Avg: 2.78
pDev: 70.86%
Wants: 7
Gots: 180 | 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 Lemke10
3.12/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

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Photo of travipa
2.52/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of jwc215
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.5/5  rDev -10.1%
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?

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Photo of Analog_kid
3.39/5  rDev +21.9%
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.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.66/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.19/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at refrigerator temperature.

L – Slightly hazy ale gold color with a 1.5-finger white bubbly head that dissipates immediately like soda. A steady stream of bubbles keeps a white ring of foam around the beer-glass interface for the duration. No lacing.

S – Definitely some wheat in here along with adjunct grains and lemonade. If the usual Anheuser-Busch adjuncts weren’t in here, it would smell really nice. Smells pretty good anyway.

T – Sweet all the way through with grainy malt, coriander, lemonade, and adjuncts. Pretty balanced between the wheat beer and the lemonade.

F – Light-bodied with good carbonation, a sweet and creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet and slightly dry finish. Lemonade and bready wheat sweetness lingers for a short amount of time.

O – This really is not a bad beer. It’s pretty much exactly what you would expect from a shandy: half beer and half lemonade. Also, the base wheat beer isn’t bad at all. If the BMC-style adjuncts weren’t added, this would be a really good beer for the style. Those extras just take away too much from every aspect of the beer. Nevertheless, this is a very drinkable and tasty beer that is very well-suited for a hot summer day.

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.45/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.79/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.55/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
2.53/5  rDev -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.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.2/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of dalygnus
4.05/5  rDev +45.7%
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.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.18/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of diamondc
2.19/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

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Photo of mralphabet
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of beerme626
2.82/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
2.48/5  rDev -10.8%
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.

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Photo of pisano
2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
2.42/5  rDev -12.9%
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.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
1.47/5  rDev -47.1%
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.

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Photo of atr2605
2.38/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
67 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.