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Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top Lemon ShandyShock Top Lemon Shandy

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401 Ratings
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Ratings: 401
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 25.8%


Brewed by:
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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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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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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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Kromes

Georgia

2.35/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: A hazy straw colored soda. Big carbonation bubbles that shoot up the beer.

S: Lemon perfume. Kind of like a woman's lotion that is lemon scented.

T: Lemon. Also a fruity pebbles cereal grain flavor. Finishes fruity and sweet with the lemon flavor dominating.

M: Like a somewhat flat soda. Light and thin.

O: I happen to like lemon flavored things, so this wasn't terrible for me. There are other lemon beers out there that aren't so one dimensional.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2012 22:47:59 | More by Kromes
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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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secondtooth

Indiana

2.9/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anheuser-Busch's entry into the "shandy wars" may be opportunistic, but it is tastier than their chief competitor's. This golden ale pours with an average head and no lace.

The nose is subtle and lager-like, with only a tinge of lemon.

The flavor is light and rather bland, but only teasing with the honey-lemon sweetness, rather than slapping it up front. Definitely lacking, but I've had worse.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2012 12:07:58 | More by secondtooth
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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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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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shand

Florida

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

Here's one straight out of The Roommate Files. He's always good for a tick that I wouldn't pick up myself. That said, I'll go ahead and say that I'm a fan of Leinie's Summer Shandy. Just as a disclaimer.

It looks good, a hazy pale yellow with a finger of head. The aroma is very sharply lemony. Pledge-y lemon. The taste is pretty boring, it goes down tasting like nothing, then a bit of lemon, then a bit of the coriander. It's palatable, but really nowhere as good as the Leinie's. The mouthfeel is very watery. The drinkability is pretty good, but the artificiality wore down on me towards the end of the glass. Overall, just another hop on the bandwagon. Here's to hoping that BBC and Alchemy & Science's attempts at the style are better.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 02:28:43 | More by shand
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LoadedSchells

Minnesota

1.48/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Looks the part, smells the part, but lemon La Perrier sparkling water has got more body and flavor than this. Thank god it was a sample. Not that leine summer shandy is my cup of tea but even that mops the floor with this, at least that tastes like it has malt in it.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2012 18:08:59 | More by LoadedSchells
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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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Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
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