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Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 26.79%
Wants: 4
Gots: 56 | FT: 0
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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1.5/5  rDev -46.4%

Sellen, Jul 23, 2014
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1.5/5  rDev -46.4%
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.

BeerWatcher, Jul 23, 2014
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3/5  rDev +7.1%

Beer_4_brains, Jul 23, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

OtisCampbell007, Jul 21, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -19.6%

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1.25/5  rDev -55.4%

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1/5  rDev -64.3%

Slinkyshea, Jul 19, 2014
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3.24/5  rDev +15.7%
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.


RonaldTheriot, Jul 15, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

SigBro, Jul 14, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -10.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +16.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +25%

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2.75/5  rDev -1.8%

DrBobPierce, Jul 12, 2014
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2.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

SteveJeremy, Jul 12, 2014
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2.28/5  rDev -18.6%
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;

HamdenHector, Jul 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev +7.1%

drwatson32, Jul 10, 2014
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3/5  rDev +7.1%

atlbravsrno1, Jul 10, 2014
Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.