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Shock Top Lemon Shandy - Anheuser-Busch

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66
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567 Ratings
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Ratings: 567
Reviews: 81
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 26.69%
Wants: 4
Gots: 66 | 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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Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.5/5  rDev -11%
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.

BeerKangaroo, May 02, 2012
Photo of julian89
2.78/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

julian89, May 01, 2012
Photo of Schumatrix
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Schumatrix, May 01, 2012
Photo of zeff80
2.6/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

zeff80, Apr 30, 2012
Photo of Destocker
1.5/5  rDev -46.6%

Destocker, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of FuturePilot
3.75/5  rDev +33.5%

FuturePilot, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of MarkyMOD
4/5  rDev +42.3%

MarkyMOD, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of cbcrunch
2.5/5  rDev -11%

cbcrunch, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of StoutishDan
2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
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!

Stoutish

StoutishDan, Apr 26, 2012
Photo of paulithan
4.75/5  rDev +69%

paulithan, Apr 23, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of chilidog
3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
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

chilidog, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of sansho
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

sansho, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of vacax
2.4/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

vacax, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of TonyTalon
2/5  rDev -28.8%

TonyTalon, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of bashiba
2.7/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

bashiba, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of beestes
2.5/5  rDev -11%

beestes, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of tfsimpkins
3/5  rDev +6.8%

tfsimpkins, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of ehammond1
1.85/5  rDev -34.2%
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.

ehammond1, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of NEDmiller
3/5  rDev +6.8%

NEDmiller, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of JDWEX1117
2.25/5  rDev -19.9%

JDWEX1117, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Bito401
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Bito401, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%

jaidenjb, Apr 16, 2012
Photo of Kromes
2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Kromes, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of NCLorax
2/5  rDev -28.8%

NCLorax, Apr 15, 2012
Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
66 out of 100 based on 567 ratings.