Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask WheatShock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This Belgian-Style unfiltered wheat ale is brewed with honey, caramel malt, and aged on bourbon cask staves for the perfect balance of flavor and refreshment all year round.

Added by illeagle05 on 03-05-2014

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3.5/5  rDev +55.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of DW_and_my_boy_Jones
1.45/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Me and my boy Jones bought a six pack each of this beer yesterday....and it sucked! God awful. Ole' Jones loves several of the Shock Top offerings, but he could barely choke down two of these...says he will finish them over an extended period of time. Myself, I'll be taking these over to my buddy's house and leaving them....he and his sons will drink anything!

Too much spice (whatever that spice is). I was hoping it to be more like the Budweiser Vanilla Bourbon Cask, with a hint of honey...

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2.5/5  rDev +11.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of JohnFatAss
1.73/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

What the **** ?
This is one strange brew.
It has a cloudy, hazy orange color of an unfiltered wheat beer.
I smell something sweet, but I can't identify what it is.
It has a watery mouth feel. Sweetness, from the honey.
I get some wood and vanilla on the back end.
It leaves an odd after taste after the swallow.
The flavors do not work well together and it is a chore just to finish one of these.

Anheuser-Busch can and does make good beers,
I am not one to hate a beer just because it is from one of the big brewers.
But this beer is awful.
Should be avoided at all costs!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.26/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2

Pours a murky orange with a foamy bone head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, honey, and sugar aromas. Taste is much the same with watery honey and grain flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of wood bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a poor beer that is very honey forward, but I am not getting any bourbon characteristics other than a subtle wood quality on the finish.

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2.75/5  rDev +22.2%

Photo of Darkmagus82
1.78/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours very hazy golden-amber color with a one finger head of white fizzy foam. The head fades relatively fast leaving a tiny level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a sweet honey smell mixed with some grainy and wheaty aromas. Along with these smells are some lighter aromas of a more woody and oak smell as well as a tiny bit of boozy bourbon smell producing a quite nice sweet aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins wheaty and bready flavor with a lighter level of honey and orange sweetness. The wheat creates a base for the brew with the honey getting slightly stronger as the flavor moves to the middle, with it only fading again more toward the end. All the while, a graininess comes to the tongue bringing with it some more off astringent and husky flavors. Along with these more off flavors that come (or maybe contributing to the off flavors themselves) are flavors of a somewhat boozy, stale, and off raw bark flavor. These flavors really grow offensive to the end, with the honey and orange taking on an almost overly fermented flavor and leaving one with a quite unpleasant mix of grain, wood, astringent sweet flavors that creates a very unpleasant taste.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. The body should have been as light as possible and the carbonation as high as possible to hide all the very offensive flavors of the brew.

Overall – The smell was the only thing worth anything here. This was actually pretty offensive. Quite disgusting.

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3/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of Jason
1.94/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

Not much of a head, decent lacing. Hazy light amber hue. Odd perfume-like nose, cloying with faux booziness. Flavor is pretty much the same ... odd perfume-like flavor. Honey? I guess. Bourbon Cask flavor ... sure but it seems really force and yet again, odd. Belgian inspired wheat? No way. Some of the masses will fall for this one but in the end this is an outright failed attempt to be "crafty".

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1/5  rDev -55.6%

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2/5  rDev -11.1%

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2/5  rDev -11.1%

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3/5  rDev +33.3%

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1.25/5  rDev -44.4%

Photo of MammaGoose
2.88/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this out of a bottle into a shaker pint.

Appearance: Nothing offensive about it. Bright golden with a cream off-white head. Slightly hazy which is acceptable for the witbier style.

Aroma: Honey. Some grainy toast-bread malt, hops if I really look for it. Bourbon if I try to convince myself that it's smelling bourbon instead of honey. But really, mostly just honey.

Taste: Honey. Not a drop of golden bee nectar, not a boozy mead, but punch you in the face artificial honey flavoring. I'm not sure how they supercharged this brew with honey flavor, whether it's natural or not, but a spoonful of honey goes down smoother and less cloying than this beer. Honestly, it's hard to comment on just about anything else. Light toasty malt, hardly any hops to balance it, and even less bourbon than in the aroma. I'm also not getting anything that would make it definitively a wit. Rude honey flavor prevails over anything it banana and cloves or otherwise.

Mouthfeel: Again, nothing too offensive. Actually reasonably light. But it does leave that sticky, residual, pestering sweetness right at the back of your throat. Like swallowing a spoonfull of brown sugar, or maple syrup, or...honey.

Overall: As always, I'm glad I tried it. I'm sure there's an audience for this beer. It's sweet, not bitter, and would probably appeal to somebody who wants sweeter-than-typical-beer without being fruity. Personally though, I did not care for this beer and would not buy it again. I'd order a PBR over it because at least I can be sure it's beer.

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1/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

OK so I got sucked in by the name. I actually had it on draft which I knew would make it better but oh, it was quite the disappoint. I swear to J, M & J that if you want to test your palate and teach it what nasty is, this is made for you. It is quite undrinkable and I'm Irish. The only cask this juice was in was a lower intestine. Honey? No. Bourbon? Not even a hint. Cask? Catch phrase I fell for. Wheat? Nope. Going into detail may infer that this is even a beer. It's not. You have likely had first time home brews that were better. What a shame from a company that has all the resources to put something decent together...unless this is actually a money maker.

Look: It's a liquid
Taste: It's...don't
Mouthfeel: Prison
Smell: Yes
Overall: It's a punch to your downstairs and you paid for it.


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1.75/5  rDev -22.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.25/5  rDev 0%

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Photo of wac9
4/5  rDev +77.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

what a wonderful tasting beer a golden crisp color and taste wonderful from the beinging to the end shocktop has come up with a another winner just smooth thick slky beer enjoy this beer once you start you cant stop great beer a great bourbon wheat with some vanilla that leaes you gasping for more

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Photo of silverking
2.89/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A- pours a cloudy gold with a short lived off white head. Decent lacing.

S- honey, and lots of it. There is a touch of bourbon buried in there as well.

T- honey again, which fades into an off putting oak flavor with a slightly bitter finish. The flavors don't really work together.

M- light, a little sticky. Prickly carbonation.

O- smells nice, but I'm not a fan of the taste.

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2.25/5  rDev 0%

Shock Top Honey Bourbon Cask Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.25 out of 5 with 503 ratings