Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat

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American Dark Wheat Ale
Ranked #24
Ranked #45,885
3.44 | pDev: 20.64%
Missouri, United States
Shock Top Twisted Pretzel WheatShock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat
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3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unique idea, love beer and live pretzels. Gone back to purchase 4 or 5 times as an everyday beer. Not a good cigar beer around the fire with buddies. But a fun go to, to have a beer with a good pretzel flavor.

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Photo of Kensoffice
4.72/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This is one of my two absolute favorite beers of all time. I drink only wheats due to a sensitivity to hops so many other excellent beers I am not able to enjoy. I learned that half or less people who try this can pick up the intense pretzel aroma that I enjoy with it. As a general rule I always leaned towards darker, mid-weight, non-bitter beers before my hop issues began so this one really fits the bill. It has been hard to find just like their Amber Bock Wheat which has also not been available here on the east coast for quite some time.

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Photo of dcotom
2.98/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a weizen glass. Chestnut brown color, with a deep tan highlight. An extremely aggressive pour resulted in only a half-inch or so of light tan head that settled rapidly, leaving no lacing. Not much depth on the nose or palate. A little caramel, a little dark bread, overly sweet, not much carbonation, thin mouthfeel. Average at best, and a drainpour for me.

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3.03/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy brown color. Some retention in glass with a quickly-dissipating head. Smells of wheat and spices; notably a bready smell. Taste of some nuttiness, but overwhelmingly tastes just like the label says; salted sourdough. Definitely not a bad beer, but even though it blends two things that I desperately love about drinking beer, alcohol and pretzels, this beer is somewhat of a miss for me as it just doesn't have that kick that I look for. Would recommend to a friend to try!

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3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/12/2016. Pours hazy reddish copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of steaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of caramel, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, toasted biscuit, salt, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of dark/bready malt, spices, and light-moderate yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, toasted biscuit, salt, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light herbal bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, orange peel, coriander, clove, wheat, toasted biscuit, salt, light chocolate/nuttiness, herbal, and yeast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, spices, and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and lightly sticky balanced mouthfeel; a bit on the thin side, but good. Slightly watery. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a good witbier. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt, spices, and light-moderate yeast ester flavors; very smooth, refreshing, and easy to drink. Surprisingly tasty for a gimmick beer; tastes like a balance between witbier and salted pretzel flavors. A nicely flavorful and enjoyable offering.

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3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

First .. not bad for mass produced giant Anheuser-Busch.

Pour- Royal oak brewery pint glass

Head- foamy bubbly ..dissipated quickly

Lacing- little to not much

Taste- close but could be w a y w a y more

Smell- wow right out of the bottle and into the pour ... massive smell of pretzel and caramel, just didn't last long

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Photo of jgido759
3.21/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a copper color with about a 1" head that dissipates quickly. Taste, as well as aroma, is very faint pretzel.

Interesting, but not a "must have". . .

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Photo of AES1976
5/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Best! Beer! Ever! Truly an original beer! Im always searching for the best. I've found it in this one! Absolutely original flavor, totally different and awesome! im in love!

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2.82/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

TL;DR: I was surprised by how unimpressed I am with this beer.

L – brown, slightly reddish. No head to speak of.

S – clearly, they tried for pretzel, but I get burnt biscuit, and yellow mustard that's particularly prominent after a swirl.

T – Begins with overcooked breakfast biscuit without the breakfast. Sweet caramel pitches in, then a dash of salty chocolate; rusty lawn mower blade lingers. Given that I've never tasted a rusty lawn mower blade, this says a lot. Meantime, in a porter glass this beer went flat faster than a football in Massachusetts.

F – Thin. All you need to know.

O – This is an interesting attempt at a novel twist, but it's overcooked and underwhelming.

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Photo of mattroc000
4.46/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's a great beer with a unique roasty flavour. The smell is stronger of pretzel than is the taste, but you can still taste it in the aftertaste very prominently. The taste is overall closer to that of a stout with the feel of an ale so it is more savory and slightly sweet than bitter, but there is certainly a nice hops taste to it. It's nice once in a while. I wouldn't want it every time I wanted a beer, though.

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3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Served in a snifter from a 12oz. bottle. A brown copper color, finger and a half of head. Slightly cloudy, overall not a bad appearance.

The aroma I'm getting is a strong biscuit/pretzel note with a salted caramel like note. The whiff off this glass is quite intriguing.

Flavor is right with the scent. Pretzel and biscuit, salt and caramel. Slightly bland once the glass starts to warm up. It becomes watery the longer it sits in the glass.

Feel in the mouth is light. Thin, perhaps even too thin. Not overly carbonated at all, which plays into the weak mouthfeel.

Overall for the 8 bucks I paid for a six pack, it wasn't terrible. Nothing like the Rogue Voodoo Doughnut Chocolate Raspberry Pretzel, which was wonderful to me. This beer lacks mouthfeel,being said I do prefer the heavy stout motor oil thickness in my beer. My other quarrel is the lack of flavor. I expected the flavor to be as pungent as the aroma. Had the flavor been thicker and more lingering I would've gave this brew a 4. Not bad if you find it 8 bucks or lower for a sixer.

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Photo of buschbeer
3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a weizen glass

This beer pours copper colored with amber highlights. It is topped with an inch of beige head that leaves very little lacing.

I may be biased by the name, but I actually get a pretzel smell along with caramel malt and toast.

The taste is caramel, toast, and biscuit.

Medium mouthfeel

It's not bad for what it is.

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Photo of zshaft
3.01/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

ok so this beer says pretzel wheat. kind of tastes like pretzels at the end palate. so props for that. but wii wants to drink pretzels? kind of salty at the end palate and malty as hell. ugg this is like a salty Oktoberfest. this beer is not good and only thing that makes it drinkable is c the watery body. wierd. why did they make this.

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Photo of JoeBell1771
4.39/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The aroma and taste of this beer is great. Starts off like walking down the bread isle and ends with a crisp smooth flavor. Definitely going to recommend and get more.

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Photo of matcris
3.19/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

About a two finger, fluffy, tan head that lingers a few minutes. Slight lacing down the glass. Lots of medium sized bubbles rising up the glass. The color is brown and a dark caramel, up to the light. The aroma is of toasted malt and the pretzel is definitely there along with the wheat. It seems like just a minor alcohol note in this as well. Smells a little spicy. The flavor is a lot like a typical amber ale, caramel, lightly toasted bread. I'm getting the pretzel but not nearly as strong as in the aroma. It's dry, and not overly sweet, and the carbonation feels a little below average. I picked up a single, it's above the average macro, glad i tried it...wouldn't go back for more because it's pretty boring.

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Photo of jwc215
3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours brown with a white head that doesn't last long. Minimal trace of lacing.

It smells like a salted pretzel.

The taste is of salted pretzel with a wheat tang. Odd aftertaste mixes with the salted pretzel, which lasts long through the aftertaste despite it being watered down.

Odd aftertaste and high salt impact drinkability.
An interesting novelty brew.

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Photo of UConnBeerBoy
3.76/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into mouth directly from bottle during hot shower.

Pleasantly surprised by the accuracy of the pretzel smell. Smells more like pretzels than the stale pretzels in my cabinet.

As other reviewers have noted, taste was weak but generally pleasant. However, you can tell that there was a lot put into this beer that normally has no place in a beer to achieve that taste - definitely artificial but not necessarily in a bad way. Flavor improved over time as the finishing notes lingered and blended with the initial notes of the next sip.

Overall interesting beer. Shock Top did a pretty good job with this one.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - Pours a relatively clear ruby brown with a khaki, half finger head that fizzes away like soda, revealing a flat, barren surface. No lacing.

Smell - Honestly smells like a salty pretzel. Inviting.

Taste - The taste is a letdown. Still very much pretzel, but also very, weak and watered down.

Mouthfeel - Light-to-medium in body with moderate carbonation. Goes down easy enough with a slightly watery finish.

Overall - I've had worse Shock Top beers. I've also had better. A shame the strong aroma leads to such a letdown in flavor. Not entirely unexpected though.

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Photo of degueulasse
3.04/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This beer really goes overboard on the pretzel flavor. It's a good idea, and it certainly doesn't come off badly, but it is almost cartoonish how desperately this beer wants to taste like pretzel, to the point that it tastes rather artificial. It is light and very carbonated (which its darkness and thick head do not suggest).

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Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.75/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Oh, seeing who brewed it explains the poor taste.

Poured my first one into a glass to get a looksy, color is alright, brownish caramel color to it, not much for a foam head.

Smells like an average low quality beer, nothing to note.

Tastes gross, honestly, low quality "wheat" ale with a malty blandness thrown in.

Thin feeling, would be okay if the flavor was actually good.

Overall, poor. From my experiences anything "wheat ale + (insert flavor here) usually turns out to be poor.


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1.89/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I knew I wasn't going to like this prior to buying it, and am i retrospect not entirely sure why I even bothered when my order quite literally was "That can't be good right? One of those just to see how good my intuition is." It appears that my intuition is pretty good.

The maltiness dominates with a funky sour undertone, which is all-in-all quite unpleasant. Are there people that might enjoy this? I suppose, but then Newt Gingrich and Donald Trump have been married to 6 different women who apparently found them enticing.

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4.16/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'll be damned, but Anheuser-Busch finally brewed a winner under their Shock Top "craft" brand. I love the salty pretzel taste and aroma. It is somewhat watery, but the taste is unique, refreshing and delicious. I came home exhausted and thirsty following a softball game in the heat and humidity and this hit the spot. It was so refreshing that I immediately poured another after finishing the first, and a frosted pub glass is the way to go. A rare bright spot in Anheuser-Busch's predominantly drab lineup of weak imitation craft beers.

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Photo of rypkr
4.49/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I hate how much I love this... No, wait... Actually I don't. I have no problem advocating a beer that I enjoy even if AB brews it...

Pretzels are my go to snack, and my go to beer pairing. Aroma wise, this honestly couldn't smell any more like one. Taste could be richer but nonetheless its heavy on bready malt that actually tastes like sour dough. Faint noble hops. Mouthfeel is crisp.

Overall I would (scratch that - i have bought) certainly buy this again. Stay open minded BA's.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a medium to dark mahogany brown with a two finger white head that dissipates fairly quickly to patches with slight lacing. Looked pretty nice at first. Aroma remarkably like a soft pretzel (not the hard pretzel I expected), with a faint bread yeast component and very light wheat. I like the smell the soft pretzels and this was evocative. Flavor is light biscuit malt, hint of wheat, and light bready pretzel; flavor drops off quickly to a watery grainy wheat flavor where the faint clove is finally evident. Light bodied with active carbonation. Better than expected and far better than the regular "Belgian" style Shock Top, but as usual with this brewery's products, the flavor was far too attenuated and the finish was thin. I would have to say if I ended up in AB hell and only could drink stuff from this brewery, this might be the one I'd settle on. I like pretzels. Be nice to see someone do this right (no! not Rogue Voodoo!).

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Photo of jmv0009
3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got the pretzal taste down well. Not a bad beer, nice and salty with that bready pretzal taste. Weird aftertaste though that I don't care for. But not bad.

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Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 468 ratings