Shock Top Belgian White
Anheuser-Busch

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Style:
Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #729
ABV:
5.2%
Score:
69
Ranked #50,133
Avg:
2.97 | pDev: 23.23%
Reviews:
943
Ratings:
4,141
From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
69
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Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White
Notes: Originally known as Spring Heat Spiced Wheat

We’ve shaken up traditional tastes by brewing a spiced Belgian-style wheat ale with real orange, lemon and lime peels,and then added a little coriander spice to the mix. This uniquely-crafted and award-winning ale is unfiltered to create a brew that is naturally cloudy with a light golden color and a smooth, refreshing finish.
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Elemental19xx from Illinois

3.44/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I feel like this beer gets a bad wrap since its not craft. This beer isnt one thatll blow your mind but its very easy to sip and because its so simple you could drink this with any meal, or while you out wrenching on a car, or just kicking back next to a fire, or really anytime. Its just an easy simple ale. Wouldnt tell people to go try it, but wouldnt tell them not to, ya know what i mean?

Mar 23, 2021
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dwillie733 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shock you is an average Belgium white but at a good price, $10 for a 15 pack of can.s. Tastes like a light Blue Moon with the same orange flavor. Good every day beer.

Feb 11, 2021
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BNSlums from Washington

2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Shock Top Belgian Style Wheat Beer I remember as one of the first beers I tasted. At the time, I was underwhelmed but perhaps now that I have acquired more beer knowledge, I can more fairly evaluate it. Poured into short cylindrical glass from glass bottle.

L: SRM about 7, deep gold to pale amber. A short lived flimsy head forms and the liquid is noticeably cloudy. An unfiltered style, sediments visible in glass.

S: Gentle orange and lime with a malt backbone. Not much going on here, the nose is extremely passive, as if the scents want to remain in the glass.

T: A very mellow citrus of orange and lime upfront, carried by a stronger coriander, that is wrapped up at the end by weak malt (stale bread). Like the nose, the palate desires more.

F: Rather flat, nearly no bitterness at 10ibu and carbonation only a litter stronger. I suppose that explains the subtly of flavors. Smooth, but that is all.

Overall, the Belgian White is brewed to be easy drinking. For those who want a refreshing beer that leaves nothing to contemplate. It actually tastes like it was left opened in a garage for a day and then bottled. The flavors are pleasant, just not nearly strong enough, lacking any bite on the tongue or chew on the finish. I will continue the search for a better Belgian Wheat

Nov 14, 2020
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Tony787 from Canada (ON)

3.38/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a can at the Ontario lcbo poured a 2 finger head into glass a little orange and lime taste with a little bitterness.
overall this wheat beer is ok to drink .
cheers

Nov 10, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

2.31/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice opaque orange color, with a 1/2 inch white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very faint notes of coriander & wheat, not any orange peel like I was expecting. The taste pretty much follows the nose, it has a nice sweet kick to it. It's pretty heavily carbonated, but not fizzy. Overall, this beer is very smooth & an easy drinker. I would much rather have a blue moon, shock top is definitely lighter though.

Aug 05, 2020
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Dingbat88 from Louisiana

4.54/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Nothing super special but still a good beer to drink. One of the local restaurants serves it and it always pairs perfectly with their chili burger. Overall not bad.

Jul 17, 2020
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elNopalero from California

3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A Blue Moon competitor from another macro. Pours a slight hazy orange. Light orange and coriander on the nose, similar on the palate, with a thin finish.

Jul 02, 2020
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bir_noob

3.05/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had a fine, foamy white head upon pouring from the bottle that lingered around for some time. Smell was metallic, bisquity with a touch of orange peel. Tastes sweet, refreshing, with the lightest notes of oranges. Bisquity aftertaste. Small trace of hops on the back of the palette. Refreshing, easy to drink. I don't understand the hate on this one, but to each their own.

Mar 20, 2020
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RedbirdRona from Illinois

3.24/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass
Look: hazy orange color with minimal head and lacing
Smell: is if someone is peeling an orange next to me
Taste: orange, coriander, biscuit
Feel: Thin and very easy drinking

Overall: While there are better examples of this style made by non macros, Shock Top gets the job done. I would recommend Hoegaarden or Allagash for a better example of this style. Has a surprisingly smooth and clean finish. This is a very refreshing and easy drinking beer. I enjoy this beer for what it is and don't see a huge difference between it and Blue Moon besides the inflated price. So i'll take my Shock Top!

Mar 20, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

3.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Originally branded as Michelob Shocktop, this origin of this beer is a form of copy-cat produced by AB to offer drinkers/ bar owners an alternative to Blue Moon. Note the use of valencia oranges and orange peel in brewing and brand. This is the significant difference in Blue Moon from the original Belgian offerings, though mimicked by AB in Shock Top. Today Shock Top is sold in the same pint cans sizes as a blue moon, though typically priced higher for the same style of product.

What blue moon lacks in orange flavor, Shock Top delivers on. Pouring a simple hazy unfiltered atypical orange with mildly aggressive head, zero lacings, and a lot of carbonation.

Smelling notes include orange, coriander, and carbon dissipation.

The taste is of sugar orange spice with a heavy mouthfeel. You will feel like you're chewing a piece of oat. Not too sure if. it matters but this AB beverage uses brewers syrup (big whoop) and gives this a syrupy texture. What I cannot wrap my head around is how smooth this product actually is and finishes clean with a good amount of orange flavor. I feel refreshed and I acutally enjoy this beer, though there are a few things I like better about its compeition.

Feb 29, 2020
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elnachooo from Spain

2.33/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

De color anaranjado; tiene un cordón de espuma de poca retención. Cuerpo ligero y carbonatación media. Aroma cítrico y a trigo. En boca destaca el cítrico, principalmente naranja, aunque algo plana.

Jan 25, 2020
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dd53grif from Michigan

2.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow with a foamy head that disappears quickly. No discernable aroma; just a hint of orange. Taste is sweet oranges and wheat.. Thin mouth feel so to the carbonation.

Dec 31, 2019
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JH7b

1.09/5  rDev -63.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not knowing much about this beer, I was expecting a craft beer and was considerably disappointed. The head looks decent and the smell is intriguing. The feel is way too fuzzy and the taste is definitely very commercial, the attempts to infuse fruit and spice are detrimental to the flavour. Won’t try this one again.

Dec 22, 2019
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EJPA_0425 from California

1.08/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Light color, minimal head. Smells of cheap malts and artificial orange. Doesn't have much of a wheat taste. Tastes more like bud light with Sunny D. For something that's 5.2% abv it reminds me of a cheap way to get drunk at a party. Just drink Blue Moon. There's nothing good about this one.

Nov 10, 2019
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UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

2.82/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This hazy somewhat pale yellow-orange beer has a thick but short-lived head. Not much in terms of lacing. The smell is mostly dominated by orange scent. There is some spiciness as well. The taste is mostly like orange juice that isn't the freshest but still good. The hoppy notes are present most prominently in the after-taste. The mouthfeel is good, rather is rather thick. More carbonation could be a good thing for this beer although. Overall, all of the right parts are here, but they just don't seem to fit quite right.

Oct 31, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.69/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I actually quite enjoyed this beer even though it’s not my typical style. It was crisp, refreshing, easy to drink and enjoyable. Pours a slightly darker golden color with some fluffy white head and spotty lingering lacing. Aromas of light wheat, banana, malt, vanilla and malt. Maybe a trace of hops. Taste follows the nose, decent balance and crispness. Light, smooth, mild mouthfeel and decent carbonation. Would probably try this one again.

Oct 21, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.47/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(12 oz bottle, code 18291 BG1640; purchased single off shelf... poured into over-sized wheat beer glass)

L: loud, sizzly, off-white foam; had to swirl the bottle to get a cloudy view going

S: the coriander jumps out front, with a sort of orange soda fruit aroma hanging just behind it.... hint of peppery spice, hint of vegetal herb... fair potency; overall aromas not far off the mark

T: hmm, eww... each flavor, from the over-emphasized donut-y doughy wheat, to the cough lozenge orange, tastes a little artificial; the coriander is relatively buried, merely coloring in the spaces... spiced powdered cookie essence hanging in the aftertaste, as well as a soft presence of doughy wheat malt

F: kind of burly, maybe a tad more so than Blue Moon (to which it's most similar overall)... light residual smear, clings to the top teeth; slight chewy film left behind... hearty touch, with just enough room on the bottom to breathe

O: one of them knock-out, gap-filling reviews... have had this once in my recollection, but I recall little... boldly-flavored, not really much needed to tweak, per se, except maybe the dynamics/expression of flavor... I would prefer to have a relatively fresh example to compare this to - now I know; if I am in the mood for a Wit, this'll do if nothing else is available (1444)

Aug 20, 2019
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L: pale hazy gold with light head and lace
S: strong wheat upfront with fruity end
T: follows smell but ends with a Spivey touch
F: slides around the mouth a bit heavily but not too much
O: a good beer that sits a bit heavy

Aug 14, 2019
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mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

2.78/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Popped open from a can at a fair, where no drinkware was provided. Initial aroma when can was popped was of a salad - very earthy/veggie smelling. Taste was typical witbier. Nothing spectacular.

Jul 15, 2019
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ButterMelon from Massachusetts

3.82/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Shock Top is a very refreshing beer, that much I think we can all agree on.

As far as beers with orange or citrus in general, it's mediocre at best. The fruit flavor is very minor and is overwhelmed by the cheap light beer flavor that permeates the brew.

Jun 18, 2019
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.02/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light golden color, hazy. Light bready malt with coriander and a bit of citrus. There's a bit of a sort of funk too. Medium high carbonation with orange in the finish.

May 26, 2019
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chimichunga from Georgia

2.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

This is a super easy drinking beer. Absolutely zero bitterness or really any strong beer flavors. Somewhat refreshing but has very little substance. Not terrible if its cheap but I'm pretty sure it isn't, so would not recommend.

Apr 28, 2019
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alcoholicarrogance from Maine

2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Sometimes I get a pack of this beer when its on sale. It won't win any awards, but it's a fine drink. Especially for a macrobrewery, they got the Belgian style wheat beer pretty on point. Good balance of orange peel, breadiness, a bit of biscuit flavor, slight hint of coriander, not watered down, just a bit more carbonated than I'd prefer. While there are so much better wheat ales, this is still fine especially when it's cheap. It's consistent and always satisfies me sufficiently. Also good for parties or group get togethers. I actually prefer this to Blue Moon, I think it has just a slightly better flavor. I guess you could say this beer is my guilty pleasure.

Mar 11, 2019
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German-Helles from Wisconsin

3.72/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden yellow with two fingers of pure white foam that recedes back to an eighth inch and hangs in for the duration. The carbonation is nice to watch, non stop.
The smell is silent, just a little malt.
The taste is much better, bready with the orange peel flavors. Nothing bitter here!
The feel is smooth and creamy.
I like this beer, the taste and feel are very good. This is a very good session beer.

Mar 04, 2019
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BogueOut from Ohio

4.11/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I like this beer. Its nearly as good as Blue Moon. I have had the unfortunate circumstance that this beer has been skunked at a few different places. So maybe its not selling as well and sitting around too long. Not sure. Its is wonderful with an orange slice just like Blue Moon.

Jan 28, 2019
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 4141 ratings