Shock Top Belgian White

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Belgian Witbier
Ranked #721
Ranked #48,639
2.97 | pDev: 23.23%
Missouri, United States
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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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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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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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 Florida

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
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3.29/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Did not expect much, but was pleasantly surprised. Better than I expected. Would make a good daily driver. I will most likely give this a shot every so often, I do like it

Jan 17, 2019
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Nass from Florida

2.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

There is no date on the can. I agree it's not a bad but I do prefer Blue Moon Belgian White over this beer. There are some sharp citrus notes but nothing too unpleasant, it's worth a try if you have not had one already. In addition to, i'm picking up on a fair amount of coriander but I would like to taste a bigger dose of it in the beer. Cheers! C

Jan 10, 2019
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Spacejamflam from Louisiana

3.13/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

If youve ever thought,
"Hmm, i like that there Blue Moon but it needs just a titch more malt and coriander," then this is for you..
Now, i'm not sure *why* you'd think that, but Shock Top's there if you want it. I'll stick with Blue Moon if it's this kind of beer im looking for.

Jan 05, 2019
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Cornbread_Mafia from Kentucky

2.02/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Been on a whitbeer kick lately and Shock Top was the most lackluster I’ve had so far. Wasn’t surprised to learn after the fact that it is owned by Anheuser-Busch because it taste like a Bud Light version of a whitbeer.

Nov 27, 2018
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GaryG7 from New Jersey

2.96/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This beer is what I drink if there aren't any better choices. The slice of orange that most bars put on the glass has more taste than the beer. The beer is bland. Think of it as choosing Pizza Hut when in Italy instead of a local restaurant. You know what you're going to get. It won't be great but it won't be horrible. The next day you won't remember what you drank because it isn't memorable.

Oct 26, 2018
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

4/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one is just a kicked up citrus version of Oberon and Blue Moon. Maybe I am a sucker for sweetness and I am also loving the fact that his is a bit different with more of the orange shining through. It does have some very strong wit features shining through, but the citrus tones just provide enough bite. Oberon is still king though!

Oct 10, 2018
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alex9966 from Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -66.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Easily worst beer I have ever had. If given the choice between this and bud light I would take the bud light any day. Rancid cilantro taste that reminds me of the smell of the juice that collects at the bottom of a restaurant dumpster or the essence of crushed stinkbug. It is not as if I am not a fan of cilantro like many are not, in fact, I love cilantro so much I will eat the leaves straight. I have a stronger than average stomach and half of one of these left me wanting to puke for an hour. Grossest tasting anything I have ever tasted, including all food I have ever had. Will likely never buy or even drink again. Spent 9 bucks on this hoping for something citrusy and refreshing like a Corona with lime, but instead, in the legendary words of Reviewbrah: "My disappointment is immeasurable, and my day is ruined."

Oct 10, 2018
Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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