Shock Top Belgian White

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Wheat Beer - Witbier
Ranked #725
Ranked #50,449
2.97 | pDev: 23.23%
Missouri, United States
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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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Heischman from Georgia

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

Beer/Brewery – Shock Top Belgian White/Anheuser-Busch
City/State- Saint Louis, Missouri
STYLE – Witbier
ABV – 5.2%
IBU – 10
DATE – 5 June 2011
SERVING TYPE – 12 oz bottle
GLASSWARE – Shock Top logoed Pilsner
APPEARANCE – Cloudy golden color, Pored with a thick foamy head that settled down to about ½ inch
AROMA- notes of citrus and coriander
TASTE – Very refreshing with a dominating orange presence and a little bit of a spice behind it
MOUTHFEEL – Good carbonation that stay with you even after the sip. Also a bit creamy as well.
CONCLUSION – A nice cheap summer beer. Very refreshing and would be great for sitting at the pool, lake or camping.

Jun 05, 2011
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SoulFroosh from Maine

3.1/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Get all preconceived notions out of your head before drinking....

Don't think about who it was made by
Don't view it as a crafty beer

Just drink. It's pretty refreshing! I would say on a blind test that it has an adjunct light base, but ramped up slightly with some depth and nicer mouthfeel. Looks pretty good too.

As long as this stays in the correct price range (lower end) it's a decent and tasty alternative to the piss filth Anheuser-Busch pumps out otherwise.


Jan 16, 2015
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jneiswender from Massachusetts

1.37/5  rDev -53.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

Pour out of a twist top 12 ounce bottle into a tall glass

Pours orange with a foamy off white head

Belgian yeast smell up front not much else

Watery, some orange fresca taste

Well carbonated

So far off from the style. Not even close. Fresca fermented with Belgian yeast isn't a wit beer. Sorry AB.

Jun 08, 2014
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illpass78 from Maine

3.78/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

14 oz. on tap at Hadlock Field in Portland, Maine.

Appearance: Hazy straw. Minimal head, not much lace.

Aroma: Wheat, honey, lemon; typical witbier.

Taste: Follows the nose. A fairly strong citrus note.

Mouthfeel: Easy and summery. Great cookout/ballgame/beach beer. Perfect for a hot day.

Overall: Way better than Blue Moon. Probably better than Mr. Coolguys think it is. Would rather have an Allagash White, but it gets the job done.

Jul 17, 2016
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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
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the_awesometeer from California

3.57/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

An extremely hazy pale beer. Fast rising bubbles, with moderate foamy head. I get a mild alcohol aroma and a ton of bready malts and and sweet corn. There is also a hint of orange. The taste is very similar with a nice orange flavor and a strong sweet wheat flavor. You can feel the carbonation and the beer does have a slight drying to it but is overall very drinkable.

Jul 12, 2016
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bradlemay from Maine

1.2/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

I tried shock top because I heard it was all the rave. Then I found it was made by Bud, strike one. I drank 5 of them and had to choke them down, it had a very strong orange taste to it which actually is sickening. Bud is trying to get into the micro brew market but they cant because they simply cannot amke a decent beer.

Jul 10, 2011
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DogFood11 from California

1.6/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

On tap at Westwood brewery near UCLA. The only reason I knew it was made by anheuser busch is from reading around on this website. Served with a lemon wedge propped on the edge of my pounder glass, it forms a lackluster head, no retention, cloudy and pale yellow.

First whiff is of strong bannana flavor. First drink has me thinking its so strong fruity that it must be an extract. Whether or not it is real or fiction its definately too strong on the fruity side with no balancer whatsoever.

Notes: The tap grabbed my attention. The beer didn't. Beer focused on the thing that maybe "chicks" might be more abt to like. A good Wit has so much more complexity than this sweet fruity bomb. Pass.

May 20, 2006
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

2.95/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle, a souvenir from a random grocery store grab whilst visiting Montana last month. "Shock Top Brewing Co." - sheesh.

This beer pours a cloudy, pale golden amber colour, with a few specks of swirling sediment, and one fat finger of wanly puffy and thinly foamy off-white head, which settles like a weak lawsuit, leaving very little in the way of liens, uh, I mean lace around the glass.

It smells of tame semi-sweet wheat grain, a bit of muddled sugary citrus (like a lemon, lime, and orange Slurpee), a dash of yeast, and kind of cloying coriander-tinted, yet faint earthy spices. The taste is doughy, lightly bready grain, a breakfast cereal wheatiness, poorly rendered, but still prevalent sweet coriander, and a soft lemon-lime creamy citrus character.

The carbonation is fairly sedate, barely a tickle to be had at times, the body medium-light in weight, a tad watery, and focus committee smooth, as usual, with a slight airy creaminess. It finishes off-dry, the not-quite-yet cooked bread and other lingering sweet and savoury notes holding court.

I think I actually like this better than Blue Moon, and by no extension at all, Rickard's White, but damned if I'm going to organize a comparative tasting. Anyways, this is enjoyable enough, I would imagine, if it were hot and sunny, and there were no better, preferably proper Pils-based option, but it sure as hell isn't right here, right now, so, my strictly clinical assessment is: not bad for the price, but like its craft beer wannabe ilk, not worth the dumbing down hit to one's soul.

Sep 01, 2011
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doowhat from Arkansas

2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Sep 19, 2013
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ChrisMon02 from Ohio

2/5  rDev -32.7%

Sep 30, 2013
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thebornotaku from California

3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Apr 08, 2012
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randall7942001 from Oklahoma

4/5  rDev +34.7%

Feb 28, 2012
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1/5  rDev -66.3%

Mar 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev +1%

Aug 07, 2012
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Duvel from North Carolina

2/5  rDev -32.7%

Mar 09, 2013
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Ebbs from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Oct 06, 2013
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rshepard from Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Oct 10, 2013
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Ed2 from Delaware

2.45/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Had this at a Premium Outlet bar in the Pocono's while the wife shopped. Bar- the log cabin bar and grill- only had 5 beers on tap, so we know why I chose this. Pint glass... Light orange look, less than a finger head, no lacing... Smelled completely of orange and tasted similar. Lots of carbonation made for a light taste... Might be good on a hot day in the sun, but otherwise another rank and file masquerading as a craft.

Apr 13, 2014
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MarioH from Texas

2.75/5  rDev -7.4%

Jul 31, 2014
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Purified from Illinois

2.32/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Aug 15, 2015
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DevWand from Oregon

3.06/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sep 07, 2015
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Bettaproger from Arizona

2.21/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Rather flat and uninspired. None of the kick of a cider with none of the smoothness of a Belgium white.

Feb 10, 2018
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JudgeRoughneck from Louisiana

2.66/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a generous white, faom head that fades to a thin layer. It is opaque and dingy yellow in color. It has a weak, musty, citrus aroma. The taste leads with a biting astringency. This is way beyond wheat "zip", but it makes the way nicely for a forceful peppery character, big lemon rind, then musty light tobacco, some funk at the end, and a soapy aftertaste.

MF- the astringency and carbonation really attack the mouth here.

May 28, 2007
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dsa7783 from New Jersey

2.65/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From what I understand, this is a relatively new offering from the mega-giant Anheuser-Busch company... Copped this singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange -first time I have ever seen this brew... "Born-on-date" on bottleneck reads Oct.27,2007... Was very disappointed by this macro-rendition of a water-down, pale, weak witbier... beer pours cloudy orange / yellow with no head... smell was very bland for this style, with none of the obvious orange, citrus or coriander coming through... taste was also sub-par, not much flavor going on here... weak in comparison to many other examples of the same genre... mouthfeel was decent, although a little watery and bland, and although this was easily drinkable, it definitely wouldn't be my one and only for the nite... Much better examples out there... not recommended...

Jan 11, 2008
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