Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by zjungleist on 03-11-2006

BEER STATS
Reviews:
872
Ratings:
3,768
Avg:
3.02
pDev:
22.85%
 
 
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine May 2007.

The Belgian White Ale has become popular enough to lead some of the biggest brewers to come up with their own. A-B sticks to a spring seasonal format, though they could easily sell this year-round, but for the pigeonholing name.

Cloudy pale yellow in color, with a thin layer of yeast that sticks around for awhile. Even after swirling the bottle, there is still some sediment left at the bottom.

A bucket-load of soft coriander with a twang of orange peel and mealy grain. Heavy crispness shows off a velutinous mouthfeel and moderate body. Citric tartness and thick coriander notes engulf the taste buds. Hint of black pepper is pursued by an ever-so-pungent orange peel blast. A bit watery in the finish, with a quick dropout of malt and a clean aftertaste.

Not a bad stab at the style, but it doesn't stand as tall as the rest within the Belgian White Ale style. A thin slab of aged goat cheddar with water crackers and orange marmalade made for a great pairing.

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Photo of Jason
2.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz can with a canning code that can't be broke.

LOOK: Hazed pale straw, two finger of head.

SMELL: Orangey, coriander, perfumey, mild bready grain, clean.

TASTE: Heavy coriander, orange popsicle, wet maltiness, clean, vague spice, slightly bitter, dry grainy finish.

Really not much to this beer, a shell of the style. Looks dirty but comes off too clean. I prefer my whites a bit dirty with some fruitiness and yeast flavors. Nothing of the sort here. A last resort beer if the rest to chose from is light lagers.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Cheers

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Photo of illpass78
3.78/5  rDev +25.2%
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.

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Photo of jneiswender
1.37/5  rDev -54.6%
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.

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Photo of bradlemay
1.2/5  rDev -60.3%
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.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.57/5  rDev +18.2%
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.

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Photo of davemarc87
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of cam477
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of beerhunter13
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of t2grogan
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.66/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

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Photo of Mac19872
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of tohe9384
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of SIRIUS2
2.87/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

An interesting pale hue of cloudy golden orange. There was some white soapy suds on the top that quickly faded. No lacing to note.

The aroma was interesting. I would not let them serve this with the 'mandatory' orange slice that they wanted to include but I swear there was still a faint hint of orange on the nose. Odd because I sure didn't taste any orange. Some light wheat & malt did make it past the orange but that was about it. A pleasant aroma, if not very traditional.

Well, the taste wasn't what I was expecting after such a fruity nose. This tasted like a cross between a wheat beer and a grand cru - some spice, some notes of lemon zest, and a little wheat chafe, but overall rather weak on the palate. Everything sort of falls apart on the tongue and leaves you with a watery, somewhat bitter finish.

I was very hot and thirsty when I purchased this and the first few sips did the trick of quenching my thirst. After about half a glass though as the brew warmed up, it got harder and harder to get it down. The last quarter was just a straight up shot - finally gone.

I guess I'm just turning into a beer snob a bit but I really didn't care for this. There are so many other representations of the style that are so much better. My advice would be to check the others out first if you can.

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Photo of jose_alehouseSD
1.75/5  rDev -42.1%

Photo of DaaaaBeers
2.82/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of MikeC144
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of markallmon
4.5/5  rDev +49%

Photo of J-Dub_Maine
3.75/5  rDev +24.2%

Photo of dalygnus
3.94/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a Hooegaarden glass

Look: similar to other Belgian whites/hefeweissens. Cloudy but didn't hold head very long
Smell: citrus and spice
Feel: good, a full feel -- tempted to swish it around
Taste: very drinkable but lacking somewhat in the full flavors of top notch whites
Overall: very good but not the equal of best imports or Sierra Nevada Kellerweis

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