Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White

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Missouri, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Bitterbill on 12-04-2007

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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This brew pours a orange/gold color with a 1 and a half inch head. It smells like burnt orange peels and other citrus smells. It has a smooth grainy/orange taste with a strong orange and malt aftertaste. The carbonation felt less powerful than most other beers which led to a somewhat underpowered finish.

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Photo of superspak
3.41/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 2/20/2015. Pours hazy golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense 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 streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lemon, lime, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, clove, light banana, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Okay aromas with balanced fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt notes; with poor strength. Taste of lemon, lime, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, clove, light banana, wheat, cracker, white bread, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, lime, orange peel, pear, apple, coriander, clove, wheat, cracker, white bread, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/grainy, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good; a bit thin for the style. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a decent witbier. All around solid complexity, robustness, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

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Photo of KristenV85
2.39/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

It's fine, I guess. I grabbed it for a party I was rushing to. It doesn't really taste like much of anything, to be honest. Not necessarily bad, just watery. It was inexpensive, which is a positive, but I probably won't be buying it again. I'd rather drop a little more money on a better tasting beer.

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Photo of brap
2.82/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not getting a lot of flavor here. Kind of reminds me of Bud Light Lime but with slightly orange and not enough coriander going on.

Drinkable and inoffensive but BORING

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.41/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Here comes the mass corporate imitation of Blue Moon. Hits the cloudy notes as it should.

Lots of spice rack clove, coriander and lemon. Lots of rind in the nose and taste. Some wheat is perceptible, but it seems like they just spice it up to try and cover up the more traditional beer centric (malt, hops) stuff that people might not like. I like the chocolate version but this one is just not worthy of a place in my fridge unless someone is coming over that is really into this. Tastes too much like spice rack.

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Photo of J_T_Arlington
3.56/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

looks like a more carbonated bud.

Smells like what it is: wheat, orange peel, coriander.

Tastes pretty neutral. Wheat, Orange peel, coriander. Not picking up anything else. Taste is uncomplex. Not simple, like bud light, but uncomplex. It is what it claims to be and nothing more. Ever so slight honey-lemon-water taste if you look for it, as illpass78 pointed out (Give that person a like!)

Feels alright.

Overall, middle of the road Belgian. Good entry into the style.

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Photo of illpass78
3.78/5  rDev +25.6%
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 the_awesometeer
3.57/5  rDev +18.6%
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 JeffBlue
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

6-8-16 (11.5oz aluminum, San Mateo, CA) very reluctant to give this beer a try again as it failed miserably a good 5 years ago. This time around was enjoyable. Very good for this style. Convinced this recipe has changed.

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Photo of jasadewi
2.83/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Hazy pale yellow color with decent soapy head.
S: Heavy smells of sweet wheat and grains.
T: Decently sweet, with mild orange and coriander flavor. Much less complex and dull than every other Witbier.
M: Light bodied.
O: Overall, this is an alright Witbier if you're watching your money. If not, opt for the very slightly more expensive and quite better Blue Moon take.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy pale yellow to light orange, half inch plus head
Corn, wheat, pear, apple, grain, grass
Lightly sweet and malty wheat, apple, pear
Tingly, medium bodies
A decent beer right where cheap meets craft. Served it with a grapefruit garnish, perfect for summer sunday evening

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Photo of CalebBedford
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a 16oz Shocktop Pilsner glass. Orangy/yellow color. Decent white head, which quickly disappeared to nothing. Taste was minimal. It wasn't bad, there just was not much going on at all. Just a hint of the orange in the smell, but minimal. Doesn't really hang around in the mouth much at all. Overall, it's an easily drinkable beer with 5.2% alcohol content, which might very well be its best quality. Not great, but it'll do. It'll do just fine.

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Photo of Redrover
3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On draft poured into a pint glass, the beer is a hazy apricot with minimal lacing.

It has a nose of grains and spice. It is subtle but you can pick-up some orange and coriander.

The taste is a bit muted but there are the expected wheat and spice aspects. The orange peel kicks in mid-glass and tastes a bit artificial.

The mouth is decent with a bit of heft and stickiness.

Not a beer I would search out, but I would have it again if it was the best option or is someone was buying.

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Photo of THSdrummer
3.31/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frosty yellow-orange color with a medium-thin white head. Head dissipates quickly and has left behind no lacing. Citrus, orange peel, and coriander in the aroma. The whole aroma has an off putting metallic tint to it as well. Coriander and orange peel notes are present throughout the entire sip. Flavor profile is accentuated by a little Belgian style yeast, with banana, cloves, and citrus. Mouth feel is medium-thin, and on the watery side. Overall, it's a decent beer. It certainly doesn't have the most going on, but it is well balanced and executed. Bottom line: it's easy drinking. The pickiest eater I know picks this beer, and I see why. It's simplistic and straightforward without too much complexity.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of DWeavie
4.47/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This beer is the best! I love the orange aftertaste and the overall feel while drinking it. My No. 1 beer to go to, when I can afford it of course. No need to add and orange with this one because it has a pretty strong taste already. Great for chilling at the house after work. I see it as a reward!

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Photo of Tucquan
3.47/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2016-05-21 in Coatsville, PA after the Tough Mudder event today. On-tap

A- Mildly-hazy yellow-gold with a 1.2 finger white head and mild lace

S - Mild aromas of wheat bread, coriander and orange flesh

T - Innocuous wheat flavor with some light orange flesh and coriander..

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation. Easy to drink.

O - Not bad. I was glad for it after this big event so I wasn't being too fussy. It hit the spot on this particular day although Shock Top beers were the only ones being served.

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Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark rusty orange and slight particulate.

Orange zest and other citrus fruit in aroma.

Orange peel, lemon zest, grainy.

Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, drinkable, but man these being unfiltered will give you one hell of a hangover. Stick to one.

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Photo of OldSwampy
2.82/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

OK, I tried it. Poured from a can to a nonic.

Cloudy yellow-gold... with a faint orange cast, if I am not mislead by the can's color scheme. White head forms quickly but is not too durable. Nose bready, with also a whiff of toilet bowl sanitizer or air freshener? Perhaps that is the fruitiness but it seems somehow artificial. Taste is a bit sharp on entry, then some bready malt flavor emerges. The overall flavor is not too big though the malt and some fruit elements are present - but the flavor all seems to be watered down somewhat. Mouthfeel sudsy, then a bit astringent.

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Photo of Josephkeene
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

1 pint can condition poured into pilsner glassware - $4.5 for four

One of the only thing's I enjoy about this beer is its appearance - there are bits and pieces of coriander, the murky orange yellow appearance - outside of that this beer is awful.

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Photo of hennin55
4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: average head, golden in color, slightly cloudy
Aroma: orange, and lemon notes with some spice notes
Palate: smooth and lightly carbonated
Flavor: smooth and refreshing, neutral flavor

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Photo of Edith0703
4.21/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like the orange aroma of this beer. But the aroma is much better than the taste. Medium small white head that disappear really quickly. Really light and easy to drink.

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Photo of DaverCS
3.37/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On draft at a D-backs game. Pours a nice looking hazy orange. 2 fingers of white fluffy head. The obligatory orange slice was added for good measure.

Aroma... Not much. The orange wedge is enhancing the orange aroma, but overall, I get generic citrus and wheat.

Taste reminds me of a wheat version of a bud lite. Not aggressive, nor flavorful, but harmless with a baseball game. Thin, watery, under-carbonated, and nothing close to anything Belgian. It does beat a bud light though. Wheat and generic citrus is all I can say.

I see this pairing well with nachos or pretzel bites and cheese sauce. It gets a 67/100.

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Photo of AraBama
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Cloudy orange pours a good strong head but quickly disappears and lacks creaminess. The only smell is of slight wheat. Easy to drink just not much taste. No bitterness but does have a little bit of a wheat aftertaste. Feels like any beer from A.B. Overall not awful but below average.

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Photo of VbolieuV
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy light straw in color with a big white head that disappear quickly.

Smell of wheat mostly with a little touch of spices.

Not a bad taste actually, nice orange flavors with a good presence of wheat.

Nice mouth feel, really easy to drink.

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Photo of OldBrewer
3.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from 473 ml can.

L - three-finger head which reduces to 2 fingers in 1 minute, and thin layer for half of drink Creamy, white, lots of bubbles. A bit hazy, pale orange-yellow in colour.
S - wheat, some orange peel, a touch of coriander.
T - mild, a little watery, some orange peel, a little coriander, no sweetness or bitterness. Not as much orange as expected.
F - mild, watery, not much creaminess, no sweetness or bitterness.
O - nothing spectacular. Very commercial. Typical mass-produced beer with nothing special to offer.

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