Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White
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
Ratings:
3,846
Reviews:
887
Avg:
3.02
pDev:
22.85%
 
 
Wants:
53
Gots:
1,020
For Trade:
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Photo of Sammy
2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

While I found this inoffensive, I also found it undrinkable. Lots of white foam on top of the light coloured body. Neutral aroma. Middling though aggressive carbonation. Something orange in the background. In the style, but nothing tasty.A bit of a gateway beer.

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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: single finger white head with a little lacing on a murky golden with a slIght amber hue.

S: grain and breads. Slight amount of lemon.

T: mostly wheat and breads with a decent honey finish. Light citrus note.

M: light body and high carbonation. Crisp and refreshing.

Overall a very drinkable and nearly flavorless beer. Beats a bitter light beer when only run if the mill beers are available but still. It that great.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.99/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy very pale yellow-orange color with a 1/2 inch white head that fades to a fizzy film on the top of the beer. No lacing whatsoever. Smell is of wheat, spices (coriander), and a surprisingly nice orange scent. Taste is of wheat up front, spices coming through in the middle, and the orange/citrus flavors coming in on the finish. This beer has a nice level of carbonation making for a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average witbier but good for coming from AB.

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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

i have no idea how this got popular. its a brutal representation of a style of beer that i adore. the pour from the tap into my pint glass is cloudy and artifically orange, with a ton of thick sediment suspended within and about an inch of white head that fades fast and looks real nasty when its gone. the nose is okay, some fruity yeast and a ton of orange zest. almost like an orange juice beer, from concentrate of course. the nose and the taste are both rather floral, which i cant explain. the yeast is fruity but generic, lacking the real light bright white feel and taste i expect in a wit. way too thick in body for the style too, even though this is relatively easy drinking. enough carbonation to cut through the heavy sediment, but no equilibrium is reached, and this remains an unbalanced glass of mass produced wash. i woulnt recommend this to anyone, and it kills me that this is the witbier that bars carry and that the average drinker thinks is some sorft of craft item. its moderately better in a bottle i reckon, but on tap this is offensive.

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2/5  rDev -33.8%

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2/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So this Witbier pours out as a cloudy orange color. The head is deceit and leaves a surprisingly nice lacing. The smell of the beer has some wheat aromas and lots of citrus. The taste is citrusy also. The mouthfeel is decent, on the light side. Overall I'd never buy this beer for myself. I will drink it if it's free.

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack for $5.99

I wish people didn't know this was an AB product because I thought it was a great beer. Much better than other Wit's I've had from more 'prestigious' micros. So damn smooth and tasty and at a great price, wha more can you ask for?!

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Photo of metter98
3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a slight amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half-finger high white head that gradually died down and left some lacing covering the surface.
S: Aromas of citrus—oranges in particular—stand out in the nose, which also has some notes of wheat.
T: Similar to the smell, citrusy flavors stand out in the taste along with some wheat. There are hints of sweetness. The taste seems a bit maltier compared to other witbiers.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite easy to drink but could be a lot better if it cut back on some of the malty and sweet flavors.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Similar to that of Blue Moon, but with a better combination of spices, but with the same malt problems as their Rocky Mountain competetor. This beer opens with a pleasant orange / copper looking hue and solid protein haze from the wheat. Although the wheat malt proves soft and bready, the pilner malt character was very timid. Where you expect to find a rich, bready, dough maltiness, this beer gives as astringent grainy texture and taste. A little more acidic than expected with less phenols and esters; subsituted with a spiciness that, although is pleasant, falls a little flat and less complex than prefered. This will be a nice summertime refresher, but the true beer enthusiest will go for a Hoegaarden or Blanch de Chambly.

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2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.89/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Draught into pint glass in high altitude Denver, CO, at a bar called Swingers, in December 2010. (I'm drinking it in the proper season, I suppose).

A: Blonde-orange colour. Hazy. Thin head of poor retention.

Sm: Orange, barley, citrus. Nice for what it is, and much better than Blue Moon.

T: Coarse open to body of light citrus and clean barley. Finish is inconclusive, inviting another sip.

Mf: Surprisingly coarse for the style. Coarse at the climax.

Dr: I'd have it again at this price, especially if I was just drinking casually. Don't serve it with an orange in it, lads. A beer is meant to be experienced as it is created. I have to admit, my expectations were low, but this may be the best AB brewed beer I've had (because that statement is saying a lot...psh).

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Photo of oline73
2.5/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of SocalKicks
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can: Poured a slightly hazy light orangey color ale with a nice foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of coriander and orange peel is more pronounced then I had expected and quite nice. Taste is a refreshing mix with loads of orange peel notes with light wheat malt base. Body is light for style with good carbonation. Better then expected though malt base is too thin and watery and coriander is overshadowed by orange peel notes.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a fizzy, white, two-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and lemon. Some wheat notes.

T - The taste is really dominated by wheat flavors. Some citrus flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A fairly fizzy, light-bodied beer.

D - This is okay. Doesn't taste like a true wit, more like an American Pale Wheat.

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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

Photo of LXIXME
3/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev -0.7%

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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