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Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White

Brewed by:
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 Zorro
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Something new in a bottle guessed by the tacky graphics it was an Anheuser-Bush product.

Cloudy yellow beer with a tall white head, looks OK but could be paler. Be careful the head can easily escape the glass.

The smell is authentic with lots of wheat malt and a spicy scent of orange and fairly green coriander. More herbal than most beers of this type the hop level seems to be higher.

The taste starts out with a strong wheat malt flavor and fairly strong orange flavor. Tastes like they added the orange slice whether you wanted it or not.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK Belgian style wheat beer but I think I would go for the Blue Moon over this. No artificial flavors but not so great as the competition.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.43/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: nice cloudy straw color with one-finger white head. Not bad, though the head dissipated rather quickly and left no lace.

Smell: grainy and adjunct-ladem malt aroma; quite like what you'd expect from a typical BMC, but with a hint of nice citrusy wheat. Frankly, it does not impress me.

Taste: slightly better than the smell. At first I taste a nice smooth wheat beer with a little citrus and coriander, but it quickly devolves into a somewhat tart, acrid flavor and then finishes off like a regular macro lager. I'm all for dynamic taste experiences, but not like this.

Mouthfeel: light body and relatively low carb for a witbier. Not my favorite.

Drinkability: I was expecting something along the lines of the other macro witbier, Blue Moon, but Shock Top was a bit of a disappointment. I didn't expect much, and it failed to reach even those expectations. This is *just* above a drain-pour from a drinkability standpoint.

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Photo of John_M
2.46/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Yet another mediocre craft beer wannabe from the folks at AB.

Shock Top pours a hazy darkish honey color with fair head retention and lacing. The beer doesn't look that bad, but once again looks can be deceiving. Initially I got almost nothing on the nose, but as the beer warmed up there was noticeable "wheatiness," coupled with sort of an odd mustard aroma. This beer's wheatiness was even more apparent on the palate, but as it warmed up a bit, I got a distinct alka seltzer flavor. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and drinkabilty was not good. There was a gasiness to this beer that was really pretty unpleasant, that really gave me a bloated feeling near the end of the glass (which ultimately I did not finish).

This is not an awful beer, but by the same token it's nothing special either. I don't know what it is about these "crafty" beers from BMC, but their poor quality always seems to show the more I drink of a particular beer. Needless to say, I will not ever be ordering this stuff again.

The folks at Yellow Dog included a slice of orange with this beer without my asking for it. Normally I find that annoying, but in this case I was glad for the slice of orange. It was much tastier then the beer and helped to clean my palate afterwards.

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

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on March 26, 2011. It pours a cloudy olive-yellow with a thin head and good carbonation. The aroma is typical for a witbier but less pronounced with its subtle malts, wheat notes and lemon zest. The body is slick and creamy. Limited to no spices in the taste but a bit better in the wheat department.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy pale amber color with a lot of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and light bodied. Faint wheat nose. Flavor is like lemonade without the citric bite, could be a good summer beer but it doesn't have the hop backbone. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of rudzud
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured into my Duvel tulip a hazy golden hue witha two finger white head that fades almost immediately to leave a thin halo and light wisps. No real lacing at all.

S - Aromas of soft belgian esters, light banana, faint wheat.

T - Taste is similar to the nose, soft belgian easters, gentle wheat, banana, lighter lemon.

M - Mouthfeel is crisp, on the thinner side.

O - Overall...yeah, no one is buying this beer to savor and enjoy. Is is pleasant with an orange slice, sure, but as is it gets the job done and goes well with food.

Serving Type: Bottle

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a hazy tangerine-orange with a slight bubbly white head that quickly faded. Visible carbonation was soft and almost non detectable.

S: a bucket full of fresh citrus oranges, at times smelling like sunny d orange juice with some sugary sweetness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet tangerine/oranges with a touch of yeasty sourness. The citrus was dominant and pungent at times. The palate was wheaty, crisp, and clean allowing the strong citrus to fade rather quickly on the finish leaving a slight tart sourness from the yeast behind.

M: medium, very spicy with a tangerine tartness and very soft carbonation, almost juice like.

D: A sweet citrusy and refreshing summer time drink and a decent attempt by A-B. a touch to sweet to drink in multiples but much better then coor's blue moon in my opinion.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A pale golden body with a moderate frothy head that left a little bit of lacings. A light, citrusy smell, but nothing else. No hops, no spices, nothing but orange, and that is how I would describe the taste. It is like a sweeter version of orange juice with alcohol with the exception of some light spiciness on the backend. Goes down very smooth, but I doubt I would drink this again. A watered-down, bastardized macro version of a Belgian Witbier.
Not too bad though.

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Photo of akorsak
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pint glass at Champions during the Ravens' destruction of the Bears. Served sans citrus fruit.

A: The witbier is a hazy golden straw color, cloudy enough to be opaque. A half a finger of head blankets the ale.

S: The nose is citrusy, lemon and orange are prominent. Wheat is lingering around in the dark corners of the ale, but without the big bang you'd like.

T: This witbier stresses the citrus over the wheat aspects. Orange and lemon are mildly sweet, the dominant aspect of the ale. Wheat is present but not in the glory that a witbier deserves. While the ale seems like a lite witbier, there was something that I liked about the ale. It exceeded my expectations.

M: The mouthfeel is citrus-centric, stressing the sweetness of the fruit additions over the tartness of the wheat.

D: A decent ale, much better than I expected it to be.

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Photo of beertunes
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in straight pint glass. Poured a cloudy light yellow color with about an inch of white head that relatively low retention and lace.

The aroma was very soft and subdued, none of the usual fruit and spice aromas of one of my favorite styles was apparent. On the tongue the story was the same, no wheat, orange or corriander came through.

The body was nicely smooth and pretty typical for the style. Drinkability was good, but lost some points because the was so bland, why would you drink more than one? Overall, this may make a good "training wheel" beer for the non-craft drinker. Get 'em started with this and then they can expand their horizons.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a creamy white head that possesses pretty good retention and lacing qualities. The aroma is wheat and citrus with some spices and yeast. The taste is wheat with some spices and yeast but is watered down a bit which is a letdown after the promising smell. Overall, this is a decent witbier that is about middle of the pack. I will take this over a Blue Moon any day, so A-B did complete what they were trying to accomplish in that respect.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this locally.

This pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy yellow-gold with a huge head of foam.

The smell is of fruit, yeast, and wheat but it's light on the nose.

The taste has notes of some citrus lemon, wheat, and a bit of a metallic flavour but again, they are lightly done. Too lightly done. It was born on Dec 7th so it *is* fresh. Hmm. The body is light, the carbonation is high, and it finishes..well..it finishes like a Bud only more watery. Give me a Leinie Sunset Wheat or Blue Moon Belgian White over this any day because they have a lot more flavour going for them.

Edit: I thought I'd try another bottle right after the first and I *did* notice some spice this time but it didn't help too much with my overall rating for it.(taste went from 2.5 to 3.0)

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

473ml Can

Appearance - Hazy gold/amber colour with a very large size fizzy white coloured head. I can't make out much carbonation due to the haziness and there is some excellent lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes.

Smell – Breads/grains, cloves, oranges, bananas, lemons

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an above average amount of carbonation. I can taste lots of lemon and orange mixed with breads/grains and some cloves. There is also some banana flavour and it finishes with a citrus spicy aftertaste.

Overall – I’m not really sure why this beer catches so much hate. It’s not mind blowing but it also isn’t a typical Adjunct beer. It has a fantastic appearance, the flavour is decent, and the price is right. I could see myself drinking a few of these this summer.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.82/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

341ml bottle poured into tulip 2/7/14

A hazed yellow, a few bubbles but even a hard dump down the middle I don't get much for foam, no lace

S lots of orange rind and spice, perfume, sweet cereal, smells a little artificial

T some orange crush pop, tastes like a radler, more juice and pop then beer, not awful but not exactly a Wit

M thin and a little foamy, slippery almost slimy on the palate, lots of orange rind lingering

O what happens when a macro goes Wit? something like this, far from undrinkable but far from something I'd look for

a macro attempt at craft never really works out and this is no exception, I'll stop short of saying its offensive but its a one and done for sure

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.05/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a lighter orange color. Smaller off-white head is a bit uneven and bubbly. Dies down some. Leaves minute lacing. Beer is pretty hazy.

S-Wheat and orange citrus. Grains too. Not much clove or spice, just some light orange and lemon and the wavering wheat aroma.

T-Light and crisp taste that is predominantly orange citrus flavors. Wheaty and mild. Fruitiness is light but somewhat entertaining. Could be far worse.

M-Light and very bubbly. Sessionable body. Easy to drink without much aftertaste. Very mellow.

O/D-I can see why a bunch of people who don't really dabble outside of the Bud Light genre enjoy this one. Far from offensive and quite easy drinking. Won't be spending my money on this but it could have turned out far worse.

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Photo of avalon07
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle to a pilsener glass. Had a golden color, with a cloudy consistency. Not quite as vibrant as others of this style. Had a decent-sized head, but not huge.

Had a sharp citrusy smell that overwhelmed everything else.

This had a nice orange-tinged taste to it. It wasn't overly complex, but not bad.

This one could've used a bit more carbonation in it. Didn't have the necessary bite to it. Had a slightly syrupy finish.

This isn't a bad beer overall, but I can think of others of this style I'd drink first.

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.28/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Ugh. What a waste of $6.

Pouring a hazy light orange, this beer has no head and no lace. It looks rather turbid, not really how I expect my witbiers to look. The nose is rather poor, with a lot of fruit character, quite dominated by an orange juice like sweetness that does not work when coupled with the coriander that's also quite prominent. Wheat character is dominated by these characteristics. The palate, while similar, is a little more palatable. Opening with a blend of orange juice and coriander spiciness, this is rather overwhelming on the palate. Quite a bit sweeter than I care for, this beer has some wheat flavor before drying on the finish with a lingering orange and coriander character. It feels rather over-carbonated, and isn't particularly pleasant. I couldn't care enough to actually consume the entire glass. Not recommended.

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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 Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a cloudy yellow-white color with a small but foamy head.

Aroma: Coriander and orange peel in the aroma. Appetizing smell but will the taste match up? So far, so good.

Taste: Nice and wheaty. Orange peel and coriander make their presence known upfront. Pleasant and like eating an orange. Goes down smooth. No goofy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Never too dry or wet. Smooth.

Verdict: I actually like this witbier. It's smooth, decent and interesting introduction to the style. I will give A-B credit for this one.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.05/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Meh. Looks like AB got a little jealous of the Blue Moon market share, so they developed their own crap. And while I never thought Blue Moon to be all that, it certainly whips this stuff.

Appearance, cloudy, still too yellow instead of the more orangish charm I like to see in a hefe.

Smells too similar to BMC stuff as well. Taste leaves a bad clove, tobacco and non hoppy kind of citrus taste in your mouth, like someone put a cigarrette out on a lemon and then threw it in your beer. Mouthfeel, you just want to get it out, it doesn't develop, it gets worse, and thus, isn't too drinkable.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.45/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy orange/yellow color with a billowy white head. The head faded relatively quickly giving way to a small amount of lacing.

Smell – The smell is largely of lemon mixed with some nice orange, yeast and wheat aromas mixed in.

Taste – The taste of a nice wheat backbone mixed with some strong sweet citrus flavors. The citrus is largely orange in nature with a sweeter taste. Toward the middle some yeasty and more bitter lemon flavors work their way into the taste. These help balance some of the sweet and take the flavor profile to the end.

Mouthfeel – The mouthfeel is rather average. It has a medium body and an average carbonation level.

Overall – Easy drinking and affordable. It has some nice characteristics and makes for a good session brew.

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Photo of champ103
3.01/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: An orange/yellow color that is a bit hazy. A nice head forms that leaves some good lace down the glass.
S: Fruity citrus and a light grain aroma. Not very complex, but not bad.
T: Again, not very complex, but not bad. Some nice orange and lemon peal. A noce fruity taste that is not too sweet.
M/D: Over carbonated and fizzy. This is not something I would session, but still fairly easy to drink.

I saw this at my hotel bar. The bar tender knew nothing about it, but I thought I would give it a try anyway. This is really not a bad beer by AB. Nothing over the top, but every bit as good as Blue Moon.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a pleasant surprise. The beer was a hazy yellow/orange color with a thick white head. It had a vaguely citrus aroma. Orange and a teeny bit of spice in the taste. Not too bad a beer, but it could have a stronger aroma and taste. Still, it was decent enough to drink that I would order it again.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.63/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into an American Tumbler. Dated 09118.

A - Hazy yellow straw color with a moderate white fizzy head. Low retention til it was a thin layer where it actually stayed for a while. No lacing at all.

S - Citrusy orange and lemon with a solid backing of wheat, grains, and minor adjuncts. Not great but not awful.

T - Grainy wheat with a squirt of lemon and orange citrus. Sub-par for a wit.

M - Light-bodied, crisp, and effervescent.

D - Yeah, its a decent BMC summer beer if you want to escape the normal adjunct lager with out paying very much more but it certainly is a poor example of the style.

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Photo of ccrida
3.66/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Shock Top is a cloudy pale gold with a big, fluffy white head that is fairly slow to settle, leaving only a smattering of lace.

Smell is sour wheat, citrus, and a quinine like mineral bite.

Taste is pretty grainy, particularly on the long lingering aftertaste. The citrus was not as dominant as I feared (lime, lemon and orange all cited on the label), and is well integrated. A pretty solid Witbier, I'm really suprised it from AB, decent refreshment while maintaining a few flavor. I'd certainly take it over Budweiser.

Mouthfeel is crisp, drier, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, this first one washed down my pulled pork easy enough, but I'm not in a hurry to drink the rest of the 6 pack. I would have never bought this, a Witbier from AB, but someone brought it over my house, and I'm glad I gave it a try.

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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