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:
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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Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light yeast esther and some traces of coriander.

The taste consisted a lightly chewy wheat malt and a bit of spice.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a servicable wit. Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.73/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle provided to me by a friend, poured into a budweiser pint glass.

A- Tangerine orange with two fingers of loose off white soapy foam that faded but left a lasting cap. Kind of cloudy looks good, no lace.

S- A bunch of artifical orange flavor with some coriander and light sweet malt. No hops in this, just fruity/citrusy with a small hay scent after warming.

T- Oranges and faint apricot although doesent taste like the real thing. Small spice and a dash of wheat, more citrus forward than wheat. Getting some soggy fruit pebbles taste which turns me off. Not a good representation of the style IMO, more like fruit juice.

M&D- No bitterness, fruity and sweet on the way down with some fizz from the carb. A step below medium bodied which is bigger than most wit's i've come across. This is not something that i would consume for refreshment in the summer. Needs to take a step down in body and increase the spice/wheat and bring down the citrus.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.43/5  rDev -19.5%
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 biegaman
3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shock Top Belgian White looks as though it's been crafted with almost as much careful detail as its creative packaging. It's a fairly conventional looking witbier that, while its complexion may be a somewhat deeper orange colour than normal, still exemplifies that characteristic 'white ale' cloudiness. Head retention is fair; lace production is poor.

The aroma is very inviting, subtly slipping the nose pulpy, citrusy notes as if they were bribes. At this point I'm relating it more closely to a no-name brand OJ than to any of Belgium's great witbiers. They've gone pedal to the metal with the citrus, much to expense the of the coriander and malt. It smells lovely, don't get me wrong, but blatant and kitschy.

What ingredients the brewery does list on the can are coriander, orange, lemon and lime peel and wheat; the ones they don't are the stabilizers, preservatives and other industrial adjuncts. But you can be sure from the taste that they're in there. For all the quenching, citrusy, zest the flavouring should add, the beer is still fairly dull and innocuous.

Drinking Shock Top is like slurping all the juice out of an orange wedge and then continuing to suck on the dry rind; in the mouth it is juicy and citric, with a pulpy orange flavour, but in the finish it is dry and pithy. Both the lemon and lime peels are nothing more than footnotes, contributing (if anything) a subtle, slight acidic kick in the aftertaste.

There are few things better in the beer world than witbiers - and few things worse than Anheuser-Busch products. A combination of the two results in something predictably average: while it is pleasant and agreeable and, frankly, quite appealing, it is also a shamelessly kitschy, half-rate offering that compares poorly with honest, integral examples of the style.

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Photo of Zorro
3.23/5  rDev +7%
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 John_M
2.46/5  rDev -18.5%
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 -6.3%
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 Halcyondays
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a hazy yellow orange with a small white head, fair retention, no lace.

S: Orange zest, notes of wheat, solid.

T: It has the classic orange flavour, some lemon, no real spice character. Just bland overall, light.

M: Very thin especially in the end, light-bodied for sure, some crisp carbonation at points, but real disappointing here.

O: Not expecting much with AB and I was correct. Even comparing it to Blue Moon it's not that impressive.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.13/5  rDev +3.6%
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 rudzud
2.87/5  rDev -5%
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 jdhilt
2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
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 spinrsx
3.41/5  rDev +12.9%
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 cjgator3
3.35/5  rDev +10.9%
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 beerthulhu
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
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 Bitterbill
2.81/5  rDev -7%
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 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 rodbeermunch
2.41/5  rDev -20.2%
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 beertunes
2.33/5  rDev -22.8%
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 akorsak
3.65/5  rDev +20.9%
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 wordemupg
2.82/5  rDev -6.6%
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%
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 bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has a "born on date" of 2/10/07. The beer pours a hazy light yellow color, with a half inch white head which disappears pretty fast. It smells like orange, wheat, and some coriander. It tastes malty and citrusy, mostly like orange but with a bit of lemon too. The orange/spicy/wheat taste is stronger in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and a bit creamy. Drinkability is good, I could drink quite a few of these on a hot day. It's not a bad beer at all, it's better than I expected it to be.

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Photo of avalon07
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
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 -24.5%
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 Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +49%
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 -32.1%
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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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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