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

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872
Ratings:
3,775
Avg:
3.02
pDev:
22.85%
 
 
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Reviews: 872 | Ratings: 3,775
Photo of 0panther0
3.36/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

L - golden hazy with no head to speak of
S - light citrus but very weak aroma
T - citrus, a little spice... a little dry...not really distinctive
F - smooth, light, very drinkable
O - not bad, sort of average but I like the style

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
2.35/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16 oz can

Look--The most positive aspect of this offering. Pleasing hazy/cloudy gold with a fine rocky head. A bit heavy on the sediment, and it is pretty coarse, but still pretty nice looking.

Aroma--Almost an artificial floral aroma coupled with the expected citrus blast.

Taste--Metallic and abrupt citrus; other commenters have mentioned a ton of coriander but I might have welcomed that. I didn't detect anything that nuanced. Does finish crisp and dry with some bitterness at the finish that salvages the taste somewhat.

Feel--The second best thing about this beer. A nice crisp finish, though it comes off as a bit watery.'

Overall--Another macro's attempt that falls short of the mark. It beats any macro lite that you will experience on tap, but not much else.

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Photo of ABabbidge
2.61/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Has some orange and coriander in the nose and taste, but is just pretty bland overall. It's like an AAL with some orage and coriander added. Not too surprising considering who makes this.

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Photo of Holderness
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

L -- Very hazy, muted orange. Frothy solid white head leaves moderate lacing on glass
S -- Citric hops, wheat, yeast
T -- Dough, grapefruit, lavender
F -- Fizzy. Watery undertones

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Photo of AfricanPete14
3.06/5  rDev +1.3%
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 +12.9%
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 -20.9%
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 -6.6%
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 -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 J_T_Arlington
3.56/5  rDev +17.9%
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 +25.2%
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 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 JeffBlue
3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
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 -6.3%
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 +10.3%
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%
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 +8.9%
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 +9.6%
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 Squire123
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy, light gold color with white cap that quickly dissipates.

Aroma of coriander and light spice. Malty grain background, faintest hint of hops.

Taste brings a tart tautness that opens up mid palate to the grain, coriander, spice and orange. Hops remain muted throughout but orange makes a quick reappearance in the aftertaste where it lingers a bit.

Medium texture body with some heft.

This one makes me think of Spring bursting forth. The tartness is refreshing, the orangey, spicy grain rich enough to border on becoming bold, and the finish tying it all together. Little hop presence but I can't say more hops would be more better, rather there is enough bitterness here to offset the spices which are traveling in the other direction. Sweetness is restrained (if even present) but there is something, perhaps the grain derived body, supporting the citrus presence.

The spice combination is well balanced against the middleweight body resulting in something complex yet unrefined, just tasty. All in all it's something I like but just one at a time please, this is for brunch buffet not a session.

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Photo of DWeavie
4.47/5  rDev +48%
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 +14.9%
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 -0.7%
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 -6.6%
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 bbtkd
3.19/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I liked the citrus taste on this, but the spicing detracted. Yeasty nose, but still overall refreshing and best served cold on a hot day. Like other Shock Top beers, I don't see this as sessionable as the taste could get tedious after a while.

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Photo of hennin55
4/5  rDev +32.5%
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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