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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 kfawku123
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

I'm a big fan of Belgian style wheat beers, but this one is just ho-hum. It's not terrible, but it's definitely not remarkable. Taste is grainy with a slight spice/bitterness to it on the backend. Very watery and lightly carbonated. Serviceable as a witbier but not one of the better ones.

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Photo of kevofficiel
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I saw an add on youtube about that beer so I wanted to give it a try
The look is a golden beer with an opaque density.
About the smell, I can say that is bad. For me the smell gets a 0.
Now the taste is different than the smell. More on the watery side, but a good taste. I doubt about that this is a Belgium style. Maybe the appearance, but for the taste I will say it's more an American Blonde Style .
Overall he does good expect for the taste. A little bit too watery for me. U really can't feel the 5,2 ABV. If it was around 6 or 6,5 ABV, I would give a higher score.
So would I recommend it ? Sure, it's refreshing and doesn't have a bad taste at all BUT if you are looking for a Belgium style, there is much better. If you are looking for a smelly beer, this one is not for you. If you are looking for a beer that have some guts, this one is not for you either.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3/5  rDev -0.3%

A standard you see a lot of places and it really hits the "okay" rating pretty spot on. Not great, but not terrible either. Appearance is a hazy light yellow with a fizzy head. The smell was a lot of orange peel and other citrus. The taste was similar with a lot of orange and then a little bit of wheat and yeast underneath. Mouthfeel was pleasant. Overall, a beer I wont say no to, but probably wont be picking up a case anytime soon.

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Photo of WoostaBia
2/5  rDev -33.6%

Poor imitation of a belgian white. Watery imitation of Blue Moon even when the Blue moon white is a poor beer. I have a fondness for Bluemoon as it was my notice of the idea of Craft Beer and the existence other beers other than adjunct lagers.

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Photo of DaneBramage
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I've found that drinking ST from the bottle and following the directions on the bottle on how to pour into a glass makes a big difference. Especially if you add a slice of orange to the glass. Still a fairly weak macrobrew, but better than your typical Bud or Miller swill.

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Photo of Shade1951
2.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Well, it could be that my palate has been unduly influenced by the very hoppy ales I've been drinking. I found this Belgian White to be almost devoid of any flavor at all. I don't think I'd be able to tell much of a difference between this and one of the mainstream lagers.

I don't find anything exactly bad about it. It's kind of refreshing in the way sparkling water is refreshing, though with a bit of flavor one would likely identify as "beery." If there are spices, they were used most sparingly.

I've had MUCH worse beers than this - some so bad that I had to pour them down the drain. This beer is disappointing as a "white ale," but definitely NOT drain pour. I wouldn't spend money on it, but it it's hot or very warm out and it's offered to me, I will gladly take it simply as a thirst quencher.

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Photo of Russell_L
4.48/5  rDev +48.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Shock Top taste great UNLESS you do not read the bottle. With this beer it is important that you pour the beer into a mug except for about an inch of beer in the bottle. At this point you need to swish around the beer in the bottom of the bottle to get the sediment out and dump into your glass. You will have a much better tasting beer. I also recommend squeezing a slice of orange into the beer for a more citrus flavor.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

I personally like blue moon better than this, but shock top has more of a sort of water down Orange juice flavor to it and was good for the hotter days. Less citrus out of the bottle than poured into a glass. It's like a lighter option to blue moon.

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Photo of Radome
2.34/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Served from a 12 oz bottle into a wine goblet.

A - Color is medium straw with lots of orange. Appearance is very cloudy and murky (ok for style). Low head quickly disappears. Light lacing.

S - Low bready malt and wheat. Light flowery note like chamomille, maybe some other light spices. No hops. Citrus doesn't come across, nor do any yeast notes.

T - Malt is so faint it's almost not there. No obvious wheat. Some spice, but it is indistinct. Citrus not noticeable. No hops or yeast.

M - Medium body with a strange "powdery" mouthfeel. Slightly sweet and cloying finish. Some bitterness appears to be combination of hops and citric acid. No alcohol presence.

O - Not only not distinctive, but actually a poor example of style in a lot of ways. Where is the wheat? Where's the yeast character? Or even the citrus for that matter?

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Photo of jsausley
2.92/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

On draft at Crab Catchers Little River.

A: Orange and golden, thick and cloudy like most wheats. Nice firm head that retains well. Decent carbonation and textured body.

S: Wheat and citrus, yeasty breadness, some orange from the slice that my server put on the rim... for some reason.

T: Slight wheat body with some malty character, very mild. No detectable hop variety. Nice citrus flavors. Very easy to drink and a good balance but not overly flavorful.

M: Thick but smooth, wheaty body. Some carbonation.

O: Not a bad entry level wheat. Lacking of any major characteristics but not a bad go to for if you can't find a wheat with more character.

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Photo of Heaz
3.85/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A step up from the junk stuff,
and a good anytime go to. Refreshing
in the summer and a reminder in the
winter that warmer weather is coming,
without being over light or island
style. Always good, I never have any
guests that complain or refuse one.

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Photo of leantom
3.64/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Have always been curious about this beer. A lot of people (undeservedly, I might add) give this beer low scores merely because of who makes it. I decided to pick it up at the local Fastmart. Here goes:

A: OK, but somewhat lackluster. Beer pours a cloudy yellow, which is normal for beers of this style. The head was also nice and fluffy, but it quickly dissipated and left no lacing whatsoever (I mean NO lacing). Usually Belgian ales - especially low-density ones - leave a ton of lacing due to protein-synthesizing yeast. Not so with this beer.

S: OK, but somewhat muted. Can detect coriander, spice, white pepper, lemon and orange. However, to my surprise, the smell only lasted for a couple minutes after opening the can! Not as strong as I would've liked, but oh well.

T: Bordering on good-to-OK. Has a nice citrus flavor, and I can detect lots of spices. However, the beer lacks that bready characteristic that's typical of Belgian ales (i.e., the one produced from Belgian yeast). It feels somewhat less robust than it should be. Otherwise, this would be a good brew.

M: Somewhat lackluster given the lack of a bready character. Otherwise OK.

O: An OK representation of the style. Would much rather have an Allagash White, though.

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Photo of SensorySupernova
3/5  rDev -0.3%

Appearance: Cloudy gold with white head

Smell: Orange smell, but mostly wheat.

Taste: Malts and wheat, no bitterness or alcohol detected.

Mouthfeel: Thin and well-carbonated.

Overall: Not too interesting but nothing offensive. Certainly a step up from the standard lagers you find at social events. Cheap, easy to find, and good on a hot day. This is one of the few beers that I can share with my friends who don't like intense beers.

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Photo of jaredtp
4.24/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This beer was a pretty good beer. I liked it a lot, I like to put a orange wedge in it. The citrus flavor that it has is really good. The citrus flavor that it has made the beer taste even better I think. The smell of this beer was also pretty good as well.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a cloudy yellow color with a fingers worth of head that fades down to pretty much nothing

S: A bit of citrus and spices with a wheat backbone. A bit simple, and a little too much of what I can only describe as a sports bar stink... weird

T: Definitely wheat-forward with quite a bit of the orange peel and a bit of the coriander and spices. Not too much else

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit chalky

O: A very mediocre witbier which is pretty much what you'd expect from AB. Decently drinkable, but could get a little cloying after a few

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Photo of JLaw55
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the beer that started it all for me. The one that got me into beer, not the first I had tried, but the one that made me give beer another shot. After trying a couple of horrendous mainstream options, this one wet my whistle for trying more. I still love it to this day, but only on tap. Out of the bottle, it does not taste even remotely the same to me. On tap at a bar though, delicious.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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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 thefullmontiii
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A decent compromise between quality and cost for a summer brew. Nothing special really, but not what you'd call bad either.

Best served poured into a glass with a slice of orange, the fresh citrus compliments the beer. Without the orange, though, pouring yields a mild head, with notes of citrus and coriander. Slightly cloudy in color. More sweet and refreshing than anything else, can't really even tell there's hops in it. Good for barbecues and summer get togethers.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've seen some bad ratings for this beer but figured I'd try some after a hard days work on a hot summers day. Not a bad beer for the price. Would recommend for someone who enjoys wheat beer but is strapped for cash. Goes down smooth. Here's my review.

A-it's good with a nice orange tint and creamy head that lasts several minutes.

T- Hoppy wheat taste with some grains and a hint of malt. Some mild creamy orange as well. Tastes lingers on the tongue.

S-mild orange smell. Nothing to speak of.

M-full mouthfeel with creamy lasting taste

I'd recommend trying Mustang Wheat Beer or Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat. Boulevard is like a good thanksgiving yeast roll.

Shock top is well worth trying

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not at all a bad beer - significantly better than Miller's Blue Moon and seems to play similar instruments as some craft beer in terms of experimentation with flavors and variations on the brand. The pour reveals a very foggy, hazy yellow/orange color, the smell is rather neutral, with possible hints of orange, and the taste's only flaw is that it's heavily carbonated, much like cheap domestic offerings, which throws the beer off quite a bit. Other than that, the taste is definitely good, with its subtle citrus undertones and wheaty texture. Between this and Goose Island 312, I can tell I'm digging wheat beers far more than any other type. The mouthfeel is good, but thrown off because of the strong carbonation at hand.

Shock Top Belgian White is something I could definitely drink on a regular basis. Definitely richer and deeper than the bland offerings by the same brewer.

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Photo of mdfb79
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From 06/07/14 notes. Have had this a few times, finally reviewing it. 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a hazy yellow-amber color with one inch of bright white head and moderate to high carbonation.

s - Smells of oranges, wheat, bready malts, sweet fruity malts, corn, grains, and wheat. Not too bad, oranges are there. Very sweet smelling.

t - Taste is similar to the nose but blander. Lots of grains, bready malts, wheat, with some light oranges, light fruity malts, citrus and floral notes to it. Step down from the nose.

m - Medium body and high carbonation. Not as light a body as I was expecting and overcarbonated.

o - Overall not a terrible beer; not great and pretty average, but not offensive at all. Light oranges and citrus in the nose, with less in the taste. Nothing to seek out but not the worst you can do.

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Photo of Homebrewkingpin
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I was unaware of it being an Anheuser Bush product when i saw it on sale.

Appearance- slightly darker than straw yellow lots of carbonation white head not much lace

Smell- adjunct sweet smell not bad just corn sugary maybe with some orange

taste - not great but okay a wheat orange a bit too sweet.

mouth feel- clean lots of carbonation a summer beer serve cold

Overall- its not as bad as some of the reviews on here say i don't know if i would buy again
but at this price point and for the style C+.

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Photo of jneiswender
1.37/5  rDev -54.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 1

Pour out of a twist top 12 ounce bottle into a tall glass

Pours orange with a foamy off white head

Belgian yeast smell up front not much else

Watery, some orange fresca taste

Well carbonated

So far off from the style. Not even close. Fresca fermented with Belgian yeast isn't a wit beer. Sorry AB.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy orange color in a 20 oz mug with little head and no lacing. Lots of carbonation rolling up at top of glass.

Smell is sweet of wheat and orange.

Taste does not live up to the sweet smell. More wheat malts than anything with maybe a little bit of spice at the end.

Mouthfeel is nicely carbonated that finishes nice and smooth.

Overall this beer is ok. The pub that I'm at only has 5 choices on tap so the pickings are slim. I may have it again but only if it comes between this and a macro American lager.

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Photo of ghisty
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

pours very clear for a white, first impression wasnt impressive. small to no head, once poured it does have some carb and minor cloudiness, less of what i had expected.

grains. which was expected, and far less shocking than hoped for, citrus note ,
but not the sweet lemony smell i had hoped for, more of a dank sort of orangepeel.
slight note of corrainder i think it is.

not bad. not as much bite as expected, but then again given the crazy packaging,
often these things are overstated, it isnt bad tasting at all, just a bit less exciting than is illustrated by the name and the labels. good tasting though. nice and light. citrusy.

this is where i find it leaves alot to be desired, typically whites are sharp, and more carb but i find this sort of typical for an busch product, base, flat mouth, only a slight after taste of dry citrus improves this.

not as bad as the ratings would have you beleive, it isnt typical for either styles its mixing together, something similar to like beachchair, but once again slightly more boring, I can see necking back a half dozen in the sun on the beach or something, and it would pair nicely with light food like fish and chips, but over all i must admit to slight dissapointment, not as punchy as I had hoped for. although now that I understand what it brings to the table, I may find a place for it.

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
3.01 out of 5 based on 3,676 ratings.
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