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:
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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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.21/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This beer gets a mention in Stan Hieronymus' "Brewing With Wheat" as an example of what happens when a large brewery tries to market a traditional beer style to the general public (successfully, if sales are any indicator. Of course they aren't, at least where quality is concerned). The recipe is in fact rather interesting, deviating from the classic orange peel and coriander spice formulation (although these are in there too, in spades ... Apparently they use no unmalted wheat along with lemon and lime peel). Tried on tap at a Calgary pub, certainly looks like a decent witbier, a cloudy orange-yellow with a dollop of white foam. As is often the case with North American mass-produced wits, has a huge coriander nose, a sour spicy tang along with a little raw dough. Quite crisp and dry, heavily carbonated and the coriander is too forward. One thing I will say is that there's a decent amount of citrus pith that DOES provide a counterbalance of sorts to all of that seed spice, some orange-lemon-lime (a bit like Mountain Dew soda pop) to prevent this from tasting purely like a coriander soup. You have to pay close attention though, as this brew is relatively devoid of any character from Belgian yeast or malt and leaves a relatively muted, watery impression. Alternatively, slam it back on a hot day and appreciate it for what it is.

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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +15.9%

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

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2.9/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint can purchased from one of the local quick mart's.

Cloudy orange coloration.. Very orange. Slight one finger head that is short lasting.

When cold, Mid-heavy orange flavor with very minor hints of wheat and spice.
Think bread dipped in cheap OJ. Once it warms, pure Tang flavor.

Drink ice cold.

Smells of orange. (big surprise there)

Mid-light texture.

This beer would be okay if slammed ice cold on a hot day. Unfortunately the citrus becomes overwhelming once it warms.

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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1/5  rDev -66.9%

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4.5/5  rDev +49%

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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

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1.75/5  rDev -42.1%

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.5%

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3/5  rDev -0.7%

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3.31/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Had in standard ale glass

A: straw color; good 3-finger head; beautiful steam of carbonation; ok lacing
S: banana, light, but disappears after about 1 minute
T: banana, pear, lightly flavored; no hops, slightly sweet, not complex

I wasn't expecting much from Shock Top, and those expectations were exceeded (hence the high marks).

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2.5/5  rDev -17.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
3.02 out of 5 based on 3,826 ratings.
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