Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: Belgian 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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#46,515
Reviews:
920
Ratings:
4,037
pDev:
23.31%
 
 
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Reviews: 920 | Ratings: 4,037
Photo of Markpalmer
3.73/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

It's very good for a A/B product. Very tasty and easy to drink, and not much aftertaste, just that hint of citrus. However it is a little too expensive to drink regularly, and it can give you some bad gas in the A/B tradition.

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Photo of handmuffin
2.34/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into glass at home.

Look: Pours straw gold in color, moderately hazy with large white head. The head disappears faster than expected and

Smell: Smells of orange peel, coriander and wheat. No hoppy aroma.

Taste: Flavor of orange, spice, wheat and vanilla. No detectable hop flavor. No detectable alcohol flavor. Quite sweet and zero bitterness.

Feel: Smooth body. Full finish. Medium high carbonation.

Overall: This beer is inoffensive but uninteresting. The classic orange and coriander flavor characteristic of wits is turned up and the only flavors detectable. The sweetness is cloying and makes it so even though it is easy to drink, I do not want to reach for another.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.17/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours less hazy than expected. The brew is pale gold, with a moderate amount of effervescence bubbling up that lasts well glass. The pour produces 2+ fingers of shortlived, foamy, white head which leaves no appreciable lacing or surface cap & only a hint of a collar. Aroma is a little thin but very typical of the style: wheat, sweet bread, coriander, Belgian yeast, fruity esters of orange, banana & a hint of apricot. Taste is also typical of the style but like the nose is thin: wheat, pie dough, coriander, orange, banana & a faint stone fruit hint. There is something melon-like as the finish approaches. Finishes disappointingly thin & everything good or bad with the flavor profile disappears in the dry aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation, creamy, pepper prickly, finishing a little bit thin & slick. I don't know if this has oats in it but it is certainly creamy enough in the front for them to have been used.

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Photo of TooLucid
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not bad. Crisp, clean, and with just enough texture to keep things interesting. The orange/lime accents are stronger than I'd like, at least for this beer in-particular. More spice (clove in this case) would be nice. Enjoyable macro brew. I prefer it over it's direct competitor Blue Moon, generally anyway; and it's cheaper!

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Photo of basaywhat
2.94/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy yellow, white head. Aroma is wheat, lemon, clove. Flavor is wheat, clove and citrus. There are a lot of better examples of this style. Stay Away.

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Photo of wejohnsn
1.86/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

uninspired and flat. kinda creamy mouth feel . I got in this in a can to taste and try. Can looks cool and I like oranges so I expected a hint of it but there was none.not much flavor. Busch NA was more satisfying.

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Photo of Premo88
3.36/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into tight nonic
(April 13, 2017 born-on date)

L: cloudy yellow-gold to gold, buildup of amber in middle of glass; 1-inch head of white foam that dissipates quickly; keeps a thin but consistent collar of white foam; no sticking/lacing

S: peach, apricot, very sweet ... like sugar-coated dates or fruitcake

T: apricot-orange, again very sweet ... residual yeast note, slightly earthy in the aftertaste; sweet cheesecake; as it warms and palate adjusts, the first sip is always super sweet with a cheesecake-like sour/softness ... sour as in that thing cream cheese has that's just a bit different; lime ... cilantro; orange ... lightly tart orange

F: light and crisp as expected but with a pinch of ale weight/softness to it ... quite intriguing; shows moderate activity in the glass, so it makes sense -- it's not a rip-your-tongue-off force-carbonated nightmare, which many macro-brews can be

O: the level of sweetness suggests sugar and/or syrup of some kind is in there, and the cheesecake note is weird ... not offensive or terrible, just weird; there's also little-to-no clove in it, which many will find refreshing; overall it's neither a world-beater nor a drainpour; nothing I'll drink again but interesting to investigate nonetheless

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Photo of paulwain
4.1/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look - 4 - I will admit I don't think I have ever drunk this in a glass - so a little blind in that area.
Smell - 4 - Very pleasant aroma - not over hoppy, but still with some good definition of what is to follow
Taste - 4.25 - Not over powering, but with a very pleasant taste that wont kill the flavours of anything you are consuming with it.
Feel - 4 - Nice and smooth - no unpleasantness going down.

I will admit that this is the guilty pleasure. Something by AB should not be this good. However as a go to, dare I say "quaffing" beer, this is the one. I make sure to keep some cold in the fridge for the nights I'm not going to delve into a deep hoppy beer. I cant really say why, but this beer generally hits the spot - and I don't think I am alone - Ive heard similar sentiments from other people. I would put this beer into the "so wrong it cant be right, but it does work" category. Which feels wrong :)

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Photo of Parmesan
2.44/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

L: Pours a Hazy orange yellow color with a creamy white head and some lacing on the glass.

S: A little clove a little Belgian yeast but not much else. A little wheat in the background.

T: Some lemon, some wheat, a little clove and Belgian yeast. Still not much going on here.

F: Somewhat creamy body but still a little watery.

O: A very bland wheat ale.

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Photo of lcampoli
3.34/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this one on draught and from a can. Pleasant taste, benefits from a light sprinkle of salt over it. Light, blonde, citrusy; perfect summer beer.

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Photo of cdclark81
3.3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy color that is expected in a wheat beer, but the orange tint was a pleasant surprise. Taste is good, you can pick up on the citrus, carbonation is on the higher side. I tend to prefer darker, heavier beers, but if you drink this for what it is (a lighter, summer beer), you won't be disappointed. I just finished mowing the grass, and it really hit the spot.

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Photo of EMH73
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. Poured a slightly cloudy orange color with a one inch white head. Smells and tastes of orange, lemon, wheat and honey. A little on the sweet side for my taste. Well carbonated, light bodied, crisp and refreshing.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.17/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint amber + burnt orange colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy off-white head that reduces to a large patch of thin film covering the entire surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Just shy of moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of wheat malts, orange citrus, coriander spice, and Belgian yeast.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of wheat malts with a light amount of cereal grain malts and a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by slightly heavier than light flavors of orange citrus and light flavors of coriander spice. No discernible hop presence and only a hint of bitterness in the finish leaving a light lingering yeastiness in the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy to drink but not the best example of the style - a little too malty and sweet.

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Photo of NeilSilber1
3.41/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice yellow unfiltered color with fading head. Very mild and flat taste with subtle hints of corriander spice. Just okay , not worthy of a true "Belgium" but good considering Anheiser Busch's.

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Photo of poisoneddwarf
3.39/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle. Another Blue Moon rip-off, which is itself a ripoff. Lots of coriander in the nose. Strong orange flavor. Not a bad beer, but it’s a pale imitation of an imitation.

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Photo of swim
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Opaque straw yellow. Nearly no head or lacing. An odd appearance when you are used to clear beer but different is nice in my opinion.

S: Alright smelling but not very enticing. There's a strong presence of alcohol, the coriander aroma, and then a tiny bit of citrus.

T: Difficult to describe, not much is popping out at me. Sort of astringent, a little sweet, hardly bitter. The flavours really blend together but there is a small amount of detectable citrus and coriander. Minimal neutral aftertaste.

F: Light carbonation. A little foamy feeling. Neither thick or thin. Hardly coating or drying.

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Photo of Lewnanny
4.03/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Super nice subtle orange taste beer.

Got is several time but never rate it, so this one deserve a rating.

The orange whitish color and the nice orange smell is nice to drink

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Photo of peltome1
3.81/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Another wheat style beer with nodes of citrus and spice and malty. There was very little bitterness and it poured with slight foam. The taste wasn't too strong, it was a good beer with mild flavors.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
2.13/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Look - Poured a foggy gold color, thin white head vanishes in the blink of an eye.
Aroma - Orange energy drink, grain
Taste - Thin, grainy, artificial orange, sweet, perfumey spice, very little bitterness.
Feel - Light body, fizzy, watery.

Overall - Not good.

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Photo of deebo
2.92/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A-slightly cloudy, dark yellow brew with a white head without staying power.
S-orange peel and coriander
T-wheaty malt with plenty of sweet citrus and a bit of coriander.
M-a bit high on the carbonation with a decent mouthfeel.
O-this is a pretty sweet witbier reminiscent of blue moon. Like the style but there are versions that hit my Q spot better.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had this on tap while out to eat which was the best option available.gold color with mild citrus aroma. It was easy to drink but that was sort of the problem.nothing really stood out and made me pay attention.still it was okay and would have it again but wouldn't seek it out.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.46/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy straw color with little head from tap. Many carbonation bubbles. Very light citrus or melon scent ?? Mild and slightly wheat, hint of fruit. Not bad. Inoffensive

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Photo of 0panther0
3.36/5  rDev +13.5%
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 -20.6%
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 -11.8%
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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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.96 out of 5 with 4,037 ratings