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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

BEER STATS
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#44,309
Reviews:
891
Ratings:
3,874
pDev:
23.31%
Bros Score:
3.1
 
 
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Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unfiltered beer. Hazy to cloudy that was true to style.
Very faint citrus in the nose. Notably from orange or spices and not from the hops.
Very thin on the mouthfeel with no malt background.
Nice smooth taste though with a decent spice and orange character. Pretty solid wit beer.
I was not a huge fan, but something I know the wife would enjoy.

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Photo of afinepilsner
3.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz brown bottle

Spring Heat Spiced Wheat was a cloudy yellow color with a white head. The head soon settled to a thin layer, leaving a little lace. The aroma was nice, with coriander, citrus and wheat. The taste was coriander and citrus as well. It was light bodied with plenty of carbonation. Drinkability was good. Overall it was a decent beer, light and refreshing.

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Photo of csteeves
3.76/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I very much enjoyed the bourbon cask ale that AB put out, and this is similar. It is not the best wit you will ever have, but for the price, it is very worth it. The citrus taste is very good, and not as overbearing as Blue Moon, and the aftertaste is not bad at all. I picked up a 6-pack for 6.39, and for the price, an amazing deal.

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Photo of theopholis
3.94/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy yellow, effervencneance and a one-finger head that quickly dissipates. No lacing at all.

Aroma- Typical what with hints of coriander and lemon. Smells clean and crisp and very inviting.

Taste- This is an AB product? Amazing. Nice, clean, crisp tasting what with just enough spices to make it interesting. Very subtle.

Mouthfeel- Medium body (for the style) and the carbonation is spot-on. Refreshing and clean.

Drinkability - Very sessionable. A nice, easy-drinking beer. Suitable for after work or on the weekend doing yard work. I'll be trying this again.

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Photo of jeffjfindley
3.88/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked this beer a lot more than I wanted to. I stopped by the Circle K to grab some beers on my way to my sister's place, intending to get some Sierra and Fat Tire, which I of course did. Then this caught my eye. This ridiculous package with this silly looking sun man on it. I noticed it was from Anheuser, and then that it was professing to be a Belgian Wheat, for $5.99. Picked it up, paid, drove to my sister's house, drank a Sierra, then a Tire, then this.

Appearance is appropriately cloudy, pale, and heady with ample carbonation. Smell is just ok, and a little too lemony. The taste was in fact better, with a nice wheat flavor. The balance of the spices was much better than I expected, though the citrus was a bit too strong, and the coriander a bit too weak. Mouthfeel was refreshing, and the drinkability was, well let's just say that there are no more of them in my sister's fridge.

Nice one AB.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.28/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, "born on" 2/10/07, brewed with orange, lemon, and lime peel, coriander, 2-row and wheat malt, Cascade, Willamette, and Hallertau hops. It pours an opaque, dark grapefruit juice color, with a big finger of frothy, off-white head that reduces to a collar. The aroma consists of coriander and tangy citrus, mostly lemon/lime, but also hints of orange, and there is a light background of wheat. It tastes light on the palate, with a tangy wheat base, combined with peppery coriander, orange zest, maybe some grassy hops, and a late lemon/lime twang on top of a light, fairly carbonated body that leaves a short finish. Overall it's not too bad, but it's a bit overspiced and needs more robust wheat and hop flavors.

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Photo of fezzman
2.98/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Cloudy golden with a 1" head that quickly faded into a fine ring.

S - Mild citrus notes and possibly the coriander.

T - I can definitely taste the citrus and it adds a nice touch.

M - A nice prickly feel up front with a somewhat watery finish.

D - Not too bad of an attempt. Today was a long, hot day and this is hitting the spot quite well. I can easily see myself laying around the pool with a small cooler of these next to me. :)

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Photo of goochpunch
2.94/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The shades are back.

Pours out a light tangerine. Cloudy. Fluffy head and lacing. Not too bad. Nos is too clean in terms of yeast, but the spicing is definitely there. This reminds me a lot of Blue Moon but with more spicing. Yeast is just as clean in the flavor as in the nose. Mouthfeel is a little syrupy sweet and the carbonation needs more presence. I have no problem drinking this, but as it warms it gets a little too sweet. Drink cold. I'd pick this over Blue Moon for sure.

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Photo of GuinnessHero
2.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Cloudy yellow, lots of carbonation and a one-finger head that quickly dissipates.

Smell - Very weak, a hint of coriander and lemon arise if you really try.

Taste - Not anything special, subtle spices are there, but hard to detect. Good clean finish.

Mouthfeel - Refreshing and clean. This is the best aspect of the beer.

Drinkability - Since it is so clean and easy to drink, you could have a few of these; however, I would rather have some Hoegaarden white ale if I want this style.

Notes: Good effort from AB, but I think I will stick with the breweries known for their white ales.

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Photo of arguemaniac
3.53/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

More of a Hefe with a nice spice profile than true wit really, but quite enjoyable nonetheless. A pleasant level of sweetness with a good amount of yeasty character and, like I said, a really nice lemony coriander spiciness. Not the best or most authentic wit out there, but pretty tasty and quite drinkable.

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Photo of jkaufman
2.56/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured a 12oz. bottle ("born on" 2007-02-23) into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours cloudy, golden-orange, with lots of visible carbonation and a very fluffy and foamy white head. Good lacing.

S: Citrus and apricots.

T and M: Starts out pretty citrusy and bubbly, but finishes smooth and wheaty. Oranges linger on the palette. Interesting presentation, but is a bit too sweet and has a weird, unidentifiable aftertaste.

D: I was left with a mild headache after drinking one.

I probably wouldn't drink this again.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.15/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Frosty yellow color, very hazy presentation. Large head of white foam, and a medium level of carbonation. Some lacing inside the glass.

S: Definitive notes of belgian-esque wheat and yeast. Some light fruitiness. Mild note of malt and biscuit.

T: Hollow; some notes of spice and lemon over wheat and mild bready notes. It's like the flavor WAS there, but has since been scooped out and only traces remain.

M: Light and mellow. Lacking crispness, it's still do-able, as it goes down smooth and has light carbonation on the tongue.

D: A half-hearted attempt at the micro market by A-B. Nothing more, nothing less.

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Photo of Lupin
3.85/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown bomber
Born on date 2/22/07
Drank on date 4/10/07

Ballsy citrus aroma after cracking this one.. Not too much of a head with minor lacing, but I was gentle.. Looks good for a hef, with that typical watered down plasma feel to it. I really can't smell anything other than lemon here, although someone is cooking with fried leeks downstairs...

First taste is sharp, sweet, and refreshing. It's good--not to sweet, definitely not as hoppy and bitter as a widmer, hoeg, or blue moon, and the tart character of the lemon seems to be less evident than the presence of a less acidic, yet still citric fruitiness. The hop comment applies particularly to the finish which, while not watered down, seems a little reserved without being watery.

I had the bourbon cask this winter and enjoyed the first 8 ounces of it. It was just too sweet with too much vanilla. I don't think the same problems are present with this beer, even though the sweetness factor is very high with this one. I've had the longshot boysenberry wheat a few times recently, and this reminds me an awful lot of it without the bombastic berry aromas that make that one oh so special. Definitely the best A-B product I've ever had to date. A respectable effort allaround and something that I guarantee I will grab one of the next times I go out to a place without much a selection..

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Photo of geexploitation
2.48/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy light gold with a big white head that dissipates quickly into just a collar. Smells like dish soap: fakish lemon and yeast, coriander. Not much there, but the quality of the lemon note is pretty bad. On the palate, a quick flash of sour lemon, then some pale malts, then things fall apart. The back end of this beer takes on an herbal, chemicalesque character that's pretty gross. It sticks to the palate tenaciously. The finish contains some plastic and diacetyl edges. Not good. Mouthfeel isn't the problem: the carbonation level is fine, the thickness of the beer is fine. The problem is the flavors. They seem slapped together, unintegrated, and not borne of natural ingredients, perhaps. Avoid.

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Photo of peabody
3.23/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out hazy yellow with an orange tint with one finger of suds in the Michelob pilsner glass.
Smell is wheat and lemon peel with mabey a slight cloveyness.
Taste is orange/sugar and wheat with lots of carbonation.
Not really a bad taste.
Mouthfeel is very good cold here . Refreshing and bubbly with a pretty clean taste and almost no aftertaste(not a good thing)
I could drink a 6-er of these boys in nothing flat on a hot day sitting in the sun at a blues concert.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.59/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The first thing I notice about this beer is how hazy it is -- on tap. It smells pretty good; the most identifiable scent/spice is orange followed by a strong wheat aroma. The complexity is nice although it seemed a touch sweet; still very quaffable with just enough going on to keep my interest. This actually reminds me a bit of Bell's Oberon if I dare say so. Overall, a drinkable spiced wheat that relies a bit too much on it's flavorings to make itself interesting.

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Photo of BeerSox
2.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Hazy pale orange hue with a thin white head that doesn't last long.

Light wheat with obvious spicy notes. Sugary fruit aromas, like processed fruit flavored cereal (fruit loops or fruity pebels).

The sugary fruit characteristic is repeated in the flavor. A light spice comes in here and there. Thin bodied and watery with a fizzy feel. The finish is clean with a little bit of lingering spice.

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

I saw this in the local grocery store (which has a slim to none beer selection), so I thought I would give it a try. Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a pint glass. The beer poured a hazy light yellow, forming a 1 inch thin head, leaving lights rings of lace on the glass. The aroma is a light sweet citrus, along with the usual grainy smell associated with most of Anheuser-Busch products. The taste is basically the same as the smell. Sweet citric flavor, some mild hops, with an even lesser amount of malt, finished off with a full grainy aftertaste. A not too thin mouthfeel. Overall, not a bad beer, but Anheuser-Busch still has a way to go, before they can compete with the real craft brewers.

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Photo of rowew
2.4/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck, twist. Born on date clearly marked. Label continues the AB seasonal tradition of horrible cheesy cartoons. Pouring instructions on the back include mixing up the sediment and pouring it in.

Appearance: Pours hazy yellow with a bit of orange to it. Medium head fades pretty quickly.

Smell: Lots of citrus and wheat aroma. A bit astringent.

Taste: All citrus and no beer. Body is thin, carbonation is high.

Overall impression: It is drinkable, but not interesting enough to keep me coming back. No depth of flavor at all, and a bit watery. I assume this is meant to steal some of the Blue Moon market, but BM seems to be pretty far superior.

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Photo of DrunkPagan
1.66/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a cloudy pale-pale yellow.
Smelled like citric acid.
Tasted like sickeningly sweet citric acid.
I didn't want to keep it in my mouth for the mouthfeel, but I kept it long enough to be unable to find any spiciness to it.
Overall drinkability: Just don't!!
I knew it was Anheuser-Busch, but I still tried to give it a chance. I really tried to look past the sickeningly overpowering citrus. I searched in vain for any hint of hops. I prayed for a malt taste that was anything but weak pilsner and cheap wheat. I was disappointed.
This beer is just bad. This is a swing and a miss. Too much citrus, no spice, no balance, WAY too sweet. In short, don't bother with this, just drink a 7up in your Blue Moon. It will be quicker, and MUCH less painful.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.41/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured cloudy, fizzy with good head and a thick chewy lace, looked like cloudy OJ and water, more lively than Blue Moon. A plus. Smelled of orange peel, there was a Trix cereal smell too which made the overall scent average at best. Mouth was creamy, rich with a nice citrus aftertaste but the taste? Trix are for kids. This missed Blue Moon for balance, tasted raw, like a wheat beer with lemon and orange, but as a hot weather beverage, it hit for me. Maybe above average.

At $7 a sixer, there are plenty other choices in this style that are more refreshing, at $5 this would be a decent sixer. Worth a try, but then go for the Great Lakes if you'd really like a good example.

Still, bravo AB, this and the Winter are very drinkable. You're finally seeing what would a decent beer should be!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.57/5  rDev +20.6%
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 Reidrover
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz single: hazy yellow beer, with a smallish pure white bubbly head. Quite a nice citrus fruit aroma, mainlly orange, hints of coriander. Flavour is strange, at first it reminded me a lot of a powder based soft drink I used to get as a kid in Scotland called "Creamola" its soft orange and vanilla, light spice. Light ,soft carbonation anda n almost creamy mouthfeel make this a pleasant if not strange drink. Actually not that bad a expierience.

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Photo of whynot44
3.07/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A hazy pale yellow color, almost like grapefruit juice, with a modest white head that retreats immediately to just a thin rim of lace which also disappears quickly.

The aroma is wheat, lemon and coriander, not bad.

The taste starts out with lemon drops, slightly sweet, but not too bad, just a bit artificial. Then a bready wheat taste creeps in along with the yeast and coriander. Finishes citrusy, spicy and slightly tart.

Light bodied, easy enough to drink, should make an adequate hot weather cooler. Drink ice cold. Worth a try.

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Photo of RedneckChemist
2.83/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ran across this at my local grocer and thought what the hell. Reading the description on the cardboard carrier, I couldn't help but think of a certain other wit brewed by the gents at Coors. I had this sample from a brown glass bottle with a born on date stamped on the side of the neck label. (Only 17 days old)

Appearance: I followed the pouring directions located on the label to find my pint glass filled with a very yellow, murky beer that had a small, slightly off white head that faded to a ring of foam. Little to no lacing.

Smell: This beer is very citrusy in the nose. Lemon mostly. Maybe a hint of coriander. I am straining to gather these scents because there is not much to smell here. Did someone put lemonheads in a BL?

Taste: There comes the lemon again. Really dominates everything else they were trying to do with this beer. Where is the wheat? There is a faint orange in the aftertaste. Maybe a hint of the coriander coming through, but there is a lot of lemon zest in this beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin for a wit. Don't really know how to go into much more detail than that. Good balance to the carbonation. I guess they were going for a refreshing beer on an increasingly hot day.

Drinkability: I would not say this is a bad beer. Not what I expected from either a wit or from the description by the brewer, but it really is a decent beer with too much lemon. The flavors do at least remind you that the winter has gone and your gonna need a few refreshing beers to enjoy after mowing the lawn. The guys at AB have given us what we have come to expect from them: a beer with a decent flavor that lacks any real complexity or depth.

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.96 out of 5 with 3,874 ratings
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