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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#46,856
Reviews:
907
Ratings:
3,962
pDev:
23.31%
Bros Score:
3.1
 
 
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Photo of AlexJ
2.73/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy bright orange in color with a fluffy white head that quickly dissapates, leaving delicate lace. Way too orange looking.

Aroma is very mild wheat and subtle spice completely dominated by artificial orange. Smells like Tang.

Flavor ditto. Tastes like an artificially flavored Witte. There's no way the orange flavor is authentic.

Mouthfeel is actually nice and creamy with that good wheaty quality. Too bad it tastes like an orange soda.

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Photo of beerindulger
1.06/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

OH MY GOD! What crap for beer especially trying to pawn itself of as a belgium white! Totally worthless tasted terrible! Bitter aftertaste! Couldn't even finish! Don't waste your money! Sorry Anhauser-Bush just stick to Bud, Bud Light, and Michelob!

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Photo of cgstarry
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought this at Cub foods after picking up and being relatively impressed by another A-B offering: Sun Dog.

Being a lover of wheat beers and Belgians in particluar, I was looking forward to a tangy and spicy experience. What I found is good, but not great. It is sort of like "Blue Moon Light". So if that's what you are looking for, this is the ticket.

Blue moon is my favorite mass produced beer but the downside is it is so strong. This brew sports all the right flavors without the ton of bricks coming down on me on a hot day.

Pours light straw color with light carbonation. Nice white head on top but it quickly dissolved. Some lace left after each draught.

The smell is of cirtus and grain. The taste reminds me of a half strength lemon drop with a little of that good beer flavor shining through. No bitterness at all really.

Overall I would recommend this to anyone who likes the style but does not want to quaff a full strength brew in the middle of a hot Summer day!

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Photo of plaid75
3.45/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was little retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light yeast esther and some traces of coriander.

The taste consisted a lightly chewy wheat malt and a bit of spice.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style.

Overall a servicable wit. Easy enough to drink.

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Photo of Aleforge
3.84/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy yellow, thin white head, minimal lacing.

S - Nice spicy notes, smells very complex

T - Bready notes fly out all over. Almost reminds me of sourdough dipped in fondue. Delicious!

M - Tingly, highly carbonated

D - Easily drinkable, smooth, spicey notes are not over powering

Wow... this is from AB? This has to be one of the best beers I have had from them. And as far as Hefe's go, this one is interesting and enjoyable!

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Photo of AbrahamRobert
4.32/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When this beer first came out, I bought myself a six pack, and wasn't overly impressed. It poured a nice deep gold color, with a decent finger of head, but the taste wasn't really up to par. But down at the local pub they had it on tap, so i decided to give it another go. It was, in my opinion, better on tap. And the fact that they served it with a few orange slices made it that much better.

I'd say this is a decent witbier, and a honorable attempt by Anhueser Busch at making a seasonal micro-brew.

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Photo of joshwlt
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

If you want a wheatbeer in this category that is accessible (at least for me they are) and priced similarly to shock top but with a decent complexity try Tucher, Sam Adams seasonal white ale, or Sweetwater's hummer. If you want something more reminiscent of orange soda... go for this. It was more watery than most wheats I've had, has less prominent spice in it, fairly sweet (very little bitterness), and definitely has orange flavor in it. Mouthfeel: way thin despite the fact that it appears unfilitered its fairly watery but with plenty of carbonation.

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Photo of IntriqKen
4.1/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful cloudy orange with some golden notes. Impressive 2-1/2 finger dense white head that lasts a long time with some sticky lace...not real mapping, but lacing none-the-less.

Aroma is rich in oranges, corriander, and a light bready yeast smell.

Taste is true to form with slightly sweet wheat malt surrounded with orange and orange peel, spice, white pepper, and lemon.

Mouthfeel is clean and dry.
Very refreshing.

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Photo of 1099
3.19/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled this beer in an unfrosted mug at a local restaurant.

A: Very cloudy, almost looks like cloudy chicken broth in my mug. This is a definite switch from the usualy filtered, clear beers I'm used to.

S: I could smell the spice, but for the life of I can't equate in my mind what it could be. Smells quite nice though. I do smell some malt below the spice.

T: The taste was not bad at all. The malt came through, along with some hops and the so far unnamed spice. It all balanced nicely, making for a rather tasty brew.

M: Thin, but for a wheat beer, thin is about the norm from my experience

D: Is good. I like this style a whole lot.

This is quite a switch for Anheuser-Busch, and truth be known, is a rather nice switch from the usual fare. If I can find this outside of a restaurant, I will buy it!

Prost!

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Photo of jhu1995
2.16/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a nice cloudy, golden color with a nice head. Smell is a hint of spice and some slight fruitiness. Tasted like regular Bud except unflitered with some spices tossed in and some wheat substituted. Thught it could be drier, but could not get over the Bud taste. Was hoping a better attempt would be made.

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Photo of Misfit138
3.79/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A friend gave me a bottle of this to try, I never it had before.

A- Pretty average yellow fizzy beer, nothing exciting here.

S- The beer has a nice citrus aroma, I was actually impressed.

T- I think the beer taste pretty much like the style should, citrus and some wheat.

M- Very light, as expected. Fairly carbonated.

D- Not bad, I wouldn't go out of my way to get this but considering who makes it and how easy it is to find its an ok choice.

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Photo of jwc215
3.42/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Born on" 06 Jan 08:

Pours hazy/clouded lemon-drop yellow with a thin white head that slowly thins to a patch. Minimal vanishing lace sticks.

The smel is of orange and lemon zest, bready yeast, wheat tang, coriander. Although pretty mild, all the components are there, and do a nice aromatic job.

What happened? The taste is much thinner than the aroma. So much so that a pinch of water and alcohol come through. Sweet, but balanced, the taste follows the characteristics in the nose, but I had to search for it. For those not contemplating the beer, they could easily be missed. Nothing is off, just very mild.

Light-bodied and crisp, it could use more creaminess/body, but it's not watery or fizzy despite the thinness.

A heat-beater for sure. Not bad, but falls short compared to others of the style because of its thinnness.

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Photo of Portertime
2.35/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Another boring summer brew from Anheuser-Busch. I expected disappointment and I got it. Poured a very cloudy light gold color. Smelled faintly of orange and very little malt. Tasted very thin with barely detectable citrus and hardly the complexity of a good witbier. I just tried this one for the sake of trying it.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.43/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle from Hannaford. Sounds like last year's Spring Heat Spiced Wheat... Same beer? Let's find out. Pours a cloudy yellow-orange with a quickly dissipating off-white head. Smells faintly orangey-lemony. Tastes like lemon with some orange notes, faint spice and vanilla notes and a very clean finish. Medium bodied with muted carbonation. Very drinkable. Nothing off or displeasing about this beer, but fairly pedestrian and bland as well. In a word, safe.

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Photo of DoubleJ
2.96/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

AB joins the big three with their own witbier entry. Where will this one rank compared to the other two (Blue Moon and Leine)? Let's find out, and on to the beer we go:

Big puffy head on top a mildly hazed light straw body. That head's staying up for awhile, and the body's color really looks like that of an authentic witbier. Coriander and fruit peels in the smell.

Unfortunately, it tastes like a watery witbier. Not bad by any means, but the flavor intensity borders that of a light beer. Although it gets better as it slightly warms from the fridge, I'm not particuarly excited about this, and I really enjoy witbiers. Not very spiced with light wheat malt. Bah.

Disspointment never breaks hearts, raised hopes do. The appearance brought up my hopes, but the raised expectations from it broke my heart when I tasted it. This is one witbier that might need an orange slice to keep your interest.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
2.41/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No glass on hand, review from bottle. Citrus notes a little overwhelming on the nose follow through to taste. Something very artificial here, as if they brewed this stuff with powdered tang mix as a dry-hop. Mouth a little watery for a Belgian, would have liked some more carbonation, especially in the finish. That said, I know that this is an A-B effort and not aimed at the BA, but our friends and neighbors. Could this bring more attention to craft brewing? is the real question here; does it's taking shelf space from other crafts, or from Bud light, do the industry justice? Yes and no. Certainly more drinkable than a Bud. Over emphasis on citrus hops, aka the "9" effect, may turn off a certain demographic. I'm still glad the movement has grown to the point where the big guys are trying to co-opt it with swill like this.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.43/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured hazy dark gold/orange with a good amount of head.

Smell: Not a whole lot here- mild spicy and citric notes, mild wheat.

Taste: Pronounced lemon-orange zing pops out on a mild wheat base. Citrus flavors nearly a little too sharp for a Belgian.

Mouthfeel: Smooth mouthfeel with a slightly watery depth.

Drinkability: Had no trouble drinking this- mild ABV and pleasantly refreshing.

Overall: Surprised to find this was a A-B product. They stuck to the formula here. Not bad.

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Photo of stevecee2003
3.48/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sold in a bottle that was "born-on" dated four months before purchase. Don't know how much that effected the taste this time. I have tried this beer before and it did seem a bit spicier then.

APP- Pours with a light amber colour, and a bit cloudy as well. A huge head that threatened to overtake the glass. Some sipping was in order to stave off the foam. A tiny no-no in my opinion. I want to taste the beer outright, at first sip.

SMELL- a light citrus smell. But it says right on the label, "made with Orange, Lemon, and Lime peels". Still not a strong smell. Just light and the hint of citrus.

TASTE- Clean, refreshing taste. The citrus really comes through clean. Although the fruits are not in an overabundance. As a session beer in summer this could do for a nice evening out with friends sitting on the balcony, or at an outside cafe'.

OVERALL DRINKABILITY- Possibly a good session beer for those who are inclined to citrus. Its not too sweet. Just light and refreshing. Think Wheat beer with lots of lemons and limes thrown in.

OVERALL- Not bad, really. I didn't expect much, and its easy to drink. Its not impressive, but perhaps that's the point. It doesn't try to be.

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Photo of SaltyLime
3.72/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was pleasantly surprised by this one.
Appearance: white head popped away - gone in 60 seconds - hazy golden colored brew, born on date 17 FEB 08
Smell: quickly identified an orange zest in there, piney
Taste: solid citrus flavors with a slight sour tang in the aftertaste
Mouthfeel: crisp, light to medium body with adequate carbonation
Drinkability: refreshing and light, easy drinking, I can see how this would please the masses

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Photo of KI9A
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy yellow, puffy white head.

S: sour, wheat, corrander, lemon

T: wheat, corrander, sour citrus, yeasty.

M: Clean, decent balance of spice and wheaty/yeast.

D: Well, no matter what, some will hate this because is AB. Truth is, it isn't a bad white. No, it isn't Allagash. But, it is easier to find, and a damned better drink than a Bud/Miller/Coors " lager ".

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Photo of murdoch22
2.47/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Gotta follow the pouring instructions on the bottle (down the side of the glass, then swirl the dregs to scour the bottle) else you'll get a short-lived 50/50 head on it. It has a nice cloudy unfiltered color to it, and a fair lacy head, but the color is an odd orange-red, so it looks like a tall glass of orange Gatorade with 7-Up and a splash of milk. The smell is faint, but not what you'd call delicate. Takes some deep breaths to really get it. Smells like someone's making a good wheat beer about a block away. Non-descript citrus comes through in the taste, with a hint of wheat. That's right, a hint of the main ingredient. I like this style to have a bite and crispness like that first can of Pepsi at 6 am, but this lacks even the bite of the Dr. Pepper left over from lunch at 3:30 pm. They didn't use rice to calm it down, did they? If so, it's a shame. There's a pleasant sourness to the aftertaste that would be much better if it showed up in the inital kick, rather than in the lingering metallic sugariness that makes me want to take another drink just to wash it away.

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Photo of jettjon
3.16/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle clearly marked "Born on date 17 Feb 08" into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it's a hazed grapefruit flavor with plenty of yeasties left in the bottom of the bottle even after a good swirl. Thick, white cap of fine bubbles fades at a moderate pace down to a respectable collar and thin cap. Nose of faint wheat, definite bready yeast odor, and hints of citrus. Yup, smells like an unfiltered wheat ale. Taste is rather subdued with a kind of wheaty mash flavor and vague hints of traditional white ale spices. However, the spices just don't seem to shine through the wheaty mash. More hints of spices and a touch of hops at the finish. Not a whole lot happening flavorwise; not unpleasant but not especially great either. Mouth is decent with semi-viscosity and middle-low carbonation in the mouth. Drinkability is decent; it's refreshing and quenching.

Overall: This one could pass as a micro, though the A-B "Born on Date" gives it away. Still, is a good, fresh White ale a bad thing just because it comes from a macrobrewer? Nay, I say. Taken in and of itself, this one's a decent representation of the style, certainly worth putting back on a warm spring day.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.04/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Kind of a pleasant surprise. The beer was a hazy yellow/orange color with a thick white head. It had a vaguely citrus aroma. Orange and a teeny bit of spice in the taste. Not too bad a beer, but it could have a stronger aroma and taste. Still, it was decent enough to drink that I would order it again.

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Photo of Vancer
2.86/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy and hazy (HUH! Guess they're hiding imperfections, eh!?!) lemon with orange tints.
Semi-frothy white head.

Soapy coriander in the aroma, fairly weak. Quaff also is weak with the spices and orange, but at least the mouth a bit of a finishing bite. Nothing great, nothing bad about this Wit. Cheap cross-over brew. A slice of orange would help add some zest.

Noticed lots of yeasties on the bottle bottom - that surprised me.

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Photo of ccrida
3.66/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into my large Gulden Draak tulip, Shock Top is a cloudy pale gold with a big, fluffy white head that is fairly slow to settle, leaving only a smattering of lace.

Smell is sour wheat, citrus, and a quinine like mineral bite.

Taste is pretty grainy, particularly on the long lingering aftertaste. The citrus was not as dominant as I feared (lime, lemon and orange all cited on the label), and is well integrated. A pretty solid Witbier, I'm really suprised it from AB, decent refreshment while maintaining a few flavor. I'd certainly take it over Budweiser.

Mouthfeel is crisp, drier, medium bodied.

Drinkability is pretty good, this first one washed down my pulled pork easy enough, but I'm not in a hurry to drink the rest of the 6 pack. I would have never bought this, a Witbier from AB, but someone brought it over my house, and I'm glad I gave it a try.

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.96 out of 5 with 3,962 ratings