Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White
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Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White

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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.

Added by zjungleist on 03-11-2006

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Photo of bluesfan1181
2.46/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I tried this on the AB brewery tour this past Sunday. Reminds me a lot of Blue Moon in flavor but the color is a little lighter. Pours a nice hazy yellow with a one finger head. This was in a 9 oz. taster so, the head could have been bigger if poured in to a pilsner or weizen glass. Smelled of orange and corriander. Taste was citrus with spicy notes. Mouthfeel was good. Has a smooth drinkability. Not better than Blue Moon, but good.

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Photo of PhageLab
3.12/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shock Top Belgian White - Unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale. This is officially a renamed version of Spring Heat Spiced Wheat which will be available year round as opposed to it's traditional springtime release. Sample bottle from a friend poured into a weizen glass. Has an odd picture of an orange with a person's face and a mohawk.

A - Pale golden hue with a bit of a yeasty cloud swirling in it. Produced a small head which dissipated fairly quickly. Nothing big here.

S - Big citrus nose here, lemon and orange peels mostly. Smells pretty good.

T - A bit bland in the taste profile. Small hint of coriander in the mild spices. Rest of the body is comprised of a small hop note and mostly orange flavors. I thought I could see the yeast but it's not apparent here.

M - Light bodied, moderate carbonation level. A bit watery. Not much in the aftertaste.

D - Decent. I remember trying the spiced wheat on tap and having the same reaction. It's not bad at all, but not really my thing. Might be interesting to do a taste off with Blue Moon. If you're caught between this and Bud, take this, otherwise, it's simply take it or leave it.

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Photo of Atron67
3.17/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a foggy straw yellow with a little head, not much lasting power and it faded completely away

S- wheatiness, but not much

T- pretty flavorful from waht i was expecting. pretty good but not great

M- light body, with light carbonation

D- its better than i expected, but theres better witbeir.

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Photo of chilidog
3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Going off notes here for I bought thisone back in March, 07, when I first saw it. One of thoughs, oh ya, i'll get to that reviews.

It pours a hazy pale yellow. The head was full, lasting and laces pretty well. White in color.

The aroma was yeasty coriander

The taste shared that yeasty, citric and coriander purge. Other citric notes follow like orange peel and lime. A spiced malt background hinting of black-pepper.

The mouth finish is clean and crisp for this medium bodied brew though alittle watery toward the end, esp. if the beer warms of sets.

A good spring release, id most likely buy again, perhaps next March.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
3.47/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a lame duck yellow, slightly cloudy, with a good starting head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is a kind of funky mash of citrus, orange and lime mostly, some lemon too, some coriander. The lime is what gives it a neat twist. The taste started off good, but maybe I was expecting too little, or trying to be unbiased. Its just thin, weaker than the nose, the same characters coming in play, but watery in both feel and taste, and similarly the taste fades extremely quick. A good bit of carbonation is what saves the mouth feel, but it can't do anything with the taste, cause it needs work. Overall, pretty easy to drink, not bad tasting, but nothing all that serious.

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Photo of jasrbrd
4.34/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer has some nice spice flavors with a good aroma. I think it actually tastes close to a micro brew. Pretty good for an Anheuser-Busch commercial product. Nice fruit flavor that doesn't overpower the beer. Next time spring comes around it's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Billolick
3.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer, twist off, with "Born on" dating...label even gives direstions on swirling/rolling the bottle to get the yeast into your glass, nice touch, pours typical wit beer, light yellowy apricot, cloudy, minor, soft off white head, light lacing, fruity, citrus nose, lemony easy drinking brew. Typical and respectable wit characteristics, citrus, wiff of yeast and wheat malt. Some balancing hoppyness late, all in all a quite respectable summer offering. Fine with newbies and with a summer BBQ, enjoy!

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Photo of hero27
3.15/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle.
5.2% abv
Bottled Feb. 24, 2007.

Pours a hazy orang-ish/yellow color. Bright white head of foam tops it off.
Subtle aroma of lemon zest, orange, and spices.
Plenty of orange & lemon in the taste..quite sweet & tart. Spices are nothing incredible, but add another element to the brew.
The texture is somewhat grainy and overall the beer is a little too sweet in my book.

While it's a pretty decent refreshing beer, I don't think I'd want to have more than a couple of them in one sitting.

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Photo of kelticblood
2.86/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a straw gold color with spotty traces of lacing. Appearance is nothing special. I had never heard of this beer and grabbed the last six-pack they had. When I got to the register I noticed it was made by Anheuser-Busch and was already disappointed. After my horrible experiecne with their Winter Cask Ale I was reluctant to buy another "offering" from them. I said screw it and gave it a try. The taste is mediocre at best. It claims all sorts of spices and citrus peels, and fruits. They also claim it's a Belgian Style. Just because you add a few spices to a wheat beer doesnt make it anything like a Belgian. It has a very dry finish and isnt really refreshing. Not what I am looking for when Its hot out. Hints of lemon and citrus are noted along with strong phenol notes. The aroma is of all light sweet malts. The drinkability isnt that bad. The malts and carbonation arent balanced, and no hops are tasted. It does have a dry lingering bitterness. I followed the pouring instructions on the back of the bottle ,but couldnt match the "thick collar of foam" they promised. It has no real wheat taste with overpowering phenols. Once again A.B should stick to producing mass-produced macros and leave the craft beer to the pros.

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Photo of BitteBier
3.65/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A heavily-hazed pale yellow color with a bit of gold at the edges. Topped with a finger-and-a-half worth of tight, nearly white foam that quickly collapses into just a minimal ring. A pleasant though subdued nose with sweet grains overlaid with a nice whiff of orange peel. Taste is grainy in a way that helps cut the fruity-spicy sweetness. Despite that sweetness, the mouthfeel is clean with a pleasantly lingering crispness. This is a fine summer beer.

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Photo of logansboat15
4.2/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A real surprise from Anheuser-Busch. I tried this on tap with some good friends at a cafe in tiny Onekema, Michigan. One of them ordered "Spring Heat" and it looked so good, I needed a taste. It poured a thick hazy pale yellow and smelled of coriander and lemon peel. The taste was almost buttery with heavy coriander notes and a fruity finish. The mouthfeel was creamy smooth and delicious and is a highly drinkable warm weather brew. It was so good that I ordered a glass for myself, after I finished my Founder's Centennial IPA. It was a terrific night, capped off by excellent conversation paired with a Portabella mushroom grilled Panini sandwich and waffle fries.

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Photo of Chaz
3.68/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served cold in a shaker. Pours a hazey, pale orange-gold in color, topped with a white head and minimal lacing. Wheat malt, light biscuity malt notes and fairly light spicing on the nose, aroma improves as it warms. Wheat malt along with coriander and cardamon stand out on the first sip, and light notes of vanilla and marshmallow follow behind. A fairly nice, dry bitterness here, and pleasant citrus notes (orange rind) toward the end. This is a little rounder than some Wits I've enjoyed, and with a bit of diacetyl, but nothing truly awful. Medium bodied, with a fairly even mouthfeel and nice semi-brisk carbonation. Really opens up as it warms. Not bad at all, and while it's hardly a St. Bernardus Wit, it's lively than Blue Moon. I'll try it again sometime.

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Photo of JudgeRoughneck
2.66/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer has a generous white, faom head that fades to a thin layer. It is opaque and dingy yellow in color. It has a weak, musty, citrus aroma. The taste leads with a biting astringency. This is way beyond wheat "zip", but it makes the way nicely for a forceful peppery character, big lemon rind, then musty light tobacco, some funk at the end, and a soapy aftertaste.

MF- the astringency and carbonation really attack the mouth here.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.62/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly foggy cornmeal yellow that becomes lightly turbid when the bottom of the bottle beer is added. The alabaster cap is a quality affair, resembling whipped egg whites or whipped marshmallow. Unfortunately, it doesn't look quite as good as it melts. Arching streamers of sudsy lace decorate the glass.

The nose favors citrus fruit peel over coriander. Even though it may not be traditional, I think it's a stroke of brilliance to use orange, lemon and lime peel in a wit. I can definitely appreciate the first and third, but not the second. If the flavor is this good, I'll be onboard in a big way.

Close, but no cigar. When beer first hits taste buds, I'm impressed by how much Spring Heat Spiced Wheat tastes like it smells. Citrus zest, especially orange, is the dominant member of the flavor profile and carries a suggestion of coriander along in its wake. The second half of the mouthful and the finish is where things take a turn for the worse. To the beer's credit, it doesn't degrade too precipitously.

Once the fruit peel has faded, the base beer rushes in to take its place. The only problem is, the base beer has a graininess that reminds me of Budweiser; or at least a macro lager that lacks a certain amount of... how can I put this... refinement. If it tastes like this when chilled, I don't want to be around when it warms.

Since the above is merely the suggestion of nastiness rather than nastiness personified... and since the citrus zest does a remarkable job of running interference... and since I don't plan to let the beer warm... I've decided to go with my first impression when granting a taste score. I think that's only fair.

The mouthfeel is appropriately light-medium with a quasi-creaminess that is praiseworthy. It might be a bit fizzy initially, but that borders on nitpicking.

Spring Heat Spiced Wheat is the third of the Limited Edition Seasonal Brews to have entered my glass. It isn't quite as good as Jack's Pumpkin Spice Ale (although it's close) and we won't even discuss the abomination that is Winter's Bourbon Cask Ale. This isn't a world-class wit, but at least it proves that A-B could brew decent beer if they really wanted to.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.85/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle 'Born on 2/11/07' poured in a pint glass

A - hazy yellow color, poured as instructed to on bottle, tight white head that thins out, not leaving any lace.

S - mostly citrus aroma, some type of spice/floral mixed with the citrus.

T - refreshingly good beer, nice tasting wheat beer from A/B... surprise, surprise.

M - light bodied, mildly carbonated, crisp, clean finish.

D - good drinkability. worth a try.

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Photo of dmamiano
3.1/5  rDev +5.1%
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 +10.2%
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 +27.5%
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 +33.6%
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 +31.5%
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 +11.2%
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 +1%
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 -0.3%
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 +0.3%
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 +19.7%
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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