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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
Ranking:
#44,251
Reviews:
891
Ratings:
3,874
pDev:
23.31%
Bros Score:
3.1
 
 
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Photo of ahking
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Since when does AB get off telling me how to pour a beer??? Okay, I admit I am a beer snob and reading the description of how to pour the beer was a bit offensive coming from the Bud Light company. However, this brew is not all that bad. Pours a pale yellow, almost flourescent when you hold to the light. Slight head that retreats quickly to the edges.Aroma is fresh, grassy, citrusy; not bad. Flavor is smooth, a slight bit creamy in the finish. A little cloying, but the spices are evident (maybe a little over the top actually if you have ever had Hoegarrden. Carbonation is medium-high. A little too cloying for me to be a session beer. AB's attack on Coors' Blue Moon market share w/o a doubt.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.27/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I agree with the others here. This isn't really a witbier. It is a decent flavored wheat beer though. The body was a slightly hazy yellow with a small white head. The aroma was lemony and lightly spicey. The spices come through more in the taste, some nice citric flavor. Overall the spice is a tad too much, pleasant but too much. The mouthfeel was quite thin. I had to try it just because it was something new, but its obviously not something i need to get again. Not bad considering its bud.

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

In a bottle marked "Sample Ale, Not For Resale". Pours a light hazy golden color. Head is present for about a second then quickly drops to a light ring of lace. Smells fit the belgian wit profile. Has some hints of coriander around lemon peel. Taste is not bad. Lemon peel dominates, while there is a wheaty finish and some yeastiness as well. Light and simple. Not a bad attempt from Anheuser-Busch. It may well be a suitable replacement for Coors' Blue Moon, but not going to win any awards in the style that's for sure.

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Photo of granger10
3.13/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Transparent pale copper color with a medium white head which reduces to a thin layer. Aroma is weak but somewhat fruity with a tinge of wheat dryness. Taste was on the sweet side with a bit of spice and some odd, sweetener citric qualities. Spices almost seemed more berry like with the sweetness coming from the wheat. Really not too bad but not too great either. I might choose this over Blue Moon but if there's any other summer type beers on tap, I wouldn't get it.

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Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Seems to be A-B's answer to Coors' Blue Moon. An average body witbier with a load of coriander, citrus and orchard fruit spice - which sounds much more complex than the flavor really is. Borders on being too sweet, but manages to stop short of sticky. Some powdery astringency rescues the beer at the finish.

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

I gave this beer benefit of the doubt. Not really my style. For the style thought it was decent. I actually could drink it without too much trouble. The beer looked like a hazey lemonade. The smell was somewhat sweet. The taste was fairly smooth. The mouthfeel was fair. I am glad I got a sampler because a full pint would have been too much. But I think A-B is making a good effort. Recommended for the style.

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Photo of Higravity
2.56/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

No lemon needed for this beer, not that I would let someone foul my beer like that. Looks fine if a bit thin with a limp head but that could be the keg. Smells very much like a wheat beer but there is an underlying fake citrus too. The taste would be ok if they would get the fake citic flavoring out of there. A thin wheat beer but there is a lemon jolly ranch fake taste, use some real corriander or citric acid. This is thin for a wheat beer, but it is mildly drinkable in that I only have to finish this one.

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

I wouldnt consider this a witbier - really its more of a flavored american wheat beer. The color has some life to it, and it has a healthy head, so that's nice. Smells normal enough - lemon and star of annis (sp?). The body is thin and watery and the taste is of an average american wheat beer, with citrus flavoring. I had three of these (happy hour $1.25 each) so it is pretty drinkable, and cheap, since it is made by A-B. What I really wanted was an Ayinger Hefe, but I wanted to get the lower-quality stuff (this) out of the way first, so that I wouldnt spoil my taste buds.

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Photo of harpo111
2.78/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

when i saw the tap handle i figured it was an AB product. Figured i would give a try...thought the winter warmer was ok...and i like wheats...
appreaance: looked pretty good...moderate head, nice golden yellow
smell: citris, vanilla/lemon
taste: domonted by the vanilla/lemon...not enough bit though...wanted it to have more of an acidic kick or hops or something...was almost too smooth...and it had a nice head on it to begin with...
moughfeel: ok...almost too smooth..not a lot of body
drinkablility: average...you could put down one of these in a minute flat...very smooth...aimed at the "i don't like a beer with a lot of weight to it crowd"...even Blue Moon...which is a cheaper macro wheat..has more to it...just less vanilla/lemon..since it is a spiced beer
would like to see what this one tastes like without the spice....kick up the hops some and you might have a winner.

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Photo of DogFood11
1.6/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

On tap at Westwood brewery near UCLA. The only reason I knew it was made by anheuser busch is from reading around on this website. Served with a lemon wedge propped on the edge of my pounder glass, it forms a lackluster head, no retention, cloudy and pale yellow.

First whiff is of strong bannana flavor. First drink has me thinking its so strong fruity that it must be an extract. Whether or not it is real or fiction its definately too strong on the fruity side with no balancer whatsoever.

Notes: The tap grabbed my attention. The beer didn't. Beer focused on the thing that maybe "chicks" might be more abt to like. A good Wit has so much more complexity than this sweet fruity bomb. Pass.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Goofy-ass tap handle, an orange with sunglasses and mohawk made of wheat(?), and a green shirt, holding wheat and a pint glass in his fruity limbs. At Bryant Lake Bowl, a surprise, but it came with some cash, so who can blame them...?

Hazed yellowy appearance, nice, lasting, slim bone white head.

Good aromatics, good spice, big citrus...fine for a wit, no quarrel here.

On tasting, though...it bottoms out. Lemon zest, orangey flavor, some spice still persists, but the flavor just disappears after first taste. It's as if they're targeting someone who likes Bud Light with a twist of lemon.

There's a very faint body here, that disappoints after the look and aroma suggest that a traditional wit may be in the offing, but any promise of further flavor fades with a quickness.

If they're trying to steal the Blue Moon crowd away, it's not going to happen. As lame as that obiquitous wit is, it's got much more character than this.

Drinkable, if watery is what you want, and faint flavor is your desire.

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Photo of Gavage
2.66/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: a mildly hazy pale yellow color with a short 1/2" head that immediately fell to some surface spots. No lacing developed.

Smell: extremely strong lemon aroma which reminded me of those lemon-burst dish washing detergents. My nose found this to be unpleasant.

Taste: The lemon tones dominate throughout, as the wheat and other spices are behind and mild. If the lemon is toned, back this may be a decent beer.

Mouthfeel: nicely crisp and refreshing. Light-medium in body. Lemon lingers long into the aftertaste.

Drinkability: very average. Not a beer for me. I can see the witbier in this, but it is a little overboard on the citrus.

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Photo of oracle
3.67/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So many craft beer fans have been so disgusted and mad at AB for so long, for many it is hard to set aside feelings for the company and actually judge a beer on its merits. I am among those folks.

But for the sake of beer, I will do my best to put aside my feelings about AB and its marketing droids and judge this beer on its own merits.

And, suprisingly enough, this beer is not bad (which puts it light years ahead of ANYTHING else of AB that I've ever tried)

Beer arrived medim yellowish/orange, with minimal head that left little lacing.

Smell was very typical for an American style wheat, with mild notes of banana and bread.

Taste was smooth and mellow, leaning slightly toward the sweet side, again with strong notes of banana.

Other than the fact I had to argue with the bartender about getting a non-frozen glass to drink it out of, this was not a bad experience. Given a menu of all AB products, this is without a doubt the best of the bunch.

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Photo of TinyBubbles
3.26/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Background: According to a press release on the A-B website, "Spring Heat" was brewed in a small (for them) batch at their Ft. Collins, CO brewery. It is the third specialty beer in a series of seasonal draughts from the Ft. Collins brewery that includes their "Jack’s Pumpkin Spice Ale" and "Winter’s Bourbon Cask Ale", both produced last Fall (2005). It is available in a very limited quantity of kegs sold only to bars/restaurants, and in rare individual sample 12 oz bottles.

Presentation: Standard brown 12 oz A-B bottle with a black and while label stating, "SAMPLE ALE, NOT FOR SALE...ALE BREWED WITH SPICES".

Appearance: Poured very cloudy (non-filtered) and pale whitish-yellow, forming a foamy white two-finger head that would have remained for several minutes.

Smell: Not especially strong. Citrus and yeast mostly, spices are very faint.

Taste: Pretty average Belgian white for the most part- a semi-sweet wheat beer, with a citrus kick. Not one of the best in the style by any means, but not a bad first attempt for a brewer not used to doing anything like this. I tasted 3 distinct citrus flavors: orange, which was subtle and good; lemon, which was less subtle but still nice; and then LIME! None of the other reviews mention the strong lime taste- so maybe it’s just me, or the bottle I had. It’s not that it tasted bad; it just caught me off guard. Had they called it “Spring Heat Limed Wheat”, I wouldn’t have thought twice about the amount of lime flavor and would have simply commented here about how refreshing it was. The primary flavor adjective in the beer’s given title is “Spiced”- which I detected very little of.

Mouthfeel: Appropriate for the style. Not at all watery, or highly carbonated (ie other, more common A-B products).

Drinkability: This is not cloudy Budweiser with citrus juice and spices. It is actually an OK Belgian white on par with Coors’ Blue Moon (or it could be with less lime). Spring Heat Spiced Wheat will be very refreshing during the warm months ahead, in thirst-quenching quantities, if supplies last.

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

On tap at the Corner Cafe in Richmond. They took out Magic Hat HI.P.A. and put this in. Let's see if it was worth it.

Appearance: Cloudy and hazy bright yellow body. Foamy white head that dissipates very quickly. Not much lacing as I drink.

Smell: A bit astringent with lots of lemon and yeast. A bit of spices all over the place but it's fairly weak in the nose. Not bad mind you, especially for summer, but I was hoping for more complexity for the style.

Taste: A bit astringent and watery with some spices in the background, but this is pretty standard. Nothing stands out. There's a lot of citrus, but it's pretty watered down, and the yeast and spices are also faintly present, but that's about.

Mouthfeel: Pretty watery, lots of carbonation, and an astringency that gets a tad too much when it warms.

Drinkability: Not too impressed with this one. It seems like it was rushed or they're almost taking advantage of people who don't know the style. I would drink it again I suppose, but there are certainly many better representations of the style.

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

Cloudy pale yellow with about a fingers worth of white head. Left some lacing at the top of the glass. The aroma was mostly citrus with some light spice in the background. Taste followed suit with a strong orange peel flavor but not enough spice to call it a "spiced wheat". Wasn't as bad as I expected it would be...coming from A-B. I could see drinking a couple of these at the ball game on a hot summer day. The tap handle is a bit over the top though.

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Photo of ski271
3.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy pale yellow, with a small, white, quickly diminishing head. Some early, light lacing. Smell is mild. Wheat, orange, and banana, along with some light yeast and spice. Flavor-wise, I don’t see why they decided to call this a “spiced” wheat. I mean, a lot of witbiers have a spiciness to it, but the spicy flavors in this one are relatively weak. Fruit flavors dominated this one, mostly orange. The body is a bit weak, but I think they were going for in a way. I’m sure they wanted to make this beer very refreshing and easy-drinking, and it is. Not very complex, but not bad. A decent macro take on a witbier, though I’d take Coors’ Blue Moon over this one.

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Photo of bennetj17
3.03/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly cloudy pale yellow color. Aroma is pretty weak, lightly citrus-like and wheaty. The taste is both like citrus and apples, lightly sweet with a mild spice. Alcohol appears low. The mouthfeel is decent, with a slight creaminess and medium thickness. Overall it has decent drinkablilty. At first I didn't know this was from A-B, so I am giving it the benefit of the doubt, it actually impressed me slightly more than the Shiner Hefe that I tried before it. Sadly, I was at a bar where these were some of the better choices. This doesn't really seem fit to be classified as a Witbier in my opinion, however.

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Photo of nmyers
2.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anheuser-Busch's attempt at wheat ale is a valiant effort. This light bodied cloudy yellow concoction of coriander and orange is not quite what I expected. The only exciting thing about this beer is the tap handle. It looks like an orange with a wheat Mohawk. Someone tried to tell me this was close to Bell's Oberon, boy where they off target.

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Photo of Jredner
3.62/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tap at MJ Barleyhopper’s, Tampa.

Aroma held bannana, citrus and lots of spice. Cloudy yellow in color with a thumb thick white head that is mostly diminishing. Very smooth wheat malt in the fore...bannana followed by coriander and other spicy notes. Citrusy even without an orange added to it. Nice feel to it overall, but a tad thinner than most Witbiers. A decent attempt really.

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Photo of acarroll413
1.84/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

had at a bar on tap

A- wow, this is the ugliest looking beer ive ever seen. the color was a dull yellow, worse than any macro ive ever seen. the head was white and lasted mabe 10 seconds

S- the name says spiced wheat? well it smelled like every other bud ive ever smelled

T- eeeh! on the front end there was the taste of budweiser, which isnt great to begin with. on the back end there was this faint hint of nutmeg, but it was awful. nasty grossness.

M- thinner than a coked-up runway model. carbonation is the reason why this didnt get a 1. making nastiness much more bubbly is a trademark of macros. long live craft beer!

D- quite possibly the worst beer ive ever had.

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

First of all, I do not dig on wheat beers in general. This beer poured light orange and hazy with no head. The taste is weak with not a whole lot going on. It definitely features the wheat but with limited success.

As my friend says, "It tastes like a weak Blue Moon."

Bingo.

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Photo of TheEclecticGent
2.03/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I tried this beer last night at my favorite watering hole (Summits in Sandy Springs). It pours into a barrel mug a very cloudy orange with about a 1/2 head that stays and produces good lacing. The color is very unusual that orange hue is unique for sure. The smell is of very tart and potent citrus, so strong that I can't detect anything else. The taste is nearly all citrus as well. The balance is off in this beer. I think they were trying for a Hefe or a Witbier but fell short. The taste (what I can taste beyond the citrus) comes off like wet cardboard. The wheat flavor just doesn't seem right. The mouthfeel isn't bad, it comes off as medium weight and very creamy. Overall this is not a very drinkable beer. I applaud AB for trying to branch out and try new things like Stouts, fruit beers, and the like but so far they just haven't measured up.

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Photo of zjungleist
2.62/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer appeared very bright yellow with a small white head. There was something about the color looked very un-natural. The smell was basicaly just citrus. The taste was very citrus-ish, with bit wheat flavor, and a bitter orangle peel aftertaste. The mouthfeel was more or less average, with moderate carbonation and low body. Overall this beer was easy to drink, but not a winner in my book.

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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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