Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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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.

Added by zjungleist on 03-11-2006

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Photo of billybob
3.8/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a hazy straw yellow with a one finger white head and a small amount of lace. hints of orange and coriander in the nose. taste is mostly of the orange with hints of lemon and line in the background. mouthfeel light carbonation ok. surprisingly not bad i would buy it again.

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

Appears a hazy golden hue with bright white frothy head dwindles at a moderate pace with thin specks of lacing strung evenly around my Hoegaarden glass. Aroma sharp citrus mild sprite flow to it with coriander and really musty yeast notes. I guess they added orange, lime, and citrus peels to the mix all their missing are Clementine and pummelo peels. Flavor is present a bit mellow spice like Chamomile, persistent coriander, citrus notes and more yeasty goodness. A definite solid offering from one of the big three. Looks like a wit, smells like a wit, and tastes like a wit holy shit they can brew to style. Spices to linger for me knocking down drinkability in general but that's typical for the style in my opinion this one just seems extra spiced. Mouthfeel is light bodied spritzy carbonation with a tickling sharp citrus acidity and coriander coating stays with your palate. Drinkability is solid definitely better than the other seasonals these guys attempt to put out there.

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Photo of kaboose72
2.39/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Shock Top Belgian White pours a hazy yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is definitely citrusy if not sour. The flavor is not pleasantl, there may be a touch of coriander, but it's not particularly noticeable. I would like a bit more wheat flavor, and although there should probably be more coriander to be true to style. Had to try it because it was from Anheuser. And like all there other beers I will not be drink it again.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.7/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a five finger white head that fades quickly to a thin layer leaving some lace. Cloudy pale amber color with a lot of yeast left in bottle. Light carbonation and light bodied. Faint wheat nose. Flavor is like lemonade without the citric bite, could be a good summer beer but it doesn't have the hop backbone. $1.50 for a 12oz bottle from Capitol Convenience Concord, NH.

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Photo of Drew966
3.6/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shock Top Belgian White pours a hazy yellow with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. The aroma is definitely citrusy. The flavor is also pleasantly citrusy, there may be a touch of coriander, but it's not particularly noticeable. I would like a bit more wheat flavor, and although there should probably be more coriander to be true to style, I don't mind. Pleasant, easy to drink.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured form a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is yellow cloudy and has OK carbonation. The head is small one finger white and leave little lace.

The smell is faint citrus and grainy with some yeast scent.

The taste follows, the citrus peal is thick and is a heavy grain taste, the yeast is a minor player, odd for the style. The orange ring after taste is not so great but I do like the for taste some what and the beefed up malt taste.

The mouthfeel is thin and moderately carbonated.

The drinkability is ok, very cool looking bottle to be sure but the beer as a whole is worth a try but not some thing I would look for. MK

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Photo of Brad007
4.5/5  rDev +52%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Color: Pours a cloudy yellow-white color with a small but foamy head.

Aroma: Coriander and orange peel in the aroma. Appetizing smell but will the taste match up? So far, so good.

Taste: Nice and wheaty. Orange peel and coriander make their presence known upfront. Pleasant and like eating an orange. Goes down smooth. No goofy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Never too dry or wet. Smooth.

Verdict: I actually like this witbier. It's smooth, decent and interesting introduction to the style. I will give A-B credit for this one.

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Photo of mooseisloose
3/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Smells spicy and refreshing in the bottle, like a belgian should. I have to admit the A-B scared me alot after the Landshark disguise but hey, its belgian. Pours to a cloudy bright yellow with an actual fizz on the head. Looks like a wheat and tastes like a wheat. The carbonation is way too high (evident by the fizziness) but with that aside the flavor is not bad. It is difficult to get all the flavors through the high carbonation, but there is a wheat malt start and a nice spicy hop middle with a sweet malt finish. This is probably a good starter beer for the macro crowd to get into the craft beer scene. I'm tempted to let a bottle get a little flatter in the frig to check the real flavor. Good effort, for the crowd, should please.

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

We just recently started carrying this at the store where I work. I wasn't aware that it was an A-B product, but then again I never got close enough to check.

It poured bright orange/yellowish with little head. Smelled citrusy sweet as I expected. The taste was not bad, a bit of an orange flavor even without the orange slice (I always opt out of it, it just gets in the way IMO). The beer didn't amaze me or anything, but I will most likely order it again sometime. However, I won't be rushin out to the store to buy up a sixer. One at a time is enough.

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Photo of Brew33
3.67/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Being a fan of Blue Moon as a summer session beer I bought a 6 pack at my local Kroger. Orange/yellow with a small white head. It smells sweet and tastes pretty good. The spices are little different than Blue Moon. It feels a little watery when drinking but finishes very smooth. I will consider this as a session beer. Not something I will go out of my way to buy but would definetly consider a few while grilling some food.

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Photo of champ103
3.01/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: An orange/yellow color that is a bit hazy. A nice head forms that leaves some good lace down the glass.
S: Fruity citrus and a light grain aroma. Not very complex, but not bad.
T: Again, not very complex, but not bad. Some nice orange and lemon peal. A noce fruity taste that is not too sweet.
M/D: Over carbonated and fizzy. This is not something I would session, but still fairly easy to drink.

I saw this at my hotel bar. The bar tender knew nothing about it, but I thought I would give it a try anyway. This is really not a bad beer by AB. Nothing over the top, but every bit as good as Blue Moon.

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

A - Somwhere between yellow and orange. Good head. Huge bubbles.

S - Fresh citrus aromas.

T - Refreshingly clean lemon flavor

MF - Fizzy and lush.

D - Quite drinkable - good American Wit. I would have another, but would not go out of my way for one, nor buy an entire six pack.

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

A: Poured a hazy tangerine-orange with a slight bubbly white head that quickly faded. Visible carbonation was soft and almost non detectable.

S: a bucket full of fresh citrus oranges, at times smelling like sunny d orange juice with some sugary sweetness.

T: The initial flavor was sweet tangerine/oranges with a touch of yeasty sourness. The citrus was dominant and pungent at times. The palate was wheaty, crisp, and clean allowing the strong citrus to fade rather quickly on the finish leaving a slight tart sourness from the yeast behind.

M: medium, very spicy with a tangerine tartness and very soft carbonation, almost juice like.

D: A sweet citrusy and refreshing summer time drink and a decent attempt by A-B. a touch to sweet to drink in multiples but much better then coor's blue moon in my opinion.

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

Poured a very cloudy yellow color with decent white head that lasted for a while. Flavor is citrusy and the flavor is as well. Pretty smooth drinking beer that is decent for an Anheuser-Busch product. Mouthfeel is good and drinkability is pretty high. Not the best example of a Belgian witbier but not bad.

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Photo of Raymond69
3.78/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours pale yellow with some haze apparent. Decent head no lacing.

Very faint orange smell.

This also has a orange flavor , some slight banana taste. Spices added are barely detectable.

Mouthfeel is medium to light. Good carbonation.

Overall an easy drinking beer, probably not my first choice but enjoyable..

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Photo of jenbys2001
2.58/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I tried this beer at a Gasparilla party yesterday, it was the first of what would be many beers throughout the day. I was skeptical since it is a Busch product but I was a bit taken by the funky label. It features an orange slice with sunglasses and a wheat mohawk. It's silly but amusing. Anyways my first impression of this beer was that is wasn't too bad. It has a very strong orange flavor, and a wheat-y bread taste underneath. The mouthfeel is very thin but my friends and I thought it was fairly refreshing. We didn't care for it as much as Blue Moon but it seemed to be a decent attempt by Busch. However, after two of these we all felt a little nauseous and switched over to Wittekerke. So the verdict is that the taste isn't terrible but too sickeningly orange to be drinkable.

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

Similar to that of Blue Moon, but with a better combination of spices, but with the same malt problems as their Rocky Mountain competetor. This beer opens with a pleasant orange / copper looking hue and solid protein haze from the wheat. Although the wheat malt proves soft and bready, the pilner malt character was very timid. Where you expect to find a rich, bready, dough maltiness, this beer gives as astringent grainy texture and taste. A little more acidic than expected with less phenols and esters; subsituted with a spiciness that, although is pleasant, falls a little flat and less complex than prefered. This will be a nice summertime refresher, but the true beer enthusiest will go for a Hoegaarden or Blanch de Chambly.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow with a 1" head developing but not staying for long, more like a soda pours out than a beer. No lacing of which to speak. Not as much cloudiness as one would normally expect in an unfiltered brew.
Smell is really good, balanced with lemon, lime, orange, coriander, hops and malt with a little pepper hiding in the back.
Taste is in line with the expectations the nose delivers. Lime is a bit stronger than the lemon or orange, the coriander and pepper aren't really seen until the swallow, though. Hops is noticeably stronger in the initial taste with the malt & yeast coming through in the aftertaste nicely.
The mouthfeel is weak, watery. Effervescence has a nice little burst when it first enters your mouth then drops off rather quickly. Aftertaste fades soon but not overly so, fairly in line with others of the style.
All things considered, this is by far the best brew A-B has ever put out. Celebrate from the Michelob line was close. It's a good beer in a style that would fit one of A-B's usual drinkers that might want to branch out a little bit from the more familiar lager & light lager styles.

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Photo of WesWes
3.9/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy, pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a refreshingly light pale and wheat malt scent along with just a touch of orange peel and coriander. The taste is decent. It has an easy drinking witbier taste that incredibly smooth. It light and conservative. There is a nice citrus element to it. The spices are hard to detect. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a highly drinkable wit. Not too shabby for an AB interpretation.

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Photo of budgood1
3.1/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pours out a cloudy lemon yellow sun colour, with a snow white inch thick head. enough lacing to look festive. citric lemon zest aroma, some spice and wheat whiffs, also. tastes of light spicy zingers of coriander and orange, some slight clove and pepper, and that;s about it. light body, somewhat zesty mouthfeel. drinkability is good...light, fruity and refreshing albeit a bit boring. definitley would be better during warmer weather and not the siberian/polar/arctic outbreak we are experiencing right now here in northern minnesota.

supposedly the year round offering alter ego of the "spring heat spiced wheat" spring seasonal from A-B. i'll have to check my reviews of that to see if my scores match up.

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Photo of brewskitier
3.99/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer comes with directions which i've never tried or heard of before. Basically, pour down the side of a glass like any other beer, and with the remaining inch or so of beer, put bottle on side and mix remaining contents. Pour rest of beer into glass to create "thick collar of foam"..did so and there wasnt much foam but cant always judge a beer by its apperance! Pours cloudy straw colored. unflitered.

At first smell i knew i would like this beer, a bit twangy and sweet. Hit of citrus as well.

The taste is as good as the smell, like most wheat ales, its a smooth body with a very very light bitter after taste. The first one i had was without a orange, but with any wit beer, its worth a try.(or even a lemon.)With the orange was better than without, both really good. And you might laugh when i say this but, save yourself the 5-8 dollars and buy this instead of going to the shelf to buy the blue moon, to me its just as good, and less dry.

Goes down good, never could drink more than 3 or 4 though. but all in all, good stuff

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Photo of cjgator3
3.35/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy golden orange color with a creamy white head that possesses pretty good retention and lacing qualities. The aroma is wheat and citrus with some spices and yeast. The taste is wheat with some spices and yeast but is watered down a bit which is a letdown after the promising smell. Overall, this is a decent witbier that is about middle of the pack. I will take this over a Blue Moon any day, so A-B did complete what they were trying to accomplish in that respect.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I guess this is Annheuser-Busch's answer to Blue Moon? Well, it pours a straw color with a quickly fading head. The nose, however, is surprisingly citrusy, with a very nice discernable bitter orangeness to it. Taste is grainy, sweet, and reminds me a little of Fruit Loops (tm) cereal. No coriander to taste, and the citrus seems a little more lemony here.

Definitely inferior to Blue Moon (does smell nice though).

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Photo of acrawf6
3.38/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudy light orange with a 2 inch very white head full of tiny bubbles.

Smell. I get lots of oranges and corriander. Seems to be sweet.

Taste. There is a strong orange flavor with a lemon citrus. Corriander is a strong flavor, but not as strong as i thought it would be. Aftertaste is a little grainy.

Mouthfeel. Body is a medium light. carbonation is at a good level but bubbles seems small giving it a silky feeling.

Overall, i am not a big fan of the style, and this one did not change me over. But if faced between this and blue moon, i think i would choose this as it seems after changing the name, and i guess making it a year rounder, this one will try to compete against blue moon. I'm on the edge of me seat to see what happens between the two (que sarcasm). But not bad.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.51/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Tried this on at the St Louis brewery.

A - Lemon yellow and cloudy with a chiffon head of pure white foam.

S - Smells a bit funky, like old lemonade. Prety one dimensional....focused on the lemonade.

T - Twangy lemonade. Very biting and acidic, like actual lemon juice. Some malty lemon bars or lemon cookies round things out a little bit.

M - Light bodied, crisply carbonated, and very acidic.

D - Not offensive in any way, but not all that great either.

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.96 out of 5 with 3,995 ratings