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: 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.

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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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Photo of dsa7783
2.65/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From what I understand, this is a relatively new offering from the mega-giant Anheuser-Busch company... Copped this singly from Total Wine and More in West Orange -first time I have ever seen this brew... "Born-on-date" on bottleneck reads Oct.27,2007... Was very disappointed by this macro-rendition of a water-down, pale, weak witbier... beer pours cloudy orange / yellow with no head... smell was very bland for this style, with none of the obvious orange, citrus or coriander coming through... taste was also sub-par, not much flavor going on here... weak in comparison to many other examples of the same genre... mouthfeel was decent, although a little watery and bland, and although this was easily drinkable, it definitely wouldn't be my one and only for the nite... Much better examples out there... not recommended...

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Photo of 1fastz28
3.95/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i've had the spring heat, spiced wheat so i'm going to copy and paste the old review, and see if i think its any different

(as soon as i crack the bottle open i can smell citrus, it smells really good. pours a light yellow haze with some chunks in it, almost looks like lemonade. Smells citrusy above all, its hard to pick out other scents, but it is pleasant. The taste is not nearly as citrusy as the smell, but it is still good, a TINY bit too watery but thats understandable, it is A-B. Its a warm day here in St.Louis and this beer really hits the mark, this sixer wont last long, i'm really diggin this beer, one of the best of the A-B beers i've had, i really think they are trying to expand their beer horizons =) )

i'm definetly glad to see this beer back, i think its a pretty good beer to get for like 6 bucks a sixer, its a good deal.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.81/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I bought this locally.

This pours from 12oz bottle a cloudy yellow-gold with a huge head of foam.

The smell is of fruit, yeast, and wheat but it's light on the nose.

The taste has notes of some citrus lemon, wheat, and a bit of a metallic flavour but again, they are lightly done. Too lightly done. It was born on Dec 7th so it *is* fresh. Hmm. The body is light, the carbonation is high, and it finishes like a Bud only more watery. Give me a Leinie Sunset Wheat or Blue Moon Belgian White over this any day because they have a lot more flavour going for them.

Edit: I thought I'd try another bottle right after the first and I *did* notice some spice this time but it didn't help too much with my overall rating for it.(taste went from 2.5 to 3.0)

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

Something new in a bottle guessed by the tacky graphics it was an Anheuser-Bush product.

Cloudy yellow beer with a tall white head, looks OK but could be paler. Be careful the head can easily escape the glass.

The smell is authentic with lots of wheat malt and a spicy scent of orange and fairly green coriander. More herbal than most beers of this type the hop level seems to be higher.

The taste starts out with a strong wheat malt flavor and fairly strong orange flavor. Tastes like they added the orange slice whether you wanted it or not.

Mouthfeel is OK.

An OK Belgian style wheat beer but I think I would go for the Blue Moon over this. No artificial flavors but not so great as the competition.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.43/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this after the brewery tour of the Anheuser-Bush brewery in St. Louis. Looks and tastes a lot of Blue Moon in flavor but the color is a little lighter. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a nice head which would probably been bigger if it had been poured into a weizen glass instead of the 9 oz sampler. Smelled of orange and corriander. Taste was citrusy with spicy, peppery notes. Mouthfeel was good. I liked this better than Blue Moon because the spices really came through (probably because it was so fresh).

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Photo of Backer2004
3.5/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Noticed this on tap at some random TexMex place when I visited Houston last week. Could tell it was a AB product by the type of tap handle - those cartoonish "what is that brewery?" type that becomes more obvious when all the other taps are domestics. It's not Hoegaarden, but can but up a fight for a refreshing, quenching, Belgian wit. A bit on the yellow side, lots of carbonation, some spices and citrus character. Not bad.

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Photo of bluesfan1181
2.46/5  rDev -16.9%
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 +5.4%
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 +7.1%
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 +17.6%
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 +17.2%
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 +46.6%
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 +31.1%
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 +6.4%
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 -3.4%
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 +23.3%
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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