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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.

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Photo of greengorilla
3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this beer in a Weisen glasses poured from a 12 ounce bottle.

It had a hazy orange appearance with minimal head.

The smell was somewhat weak but there was a hint of citris.

The taste was similar to the smell. It was okay, but not very impressive.

The mouthfeel was quite good with the yeast and carbonation.

It was very drinkable, I would definitley drink it again, but wouldn't think of choosing it over an Allagash White or even a Blue Moon.

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Photo of icetraxx
2.03/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This is AB's attempt at a Witbier.

A- Cloudy Gold - Cloudiness varies from top to bottom. Off-white 4-finger head reduces to 1-finger very quickly. The head dissipates after half the beer. Some lacing.

S- Citrusy nose with a coriander back, no smell of malts to be seen. Lacking the aromatic qualities seen in better examples of the style.

T- Tastes like a mediocre wheat beer. Very refreshing with lots of coriander and a hint of orange rind and orange pith bitterness. A hint of hops and adjunct filler sits in the background. The bitterness of this beer builds up overtime to the point where it becomes unpalatable, the bitterness tastes like a composition of limonin + the classic AB chemical aftertaste. They must use a lot of citrus pith in their brewing, because the presence of limonin is definitely noticeable in the final product. The finish is metallic and more bitter with each passing sip. The aftertaste lingers long after I finished the beer and ruined my dinner. Later tastings of this beer did not have the metallic flavor, but the flavor was not there at all.

D- Easy to drink, but the approaching bitterness gets in the way and makes me want to pour the rest down the drain. Later encounters with this beer (on-tap) did not have the bitterness.

M- Some body provided by the suspended yeast, but overall kind of watery for this style. Reminds me of murky soapy water.

Other thoughts- I can only think I bought a bad 6 pack, but I do not want to risk purchasing this stuff again. The bitter compounds in the beer are unlike the bitterness of hops, it is an intense unpalatable metallic bitterness that builds up and lingers over a long period of time.

EDIT: Had this beer on tap recently. Whilst it did not possess the lingering bitterness that I attributed to bad bottles earlier, I was underwhelmed by the [lack of] flavor and feel this beer deserves the D+ rating I gave earlier.

EDIT 2: Had on-tap again, still has the body of soapy water and almost no flavor. I am utterly shocked that this has a C+ average, maybe my expectations in a Wit are too high.

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Photo of unclejimbay
3.48/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shock Top Belgian White
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Style: Witbier
ABV: 5.20 %

bottle>pint glass @ home, ~late Feb '09
A 4.0 - Cloudy milky golden color, 1.5 finger head that lasted ok, better than on draft IIRC
S 3.5 - pretty citrus dominant in the aroma category, low to non on hop aroma
T 3.5 - a bit heavy on citrus but still good, I would like to taste more wheat/malt though, it's a bit sweet for my witbier craving
MF 3.0 a bit thin but still interesting
D 3.5 - it's a bit sweeter than some more traditional witbiers, but it's not a bad try for AB! It's available everywhere, and it's usually a decent price. I order up a Shock Top any time as a craft alternative if a bar is cursed with all macro offerings....

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Photo of DannyS
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle

A - appropriately hazy orange yellow, but almost no head and little lacing.

S - A bit wheaty and citrusy. Nothing special, but appropriately indicative of witbier.

T - A little more bitter than Blue Moon or Hoegaarden, and lacking their depth of flavor. Definitely not unpleasant, but not spectacular.

M - Nice carbonation, but it's kinda thin and insubstantial. Still serviceable.

D - Very drinkable, but somewhat filling.

Overall - It's a decent beer, but there's better choices out there. You won't regret it if you buy this one, and drinking this one is no problem, but you would be better served by Blue Moon or Hoegaarden, which are just as readily available and taste better.

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Photo of projectflam86
3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Pours a nice semi cloudy yellow color. Head pours thick white but quickly dissipates to nothing with minor lacing.

S- Orange and hops nose with bits of other citrus scents.

T- A bit of a synthetic orange taste with a little bit of yeasty wheat flavor.

M- Lots of carbonation in this one (not sure if that was a good thing). Light bodied and the aftertaste wasn't bad.

D- A decent attempt at a nice Belgian white, but I personally would stick with hoegaarden or blue moon.

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Photo of webbcreative
1.88/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Feb 9, 2009
cloudy yellow, 2 finger head. Belgian White? really? im not getting that at all here. its an okay beer, but Blue Moon is FAR better if that tells you anything. get a bit of orange and lemon taste. But this is WAY to carbonated, and kills it for me.

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Photo of feelmefoam
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at a college bar in New Orleans. Only like 4 beers on tap, so this was the best option. Not bad, not great either.

Had a small white head that disappeared pretty quickly with a small amount of lacing. Darker golden color.

Smells of oranges and some bread. Maybe a few other faint spices.

Doesn't bring too much to the table, can definitely taste the orange as well as some very mild spiciness. No hop taste present.

Mouthfeel is decent. Moderate amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Overall a very easy drinker. Like I said, I didn't have many options, but this was better than the Bud Light and Rolling Rock that was offered. Had a couple and had a good time during Mardi Gras.

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Photo of wheatyweiss
2.79/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a weiss glass.

Pours a light straw with a medium cloud, no sediment left in the bottle, and I didn't even roll it I was instructed on the label. Head is minimal and fizzy quickly dissipating and disappointing. Looks like a milky BMC.

Aroma is of orange and coriander, lemon and sweetgrass. Dusty yeast barely makes it through, with a bit of clove and crystal malt on the finish.

Flavor is crystal malt and adjunct. Why I taste adjunct I don't know but it's not malt I'm getting predominantly on the tongue. Front, middle and finish. Yeast flavors are very weak and the sweetness strangely seems to not come from the malt but like there is added dextrose in the beer, or orange extract? Very light flavor, which is right in style for an American Wit, and could be a very refreshing beer, but that husky, corny flavor just overpowers the delicate citrus and light malt. This could be a good beer and I think that's why I'm so disappointed.

Surprisingly, mouthfeel is quite lush and the carbonation pretty on for a beer that probably CO2 injected.

Man...they almost got it.

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Photo of gonzo46and2
3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale orange or yellow with a nice white head.

Aroma is the usual suspects. Banana, corriander, bubblegum, bready yeast, clove, sugary sweetness.

Taste is sweet and easy to drink. Most of the notes described in the aroma are there in taste.

Mouthfeel is medium to thin.

Drinkability is high. This is a summertime beer that quenches the thirst and doesn't go bad with citrus fruit like lemon or orange.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.63/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shock Top gave me a few surprises. The beer was served cold and I allowed a few minutes in the glass to warm up a touch. The beer was served in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a lightly hazed peach / orange coloration. It doesnt seem to be as filtered as I expected from Michelob. The head is a 1.5 fingers high with a white coloration. The head seems to have pretty good retention. This is actually a tasty looking beer.

Smell: The beers aroma is very soft. I can smell the suggestion of wheat, some yeasty cloves, faint orange and a very slight tickle of peppery coriander. So far this beer is way better than expected. I just finished my first and I am starting on a second.

Taste: The beer taste pretty good. Its a bit subdued for my preferance but not bad. The flavors are bready, a bit of orange and some very low level pepperyness.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer is light bodied but not thin and watery. The carbonation works well with the beer. The beer is pretty smooth. This is definately lawnmower beer. I could see sucking down several of these in an evening. I am in shock.

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Photo of ProfessorHops
2.94/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- Very Very beautiful appearance. Poured Dreamy and had a hard true gold to it.

Aroma- fruit. There is orange in this avenue.

Pallet- Not spicy... As in robust flavors happening. Bland. But also contains the fruity booty thing. Interesting but not sensational

Finish- The fin was rather good. The fruits come in here and make this drink a good one. Is it extraordinary, no. But very good.

Guzzle Factor Per Style- Drinks easy. A little thick. Not sure if they wanted this to be a quencher or not. I was able to touch one to my lips once and finished it. But doing things like that is retarded.

Texture- Ale like

Extra: Again the ale had a lot of charisma in esthetics. The beer was kinda' a let down though. I love Michelob... Amber Bock is to die for. This beer had all the flavors for a good complex beer, but just was not abundant enough. A side note, the label on this beer was amazing. Totally trippy.

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Photo of Wiiare138
3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light Golden and Murky.

Smell: Bread-like, with lots of Citrus.

Taste: Tastes like it smells, Bread and Citrus. Lots of citrus aftertaste, maybe a little to much.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, good carbonation.

Drinkability: Drank 3 bottles in one sitting and didn't grow tired of it. Good inexpensive Wit-beer. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle poured into a hefewiessen glass.

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Photo of drbarnes
2.25/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This seems to be one of the beers that attempts to bring different styles to those who are normally satisfied with the light beers, or beers that are common to places with three taps. I suppose being backed by such a large company helps that. However, its target audience is probably the only one that will be (slightly) impressed by it if only for its new drinkers to throw out terms like 'witbier' to their swill-drinking friends. With that being said, this beer is about as interesting as store brand orange juice from concentrate. And that isn't an indicator of its taste.

I don't believe that I am one to be able to properly indicate what flavors I taste in many things (although I continue to learn and try), and so I will just say that for no matter what the money you may be asked to pay for this beer, it is not worth it. Unless it came in a 30-pack of cans for ten dollars.

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Photo of truthliesverbs
3.88/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Looks alive and intersting with lots of carbonation and milky, small head, great retention. Light, golden color.

Smell: Biscuity-malts, perfumy/citirusy hops

Taste: Beer has great balance, with deep citrus/biscuity taste. Beer was built with an orange dominance in mind, and it pulls through. The aftertaste hints at a strong orange dominance.

Mouthfeel: Heavy and smooth. A little over-carbonated.

Drinkability: I would definitely have another Shock Top Belgian White. Very easy to consume.

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Photo of scottyshades
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not exactly the worst wit I've ever had, but not too impressive overall. The pouring instructions are unique, especially for an AB brew, but it does add to its "uniqueness" i suppose. This beer really lacks a good balance, which is due perhaps to the overwhelming amount of citrus that it was brewed with (orange/lemon/and lime peels).

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Photo of KarlHungus
2.4/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow color. The head is half an inch in height and recedes quickly into no lacing. The aroma is of faint tangy wheat, and caramel malt. There is no hint of coriander or orange peel. The taste is like the aroma. There is some tangy wheat, and some cardamom, but no coriander or orange peel. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side of medium bodied. Overall, this is a horrible example of a witbier, and it is really hard to stomach. I will not be drinking this again.

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Photo of BigIrishman
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a pint glass

Appearance: Golden yellow but very hazy, white head that is gone very quickly and leaves plenty of lace.

Smell: Oranges and a bit of yeast.

Taste: A ton of citrus, plenty of orange but I can taste a bit of lemon in there too. The fruit is a bit too strong to taste any undertones.

Mouthfeel: Very light and carbonated, smooth and crisp.

Drinkability: Light enough to enjoy all day on a hot summer day poolside.

Notes: Decent summer-type brew, if you're in the mood for fruit.

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Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: orange and hazy with a small white head (bad pour by the bartender) either way the head had very little retention and no lacing.

S: smells of oranges and some spice along with Belgian yeast.

T: Tastes like a lighter version of Blue Moon although slightly different, more noticeable hops and less of a strong overpowering orange flavor, it feels like less of a "candy beer" for lack of a better term.

overall I'd only get this on-tap because it was one of the cheaper beers and wasn't American Adjunct. It's pretty drinkable for the most part and is crisp and refreshing...It would make a better summer beer.

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

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color, with a medium white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of strong citrus fruits along with some Belgian yeast, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very fruity up front with flavors of lemon and orange, a little bit of spice and some Belgian yeast breadiness. The malt character is thin and there's a very mild hops presence. The after-taste is slightly sweet and slightly spicy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, finish is clean.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not filling at all, mild kick, decent representation of style, this is yet another attempt to take a shot at the Blue Moon market-share, but unfortunately it's just as lacking in substance, it's poundable but it's not one that I'd pick.

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Photo of tweeder263
3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours out an extremely hazy yellow brew with a thin head.Looks mildly carbonated.Not too much in the smell department. Smells of light spices and slightly yeasty.The taste is dumbed down,,but i enjoy it.Very subtle orange notes,,not very much else.Mouthfeel is carbonated ,,thin..A very drinkable beer. Could be an excellent lawnmower beer.Could be used to slowly convert a friend to craft beers.

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Photo of JimboHD2005
2.98/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a 14 oz wheat glass. Golden hue with plenty of haze and a head that dissipates fairly quickly. Had a strong citrus notes and lime / orange dominated. Tasted slightlly hoppy and was easy to drink. Has a nice mild finish. Would be a decent beer for a sunny spring or summer day.

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Photo of Tolnik
3.7/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer and it appeared with a wheat colored that was cloudy. The white foam head that it first originally poured with did settle quickly and left almost no traces of lacing. The aroma that wafted up from the beer was that of a belgian style beer with hints of the oranges. The taste of the beer followed suit. Which the flavoring of a AB beer having this good of a fullness was a surprise that I am sure to recommend to others that are looking for that light beer.

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Photo of bmwats
3.55/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A: Straw color and the cloudiness characteristic of this style. Low carbonation, but pours into a 3 finger frothy white head. Settles relatively slowly (20 or 30 seconds). No lacing left as the head settles, but it does leave a layer of bubbly foam on the surface of the brew. Does leave a little lacing as you drink, but for the most part, it slowly retreats back into the body.

S: Wheat, orange (just like the bottle, or maybe I was subliminally influenced by the picture), and hay.

T: Wheat and hint of orange rind. Maybe some lemon, as well. A slight bitterness.

M: Creamy and light. Sharp wheat at first, then the touch of orange, then the bitterness (kinda' like the orange rind would provide for ya'). Leaves a bit of a metallic aftertaste.

D: Good drinkability. Light and refreshing. Easy drinkin'.

Pretty good overall. Pretty good flavor, and nose. I really like the orange hints. It pretty much tastes like it smells. Light drink, with an okay feel. Very solid quaff.

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Photo of nothingxs
3.61/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My first beer in my current quest to try and find a beer I will definitely like. I've decided to start off with Belgian Whites, and without having a large selection where I went today (Publix on Miller and 94th Ave), I started off with this.

Every bottle I've seen of this has a large amount of sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The bottle even recommends that you turn it on its side and rotate the bottle a bit after you pour out most of it to get this to shift from the bottom of the bottle into the beer itself, and then pour it out. Since the first time I tried this beer, I've been following those instructions.

Pours a hazy golden color with nearly no head, very little foam which dissipated very quickly. The head had a bit of the sediment in it after pouring it as recommended, while some of it floats around in the beer.

The smell, no matter how many times I try it, is relatively light. I can barely detect a bit of a citrusy smell, but it's otherwise unidentifiable. I honestly blame my inexperience, but it doesn't explain why other beers smell more impressive to me.

The beer itself was surprisingly good. I've edited this review twice now, and in this second edit I must say that the flavor has just really grown on me. A hint of orange that finishes off with a delicious grainy taste, with just a bit of spiciness. The ones I've had have been surprisingly well-bodied and my girl seems to agree with me that this beer has quite a bit of flavor behind it.

The mouthfeel is pretty good, starts with a slight hint of bitterness but just ends really, really smooth. Smoother than I thought it would.

Originally I said that I didnt think I'd stick with this one and would try something else. Now this is definitely one of the beers I will be mixing up my purchases with.

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Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a pint glass from a bottle. Hazy and straw colored, with a 1.5" white head. Left no lacing at all as it disappeared.

Not too much to the smell. Can pick up some sweetness with a faint hint of orange.

Nothing stands out in the taste, though I do get some orange at the end.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Easy to drink and would be refreshing in the summer, though not the best I've had of this style.

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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