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Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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 Bitterbill on 12-04-2007

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Photo of magictrokini
2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours clear and bright orange-yellow with a decent white head. Nice wheaty and sweet aroma, but just a little thin. The taste is the same. Leans more on the American wheat side, but spiced. The carbonation is out of control. Its like drinking a shaken-up club soda. Not great, but also not bad.

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Photo of Tone
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear golden color with a slight to average head. Little lacing and the head quickly disappears. Strong fruit smell with a noticeable coriander mixed with the cleanliness of a lager. The fruit flavor is lacking in the flavor and it is more or less a lager. A light beer with slight carbonation. Easy to drink but the fruit flavor is to weak.

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Photo of kimcgolf
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a cloudy yellow with thin white head that lingered awhile and left okay lacing. Nose was essentially non-existent, except for a whiff of orange and bubblegum at the very outset. Mouthfeel was medium bodied, yet neither tangy nor spicy like I would expect, and the taste was bland. Not an overall bad drinking beer, but just dIdn't really do much for me in the way of a Belgian Witbier.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 11/14/2008 (Tap @ AB Brewery, St. Louis, MO):

Served freezing cold, and it was hard to taste anything. Waited to warm up a bit before tasting. Pours an orangish yellow color body, very opaque, can't see thorough. Has a big creamy white head, that is lasting. Spicy orangy aroma, with some wheat. Some hoppiness in the aroma too. Watery, creamy palate. Some orange flavor. Not a very strong flavor. Some sweet spiciness in the taste. Not too bad, actually. But it could use a little more flavor.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at Dave & Jacquie's in Defiance, MO. A-B continues their non-threatening foray into craft beer. Pours a lightly hazy yellow-gold color with a thin white head that diminishes quickly. Stringy lacing on the glass. Light spice and citrus in the nose. Light-bodied and effervescent with mild yeast, spice and citrus flavors. The finish is clean and fruity with a mild spice lingering. Nothing offensive or interesting going on here.

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Photo of likethetaste
4.3/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of this from a 7/11 store. Wow, was I surprised. I was a little wary after seeing it was made by AB but wow, this turned out to be a nice surprise. Pours a light lightly cloudy amber color. Has a nice head that stayed around longer than I thought it would. Tasted lightly of orange, mango, and corlander. I do not usualy like fruity tasting beers but this one was just right. It was very refreshing and really good. I have no problem buying another 6 pack of this surprisingly good beer.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

P- Kokomos in Harrisburg as a six pack

A- a hazy yellow orange color with a head that rises minimally. Very carbonated and looks cloudy.

S- coriander, lemon and wheat. Floral hops round it out.

T- strong floral spices overpower the orange and lemon flavors. not too bad though.

M- citrusy and chewy. A decent feel but nothing to get excited about.

D- These are easy to pound back but the spices in the brew could hurt your stomach later. Not bad for a BMC brew.

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Photo of JamesS
3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a decent straw color with some good head and some nice lacing. It has a very nice scent, slight wheat with a nice citrus kick, even if it's not very strong. Nice taste, nothing spectacular, but a nice clean flavor with some nice spice (orange and coriander). It goes down very smoothly. Not the best, but not at all bad, probably one of ABs better craft offerings.

(On tap at Applebees, Morgantown, WV)

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Photo of JMBSH
2.45/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A hard pour gave me half a glass of head before I was half done pouring. I waited until the head shrank and saw that it left no lacing on the sides. A slightly cloudy yellow color.

S - During the pour a strong orange scent. Some spices noted as well but very subtle. The orange is in charge.

T - The orange comes right up front. I am trying to describe the spice taste but I just can't put my finger on it. No bitterness or hoppiness is detected.

M - Slick and easy to drink. A lot of carbonation in the mouth. The flavor is quick to leave my mouth. It doesn't seem to want to make any impression on me.

D - I can see maybe having one of these on a patio or on a hot day when you have a thirst. But the orange flavor just seems too much. It doesn't show any character. It just tastes flavored, if that makes any sense. Not something I would look for having again.

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Photo of PintOHops
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance/Smell - Appears bright yellow and orange. Hazy/cloudy with a medium head that dissipates quickly. No lacing and medium carbonation. Smells of bright citrus/orange lemony notes, malts, heavy wheat notes and some hops (Very floral!)

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of bright citrus lemon/orange which hits the palate first, and fast. Followed by rich heavy cake like wheat and malt, good balance between the two (Very Pleasant) Maybe some spice, very very little hop bitterness. Citrus flavor comes out a little more as beer warms. Mouthfeel is thick, cake like, and kind of chewy, medium-full bodied. Goes down very smooth.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - One could drink about 3-4 of these. Not to filling surprisingly, this brew is very very refreshing during hot summer days. All in all this beer has a decent price and decent taste. I could find myself enjoying this brew in the shade on a hot day. With its refreshing citrus notes, I recommend you give this one a try. A decent one from Anheuser-Busch.


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Photo of Pegasus
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Quite hazy light golden yellow color, with a large, dense white head, which retains very well, with thick, sticky, scattered lace, and slight carbonation.

Aroma: Mild aroma of orange rind, wheat, and yeast. Pleasant, although a bit pronounced with respect to the orange notes. Coriander, which is a signature of this style, is rather faint.

Taste: Opens with a mild note of orange rind, and mild wheat malt. As the taste progresses, the orange rind notes become more pronounced. Finishes with a mild lingering sweetness, and a little bready malt.

Mouth feel: Smooth and moderately full, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, although it fails to compare well with Hoegaarden or even Blue Moon.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass longneck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard pint tap glass.

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Photo of Yaz8
2.36/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On tap in a hotel restaurant. Poured pale yellow into a pilsner glass with minimal head and little lacing. Slight citrus hops aromas and flavors, with some spiciness. Smooth on the palate with minimal carbonation for the style. All in all, not a very impressive beer.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Was passed one of these by a friend. Never one to turn down a new beer, AB or not, I gave it a try.

Poured an unfiltered golden yellow with about a finger of white frothy head. Head retention was poor, lasting only a minute or two. No lacing.

Smell is of citrus and faint wheat.

Taste is very yeasty with an slightly sour malt. Citrus is pretty strong, but definately tastes artificial. Souring aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fresh and crisp, good carbonation.

Drinkability is low. This isn't a great quality to begin with, and the fact that it tastes artificial makes it worse. Save your money and try something else.

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Photo of blackie
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: pours a big white head over a hazy, richly golden colored beer, average retention

s: mostly clean, lightly sweet wheat malt body with a doughy wit yeast aroma, fresh lemon and orange

m: medium carbonation, body on the light side

t: doughy wheat malt, lemon, moderate white yeasts, very pedestrian, good overall but an unpleasant aftertaste does begin to build

d: much more going on with this beer than expected, an easy drinker

bottle from the communal fridge

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Photo of everetends
3.32/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a sixer of a buddy of mine brought over to the house. Figured what the hell.

A: Pours a a light honey color that is a bit hazy and cloudy. A finger of white head rose up pretty fast but diminished almost quicker than that. Really had no retention and lacing was not really existent. Pretty run of the mill.

S: Smell is of some wheat, clean water, and citrus. The citrus is dominated by orange and smell more like the rind than the meat of the orange. Other than that, the nose is pretty weak.

T: This basically tastes like a blue moon with an artificial orange flavor already added. I can see where they were going since so many people like their Blue Moons with an orange slice workin in their (myself included), but the orange flavor is just a bit too artificial and candied. Its not bad, just not the same or better than a Blue Moon with orange.

M: The is is a light bodied brew that is pretty damned crisp and refreshing. It goes down very easy and is very quenching. Very little aftertaste and of course there is no hint of ABV.

D: Pretty drinkable. Since the beer is so simple and goes down so easy it makes it easy to drink one after another. The flavor is sweet and refreshing. Good yard work beer. Not shabby.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a cloudy yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, slight yeast, some spice. The taste is malty/yeast, not much spice. Light body. Not drinkable, I was kinda syked about this brew with the nose, but the taste is pretty bland/watery, a big disappointment.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.72/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A) Hazy ocher orange glass, thin collar that doesn't hold or lace at all.

S) Honey and orange rind; coriander is very evident.

T) Mimosa like, OJ and champagne with mild hops.

M) Medium light body, pretty flat carbonation.

D) Easy and light, some flavor to it, not bad at all. A fair summer sipper.

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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.97/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Appearance- Good wheat beer appearance. Cloudy golden color. Produced about a 2 finger head that fizzled to 1, then remained for about half the beer, and left decent lacing.

Smell- Really good smell. You can smell the hops and malt of the beer as well as a citrus smell. A little sweet, but thats with I expect in a wheat beer.

Taste- Great taste, Slight bitterness, slight sweetness, and a distingishable citrus taste.

Mouthfeel- Excellent mouthfeel. Not watery, slightly dry but not too much.

Drinkablitlity- A good beer, but not something I could drink a lot of. Good to kick back and relax with a couple of beers.

Very good Belgian white. If you like Blue Moon or other wheat beers like Leinenkugel, try this one. Also very good with an orange slice. It really complements the citrus taste and the chillability of this beer. Found this beer on sale at $6 a 6-pack, definitely worth that.

Love the logo on the bottle btw, an orange with a wheat mohawk and sunglasses, very cool look.

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Photo of ProfessorHomer
1.65/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Overview: about as impressive as dirty dishwater after a Thanksgiving feast.

I had it last year and thought it was OK. So I bought a six pack to go with a pizza and headed out to the local drive in.

Was murky and sour-smelling with a thin, quickly-dissipating head. Smelled off as well. Taste was the worst part - had some sort of stale citrus taste, hard to tell it was orange. Very light, and I would say watery but that would be an insult to water. I checked, but it was well within its freshness date.

I won't be purchasing this beer EVER again.

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

Didn't notice the michelob raised up on the side of the bottle till I started some taking notes so I'm slightly impressed with this wheat ale. Interesting bottle, orange slice with a wheat mohawk and sun glasses. Kind of cool, makes me wish it wish it was warmer because I could kill these in the summer on the beach. Someone, get me an orange slice damn it.

Poured a cloudy golden color with very light lacing and little head retention.

Had a crisp, lightly sweet, creamy citrus flavor. I could see my Va J J drinking this.

Nice mid range carbonation. Some tingle on the tongue.

Plop me in a beach chair, stick one of these in my hand with an orange slice and I'll watch some bikinis stroll by. To bad its october, damn it.

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Photo of fitzy84
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had it on tap while having dinner at Applebees. The appearance was an incredibly murky yellow look with some pretty good lacing on the sides. Thin head. Aromas were ok, not too strong but also too conservative than I would expect. The taste was comfortably subtle in bitterness with a little off-metallic taste. Lemon flavors mixed with some slight biscuit hints. I did find it really refreshing, but a little on the light, watery side. Overall, not a bad drink.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer on tap at Buffalo Wild Wings last night. I'm not sure if this is a seasonal brew for AB. First things first, I order the "big" beer, which is served in a typical Hefeweizen style glass and the beer comes to my table a good inch to two inches from the top of the glass. Is this what it has come to in order to save a few bucks? WTF!

Anyway, so now I'm slightly pissed off. The reason I brought up the seasonality of the beer is because at first I thought it might have been the end of the Keg. My 2nd thought after I taste the beer is that they must not sell much of this stuff because it tasted as if it had come from a dirty tap, or that just could be par for the course for this stuff. It looked like your typical Belgian white, not as cloudy as some of the better ones (Allagash etc.) but it just tasted a little off. Again I've never had this beer before and probably won't again. It had a stale taste to it that wasn't very pleasing. I soldiered on and finished the beer since I had already paid some outrageous price for a 3/4 glass of beer. I think the favorite part of drinking a Belgian out of a bottle is the extra yummy at the bottom of the bottle. This is hard to duplicate in a tap beer.

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Photo of n00tz
1.64/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - Opaque (cloudy) gold body, thin bleached white head, and slow (next to nothing) carbonation. There's no excitement in this beer.

S - Citrusy hops and bread.

T - Citrusy hops and bread faintly detected but almost nothing but water... like a propel fitness water with alcohol in it. Yeah, boring.

M - Clear presence, like water.

D - Wasn't going into this with any expectations... didn't come out with anything positive. Worst beer I've had since I started reviewing beer.

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Photo of craytonic
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy citrus pale straw color. Good head & lacing.

Nice aroma. Wheat flour, a little pear flavor.

Nice taste, easy drinking, it is not screaming at you. A little sweet, but a very faint sweetness. Body is a little light. A little thin, but I am glad it is not overbearing.

Nothing to write home about, but a decent brew when you have limited selections at a bar and want something that goes down easy. Good on a hot day; I prefer it to blue moon.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.16/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to Weizen glass a dense cloudy yellow gold with two inches of white foam head that settled to a quarter inch with some spotty lacing. Expected a strong orange smell from the Mohawked Orange on the label but not much in the nose, just a hint of wheat and citrus. Weak taste here of wheat and mild citrus. It had good carbonation and was very easy drinking. This is OK at best, not a solid representation of the style and the false promotion of Orange dominance did not help it in my scoring.

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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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