Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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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 dfolmste
2.96/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cloudy orange/yellow. Sediment sticks to the bottom of the bottle after pour. Head doesn't linger long and retention is minimal.

Smell: Weakest part of this brew. Considering the beer comes from Anheuser, I didn't have much of an expectation and the smell only reinforces my bias. The smell is a bit sweeter than a bud or michelob, but the citrus and wheat flavors of a belgian white are non-existent in the smell.

Taste: Reminds me of a blue moon. Heavy on the orange flavor. Comes on strong and fades away to nothing. It seems as if this beer settled to make an average belgian white and found no room for inovation.

Mouthfeel: Better than trying to savor a bud light. Orange taste is strong but carbonation is minimal.

Drinkability: Average beer but a sub-par attempt at of the style. I would probably just spend the few extra bucks to pick up some blue moon.

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Photo of VaTechHopHead
3.26/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - It was a little more yellow in hue than most Belgian Wit beers, would have like to seen a little bit more white coloring

S - Had all the typical scents, orange/fruit with some faint clove in the background. Not very potent.

T - Same here...the tastes were there but mostly diluted out, probably from the mass brewing process.

M/D - Not a bad choice for a cheap inexpensive Belgian style, would recommend to serve it to a new beer drinker to try to turn them on to this style of brew.

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Photo of heath1agnew
2.65/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

appearance- didn't produce a very big head or keep any retention, and i couldn't really tell if it was cloudy or not due to the fact they handed it to me in a frosted mug. i think i'm probably being to generous with this score.

smell- had a citrus smell and i had trouble picking up anything else.

taste and mouthfeel- ok...way too carbonated. look, this basically tastes like a light beer with some citrus flavoring.

drinkability- i won't lie, it would be hard for me to stomach this all night.

notes- i'm not apposed to anheuser-busch beers, i'll try them and give them a fair shot, but this one really missed the mark.

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

Draft served in a standard pint glass, but no orange slice on the side. Pours an orangish yellow color body, chilled haze and cloudy. Has a large and creamy white head, not much lace or retentionm. Spicy, yeasty aroma, and some orange coming through. Some wheat flavor along with the yeast and spiciness. No really strong flavors, lots of citrus orange, slight hoppy finish. Thin and a bit of a watery mouthfeel. Not too bad, no complaints, and it seemed to be a popular choice from watching the bartender.

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Photo of Goliath
2.68/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy pale orangey/yellow color with a thing bright white head. Terrible retention and no lacing.

The aroma isn't quite typical for a wit. After reading the neck of the bottle it seems they used multiple forms of citrus, so it has orange, lemon, and lime as opposed to just orange peel. I definitely smell the lime, and I get a bit of orange as well. The problem for me is I can't smell any corriander. Big disappointment when considering a wit.

The taste is not offensive, but definitely not right for the style. It's like a cup of orange juice. Big citrus notes. Orange is easy to detect, traces of lemon come through, and a hint of lime at the end. The corriander is seemingly nonesistent. Not impressed here.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and lightly but crisply carbonated.

Drinkability is moderate. It's not unpalateable, just not to style. For me, I can't see drinking more than one of these and I certainly wouldn't purchase it again. I would drink one if someone handed it to me though.

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.1/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy yellow with a single-finger fluffy head. The smell is mostly orange and spices. The taste starts off with sweet orange that gives way to some spices and bready yeast that lingers on the palate. The mouthfeel is watery with some fine carbonation. It's a drinkable and tasty beer, but kind of a one-note interpretation of the style.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Original Rating Date:
May 17, 2008

Aroma is fruity, but overpowering. Pours cloudy orange with a small white head. Strong, overpowering carbonation. Flavor was a bit watery, very citrus. Overall not bad (especially for an Anheuser-Busch brew), but there are better whites out there.

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Photo of magictrokini
2.58/5  rDev -14.6%
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 +4.3%
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 +1.3%
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 +11.9%
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 -4.6%
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 +42.4%
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 +10.9%
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 +10.9%
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 -18.9%
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 +19.9%
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 +1.3%
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 Domingo
3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this as part if a mixed sizer someone brought over. It's not Spring...but I figured I might as well try it.
Pours a pretty hazy creamy-orange color. I swirled the last little bit to get the yeast sediment, and it gave everything a pretty nice head to boot.
Smells of wheat malt and mild citrus.
I was surprised to actually taste a crackery malt characteristic in this. Mild citrus zest, crackery malt, and a little bit of coriander.
This isn't world class, but it's not that bad.
I'm sure the anti-AB crowd will rail on it, but as a pale wheat beer (it's closer to that than a wit), it's okay.
I don't think I'd seek it out, but at places like chain restaurants that will carry this rather than a true craft offering, I'd have no issue ordering this again and enjoying it.

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Photo of Yaz8
2.36/5  rDev -21.9%
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 -10.6%
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 +10.3%
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 +9.9%
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 -22.8%
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 +23.2%
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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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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