Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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.

Added by zjungleist on 03-11-2006

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3.02
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Photo of 1759Girl
1.46/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Wow.... I thought, "heck! I've never even heard of this beer. Let's get it! We love witbiers!"
Oh, wow.
It poured badly and grew worse. It was only after my tasting of it and utter confusion as to how someone could possibly make such a bad attempt of a white belgian, that a friend pointed out that it is made by Michelob.
A>Scary orange color with a big lagerfoam head.
Smell> shockingly unlike any witbier you have had. Has all of the metallic notes of a nattylight.
Taste> hard to review since it lacks almost any.
Mouf> <shudder>
Drinkability> Would probably give this less if i could. I haven't felt this strongly since I had my last lightstruck beer... only this one didn't taste skunked, just super weak.

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Photo of hustlesworth
2.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A- pale dirty golden with a typical AB head, doesn't seem to be much wheat protein.

S- nose is dominated by coriander and some orange peel, a little wheat and raw grains.

T- same as aroma only grainier, alot of coriander, too much.

MF- ultra fizzy and light, lacks substance. is this all in my head? no.

D- not world class, but it would have higher drink points if the MF wasn't so off-putting.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy, golden yellow color with a fizzy, white, two-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of citrus and lemon. Some wheat notes.

T - The taste is really dominated by wheat flavors. Some citrus flavors, too.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A fairly fizzy, light-bodied beer.

D - This is okay. Doesn't taste like a true wit, more like an American Pale Wheat.

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Photo of bbeerman
2.63/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I liked the color of this beer: a vibrant looking orange, wheat beer. Much better looking than I was expecting from an AB product. No real head to speak of.

Not a bad scent. A very sweet smelling wheat beer was a nice change of pace in the world of wheat brews. Again, more than I was expecting.

I did not really enjoy the taste, though I must say I enjoyed it more than I was expecting (sorry to be repetitive). If I had to select an AB product to drink, I would probably go with this one over the others I have had to date. While an average tasting wheat brew, what I did not like was how this beer tasted very much like an orange soda after the first few sips. That combined with the appearance made me think I was having a soda pop. A decent hint of alcohol was present.

Because this tasted like orange soda to me, I was not impressed with the mouthfeel or drinkability. Not something I would ever go out of my way to have again, but worth trying once for the experience.

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Photo of boralyl
3.2/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours 2 fingers of frothy white head with ok retention and very little lacing. The beer is very cloudy giving it a very pale yellowish/orange color with lots of carbonation bubbles.

S - Coriander, orange, lemon and some wheat malts make up the aroma.

M - A light-bodied beer with a wet watery feel to it. It has moderate carbonation.

T - Some wheat malts in the front followed by some spices and then a burst of orange flavor in the end. A little too much orange on the finish in my opinion.

A decent interpretation of the Witbier. The best AB "craft beer" I have tried thus far. Very easy to drink, great for summer/spring.

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Photo of katan
2.92/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of a twist off undated 12oz bottle

A - Pours a light gold color with lots of haze. This one has been sitting around, so a ton of yeast was in the bottle which has appeared as "floaties" in the beer. Very little head.

S - Does this have a smell? Not much at all there. The lightest hint of spice, such as clove/coriander, is present.

T - At first its a light balance of some malt notes, bitterness, and the spices. Not much orange in this part of the flavor - that comes later. The midstream is somewhat flat. Finishes with a quite potent orange flavor. Way too strong in my opinion.

M - Body is solid - perhaps more than most witbiers I would appreciate. However, I would say the mouthfeel is akin to the St. Bernardus that I'm not much of a fan of either.

D- Easy drinking, not overly thick, low ABV. Typical target beer for AB. Not that its a bad thing for me once in a while.

Okay beer that I could drink when better choices are not available. I do applaud AB for trying to get some variety in their approach.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.51/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Freshness date on the bottle, always love these and wish every bottle had one. One finger pure white head quickly faded to a thin layer atop my brew. Cloudy banana yellow color. Aromas are a little muted and the citrus is hard to detect (esp for beer sporting an orange with sunglasses and a Mohawk on the label). The flavors are a little more defined and the orange does come though along with some lime peel underneath and a little wheat. Too sweet for the style and the spices are hard to detect but it does get better as it warms up. Light body and a pleasant mouthfeel but carbonation is little too vibrant. Good effort for A-B and a good alternative for those who do drink A-B products and want some variation.

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Photo of meatmallet
3.37/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow with a lot of sediment in the glass. No real head or lacing

Smell: Orange, malt, and banana is hidden in there as well. A lot better on the nose than I was expecting.

Taste: Lemon and orange peel and some spice. A bit of a bitter aftertaste and a heavy bitter orange taste at the end.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is high and really geels good in the mouth.

Drinkability: I didnt know it was an AB product till I looked at the lable (which is why I picked it up anyway). I could drink quite a few of these on a hot day and being over %5 ABV I would enjoy it.

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Photo of reignsong
3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a nice effort for a major Brewing company, but it has that thin watery pilsner flavor underneath. It's like a Bud Ice with spices, I don't seem to get the feel, flavor, or texture of an actual ale with this one.

I'd pick this up for a special occasion where I had a cookout with too many guests to get a craft Beer from smaller breweries (they tend to spend more time with their brews since distribution is smaller).

It has enough character to beat out all of the Bud and Busch stuff, but Long Trail does a nicer job with a Belgian Ale for the price range.

Allagash White from Portland, ME (New England/Northeast bias aside) is strictly the best American interpretation of this style so far. I'm eager to find some others. This is worth a try on a hot summer day chilled (room temp doesn't suit this too well).

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Photo of opwog
2.75/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

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I didn't even know that this was an AB beer when I ordered it in CT. I had never seen it before. But AB or not, I knew that this beer was a bit of a mess. The taste slams you with its overpowering spice. This beer is to witbier as pizza filled Combos are to real pizza. It runs down a check list of elements to qualify it as a witbier, without any attention to the quality of these elements or how they work together. The best thing about this was the mouthfeel, because it was light enough on the palate to be passable for most people on hot summer nights.

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Photo of SIRIUS2
2.87/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

An interesting pale hue of cloudy golden orange. There was some white soapy suds on the top that quickly faded. No lacing to note.

The aroma was interesting. I would not let them serve this with the 'mandatory' orange slice that they wanted to include but I swear there was still a faint hint of orange on the nose. Odd because I sure didn't taste any orange. Some light wheat & malt did make it past the orange but that was about it. A pleasant aroma, if not very traditional.

Well, the taste wasn't what I was expecting after such a fruity nose. This tasted like a cross between a wheat beer and a grand cru - some spice, some notes of lemon zest, and a little wheat chafe, but overall rather weak on the palate. Everything sort of falls apart on the tongue and leaves you with a watery, somewhat bitter finish.

I was very hot and thirsty when I purchased this and the first few sips did the trick of quenching my thirst. After about half a glass though as the brew warmed up, it got harder and harder to get it down. The last quarter was just a straight up shot - finally gone.

I guess I'm just turning into a beer snob a bit but I really didn't care for this. There are so many other representations of the style that are so much better. My advice would be to check the others out first if you can.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.77/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a shaker glass.

A: Pours an orange-straw yellow, cloudy body with a small, white head with no retention and minimal lacing.

S: A pretty strong, orange peel smell with some yeasty, bready undertones that was not overwhelming, but still quite pleasant.

T: Taste does not even match up to the smell. A watered down, lemon-orange citrus peel with some hint of coriander spice in the aftertaste. Mostly tastes like nothing with only very subtle hints of flavor and complexity. No malts evident to balance off the orange and coriander, or even to back it up.

M: A fairly light and watery mouthfeel that was not too impressive.

D: Despite a poor taste, the mouthfeel makes the beer rather drinkable during the summer. I was hoping for a little more, but I was not impressed much at all. On the lighter, I can probably chug this beer or play beer pong with it, so it is not a complete waste.

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Photo of GrimmReaper
2.85/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one on tap at Tony Roma's at Universal Studio,tried something different,did'nt really know what i was getting into,but i was thirsty.Very hazy looking brew,cloudy off yellow,kinda like a urine sample,yeasty looking,some bubbles thin white head and mild lacing.Nose was of orange's,mild spice,Taste was not as bad as it looked,kinda tarty,with the orange flavor in there,spicey,yeasty,with wheat tinge,lite to medium mouthfeel to it,went down rather easily,thirst quencher,not really much for these wheat beers but this one i enjoyed it at the time,not something i'll go out of my way for but worth a try.

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Photo of PatronWizard
3.17/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought a bunch of beers for a friends bar-be-que and kept two of these for myself....

Thin white head, faded quick over a cloudy golden orange, as the brew kept bubbling.

Hmm, smells like an orange.

Hmm, tastes like an orange.

Light on the flavor, light body, is this a beer or a mimosa?

It's been a long day and this goes down pretty easy so excuse me while I pound this bottle and take another look (belch) at my second bottle.

Oh, I see. There's directions on the bottle (summarized):Pour it out except for the last 1/2 inch. Roll the bottle around, mixing up what's left, and dump into glass.

Reminds me of the JB Weld I used to patch a hole in my tranny pan. Anyways, I followed the directions for the second bottle and a nice head did foam up just like it said, then faded just as I suspected.

Great thirst quencher, not quite a great beer. The good news in this the easiest drinking 5.2% I've had. On a hot day I would MURDER many of these and be a bit toasty myself. It's a lot like orange soda...but with alcohol. Which means it does have a time and a place.

Overall: not for relaxing and enjoying but for drinking and drinking and drinking and....

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Photo of smerkinb
2.46/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in a pint glass. Cloudy orange with 1/2" head that diminished to a ring with very little lacing that quickly fell back in. Very light orange aroma. Orange and coriander taste with some light breadiness. As it warmed up it started to smell of alcohol and the aftertaste was lingering alcohol. Lightly carbonated with a dry tartish finish. Left my tongue feeling grainy.

Pretty basic, orange and spice taste with w tiny bite on the end. Not impressive and got worse the further along I got until I finally gave up with about a third of it left in my glass. Not something I'll have again as it left a lot to be desired.

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

Interesting name got me intrigued during my night out with some friends, after a few stouts I wanted to end the night on a lighter note. This beer was served in a large glass. Fruity aroma with spicy notes it smelled wonderful. A nice vibrant yellow color with a splash of orange, there was a medium sized head that actually left decent lacing, strong carbonation rounded out a good appearance. Solid on the palate this wasn't thin and a crisp finish really capped this one. The flavor is mild and good. Lots of citrus and spice flavors. Not top of the line but it was a good find on draft. Surprisingly enough I had no clue that this is brewed by Anheuser-Busch, hats off to expanding your horizons beyond undrinkable swill.

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Photo of flipshevanel
1.72/5  rDev -43%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I have to admit that I have a predisposition towards not liking Anheuser-Busch products, they've just never ever impressed me. Utterly dissapointing white ale. Completely average appearance, with dull uninspiring aroma (smelled just like Budweiser). Palate was medium to full, very dry for a wheat beer with a moderate astringent feel. Flavor was very acidic with a thankfully short finish.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.41/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap from a decent drink stand at the Projekt Revolution tour in Charlotte, NC.

A - Very very orange colored and very hazy. Only a finger or two of head from the tap, but it remained throughout the entire beer leaving some decent lacing.

S - There's a huge whiff of coriander (much like it's counterpart Blue Moon), along with a sour/sweet aroma coming from the wheat malt.

T - Surprisingly good. Coriander is evident from the beginning, and the wheat malt provides a refreshing twang that doesn't become overpowering. As the beer warmed in the intense heat outside, the coriander became less noticable, and the twang turned into a sweetness that reminded me of drinking a mixture of beer and orange juice.

M - Medium to high carbonation with a nice creaminess.

D - I enjoyed this beer, maybe even a hair better than Blue Moon though I'd have to compare them side by side. I'll probably pick up a sixer of this before the summer's out.

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Photo of TheViceBlog
3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer has one of the oddest, eye-popping taps around: a transmogrified orange with sunglasses and a mohawk. For $3 at a local bar, I took a whirl with this one. It came with an orange slice and while I typically hate fruit in beer I decided to just go with the flow. Glad I did. This beer tasted almost like a Sunkist soda. VERY orangey. I like Sunkist so I liked this beer. Not sure I could drink several but it was enjoyable. I was surprised when I got home to see that it's an Anheuser-Busch beer. You'd think it would be in more bars. It's better than most of that macro-brewery's selections for sho'. Simple, but pleasant. I actually like it better than the oddly much-lauded Blue Moon.

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Photo of Hoagie1973
2.91/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a very good example of the style. Cloudy orange appearance was nice, but the smell and taste seemed way too sweet and overdone. Orange/citrus taste was overbearing and artificial. Medium body; somewhat crisp feel. Way too many superior Witbiers to bother with this again.

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Photo of canucklehead
2.88/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at some bar off Pioneer Square in Seattle.

Looks right with the cloudy yellow colour and the white head. The nose was kinda citrus but it was hard to tell. The beer is really too sweet for the style with not much of an aftertaste. I could not really drink much more than a 8oz glass which considering I love Wits for their drinkability says something

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Photo of fdrich29
2.3/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There's a picture of an orange wedge wearing green tinted sunglasses and an orange mohawk. Anheuser-Busch Inc. presents "Shock Top Belgian White" a Belgian Style Wheat Ale Brewed With Spices. It goes on to say it's "Brewed with Orange, Lemon & Lime Peels and Coriander". My beer was born on 21 May 2008. Freshest taste within 110 days. I'll consider myself lucky then.

In all fairness the person who picked this out for me did so because she knows I enjoy Belgians and didn't realize it was a A-B product until we took them out of the fridge. I really appreciate her effort to choose a beer style she knew I enjoyed, it's absolutely the thought that counts.

I'm not going to go through all the components of a proper review. I taste some of the citrus and the coriander, as advertised.
The rest we'll file under "If you don't have something nice to say..."

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Photo of eberkman
3.29/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up one of these from the singles cooler at the nearby packie. Not much of a selection and I'd never heard of this one so, what the hell? Had no idea it was an A-B product until I came on here. Cracking (or screwing) this one open after mowing the lawn in 95-degree heat (at least it's a dry heat today).

Anyway....

Pours a light golden yellow with a lot of haziness. Big, frothy white head with decent stickiness. Definitely an attractive looking beer. Good lacing on the glass as well.

Big orange aromas in the nose. Not picking up on the coriander as much as I'd normally expect to. Nothing offensive about the aroma -- just doesn't stand out for the style.

The taste is one of heavy wheat presence at the beginning and in the finish, which also presents a lingering yeast sensation. In the middle is orange, orange, orange. Not orange peel. But orange. Almost like orange juice or orange crush. Did i mention they overdid the orange? I guess the anthromorphic orange with the orange-peel mohawk/mullet on the bottle shoudl have given that away. Some very subtle, well, faint spice presence in the body too.

Mouthfeel is a little thick and fizzy for my tastes -- not as delicate and tingly as, say an Allagash White, or better yet a Blanche de Chambly or St. Bernardus Wit.

But all-in-all, a pretty drinkable beer as a refresher on a hot day like today. I could easily put away a few of these unless the overpowering orange sensation started to do me in and make me thirstier than I was before.

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

Had this one on-tap on a hot summer night as it was the only decent offering available to me. I had never had this one so I decided to give it a shot.

A- Soapy, murky, and hazy light orange color. Thin off white head, no lacing. Thinned out after a few sips.

S- Earthy, wheaty, and zesty smell. Clean, soapy, citrusy scents abound as well.

T- Average. There was a sweet orange/lemon flavor here with some hints of vanilla cream. Wheat flavors were strong, grainy aftertaste.

M- Light and thin bodied with little carbonation.

D- Not a bad summer beer. Decent offering from AB.

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Photo of merlin48
3.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle with recent "born on" date, pours a hazy lemonade colored(pale yellow) body with a small white head. Retention is good and there is some sheet lacing left on the glass.

Aroma has some spicy coriander and white pepper, embellished by a faint hint of citrusy lemon.

Light bodied, with an appropriate medium carbonation.

Taste opens with some lemon accents, followed by a wheat malt twang. Restrained notes of coriander and white pepper hint at a subtle spiciness. Clean all the way through.

A refreshing summer brew, for sure. A respectable effort by AB.

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