Shock Top Belgian White | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Belgian WhiteShock Top Belgian White
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States | website

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

BEER STATS
Reviews:
798
Ratings:
3,655
Avg:
3.01
pDev:
49.5%
 
 
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Photo of drbarnes
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
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 +28.9%
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 -8.6%
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 -20.3%
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%
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 +3.7%
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 +5.3%
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 +13%
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%
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 +22.9%
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 +17.9%
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 +19.9%
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 +9.6%
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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Photo of SwiftyMcBeer
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served on-tap. Looked like your standard summer brew with all the smells and appearance, repleit with the orange slice. From there it went down hill, the taste wasn't offensive, it was just virtual non-existent. Like the actual beer had been watered down with . . well water. Maybe it was because it was snowing outside and the middle of December, but I wasn't that excited by this effort. Seems like a attempt to cash-in on the whole beer with an orange slice fad. I'm sure I could drink a couple of these, I just really wouldn't want to. Wake me up when you have something interesting.

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Photo of RJLarse
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Eagles Pub. Served in a pint tumbler.

Pours a pale gold color and is hazy. It looks like pineapple juice in the glass. A fizzy white head forms, but dissipates quickly.

The smell is sweet and fruity. There are sweet citrus notes, orange blossoms, and some spices I can't quite place.

The taste is pretty good, a heavy bread grain flavor up front, with some citrus, orange and sweetened lemon, and a little coriander flavor (according to the label).

Mouthfeel is OK. A lot of carbonation, which stings the tongue a bit.

This is a very drinkable beer, and would appeal, or at least be acceptable to a lot of folks. There is nothing unusual about the beer, it's very average, but very drinkable. It would be good on a hot day. Great thirst quencher.

Note: Used to be known as Spring Heat Spiced Wheat.

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Photo of madtappers
2.79/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not my cup of tea, but for a Bud product it is made very well, can it be considered a true Belgian Wit now that InBev owns AB?

Anyway pours very cloud with a hint of orange with a white head. Beer was granished with an orange adding to the orange falvor I could smell and taste.

If you like Blue Moon give this on a shot, if you are a Hoegraden fan, it may or may not impress your taste buds.

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Photo of dfolmste
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
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 +8.3%
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%
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%
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%
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 +3%
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 -17.6%
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 -14.3%
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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Shock Top Belgian White from Anheuser-Busch
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