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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

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

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Raspberry Wheat delivers the same smooth taste of Shock Top, with a hint of raspberry flavor. This traditional Belgian-style wheat ale is brewed with essence of wild raspberry and hand-selected hops. It’s this combination that gives it its crisp and distinctive Shock Top taste, with its own flavorful twist. This unfiltered ale has a light-golden color and a smooth finish, and if you’re curious, it technically doesn’t, not count toward your daily fruit intake.

Added by zeff80 on 03-16-2011

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pDev:
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Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.41/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a murky orange-brown with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. No lacing on this one. Smell is of artificial raspberry aromas and perfume. Taste is of artificial raspberry flavoring and fruit roll-ups. There is a perfume-like aftertaste on the finish. This beer has a higher level of carbonation with a crisp and bubbly mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty fake smelling and tasting beer that is not even average in my book.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.46/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I had this fresh at the brewery in st Louis, so Im sure my experience with this is better than the average joe buying a sixer in some distant land. this pours a pink tinted thicker wheat beer color with an inch of dying white fluff on top. the nose is really heavy raspberry, tart and fresh. really honestly tastes like fresh fruit too. I am surprised at the authenticity of the fruit in this beer, I thought itd be all syrupy and sweet, and it just isn't. the wheat malt is nothing special, but it is fresh too, and the yeast comes across a bit generic, but the raspberry is the intended star here. this is like the lemon shandy and the apple version were at the brewery, very potent and fresh. its hard for me to knock this, because at the source it really is worth drinking. a little sweet, a little thicker than it needs to be, but for a macro, its quite good when its fresh.

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2.5/5  rDev -11.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew could have been much worse than it was, I was interested in trying it since I just had the pumpkin one not too long ago. This one poured out much like the normal Shock Top, kinda hazy with a golden color to it. The head leaves no lacing and has very little retention. The smell of the beer is a little perfumy, almost artificial smelling. The taste of the beer has a pretty nice flavor to it. I was actually please with the raspberry flavor in this one. The mouthfeel was thin, nothing too stunning here really. Overall this brew was drinkable, I didn't mind having a second one right after the first. I can't ever see myself buying it but for free it's not too bad.

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

With nearly wine cooler-like sweetness and artificial raspberry flavor, Anheuser-Busch creates a dramatic bridge for those who oppose fundamental beer flavor to crawl over to the taste of American Wheat Ales that are dripping with candied fruit flavor.

Pouring a firm hazy golden color, I'm somewhat surprised that the beer doesn't carry a pinkish hue. The beer sure fits the "wheat beer" aesthetics and continues with a froathy white head that retains surprisingly well with light lace.

Aromas and flavors are all raspberry, particularly because of the rich sweetness that's associated with the fruit and fruit flavored soft drinks. The underlying sweetness of malt comes in the form of a cereal mix that includes wheat.

Light zesty textures derive from a prickle of carbonic bite as the sugary feel overshadows the more meaningful malt richness. While the sweetness dictates the mouthfeel, it limits any would-be dryness from occurring from the dissipating malt or acidic dryness, hop dryness, or alcohol warmth.

Caught somewhere between soda pops, wine cooler, and fruited wheat beer, this concoction doesn't offend the palate but causes a bit of disruption when preferring a beer of "real beer" flavor.

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2.73/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. My girl bought this at the local corner grocery chain in Waikiki, and after spending a day in the sun (us, not the beer), it doesn't sound like that much of a lark at this point.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden straw hue, with one finger of weakly puffy, and thinly foamy off-white head, which leaves very little in the way of lace anywhere near the glass as it quickly fades to nil.

It smells of raspberry cream pie filling, raspberry Kool-Aid powder, a certain plastic chemical astringency, and the faintest of beer-oriented pale graininess (corn, malt, rice, whatever). The taste is semi-sweet, pastry-like sour grain, some weak and wan wheaty wankery (alliteration, FTW!), and a much-abated strained green raspberry, er, fruitiness.

The carbonation is pretty soft, just a plain edginess abounding, the body a so-so medium-light weight, buoyed by that dense fruit perception, I'm sure, and not un-smooth, I suppose. It finishes more grainy than anything up to this point, the fruit a deconstructed notion, but still hanging on in spectral form.

A pseudo-beer, at best, even though it actually tastes just fine, albeit very innocuous, and definitely inoffensive (my surroundings probably influence this opinion, I must admit). A hollow fruit beer, but really, I get it, it goes down well enough, holds an above average booze quotient, and alludes to a popular fruit - I'm sure that it's more than my better half keeping this one a going concern.

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1.4/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a light yellow color ale with a light bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of fake raspberry syrup is quite awful with quite a bit of residual sugars. This is closer to a cooler than beer. Taste is a mix between some grainy wheat malt notes with quite a bit of residual sugar and way too much of the awful raspberry syrup. Body is light with good carbonation. I wasn’t expecting some kind of masterpiece but what a bunch of crap this beer was.

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2.23/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a clear, very pale, straw gold color with a one-finger, fizzy, bubbly head of foam. Short lived retention and no lacing.

S - It smelled of raspberry and nothing else.

T - Tasted of raspberry and some wheat. Neither flavor is particularly strong.

M - It was crisp and sharp with a crackling bite. A light bodied ale.

D - This is a fairly typical raspberry wheat. Not good but not awful, either.

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3/5  rDev +6.4%

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1.64/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Big white head quickly falls into a an alright lacing above a hazy washout honey colored wheat beer.

A light soupy to sour grain aroma with a hint of canned raspberries.

A light sweet raspberry taste tops off a light sour grain and even lighter hops taste.

A light dryness comes through another wise bland aftertaste.

I love raspberries and this beer is not good.

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3.58/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/8/2015. Pours hazy/cloudy golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of lightly tart raspberry, lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light coriander, light banana/clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, raspberry, and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart raspberry, lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, light coriander, light banana/clove, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Light yeast spiciness and fruit tartness on the finish; with lingering notes of raspberry, lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, wheat, cracker, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, raspberry, and pale malt flavors; with a good malt/tart/spiciness balance, and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a good fruited witbier style. All around good robustness and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, spices, raspberry, and pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.3/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 11/13/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains raspberries, wheat, light caramelized malts and a faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a sweet raspberry flavor followed by mildly bready flavors of wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is very mild but it’s enough to bring a decent balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s decent for a fruity beer but just mediocre overall.

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3.25/5  rDev +15.2%

Photo of vfgccp
2.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured as per the bottle instructions

A – Pours a thick, pillowy white head; unfortunately it has just ok retention and very little lace. Opaque golden pear body.

S – Bright, tart raspberry aroma. Touch of funky yeast with a wet, wheaty backdrop.

T – Wheat into a deep wallop of hone and yeast. A tingly raspberry follows the sweetness, but it carries a strong medicinal character.

M – Medium/full body for the style. The finish is sweet and somewhat syrupy.

O – The nose has a great raspberry note, but the wheat in it has a funny funk. The flavor is ok, but the medicinal edge really hurts the beer.

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2/5  rDev -29.1%

Photo of nathanmiller
1.13/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Shock Top Raspberry Wheat is a perfect case of a beer that shouldn't be served to anyone who has ever tasted any other beer before. It is, to say the least, abysmal.

Why? The taste, the smell, even the appearance is saddening to senses.

A: Served with almost no head, unless you call the soda-like fizz a head. The pinkish-tinted gold is not attractive or appetizing at all.
S: Yeah, that's raspberry all right. I guess I can see how they named the beer. If there was anything else in this brew, I couldn't discern it through my nose.
T: God, have mercy on my tastebuds. There's raspberry, again, that's certain. As for wheat? I'm not convinced. Maybe AB used a hint of wheat, but if they did, it wasn't much. The raspberry is way too overpowering, and the wheat almost non-existent.
M: Fizzy. Too fizzy, it tickled my tongue like a bad soda.
O: I'll avoid this in the future. I suggest you do the same.

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2.75/5  rDev -2.5%

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2.47/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Took a flyer on this as the wit version was alright...

Pours a super effervescent straw color with 3 fingers of beige colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Raspberry kool aid & faint wheat breadyness

T: Artificially flavored raspberry water with bits of NutraSweet & lemon drop candy up front. Dryness, tartness & artificial flavoring as this warms, finishes with weird raspberry fake flavor & dryness

MF: Light bodied, firm carbonation with dryness crawling all over this

No defense for this one, the other one is alright, this is a bunch of artificial tasting shite. Glad this one bottle in a mixed 6'er

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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.82 out of 5 with 1,018 ratings
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