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Shock Top Raspberry WheatShock Top Raspberry Wheat

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Missouri, United States

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.

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Photo of cps98
3.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light yellow in color with a 1 finger white head. Slight haze to the beer when poured into a glass. Decent lacing.

S - Got some raspberry, lemon, floral notes and some yeast.

T - Sweet raspberry, wheat and very yeasty.

M - Medium bodied with light carbonation. All of the flavors do melt together well.

O - Not a great beer but it is drinkable. A little sweet to drink more than one IMO.

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Photo of phenomenologian
3.88/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of raspberry, wheat, and maybe malt. The raspberry dominates the other smells.

Raspberry is the dominant but wheat and maybe malt come through in the taste also.

Mouthfeel is of very little carbonation and a little flat (which may be specific to the bottle purchased).

Overall, the raspberry taste is pleasing with the wheat which is makes it a good beer to enjoy every once in awhile.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.8/5  rDev +31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Color was hazy yellow, almost pineapple. Looked a lot like a hefeweizen. About an inch of head. Frosty lacing on the top. Frosty sporadic film on the sides.

Smelled of raspberry right away with what also appeared to be strawberries. Nothing else really came through.

Tasted raspberry up front, but not as strong as I thought it would be considering the smell. Not much happened after the initial raspberry hit, though.

Light body. Slick texture. Lively carbonation (moderate). Smooth finish with raspberry left on the tongue.

Embarressly (that’s a new word), I liked this beer a lot more before I started rating beers. I still enjoy it as it reminds me of raspberry ice cream. Good summer beer.

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Photo of DCon
3.57/5  rDev +24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6-pack of this brew from Schnucks Culinary in St. Louis, MO for $6.99. Poured one of the 12 FL. OZ. bottles with the Shock Top character, raspberries, and a summer time background label into a 16oz Tulip Glass. Has 11299 on the back of the bottle.

Aroma- Has a very pure and far from artificial raspberry aroma! Sweet but seems like I just picked some and about to enjoy! A nice wheat character follows this up.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger head that dies quickly. Has a light-medium orange colored body with bit of hazy. Leaves only very few suds on the glass.

Flavor- Has the average grainy and wheat flavor but then is supported by a nice raspberry flavor. No hops are found and as simple as that, finishes off sweet and crisp.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, Smooth, and then has a small amount of lip smacking sweetness.

Overall Impression- Where did this come from?!?! I've had both the original Shock Top and also the Pumpkin version and they were not up to par at all! This one was very nice and good all around. If this one just had a tad more body, the flavor could be more distinct but of course, I'm wishing this often with many AB products. Go for it if you have the chance!

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Photo of CowsCanBark
3.77/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a murky gold with a one-finger head, no lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Raspberry, light wheat, light grassy note. The raspberry smells good.

Taste: Sweet raspberries on the front with a light wheat taste following, a tad bit watery. It's good.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body and high carbonation, crisp and refreshing, easy drinker.

Overall: A tasty and refreshing raspberry beer. This is my final review for the original three Shock Tops, and I must say that I am impressed once again.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
2.71/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: Very cloudy. Almost hefeweizen-like. Decent foam and good lacing.

Smell: Just some raspberries and lemon. A bit soapy.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Not a huge fan of the flavor. The citrus (lemon and orange) and the raspberry makes this too sour. Mouthfeel is pretty crisp though.

Drinkability: Pretty weak for a fruit ale.

Overall: See drinkability.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.3/5  rDev +14.6%
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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Photo of json83
3.76/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

At first the smell was very good and my first taste was really good. Sam Adams Cherry Wheat is one that I really like, and this is comparable to a certain extent. The after taste is tasteful at first but after a minute or two it turned sour - like a sour patch kid. I also disappointed with the high calorie count for what you are getting (179 per bottle). This is different and unique but lacks with the aftertaste, mouthfeel, and calorie count. Not one that I would pick for a six pack but maybe try once again..

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.12/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a mug, the beer pours a hazy gold color (with a few floaties) and about a half inch white head. The head doesn't stay around for long, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is raspberries (more syrup than fresh raspberries) and some wheat. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all raspberries and wheat. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it has moderate carbonation and it goes down easy. Not too bad, overall. I'd drink this again in the future.

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Photo of Dave128
4.02/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz brown twistoff bottle into a pint glass.

A - A rigorous pour yields a finger or so of white head that fizzles out quickly. A tiny ring of lace still presides around the edge of the glass as bubbles slowly float to the top. A slightly hazy straw color doesn't look impressive. You might be able to say there is a pinkish tinge that comes from the raspberries or raspberry flavoring, but its not too prominent.

S - Fairly neutral nose. Smells lightly of raspberries with some wheat character as well.

T - Wow I am completely surprised by this. I was really expecting typical AB grassyness corn sugar party, but this one really has some great clean flavors and I find nothing wrong with the flavor of this beer. The light raspberry flavor mixed with a light wheat character makes for a very refreshing and tasty beer. My only gripe here might just be that it needs more flavor.

M - Light and fizzy. Refreshing.

O - I really appreciate how reserved the fruit flavors of this beer are. I usually shy away from fruit beers because the tartness or sweetness are just way too much that it doesn't seem like beer anymore. This one strikes a great balance for me and I don't think its a bad offering at all from AB.

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Photo of budgood1
3.08/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a cloudy, unfiltered haze sunset gold colour with a moderate fizzy head, reducing to some minmal lace. the "natural raspberry essence" is prevalent in the nose, with a bit of pale maltiness and wheat spice. doesn't smell too bad. the pale malt and wheat notes are complimented by some not too artificial raspberry flavour. surprisingly, it all melds quite nicely together, and there is nothing really offensive about anything in the flavour profile. medium bodied with a smooth and light mouthfeel. drinkability is ok. i'm sure this would be much more quaffable on the 4th of July rather than Halloween day.

overall this is just an ok fruit beer. about what a drinker would expect from A-B. chicks would probably dig it. nothing great, but nothing bad.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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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Photo of Lemke10
3.22/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 6-pack of this from Woodman's in Janesville, WI in Summer 2011.

Pours a cloudy golden/copper color with about a half inch of a foamy head. The scent that stands out above all is the sweet raspberries. Almost reminds me of the scent of a brand new box of fruity pebbles. The taste is smooth and mellow and there is definetly a wheat and a raspberry taste to it. The first part of the taste is much better than the last half as it starts sweet like a lambic and finishes like a dry cheap beer. An interesting concept but definetly needs some improvement when compared to other micro-brews but for an Anheuser-Busch product, this isn't too bad. Something to try once and that's about it.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.67/5  rDev +27.4%
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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Photo of blakelive784
2.09/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into pint glass:

A - light, cloudy golden color with thin white head that dissipated quickly. No signs of lacing

S - overpowering rasberry notes dominate a hint of wheat tones. No traces of any hops aromas here

T - Cloyingly sweet, artificial rasperry extract flavor. A hint of wheat on the finish with little to no bittering hops. There may be some hoppy fruity notes but it's hard to tell.

M - Thin with a dry finish. Fairly high carbonation.

D - As mentioned before, this beer may be appropriate for those who don't like beer. Really a pretty poor example of a fruit based wheat.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.41/5  rDev -16.3%
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 kolbe21
2.1/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Pretty cloudy orange in color. Little bit of head that quickly disappears

S: strong berry smell, not so much wheat

T: Again, not alot of taste of wheat. Way too overpowering of raspberry. Very artificial tasting, almost tastes like a bad juice box.

M: Very light, could drink a few if you can get past the overwhelming taste of fake raspberry.

O: As you can tell i did not enjoy this beer, Im a big fan of wheat beers and I am always willing to try ones that are infused with fruit. I would suggest you should not waste your money on this beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Cloudy tangerine orange with a strong sense of macro-bubble carbonation within. A chalky white head is spongy, a finger high with an average rate of stay leaving no lace.

S: The nose was soft and perfumy, of raspberries, medium strength. Touches of sugary malts with an overall nice balance, not overdone on the raspberry or lacking.

T: sweet, raspberries with a soft touch of wheat. Again a pretty good balance, doesn’t try to overdue the use of raspberry and fairly natural in delivery. A bit of tangerine citrus. Not big on complexity, but rather smooth on the take. Soft dryness of wheat comes on the close.

M: bubbly and active, decent fullness, maybe medium bodied and was fairly sharp upfront.

O: Honestly not bad, wont make me a fan and more for the light craft drinker who likes a little fruitiness with his beer, but I can see the ladies enjoying this, smoother, now to take of the training wheels and do a big boy style.

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Photo of pzrhsau
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: the beer pours a nice cloudy golden color with no head that doesn't add much to the beer.
S: Overwhelmingly raspberry flavor but very artificial flavor.
T: Very strong raspberry flavor at first but then it dissolves into no real flavor. Its very syrupy and doesn't offer much wheat.
M/O: Very raspberry but not much beer flavor or aroma.

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Photo of tdm168
2.46/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with 1/4" of bubbly head that quickly fades to a thin lacing. Artificial raspberries dominate the nose. Taste is a very mild wheat, artificial raspberries, and just a hint of spice. I get none of the coriander spice promised on the bottle. Mouthfeel is crisp and light.

I don't like the artificial fruit flavor. This is a rather weak beer all around.

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Photo of BrewDogg
2.08/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This wheat ale came off smelling like it was going to be a one of a kind beer, but turned out tasting similiar to a raspberry iced tea. I would recommend this for people who dislike the taste of beer.

S- Gives off a very strong raspberry fragrence which overpowers the smell of the hand-selected hops or any other aromas.

T-Best described as a highly carbonated rapberry iced tea.

MF- Watery. This beer is perfect for quenching thirst out in the sun, but lacks any strong characteristics.

Drinkability- I had troubles choking down the first bottle because I didn't prefer the taste. Although, the second and third bottle went down a little smoother.

I prefer dark, robust, heavy beers, but occasionally I have an ale or two. What I expected from this fruity ale was a smooth beer with a rapberry hint, but instead I was given flavored carbonated water.

Not my style

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Photo of devilben02
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one was a gift to my wife from a friendly neighborhood A-B distributor. She didn't want it, so I might as well try it (for science). Poured from the bottle, this one has a slightly hazy apple-juice-golden-yellow color and a modest, fizzy, cream-colored head that quickly evaporates to almost nothing. The aroma of raspberry juice permeates the area after this pour. The fragrant light fruitiness smells like a bottled fruit juice that contains enough real juice that you wouldn't be ashamed to give to your kids (occasionally).

Unfortunately, the flavor goes the other direction. The fruity sweetness again dominates, and the only thing that reminds that this is beer is a dull, yeasty earthiness. In contrast to the aroma, the fruit juice flavor starts to become more and more unpleasantly artificial with each sip. The mouthfeel tries to help, with a light, smooth body and only a mildly tingly carbonation. In the end, however, this just doesn't taste like beer. Light and very fruity, it's more of a fruit juice spritzer than a beer. It's actually somewhat pleasant when viewed from that point of view, though, making it a potentially fine summery change-of-pace or a first stepping stone towards beer for a wine cooler drinker.

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Photo of russpowell
2.47/5  rDev -14.2%
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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Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My wife loves this because it doesn't taste much like beer. I only the other hand, love beer. Hence the BA membership. This poured from the bottle into a standard pint. Cloudy orange color with quickly dissipating head. The smell was obviously artificial raspberry with a ton of sweetness. Taste was mostly artificial raspberry with a touch of beer. Not really much to write about from a BA standpoint. Mouthfeel was easy drinking. I hate to rate this so high because it's not so much a good brew but that I occasionally enjoy this as a guilty pleasure. I'm sorry...

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Photo of MrVonzipper
2.59/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy golden orange color with a solid one finger foamy white head. Moderate retention. No lacing.

Raspberry hits your nose immediately and quite strong. It mask any other possible notes, even wheat.

Flavor is very similar. Strong raspberry up front, transitioning into the shrouded wheat character then back to sweet raspberry.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp. Light bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Overall this beer is a mess. Who is the target market here ladies? The gays? My wife who is not a big beer drinker liked it alot. I actually like regular Shocktop. For a macro brew Hef I think it's pretty damn good. The raspberry is just so overpowering in every way it's a little tough to drink. I contemplated a drainpour.

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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
2.88 out of 5 based on 1,014 ratings.
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