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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1,018
Reviews:
166
Avg:
2.88
pDev:
27.78%
 
 
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look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a bubbly white head that fades super fast to a small collar. No lacing at all.

Whoa...that is raspberry pungent! Sweet and candy-esque. Kinda artificial smelling, but not all that bad.

Taste is mildly repulsive...it is kind of jammy tasting with a metallic twang. Leaves a bad aftertaste, like sucking on a rusty nail. The flavor is full of artificial raspberry and does not leave much of the 'Belgian Wit' in it's wake...which is not such a bad idea in the case of the original Shock Top. I was waiting to find this as a single to find out how bad it was...and while it is worth the 1.50 for the experience, Id be hard pressed to finish a sixer of this in a year-long span.

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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat
Anheuser-Busch, Inc.
Style: American Pale Wheat Ale
ABV: 5.20 %

LOOK: Pale malts spiked with a kool-aid reddish color.

SMELL: Sugary raspberry, wheat, and then more berry.

TASTE: Sweet raspberry flavoring, sugary malts, very small presence of wheat. It does not really taste like beer, much more akin to a raspberry smirnoff or other fruited/flavored malt beverage. Not much of a beer, but the flavors are unoffensive nonetheless. A fruit tinged malt beverage is all this is.

OVERALL: Every so often, you drink a beer that doesn't resemble beer at all. This was one of those times.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours hazed golden yellow with a white head that quickly becomes a thin, lasting cover. Minimal lacing sticks.

The smell is of raspberries with a wheat tant, some citrus and some yeast.

The taste is of sweet - almost sticky. It's a shame that the taste doesn't really stand up to the aroma. There is a little dry yeast and some mild citrus and coriander, but the sweet raspberry dominates, and hangs on in the aftertaste. Overall, the taste is of the typical artificial-ish fruit syrup with just a little more underneath.

It is pretty creamy, but has an odd thickness to it. Still, it is pretty smooth. Not crisp, though.

Rasberry syrup dominates. Still, there is a little more to it - in the aroma, anyway. There are both better and worse American fruit wheat ales out there. It doesn't even come close to the standard Belgian fruit beers, but being what it is - it is what it is.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I'm finally getting around to the next entry in AB's rapidly multiplying Shock Top series. Brewed in the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale, the label states it as a "Belgian-Style Wheat Ale brewed with citrus peels and coriander with natural raspberry flavor added". It seems quite similar to their original Belgian White with the addition of Raspberries. Let's see how well they blend.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served at 42º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a thick crisp fizzy head that recedes at a quick pace, over a hazy golden yellow body, surprisingly with no raspberry-esque hues. Surface cover is light and there is no lacing. Carbonation is lively. Appearance isn't particularly impressive overall. 2.5

(Smell) There's certainly a lot of tart raspberry aroma first, followed by some cracker wheat malt and a very subtle hint of spice. Any hint of orange peel is largely overshadowed by the raspberry, but subtle hints of citrus peek through when you try hard enough. A heartier wheat malt base would better accentuate the fruit additions, but it's not a bad aroma, likely inviting to most and the potency is nice. Raspberry isn't overdone by this step. 4

(Taste) Big sweet raspberry syrup flavor over an equally sweet wheat malt base. The tartness is much more subdued, a bit more sweet than tart which is disappointing. I was hoping the flavors would be more subtle like the aroma suggested. Ultimately, it's cloyingly sweet which drops the drinkability significantly. The flavors are just too muddled and there's no distinct points to the flavor. At times I feel I'm drinking raspberry pancake syrup, and all of those nice subtleties that were in the original Belgian White are lost in a sea of raspberry flavor. Should you like a level of sweetness that equates a raspberry cheesecake, you may have found a good match, but this certainly doesn't function as a sessionable beer. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Medium thick, chewy syrup texture. Carbonation isn't effectively utilized in this step, and seems far too low to appropriately carbonate this beer. Alcohol presence is also low, masked by the raspberry syrup. Body is low/medium, heightened only by the syrupy texture of the thick malt and fruit blends. It should have a much more crisp texture to be a good pairing. 2.5

(Overall) I found quite a few flaws with the taste and texture that kept this beer from drinking like a crisp summer raspberry wheat ale and more like a thick, chewy raspberry syrup in a glass. The fruit flavors should be more subtle, the carbonation amped up a lot, and darn it, why was there such little raspberry tartness? They may have just as well eliminated the spice blend and orange peel from the original recipe as it was a near impossibility to find amongst the dominant malt and raspberry flavors. I was expecting a bit of flavor diversity here! Consider trying it if you liked the original Belgian White but be prepared to pass up your desserts. 3

Anheuser-Busch, Inc.'s
Shock Top Raspberry Wheat
2.9/5.00

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Shock Top Raspberry Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
2.88 out of 5 based on 1,018 ratings.
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