Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Pumpkin WheatShock Top Pumpkin Wheat
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Shock Top Pumpkin WheatShock Top Pumpkin Wheat

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Missouri, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Pumpkin Wheat seasonal offering combines the smooth taste of Shock Top with the flavors of Fall. We start with a traditional Belgian-style wheat ale and then brew with ripe pumpkins and a variety of autumnal spices, including nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, for a refreshingly smooth beer that fully captures all the flavors of fall.

Added by BeerVikingSailor on 08-24-2011

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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA. I already tried this in the bottle but I figured I would give it a shot on tap too.

Pours a murky copper color with a 1 inch foamy white head that settles to a film. Random streaks of lace cling to the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, pumpkin puree, sugars, and typical pumpkin pie spices. Taste is exactly like the smell with a very sweet malt flavor to go along with the pumpkin and spices. This beer has a good level of carbonation on tap with a crisp and clean mouthfeel. Overall, this is much better on tap than from the bottle. Every aspect of the beer was bumped up a notch to make this serving type a pretty good one. I would definitely recommend trying this on tap over from a bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.35/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

not a bad pumnpkin beer. nice in a wheat variety really, not as commonly done as it probably should be. the pours is orange hued and hazy pale colored with a decent off white head. fades quick. the nose is more spice than squash, cinnamon and clove, even ginger or something too. yeasty as always. the flavor is also more spice than pumpkin, lots of vanilla and clove, and some pepper from the yeast. its sweet and palatable, with a quick finish and a drinkable medium body and bright carbonation. its a little filling though, and fall is a time for all day drinking, so this isnt the ideal product for that, but its a lot better than regular shock top and the other spin offs ive had. overall not a bad beer if you are in a wasteland that only carries mass produced stuff. really not bad.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev +23.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This brew pours out as a orange color with a fluffy white head on top. The head settles and fades into nothing, there is no lacing at all... The smell of the beer is a little spicy, has a little bit of a sweet aroma too. The taste is has a light spicy flavor... A little too light I think. The aftertaste is boring to me, it's too watered down I think. The mouthfeel is light and watery. Overall not surprised by this at all, really didn't expect something wonderful here. Basically I just wanted to try it.

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3/5  rDev -1.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of metter98
3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a thin collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has light to moderate aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices along with slight bits of sweetness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices, but these seem like these could be a little stronger.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.08/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16oz pint in decidedly autumnal urban sprawled Detroit, at the local Buffalo Wild Wings.

This beer appears a slightly cloudy, medium copper amber colour, with one finger of tightly foamy, and somewhat soapy off-white head, which isn't long for this world, and leaves a few wayward streaks of coral reef atoll lace around the glass in this reviewer's hand.

It smells of vegetal pumpkin flesh, tame semi-sweet caramel, a twinge of grainy wheat, and surprisingly spicy ginger bread notes. The taste is moderately sweet caramelized wheat malt, sort of tart pumpkin mash, still peppy ginger, pepper, and cinnamon spice, and a bit of awkwardly astringent, weedy hop dryness.

The carbonation is pretty average, just an underdeveloped fizziness throughout, the body a wan middleweight, and generally unaccosted in its smoothness. It finishes with some sturdy lingering pumpkin, bland wheatiness, and fading seasonal spices.

An all right pumpkin beer, I suppose, nothing offensive, just a little too, well, Shock Top-tasting. Went well enough with the start of my re-acquaintance with Americana (mid-west style) - hockey and hot wings.

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2.57/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

High on spice and with a slightly off-balanced malt/grain ratio, this Pumpkin Ale on training wheels may find favor with avid drinkers of American Lagers wishing to venture out a bit.

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat pours with a copper and orange color that actually resembles pumpkin color to a slight extent. Hazy as to be expected from wheated beers, the beer forms a part-foamy, part-fizzy head that retains a little better than I expected, but not as good as classic Belgian-style Wheat Ales. No lace and fleeting carbonation leaves this beer looking somewhat lifeless after a few quick drinks.

Spicy sweet aromas carry the added spices of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg reasonably well. A light backgound note of starchy (pumpkin?), caramel, and citrus round out the simplified nose in somewhat mild to timid intensity.

Grainy-sweet flavors of malted and raw barley along with wheat provide a thin sweetness that could side better with pilsner malt and wheat. But the spicy additions and caramel flavor help to support the notion of pumpkin pie for a short time. Thin malty richness allows the beer to die at mid palate and ushers in a bland and watery finish with a lingering of perfumy spice.

Grainy sweet to texture as well as the beer never develops the malty creaminess or the malty-dry finish of either Belgian Witbiers or common Pumpkin Ales. Watery, thin, and oddly sweet- the combination of aspirtame and dish soap reveals the unpleasantries of spices, grain, and lacking malt balance.

Those who are venturing out of the shaddow of industrial lagers may find comfort with this grainy-sweet version of Pumpkin Ales, but this is among one of the weakest brands on the market.

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2.58/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a generic hefeweissbier glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live.

A: Pours a two finger head of slight cream, good thickness, and decent retention. Colour is a hazy dark copper.

Sm: Pumpkin and spice. That's it. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Very light pumpkin and slight spice. A simple clean barley foundation underlies. Very simple but fairly balanced. It's built okay, but I wish there was more going on.

Mf: Smooth and wet, not really suiting the flavours all that much. Of course there aren't too many flavours to complement.

Dr: Easy drinkable, but it's a touch sharp - probably from overcarbonation. It's far from great, and I don't think I'd call it good. We'll leave it at okay. I won't have it again.

01/12/14: I somehow ended up accidentally buying this again, so I figured I may as well take down some quick notes.

Bottle into pilsner glass in Austin, TX.

A: Pours a weak but generally inviting copper. There's nothing special or unique about it and it looks pretty overcarbonated. The head is a bit sad, but does clock in at about 3 minutes, so I suppose it's above average. I'm far from impressed so far, but it's a passable look for a pumpkin beer.

Sm: Artificial pumpkin gourd, faint cinnamon, faint nutmeg, clean barley, and wheat. The pumpkin dominates - as well it should. I wouldn't know this was a macrobrew if you gave it to me blind - at least not based on the aroma alone.

A pleasant aroma of average strength. There are no egregious off-notes. No alcohol, yeast, or true hop character comes through.

T: Hm. The flavour profile is painfully simple, offering only a generic malted barley foundation with some artificial pumpkin. It's a reach just to find the wheat. Overall, I'm not thrilled with the build, but it's generally well balanced. Not a gestalt or intricately built brew, but a passable and enjoyable enough one. At least this pumpkin beer has pumpkin flavours; that's more than I can say about a lot of them.

Mf: Smooth and wet. Too thick and full-bodied, even a bit syrupy. Overcarbonated. A bit refreshing, I suppose. Slightly sticky.

Not astringent or boozy. Texture generally suits the taste, but there's nothing here that feels custom-tailored specifically to it.

Dr: Middling execution. This is a subpar pumpkin beer at a reasonable price point, and I'm glad it's on the market if only so it lures newcomers towards craft beer. That said, it offers nothing to impress the discerning drinker and I hope I avoid purchasing it again in the future. Not recommended.


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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of zeff80
3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy, copper color with a short-lived, small head of off-white foam. It left little no no lacing.

S -It smelled of pumpkin and cinnamon. Pretty nice.

T - It tasted of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry, crisp finish.

O - This was surprisingly good. There's not really a wheat presence but it is a nice, affordable pumpkin brew. Could be one of those gateway beers.

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Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/28/2015. Pours hazy deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, coriander, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, wheat, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, pumpkin/spices, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, coriander, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, wheat, biscuit, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, wheat,biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good robustness and complexity of fruity/earthy yeast, pumpkin/spices, and bready malt flavors; with a nice malt/yeast/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready, and slightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a good pumpkin witbier style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of fruity/earthy yeast, pumpkin/spices, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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2.75/5  rDev -9.5%

Photo of LXIXME
2.78/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pouring this from an inch or so above the glass gives you a medium sized off white to light tan head that quickly dies above a cloudy honey colored wheat beer.

A slightly washed out but yet big aroma of pumpkin, pumpkin spices, and nutmeg.

A light bodied drink with tastes of pumpkin spices and a light nutmeg, a let down from the aroma which itself lead you to believe that the beer would be decent or at least alright to drink.

Not much aftertaste to this beer, maybe a light dryness.

Why does AB insist on producing mediocre beers when they have at their disposal the ability to produce some outstanding ales and lagers, if only they cared about the costumer a light and not just the almighty dollar.

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3.25/5  rDev +6.9%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a mostly clear burnt orange in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass along the edges and a faint amount of golden amber highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy light tan head that quickly reduces to a small patch of very thin film and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove with some light notes of pumpkin + sweet malts.

T: Upfront there are light to moderate flavors of sweet grainy malts with some light flavors of pumpkin. That is followed by moderate to strong flavors of pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and clove) that linger through the finish.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light notes of dryness in the finish from the spices.

O: Not a horrible offering from Shock Top which I had kind of expected, so I guess you could say that this one exceed expectations. Fairly easy to drink with a nice blend of pumpkin pie spices dominating without being too sweet.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat
16 oz. can, coded "14251 8E62"

Call me as fool, but I like the Pumpkin version of Shock Top better than the original! As it's "pumpkin" I doubt I'd drink it all year 'round, but then again, I might. I think the aroma is great, and that the spicing balances the malt and rounds it out nicely. Additionally, unlike many pumpkin beers that utilize too much cinnamon, that's not the case here and I can actually taste the nutmeg clearly. At the very least, in the realm of pumpkin beers, it's definitely more towards the top of the heap than the bottom.

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2.5/5  rDev -17.8%

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