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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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

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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3.16
pDev:
20.89%
 
 
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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a New Belgium globe. Typical inch thick creamy head that dissipates to a film, but never goes away. However, there is minimal if any lacing. Color of beer is a deep, deep orange, light amber. It smells sweet, bubble gum, cloves, nutmeg, maybe pumpkin spice. This tastes good, but it's all bubble gum sweetness and spices. A hint of pumpkin, I suppose. Mouthfeel is okay, just a tad watery. Overall for a pumpkin ale, it's not bad. But in the end, it feels like a mediocre mass-produced pumpkin ale, which it is. Buy one bottle, but not a 6 pack.

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Photo of thebrood1987
3.68/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I get some smells of fall spices in there with some vegetable pumpkin and faint cinnamon. I get the musty spices on the tongue with some nutmeg clove and cinnamon in there and then the graininess from the malt and ending with the slight vegetable pumpkin taste.

It ends dry and ends up being a very drinkable beer. The only downfall of it is it kinda has a watery body. They really make it still taste like a beer with the typical Yuengling, Budweiser malty graininess. I don't really detect much hops unless they are melding together with the spices really well.

I also forgot to mention that I can tell its a wheat beer and can notice the wheat smell and tastes in there as I drink it more and more. Definitely a surprise from the makers of Budweiser.

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Photo of harrymel
2.96/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

There's a random number on bottle neck indicating date, I don't care enough to research this.

A: Pours a turbid autumnal ruddy orange with limited ethereal head production. A translucent sheet of taupe foam remains. Spotty lace.
S: Lots of allspice and nutmeg with some sour seedy characters. A bit of the yeast remains in there as well.
T: Toasty with a graham cracker tone and again, plenty of nutmeg. Some cinnamon and bready tones.
M: Medium bodied with really hi carb and a semi-dry finish.
O: Meh. Same stuff, different bottle. Hard to find a really good pumpkin IMO.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.58/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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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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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-ish color with an off white head. In the aroma, citrus and cinnamon. In the taste, cinnamon and citrus stand out, with notes of pumpkin and wheat. A small spice bite and medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a dry cinnamon and small citrus in the aftertaste. A different mix and a bit light, it's ok.

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Photo of TheDinger
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

On tap at a street festival in Greenville SC. Figured I give it a whirl to break in the season.

A- Nice light brown/amber pour with a small 1 finger off white head. Limited lacing.

S- Non-descript. Was wanting some pumpkin notes with clover or nutmeg, but the smell was faint and disappointing.

T- Fairly smooth, but I'm not sure where the pumpkin is?! Does not carry a very bold taste or any of the seasonal spices you would expect from a pumpkin ale.

M- Decent with a bit of carbonation and malts. A hint of hops.

O- A little disappointed with the taste and smell. Very mild for a pumpkin with a smooth, but bland taste-

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Photo of JackieTH
2.53/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light orange, clear, no head, zero lacing. Smell was watery, grainy, background note of nutmeg or some type of pumpkin pie spice. Taste was mostly non-descript, grain, and the light pumpkin pie spices, almost as an after thought. This is a pumpkin beer for the masses, and nothing a craft beer enthusiast would be enthusiastic over.

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Photo of yesyouam
3.6/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat is a cloudy, turbulent amber ale. The bubbles continually replenish a thin, swirling white film on the surface of it. Pumpkin and wheat are both present in the aroma, along with nutmeg and allspice. It's medium bodied, foamy and bubbly on the tongue. It leaves the mouth a little chalky. It's lightly flavored with lemony wheat. The spices come in later and the flavor and push it to be more savory. A light, green bitterness lingers after the swallow. This is kind of neat. It's like an American take on a dunkelweizen. The pumpkin isn't readily detectable. This is a nice autumn flavor for a beer.

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Photo of Lauthaha
3.13/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip glass.

Appearance: Beer is a nice, translucent amber color with a foamy eggshell white head. Moderate polka-dot lacing on the edges.

Smell: Rich in pumpkin content, with an almost overwhelming bubblegum scent combined in equal portion. Gentle spice notes. Were it not for the bubblegumminess, it'd be nearly perfect.

Taste: Bubble gum. :-( Gentle grapefruit vibe also, a mellow wheatiness, and finally, somewhere underneath all that, a sliver of pumpkin pie. A bit too much sourness.

Mouthfeel: Not bad. Decent carbonation, but a little thin for a pumpkin beer, in my opinion. Still, being a wheat mix, not terrible.

Overall: Certainly not the best pumpkin ale I have had this season...but also not the worst beer I've had this season.

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Photo of Amalak
2.77/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This has an amberish hue with a mild head that leaves no real lacing. Some bubbles. There is a waft of nutmeg in htere and a splash of wheat.

This beer stays true to its name: There is a strong wheat flavor with a mild sprinkling of pumpkin. It really has more of a hefeweisen feel to it than a pumpkin-inspired brew. It feels like the pumpkin/spice aspect was more of an afterthought. But, it does stay true--at least to a point--of its marketing as a pumpkin wheat.

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Photo of Schmittymack
2.06/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at my watering hole, Old Chi Westy. Poured a fairly clear, somewhat orangeish color with no head and no lacing. Aromas of wheat and a bit of pumpkin spices. Taste was wheat and that's about it with no hop bitterness. After a full pint, I was still wondering "where's the pumpiin?'. Not disgusting by any means but very little going for it. I definitely would not seek out.

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Photo of DCon
2.54/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought a 12 FL.OZ. bottle of this from Lukas Liquor in Ellisville, MO for $1.49 & enjoyed it before GAME 3 (STL vs. MIL) @ Busch Stadium (St. Louis, MO). Poured from the normal Shock Top Bottle but w/ a Pumpkin underneath the Shock Top "Sun Man" into a 16oz Plastic Cup. Has 112 30 bf04 written on the back of the bottle.

Aroma- Huge wheaty and sweet aroma from the beginning. Almost no pumpkin in the aroma! This is a shame...

Appearance- Pours a 1 finger, off white head that lasts for a good amount of time. Has a dark hazy color body that is copper and awesome looking! Leaves sudsy lacing behind.

Flavor- Very strong grainy tastes and then has a sweet background. Has an extremely faint spice in here but can't get ahold of it at all. Definitely no pumpkin taste. Very low hop flavor as well.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, and has strong grains and once again maybe some spice but this is all...

Overall Impression- Is this a Pumpkin Ale or American Wheat beer? I know it states its a "Pumpkin Wheat" but there definitely isn't any pumpkin in here that I could tell... Have to rate it as a Pumpkin Ale and I say avoid! Did not do ANYTHING for me except for the appearance after the pour. From the pour, I thought it was going to be excellent, but then went in for all the senses and my eyes were bigger than my stomach...

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Photo of jsprain1
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Hazy, essentially amber colored. Head is one finger and lasts ok but virtually no lacing.
S- The smell is quite nice and captures the pumpkin spice. Really heavy on the cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin flesh aroma is there, but only remotely.
T- More or less the same here. The spice hits up front, but it's not as rich as the aroma suggested. Again, there's a slight presence of pumpkin but only slightly so.
M- The mouthfeel was disappointing. Pumpkin ales should be full bodied. This one struggled to be in the same realm as medium bodied. Carbonation was medium.
O- It was better than I expected but was still tended toward the average.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.28/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle acquired from "Beer Friday" at work". It pours a slightly hazy bright amber, with a modest, but fading head. The aroma is very bland--a hint of cinnamon perhaps, a little sweet malt, nothing else. Flavor offers a little bit more, cinnamon with some nutmeg, a little malt. Not much else.

Possibly the poorest pumpkin beer I've ever had.

If Blue Moon Pumpkin was too over-the-top in flavor for you, this is the beer for you.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.05/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy amber with two-finger, white, creamy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Mild pumpkin and spice.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Toasty and malty. Malt finish. Mild pumpkin flavor. almost no spice.

M: Medium bodied and smooth. Crisp with fizzy carbonation.

O: Nothing much stands out here. The pumpkin was also very mild.

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Photo of BeerImmediately
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz into pint glass. Pours with a 'wheat-typical' large head, but fades pretty quickly to a film, then ring. Body is a golden to orange color, with haze.

Aromas include navel orange, light spice, pumpkin puree, and lemon-lime soda. Seems like a strange plastic quality hovering over all of it... like I was drinking out of a plastic cup.

Low-to-moderate body. Flavors include pumpkin, nutmeg, and lime. The citrusy quality isn't quite as prominent as in the aroma, but still there. Pretty thin mouthfeel, with just a light carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

I give them some credit for trying something non-traditional, and in true AB fashion, it has "drinkability", but the citrusy and plastic-like quality was tough for me to accept in a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Jason
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed amber

SMELL: Dusty spice, pancake batter, pumpkin.

TASTE: Wet, lighter body, light malt, bready, spice, faint pumpkin, clean alcohol, grainy.

Sort of like a one colored jigsaw puzzle, all the pieces are there and fit but there isn't much to it. The spice, pumpkin and beeriness just don't wow nor landing equally drinkable.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.77/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Look – light amber in color, somewhat murky – this is typical for a wheat beer – and about half a finger’s worth of foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell – nothing but the smell of pumpkin and spices. But the spices part is fairly subdued. The smell of the wheat is just barely noticeable.

Taste – very pumpkin like in taste. Combined with the texture, it feels like more raw/real ingredients were used as opposed to substitutes and artificial flavors. I can’t taste as much of the wheat as I can smell.

Mouthfeel – very well balanced, but leans more toward the creamier side, which led to my description of the ingredients.

Overall – a very good brew, especially given the popularity of the type during this time.

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Photo of russpowell
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Got this as part of mixed sixer, worth a shot I guess...

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of sand colored head. Some head retention & lacing

S: Faint nutmeg notes

T: Pumpkin pie spice, dryness & a touch of metallic twang up front, along slight white pepper notes. Slight squahyness as the warms, some nutmeg & a bit of dryness as well. Finishes watery with faint pumpkin flavor

MF: Light bodied, fairly firm carbonation turns watery as this warms

To me this just another weak attempt at Pumpkin beer. I need more richness, this is a one & done

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Photo of kneeland
3.81/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My first new pumpkin beer of the year. I love October (because of pumpkin flavored beers). This is definitely not the best pumpkin beer I've tried, but it's still a very good beer. If you like Shock Top's wheat, you want to try this.

The appearance was really great. A beautiful color, but the head was a thin lace that barely stuck around.

I can't promise I'll buy another 6 pack, mostly due to price and wanting to try new things.

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Photo of Jwren5
3.64/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not only is this the first pumpkin ale I've ever reviewed, but the first beer I've ever reviewed as well!

Here we go!

A: Deep orange opaque amber color. Small head that disapated quickly. (Served in a traditional pint glass)

S: I immediately recognized traditional pumpkin pie spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of clove.

T: Much like the afore mentioned pumpkin pie spices, with an added hint of allspice. It had a slight bite to it, like ginger, though I could not actually detect the taste of ginger. The pumpkin taste was far less prominent. Maltiness detected for the finish.

M: Carbonation was there, but not distracting by any means. I'd say it was slightly more than minimal. The beer itself felt a little thin/watery, but it wasn't unpleasant. It was very easy to drink.

O: I'm sure there are better quality varieties out there, but for my first pumpkin ale, I have to say I quite enjoyed it. The spices remind me of the upcoming holidays, and that makes it all the better. I look forward to sampling many more pumpkin ales in the future! (And beers in general!)

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
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 tdm168
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, orangish amber with 1/2" inch of loose, foamy head that fades quickly. Smells like pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, and faint metal. The taste is faint pumpkin and mild nutmeg and allspice. The mouthfeel is thin, moderately carbonated, but smooth.

Overall, not bad for a Shock Top, but the flavor profile is weak and this one comes off a little thin.

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Photo of pBRale
2.26/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

From tasting notes 9-23-11
Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Cloudy orange to orange-amber pour with creamy light tan head that settles fairly slowly and leaves a surprisingly thick lace behind.

Smell: Smells pretty much like the regular Shock Top with some spices added--all spice, nutmeg, and maybe a hint of cloves.

Taste: The taste is unappealing to me. I taste two flavors which are not smoothly synthesized together into one coherent beer. The first is the traditional shock top white flavor of some wheat and yeast, and the second flavor that hits is a hint of pumpkin and nutmeg, with the aftertaste being predominately nutmeg.

Mouthfeel: Watery mouthfeel, little carbonation. Not a very crisp finish and not too appealing to say the least.

Overall: Not a great beer in my opinion. Basically tastes like shock top and nutmeg; the mouthfeel is awful and I definitely do not want another one of these.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.37/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an orange color with pretty good white head. Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, brown sugar.

Tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, with a slight citrus feel on the back end. The finish is a little light for a pumpkin ale, about the same as a budweiser. The same goes for them mouthfeel as well.

This beer has good potential, the tastes are pretty well balanced, it's just too thin and watery for my liking.

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