Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Pumpkin WheatShock Top Pumpkin Wheat
BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,207
Reviews:
231
Avg:
3.16
pDev:
20.89%
 
 
Wants:
32
Gots:
304
For Trade:
1
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Photo of RochefortChris
2.75/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jeff_ODell
2.43/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Waveoff
3.01/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Almasi_
2.89/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Richard927
2.41/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Dmecca
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of keng1343
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheBeerSipper
3.75/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of superspak
3.53/5  rDev +11.7%
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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Photo of TheRamie
2.45/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DerwinWentworth
2.25/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Jcarriglio
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

From the reduced price closeout bottle, it pours orangey amber with a small head, quickly dissipating. definite nose of pumpkin--I can't wait! Some pumpkin in the mouth, nothing overwhelming, and a watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat has a thick, frothy, off-white head, a mostly clear, bubbly, gold-orange appearance, which gets a descending, gray cloud, once the caked sediment is swished loose and poured in. No lacing left behind. The aroma is of spiced pumpkin bread and spiced candle. Taste is of pumpkin pulp, subdued spices, white wheat bread, and just a touch of bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and soft, and Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat finishes on the dry side.

RJT

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Photo of DavesBeerReviews
3.48/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Goes great with Turkey on Thanksgiving

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Photo of buckyp
2.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of redsoxjim
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Jerid
3.55/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KLHBB
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On a pumpkin ale taste test, I had to try it. The "wheat" characteristic immediately told me it would be a little blander and lighter than other pumpkin ales. Pours a burnt sienna orange, not a lot of smell, not a lot of taste either. I taste the pumpkin spices because I expect them. Some orange juice and banana flavor too. High carbonation, I'd enjoy this on a hot day as a thirst quencher.

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Photo of pstam87
3.61/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of samtrillo
3.15/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Angerhaus
2.67/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Earlyedison
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of asking79
2.94/5  rDev -7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of MaximalC
1.99/5  rDev -37%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Pours a hazy, burnt amber color with what could only be described as an ephemeral head. Aroma smells of pumpkin, allspice, and a bit of caramel.

The taste sits on a foundation of watered down artificial caramel flavoring. I had to hesitate for several seconds before deciding whether to spit it out or proceed with the tasting. I decided to forge on in the name of discovery and perhaps set a firmer floor for my beer review distribution... There is a hint of pumpkin on the front end that morphs into something flagrantly objectionable toward the middle. I don’t even know how to describe it, but it’s a flavor that would likely be more at home in a bottle under the kitchen sink than in my fridge. Moldy bread with quarters also comes to mind. Some grain husk emerges in the finish, which I'm normally not keen on, but I must confess it's the most palatable and beer-like component of the taste. Moderate carbonation and a thin body make for a tepid cola mouthfeel.

I admittedly had low expectations for this beer, but Shock Top managed to exceed them most heinously. There are few brews that I would be less inclined to ever drink again--and that’s with most of the glass still full. There is simply nothing to be gained by trying this.

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Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
3.16 out of 5 based on 1,207 ratings.
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