Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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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.

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Photo of kcr357
1.48/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Ive never tried the cinnamon challenge, but this has to be close to the same dose of spices you get cannonballing straight cinnamon. Overpowering, pungent, perfumy spices hit your senses like a runaway semi truck. I new it was BMC, I new it was gonna suck, but I tried it anyway.

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Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark rusty orange with very active foam and some particulate.

Very artificial pumpkin aroma with a heavy hand of baking spices.

Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and sweet artificial pumpkin flavor.

Light-medium bodied, high carbonation, sweet, cloying.

Overall, tastes like a cheap pumpkin pie. Very artificial in flavor and the haziness is off putting.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a color with a 1 inch head. There are some floaties in the glass here. Smell is of pumpkin, nutmeg, some other spices. Taste is the same, only milder. just a touch of wheat coming through after the spices and pumpkin. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall, is a decent easy drinking brew I could enjoy several of.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
2.93/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Frosty pint glass
From: ???
Price: N/A
Purchased: N/A
Consumed: Oct. 16, 2013
Misc.: My youngest brother bought a 6-pack; Bottle read, “Pour down side of glass until ½ inch is left in bottle. Swirl and pour remaining brew to properly blend spices and release the aroma and flavor.”

Poured a caramel, copper hazy color with 2-to-3 fingers of khaki white head. No lacing along the sides of the glass. Minimal retention on the top all the way down.

Not much of a smell really, but could definitely tell it was a Shock Top. Caramel, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg, all less than even the Blue Moon Pumpkin. Some Belgian kick though.

Tasted a tad better than the smell. Nutmeg, cinnamon, Belgian wheat spices, cloves and some wintry spices.

Medium body. Creamy texture. Average carbonation. Earthy abrupt finish.

Nothing too great about this beer. Skip it and move onto another.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I am currently unemployed with a lot of time on my hands & as such, I am a) not motivated to go out like I do when I have a job & b) trying to reduce the backlog of beer here at Chez Woody. The Bottle Backlog is annoying, but it takes a backseat to The CANQuest (tm). I am interested to see if I like it any better in the CAN than I did from a bottle.

From the CAN: "Belgian-style Wheat Ale brewed with Pumpkin and Spices"; "Enjoy Responsibly Please Recycle".

I Crack!ed my Pumpkin open, but I only gave it a gentle Glug as it was starting to show its age. A post-pour swirl raised a brief finger of fizzy, tawny head that could not wait to return to wisps. Bye! Color was Amber to Deep Amber/Light Copper (SRM = > 9, < 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an odd CANdy-like smell, kind of caramel, but at base, simply sugary. The spices were light, but present. Hmm. Mouthfeel was medium, bigger than what I expected after Shockolate. This is going to sound really bizarre, but it tasted like a pumpkin lollipop! I CANnot recall whether it was a DumDum or another brand, but I know that I have tasted CANdy like this before. It was less spicy than sweet, but I am not sure that I really minded. I didn't really have any big expectations for this, so I was not disappointed. Finish was semi-sweet, not cloying, which was a definite plus. It was not bad, all tolled, better than some pumpkin beers, less than others. I would place it in the low-middle of the pack. Once again, damning with faint praise.

My original, bottle review dtd 12 October 2013 follows:

It really pissed me off when they began releasing pumpkin beers in late-August this year! WTF, over? I began buying them up and hoarding them until October finally rolled around and given the heavy rains and cooler temperatures, I am going to start drinking (and reviewing) them in earnest.

From the bottle: "Belgian-style Wheat Ale brewed with ripe pumpkins, nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves."; "Pour down side of glass until 1/2 inch is left in bottle. Swirl and pour remaining brew to properly blend spices and release aroma and flavor. Enjoy!"

I am like the late Frank Sinatra and Sid Vicious in that I did it my way. I inverted the bottle several times to get it stirred up before I even unscrewed the cap and then used an aggro pour to ensure both blending and release. What an insult to my intellect! I got a fizzy fingers of tawny head that initially fell quickly and towards their end, suddenly created a cap that hung in quite well. Color was an slightly hazy coppery-orange (SRM = > 13, < 17). It must kill them not to filter the living daylights out of these beers. Hee hee. I got a LOT of nutmeg, followed by cinnamon and cloves on the nose. Mouthfeel was thin and watery and the taste was prevalently cinnamon with the other spices relegated to a back-up role. Finish was semi-dry, thanks to all of the spices, but I still felt unfulfilled. It just seemed to lack depth and oomph.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.29/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A - Pours a deep honey orange with 1/2 finger white head with little retention

S - Faint aromas of nutmeg, pumpkin, and other pumpkin pie spices. Not over powering but definately present

T - Quite tasty. Nice nutmeg & clove us with a slight pumpkin in the back. Very good pumpkin beer

M - A light bodied beer that is slick feeling. It does have a nice bubblyness to it though

O - I was very impressed. I didnt expect much but this beer had a very good flavor to it. No problem picking this one up again!

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Photo of Kooz
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a cloudy pale orange with visible sediment in it. Doesn't look terrible, but not as good as I expected.

Smells a bit sweet and fruity. I don't smell the spices that are supposed to be in here.

Tastes nice. I taste the pumpkin and cinnamon and clove. There's a sweetness throughout, with it building to a slight punch as the cinnamon seems to save itself for about half way through the beer. It's really not bad--much better than I expected!

Good mouthfeel too. It's sharp, yet creamy. No bad aftertaste, no negative bite. It's nice.

AB has put together a good product here. It tastes like a true craft beer, with more complexity than AB is known for. I'd gladly have this again.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.95/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat in a grocery store. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a hazy gold color with a thin white head.

The aroma is fairly faint, not overpowering and typical of the pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

Taste is a sweet vegetable flavor, a little spice taste and mildly bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery for the style. It lacks body.

Over all an average fall seasonal. Reasonably priced. I doubt I'll have this again.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.27/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A cloudy brown.

Smell: Pumpkin pie smell.

Taste: Faint taste of pumpkin and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and east to drink.

Overall: A good pumpkin beer, not my favorite, but not the worst. I wouldn't go out of my way for it, but I would not turn one down.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.24/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Pumpkin colored, with decent foam and not much lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin, fruit, and grain.

Taste: Pumpkin and spice. Maybe a little bit of pie crust.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

The Verdict: Not bad. Smooth, inoffensive take on a seasonal brew from Anheuser-Busch.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.56/5  rDev +12.7%
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 brewbattles
3.11/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

We did a blind taste test between this beer and other pumpkin ales to determine which one is the best pumpkin ale for the season. The beers were Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, Buffalo Bill's America's Original Pumpkin Ale, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and New Belgium Pumpkick. Check it out:

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Photo of KYGunner
3.06/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This set up quite impressively with a nice rich brown hue and a stiff thick head.

The scent was less dramatic with a very weak and thin pumpkin aroma. No real spiciness or earth tone but a mellow gourd scent.

The taste was all wrong as the taste of pumpkin was washed away quickly on the palate. An exceptionally carbonated feel and rush of bubbles rinsed the palate of any real pumpkin, spice or wheat taste. What made this average and not below was that I could taste what was on the mind of the brewer but it simply never reached me.

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Photo of undeadozzy
3.17/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A - Poured aggressively into a shock top weizen glass. Huge foamy white head that leaves crazy lacing on the glass, especially for a wheat beer! Dark rich orange with the typical wheat beer opacity to it.

S - Some shredded wheat simplicty up front, maybe a little lemon, picking up on a pleasant pumpkin musk, with a little bit of allspice. Very refreshing scent.

T - Huge citrus notes up front, big showing from orange and lemon. Some muted wheat heaviness, a little saltine and corn flake crisp and on the way out, there's the pumpkin and some cinnamon sweetness. It's not a lot,just kind of an afterthought. Refreshing, yes. Pumpkiny, not really, but you can taste it, you just need to dig for it.

M - Very light and watery, still lots of character. Surprising light for a wheat beer.

O - Not a big fan of wheat beer, figured I'd pick it up since I do love pumpkin beers. Very nice late summer/early fall beer, a little heaviness to it, not too much pumpkin, muted fall flavors. If this had been marketed as a fall seasonal and not a pumpkin beer specifically, I never would have marked it as one, a very pleasant beer, but definitely not the kind of pumpkin beer I'm used to.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.31/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

bottle from Giant in Linglestown enjoyed from a can shaped glass chilled.

The color is dark rust with hazed appearance and thin tan cap with small bead specks of lace cling. The smell is good with some clove-like spice and subtle sweet aroma. The feel is good with mild spiciness and creamy body of wheat with moderate sweetness and slightly dry finish with moderately low carbonation.

The taste is okay but has a light spice and mild wheat flavor with somewhat yeast driven taste with some cooked corn type creamy taste with subtle tangy fruitiness and mild grainy quality. Overall I was not impressed, but it has the fall spice you may expect coupled with the ordinary shock-top wheat flavors and mild caramel elements. It is not bad but one is all I really need to have.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.2/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A little better than what I'm used to getting from an Anheuser-Busch beer, this pumpkin ale is brewed with pumpkin rather than pumpkin being added later (Shipyard, I'm looking at you) which is certainly appreciated (and expected). Smell is pleasant, with a good balance of pumpkin and spice but not much complexity. This doesn't taste much like the wheat beer that it is, maybe because the yeast drowns out the wheat. Pumpkin and spice taste good but not all that fresh or interesting. Mouthfeel is relatively thin for a pumpkin ale, but it goes down well and the aftertaste is simple, with just a touch of spice lingering. Overall, this isn't remarkable by any means. It is simple and decent.

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Photo of jcbogantes
3.69/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy light copper tone, with a white head that leaves behind a fine lacing

S: fruity and spicy

T: Mostly fruit notes and cloves, the carbonation is mild you can taste a light pumpkin flavor at the end but the predominant taste is the one from spices

M: light easy to drink

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Photo of jimmah120
2.8/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle taken from a sampler pack

cloudy orange brown look with a small frothy film. smell is pumpkin pie, wheat, and red wine. taste is crisp wheat beer(citrus), creamy pumpkin pie filling, with a bitter/waxy finish and hints of clove/nutmeg.

overcarbonated wheat beer with decent pumpkin flavor, but a poor finish. not terrible, but could have been done much better.

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

This beer is just OK. Not something to write home about. It has a nice color. An average head. I did not pick up any wheat taste or smell at all. The punpkin taste seemed to me to be by addition of pumpkin spices off the supermarket shelve. I liked that it was sweeter than most. It is a nice drinkable beer but not something I want to have again.

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Photo of nofalltoofar
3.52/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into imperial pint

A: Cloudy orange gold with a quickly fading head. Nice lacing around the rim

S: Not particularly strong, a bit musty. Immediate pumpkin note, a little fruit, some grain

T: Definite pumpkin, some cinnamon notes, definite grain taste, almost lager-ish in prominence, some fruit notes here and there. Very sweet, almost no bitterness.

M: Very light, not highly carbonated (just a little tickle on the roof of your mouth), thick, or oily. Again, almost lager-ish.

Watch out: this one's drinkable. I picked up a case for $20 in the dead of February. Score! It's a nice little beer, especially for the price. Not sure I'd buy it in season. Pumpkin is the new bacon of the internet come every fall. Pumpkin coffee. Pumpkin beer. Pumpkin steak. Pumpkin underwear. People gotta get over the gourd.

But in this beer I like it fine. Good on, ya, Anheuser Busch!

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Photo of rangerred
2.71/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear dark orange with a fizzy one finger head. Just ok head retention but absolutely no lacing to speak of.

Aroma of pumpkin pie spice along with overripe fruit. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. It is not especially strong, however.

Flavor is full of nutmeg and cinnamon and has an almost artificial quality about it that I am not a fan of. A decent amount of sweetness pervades with just the slightest hint of bitterness. Carbonation is way high and a little bit distracting.

Overall, this beer has an artificial feel surrounding it from the aroma, to the flavor, to the mouthfeel. One thing going for it is that it is quite refreshing when ice cold but that is about the only positive thing I can say. Not a beer I plan on having again.

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Photo of Raime
3.5/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Moderate copper with a two finger slightly off white. Left great lacing.

S - Cloves, banana esters, wheat, slightl pumpkin far off in the distance.

T - Pie crust, pumpkin, cinnamon in it's slightest form, small amounts of cloves. Clean and non-artifical .

M - Medium slightly creamy body with some heavily stinging carbonation.

O - Overall, a good pumpkin beer. Loads better that Blue Moons attempt.

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Photo of HalfFull
2.9/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pumpkin and wheat is surely a different take on fall brews. We'll see how things go as prior experiences with pumpkin beers and Shock Tops have left a bit to be desired. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a globe glass. A rare vessel for this beer I'm sure. Pours a hazed orange with a thin whitish cap and a bit of yeast chunk which did settle out fairly quickly. Light retention and lacing.

Aroma is long on the pumpkin but short on the spices though warming did spice things up a bit to yield minimal cinnamon along with a bit more nutmeg. Offers a fair amount of hop notes with a spin but none of the yeast that might come from its Wit base. Remains a bit distant however overall.

Flavor is a bit weird as the pumpkin and wheat seem to cancel each other out in a sense. This yields a pleasant enough flavor but one with little depth or ability to linger. No notable bitterness or spice flavor. Finish is a bit thin with a light citric punch. Overall quite unobtrusive yet quite drinkable given the lack of complexity and minimal spice notes.

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Photo of magine
3.25/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a becker.

Pours a cloudy orangish amber. Light tan head. Creamy head settles to a patchy layer. Decent lace clings. Pretty good looks.

Brew smells of yeasts, spices and light pumpkin. Decent nose.

Brew is crisp and spiced up front, some mild hops in here balanced by a mild malty pumpkin flavor. A little light and just missing with the flavors. Decent.

Pretty good brew considering the source. Not bad. I like a yeast driven pumpkin.

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Photo of tut2528
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

A: pours a nice rusty copper tone, with about a 1/2 fingers worth of fizzy head formation that dissipates rather quickly thus lacing is minimal.

S: huge, huge cinnamon right up front that is more dominant than the pumpkin aroma, but I find it rather pleasing. i also pick up on some nutmeg and pepper.

T: again, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and pepper are all present, water and the wheat kicks in towards the finish. just an ever so slight cream finish

M: this is the brews biggest flaw. the brew is light and has a watery quality that prevents the brew from being a damn good beer. the palate isnt left with much on it and you quickly forget what the hell you just drank.

O: i actually enjoyed this brew, find it somewhat like the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. If the mouthfeel didnt completely suck, I honestly think this would be an excellent brew.

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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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