Shock Top Wheat IPA | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Wheat IPAShock Top Wheat IPA

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Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Shock Top Wheat IPA is no traditional beer. It’s a unique hybrid that combines the fresh flavor and smoothness of wheat beer with the crisp hop bitterness of an IPA. The result is a beer that is truly like no other.

To serve, pour down the side of the glass until a half inch is left in the bottle. Swirl the remaining brew and pour to produce a rich, thick collar of foam that releases the citrusy Cascade hop aroma.

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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 482
Photo of EricMiller_NY
4/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I don't understand how this beer is being so bashed. I suppose naming it an IPA is a bit misleading, however, name aside, it's a great tasting spring and summer brew. Very easy to drink and drink and drink. One of my all time favorites and unfortunately, it's no longer kegged by AB.

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Photo of HomeBrewGreg
3.91/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

There is a watered-down honeysuckle taste with heavy citrus overtones. The hops are present, but do not introduce themselves. This is the Anheuser-Busch of IPA's with a citrus-wheat twist. I enjoy pounding these because they don't have a heavy or pronounced flavor, but make us hop-lovers laugh in a "hey, this ain't too terrible" sorta way. This is why I like this beer.

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Photo of Brad007
3.65/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful mix of blonde and amber with a frothy head into my glass. Is this similar to Saranac's version?

A mix of wheat and earthy hops with a touch of spicy malt. It's not going to be one of those hoppy examples. I like this.

Sweet and floral with just a touch of hops and wheat. Leans more towards the wheat ale side.

Lingering citrus and grassy hops. Wheat. Etc. Not bad.

I don't taste the IPA part here. Not bad but why bother?

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Photo of ThePawtucketPatriot
3.64/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Haters gonna hate! Ok, your right, this beer is buy no means subtle or intricately crafted. In fact, its about as close to an IPA as Guinness is to a porter, however, its beauty is in its simplicity and deception.
Appearance- Who cares, its 7$ for a 6 Pack and the bottle is pretty cool looking.
Smell- its really not an IPA so you don't have to be looking for hints of floral aromas because, trust me, it ain't there.
Taste- it is one dimensional but it takes that one flavor a long way. Its got that citrusy wheat after taste that we look for in the summer. Its light bodied so you can easily put down a sixer of these without getting overpowered. And look at the brightside, you can smoke a fat cigar with this beer because there are no subtle flavors you'll be missing out on.
Overall- this is an underrated American gas-station beer. You all want it to be something that its not, and its saying "no ways bro", I'm the price of bud light but without the guilt!

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Photo of jsisko01
3.61/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a hazy, dark golden color with a white inch thick head that dissipates quickly. Lacing is very nice.

Smell - Pale malts, citrus, and a funky bitter yeast smell.

Taste - Feint hint of caramel up front with pale malts, citrus, wheat, and a bitter yeasty flavor in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Thick, creamy body with mild carbonation. The carbonation is mostly what causes the creamy texture..

Overall - Basically.. this is a pretty decent beer. I enjoy it compared to other IPAs. But it's not nearly as bitter as most, which may be a downfall to a majority of the people.

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Photo of Shinypoptart
3.6/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I understand that this beer is going to get a lot of crap. It is made by AB after all! However, it surprised me. I didn't know what to expect. I thought it would taste like the regular Shocktop, just with a little bit of hop flavor. However, I was pleasantly surprised.

This is not an excellent beer by any means. But is it good? Yes. It is better than average and for the price it is a great value.

The smell is ok, its very muted but you do pick up characteristics of both an American-style belgian white and an American IPA. The taste is pretty good, again not great, but good. There are no "off" flavors and you again pick up elements of both of its fused styles. You get a medium cascade hop bite and marmalade taste along with a yeasty, bready, spiced note. Nice mouthfeel, very smooth.

This beer won't blow you away but it is definitely worth the money spent on it ($6.99 in Georgia). I will definitely drink this again, especially with summer on its way. It would make a great, inexpensive session beer for those that enjoy a beer with a little taste, even if they are going to drink a few of them. This beer makes me wonder why craft breweries haven't released more Wheat IPA offerings.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl oz. bottle marked 12019-BG22. Sampled on June 27, 2012. It pours a slightly hazy amber orange with a small head that becomes a ring for the remainder of the session. The aromas bring out the wheat, citrus zest, and the spiciness of coriander. The body is light but creamy. The taste falls down a bit after the nice aroma but it is still a wheat-filled, lemony flavor with moderate bitterness at the finale. Not a bad job by Shock Top.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden orange color. with a tall white head. Nose is nice with citrus and floral hop notes, a good bready aroma, and a bit of citrus peel and wheat. Might be a little grass both on the palate and aroma to go along with the floral and citrus notes. A touch sweet, but a mild bitterness on the finish. Nice and dry with high carbonation. Quite a bit of orange on the palate. Not bad, actually.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.58/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into SA perfect pint.

A: Pours a deep honey color with a finger of short lived cream colored head that quickly faded into a thick collar.
S: Other than smelling a bit synthetically sweet this doesn’t smell all that bad. I get some clean notes of chalky wheat alongside brighter notes of citrusy cascade hops.
T: Follows the nose with a chalky and bready base of wheat overlain with sweet notes of citrus and lightly bitter and leafy flavors of hops. I get a note or two of coriander and peppery spices as well. I’m not loving the aftertaste, which is a bit minerally and synthetic, but overall the flavor is pretty much what it says on the bottle.
M: Medium body, light and clean mouthfeel with soft carbonation. Pretty refreshing.
O: I hate to say it but I would drink this again. I won’t BUY it again because I already feel bad enough having given AB my money for this one bottle, but I was surprised not by how good this beer was, but how bad it wasn’t. It’s still a bit synthetic tasting, and definitely a fast food style Belgian IPA, but it’s a decent effort on their part.

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Photo of bnes09
3.58/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good golden color with a yeasty hazy. Soap like head with excellent retention and sticky lacing. Hint of wheat and pine in the aroma. Solid malt backbone with a wheat bread like character. Pine and soap flavors from the hops initially then turns into an off soil and medicinal character. Descent balance. Medium bodied, well carbonated and smooth feel. Definitely fits the style of pale wheat ale better than IPA and for what it is, it's not bad. One of the best AB products I have drank lately.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a nice deep copper with hints of apricot in the color with an off white creamy textured head billowing thick. Aroma has sharp citrus notes amongst at billowing white ale malt base with hints of coriander and sharp wheat. Aroma has a citrus notes with some eartlhy hop highlights hints of spice and yeast with some coriander go along. Flavor bitterness with pale malts citrus, spice notes in the finish not as bad or horrible as it sounds. Even bodied carbonation going on smooth, yet oily textured wtih chewy yeast body moments. Drinkability is decent not the base wheat IPA I've had or the worse...a decent shot at it really.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy golden amber body, topped by a moderate, dense,persistent off-white head, thick glass-coating lace, slight carbonation.

Aroma: Moderate citrus and pine tar hops, against a solid wheat malt presence, with the characteristics of freshly-baked bread.

Taste: Opens with tart wheat malt, followed by slightly assertive pine hops. There sis a pleasant note of orange zest throughout as well, which balances nicely against the hops and sweet malt. Finishes with a mild, lingering note of earthy and pine hops.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not bad, really, not likely to be a favorite, although I would think Shock Top Wheat IPA would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

Presentation: Packaged in a custom twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a standard Pilsener glass.

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Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed (unfiltered) dark amber with a thin head that slowly dissipates. No real lacing sticks.

The smell is of citrus with wet crackers and slight coriander.

The taste is of caramel, wheat tang, dried orange, slight coriander and a slightly metallic, dry finish.

The feel is fairly crisp. Light to medium-bodied, but not thin or watery, with soft carbonation.

IPA? I don't know - it's a hoppy, slightly more alcoholic Belgian wheat. The cascade hops are there, but it's no "hop-bomb". It's "Shocktop" with more hops and a bit higher abv. Not bad for what it is, IMO.

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Photo of mralphabet
3.47/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into Sam Adams Perfect pint glass

A: Poured a hazy dark golden orange color, good finger and a half worth of head that settled to a thin layer with no lacing to speak of.

S: I'm getting a slightly piny hops aroma right up front, followed by a mix of wheat malt and a touch of citrus & yeast.

T: Big mix right of things hitting you all at one time.... Sharp piny hops, bready wheat malt, then a little sweetness in the malt, with a little citrus fruit all ending with a little piny hops aftertaste. Really complex blast of flavors going on....

M: Medium bodied just enough carbonation, finish is pretty dry.

O: Have to say I kind of like this one... would make a pretty good session beer... Hard to get bored with a mix of flavors like this one.... Good job on this one.

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Photo of lwillitz
3.45/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12-oz bottle into weizen glass

A - transparent amber with a slight haze under 2 fingers of khaki head; just a few carbonation bubbles stick to the side of the glass

S - wheat, citrus

T - wheat, oranges, hop spice, slight notes of pine, dry hoppy finish

M - slick light/medium body, conspicuous carbonation

O - an interesting combination, but nothing spectacular

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Photo of raszputini
3.42/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A lot of white and very little IPA, but I still enjoyed it quite a bit. Pours a copper with a thin white head that is gone fast. Nose is dominated by wheat and citrus. Taste is is more complex than I anticipated from Shock Top. Begins like a typical Belgian White - wheat and Belgian mix of spices, followed by a very understated hop finish that resembles celery, only there is another light"finish" of Beligian candy sugar that cleanses the light hop bite. I am not a huge fan of Shock Top's white, to me this more interesting.

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Photo of wages
3.41/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in official Shocktop glassware

Appearance - 4.5/5 - hazy orange with a one inch head.

smell - 3.5/5 - faint smell of wheat. It was served with an orange slice which of course is giving a citrus aroma

Taste - 3/5 - the wheat is not over powering, but the IPA hop flavors aren't either. In fact, it's a bit disappointingly so. After squeezing the orange slice into it, it's better, but not much. it has more Flavor than a typical macro brew wheat, but nothing resembling IPA...not to my mind.

Mouthfeel - 4/5 - smooth and refreshing carbonation level. Pleasant feel. only subtly lingers.

Overall - 3.5/5 -flavor is a big factor in my sense of a beer, and in this case, that is the weakest point if this beer. This comes from a dedicated IPA fan

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Photo of jsh420
3.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bottled 01 06 12

pours cloudy dark gold with a 1 finger fizzy white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells of grains little coriander and orange

taste is decent - good semi sweet wheat malt - more orange and coriander then the nose would have lead me to believe

mouthfeel medium body with good carbonation that gives it a crisp yet creamy feel

overall - first calling this an "ipa" is very deceptive and wrong - however the wheat flavors are there and for the price its not half bad - i do think the wheat beers from michelob are better

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Photo of socon67
3.38/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours copper with a thin white foam. Minimal lacing. Visible carbonation.

S - Noticable scent of fresh wheat. Nothing in the way of hops, but does have a fresh scent.

T - Flavor is of hearty wheat, some residual sugar, and a dash of citrus. Again, do not look for that hoppy bite; it isn't there.

M - Quite refreshing. Feels light, smooth, and easy to drink.

O - In short, the label is misleading. If you can deal witht hat it actually is a decent beer. Just understand this is a wheat ale, and not an ipa.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.38/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours an orange/amber with a small white/gray head that dissipates quickly but leaves some lacing. Smells of wheat and some hops with a citrusy overtone, but mainly wheat. Tastes of wheat beer with a nice little hop bite, but nothing terribly strong. Beer goes down real smooth but is a little overcarbonated. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.34/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a hazy golden orange color with a billow white head. The head fades leaving a thin persistent film and some nice lacing.

Smell – Very little to be detected here. For an IPA the hop aroma is definitely lacking. A very light piney aroma and possibly the slightest bit of citrus mixed with a little bit of wheaty malt aroma.

Taste – The taste is better than the nose would let on. Initially there is some piney hop flavor mixed in with a bit of wheat bread flavor. The flavor then shifts to a little bit of sweet malt of fruit; a combination of citrus fruit and some brown sugar. At the very end there is a nice citrusy hop flavor which takes hold and leaves a nice aftertaste in the mouth.

Mouthfeel – A medium to slightly above medium, body with a moderate to a bit high, carbonation level. The body is a bit dry, which with the carbonation kind of tingles on the tongue. Quite appropriate of the brew.

Overall- For the price of the brew it really is quite nice. The aroma is definitely lacking but the taste makes up for it. A good session beer; easy to drink and affordable.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.33/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Ruby red. Pretty good in the lacing/foam categories.

Smell: Mostly caramel. Nothing terribly distinctive.

Taste/Mouthfeel: A bit sour, as if there is too much orange. It still does taste IPA-ish, I just think they tried to hit you over the head with citrus. Mouthfeel is a bit watery at the end.

Overall Drinkability: Easily Shock Top's best spin-off.

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Photo of russpowell
3.27/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an effervescent amber with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Clouds up a touch as this warms. Average lacing & head retention

S: Faint bready notes, some apple

T: Follows the nose, some citrus notes, cloves & grainyness up front. Faint juicy-fruit notes as this warms& some cloves & apple juice notes. Finishes with cloves, more apple juice, & faint orange peel & just a bit of pineynesss & grainy bread, & nice grainybess

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation

I don't really think much of this as an IPA, but it is drinkable enough. I think AB should've just called this a cascade wheat beer & that would've been more accurate. I have to deduct .5 on aroma & taste just due the muted use of hops. This would suffice as a choice in many bars around here, although I still think the Wit is better

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Photo of bastardface
3.26/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is an above average beer at best. It is not bad but it is not great. It is close to being pretty damn good though. It tastes eerily similar to regular Shock Top but Shock Top Wheat does not have as bitter an after taste in my opinion. The color is grainy yellow with a hazy overcast. The smell is nothing special, just the hops have a hint of order. The taste actually pretty good and it does not leave a bad taste in your mouth. It is easy to drink and rather enjoyable. I recommend this beer if you have a chance to run across it.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #62 (Mar 2012):

LOOK: Hazed gold

SMELL: Dried grass, orange peel, faint coriander, chalky, clean, somewhat absent

TASTE: Slick, semi-crisp, pulling orange peel, hop bitterness, muted coriander, grainy, bread crust, very dry

The whole entire character of the beer meets the nose and palate halfway, then just drops off like it was never even there. What is the reason for such a lackluster aftertaste? It had potential. Perhaps this beer is what differentiates between macros and what is going on deep in the craft beer world.

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Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
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