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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Photo of EgadBananas
1.37/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottled 1/18/12

Pours a fairly nice orange color, hazy, with a cream colored head.decent lace. Aroma is slight wheat, malts, spices, and the most muted, mild citrus note. Take the aroma, add an almost undetectable bitterness, and that's the taste. Carbonation is stingy. The feel is rough and jagged. I can't finish this.

Up an down the label, this is an ipa with flourishing citrus hoppiness... utter BS. I can't say I've ever tasted such misrepresentation before. Pass.

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Photo of Bitterbill
1.54/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Part of a mixed 6 pack.

It pours a slightly hazy medium gold with a huge head of foam with a bit of lacing.

I smell some coriander with wheat and a bit of bitterness that I can't put into words, the usual words when describing an IPA. The look is good but the smell is not encouraging.

The taste is worse than I expected. The coriander, which I thought was a good thing in the smell, is dull, the wheat flavour is dull, the bitterness is duller than hell and in now way represents what a finely crafted Wheat IPA CAN offer my taste buds. This is a real mess and I'm dumping the rest of my glass and the rest of the bottle. Terrible beer.

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Photo of JG-90
1.65/5  rDev -40%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

bottle into shaker

A - very bubbly head that dissapates quickly, no lacing

S - fruity which was nice, but had a strange smell to it

T - real bad, strange citrus / over the top fruit flavor, no hops or malt to taste

M - overcarbonated

O - real disappointed, I think that Shock Top Belgian White is a decent wheat beer and had high hopes for this one, not a very good attempt from anheuser busch here.

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Photo of estlinska
1.74/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Pours a dark amber with some light haze throughout. 3cm of off-white head that dissapates with no lacing to speak of. Even with a deep whiff I get almost nothing except a very faint citrus hop. The hop disappear on the palate and it’s just an underwhelming light sweetness, like maybe honeysuckle, and then a tang of bitterness somewhere in there. Very watery, finishes with a whimper.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.76/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Grabbed a bottle of this with minimal expectations of how it might be. The beer poured out as a decent looking hazy golden color with a nice looking white head on top. The aroma didn't give off too much in the way of hops in my opinion. The taste of the beer was honestly just not good at all to me. I found it to be weak and the hops that I was tasting were awful. The mouthfeel was smooth and moderately carbonated. Overall I just found the taste of this to be unpleasant on every level. Just a poor attempt at getting this beer off the ground I think. I'll keep this one on the shelves.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
1.79/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Clouded auburn in color, one finger of white head that lasts for about a minute before receding to a residual floating layer. No lacing left behind.

Smells *exactly* like a lump of frozen orange juice concentrate does. By which I mean a lower strength aroma of oranges and that strange smell that can come from high fructose corn syrup. I don't know how to better describe it than the odor of fructose, I also smell the same sort of scent often in simple sugar syrups used in bars as sweeteners as well, if that helps any... My spider sense is telling me "hop extract" may have been the culprit for this strange aroma.

But even though there is -some- cascade hopping aroma and flavor present, it is so very faint that this beer would perform poorly as even an APA in terms of holding a good bittering balance against the gooey wheat sweetness. Too little hopping, too artificial, too late. Finish is hard water metallic as well as over-sweet, carbonation is too low on the light body so it sits in the mouth too flatly like water.

Yeah, its better than what they usually make and I applaud the effort, but they still have a ways to go IMHO to truly impress the craft beer market.

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Photo of pm5k00
1.91/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle to a pint glass, Color is an amber/orange with a 1/8" white head that leaves good lacing. Aroma is that of wheat and faint munich malt. Tase is the same as aroma, zero hop flavor or aroma, and maybe 30 IBUs. Not bitter enough. Mouthfeel is too sweet, and not enough carbonation. This is not an IPA.

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Photo of spinrsx
1.96/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz Bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 1.75$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an above average size fizzy/frothy light beige coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone. There are also a lot of particles floating around.

Smell - Malts, caramel, dark fruits?

Taste & Mouth - The beer has a slightly above average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with malts, ripe banana?, and hops. There is also a touch of dark fruits and some caramel. The taste is all over the place.. and it's bad. It ends with a malty aftertaste and a bit of lingering bitterness.

Overall – Wow.. just wow. This beer is a mess. The taste is all over the place and I'm not sure I've ever had anything quite like it. It honest tastes like someone mixed a bad IPA with a bad wit beer on the spot. Not something I'd buy again. On the bright side, the appearance wasn't bad.

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Photo of birddogg66
1.99/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect pint glass.

A- I really liked the color of this ale. A beautiful hazy burnt orange color.

S- The nose hit me as a very soft caramel with the citrus coming through. Unfortunately, it wasn't the citrus from the Cascade hops that I was hoping for. A little toasted bread, but very faint.

T- Is this really supposed to be an IPA? Where are the hops? A very mediocre hit of malt to begin with some citrus and just the slightest amount of bitterness in the finish. Coriander is listed on the bottle, but I can't find it. A bit of bitterness emerges as the beer warms, but it is pretty faint.

O- I am rating this beer pretty low, not because of it's flavor, or it's origin, but because I feel that it is mislabeled. If this was called a wheat pale or bitter wheat or something, I might have scored it higher. But, come on! An IPA? It is a shame that they even put that there are Cascade hops in this beer. One of the finest hops on planet earth, and they are just hidden in this beer. I feel bad for those poor Cascades, who never lived up to their potential, and were forced to represent a beer with a slice of orange sporting Oakley sunglasses, and a multicolored mohawk on the label.
This beer is nicely balanced, but no where near the malty backbone of an English IPA. Please stop trying to 'hop' into the craft beer market with ales like this, and stick to what you know. Good commercials, and tag lines.

Mahalo for the sample bottle.

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Photo of bashiba
2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a dirty dark orange with a very thin soap ring of a head.

The smell is very boring, where are the hops? Just light Belgian spices, coriander, a touch of wheat with light oxidization.

The flavor - Once again where are the hops? Seriously, why put IPA on it if there is no hops, I have to bang it for that alone. The flavor is mild and wheaty with a touch of Belgian spice and a metallic coppery oxidization in the finish.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Once again why call it IPA if there are no hops, even taking that into account it would be a very substandard Belgian Wheat.

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
2/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Cloudy; orangish/amber; big frothy head, long lasting, good lacing

Aroma: Very faint hops; not much aroma at all; what little there is is citrusy

Taste: Wow, not much flavor at all; pretty thin and watery overall; no complexity and hardly any flavor; extremely disapppointing

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of CorvetteMike
2.02/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

From bottle to glass orange color with 1" head.
a: Orange color, 1" head
s: Mild orange smell
t: Lemon/Orange taste
m: Wheat beer taste, not really an IPA, with no aftertaste
o: Disappointing taste, not a good wheat or an IPA

Purchased only one bottle, and that was enough.

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Photo of EnderUSAF
2.05/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

I had this after ordered this simply because I had never tried it before. Needless to say it left me regretting this decision when the bar had better IPA's in bottles. For a wheat "IPA" it really lacked that hoppy goodness I look for, in both taste and smell. It was a decent refreshing beer, but I won't be buying another.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.08/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This can only end up in disaster, right? Regular Shock Top is pretty knappy, now we want to throw a bunch of hops in there? 12 oz bottle pours a very hazy orange color with a small off-white head. What is this? Some lacing on an AB product? Why yes it is.

Some hops are definitely there on the nose, and actually dont smell too horrible with the orange peel. Coriander still noticeable and the wheat soft and tangy. Still leaves me wondering where this one is headed though, as everything is just kind of jumbled together.

It definitely clashes, but not quite as drain-pouringly bad as I thought it would. The coriander is just not very good with the hops. It is cringe-inducing, but I might actually be able to finish the bottle. The wheat tang only makes things worse with a zest-filled citricly spiced acidic taste that is damn near vomit-inducing. I lied earlier...I will be pouring out about 1/4 of the bottle. It is foul. Way worse than regular shock quote my boy Samir from Office Space..."Yes, this is horrible, this idea". Who the fuck thought this would be good?!

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Photo of bradb717
2.08/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I felt as though this beer celebrates being mediocre.
They tried to do something somewhat original and that's commendable I suppose.
I am a pharmacist by trade, and it's illegal to mislabel a drug product, and that's
the situation this brew finds itself in.
Pours ok color, head gone in seconds, leaves no lacing on glass, good carbonation.
smell faint generic wheat beer.
Taste is the problematic part...
Huge let down. It in absolutely no way resembles a Pale Ale in taste.
No complexity. No real flavor.
I was looking for something more the whole time drinking.
Anheuser-Busch should be in court for a mislabeling.
Not a pale ale at all... couldn't find more than a note of hops in it.
Also had a weird "hard to put my finger on" after taste.
Will not reconsider.

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Photo of chefhatt
2.09/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I poured this beer into a pint glass. It has a nice dark golden color body with not head or lace. The smell of wheat. The taste is of wheat with a faint taste of hops. The mouthfeel is ok and overall i don't like this beer and i don't know why it says it is a wheat IPA, when there are no characters of a ipa in it.

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Photo of BryanCarey
2.09/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Shock Top Wheat IPA pours to an orange/gold color with a nose that is faint, featuring the aroma of wheat and some fruit. The head of foam is also faint, but it at least maintains a thin layer as you consume.

This beer attempts to combine the qualities of an IPA with a wheat beer but from an IPA perspective, it fails to impress. The taste is one of sweet malts, bread, a very small amount of coriander, and orange. The finish is grainy and sweet, with only a dash of hop bitterness that quickly switches back to a sweet malt flavor in the aftertaste.

Shock Top Wheat IPA attempts to marry the qualities of a wheat beer and an India Pale Ale, but if this beer is any indication, the two would be better off divorced. The combination sounds interesting, but this beer simply doesn’t pull off the feat. The wheat flavor is most dominate, but there is really nothing here that would lead you to believe that IPA was part of the product’s inspiration. Even the wheat character is lame and it isn’t robust in any way. The citrus taste is present, in the form of oranges, but it is also sorely lacking. The coriander is barely detectable and I think it is safe to say that most drinkers wouldn’t even realize that coriander was present unless they read the words on the label.

If you want an IPA, I strongly suggest looking elsewhere because there is little to nothing present in this flavor combination from Shock Top that will satisfy your IPA hop cravings. The combination of wheat and IPA sounds intriguing, but it just doesn’t work very well with this product.

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Photo of Zorro
2.1/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Cloudy amber colored beer with a significant orange tinge to it. Small white head.

Smell is hoppy pine with some sweet wheat malt. Slight coriander spice scent.

Starts out sweet, far sweeter than expected. Tastes like they dumped molasses in to the wort. Some pine hop flavor but the malt just destroys it. Not very enjoyable at all.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall this is a drain pour. AB could have created a drinkable beer if they had just cut the malts way down.

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Photo of LXIXME
2.11/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Big off white head quickly dies over a honey colored IPA.

Aroma is a light sweet grain with hints of oranges.

Light orange peel, some grains, and maybe a very light hops hint in the taste of this product.

A light bodied beer with little if any aftertaste.


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Photo of bigkingken
2.14/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Pours hazy, light amber with a thin bubbly head that quickly withdraws. Smells mostly of wheat with little hop aroma, makes me wonder just how much of an IPA it really is. Mouthfeel is a bit full and chunky, almost like you’re chewing it a bit, as most American wheat beers tend to be. Heavy orange and coriander up front with a bit of sweetness that is balanced by the hops. However, I don’t really taste any additional hops. It doesn’t taste that much different than a regular wheat to me, but then again, I don’t drink wheats very often. But in the end, it’s kind of fruity.

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Photo of barnzy78
2.14/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle, pours a cloudy but bright orange with a thick, foamy head that dissipates to a thin foam atop the ale and leaves some lacing on the glass in the process. Aromas are orange, wheat, and spice - nothing special...I was hoping for more hop aroma. Tastes are muddled: orange, wheat, bready malt, and a sort of spiciness that resembles coriander but is odd in flavor (familiar to the other Shock Tops and the Bud Light Wheat AB made in the past), and maybe some herbal hops that are just muddled in the mix of odd flavors. Overall, I've had the other Shock Tops and was unimpressed, but felt compelled to try this just for the sake of trying it. It was worse than I expected, and expectations were not set very high. Avoid this beer.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Pours a hazy, orange-ish amber with an off-white, finger width head. Decent retention. Thin, spotty lacing.

Smell - Aroma consists mainly of strong wheat notes, behind this a bouquet of citrus character and a touch of milkiness.

Taste - Wheat, corriander, and a trainwreck. The little bit of citrus hop bitterness this brew provides completely clashes with the witbier elements. The finish, like most all the Shock Top line, is a vacant, hollow shell of flavor. Finishes with a touch of heat... at 5.8%?

Mouthfeel - Light in body, with a fair amount of carbonation. A touch watery on the back end.

Overall - IPA? What a joke. I've had brown ales with more hop character than this. Just another beer trying to cash in on the IPA trend. This is the last of the Shock Top I'm ever trying. I can't do this to myself anymore. I expect them to be bad, and they're even worse than the already low expectations I have for them.

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Photo of TaySuth
2.18/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Serving Type: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden brown in color with a white medium head that dissipates rather quickly leaving behind a medium amount of lacing. I would have expected a slightly lighter color and better head retention but it is not bad appearance.

Smell: Despite it's claim as to be a wheat IPA, the wheat malt dominates the nose rather than the hops. While the wheat malt is pleasant, the hops are pretty minimal with minor notes of lemon, orange, and grass.

Taste: While there is some flavor of wheat malt, hop notes of lemon, and some decent bitterness (for an ABinBev wheat ale), unfortunately the thing that sticks out of is a watery flavor. Very disappointing.

Mouthfeel: Too light and watery. Semi-dry. Carbonation feels off and I can't tell if more or less would even be better. Strange description but it seems to have a slippery mouthfeel. Not pleasant.

Overall: Very disappointing. In my attempts to always try new beers, I decided to give this one a shot despite my tendency to shy away from Shock Top (homebrewer and I can't reuse their twist off bottles). Save your money on this one and buy something else.

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Photo of diamondc
2.24/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A: Lots of head, hazy, a dull bronze tint. Some sticky lacing. Nice.

S: Some weak wheat tang, soft fruit. Nothing else really.

T: Light oranges, apricot, bread, coriander. I'm not sure how they can get away calling this an IPA.

M: Gets almost cloyingly sweet due to the malts. Mild hop citrus aftertaste comes out more while warming up.

O: Another faux craft beer from the macros to avoid. Not good at all.

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Photo of bszern
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Drank straight out of the bottle.

Cannot smell one ounce of the cascade hops they promise on the label. All that comes through is the citrus.

Taste is light, sort of like a Belgian wheat with an orange in it. Pretty drinkable.

Mouthfeel is...well, unimpressive.

Overall, this is a terrible IPA. No bitterness, no hop presence, just...blah.

Will not have this beer again.

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