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 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 RJLarse
2.63/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I bought a six-pack of Shock Top Wheat IPA in a grocery store earlier this week. I think it was around $6.00. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a copper/gold color, hazy, with a modest white head.

Smell is faint, and malty. A grain aroma mostly with very little fruit esters.

Taste is a cereal flavor, with a dry bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp and clean.

Overall just an average beer. Not a good wheat ale or an IPA. Probably trying too hard to be to be a crossover beer. Glad I tried it, but I won't have it again.

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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 AleWatcher
2.56/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale wheat ale? Ipa?

It doesn't matter.
This beer is not impressive regardless. I'll be honest, the hops add a nice punch to this particular sub-par wheat beer. The wheat beer actually seems to stand out more here than in the Shock Top beers I've had.

Big orange peel notes... Like crazy ridiculous orange peel notes. Lots of coriander spice as well. The hops add a some citrusy notes to boot, but not nearly enough to call this an ipa. And hardly any bitterness. Rather dry finish.

I could see this beer impressing BMC drinkers because I'll give some credit; there actually is some flavor here... It just doesn't cut it in the big leagues.

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Photo of vkv822
2.28/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz : pint glass

Pours a lightly hazy, amber/burnt orange with a fizzy off white head that dissipates quickly.

Wheat, with a prominent sweet citric orange note. Smells like orange candy almost.

Again a wheat base, with a sweet, citric orange finish.

Medium body, low fizzy, prickly carbonation.

Fairly dissapointing. The orange notes in the nose come off as orange flavor candy, though it is a little better executed in the taste. Plus slightly low carbonation.

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Photo of Tone
3.08/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy, copper/amber color. 1/4 inch head of an off-white color. Good retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of alcohol, hint of citrus hops, hint of wheat, and a hint of sugar. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of earthy malt, slight pale malt, hint of wheat, hint of sweet malt, and slight citrus hops. Overall, the blend is not very pleasing (almost comes off buttery, but not quite) and the aroma is muted. The appearance and feel are both decent.

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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 SouljaSaia17
2.49/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First I want to say, as of a week ago, Shock Top Wheat IPA has been discontinued. For that reason I chose to get a case for the special price of $10. Here's the review!

A: The look is a nice hazy golden/honey color, no head what so ever, no lacing, but good carbonation. And got some smoke out of the bottle which is a plus!

S: Not a lot to the smell here, a little bit of pine, little bit of citrus but very faint, and maybe some grassy notes too.

T: Right off the bat I get some floral hops, not any bitterness at all. Slight pine and citrus, but not very much. Sweet and a little tangy would best describe it.

M: Even though this is a poor excuse for an IPA, I had 24 4 days ago and now I am on my last one, so its drinkable!

O: Overall, its not a terrible beer but this is the absolute worst IPA Ive ever had, if you want to even call it an IPA. I guess there is a reason its being pulled!

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Photo of smakawhat
2.84/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

An aggressive pour brings actually a real nice amber orange body and nice hues, with a big off white swiss cheesed head, but very large retention and staying power on this beer. It looks like an amber brew. Pretty solid no complaints.

Nose is.. muted, and nearly non existent. The only thing I smell on this is a faint dry spice, perhaps coriander but I never get coriander in beers to begin with, slightly grassy, a small sense of childrens aspirin too. But for the most part there is not much going on. Hops? forget it.

Taste is a very muted and sacchariny sweet rush. Mild artificial tang orange, and some good malt body and chew thought, but where is the hop profile on this thing?

Overall you could be doing a lot worse, but compared to regular APWAs, and even hoppy ones this just doesn't hold a candle.

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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 Phyl21ca
3.22/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle: Poured a light gold/orangey color ale with a medium size foamy head. Aroma of light piney and citrus hoppy notes with some sweet wheat malt notes. Taste is also a good mix between some light piney and citrus hoppy notes and some lightly sweet wheat malt notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Better then I had expected but not sure I would buy this again since it is lacking a bit of a hops punch.

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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 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 jimmah120
2.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz twist-top with no date.

Look is a great, cloudy, amber-orange with plenty of fine suspended sediment. Great looking brew. Smell is lemon, orange, coriander, wheat, and an earthy grass smell that may be the hops. Weak for an IPA, pleasant otherwise. Taste is similar: wheat, grass, orange peel, coriander, sweet rotten bread. Overly sweet, lackluster taste otherwise. Alcohol burn in the finish, along with a cloying dullness.

This isn't an awful beer, but it doesn't do a whole lot right. The hops are non-existant and there isn't a malt presence either. Very sweet with alcohol in the finish, I feel like this should be in a 40oz bottle.

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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 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 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 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 plaid75
3.06/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy copper hue with a two finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a muddled wheat malt with a light cascade hop and fleeting esters.

The taste was a mishmash of flavors. The hops were overpowered by the wheat malt. There was no eaters to speak of.

The mouthfeel was slightly chewy.

Overall a good idea that lacked identity in practice.

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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 Mora2000
2.73/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a hazy golden-orange color with a white head. The aroma is fairly faint, with a hint of perfume and a little bit of wheat. The flavor is also fairly faint. There is some light fruit and some perfume, as well as a little bit of grass and some wheat. The flavor is fairly muddled, with nothing really standing out. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.67/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a murky dark orange with a 1 inch foamy orange-white head that settles to a thin cap on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of moldy bread, cooked veggies, and some slight herbal aromas. Taste is of wheat, herbal hops, and a slightly vegetal flavor on the finish. There is a slight bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a a pretty average beer taste wise but the smell is pretty horrible in my opinion.

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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 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 oriolesfan4
3/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer of this for $8 or $9.

Taste is light to medium bodied. Not really sure where the IPA part comes in; tastes like a fruity wheat beer, some orange comes through. Nice clean finish and pretty good drinkability, just think the label is a bit of a misnomer. A decent beer to have on a hot summer day, but really no other reason to seek it out. Meh.

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