Shock Top Wheat IPA | Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top Wheat IPAShock Top Wheat IPA
Liked This Beer
2.77 w/ 484 ratings
Shock Top Wheat IPAShock Top Wheat IPA

Brewed by:
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.

Added by allforbetterbeer on 01-31-2012

View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 484 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of itssmashley
1/5  rDev -63.9%

Photo of MikeSchneider114
1.5/5  rDev -45.8%

Photo of Reagan1984
1.25/5  rDev -54.9%

Photo of bicyclesnbeer
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of jwc215
3.47/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

 575 characters

Photo of AleWatcher
2.56/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

 646 characters

Photo of vkv822
2.28/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

 467 characters

Photo of Tone
3.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

 570 characters

Photo of Doyle
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of Tpitty23
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of womencantsail
3.58/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

 404 characters

Photo of Kiniey01
2/5  rDev -27.8%

Photo of rydev24
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of corzocl
3.75/5  rDev +35.4%

Photo of Catfishcrd
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

Photo of BeerBadger
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of 63SplitWindow
2.75/5  rDev -0.7%

Photo of JimmyCop
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of Rickyd
2.25/5  rDev -18.8%

Photo of JZ77
3/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of bobotron
3.5/5  rDev +26.4%

Photo of SouljaSaia17
2.49/5  rDev -10.1%
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!

 899 characters

Photo of Squall202
3.25/5  rDev +17.3%

Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 5.4% out of 100 with 484 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.