Shock Top Wheat IPA | Anheuser-Busch

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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

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3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

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 Theorganizer81
2.25/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of amishbooze
3/5  rDev +9.1%

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3/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of duceswild
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Hessian257
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

Photo of billyrenfroe
2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ChadA83
2/5  rDev -27.3%

Photo of Dizzy242
1.75/5  rDev -36.4%

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2.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of CSFerrier
3/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of Monkey007
3.25/5  rDev +18.2%

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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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

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3/5  rDev +9.1%

Photo of JasonONeill
3.5/5  rDev +27.3%

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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3/5  rDev +9.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +45.5%

Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
2.75 out of 5 based on 484 ratings.
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