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Shock Top Wheat IPA | Anheuser-Busch

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Shock Top Wheat IPAShock Top Wheat IPA
486 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

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Ratings: 486 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of LXIXME
2.11/5  rDev -23.6%
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 Beerislivingproof
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of Darles_Chickens
2/5  rDev -27.5%

Photo of ckollias
2.88/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pour a hazy light copper hue with a thick 3-finger white head that slowly dissipates into a semi persistent lace leaving a decent trail down the side of the glass.

S: Sweet slightly hoppy aroma – not much here..

T: Slightly bitter and sweet – but very watered down. Slightly hoppy and grainy.

M: Medium body and carbonation.

O: I was excited to try a wheat ipa – but this was not what I expected – too bland and not very interesting.

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Photo of Pwidget
3.75/5  rDev +35.9%

Photo of bluejacket74
2.85/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a cloudy orange color with a half inch off-white head that didn't stay around for too long. The brew smells like wheat, bready malt, and some orange. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also a weird bitter taste. And it's not a good hoppy bitter flavor, either. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it's a bit oily with decent carbonation. Overall it's not bad, but not exactly good either. I think for the most part it's mostly average overall. But I can't really complain since I picked up a single of this for $1.29. I wouldn't buy a six pack of this, but I also wouldn't turn down a bottle either.

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Photo of Destocker
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of zachturner39
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of BucannonXC5
2.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Less than a finger of head. Color was a hazy mix or orange, caramel and iced tea. Light layer of lacing on the top that disappeared rather quickly. No film on the sides.

Hardly got anything on the smell. Got very light grapefruit hop notes, but that’s it.

Wow on the taste. Shock Top doesn’t fuck around. It was about what I expected it to be, a stronger version of the normal Shock Top (white). Lemon citrus hops, but light.

Medium body. Oily texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt, but clean, refreshing and crisp finish.

About as good as expected with a Shock Top.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.21/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased at Market Basket. Pours a murky amber with a good inch of off-white head that leaves some decent lacing. Smells slightly hoppy. Lemon and orange dominate the flavor. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Fairly pleasant and drinkable. Not bad. Really just a more citrussy version of the original, the hops add that but pretty much stay out of the way otherwise.

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Photo of MarkyMOD
3.5/5  rDev +26.8%

Photo of jhmiv
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of jniagar1
3.25/5  rDev +17.8%

Photo of illestkilla
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of TTAmod
2.96/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into pint.

A: Typical wheat beer. Cloudy orangish color. Considerable white head. Not bad.

S: Not much going on in this department. Can smell maybe a little bit of orange and wheat, but not much else.

T: The hop flavor is actually pretty good here. Can't tell the varietal they use in it...maybe cascade or centennial. It melds pretty well with the typical Shock Top taste (wheat, orange, coriander, etc...)

M: Again...typical for the wheat ales. A little bit rough, but still drinkable.

O: I'll admit that I'm a fan of the wheat IPA style. This one is pretty average. Yes, it's from a macro, but there are no adjuncty flavors at all. It's inoffensive, easy to drink, and tastes fairly good.

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Photo of allstar255
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of keepitsimple1990
1.5/5  rDev -45.7%

Photo of Shinypoptart
3.6/5  rDev +30.4%
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 mralphabet
3.47/5  rDev +25.7%
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 wabritton
2.5/5  rDev -9.4%

Photo of leviecole
3/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Bito401
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of cagocubs
2.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The bar special of the night, no kidding, it should be a free giveaway (or throwaway).

On tap poured into a hefe glass.

A: Hazy gold with a one finger white head. The head leaves quickly and actually laces. Huh.

S: Some malt and citrus character. And Adjuncts.

T: Some caramel malt and hayish wheat. The citrus tastes odd.

M: Has a little too much carbonation, but does leave nice coating.

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Photo of hainesly
2.75/5  rDev -0.4%

Photo of bszern
2.25/5  rDev -18.5%
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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Shock Top Wheat IPA from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 2.76 out of 5 with 486 ratings
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