Shock Top Lemon Shandy
Anheuser-Busch

Shock Top Lemon ShandyShock Top Lemon Shandy
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #996
ABV:
4.2%
Score:
67
Ranked #48,735
Avg:
2.85 | pDev: 25.61%
Reviews:
119
Ratings:
787
From:
Anheuser-Busch
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Summer
Wants
  11
Gots
  245
SCORE
67
Poor
Shock Top Lemon ShandyShock Top Lemon Shandy
Notes: Our Lemon Shandy is a unique take on the classic Shandy that is distinctly Shock Top.

Brewed with two row and six row malted barley and five different types of hops, this Belgian-Style Wheat Ale is then combined with citrus peels, coriander, natural lemonade flavor and a hint of sugar for a subtle sweetness. The end result is an incredibly refreshing, crisp and smooth beer that hits the spot.
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UristMcBrewer from Florida

3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5

This is a very pale yet hazy beer with a short lived head. The smell reminds me of lemon candy. The lemon scent overpowers any others that may be present. The taste, however, is balanced between lemony and beer. The malty flavor balances with the lemony to create a sweet and lemony flavors. The hopping is very hidden; I feel that more hops could be beneficial. But it is crisp and refreshing. The feel is watery but with good carbonation. This isn't a bad shandy, maybe not the best and could use some improvement. But not bad.

Oct 31, 2019
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

3.77/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Shock Top Lemon Shandy brewed by Anheuser-Busch, with an ABV of 4.20% This Fruit and Field Beers pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a hazy light amber color with a small white head. The head to this brew goes away fast. There is little to no lacing to this brew. Not saying that is a bad thing. The smell is Rich with lemons notes mixed with grains and malts. Now for the taste , it is Rich with flavors. You first pick up a nice amount a lemon at first then a real nice smoothness from the grains and malts. The body of Shock Top Lemon Shandy is a solid medium. Definitely a smooth easy drinking brew. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, it has a super nice balance to it. This brew would go nice with lunch or a hot summer day. Definitely would keep you cool. The mouth feel is Bold Lemon, Clean, Smooth, Crips, and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give Shock Top Lemon Shandy a 3.75 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again on a hot summer day. Anheuser-Busch, did a nice job with this Shandy style of brew.

Oct 30, 2019
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MacTechG4 from New Hampshire

1.3/5  rDev -54.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

You got my beer in your Lemon Pledge!
You got my Lemon Pledge in your beer!

Two bad tastes that taste WORSE together!

Maybe I got a bad batch, but this literally tastes like someone dumped lemon scented furniture polish in a bottle of cheap generic beer!

The presence of what appear to be a yeast residue does not seem to influence the flavor at all, it’s just... bad, utterly revolting, if this was my first experience with beer, I’d never touch another drop.

No mouthfeel, no body, just weakly fizzy and watery, and a very off chemical smell, like they used “I can’t believe it’s not lemonade” as the base stock

Review in short;
AVOID!

Jul 24, 2019
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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Whoa. Does this one have some sweetness to it. I do not usually like the Lemon category of beer, this one makes it sweet and almost to a point where it does not taste like beer, it kind of tastes like a bite into a sweet Lemon candy that wants to be a step below a shandy.

Oct 19, 2018
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ZenAgnostic from Texas

3.83/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into Duvel tulip. No discernable date, however, there is 18137 smudged in a small black rectangle on the back of the bottle. Presumably, that's a born on date of July 13, 2018? Unless it's already a month over. But it tastes pretty legit, so I'm doubting that.


Appearance - Pours a large, loose, irregular head. Good retention. Moderate, broken lacing and decent stick. Opaque pineapple yellow body with slight bubbling. 4.25

Smell - A lot of dry, corny musk. Not bad, just unimpressive and uninteresting. 1.75

Taste - Very sweet and refreshing. The smell did not indicated the flavor whatsoever. Citrusy but not bitingly so. Very slightly bitterness in the aftertaste counteracted just enough by the sweetness to balance it. 4.5

Mouthfeel - Very, very smooth, clean and refreshing. Like an effervescent lemonade without the overly sweet depiction that might conjure. 4.5

Overall - When had with food, would make a great session beer. The pairing possibilities are considerable. 4.5

Aug 14, 2018
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BEERMILER12 from Maine

3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Lots of lemon and wheat up front along with a touch of coriander

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with lemon and a good bit of sweetness and then picks up the wheat and coriander. Finishes with lingering lemonade notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice and refreshing lemon shandy that hits the spot on a warm summer day. Wouldn't want to get drunk on it though

Jul 25, 2018
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Squire from Mississippi

3.4/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light hazy lemony color with white cap.

Aroma of sweet lemons. This scent is more rich than sharp and not overbearing.

Taste comes across as a mild wheat beer flavored with lemon. The spices are not so prominent that I can pick them out individually yet there is backing to the lemon that makes the whole more rounded and less tart than I expected. More sweetness than needed I think but I'm not a member of the target market.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

It's a lemon shandy and the taste matches the description, which is to say no surprises here, just a straight forward beer of the milder sort flavored with lemon. Too sweet for me but it is well balanced, I'll give it that.

Jun 02, 2018
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Cylinsier from Pennsylvania

2.74/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 oz

Pours light lemon gold, sudsy white head.

Smells of cracker and lemon drop candy.

Tastes of artificially sweet lemonade, cereal and cracker.

Light watery body with light tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Like a light alcoholic lemonade basically. Worst part about it is the artificial sweet flavor, otherwise it's just meh but not absolute garbage. I would have thrown these back on the beach in my 20's.

May 06, 2018
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VoxRationis from New York

2.58/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served on tap into a 16 oz (473 ml) conical pint glass at Tony C's Sports Bar & Grill.
A: Pours a hazy, lemon-lime color with a half inch, white head, low retention and no significant lacing.
S: Light lemon-lime and maybe honeysuckle aroma.
T: Sweet and zesty. Lime>>lemon, sugar cane, and coriander flavors. Reminded of a cross between key lime pie and Mountain Dew.
M: Light to medium bodied with light effervescence. Creamy.
O: Really a bit too much like a malternative. Flavors didn't taste quite right, as if they were produced artificially. Did not care for it and cannot see trying that again.

Apr 27, 2018
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mothmanscott from Georgia

2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy deep straw/pale gold, with only a slight, shortlived effervescent bubbling producing 1.5 fingers of rapidly dissipating, foamy, slightly off-white head that leaves no appreciable lacing. Aroma is grain, wheat, bread, coriander, banana & lots of lemon. The lemon overwhelms the nose. Taste is lemonade, lemon candy & more lemon acting as a dominatrix over the very faint wheat, bread, coriander & I think orange. Finishes much like what I think lemon Gatorade would be like if there is such a thing followed up by a thin, dry, lemon cough drop aftertaste. Nose is more prominent & diverse than the taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate-high carbonation, slick, sandpaper prickly & drawing aftertaste. Not pleasant. But then I'm not a fan of Shandys. I will however try to rate it within the bounds of the style and not by my personal tastes.

Nov 26, 2017
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superspak from Michigan

3.61/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/6/2017. Pours lightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 2 finger dense and rocky white head with great retention, that reduces to a large cap that lasts. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of lightly tart lemonade, orange zest, coriander, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of lemonade, spices, fruity yeast, and moderate pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of lightly tart lemonade, orange zest, coriander, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness. Very mild herbal/grassy bitterness and lemonade tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of lemonade, orange zest, coriander, pear, apple, light banana, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, herbal, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of lemonade, spices, fruity yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; with a good malt/bitter/tartness balance; and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Slightly increasing dryness from bitter/tartness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and slightly acidic/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.2%. Overall this is a good Shandy style. All around good robustness and balance of lemonade, spices, fruity yeast, and moderate pale malt flavors; very smooth and refreshing to drink. Nicely flavorful for the low ABV; with great balance between lemonade and normal base Shock Top flavors. A bit more body and less lemonade acidity than others in the style I've had; but the flavor impact really isn't there. A nicely enjoyable offering, and good example of the style.

Nov 04, 2017
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PhilHeinricke from Virginia

3.06/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Boring

A few years ago I saw the movie "Lemonade Mouth". I started drinking lemonade all the time after that, and when I came upon some Lemon Shandy I figured it would be perfect. I enjoy the wonderful taste of lemonade and get stoned to the bejesus at the same time. So lemon shandy is high on my list.

But not this one. This is just so boring. There's very little flavor or smell. Very disappointing.

Sep 22, 2017
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JamieDuncan from Maryland

3.41/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Decent beer, not sure why it gets crushed in ratings other than bias. Overall not one I would go after this one but would not be mad if that was all someone had.

Jul 23, 2017
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ScaryEd from New Hampshire

1.84/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Smells like lemon cough drops.

Tastes like lemon cough drops.

Drinks like Pine sol.

I wonder if this could make a good floor cleaner. Will report back with results.

Apr 19, 2017
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mmmbeer89 from New Mexico

4.22/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A really tasty shandy that goes great with food, a perfect beer for a bbq. I don't understand why it's rated so low, I'd get tired of them after a few but a couple are really good

Mar 02, 2017
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.08/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

DATE: August 14, 2016... OCCASION: Returning home from a great time at Penn State with Jer...watching the Olympics and trying to cool down...GLASSWARE: PSU weizen... sparse bubbles settle through a murky yellow gold body... the head is off-white and finishes before it begins to a pencil-thin circle.... lemon grass and citric juices mingle with malt liquor malts and throat lozenge to suggest this might have some work to do... first sip is light, fizzy, active at the tongue, short on its finish--perhaps this is a good thing, as the beefy, obscure flavor makes for a forgettable finish...overall, drinkable, if not somewhat bland... flavor profile is singularly lemonade, with malty sweetness providing some backbone and attempting balance to an otherwise lemony experience... tough to get behind this one when not trying to stave off the sun or the heat; in an air-conditioned room, this beer doesn't really win...

Aug 15, 2016
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Alexc11 from Quebec (Canada)

2.7/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

So-so beer but if you're having one at the table on a summer evening it'll pass. I liked the yellow color of the beer (probably because of the lemon). Speaking of lemon, it didn't have a "fresh" taste or feel you'd expect from lemon. I remember Twist Shandy back in the day and it pretty much reminded me of it.

Aug 06, 2016
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txmilligan from Texas

2.81/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I was grilling last night after a grueling hot North Texas day. Our dinner guests brought white wine and a six of the Shock Top shandy. I've never had a Shock Top before, and I'll admit, I was surprised to find out later this is an AB boutique beer. It was refreshing and enjoyable for a hot summer day, and it at least had the lemon flavor going for it. I wouldn't buy it for myself, but it was a pleasant experience.

Jun 30, 2016
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headlessparrot from Ontario (Canada)

3.05/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

It's hot out. I had this. I didn't totally loathe it. Now, granted, that might have something (a lot?) to do with how hot out it was, and how ready I was for anything remotely refreshing, but . . .

Slightly cloudy, yellow lager-y colour. Decent head, initially. Slight malt aroma and faint Belgian yeast with some sweetened lemonade ("lemon"-ade).

It went down quickly enough, I suppose, was sufficiently light. Whatever; I can't bring myself to actively dislike it.

Jun 08, 2016
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Bunman3 from Alberta (Canada)

2.87/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Let's be clear - there may be malt in the recipe, but this really ain't beer. The artificial lemon flavour dominates the overall profile and it's just too sweet for me. In my books, it's a hot weather option if your choices are limited.

May 24, 2016
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Myotus from Texas

2.87/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured at 47°F from a 12oz bottle into a nonic pint glass until there was a half inch of beer left in the bottle. That half inch was then swirled around per instructions and joined the rest of the beer in the glass.
LOOK: 45 seconds. Neon yellow in color with a high amount of cloudiness. Rising bubbles are both medium and small in size and very subtle in quantity. Lacing is thin and subtle.
SMELL: Just some mild aromas of sweet artificial lemonade, wheat, and coriander.
TASTE: Mild artificial lemonade flavors enter initially and are immediately followed my mild wheat flavors. Subtle flavors of coriander and hints of spicy hops enter lastly as wheat flavors maintain, but artificial lemonade flavors grow slightly stronger.
FEEL: Medium-bodied and moderately carbonated. Goes down somewhat smooth. Finsiehs crisp.
NOTE: The bottle says that natural lemonade flavor is added, but it tastes fake to me. In addition to that, this lacked complexity. I've always thought Shock Top made alright beers, but this just wasn't good.

Mar 04, 2016
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hardy008 from Minnesota

2.06/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Hazy pale yellow, with a bright white head. The aroma has artificial lemon, wheat, grain, and not much else.

Tastes exactly like it smells. too sweet, with too much sugar. Not to my liking.

Light bodied, above average carbonation. Nothing special here.

Feb 16, 2016
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Pegasus from Texas

2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Slightly hazy body, lemon yellow in color, with a large, fine-beaded white head, which, all too quickly, fades to a dusting of foam. Very fine-beaded lacing rings the glass walls.

Aroma: A pronounced lemon aroma pairs off against wheat and yeast. Literally, the aroma presents as Shock Top Belgian White with an aggressive burst of lemon.

Taste: Slightly puckering lemon presents at the open, with a strong cereal-like wheat presence, and a bit of yeast. The lemon carries the taste throughout, so it suggests a toned-down version of Mike's Hard Lemonade. Even late in the taste, the lemon is still prominent and brings the taste to a close.

Mouth feel: Smooth and fairly full full, soft and pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not too bad, just fine for a hot summer afternoon, or for a macro lager drinking friend who is looking for "a walk on the wild side".

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle with a twist-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Jan 19, 2016
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Jelitikasez from Missouri

3.45/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don't even much like lemon, but this was refreshing and light, without being watery. The sunny yellow color and white-white head reminded me of lemon meringue pie when first poured. This beer is not overly sweet though, and still tastes like beer, with sparkly carbonation in the mouth.

Oct 11, 2015
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BigDaddyWarbuxx from Iowa

3.57/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not really impressed by this. They play the lemon card a little too strongly and end up making this out to be more like a hard lemonade, both in flavor and feel.

Sep 28, 2015
Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 787 ratings