Shock Top Lemon Shandy | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Bitterbill on 03-23-2012

BEER STATS
Ratings:
732
Reviews:
106
Avg:
2.78
pDev:
26.26%
 
 
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Photo of Kettle1
2.58/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Thecalmdrinker
2.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of zeff80
2.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured a clear, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy head of white foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of lemon and wheat. Not alot else.

T - It tasted of lemon but not lemonade like a shandy should. Mild wheat flavor.

M - It was crisp and sharp. It was a very light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was okay. It didn't really taste like a shandy, though.

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Photo of Boone757
2.61/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jmg480
2.63/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dtm_sub
2.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Initial pour left a 2-3 finger head which quickly dissipated. Very minimal lacing throughout the entire glass.

A- Poured a very cloudy straw yellow, not too many bubbles rising.

S- Smelled like you added powdered lemonade mix to a beer. Very concentrated artificial smell.

T- Same as the smell. A very sour artificial lemon flavor.

MF- Even though there weren't many bubbles to be seen, it was very carbonated. Almost like a lemon soda.

O- Overall was pretty disappointed. I was hoping for a more natural lemon flavor, not one reminiscent of a powdered drink mix.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Not the worse artificially flavored lemon shandy I've had, but it's so sugary and sweet it is hard to even acknowledge it as a brew.

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Photo of hosehead83
2.65/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, pale yellow in color, with a moderate head of quickly fading foam.
Aroma-Lemon and white sugar
Taste-faint lemon zest, soapy, thin-bodied. A rather weak-kneed shandy attempt. Don't get me wrong, on a hot day at ice cold temperature, a couple would go down easy, but a real glass of lemonade would probably taste better.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.66/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On tap at Schooners Patio Grille in Santa Clarita, CA.

Pours a slightly murky light yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, ginger, spices, and artificial lemon aromas. Taste is much the same with a very medicinal lemon flavor on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer that has some very artificial lemony aromas and flavors.

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Photo of xtonytx
2.67/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Ryan4120
2.67/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
2.67/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of tectactoe
2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a dingy golden-yellow, mostly murky and hazy with a thin, wispy white head that fizzles away until nothing but a thin ring is left around the very edge of the beer. Aroma consists of some lemon zest and slightly tart lemon juice with a faint grainy and wheat-like underbody. Not much really going on in the aroma, aside from the lemon. Lemon smells kind of artificial, but is more integrated into the beer rather than standalone (see: Lenie's Summer Shandy). Hops provide an extremely vague musky aroma, but then again - that may not even be from the hops. Who knows.

Thin bodied and highly carbonated, pretty much to be expected here. The taste contains a helping of grains and malts, mostly masked by a sweet lemon flavor. A little overdone, artificial, and slightly "off", however I still do prefer the taste of this to Summer Shandy. Lightly tart and puckering that turns into a dying sweetness, and believe me - it dies fast. The aftertaste is almost nonexistent, but contains very faint lemon and grain notes. Hops are seemingly missing on the palate, unless they're responsible for that slight twinge I'm picking up - can't tell if it's from the hops or just the carbonation.

Not the worse lemon beer out there, but I'm sure it's leagues away from being the best, too. I'd grab this before a Summer Shandy, but that's not really saying too much.

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Photo of shand
2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Here's one straight out of The Roommate Files. He's always good for a tick that I wouldn't pick up myself. That said, I'll go ahead and say that I'm a fan of Leinie's Summer Shandy. Just as a disclaimer.

It looks good, a hazy pale yellow with a finger of head. The aroma is very sharply lemony. Pledge-y lemon. The taste is pretty boring, it goes down tasting like nothing, then a bit of lemon, then a bit of the coriander. It's palatable, but really nowhere as good as the Leinie's. The mouthfeel is very watery. The drinkability is pretty good, but the artificiality wore down on me towards the end of the glass. Overall, just another hop on the bandwagon. Here's to hoping that BBC and Alchemy & Science's attempts at the style are better.

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Photo of pisano
2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: pours hazy straw yellow with one finger white head that quickly dissipates

s: not too much going on with the nose; slight lemon with a bit of malt aroma

t: artificial lemon flavor with a slight bready finish, which turns to a bitter, not-so-enjoyable finish as it warms; tastes more like a bitter lemon soda than beer

m: light mouthfeel, slight carbonation

o: nothing special, but not a bad beer for a hot summer day. drink this one COLD.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a hazed, pale yellow body with a tall, meringue-like head, though it drops down very fast.

Smell: Artificially-flavored lemonade powder, faint spice, and just enough of a hint of beery barley to remind you this is, indeed, an adult beverage.

Taste: Lightly malty with a faint store-brand honey-flavored cereal sweetness. Given a teeny tiny pinch of ground coriander, though the accumulative lemon flavoring eventually overshadows it. It's lemony and a little bit tart, but not overly so, and, well, that's kind of how things go until the faintly fizzly finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Shock Top dared to take Blue Moon head-on, then, they showed up what seasonal pumpkin and fruit beers can REALLY be, and, now, Shock Top is flexin' their summertime shandy muscles. It's a bit sad, really.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
2.69/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lemon Shandy pours a hazy golden color with a small swirling head. There is a weak soapy aroma. The taste is soapy, but weak lemonade flavors come through near the end. Flat body, weaker flavors. Overall the soapy flavors are pretty bad, the brief hints of lemonade that comes through are nice.

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Photo of Jonada
2.69/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle with no obvious freshness date served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a darker pale yellow with a finger of a white fizzy head that dissipates quickly to a thin ring. Body is hazy with some light visible carbonation.

Smell: Sweet lemon candy and lemonade. Not really much else going on. Lemon smell is mostly artificial

Taste: Sweet artificial lemon "drink" flavor without even any real tartness to balance it. Slight grain in the finish and a slight almost chemical cleaner presence in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Light/medium bodied with a soft mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Pretty nice actually.

Overall: Not very good, even before you factor in the weird off putting aftertaste. This is bad even for what it is. Seriously, how do you f*** up a shandy?!

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a can of this on July 4th.

A: Pours a hazy, light yellow with fizzy white head upon pouring that reduces very quickly.

S: Smells pretty much like lemonade with a slight sourness and some grainy malt.

T: Again, more lemonade, slightly sugary and a little bit of spice. Slightly tart.

M: Light to medium bodied with active carbonation.

O: Not as bad as I was expecting, and actually kind of refreshing, but overall it is pretty lacking.

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Photo of jwc215
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazed yellow with a very thin head, looks like some fuzz, despite following the pouring suggestion on the label. Minimal lacing sticks.

The taste is of sugar-coated lemon. Sweet upfront, without much of the tartness associated with lemonade. Dry yeast and a hint of vague spicing balance out the sweetness somewhat. The finish is rather abrupt.

The feel is between fizzy and crisp. It does go down easily enough, I suppose.

Something about it just misses the mark of being a true shandy. Would be easy enough to drink on a hot day, but so would lemonade. Despite a slight "artificial sweetness" to it it's not "inoffensive", but it is weak, even for a low abv shandy. A rather shallow brew.

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Photo of Alexc11
2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of bashiba
2.71/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a hazy dark yellow with a thick creamy off white head.

The smell is very sweet and lemonade, very much lemonade, not much beer.

The taste is better than the smell, has a light grain flavor with a strong blast of lemon, there is an underlying sweetness thats a bit distracting, if they cut that down and maybe added some hops this might be good, as it stands its more like drink soda than beer.

The mouthfeel is light with high carbonation.

I don't hate it as much as I expected, but can't imagine I will ever drink another.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I've been nothing but pleasantly surprised with the two Shock Top offerings I've tried, the Belgian White and the Honeycrisp Apple Wheat, respectively. From a beer that was made by Anheuser-Busch solely to combat Miller's success with the aromatic and flavorful Blue Moon, it was initially hard to suspect much. However, I find both the aforementioned projects to be winning beers in my book - they're more than drinkable but thoroughly enjoyable and hearty.

Shock Top Lemon Shandy, however, is the first disappointment in their catalog in my book. I was curious as to why we weren't selling much of it, seeing as we couldn't keep our Leinenkugel Summer Shandy and Shandy packs on the shelf, as well as our limited number of cases of Amstel Radler. The answer is simple - even by the basic qualities of lemon/summer shandies, Shock Top's offering falls short. It almost feels like the beer itself forgot it was supposed to be a shandy, as the effect of drinking it and tasting it, at first, feels like a regular American lager before descending into a tardy, bland citrus flavor that brings little to the table.

There isn't anything offensive about this beer, but just the taste and presentation feel rushed and ill-prepared, almost as if it was already April in a certain year and the company needed to begin shipping Shock Top Lemon Shandy cases out in just a matter of days and needed to rustle up something quick in order to make a tolerable and acceptable brew.

There's not much to hate, but there's not much to remember either - take that as you may.

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Photo of jcubz
2.74/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of nstroup
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Shock Top Lemon Shandy from Anheuser-Busch
2.78 out of 5 based on 732 ratings.
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