Shock Top Belgian White (Anheuser-Busch)

Yes, time for another Macro review.  I know, I know.  But in my defense, the first few times I had Shock-Top it was on tap (and I was not as learned in the beer culture as I am now) and I had developed a taste for it before knowing of its roots.  And damn it, it’s a mighty tasty brew!

From the Shock Top label: Unfiltered Belgian-style wheat ale brewed with orange, lemon & lime peels and coriander, which is naturally cloudy with a light golden color.

Shock-Top Belgian White is an unfiltered Belgian style wheat beer (a.k.a. an American wheat beer) brewed with spice by the folks over at Anheuser-Busch/InBev.  The beer comes in at 5.2% ABV.

Shock Top is your typical American-style wheat.  Brewed with orange, lemon, lime and coriander and a giving of a delicious smell that says “orange grove”.

The beer pours with a color reminiscent of orange juice with a white, one-finger head.  The head quickly abates, leaving almost zero lacing on the glass.   There is mild carbonation and multiple “floaties” (a.k.a sediment from the orange peels) swimming around the glass that appear to be dancing in the beer when held to the light.

A-B did a pretty good job of replicating a Belgian-style wheat (with the expected American “touches”).  The orange flavor, obviously, overpowers everything else; leaving very little room for the other fruit to shine through.   The mouthfeel has a little bite to it, and savoring the flavor brings a sourness out that wasn’t present before.  Some dryness follows the beverage.

Shock Top is a good session beer.  Perfect for sipping on a warm summer day with the ball game on the TV.  And a nice way for the “average beer drinker” to get a little insight into the world of American (once again, not Belgian) wheat beers.

P.S.  If you’re purchasing Shock Top at a bar/restaurant it will probably come with an orange, but it’s just as good, if not better, without.

Overall:  8 out of 10

As a WHEAT BEER: 8 out of 10

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