wedgie9 (2004) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - JUL 10, 2014
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tasted on 7/9/14 from an 11.5oz aluminum bottle purchased at the local grocery store. Pours cloudy orange with an average off white head that leaves a thick collar of lace. The nose is caramelized orange peel with some light spice and cream of wheat malt. The flavor is a bit more malt forward with the orange peel all candy and not really any bitter, but there is an herbal note. The body is medium with a somewhat creamy body, average carbonation, and a medium candied orange peel finish.
Chad9976 (1203) - Albany, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I poured a 16oz can into a weizen glass. It was canned on 5/1/14 and cost only $1 ($0.06 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy, translucent shade of light orange/maize. Visible carbonation. Pours to a large, white, frothy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing on the glass.
Smell: A generic macro beer aroma with hints of orange and spice. Not something I’d usually identify with a witbier smell.
Taste: Shock Top Belgian White is probably the best beer made by Anheuser-Busch, and that’s really say something. Though, as true to the style goes – it has quite a ways to go to be a good example. I can see what it’s meant to do – be light enough tasting so as not to scare away the macro lager drinker, but unique enough to find interesting. In that aspect it works. Of course, holding it to the same standards as craft beer it is only alright at best (but again, that’s impressive considering the brewer).
There’s a general wheat flavor up front coupled with a light orange sherbet taste. A touch of coriander gives it a little zing or zip or zestiness, though this is in no way a spicy palette per se. I notice a slight tang or astringency on the finish, and just like the nose, there’s a nondescript “macro” quality to the palette as a whole here. Personally, I find it tolerable and I can appreciate it for what it is. Though I can understand snobs who hate it as well as newbies who love it. To me it’s just okay.
Drinkability: If you’re going to drink Shock Top Belgian White, the best way to enjoy it is as a summer seasonal (even though it’s available year-round). It has a refreshing quality to be sure, and it leaves a clean aftertaste, which is more than can be said for most macro beers. The mouthfeel is light with consistent carbonation and a smooth finish. It doesn’t seem to take full advantage of its 5.2% ABV body, as it drinks like something even lighter. I’m sure the average macro drinker would have no problem sessioning it in the summer, though.
WillemsUrenkel (565) - Oldenburg, GERMANY - JUL 4, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On draft at an Outbacker Steakhouse in Abington, PA. Served with an orange slice. Unclear and pale orange, no head, high carbonated. Fruity orange on the nose. Mid yeasty at the start, light orange fruity, soft caramell. Not really a long aftertaste. It´s okay for an industrial US beer, but seriously not a complex beer and far away of from an origin belgian witbier.
alexh037 (1) - Woodland Hills, USA - JUL 3, 2014 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
I have no idea how people can enjoy this horrible beer. To put it simply; it smells and tastes like vomit! Very low quality.
CPH2200 (291) - DENMARK - JUN 28, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
355 cl bottle. Cloudy orange almost no head. Watery with some artifical tasting orange notes. Verdict: avoid.
Luvystypotables (709) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUN 28, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma of oranges and grain, golden color, creamy white, short lasting head. Bland taste of grain and a hint of citrus. Creamy feel no aftertaste.
Lagerboy (1260) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 23, 2014
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
341 ml bottle from the Summer Variety pack. Hazed dirty yellow, finer white fading foam. Aroma of coriander, citrus and something odd. Tastes like a cheap thin wit soda. Average carbonation, light bodied, low hopped. Drinkable, but why? Another lame effort. LBW (Lagerboys Be Wary)
mcervantes75 (4) - Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2014 does not count
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Nothing stands out with this beer. Pours out a hazy golden color with minimal head that dissapear rather quickly. The carbonation is not bad but this beer feels a little watered down for my taste. Hints of orange with a slight bitterness at the end and not much of a distinct flavor. Spend the extra dollar and get a better six pack.
bartlebier (1807) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - JUN 19, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(US backlog 2012 - GA) Draught and bottled in a few unpresuming BBQ palces, bar & grills along the route through Georgia where Bud was the only option, e.g. Athens/GA Butt Hutt. Lazily tart and wheat-sweet nose, goes into thin starch & cardboard palate with some slow-lived artificial zest and a generous helping of that hard-to-pinpoint secret ingredient best called "macro drinkability". No off flavours in the quick finish. Passes as fancy craft Belgian Wit around some of these parts. Sadly not even all that much worse than AB-INBEV-improved Hoegaarden nowadays.
alexsdad06 (5587) - Ohio, USA - JUN 17, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle at the in laws. Pours a hazy orange golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma and flavor have orange citrus, pale wheat malts, light spice, thin, palatable but not something to seek out.