ben4321 (3460) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2013
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Location: 12 oz bottle, 10/17/13
Aroma: The nose is basically nonexistent, hints of wheat, maybe the slightest amount of spice
Appearance: it pours a cloudy orange color with a small white head and no lace
Flavor: The taste is dull wheat, hints of spice, mild sweetness, not terrible, just completely dull
Palate: The body is light, there’s lively carbonation, and an overall thinness
This one is barely worth rating. There’s nothing wrong with the flavor here because it barely exists at all. Dull, uninspired, and not a pumpkin beer.
Cakes (345) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2013
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
12 oz bottle.
Disclosure alert. I am a “Shock-Top hater”. Anything that flows as discharge out of the InBev industrial complex is not very respected by me. I did not think that I would like this, but my wife picked it out for me, so I gave it a chance. Put simply, it is the worst effort at brewing a pumpkin flavored beer that I have ever tasted. It is watery, highly carbonated, and the flavoring seems to be some nutmeg and pumpkin spice that they sprinkled into the vat. The nutmeg and pumpkin spice does not even permeate the entire bottle, so the taste is inconsistent, but always bad. This is one of the worst beers that I have tasted in 2013.
jflopsu (399) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a light orange pour. Sweet caramel, malt and pint aroma. Taste starts sweet malt but has the pumpkin and light cinnamon flavor you expect.
Christpuncher (638) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 12, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I hate pumpkin beers but this one is okay. Not very pumpkinny flavored and definitely wheaty. Smells wheaty.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
BOTBGUY (2) - MEXICO, New York, USA - OCT 10, 2013 does not count
1.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Unpalatable mix of banana and pumpkin spices. Not a fan of Shock Top to begin with and the addition of pumpkin does nothing to improve it. Thin, watery body doesn’t help. I’ve had some pumpkin beers that aren’t bad. This isn’t one of them.
JaBier (4395) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy and chunky orange pour with a medium off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, banana and creamy wheat. Cinnamon and ginger flavor with creamy wheat character before a banana finish.
ROBC3366 (305) - north reading, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smooth pumpkin taste with some spices and smells like the same. Pours a light copper.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
tectactoe (1026) - Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Bottle: cloudy copper-brown-orange... muddled and hazy with an off-white head that shows no retention. Aroma is mild spices, cinnamon and nutmeg, just your general "pumpkin pie" smells. Some grains and sugary wheat in the background. Taste is thin, a little watered down, but still delivers a decent amount of the aforementioned spices with a bit more of a pumpkin-y vibe. Heavier cinnamon... maybe even some allspice. Overall, not awful. Pretty mediocre in a style that can be totally hit or miss... but it’s far from awful.
bagalagalaga (91) - Indiana, USA - OCT 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shock Top has found something else to toss in a beer. I have a soft spot for pumpkin beers, and this one is pretty good. Don’t really notice anything special from the pumpkin and spice flavors being on top of a wheat ale, they pretty much drown it out but that’s ok. The pumpkin and spice is kept back below the level where it would annoy your tastebuds.
toml219 (202) - California, USA - SEP 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear light coppery brown. Smell is of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Taste is like pumpkin pie meets wheat beer. Nice pumpkin ale