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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Not All That Shocking

Shock Top Belgian White Ale:

Had this at Elephant and Castle. It's the beer of the month for April. Not bad. Belgian wheat ale with fair body and light flavor. If you are a fan of Belgiuan style wheat beers like Blue Moon, the citrus is already infused. I like it better than Blue Moon, actually. It tastes like what Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat wants to be. Much less sweet and fruity. Overall, not a bad beer. Excellent for Blue Moon or Hoegaarden drinkers. Guys, don't be embarrassed. It's pretty good.

With so many good Belgians or Belgian-style wits out there, this doesn't outshine the best of these. It hangs in there, however, because of a decent drinkability. Orange essence adds, not detracts, from the experience of this newcomer to the scene. Yeah, it's ok to give this one a shot.

One thing, though -- Elephant and Castle served this puppy ice friggin' cold on tap. Hang in there and let it warm up just a tad. The flavors can be buried in the frozen tundra of an overchilled brew. These flavors are better when you wait for them to mature.

Shock Top Belgian White:

Representation: .75
Accessibility: .95
Style: .80
Personal Preference: .80

Total Score: 3.3 Flags

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