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Shock Top, Pumpkin Wheat

5.2% ABV

Fall is here, which means for many weeks to come, an onslaught of pumpkin-flavored everything floods supermarkets, fast food restaurants, and coffee shops across the country. The orange squash's distinct flavor signals a change in seasons that means putting away those pilsners and light lagers and reaching for something slightly more savory.

These days, much like their non-alcoholic counterpart, the pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin brews are a dime a dozen. Seemingly every nanobrewery and international brewing company has one on its roster. So how does one select the perfect pumpkin potable?

If you're a fan of Shock Top's portfolio of wheat beers, the choice is easy. Their flagship Belgian White is known for its smooth, orange-y flavor. In lieu of that traditional fruity tang, the brewery employs ripe pumpkins, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves to turn a traditional brew into something more festive.

Unlike other similarly flavored beers, you won't be overwhelmed by either pumpkin or spice in Shock Top. Instead, you can expect a mild (which is not to be confused with underwhelming) smack of those most beloved fall flavors. Don't wait to grab a six pack to enjoy around your next backyard bonfire — Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat is only available seasonally.

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