Two years ago under the scorching heat at the Scottsdale Culinary Festival, I happened upon a salty, wheaty beer still in the testing stages that took my words away. The flavor was sharp and delicious and left me craving more. I actually used several of my tickets to get more than a few samples.
This beer was the Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat, and I was hoping to find it in stores within the next few months. Fast-forward to 2016 and in-between the Bud Lights and Coors of a football display at the grocery store, I see three six-packs of Shock Top with a pretzel logo on the front.
Could it be?! They finally made it! Although it’s Limited Edition and there weren’t many available, it was still on the shelves! I kidnapped a pack fast and headed for the checkout.
Limited Edition Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat Beer Review
For all those Belgian/German beer lovers out there, this one is for you; it’s as if they stuck a pretzel in a blender with some hops, wheat, and spices. The crisp and pretzel-y flavor coats your mouth and can bring you back to the beer haus in a snap. Aroma-wise, it really does smell like a fresh baked pretzel, and the lightness is great for summer sipping.
Think of it this way: if you dunked an Auntie Anne’s pretzel into a Hoegaarden Original White Ale or Shiner White Wing or maybe a Shock Top Belgian White (although this is a little bit too citrusy for a complete comparison), and took a bite out of that pretzel, you’d have the same sensation as drinking a Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat beer. It really has exceptional pretzel and wheat flavor.
It would definitely pair with any burger (especially those on a pretzel or brioche bun), a medium-rare steak, cheeses, or some bland vegetables (salad, green beans, lentils).
Yes, buy this beer! If you’re a die-hard wheat beer lover, the Shock Top Twisted Pretzel Wheat is for you. If you’re looking for something light to drink in the heat of July and August, pick this beer up. Even now in the middle of winter, taking a sip of this beer takes me to sunny walks along the lake and eating meals outside in the sunshine. It might also make a great addition to a marinade…to be continued on that front.