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Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat - Anheuser-Busch

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124 Reviews
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Reviews: 124
Hads: 807
Avg: 3.18
pDev: 61.32%
Wants: 16
Gots: 287 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 01-10-2013

Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat is a unique, hand crafted brewed hybrid of Belgian wheat beer and sweet cider, with natural Honeycrisp flavor added to produce an innovative new brew that is crisp, refreshing and flavorful. This unfiltered brew is the perfect beer to welcome the warming Spring days.
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Photo of Urk1127
3.47/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a tulip glass. Super sweet jolly rancher smell. Head dissipated quickly to nothing. Very sweet tasted of candy like apples but at the end you can tell its a beer but just subtly. I liked it but after two got a stomach ache.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.75/5  rDev +17.9%

Decent apple flavors, kinda of a mix between real and artificial apple flavors. Overall its really not that bad, a tad to sweet, but expecting worse.

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Photo of ordybill
3.09/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- You can really smell the apple not much beer aroma
Appearance- This is a fairly nice looking murky off yellow color with a small white head
Taste - Has a very apple flavored taste with a small beer bite at the end. Not bad for me but many purists will probably not like.
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate to heavy carbonation with a thin texture.
Overall - This is an ok beer, I prefer the original version of Shock Top in the Shock Top stable. I would say this is middle of the road.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3/5  rDev -5.7%

Poured from a pint can into a shaker. A moderate pour produces a one inch frothy white, short-lived head that dissipates to a respectable bubbly lace. The beer is a cloudy pale golden with light carbonation.

Overbearing Jolly Rancher sour apple notes in the aroma- fortunately these are a little more subdued in the overall flavor. You can detect some genuine malt flavor, and the beer has a creamy mouthfeel.

This isn't terrible, and exceeded my low expectations. A good choice if you're switching around between ciders, alcopops and tutty-fruity wheat beers.

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Photo of H_Pipe
1/5  rDev -68.6%

This tasted like either really bad cider or really bad beer. Like budweiser with sour apple jolly rancher hues. Two of them led to an upset stomach and an epic headache the next day. I like most beer on principle and I hate to waste it ever, but the last four of these will get dumped with extreme prejudice. Blech.

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Photo of DaneBramage
3.16/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: hazy copper/orange in a tall glass.

S: apple and spices.

T: apple and wheat.

M: fairly weak.

O: better than hard cider, but not a beer I'd go out of my way to order. Inoffensive taste, not great but not awful either. AB is trying to convince people that Shock Top is a craft beer, and that's just not truth in advertising.

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Photo of Malt-i-Grain
3.61/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours with a finger and a half, fine-bubbled head. This head is fluorescent white head and dissolves quickly. This beer is a hazy, golden orange color. The nose is completely green apple. The initial taste is a strong, tart green apple morphing into a Jolly Rancher Sour Apple sort of sweet apple flavor. Acid and metal tastes are apparent. Fades to a simple, satisfying wheat flavor finish. It's a nice, crisp beer when you're in the mood for an easy drinking fruit beer.

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Photo of Spikester
3.37/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Hazy orange with a modest rapidly receding white head. Some lace.
Smell is sweet apple tart.
Taste is honey apple crisp with some wheat.
Mouthfeel is light, Highly carbonated.
Overall a sweet tasty apple drink. Not much in common with beer. Nice sweet apple juice beverage.

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Photo of kingcripple
4.31/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.75

This was very surprising and very good. Usually I enjoy Shiner when I have money and Coors when I don't but this has to be my new favorite beer Apple taste is not overwhelming and I would say kind of in the background of the beer. You do get a beer taste but the apple blends in very well. Highly recommended.

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Photo of edjsauce
1.78/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Had this at a party, not a fan of regular shock top but wa inticed by the bright green can. Strong strong smell of apple juice. Tastes completely like jolly ranchers, the sour appeared flavor. Kind of smells like it too. Is this actually beer? I'm pretty sure its just candy.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
2.84/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 1 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wasn't impressed with this version of Shock Top. Got a sixxer on the way home from work. Sipped the first one in the bottle while watching a storm roll in across the plains of oklahoma.

I poured the second into a glass. Pours yellow and thick, the color of chicken broth with a 3 inch white head that lasted 5-6 minutes. Smelled of apples and a very slight hint of cinnamon. Tastes like apple juice. Not the wheat ale taste I expected. Not much of anything there. Light clove and cinnamon.

Tastes compares to a knock off of Angry Orchard Apple Ale.
Don't waste your money

Update; worst guy bust in diarhea ever. Woke me up from a dead sleep duargea

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Photo of JLaw55
4.5/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Now granted, this is pretty good out of a bottle, but on tap it is phenomenal.

Honeycrisp apples are my favorite, and this tastes exactly like them. A light wheat beer mixed with juice from these apples. Absolutely delicious.

Worth a revisit.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.81/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a lager glass.

A - Cloudy peach gold. Two inch head that lingers. Spotty lacing.

S - Delightful green apple and honey.

T - Wheat and malt are there. But the green apple and honey overshadow and compliment them perfectly.

M - Medium.

O - This stuff is fantastic! Only minor problem I have is that it should be labeled a shandy. Cheers!

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.88/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After being pleasantly surprised by Shock Top Belgian White, I had to ruffle through my fridge in order to find the other Shock Top offering I obtained from one of Wal-Mart's make-your-own-six-pack stands. God bless those stations, seriously...

Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat is definitely going to be a go-to offering for a simultaneously sweet and tart offering without having to tolerate a frothy cider or the backlash of alcohol and artificiality from one of the Bud Light Lime Ritas. It's tart, but not overly-tart, inviting, and tangy enough that it actually makes a solid attempt to combat Anheuser-Busch's dreaded over-carbonation of this line (or at least the two I've experienced).

Appearance - a hazy orange/yellow. Simple, yeah, but provides us with more of a promising visual than other offerings.

Smell - Smells of honeysuckle and strong sour green apple. Looking good so far, smelling even better.

Taste - Tart, carbonated, and of sour green apples, as expected. Goes down nice and easy, but unexpectedly satisfying and fulfilling.

Mouthfeel - Foams very quickly, on the count of the carbonation, but very easy to savor and let simmer in your mouth thanks to its great flavor.

Overall - I am stunned by how much I'm enjoying this line of beer. For once, this doesn't seem to be a basic marketing ploy but a genuine attempt at creating a solid beer with flavor, good consistency, and surprise. Sucked this one down in less than five minutes and wish I had another.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.15/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a one pint can, no date found.

Smells of apples, honeysuckle. Pours hazy orange yellow with super thick white foamy head. Good head retention. Taste is almost pure apple cider, overly sweet. No discernible malt or hops in it! Funky flavored. Think I would prefer regular hard cider or a malternative to this!

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Photo of Huffs
2.32/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass, nice full head. Developed, white, with good retention and lacing. Appearance was a slightly hazy, golden, honey color. Aroma was of Apple flavored gum with come mild malt notes. Tasted very sweet and gummy, like candy apple. Mouthfeel was syrupy with a very sweet aftertaste. Comes in a nice looking can.

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Photo of Ohiolager
2.83/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Shock top Honey-crisp apple wheat 6Pk bottles $7.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date. just some bottling codes on the top neck label.

Pours a slightly hazy golden color. A two finger bright white head that don't last long, gives way to minimal lacing.

The aroma is a sweet sour apple smell, followed by some wheat bread smells. Towards the end i can smell some adjuncts. It don't smell corny or ricey. Kind of like pectin, an artificial flavoring used in many products today.

The taste is better than the smell. At first a crisp clean slap of sour apples followed by a slight wheat taste. Any adjuncts are well hidden in the taste, although a pectin taste remains. basically a fake apple taste.

mouth feel is actually good. Crisp, clean and not over carbonated. Reminds me of a "hard" cider, with a wheat twist. Low ABV like most ciders, and very session-able if you like sour apples. (EDIT) I could only drink three of these things. The pectin taste gets really bad after about two or three.

Overall i don't know what to say here. It's not a wheat beer more of a fake apple cider, with a touch of wheat. It's not bad, but it's far from good. I picked this up as a last minute 1 Am purchase. (in OH alcohol sales stop at 1am). It is what I expected from shock top, not real good but simply

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Photo of Robjm1987
3.6/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Apperance - Nice crisp apperance, golden brown.
Smell - Apples and wheat Crisp smell.
Taste - I would say have to be one of the best cider beers (or the best i have tasted)
mouthfeel - crisp finish, not too sweet, tones of "beer" and not cider..so it's not overwhelming.
overall - for occasion, it's good.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is a cloudy golden and amber mix and has a fetching quality but the head poured with too much quickly dying fizz.

The aroma is tempered in its sweetness and showcases a green Apple and wheat nose. At first I could smell it from a mile away but as it breathed the aroma became quite nice.

Preying on my weakness for Green Apple Jolly Ranchers this delivers a sweet but not cloying green Apple flavor.The wheat seems to be kept in check but may keep the overt sweetness at bay.

The feel is relatively slick, like a candy, with an easy feel and a superb lightness.

My opinion of this may be eschew because I'm partial to the flavor and I'm sure it's an additive and not natural flavors but be that as it may I still really like it.

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Photo of 36duck
4.4/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I don't know what everyone else was drinking that say shock top honeycrisp apple wheat is to sweet. It don't taste anything like woodchuck either. You take REDS apple ale and that stuff is like syrup not even a hint of a beer. Then you wrap your hand around this shock top and you smell the GREEN APPLE smell that reminds you of a green jolly rancher. then when you drink it , you get a cold crisp non bitter taste in your mouth with a nice suttle back taste of that green apple yet the beer taste still comes all the way through. It's perfection compared to any other apple beer I've ever tasted. As a Marine I've traveled the world and had more than my share so I think I'm pretty good judge. Sorry boys gotta call it like I experience it and I don't understand any of the other reviews on this beer they are WAY off.

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Photo of Huffaroma
2.38/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.25

Not the biggest fan of hard ciders or fruity beers

Appearance, nice very light gold color in the glass. 1/2" head

Aroma, pretty strong with apples and a slight hint at the Belgium yeast brewed within.

Taste, not so good here, almost like candy apple straight through. There was a bit of the Belgium but it was SO buried beneath the obscene amount of candy apple flavor that I didn't find much more flavor to this beer.

Overall, I would recommend this to women who like sweeter drinks and to anyone who wants to start trying beer as an introduction into this. But that would be it.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.17/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a very lightly hazy pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass and some faint straw yellow highlights. The beer has a finger tall fizzy white head that reduces fairly quickly to a small to medium sized patch of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of really sweet cider (similar to original Woodchuck if memory serves me correctly - though it has been like a decade since I've had it) with a faint hint of wheat.

T: Upfront there is a really sweet flavor of cider (akin to a Woodchuck original) that is followed by very light flavors of wheat. There is also a lingering flavor of slightly pasty Belgian yeast. Minimal amounts of sweetness or bitterness in the finish.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Easy enough to drink with well hidden alcohol but there is something about the combination of flavors that just does not quite mixed correctly in my opinion - shockingly sweet cider with a slightly pasty Belgian yeast + wheat flavor.

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Photo of Plumbing101
3.54/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Went to refill Keg... and always looking for something different.
Last one from the winter orders.

Not sure what I was getting into, but I've had Shock top Before and liked it, so Why not apple.

Vary Apple, with a hint of beer.

Closer to a cider than a beer. Realize now why they asked me if I was sure at the Bud distributer.

I liked it. Not sure how I will feel at the end of the keg... But for now a fun change to share with friends.

If your looking for a beer this is a novelty that's okay for a taste... If you like ciders this is OKAY... but if you are like me and like a little bit of everything, this will bridge the gap.

Plumbing tip of the Day. "If your water heater ruptures, smile... you now have a swimming pool for a basement." (pumped 3000 gallons of water out of a basement today.)

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Photo of a0lbudman
3.95/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A-Hazy gold color with a large white head that faded quickly and left a small lace
S-like a granny smith apple
T-smells like a sweet red apple with a honey aftertaste that hasa wheat background
M-light body and medium carbonation
O-it smell like a granny smith apple, then taste like a sweet red apple that end up leaving a honey aftertaste

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Photo of metter98
3.2/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that died down, leaving a bit of lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of apple Jolly Rancher candy are present in the nose.
T: Much like the smell, the taste has flavors similar to an apple Jolly Rancher, except that there is a bit of wheat flavors.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink but tastes more like a candy than a Belgian-inspired wheat beer.

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Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
74 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.