Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
134 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple WheatShock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat

Brewed by:
Missouri, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by Jason on 01-10-2013

For Trade:
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 134 | Ratings: 860
Photo of TheSixthRing
3.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours slightly hazy and golden in color with a white, finger width head that fizzes away within seconds. Fizzy bubbles rising from the bottom a bit like champagne.

Smell - Tart and sugary apple... like a green apple jolly rancher.

Taste - Follows the nose. Sweet and tart, with a lot of apple and a subtle wheat undertone. Light spice in the finish. Gets a bit cloying after a few sips, but it's decent enough to finish the bottle.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with lively, fizzy carbonation. Crisp, dry finish.

Overall - They say this is a belgian wheat, apple cider hybrid, and that's what it tastes like. It's not great, but it does have some good flavor, even if it's a bit too sweet to drink more than one.

 726 characters

Photo of kevINSIGHT
3.35/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Holy Jolly Rancher Green Apple flavor! A bit too sweet and artificial tasting for me. If you like ciders, you'd probably enjoy this one, but just a little too sweet and flavored for me to really consider it a beer.

 216 characters

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.79/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer tastes exactly like those candy sour gummy rings, the green apple flavored ones. so of course the beer tastes good but it's also overwhelming after a few drinks of it because it's so sweet and tart (I even started drinking an IPA before i finished this beer to cut down on the sweetness and sorta even out my taste buds).
Just like you wouldn't eat a whole bag of the candy, you wouldn't want to drink a whole six pack.

 430 characters

Photo of Bunman3
3.18/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Sampled the Canadian version of this, as brewed by the fine folks at Labatt. The apple is relatively dialed back and pleasant - certainly not the worst beer I've ever tried. Definitely a"summer sipper" that will suffice if there is nothing else on hand.

 253 characters

Photo of TheBr3wster
2.29/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

A murky drink that is more cider than beer, the Honeycrisp Apple Wheat is disappointing considering that Shock Top usually does pretty well with other wheat beers.

Look: Poured into a pint glass and the foam dissipated within a minute. The look is murky does not look like a pleasant drink.

Smell: It smells like an acrid cider and nothing like a wheat beer.

Taste: Too sweet and acidic at the same time and no hint of the wheat flavor whatsoever.

Feel: A little syrupy, but overall a decent, carbonated feel.

Overall: Had to eat with this drink to get rid of the aftertaste. I'm not a huge cider fan, but this tasted worse than most I've tried.

 653 characters

Photo of cesarrdgz
2.83/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Es un híbrido muy raro, la sidra domina completamente el sabor, el olor es dulce y agradable, a la vista se ve de un color dorado opaco y no tiene nada de corona de espuma, a mi parecer es muy amarga y no se alcanza a sentir el alcohol

 236 characters

Photo of PA-hunter
3.59/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured 12oz bottle into snifter glass. 5.2% abv

Appearance- Pours a Dull honey yellow with high white head fast to dissipate. Very hazy

Smell- Tart green apple. apple juice, wheat

Taste- Starts off much like cider. Sulfite flavor with a big kick of green apple tartness. Not much unlike an apple jolly rancher. Apple crispness starts to fade into a dry lingering finish with wheat malt tastes.

Mouthfeel- Medium-thin in body with medium carbonation.

Overall-A bit too cider like, but made good use of apple and provided a solid wheat finish.

 546 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.26/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

341ml bottle, just called 'Crisp Apple' in Canada, where it is part of the mixed dozen Shock Top box.

This beer pours a hazy, pale golden yellow colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and faintly creamy bone-white head, which leaves a bit of sparse coral reef lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of saccharine cheap apple cider, a further simple syrup sweetness, and some very overwritten wheat and corn graininess. The taste is musty green apples, dissolved berry sugar, store-brand creamed honey, hard to really pin down bready wheat notes, and a very low-key and generic weedy and musty bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly lightly-rendered in its fluffy frothiness, the body medium-light in weight, and mostly smooth, I suppose, with a wee fruity creaminess trying oh so hard to exceed expectations. It finishes still sweet, but not overly so, the so-called 'crispness' of the apple flavouring doing well to emulate that part of the general experience.

Not the worst of this line of fake fruit-addled, ill-bred wheat beers (or are they ales? It doesn't say on the label one way or the other). The apple comes off too sweet at first, but eventually dials it back to a nice middling hum. Yeah, this would be acceptable as a freebie at any backyard BBQ, which for me, means between May and September - now, it's merely a curiosity.

 1,384 characters

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.29/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a super light yellow color ale with a small bubbly head with limited retention. Aroma of fake apple notes with sweet notes. Taste is also dominated by fake green apple notes with some adjunct notes. Body is light with OK carbonation. Quite terrible with no real wheat notes.

 290 characters

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.57/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden, hazy with a very mild white foam head. Aroma is very cidery and sweet. Taste is also like apple cider, almost not like beer. Bold body with low carbonation. I didn´t like this much, not beer taste at all.

 219 characters

Photo of thehyperduck
3.12/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

341 mL bottle included in a mixed 12-pack from TBS; served slightly chilled. Branded as "Shock Top Crisp Apple" in Canada, but with identical logo/abv.

Pours a cloudy, opaque golden-yellow colour, which is about the look I'd expect from a wheat beer. Roughly one inch of frothy white head is initially seated atop, but it proceeds to fizzle out over the next couple of minutes, leaving behind a wide, foamy collar and a modest band of lace. Granny smith apple is the most prominent constituent of the aroma by a good margin, supplying it with a definitive green Jolly Rancher vibe. A little wheaty, with some honeycrisp apple and apple juice concentrate notes. Very saccharine on the nose; reminds me of a Somersby.

The flavour profile itself is much more well-moderated, though still nothing overtly exciting. Wheaty, grainy pale malt sweetness is promoted to a distinct contributor here, with a mixture of sweet honeycrisp apple and tart Granny Smith flavour rounding out the back end. Finishes relatively mild, with a hint of tartness and some appleskin dryness in the aftertaste. Light-bodied, with crisp carbonation levels that, despite prickling the tongue, result in a smooth, almost soft sort of mouthfeel.

Final Grade: 3.12, a C+. Shock Top Crisp Apple is far from the worst apple-flavoured beer I've ever had - in fact, it might actually be above average in that category. However, the usual "apple beer" caveat applies - why would I ever pick this over a craft cider? I cannot come up with any convincing responses to that query, but that's just me. Fans of the Shock Top portfolio should find this to be an agreeable, mellow-flavoured fruit beer that leans toward the sweet side. It's inoffensive, acceptable in a pinch, and not something that I have much interest in drinking repeatedly.

 1,804 characters

Photo of Jelitikasez
4.09/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another pleasant surprise from Shock Top. Liked the banana better, but found the apple refreshing, sparkling and fun. Not everything has to be a "great beer of rich complexity", which is a happy discovery.

 205 characters

Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.86/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Based on its aroma, I was expecting a full-blown tart hard cider. It's actually much more mild, with a little bit of peach in there as well. It could stand to be a bit more flavorful, but it's fine for an apple based fruit beer.

 230 characters

Photo of SlamKing
2.98/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Smells like straight up apple juice.

It tastes like cider initially, then it fades to cheap beer. I can't say it's terrible, because it does mix the cider and beer taste fairly well, but it's a far cry from real beer. The sweetness isn't overwhelming like it often is with cider. The spice aftertaste reminds me of a winter lager, but this is nowhere near as good.

I wouldn't buy it again, but I might recommend it to someone who likes cider.

 444 characters

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.69/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light color, definite apple smell, strong sweet apple taste, thin mouthfeel. Taste more like a wine cooler than a beer. If you like the taste of apple juice then this is the beer for you. I would prefer if it had hints to remind you of an apple, but still taste like beer.

 275 characters

Photo of GraemeH
4.35/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I live in AZ so this is the perfect summer pool beer. The apple fruit flavor makes this very easy to drink and enjoyable. For what it is intended to be, it is great.

 165 characters

Photo of Miles_Wilson
2.46/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If you like artificial apple flavoring, this is your brew. Got this six pack for free as part of a special, but will definitely not be picking it up again.

 155 characters

Photo of jettjon
2.78/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From a pint can into a pint glass. Hazy honey color with visible sediment. Very thin head which fades quickly. Very thin cap and collar. Nose of honey and Apple as expected. Artificial flavor on nose. Mouth similar to taste, artificial and a bit too sweet. Mouthfeel is OK bubbly somewhat viscous. Overall drinkable but overly sweet.

 333 characters

Photo of BeardedHb
1.33/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Some things go great together, like peanut butter and jelly or peanut butter and chocolate. This is more like peanut butter and jelly Reese's cups, but the machine forgot the peanut butter.
To be honest the cider part was good but the beer messed it up and dragged it through the mud. I wouldn't recommend drinking this unless you enjoy disappointments.

 354 characters

Photo of JoLight
3.45/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Orange-gold, unfiltered body with no head.

Smells of those green apple Dumb-Dumbs that tellers in the drive through window of banks hand out. If you don't know what those taste like, then imagine a very sugary Granny Smith apple aroma.

Taste: grainy; sweet; green apples.

Mouthfeel: watery.

Finish: dry, crisp, refreshing.

 328 characters

Photo of dustin22martin
1.56/5  rDev -50.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Not quite as bad as I expected it to be (I expected horrible, I got merely bad). Still couldn't bring myself to finish it. The cloying smell was the worst part.

 162 characters

Photo of jaykay93
3.78/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden and clear with a white half finger head. Thin lacing.

S: Sweet Apple. Fruity.

T: Tastes like candy apples! Very refreshing and sweet. No hop bitterness.

M: Light-bodied drink with medium carbonation. Tart and slightly dry.

O: Make a great summertime drink. Light and refreshing. Sweetness is not too overpowering. I would definitely try this again.

 362 characters

Photo of eddiefontaine13
3.03/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

good beer but way to sweet, maybe serve it with some sharp cheddar cheese to level things off. would drink it again, but wouldn't go out of way to purchase it again,

 165 characters

Photo of TheCondor
3.1/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked this up after a recent meeting at work at my in-laws. It was all the beer they had, and although I didn't really want to drink it, I did want a brew, and did not want to come across as a beer snob. So I drank it.

Appearance - Pours a hazy amber color with a small head that dissipates rapidly and leaves little lacing. No real surprise with the packaging here, standard Shock Top fare.

Smell - Smells of apples, sugar, and little else.

Taste - Very similar to the nose. Tastes like a liquefied apple mixed with beer, certainly has a strong apple punch. There certainly is very little other than the apple flavor, although it is decent.

Mouthfeel - Finishes like every other Anheuser-Busch product you've pretty much ever drank.

Overall - If you like apples, you can drink one. I wouldn't turn it down if offered so I don't come across as a snob, but I would never buy it.

 887 characters

Photo of Immortale25
2.73/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a hazy medium amber color with a 1/4 inch off-white head that retains a bit before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and a tiny center patch of bubbly surface foam. Semi-resilient lacing leaves a broken ring behind.

S- Jolly Rancher apple aroma with a bit of stale beer booze aroma on the backend that's not complementary.

T- The Jolly Rancher flavor continues and there's a macro adjunct beer flavor that accompanies it. Not good. Way too sweet and I don't detect any wheat.

M- Well, at least the "crisp" part of the name lives up to the feel. Medium carbonation and a light body.

O- This barely qualifies as beer. This is clearly marketed toward the college crowd looking for something sugary sweet to sip on that'll get them drunk. What sucks is I can't even cook with the remainder of the beer in my glass I don't want to drink because I can't think of any recipe that would call for candy apple flavored beer.

 1,025 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
3.16 out of 5 based on 860 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!