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Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States | website

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

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3.17
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Photo of taters21
1.96/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Honestly, this beer just isn't for me, maybe it'd appeal more to someone else's palate but it just smelled sour and fermented(yes, I understand all beer is fermented), and tasted rank not quite sweet like a hard cider and not quite like a wheat beer, the concept just didn't work for me and my palate but hey maybe it'll work for yours.

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Photo of VTR
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a sweet enjoyable after dinner drink that a non serious beer drinker will find non offensive. It is apple wheat beer mixed with apple cider. It has a good taste that is true to the name. I found it to be a good easy drinker. While this is a good average beer do not compare it to a cider. I am a huge hard cider fan and this tastes nothing like Woodchuck Cider or another reputable hard cider product. Bottom line is that is just a sweet easy drinking average beer that is great for a group of non beer drinkers.

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Photo of ZebraCakez
1.5/5  rDev -52.7%

I'm sitting with someone who is drinking one, so I figured I'd take a sip and do a little review.

This isn't worth pouring into a glass, just drink it from the bottle. The nose is that of apple cider, that's it. Apples apples apples. The taste is the same, apples. That's about it. Sickening sweet. There is no way I could finish a whole bottle, I'm sick of it after three sips.

Bottom line, if you like cider, maybe you'll find it decent enough, but really......just no.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: The beer is the color of cider with a white head. Big chunks of sediment are swirling around, settling to the bottom. A few watery spots of lacing stay on the glass.

Aroma: Syrupy honey crisp apples, apple tart, cider, a slight hint of malts.

Taste: Definitely all apples, everywhere. Syrupy sweet and tart apple, some cinnamon. The finish has some barley or grains reminding me that this is in fact a beer.

Mouthfeel: Very thick and syrupy.

Overall: They got the apple tartness down, but it's brewed with cider and spices, and it tastes like it. Tastes a bit too much like those packages of instant cider that you add hot water to.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.49/5  rDev +10.1%

I've had this beer before but decided to pick up a sixer for review.

Appearance (3.75) : In my Miller pint glass, it pours just about three fingers of creamy white head. The body is a hazy golden color characteristic of wheat beers. Opacity is about 60%. Lacing is here and there in thick hoops.

Aroma (3.75) : Green Apple licorice, with some granny smith and faint apple candy (jolly rancher). Very fruity, very apple-y.

Taste (3.5) : The nucleus is sweet apple and wheat, a hint of pepper...but if I could draw a picture, with a circle around the nucleus it would be made of water. The flavor seems to be floating in the middle of a sea of water and carbonation...so distant, but still there. The more you drink it, the more your awareness of the taste grows. From the bottle it seems to be somewhat more direct.

Mouthfeel (3) : Watery, light, heavily carbonated. Lightly dry on the finish.

Overall (3.49) : A little more watery than I'd like. The flavor profile could be bolder but what's there is decent. There's sweet and sour apple, with a candy-like sweetness, again like a jolly rancher; and an undertone of wheat. Overall it's an easy drinking, tasty beer. There's never really a bad time for one exactly, but it's like all macros - they have their place but are not exceptional in any category. It's worth picking up a sixer for friends who are beer shy, they may like it.

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Photo of bwood06
3.63/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - Cloudy golden in color with a very thin head that dissipates quickly to a very thin lacing. Difficult to see carbonation. 3.5/5

S - very sweet and tart apple aroma. Every so slight graininess. 3.5/5

T - sweet and tart apple up front. grainy wheat middle with a grassy hop finish. no lingering bitterness. almost a shandy like beer. apple juice mixed with wheat beer profile. slight pepperiness. 3.75/5

M - Lightly carbonated. Finishes very dry. beer disappears entirely from the palate very quickly. smooth while on the tongue. 3.75/5

O - not my typical style choice but a good beer nonetheless. taste like apple juice or cider mixed with a wheat beer. 3.5/5

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Photo of Mit
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%

Pours an orangy cloudy colour with minimal head.

Smell is very sweet all apple.......some bready notes but mostly apple.

Taste is very crisp...apple is at the forefront but its more subdued than the smell would suggest. Tastes sweet almost pop like. Good for a hot day.

Mouthfeel is fine for the abv

Overall its not bad. Its nice to see a variation....obviously its not as good as lots of other wheats...but its not all bad.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.44/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy golden, almost no head.

Smell: A lot of apple.

Taste: A lot more of apple. Very sweet. Not much wheat.

Feel: Super carbonated, feels acidic.

Overall: This might as well be an apple cider, very little wheat. Still taste and smells good. A nice change.

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Photo of Urk1127
3.47/5  rDev +9.5%
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 +18.3%

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 -2.5%
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
2.76/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

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.

June 2016 update- I can't believe I gave this an overall score of 3....I've been on a wheat beer kick again and had another go at this one. The apple flavor is contrived and fake, and the beer is far too sweet. I can't really taste the beer like I did last time. This stuff has either gotten worse or my taste buds have gotten better....

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Photo of H_Pipe
1/5  rDev -68.5%

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 -0.3%
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 +13.9%
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 +6.3%
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 +36%
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 -43.8%
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 -10.4%
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 +42%
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.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of joe12pk
3.81/5  rDev +20.2%
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 +22.4%
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 -0.6%
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 -26.8%
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 -10.7%
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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Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
74 out of 100 based on 132 ratings.
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