Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

BA SCORE
74
okay
879 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score
Send samples
Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple WheatShock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Anheuser-Busch
Missouri, United States
anheuser-busch.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
879
Reviews:
139
Avg:
3.17
pDev:
23.66%
 
 
Wants:
17
Gots:
338
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 879 |  Reviews: 139
Photo of GaBengal
2.84/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of QuadriderMX
2.2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Justglkn
2.79/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BEER88
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of hozersr
2.75/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of frothy_80
3.21/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of CalebM
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Lavonnq
3.41/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of thehyperduck
3.12/5  rDev -1.6%
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 mrjosephruiz88
3.64/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of nuebs
2/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
2.74/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Hohnbaum
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Jelitikasez
4.09/5  rDev +29%
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 +21.8%
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 jheimiller
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of prost2hefeweizen
2.92/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Gkruszewski
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of SlamKing
2.98/5  rDev -6%
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 Jamie_Newman
5/5  rDev +57.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of smartassboiler
3.5/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Troy-Hawaii
2.69/5  rDev -15.1%
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 jimmyd8386
2.58/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Sandlin73
3.07/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of RandalFlagg
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
3.17 out of 5 based on 879 ratings.
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.

    Learn More
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.

    Learn More
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.

    Learn More