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Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat | Anheuser-Busch

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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

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Ranking:
#44,362
Reviews:
139
Ratings:
885
pDev:
24.19%
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4/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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2.8/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.29/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of Iamjeff6
3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.57/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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2.96/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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2.84/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.2/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

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2.79/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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2.75/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.21/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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3.41/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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3.12/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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3.64/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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2/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.74/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.25/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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4.09/5  rDev +31.9%
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.

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3.86/5  rDev +24.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.92/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.98/5  rDev -3.9%
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.

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Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat from Anheuser-Busch
Beer rating: 3.1 out of 5 with 885 ratings
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