Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat
Last Monday night’s meeting was pretty intense. We sampled around a dozen different brews created in nearly just as many styles. Out of all of the new products we tried, one stood out amongst the rest. Still sporting an unassuming “test beer” bottle, Shock Top’s newest creation took us all by surprise. Say hello to the Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat. Now, due to the fact this is an early release test, there’s not a ton of info on the product just yet. As for the hard facts, we know the Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat will sit at a healthy 5.2% ABV and will supposedly be released next spring.
Once the cap was removed, the air instantly filled with the fresh and sweet aroma of an apple harvest. Poured into a glass, the Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat resembles most other cloudy and unfiltered wheat hefeweizens. On the palate, the beer has a lot in common with a traditional shandy (beer mixed with citrus-flavored soda, carbonated lemonade, ginger beer, ginger ale, or cider). Less acidic and effervescent than traditional hard cider, the beer has a long sweet apple juice quality that keeps things light and refreshing. Rather than a cloying, artificial sweet flavor, the sweetness imparted by the Honeycrisp apple tastes fresh and natural. That sweetness is balanced by a nice mild tartness that also seems to come naturally from the apple. Overall, the Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat is well balanced, very refreshing and quite good. Likely available in all retail markets in spring 2013, this is definitely one brew worth keeping an eye on!
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