I poured a 16oz can into a weizen glass. It was canned on 11/9/13 and cost $1.90 ($0.12 per ounce).
Appearance: Dirty blonde body. Translucent with plenty of visible
carbonation. Pours to a large, white, foamy head which slowly dissipates
and doesn’t lace the glass.
Smell: Nearly identical to most children’s green apple-flavored candy. No authentic beer aroma.
Taste: Beers like Shock Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat are difficult to
honestly judge. While I enjoyed the taste I experienced in this beer, it
seemed quite obviously artificial to me. In fact, this doesn’t even
really drink like a beer and is probably better considered as a flavored
malt beverage (aka "alcopop"). Despite that, I have to say I liked the
taste and drinkability, though I feel a little ashamed to admit that.
Just like the nose, the taste of the beer is quite similar to that of
candy (especially Now & Laters). It’s a sweet flavor of green apple
and sugar, though it is not rich or cloying. The label indicates that
the beer is supposed to be "Belgian-style" and is brewed with cider,
spices and a bunch of flavors added. There is no other information
beyond that. I’m inclined to believe the cider and spices are used
sparingly and all that "natural flavors" are in abundance. Since it
tastes like candy, the palette is appealing. But as a true beer
enthusiast I want something much more authentic and complex.
Drinkability: If ever there were a beer meant to be drinkable, this is
it. The mouthfeel is akin to juice in that it’s a little thicker and
more tepid than your average lager. Though it does have a bit of a
watery texture to it and the finish is almost completely clean. Shock
Top Honeycrisp Apple Wheat is refreshing though, I have to admit it. It
seems a little too heavy at 5.2% ABV, since the body is so light. I’m
sure many mainstream drinkers would have no trouble sessioning this,
especially in the summer.