ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - APR 7, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle says 5.2%. Poured into a Samuel Smith pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a quick-fading two finger white shade. Not the most aesthetically pleasing brew.
S: Is this beer, or is it cider? There are strong apple tones throughout, along with a bit of tartness and some diacetyl. Jolly Ranchers come instantly to mind here. The minor beer qualities here aren’t too hot.
T: This may well be cider, with its big sweetness and apple flavors, but there’s also some finishing diacetyl that I could do without. The malty finish tries to balance some of the cider sweetness...only it turns it into beery sweetness that’s a bit more unpleasant. None of the advertised spices come through well.
M: Thick and sweet, as expected. Lots of carbonation, too. The problem here is that it’s so damn sweet that it kills drinkability - and it can’t get away with it the way a pure commercial cider like Angry Orchard can.
O: I totally get this point of this product, combining a sweet apple cider with a generic witbier - the problem is it tries to be everything to everyone, and as a result, doesn’t do either the cider or the beer aspect well enough to appeal to discerning craft beer/cider drinkers (plus the whole "it’s made by AB-InBev" thing). Not bad for a malternative, though.
Tornes (10) - - JUL 10, 2014
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like Ciders, but tastes better. Would not buy it again but glad to have tasted it.
BuckeyeBoy (2615) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUL 7, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours out a straw color topped with a white head. Nose is green apple jolly ranchers and cinnamon. Taste is more of the fake green apple taste along with some sweetness.
gendv138 (1000) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft during RBSG 2014 at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten. Hazy apricot yellow with off-white head. Aromas of big apples. Tastes of big apples, wheat, citrus. Light body with a dry finish. Decent.
thegreenrooster (3159) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pour is a cloudy yellow with a large white head. Aroma is all apple. I could small it as I was pouring it from the can. Flavor is again all apple. This is very sweet and way artificial. There is no way AB could get this apple flavor and aroma naturally. A buck for the can b/c I wanted something light.
cmiller54hr (35) - Manitou, Kentucky, USA - JUL 3, 2014
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
June Apple aroma. Tastes like apple jolly rancher. Not sure if this is beer or cider. Not a fan
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JUN 30, 2014
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear golden body with a small white head. Aroma of apple flavored candy and cinnamon. Flavor of apple candy, honey, wheat, cinnamon, and pear juice.
phaleslu (6204) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUN 26, 2014
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten after a brewery tour. Pours a dull, hazy yellow-orange with a big white head. Notes of apples, wheat, candy, and honey. Medium-bodied, with high carbonation and a muddled mouthfeel. Not much to it. But it smells good. And that gives it the edge over other fruited Shock Tops.
TheAlum (5530) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - JUN 23, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft on tap at the Anheuser Busch Brewery (St. Louis, MO). Pours a well hazed golden amber hue, good haziness and frothy whitish head dies to a mellow ring, laces small. Aromas are potently sweet, apple nectar, sweet sugar and touches of gentle spice, apple pie, flaked wheat and a bit bready. Initial is sweet, almost sickly so. Faint citrus, apple pie and jolly ranchers. Sweeter, not sticky with that potent artificial apple candy flavors. Finish is a touch sticky, red apple and faint spice, deadened wheaty malts. Wow. That’s sweet and a bit messy, but I bet it sells
Bebum (272) - - JUN 22, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Foamy and lacy, clear until you swirl the last bit left in the bottle and pour it in. Pale gold.
Light body, delicate but not weak flavor, very refreshing, well carbonated with a rather coarse mousse, decent length.
Very sweet but also crisp, carbonation and refrigeration can help prevent it from being cloying.
Apple, yeast, no hop.
Good aperitif, interesting combination of beer and cider.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Ferris (2946) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 22, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft - Sweet green apple. Cloudy gold with a thin white head. Semi sweet green apple with a light bit of malt.