VinegarStroke (345) - Napa, California, USA - JUN 17, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Clear, very pale bright green straw with no head or lace. Good carbonation. Slightly musty. Either slightly corked or mouldy fruit. Bright fresh nose. Fresh fruit with a hint of caramel or vanilla. Very dry. Acid to sour. Nice depth and length. Mineral, chalky, flint. Wonderful acid. Fresh clean palate. Like an Austrian Gruner or Chablis.
DuffMan (8057) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle, shared with my wife and Grippitis. Very pale yellow, very slightly green highlights, brisk fine carbonation. Aroma is tart apple and champagne yeast. Lovely champagne-like profile with tart apples closest to granny smith in character, some light green grape, beautiful champagne yeast character. Very light, refreshing, dry. Outstanding.
daniellunsford (105) - - AUG 24, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very nice tart dry cider. Hints of granny smith apples and lite cereal. Silky finish.
mar (5026) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pale yellow with a faint ring of white head. Nose is tart apples, band aid, and crisp. Easy on the palate, rather tart, green apples, faintly acidic, and a smooth finish.
Mora2000 (6050) - McKinney, Texas, USA - APR 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a very light yellow color with a white head. I get a lot of apple and almond notes, as well as a little sake-like character and some alcohol.
badgerben (4631) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light gold color with constant bubbles; very Champagne-like. Sugary aroma with light apple notes. Flavors of apple and pear with some Granny Smith peel. Quite sugary.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
As my journey through beers continues, I occasionally happen across a cider, some average and some of epic proportions. This next foray into supping nirvana is most definitely of the latter. I owe great thanks to one gentleman in particular whose great love for exquisite ciders from all over the world has opened my eyes to yet another plateau of supping indulgence. The Obstbau Reisetbauer Apfel Cuvee Schaumwein Trocken is from Axberg, Austria, a traditional cider which speaks of centuries old roots. This isn’t your over-the-counter generic cider, oh no; this is epic.
She poured clear as day with a tinge of yellow so faint that you will think your eyes are playing tricks on you. No carbonation or fizzy bubbles whatsoever. She is obviously going to be a cider of fine sipping quality. Her nose is gentle, soothing my weary soul with powdered sugar, pears, and apple which lingers in a wisp of crispness that speaks of fresh apple orchards. Delicate. Her nose is not one to hurriedly rush through, but to let slowly soak into your body and your heart. My first sip is light, hitting the top of my tongue with fragile sweetness and a fresh crunch of granny smith apples that tease and tingle the tip of my tongue. Despite her appearance, there is a firm presence of tight, pin-point carbonation so fine, she would make the greatest champagne blush in shame. Pears, apples, and orchard blossoms abound while a gentle wisp of dryness cleanses my palate just enough to refresh after each sip, but not so much as to cruelly eliminate her delicate palate. Crisp, subtle, and refreshing, an amazing cider, the Apfel Cuvee Schaumwein Trocken from Obstbau Reisetbauer is of the finest pedigree, and I am both humbled and honored to have spent time in her graceful care.
If only there weren’t so many beers in the world, I’d be able to delve deeper into the world of fine ciders, and meads. That day will come eventually, but in the meantime, I appreciate each cider that I am blessed enough to taste thanks to the generosity of my local beer community.
jkwalking05 (4231) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 18, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to angrypirate06. Clear with vibrant carbonation. Aroma is of apple, band-aid, light grape. Taste is tart with apple and pineapple. Very bubbly.
travita (4435) - Frisco, Texas, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, thanks to angrypirate06. The look is very clear look, no color, very slight bubbly head. HIgher carbonation. The smell is fruity apples, and alcohol. The tate is tart, fruits, alcohol, yeast, and apples.
bu11zeye (12314) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - MAY 6, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(750ml bottle, courtesy of angrypirate06) Pours a clear water-like body with a slight yellowish hue. Aroma of apple, earthiness, and light butter. Flavor of apple, earth, and some floral with a dry finish.