PictouRx (155) - Ontario, - MAY 2, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Direct on tap at Speights Brewery in Dunedin NZ after main tour. This poured a golden color, with a good head, maybe from the tap wouldn’t think from a bottle. Anyway, gives a flora citrus smell. Taste get apple some bitter and sweet, overall somewhat also dry, little sour on finish. Compared to other ciders I have had this is ok.
GoufCustom (1003) - HONG KONG - MAY 9, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
330 ml bottle bought at TASTE in Olympian City, Tai Kok Tsui.
Clear pale dull golden colour; No head and residual soapy white foam which fades in 5 seconds; Small lacing with fizzy carbonation; Very tart aroma of light apple wine, with strong yoghurt, wood barrel, tannic and light funk; Light sweet and strong tart taste of dry apple wine, with light yoghurt, light tannic and faint alcohol; Close to light body, thin but slightly slick palate; Mouth feel is dry light apple-wine in a thicker, strong tart body. However the yoghurt taste is rather light, with no sweetness, and moderate tannic and hint of booze to puff up the palate. Not bad…Fairly dry after taste. Very easy and light tart to mouth.
Comments: I was expecting crap, and it turns out to be exceedingly good - strong and neat tart yoghurty aroma and taste, no apple juice, just winey with no virtually no sweetness with fair amount woody tannic characters. A solid go-to Cider for easy quaffing. Drinkable.
kiwianer (3428) - Otorohanga, NEW ZEALAND - SEP 28, 2013
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
The body is blond. It smells sweet, sugary, apple. The taste is sweet, apple, bit sugary, bit stale, cheap. 11/8/9/8/-/8
lisagirl (264) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - APR 2, 2013
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
was surprised by the tartness, was expecting that sickly sweet apple juice flavour. nothing interesting at all beyond the dryness, but that alone makes it a cut above many others.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - OCT 27, 2012
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear straw yellow colour with no head. Sweet mouthfeel with slight sour aftertaste. Crisp dry finish. (granny smith apples)
YAFB (18) - AUSTRALIA - MAY 18, 2012
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Faint cheesy off notes on opening the bottle, the cider is a golden colour. Draught cider carbonation, it’s both sour and dry. Sour granny smiths and old barrels. A palatable, but unremarkable cider.
maneliquor (3415) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - MAY 5, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Mane Liquor. Smells a touch tangy with sweetness up front. Not much going on here. Just an easy drinking, dryish and slightly tangy cider. Pretty average
CiderAdmirer (1) - NEW ZEALAND - APR 4, 2012 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I happen to be a huge fan of Speights new apple cider. It is not common to come across a delicious kiwi cider but this one takes the cake! I enjoy my cider not so sweet as many other labels are which is why i consistantly buy SPEIGHTS APPLE Cider. To say that there is no market for cider is absolute nonsense! A comapany as prestigious as this one would not spend a substantial amount of money on a product they think will not sell or to an unexisting market. I recently helped organise a 21st birthday and to help us in our celebrations we brought 3 kegs of this delicious drop! The only problem was that it ran out all too quickly. I congratulate Speights on this product and hope different flavours are in the works. Good work!
Jimthechap (2010) - Christchurch, NEW ZEALAND - JUL 27, 2011
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
New to the New Zealand market and to be honest I’m already disappointed before I’ve even opened the bottle. The mainstream breweries have cottoned on to the fact that people like cider and there is growth to be had. Lion already has the Mac’s Isaac label and showing a spectacular lack of imagination have decided to thrust this out into the market imagining that it will help to grab more market share. Call me a cynic, but while I see the logic, the Speight’s label just doesn’t fit cider. Hopeless. But anyway, on to the cider:
Light straw colour and a thin white head that completely disappears (fair enough, given the style). All apple juice aroma and even then, not as much as actual apple juice. No yeast aroma at all. Smells clean and a little bland. The taste is the same. Merely applejuice and a touch of fruity acid. Not very challenging and probably going to be consumed mainly by people who either aren’t fussed about taste or flavour or are actively against it.