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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.66/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.48/5   ABV: -
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The Quebecois call it ice cider. Sweet, golden, and full-bodied in the glass, Apfel Eis is made from a blend of local varietal apples – over 80 apples in each bottle. Inspired by techniques used to make ice wine, Apfel Eis is pressed without preservatives, and slowly fermented at very cold temperatures. This preserves the delicate aromas and flavors that would disappear if fermented more quickly at warmer temperatures. Unlike most wines and ciders made from apples, Apfel Eis has absolutely no sugar added – before or after fermentation. The result is a unique taste sensation – sweet, with a gentle bite, complex flavor and clean finish. Apfel Eis preserves the aromatic fragrance of freshly picked apples. A sip or two, and you may find yourself in an apple orchard on a crisp fall day…

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3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puzzl (3264) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 30, 2013
UPDATED: FEB 6, 2013 Bottle from dad. Big and boozy, Eau du Vie and crabapple aroma. Fairly flat and unimpressive. Flavor has decent body but a bit of an unripe note. Acidity is not on point. A little floral. Not too bad.


3.3
ctipping (2251) - Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2017
375 mL bottle. Clear golden. Smells like... apples. More specifically, like red apple skins. Tastes more dynamic. It's pretty sweet right up front. Tingly tartness builds into a full on Granny Smith flavor. Back end is faintly chalky, but sugar seems to mask it. Heavy and sweet. It's a hefty glass of dessert, but it's drinkable.

4.2
hopscotch (11305) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2014
Bottle... This cider rocks!... Pours clear and yellow with no legs - even after a healthy swirl or two. Smells like a freshly sliced, gritty, red apple. Full-bodied with an oily mouthfeel. The flavor offers heaps of sugary sweetness, enhanced by a boatload of fresh-apple flavor and sour, savory malic acid. Fantastic, lingering acidity in the finish. Big thanks to darkguardian for sharing this world class ice cider!

4.1
burg326 (5613) - Florida, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Poured a pale golden color at Epcot during the Food and Wine festival, aromas of sweet apple juice, light grapes, and some light apple core. Flavors are sweet apples, not overly sweet, but just enough, almost like apple juice. This was pretty good, and they were selling bottles for only $26 bought a few because the wife loved this too.

3.9
annunz123 (969) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Apple and wine-like grapes in the aroma. Flavor is smooth and candy-like, like a liquid, alcoholic SweetTart. Some wooden, earthy notes in the finish. I’m not at all a fan of hard cider, but I’ve now tried a few ice ciders, and they’re a different animal. Pricey but worth it, especially if you want to treat yourself to something different and very good. Worth seeking out if you’ve never tried an ice cider.

3.5
zdk (1917) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2013
thanks for the share, Dad. Thick sweet honey and apple sugars, caramel goodness. Thick bodied. Acidity is pretty sharp and rounded out by a nice oak and earthiness.

3.8
jredmond (8770) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 5, 2013
Bottle courtesy of Scarlett for Christmas 2012. Pours a thick golden syrup with no head or lacing. Aroma is sweet apples, honey and butter. Mouthfeel is medium to thick with notes of sweet apple, honey, flowers and a light spice addition. Good ice cider.

3.8
PhillyCraft (7982) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Bottle from James shared with some Dads at his January tasting. Aroma is buttery apples, french oak. Taste is granny smith like with tart, slightly acidic apples. Really a complex finish from the oak. Very nice cider.

3.8
j12601 (13188) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Bottle. Pours a clear gold. Sweet apple and a light amount of acid. Medium bodied, smooth and sticky, warm apple flavors come through, a touch of straw and the lovely sweetness of ice cider. Sticky sweet, caramel and apple sugar, warming alcohol and lingering sweetness. Quite nice.

3.5
auerbrau (3206) - Ithaca, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2010
375ml bottle poured at CiderDays 2010. Vibrant gold pour. Funky vinous aroma. Flavors burst with wild pineapple, coconut, and passionfruit. Tons of tropical fruit. Less acid and tannins around to balance, however. Alcohol seems subdued. I think this was my least favorite of the five of this tasting, because it seemed a bit unbalanced, but I will commend it for the intense tropical fruit flavors.


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