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Wychwood – Snake’s Bite

Hello all,

Today I bring you my first, shall I say, hybrid beer. A unique offering from the Legendary Wychwood Brewery (http://www.wychwood.co.uk/), a mix between Lager and Cider, this one certainly intrigues.

Beer: Snake’s Bite

Brewery: Wychwood (Marstons), England

Wychwood Snake's bite - England - very smooth ale with very sweet apple notes married with light cereal beer notes very odd fruit beer confusing medium low carbonation - 4o2 abv - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This is a very smooth cider / beer combination. However, it is very sweet. Strong apple notes are blended with light cereal hops and bitterness. Medium to low carbonation.

ABV: 4.2%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: This is an odd one. It’s beer.. but.. but it’s cider. And a very sweet one at that. It wasn’t bad. But it wasn’t great. Definitely different and definitely worth a try if you enjoy Belgian style fruit beers. Weird.

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Blackthorn Cider

Hello cider drinkers,

Today I bring you another ubiquitous cider widely available in any supermarket. There are two versions of this, the more palatable 4.7% (this) and the higher strength 6% version typical geared toward students.

Cider: Blackthorn

Brewery: Matthew Clark Cider, Shepton Mallet, England

Blackthorn Cider - medium carbonated sweet cider mild apple flavour low abv 4o7 - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a semi-sweet apple cider. Altogether mild in apple flavour with little in the way of additional notes. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.7%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: As with many mass market ciders, this is very drinkable. It does nothing to excite, but also nothing to offend. It’s cheap, refreshing, and can do the job. Much better alternatives out there.

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Amber Harvest – Strong Dry Cider

Hello fans of the cider,

Today I bring you a widely available, mass produced cider that is available in 3L bottles. Yes I know, that screams quality.

Cider: Amber Harvest

Brewery: Aston Manor, Aston, England

Amber Harvest Strong Dry Cider - England - smooth Apple cider 5 abv however weak taste watery medium carbonation light on the tongue not Sharp - 6o5 () 10
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Impressions: This was a fairly smooth apple cider. Quite mild in all of its characteristics: mild apple flavour, mildly sharp, and mildly enjoyable. It is not strong and dry, it is more of a middle ground between dry and sweet. Semi-sweet then. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 5%

Score: 6.25 / 10 (Low Average to Average)

Verdict: This is not one that I would go out of my way for. All in all not an unpleasant experience by any means, and even enjoyable when served really cold. That said, it has no remarkable qualities and is really only fit for one purpose, mass consumption. Avoid unless you’re short on coin, and even then a pack of Strongbow won’t cost you much more.

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Stella Artois Compendium

Today I bring you 2 beers and 2 ciders from the Stella Artois family. Started from a brewery dating back to 1366, “Stella Artois was launched initially as a seasonal beer for the Christmas holiday market. First sold in Canada, it was such a commercial success that it became available all year round, and, apart from the duration of the Second World War, has been produced ever since.”

http://www.stellaartois.com/

 

Beer #1: Stella Artois

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Artois - apparently called wife beater in England - highly carbonated light flavour mildly bitter - not as good as the Canadian version - 6o75 [] 10

Impressions: This is a very smooth lager, with medium bitter hops notes, and little else. Medium to high carbonation (in this bottle) makes this lager very lively, but is also quite refreshing.

ABV: 4.8%

Score: 6.5 / 10 (Average)

Verdict: A fairly standard lager. Refreshing with a decent amount of bitterness, but no real outstanding qualities. In England this is apparently called ‘Wife Beater’.. not really sure why. In Canada it is sold at 5.2%, so it has more kick and is overall a better beer.

 

Beer #2: Stella Artois Black

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Artois Black - Belgium - cold smooth ale very refreshing light hops flavour less bitter than normal but cleaner finish medium carbonation - 7o25 () 10

Impressions: This was an even smoother version of Stella. Very refreshing with a light bitter hops. Less in the way of bitterness than the original (above), but with a much cleaner body and finish. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.9%

Score: 7.25 / 10 (Good to Very Good)

Verdict: This has a slightly higher ABV than above, but oppositely, is a much cleaner beer. Very smooth. Not much in the way of stand out flavours, but very refreshing. Pleasingly served very cold. Worth a try.

 

Cider #1: Cidre

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Artois Cidre - Belgium - very smooth mild cider 4o5 abv mild semi sweet apples create a warm mouth feel medium carbonation - 7o5 () 10

Impressions: A very smooth, full bodied cider. Mild in strength, but a strong apple flavour throughout. Clean, semi sweet apples, with a warm mouth feel. Medium carbonation.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: This was an enjoyable cider. Much better than I had anticipated from a large beer brewery! Slightly low on the ABV leaves a bit of punch to be desired, but it’s very smooth and easy drinking. Definitely worth a try.

 

Cider #2: Cidre Pear

Brewery: Stella Artois, Anheuser-Busch InBev, Belgium

Stella Pear Cidre - Belgium - very smooth pear cider not too sweet notes of vanilla nice sharpness medium low carbonation - 4o5 abv - 7o5 () 10

Impressions: As above, a very smooth cider. Strong pear notes, but not too sweet. Notes of vanilla blend in the background. Medium to low carbonation mix with a slight sharpness, creating a tangy lively cider.

ABV: 4.5%

Score: 7.5 / 10 (Very Good)

Verdict: Again, a surprise from the Belgians. I’m not usually a fan of ‘Perrys’ as they are often sickly sweet. This was a nice blend of warm, but also sharp, pear notes with an acceptable amount of sweetness. Again (as above), a higher ABV would have given the whole package a better kick, but as is, this is an easy drinking cider and would be perfect on a hot summer day.

 

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