Possmann Frankfurter Applewine

Review of Possmann’s Frankfurter Applewine.  Its the second time I’ve had German cider; the first was Possmann’s Pure Cider.

 

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Cider:  Frankfurter Applewine
Cidery:  Possmann
Cidery Location:  Frankfurt Germany
ABV:  5.5%
How Supplied:  1 liter twist top bottles
Style:  commercial German Applewine (Apfelwein)

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Availability:  wide release (see here)

Cider Description: Possmanns flagship product that has made the company the most recognized apple wine producer in Germany.  The Frankfurter Apple Wine is a crisp, clear wine with the distinct harmony of a tart wine with the fruit flavor of the apple.  Fully fermented with 5.5% alcohol by volume, the apple wine contains no additives.  It is extremely low on sugar, (recommended for diabetics), as well as very low on calories.  With the natural fruit acids, the wine is very soothing and enhances digestion.

Cidery Description:  For over 125 years, the Possmann family has made traditional German apple wine and apple juice in the manner first handed down by Phillipp Possmann in 1881. Today, Possmann holds true to a spirit of Old World craftsmanship and a dedication to quality.

Price:  $12.50
Where Bought:  Full Throttle Bottles in Seattle WA
Where Drank:  home
How Found:  Browsing

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First Impression:  Light amber.  Still (no carbonation).  Smells of apple juice, yeast, and must.

Tasting Notes:  Semi-dry.  Light to medium bodied.  Flat tasting.  Low tartness.  Moderate acidity.  Low bitterness.  Hints of tannins and funk.  No sourness.  Notes of apple juice, yeast, honey, orange, and must.  Low complexity.  Low to moderate flavor complexity.  Moderate apple flavor.  High sessionability.

My Opinion:  I thought this was average.  Easy to drink, but not impressive.  I think some carbonation would have helped, but in general, I just like more flavor.  I did however like it better than their Pure Cider, which I found to have fake overly appley flavor.  This cider appears to be more natural than the Pure Cider.

Most Similar to:  Commercial light English cider (except with less tannins) and French cider (due to the yeast-forward flavor, except with less richness).

Closing Notes:   I’d be curious to get my hands on some higher quality / craft German Apfelwein, but I don’t remember seeing anything else locally.

Have you tried German Applewine?  What did you think?

Saturday Tasting Notes – Sonoma Cider The Crowbar & Possmann Pure Cider

Random Saturday cider tasting, awesome!

Sonoma Cider The Crowbar

The Crowbar is a limited release Habanero-Lime cider from Sonoma Cider (available since May 2015).  I’ve been wanting to try this variety but was unsure if it was something I’d immediately want to dump out, between the spice and the dryness, so I’ve held off.  I was lucky enough to attend a tasting event of Sonoma Cider at Whole Foods in Lynnwood WA today (where I got to meet Sarah from Cider Log!).  They were offering their Hatchet (apple), Pitchfork (pear), Anvil (bourbon), and Crowbar (habanero-lime) ciders.  They also have The Washboard (another limited run cider, with sarsaparilla & vanilla), which I definitely wasn’t a fan of but my husband loved, which they weren’t tasting.

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Opinion: With a good sniff some spice is definitely perceived.  Upon tasting, I pick up both habanero and lime.  The lime is more present than for example Schilling’s Sriracha Lime, which helps calm down the heat.  It also had less spice & bite to it than the two other spicy ciders I’ve tried (Schilling Sriracha Lime and Finnriver Habanero), but was definitely spicy.  I was expecting it to be much more dry as it only has 2 grams of sugar in 12 oz (1.1 Brix), but I perceived it as semi-dry instead of bone dry for some reason.  The sample (a few sips) was drinkable enough, but this isn’t something I’d want to buy even a can of.  I just don’t think spicy ciders are for me.  More of a novelty?  Apparently some folks have got this to cook with.  I think I’ll stick with their Anvil (bourbon flavored) cider, which I think is quite tasty.

Possmann Pure Cider

I stumbled across a tasting at World Market today which included a cider, Possmann Pure Cider (from Kelterei Possmann in Frankfurt Germany).  “Possmann Pure Cider has a perfect balance of rich apple flavor while not to sweet and finishing dry. The flavor comes from our unique source of apples which are harvested exclusively from our 800+ farmers in the Hessen region of Germany. Our typical framer has 3 to 15 naturally occurring apple trees on their land that are not part of a cultivated orchard. These country apples provide a uniquely rich apple flavor.”

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Opinion:  Crisp/clean & smooth but overly appley apple flavor.  Sweet but not very sweet.  Tastes sugary and overly appley, and I guessed it was back sweetened with apple juice concentrate.  I was right!  Further, they actually add pure sugar after fermentation (listed on the ingredient list).  I’m surprised the cost of this cider (~$9 for four 11oz bottles) is so much more than its competitors, Angry Orchard, Woodchuck, etc (same price for six 12oz bottles), and that they would actually import this stuff.  I imagine real German cider is better (I have one in the cue).  I’d put it as better than Angry Orchard & Strongbow but not as good as Woodchuck.