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?