Today I am reviewing a traditional German Apfelwein from Frankfurt am Rhein area.
Company: Landkelterei Höhl Hochstadt
Place of Origin: Maintal-Hochstadt, Hessen, Germany
Apples: a blend of apples of old German varieties such as Jakob Lebel, Ingrid Marie, Baumanns Renette, Schöner von Nordhausen, Goldparmäne, which are slowly fermented
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: 1L amber glass bottle with screw cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or Geripptes
Appearance: pours a clear, golden body with no head. No signs of carbonation.
Aroma/Nose: not too complex and not quite aromatic. Low to the moderate aroma. On the nose, there are apples, tart apples with some distinct sulphuric notes.
Taste: the taste is dominated by tart apples. Blauer Bock is very tart, tastes like lemon juice combined with apples. No residual sugar, dry to the bone. There are light bitter yeasty notes on the palate. The finish is dry and slightly astringent notes are perceivable in the aftertaste.
Overall: Blauer Bock is a commercial Apfelwein. Apfelwein is a typical companion of heavy and hearty dishes such as pork knuckles. Hence, high acid load present in the Blauer Bock will do the job and improve digestion. It might be also refreshing on a hot sunny day in the summer. But if you are looking for a beverage that will blow your mind with complexity and structure I would strongly advise trying other Apfelwein. 2.5/6
Availability: Quite broad in Germany at supermarkets such as REWE or Getränke Hoffman. And, everywhere in the Frankfurt-am-Main region.
Price: bought locally at Getränke Hoffmann in Berlin for 2.25 EUR.