I could easily take the Bear Cider for a cider coming from Berlin (for those who are not aware, the bear is the symbol of Berlin). But no, the name Bear Cider actually originates from a small Dutch town of Beerze, which means ‘bear’ in English. Initially, the Bear cider was called ‘Beer Cider’ as the word ‘beer” in Dutch means ‘”bear”. However, as you can imagine, it created confusion among English-speaking consumers, so the decision was made to change to name to the “Bear Cider”. Their cider portfolio features currently two ciders, one is made only from apples, the other one is additionally infused with mosaic hops. I’m sampling the latter today.
Company: Bear Cider
Place of Origin: ‘s-Garveland, the Netherlands
Ingredients: made from tart and bittersweet apples along with mosaic hops
Package type: 330ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass
Appearance: pours a light hazy yellow with subtle orange hues. White foam dissipates fast leaving a thin ring around the glass. Slightly sparkling.
Aroma/Nose: the aroma has tropical fruits, especially mango is well recognizable with a hint of white wine. I can sense some citrus-like acidity and slightly watery smell. However, I can’t smell any apples though.
Taste: my first impression is a moderate acidity, followed by light grapefruit bitter notes. There is a distant note of tropical fruits and hay or grass to it. The finish is dry and medium-lengthy with a light and slightly astringent taste.
Overall: The taste of Dry-Hopped is quite unique as it doesn’t taste like beer or cider. I can’t taste any apples here as well, only tropical fruits coming from hops. It’s easily drinkable and enjoyable. On a hot summer day, it would be a great evening companion. 4/6
Availability: I remember I saw their cider at Slavnost cider in Prague at the InCiderBar stand last year. Perhaps this year Bear Cider will be available as well? Other shops offering the Dry-Hopped include Ciderlab, Marqt and InciderBar in Prague.
Price: bought from a supermarket in Amsterdam called Marqt at 2.45 EUR.