During my visit to Amsterdam, I sampled Apple Bandit Crisp Apple Cider. The brand belongs to the portfolio owned by Heineken.
Company: Heineken Nederland
Place of Origin: Zoeterwoude, Netherlands
Ingredients: carbonated water, cider, sugar, natural aroma, malic acid, 45% apple juice concentrate (at least they are honest about it).
Sweetness as per label: medium dry
Package type: 330ml amber glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute
Appearance: pours a clear golden with a large white foam, which slowly dissipates. Carbonation is artificial and I would describe it as medium.
Aroma/Nose: on the nose strong notes of commercially available apple juice with strong artificial apple aroma. Also hints of baked apples with a touch of sweetness and acidity.
Taste: it starts with medium sweetness, which turns to a moderate refreshing acidity resembling Granny Smith apple. As the taste develops, notes of Granny Smith apples and apple juice with astringent taste occur.
Overall: I didn’t expect much from a cider from concentrate. And I was right. Strong artificial flavour and apple juice from concentrate are really disturbing and simply unpleasant. I would consider sampling this cider as a single experiment, which I don’t plan to repeat again. Don’t waste your time and money on the Apple Bandit. For a similar price, you can get a real cider. 1.5/6
Availability: broad in the Netherlands. Almost every Albert Heijn supermarket has it. Available also in other countries such as Ireland as ORCHARD THIEVES CIDER, in Austria as Stibitzer, in the Czech Republic as Lišiak zo sadu, in Greece as Milo Kleftis, in Slovenia as Jabolčni Tat, in Malaysia as Apple Fox or in Bulgaria.
Price: purchased locally from a supermarket chain Albert Heijn in Amsterdam (1.99 EUR).