Heineken Apple Bandit 

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
ABV: 4.5%
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 intensive notes of 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. But, the Crisp Apple is quite drinkable and refreshing. However, disturbing artificial flavor and apple juice from concentrate are still perceivable. I would consider sampling this cider as a single experiment, which I don’t plan to repeat again. For similar price you can get real cider. 2/6

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 Czech Republic as Lišiak zo sadu, in Slovenia as Jabolčni Tat or in Bulgaria.

Price: purchased locally from a supermarket chain Albert Heijn in Amsterdam (1.99 EUR).


One thought on “Heineken Apple Bandit 

  1. Just the fact that it’s made by Heineken would put me off, that and a rather naff name. Thank you for confirming what I would have suspected on seeing it in a shop! There’s better ciders to spend my money on!


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