OBC (Original Berliner Cidre) was one of the first ciders in Berlin made entirely from locally grown apples. Established in 2009 in Berlin by two friends, Urs Nikolaus Breitesten and Thomas Godel whose background is in brewing. Currently, their lineup features four ciders, Classic, Strong, Rosé and Bio. I’ve decided to start with the Strong.
Company: OBC Cidre GmbH
Place of Origin: Berlin, Germany
Apples: undisclosed old German varieties grown locally
Package type: 330ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute
Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with a large white head, which only slowly dissipates. Carbonation is artificial and I would describe it as medium.
Aroma/Nose: It smells of fermented apples and apple juice with pleasant sweet honey/flowery notes. Also, there is a slightly acidic smell.
Taste: it starts with a moderate watery taste with a rather low level of sweetness and acidity. The mid-palate has notes of apple juice and smoky ham. The finish is dry and slightly astringent with a touch of white wine.
Overall: OBC Strong is an average thirst quencher that will satisfy everyone, who is in need for cider in Berlin. It lacks depth and complexity, but I would classify OBC’s Strong as drinkable. Also, I would buy it again If I were out in Berlin craving for a drinkable cider made from apples, not from concentrate. But it’s still far away from being delicious. 3/6
Availability: you can find the Strong in every Späti (it’s a term used in Berlin for a small corner shop/kiosk open 24/7 selling beer, milk, candies, etc). In addition, you can find OBC in Bierlinie, Ambrosetti or KaDeWe. Online from Weinquelle Hornig
Price: paid 1.99 EUR in a local Späti in Berlin.