Elbler Flut Stark

Despite the fact that Frankfurt/Main is the capital of apfelwein/cider in Germany two friends from Hamburg, Jan Ockert and Stefan Wächter (who to some of you maybe be known as a goalkeeper in the Bundesliga) decided to share their passion for cider in the Northern Germany. In 2012 Jan and Stefan have launched their cider, Elbler made from organic apples.Company: Elbler GmbH
Place of Origin: Hamburg, Germany
Apples: organic apples coming from German orchards
Sweetness as per label: medium
ABV: 5%
Package type: 330ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or snifter

Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with a white frothy head, which only slowly reduces to a ring. Medium carbonation. Body is low.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is rich and has notes of dried apricots, dried apples, raisins with wood and sweet ripe apples. Nice and pleasant. Reminds me slightly French cidre.

Taste: taste wise begins slightly watery with low to medium sweetness and low acidity.  Dried fruits, raisins, plums, apple juice, a light smoky note with low astringency on the mid-palate. Aftertaste has notes of dried fruits and low astringency with a distant booze-like flavour.

Overall: It seems that Germans from the north of Germany can also make a pretty decent cider. Very rich bouquet with notes of dried fruits and light smoky note both on the nose and the palate is really something. It’s like French Cidre meets English Cider. I really enjoyed the Flut Stark as it was refreshing and tasty. However, I must say the Flut Stark is a bit too sweet for my taste. Also, the apple juice flavour is a bit too dominating and the distant booze-like taste not appealing. But, since the Flut Stark is widely available in Berlin through Bio-Company I would buy it again. 4/6

Availability: online from Wein Outlet or Solvino.  Locally in Berlin from Biererei and Bio-Company.

Price: locally in Berlin from Bio-Company at 1.99 EUR