Johannes Cyder is a mysterious cider maker from The Czech Republic. They have their own website, but they don’t disclose much information about themselves. Luckily, I was able to determine that the cider is made by Ondra. Also, I learned that the cider was named after his son Johannes. It seems that he considers his cider as her baby as well. Currently, Johannes Cyder is available only on draught as Suchý (dry) and Sladký (sweet). I’m giving the Suchý a try.
Company: Johannes Cider
Place of Origin: Tabor or Prague Vršovice, The Czech Republic
Apples: unknown Czech apples
Sweetness as per label: dry
Package type: draught
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or wine glass
Appearance: pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with no head. Medium carbonation. Body is low to medium.
Aroma/Nose: the aroma is wild and refreshing with notes of barnyard, leather, fermenting cider and red apples.
Taste: it starts with high lemon-like acidity, notes of lemon flesh and lemon zest, and after a few seconds gets lightly watery with delicate notes of barnyard, fermenting apples and smoky ham. Finishes with a pleasant light grapefruit-like bitterness.
Overall: Dry from Johannes Cyder is a natural cider with a refreshing strong citrusy palate. But the Dry was a bit too sour to my liking. I must note that had it alone without any food. Yet I can imagine it would pair well with traditional Czech meals such as Roast Duck, Prague Ham or other hearty dishes. Hence, the Dry is for those who prefer dry, tart and natural cider. I would buy it again, but next time with food. 3.5/6
Availability: only on draught in InCider Bar, La Babiche, Vršovická zahrada, Bajkazyl, Cafe Sladkovsky, Kavarna Liberal, Cobra , Cafe Fra and occasionally in BeerGeek Bar in Prague. Also in Kavkárna in Česke Budějovice.
Price: received it for free at InCider Bar‘s stand during Slavnost Cideru 2017.