Zeffer Crisp Apple Cider

Zeffer’s Crisp Apple Cider was actually the first cider that Zeffer ever released. It was previously known as the Dry. And, the colour of the bottle and the label already indicates, it is made with green apple varieties. In the past, I have tried Zeffer’s Red Apple Cider and the Apple Crumble.  Company: Zeffer Cider Co.  
Place of Origin: Auckland, New Zealand
Apples: green apple varieties
ABV: 5.0%
Package type: 330ml brown glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear yellow straw with a short-lived white foam. Medium carbonation. Body is low.

Aroma/Nose: on the nose notes of green apples, sulphur, quince and honey. Also, a bitter note comes through on the nose.

Taste: it starts medium dry and watery with a medium lemon-like acidity. On the mid-palate, a crispy taste of the Granny Smith apple with yellow dessert apples and a note of sulphur. It leaves a lingering chalky aftertaste with a very distant bitterness.

Overall: this is a very weak offering especially in contrast to previously reviewed ciders from Zeffer. You can clearly say that is it made with dessert apples as there is a strong distinctive sweetish-fruity flavour to it, which I’m not a fan of. Furthermore, the flavour of dessert apples is accompanied by an unpleasant sulphur note along with an unpleasant touch of bitterness, which make this cider taste unpleasant and barely drinkable to me. I didn’t like it and wouldn’t buy it again. I’m sorry to say that this is the weakest cider made by Zeffer I had so far. 2.5/6

Availability: online in the UK from Beers of Europe or from 2Brews. Locally in Berlin from Lager Lagerthe Castle and at Getränkefeinkost.

Price: 24 RM (4.80 EUR) in Ales & Lagers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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