BlakStoc Ginger For My Honey

I shall continue my journey with cider blended with ginger. Ginger For My Honey is another cider made by the genial cider maker, Karl from Austrian BlakStoc. Ginger, Honey and West Coast Aroma hops were added to the Styrian apples creating an interesting offering. Company: BlakStoc Cider GmbH
Place of Origin: Vienna, Austria
Ingredients: Styrian apples with ginger, honey and West Coast Aroma hops
ABV: 3%
Package type: 330ml brown glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy golden yellow with a fizzy short-lived white foam that reduces to a ring. Medium carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is spicy and exhibits notes of fresh ginger, ginger ale, lemon and elderflower with some pine in the background. 

Taste: it begins lightly sweet with low acidity of lemon. Strong spicy hot ginger notes with a hint of fermented yellow apples, and a touch of elderflower on the mid-palate. Finishes with a subtle bitterness of grapefruit and a lingering and refreshing ginger flavour.

Overall: Ginger For My Honey is surprisingly light and refreshing. I could imagine drinking this also on a summer day. But to be honest, from Karl, I expected more surprising flavours/weird mixes. And, his Ginger for My Honey is rather predictable. It tastes like a natural, refreshing and zesty ginger ale with a little citrusy twist. This is one of those ciders that can be a crowd-pleaser as it is difficult not to like it. But there is not that much of Karl’s genius in it as it was in case of Buddha’s Hand or Lazy Day Cucumber. 3.5/6

Availability: widely available in Austria (Der Grissemann or Beer Lovers) and Italy (e.g. Hops Beer Shop, or Tutti Fritti in Milan; Birreria della Torre in Trezzo sull’Adda). Also available in the UK (Newcomer Wines in London), Czech Republic and Germany.

Price: Karl passed me a bottle at CiderWorld 2019 in Frankfurt

BlakStoc Omg Ugly Apple Cider

After the moreish Buddha’s Hand Lemon Cider I’m giving BlakStoc’s another cider a try. Omg Ugly Apple Cider. Omg are the first letters of hops used in this cider, Oak, Mosaic and Golding. Company: Blakstoc Cider GmbH
Place of Origin: Vienna, Austria
Ingredients: Styrian apples with the addition of Oak, Mosaic and Golding hops
ABV: 7%
Package type: 330ml brown glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a clear golden yellow with a fizzy short-lived white head. Medium carbonation. Body is low to medium.

Aroma/Nose: it smells sweet, fruity and floral of elderflower and pear. There is also a herbal note to it.

Taste: the initial taste is slightly watery with low sweetness and medium lemon-like acidity. Elderflower and pear with a herbal note on the mid-palate. It finishes dry with a touch of bitterness coming from apple seeds.

Overall: Omg from BlakStoc is drinkable and tastes quite ok. However, it doesn’t taste like cider at all. Hops that were added to this cider dominate the palate giving a floral character and covering the appley taste. Nothing special. For those who can’t live without hops. 3.5/6

Availability: widely available in Austria (Der Grissemann or Beer Lovers). Also in Italy (e.g. Hops Beer Shop, or Tutti Fritti in Milan; Birreria della Torre in Trezzo sull’Adda), the UK (Newcomer Wines in London), the Czech Republic and Germany.

Price: purchased during my trip to Italy from Pizza Che Storia in Montegrotto Terme, Italy at 4 EUR.

Goldkehlchen Apfel & Birne

Did you know that Goldkehlchen is the first company that started making cider in Austria? Before 2013, there was mostly Most (partially fermented apple or pear juice). So Goldkehlchen with their endeavour contributed to spreading the word about cider in Austria. Today I’m reviewing their Apfel & Birne, apple and pear cider.Company: Goldkehlchen KG
Place of Origin: Vienna, Austria
Ingredients: apple wine and apple juice from Styrian apples, pear juice, carbon dioxide, sulphites.
ABV: 4.5%
Package type: 330ml clear bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or chalice glass

Appearance: pours a clear straw-yellow with a small white head that only slowly dissipates. Low to medium carbonation. Artificial carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is sweet with notes of ripe pear in syrup, a hint of yellow apples, distant butter and vanilla.

Taste: my initial taste is sweet with low to medium acidity of lemon. Notes of very ripe yellow apples, very low astringency. Finishes with a note of caramel, burnt caramel-like bitterness and of distant butter cookie.

Overall: The Goldkehlchen Apfel & Birne is not just another Austrian cider. This creation has an interesting array of flavours, which come one after another and change with time and temperature. I don’t think it’s something I could drink every day as it is a tiny bit too sweet for my liking. Especially the scent is quite syrupy sweet. But for those with a sweet tooth, it would be a pleasant, very drinkable and complex offering. 4/6

Availability: broad in Austria from Spar and Merkur. In Germany from CidereiBelviC&DAustrian Shop. In Sweden from Brill & Co. In Italy from Sidro & Cider.

Price: Apfel & Birne from Goldkehlchen was a sample provided by Ciderei.

Blakstoc Buddha’s Hand Lemon Cider

Austrian BlakStoc is made by four friends from Vienna of three nationalities, Austrian, Italian and U.S-American, who found a market niche and decided to fill it with their hopped cider. Hopped cider is indeed somewhere between beer and cider. BlakStoc’s lineup features currently hopped cider with additions of many fruits and spices such as ginger or quince.

Tonight I’m giving their Buddha’s Hand Lemon Cider a try. Buddha’s Hand Lemon Cider is made with zest and albedo of kaffir lime, bergamot, Meyer lemon, Buddha’s Hand citron, orchard apple juice, Hopsteiner’s experimental Lemon Drop hops.Company: BlakStoc Cider GmbH
Place of Origin: Vienna, Austria
Ingredients: zest and albedo of kaffir lime, bergamot, Meyer lemon, Buddha’s Hand citron, orchard apple juice, Hopsteiner’s experimental Lemon Drop hops
ABV: 4%
Package type: 330ml brown glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy golden with a light orange hue and a fizzy short-lived white foam. Medium carbonation. Body is medium.

Aroma/Nose: the aromas pour out of the glass. The nose is very fruity, aromatic and citrusy with notes of bergamot, baked lemon, kaffir, lemon, with a hint of peppermint and yellow apples.

Taste: my first taste is lightly sweet, with low to medium acidity of lemon. On the mid-palate, bergamot, kaffir, light to medium astringent taste, orange, baked lemon, yellow apples. Finishes with a light citrusy note of orange and lingering baked lemon. Leaves a lingering taste of bergamot and orange with a gentle touch of bitterness.

Overall: the cider purist in me has to admit that guys from Blakstoc did a phenomenal job with their citrusy blend the Buddha’s Hand Lemon Cider. It’s extremely refreshing, and citrusy but without the sourness. I enjoyed every single sip full of richness while it lasted. I shared this tiny bottle with a friend who claimed that she hasn’t drunk anything that refreshing and drinkable before. Buddha’s Hand Lemon Cider has a structure, great taste and power. And, I’m craving for more. 5.5/6

Availability: in Summer 2018 widely available in Austria (Der Grissemann or Beer Lovers) and Italy (e.g. Hops Beer Shop, or Tutti Fritti in Milan; Birreria della Torre in Trezzo sull’Adda). Also available in the UK (Newcomer Wines in London) and in the Czech Republic. In Germany from Beyond Beer, and in Berlin from the Muted Horn.

Price: Karl from BlakStoc passed me a bottle at CiderWorld 2018 in Frankfurt.

Brauhaus Gusswerk Big Arlet

Do you think that a brewery can make a good cider? Me neither. But I have decided to give the Big Arlet from Brauhaus Gusswerk from Salzburg, Austria a try.Company: Brauhaus Gusswerk
Place of Origin: Salzburg, Austria
Apples: organic apples
Sweetness as per label: unknown
ABV: 4.6%
Package type: draught
Recommended type of glass: pint glass

Appearance: pours a very cloudy pale golden with orange hues and a white foam. Lightly carbonated. Body is medium. Some sediment visible on the bottom.

Aroma/Nose: smells refreshing of lemon, orange, acidic apples and fresh unmatured cider.

Taste: it tastes very sour with notes of lemon and grapefruit. I would describe this cider as dry as only minimal residual sweetness is detectable. The mid-palate has a taste of yeast, unmatured cider and is slightly watery. The aftertaste is dry with a touch of bitterness and astringency.

Overall: I can’t deny the fact that The Big Arlet is a complex cider as I could get many flavours on the nose and on the palate. But, Big Arlet is completely unbalanced. In the beginning, I found it quite refreshing, but after a while, I got tired of the taste and wanted to finish it ASAP. I think that many will find the citrusy flavours appealing, but I simply didn’t enjoy drinking this one.  2.5/6

Availability: Only in a few pubs in Vienna such as It’s all about the meat baby, The Brickmaker’s Pub and Kitchen, Charlie P’s Pub and Dining

Price: 5.90 EUR for a pint at The Brickmaker’s Pub and Kitchen in Vienna, Austria. BTW, I loved their Pastrami sandwich.

Thronprinz Cider

Thronprinz, a cider brand from Austria, has a very professional marketing campaign on social media dedicated to the younger generation, especially on Instagram and Facebook. This is how I heard about them, and ever since wanted to try their cider out. Thronprinz was established by three Austrian winemakers, Jürgen Trümmer, Alexander Sattler and Herbert König, who were inspired by cider they’ve tried in Australia. Since Styria produces 80% of Austrian apples, they decided to use the potential of this region and make cider. Later on, Eddie from New Zealand joined the Thronprinz team and gave the final touch to the cider recipe.
Company: Thronprinz
Place of Origin: Spielfeld, Styria, Austria
Apples: from the Styrian apples such as Jonagold, Idared or Kronprinz Rudolf obtained from Obsthof Zuegg in Gamlitz
Sweetness as per label: unknown
ABV: 4.5%
Package type: 330ml amber glass with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or white wine glass.

Appearance: pours a clear straw yellow with no head. Lightly sparkling. Body is light.

Aroma/Nose: the aroma is rather weak. All I am getting here is yellow apples with pears and a slightly sweet white wine note.

Taste: it starts slightly sweet with low acidity and flavours of yellow apples, a white wine note and a distant lemon taste. Ends with a minimal touch of grapefruit-like bitterness. No astringent taste.

Overall: Thronprinz sounded great on the label, but didn’t really live up to its promise. I was really disappointed with this one as both the nose and palate are just average and didn’t meet my expectations. Moreover, I expected a dry cider as the description of the cider on the label says ‘not sweet’. I would say it’s ‘not too sweet’, but a certain level of sweetness is still present. Thronprinz is drinkable, but you will forget it’s taste very quickly. I wouldn’t buy it again. 2.5/6 

Availability: from their online shop, Wein&Co, Lieferei, Velofood,  and at a number of restaurants, bars and shops across Austria.

Price: purchased at 3.30 EUR from Das Gschäft in Vienna.

Goldkehlchen Cider

Adam, Eve and an apple. Yes, it is still going to be about cider. Adam and Eva are the founders of Goldkehlchen, a company behind cider produced in the Austrian region of Styria.Goldkehlchen Cider.jpgCompany: Goldkehlchen KG
Place of Origin: Vienna, Austria
Apples: a blend of apples from Styria
ABV: 4.5%
Package type: 330ml translucent bottle with crown cork
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute

Appearance: pours a clear pale straw yellow with a big head, which quickly disappears. Carbonation is high and not natural. Body is light to medium.

Aroma/Nose: The nose has dry white wine and green apple notes with some peach and skins of white grapes.

Taste: my first taste was moderately sweet and slightly acidic. There are also quite strong white wine notes giving me the impression I am drinking a white wine not cider. The finish is dry and has a very gentle bitter taste.

Overall: If someone told me Goldkehlchen is a white wine I would believe it straight away. It is very grapey and resembles nice table white wine made of white grapes. I can’t say that this little birdy is unpleasant. It is just very simple, not really complex but definitely easily drinkable. I could have Goldkehlchen Cider again if I had no better alternative. 3.5/6

Availability: As per their website, Goldkehlchen should be available in Austria (obviously), Finland, Germany, Estonia, the Netherlands, Sweden, and the UK.

Price: bought locally in Berlin from Galeria Kaufhof at 3.99 EUR.

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