OBC Cidre Classic

When you are in Berlin, sooner or later you will have to try the range of OBC Cidre featuring Classic, Strong, Rosé and Bio manufactured by Original Berliner Cidre as they are available in almost every shop, bar or restaurant in Berlin. Most probably due to the fact that it is the first cider manufactured in Berlin. After their Strong, Rosé and Bio the time has come to sample the last one, Classic.Company: OBC-Cidre GmbH
Place of Origin: BerlinGermany
Ingredients: fermented apple juice carbon dioxide, sulphites
ABV: 3%
Package type: 330ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or chalice glass

Appearance: pours a clear pale golden with a white quickly dissipating fizz. Low artificial carbonation. Low body.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is weak with notes of ripe pear, apple juice from yellow and red apples and a hint typical for cider made from concentrate.

Taste: it begins slightly sweet with moderate acidity of green apples such as Granny Smith. On the mid-palate a smoky note, green and yellow apples. The finish is dry and short leaving a note of citric acid.

Overall: I almost can’t believe that this cider contains only fermented apple juice, carbon dioxide and sulphites. For cider with ABV of barely 3%, it is not really sweet. Also, I can get a hint typical for cider made from concentrate. And, it finishes quickly leaving a note of citric acid. All this made me quite suspicious. Leaving these features behind, OBC is drinkable but drinking it is not pleasurable. It’s almost like drinking a non-alcoholic bubbly for kids. It’s ok but I wouldn’t buy it again. People of Berlin deserve much better cider than this! 2.5/6 

Availability: you can find OBC products in every Späti in Berlin (‘Späti’ is 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 Ambrosetti or KaDeWe. Online from Getränke Hoffman, Durst Express and Weinquelle Hornig.

Price: OBC Cidre Bio was a sample provided by Ciderei.

OBC Cidre Bio

OBC – Original Berliner Cidre has crafted a cider from organic apples grown in orchards of Brandenburg. This product is entirely vegan-friendly. Can you imagine that OBC Cidre Bio was made using a vegan yeast? (is there a non-vegan yeast at all?). Also, the label is vegan and compostable along with the vegan label adhesive. This is my third cider from OBC after the Strong and Rosé.Company: OBC-Cidre GmbH
Place of Origin: BerlinGermany
Ingredients: fermented apple juice from German organic orchards, carbon dioxide, sulphites
ABV: 4%
Package type: 330ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: wine glass or chalice glass

Appearance: pours a cloudy pale yellow with a white fizz that quickly dissipates. Low artificial carbonation. Low to medium body. Some sediment in the bottle.

Aroma/Nose: the nose is weak with notes of sulphur, white wine, lemon, yellow apples and a hint of caramel.

Taste: my first taste is moderately sweet of sugar with a hint of burnt sugar with the low acidity of lemon and yellow apples. Finishes dry with a touch of bitterness, peppermint and a hint of canned pineapple.

Overall: OBC’s Bio is a very average offering. There might be many notes on the palate and on the nose but they don’t seem to have a positive impact on the overall impression. Like an orchestra without a conductor. The Bio tastes natural and seems to be made from quality apples but I simply didn’t enjoy having it. And, this sulphur note after opening the bottle…Anyway, I would consider it as an alternative to industrial ciders in Berlin, but just don’t expect too much. 3/6 

Availability: you can find OBC products in every Späti in Berlin (‘Späti’ is 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 Ambrosetti or KaDeWe. Online from Ciderei and Weinquelle Hornig.

Price: OBC Cidre Bio was a sample provided by Ciderei.

OBC Rosé

Looks like guys from OBC, who are based in the world’s best city Berlin, are up to date with the current trends. They released their Rosé sometime last year, long before the whole world went crazy for rosé cidre or cider. But, unfortunately, it’s a fake rosé as the colour was obtained using a blackcurrant juice instead of red-fleshed apples.
Company: OBC-Cidre GmbH
Place of Origin: BerlinGermany
Ingredients: fermented apple juice, black currant juice, carbonic acid  (the label really says carbonic acid)
ABV: 5%
Package type: 330ml clear glass bottle with crown cap
Recommended type of glass: pint glass or flute

Appearance: pours a clear pale ruby with a white fizz that is gone after a few seconds. Low artificial carbonation. Low to medium body.

Aroma/Nose: the nose has notes of caramel, cherries, honey. It has a rum aroma that is used for baking as well.

Taste: it begins dry with a touch of sweetness and a low acidity of blackcurrant. The mid-palate has a light smoky note with yellow apples and some honey that changes to caramel. It finishes very quickly.

Overall: I think it’s a shame that this Rosé is made with black-currant juice as I have honestly expected red flesh apples after reading ‘Rosé’ on the label. Anyway, similarly to previously reviewed OBC Strong, their Rosé is an average thirst quencher. It tastes natural, not too sweet, with a natural apple flavour. The nose could be stronger, the palate richer and more lingering. Well, at least it doesn’t taste like juice. Ok, it does perhaps a little. Overall, I’d wish more drinking pleasure. 3/6 

Availability: you can find the Rosé in every Späti in Berlin (‘Späti’ is 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 Ambrosetti or KaDeWe. Online from Ciderei and Weinquelle Hornig.

Price: OBC Cidre Rosé was a sample provided by Ciderei.