Bembel With Care Apfelwein Cola

Bembel With Care (from the German word for a cider pitcher) makes a few different ciders and cider-like drinks; this Apfelwein Cola would seem to count as a “cider-like drink”, but we tried to reserve judgement until we tried it.  The can lists the ingredients as 65% Apfelwein and 35% “caffeinated soda”.  It comes in 500mL cans, and it’s 4% ABV.

Initial observations:

  • Sweetness: 3.5/5
  • Bubbliness: 2/5
  • Complexity: 2.5/5
  • Tannin: Cola/5
  • Temperature: Fridge (35°F)

Ben’s comments:

Nose: Mostly cola.

Flavor: Tart and cola-ey, with some bitterness and a hint of brown sugar.  Not as sweet as a regular cola soda.  Not much trace of apple flavor.

Finish: Tart and a little bitter.

Overall: Gives the impression of a “soda for grownups”, but the cider part really gets lost.  A pleasant novelty, but not really cider.

  • Bembel/10

Phil’s comments:

Cola forward, not as sweet or bubbly as I was expecting for a cola/cider mix.  Some interesting cola flavor notes, very hard to pick out the cider.  Sweet is tempered a bit by cola, but you can’t really call it tannic or balance.  Not boring but more weird than interesting to me, not really a big cola drinker.

  • Cola/10
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