From the website: ”Somersby Apple is a refreshing cider made from fermented apple juice and natural apple flavouring. No artificial sweeteners, flavours or colourings. It’s uniquely juicy apple taste makes it a tasty and natural choice for the relaxed moments with your friends. ”
- Appearance: Light Amber
- Aroma: Granny Smith Apples.
- Taste: Very Sweet, But Not Candied.
- Mouthfeel: Slightly Bubbly.
Background: Somersby was launched by Carlsberg in 2008 first in the Denmark & Norway market. In Denmark Somersby is the market leader. “It is an easy-drinking refreshment with sparkling bubbles and distinctive flavours dedicated for young outgoing adults.” Carlsberg is a big Company that owns 309 different brands including; Kronenbourg 1664, Carlsberg, Tuborg, and Holsten. They are a big Multi-National Publicly Trade Company.
First Taste is: Not too bad actually, it’s got a pleasant taste, and the finish isn’t too sickly sweet. There is a nice aroma of Green Apple, but there’s no way you could describe this as typical Cider Flavour.The best way to describe it is if you made cider from Granny Smith Apples and added Honey to sweeten it. The sweetness isn’t as up front as some Commercial Ciders, but it’s definitely there. Carbonation is very low after the initial pour, which is actually refreshing to see from a Commercial Company. I hate having to burp my way through a Cider. Finally, there is a pleasant slightly artificial sour finish after each sip.
What’s in it? Water, Fermented Apple Juice, Sugar, Apple Juice Concentrate, Citric Acid (Acidity Regulator), Flavour (Apple), Potassium Sorbate (as a Preservative), Caramel Colour, Contains Sulphites. That’s a lot of ingredients right?
Overall: It’s a pleasant enough drink I guess. I don’t think that I would want to have more than one or risk facing a wicked headache. If you are a fan of Smirnoff Ice or California Cooler then this might be the perfect
Cider drink for you.
Which brings up a point; THIS IS NOT A REAL CIDER. Although Carlsberg defends the claim to call it Cider by putting the following on their website; “The internationally accepted definition of cider is as follows: Apple Cider is derived by the fermentation of the juice of apples, without at any time adding distilled alcohol. Sugar and apple juice may be added both prior and post fermentation. Most ciders are carbonated and food additives (permitted in EUlegislation) can be used.” I still think they feel a little dirty calling it a Cider which is why they clearly put “Apple Flavoured Cider” on the can:
I would consider Cider as a product in which the first ingredient is Apple NOT Water. I guess everyone has a different definition…
Rating: 4.5 Drinking Gorillas out of 10
Where to get it? This one was picked up at West Coast Liquor in Burnaby. $3.40 for a 500ml Can.
X-Factor – The Pint Glass that is pictured above was indeed ‘given’ to me from one of my favourite watering holes downtown Vancouver. I won’t mention the name in case they didn’t realize they gave it to me…hehe
Full Disclosure – The first time I drank Somersby I really enjoyed it. I had about 4 Pints and woke up with a massive hangover. I have since concluded that it had nothing to do with the amount I drank. It was what I drank. And that’s the lie I keep telling myself!