Freyeisen Apfelwein Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Freyeisen
Cider Name: Apfelwein
Region: Frankfurt, Germany
ABV: 5.5%
Taste: Medium
Served: Lightly chilled 330ml bottle
Smell: Apples/Wine like
Colour: Golden
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: ApfelweinKontor, Frankfurt, Germany
Date: 10/06/13

I’ve just got back from Frankfurt today and boy what an apfelwein trip it was! There was plenty of apfelwein to be drank, cider tastings to be done and even visiting a local German apfelwein producer. It sure was a trip to remember and with any good trip you need to bring home memories of your trip and I certainly did that. 10 ciders/apfelweins were brought home and that will keep me going for a good while yet. Up first is the apfelwein by Freyeisen.

The Freyeisen apfelwein is based upon the 1817 cider business setup by the Freyeisen brothers, which was the first one in the city of Frankfurt and really put them on the map for cider. This particular apfelwein is based on a traditional apfelwein recipe and is made by the guys behind the ApfelweinKontor cider shop. I met two of the guys behind the shop, Coady and Konstantin, whilst over there and both guys were very welcoming and had a great knowledge of the local apfelwein/cider scene. With the help of Coady, this is now being exported to his home country of Australia and apparently selling really well. There was possibly a little more information they gave me about this cider, but with learning so much of the local apfelwein scene it has completely gone from my memory. Anyway, it’s time to crack this bottle open and see how it compares to the other apfelweins I’ve drank over the last weekend.

It poured fairly well carbonated, golden in colour, has rich, fruity apple/wine like aromas and is rather nice on the nose. It’s actually a very appealing smell and is similar to other apfelweins I’ve tasted this past weekend, though feels it has a slightly more fresh feel to it. The initial taste is light, crisp, fruity, has a smooth apple taste, which turns sour, acidic and lightly bitter. This does certainly keep you on the edge of your seat and takes your mouth on a journey you won’t forget. There is some dryness in the finish to this, but there is an overall sweetness to it too. Tannins are virtually non-existent, though I can feel a touch of them within this. Apfelweins in my opinion can be of an acquired taste, though if you like your cider acidic/tangy and sour, then this will be right up your street!

Would I buy this again?: Yes
Overall Rating: 8/10


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    […] is a collaboration between themselves and the cider producers Rothenbucher. Having enjoyed the Freyeisen apfelwein a couple of days ago, I’m hoping this can be of at least the same quality, if not better. […]

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