Herberth Braeburn (SV) Apfelwein Review

Vital Stats:

Producer: Herberth
Cider Name: Braeburn (SV)
Region: Frankfurt, Germany
ABV: 6%
Taste: Medium/Dry
Served: 750ml bottle at room temperature
Smell: Light apples/Wine like
Colour: Light straw
Clarity: Clear
Carbonation: Lightly sparkling

Review/Tasting Notes:

Purchased From: ApfelweinKontor, Frankfurt, Germany
Date: 14/06/13

This is the last apfelwein to try of the evening and boy what an evening it has been. Lots of good apfelwein, good food and great company. The night will be ended off with the Braeburn single variety (SV) apfelwein from Herberth.

Herberth are yet again a completely new producer on me and are based in Kronberg, which is just over 10 miles North West of Frankfurt. From having a look on their website, it appears they have been making apfelwein in the family for over 40 years. They take great care in making their apfelwein and they have won numerous awards for their efforts. The Braeburn seems a very interesting and slightly odd choice for a SV cider. From past experience I’ve found it is very hard for a cidermaker to master a SV cider from cooking/eating apples. There’s usually not enough character/flavour in just the one apple variety, though maybe they can pull it off and surprise me. There’s only way to find out and that’s to try it!

It poured lightly sparkling, clear, light straw in colour and smells like a wine. A blind aroma test would make me say this is definitely a wine and not a cider. If you concentrate a bit on the aroma you can feel a light apple smell there too, though I’m struggling to see it. My first taste is how it smells – very wine like! It’s light, crisp, fruity, lightly sweet, minor grapefruit feel and ends a little drier, tangy and very easy to drink. The problem for me is I’m not a huge wine fan and thus not a huge fan of ciders that taste like wine. It’s very drinkable and could certainly see it on a dinner table as a wine substitute, but I just prefer my ciders to have a bit more of a ballsy taste and cider like. This is by no means a bad cider, it is just not my thing personally.

Would I buy this again?: Possibly as a wine substitute
Overall Rating: 7/10

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