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      10.03.2013 23:37
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      And if one green bottle should accidently fall...

      Being a student i do enjoy my nights out drinking. The newly dubbed 'Student' drink being Brothers ciders, i've enjoyed my fair few.

      Normally cider tends to go straight through me, i can drink it til the cows come home and the most that'll happen is that i'll need the toilet a lot. Brothers ciders on the other hand tend to get me that bit more tiddly. Which is probably why when i have cider i drink these.

      Brothers are actually the more diverse of alcohols, ranging in packaging, distribution, flavours and prices all over the show.

      So lets start with the packaging. Brothers is most commonly sold in green glass bottles with various coloured labels defining their flavours, but are also available in cans, distinguished by the colour of the cans again according to flavour, and more recently in shot form- only sold as such in bars from what i can gather, and bar the apple, pear and pear lite versions, are again distinguishable by colour.

      The distribution of Brothers is also varied, the cans are sold in supermarkets as packs of four from what i've seen, bottles are sold individually behind the bar, but can also be found in crates of 16 in shops, and the shots, as already mentioned are found behind the bar, and can be added to say Strongbow or Thatchers if you're looking for a cheaper behind the bar option or are trying different Brothers flavours (my favourite combination thus far being the strawberry and toffee apple shots mixed in a pint of Strongbow,) along with being available as the individual shot.

      From what i've seen there are 8 flavours of Brothers so far:
      Pear- The original Brothers cider, pleasant enough if you like that sort of thing.
      Pear lite- From what i can gather, when everybody was going through that fad of having alcohol with a lower calorie content Brothers had a bit of competition and so came out with his. Although there isn't much difference in the flavour i'm still put off having it simply because it says 'lite.'
      Apple- For those people who can't stand the taste of pear cider but enjoy classic cider Brothers made this for them. Again nice enough but not my preferred flavour of Borthers.
      Toffee Apple- The sweeter version of apple. Good if you haven' eaten strongly flavoured foods beforehand as i've found that can really ruin the experience of this cider, which can be a bit sickly though if drank in the proper conditions is very enjoyable. This flavour goes well as a shot in a pint of cheaper cider behind the bar or as a first pint from my experience.
      Tutti Frutti- Otherwise known as 'The Purple One.' Again this is very sweet and can be rather sickly if not drank in the right conditions, and most certainly does not go well with Toffee Apple in my experience. I much prefer this flavour diluted in a pint of cheaper cider than as a pint itself.
      Strawberry- My personal favourite of the Brothers ciders, it has a pleasant strawberry taste that is neither too sweet nor too bitter and definitely not one i'd dilute. When i'm looking for a lighter drinking night out that still gets me rather merry this is always what i choose as it make for pleasant drinking and due to it not being too sweet i can drink about four through the night and still be enjoying myself.
      Lemon- Another pleasant one, good for during meals i find due to it's not too strong but still pleasant flavour. My favourite time to have this is via a chilled bottle during a BBQ.
      Ginger- Now i'm allergic to spices so i can't comment on this from personal experience, however this is my partner's favourite of the Brothers ciders as he finds it again not too strong in flavour but pleasant enough to drink through the night/ during meals.

      Now the prices of Brothers are extremely varied due to the various packaging and distribution techniques. As a result there is a brothers cider for all occasions but sometimes you have to shop around to get the better prices. The majority of bars sell the bottled Brothers at around £3 per bottle, and the shots between 50p and £1, though some places will sell Brothers cheaper particularly during seasonal holidays and such like.

      Shops on the other hand appear to take a slightly different approach, for example in Bargain Booze they have a deal on where you can get three bottles of Brothers for £10 (£3.99 individually) or a crate of 16 for £14. BnM on the other hand are currently selling four cans of Brothers for £1.99. Big brand Supermarket tend to vary on their deals and quantity for prices pretty much on a weekly basis, although you will find better value for money during seasonal holidays. Please note all these prices are at last check.

      Now the reason Brothers appears to have become the newly dubbed 'Student' drink is because it kind of bridges that gap between alcopops and proper alcohols- being 4% in alcohol content yet in most flavours quite sweet- which is probably why they are so diversely distributed etc. There is a Brothers for any occasion and (i think) for any person, and thanks to this new ability to add a shot of brothers to pints of cider it is probably more widely consumed now particularly by students who're either trying something new or are working their way up to stronger alcohols, or are simply looking for a nice way to get a bit merry and not go the whole hog with a night out.

      That is not to say, however, that other audiences can't enjoy Brothers also. If you like your sweeter tastes or your lighter ciders then this is definitely for you.

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      01.12.2011 10:50
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      A lesser known cider perhaps, but one I'd recommend giving a try, especially Toffee Apple!

      Considering I hadn't heard of the brand, let alone the flavour, until a few months ago, I already consider myself a big fan of this one when I'm in the mood for a nice cold cider.

      I used to drink cider more regularly when going out a few years ago, but then I found it got quite boring and difficult to drink because it's so filling. When I heard this was called 'toffee apple' I wasn't that tempted, which is strange for me because I have a sweet tooth, but then I guess I just wasn't really sure what to expect. The brand wasn't one I was overly familiar with at that point, although since then I have noticed far more advertising for it.

      Brothers seems to be becoming a more popular brand, with it now being available in select pubs and supermarkets. I believe the company, which started as a family business, has been going a while (over 350 years!) but that they only sold their first lot of Pear Cider creations at Glasto back in 1995. It only hit pubs in 2005, so it's still relatively new on the market to drinkers, and thus far it's quite underestimated I think. There are a few different flavours out there, including good old strawberry, but toffee apple stands out from the crowd as being quite unique. I got this from a pub the first time and it was priced at around £3.50, served ice cold from the bottle.

      The label and brand name are easy to recognise and the glass bottle is 500ml, so a decent size for a yummy drink that's priced at around £1.89 in supermarkets (Tesco). I have seen these on offer more recently, like 3 for £4, so next time that's on I'm going to stock up on a couple as a little treat. Flavours in the range include pear, strawberry and toffee apple.

      This review is mainly for the latter: toffee apple. How does it taste? I think all cider is quite fizzy and filling, yet this goes down very easily. There's not really any bitterness or sourness as an aftertaste either; this is very sweet, as you may guess from a name like toffee apple flavour, so having more than 1 or 2 of these in one go may be a tad sickly! Having said that, I still found this easy to drink and delicious, easier still than the strawberry version or similar competing brands such as Koppaberg Strawberry. Toffee Apple offers something that I don't think any other cider brand does - a very sweet cider that feels a tad more special compared to the norm.

      I guess you could say this is more of a winter drink, and yet I wouldn't really say so. It's comforting to drink in the winter, but when served ice cold it's very refreshing and invigorating.

      Just to cover the facts quickly, this has a 4% ABV and contains 61.9 calories per 100ml, which is a fair amount when considering it's a 500ml bottle. None the less, it is a sweet treat and I'd say it's worth every calorie!

      All in all, yes I would recommend this as a sweet treat. It's great for a drink down the pub or at home, being a refreshing, social, light-hearted yet high quality brand. I've knocked off one star to cover the other flavours, ie. strawberry, which I don't find as easy or as tasty to drink compared to toffee apple.

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        27.11.2011 23:29
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        A yummy drink, avaliable in so many flavours.

        INTRODUCTION
        I actually don't like cider. And by that I mean any cider that is of the traditional apple flavour. I have however recently become quite partial to the strawberry and lime koppaberg cider, and I wanted to try what else was on the market.

        PACKAGING
        These come in 500ml bottles and contain two units of alcohol. All the bottles are quite generic, apart from the strawberry one, which is a lovely red colour. The colours and the labels on all the bottles give the product quite a sophisticated feel, so I still feel girly when drinking straight out of the bottle.

        PRODUCT AND TASTE
        The first flavour I tasted was the strawberry one. It was lovely and tasty, and it didn't hae a cider-y aftertaste, that a lot of fruity ciders do. The size of the bottle, was also what I thought was a good size for a quiet drink, either in the evening with your meal, or for an afternoon drink at the pub.
        I have also tried the toffee apple flavour, but found that it wasn't quite sweet enough. I also like the sound of the tutti frutti flavour, so I think that will be the next flavour I will buy.

        PRICE
        Its £1.88 for a 500ml bottle from Tesco and Asda, which compared to similar products on the market, is actually very good value. They are often on promotion at various stores, so if you shop around you can get a bargain. At the moment they are on 3 for £5 at Sainsbury's

        CONCLUSION
        A wide range of flavours, with a little something for everyone. In my opinion the strawberry flavour is by far the best, but everyones tastes are different. A well known brand, for a good price.

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          22.07.2011 23:26

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          Great refreshing drink

          Cider is something a lot of people can't stand, but as the traditional apple flavour rises in popularity in pubs and even moreso in festivals, more and more flavours are emerging to satisfy the non believer's tastebuds.

          Brothers' cider in general is of high quality, and is a typically 'English countryside' tasting cider which is light but definitely goes to the head!

          Perhaps the best flavour in their brand is the strawberry cider, which still has that sharp sunny cider taste but the kick of strawberry really makes it something that is a bit easier on the palette. This drink will no doubt be all over the festivals this year, which is great as it is not at all pricey and a good, lightweight alternative to other cider brands. It is also a lot more diverse- if you want to have a less alcoholic drink in the early day, put a bit of lemonade in it to make a fizzier drink- it tastes great! All in all, this brand knows how to market itself with its new advert featuring new band Cults as its backing music, and the drinks seem to fare well amongst the festival crowds.

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          20.04.2011 17:38
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          Affordable and well made product with depth in their range of flavours - recommended.

          'Brothers Cider', where do I begin? I say this because when it comes to Brothers they make such a variety of ciders. Their range includes such varieties as toffee apple, tutti frutti, strawberry & pear, pear, lemon pear, ginger cider and bitter sweet apple. These are just a few I could find online, but supermarkets will each sell their own ranges of Brothers cider and it is safe to say that there are always at least four different flavours in each store! My favourite just has to be the humble pear cider. You may wonder why I chose Brothers for the ordinary pear cider for, but there is good reason behind it. I enjoy their whole range of cider varieties, but i do also like the way other companies have their own wide selections too. I am very excited by the way in which cider is becoming more accessible as a drink to tickle your tastebuds. It is difficult to get away from the fact cider will always be seen as a drink that kids buy from the 'offy' to sup in the local park. Fortunately cider has moved on a long way since then, and brands such as Magners (my first cider was a Magners!), Brothers and Rekorderlig have changed the image of cider as a drink.

          The bottles are instantly recognisable, with the 'Brothers' branding in large text toward the bottom of the label, and the picture of a pear (or apple) on the front also. The pear cider I rate highly comes in at 4.7% which is quite reasonable for cider and comes in 500ml bottles priced at around £2 each from most good alcohol retailers.

          Brothers' pear cider has to be my favourite cider from the brand. I love the light and naturally sparkling finish to the drink. Often I find pear cider to be too sweet and sickly, but Brothers get the balance just right and it is up there with the better apple ciders. Brothers pear cider is just perfect in its taste, not too sweet and not too dry - just the way I like it. There is something about the taste and smell of this cider that sets it apart from brands such as Strongbow and Woodpecker. Obviously the fact this is a pear cider as opposed to an apple one, but the quality of the product tastes so much better.

          Brothers pear cider is not to be confused with any of the lesser brands. The taste is very refreshing and not sickly at all unlike most pear ciders. The entire Brothers' range is worthwhile taking a look at - there is something to suit all tastes. The strawberry and pear is also a firm favourite of mine. The sweetness of the strawberries is blended with the pear to give a perfectly balanced and unique taste. The moment I release the pressure on a bottle of ice cool Brothers' cider I know I am in for a treat.

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            10.12.2010 18:00
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            Cider but not as you know it

            As one of the rare gifts I've been given from my mother, I wasn't expecting a great deal from the large green bottled drink she gave me. Apparently it was on sale for just 90p which could have said something (this was half of the normal retail price apparently) though for "Brothers" maybe the price slashing was an indication that their "Toffee Apple Cider" wasn't a big hit on the shelves. For some reason, maybe a premonition this was going to be a sure fire disaster. As I'm not a big cider fan to begin with, it was hard to work out whether the addition of "toffee" was going to do more harm than good, though from the stench of the open neck of the bottle it didn't smell like the sweet scent of a success story in fact it was more the putrid smell of failure.

            As with most ciders the drink has a dark orange brown colour, similar somewhat perhaps to urine, and lets be honest guys we look at it when we let it out, we know what colour it is and we wouldn't drink it. The drink has a very average cider smell to it plain old apple, not too strong but nothing that stands out particularly well, though with toffee in it it was to be expected that the flavour wouldn't necessarily be what one would expect of a cider drink. This is actually the case and it doesn't taste like other ciders, which is in some peoples eyes a good thing in others a bad thing, it's a much sweeter taste, less of a bitter apple bite to it and more of a...well...toffee apple taste to it, a much more drinkable and smooth taste to it that perhaps wouldn't go down with the Cider drinkers of today that like their Magners to be ice cold and crispy. This was more a fun cider a cider perhaps aimed at the young drinkers who aren't drinking solely to get drunk but merely for fun, whack a few drinks down their neck to further enjoy each others company.

            The problem with a drink like this is perhaps, just maybe they've alienated "true Cider drinkers" and tried to attract an alternative consumer, one that isn't necessarily going to be attracted to Cider with out good marketing. Although apparently the drink is big in the Brothers bar in southern England as well as being popular with people who go to the Glastonbury festival they've yet to really hit the billboard of TV campaigns like Magners have done (rather heavily) to get the name out, and with them aiming for the youth drinkers (18-24 market) maybe they need to do this. What is certainly true is that the drink is surprisingly nice and incredibly easy to drink though it's not, your typical cider.

            Note the drink is 4% ABV

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              14.10.2010 21:45
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              Good for one drink!

              I never used to really like Cider, but that was when it was all about traditional cider, home brewed and old fashioned. A couple of years ago Cider came back around, with the explosion of Magners and Bulmers, much newer brands have come into favour recently, one such being Brothers.

              Like I said, I didn't really like cider, but then I started drinking Jacques as that didn't taste like cider to me, and I really liked the fruitiness of it. Because of that someone else recommended Brothers to me. I noticed they did a wide range of flavours, from Strawberry to tutti fruity, and apple and pear, so quite a few to chose from. I know if you buy them in a pub they are around £3-£4 a bottle but if you by them in a supermarket they are only a couple of pounds a bottle. When added to ice, they make up a pint glass. So you get more volume for your money than a spirit and mixer, although the whole pint glass things puts me off a bit as I prefer to appear to be a dainty girl!

              I tried the strawberry and tutti fruity flavours. As with the Jacques the cider taste is quite well disguised, although not quite so much. The drinks are fizzy and very fruity, so they live up the flavoured name they are named after. However the taste is quite artificial and much more like loads of random E numbers and other made up ingredients have been added, whereas the jacques cider tastes much more genuinely fruity.

              I like drinking a glass of this as it is very refreshing and just tastes a bit different. i can never drink it fast as it makes me feel quite bloated, so I only drink it when I have time to be at a leisurely pace, and I really can't handle more than one pint before feeling sick, so pace yourselves, if you want a Brothers night!

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              27.07.2010 21:54
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              Highly Recommended

              Despite the painfully naff television adverts, this is actually quite a pleasant drink - especially on a hot summer's day. This cider comes in a couple of different flavours, but the one I recently bought a few bottles of is the strawberry and pear flavour. A 500ml bottle of this stuff costs £1.79 in Tesco, though they have a long running offer going where you can pick up three bottles for £4 which gives you a little bit of a saving. They also do multi-packs of this in 250ml bottles if you prefer just having a small drink at a time.

              First and foremost, this is marketed as being a cider, but the strawberry and pear flavour which I had actually says on the side that this is a strawberry and pear flavoured perry. I don't mean to split hairs, but a perry is not quite the same thing as a cider. Close, but not the same! So true cider lovers do beware, but then if you're that much of a cider fan you'll probably not buy your stuff in bottles or tins from Tesco I guess.

              The flavour is quite easy to describe and I like that it's such a simple one. It's of natural strawberries, with that hint of sweetness which is not particularly sugary or overwhelming. The pear helps to sweeten the slightly bitter edge that the strawberries leave in your mouth after swallowing, and I think they also help to make this thirst-quenching as well.

              This is only 4% alcohol so coupled with the refreshing factor and the easy-to-drink flavour, I think this is perfect for drinking at a BBQ or in the garden on a hot summer's day. I think both men and women alike will appreciate this stuff, though true cider lovers are probably best off looking elsewhere. Four stars from me, a good quality product here.

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              04.07.2010 21:43
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              My local off licence has gone all cosmopolitan on me . Formerly a dirty little dive of a store specialising in Diamond White, Super T, and the bog standard tinned beers, it has recently started selling specialist bottles, with one of my recent discoveries being the 'Brothers' cider brand .

              The store stocks two varieties - Toffee Apple and Strawberry. Naturally, I had to sample both .

              Firstly - the Toffee Apple flavour . This comes in a nice green bottle with a yellow cap, and a picture of a green apple with the top half dripping in toffee. Apparently, this was a limited edition bonfire night flavour, that has now become available year round due to popular demand. At 4% it's not too strong, and opening the bottle releases a sweet toffee aroma .

              Taking a sip - well, it's glorious! Sweet, almost like an appletise, with a strong toffee flavour, and lightly sparkling, this cider dances across your tastebuds before slipping down like a dream. The flavour is simply gorgeous, and the light sparkle is just perfect. It is very sweet though, perhaps too sweet to be necked - this is a cider to be sipped slowly and enjoyed, and I don't think I can manage more than one .

              Onto the Strawberry variety - this one isn't so rare, with there being various strawberry ciders already available on the market. Once again the bottle is green, with the label this time featuring a strawberry . This cider is actually reddish in colour, and upon sipping has a rather thick, syrupy texture. You can certainly taste the pear in this, but the strawberry is the main flavour, sweet and yet slightly sharp at the same time, and very summery. This is a lot less fizzy, and is much heavier to drink - upon finishing the bottle I almost feel like I've eaten a meal, it sits so heavily in the stomach . Nonetheless, a great drink to sip slowly on a summers evening, and again a respectable 4%.

              Both these drinks cost £1.99 in my corner off licence. The Brothers range has started to make it's appearance in supermarkets, although you may have to scout for the more unusual flavours, as I usually only see them selling the pear cider variety .

              Overall, a very promising cider company, and I'll certainly be keeping my eye out for future offerings.

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                19.05.2010 23:21
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                If you haven't tried it, I wouldn't discourage you from buying one or two bottles, but no more!

                The highly-flavoured variations of this cider often pop-up on offer in Morrisons so I let myself try them once in a while. The Strawberry and Toffee Apple flavours in particular are rather sweet and refreshing and seem very moreish upon the first sip, but they really are *too* sweet and get very sickly before you've even got 2/3rds of the way through a small bottle.

                You can get around this by buying one of each flavour to try so that you don't get fed up with one particular one, but the novelty of this wears off after you've tried each one more than once or twice and you can no longer convince yourself that its a fun flavour you haven't tasted before... because don't kid yourself... you have tasted it before... and its sweet and sugary... and that's about it.

                I suppose one over ice and drunk slowly might be nice on a hot day, but even drinking vast amounts of a really sugary soft drink would probably be less sickening than lots of this.

                The 7% abv "Festival Pear" cider is the only one out of the range that I might recommend to buy for more than a bit of fun... its reasonably priced, not too sweet and I prefer it to Gaymers.

                However I highly recommend checking out Kopparberg which I reviewed earlier on this evening, which is a sweet pear cider that doesn't get too sickly like this stuff does.

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                  31.01.2010 18:32
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                  Difficult to find and average, so what's the point?

                  I first discovered Brothers cider whilst working behind a student bar. The introduction of the cider along with introductory prices meant the cider went down a storm, so I felt compelled to try it to see what the fuss was about.

                  I'm quite fussy about my drinks, and detest anything remotely citrus-tasting, so I opted for strawberry. The drink was refreshing - ideal for a hot summer's day, especially served over ice - but extremely sweet and sickly. I certainly couldn't sit down for a session and stick to Brother's all night! If it's strawberry cider you're after, try Rekorderlig's strawberry and lime's option. The pear cider was equally sickly and very disappointing, tasting not dissimilar to a bottle of Fairy! It did not come close to Kopperberg's much nicer alternative.

                  In summary, I'm not really a fan. The story on the bottle about the brother's at Glastonbury festival developing a cider is cute, but in reality the drink just isn't that good. It's exclusivity (by which I mean it's not widely sold in pubs) means social science students will often try and drink this to look sophisticated, which makes the drink decidedly uncool! Overall the drink isn't that good, and as it's not widely available, it's not worth the effort to drink!

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                    I know what I'll be drinking this summer!

                    I don't drink cider so I have no idea what first possessed me to pick up a bottle of Brothers Lemon Mixed Pear Cider in Morrison's! Maybe it was because it was on offer for £1 a bottle and I fancied trying something different? Whatever the reason, I'm SO glad I did!

                    Since trying the lemon one I was brave enough to try the strawberry and the toffee apple flavours too! Brothers Cider comes in these five varieties:
                    'Festival' Pear (7.0% APV)
                    Lemon Mixed Pear (4.0% APV)
                    Strawberry Mixed Pear (4.0% APV)
                    Pear (4.7% APV)
                    Toffee Apple (4.0% APV)

                    As far as I'm aware, Toffee Apple is the only one made with apples, all the others are pear ciders.

                    The bottles all have roughly the same wording on the back:
                    "It has taken four brothers and 14 generations of cider makers to create this unique cider, served at the Glastonbury Festival since 1995. Enjoy it chilled, over ice or in a muddy field.
                    Originally launched at the Brothers Bar."

                    I won't bore you with any more of the history of the company but you can read all about them on their website at www.brotherscider.co.uk (if you're over 18 that is!).

                    Each bottle is 500ml and they are often on offer for £1 a bottle in Morrison's, otherwise the price varies from £1 to £2. You can also buy them in Tesco, Adsa and Threshers although not all shops stock all the flavours. The 4.0% APV varieties (lemon, strawberry and toffee apple) are equivalent to 2 units.

                    And those vegans among us will be pleased to know that all Brothers Cider is vegan, here is the response I received from them about their ingredients and production:
                    "No Brothers Cider products use isinglass in their production. All are suitable for vegans."

                    So onto the three varieties I've tried:

                    Lemon Mixed Pear
                    It has a weak smell of cider with a hint of lemon. When I popped off the cap (using a bottle opener) it fizzed up and nearly out of the bottle! Although when I started to drink it I discovered it was no fizzier than a usual soda drink, I must've shaken it a bit when getting it out of the fridge.
                    It looks just like classic 'real' lemonade and actually tastes more like lemonade than a cider drink; in fact it vaguely reminds me of that old alchopop Hooch. The aftertaste definitely has the hint of a cider kick. It was so refreshing that I can see why people like to drink this at festivals.

                    Strawberry Mixed Pear
                    When you pour it all you can smell is strawberries! And it's a lovely red colour. This one has a much stronger cider taste and I found it hard to taste the strawberry flavouring over it. It's still very sweet though. It wasn't as refreshing as the lemon and I found I couldn't finish this bottle. This nearly put me off trying any of the other flavours but when I found out about the next flavour I couldn't resist!

                    Toffee Apple
                    It's not a very appetising colour, it's a light brown but then many ciders are a similar colour. I poured myself a glass and was delighted at the wonderful toffee apple smell, without a hint of cider! This one is much sweeter than the strawberry flavour and certainly tastes like toffee apples! Well, the artificial flavour of toffee apples with a strong taste of cream soda too. There's only slight hint of cider taste in aftertaste although the more you drink, the less it seems to taste of toffee apples, or maybe that's just me. If it wasn't so sweet I could drink these all day! And it's available all year round, yay!

                    I've yet to try the plain pear flavours but I'm sure I'll get round to it at some point, or I might just stick with what I know and like.

                    With the lemon and toffee apple flavours you could easily forget they're cider or even alcoholic, I think they taste great! The reason Brothers only gets four stars though is because I was disappointed by the strawberry flavour.

                    I would say that Brothers is the cider for people who don't like cider! It certainly converted me!!

                    Brothers are currently giving away free posters, I've already got mine! Order yours here:
                    www.brotherscider.co.uk/posters

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                      13.10.2009 14:16
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                      A nice little cider, but may not be to everyone's taste!

                      Brothers Strawberry Cider
                      Brothers is a relatively new company who make cider, they started out at Glastonbury festival where they started selling their Pear cider in 1995. The company is made up of four brother: Francis, Jonathan, Matthew & Daniel, and their family have been making the cider for 14 generations! As the cider proved so popular at the festival, they decided to market the cider in 2005, to pubs and supermarkets. From a small company selling cider in a field, to the huge country wide popularity of the cider, they have grown and grown, and now have 5 varieties of the cider: Festival Pear Cider- this is stronger than the other flavours at 7%, Lemon Mixed pear cider, strawberry mixed pear cider, pear cider and finally Toffee apple cider.
                      The cider I am reviewing today is the Strawberry variety, as in all honesty, this is the only one I have tried.
                      I first tried the cider when I was in Morrison's and in the "Bargain Bin" they had a small bottle for 75p, it was half the size of a normal bottle, so I thought I'd try it, as I'd never had it before and thought it might be nice, and for 75p, it was well worth it!
                      Taste/Flavour

                      I don't usually like sweet drinks, and don't even drink much pop, much preferring sparkling water to the sugary drinks my husband loves. And I am the same with cider, I usually like a very dry apple cider, not the disgusting "white cider" which you see teenagers drinking on the streets, and find most cider way too sweet for me.

                      Although this cider is very sweet, it's also very nice too! It's very tasty, and really does taste like strawberry. The cider is bright red, and when you open the bottle you get a strong smell of strawberries, upon taking a sip of the drink, it is very very sugary and sweet, but not in a nasty way. It tastes more like a strawberry wine, or an alco-pop type drink.

                      If you like sweet ciders you'll love this, and will enjoy every drop. I myself found that the small bottle I had was plenty, and when I bought a big bottle of it a couple of weeks later (after enjoying the small bottle), I found that it started to get very sickly towards the bottom of the bottle, so in future I would definitely only buy this to share or, buy the small bottles.

                      As with most things it is down to personal preference as to what people think of products, and with this I recommend it to people who like fruit ciders, and also people who like very sweet ciders.

                      Quality

                      The quality of the cider is excellent, and when you drink it you know you're drinking quality product and not some cheap watery mixture of rubbish and chemicals. The cider is made from squashed strawberries and pears, and not made with chemical flavours and rubbish, making it excellent quality!

                      Packaging Design

                      The bottles are very appealing and attractive, and really stand out from the other bottles on the shelf. You can buy the cider either in single 500ml bottles, or you can buy them in packs of 12 from specialist wholesalers. The bottle is a clear glass bottle, with a simple label on it, but it's the bright red colour of the drink which shines through the bottle which is most appealing! The colour is so bright and so red that it looks like the glass has been dyed red. And that is what makes it jump out to you on the shelf over all the other more "boring" ciders.

                      Value for Money

                      At around £2.00 for a 500ml bottle, the cider is very good value for money, seeing a s a small 275ml bottle of Bacardi Breezer tends to be around £1.60 (sometimes more!), it works out as very good value!
                      Brothers isn't sold everywhere as of yet, but here is a list of the shops where you can buy Brothers:
                      Asda, Tesco, Morrison's, Martin McColl, Threshers & South West. Prices may vary in all of these places.

                      In conclusion:
                      Strawberry Brothers cider is very tasty, but I think you have to be a big sweet fan to enjoy it properly, and the big bottle tends to be too much for one!!!

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                        If you like cider and you like it sweet this is one for you.

                        I have seen a few adverts around and about for the Brothers range of cider so when the opportunity arose to try it for myself yesterday I decided to give it a go.

                        I believe there are five flavours to try - the two available to me were Lemon & Pear and Toffee Apple. I believe the other flavours are Pear, Strawberry & Pear and Original Apple. I went for the Toffee Apple on the basis that I like toffee and have a somewhat sweet tooth, even if I am diabetic.

                        I had a quick sniff, before pouring the drink over the ice in my pint glass, just to check the strength of the toffee aroma and have to say that it was very obviously that the product had toffee in it. I was not disappointed with the taste. It was a lovely sweet tasting cider, might be a little too sweet for some people's liking but right up my street.

                        If you like cider then you will probably like this one. I am looking forward to trying some of the other flavours now to see if they are as nice as Toffee Apple.
                        The price I paid was £2.65. I thought this was reasonable for the product I received, a 500 ml bottle, and would not put me off buying it again.

                        The labels on the bottle are well designed.
                        The level of alcohol content (4.0%) is clearly displayed on the neck label along with an image of three people stood leaning against a bar with one other person behind the bar.

                        For this particular flavour the main label on the front has a distinctive image of a Toffee Apple (obviously) and with the slogan below proclaiming that the drink was "First Enjoyed In A Field In Somerset". This makes sense seeing as the label on the back tells you the product is manufactured in Shepton Mallet and was first made in 1992. I would certainly recommend you try Brothers if you like cider.

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                      • Product Details

                        Brothers / A range of cider drinks manufactured by a company in Somerset.