“ Brand: Brothers / Type: Flavoured Cider / Type: Cider „
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My sister really needs to take better care of her cider...another bottle managed to fall in to my hands on a recent trip to the fridge. This time it was a bottle of Brothers Strawberry which elected for its end of life in my glass. Each bottle of Brothers contains 500ml of cider, this one is Pear cider with strawberry juice and comes in at a fairly usual 4%ABV. So opening the cap there is a sweet and distinctly strawberry scent coming from the bottle. Pouring it in to a glass the cider is a rich red colour, and ever so slightly cloudy. The flavour in the first mouthful is rather blandly sweet, there is an aftertaste of strawberry but this is gone almost immediately. Swilling a mouthful of cider around in my mouth brings out hints of the pear base to the cider but the strawberry remains a rather disappointing weak flavour. That said it is nice to find a strawberry flavoured product which isn't immediately identifiable as artificially flavoured. Allowing the cider to warm up slightly I found that the sweetness just became too much for me and didn't do much to improve the strength of the strawberry flavour. Getting toward the end of the bottle I found myself struggling to finish it, bored of the lack of flavour and aftertaste it just started to taste sweet but of nothing in particular. Overall I won't be allowing any more of these to find themselves in my glass, I prefer my cider to have a sweetness to it, but I also like for it to have a distinct flavour where it is advertised as flavoured, with this one the only real flavour was to be found when you swilled it around your mouth a little and at that point it was the pear flavour which was brought out not the strawberry. I think for fans of strawberry flavours there are plenty of other cider brands making strawberry flavoured varieties which actually do taste of the soft fruit itself making it rather feel that Brothers have missed a trick with their offering. Cost wise it seems that typically you should be paying between £2 and £2.20 for an individual bottle but often there are multi buy offers and Brothers sell their products as multipack cans also with 4.550ml cans costing around £5 where they are available.
I must have last drank cider when I was back in my teens, and as I am not in my thirties, it was obviously some time ago. It was my husband who brought this into the house the other weekend. He's been to our local off license for a bottle of wine for us but picked up a couple of bottles of Brothers Strawberry & Mixed Pear Cider which he said was on special offer - £1.75 a bottle. Now, I have simply no idea how this compares to any other bottle of cider in terms of price, but the bottle was / is 500ml in size, made of glass and has one of those tops that you just need a bottle opener to remove it, otherwise it is impossible to get into it without one. Expecting wine, I must admit, I wasn't really in the mood for a glass of gassy cider but it was already chilled as it had been in the fridge in the off license, and as my husband was offering to pour me a glass anyway, I accepted it. I was expecting this cider to be quite gassy and bubbly, when in actual fact it is at first, but once allowed to stand for about twenty seconds, the bubbles all but disappear and you are left with what is essentially a glass of still, rather pink coloured cider. The smell is gorgeous, and you can definitely detect the aroma of fresh strawberries, not a lot, but it is there, as a subtle background smell. Taste wise, I was actually quite pleased this wasn't too carbonated as I hate fizzy drinks which are too gassy as they make me feel really bloated out. It had a pleasant taste which wasn't too sweet or dry, it was just 'in the middle', so to speak, but the mixture of pear and strawberry was most definitely a gorgeous combination and certainly very moreish. It's a thirst quenching cider, which is incredibly easy to drink (due to lack of carbonation primarily, for me) and as it contains only 4% alcohol by volume, I wasn't going to get tipsy too quickly on this. Not having had a glass of cider for some years, I can say I really enjoyed this. It was extra nice as it was very well chilled and I was thirsty at the time. I would most certainly buy this again and it makes a pleasant long drink to have on a warm summer's night (here's hoping!).
I bought this just to see what it was like. It's awful! It tastes a bit like fizzy Ribena but with a faint aniseed aftertaste that is just ghastly. I like real cider and perry and I think that it is a waste of either of them to turn them into this silly drink. Maybe some children would drink it...?It does not go with food and does not bear drinking on its own either.Sorry but the rest of the bottle goes straight down the drain.
Brothers Strawberry and Pear Cider originates from Somerset. It was apparently first sold at Glastonbury festival. Really it's a perry but a lot of people don't know what that is so the term Pear Cider was born! I decided to buy a bottle of this when out at my local one hot afternoon. I usually drink cider and black so am no stranger to sweetness in cider, but if you're not used to sweet drinks this could be very overpowering. One sip was enough to make me feel my teeth were rotting! Having said that, pear cider is usually sweeter than apple cider anyway so it's not to be unexpected. Once you get over the initial shock of how sweet it is, the flavour is not actually too bad, although tastes of artificial strawberry, not real strawberries. It does however taste more like an alcopop than a cider, and if you enjoy 'proper' cider then this probably isn't for you! It is lightly fizzy, which make it more pallatable than some other ciders. It's quite pricey at around £2.80 in my local- although the supermarkets have it on offer quite frequently! It's not the strongest of ciders out there at 4.0% abv, but obviously everyone has different tolerances so drink aware people!The sweetness put me off this becoming a regular drink of mine, but would suit someone looking for a change from alcopops!
INTRODUCTION As an young woman, beer and ale just isn't to my taste, and to be honest neither is cider. Normally when I go out I would drink alcopops, however they're not really appropriate for the afternoon, and wine is just too expensive for day to day. I normally opt for the strawberry and lime kopparberg, as its just so wonderfully fruity that it doesn't even taste like cider. I had seen the brothers strawberry and lime cider, but since kopparberg had always been avaliable, I didnt bother trying it. PACKAGING The bottle is 500ml (just over a pint) in size and provides you with two units of alcohol. The label gives the drink a outdoors-y feel, which is appropriate as the cider was first enjoyed in a field! The drink is a lovely pink colour, which shows through the bottle, and so I still feel girly when holding it. TASTE As for taste - I was very impressed. With a lot of fruity ciders the initial taste is nice, but then there is a distinct beer-y aftertaste. This was not the case with this one. It is not the sweetest fruity cider I have tried, but in many ways I think its makes it more refreshing. It definitely tastes fruity, but if I didn't know it was strawberry flavour, I don't think I would have been able to tell you. PRICE I bought it when it was on offer in Asda. Its normally priced at £1.88 for a 500 ml bottleYou can also get it in 440 ml cans, which are avaliable in a multipack. They're normally £10, but its often discounted, and is currently at £7. I have also seen them recently in sainsburies on offer for 3 500ml bottles for £5. They are really good value, much better than the other similar products on the market. CONCLUSION It a delightfully fruity cider, that isn't so sweet that it doesn't quench your thirst. I don't think that it is quirte my favourite fruity cider out there, but next time it is on offer I will definitely buying a few bottles.
Living in Somerset one thing I had to get used to when I moved here was cider. Anyone and everyone (unless underage ahem lol!) drinks it from bottles to from casks and rough (unprocessed stuff from farm shops) and mulled (yep mulled cider is readily available in Cheddar Gorge and the likes!) there really is no escaping that here, drinking cider is the only way to go. Me though, well I'm not all that keen on apple ciders and never have been really. Pear cider though I love particularly Kopperberg and so recently when I spotted this Brothers strawberry and mixed pear bottle on offer for a pound a time in my local Tesco store I bought a couple and popped them in the fridge for me and my boyfriend to sup one evening as a small treat. The Packaging: I bought this in a 500ml bottle size with pull off cap/lid to the top of it which needs a bottle opener and the bottle is tall and green in colour and rather see-through. On the neck of the bottle we are told that it is Strawberry Mixed Pear Cider and that it contains 4.0% alcohol and on the front of the bottle there is a photograph of a pear and and strawberry on there and we are told that it is Brothers Strawberry Mixed Pear Cider 'Best enjoyed in a field in Somerset'. On the back label on the bottle we are told a bit about the product, unit advice is given as well as being told yet again how much alcohol is in it, the size is stated (as I have listed already) and contact details for Brothers is given. Nice enough looking bottle this is and informative enough though no ingredients are stated. The Drink Itself: Red in colour and very slightly bubbly this has a nice smell of pears mingled with strawberries to it and looks rather nice when poured and is best served chilled/cold. The bubbles sort of disappear when poured rather fast really and it is rather a still drink and to me though I can really smell the strawberries freshly and sweetly in it but for me this is too sour and of pears than anything else and that flavour really does overpower the strawberry flavouring for me. I really feel this is a cheap tasting offering of a cider with no life really within it. It looks girly simply because of the colour of it in a glass but to me is not a very well rounded or sweet enough pear based cider. Won't be buying it again even at a pound a bottle (Usually priced at more like £1.75 a bottle), in all good supermarkets, off licenses etc.