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      02.01.2014 12:45
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      Not as nice as a few on the market.

      Gaymers Pear Cider - 12 x 568ml is around £15 online however look out for offers in the supermarkets


      I don't normally drink Gaymers pear cider I tend to go for Cidre or Bulmers but my dad gave me these to try on new years eve so I thought I'd give them a go.

      The bottle is green glass and contains 568ml which is a pint to us folk who understand that better. It is quite chunky and the labels and cap are heavily outlines in gold. The label states this is cold filtered for a smooth taste and should be served over ice to get maximum benefit. This particular bottle has a alcoholic volume percentage of 4.5% which is mid range.

      I never used to drink cider at all until the introduction of pear ciders as I found the apple ones very dry and unpleasant to my palette. I have tried most brands since including Brothers toffee apple and fruit varieties, Kopparberg, Lambrini fruit ciders and Stella Artois Cidre.

      This drink is made with both sugars and sweetners and they profess to have used the finest pears in the making of this drink.

      The cider itself does have a nice clean pear taste but becomes quite heavy after a few drinks. I felt that there was a lot of carbonation in the drink making it quite sharp at times especially if this is served iced cold as suggested.

      I would not really recommend this to anyone and maybe that is why my dad gave it to me?! I much prefer my cidre and Bulmers cherry cider.

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        30.07.2013 15:55
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        Gaymers enter the flavoured cider market

        I have always loved Cider. Especially in the hot, summer months when it is refreshing. With Tesco currently doing a promotion ~ 4 bottles of selected ciders for the price of 3 ~I decided this year to give this brand a try.

        Gaymers is a brand I have not heard of before and offers several different varieties and flavours of its popular pear cider. The two flavours I tried were Raspberry and cherry and apple pear cider.

        The cherry and apple pear cider to my mind was far too sweet. Opening the bottle, it smelled almost perfumey and a little too sickly. Thank God then that it tasted better than it smelled! The cider was rich, sweet and fruity and didn't much taste like cider at all. Though it was 4% alcohol, it didn't hardly taste like I was drinking alcohol, more like a flavoured soda but ever so slightly more potent. To my mind, this was less a drink for serious cider drinkers and more something that would please the alco-pop crowd!

        The Raspberry variety was much better, so much so that I bought more this week! It had less of the perfumey smell upon opening and tasted much smoother and less sweet. The raspberry flavour was more subtle and the whole drink just felt like it had more balance to it. Though both drinks were cool and refreshing when served from the fridge and helped quench my thirst, of the two this was my preferred flavour!

        Flavoured ciders are really big right now and very, very popular but, with so many on the market, finding a decent one can feel like traversing a minefield! In my opinion, Gaymers produce one of the nicest pear ciders around and though the cherry and apple flavour might be a bit hit and miss, the raspberry one comes highly recommended from me and I would certainly buy this again...in nfact, I already did!

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          15.09.2012 21:30
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          It wasn't very nice, and I couldn't give it away

          Gaymers Pear Cider - 12 x 568ml is around £15 online however look out for offers in the supermarkets

          A 330 ml can of Gaymers Pear cider is 4.5% volume and 1.5 U.K. units.

          The recommend perfect serve for Gaymers cider is in a glass over ice.

          I am a massive fan of most fruity ciders, I don't however drink 'normal' ciders like strongbow or stella Cidre. This is because they taste like - well alcohol. The pinker, and more like pop the better for me. Recently this and the raspberry version were on offer at Morrisons and I felt that to economise from my usual more expensive fruit ciders I would get one of each of these.

          I'm normally a fan of pear cider, as well as strawberry cider (and I like raspberries the fruit) I thought where could I go wrong? Well with Gaymers apparently. The pear version of this cider is very sweet - like woodpecker cider almost. Why you may ask is this? The response would have to be because they pack this cider not just with sugars but sweeteners also.

          To me it tastes nothing like it's pear flavoured counterparts that I enjoy so very much. It tastes like 'real' cider the kind that will put hairs on ya' chest. To be frank I'm not sure as a woman I want any hairs on my chest!!!!! To be honest it's really not that nice, I feel that they have jumped on the band wagon of the 'designer' cider with an ill thought out concept and a worse recipe.

          I have to say I wouldn't recommend the cider to anyone, and when I tried to give this to my brother - an actual cider fan even he turned it down... Definitely can't recommend it as I couldn't give it away.

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          22.06.2011 22:28
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          A nice and tasty cider

          When it comes to alcoholic beverages I tend to favour the likes of pear cider over most other drinks. I do like wine and also lager but I don't think you can beat cider for refreshment, particularly in the warm weather.

          My personal favourite brands are Kopperberg and St. Helier as I have a preference for sweeter ciders but as my local supermarkets only stock these on a sporadic basis I tend to make do with whatever they do have. Whilst in my local Iceland store recently I was perusing the cider section when I noticed that they were selling bottles of Gaymers Pear Cider at a mere £1.

          Not that I am alcoholic in anyway you understand (*cough*), but cider averages around £2 per bottle - that is depending on brand and size of course, but this Gaymers stood magnificently tall and contained 568 ml of the golden liquid so at just £1 I decided to buy a bottle (or two..).

          I must point out that my previous experience of drinking any Gaymers cider was not really a positive one as I once tried a bottle of the apple variety and found it quite tart and off putting so I was hoping that this wouldn't be a repeat experience.

          The cider is presented in a thick and sturdy glass bottle which though is green in colour also has a transparency about it too. Because of this the liquid can be seen though it is too difficult to distinguish the colour due to the green glass. There is a sticker around the centre of the bottle bearing the logo and relevant information on the back, whilst around the neck is a golden emblem telling us this is 'cold filtered'.

          This as mentioned is a reasonable sized 568ml and the RRP is around £1.50 depending on where you shop but can be found on offer such as the £1 deals at Iceland for example.

          The strength of the cider is 4.5% volume so drink sensibly.

          My experience of drinking this~
          I wasn't sure what this cider was going to taste like as there are so many pear ciders that claim to be sweeter than the apple variety but end up tasting very similar unfortunately. Though my husband isn't normally a cider drinker he said he would drink the remainder if it was not palatable for me but being the martyr that I am I decided to indulge in a whole bottle at the weekend.

          On removing the cap via a bottle opener I could hear the cider bubbling away whilst still in the bottle and I noticed a hint of pear flavour that emitted upwards which did smell inviting to drink.

          On pouring the cider out I found it to be very bubbly, to the point of frothy even, despite doing my 'barmaid bit' of tilting the glass at the same time. Once the bubbles had subsided I could see it was a nice 'cider colour' of the golden variety athough it did have a crisp appearance and there was a clearness to the liquid as well.

          The pear scent was quite strong once poured and on tasting the drink I found it to be very crisp and intensely refreshing. There was a slight tang to it that did remind me of apple cider but mainly it was the pear I could taste throughout supping this drink. The cider hit the back of my throat and once my taste buds became accustomed to the slight tang I found it a very enjoyable beverage. The only slight negative was there was an aftertaste of apple which may not sound like a bad thing but when you are drinking something that is supposedly made from pears then you would expect the aftertaste to be of pear surely? That was the only 'let down' if that's what you can call it because lets face it there are far worse tastes out there to be left as an aftertaste I'm sure!

          Would I recommend this?~
          If you are an apple cider drinker then I would recommend at least trying this out as it is very refreshing with a slight hint of apples which may go down well with apple cider fans. Unlike my personal favourites of Kopperberg and St Helier, Gaymers isn't too sweet but seems to have the right balance as it isn't *too* tangy either.

          Though given the choice I would opt to buy a sweeter cider everytime but if those weeren't available I would be more than happy with Gaymers. I found it light and refreshing and quenched my thirst (even though it's alcohol) and imagine it will be ideal in the warm Summer weather.

          All in all this is a very nice and tasty pear cider that I am glad I tried.

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            12.06.2011 10:43

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            A good drink, and one to try especially if you are unsure if you like cider or not.

            The cider was going for £1 a bottle so I thought I would get a few in to try. It's a good size bottle of cider (not like some of the smaller ones which come in multi packs) and has a good taste. It has quite a weak taste compared to other ciders but not so weak that you feel like you're just drinking fizzy water. It's not one of my favourites but I would buy it again if on special offer.
            It does have quite a crisp edge to it and has a refreshing feel when you drink it, also the drink keeps it's fizz for a day or so, so if the one bottle is too much to drink in one day just put it in the fridge for tomorrow! I find that I prefer the cider with ice and lemon but I don't mind drinking it straight from the bottle either.

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            11.02.2011 21:21
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            see review x

            After drinking the original Gaymer's in the New Roscoe for so long, on running out of this I was not sure if I wanted to try the pear one, but I thought for £2.20p a bottle I may as well.

            The bottle
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            The bottle is green, with a green label on the middle of the bottle, with big white letters displaying the name, then has a small gold label on the neck of the bottle also displaying the name, both are totally paper, so not as easy to sit there and rip off like I do with the tin foil bottles.

            The taste
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            Out of the bottle the taste is not very nice, but served in a glass with ice as recommended on the bottle is a lot better, this is basically a cheaper version of Magners, yes you can tell it is a cheaper version, but not by very much. Its well worth saving a few pound and by the end of the night my purse feels lighter. The first initially taste I was not keen on, I have never been a big fan of pear cider, but I decided to keep at it for at least the full bottle, this cider was a lot more bitter than Magners, and left a slight after taste. , it did take a bit of getting used to. After a couple of bottles though it did not taste as bad, I just got used to it and the after taste soon faded.

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            I am not sure I would buy this again, as I am not too keen on pear cider, but if you do like pear cider then yes maybe you should try it. The after taste if the cider does fade, but this tastes more sweeter than original cider, and I don't like things that are too sweet.

            That is just my opinion though I can not say I would not recommend this as this is just my opinion of it, and a lot of you will like to drink it, but its just not for me. I will be sticking to the original cider, although I would buy it again if they did run out of original just to save a few pound loll.

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              02.06.2010 22:04
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              Great summer drink

              -Introduction-

              After buying a magners pear cider by accident at the supermarket once, I was instantly converted from apple cider. I am a bit of a wimp when it comes to strong drinks. I can't stand bear, way to bitter. I love the sweet stuff :)

              I bought a pack of pear cider in the cans from the supermarket. It was on offer, I think about £5.

              It is 4.5% alcohol and coms in a 440ml can.

              It comes in a bright green can with the typical ring pull cap.

              -Positives-

              I think for people who like the taste of apple cider, but find it a little strong, this is the best alternative. It still has the nice sweet fruity taste, and a slight kick to it, but doesn't leave that bloated feeling I get with apple cider.
              It is altogether a more sutble kick, but still has the same alcohol content.

              This alcohol is best served on ice and I think this drink is enhanced more by ice than the apple cider. I dont know what it is but ice cold pear is better!

              I dont like ciders where you get loads of froth on top. I work in a bar and find with magners you get more froth on top than gaymers.

              -Negatives-

              Some people may find the taste just too weak. I know for me its just great, but especially with melted ice in there as well, many people may say this is not cider! Each to their own I guess!

              The packaging again! I know that glass bottles tend to be more expensive, but cans just look cheap.

              -Conclusion-

              For those weak cider drinkers this is a great drink against apple cider. It has a more sutble taste and is suitably different to warrant trying both.

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              01.09.2009 17:21
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              Will be Sticking to what I know (Strongbow) in the future.

              Ok let's face it. I am a good olde Cider drinker !!

              I have tried alot of different Alochol over the years from Lager to Vodka but have never found one I have liked as much as Cider. I am a Strongbow drinker and a nice cold pint on a summers day is just delicious.

              Over the past few months my friends have been raving about Gaymers Cider from the Original to the Pear. My one friend in particular is a regular drinker and made me promises to try one. I am up for trying something at least once so I thought I would give it a go.

              I had never heard of Gaymers and was so shocked to learn they has been brewing cider since 1770. Do I really walk around the supermarket with my eyes closed? I think I must. It is generally known as Gaymer's Olde English Cyder which has made it different with an alternative spelling. The cider is also brewed in Somerset where as Strongbow and Woodpecker which are britains most popular brands are brewed in Herefordshire. Again as I thought all ciders were made in Somerset this was another shock to me. I always thought I was a mine field of all sorts of information but these simple facts have seemed to pass me by.

              Alcohol content is something that has never really bothered me but with a content of 4.5 % it seemed a bit lower than Strongbows 5.4% which I have been used for several years.

              As it was my birthday this weekend we decided to have a party, with some party food and yes of course Alcohol!! It was down to me to collect the alcohol for the night and as Gaymers was on offer in Somerfield for £6.99 I thought this was the ideal opportunity to try it out. I wish however, I had stuck with good old Strongbow.

              It came in an appealing bottle with a Lager bottle top and when I poured it into the glass was a nice light yellow colour, slightly lighter than Strongbow and woodpecker. I thought I was going to find another drink finally that I would really like, but the bottle and colour seemed the only benefit to the bevarage.

              As soon as I took the first sip I was highly unimpressed with the taste. It reminded me of White Lightning which is a cheap white cider that you can pick up for £2.99 a bottle. White Lightning is the sort of drink to me that you buy at the age of 14 when you don't seem to have alot of funds and want to get drunk quickly at your mates party. It seemed to be very dry and bitter. I know that strongbow is a Dry Cider but Gaymer's Pear cider just made me so thirtsy and my mouth so dry that I felt slightly queasy.

              Needless to say I quickly transfered back to Strongbow and will be sticking with my preffered drink for now, avoiding Gaymer's Pear Cider completely.

              After all the hype of this product I was very disappointed with it and will not be recommending it to any of my fellow drinkers.

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                17.08.2009 01:27
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                Bargain cider that was not all it was cracked up to be

                Over the past few months I have become quite a fan of cider in both its apple and cider forms and have taken to buying the odd bottle at the weekend as a bit of a treat and to try and discover which brand I prefer - there are several brands and varieties so this "experimentation" is on the whole pretty enjoyable.

                Whilst shopping in Asda I spotted 4 330ml bottles of Gaymers Pear cider on offer for £2, well I couldn't see any reason to resist.

                Gaymers has been around since 1770 and, according to them, the way their cider is made is based on traditional cider pressing methods which have been used for centuries - so in theory they know how to make good cider.

                And just before we get on to the taste here are a few facts and figures. This cider is 4.5% abv, each 330ml bottle contains 1.5 units of alcohol , and the cider contains sulphites (not 100% sure what they are but I don't think they sound good).

                So on to the actual drinking of this cider. It is a medium pear cider made from English pears and is described as having "a deliciously smooth and refreshing taste". When I poured the cider into a glass, icy cold from the fridge, it was a pale golden colour and didn't look too fizzy, there was no fruity smell coming from the glass but this didn't concern me too much. I took and sip of the cider and instead of the fruity taste with the slight alcohol kick I was expecting based on my previous cider experiences I couldn't taste anything. I thought my tastebuds might have been tainted by the sweet food I had eaten earlier so I had some water and then carried on with the cider. The taste did not improve at all, it is a very watery drink with the merest hint of a weak fruit taste, I found the weak flavour very unpleasant. Wondering if it was my inexperience with pear cider I offered some to my mum who really like pear cider but even she found it very bland and watery. For the sake of not judging on first impressions I did try a second bottle the next day but it was no better and I ending up pouring half of it away. The possible only good point about this drink is that is doesn't seem as strong as some ciders alcohol wise but this has come at the cost of flavour.

                I was expecting a refreshing, fruity cider but what I got was a insipid drink which was barely palatable icy cold and near enough undrinkable once the chill had worn off. In future I will spend my £2 on a single bottle of better cider.

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                  13.05.2009 16:49
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                  Easy to drink, ideal with a light meal

                  Gaymers have been making cider since 1770 and is one of the largest cider makers in the world (apparently). Although the Gaymers were producing cider in 1770 it wasn't until William Gaymer (1842-1936) came along that Gaymers entered into full scale commercial cider production. Gaymers are now based at Shepton Mallet, Somerset where they have been making Cider for the last 100 years. Gaymers produce a number of Ciders, such as Gaymers Olde English Cyder, Blackthorn Cider, Diamond White, White Star to name a few.

                  I was having a refreshing pint of 'Thatchers' Cider (also made in Somerset) over the weekend and a friend of mine was drinking Gaymers pear Cider. Whilst out shopping the other day I saw this bottle of Gaymers (£1.69 from Tesco) and thought I would give it a go. I use to think that 'Pear Cider' was one of those noviety drinks but it has infact been around quite a long time, 'perry' is the best example of this.

                  Gaymers Pear Cider is made from English pears and is advertised as a 4.5% 'medium pear cider', being 'Cold Filtered' and having a smooth and refreshing taste.

                  Cold Filtered : It's quite common to see this on beers and Ciders these days, basically cold filtering reduces the brewing process thus making a drink alot more marketable the downside some would say is that it reduces flavour and body, it certainly produces a clearer drink which i guess makes it more appealing to a wider group of customers, without the 'traditional' cloudy bits.

                  The Bottle :Mine came in an attractive green bottle (568ml) with a green label edged with a gold colour band. It also has a gold label around the bottle neck with 'Cold Filtered' written on it. On the back there's a little green label which reminds us that it's equivalent to 2.6 units and just above that is a little picture of a pregnant woman drinking with a red cross through it ? Like many drinks it contains 'Sulphites'. Sulphites are essentially used as a food preservative and used in this instance to prevent oxidation of the liquid.


                  The taste : It's quite a subtle taste and I found the slightly sparking attitude greatly reduced the burp factor (or maybe that's just me!). Like many of the 'trendy' ciders, Gaymers recommend that you serve it with Ice, personally I find this detracts from the subtle flavour. Personally I'd prefer a pint of Thatchers Cider, but I have to say that I found Gaymers Pear Cider to be a pleasant, refreshing drink and I imagine it would be an ideal accompaniment with a light meal.

                  The Conclusion : It's a nice drink to have with a meal as it's light and not too over powering. If I was going to buy a 'Pear' cider I would more than likely buy a kopparberg, the Kopparberg suits by taste buds better but, depending on taste you might prefer this one.

                  www.gaymersoriginal.co.uk

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                    11.10.2008 16:28
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                    Good old Gaymers - a great product.

                    I am not such a fan of lager but am partial to a nice glass of cider, especially in the Summer months although, who am I kidding, I'll drink it any time!

                    I have recently been drinking quite a lot of Swedish Kopperberg pear cider, having been introduced to this on a trip to Ikea, so it was nice to find an English version.

                    Actually, thinking about it, I'm sure we invented it! The label has some information about Gaymers and on the back says

                    "Established in 1770, Gaymer Cider Company has made its cider based on traditional cider pressing methods for centries. Made with English pears, this pear cider has a deliciously smooth and refreshing taste"

                    It comes in a green glass 330 ml bottle with green and gold labels on the front and back. The alcohol content is 4.5% and a bottle equates to 1.5 units (if anyone is counting as the NHS would have us believe we should!)

                    It does say serve over ice, but I am not that taken with this current fad for serving cider over ice, it just dilutes it! I made sure it was well chilled and then poured it into a glass - without ice! You could also easily drink straight from the bottle as you would with a bottle of lager.

                    The drink is an attractive pale gold colour, with visible sparkling bubbles, yet is not too fizzy. There is a distinct pear aroma and it is a crisp refreshing drink, not too sweet yet not too sharp either. Very pleasant, refreshing and easy to drink.

                    So I had another one. There's a recommendation for you.

                    I bought this in Asda when it was on sale for £2 for a pack of 4 bottle - bargainous! However, I think the usual supermarket/off licence price is about £1 to £1.50 depending on where you get it

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                      I have always enjoyed cider and seem to drink this more than any other drink, however I am a Strongbow person, ocassionally I will have Magners, but have never tried Gaymers cider before, so this was new to me.

                      Gaymers have beenmaking cider since 1770. Some brands amaze me as sometimes I think that they are quite new however when looking into them further you realise that they have been producing there products for centuries, this brand being one of them.

                      I hadn't even heard of pear cider before, I always thought it was just apples that made cider so when I saw them in my local Bargain Booze and they were on offer for 99p each I was quite intrigued by how they were going to taste in comparison with normal cider.

                      Gaymers Pear Cider is quite a new product and was only launched earlier on this year, so now I know why I have never seen it about. Coming in a green chunky bottle with a green label on it representing the flavour.

                      Ideally the best way to serve this is over ice, some ciders don't taste great served like that but the likes of these brands it just adds to the flavour. I have never thought that cider also tastes of apples for some reason either, however when I first tasted this cider, it does have a distinct pear flavour to it that is easily recognisable.

                      The drink itself is great when chilled and is slightly sparkling, not to the extent though where it is too gassy. It is very sweet, however smooth bit I didn't find it as refreshing as a normal cider, which normally quenches my thirst on a hot day.

                      In general it was nice to try it and something a little bit different but this isn't one that I will be drinking on a regular basis as I think I will stick to my normal cider.

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                      A refreshing, easy drinking medium cider, best served ice cold or over ice. It is made using specially selected English pears.