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Brand: Kopparberg / Cider / 4.5% ABV / Sweden / Type: Cider

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      10.08.2013 22:40
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      great cider, doesn't quite match Rekorderlig for quality though

      I always like to try out new drinks and cider is one of my favourite alcoholic drinks! I tend to like anything that tastes like fizzy drinks, and I was recommended this by my friends. Its rather cheap to buy but obviously it's going to cost more at the pub! I've been drinking this Cider for a while now and its definitely one of the favourites, with Rekorderlig coming first obviously!

      The bottle itself is the standard brown beer/cider bottle with the bottle cap lid. The label is a black oval with gold trimming, and 'KOPPARBERG' and the alcohol percentage (4.5%) written on the front in gold lettering. There is an illustration of a beaming pear on the label and the pear is covered in moisture, supposedly to symbolise how this drink will be refreshing. The background of the label is black which I quite like, it looks quite different and does stand out. The label also states that the cider is made in Sweden, which is not dissimilar to Rekorderlig.

      Foreign ciders seem to be very popular these days, and you can see why; ciders made in the Scandinavian countries are obviously made very well, with taste in mind. This cider is made from sweet plump pears and it really hits the tastebuds! Its very refreshing and very tasty! However I have found that it can be a bit sickly after a while, and if you drink too much of it you feel as if you need to have a glass of water as there seems to be a lot of sugar in this. This is why I am giving it 4 stars instead of 5, as it doesn't quite match up to the quality of Rekorderlig!

      Overall, a very nice cider with very good quality ingredients, however it can be a bit sickly so 4/5.

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      25.07.2013 15:58
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      3/5

      For those who haven't tried Kopparberg Pear (and I'm sure most of you have - it's become hugely popular in the last couple of years) it is an incredibly sweet fruit cider from Sweden.

      =Taste=

      Kopparberg doesn't taste like cider. It tastes like peartiser if you've ever tried that - but even sweeter. It's fizzy, but the bubbles aren't too much - it doesn't really froth up and goes flat fairly quickly. The pear flavour is 4.5% (many other flavours are only 4%) so it's not too strong and it certainly doesn't taste strong - you really can't taste the alcohol. They do also sell an alcohol free version in some supermarkets - I've never tried it, but I imagine it's a nice refreshing summer drink.

      You are meant to have it served in a glass over ice, but I personally don't like having ice in my drink so I leave that out, but I do keep it in the fridge.

      I guess the main thing to say about taste is that it is SWEET. I find it enjoyable, but I imagine it's too sweet for some people.

      =Nutrition=

      By combining the factors of an incredibly sweet fizzy drink and alcohol, you can imagine this is fairly high on the calorie meter - 240 calories per 500ml. As it goes down so smoothly, you are likely to be drinking 3 or 4 of these and so it adds up very quickly. If you drink a lot then your teeth do feel a bit funny.
      I've also been informed by the 'Veggiewines' website while writing this review that it is not vegetarian as gelatine is used! Really disappointed and will have to knock off an extra star for this - surely in this day and age there is a better way for these companies to make their drinks so that vegetarians can drink them!

      =Price and Availability=

      Kopparberg is available in most bars and shops now. The most popular and well-stocked flavour is probably the Mixed Fruit flavour, but Pear is in most places too. It's usually sold in bottles, but cans are available from supermarkets (great for festivals!).

      From Tesco at the moment a 4 pack of 500ml cans is £5.99, a single 500ml bottle is £1.99. Perhaps the best way to get them is in a 12 pack of 330ml cans (the same size as a coke can) for £10. This is also a nice way to drink them because they don't go flat or too warm too quickly. In a pub you can expect to pay over £3 for a bottle - quite often approaching the £4 mark!

      I have never seen this on draught and I would love to see that happen. Hopefully it would drive the price down as well. Maybe this would be the next venture for Kopparberg - I imagine it would certainly be a popular choice in bars!

      I am more of a fan of a very similar fruit Cider brand from Sweden called Rekorderlig. I find their versions taste just a little bit better, but they are not widely available. I would urge you to try Rekorderlig if you have the option - you will be pleasantly surprised and may never go back (and it's vegan).

      Overall I give it a 3/5 - it is delicious, but it gets very sickly very quickly and it's still way overpriced! It would have been 4/5 if it wasn't for the gelatine.

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        02.06.2013 02:49
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        Recommended even for those who don't like cider. Perfect for the beer garden

        I actually hate the taste of standard cider, I used to drink it in my teen's in vast amounts which is probably what has put me off the taste now. However the pear flavour in this drink makes it seem less of a cider and more of a spritzer. The flavour is mild but enough to cover the typical cider taste, it smells delicious too. I usually drink spririts so I find it hard to drink a full bottle of this cider because its just so fizzy and I do get that bloated feeling after having a bottle. I probably couldn't manage more than two or three bottles of this in the space of a few hours. This doesn't bother me though as I don't use it as a getting drunk kind of drink I prefer it to be a beer garden drink on a sunny English day.

        Now a lot of people associate cider with teenagers sat on a park, this cider actually felt sophisticated to purchase and drink. It comes in a thick brown coloured glass bottle. I always pour the cider in to a glass of ice and one bottle fills two glasses of ice usually. If I'm at the pub with my boyfriend we normally buy one and share it between us (as I said I find it to fizzy to drink a lot of).

        It's marketed as a premium cider and the price does reflect this at around £3.50 a bottle in the shops, I usually pay about £6-7 a bottle for it in a bar wheras the drinks I would usually buy are around £3-4. I would wait until its on offer, I've noticed it on offer in Morrisons before and also they have some great deals on it at my locally owned corner shop so keep your eyes peeled.

        A word of warning - Kopparberg also makes a non-alcoholic version of the pear cider and at least once I have spotted in my supermarket and grabbed it thinking I'd caught a bargain (they are only about half the price of the alcoholic ones) so just look out for that non alcoholic label on it. I'm sure the non-alcoholic one is nice but if you are after a drink you will not be happy to get home and realise you've picked up the wrong one.

        - This review is also posted on ciao under the username grouchy1 -

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        31.05.2013 15:29

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        a great product

        I don't really like cider that much but I am a fan of pear cider. The first pear cider I ever tried was the kopparberg pear cider when I had a sip out of my partners bottle. Just because I thought the small sip I had was nice it didn't mean I was going to like a whole bottle so the next time I was shopping I brought one to give it a try. That's when I figured out that they actually make a very large range of flavours of cider. I picked up the pear one from my local Tesco for £1.99 for 500ml bottle. You can also buy this drink in cans and in packs and you can even get a non alcoholic one as well. This cider is 4.5% vol and has 240 calories per 500ml bottle.

        I comes in a chunky, large brown glass bottle with a round label on the front that has the name and description of the product, a small picture of pears, and the alcohol content on it. On the back is a label with all of the relevant information on it; ingredients, warnings etc.

        When I drank this I had it cold and over ice as recommended and it was amazing. It has a sweet refreshing taste that almost tastes like pear drops (the sweet). Although the drink was sweet it didn't get too sickly which was good. It didn't taste anything like regular cider, which I personally thought was a good thing. In fact it didn't taste alcoholic at all, which could be quite dangerous.

        Overall I loved this drink and cannot wait to try other flavours.

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        30.01.2013 16:51
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        A sweet cider good over ice

        Cider to many is often known as a drink for teens who have nothing better to do of an evening then sitting in parks or bus shelters swigging and causing mischief. Yet I am none of these things, I am a professional (and an alcohol lightweight) despite my four seasons workingg away at Butlins bars and I drink the newly found pear cider. I often choose pear cider as it is sweeter than the traditional apple and does feel less alcoholic despite the 4.5% abv.

        Kopparberg is a Swedish brewery which is a family run establishment founded in 1882. To date this brewery is the towns main employer with a population of just four thousand. This brewery launched pear cider in 2007 to the UK as the fashionability of cider increased within our culture.

        I bought this cider in a singular bottle of 330ml along with a couple of different varieties for £1.40. This cider is available in 500ml, 330ml and 4x330ml bottles plus 4x500ml, 6x330ml, 12x330ml and 10x330ml cans. The bottle is a brown glass colour with the distinct black and gold label picturing a pear; the design for the cans is the same except the backdrop is black.The bottles do require a bottle opener having the traditional metal lids and cans are usually sealed in the black plastic with Kopparberg design.

        My opinion is that this is a very sweet pear cider and is best enjoyed from the fridge or over ice. It feels less fizzy in the mouth and not dry compared to the Stella brand of ciders. It is a light coloured cider and I do feel there is a hint of pear drops to the flavour, it does taste somewhat unnatural and very pop like. Kopparberg claim the cider is fermented according to a 1930s recipe using 'the finest pears and soft water'.

        It is not the best pear cider I have tasted but it isn't offensive either and I do enjoy it every now and again. I don't condone regular drinking but give it a try, you might like it!

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          28.07.2012 20:14
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          It's yummy

          Kopparberg Pear Cider - 3 bottles for £5 at ASDA currently

          According to Kopparberg pear cider is one of their most popular ciders. It is fermented using an original Swedish recipe that dates back to 1930. Fermented using naturally occurring soft water sourced close to their local town and the finest quality pears. Kopparberg Pear Cider is light in colour and refreshingly fruity to taste. (Source Kopparberg website).

          For me it really is a lovely refreshing drink. It is best served chilled (isn't all cider?) and for me in a pint glass, with no ice. I realise this may buck the trend, but if I try to drink it slowly this gives the ice a chance to melt. This for me spoils the flavour - but each to their own with the ice.

          This is one of the few pear ciders that is actually made with pears - a lot just flavour the apple cider.

          This drink is wonderfully refreshing, and the only issue is that it tastes too much like pop (not really a bad thing), but it can go down just a little bit to easily.

          The cider is brewed abroad and imported so we really are tasting the original product, not a copy of it made with our nasty water.

          According to the packaging a 330ml can is 1.3 UK units (4 %).

          Available in 500ml bottles / 330ml bottles / 4x330ml bottles / 4x500ml Cans / 6x330ml Cans / 12x330ml Cans / 10x330ml cans.

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          02.07.2012 17:00
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          Favourite Pear Cider

          I'm not much of a cider drinker, and would much prefer a nice pint of Lager. However recently I have become quite fond of flavoured ciders, especially when they are over ice on a nice sunny summers day (although we don't get many of them in Scotland).
          Kopparberg is a premium Swedish cider brand and one of the UK's top selling brands of cider. They make a variety of different flavours of cider both alcoholic and non-alcoholic.

          Kopparberg pride themselves in their image and promote events all over the country including music festivals, clubs and other events. The image of this brand is very good and due to its promotion has made the products very popular.

          Kopparberg pear comes in 500ml glass bottles and is 4.5% alcoholic volume. The glass bottles are good looking and you can really tell that it is a premium product. 4.5% is a decent strength for this cider as you can tell that it's alcoholic but can still be easily drunk.

          Opening the bottle you can tell that this is a sweet cider and the smell of pear really comes through. Even though this is a very sweet drink I think it is one of my favourite pear ciders. The taste is just amazing and it is still really drinkable unlike a lot of pear or apple cider which I just find absolutely horrible.

          Priced at around £2.20 or 3 for £5 in most supermarkets, I think this is a good value product. In bars you would expect to pay more, probably around £3.99 in most that I have been to. Normally I would have this as a refreshing treat instead of my usual lager as it is more expensive but you are paying for quality so it is well worth it. Much like other Kopparberg products I would like to see these come in a box of 6 or more, as buying lots of bottles at a time is frustrating to carry.

          All in all this is my favourite out of all the pear or apple ciders I have tried and I love it as a bit of a change or a treat to myself. I probably wouldn't buy it in a bar because of the price but when it is on offer then I'm straight to the shelves to get myself some.

          This product is well deserving of 5 stars as it is a truly tasty cider. Well done Kopparberg!

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            03.03.2012 19:53
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            a refreshing alcoholic drink that doesn't particularly taste like alcohol

            When I went away to Finland I gave up on drinking my usual spirits in favour of slightly cheaper cider, which admittedly was still rather expensive at Euro5 (which at the time was the same as a fiver) a go. Since being home I have kept my love of ciders (but only the nice sweet ones, not the proper stuff) and Kopparberg has proven to be one of my favourites.


            The bottle is typical of a cider - made of glass and green in colour. The label on the front gives all the basic info with branding as a key focus. This is a 'genuine swedish pear cider' although I find it interesting that there is no recycling refund amount on the back as I have found most things to be in Scandinavia (there are bottle machines outside of supermarkets in which you can redeem usually 10cents or so per bottle against your shopping)especially when I'm fairly sure Rekorderlig another Swedish brand do have this on the back. This beauty of a cider has 4.5% alcohol content which I think is a great percentage - not something you're going to get particularly drunk off but very nice for a couple of relaxing drinks.


            Kopparberg comes in a variety of flavours - pear, mixed fruit (personally not a fan - I think it tastes like blackcurrant squash and very sickly at that), strawberry and lime, and elderflower with lime are the ones that I have personally come across. I have tried them all and I have to say that pear is definitely my favourite. I get a little bit excited when I know I'm going to have a Kopparberg (Sad I know) but it really reminds me of my travels. Obviously pear Kopparberg smells like pear - but I think that it smells quite authentic and not artificial at all. The taste is just wonderful - this is definitely a cider for those with a sweet tooth like me, I cannot stand dry ciders. I would describe it as being somewhere between still and fizzy, not still like water but definitely nowhere near as fizzy as coke or things like that. I find with some drinks you get a horrible aftertaste (I definitely find this with drinking wine) but there is no aftertaste with this at all. While this tastes pretty good at room temperature it is definitely much nicer chilled and even better if its served over ice. I think the only problem I have with Kopparberg that it is almost a little too easy to drink! I do admit to getting more than a little merry if I have a few of these (bit of a lightweight) but I never suffer awful hangovers with this as I do with spirits (especially vodka which I now refuse to touch).


            Prices with this vary and as with all things you can expect to pay more in a pub. In a pub I tend to pay around about £3.50 for a 500 ml. I have seen cans in supermarkets - currently in sainsburys 4x 500 ml cans will set you back £6. Sainsburys are also selling the 500ml bottles with 25% off so they are £1.53 instead of 2.05 - a bargain compared to what I just paid in co-op (I am drinking a rather lovely chilled Kopparberg as I type).

            A 500ml Kopparberg contains 240 calories - I guess that explains the sweetness (and my slowly expanding waistline but it is sooo worth it). I think I might go head to sainsburys now...

            Thanks for reading.

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              13.10.2011 22:02
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              Average cider

              Best serve chilled?

              Best served on a hot summers day in a tall ice cold glass filled with ice!

              I've never really liked cider since I outgrew the teenage phase, which back then I used to treat myself to the litre bottles coming to a couple of pounds but when I smelt the pear aroma coming from my friends glass I just had to give it another try.

              TASTE

              The first glass is amazing. The pear isn't overpowering but hints just enough to make it tasty and unlike a normal cider. I don't think they're that strong which makes it like drinking a nice glass of fizzy juice, it's perfectly light and bubbly.

              Then comes the second glass. Along with the burps and the sweet after taste. I didn't look at the contents and I'm not going to reel off the ingredients in this review but I can almost for certain say that there will be a lot of sugar content in this drink. I don't have a massive sweet tooth but I love sweets and even for me I could only drink one glass before I could feel the sugar crystallising in my mouth - and I'm sweet enough.

              PRICE

              Going off pub prices it's very expensive compared to my usual pint of beer. I think you would find yourself paying around £4 on average in a Manchester pub but if you are only going to drink one or two like myself it isn't a huge bank breaker.

              ALCOHOL

              I'm not a connoisseur but in my opinion not very alcoholic for a cider, fairly light so perfect for the odd one on a summer evening.

              All in all average, I can't be too harsh I am a northerner... I've had more ciders than hot dinners

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                26.08.2011 15:56
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                A great cider whether you're a fan of cider or not!

                I love cider, it is definitely my favourite alcoholic drink, and normally my beverage of choice.

                When I buy Kopparberg Pear Cider, I normally buy it in 500ml bottles (just under a pint). I normally get 2 bottles for £3.85 at Bargain Booze, which I think is a reasonable price for a good cider. You can also get smaller 330ml bottles (though I haven't seen these around anywhere) or buy this product in cans.

                Normally with alcoholic beverages, many people notice a difference in taste between cans and bottles. I haven't tried this product from a can, so I cannot comment on whether there is a different or not, but it is worth bearing in mind, my review is based on the quality I have experience when drinking this product from a bottle. The bottle is easily opened with a bottle opener.

                This cider is fermented using a Swedish recipe, using naturally sourced soft water and the finest quality pears. I think it is evident upon taste that this is a quality product. The cider tastes smooth, and not at all bitter. In fact, it is quite sweet. When I drink this product, I normally only have the one bottle, and if I am drinking more, I alternate between a different brand of cider, as I find this product is too sweet to drink lots of, and can get quite sickly taste in excess of one bottle. However, one bottle is delicious. I don't think the taste of alcohol is too strong either, the sweet pear flavour by far over powers this, but in a superior way to how alcopops don't taste like alcohol. This product isn't overly bubbly either, which I think is a bonus!

                I would definitely recommend trying this product, it's delicious. I have also found a lot of my friends who don't normally like/drink cider do like this product, because the sweetness is something you would not normally associate with cider.

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                07.06.2011 21:42
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                Great taste, great price, great for hot days in the garden or out with your mates.

                Kopparberg pear cider just has to be one of my favourite drinks at the moment. Kopparberg and Rekorderlig are the two main brands of cider that I consume. Whether it be during a quiet night in front of the box, or a night out on the tiles, Kopparberg is perfect for any occassion. I have always preferred cider to lager and find much more enjoyment exploring the many different types of cider available today. The Kopparberg Premium Pear Cider has a very distinct and refreshily fruity taste to it. I find pear cider to be much sweeter than apple ciders and I enjoy them much more due to this.

                Kopparberg originated in Sweden and to this day their Premium Pear Cider is fermented using the 1930 Swedish recipe that makes Kopparberg the drink it is today. Kopparberg gets its name from the town that the water used to make the drink is sourced from, and the pears are said to be of exceptional quality which is a must when creating a Premium product. The volume of alcohol this cider contains is 4.5% which is quite reasonable for a cider of this quality. Priced at £1.75 for a 500ml bottle from most major supermarkets it is affordable to drink at home and can also be bought easily in pubs.

                The cider tastes fantastic no matter what the occassion. It has a very refreshing taste to it and it boasts a fruitiness like no other cider I have had the pleasure to drink up to this day. Although the glass bottle is green in colour, the cider itself is quite a light colour. The bladn background of the Kopparberg label helps the branding and images stand out very well, and the overall look of the product is pleasing to the eye. The proof is obviously in the tasting and as I liked this so much I am no position but to award the Kopparberg Premium Pear Cider 5 stars.

                As it is one of my two favourite drinks I would certainly suggest you give this a try. Kopparberg is one of the more popular brands of cider in most pub cabinets and is therefore easy to get hold of whilst out drinking with friends. Forget the image of cider being something 12 year old chavs drink on the park bench - cider is evolving and is now becoming more and more popular. Cider is now a drink to enjoy and explore, a growing range of flavours and strengths mean there is something for everyone.

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                  Great tasting

                  Kopparberg is something I came across shortly after finishing school while I was experimenting with drink and trying to decipher what I liked and didn't like! Pear flavoured Kopparberg was definitely something I liked!

                  Kopparberg is a Swedish brewery which brews both beer and cider but is more widely known for its range of fruit ciders. The brand was barely known in the UK until it's introduction in 2003. Since then it's popularity has grown and is now known nationwide.

                  Its Pear Cider is pretty much a standard strength for most ciders at 4.5% and is one of the alcoholic drinks I've seen that's available in so many different measures and forms. In can form I've seen it in 330ml and 500ml, with the latter mainly distributed in 4 packs and the smaller cans in a bigger volume of 6 or 12 cans. In bottle form it's mainly available in 500ml bottles and it's that form that you'll see it available in pubs and clubs nationwide. 330ml bottles are also available but I rarely see them. Personally I stick to the bigger servings of cans and bottles, you can't enjoy it as much otherwise.

                  Pricewise varies because of the so many different forms it's distributed in. Typicly, a 500ml bottle will sell around £2.50-£3.50 in supermarkets and off licences, with pubs and clubs being slightly more expensive at £3.00-£4.00. DOn't pay anymore than that for the typical 500ml bottle. It does go on offer fairly often, the best deal I've ever had from Tesco's is when I did my festival shopping and managed to get 8 x 500ml cans for £10 therefore I was pleased with that and stocked up!

                  To taste this pear cider boasts a refreshing fruity taste and that's exactly what you get. The taste of alcohol isn't so apparent as some ciders and other alcoholic drinks which makes the taste that much better. It's definitely a drink to enjoy from a pint glass with ice outside on a hot summer's day, or from the bottle inside on a cold winter's day, either way you'll enjoy it! The taste is definitely refreshing and you can really taste the pear it's just so delicious.

                  I woke up in my tent once during a festival the morning after drinking and my throat was so dry I searched round my tent for some water or a soft drink at least and couldn't find any, so I settled for a small can of Kopparberg Pear Cider, and to be honest despite being disgustingly warm it was very refreshing! It really does taste that could. You could mistake it for a soft drink if you hadn't had it before.

                  I would definitely recommend Kopparberg's Pear Cider to anyone. I have keen lager drinkers who dislike cider but love any Kopparberg, especially this flavour. The taste is just so dominant you wouldn't want to miss out and I can assure you, you won't dislike it, though do try some of your friend's one first, just to be safe. You won't be disappointed though. An excellent drink.

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                    01.02.2011 20:09
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                    A genuine alternative to Magners.

                    My weekly intake of cider has increased substantially since falling under the spell of the Magners advertising campaigns (you know the ones - good looking people in the country lazing around together in picture perfect orchards etc etc), but while I enjoy the odd pint of Magners, I still find it can be a bit heavy on both the palate and the stomach, and its fizziness can often make me stop wanting to eat or doing anything remotely active immediately afterwards.

                    I was then introduced to Kopparberg Pear Cider by a friend, and despite grumbling by its price (which can be upwards of £4.50/£5.00 in central london), I soon found it a genuinely refreshing alternative to Magners. Of course, as it is a perry it is very sweet, but despite this I find that it doesn't become sickly after a couple of bottles (unlike other sweet drinks such as Crabbies or Smirnoff Ice), and I find it a perfect accompaniment to food, as, like Corona, its lack of real fizz means that you don't get bloated by the product. Another cider very similar to Kopparberg is St Helier, which is similar in taste, though the former appears to be better stocked in bars.

                    I have read other reviews that suggest that Kopparberg may not be for beer drinkers but I tend to disagree as while I enjoy beer and its still almost always my first choice when I go for a pint, I think Kopparberg is brilliant for lunch-time drinking, for the summer, and for when you're planning to eat after your tipple!

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                      Wide range of flavoured and unflavoured ciders and perry.

                      It's just dawned on me that this is my first (and probably last) food and drink opinion. I'm not going to waste too much of your time on this. It'll become clear that I didn't like the products, flying in the face of the existing opinions on the subject, all of which seemed to imply that sweetness in a drink is a virtue.

                      Excuse me while I wretch...........

                      ................that's better.

                      I'd been aware of Kopparberg Ciders for quite some time, but only being an occasional 'cider person', i.e. more of a beer drinker, I've tolerated cider as long as it plays ball with my taste buds, by:

                      a) Not being cheek-suckingly dry and flat, like some 'scrumpy' tends to be, and

                      b) Being a little dry with a flavour of enough bite to give you some indication of how strong it is.

                      Having now sampled the entire range of Kopparberg ciders (including the perry, i.e. pear cider), I can safely say that they collectively fail woefully to meet my criteria.

                      I don't feel it's worth my while writing a separate opinion on each of the Kopparberg range as in my view, they are all tarred with the same brush, a cloying sweetness which overrides the flavour and masks the alcoholic content.

                      Let's take the odd one out, the perry, first.

                      THE PERRY

                      This is a 4.5% alcohol drink so you'd expect some hint of dryness commensurate with a similar weak-to-mid-strength beer. Well, you be wrong. It is sweet beyond belief, with an artificial smell of amyl acetate (just like those equally artificial pear drops in fact). It is practically colourless and only slightly fizzy.

                      The overall effect is to be drinking one of those 'sparkling waters with a hint of ...' except of course it really is alcoholic. This is worrying, as it's more like an alcopop than a 'proper drink'.

                      I'm afraid that the only ciders in this series with any hint of a colour beyond the slight greenness imbued by the glass are those adulterated with fruit and this isn't one of them.

                      Refreshing enough I guess, but a serious alcoholic drink? No way.

                      (That's about 150 words on the pear cider alone, before anyone tells me that I'm about to wander 'off topic')

                      THE PINK FRUITY ONES

                      Don't get me wrong, I'm not entirely against beers and ciders being altered in this way; in fact Belgian 'Kriek' is one of my favourites, flavoured as it is with wild cherry. It even conspires to be pink for crying out loud. A pink beer? If I was in CAMRA, I'd be drummed out!

                      However, the Cider with Strawberry and Lime is a rather too nasty pink colour and yes, it tastes of strawberry, with not much evidence of the lime. Served cold, it's a pleasant enough fizzy cordial in a 'Vimto' kinda way, but a cider? Do me a favour.

                      Here again, there's no evidence that it's a 4.0% alcoholic drink whatsoever, until presumably you fall for its charms, fall into the trap of spending the evening drinking it, and then fall over!

                      The Mixed Fruits version is no better and very little different in flavour. It's still a mite too pink for its own good and rather too sweet for a dyed in-the-wool cider drinker.

                      THE ANAEMIC FRUITY ONE

                      The pièce-de-résistance has to be the Elderflower and Lime version. This manages to have no discernable colour or cider flavour, being given over entirely to being a "Sparkling Water with a Hint of Elderflower" taste-alike. If it's that close to an offering from Tesco's mineral waters shelves, you've got to wonder why you'd pay the extra to have it made alcoholic without it tasting like it is.

                      THE ACTUAL CIDER, SURELY........

                      If it's a mystery to you why they've gone to all the trouble of adulterating these drinks in the way they have, try the plain cider, and then you'll see. It's practically tasteless, with little colour and overly sweet to the taste buds of what I'd call the 'normal' cider drinker.

                      It has to be said that that I'm not one of the latter either, although I do find a pint of Taunton Dry Blackthorn a refreshing change to beer on the odd occasion.

                      In my view, what Kopparberg have invented here is a range of alcoholic drinks for people who don't normally like them - alcopops in a big glass if you like.

                      After Wallender and 'girls with dragon tattoos', I'd expected more from Sweden, which is a pity because the attractive traditional bottle labelling says one thing, but the taste experience tells a different story, more like 'heh we've invented a new range of fizzy drinks!"

                      Will I be rushing to repeat the experience?

                      Have a guess.

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                        26.11.2010 19:15
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                        Tasty, but you will pay the price!

                        Being a recent Pear Cider convert (see my Magners Pear Cider review) I am not overcome with choice either in the off licence or down the pub in my neck of the woods. There is either Magners, or the Kopparberg I review now.

                        Selling for around £3.20 a bottle in the pub and half that in the off licence this is pretty evenly priced with its only competitor in my area. I'll state straight off that I prefer the Magners but most places sell one or the other, and I'll still take this stuff before my old favourite Budweiser.

                        There is a much stronger taste of Pear from the Kopparberg than I would have expected, more-so than the other pear cider, and fruit flavour is much stronger than in apple ciders. It is also nowhere near as heavily carbonated, resulting in a much flatter texture, and again allowing the pear flavour to come though without being overwhelmed with fizz. Mixing with ice in a pint glass as I often do keeps it cool throughout the pint, and allows one do drink a few more before full on drunkenness sets in!

                        This is a tasty cider and I genuinely don't be that disappointed when it is the only one available, but I will offer one word of warning - I experience out of this world headaches with this drink the morning after. The first time I thought it was my usual overindulgence but have noticed it a few times since, and will now have a preventative painkiller or two before bed time. Whilst I know all drinks have preservatives to keep them fresh, this one clearly states it on the front, in bold yellow letter, which makes me suspect it is indeed very heavily preserved with chemicals, which maybe one reason for the deadly hangovers!

                        All in all a tasty alternative to my new favourite, and by no means my last choice, but brace yourself for the morning after.

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                      • Product Details

                        The world's best selling pear cider, Kopparberg Pear Cider, like its Apple cousin, is allowed to naturally ferment to the desired strength of 4.5% ABV.