Product Type: Kopparberg Beer
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Kopparberg. Koppa Loada Sweetness But Not Much Else
Kopparberg Pear Cider
Member Name: Nibelung
Kopparberg Pear Cider
Date: 09/01/11, updated on 09/01/11 (175 review reads)
Advantages: They enable everyone to drink from a 'big boy's glass'.
Disadvantages: Sickly sweet. Artificial flavours (they may be real but don't convince)
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...........
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.
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.
Summary: Wide range of flavoured and unflavoured ciders and perry.
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