One drink that I have always loved is Cider and recently it has become rather trendy with the addition of different flavour combinations and new companies making it. One company that seems to have been pretty prominent throughout the Cider trend is Magners and this was one of the first ciders I drank after moving away from the Strongbow I had drunk for years.
My last purchase of Magners was from Tesco just over a week ago and I paid just £3.24 for a pack of 4x330ml bottles. I thought this was pretty good value and much cheaper than you can find it in the pubs which seem to inflate the price of some ciders quite heavily. You can also purchase the cider in cans but I always find the taste to be much better out of bottles.
The cider comes in a brown glass bottle with a stick on paper label on the front and the back. The one on the front has the name 'Magners' in bold white letters in the middle with a picture of a apple on the front. It states that it is a Irish cider which has been made since 1935. Whilst the label on the back again has a little more information on about the cider including that it is made with 17 varieties of apple and that they even have their own bee keeper who looks after the bees that pollinate the orchards. It also has the Magners slogan on 'there's a method in the Magners' which they use in there adverts and marketing campaigns. The lid of the bottle is a normal leaver of cap that you will need a bottle opener to take off (unless you have very strong teeth). The cap is covered in a silver foil seal which comes down the neck of the bottle and has a pictures of apples and leaves on. One thing that was good to see is that the bottle can be recycled which I always do with glass.
The cider is about an average strength at acl 4.5%. Obviously like any alcohol product it has the usual warnings on the bottle to inform you of the dangers of drinking alcohol and knowing your limits. One 330ml bottle of the Magners cider contains 1.5 UK units.
I was surprised to see that it does not give any serving suggestion on the bottle of how best to enjoy the cider. To be honest I do think cider is best served ice cold as it makes a lovely refreshing drink and seems to bring out the crisp flavour of the apples, but I do not like to drink my cider over ice as I find the ice waters down the taste of the cider as it melts and also diminishes the fizz. So I drink this cider the same as any other just very cold in a chilled glass or straight from the bottle, but obviously this is just personal opinion.
When I opened the cider and poured it into the glass it had a lovely dark golden colour and had a nice even amount of fine bubbles with a fruity dry smell. The cider has a nice gentle fizz but is not too gassy. The flavour is very pleasant but has a slightly rougher more rugged taste than some other ciders and is rather dry. Personally I find this very nice as it tastes more natural and less over processed and sweetened. The Magners is a very refreshing cider that I will continue to purchase and enjoy as it is a good quality, flavoursome drink.
I have always liked cider but now there seems to more choice in the amount of cider on the market and they have got much better recently.
Magners is a well known brand and comes in cans and bottles as well as being served by the pint in pubs. Magners is a top brand and the bottles and cans look quite manly as opposed to what ciders used to be like so I think they have made it so it appeals to men as well as women. The cans are black and the bottles are dark so they are quite a sophisticated grown up looking cider and is not a cider that you can imagine teenagers drinking in the park. You can buy different sized bottles of Magners and there is plenty of choice to suit everyone. It is quite often available on offer in the supermarkets so it is not too expensive to buy even though it is a premium brand of cider.
It is a great tasting cider. It is the perfect combination of sweet but with a slightly bitter edge. I normally like quite a sweet cider and I really like the taste of magners. It has to be ice cold though. It is a very refreshing cider and really quenches my thirst on a hot day so is a perfect drink for summer. It is very easy to drink and you can really taste the apple flavour. It is great to drink from the bottle or can and I think the bottles are a good idea for drinking in pubs and clubs as they are easier to carry about with you then a pint and I always like to use a straw with mine.
I would definately recommend Magners as one of the best ciders.
Thanks to the beautiful weather of the past weekend, I have cracked open my first Magners of the year, hence I felt the need for a review today!
Magners was actually the first cider I tried (I bypassed the teenage cider phase!), and I was smitten straight away. However, I quickly moved on to other ciders and got bold- experimenting with fruit ciders, still ciders, perries. Basically, thanks to Magners I became a total cider addict.
It's now rare that I actually go back to Magners, as I find it really quite sweet compared to other ciders. But not much compares to a pint of Magners (with ice!) on a sunny day, or even drinking it through a straw straight from the bottle!
Obviously the price of Magners varies quite a bit from place to place, and I tend to only buy it when it's on offer. It's certainly worth keeping your eye out for the offers in supermarkets.
I think the advertising campaign for Magners (as well as other Bulmers-the parent company- products) over the past few years has elevated it to a more fashionable position than cider previously has enjoyed. If you are not currently a cider fan, then Magners is a good place to start.
I am a cider man through and through to such an extent that I struggle to drink beer sometimes. This is probably due to the memories of youth binge drinking over cans of carlsberg, however, I'm pretty sure I just enjoy the taste of cider much more.
The first cider I ever drank was white lightening, which is the cheapest and dirtiest drink you can find. It comes in 3 litre bottles for less than a fiver. Never again! Now I love sitting outside on a summer day with an ice cold magners.
The trick is definitely with the ice. I tend to find that many bars put too much ice in, and so I have had to get into the regime of asking for 4 or 5 ice cubes only. Otherwise you get a heavily diluted second pint.
I love the bottles, and even if drunk from a pint glass, drink seems to always taste better when its come from a bottle.
The competition for ciders is hard, however the bulmer chain owns both magners and bulmers as I believe, and so have a big monopoly over the sweeter ciders.
The one problem is price, because I tend to find they are usually over £3 and range up to £3.60, which become expensive after a few. However, its worth it in the end, because I drink something that I actually enjoy.
This cider is new to me, my husband found some on special offer, working out at about £1 per can, which seems more than reasonable. It is also available in bottles.
Personally I don't drink cider very often, and it has to be said I really prefer it dry, especially Dry Backthorn, it would have to be very special indeed to beat that for me, and unfortunately Magners comes nowhere near. It has a nice pale golden appearance,and is fizzy but not too gassy but the taste truly lets it down in my opinion, as it is sweet and bland. To my tastebuds at least it seems to have no "bite", no buy me again appeal. This is particularly disappointing as according to the website it is manufactured from 17 varieties of apple, grown in Tipperary. Perhaps this reason for expecting something a little more special is a bit girly, but it is this sort of expectation which is encouraged by the skilful TV advertising. The same Magners website states it has a crisp, refreshing taste well I would say not especially ,unless you are very tired and thirsty.
The 500ml cans are 4.5 % vol. Each can contains 2.3 UK units. It is best served over ice,and comes in an attracive black green and gold can.
My husband actually agrees with my opinion, but you may not, so try it and see
Magners Irish Cider
Description: Available in bottle, can or draught.
Made in Tipperary in Ireland from 17 different varieties of apples, this cider was originally launched in Scotland (Glasgow)
A 568ml bottle of this cider costs me just £2 from my local Netto store. Unfortunately prices do vary and you may find that some pubs charge a fair bit more for this drink. Check first!
The alcoholic content is 4.5
I quite like sweet ciders but am not a fan of dry ones. It is not a drink that I used to drink very often, but since I have discovered Magners, that has changed and it has actually become my drink of choice. It isn't sweet or dry to be honest, it manages to hit that "just right" area in the middle, which makes it refreshing and sweet without being at all sickly.
It is best drunk with loads of ice in the glass, which surprised me as I wouldn't normally put ice in cider. Having tried it both with and without though, I can confirm that it definitely enhances the taste. If you are buying it in a pub, or just drinking it at home, then you should definitely remember the ice.
It also has just the right amount of fizz. Some ciders can seem a bit over fizzy which spoils the taste for me, yet again, this one manages to get it right. Even if you prefer still ciders, I would recommend that you give this one a try as you may be pleasantly surprised.
This gets a definite thumbs up from me, a refreshing and delicious cider for any occasion!
Magners Irish Cider is a premium bottled cider available in the UK from off licences, supermarkets and pubs, but is also available on draught in some Scottish bars and most Irish.
To clear up confusion, in the UK, Bulmers and Magners are two different drinks from two different companies. In Ireland, Magners is called Bulmers. It only has a different name in the UK so that they can avoid the confusion of having two bottled ciders called Bulmers! This was something that had me confused for so long, and even now it takes me a minute to get my head around it!
Over the last few years, cider experienced a resurgence in the market, primarily due to the appearance and marketing of Magners in the UK. Magners suddenly made it cool again to drink cider, by giving it that quirk that made it different. With Magners, you are meant to drink it over ice, so that it stays ice cold to the end. By doing this, consumers could appear to be 'cultured' and in the know, so it kind of increased their social appearance by drinking it.
It didn't harm the brand in any way that it tasted much, much nicer than any other commercially available cider, being sweeter, and more refreshing than Strongbow say, which has a tendency to dry your mouth out, and is just plain undrinkable when warm.
The drink is not too strong, at around 5%, but is pretty high in calories. It is available in 330ml bottles, and 500ml cans and 750ml bottles, with the large bottles being the ones I have mostly seen for sale in pubs, although I think the little ones are more popular in restaurants.
It is a really nice summer drink, which you can relax with in the sun, but more recently, I have been enjoying it as a late evening drink, sitting by the fire watching TV.
Well worth a try!
Magners Cider was first launched in Glasgow, at the beginning of 2003, even though it was launched in Scotland it is an Irish cider.
Been a big drinker of cider I have tried most different varieties of cider; I did used to prefer sweet cider compared to dry. In most pubs though you can only buy dry cider, mainly strong bow on pump. So this is what I began drinking, until a few months ago when I discovered Magners.
So I decided to try the cider, the barman at the pub did inform me that it was best to drink this with plenty of ice in a pint glass, I decided to try it without the ice first, the taste was good, but it did appear that something was missing, so I got the ice and tried the magners with it. Now I have drunk a lot of different types of cider in my time but this is by far one of the best that I have tried.
The taste was neither sweet or dry it appeared to be somewhere in the middle, I was literally sat there having little sips trying to think whether it tasted more dry or sweet. The bottle is a large brown bottle with all the usual labeling on, then for the lid you have gold like tin foil over this with a bottle cap which can only be removed by a bottle opener, unless you have very strong teeth, which I have seen done but I dare not try myself loll. As soon as the bottle is opened you can smell the strong smell of apples, which I have never smelt it that strong on any cider before. The smell just really makes you want to drink it even more.
I did once try to drink this out of the bottle but it just seems very frothy and I nearly choked so I would recommend pouring this into a glass first. The bottle holds just over a pint with ice in the glass, when you are pouring it out you can tell the bottle has plenty of fizz in it as the bubbles just flow up to the top of the glass. The cider is 4.5% in volume, fair enough not very strong, but the taste makes up for that, and after several bottles on a night out do get you drunk. I usually do drink mine through a straw as I do with any drink I have lolled, and this does not ruin the taste of the cider at all. For my cider in one pub I go to I pay just £2.25p a bottle, but in another I pay £3.10, so prices really do vary, and I am sure if you drink this in the house you can get it cheaper from any supermarket or shop. I am not sure on the prices though as I never drink at home.
A lot of people say that you can get violent on cider and others who don't drink it wonder if this is true. Well yes it can do and it has made me go like that before, but I never have with Magners I go out have quite a few bottles and enjoy myself.
I would recommend this cider to anyone that does like cider, I can't drink lager myself so it's only ever cider and this is by far the best I have ever tasted, you get no awful after taste in your mouth and it just tastes so nice. As I said I have tried many ciders but now whenever I go out this is the only cider I buy, I would no longer buy any other cider. Magners is definitely the one for me, but obviously this is only from my point of view, everyone has their own opinion, so all I can say is try it I am sure you won't be disappointed.
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This is my one of my favourite ciders 'Magners Original Irish Cider'!
Made in Tipperary, Ireland from 17 different varieties of apples I am reviewing a big glass brown bottle that has 568ml in it and cost two pound from Morrisons...
The alcoholic content is 4.5% which is lower than some drinks of this type and some Alco pops too (I know because I love those too, lol!).
The write up says: 'Patiently vat matured among the orchards of the Tipperary countryside. Magners has a crisp refreshing flavour and natural authentic character'
It is sold in can as well as bottles, the last time I looked the cans are about four pounds.
This drink is very refreshing; it tastes very strongly of sweet apple and the colour is light amber with the bubbles very fizzy when you first open it. I find it very gassy so pour it into a glass then wait a bit for the fizz to settle down otherwise it's too gassy for me.
Taste wise this is a very sweet drink so my palate tells me; it is very crisp as most fruit drinks of this type are although of course the apples have been fermented so taste more mature.
I find Magners very thirst quenching and moreish too; it is very difficult to only drink one glass! In my bottle there are 2.6 units of alcohol and the recommended daily allowance is 2.3 units a day...
There are sulphates included in the brew to preserve freshness, and I think the fact it is left sat in vats helps the flavour along too.
In a pub you can expect to pay about £1.70 per half pint or £3.30 a pint last time I bought one. It seems to cost more than some lagers and beers, Boo!
Five stars off me for this cider, I much prefer it to drier tasting brands :)
Being a cider fan I have to say this is the best mass produced cider around and is surprisingly cheap.
I have to say in terms of cider this is crap overall, if you compare it to those that you find being sold out of a farm shop in Devon or Summerset and even those you make at home. It is very acidic and is not that great to drink socially or on a hot day to quench your thirst. It is not cloudy and is too 'fizzy' for my liking. Just some of the reasons I dislike this drink.
But in its defence it is a hell of a lot better to other commercially produced ciders such as Strongbow and is pretty cheap. The only way to drink it is in a bottle or at the pub and not out of a can. I do like the colour and given its reasonable price is ideal for student BBQs with lots of people and you are the one organising the drink.
Overall a great cider compared to the other mass produced ciders but no match for homemade/farm cider by any means.
After one very bad experience with some White Lightening as a teenager I vowed never to drink cider again, and until today have kept to that.
We were having a BBQ and there was only some Magners Irish cider left in the entire house, so I decided to give up on my cider ban and give it a go, and I am really glad that I did.
It is a very crisp and flavoursome cider, much more than the cheap yet strong White lightening, and at about 4.5% is just enough to have a few without starting to feel the real effects of starting to feel a tad tipsy. I think the main difference that I noticed was that cans such as Strongbow and Blackthorn have a distinct 'chemically' taste which is the best way that I can describe it, almost like the metal can itself. I find that the magners doesnt have this taste, which may be down to the fact that it is bottled, either way, I think that because of this is tastes a lot more natural.
I can also see now why these types of ciders, including Bulmers are now seen to be quite a trendy drink, and espicially on a nice warm evening with a BBQ I think it goes down great with your food, or just as a drink to relax to.
I remember when I first saw these at the supermarket you could only get them in the quite large bottles typically either a litre of a pint, which for me would have been way too much to drink in one go before the end of the drink went a little flat, whereas now, they are available in much smaller bottles of 330ml meaning that you dont feel you have to drink a large quantity in one go. I have seen the larger pint bottles in Tesco for around £1.99 each or 3 for a fiver, which for the quantity isnt too bad, but I think that the smaller bottles of 4 for around £5, or sometimes you will pick them up on offer of 2 packs for £8, offer much better value for money.
Either way, I am now a cider convert, and will in the future definatly be buying Magners and maybe even try Bulmers too. I have also seen advertised on TV Magners Pear cider, which although I havent yet tried, I will also be trying this soon!
After years of being seen as a drink of ill-repute, consumed by vagrants and groups of chavs in bus stations across the country, cider is now considered a trendy and respectable tipple which transcends all class barriers. At the forefront of this apple-based renaissance is Magners, which claims to be "the number one packed cider brand in Britain".
I assumed that Magners had been around for ages, and was surprised when I found out that it was only launched at the beginning of 2003, alongside a multi-million pound advertising campaign. Personally, I'm not a massive cider fan, and only drink it on an infrequent basis - but there are certain brands I prefer, and Magners is definitely one of them.
Although you can obtain Magners in can, bottle, and draught form, the latter can be hard to come by, as many pubs only sell it by the bottle - occasionally having the nerve to charge over £4 for the 568ml size. Therefore if you're a real fan, it's probably best to buy your Magners cheaply from a supermarket, and the 4 x 330ml multipack can be currently purchased for £4.40 from Tesco.
Although this review focusses on the apple variety, Magners also make a rather tasty pear version - but i've only ever seen it sold in one pub, with most drinking establishments preferring to stock the ever popular rival brand 'Kopparberg'.
The Magners bottle is dark brown in colour, featuring a yellow green and black label which is fairly eye-catching. The top section is covered by gold foil, and the cap is of the metal variety, meaning it has to be opened by bottle opener - unless you've got incredibly robust teeth! (please don't try).
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Said to be crafted from seventeen varieties of apple which are sourced from orchards in County Tipperary, the amber coloured Magners has a fairly sweet and crisp flavour. It's also a very fizzy drink, more so than Strongbow, meaning that it can be difficult to consume quickly as it can make you feel quite bloated.
At 4.5% volume, Magners isn't the strongest of ciders, and as a result it has a fairly mellow flavour without a strongly alcoholic aftertaste. That said, the overall palette is very appley minus the overly acidic overtones which can be prevalent in some of the cheaper ciders.
It is considered the norm to consume Magners with ice, although doing so is obviously down to individual preference. Personally, I used to hate drinking cider with ice, and pretty much refused to do so for a couple of years I did however allow myself to try it 'on the rocks' a few years back, and now it's my preferred way to drink the stuff. Cider is definitely best enjoyed cold, and warm cider is no good for anyone, except perhaps wasps.
The main drawback of Magners for me is the fact that it will often result in a really nasty hangover which can take hours to disperse. This is even more prevalent if you combine your Magners drinking with an intermittent pint of Fosters or Guinness... I can promise that the resultant throbbing headache is certainly not pleasant.
In conclusion, I would recommend Magners as a summery and refreshing alternative to beer, which has a pleasant and crisp flavour. It is a little too gassy to drink in large doses, which is why it isn't a common choice for me during a night out - however, for a cheeky afternoon pint on a hot day, you can go too far wrong here.
For more info, see www.magnerscider.com
Where can i start, so many different things to write about, the first would be the taste, it is probably the nicest apple cider there is !! It is anytime cider, but more refreshing when you are in a friends garden, in the summer with a BBQ ! i dont know, it just makes summer feel more better ! It is best served with a few ice cubes in it, when it is really cold, and it just makes you feel great ! It definatley beats off other ciders such as strongbow and bulmers. Magners apple cider comes in many different ways, you can get it in a bottle, a can or from a draught, either way, it will never fail to impress. It is not the cheapest, and not the dearest of ciders, 1 pint would cost you around about £2.80-£3.50 maybe, but it will be the best £3.50 you will ever spend !
I had never tried magners until i was on holiday and after the first sip i havent looked back, Its Smooth & Refreshing taste is brillant after a hard days work the only problem is that it is to easy to drink which can often mean you having too much. Most pubs often fill a glass with ice, and I am not a fon of that as you only need 3-5 cubes max in it, since that way, it doesn't dilute your pint too much
Magners is made from a unique blend of 17 varieties of apples. You can buy Magners in 330ml, a Pint, 500ml, 568ml & 750ml Bottles, they are best served with Ice. There are now 2 types of Magners, The original and pear. The Original is the best but pear is not bad.
Magners is confused with Bulmers as they are made by the same company the only difference is the name. Magners cost ruffly £1.99 at supermarkets for the 568ml bottles but cost around £3 at pubs or bars. Magers is by far my favourite cider, i have tried most ofter ciders but the refreshing taste of magners wins.
I have always liked cider and unlike many I didn't drink cider in my early drinking years. It was only when I got to university I decided to venture over to the dark side... or cider and black as we used to call it. However gone are the days of cider being seen as a "cheap drink to get you drunk" (although there are brands of cider which allow you to do this). Magner's in my opinion was probably the first cider to break the mould and take cider slightly more upmarket.
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Magner's is described as "a blend of seventeen varieties of fresh apples to create the unique taste of Magners Irish cider".
Magner's is sold in the following forms
4x 500ml cans
6X 330ml Bottles
In pubs Magners is sold by the bottle. Generally this is the larger 568ml sized bottle, however in some nightclubs recently I have noticed that the smaller 330ml bottles have been on sale.
The bottles are a dark brown colour. The foil around the to of the bottle is gold. The Magners branding is emblazoned on the front of the bottle so you can immediately tell that the cider is Magners.
A 568ml bottle in Asda or a supermarket will cost around £1.88. Magner's is quite expensive when sold in pubs. The price varies but you will expect to pay in the region of £2.80- £4.50. This totally depends on the pub or bar but often Magners is one of the more expensive drinks.
In supermarkets a 4 pack of 500ml cans cost around £4.00 for the pack, and a six pack of 330ml bottles cost around £5.
The cider when pored into a glass is a bright golden colour, probably slightly more orange than other brands of cider. The cider looks a lot fizzier than other ciders too. When it is poured into the glass you can smell a very sweet apple scent and the cider smells very fruity.
I feel Magner's cider tastes different to other ciders. It is a lot sweeter than other traditional ciders and does not taste as strong in terms of alcohol content (it is slightly weaker at 4.5% vol as opposed to over 5% like most ciders). This makes the cider very easy to drink. Magners is very appealing and refreshing as the initial taste of apple lasts in your mouth after swallowing which is sweet as opposed to sour or bitter like some ciders.
The best (and only) way to drink Magners is over ice. This emphasises the apple taste and makes the cider taste a lot more refreshing.
My only negative point with Magners is that because it is fizzy it is very gassy and is therefore very filling. If you are drinking this with a meal beware, you may not be able to eat as much.
Magners is a great refreshing drink and I would recommend it to those that have never tried it before. Its major drawback is that it is quite expensive if you are purchasing a bottle in pubs. Luckily because I can only drink two bottles of Magner's in one sitting as it is so filling and gassy, I don't end up spending a small fortune.
Available in bottle, can or draught.