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      17.07.2013 12:16
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      a nice cider with nice memories for me!

      In summer time there is something that unconsciously always leads me to enjoy a refreshing cider as a lovely alcoholic drink that isn't going to get me drunk but will make me feel quite cheery! Over the weekend we did some food shopping and headed to my mums who has a garden so brought with us a 2 litre bottle of Strongbow Cider to enjoy in the sun after dinner :)

      - Packaging -

      Ours came in a plastic bottle with a screw top lid, but can also come in the usual black and gold decorated can. The label states it is Strongbow - serve extra cold and is by the brand H.P Bulmer since 1887. It's 5.3% vol and is a bitter-sweet cider with apples.

      - The cider -

      This brand of cider is quite dry and crispy and when I first started drinking it I found it very bitter but it has definitely grown on me! It looks a yellowish-fizzy consistency and when poured it is a bit bubbly but not too carbonated. Taste wise, on it's own I can't really taste much apple even though this is described as the flavour behind the drink.

      However, my favourite way to have this drink is with a splash of blackcurrant cordial! I first tried this at a BBQ some time ago and absolutely loved it, so when I now have a pub lunch or at gigs it's a drink I will always enjoy. At home we used anything to hand - it can be Ribena or Vimto or other squash and combined this makes this cider really enjoyable and refreshing and I can gulp it all day! Of course, drinking too many units I do eventually get quite tiddly but isn't that what summer is all about?

      - Price -

      Strongbow is one of the more costly ciders, not a Supermarket basics version or "white star" by any chance but it is actually still affordable as a 2 litre bottle was only £3.29. It made quite a few servings for all 4 adults so a bottle does go a long way.

      - Overall -

      I like Strongbow, and whilst there are other brands which are already flavoured e.g. Koppaberg and Bulmers, this one is a decent cider which although not my favourite on it's own is just as refreshing and crisp when mixed with cordial. It always reminds me of summer or social events so is a drink I think of with fond memories. Will give it 4 stars!

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        25.03.2013 04:10
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        good for younger drinkers but for everyone else it's time to move on

        I'm not a huge cider snob (more of a beer guy myself) but I wouldn't touch strongbow with a bargepole.

        It is so ubiquitous that sometimes you ask a mate for a cider, and he gets you this, so I have drunk it many times, but I don't buy it usually.

        it comes in draught, cans and large 2l bottles. (the 2l bottles I have plenty of experience of drinking as a teen!). I think that's the main audience for this product, first time drinkers, I can't really see anyone respectable drinking this, it's reputation is too tainted, and the taste isn't that great either- sure its every bit as refreshing as the advert leads you to believe but then so are every other dry ciders (the crispness comes from the dryness- dryness is a lack of sugar)

        it is very cheap for a bottle, but on draught it's only slightly cheaper than a higher quality cider- so instead of just getting strongbow be brave and try something else, who knows you might never look back!

        It is 5.6%, so about average strength for a cider, taste is slightly chemical, and has no attempt to mask that with any interesting flavours, it just tastes average. If you're going to drink it, make sure it's cold for the most refreshing experience.

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          24.11.2012 04:18

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          cheap and cheerful

          Strongbow cider is a too familiar sight in my fridge I'm afraid. It's my boyfriends favourite brand of cider. I like a glass when it's a nice hot day, but he's very happy to have a glass all year round. I like it because I know what to buy to get those odd jobs round the house done. A good insentive to make them get up and do all those little gardening jobs that have been waiting patiently for weeks when, tomorrow never comes. It's the most common cider on draught in pubs and dosn't make you as ill as other stronger ciders like Scrumpy. It's cheap and good to buy in bulk for parties and bbqs. It's crisp refreshing and most people like it. I can't see it being replaced with anything soon. Overall good for the money average strength and seems to always be in my fridge and recycling bin!

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          01.10.2012 12:10
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          Not the top of my cider shopping list - but not bad!

          Strongbow Cider Drink

          I like to drink cider drinks every now and then, the most commonly found cider on tap in the pubs in the UK is Strongbow Cider which I will often buy - if they have no Magners!

          Strongbow cider was launched in 1962 by H.P. Bulmer (yes that's the Mr Bulmer - which is a subsidiary of Heineken). The Cider is chiefly made in Hereford and is the world's leading cider seller having over 10 per cent of the global cider market, and its accounts for more than 20 per cent of all cider sold in the UK.

          Strongbow comes in a quite striking packaging, being a black and gold overall colour on its bottles, cans and taps in the pubs. The Strongbow logo has a small man with a bow and arrow as its branding and is very recognisable.

          The Drink

          Strongbow is a bright golden colour to look at - which comes from its high apple content. Strongbow contains a blend of bitter sweet cider and culinary apples, with 50 different varieties of apple used in the drink. The cider also contains apple concentrate and sugars with fermented yeast. The drink is quite tangy and silky tasting but not over appley - which I like. I much prefer the sharp cider drinks than flavoured varieties at the moment.

          This is a dry cider drink, that I find very easy drinking when its served really cold and fresh. This is a very fizzy drink, especially from the cans and bottles - depending on where you drink it in the pub it can also be horribly flat and not nice at all. As soon as you pour the drink you can see the huge fizz content.

          The alcohol content of this drink has changed over the years - it now stands at 5 % ABV. Pub prices vary considerably and a pack of 12 (440 ml) cans currently costs £8 at Tesco. A reasonably priced cider drink, however I do prefer Magners Original which is a little less harsh tasting.

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            28.07.2012 23:11
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            An ok drink!

            Living in the West Country I think I overdosed big time when I first arrived here on real and raw cider. I loved it at first however the stuff now knocks me about too much and so often if I drink cider which is rare I just get branded stuff most of us have heard of.

            At the moment I am sat with a glass of Strongbow in front of me and I buy this rather often as a 2 Litre bottle costs me only about £3.79 so it nice as a chilled drink for me come weekends when I can't afford much else.

            The Packaging:

            This comes in various sized cans and bottles and of course from tap in pubs and the likes. My 2L bottle is frosted yellow and plastic and the labeling is black and yellow and on the front and back of it of we are told what it is and who it is by and on the sides of the bottle the size is stated, we are told that it contains 5.3 Volume and that there are 10.6 UK units per bottle and contact details for the manufacturer are given.

            The Drink Itself:

            Pour it and this drink is a soft yellow transparent liquid with a gentle sparkle to it rather than it being too fizzy or gassy or owt. The flavour of this is rather acidic and not richly appley which would be better and it tastes of alcohol to me rather than being easily drinkable. For me this is a bit tart/sour however it is refreshing enough particularly on hot nights.

            This is not my favorite cider by any means and it is the cheapest I will buy. Best served chilled it isn't awful but it isn't the nicest sadly.

            Available in all good supermarkets etc.

            This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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              25.06.2012 23:11

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              Bring on the Bow!

              I've been drinking Strongbow for the past ten years or so and whilst I would be the first to admit it isn't really for the cider connoisseur, I find it a crisp refreshing drinkable drink!

              I am a cider fan and have tried much better quality ciders but as far as mass produced cider goes, I don't think you can go far wrong with a pint of strongbow. The extra cold version is very nice in the summer!

              It compares favourably to the other mass produced stuff which I often find too sweet.

              Like any other Fizzy cider it is quite gassy and so I wouldn't recommend drinking too many pints in one night.

              It's great on it's own or you can add a little bit of blackcurrant cordial - cider and black - lovely!

              I don't recommend mixing it with lager to make a snakebite - that's if you want to stay reasonably coherent!

              Oh and best of all - it's probably one of the cheapest drinks on a night out!

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              01.03.2012 19:55

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              Great for festivals, or as a cold refreshing beverage on the cheap

              Okay, its not Aspell's cider, but nevertheless still a great cider for when you don't feel like splashing out a tonne of cash. Point being, makes a great festival drink, can be bought in bulk, cheaply, and doesn't taste like you've bought a case of Tesco Value along. What ever you do, don't let it get above a cold temperature, once warm, this tastes terrible.

              A pretty refreshing drink, but doesn't have the taste or smoothness of a more expensive cider. Quite a crisp tasting cider, in comparison to bulmers or stella cidre, for example. It just tastes more artificial, and probably is for the most part, i dread to think how many extra little things they add. Being mass produced, it of course is generic tasting, the Fostors of the Cider world.

              After about a pint and a bit of Stronbow the artificial nature of the product and as it's very fizzy leaves me feeling fairly bloated, which is never a good thing. Most pubs have a variety of local ciders available and depending on whether you like traditional scrumpy or scrumpy jack, after trying many a cider I can say with confidence that you are better off mixing it up with something more refined.

              Summary >>>> At 5%ish, a great Cider for festivals, or any other occasion to get the old alcohol levels up. Not for the cider connoisseur, as the taste is too generic, too fizzy, not great. But hey it's cheap so what more are you going to get. I'd reccomend Stella Artois Cidre, if you fancy something different, very drinkable and refreshing.

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              30.12.2011 09:21
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              Very refreshing Summertime drink

              Strongbow brought me my first taste of cider and I havn't looked back since. Strongbow produce a wide range of varieties and their most popular apple cider contains 50 varieties of apple to produce a flavour that is unique. Apparently Strongbow's ciders accounts for 20% of all cider sales in the UK, something I am not surprised at, least because the taste is refreshing and appeals to a wide audience of cider drinkers.

              I suppose you could say that the uniqueness of its taste is something that allows it to appeal to so many cider drinkers, as it isn't a niche flavour like the berry infused ciders we see today. Cider is well-known for its link with young hooligans, but cider has moved on a lot since then. Strongbow continue to produce new twists on their standard pint of Strongbow apple cider. A pack of 4x440ml cans costs around £4, so the cans are fairly reasonable. The larger packs of 12x440ml cans cost £8, so buying in bulk really does pay off when it comes to alcohol. Strongbow is also available in large 2 litre bottles - something that you would stereotypically expect the youth of today to be swigging in the local park!

              The drink comes in a typically Strongbow black and amber coloured can. It also carries the Strongbow branding clearly and each form of bottle and can has very similar branding to keep consumers familiar with the packaging. The colours work well together, and one Strongbow advert I remember involves a crossbow and arrows, the arrows being fired into the bar in a pub. The logo on the front of the can represents the crossbow and a man striking a pose with it, so Strongbow clearly have a strong brand behind them.

              As strongbow is so popular with cider drinkers there must be something quite special about it. The bitter-sweet taste is quite refreshing, and the taste is neither too sweet or too dry. The cider is said to be 'dry', though Strongbow do sell a range of ciders falling under both the 'dry' and 'sweet' varieties. I don't have a particular preference for either type, but a lot of people that do have a preference still like Strongbow, so it is quite unique in that way.

              The Strongbow apple cider is 5.3% ABV, which is quite typical of a cider drink. The can strongly suggests it is to be drunk ice cold, which is somethign I always do - warm cider is never a pleasant experience! Cider can be drunk any time of the year, though it does make a 'refreshingly crisp' Summertime drink whilst in the beer garden. I have to say that having drunk cider for a number of years now I am always partial to a pint of Strongbow cider, they must be doing something right.

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              02.11.2011 22:18
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              Cheap and easy to get access to

              This cider i didnt actually drink for a long while after i became a cider drinker because i did drink it before i grew accustom to the taste and i hated it. I did not want to put myself back off nor did i want to gain a bad experience with it so i held off for a while before the inevitable happened and i found myself in a pub where it was the only cider.

              Strongbow is the common ground for cider, the most common you will find almost anywhere and the reason is probably that it is cheap but not a super strength. Strongbow is often only a couple of quid for a pint making it a more affordable option over bottled cider such as Bulmers & Magners that other cider heads may prefer. Strongbow has a very distinct taste and you can definitely taste the Apple in it however do not come expecting apple juice, the flavor is quite harsh for those who haven't had cider before and it is a dryish cider meaning that you're better off going for something sweeter if it is your first try of it. Once you have a few Strongbow's the taste does start to grow on you and you will not mind it however personally i will never choose this over something else, it for me, is just cheap and cheerful. The Strongbow cider can be purchased in either crate's containing numerous cans or in large 2/3 litre bottles from most supermarkets, they're also quite frequently on promotion so look out for those if you're wanting to try it.

              In conclusion Strongbow is a good cider for at the pub however definitely not a first choice and i would not recomend it for a first time cider drinker as it is very dry and will most probably be off putting.

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              23.10.2011 17:14
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              The young drinkers cider choice

              Lets start off with the fact that this is a cheap cider when compared to the other offerings available, though this does not do anything to dampen the flavour. Brands often make use of slogans that hold little or no bearing to the actual product itself, this is not one of those products; it always hits the spot with the first drop and just gets better after every sip.

              If it was to be given a comparison to a non alcoholic drink I would say diet coke would be fair, it has the metallic edge to it that stops it from being as good as the "real thing". After moving on to try a few other ciders that cost a bit more, the difference that price can make really starts to show; Strongbow used to be my favourite cider but I have now moved on to better things. It is a decent drink to start on though and for those new to ciders I reccomend this, even if you regularly drink other things this will make a refreshing difference.

              During the hot summers day it will make a decent alternative to a cold bear with the subtle fruity elements, sitting well with the many flavours to be found in BBQ.

              It can be found in bars, pubs and supermarkets all over the UK typically at a cheaper price then alternative products.

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              08.08.2011 16:25
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              Still a classic in the cider world

              I am a big lover of ciders, and in recent years have begun to get into allsorts of different varieties which are from different regions and are typically slightly stronger than off-the-shelf varieties. I must admit though, when I need refreshing and I'm on a budget, I come back to Strongbow every time as it's affordable, and is often on offer in supermarkets which makes a night's drinking much cheaper than it would otherwise be.

              I find Strongbow extremely refreshing, and it's very easy to drink as it tastes pleasant and is not sour or bitter. It's quite sharp and you can't beat that first sip - as summed up in the recent advertising campaign "It's Bow Time". I don't find it too gassy either which can be a problem with some ciders as they leave you feeling bloated after you've drunk a few.

              Strongbow can usually be found in pubs and bars as well as in supermarkets and off-licences, and it's still one of the most accessible and affordable brands of cider. The only downside for me is that it usually gives me a bigger headache in the morning, and I sometimes wonder if this is because it's not made from natural ingredients and contains more additives than other ciders. In reality I think this is in actual fact probably down to the fact that I end up drinking more Strongbow than I would other brands, because it's so easy to drink without feeling bloated.

              Although there are many new brands breaking into the cider market, I think Strongbow is still a classic favourite.

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              01.08.2011 15:59
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              Try it on a warm summers day

              The cider market has certainly been growing over the last few years but certainly one of the first players in this market was Strongbow which (along with Blackthorn) are right up there with my first memories of drinking cider.

              Strongbow itself is quite a cheap cider and is served in a very wide variety of pubs and bars. Price wise, it is normally priced at around the same as a beer (this can obviously vary from place to place) so is not too unreasonable. If you were to buy this in the supermarket it is far cheaper and you get different choices for consumption - can, bottle or 2 litre plastic bottle. Of course the best value is the larger 2litre one which normally costs about the £3 mark.

              Taste wise, Strongbow is quite a dry cider and I wouldn't class it as thirst quenching but instead refreshing which is in fact what their recent advertising campaign's would suggest (for those of you who haven't seen them they often involves people doing hard work like carrying a sofa up 10 flights of stairs in the knowledge that waiting for them when they finish is a cool crisp Strongbow). You get a hint of bitterness in the taste and a strong taste of apples.

              Although it is a nice drink, it is certainly not one that I could solely drink on a night out as it can get a bit sickly. However, if you do decide to go down this route then I would recommend a dash of blackcurrant as this gives it a slightly sweeter taste.

              Would I recommend it? Probably but only if there are not many other ciders available. It is certainly not the best cider around (and definitely not the worst) but on a summers day a pint or two can certainly leave you feeling refreshed.

              Of course, there are the usual associations with teenagers drinking cider in the park and more often than not it is Strongbow that they are drinking but don't let that put you off, give it a go!

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                27.12.2010 16:47
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                Tried, tested and trusted brand - against whoch other ciders are measured

                This is one of the strongest cider brands with memorable TV advertising involving arrows thudding into various surfaces - advertising now changed and brought up to date as part of a brand refresh.

                It has faced strong competition of late from Johny Come Lately new apple and also pear ciders which have been heavily promoted. Nevertheless, it has maintained a strong market position for a number of years and is a popular drink amongst males and females.

                In recent years, the purchase of cases in supermarkets has grown considerably at seasonal periods in particular; the level of discounting is generally such that many of us are persuaded to have far more in stock than we reasonably need.

                This year we bought a case of Strongbow canned lager as part of a 3 for £18 deal at the supermarket. Each can contains a standard 440ml. It is quite strong at 5.3% Alcohol by Volume - stronger than many beers - so you don't need much to feel a little tipsy. One can contains 2.3 UK units which is approximately the recommended maximum for women and about 2/3rds of that for men.

                It is made by H.P. Bulmer and is a dry cider with sugars and sweetener. It also contains sulphites for freshness.

                I like it because it is dry and refreshing and has a nice aftertaste. It is not a bitter taste and, drunk in moderation I find I stay clear of headaches which I sometimes get with heavier drinks. I drink it as it is from the can; many people recommend that it is best served extra cold - indeed it says as much on the can, but I find that you lose a certain amount of the taste and the drinking pleasure if it is drunk too cold - it's personal preference at the end of the day.

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                  17.11.2010 14:55
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                  A good cider for drinking with friends

                  Strongbow has been a popular cider for years but I think it has become a little overshadowed by the newer brands of cider recently.

                  It is a great tasting cider though and has always been one of my favourites. You can usually buy it in cans and large bottles in the supermarket and also by the pint in pubs. I think Strongbow is quite appealing for both men and women as it the packaging of it is black and yellow so is quite masculine. Also it seems like quite a grown up cider and so doesn't seem like a childish drink. It is quite often on offer in the supermarket so is very good value for money but is more expensive in a pub and costs about the same as a pint of lager.

                  Strongbow has a slightly sweet taste but it is more of a dry cider so it does have a bitterness about it with lots of apple flavour which makes it taste lovely and sharp. It is not at all sweet and sickly and even after drinking a few glasses it doesn't leave me feeling sickly. It is not too fizzy either so doesn't make me feel bloated. It is very refreshing to drink and really quenches my thirst and is very easy to drink either on its own or with a meal.

                  I would definately recommend Strongbow as it is a good quality cider at a good price.

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                  21.05.2010 21:42
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                  Delicious!!

                  Strongbow - It's Bow time!!

                  Personally I can't think of anything better than to sip on this on a hot summers day. Although cider is probably one of the least healthy drinks for you..especially if your on a diet. I cant get enough of it. It's full of sugar and as it's fizzy, it's quite bloating.

                  H.P Bulmer created this delicious cider, they have been around since 1887!

                  I tend to purchase Strongbow by the bottle, as its cheaper - having said this I do think it tastes better by the can. Cans are often on offer in the major supermarkets - so grab them whilst you can.

                  I like to drink my Bow Extra Extra chilled. I also add lots of crushed ice and pour the fizz over the top. The noise of the ice and the fizzy cider makes me drool!!!!!

                  A 2 litre bottle of cider normally costs around £2.80, cans can vary from £2.50ish for 4 cans upwards.

                  A 2 litre bottle contains 10.6 units and has an alcoholic volume of 5.3%

                  Strongbow is delicious, surprisingly sweet although a dry cider and extremely refreshing.

                  Give it a whirl. xx

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                  Strongbow is a brand of mass-produced cider manufactured in England by Bulmers. It is the UK's most popular cider, accounting for more than half of the draught cider sold in British pubs.