So Stella Artois decided to release a cider. Although I suspect that it was AB InBev who decided to release a cider, and they chose the Stella Artois brand as the route they would take for marketing. Unfortunately this cider—which by virtue of being a cider brewed in New York has nothing to do with the famous Belgian pilsner—is a rather dull tasting affair.
“Made with Hand Picked Apples” the can proudly proclaims. As opposed to what, machine picked apples? Maybe a machine would have chosen better apples? Also, do they mean picked as in “off the tree”, or do they mean “chosen for their tastiness”? Any way you look at this cider, the ruse failed.
I jotted down these notes with Ian. Luckily we had a more highly anticipated cider to try afterwards…
Appearance: pale apple juice, 4.5%
Nose: yeasty, apples
Palate: sweet apples
Finish: sweet apples, hint of spices
Overall: a bit watery, not lots of standout flavour. If you want Stella Artois, get the beer. If you want a cider, get something else.
Rating: 2/5 Okay