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Magners Berry Cider 
Posted: 18 October 2015  Beer Republic 5.0 
Magners Berry Cider from Ireland Magners Berry (or Orchard Berries in other markets) is Magners Pear Cider blended with the taste of strawberries, black currants, and raspberries.  Notice I say 'taste.' Because the flavor has an artificial tinge to it, the berry flavor you'd get out of an average wine cooler you pick up at the 7 11.   Unless my wife wants the second bottle. I'll be gifting it to my yoga teacher.  
Avg price/liter: USD 5.63   ABV %: 4.0 Type: Cider   
       


Magners Berry was a cider I was very, very keen to try after imbibing their Pear Cider.   

Now it's not because the pear cider was so amazing. Magners is the only pear cider I've ever had.  I wasn't sure if I'd like pear cider as much or less than traditional apple cider.  Overall, pear was a nice substitute.  By now, I've tried enough ciders that I could imagine what an artisanal pear cider must taste like and how Magners Pear Cider fell short.

Magners Berry (or Orchard Berries in other markets) is Magners Pear Cider blended with the taste of strawberry, black currant, and raspberry. Notice I say 'taste.' I got this information from Magners' web site.  If Magners were using 100% fresh and natural berries, I should think the description would have mentioned that.  'The taste of' these fruits isn't a lie, even if that taste is generated from chemicals, and trust me, it probably is.   

Because the flavor has an artificial tinge to it, the berry flavor you'd get out of an average wine cooler you pick up at the 7 11. I didn't feel like I was drinking fresh fruits added in a secondary fermentation process.  You just sort of know by now that a big brand producer doesn't go those lengths or charge those kinds of prices.  That's not who Magners is.   

As a result of this dilution, the Magners Berry Cider is 0.5% ABV weaker than the pear version and tastes a whole lot more processed.   I drink a cider because I want something that at least tastes like naturally carbonated fruit. If I wanted alcoholic Fanta, I'd have bought something else.     

Unless my wife wants the second bottle. I'll be gifting it to my yoga teacher.      

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