Monday, June 11, 2012

Review - Michelob ULTRA Light Cider

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When I mentioned to Atala, who is more familiar with the Michelob brand that I was to review a product by them, he asked when I became a fan of beer. I'm not, but I absolutely love light and refreshing drinks like white wine, champagne and traditional ciders, and the Michelob ULTRA Light Cider is billed as an ideal alternative. Also, it was becoming boring to only ask for Smirnoff Ice every time we were out. I wanted more variety and this was a great opportunity to try one out. Especially when a quick look online revealed that it had only 4% alcohol and 120 calories per bottle. Sign me on then!

There was some drama in obtaining the drink at first. While Michelob has some other drinks already in stores, the ULTRA Light Cider is so new that I had to look up the places to buy it at their website, And then, at my nearest QFC, they had yet to put it on the shelves. However, a very nice sales attendant helped me to bring up a pack The drink is available in the usual six-packs of 12-ounce clear glass bottles. I really loved the bright colors and the apple in the design, made it very easy to look out for at the stores and I looked forward to drinking it too.

Well, I got the perfect chance to try out the Michelob ULTRA Light Cider over the Memorial Day weekend at a party with friends. I drank my first one straight from the bottle and then shared the next with Atala who decided to try his over ice. It was good each way though I think next time, I'll stick to drinking it over ice so I"m not tempted to have too much.

Michelob ULTRA Light Cider is very light, very drinkable, and quite appealing even to a new palate like mine. Atala loved it too and remarked on the apple flavor which I also thought was very nice. This is one Light Cider that has got new fans in us both. Below is some information from the makers of Michelob ULTRA Light Cider

Michelob ULTRA Light Cider is a new light, naturally sweetened and gluten-free cider made from crisp apples. Light and refreshing, Michelob ULTRA Light Cider is an ideal alternative to white wine, champagne and traditional ciders.

How is cider different from beer?
The brewing process for cider follows that of beer, with the main difference being the ingredients used: cider uses apples, while barley and hops are generally the main ingredients for beer. Michelob ULTRA Light Cider is made with all-natural ingredients, including apples, and is naturally sweetened with stevia.

How should it be served?
Michelob ULTRA Light Cider can be enjoyed straight or over ice – perfect for a warm summer day.  It is available in six-packs of 12-ounce clear glass bottles.

Did you know?
- ULTRA Light Cider has 120 calories per serving – that’s one-third fewer calories than an average of the leading regular hard ciders.
- Cider is naturally gluten-free.
- This is the first cider Anheuser-Busch has produced and distributed in the U.S.

Who else enjoys cider? What do you suggest as a great meal or activity to go with Michelob ULTRA Light Cider?


Disclaimer: I was provided with free products and compensation, in exchange for this review.

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