>> Monday, June 25, 2012
By now you all know that we’re big beer fans. Light, dark, hoppy, bitter -- you name it, we’ve tried it all and (with the exception of most wheat beers) love it all. But did you know I also enjoy hard ciders? I definitely do, especially in summer.
I was psyched when I was given the opportunity to review Anheuser-Busch’s newest addition to the Michelob ULTRA family -- Light Cider -- which was placed on store shelves nationwide in early May.
The past six months, I’ve been avoiding heavy, high alcohol content beers or other adult beverages due to breastfeeding and watching my weight. For these reasons, the bottle’s 120 calories (which is 1/3 fewer calories than most ciders on the market) and 4% alcohol is certainly appealing to me. Too, with the warm temperatures here to stay, I’m retiring my oatmeal stouts and smoky porters in exchange for more seasonal appropriate drinks with the occasional ice cube (anyone else do that?).
You also know that we brew our own beer. One cool thing about hard cider is the brewing process. Whereas barley is used traditionally during beer-making, apples are used in their place for cider. The result is an adult beverage that is naturally gluten-free, which I know some of you can appreciate if gluten isn’t a regular part of your diets.
Overall, I like the cider’s light, crisp mouthfeel. It’s far less sugary sweet than other varieties, which—at least in my opinion—reminds me almost of my favorite champagne poured into a 12-ounce bottle. It might be because the drink is naturally sweetened with Stevia. I’m still new to Stevia, but so far, I’m in love. The apples are hand-picked, too, which is definitely a plus.
If you’d like more information on Michelob ULTRA Light Cider, you can check out your local grocery store, visit the Michelob ULTRA Light Cider page on BlogHer.com, or click over to the sponsor's site.