Stowford Press Low Alcohol Cider Review. Impressive?


Stowford Press is a popular cider and has broken into the UK supermarkets. Like basically every other big cider or brewer in general, they have released their low alcohol/non alcoholic version.

How does Stowford Press Low Alcohol stack up against the rest on the market? This is my Stowford Press Low Alcohol review.

What type of cider is Stowford Press Low Alcohol?

Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The S...
Does Non Alcoholic Beer Taste The Same

This might seem like a simple question but not all ciders are the same.

Stowford Press Low Alcohol is a proper apple based cider, made from fermented apples. However you will get ciders on a base of pear (a perry) or apple based but with multiple extra fruit flavours and sugar added.

Is Stowford Press Low Alcohol alcohol free?

As you might expect, low alcohol does not mean no alcohol.

Although the term “low alcohol” normally is applied to drinks around 1.2% ABV, certainly higher than the 0.5% that Stowford Press advertise. That would be classed as “non alcoholic”

You can see what all the terminologies mean in my article here.

0.5% ABV is still extremely low however. For example, orange juice has the same concentration of alcohol and you would not consider it an alcoholic drink.

Stowford Press Low Alcohol Ingredients

I like to look at the ingredients list to see if they are sneaking in anything weird or wonderful. Often they dont actually tell you but once in a while it can be telling.

Stowford Press Low Alcohol includes…

  • Water
  • Cider
  • Apple juice
  • Sugar

Nothing ground breaking here. Stowford have added apple juice from unfermented apples to bolster the flavour as well as sugar. Unfortunately sugar is a fact of life and a necessary evil in the non alcoholic cider world.

Stowford Press Low Alcohol Nutrition

Compared to say the non alcoholic and alcohol free beer market, it is hard to make the really big calorie and carb savings in the alcohol free cider world as they contain quite a bit of sugar.

I have included the full alcoholic Stowford Press cider as a comparison to the Low Alcohol in the table below.

Low Alcohol per 100ml Full alcohol per 100ml
Alcohol0.5%4.5%
Calories 29kcal30kcal
Carbohydrate?g?g
Sugars6.25g1g
Stowford Press Low Alcohol Nutritional Data

There really is basically no calorie saving comparing these two ciders. The calories from the alcohol in the normal cider is completely substituted with sugar.

From a nutritional standpoint that is far from ideal. If you want to save on the alcohol this is a good switch but not for calories and certainly not if you don’t want the alcohol replaced with lots of sugar.

The Look

This comes in a 500ml bottle with classic Stowford Press labelling with a twist for their low alcohol cider. The cider itself is many a touch more yellow than amber but overall good styling and colour. There is ample fizz without being a lot.

The Aroma

There is the obligatory apple smell, I dread to think of an apple cider not smelling of apples at the very least.I don’t pick up too much sweetness, which is a surprise.

There is more sugar than Thatchers although it dealt with it well and didn’t taste too sweet, will Stowford Press follow suit?

The Taste

I’ve had to take four or five big sips to decide what to write.

It’s a sort of middle of the road cider, there isn’t anything too terrible but nothing to write home about either.

The apples first and foremost – not bad, there is decent ripe and fermented sweet apple but given they have added apple juice as well as the fermented ones, I was hoping for more flavour from it.

The sugar levels although reasonably high haven’t made for an overly sweet cider like Kopparberg Pear and Mixed Fruits

I just don’t think the depth is there, the flavour is gone pretty quickly and the after taste isn’t the greatest ever.

The body is decent as you would expect from having a big dollop of sugar

The Verdict

It is passable. If you are a cider drinker and need to go non alcoholic for the day then this is not a bad option. If you are new to ciders in general I’m not sure this would hook you in as a convert.

The Score

6.5/10

Damned by faint praise as they say. This is ok without being world beating. You wouldn’t spit it out if offered it at a summer garden party.

Where to buy Stowford Press Low Alcohol?

These are on sale in the big supermarkets so i would image you will just be buying them there and not my affiliate links.

You can try these at Wise Bartender as well, a brilliant non alcoholic retailer

For UK readers, Light Drinks has this and others, if you use code OPENINGTHEBOTTLE you get an additional 5% off

*Affiliate Disclosure – if you click on the links and buy from these providers, i might receive a small commission*

Is Stowford Press Low Alcohol gluten free? 

Yes and it is confirmed by the company.

I have an entire article on non alcoholic ciders and gluten if you want more information.

Is Stowford Press Low Alcohol vegan?

Yes all Stowford Press are vegan and confirmed by the company.

For more on vegan beers see my article on the matter. Why beers or ciders may or may not be and how to check.

Review Overview
Score
SUMMARY

Damned by faint praise as they say. This is ok without being world beating. You wouldn’t spit it out if offered it at a summer garden party.

3.3

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