Located near Lake Konstanz (Constance) in the south of Germany in the foothills of the Alps near the borders of Switzerland and Austria, Fuchshof Cider may have one of the most picturesque settings of any cidery. Although this area is outside the normal cider growing regions of the Saarland, Frankfurt, and Hamburg, it’s renowned for its fruit orchards, especially apples and pears. The Fuchs family has been farming in the area for several generations. Intially, they raised cattle. When the space became too small to prosper, they converted the farm to fruit growing in 1978 and planted orchards in 1984. Today, they farm produces organic produce designed to both protect the local environment and grown the best tasting produce possible. This holds true with their cider as well.
Their cider is produced from a blend of apples and pears. Blending apples and pears is a traditional practice in German cideries. The use Jonagold and Braeburn apples as well as Austrian Speckbirne and Schweizer (Swiss) Wasserbirne pears. The apples and pears are crushed, after harvest, and then wrapped in canvas. A board is then placed on top of this layer. A total of 10 layers are created in this fashion. With a stack of 10 layers, the crushed apples and pears are ready for pressing to extract the juice. It then undergoes a natural fermentation.
Appearance: Pale straw with a light haze.
Aroma: Pears, honey, floral, gooseberries, light funk, earthy tones.
Taste: Medium- tannins, medium acidity, mild+ astringency.
Overall Impression: Crisp and refreshing, Fuchshof Most still has a lot going on. It’s complex with a nice undercurrent of funkiness. The pears add a nice depth of character. The structure tends towards the tart with enough tannin to keep things in balance. It’s often described as a “rough” cider and feels more rustic like a farmhouse style. It’s a very enjoyable cider and a great way to try a German cider.
CO2 Levels: Mild+ sparkle
Geography: Southern Germany.
Apples/Pears: Jonagold, Braeburn
Pears: Austrian Speckbirne, Schweizer Wasserbirne
Availability: Imported by B. United International.