For those not familiar with snakebite, the drink is usually a half and half mix of lager and cider. It is often served with black current cordial and it has a tendency to get people very drunk – and so has a reputation with students. For this reason many pubs will not serve it, although they tend to not stop you ordering the lager and cider and mixing your own.
Wychwood’s Snake’s Bite is an ale which has had cider apples added during brewing, this is to give it the flavour of snake bite but it remains a beer.
The smell is of fruity apples, the initial taste is far too sweet then a slight honey like flavour with an apple sour end. It is sickly and unpleasant, not really tasting much like beer at all.
This beer was tried with friends and I did get a few opinions on it, none gave a positive reaction to it – even one person who had fond memories of snake bite and would gladly drink a real one. It even gave several people a slight feeling of indigestion and did not sit well with anyone. I must say that this is not a resounding show of support for this beer.
In it’s defence it does not claim to be anything more than it is and you should not expect much more Snake’s Bite’s description – I should ask myself “what were you expecting?” – however I would have like at least some attempt at putting beery flavours in a beer.