Specially Selected Sourdough Loaf

Sourdough is a fun bread. It has a decidedly different flavor than a traditional white or wheat bread, with — as the name suggests — just a bit of sour flavor. It’s a versatile bread, as it can be used for any meal, whether it’s toasted for breakfast, made as part of a lunch sandwich or used to sop up the remains of a broccoli cheddar soup.

Most big grocers carry sourdough. The good news is Aldi does, too.

Specially Selected Sourdough Loaves are a Regular Buy, meaning you can get them in stores all times of the year. At the time of this post, Aldi offers two varieties, square and round. The square is $2.89, while round is $2.99. Both are 24 ounces, so we’re not sure why the round is 10 cents more. We decided to test the square, although we assume they pretty much taste the same.

The fine print doesn’t say much about who makes the bread, although it does caution that it is manufactured in a factory that also handles milk, soy, and egg. The package states that the bread should be stored at room temperature until the expiration date sticker, but it can be frozen for up to three months if you’re not using it right away.

Ingredients and nutrition information.

It’s a tasty bread. It’s easy to handle, holds together very well, and tastes great no matter how it’s prepared. I’ve eaten it toasted with jam, as part of a ham and cheese sandwich, and served it with butter alongside a dinner entree. It passed with flying colors each time. One small drawback is that each piece of bread is wide and large, but it’s easy to chop a slice of bread in half for, say, sandwich purposes.

The Verdict:

Aldi’s sourdough loaf is a quality sourdough, with the taste and texture I’d expect. The bread holds together well and works for a number of different meals. Recommended.

About Joshua

Joshua is the Editor-in-Chief of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at www.joshuaajohnston.com.


  1. The round sourdough is my favorite and hands down beats any other in my area!!!! I love this bread but it’s getting harder to find-selling out quickly!

  2. The sourdough bread is a favorite at our house as well & once it has been opened it does not last long. We just love the flavour & taste it’s the best!!

  3. I love this bread for french toast.

  4. True sourdough bread is made without yeast, if I understand correctly. It needs a sourdough starter and a longer rise in which the fermentation raises their bread. I was disappointed that it’s a yeast bread. I wonder why they call it sourdough??

  5. I agree that this bread is one of Aldi’s better breads. However as stated above, it is not a true sourdough bread. There is no legal definition of “sourdough”. Could the slightly sour taste be coming from the ascorbic acid? Who knows.

  6. It would seem more like regular bread with sour flavoring added. I wonder if the fumaric acid is what makes it sour. Sure-Jell fruit pectin says it has fumaric acid for tartness, and this bread is certainly tart.

  7. I was wondering whether or not this bread is made with brominated flour? Who can I call to find out?

  8. Just bought the new 3 ingredient version of Specialty Sourdough Round called “Small Batch”. It is nothing like the previous round
    It’s dry, dense & doesn’t toast well at all.
    Wonder why they changed the recipe when the other was such a good seller. I guess I’ll be searching for a new sourdough.

  9. Just bought this for the first time–the loaf I got is extremely good, but absolutely does NOT taste like sourdough whatsoever. Honestly, one of the best cheap breads I’ve ever bought, toasts extremely well. But close to 0 sourdough taste.

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