Monday, January 9, 2012

Woodchuck Winter Hard Cider - Limited Edition

Woodchuck Hard Cider is a naturally gluten free common cider beer. This limited edition winter session beer is crafted with Premium French and Traditional American Oak. Special thanks to Kristine for giving me this to sample.

Medium: 12oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass
Price: Complements of my special lady

Aroma: Sweet apples hide any oak aromas that I expected to find. It actually reminded me of the sweet aroma from Manischewitz wine in the similar sweet/ somewhat dry nose. There is also a degree of acidity clearly present.
Appearance: Presents itself like a sparkling grapefruit juice that loses its "fizz" rather quickly. Pours for a very small, powder-white head that is slow to form and then quickly disappears. A brilliant, crystal clear gold/ brass color.
Flavor: An overall sweet profile with a slightly oak finish and some hints of vanilla. Only a minimal amount of dryness along with a somewhat cloying sweetness. The bitterness hits about mid-taste and finishes characteristically sour or tart.
Mouthfeel: Highly carbonated and smooth, this draft cider presents a "mouth-watery" effect that keeps you thirsty for more. Some tannins give it that wine-like puckering effect that makes me think of Manischewitz again.
Overall Impression: Perhaps I served this a bit too cold; However, this beer is definitely sessionable and is one that I would actually expect to serve in the winter time. This easy-drinking hard cider is another greatly crafted brew - I wouldn't expect anything less from Woodchuck.

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