Alcohol Content: 5%
Price: $8/ 6-pack?
Medium: Pint Glass
Aroma: Sweet apple goodness! The nose picks up on deep, long lasting fruity sweetness and distinct apple tartness. Carbonation finds its way scrubbing the nose with deeper inhalations. Alcohol is well hidden. Clean and refreshing
Appearance: I poured it straight down the middle knowing that there would need to be agitation to see any foam develop. I wasn't surprised to see a fizzy white head build up and release lots of carbon dioxide as if pouring a sprite. This settled out quickly. Color is of light golden amber with brilliant clarity. Effervescent bubbling continues for a couple of minutes and clings to the (dirty) glass that I used. Sounds and looks similar to a deeper colored champaign.
Flavor: Its initially light sweetness turns into a full-on force of sweet and tart apple flavors. Its tart qualities become even stronger in the finish and aftertaste, where you would typically find bitterness in beer. I also perceived some ginger ale soda-like qualities. I found it to be sweeter than the Woodchuck Pear. May also be perceived as a low alcohol white wine sweetness (alcohol provides further sweetness). Acidic finish and moderately dry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Tannins coat the mouth leaving a puckering feeling. I thought of it as a power struggle between sweetness and sourness, both of them strong and neither one of them fully winning over the other. Carbonation falls out of the drink. Moderately thin to medium bodied. Not much viscosity/ easy to drink.
Overall Impression: Woodchuck cider has always been an approachable beer of choice for many. I will note that it should be served colder than you would normally serve other beer styles. This washes down the sweet/ tart apple flavors and tannins more easily and leaves a more refreshing finish and aftertaste. Served its purpose well as a recover drink on our beautiful day at the Sugarbush Brewer's Festival.