Saturday, 21 February 2015

REVIEW: WOODCHUCK AMBER CIDER

Untappd: Woodchuck Day (2015) Badge


STATS
  • Country: United States
  • Style: Cider
  • ABV: 5.0%
  • Serving Type: 355ml Bottle
  • Price: Inexpensive
Do not adjust your computer screens! This is a full length Cider review on Beer O'Clock Australia. As my palate has developed I've been able to appreciate some ciders, I still can't go near the sickly sweet ones without feeling unwell! I had this 3 times to earn the badge, and it's actually pretty good.

So, why am I reviewing a Cider? We're here because Woodchuck Cidery, apparently that's the technical term for where Cider is made, put up a badge on Untappd. Last year they had this distinctive squirrel badge, which had clearly stuck in my mind. While I was in Sydney I was buying beer and Lizzie was browsing and came up with a 6-pack of this. I then saw there was a badge for this year, and here we are...

Now normally I base my appearance on what the style should look that. I'm not particularly well versed in what craft ciders should look like, obviously I know what a Magner's or 5 Seeds looks like but that would be like comparing Guinness to what Heineken looks like. With this in mind, it pours a very clear light yellow colour. There was initially a white bubbly head, as you can just aboutmake out in the picture, but it had almost no retention and left no sign of ever being there.

Woodchuck Amber smells of apples, funnily enough. They seem to be sweetish but not over the top. It's also got a slight yeastiness to the nose which I find quite interesting. It basically smells like fizzy apple juice.

The taste is similar with sweetish apples dominating the flavour. It's lightly acidic which provides a nice tartness to the cider. It tastes like the very expensive super-market apple juices, with some carbonation and a bit of alcohol. I quite like it even though I can't quite explain the flavours I'm drinking.

I'm not sure I could drink this regularly, but once in a while this could hit the spot. It's got good apple flavour without being too sweet. The bit of tartness is what really makes this cider. I clearly have no idea what I'm talking about when it comes to cider though, so for now I'm going to stick to reviewing beers. Hopefully I'll get something up for you all soon.

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2 comments:

  1. Interesting. Must be a sweet cider considering the strong apple juice contrast. I guess the acidity could be coming from the green apples they use in the pressing process. Good read and very intriguing!

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    1. Cheers mate. From memory it was the contrast between the acidity and the sweetness that made it quite enjoyable. Without the tartness I think it could've become cloying.

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