Woodchuck Private Reserve Cherry

Tonight’s selection is a cider that Val picked out. I didn’t think Val would be a big fan of it since it was oak aged, and needless to say, I was right.


ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the cidery website, “A touch of Michigan cherries with a hint of Napa all in one satisfying sip. Private Reserve Cherry infuses our small batch hard cider with the juice of Michigan cherries, then aged in the finest Cabernet Sauvignon barrels. This premium craft cider delivers a sweet and tart taste that finishes with notes of smooth oak from the Napa Valley barrels. Exhilarate your senses with this truly unique and rare cider.”

Random: “Real Housewives Of Dallas” is my least favorite of the series.

This cider poured with a touch of head that dissipated instantly. By the time I took the picture, all of the head was gone and it didn’t leave any lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, bright red with lots of carbonation visible. The nose was filled with oak and tart cherries. Apple skin was present too. The taste started with some sweetness from the apple flesh and the cherries. It quickly went into an almost vinegar-like cherry note with vanilla and oak. The alcohol was present and was a bit too strong. It had a light body with high carbonation. The finish was lengthy with vanilla and oak and tart cherry skins. A bottle of this set me back $1.83 ($.15 per ounce). I enjoyed this cider, but I felt like it was a bit unfinished. I wouldn’t rush back to have this one again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Woodchuck Out On A Limb – Oopsy Daisy

Today’s selection is a cider from Woodchuck that Val picked out. I love chamomile tea, but I haven’t had much experience with it in beer or cider. I guess there is a first time for everything?


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “You ever screw something up? Oops. We all have. Bring on the stress mixed anxiety. Our advice? Take a moment, breathe deep and sip a Woodchuck Oopsy Daisy. This crisp cider is infused with the actual chamomile flowers after fermentation imparting the calming essence of Chamomile with notes of honey throughout. Sit back, sip, relax, and let the calm wash that stress away.”

Random: I had taquitos for breakfast today. There is a food truck at this site that comes every morning and the food is amazing.

The cider poured with a half a finger of white head. It dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass, but left a small, white crown. The body was clear and orange with high carbonation. The nose had a lot of floral and tea notes, like an air freshener. There was some dry apple juice as well. The taste was incredibly floral as well, bordering on perfume-like. There was the same light, dry, apple note, but the dominant flavor was chamomile. The body was on the thin side with light carbonation. It had a quick finish with chamomile. A single bottle was $2, which came to $.17 per ounce. I didn’t like this cider at all and wished that there was a honey note to it. I appreciate that they were trying something different, but it just wasn’t successful.

Untappd Rating: 2.5/5.0

Woodchuck Out On A Limb Cheeky Cherry

The other half picked this cider up awhile back. It’s another selection from Woodchuck’s Out On A Limb series. Let’s see how this one was.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “They started with the delightful combo of Chocolate and Raspberry, and then moved on to aging ‘spitters’ in bourbon barrels. This time? Well, they got a bit cheeky. When our Cider Makers went Out on a Li,b. not only did our tanks go tart, but they brought back one of our most highly reviewed Cellar Series styles. Formerly known as Sour Cherry, we’re excited to announce the Out on a Limb Cheeky Cherry! Cheeky Cherry features a combination of dried cherries and cherry juice in our small batched cider. The dried tart cherries from Michigan are infused directly into the cider base, and then Belgian cherry juice is added to the final blend, bringing forward those tart and sour notes. Crafted with both common eating apple varieties and bittersweet cider fruit, this style will be sure to excite those taste buds.”

Random: I’m really getting into ciders. It also helps that Val really likes them.

This cider poured with less than a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, deep ruby-red color with moderate carbonation. The nose had a lot of red cherries with a touch of apple. Some apple skins came through as well. The taste was much more towards the tart side of cherry with sweet red apples. Cherry juice came through too, but the taste was more towards tart than sweet. The body was light with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with tart cherry juice and apple skins. This was $2.29 for the single, which came to $.19 per ounce. This was a nice cider that balanced its tartness well. I would have this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Woodchuck Summer Cider

When I first started trying adult beverages, I really liked sweet things. I wasn’t into beer, but I loved Woodchuck ciders. At that point, there weren’t many choices, but Woodchuck had a 4 style variety pack. I later discovered my love for beer, but I always had a soft spot for Woodchuck. This was sitting on the shelf at Half Time and Val wanted to give it a shot.


ABV: 5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Summer Time is the exact right time for sipping cider. Woodchuck Summer Time delivers a crisp apple cider topped off with a touch of blueberry juice. A cider crafted to be as refreshing as a summer day is long.”

Random: I think their labels need some updating.

This cider poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated instantly. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, light yellow with moderate carbonation visible. The nose had blueberry juice with some apple at the end. The taste was a bit more balanced between the two flavors. There was sweet, apple juice with blueberry juice. But, that was about it for the depth of flavor here. The body was on the thin side and had moderate carbonation. I wish it had a bit more. The finish was quick with a lot of apple and blueberry. This was $1.79 for the bottle ($.15 per ounce). I wasn’t a huge fan of this, although it was very drinkable. I wouldn’t rush back to have this again. The other half (who wanted this cider), didn’t really enjoy it either.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Woodchuck Gumption

Welcome to review #1800 of the blog. The blog has been in existence for 1779 days and I’ve done 1.01 reviews per day. When I first started it, I didn’t think that it would get to 1,000 reviews, much less 1800. This year also marks the 5th anniversary of the blog, which is awesome too. Anyways, let’s get to this review.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Gumption will be the newest style of our Woodchuck Family. You could say the name was inspired by the pioneering liquid in the bottle. Here at the cidery, we had the Gumption to pair the fresh juice of common eating apples with dry European bittersweet cider apples. This refreshing and traditional cider, with no added flavors, will bring you a bold and unique drinking experience that combines both the American craft innovation with the tradition of European cider. Those looking for a cider that is not too sweet and one you can enjoy over and over again, look no further. At 5.5% ABV, Gumption has a fresh apple aroma with a sweet apple taste upfront and a dry finish. For our final act…this style will be available year-round and nationwide! Gumption will complement any of your adventures as you follow you own path. Step right up!”

Random: What’s funny is this is a cider that the other half picked out and I had a few sips of.

This cider poured with no head on to of a clear, warm-yellow body with high carbonation. Since there was no head, there was no lacing left on the glass either. The nose was filled with very sweet and ripe red apples. I didn’t get anything else. The taste was interesting. It had a lot of sweet apples and honey. It was bordering on being cloyingly sweet and needed something else. The body was thicker than I expected with moderate carbonation. The finish was really sweet with apples. For $1.80 per bottle (with the NJCB discount), this was $.15 per ounce. I was expecting a bit more from this cider and it would have been challenging to finish the whole thing. I won’t be having this again.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Woodchuck Out On A Limb Chocolate Raspberry

The other half and I spent almost the entire day packing. The entire living room is filled with boxes. The house thing is still moving, although the appraisal wasn’t as high as we wanted. If we don’t get this house, I’m not going to be that upset, but living with boxes will be slightly annoying. Anyways, this was a cider that we picked up at Half Time for the other half. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.5%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Woodchuck Chocolate Raspberry features bright apple character with smooth notes of chocolate and raspberry throughout. This complex cider with medium body and rich copper hue will deliver a refreshing experience with each sip. Cheers to going Out on a Limb! Enjoy!”

Random: The cat was eating my spanakopita off of my plate. I was surprised he liked it.

This cider poured with less than half a finger of white head on top of a clear, brown body with high carbonation. The nose didn’t have any chocolate, but a lot of raspberry notes. It wasn’t like fresh raspberry, but instead reminded me of a jelly ring. The taste was much like the nose. It was a lot of artificial raspberry notes with a backing of apple juice. What I didn’t get was any chocolate. The body was on the heavier side of cider with moderate carbonation. It had a long finish with raspberry. This was $2.29 a bottle, which broke down to $.19 per ounce, which is pretty cheap. Despite not delivering the chocolate flavor advertised, I thought this was a decent cider.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Woodchuck Pear Cider

The other half and I went into Philly yesterday. There was a craft fair that she wanted to go to and I am not one to say no to going to Philly. We made reservations for brunch at King’s Oak in Northern Liberties. The menu looked decent and I was excited to go. As soon as we walked in the mostly empty restaurant, it was an awful experience. The hostess gave us grief because we made a reservation the day before and they didn’t know if they could “accommodate us.” Um, your restaurant is mostly empty on Mother’s Day, which is a very popular brunch holiday, and you’re worried about accommodating us? Not a good start. Anyways, they finally seated us inside, after they told us outside was unavailable despite so many tables. The awful experience didn’t stop there, and I’ll be happy to go into more detail on the next review. This cider was what the other half ordered, so let’s see if it was better than the experience at brunch.


ABV: 4%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “To understand what Woodchuck Pear tastes like, take a deep breath, close your eyes and imagine yourself floating down a cool crisp mountain stream in the middle of July. Ok, got it? Now put an entire pear in your mouth.”

Random: It’s finally starting to cool down a little. This humidity is brutal.

This cider poured with absolutely no head and no lacing at all. The body was really, really light, like yellow tinged water and had no visible carbonation. It literally was crystal clear, as you can see from the picture. The nose had fresh pears and some apples as well. The taste was really crisp and nice. There was some pear but a definite apple presence with some sweetness as well. It had a thin body and lower than expected carbonation. The finish was quick and fruity with mostly apple. This cider was pretty good and goes down easily and was really light. I could see this being really nice on a really hot day. It is definitely worth a try.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Woodchuck Farmhouse Select Hard Cider Original ’91

Yet another selection that I picked up at my sister’s wine store. I’ve never seen a Woodchuck offering that was corked and caged, so I figured I’d give this one a go. I didn’t even know when I bought it that it used Belgian beer yeast.

ABV: 6.9%

Style: Cider

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “The attention to detail coupled with fresh Vermont apples and premium Belgian beer yeast give Original ’91 a unique local flavor with a natural cloudiness and pleasing feel on the palate in every expertly crafted small batch.”

Random: I’ve gotten pretty used to being off on Mondays. When I first started the new job, I figured that it would take awhile and I would miss being off on Saturdays. The good news is that I really enjoy having the house to myself on Mondays.

This one poured with no head and no lacing. The body was a light yellow color with visible detritus in the body. It left very little lacing on the glass. There was very little carbonation visible as well. The nose was very light. I got some crisp apple and not much else. The taste was crisp apple and honey sweetness. I didn’t get any Belgian yeast on it, though. This was a pretty simple cider, but it worked for  me. The body was light with moderate carbonation. The finish was quick and sweet. I would definitely have this one again. It was actually the first bomber that I’ve opened that my sister asked for a glass of.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0