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- Brewery: Green Mountain Beverage
- Website: woodchuck.com
- Country: United States
- State: Vermont
- Style: Hard Cider
- Malts: N/A
- Hops: N/A
- ABV: 5.0%
- IBUs: N/A
- Tasting Notes: Apple, vanilla
- Preferred Glass: Pint
- Food Pairing: Apple pie, grilled chicken and potatoes
- PHM Grade: B-
Woodchuck Limited Release Winter Cider
Written by Team
Taylor: Ever since tasting Woodchuck Cidery’s amazing Limited Release Fall Cider, I have been on a quest to try the other 3 Limited Release ciders and decide which of the family is king. Thankfully I was able to procure a 6-pack of the ever-popular Winter Cider at my local Binny’s, and gave it a go this weekend.
Available only in December and January, the Winter Cider boasts a frosty white-and-blue label and is heralded by its makers as “a balanced culmination of Premium French and Traditional American Oak.” Remembering full well how excellent the flavor profile was of the Fall Cider, I was, needless to say, excited to try this version, which supposedly boasts a cool, vanilla-y finish. And, as Woodchuck points out, this cider is crisp and refreshing because it’s made of apples … never woodchucks.
I poured the Winter Cider into my Woodchuck pint glass (cute). Like pretty much all ciders, there is no head to speak of. The color is more or less the same as ever, since you really can’t get too creative with what goes into an apple cider. Winter Cider is crystal clear, and looks like apple juice, with a golden amber hue. With no head and no heavily aromatic ingredients used, the nose is simply that of fresh apples.
Tasting the Winder Cider is definitely a treat. Its 5.0% ABV makes it, of course, a very drinkable cider. Which is pretty much the case with all ciders. The apple flavor is a little more tart with the Winter Cider (compared to the Fall Cider), and there is definitely a velvety aftertaste that likens to vanilla, however faint.
As far as competition goes, I feel pretty strongly that the Fall Cider is still the better cider … mostly because I think it is more complex and hearty. That being said, the Winter Cider is still really good and should definitely be considered by anyone that fancies themselves a cider enthusiast. Grade: B+
Tom: When sampling this winter delectable I was not really sure what to expect. It’s cider. How different can it taste from the original brand? After chilling the bottle for days I poured the champagne colored cider into a shaker. It tasted like I was biting into a cold, crisp, juicy, granny smith apple. Possible notes of cinnamon (not sure if spice was used), but overall I did not get the impression that this was a variety worth consuming during the winter months. Maybe if it was heated up? Rather light and very crisp it was indeed palatable and possessed a slight hint of bubblegum towards the finish. The carbonation might make it a viable option for a New Years toast. However, I did get a vinegary bitterness that spoiled my experience. Grade: C+Woodchuck Limited Release Winter Cider,