Lukaduke (2769) - Gray, Maine, USA - JUN 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a ale straw color wit great clarity and a quickly fading finger of fizz. Nose is apple skin, sweet honeycomb cereal, jasmine, ripe fuji apple. Palate follows with bright refreshing flavors, zesty carbonation and nice balance of apple flesh sweetness, light tannins and spicy yeast complexity.
ClarkVV (4591) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught and bottles since debut, most recently on draught at Mei Mei, 5/20/15
Dark golden with a slight haze to it and little/no head. Not overly carbonated from the sight of it.
Smells of honey, from the very first whiff moreso than the apples, which seem to be on the lactic side and quite a bit softer than a bright, malic-forward cider would be. Not that thatís a bad thing, and the honey definitely smells good. Raw and real, with very light floral aspects. Very light spiciness on the end; cinnamon and black pepper phenols help to balance while no alcohol is noted.
A good sweet and tart mix is produced on the palate. There is both sticky honey and lactic-like apple flavor. Some light acetic notes do produce a bit of sour vinegar-like flavors, but itís mostly just a tart cider. On the end, however, the honey and apple sugars re-emerge, sweetening things considerably. Too much, for my tastes, though itís nowhere near cloying. Itís a difficult feat to balance the honey and I think overall it would be better off if they cut the honey addition in half. Though I can see how the sweeter ciders appeal to a wider audience....
Quick3Beers (522) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very pale yellow, nearly clear from a bottle. Aroma is a slightly yeasty floral honey. Flavor is a dry crisp champagne-like apple with a hint of honey towards the end. Very effervescent. Good cider.
GenDV138 (4098) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full glass on draft at Pastoral in Boston. Clear light straw yellow with no head. Aromas of light apples. Tastes of sweet and tart apples and juice. Medium-light body with a dry finish. Not complex by any means but I enjoyed it.
Cybercat (4272) - Georgia, USA - JUN 30, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear straw yellow with no head - but this is a cider, and one expects this of a hard cider. Apple aroma has a subtle undertone of pear. Crisp, sweet flavor has an underpinning of sour apple, perfect to take the edge off a hot day. Texture is firm and very fizzy, leaving a nice apply tingle. A wunderkind of a cider? Probably.
mkgrenwel (602) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 28, 2014
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pale pour with no head. Clear and lightly sparkling. Clean aroma of apple and pear. Taste is just a clean apple juice. A little on the sweet side. Not really complex. Straddling the line between the real macro ciders and the craftier stuff.
SteveDK (2) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 25, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bantam Wunderkind is my favorite hard cider. Itís light in color and almost austerely dry compared to ciders like Angry Orchard Traditional or Crisp, Harpoon, and Woodchuck Amber. With loads of fine bubbles Wunderkind is very Champagne-like, not quite brut, but reminiscent of Chandonís California Blanc de Noirs sparking wine. Crisp and refreshing. Highly recommended.
radarsock (1141) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 mL bottle purchased for $7.55 at Learyís earlier today. To tulip, it pours a clear, transparent yellow. Sparkly, and evanescent. Aromas of honeydew melon, wildflower honey, dandelions, sweet malts, candied sugar, white sage, apple sauce, caramel apples, apricot syrup, peaches, and champagne. Tastes everything described above. Sweet, and refreshing, and only slightly tart. Need more. Support local!
j12601 (8000) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JUL 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at the Noríeast Beer Garden on a tour of P-Town with my wife. Pours a clear straw gold. Big apples with a touch of honey. Crisp and quite sweet, touches of blueberry, fruit, honey. Dries out a little on the finish, bright and zesty with some champagne yeast, and still just a little lingering sweetness. Very nice.
Ernesto987 (4965) - Arizona, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very clean and apple flavors, tart and clean. Sweet and tart balanced.