punkeedo (491) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - JAN 4, 2010
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
2009 Bottle. An interesting attempt by Woodchuck, but it tends to fall into the same category as other offerings: artificial tasting and immensely cloying. A very cool idea in theory: take your standard cider offering, punch it with some awesome fall-esque spices and voila! Expect, when you start with an artificial tasting and cloying base, youíre going to end up with skewed results. Tastes like their standard green label cider with clove and cinnamon added. Not bad, but itís hard to get down a whole glass of this.
fidelis83 (1598) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear, dark gold with a 2 finger fizzy off white head that fades really quickly to a ring, holds a little while after that, then is gone completely. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice, caramel, sweet red apples, vanilla and some light leafy/woody notes. Flavor is big on caramel, pumpkin pie spice (no cloves really though, so maybe more sweet bread spice like, but it reminds me of pumpkin pie), sweet red apples, and a lacto-like sweetness, maybe this has a lacto sugar in it, I donít know. Palate is somewhat thin with a medium-high carbonation and a texture somewhat on the dry side of neutral and slightly creamy. Damn fine beverage for sure, probably a little low on the apple character, but very enjoyable.
watson1977 (2360) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a very clear golden color with no head whatsoever...very unlively looking...looks like apple juice. aroma is like mulled apple cider...some nutmeg and cinnamon over apples. flavor is much the same...actually tastes kind of good...like apple juice with a spicy kick. very thin watery mouthfeel...though it is more lively than expected. slightly spicy aftertaste is not that bad. all in all, this isnt that bad but i wouldnt go out of my way to drink it again.
bbrock81 (291) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2009
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours bright gold with a hint of red to it (note: contains caramel coloring), with a soda-pop head that fizzes away almost instantly. Aroma is cinnamon and nutmeg over sweet apples and sugar. Flavor is the same, starting with a spicy attack but moving to sweet right away, with a hint of tartness in the finish. The palate is exactly that of soda-pop. Iím pretty sure this is artificially carbonated. If you like sweet ciders, this is probably right up your alley. Overall itís not too bad, and the spiciness gives it an interesting flavor that is much more interesting than Woodchuckís other offerings.
Slipstream (1786) - USA - NOV 14, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Vermont autumn leaves on the label. Tangy, woody aroma with some apple and honey-malt sweetness at the base. A little phenol too. The flavor is full of pie spices and sweet apples, moving quickly to a tart close. This is a very nice cider, which I have come to expect from Woodchuck. Come on hopheads, have a cider from time to time - you can even mix it with your lager. You wonít regret it. I would like to see ciders growing in popularity and variety, the same way craft brew has.
SmellGood (339) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2009
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
One thing to say here...TOO MUCH NUTMEG!! Overwhelms this overly sweet cider.
kopher (592) - New York, USA - NOV 2, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
clear light orange, very thin white head.
lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove in the aroma, along with apples, sugar, and a hint of metal.
flavor is much too sweet, like sweetened apple juice with a light spice finish, mostly nutmeg.
light body and carbonation, this isnít very good or refreshing.
lithy (2997) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Septemberfest. Sample from a bottle thanks to Butters. Clear yellow, thin white cover. Aroma is cinnamon, potpourri, clove, apple. Taste is cinnamon, clove, floral, real cider.
MicroGrog (240) - Slurping on Euro lager in Queens, New York, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
$1.50 tick at New beer. I heard this wasnít as bad as their regular offerings.
Pint glass pour. Half inch of light gray battered foam that sticks around a bit longer then usual. Clear MGD caramelized additive color.
Smell is warming with vanilla & pineapple. A bit too much cinnamon & powdered sugar(though the cinnamon does come off really sort of natural). A packet of apple mulling spices & a weird bubblegum & faux pumpkin draw that isnít quite what I expect or want. Overall pretty gentle in scent.
Taste is sweet upfront with muted Big Red cinnamon, plastic vanilla phenols, & prickly tart apples. The apple juice is pretty lost here. Finish saves it. It is toasty & dry, echoing with sweet potato puree & pie crust. All spice bitterness. I didnít get any oak.
Soft carbonation & a dry, chalky(too may powdered spices) feel.
Probably the same exact stuff available year round, but they hide the factory runoff flavor much better here.
heemer77 (5016) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium gold colored body with a slightly off white head. The nose is spicy with some cinnamon and the obvious apples, which are mild and remind me of Jonathans. The taste is lightly tart with more fresh apple than most macro ciders. It actually has that raw fresh cider taste with a little bit of cinnamon and nutmeg, especially in the finish. There is also some clove. This is like eating an apple with a spice cake. Actually this is decent and certainly different. This is still fairly light even with the spicing and raw apple character. I am surprised I havenít had much in the way of pre-spiced cider before.