Style: Hard Cider
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 4%
Summer is here! What better way to kick off the happiest season of the year than with a fun, light Malt Monday review. Today’s Malt Monday Beer Review of the Week features Woodchuck Pear Hard Cider. While I normally turn up my nose to hard ciders, I have been on a slight flavored beer / hard cider kick as of late. Perhaps it is the fun summer season in my bones; whatever the reason, today’s Malt Monday features a hard cider and a first time taste for me.
I love the summer. I am fortunate enough to live about an hour from the beach and regularly spend my summers at the shore. My beach of choice is Ocean City, New Jersey. I love OC, but the one thing I don’t like about it is that it’s a dry town. You read that right, a DRY town. I know that may surprise you; your favorite Giggles girl loves to spend her weekends in a dry town. But, believe it. It is true. My favorite place for rest and relaxation does not serve alcohol. Not a drop. But vacationing in a dry town does not mean you have to go alcohol free. It just means you can’t purchase alcohol within the city’s limits. So, what does that mean for me? I purchase my alcohol and spirited beverages before I hit city limits. Lucky for me, there is a liquor store just before the bridge heading into Ocean City and as our tradition, we stop and pick up some tasty beverages before planting ourselves in Ocean City.
While perusing the coolers, searching for my next pre-Ocean City purchase, I stumbled upon Woodchuck Pear Hard Cider. I had never tried Woodchuck Pear Hard Cider before and I thought to myself, “What the heck, why not.” I like to drink lighter selections in the summer and this seemed to fall into that category.
Woodchuck Pear Hard Cider is made with the addition of pear flavor to give this cider its distinct flavor and its essence of pear taste. From what I have read, Woodchuck Pear Hard Cider is aged in small batches by Vermont Hard Cider Company, LLC, a brewery in Middlebury, Vermont. Light in color, Woodchuck Pear Hard Cider has a cool, crisp taste and is ideal for when you want to drink something a little different from your average beer. I wouldn’t buy this cider expecting much – the flavor is very light but incredibly easy to drink. It is more like a flavored soda than a hard cider.
While I have definitely had better ciders, the Woodchuck Pear Hard Cider isn’t a bad choice for a hot summer day. This one was more on the fence but in the end I gave it a thumbs up. Woodchuck Pear Hard Cider is GGG approved.
This review is based on my opinion as part of my weekly Malt Monday Beer Review series. Opinions are my own. Samples were not received for this review.