Review of Woodchuck’s Semi-Dry, their newest flagship cider. I’ve previously tried nearly their entire line-up; see here.
>>This is a review of a sample bottle provided to Cider Says by Woodchuck. Although I will take care to treat it the same as any other review, there is always the potential for bias as I received it for free. The only consideration I knowingly made was pushing this up in my cider review cue. I love free stuff, especially cider! Want your cider or cider-related product reviewed here? Contact me.<<
Cidery Location: Middlebury VT
How Supplied: six pack of 12oz bottles
Style: American commercial semi-dry cider, including bittersweet apple juice
Availability: semi wide release
Cider Description: Ready for a cider session? You’re going to want a crushable cider. Crisp and refreshing, Semi-Dry uses bittersweet apples to deliver a cider that is not too sweet and leaves you thirsty for another. Enjoy the brand that started the American cider revolution.
Ingredients: Hard cider, less than 1% 0f: natural apple flavor, sulfites
Cidery Description: Here at the Woodchuck Cidery in Vermont, we handcraft every batch of Woodchuck Hard Cider. Our Cider Makers utilize the highest quality ingredients and meticulously oversee each small batch from start to finish. We reinvigorated American cider in 1991 and continue to lead the category through our commitment to craft innovative and refreshing hard ciders.
Price: n/a (runs about $10 / six pack)
Where Bought: n/a
Where Drank: home
How Found: n/a
First Impression: Light orange amber. Low carbonation. Smells of apple juice.
Tasting Notes: One the sweeter side of semi-dry. Medium bodied. Low tartness. Low to moderate acidity. No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins. The flavor is purely watered down apple juice with a hint of alcohol. Quick finish. Moderate apple flavor. High sessionability. Low flavor intensity. Low complexity.
My Opinion: The flavor wasn’t all that impressive, intense, or complex, but this is surely more sessionable than most sugar-laden commercial ciders. I didn’t taste any rich bittersweet apple flavor.
Most Similar to: Woodchuck Day Chaser, which is also semi-dry, although that one had some honey and citrus notes and a hint of bittersweet.
Closing Notes: The color of this cider is a bit interesting. It doesn’t say it was added (which has been listed in the past), so maybe there is a higher bittersweet apple percentage than I tasted…
Have you tried Woodchuck Semi-Dry? What did you think?