Cider: Dry Raspberry
Cidery: Wyder’s Cider
Cidery Location: Middlebury VT (at the Woodchuck cidery)
How Supplied: six pack of 12oz bottles (and 22oz bottles)
Style: American commercial cider with raspberries
Availability: wide release, year round
Cider Description: This cider is light in body and features mouthwatering raspberry notes. It retains a dry and sparkling finish.
Cidery Description: We have specialized in eclectic fruit-forward ciders for more than two decades. It’s a pretty hyper-connected world out there, grab a Wyder’s when you’re ready to unplug. Wyder’s wants to be a part of you finding the good in life and your Happy Place. We hope you enjoy, and bring us along!
Price: ~$2 / single bottle (runs ~$9.99 / six pack)
Where Bought: Total Wine?
Where Drank: home
How Found: Browsing. I couldn’t remember having tried it.
First Impression: Light pink hue. Nearly still. Smells of mild slightly-candied raspberry.
Tasting Notes: Semi-dry to semi-sweet. Light bodied. Low tartness and acidity. No bitterness, sourness, funk, or tannins. The flavor notes are just raspberry, maybe with hints of lemon & floral. Quick finish. Low complexity, flavor intensity, and apple flavor. High sessionability (as expected at only 4% ABV).
My Opinion: I thought it was pretty average, definitely commercial tasting. The flavor was very light and it seemed a bit watered down tasting. I liked that it wasn’t syrupy sweet though. It was refreshing and easy to drink. I almost thought this was a perry wih the flavor profile (especially as Wyder’s makes a couple pear ciders), but the ingredient list said “hard cider”, so I assume it is from apples.
Most Similar to: Woodchuck’s Raspberry cider, which is also only 4% ABV, although slightly sweeter.
Random Note: This is yet another mis-named cider…at 12 grams of sugar per 12oz, it is far from “dry”. It is not the most egregious mis-use of the “dry” label though.
Closing Notes: My favorite raspberry ciders remain Schilling Raspberry Smoothie and One Tree Raspberry. Both were very full-bodied, literally smoothie thickness, and quite sweet, but very very flavorful. I also really enjoy Pear UP’s Raspberry Perry (from pears not apples).
Have you tried Wyder’s cider? What did you think?