Cherry Blossom Lager - Old Dominion Brewing Company
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Reviews by smakawhat:
4.01/5 rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.
Out of the bottle this has a hint of red almost pink, hits and gives a reddish orange body color, a little opaque, but with lots of cola bubble rising carbonation. Head is only about a finger, but manages a good half finger puck, off white, and picking up a lot of the body color with some very light orange hue.
Nose is a basic malt grain, kind of thick and dough like. Not very cherry or even fruity smelling. Clean. But honestly there is not really much going on here, it's quite subdued.
Well palate really comes quite a surprise. First hit on the palate is a nice cherry hint, with a little bit of light malt. However, the sweetness is really toned down, with no sourness and gives a simple little push towards the malts. The aftertatse really gives some malt depth and bakery bread feeling, but with just a hint of fruit. It's really nicely balanced, and I get a nice malt bakery action and the fruit together nicely on the finish. Lightly carbonated but with just a hint of crispness. A nice lip coating mild honey feeling as well.
I like the fruit angle on this, it's not overpowering, not sickly sweet or sour, it's just right and it works well with the malt density for this lager. They did a good job on this one, I think I am going to be drinking this beer often this Spring.
Serving type: bottle
03-04-2013 21:36:31 | More by smakawhat
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2.9/5 rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
12oz bottle into Willybecher Glass
A: Amberish brew blushing with a reddish tint, not completely translucent, but far from opaque. One finger of bright white head sat on the shoulders of this moderately carbonated beer for a short spell. Some lacing, but weak – body looks pretty light
S: Syrupy cherry up front – a sweet smelling fusion of black cherry and a more artificial aroma of maraschino. Hints of honey and dark fruits, plums, prunes. No bitterness on the nose, but pilsner style malts are evident in the background.
T: Diluted reiteration of the nose. Blended cherry that comes off slightly fabricated. Still picking up some subtler sweetness possibly provided by apricot, plum and other assorted darker fruits. Light malty character compensates for the lacking middle mouth, but is somewhat musty. Honey and maraschino cherry syrup pull in the rear and bring the finish down into a grainy, suppressed bready conclusion.
M: Moderate carbonation, somewhat crisp, light body on the tongue – wouldn’t be hard to straight up chug this beer.
O: To be quite honest this beer is very reminiscent of Lionshead, with a bit more character. Cherry flavor is apparent but doesn’t strike me as au naturale. Beer is pretty crisp and relatively easy to drink, not a fan of the malt profile. Not really a fan, it’s not bringing enough umphh.
Serving type: bottle
06-04-2014 22:48:49 | More by ZagZagg
Cherry Blossom Lager from Old Dominion Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.