Cherry Blossom Lager
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #772
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3.42 | pDev: 18.71%
Fordham & Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
Cherry Blossom LagerCherry Blossom Lager
Notes: Conditioned on 300 pounds of Michigan cherries for 48 hours. Perle & Tradition hops.
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akaizer from Virginia

4.55/5  rDev +33%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle. Pour has a nice puffy off-white to pinkish head with a beautiful rose-gold body and mild effervescence. The scent is mostly cherry blossom, with a bias towards a sweeter rather than acerbic quality. At times, the sweetness almost verges on a syrup-y quality, but not enough to district from its pleasantness. Taste matches the scent, with a sweet cherry blossom flavor throughout. Something that impresses me about this is that it is neither too cherry nor too blossom-y, hitting a pretty nice sweet spot. Another point I have noticed is that as the glass warms, some subtler flavors come across that are a treat unto themself. Feel is on the smoother side with a weaker body and a slightly sweet aftertaste. One of my favorite spring/early summer brews.

Jul 02, 2019
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drtth from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The clear dark golden slightly reddish colored beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1 1/2” off white head that persists well as it slowly recedes to become a small ring and a thin irregular island of foam after leaving a spider web and rings of lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates a couple of arches with lots of scattered small patches and legs of lacing.

The aromas are filled with light sweet cherry. There’s also a bit of bready malt and some light floral character in the background.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose but with the mildly sweet cherry, some bready grainy malt and some light, grassy and spicy hops. The sweetness-bitterness balance is well controlled and hop flavors don’t interfere with the cherry.

The mouth feel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly smooth with the moderate, finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness and cherry flavors begin to fade to allow the lightly bitter, grassy, spicy and floral hops to close out a long dry ending.

Overall this is a nicely drinkable and enjoyable beer that would be crisp and refreshing on a summer’s day. The fruit comes through clearly but the sweetness does not cloy and the noticeable hops provide an excellent counterpoint to both the malt and the cherries.

Apr 07, 2019
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Ewok_BBQ from Maryland

4.02/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Minimal to no head after pour, lovely clear amber color. Very strong cherry scent, first sip is smooth, no bite and not very hoppy to my liking. Hints of breadiness. The strongest cherry flavored beer I have had. Would be great sitting by the pool or for desert.

Aug 26, 2018
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Gajo74 from New York

3.66/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear dark golden color with hints of amber. A modest but solid foam head soon dissipates but retains leaving a thin and broken layer of film intact.
Strong aromas of cherry provide a pleasant fruity sweetness, complemented by floral aromas.
Sweet and cherry dominant at first. My first impressions were that I wouldn’t really like due to the fruit heaviness, however, a bready malt base begins to develop, as well as a mild grassy and floral hops finish.
Medium to light bodied, moderately crisp, and ultimately pretty easy to drink.
This ended up being pretty decent in the end in that the cherry flavors didn’t overwhelm and that it was refreshing.

Jun 14, 2018
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feuematt from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Copper colored beer with a slowly fading head. Taste is very sweet cherry and bready malts. This is the most dominant cherry tasting beer I've ever had...still overall pretty decent.

Mar 18, 2018
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Brendolikesbeer from Utah

4.79/5  rDev +40.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

VERY VERY CHERRY. Love this beer, cant get enough of it. Maybe it would hurt my stomach after awhile, but I could go through a 6-pack of these very quickly. Very sweet.

Jun 09, 2017
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tigg924 from Massachusetts

4.41/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, dark gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is sweet maraschino cherries, cherry juice, with a light lager backbone filled with grain and grass. Sweet and light bodied, makes for an interesting and sweet dessert beer. This is the cherry dessert beer that I have been looking for. I would get this more often if it were available locally.

Jul 16, 2016
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kgroshek from Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer!
I ordered this on a whim, didn't know what to expect. Love the flavor. Trying to figure out where I can buy it. A couple cases. Because I host events, I'd love to share the Cherry Blossom Lagor with my guests and my guests would love it!

May 10, 2016
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farrago from New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very loose head, even though it starts off around two fingers in a matter of seconds it has dissipated down to the surface, plain white coloration, close to zero lacing and that’s being generous. Dark orange hued liquid, consistent throughout, closer to red than yellow, clear, there’s only a few bubbles which are distributed haphazardly. The nose is 100% cherry pie, like nothing else has room, honey, flaky dough, rose petals and cherries, cherries, cherries. Medium-bodied, the carbonation seems okay for what it going on which is, duh, basically chugging a jar of maraschino cherries. Has the doughy flakiness and honey plus that rich florality. And you might pose an argument for orange peel or chocolate. No hops, nothing here comes close to “biting.” It’s smooth and consistent and deserves note for very good drinkability. But this is basically a cherry beer and you really, really, really have to love cherries. For this imbiber, this is best utilized as a dessert beer where you believe cherry flavor is welcome.

May 04, 2016
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.16/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Dominion Brewing Co. "Cherry Blossom Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLING DATE 01/11/16" on 04/05/16
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Sweet, floral and perfumy cherry greets you in the nose as you pour Old Dominion's Cherry Blossom Lager. An initially frothy, and then rocky as-it-settles, head rises above a slightly hazy golden and orange body. The head retention is very good, and although it drops to just a thin collar and very thin & whispy surface covering, the lacing remains quite nice.

In the mouth it's medium bodied leaning towards medium-light, and smooth across the palate with the gentle caress of a very fine-bubbled moderate carbonation.

Beyond the cherry, which is pretty bold and sweetish, there's a soft blanket of malt behind it in the flavor. It's softly grainy, and peppered with lightly spicy and grassy hops. The bitterness is, of course, limited to allow the cherries to shine, yet it somehow manages to finish fairly dry, and without an over-lingering fruity finish.

I'd initially thought, given the bold cherry in both the aroma and flavor, that this might be a one-trick pony but it's not. The malt base has a very nice pilsner-like quality to it, and I'm sure with a little more bitterness added it would completely stand on its own sans-cherry. Notes of almond, commonly found with cherries, add an additional layer of complexity. Some might find it a bit sweet, but I assure you that it's at least worth a try. Really nicely done!

Apr 05, 2016
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The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

2.99/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first non-pinup beer from Dominion. Usually I'm a sucker for all things cherry but this one I simply could not finish. Great color and head and a pleasant aroma of cherry candy. So far so good. The taste however was that of carbonated cough syrup with a sharp bitter aftertaste. I had a few sips to see if it'll grow on me but it was just too much to handle.

Feb 03, 2016
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ordybill from Georgia

3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This is a crystal clear light amber colored beer with a moderate sized white head. The aroma is of faint hops and cherries. The taste is a big sweet cherry flavor. A really interesting beer.

Nov 14, 2015
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JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

3.06/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2015.

Appearance: Medium golden with white head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thin, and doesn't leave much film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma is sweet like a lager. I do not smell much hops. There is a slight fruity aroma.

Taste: There is a noticeable cherry flavor, and is is also sweet like a lager. There is a little bit of hops bite to it, but it is definitely dominated by the cherry flavor. The aftertaste varies over time.

Mouthfeel: Medium, creamy bodied. Soft alcohol.

This is a smooth medium-bodies beer. I typically do not like fruit beers, but this is interesting to drink with some variety of flavors.

Nov 12, 2015
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

For a fruit beer this is actually pretty good. While the lager part of nothing to write home about it is what it is ... crisp and clean. Clean enough to let the cherry flavor through which is a lot more subtle than anticipated. Well rounded and drinkable. Bit of hoppiness in the finish to remind you it is a beer. Well done.

Jun 04, 2015
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Beejay from Virginia

3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Light amber with a tinge of pink to it, large off white head on top.

S: Smells very heavily of maraschino cherries. Sweet, dense cherry aroma.

T: Huge hit of cherries. Sugary sweet cherry. There is a nice little hint of almond in there, as well as a touch of malt in the finish, but pretty much just a cherry bomb. It is everything I like about Sam Adams Cherry wheat blown up to a proportion that makes it overdone, and cloying. The first few sips are tasty, but as you continue to drink it becomes overly sweet.

M: Medium light, but I think the carbonation is a touch lacking considering the style. Residual sweetness afterward.

O: Overall an interesting brew, but a little too cloying.

May 17, 2015
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therubicon from Delaware

4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely pinkish-amber color. Slightly tart. Cherry flavor is strong but not overpowering. Effervescence combined with the smell almost seems like some kind of sparkling wine. Nothing too complex or amazing here, just a tasty, easy to drink beer.

May 04, 2015
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gopens44 from Virginia

2.56/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Started off promising, as this thing smelled like the cherry filling in pop tarts (that's actually a compliment....pop tarts are delightful). Initially the taste lined up with the nose but quickly became salty and syrupy in a not so awesome way. Perhaps if you don't' mind a little salt thing happening, than you'll find this to be awesome, but as for me - not a fan of the salt thing.

Apr 14, 2015
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msquared36 from Ohio

3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange with a slight haze. Slight sweet cherry scent.

Although the cherry is noticeable in the taste, less so than in the nose. Similar to cherry seltzer water. Green apple in the middle with a dry hop finish.

Light and effervescent.

Refreshing in a unique way.

Apr 11, 2015
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PA-hunter from Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orangish red with a frothy two finger head that has a tint of red. Loads of cherries in the nose with a bit of grains in the background. Taste is fresly picked cherries off the bat. Cherry flavor persists all the way through. Some hints of toasted malt along with bits of grains. Finished dry. Mouthfeel is medium thin in body. Overall a easy drinking fruit flavored lager that is flavored intensely with a dominating cherry prescence.

Apr 06, 2015
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57md from Pennsylvania

3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper in color with a bunch of floaties (looks like pieces of cherry). Sure smells like cherries, alright. I'm getting both sweetness and tart flavors from the cherries. Smooth and easy drinking but certainly not light-bodied.

This is clearly a non-traditional brew but one that I find to be a quite pleasant spring offering.

Apr 05, 2015
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ONUMello from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled on 2/9/15, poured into a pint glass
A: Light brown with a 1/2-finger head that quickly settles
S: Lots of sweet cherries, like cherry pie filling. Maybe a hint of vanilla and malt
T: Matches the nose. Tastes like vanilla pie with whipped cream
M: Light-bodied, fairly sweet
O: If you like cherries/cherry pie, give this a go. I do. Be warned, though, this is more dessert than a beer to drink if you're looking for a typical ale, and is more pie filling than blossom

Mar 29, 2015
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1.94/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Tastes and smells like cherry syrup. The beer itself tastes like a cheap rice lager and combined with the intense sweet syrupy flavors it is intensely off-putting. A ton of yeast chuncks floating in the brew.

Mar 01, 2015
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ZagZagg from New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

Jun 04, 2014
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Guden from Maryland

2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pinkish orange with huge chunks of thick yeast sediment and a fluffy white head. The sediment is unappealing in this style and I ended up transferring glasses to remove most of it.

S- grainy pilsner, a touch of sulfur, light green apple and just a little fruitiness that isn't distinctly cherry.

T/M- pretty laid back and mellow flavor with some doughy grain and yeasty components giving a pizza crust character with a finish that's moderately full, syrupy and very lightly sweet and sour leaving a very light cherry taste in the finish.

O- I feel like I spent the entirety of this beer searching for cherry beyond the yeast clumps and doughy pilsner taste. Comes out as a fairly thick, moderately sweet lager. Not bad but not good for a fruit beer.

Apr 05, 2014
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Arithmeticus from Maryland

3.74/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled in shaker pint at home.

A: outstanding bloom, great carbonation, 3-finger head; ruddy dark pink color
S: A combination of excellent fruit aroma and stale metallic smell makes this a wash; no hop aroma
T: Cherry is very strong and flavorful--it's by far the most dominant element; hop taste is pretty minimal; sweet malt, lighter roast level; not bitter; little aftertaste, goes down nicely
M: very vigorous and engaging

For a fruit beer, I think this is excellent overall; if you're not a fan of the style, you won't be impressed

Apr 01, 2014
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